Hi, thanks for all of the kind comments about the RadCom article and for Adrian’s corrected call sign. I am just back from a week in France and some of the chasers on the 4 summits I managed to reach were kind enough to mention the article.
Radioing from the top of The Old Man of Hoy was a truly great adventure and seemed worthy of a report. Sadly it is short of being a SOTA summit; even when the tide is out it does not drop 13 metres for the stack to qualify. Two weeks beforehand MM0FMF had organised a trip to GM/SS-246 (Ailsa Craig) all part of the preparation, although it was not certain we would go ahead with the climb at that stage.
As Brian (G8ADD) mentions, the sandstone stack sits precariously on some harder bedrock, basalt I think, and on the final rope length before reaching the top, there is a widening crack big enough to see through to the approaching Scrabster ferry. So I am also not sure how long the Old Man of Hoy will remain upright!