/ 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.
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