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Great fun and an epic 4.5-5 hour adventure for us, with not much mucking about or stopping for rests.
Alternate pitches from the beginning escaped up a grass ramp a pitch or so from the end, after crossing Cosmonaut.
Lead pitch one in fell shoes (more mud and running water than clean rock).
Fair bit or gardening, fair bit of poo (of mixed quality).
If you like the occasional mixed terrain adventure, and don't get put off by vegetation this is a must!
Some really brilliant positions and fine climbing in parts.
May recommend not doing this after two days of rain (in November) though.
Keith Swainson - AltLd O/S - 16/Nov/14 with david stevens
Completed pitches 1 all the way through to 12 before escaping up vegetated ledges to the top as the light fell after Cosmonaut. Probably best not to do this in November after rain, seepage makes the route more difficult and there is a fair amount of vegetation on it anyway. All in all a great adventure!
David Stevens - AltLd O/S - 16/Nov/14 with Keith
did pitches 5-9 I led 6 and 9, very glad I didn't lead 8, with the bold moves around the big block.
Some very nice climbing, looking forward to doing the rest sometime.
BAdhoc - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/14
Narked4fun - 2012
Long, loose, lovely, vegetated, slimy and long. Did the whole thing. Pitches 1-14 some joined together a bit, some slight detours where we went too high or low. Only took 7 hours, finished just at last light.
Andy Graham - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/11 with jack colbeck
All 14 pitches.
Jack00 - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/11 with Andy Graham
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Aug/09
Pitch 1 was wet and slippery so started with pitch 2. I led pitches 2 and 3 as one long pitch, then pitch 4. C led 5, I led 6, C led 7. I then led a variation of pitch 8, ie I went off route, ended up traversing about 4m too high, reversing the final traverse of Wings - turned out to be a good pitch, would make a nice alternative finish to Birdland Direct. Then we ran out of time, and finished up Wings.
The first 4 guidebook pitches are pretty rubbish, next time we'll start up Moanin' (where the route originally started).
Simon Caldwell - AltLd dnf - 28/Jun/08 with Carmen
torrential rain storm halted proceedings a third of the way along.
manmike - AltLd dnf - 31/May/07 with geoff
Richard White - 1988
Hidden - Lead - 03/Apr/75