Lower Diabaig is situated 21 miles West of Torridon in the North West Highlands. Here, in this isolated spot is a brilliant dome outcrop of perfect Gneiss sporting excellent routes upto 100m long. There are few routes below VS grade but if you are operating in the E grades this place is just brilliant. Its not exactly a short drive from Fort William; but yesterday Joe, Colin and I made the long journey looking for an adventure.

We enjoyed 3 routes, 7 pitches and 10 stars of climbing all in a spectacular setting on the best rock ever! If you haven’t been to Diabaig then I cant recommend it enough, it is worth every minute of travel and every bit of skin left behind. I will let the picture do the talking…..We climbed Route Three (E1,4b,5b,5a), The Black Streak (E1,5c,5b) and Northumberland Wall (E2,5c,5c)

P2 (E1,5b) 'Route Three' a nice introduction to the crag

P2 (E1,5b) ‘Route Three’ a nice introduction to the crag

Colin enjoying P2 on 'Route Three'

Colin enjoying P2 on ‘Route Three’

Think we smiled all day!

Think we smiled all day!

Following Colin up P3 (E1,5a) 'Route Three' - stunning rock

Following Colin up P3 (E1,5a) ‘Route Three’ – stunning rock

A very handy abseil gets you directly back to your bags

A very handy abseil gets you directly back to your bags

P1 (E1,5c) 'The Black Streak'. After a year out of rock shoes due to serious injury it was great being back on rock.

P1 (E1,5c) ‘The Black Streak’. After a year out of rock shoes due to serious injury it was great being back on rock.

Colin starting up P2 (E1,5b) 'The Black Streak'

Colin starting up P2 (E1,5b) ‘The Black Streak’

Obligatory selfie!

Obligatory selfie!

Main Wall; Diabaig

Main Wall; Diabaig

Joe keeping cool on P1 (E2,5c) 'Northumberland Wall'

Joe keeping cool on P1 (E2,5c) ‘Northumberland Wall’

Joe on the excellent P1 (E2,5c) 'Northumberland Wall'

Joe on the excellent P1 (E2,5c) ‘Northumberland Wall’

Diabaig Climbing Diabaig Climbing

Joe on P1 (E2,5c) 'Northumberland Wall'. Tough climbing through the crux but on very positive holds. Good lead Joe.

Joe on P1 (E2,5c) ‘Northumberland Wall’. Tough climbing through the crux but on very positive holds. Good lead Joe.

Colin following P1 (E2,5c) 'Northumberland Wall'

Colin following P1 (E2,5c) ‘Northumberland Wall’

Me enjoying P2 (E2,5c) 'Northumberland Wall'

Me enjoying P2 (E2,5c) ‘Northumberland Wall’

We will all most certainly come back to Diabaig

We will all most certainly come back to Diabaig

One Response to “Back on Rock – Diabaig”

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    […] Extreme grades as swiftly as possible. My first foray back on rock since my back operation was at Diabaig with Joe and Colin; what a place! It offers one of the best rock types in the UK set at the perfect […]

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