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West Buttress Girdle** VS 4b

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4 pitches. Start as for The Leaf where a large flake leans against the west end of the crag. 1. 4a 12m Climb the first 3-4 metres of The Leaf then traverse right around the blunt arete to below in the recess (shared belay with Western Wall. 2. 4c 25m An exciting and sustained pitch. Climb to the second of two small ledges on the edge of the right-leading ramp and traverse round to cross Malediction. Continue in the same line in a fine position, moving up slightly to reach a descending hand traverse (exposed and strenuous) to reach the foot of the chimney of The Plumb. Place some gear in the chimney, take a deep breath and set off across the steep wall right under the overlap (gear if you look) to belay at the perched block on Bryanston. 3. 4b 15m Despite the lowish grade this is a serious and rather unnerving pitch, especially for the second. Good gear till just over halfway. Move round the perched block and traverse on the lumpy slab below the steep wall. Continue just below the overlap which guards the entry to the mossy slab above. Halfway along either climb on to the mossy slab or continue below it to reach the security of the block belay on Thomas. 4. 4a 10m Climb the well-worn pitch above the block, as for conclusion of Thomas.

Ticklists: Rog Wilko's Neglected Gems in The Lakes.

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This climb is in 11 logbooks, and on 1 wishlist.

A very underrated outing. Need to go back and do the second pitch properly. Third pitch looks revolting due to the moss but turns out to be excellent, not at all slippery (even after a rain shower!) and much better protected than expected.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 13/Oct/13 with Cath Sullivan

F&R guide gives this MVS but it's a bit too exciting for that. Worth noting that communication is very difficult on both first two pitches. The mossy slab on pitch 3 is very uninviting at present (perhaps always) but you can remain below the overlap on cleaner rock all the way to the stance on Thomas. But the leader has to leave their gear a fair way back and the second is unprotected for the last 20ft. Quite an adventure all round.
Rog Wilko - AltLd - 23/Sep/12 with Adrian Perkin

My first girdle! A really good route, especially the 2nd pitch. Well worth it's 2 stars.
Trobbo - AltLd - 17/Jun/11 with martin bennett

Steve Lenartowicz - Apr/11 with Clare

crossdressingrodney - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/08 with victim of mathematics

Led P1 & 3
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/08 with crossdressingrodney

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/05

biggianthead - 21/May/85 with M

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Nov/75

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/71

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