|25m. A superb and complex set of moves up a series of very shallow grooves in the nose of the pillar R of Grey Pride. Given *** but the smooth rock may not be to everybody's taste, ** if it puts you off. Although the route navigates around a small patch of loose rock in its lower half, all the climbed rock is very solid. Key holds are small and hard to spot and some moves are devious. The suggested (on sight) grade allows for this. It feels much easier once the moves are known and might also feel easier if well-chalked. Start below a shallow groove just L of a borehole in the steep wall immediately R of Grey Pride. Gain the faint groove L of the borehole and climb it to big flat holds. Avoid the groove directly above (which contains loose-looking blocks) by traversing into the scoop on the R, which is solid. Exit the scoop just L of the obvious brown niche and continue up a tiny pillar. Where this fades, move first diagonally L to a good handhold then horizontally L to a big foothold. Gain the shallow groove above and exit up its L wall with difficulty on small holds to a good hold below a continuation groove. Climb the R wall of this with further difficulty on smooth rock and exit L to the Grey Pride lower off.|
Harold Walmsley 12/Aug/2010
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