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Between Contracts* HVS 5a

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[Between Contracts Topo, 3 kb]Start just right of "Shoskred", layback the flake, then surmount two giant blocks. Follow the chimney and crack straight up then swing right onto the arête resisting the temptation to use the main crack of "Cracking-Up", swing back left to a ledge and exit straight up.
Andy Main and Tim Cross 13/May/2008

Ticklists: Scottish Central Belt HVS.

Photo: Between Contracts Topo © andymoin
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This climb is in 37 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Brian Pollock - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/13

Mark Bull - Lead rpt - 04/Sep/13 with Mike

peter.ravenscroft27 - 2nd - 13/Jun/13 with joshua smith

smithjmw46 - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/13 with Pete Ravenscroft

Fiona Reid - 2nd - 16/Aug/12 with Mike

Mike_Watson_99 - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/12 with Fiona

Didn't read the description and used part of the crack at the very top.
gjd - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/12 with Sam Burns

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/May/12

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

crombie - 2nd O/S - 25/May/12 with Lee

SeanB - 2nd rpt - 05/May/12 with Neil Carnegie

Top out a bit loose on the right but good climbing otherwise.
Mike_Watson_99 - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/11 with Fiona

I found this the hardest of the 3 routes in this section. No style points due to going up the chimney sideways and ending up sitting on the flake!
Fiona Reid - 2nd - 15/Sep/11 with Mike

adamc - TR O/S - 29/Jun/11

Andy Hewison - TR O/S - 29/Jun/11 with Adam Cheyne

Andy Hewison - TR O/S - 28/Jun/11

jazzyjackson - Lead - 14/May/11 with Ally

el cholo - 2nd O/S - 07/May/11 with carlos

mastiffmat - TR - 03/May/11 with Pete Kirkby

some interesting moves with a nice wee layback crux
sophiecb - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/11 with Toph

Scrappy start, but the top half is good fun.
Dr Toph - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/11 with Sophie

Mark Bull - 2nd - 16/Sep/10 with Mike

Hidden - TR O/S - 13/Jul/10

lol, warren started up shorsh, when onto bc then finished up cracking up.
andymoin - 2nd rpt - 13/Jun/10 with Warren

adw07 - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Andy Main

rcammack - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with Phil Jennings, Alistair Rocke

allyrocke - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/10 with Phil Jennings, Robbie

started raining heavily at the mantle crux - not much fun.
JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/10

Hidden - 2009

Sally Lisle - 2009

a good line with continued interest and good gear.
SeanB - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/08 with Andy

andymoin - 2nd rpt - 10/Sep/08 with Sean

andymoin - 2nd rpt - 24/May/08 with ally

2nd ascent as well :p
andymoin - 2nd rpt - 22/May/08 with American Scot, Mark Jarvie

F.A. A surprisingly independent line! Better than its naibouring HVS's?
andymoin - Lead O/S - 13/May/08 with Tim Cross

FA. Nice line picked out by Andy. Some great moves round onto the arete.
beegsyboy - 2nd O/S - 13/May/08 with Andy

Duncan I - Lead - 1992

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
schultz, Neil Mackenzie, Ian Jones

Total votes cast 34
hard E10 of 12
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hard 5b0 of 12
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Style of ascent

Lead15 of 37 (40.5%)
Followed15 of 37 (40.5%)
Toproped5 of 37 (13.5%)
Unknown2 of 37 (5.4%)

'Climbed'9 of 37 (24.3%)
clean O/S21 of 37 (56.8%)
clean rpt7 of 37 (18.9%)