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Gruel Brittania*** E3 6a

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[Henward at full extension at the cruxy start, 2 kb]15m. Another brilliant climb up the pillar in the centre of the East Bay. Bold and bouldery, but thankfully not at the same time. Crank up the thin crack to a rest on the left, then swing back right and follow the thin crack to an impasse below the top. Take a deep breath and fridge-hug up the pillar to finish.

Ticklists: One for Edinburgh-based climbers.

Photo: Henward at full extension at the cruxy start © Dr Toph
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This climb is in 18 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Hidden - TR RP - 21/Aug/11

MonkeyDawson - 2011

Sam the Butcher - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/10 with andy latta

kevg - Lead dog - 01/May/10 with Fraser

Fraser - 2nd - 01/May/10 with Kev

make - 2nd - 11/Apr/10

after watching the others get this no problem, couldn't get off the ground!
JamieSparkes - TR dnf - 10/Apr/10 with Chris, Claire

squidgebob - TR dog - 10/Apr/10 with Chris BL, jamie

First moves up to the ledge seemed the hardest, pretty grunty. Upper arete is great necky fun!
Dr Toph - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/09 with Ally Hill

Don't know whats happened in last four years but felt utterly desperate today, greasy, dirty and damn hard on the top arete...
Chad123 - AltLd dog - 24/Apr/09 with Duncan

Pulled off hold
whispering nic - Lead - Jun/06

Excellent steep quarry climbing, got very pumped!
Chad123 - Lead O/S - May/05 with Huw

mgeek - Jul/00 with rab anderson

Beardyman - Lead O/S - 2000

Solo'd because the gear was too fiddly to place. Nutter.
greenroom - Solo RP - 1997

buzby78 - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/96

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1996

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 22/Jul/83 with Rab Young

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
martinmckenna, JamieSparkes, Ian Jones, andymoin

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