350m, 14 pitches.
Monster Traverse E3 5b, 5c, 5b, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6a, 5a, 5c, 5b, 5c, 5c, 5b, 4c **
Approx 350m in length, the full length of the quarry plus a bit for ups and downs. A traverse of the entire back wall of the quarry, right to left, following the mid-height break. Interesting and sustained, often harder than expected, or easier and more pleasant. Take two ropes, plenty of slings/quickdraws and a full rack. Belays were generally taken whenever ledge opportunities were available, or at times to relinquish the lead. Water/food was left on ledges or pulled up in a bag kindly attached by helpers. Pitches were climbed as follows:
(1) “Toilet Training” f5+ An easy introductory pitch starting up Andrex, tricky final section, belay ledge right of cave on The Sewer. (2) “Pumpy Pitch” E2 5c with a sustained section from The Dogs to the corner of Willie the Kid. Hanging belay on left wall of the corner. (3) “Do Not Touch” Mild XS/ E3 5b probably the psychological crux pitch which involves spanning across a large wedged but dodgy-looking block, (gear placements either side of it) swing round arête with relief to bolt on Dark Tower, continue to belay in niche of Blade Runner. (4) “Now Relax” HVS 5a to good ledge on A Right Earful. (5) “Actually Quite Good Pitch” E2 5b to good ledge on Spectrophotonomy. (6) “Downpour Pitch” E2 5c long pitch with good climbing to sloping ledge on Shot yer Bolt. (7) “Crux Pitch” E3 6a Hard and sustained moves between Say it with Flowers and Wall of Jericho, good ledge belay on Waves of Mutilation. (8) “Anti-social Pitch” HVS 5a pleasant climbing timed to minimize annoyance to the masses on Pale Rider, continue round into the big corner, small ledge belay on Olive Oil. (9) “Crazy Juice Pitch” E2 5c interesting, to good ledge belay on Underslung. (10) “McTrad Pitch” E1 5b steady climbing across some blocky ribs, a little loose rock but not scary, small ledge belay on Nowt Taken Out (just right of Bootiful Bernard Matthews). (11) “Dig Deep” E2 5c long and sustained – but the end is in sight now! Traverse beneath the roof of Tirfin USA and pull back up to belay on Grab Yer Mandrakes. (12) “Down and Up” E2 5c, difficult section of poor rock on African’t passed by downward detour, back-rope for the second. Belay ledge in the corner. (13)”Crunchy Corners” E1 5b poor rock to cross arête of Sahara, then a balancy step across the next corner. Continue across the cracked wall to a rope-drag enforced belay on the arête of Weakened Warrior. (14) “Easy Finale” VS 4c across final walls to the mud/scree slope.
Nick Taylor, Andy Lewandowski 05/Aug/2011