/ Top Roping at the dewerstone
Are there many top ropeable routes there still? What length rope would I need? Any recommended local campsites?
Thanks for any advice.
Agag's Slab is a very popular top rope route, pretty easy access. As it is popular you may not be alone though.
The logbooks are updated by users, so the amount and the quality of the info varies. The guidebook is the definitive source of information bar actually going there, but even that won't tell you if its top rope friendly; providing info like that doesn't really fit in well with the UK climbing ethic.
Organised top roping often requires a recce, informal top roping is more suck it and see when you get there.
Generally speaking Dewerstone does not offer easy access for setting up top ropes. If I was heading down that way, I'd go for one of the Tors. Check the log book for the one with the best grade range.
Plume of Feathers campsite still going!
if you're staying near princetown then you're also very close to sheepstor, which has loads of <S top ropable routes. It's not as pretty as the Dewerstone, but definitely keep it in mind as a backup.
As stated above, there are plenty of routes that can be top-roped at Dewerstone, and also on other nearby tors. Don't be surprised to find instructed groups doing exactly the same though, so to get the most out of it I'd recommend laying your hands on a copy of the South Devon and Dartmoor Guide http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/book.php?id=11
At Dewerstone, climbers are asked to avoid using trees for rigging where possible, but the sign is so faded that I walked past it for years until a friend pointed it out to me.
I have set up top ropes on both Agag's and Mambo slabs. You can walk around to the top of both quite easlily. However, as suggested before, these are the de fecto places that the outdoor groups seem to head to, so you may nbot be alone. However, if you arrive there before 10am, you should have the place to yourself.
The climbs are about 15 meters in length so your 50m rope will be fine. Here is a link to an on-line guide that I found quite useful:
Here is a useful on-line gu
If you have a guidebook and a decent length of rigging rope (or abseil rope) with you (to extend your pulley point over the edge), you can top rope routes up to 25m.
Take them up sheeps tor. easier to get around to the top plus a lot quicker to move between lines. When ive taken beginners out thats where i have been. good selection of grades aswel.
Plume of Feathers and Sheeps tor best options
Take them up sheeps tor. easier to get around to the top plus you won't get your lunch stolen by the Dewerstone Squirrel
There, fixed it for you.
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