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Rat Race*** E4 6a, 5b

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[Rat Race, Dunkeld., 3 kb]2 pitches. A splendid route, climbing the pod and crack to a peg belay. The corner in the roof past 2 pegs. The peg belay is now very poor and it is advisable to carry on and complete the climb in 1 pitch.
M. Graham 1978 1963

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Scottish Rock, Scottish Rock Climbs ****, Very good routes in the UK, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes.

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This climb is in 76 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Had the same excitement as gforce with untying a stuck rope above the roof. I'd say watch out for that, but I'm not sure what it is you need to watch for.
Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/14 with Frazer

did as 1 pitch
tom russell - Lead β - 22/Jul/14 with Ri

P1 only. Ryan lead. A fair many holds were wet.
masa-alpin - 2nd β - 12/Jun/14 with Nigel K, Ryan P

Uisdean hawthorn - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Darren

dwisniewski - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Uisdean

Clean onisght, did the direct finish and ran both pitches into one large one, well chuffed!!
Willismorris - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/13 with euanryan

'led' pitch one
robertmichaeladams - AltLd dog - 29/Sep/13

One rest to hammer out stuck nut. Felt alright though - would be a battle to lead. Crossing the roof is amazing!
salix - 2nd dog - 13/Aug/13 with Rich

Mostly on-sight as had just seconded the route to the left that shares a bit of the traverse with this route. Had to fight all the way and the final roof is pure space-walking.
richiebongo - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/13 with will roper

Climbing + massive hangover just dont mix
Ginger McGrath - Lead dnf - 04/Aug/13 with luke hunt

Led P1. Good climbing, very smeggy. Wet P2 over the roof.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Jemma Powell

Ri - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/13 with mike

Close shave. After feeling totally solid, took the mother of all whippers onto the peg after my hand popped from a slightly greasy hold in the niche. Ended up missing the deck by half a metre. The 'press on to the niche and then sort out gear' strategy kinda bit me! Gave my belayer the fear and a few blisters.
stugreen75 - Lead dnf - 02/Jun/13 with Jase

Done in two pitches, I led both. Really good route
Apharri - Lead O/S - 29/May/13 with Dave Wharton

captain - 2013

captain - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

In one pitch. Varied, challenging cimbing! Intense.
Fultonius - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Ross Barnes

samwillo - Lead - 23/Sep/12 with Vicki Mayes

redjerry - TR O/S - 02/Aug/12

Flippin' brill. In one pitch.
Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Manbeast

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/May/12

Vicki M - Lead O/S - 16/May/12 with Alasdiar Robb

stugreen75 - 2nd O/S - 24/Mar/12

p2
centurion05 - AltLd - 09/Aug/11 with patch

We got worked by this one! I fell off just before the niche, should have kept going and stopped putting so much gear in. Ginger managed to fall off the start of the second pitch too....good climbing though, will be back!
Chad123 - AltLd dog - 14/May/11 with Ginger Tom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/May/11

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Steve Crowe - 2011

Dave Parton - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Delighted with this - been eyeing up the line for ages! Done in a single pitch. First proper E4.
Neil Adams - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Heike

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/10

One pitch. not quite as pumpy as I feared. There's some good rests if you look for them.
Dr Toph - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/10 with Jason

JM - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Steve Sylvester

sparkass - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/10 with Mike Shorter

westaway - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

I did it in one big pitch
Greg Boswell - Lead RP - 10/May/10 with Mhairi Thorburn

Spanked when I tried to lead it. Managed it cleanly on second at a later date. I really just need to man up!
henwardian - 2nd rpt - 2010 with Martin

Blew onsight 2 years ago. felt easier this time, but nice to do it ground up
akhughes - Lead rpt - 05/Oct/09

both pitches
jess - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with martin

Stewart B - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/09 with Dave Redpath

Ally Baba - Lead β - 14/May/09 with M.Hartree,

done in one pitch ?E4
sheppy - Lead rpt - 25/Apr/09 with iain n jules

willackers - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/09 with Stew, Jeans, Nick, Litster

Nicolas Duboust - 2nd - 25/Mar/09 with will, ben, stuart, jeans

Exciting finish involving a rope jamming under the final roof. Had to untie from it and unfortunately the other didn't have any gear on it for a long way! Made very tentative steps over the last metre or two.
gforce - Lead - 17/Jul/08 with Stevie

mshorter - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/08 with mike g and boo

mgeek - Lead O/S - Mar/07 with johny clarke

alan wilson - 2007

figfour - Lead - 2007

very sustain climb well done andy. was happy to follow throughout!!!
French Erick - 2nd O/S - 07/Sep/06 with Andy Sharpe

Russell Birkett - Lead rpt - Jun/06 with Dan Richardson

Hidden - 2nd dog - May/06

ali_robb - Lead O/S - May/05

buzby78 - Lead - 21/Jul/02

Cassidy - Lead O/S - Aug/97 with David Cassidy

Surely this is over graded? How could anybody give it E4?
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - Jun/97 with Sean Smith

whispering nic - Apr/96 with malc davies

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/95 with Pete Benson

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

Hidden - Lead β - 29/May/94

Felt like E3
Roy Stuart - Lead O/S - 1994 with Alex Thomas

Nick Biven - AltLd - 1991

keefe - 1990

Second attempt,failed on it previously.
cam1401 - Lead - Sep/89 with John

dominic lee - Lead O/S - Aug/89 with daniel lee

David Smith - AltLd - 29/May/88 with john stanger

Dave Douglas - AltLd β - 25/May/88 with Neil Shepherd

Led to the stance, lowered off then t-roped the 1st pitch collecting the gear and led on to the top.
Chris Craggs - Lead O/S - 1988 with Sherri Davy

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

never E3 - definitely E4
mark mcgowan01 - 1985

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 27/Jun/84 with Dave Simmonds, Gordon Bisset

Peter
William Robertson - Lead O/S - Jul/80

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Total votes cast 44
hard E50 of 17
E50 of 17
easy E50 of 17
hard E41 of 17
E413 of 17
easy E41 of 17
hard E32 of 17
E30 of 17
easy E30 of 17
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Style of ascent

Lead46 of 76 (60.5%)
Followed9 of 76 (11.8%)
Toproped1 of 76 (1.3%)
Alt Leads7 of 76 (9.2%)
Unknown13 of 76 (17.1%)

'Climbed'24 of 76 (31.6%)
clean O/S36 of 76 (47.4%)
clean β5 of 76 (6.6%)
clean rpt4 of 76 (5.3%)
clean RP1 of 76 (1.3%)
dogged4 of 76 (5.3%)
dnf2 of 76 (2.6%)