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Rockall adventurer Cam Cameron plans to issue a further update on the Rockall clean-up operation this evening, Friday (April 19).

Discussing the likelihood of an imminent landing with the expedition’s online followers, Cam said that the forecast was looking favourable.

“However, the weather changes on a sixpence, and it is ironically still too early to make a definite punt for the rock. It takes a few days to get out there, and even then, as we found out in July 2023, the swell can be extremely dangerous.”

The Rockall expedition has been attempting to return to the rock to clear up what was left behind after Cam was dramatically evacuated from the Atlantic outcrop last year in fear for his life.


Cam Cameron on Rockall before his dramatic rescue in 2023.

The voyage, which takes two or three days, will be undertaken again on the yacht TAEPING, which is based in Inverkip on the Firth of Clyde.

A survey of the abandoned Rockall encampment and the installation of a couple of plaques are planned.

However, a picture of Rockall taken by a passing vessel on February 14 appears to show little trace left of last year’s occupation.

Landing on the rock may still prove challenging - even with a break in the weather - without climbing expert Emil Bergmann, who got last year’s expedition up the steep rock face only after three dunkings in the sea.

Cam’s attempt last summer to break the world record for the longest continuous occupancy of Rockall was defeated by waves lashing the lonely outcrop, destroying much of his equipment and almost sweeping him into the sea.

He had been sleeping in a life jacket attached to a personal safety line fixed onto the rock face before broadcasting a MayDay, sparking his emergency extraction.

Because of his rescue, Nick Hancock’s current record of 45 days still stands. Cam was on Day 30 of his Rockall occupation.

It had been decided to call a halt on Day 50 as there was a weather window for the expedition yacht, Taeping, to pick Cam up from Rockall.

However, the expedition was also about raising money for ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.