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Topic - Praying Mantis / DDT

Rick Graham on 08 Jul 2013
Did these two classic routes ( again ) last week.

To me DDT felt a grade harder (again).

I cannot see why PM gets E1. I must have done it a dozen times over the last 40 odd years and do the slippy crack bit the same method each time.

Beta alert.

High right hand jam thumb up.
High right foot outside edge.
Good wire above head (except when soloing ).
High left handjam thumb down.
Face right and use good footholds for right foot.

There are a lot harder 5a moves around in Borrowdale.

The slab section above as described in the recent guides is harder.
However, last week, I carried on straight up after the crack and stepped down and left to the belay.
I was surprised to find good holds and runners, maybe VS 4c.
No holds to clean so must have been done a lot for years by climbers with good route sense.

Any body agree with the above comments?

DDT E1-? PM hvs + ?

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