The Racing Line** 7b+
[Portland Sport, 3 kb]27m.

Rockfax Description
An excellent climb. Climb the lower wall past a flake to a shallow, left-facing groove. Make technical moves up this and then right to a thin crack and tiny corner. Climb the crack and left-hand bolt-line up the wall to finish. © ROCKFAX

FA. Pete Oxley 04/Jun/1997

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, 3 Star Portland, ROCKFAX Dorset 2012: Graded Sport List, Classic UK F7s.

Photo: Portland Sport © tscoobydoo
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This climb is in 30 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Since I was last on this in the summer the crux hold has broken. The upper hold on the right hand side of the groove that you press off to cross the groove is about half the size that it was so the crux move is now a bit harder. Still an excellent route.
Ed Babs - Lead RP - 22/Jul/15 with Phil Haigh, AlexD

Much harder than Shapeshifter!
philhaigh - 2nd dog - 22/Jul/15 with Alex Dennis, Ed Babs

Linc - Lead dog - 25/May/15 with Dan verge

Great, technical moves. Linked most of the hard part on my 2nd go, unfortunately it started raining before I could have a 3rd go :(
jonleighton - Lead dog - 04/May/15

Hidden - May/15

Disastrous effort at the end of the day. Felt much harder than ZOM.
lewiz - Lead dog - 01/Jun/14

pezzerrr - Lead RP - 18/Jul/13

Wow. Utterly and completely spanked by this!
philhaigh - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/13 with Ed Babs

Hidden - Lead dnf - 20/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 23/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead RP - 20/Jun/12

dannyboy83 - Lead RP - 30/May/12

Thought this is the easiest of the three 7b+'s here. Info Freako being the hardest.
dan gibson - Lead RP - 14/Oct/11 with julie carroll

Ouch... second session on this, and while moves are solved I did not get particularly close. Feels a grade harder, easily, than ZOM to me.
jgustafsson - Lead dog - 24/Jul/11 with Jen

jgustafsson - Lead dog - 23/Jul/11 with Jen

Second session. Had to have a fair few goes at the crux as had forgotten the exact moves. Then got stuck at the 8th bolt - managed to put the quickdraw in from a precarious position (outside edge of R foot on the edge by the 7th bolt, L foot balancing on the wall) but didn't dare to clip so ended up grabbing the quickdraw - chicken! Got to the top from there. Later top roped and had to have 4 goes on the crux (key seems to be getting L foot further R on the jug as otherwise haven't got the balance to go for the crimp with the R hand). Smooth above that but fluffed the last hard move going for the pocket above the 8th bolt. Fairly wired now so should go.
Misha - Lead dog - 10/Jul/11 with Mike T, Ian W

Finally! Too long on this one. Resistant style of climbing. Sequency climbing through the boulder crux and beyond. Awesome line... Just as good as zinc, if not better
mark_wellin - Lead RP - 11/Jun/11

What an epic! Enjoyable climbing to the big hold below the crux - got that first go, felt about 6c+. The crux completely stumped me for a while, then figured out a cunning left foot placement. Then really struggled with the move to get the hold by the next clip until a press out and another cunning foot placement provided the solution. Tried to repeat the crux section a few times (with varying success), which retrospectively wasn't a great idea as I then started running out of steam for the section above the crux. Couldn't clip the last bolt on the hard section so decided to try clipping the Zinc Oxide bolt instead as it looked a bit easier. Eventually managed it by standing on a lower bolt! Then had to pull on the QD to get the next good hold. Absolutely wasted by the end and didn't even finish the route! Would be interesting to get on this again now that I know the crux moves as the section above the crux isn't that hard, perhaps 7a though it was hard to tell in my knachered state... Excellent route.
Misha - Lead dnf - 15/May/11 with Phil

2nd go
sam_cox - Lead RP - Mar/11

schof - Lead RP - 12/Apr/10 with steve howe

Wasn't close to the O/S on this, 2 falls. More sustained than Zinc Oxide.
steve_biczyk - Lead dog - 20/Sep/09 with Huw, Marc, Emma Curry

marcpontin - Lead RP - Sep/09 with huw

Martin Krasnansky - Lead RP - 15/Jun/08

robyn1 - 2008

La Mont - 2008

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

bigie bob - Lead RP - 08/Oct/06

Hidden - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 2000

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Style of ascent
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