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Topic - Dovestones Main Quarry

tony howard on 18 Aug 2013
We went to Dovies Q today & did Mike's Meander, once a classic VS. I guess it hasn't been climbed for 20 years. maybe more. Apart from the crack being choked there were rhododendrons and huge earth overhangs. The last pitch fell into the bottom of the quarry years ago, but its left arete is still hanging in there (literally). So lots of fun! (Some new nuts in the arete, how did they get there? Not via Mike's Meander anyway). Dovies Main (aka Death Quarry) is maybe England's biggest grit crag and probably has best adventures on grit yet was mostly left out of new guide! A shame. Cleaned up (major effort required) there's still some good routes in there. Did A-lu-te also, first pitch is same grade as 2nd, about 4b, not 3a!
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