West Window Groove*** HVS 5a
36m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The other great classic of the cliff is easier for the supple and/or long legged.
1) 5a, 16m. Climb cracks that split the left-hand face (looking out) and move right to a small stance.
2) 5a, 20m. Climb up until it is possible to straddle the groove (exposed) then continue to a niche on the left - possible stance. Finish up the chimney and right-trending grassy ramp above. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Has recently suffered the loss of part of a flake, the remainder of which is reported as suspect.

FA. Joe Brown, Ron Moseley early 1950s 1952
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This climb is in 29 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

First pitch HVS 5a to small stance on right.2nd pitch went immediately left into groove 5b, then bridging up the groove, more 5b.Stiff E1 5b unless you go up right from belay then into top of chimney? Trees at top....saplings 25m down the hill, need 60m ropes to reach or belay back down route. Total sandbag at the grade.
philhilo - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/14 with Phil simister

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Jul/14

Glorious weather, great gear - an absolutely brilliant, adventurous route. HVS 5a only in a very old fashioned sense. 'Stride across' described in guide is ludicrous. Wall climbing up to tat and campus moves into the cave more like E2, top pitch E1.
benw681 - Lead O/S - 18/May/14

Led p1. Probably ought to go back again for p2 (although I'm not sure I can be bothered) as Chris bypassed it altogether by taking a line up the chossy wall to the right of the groove
cem - AltLd - 24/Jul/12 with Chris Parson

Went off route on pitch 2, too far right. Somewhat loose & vegetated - one star
drcorbasisgod - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/12 with Charles Moreton

Mr Sparkle - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/11 with Mike Hayes

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/11

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Kevin

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/08

Hidden - 2008

Led 2nd pitch.
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - AltLd - Jun/07 with Richard Bower

P1 only. Too cold and wet to go any further.
cem - 2nd - 09/Dec/06 with Graham Dolman

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2003 with john d

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Sep/01

Roget - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/00 with jon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/92

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/92

Hidden - 1992

tlr - AltLd - 08/Aug/91 with Roger

BigHairyIan - 2nd O/S - 17/Sep/89 with Martin (from South America), Tufty (Stewart Moffat)

Hidden - AltLd - 07/May/88

A long way to the belay at the top. L,L.
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 23/Jan/83 with Ian Milne

also 1985
uphillnow - Lead - Jul/80

Nigel Bond - Lead - 15/Sep/79 with Martin Crosby

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/79

Nigel Bond - Lead - 10/Jun/76 with Andy Brown

mikej - AltLd - 12/Sep/73 with Geoff Williams

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
simon pape, Different Steve

Total votes cast 23
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VS0 of 8
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hard 5a5 of 8
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hard 4c0 of 8
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