Portal S 4b
[Mike on top pitch of portal, 3 kb]40m. Start left of Needle Arête, and left of the base of the short crack and slab.
1) 4b. Unprotected and mossy. Best left to a dry day. Pull over the short wall and climb carefully up the mossy slab, to reach a sloping ledge.
2) 4b. Climb the wall, left of Needle Arête, pass an overhang on the right; then climb diagonally left, up the slab, to finish up cracks.

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This climb is in 66 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Led the first pitch
Alpinehero - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/15 with rich.harvey

Led second pitch. Good fun.
rich.harvey - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/15 with Alpinehero

Guy Lowndes - AltLd - 07/Jun/15 with Mark Deketelare

Brilliant gem of a climb, first pitch is great neat footwork needed climbing is straightforward enough and there is protection where you need it albeit a little spaced out but unless you want a hand rail and some queen lizzy steps cut in it is sufficient, second pitch is where this climb comes into its own, brilliant climbing for a severe, pro where you need it and some nice little moves take you just left of the arete, fantastic climbing for severe grade climbers like me, could benefit with some traffic but it's great none the less
adam84 - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/14 with darren swift, wayne killerstein

Adam on sited this, great climbing from him, lovely route.
waydan - 2nd - 15/Jul/14 with Adam Buldock, El Swiftos

Great little route, first pitch is great, the moss adds character to it, second pitch is lovely, needs more traffic, I will clean the first pitch soon so please climb.
waydan - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/14 with El Swiftos

rockferret - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Richard

Just needs a good clean up and traffic
mike hooper - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with jobey martin

skipped the bottom of the slab as it was a tad wet
Joby - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Mike Hooper

LDJ - AltLd - 30/Jun/13 with Oscar, Alfie

Grabtheslab - Apr/13

Only did the second pitch (missed the first pitch by accident without realising). Jonathan Bennett leading.
andrewmcleod - 2nd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with Ed Stanford-Clark, Jonathan Bennett

Grabtheslab - 2013

Started up Needle Arete p1 as the wet mossy slabs had no obvious line. Easy for grade I thought.
Cheese Monkey - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/12 with Vienna

Hidden - Lead rpt - 14/Jun/11

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Sep/10

uhhmmm, got lost route finding needle arÍte and I guess this is what I ended on.
GarethSL - Lead O/S - 03/May/10 with Rosie Hutchins

thought it was needle arete... whoops!
Rosie Hutchins - 2nd O/S - 03/May/10 with Gareth Lord

Hidden - Lead - 01/May/10

Oliver Houston - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/10

Hidden - TR O/S - 05/Mar/10

first climb in 6 weeks.my mates 1st successfull lead after a fall last summer and glad to say he enjoyed it.
minexplorer - 2nd - 08/Feb/10 with grant newcombe

urbanmonkey - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Frances

2nd time ive led top pitch.miss the 1st pitch its a mossy nightmare,but the 2nd pitch has a few fun moves needing a litte thought on gear placement
minexplorer - Lead rpt - 20/Aug/09 with grant newcombe

Paragonthewise - 2nd - 20/Aug/09 with minexplorer

Second pitch
graham knott - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Phil Webber

Second pitch only
Phil79 - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Graham

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Mar/09

Mickdenali - 2009 with Tony Rudal

RobSteere - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/08 with John Axeworthy

better than it looks
JonHarvey - Lead rpt - 24/Jun/08 with Jayne-o

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/08

matthoey - Lead - 13/Apr/07 with Chris Cope

Jon Evans - Lead - 14/Mar/07

I'd recommend not bothering with the first pitch, it's ridiculously green and more akin to gardening than to climbing. You can reach the stance by walking in from the left.
francois - Lead - 10/Mar/07 with Lorna

First pitch so green as to be unclimable. Done in the wet, with inexperienced partner, 2nd pitch up.
Robfromcornwall - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/07 with Oliver Young

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Lead - 2007

Hidden - Lead - 2007

clashmando - AltLd O/S - Nov/06 with Tom

The first pitch needs a bit of cleaning
mart rich - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/06 with Steve Moody, Steve Cox

Zoomer - Lead - 03/Aug/06 with Glenn Pengelly

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/06

tom_1985 - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/06 with Alek

alek - 2nd O/S - 03/Feb/06 with Tom Murray

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/May/05

SPA Training Course
angleseykayaker - Lead - 25/Mar/05 with Chris Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

JonHarvey - 2nd O/S - 2005 with Jay Jackson

hdog76 - 1998

climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/97

climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/96

Windy Dean
climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/96

Over cast Lynne
climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/96

Raining hard and in big boots Top pitch
climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/94

climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/94

John Simpson - Lead - 1994 with Tim Harnett

colin milton - Lead - 15/Aug/93 with eric milton

I slipped on slime and fell on first pitch, taking a nasty blow to the helmet.
jim_randell - Lead dog - 12/Sep/92 with MS, WW

daviesdan - Lead - 1989

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Nov/86

Mike C - Lead - 19/Jun/81 with Ian Purcell

Mike C - Lead - 07/Oct/79 with Dave Bennett, Will Fitzpatrick, Paula Cocherton, Tim Foreman

Mike C - Lead - 13/Jan/79 with Richard Oxlade

Mike C - Lead - 28/Oct/78 with Mark Cadman

mark-abz - 2nd - 28/Oct/78 with Mike C

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
James A.S Read, camillabrimble, hcaw

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