The Sand-Pyper Direct** HVS 5a
150m, 5 pitches. Hard to find the right line in the first pitches and hs some very bold climbing, particularly pitch three.
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This climb is in 18 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Bold pitches 1,2, and 3. Fourth pitch was wet in places. The crux was well protected.
centurion05 - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/15

We also had issues with route finding. Great fun route with some great features though!
R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/15 with Taba

Hidden - Lead - 13/Aug/15

plain kitten - 2015

Route finding was a nightmare and the Scottish Rock guidebook pitch descriptions were next to useless. Encountered a fair bit of loose/dirty rock and the line we took was anything but direct! We could of been off route but seemed to take the line in the topo and were struggling to find a two star route anywhere in the vicinity.
colin.morrison - AltLd - 02/Sep/14 with Ross Bingham

darcan - AltLd - 25/Jul/14

great route, bold at start and an adventurous, wandering line to the top!
john lynch - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/12 with fred prall

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jul/10

Now HVS 5a, and not surprising! Pitches 1, 2 and 3 have very little gear, and pitch 5 is definately 5a.
auchtubhmor1 - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09

adw07 - AltLd dnf - 01/Jun/09 with Neil Mackenzie

bit of a mad route, not sure if we were in right place, but called it quits half way up pitch 3 as gear was almost non-exixtent and bad head is infectious! having said that, what we did was fun and nice climbing, just hadnt expected it to be so bold.....
Neil Mackenzie - Lead dnf - 01/Jun/09 with Warren

Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/08 with Dougal

Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - Sep/08 with Gwilym

Captain Solo - AltLd - 26/Jul/08 with Pete

I hope we were on route! Pitch 3 felt a bit 5a-ish and had a serious run out to get up off the right end of the slab and through the overlap. The SMC guide (Cairngorms) is little better than useless for this route, as it is for many routes, for example a photo-topo of the Sand-Pyper area would be invaluable as this area is almost featureless. Also the guide should tell you how far to go right along the diagonal break on pitch 4 as this is not obvious and crucial to the route - we missed it.
AndyP - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/06 with Jamie

Good route, in semi remote setting. Wondering line very difficult to oick the correct line at times. Gear is spaced at times.
Jamie Simpson - AltLd O/S - 2006 with Andy porter

Gudge - AltLd O/S - May/02 with Gareth Hughes

Hidden - 2001

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