Broken Pillar* HVS 5a
[Broken Pillar, 3 kb]15m. Really a VS 5a. Easy climbing to a well protected offwidth. Friend 4 very handy. Variety of methods available including laybacking, jamming and cunning.

2 options at start - either take the corner crack lines on the opposite side of the pillar to cathy, or head directly up the face of the pillar to reach the ledge before the off width - which is a considerably more satisfying approach.
J. Rice 1972

Ticklists: Scottish Central Belt HVS.

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This climb is in 128 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 23/Sep/15

JonnoP - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/15 with Rick H

MightyStew - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/15 with Sebastian Costa

sebbi30 - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/15 with stewart miller

Mike-W-99 - Lead rpt - 26/May/15 with Fiona

Fiona Reid - 2nd - 26/May/15 with Mike

Luci - 2nd - 25/May/15 with Alan

CaelanB - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/15 with Joe Barlow

Rollo Rolo - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/15 with Pun, Piotrek

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Apr/15

Was a shame that it had to many ways to climb it avoiding fist/off width jamming. Didn't have a big enough cam to project in crack so runout was interesting.
dmacmorris - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/15 with Kevin Woods

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Mar/15

Maria Bechaalani - Lead - 08/Nov/14 with Ali Hodnett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/14

Freddie 1 - 2nd - 11/Oct/14 with Andyh83

Lead immediately after following Andy up it.
Freddie 1 - Lead rpt - 11/Oct/14 with Andyh83

stuart34 - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/14 with Shout

Iain2754 - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/14 with Allan

ClimbingGlen - Lead rpt - 29/Apr/14 with Agnieszka

Agnieszka - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/14 with Glen

warrygallace - 2nd - Apr/14 with Ian

darunniff - Lead - Apr/14 with Ali Hodett

Nice climb, loose block before the pillar ledge. Bold top moves unless you have some huge cams!
ClimbingGlen - Lead RP - 21/Jul/13 with Teresa Torrents

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/13

jamesgr87 - Lead O/S - 30/May/13 with Tim

Fiona Reid - 2nd - 28/May/13 with Mike

Mike-W-99 - Lead rpt - 28/May/13 with Fiona

mild for HVS
Gabe Oliver - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/12

Fiona Reid - 2nd - 28/Aug/12 with Mike

Not as hard as I remember it. Should have got it clean, one poor foot placement just before finishing the layback and I was off. Straight back up cleanly.
Mike-W-99 - Lead dog - 28/Aug/12 with Fiona

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/12

oliverk - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/12 with Sarah Moorhouse

Hidden - 2nd dog - 24/Apr/12

Much easier than I anticipated (easier than heathy imo) and not that much off-width technique required after all. Rock quality somewhat worrying, ran it out on some of the easy sections because I did not really want to place anything behind all those dodgy blocks.
johannes - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/12

allyrocke - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/11 with Tom Eadington

ClimbingGlen - TR O/S - 28/Sep/11

David Stevens - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/11 with Reuben Crook, Andy Thompson

Looks like the bottom part of the layback has come off recently - I'd like to see a frontal photo to be sure though!
Thoms6974 - 2nd β - 07/Jul/11 with Reuben, Dave S

libby.southgate - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/11 with Jonnie Williams

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

KeithAlexander - 2nd rpt - 30/May/11 with MarkA

Hidden - Lead β - 19/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2011

alanswalker - TR - 21/Sep/10

Craig Geddes - Lead dog - 09/Sep/10 with Hamish McTrusty

Mark Bull - Lead rpt - 17/Aug/10 with Mike

Hidden - Lead dnf - 13/Jul/10

Stephen18 - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/10

one day this will fall down, so I'm glad I've done it.
KeithAlexander - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/10 with karinh, Graeme Diack

Nice bold layback section. Doubt the pillar is going to be there much longer though!
GraemeDiack - 2nd β - 04/Jul/10 with Karin Helwig, Keith Alexander

Hidden - TR O/S - 30/Jun/10

abbeywall - 2nd - 30/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/10

Finally! it's taken 3 attempts to get up this. Laybacked up the crack with a pull and rockover onto the face holds.
Fiona Reid - Lead - 29/Jun/10 with Mike

