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Crystal*** HVS 5a

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Grad's Groove >>
A little devious but with excellent, varied and exposed climbing. Head up the awkward left-leaning groove, then move left and climb Grad's Groove until holds lead out right. Climb the crack and continuation flake to a small ledge, then move delicately right into Y Climb to finish. The Direct Version is a good HVS 5b. © ROCKFAX
The lower crack can be climbed direct (avoiding Grad's Groove) and a delicate direct finish up the arête is recommended (avoiding Y Climb).

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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 63 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Adrianw - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/13 with John Wilson

Nice route, if the line was straightened out it might just make E1.
TradRat - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with The Mole

fun, rather greasy on a warm day
Craig Holden - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/13 with Robbie

What a Fantastic Climb, Get On It Now!!! Did take a fall, because super greasy after some drizzle and got hands mixed up making holds slightly negative. lots of gear tho!
peter.ravenscroft27 - Lead dog - 30/Jun/13 with Matt Gatley

Gatley - 2nd - 30/Jun/13

elyben - 2nd - 29/Jun/13

slippery when wet
colin milton - 2nd dog - 27/Jun/13 with shaun l

Richard Alderton - 2nd - 10/Aug/12 with Liam

Went direct (twice) at 5b. Excellent.
Richard Alderton - 2nd - 18/Jun/12 with Al

David Cowley - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/12 with Chris Smith

chris smith - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12 with david cowley

ushi - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/12 with Andy Marshall

smollett - Lead - 25/May/12 with paul

ed.burton - 2nd dog - 12/May/12 with Henry Häkkinen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/May/12

Dervey - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11

Direct route, tricky for HVS
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Sandra Lee, Ray Sharples

Pohil - Lead - 04/Jun/11

davewsargent - 2nd - 21/May/11

jshields - Lead - 21/May/11 with Dave Sargent, Ed James

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/11

Brilliant, sustained and varied. Should have hand-traversed right instead of trying to mantle onto the ledge near the top. Got stuck with my leg thrown over the left-hand bit of the ledge and had to weight the rope to :o(
graphiclunarkid - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/11 with Huw

mikecollins - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with stg

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

Em66 - 2nd - 30/Jul/10 with Jack uni

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jul/10

Some nice moves on this route. Took a big fall after some poor decision making. I've left a nut stuck at the start of the traverse round the arete I'm afraid.
jonny taylor - Lead dog - 29/Jun/10 with Andy B

ablackett - 2nd dog - 29/Jun/10 with Jonny

Quite hard traversing after the crack near the top, maybe I did it wrong.
David Bulley - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Andy Chisholm

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Oct/09

Have to say I wasn't that impressed by this climb. It had some nice moves on it, but the wandering line means it doesn't deserve more than one star, in my view.
PeteH - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Naomi Hart

NaomiHart - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Peter Hart

andyhutch77 - Lead - 04/Jul/09 with Marc Tomlinson

Fantastic varied climbing on a long pitch with 3 star moves up every section. Brilliant.
odox - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/09 with Tom Pitchforth

petegunn - 2nd - 21/Jun/09 with Davina & Steve

stimpey - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Pete, Davina

Sylvi - 2nd - 21/Jun/09 with Rog

robinsi197 - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/09 with Nick

oliwarlow - 2nd - 31/May/09 with Polly

7om - Lead O/S - Sep/08 with Chris Morish

Fell on the steep hand jamming crack, powered through the crack. Got established on the flake then fell again. Finally finished, Awesome route. Can't wait to go back and lead it clean.
Daniel Sutherland - Lead dog - 23/Aug/08 with Chris

JonathanJones - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/08 with Curly Chris

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/08 with Anna

thomaspassmore - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/07 with Dave Jones

Claire S-J - 2nd - Nov/07

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07

Matt crawford - 2nd - 22/Sep/07 with Taba

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

nic42 - 2nd - 17/Aug/06 with dru

dj_brigham05 - Lead dog - 25/Jul/06 with Chris Thain

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jul/06

chris2451 - 2nd O/S - Jul/06 with David Brigham

Superb. Disappointed to make the moves into and up the crack then blow (repeatedly) the mantel at the top.
Sankey - 2nd dog - Sep/05 with Luke

Andy Graham - Lead O/S - 2005 with Steve Anderson

GPN - 2nd - Jun/04 with Jamie Moss

gripped01 - 2nd O/S - Jul/02 with Martin Bohl

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1982

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 1973

granitbahn - AltLd - 1970

RichardMc - 2nd - 22/Oct/67 with Ian Stromberg

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Matt_Hardy, Hidden, Matt Poole, Ian Jones

Voting
Total votes cast 59
hard E10 of 21
E10 of 21
easy E10 of 21
hard HVS12 of 21
HVS9 of 21
easy HVS0 of 21
hard VS0 of 21
VS0 of 21
easy VS0 of 21
hard 5b0 of 20
5b0 of 20
easy 5b0 of 20
hard 5a15 of 20
5a5 of 20
easy 5a0 of 20
hard 4c0 of 20
4c0 of 20
easy 4c0 of 20
3 Stars14 of 18
2 Stars3 of 18
1 Star1 of 18
0 Stars0 of 18
Bag of .....0 of 18
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Style of ascent

Lead31 of 63 (49.2%)
Followed29 of 63 (46.0%)
Alt Leads1 of 63 (1.6%)
Unknown2 of 63 (3.2%)

'Climbed'25 of 63 (39.7%)
clean O/S28 of 63 (44.4%)
dogged10 of 63 (15.9%)