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Sacrosanct** HVS 5a

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[Sacrosanct (HVS 5a), 2 kb]A superb route in a stunning setting. The start is somewhat of a "waker-upper" hand traverse (an initial belay is advisable) but a confident approach is quickly rewarded. Can be done in two pitches or three - either way be sure to back up the belay pegs with natural gear. At the top there is a belay peg (probably intended for CTA etc) hidden down a rock step on the right (well back) as well as the more obvious gear. Probably the best descent (unless you have a penchant for vertical grass scrambling where a slip would be fatal) is to ab off the iron stake just past said peg (check it first and take great care as it would be easy to to accidentally flick the rope off it at the start) which takes you down into the basin of LQP.

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This climb is in 43 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

bit committing at start, but the jugs are huge
msoldn - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Mark

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Nov/13

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Sarp

I_hang_dog - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Strong Sophhie

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jul/13

Lead both pitches - top pitch was hard.
Motown - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Richy

Led 2nd pitch.
Dale Turrell - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Dave

Led p1
Bristoldave - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Dale

Grabtheslab - 2013

Lead Pitch Two.
JeromeT - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/12 with Ian

burto - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/12 with jerome

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/12

Graham Atkins - Lead - 10/Dec/11

adam cooper*super* - Lead rpt - 14/May/11 with jack folland

Twas good
Jack_F - AltLd O/S - 14/May/11 with adam cooper* super*

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/11

lead p2.p1 the best pitch.dont stray too far left on p2 its loose.
misterb - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/11 with wain

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Sep/10

twright180 - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Fred Wobus

James Mitchelmore - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/10

A steep climb that made the forearms bulge
Johnny Baker - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/10 with Sam Richards

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/10

brill, i lead 2nd pitch really nice climbing, BUT did pull off a bit of rock about nearly 2 foot long and fairly hefty aswell!
adam cooper*super* - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/10 with mike waller

Marti999 - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/10 with Chris Brooke

ChrisBrooke - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/10 with Marti Hallet

Quality route! Though a bit wet up the wide crack on the 1st pitch. Bit of advice; the first pitch traverses the lower jug rail not the crack above with the pegs.
Reeges - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/08 with Nick Saunders

Hidden - AltLd - Nov/08

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/08 with anna barnes

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/08

Justin T - AltLd rpt - 16/Jun/07 with Clara

Justin T - Lead rpt - 01/Jun/07 with Wifey

Hidden - 2nd dog - 01/Jun/07

The first moves are exposed and I'm glad I didn't lead that pitch. Took a lob on exiting the overhanging crack on pitch 2, after climbing up and down it a good few times before committing.
maresia - AltLd dog - 17/Apr/07 with Fiend

AJH - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Crispin

Justin T - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/07 with Crispin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/01

kp64zl - AltLd - Oct/97 with David H, Kirsten

colin milton - AltLd - 23/Jul/94 with eric milton

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Jun/92

Budge - AltLd O/S - Apr/92 with Richard Teed

ecowaller - Lead O/S - 1990 with Wendy Sampson, Andy Reid

ecowaller - Lead - 1980

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Style of ascent

Lead11 of 43 (25.6%)
Followed4 of 43 (9.3%)
Alt Leads27 of 43 (62.8%)
Unknown1 of 43 (2.3%)

'Climbed'11 of 43 (25.6%)
clean O/S27 of 43 (62.8%)
clean rpt3 of 43 (7.0%)
dogged2 of 43 (4.7%)