Opening Break IV 5
[Phil Ebert on pitch 2 of Opening Break, 3 kb]A nice introduction into the Mess of Pottage style climbing. Technical, and a little thin for gear at the grade for the first pitch. Enjoyable throughout, however escape is an option into the gully on the left from several places after the pitch one.

Photo: Phil Ebert on pitch 2 of Opening Break © francois
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flett53 - 2nd O/S - Apr/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jan/14

Lots of snow well banked out. Ewan lead first picth
mzchambers - AltLd O/S - 13/Jan/14 with Ewan

Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 12/Jan/14 with Chris Down

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jan/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jan/14

Done in 2 pitches. Led first pitch using almost the full 60m. Went slightly left at the initial bulge. Gear hard to find as much of route is buried.
Fiona Reid - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/14 with Mike

In 2 pitches, lead p2. Route buried, gear hard to excavate.
prog99 - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/14 with Fiona

olekemi - Lead O/S - 04/Jan/14 with James C

Lead first pitch. It had a short step bit with poor ice which was interesting. Second bit is a nice move through the narrow rock gap.
Murilo Lessa - AltLd O/S - 04/Jan/14 with William Watson

saffy - AltLd O/S - Jan/14

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Dec/13

Lead second pitch taking the left steeper crack at the top as it looked more fun. And was :)
leo-z-g - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/13 with Webster

remarkably good conditions today. lead up to the top of the big corner (pitches 1 and 2 as 1 pitch). really delicate and bold 1st pitch which was a surprise given the grade suggests well protected. pitch 2 was banked out with solid neve so really easy. hard to give a grade, maybe V 4 first pitch, II second and III 5 3rd?
Webster - AltLd O/S - 22/Dec/13

one of the better routes in the coire - first pitch is great
peter.herd - AltLd - 07/Dec/13 with Rory Brown

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Dec/13

1st pitch. an unexpectedly delicate start!
michael83 - AltLd O/S - 23/Nov/13 with Mark Mosgrove

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Nov/13

4th time. First time leading p1 proper
abbeywall - AltLd rpt - 10/Nov/13 with K

Wojttek - Lead O/S - 24/Feb/13 with Danii

Short but fun.
Gibson27 - AltLd O/S - Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/13

andy16 - 2nd - 13/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - 18/Dec/12

A big thaw was on, the climb was melting around us, had to detour round to the left of P1 and traverse back onto the line at the start of P2, nice move through a corner made harder with no ice , P3 just a walk off
Badam - 2nd O/S - 08/Dec/12 with Paul, Wilf

Covered in powder so finding placements was hard and time consuming.
Caspar - Lead O/S - 02/Dec/12 with Ed Cromwell

ecromwell - 2nd - 02/Dec/12 with Caspian James

muzz44 - Lead O/S - Dec/12

joeydurkin - AltLd - 04/Nov/12 with Jockey

Very lean with alot of verglas and "some" ice in the corner of the 1st pitch. Where there was turf it was solid.
Yourlead - AltLd O/S - 01/Nov/12 with Graham Penny

Jamie B - AltLd - 27/Oct/12 with Andy Nisbet

Peter Holder - Lead - 05/Feb/12

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Dec/11

Pat-H - AltLd - 20/Dec/11 with don

led 1 and 3 after backing off the IV start which had a lot of unconsolidated powder
abbeywall - AltLd - 17/Dec/11 with K

Hidden - 2nd β - Dec/11

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Hidden - 2011

newtonmore - 2011

lots of soft unconsolidated snow so time consuming. Led 3rd pitch
abbeywall - AltLd - 20/Nov/10 with borderline, FM

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Nov/10

graeme gatherer - Nov/10

pmurdy - AltLd - 07/Mar/10

whispering nic - AltLd O/S - 15/Feb/10 with Ali Cashman

Alpandy - 2nd - 14/Feb/10 with Chris

First pitch well banked out. Probably grade III on the day. Horrible cornice though!
konacol - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/10

MouseHunter - 2010

Greg Boswell - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/09 with James Dunn

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/09

hard start in lean conditions
Alco-nomic - AltLd - Nov/09 with Andy Wardle

Finished up the top pitch of Honey Pot
Dougie Harvey - 2nd O/S - 24/Jan/09 with Tom Simmons

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/09

BallsOfSteel - AltLd O/S - 14/Jan/09 with Andy Ruck

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Nov/08

Lots of soft snow!
Peter Rhodes - 2nd β - 01/Nov/08 with Justin Nixon

Alco-nomic - AltLd - 2008

Smelly Fox - AltLd O/S - 09/Dec/07 with Kev Neal

Late season so banked out, grade III
Captain Solo - Solo - 08/Mar/07

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Feb/06

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - Dec/05 with Zac Poulton

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/05

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Dec/05

Jim Haydock - 2nd - 11/Mar/05 with Graeme Ettle & John Bracey

francois - AltLd - 2005 with Philip

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Feb/03

DerwentDiluted - AltLd - Jan/02 with Chris Pearson

abbeywall - AltLd - Jan/01 with K

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/00

Also a III that felt hard when we did it.
smithaldo - AltLd O/S - Feb/98 with tom matthew

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Feb/95

mark-abz - AltLd - 12/Dec/93 with Gordon S

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