/ Avatar - Cheddar
Yes; it's a different first pitch which, I think, uses some of the line of the original first pitch of Malaise, which subsequently became overgrown and wasn't described in later guides. That pitch was graded 5b in Dick Broomhead's 1977 guide but, as I'm sure you're aware, when things at Cheddar are engulfed by vegetation for a couple of decades they often tend to re-emerge into the light of day in a condition somewhat different from the original! The old version included a pull over a small roof which may indeed be the same as that on the modern first pitch of Avatar; I would suggest, though, that it's now definitely 5c, but well protected. Avatar's original 5a first pitch presumably still lurks further right under the ivy pasture amply illustrated on page 71 of the current guide.
Pitch 2, as I recall (from 2005) is an honest, "steady away" sort of job up the steep crack and groove; no nasty surprises, gear ok, grade seems about right. A bit hazy, I'm afraid, but hope it helps.
Ok, ta, I think from the response so far, my guess is that it doesn't get done very often...
You're probably right.
No, he always looks like that!!...Seriously though, I know Dan, I will have a word with him, cheers...
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