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Massalia* 6b

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[Climber off Massalia., 2 kb]4 pitches. An amazing expedition up along the wall left of the cave working right above the cave. Start at the toe of the buttress left of the cave. There may be some loose rock so take great care. 1) 6b. A poor pitch. 2) 5+. Not much better. 3) 5+. Excellent climbing. 4) 5+. Good but short. DESCENT - Walk/scramble along the top of crag towards Panorama for a 150-200m until well-disguised paint arrows eventually lead down to abseil station. Take care getting to actual ab point; itús a big drop! Also be aware that there may be climbers below you. The abseils are exactly 30m. © ROCKFAX

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Pitch 1 and 3
Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 05/May/14 with Steve Wigmore

Hidden - AltLd dog - 05/May/14

alt leads Jem took the first crux pitch
ClemB - Lead - 23/Apr/14 with Jem Greenway

Hidden - Lead RP - 23/Apr/14

Pulled on clip on the first pitch s it seemed hard and we were in a hurry. Topped out just as it got dark.
Calum Wadsworth - Lead dog - 15/Apr/14 with Emma

Led P2. Really cool climb and position, but agree that the bolting was very poor - spaced and a bit terrifying on lead. Topped out at sunset and abbed in the dark - definitely one to remember!
Dawn_K_B - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/14 with Ben Kelsey

Finally topped out of this. have done the first section four times and had to bail for various reasons. waited for Calum and Emma and abbed off together in the dark.
benkelsey - Lead β - 14/Apr/14 with Dawn

found seconding first pitch very hard especially as when I fell off at the crux I ended up under a roof (not the route). The rest was great, although I was shattered after the very slow and dogged surmounting of the aforementioned roof. Amazing views!
Fiona McFarlane - AltLd dog - Apr/14 with Loic menzies, Sara kedge

Hidden - 16/Oct/13

Led all pitches. Easy and fun.
Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/13 with JRAL

Aquaintances of mine were in Kalymnos a couple of weeks ago and one team apparently managed to get their 80m rope stuck after abbing off the top pitch of this. They were too tired to prussik up and free it, so cut both ends off, tied them together and managed to get down. I can't fathom out how a rope simply threaded through two bolts can get jammed so badly that it couldn't be pulled in either direction, so would welcome any knowledge from people there.....
Toerag - Apr/13

Fell off seconding the nasty first pitch (6b supposedly) :( The rest was clean.
rxmac - AltLd dog - 29/Mar/13

Crap bolting, 2 pitches were fun two were average. The last anchor was a pain in the arse to find. Up and right apparently.
apd - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/12 with J Smith, evanofthefell

bolting is really spaced on the 3 5c pitches, fine if your comfy on that grade but would be very scary for the average 5c leader! Generally thought bolting was pretty poor and finding the right ab station was an epic and a half!
James S - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/12 with evan, gem

evanofthefell - 2nd - Oct/12

Fell at the crux, couldn't hold on long enough to find hidden jug. Poor bolting led to seconder falling off and unable to get back on. Would like to see the better pitches next time. :/
GuitarGenius92 - Lead dnf - 07/Sep/12 with Ruth Lawson

First pitch is hard for the grade, especially with a bag on. The third pitch is really good, with amazing exposure. The belay is a short walk, follow the carins down a small groove (take care).
marcb - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/12 with Will Chislett

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Apr/12

pete1993 - AltLd - 12/Apr/12 with Nick

led P1 and 3, got up it in about 40 mins.
Nick1812P - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/12 with Kalymnos 2012, Pete

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/12

Great fun as a 3!
CRiddiford - Lead - 03/Apr/12 with Rob Stein, Darren

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/12

Wicked position. Disagree with the description. First pitch is pretty good and 6b+. Middle two pitches are awesome and the last is little more than an exit ramp. More info on where to ab would be useful.
mark_wellin - AltLd O/S - Oct/11

fildac - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/10

tuukka - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/10 with Maija

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/May/09

Craig McMahon - AltLd - 08/Sep/08 with Gav

Chad123 - Lead O/S - Oct/06 with Emily

whispering nic - Sep/05 with The Wife

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Style of ascent

Lead13 of 31 (41.9%)
Followed1 of 31 (3.2%)
Alt Leads14 of 31 (45.2%)
Unknown3 of 31 (9.7%)

'Climbed'9 of 31 (29.0%)
clean O/S15 of 31 (48.4%)
clean β1 of 31 (3.2%)
clean RP1 of 31 (3.2%)
dogged4 of 31 (12.9%)
dnf1 of 31 (3.2%)