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The correct line of Pikadon (HVS 5a) at Berry Head
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Having had an epic trying to follow the topo in the Nick White guide I thought others could benefit from our experience. Pikadon's first pitch is correctly shown on this OLD topo as white route 24. The red line is incorrect and I have transposed this from the Nick White guide. The red line would certainly have a harder lower crux (looks worthwhile though) and protection becomes sparce higher up (two sets of cams would be helpful). I could not find a belay at the point suggested by Nick Whites topo (the red circle). I had to press on to the hanging stance of Goddess of Gloom (the red X). We had to escape into Moonraker to avoid benightment but I will return to investigate the original site of the belay. These classic routes on Berry Head are a wonderful adventure and stay with you long after the event.
Kafoozalem - 09/Oct/09