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The Return of the King*** E2 5c

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The open groove 3m Right of Lion is very low in the grade and has some nice intricate climbing. Tackle it direct past a rest ledge on the left. Take LOTS of small wires and little else. Use holds on the Right wall to assist the exit up a shallower groove.
R. Wallace, A. Wallace 12/Oct/2003
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This climb is in 43 logbooks, and on 10 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead β - 01/Oct/13

Really nice route.
martinmckenna - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Luke

Really good route: great line, interesting moves and surprisingly well protected if you take enough small wires. Recommend giving it a brush before leading though.
Brendan - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/13 with Del

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/13

Got stuck on crux fairly low down, hold on left broke off in my hand! Need to come back for another try. Neale made it look easy. Needs more traffic.
Andy Hewison - 2nd dnf - 11/Jul/13 with Neale

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/13

gjd - 2nd rpt - 21/May/13 with Gurumed

gurumed - Lead O/S - 21/May/13 with gjd

tom.e - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/12 with Danny

Nice, a couple more holds fell off and the start is a bramble-whack!
Fultonius - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Dougie

dougs1232 - 2nd rpt - 25/Jul/12 with Alasdair Fulton

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/12

Much better and much easier than it looks, nice sustained groove with a cool finish. Easy for grade but just about worth E2 as pretty technical. Two stars.
Chad123 - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/12 with Emily

timcussins - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/12 with ghr

dougs1232 - 2nd rpt - 28/Jun/11 with Tom Simmons

Pat-H - Lead - 20/Jun/11 with mhairi

Mhairi G - 2nd - 20/Jun/11 with Patrick

Holds are a bit snappy, and probably more stuff waiting to come off.
cat22 - 2nd O/S - 14/May/11 with Mike

Ginger McGrath - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with emily roo

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Apr/11

Euan Strachan - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

MarcusP - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/11 with Paul, Libby

LibS - 2nd O/S - Apr/11 with Marcus Peabody

Took a ground-fall from the top of this a couple of years back when a hold snapped!
Smelly Fox - Lead - 24/Mar/11 with Heather Thikey

sebrider - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/11 with Topher

Has definitely benefited from a bit of traffic. Pretty clean now.
Dr Toph - 2nd rpt - 20/Feb/11 with Seb

KeithAlexander - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Jelle Muylle

Keith led.
karinh - 2nd β - 02/Sep/10 with Jelle, KeithAlexander

Ross Barnes - Lead - 17/Aug/10 with Neil A

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/10

Neat climbing. Difficult to pinpoint a 5c move anywhere.
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/10 with Dan Moore

Great climbing. Each time it feels desperate new holds come to light.
gjd - Lead O/S - 25/May/10 with Mark Davison

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/10 with Euan

Neil Adams - Lead β - 28/Mar/10 with Fiend

dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/10 with Pete Abernethy

pete87abs - 2nd β - 20/Mar/10 with Dave Brigham

Euan Strachan - 2nd O/S - 15/Oct/09 with Tropher, Henward

Needed a bit of bushwhacking at the start, and had to clean the mud out of the top crack with my nutkey to get gear. But the climbing itself is really fun and flowing. Just needs more traffic.
Dr Toph - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/09 with Euan, Ed

westaway - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/09

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/09

Nice technical bridging route, more traffic would sort out the loose rock at top.
Lawrie Brand - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/08 with Paul Pitcher

dougs1232 - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/08 with Dave Barrow

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
seanhendo123, Hanakin, Hidden, LibS, Hidden, Hidden, Neil Mackenzie, climbinmunkey, andymoin, Ian Jones

Total votes cast 58
hard E30 of 20
E30 of 20
easy E33 of 20
hard E20 of 20
E210 of 20
easy E25 of 20
hard E12 of 20
E10 of 20
easy E10 of 20
hard 6a0 of 19
6a0 of 19
easy 6a0 of 19
hard 5c0 of 19
5c7 of 19
easy 5c9 of 19
hard 5b2 of 19
5b1 of 19
easy 5b0 of 19
3 Stars3 of 19
2 Stars12 of 19
1 Star4 of 19
0 Stars0 of 19
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Style of ascent

Lead27 of 43 (62.8%)
Followed16 of 43 (37.2%)

'Climbed'7 of 43 (16.3%)
clean O/S26 of 43 (60.5%)
clean β4 of 43 (9.3%)
clean rpt5 of 43 (11.6%)
dnf1 of 43 (2.3%)