180m, 4 pitches. A super journey with some atmospheric and testing climbing in places. Start left of Sisters of Mercy and climb fairly directly up over blocks to reach the huge gully. Step across and climb the rib just right of the huge tree filled corner gully, going up a short corner on the right and then moving across left to gain the golden shield and small stance up and left (if not too much rope drag then continue up to a more comfortable stance 10m higher, directly below the orange corner). Continue steeply through the bulge to gain the large overhung orange corner in the centre of Dragon Buttress, ascending this with interest. Move up and stride across left to gain the delightful rib, which is followed to the top.
Paul Donnithorne and Emma Alsford (alts)
I thought this one was "Thorn" in the new routes book... Great looking line, a bit dirty still but the winter will sort that. Paul and Emma had only just cleaned it. Pitch 2 felt 5b and was trickier than the roof. Not as sustained as Firesword. Will be 3 stars. haydng - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/12 with Rachel