In the 19th Century approximately 80 people lived in Rackwick, which is remarkable given how quiet the valley is today. These people were fisherman and crofters who lived a hard but happy life. Men of Rackwick has no peers in the art of cliff climbing; for skill and daring they were cragmen par excellence. They climbed cliffs to gather eggs and seabirds for eating. They used simmans - which were ropes made of heather!