/ Bel Ami
In my personal experience, yes
Bel Ami has a strange habit of attracting climbers who are not really up to VS leads of the style. As VS climbs go the crux crack is very easy and can be jammed or laybacked.
Is Bel Ami that thing at Curbar which can best be described as a sort of toilet spire? If so then it's very easy for VS, as I recall.
I had a walk along Curbar and it is very much attracting me, after only 3 or 4 VS's.
I wasn't really up to VS at the time, not having climbed for a while!
PMC1 would be a good warm up before.
1st half to the ledge easy VS if you can layback- fall potential otherwise
Above that exhilarating, exposed severe?
If you're a local and are used to the style then you'll be fine.
Ace route btw.
I dont understand the peak reference as the route is a quarried grit climb. The bottom crack is mainly climbed as a pull into a slightly slabby layback with a good hand edge and the odd small foothold. Its no different in style to what you might find on stuff graded from VD to HS elsewhere in the UK. If you can jam you can even bridge and rest.
It seems to happen a fair bit on the first crack with people getting themselves pumped. The gear is a above your head so there is no danger. For VS its not particularly difficult.
Learned quickly, reckon id run up it now :P
If you are going to fall off anywhere, I suppose so.
No reason not to have a piece of gear above your head for every move, though. It is not as steep as it looks and really is very low in the grade.
It's straight forward laybacking (no jamming or strenuous stuff).
I fell (slipped) off it, which is a rare occurence in my history :-)
Ta. When I get to Curbar I'm getting on it.
Try Owl's Arete too if you are ok with VS- trickier, more exposed, but also gets easier higher up..... loadsa fun.
Elsewhere on the site
The Women's Mountain Equipment Cho Oyu Jacket is the perfect choice for female mountaineers an explorers who... Read more
If asked to name a British female climber who stood out at a time when British women's climbing wasn't... Read more
2012 saw the release of the beautiful first volume of definitive Yorkshire Gritstone climbing, produced by the YMC with Robin... Read more
The Kendal Mountain Festival 2014 proved once again to be a busy and inspiring four days of films, photos, music, art... Read more
Backpackers want an extremely liveable and lightweight tent at good price. MSR answers the call with the Elixir 2 tent and... Read more