10-year-old aiming to be world’s youngest to climb famous sea stack

Look away now if you aren’t great with heights! A 10-year-old boy from Bristol is setting his sights on becoming the youngest person to ever successfully scale the globally-renowned sea stack in Scotland.

The famous Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Orkney, Scotland

The young climber, Oliver Buckle, will take on the challenge to scale the Old Man of Hoy in the middle of May when his preparations are complete, and he is currently ensuring he’s on top of his game for the ‘E1 ‘extremely severe’ grade climb.

Should Oliver achieve his challenge, he’ll not only be join the like of huge names in climbing circles such as Sir Chris Bonnington, he will also be crowned the youngest person to ever ascend the rock. Leo Houlding is the existing title holder, when he managed the feat at the ripe old age of 11!

You can find the internationally recognised Old Man of Hoy climb in Orkney off the north coast of Scotland, standing a staggering 449 feet (137m). It was only successfully climbed 50 years ago, which is a relatively short time ago, considering how long people have enjoyed climbing in the UK.

Oliver found his love of climbing after his dad took him to a climbing wall in his hometown of Bristol, just before his third birthday and he’s not looked down since!

Oliver is not only doing this for the personal achievement, he is also combining his challenge with raising money for Water Aid, for whom Oliver has already raised £1400, which is enough to pay for three new drinking wells.

We’re all wishing Oliver the best of luck on his challenge, and we’re sure he can do it!

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Image: Dave Wheeler under Creative Commons