Curving Crack** VS 4c
[Curving Crack, pich 3, 2 kb]66m, 3 pitches.

Rockfax Description
One of the older climbs up the huge curving groove on the right side of the buttress. Something of a traditional thrutch, where crimping ability is never required - wall rats will have a humbling experience. Start on the right-hand side of the pedestal.
1) 4c, 10m. Climb the huge flake to the top of the pedestal via laybacks or jamming.
2) 4c, 20m. Swing left on a jug into the corner-chimney. Thrutch up the crack with a variety of off-width techniques past a steeper more awkward section. Belay on a ledge out left as for Vember.
3) 4c, 35m. Move back into the corner and bridge wildly up, moving back into the depths to arrange protection. Follow this until the right wall starts to form a slab. Move up this before finally gaining the fantastically-exposed arete. Finish up this on good holds to a grassy ledge and belay. Scramble out to finish. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The 100 Best UK VS routes?, North Wales Rock Graded List, UK Classic Corners, North Wales 100 Classic Climbs, Thrutch and Clutch.

Photo: Curving Crack, pich 3 © caradoc
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This climb is in 187 logbooks, and on 95 wishlists.

Bailed after the second pitch as we were not having fun damp thruching. The route turned out to be not anything like as good as the guide made it out to be. I like chimneys and cracks but even I found it very brutal, so can't imagine what Matt thought! It's a shame because it's such a cool feature but the climbing just didn't seem to quite match. Maybe it was just conditions.
Teappleby - AltLd dnf - 16/Jun/15 with Matt Ferrier

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - Lead - 2015

Led P1 and P3. If you can jam, P1 is pleasant. P2 is difficult and not very pleasant. P3 is almost worth doing for the arête at the top. Top tip: bring hexes as well as medium and large cams.
Pete_Frost - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/14 with Climbing Joe from Anglesey

A classic of the genre
sgl - Lead - 10/Sep/14 with will

Hidden - 10/Sep/14

Hidden - Solo - 08/Sep/14

Held on to runner leading pitch 2.
johnkeith - AltLd - 08/Aug/14 with Michael Sandison

Led p2.
cem - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Hervé Péter-Contesse, Will Grayson

led pitches 1 & 3. brutal
pimpy - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Herve, Charles

robpartridge - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14 with Noddy

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jul/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/14

redshapedfriday - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/14 with Matt Harris, Owen Pearce

Robin Nichols - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/14 with Roger

Roget - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/14 with robin

R0bbie - AltLd - 23/Jun/14 with leighn

Harri777 - AltLd - 22/Jun/14 with Khalid

khalidq - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Harriet Kirk

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jun/14

Led all the difficulties with the 5a direct start in a oner - very traditional climbing.
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Hazel Findlay

Can't say I loved the climb, it is in a great position but it all feels a bit of a grovel up a dirty crack. Much better routes on th ecrag.
Andrew Lodge - AltLd - 21/Jun/14 with Dave

Led 2nd pitch Brute force required to thrutch up chimney using back and foot technique after airy move left from belay stance
Tony Ryland - AltLd - 21/Jun/14 with Steve Barby

Bob - 2014

Si - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Aug/13

Damp, green crack made for interesting climbing - bridging, back and footing and thin face climbing were all preferable to the slimy jamming on offer.
Tadams - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Hal Roberts, Sam Cooke

joese7en - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

with rucksacks!
Pete Rigby - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

kelliroberts3 - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Chasqui Patter, Peter Rigby

bad idea to take rucksacks on this climb......
Chazwoz - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Kelli, Peter Rigby

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 19/Jul/13

Initially like being born again, but in a bad way. Once you get into thrutch mode, it's ace.
UncleMephisto - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/13 with Brian Seery

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/13

Awesome. Put a massive smile on my face having been a bit disappointed by Vember...
The_Boy_ODwyer - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/13 with Colin Harvey

Dan Mckinlay - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13

Horrendous! Did P1+2, finished up the top pitch of vember.
Ollie B - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13 with H.Gibson

first two pitches then on to vember
Helen Gibson - 2nd - 13/Jul/13 with Ollie B

First Cloggy experience. Led p1, had meltdown on p2 - coincidentally watching Calum top roping Indian Face! p3 2nd.
Jon Didymus - AltLd - 10/Jul/13 with Rich

Really thuggy and pretty hard for VS!? Mark found the 3rd pitch up the final chimney really bold!
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Mark Reeves

2nd and 3rd pitches with Jon Dydimus.
richiebongo - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/13

Mathias Willerup - AltLd O/S - Jul/13 with Martin Beale

Your a better man than me if you can do this without swearing.
Jones_88 - AltLd - 09/Jun/13

adam06 - AltLd - 09/Jun/13 with Wyn Jones

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jun/13

guy757 - 07/Jun/13

duncandarnell - AltLd O/S - Jun/13

Nick Biven - 2013

Hidden - 2013

rob16 - 2013

tim20 - 2013

Andy Chadwick - 2013

jcw - 2013

Tony Kartawick - 2013

led JAMIE up it the wriggle on P2 was hard but slightly easier than it looked. a traditional classic
alasdair19 - Lead - 11/Aug/12

djromberg - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

just 1st 2 pitches then did Vember as it looked more appealing.
Dave Rumney - Lead - 26/May/12 with Tanya Milner

cheeky - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12 with Mark Philipson

Tough for grade, as every pitch full on 4c moves. pitch 1 thuggy, pitch 2 a squirm and pitch 3 airy at top.
mark4344 - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12 with Matt Payne

tough and thrutchy. wouldn't recommend as a warm up.
vertically_challenged - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12

antonymcphillips - AltLd - May/12

Hidden - May/12

Spongeclimber - 2nd O/S - May/12 with adi bryant, lee godson

davidtrelawnyross - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Great climb, apart from the second pitch, which I led, which is a chimney horrorshow.
Katex - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Simon Edwards

adam 24 - AltLd O/S - Aug/11

very traditional is fitting. led P2, awkrawd when your tall
al123 - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/11 with alex

