On the next attempt I was joined by Dave Flanagan, also keen to check out the blocks, The Red flags were up! (forgot to check!) still keen to sneak around the back we approached the guard, and asked "if we could go up?" he radioed through the answer was quite blunt "Under no circumstances does anyone pass" I asked "could we sneak over the back?" the guard said "I cannot stop you lads, but we have a lookout and if he spots you, you'll be coming straight back down again" I wondered if it was worth taking a bullet for a chance to climb on some virgin granite?
31 Jul 2011
Boulders Under Armed Guard- Part 1
320 miles and a 6km march up Lugnaguilla to the boulders under the North Prison, 19 hours after setting off from Hull, Reward was in sight, It was 9 o'clock and the sun was about to set as the golden blocks of granite appeared to my delight, I really didn't know what would be there? having tried many times to get into this illusive cluster and failed! for a few reasons, Firstly as its under armed guard on a artillery range and secondly the mist and cloud cover keep it's contents secret the rest of the time. I had half an hour to take it all in before darkness swallowed it all up again......