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Howlerhirst History
It is not known who first discovered, or climbed on, Howlerhirst Crag but Howlerhirst Crack, Overlapping Corner, Harris Tweed and Howlerhirst Chimney were mentioned in the 1970 guide. Most of these, if not all, were the work of Gordon Thompson in the late sixties. The next recorded developments came in 1979. Whilst brother Bob played April Fool, Tommy Smith climbed an impressive blank looking arÍte protected only by his Guardian Angel. Climbed in E.B.ís this superb route was well ahead of its time in boldness. Slightly later Paul Stewart and Bob Smith added Mad March Hare and Autumn respectively. Richard Davies led Devils Soulmate in September 1989. Dave Pegg added Where Angels Fear to Tread in October 1991. The latest additions were by Steve Crowe and Karin Magog whilst checking the text for this edition.

First Ascent List

1960ishTradHowlerhirst Crack 8m, HVS 5aGordon Thompson
1960ishTradOverlapping Corner 5m, HVS 5aGordon Thompson
1960ishTradHarris Tweed 9m, VS 5aGordon Thompson
1960ishTradHowlerhirst Chimney, S Gordon Thompson
1960ishTradShort Wall, VS Gordon Thompson
1960ishTradBuggy, VD Gordon Thompson
1960ishTradBogey, VD Gordon Thompson
1979TradApril Fool 9m, E2 5bBob Smith
1979TradMad March Hare 9m, E1 5bPaul Stewart
1979TradAutumn 8m, E1 5bBob Smith
1979TradGuardian Angel 11m, E5 6aTommy Smith
10 September1989TradDevils Soul Mate 10m, E6 6bRichard Davies, Neil Brunger
19 October 1991TradWhere Angels Fear to Tread 10m, E6 6bDave Pegg, Lewis Grundy
June 2005TradWith Teeth, E4 6bDave Rudge