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West Window Groove*** HVS 5a

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36m, 2 pitches. 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
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 25 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

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

wolverine - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/11 with Matt Sparkes, James Graham

Hidden - 2010

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

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

went a bit off route and turned it into an e3 5a,or felt like it.
mark s - Lead - 21/May/08 with andi t gus

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 O/S - 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

David Smith - Lead - Jul/80

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

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

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

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Total votes cast 15
hard E10 of 5
E10 of 5
easy E10 of 5
hard HVS4 of 5
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VS0 of 5
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5b0 of 5
easy 5b0 of 5
hard 5a4 of 5
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hard 4c0 of 5
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Style of ascent

Lead12 of 25 (48.0%)
Followed3 of 25 (12.0%)
Alt Leads7 of 25 (28.0%)
Unknown3 of 25 (12.0%)

'Climbed'14 of 25 (56.0%)
clean O/S11 of 25 (44.0%)