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West Flank Route*** HVS 5a

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Ticklists: Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Ultimate Scottish Rock, Scottish Rock Climbs ****, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes.

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This climb is in 46 logbooks, and on 30 wishlists.

Hidden - 2013

Lead 2nd tier of chimney (2 rests), P3 and P5. Poor rock in the chimney spoiled the route slightly for me. Probably worth E1 5b but not the fourth star.
Liam Ingram - AltLd - 26/May/12 with Fergus Cuthill

Impossible first pitch!
allyrocke - AltLd dog - 26/May/12 with Ted Angus

excellent route!! was in very good nick the day we climbed it, immaculate granite. By only clipping one (right hand) rope to gear through the chimneys we were able to haul the rucksack making life much easier. Thought the crux was certainly 5b perhaps we were a bit high as we had to make 3-4 moves up a slab rather than traverse left into the crack. Final romp up the last 2 pitches caps it all off!!
oliwarlow - AltLd - 27/Aug/11 with Joe S

I led the whole route as W was still recovering. Slipped while looking for the way to do the crux traverse.
gjd - Lead dog - 24/Jul/11 with Mapleleaf

Very good but 3 not 4 stars.Pitch 1 was bit dirty, especially the start
David Smith - AltLd - 12/Jul/11 with Stuart Holmes

westaway - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/11 with imelda and tom

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Jun/11

stunning,best mountain route so far.varied and interesting.chimney hard wk.led the vs pitches(2 and 4/5)lovely delicate moves onto and up slab,p3.bit of an epic to finish-lessons learnt in rope drag/extending!extended p4 to belay high and in the rain.
tomshanti - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/11 with imelda, Simon

shugsan - 04/Jun/11 with John Nelson, Jason King

JasonK - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with John Nelson, Euan Boyd

Hidden - 2011

The chimneys are brilliant, haven't heard myself swearing that much since quite some time. 60m ropes are just enough to run the top two pitches together if you belay from the left end of the crack below the big roof.
johannes - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/10

henning82 - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/10

Great route. Thought the slab was 5b E1,sadly the slab crux is easly by-passed which stops the route being a classic.
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 19/Jun/10 with Loz

Started what we thought was the VS Hammer but we were right of the chimney start for West flank heading up a slab and crack start. Picked up with West flank from slab at top of chimney. Entertainment all the way on slab, crack, traverse and overhangs. A cool lead by Alex on a thrilling route, well starred. P1 I slipped down-climbing from retrieving gear.
Feeling bold - 2nd dog - 28/May/10 with Alex T

amazing climb. Dogged the chimneys a bit when taking out the gear though I think wearing a ricksack made doing it clean very difficult. All the pitches were superb. It says E1 in my guide book and gives it 4 stars. The "crux" wasn't that hard in my opinion.
THardSevere - 2nd dog - 23/May/10 with jamie foxen

worth every star, the first three pitches with a variety of difernt clibing styles.
jamiefoxen - Lead O/S - 23/May/10 with Thomas Henderson Schwartz

Bottom chimney was slimy and I found it very difficult. What was supposed to be the crux was pretty straight forward. Nice route!
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Peter

AndyL - 2nd - 22/May/10 with Simon, Phil Jennings

Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Simon Locke, Andy Latham

Lead all pitches, easy E1 or hard HVS. I found the first pitch the hardest even though the third is supposedly the crux.
rob askew - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with andy m

Hidden - Lead - 10/Apr/10

drizzle started before the climbing. pressed on. chimney provided some exciting climbing with the wet slab! next time.
mulletcocktail2000 - AltLd dnf - 26/Sep/09 with mike

Not a three star route.
alex_arthur - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/09 with Matthew Osborne

E1 5b and 4 stars in selected and difinitve guides, don't know if you could get away with that. 1st 2 pitches involve lots of chimney skills
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/09 with Al Goodridge

first 2 chimneys are the hardest bits.
AndyL - AltLd - 24/May/09 with Scott

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jun/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/08

reg_measures - AltLd O/S - 2008 with steve burdett

gaz.marshall - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07 with Eddie

ed woods - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07 with Marshall

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/07

sgl - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/07 with Konnie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/06

Chimney up the slab
john irving - 2006 with Stone

French Erick - AltLd O/S - 15/May/05 with Dave Kerr

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 15/May/05 with Erick Baillot

Hidden - AltLd - 05/May/02

stugreen75 - AltLd O/S - 2000 with Brian

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 15/May/99 with Martina Osterloh

2nd slab pitch very wet. had to run back down Glen Rosa to catch ferry, but what an amazing classic climb!
Scott McRae - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/95 with Ian Thurgood

Old Tyke - 1993

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/May/92

Falko - AltLd O/S - 1985 with Al W.

A magnificent route.
Gordon Stainforth - AltLd O/S - 03/May/83 with Robert Barton

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Voting
Total votes cast 67
hard E10 of 24
E10 of 24
easy E116 of 24
hard HVS7 of 24
HVS1 of 24
easy HVS0 of 24
hard VS0 of 24
VS0 of 24
easy VS0 of 24
hard 5b0 of 23
5b0 of 23
easy 5b8 of 23
hard 5a14 of 23
5a1 of 23
easy 5a0 of 23
hard 4c0 of 23
4c0 of 23
easy 4c0 of 23
3 Stars15 of 20
2 Stars5 of 20
1 Star0 of 20
0 Stars0 of 20
Bag of .....0 of 20
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Style of ascent

Lead5 of 46 (10.9%)
Followed3 of 46 (6.5%)
Alt Leads33 of 46 (71.7%)
Unknown5 of 46 (10.9%)

'Climbed'17 of 46 (37.0%)
clean O/S24 of 46 (52.2%)
dogged4 of 46 (8.7%)
dnf1 of 46 (2.2%)