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|Release the Bats|| VS 4b|
<< Ol' Red Eyes
|130m, 6 pitches. A reasonable climb and low in the grade. You'll find large hexcentrics to be of use. Start at the far west-side of No2 buttress, 10m left of a small square recess. Pitch 1 (15m 4b) Climb the steep crack to a ramp, move up blocks and belay in a corner on the right-hand side of a ledge. Pitch 2 (10m) Climb the corner, and then the right-slanting offwidth crack, belay on a fine ledge. Pitch 3 (20m 4a) Tackle the short steep wall, which offers a nice thread runner, up to a choice of corners. Take either one, moving right under a bulge to belay on a large ledge. Pitch 4 (20m) Romp up the slab on the left, and trend right to the tower. Once at the foot of the tower, step down and left onto a grassy ledge to a delightful thread belay and a boulder seat. Pitch 5 (40m 4a) Climb the short crack and then enjoy a knife-edge traverse towards the headwall, take the easiest line to another jolly nice ledge and a huge spike belay. Pitch 6 (25m 4a) Traverse left, bypassing the huge gully to a crack and a dissapointingly vegetated groove. Climb and trend slightly right up blocks to a choice of belays. Si Lynch 2009.|
Photo: the final 2 pitches of release the bats © brianrunner
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This climb is in 8 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.
Unclear of route after descent of final arete - continued up arete to left to top
GuyC - Lead - 29/May/13
xusa - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/10 with Gareth Borthwick
a good route with lots of short pitches and finishing stretch along an arete gives it a mild alpine feel!
brianrunner - AltLd - 26/Jun/10 with martina
Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jun/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/May/09
Captain Solo - AltLd - 07/Jun/08 with Hebe
Lead pitches 2&4
Danny Boy Dunbar - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/07 with Hightower
I led all pitches with a technical grade.
HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/07 with Danny Dunbar
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
mike_tamanawis, Ropeboy, Sutty22, Hidden, karinh, lewisl