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|3 pitches. One of the best routes of its type on the Upper Tier, with good rock, sustained climbing on the second pitch and exhilarating situations. Situated on the upper section of F Buttress, right of the final arete of B-F Buttress Route.
1. Climb a slab, steep crack and wall to a small gap. This short pitch may be avoided to the left by easy scrambling up a vegetated scoop.
2. An excellent pitch! Climb the overhanging front wall of the arete directly on good holds. Step up onto the knife-edge and climb steeply for about 10m up the arete, extremely exposed, with a couple of bold moves. Resist trending right onto the slab to avoid the crux step, as the slab is less sound and harder than the arete.
3. After reaching a small ledge, the angle relents and pleasant easy climbing leads to the last obstacle, a short tower formed by a detached boulder. Move right, layback up a short rib, then bridge up the final groove. After the groove, scramble easily to the top.|
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This climb is in 5 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.
En route to the un-named pinnacle.
JamesRoddie - Solo rpt - 02/May/12
This time with rock shoes, rack and partner in tow. Glad to find my opinion on the route's quality remains unchanged, but agree with Mike that on a second visit it is a soft touch for the grade. Those crux moves are incredibly exposed though and protection is not abundant ... harder than most Diffs I have done and some VDiffs (in my opinion).
Only a hill - Lead - 03/Jun/10 with James Roddie
JamesRoddie - 2nd - 03/Jun/10 with Alex Roddie
A good little route with excellent rock, its not really V diff though, grade 3/3s scramble would be a more appropriate grade.
mikemartin - Solo - 23/May/10
An absolutely cracking route--really pleased I found this one. The second pitch is breathtakingly exposed.
Only a hill - Solo O/S - 17/Sep/09
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
CM1992, Hidden, Hidden, Hidden, franksnb