Familiar Climbing Landmarks that have gone ? Belaying .

I was looking through some old slides for a photo of the famous Gendarme on Sgurr Na Gillian on Skye. Sadly I cannot find them. The Gendarme fell down in the winter of 1986/87

“about two-thirds of the way down, on the West Ridge there is a particularly narrow and exposed section, which forms the remains of a large upright rock, known as the Gendarme which broke away due to the effects of frost shatter during the winter of 1986/87, leaving only the base”. It used to be a really significant and familiar part of the ridge.

It made me think of other land marks that have gone. On Cioch Direct I am sure there was the “Yardarm” another significant piece of climbing history. I am sure last time I climbed it was gone or was that my “memory fade?” Can anyone advise a photo of the Gendarme would be good as would the Yardarm?

Cioch Direct Skye. above the Crux chimney.

How many have you noticed?

Please be aware if now out on the crags especially in the mountains to check each hold as you climb there has been little traffic on the routes due Covid 19 Lock down.

Belay on Cioch Grooves ?

If you past this on a route someone belaying what would you do?

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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