Monday, May 20, 2013

Island Failures

Everyone wants to write about their successes, not their failures. I have had more island-going failures than I care to count. The biggest was a failed ascent of the south peak of Skellig Michael. Someday I will write about that - having to traverse an 8 inch ledge with a shear 400 feet drop to one side scared the hell out of me and I turned back. It seems the older I get, the less head for heights I have (or maybe the more sense I have).

Another failure was trying to set foot on Hyskeir, a small islet with a Stevenson lighthouse built in 1904. I have been on two trips now where we attempted to land, but on both times the swell was too much to get safety ashore. I hope to try again this coming August.


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