Argyll and Bute > The Cobbler, South Peak >
Gladiator's Groove Direct** E1 5b

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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.

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This climb is in 26 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

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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Total votes cast 20
hard E20 of 4
E21 of 4
easy E20 of 4
hard E10 of 4
E13 of 4
easy E10 of 4
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hard 5c0 of 2
5c0 of 2
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hard 5b1 of 2
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Style of ascent

Lead7 of 26 (26.9%)
Followed1 of 26 (3.8%)
Alt Leads17 of 26 (65.4%)
Unknown1 of 26 (3.8%)

'Climbed'7 of 26 (26.9%)
clean O/S19 of 26 (73.1%)