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/11

Terrifying solo on second pitch in the awkward corner. Great 'trad' climbing.
Alex Mason - Solo O/S - 11/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/11

Led P1 & P3
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Alan Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11

lead 2nd pitch
Simon Allcock - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/11 with Wilki

jamesh - 2nd - 29/Apr/11 with Jim Unwin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/10

djking1983 - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/10 with Andy Smith

you gotta like them chimblies for this one. P1 very nice jamming crack.
JasonV - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Phil

most of it was a damp chimley horror show but the end and start just about made up for it, anywhere else it would'nt
dan ely - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/10 with jon

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 05/Jun/10

Pippa - AltLd - 05/Jun/10 with Jon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/10

Did pitch 1 and 2. Too wet and slimy
Sophie Nunn - Lead dnf - 22/May/10

Very traditional!
adi bryant - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/10 with Jake, Lee

Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

zukator - Lead - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Aaron Lines - AltLd O/S - 2010 with sue hazel

gritrash0 - 2010

My first time on Cloggy, after having it on the 'to do' list for ages! Loved it. Initial jamming crack was very greasy inside! Chris led P1 & 3, Gary P2
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Gary Lewin

Led P2
theotherpetehill - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/09

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/09

Od - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/09 with Jill Reinsch

Bennykr - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/09 with Jonny

Jillybean - AltLd - 25/Jun/09 with Od

Led P1. Hilarious. Even Steve didn't climb gracefully.
CharlotteJelleyman - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09 with Herve Nuttall, Steve Franklin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09

hervenuttall - AltLd O/S - Jun/09 with Steve

Lead all pitches, ran the last three into 1.
Glyn Davidson - Lead O/S - 31/May/09 with Mike Doyle

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 25/May/09 with Conan

Fun and scary climb. Glad the route was dry. When you look around the corner after the Pedestal 1st pitch, you'll think "Oh My God"
Conan - AltLd O/S - 25/May/09 with Shaw Brown

Great test of traditional climbing techniques, felt a little naughty using cams in places...! 1st pitch laybacking and jams. 2nd pitch thrutchy back & footing. 3rd pitch bold bridging then more back & foot work before moving up a "slab" past grassy ledges. 66m of pure fun!!
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 11/May/09 with Jon Thompson

Seymore Butt - 2009

jon thompson27 - 2nd O/S - 2009 with Alex Thompson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Sep/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2008

Marcus - 2008

Strenuous first pitch
Gman - AltLd O/S - Sep/07 with Jonathan

five - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with TW

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/May/07

led second pitch. 3 tough little pitches on the high mountain, warrant HVS as far as I'm concerned.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/07 with Steve Grove

Jim 1st pitch, Me 2nd pitch and Jim 3rd pitch
Mark A Humphries - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/06 with Jim

ritchierich - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/06 with Rob Greenwood

mike lawrence? - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/02

Hidden - AltLd - 2002

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2002

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/01

BenTiffin - AltLd - Aug/00 with Andy Bissell

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/99 with John Short

Ched - Lead O/S - 1998 with Glanfor

WB - 1998

Dirty, brutal, and not at all what we expected!
alan moore - 1998

Hidden - 1994

lithos - Lead - May/92

Julian Wedd - 1991 with A. Brierley

mark-abz - AltLd - 13/May/90 with Ian D

Nick Rundall - AltLd O/S - 1990

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/89 with john roberts

ChrisJD - Lead - 28/May/89

Hidden - Lead - 17/May/89

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jun/88

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/88

Hidden - Lead - 14/May/88

Hidden - 2nd - 1988

Wasn't happy at all!
BigHairyIan - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/87 with Guy Summers

GuySummers - Lead - 29/Mar/87 with bighairyian

Hidden - 1985

Hidden - 1984

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

andy gittins - 1980

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - AltLd - 26/May/78

granitbahn - AltLd - 1978

steve L - Solo - 09/Jul/77

petemeads - Lead - 1976

climbed with dave naul - had to wait at the bottom of the crux pitch and while al evans and partner smoothed up and early (first?) ascent of curving arete
climbing_goose - AltLd O/S - 1976 with dave naul

Hidden - Jun/75

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1975

Nigel Bond - Lead - 15/Jun/74 with Pete Dainty

sharpie - Solo - Jun/74

Bolt Phobia - AltLd - 25/May/74

Hidden - Lead dnf - 14/Apr/74

Hidden - Lead - 1974

Hidden - AltLd - 1974

RichardMc - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/73 with Betty Seifert

Hidden - AltLd - 1973

Hidden - AltLd - 1973

rockofades - AltLd - Sep/72 with LB

Climbed many times since
uphillnow - AltLd - 17/Jul/71 with charlie Tanner, john stanger, Dave Ellis, Al Bennett

pneame - AltLd - 1971

mikej - AltLd - 17/Oct/70 with Geoff Williams

eroica64 - AltLd - 30/Aug/70 with Barry Cooper, Roger Everett

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 21/Jun/70 with Bob Knapton

rogerskews - AltLd - 1970 with Dane Atkins

Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 31/Aug/69 with John Stainforth

tapley - AltLd - 28/Jun/69

ill_bill - AltLd - 1969

Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/68 with Kim Wainwright

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Jul/66

eroica64 - Lead - 31/May/66 with Eric Reynolds

Pete Johnson. It rained didnt think it was a great route
oldmanofmow - 2nd - 14/Oct/60

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