Gladiator's Groove Direct** E1 5b
[John on the bold First Pitch., 2 kb]66m, 3 pitches. A Cobbler classic with two contrasting pitches. The first pitch is very bold, although good gear can be arranged with care before the crux traverse.

Start directly from the path up steep ground which quickly eases onto the sparsely protected slab, which is climbed on its left side to a delicate foot traverse rightwards to a block, then up to the large belay ledge. From here, go left and climb the obvious right-facing corner to an awkward move leftwards, then up the awkward leaning groove to a thrutchy, awkward mantelshelf onto a ledge and good belay. This pitch has some awkward moves on it. Finish up the dirty corner above or (more pleasantly but bolder) step right and climb the front of the pillar. Often done in two pitches.
W. Smith and H. MacInnes 1952

Ticklists: Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes.

Photo: John on the bold First Pitch. © Hugh Simons
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This climb is in 32 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Belaying Marcus on P1 was quite scary especially when some rock came away in his hands just after the steep unprotected start bit and he almost lost it! I led P2, improbable chimney was really fun and well protected and the easy-looking mantle onto the ledge above was absolutely desperate! Proper brown trousers! SMC guide gives a far more accurate description than Latter
mishabruml - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/15 with Andrew Bonham, MarcusP

MarcusP - Jul/15

euanryan - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/15 with Matt

matthew885 - Lead - 2015

Led Pitch 2. Definite crux getting on to the ledge, pretty scary on lead. Great climb overall though.
Hugh Simons - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/14 with John Hutchison

Led pitch 1. Bold and unprotected start, traverse moves are delicate but not difficult. Deserving of its classic status.
John 'B' Hutchinson - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/14 with Hugh Simons

One giant pitch. A bit disappointing for a **/*** route.
Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Henward

First pitch is harrowing. Second pitch has one very awkward move, but not quite so bad. Good climbing.
johannes - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13

olekemi - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/13 with Jeremy M, Mark G

In my opinion first pitch 5a, second 5b (as in smc books, opposite to gary latter's). Though the first pitch is bold, so higher e1 than the second.
tim newton - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/12 with Ben Payne

Definitely not a three star route.
leighncsontos - Lead O/S - Apr/11 with adam yacoob

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Bjorn

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/10

E1 5b. Interesting traverse on P1, and entertaining mantle on P2..
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/10 with John Chivall

jfmchivall - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/10 with Lawrie Brand

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/09

mantle on pitch 2 felt pretty hard.
henwardian - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/09 with Euan

A great climb...just very windy and cold today
French Erick - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/09 with Karen McIntyre

1st pitch was a bit worrying
Stewart B - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/09 with Ben Litster

Bloody freezing, but not too hard once I took my gloves off!
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/08 with Rob

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/07

Dirk Wallis - AltLd - 12/Aug/06 with Grrr

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 10/Aug/02 with John Watson

Gudge - AltLd O/S - Sep/01 with Gareth Hughes

Hidden - AltLd - 21/May/94

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 28/Sep/80 with Alastair Reid

Nigel Bond - Lead - 26/May/79 with Martin Crosby

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