I spent a number of days last summer hanging out on the side of sea cliffs, capturing images for a friends book on Scottish sea cliff climbing, ’The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland’. Some of the most memorable of those days were spent in this place, the cliffs of Clò Mòr on the Cape Wrath coastline. These cliffs, rising up 280 m above sea level in places, are the highest on the mainland in the UK. It's probably the most ambitious location I’ve photographed in terms of access and rigging, with plenty of loose rock, abrasive edges and not to mention wild exposure to contend with. The route itself, ‘Clò Mòr Crack’ E3 5c, was first climbed by Mick Fowler and Chris Watts in 1989. Its remote location and challenging access meant it had likely seen few (if any) repeat ascents. Taking a soaring crack line that cuts straight through the heart of these cliffs, the route features superb Torridonian sandstone crack climbing in amazing positions. Well worth seeking out for any connoisseurs of adventurous climbing!
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.