Central Ridge* VS 4b

Rockfax Description
A good route loosely based on the broken central rib of rock.
1) 28m. Climb blocky ground to gain a crack. Follow this and move left to gain the rib. Climb the rib, various belays possible.
2) 15m. Follow the broken rib until a ledge is reached below the final steep wall.
3) 4b, 32m. Climb the rib to gain a leftward traverse on a narrow ledge. From here climb the difficult groove above and exit leftwards. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
3 Pitch - 1.3a 2.3b 3.4a

1.95e+03 Jan/1995
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This climb is in 21 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Oct/15

Hidden - 06/Jun/15

brian watson - AltLd - 06/Jun/15 with scott titt

3rd pitch was very greasy and not easy needs to be dry and sunny for a few days to dry off!
tom.organ - Lead O/S - 30/May/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13

Nice route. We found it clean, dry and solid, and didn't struggle to find gear. Yes, the final blank corner is not reflected in the grade, so watch out.
Karlos - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/13 with Ian Archer

Clean, excellent friction. Top pitch not easy and needs to be dry.
Ian Archer - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/13 with Karl Stewart

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Aug/12

Loose rock, muddy cracks, sparse gear, and not 4a at the top. Lead the 2nd - nicest bit.
0ddba11 - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/12 with Colin Crockart

Don't think the fierce crack (5b?) at the top of the last pitch is the finish that's described, I suspect the easier angled groove to it's right is. That looks a bit bolder though (especially if belayed immediately under it like we were), and still not easy looking. There is a tenuous alternative out left too. I opted for the crack but ended up frigging it.
Calder - AltLd dog - 30/Aug/10 with Charlie

Pitch two simply brilliant. Too much vegatation on first pitch. Top pitch is a struggle. Spotlessly clean shoes essential. Feels much harder than HS 4a. More like VS 5b.
texuspete - AltLd - 22/Aug/10 with Charles Clay, Rob Pontefract

Final pitch is good, but tough, and well undergraded. More like 5a? Led Ps 1 & 3.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/10

Didn't fancy the last 5m of the last pitch so got a top rope chucked down. Found it wet even though the rest of the route was dry and the useful crack was filled with mud (so not so useful)! Loved the exposure on the middle pitch. Really fun!
Rosie Henstock - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09 with Katie Jeans

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09

Top pitch in very poor condition, green and greasy as some previous climbers probably agreed due to the amount of gear we found up there. We thought we'd come across a stash but then had to use it to ab off!
fizzychewitt - AltLd - 21/Sep/08 with Francis

led 2nd pitch clean. top pitch in bad condition.
Milne - AltLd dnf - 02/Aug/08 with paul strutt

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 28/Jul/07

Hard for the grade, more like VS 4b, 4b 5a ...
bullwinkle - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/07 with Paul

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/05

Hidden - AltLd - 06/May/95

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