Mike-W-99 - 2nd - 29/Jun/10 with Fiona

robertmichaeladams - 2nd - 19/May/10 with Tom

tomdude - Lead O/S - 19/May/10 with rob

robertmichaeladams - 2nd - 20/Apr/10 with Dan

Hidden - Lead - 20/Apr/10

ianmckenzi - 2nd - 07/Apr/10

mastiffmat - Apr/10

Offwidth is pleasantly thrutchy and thought-provoking~!
Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 28/Oct/09

easy except off width crux as i had no big cam. protection below off width good but would lead to hitting protruding rock below. some higher micro protection far left on pillar face.
jamiefoxen - Lead β - 20/Sep/09

Got a bit further. Tried the face holds again, no joy. Lay-backing seems to be the answer but I need to work out how to get into the crack...removed a large amount of skin thanks to the rope getting in the way...maybe next time.
Fiona Reid - Lead dnf - 25/Aug/09 with Mike

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/09

Hidden - 05/Jul/09

Didn't have any gear big enough to fit the off-width so it was scary!
gregoldridge - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/09 with Andy

kdlauder - Lead rpt - 18/Jun/09 with Andy Galbraith

Multiple attempts to get into offwidth, almost made it once. Either need bigger arms or smaller knees....
Fiona Reid - Lead dnf - 12/May/09 with Mike

very perplexing! think i knew what to do but didnt have the balls to go for it without a large cam... we all had a look at the crux then i downclimbed removing gear. will be back with a freind 4 or 5!
Neil Mackenzie - Lead dnf - 26/Apr/09 with Mo & Reini

barney_edin - Lead - 22/Mar/09 with Roz

Mark_Fisher - 2009 with Neil kerr

Hidden - 2nd - 2009

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Nov/08

an excellent route with a thoroughly perplexing crux move.
JamieSparkes - 2nd O/S - 05/Nov/08 with Dave Spencer

squidgebob - Solo O/S - Nov/08 with jamie, Dave

Dogged previously
Peter Rhodes - 2nd rpt - 26/Oct/08 with David Charlton

Hidden - Lead dnf - 14/Oct/08

Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Sep/08

mcrobb - 2nd - Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/08

D.Russell - Lead - 21/Jul/08 with Adam

mhowie - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Niall

Hidden - TR O/S - 20/Jun/08

jonnie3430 - Lead rpt - 23/May/08 with Sian, Tom and Neil

SianR - 2nd - 22/May/08 with Jonnie

thomasaneurinsmith - 2nd - 22/May/08 with Neil Redgrave

Took a wee while and a lot of chalk to commit to the crux - pulling hard while jamming your foot into the offwidth. Just kept staring at the under-cammed big cam! Glad I got it.
beegsyboy - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/08 with Sandy + Andy

andymoin - 2nd rpt - 11/Apr/08 with sandy, Tim Cross

leighncsontos - 2nd - 09/Mar/08 with R0bbie

R0bbie - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/08 with Leighn Chambers

jess - Lead O/S - 2008 with whitey

jamestheyip - Lead O/S - 2008 with Luke

whistler - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/07 with Gus

Great climb! Size 4 frinend would have been very useful to protect crux.
Matt crawford - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/07

wileejoe - Lead - Jul/07 with Al, Archie, Ally

gaz.marshall - Lead O/S - 21/May/07 with Jones

Hidden - Lead - 2007

Sean Bell - 2nd - 23/Oct/06 with Andy

Fell out the off windth, onto a very overcamed no 4(bring a 5 if u wana feel safe). Easy climbing before and after the OW... Ground up not clean.
andymoin - Lead - 23/Oct/06 with Sean

LittleLuka - Lead RP - 18/Sep/06

latitude - Lead - 20/Jul/06 with Barbara Tregidgo

theflyingpaddy - 2006

Hidden - 2006

sea_lene - 2006

First time I did the crux on face holds. Second time I did the layback which was quite slippy.
jazzyjackson - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/05 with Tully

Roch - 2nd - 03/Apr/05

Hidden - 2nd - Oct/04

Hidden - Lead - Sep/04

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/03

220bpm - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/03 with Snowboarder

snowboarder - 2nd - 01/Aug/03 with Mark

Hidden - 13/Apr/03

beermonkey - 2002 with alan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2002

Captain Solo - 2nd - 2002 with Michael


Scottish78 - 01/Jun/98

IanMcC - 1998

greenroom - 1997

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1996

TobyA - Lead O/S - 24/May/95 with Ed

Ian Jones - Solo - May/95 with solo

Yourlead - Lead dnf - 10/May/92 with Helen Penny, Doug Rennie, Mike Assenti

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
David Woods, MightyStew, gurumed, JonmapDL

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