Forth Mountain

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Forth Mountain lies just a few kilometres outside of Wexford town to the West and runs parallel to the Main Waterford - Wexford Road. It is a long low quartzite ridge and not a mountain in the true sense of the word.

Of climbing interest are several tors and boulders that are scattered about the area. While the quarry lake has ostensibly the most to offer the rock there is fractured and rotten and has little to no actual climbing.

..Climbs will be added soon..,.

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Apologies for the impressionistic nature of the sketch map. it doesn't fit perfectly with a proper map but should work.

Counting the crag just beside and to the north of the road [Carrigfoyle] as Tor no. 1, then the tors to the south-east are, in order: Tors nos. 2, 3 and 4.
A little research has identified the other tors as: no.2 = Carrickshinna Rock, no.3 = Ravens Rocks [plural], no.4 = Raven Rock [singular]. Drooping Rock is between these last two [I think]. Carrickadee Rocks were either not investigated or, more likely, found to be unpromising.

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The one vaguely worthwhile possibility in the above-mentioned quarry is [as I remember], a low-angled slab, its smooth surface featured with flute-casts and other slump features of interest to geologists, which seemed to offer good opportunities for practice in padding up slabs

No.3 Tor Ravens Rocks
1. The Overhang 6a [UK]
The obvious challenge of the crackline splitting the overhang. This repulsed an earlier attempt to onsight and was climbed on top-rope.
H.Fogg, G.Fogg. 29/5/05

2. Un-named HVS
The crackline several metres left of no1. 'Goey' at top.
G.Fogg, H.Fogg 29/5/05

No.4 Tor Raven Rock

1. May Contain Nut Traces E4 6a/b
On the North-facing overhanging face, this is an innocuous-looking crackline towards the left-hand side. Very strenuous and hard to protect.
H.Fogg, G.Fogg 29/5/05

2. Easy Crack HVS 5a
Short broken crackline towards right-hand side.
G.Fogg, H.Fogg 29/5/05

3. The Chute E1 5b
Under overlap and exit through channel.
G.Fogg, H.Fogg 29/5/05