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Topic - Pumpkin grading

Jamie B - on 08 Mar 2013
Is the Pumpkin on Meaghadh ever grade V? It was a stepped-out ladder the other day, with good belays and one steep move. The guide itself acknowledges that it's a soft touch, and I would more than agree.

What interests/amuses me is that this plus its 4-star rating seems to create a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's always mobbed out of all proportion to other routes on the crag. And as an acknowledged soft-touch classic this shouldn't really be surprising. But with so much traffic it's surely always going to be stepped-out and feel about IV,4? Or has anyone here caught it in conditions that would justify a grade V tick?

Would it be a kindness to regrade it and lose a couple of stars for the next guide? Might spread the traffic a bit..
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