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The Gravestone** V 6

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[The Gravestone, 2 kb]30m. Start at the wide crack below the small tree, climb this and pull onto a ledge to gain the slab. Climb the slab via a series of crack lines on good hooks, before traversing right to the small tree at the 2/3 height blank sloping ledge, sustained but excellent. Gain the wobbly boulder ledge via an awkward mantle round the tree. Step up and left, to either escape on the right at about V 6, or if you are feeling bold traverse left to take on the headwall twin crack line before pulling through the boulder roof at the top, probably around tech 7. Note: initially graded VI 6/7. But unsure on grading for it being a short route, it certainly merits at least technical 6 with upper crack finish being technically very difficult.
Craig Lamb & Findlay Cranston 05/Dec/2012

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Crap visibility and considerable avalanche potential on the main corrie apron meant a turn back from the col and descision to bin Shadow Buttress A & pick a line or two on the Clais Rathadan crags... Unaware of any recognised routes, Mike and I had a go at one that looked promising... After some serious scratching about for good hooks and pro, and a number of lost footings (saved my said bomber hooks) pulled over the boulder ledge finish; delighted with a clean ascent. Having an idea that this was technical as anything I've had a go at to date, I determined to find out if this had been climbed. ...Chuffed to bits to discover how well we'd done! Sustained technical climbing, but well protected - giving confidence for the difficult moves.
LogieNick - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/13 with Mike Leil

Turf ripped in crack prior to right traverse, took fall, returned to lower ledge and climbed it clean second time. Ran out of quickdraws at blank ledge, so escaped right for the VI 6 finish.
Lamb - Lead β - 05/Dec/12 with Findlay Cranston

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Dec/12

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