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The Groove*** E1 5a

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[Line of The Groove in shadow, 2 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.

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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 103 logbooks, and on 20 wishlists.

chrisallan - AltLd dog - 26/Aug/13

Led pitches 2, 4 & 6. Pitch 2 was soaking but I assume it's always like that. Brilliant route following a really striking line.
climbingpixie - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Maria

Led pitches 1/3/5. First is lovely and quite tricky. 2nd was soaking. Top groove (3/4) very good although some loose rock/snappy holds.
maria85 - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Julie

switch - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Leanne

ian caton - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with PAul cc

Bridgetastic!
Tim Sparrow - AltLd - 09/Jun/13 with Piers Nesbitt

Derek Ryden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Glynne Andrew

Hidden - Apr/13

Andy Chadwick - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

Quite a serious outing. Wet and slimy at the bottom. Chossy and unprotected at the top. Not awesome.
Longsufferingropeholder - AltLd - 08/Sep/12

Led P1, P3 & P5. Climbing was great but tough going. P1 was a right bastard with a scary chossy top out, would def give it 5b.
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Graeme

Top afternoon (given the late start!). Led P2, P4 & 6. Hard damp first pitch seemed solid 5b and understandably took quite a while to complete but good gear. P2 was excellent hard bridging though a bit damp in the crack itself in a couple of places but easy to avoid and solid gear. P3 has enough gear and some good moves. P4 is excellent and the jugs just keep coming :) P5 is easy & good though quite bold. P6 is easy but very bold, bit loose and vegetated in places but nothing you wouldn't expect on the upper part of a mountain crag. Thought overall pitches were 5b, 5b, 5a, 5a, 4b, 4b
Graeme Hammond - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Jim

Stunning day, only one wet hold on the route. Would grade the pitches 5b - 5a - 5b - 5a - 4b - 4b. Went down slightly off 2nd belay then diagonally up to 3rd belay - hard and lichenous, so might have been off route. 1st pitch full on 5b.
philhilo - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Helen E

Luke Brooks - AltLd - 29/Mar/12 with Konrad Doyle

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Captain Gear - 2012

Stewart Armstrong - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

great route, real mountain feel to it. Second pitch is 5b, third has no gear and the fourth is excellent. recommended.
centurion05 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/11 with chris thorne

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

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Glenn Sutcliffe - 2011

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Roger Cruse - AltLd dog - 26/Jun/10 with Kris

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/May/10

5b (in guide). Cracks where wet/green so had to climb without them, made the harder pitches alot harder. Lots of loose holds. Good though
Matt Bennett - AltLd O/S - 23/May/10 with Mr Lopez, Stuart Honick

Ken Taylor - 2010

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/07

Rich Mayfield - AltLd - 02/Aug/07 with Mark Stevenson

Near took a bad fall on the second pitch back to the belay ledge. Groove was wet and muddy, excavation for wire placements required!
sebrider - AltLd - Jun/07 with Roby Rudolf

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/06

Bailed after the first pitch as Rich didn't have the beans! An early outing!
Smelly Fox - Lead dnf - Oct/03 with Thick Rich

Gus - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/03

Coel Hellier - AltLd - 2003

zero six - Lead O/S - 2000

phardman - Lead - 04/Aug/96 with Jon Bibby

mikej - AltLd - 20/Jul/96 with Nick Salmon

rob.grafton - AltLd dnf - 13/Aug/95 with Bruce

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/95

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Dave Rumney - AltLd - 15/Jun/94

rob.grafton - AltLd - 28/Jun/92 with Bruce

MikeYouCanClimb - 08/Sep/91 with Graham Evans

Bob - AltLd O/S - Jun/91 with G. Westruppe

done in drought conditions. I got best pitches. I had watched the first ascent party clean the route many years before
David Smith - AltLd - Aug/89 with John Robinson

A superb mountain route
Nick Biven - AltLd - 07/Aug/88 with Ray Jenkins

mark-abz - AltLd - 19/Jun/88 with Jerry C

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jul/87

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1986 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Excellent! I led p2&4
Pete Nugent - AltLd - 28/Apr/84 with Simon Harry

L,L,L,L,L,L.
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/83

babymoac - AltLd - 25/Jul/80 with MTW

Hidden - Lead - 23/Jul/79

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 18/Aug/77 with George Mumford, Sarah Bridge

RichardMc - 2nd - 02/Jul/77 with Dave Langmead

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/76

Hidden - 1976

Very damp and greasy. Got to top of pitch 2 which is bold. P1 is steady 5b!
Sean Kelly - Lead dnf - May/75 with Tim Moss

granitbahn - AltLd - 1975

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jul/69

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Voting
Total votes cast 62
hard E20 of 21
E21 of 21
easy E21 of 21
hard E111 of 21
E18 of 21
easy E10 of 21
hard HVS0 of 21
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easy HVS0 of 21
hard 5b0 of 21
5b4 of 21
easy 5b16 of 21
hard 5a1 of 21
5a0 of 21
easy 5a0 of 21
hard 4c0 of 21
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easy 4c0 of 21
3 Stars18 of 20
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Style of ascent

Lead10 of 103 (9.7%)
Followed1 of 103 (1.0%)
Alt Leads37 of 103 (35.9%)
Unknown55 of 103 (53.4%)

'Climbed'77 of 103 (74.8%)
clean O/S21 of 103 (20.4%)
dogged2 of 103 (1.9%)
dnf3 of 103 (2.9%)