|Tophet Grooves||HVS 5b|
|75m, 4 pitches. Strenuous and technical climbing but with all the difficulties short and well protected. Rather slow tom dry. Start about 15m left of the Vikings at a prominent steep groove. |
1.) 18m (5b), climb the groove, which is hard to start, to a ledge below a groove.
2.) 18m (5b), climb the scoop above, passing a doubtful block, to the overhang, the traverse right a metre and climb directly over the mossy bulge to a stance.
3.) 24m (5b), from the stance, step right and climb the mossy wall to a good ledge. Move left and climb leftwards back into the main groove. Climb the overhanging cleft through the roof (with some puzzlement!) and follow the easier groove above to a large grass ledge.
4.) 15m, finish up the sharp arete.
SHJ Field, J Grinbergs (3rd Pitch) Jul/1991
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