West Chimney** V 6
[Punters at top of 1st pitch of West Chimney, 3 kb]The tunnel is now blocked. I've reset the grades. Please vote!! I will update the grading when there is enough of a concensus for the new grading

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This climb is in 47 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

Great fun. Took Graham a while to work out tunnel was blocked. I would guess V,7 for the second pitch.
arose - AltLd - 13/Jan/15 with Helen Rennard, Graham Dawson

Interesting digging for the closed off tunnel. Great climbing through the direct route. Great climbing on all the pitches. Full on winter conditions.
MonkeyDawson - AltLd O/S - 13/Jan/15 with Helen, Ali Rose

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 10/Mar/13

"tunnel" is now blocked off, making for a much harder route. unconsolidated snow rather than neve
Phil Emerson - 03/Nov/12

great route! every pitch is interesting, climbed under powder with no neve, without the tunnel i think the crux is the second pitch over the bulge and its now closer to V/7. the blocks look lose but seem to be pretty safe when frozen together
Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 03/Nov/12 with phil emerson

As said in previous comment, through route on pitch 2 is blocked. Climbed left hand groove on the outside avoiding the dangerous looking blocks on the right. Much harder than grade V this way.
Pete Graham - AltLd - 29/Jan/12 with Andy Hall

The through route on the 2nd pitch is blocked due to rockfall, so abbed off. There is an alturnative outside the cave, but it looked a lot harder.
Elsier - AltLd dnf - 28/Jan/12 with Will Harris, Amy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Feb/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jan/11

plain kitten - Lead - 2011

Natalie feather - Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/10

mikemartin - AltLd - 29/Nov/10

Very good condition for November, ice and neve all the way.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 29/Nov/10 with Mike

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Nov/10

Dave Searle - AltLd - 27/Nov/10 with ben

bomber nerve where needed, cracking day.
jay.mac - AltLd O/S - 27/Nov/10 with Bjorn Verduijn

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Nov/10

Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/10 with Marcus

Pretty snowy conditions but a quality route nontheless- would suggest a grade of V 5 rather than IV 6
marcushorgan - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/10 with Andy Moles

Hidden - Lead - 04/Apr/10

Led final pitch, what an amazing route- bomber neve all the way, big thanks to the chap who rescued my helmet after i sent it 300m to the corrie floor while gearing up...oops.
thebat - 2nd - 13/Feb/10 with Ontour

el cholo - 2nd O/S - 31/Jan/10 with carlos, jamestheyip

Climbed in good condition. Great fun and feels safe. Each pitch has its own character.
jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/10 with Alejandro Garcia, Carlos

Ross Barnes - AltLd - 24/Jan/10 with Andy I

Great fun route! Best winter route in years.
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/10 with ross barnes

Outstanding route, and not another soul on Church Door Buttress. Grading today was probably more like iv,4/5, due to the amount of solid neve about.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 23/Jan/10 with Nigel Wombell

Brilliant route.
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/10 with Andy

Stupendous route, every pitch interesting and varied. Very intimidating traverse across the arch to the chimney on pitch 4.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/10

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jan/10

mikelaing - 2nd - Jan/10 with Ian Whitehead

Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - Jan/10

Hidden - 2010

John Kettle - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Feb/09

ewen - AltLd O/S - Feb/09 with the kettle

Greg Boswell - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/08 with Simon Tait

3.5 hrs of post-holing to get there!
Fultonius - AltLd - 12/Jan/08 with James Sutton

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/08

Very good but fairly soft for the great. The through route is easy but exceedingly fun.
French Erick - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/08 with Burnsie

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/07

ripped eyelid in half on third pitch, rest of route interesting as was drive to edinburgh
sgl - AltLd - 19/Feb/06 with Konnie&Dan

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/06

Neil Adams - Lead O/S - 2006 with Andy N

Easy for grade
Dave Kerr - AltLd - 20/Jan/01 with Steve Wells

graeme gatherer - 2000

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Total votes cast 33
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VI0 of 4
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hard 70 of 4
72 of 4
easy 71 of 4
hard 60 of 4
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easy 60 of 4
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easy 50 of 4
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