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East Sussex, ENGLAND

Climbs 75 – Rocktype Chalk – Altitude Tidal – Faces S

Crag features
Chalk sea cliffs with many established climbs up to 25m in height. The chalk is variable in stability and care must be taken. There is in-situ gear consisting of bolts, warthogs, and bull dogs. These are not maintained by the BMC. Bear in mind that the medium in which the gear is fixed is not totally reliable. Many routes have lower-offs which are generally reliable but need inspection given that no organisation is responsible for their maintainance. The crag is also an excellent venue for traversing with possibilities beyond those described in the CC guide. The crag is largely tidal with the exception of the routes to the West of the Pipe area.

The Climbers Club guide to the crags is available online for free here:

Since publication the 4x4 area has collapsed and three new routes put up in replacement of these. See the Climbers Club new climbs section for details:

Please adhere to the following ethics:

* Only use the established holds on the routes. Do not create intermediate holds.

* Axes should be gently placed in the holds in order not to damage them or cause the surrounding chalk to fracture. Do not treat the cliffs as an ice climbing venue as you will damage the holds with heavy swings and contribute to sections of the route fracturing off.

* Mono point crampons should also be used in order to preserve the placements.

There is an agreement with the National Trust that there is no topping-out in order to protect the rare flora along the top of the crag and doing may compromise access. Bird bans have sometimes been applied. Please check the BMC access notes by the following the link below.

Chalk grades are quoted as being one to two grades higher than equivalent mixed grades in the Southern Sandstone guidebook. Given that there are no chalk grades in the logbook, I have uniformly converted to mixed M grades by uniformily lowering by 1 grade. Bear in mind that C grades are difficult to compare to M grades. Whilst the sequence of hooks may be easier, the routes are a lot more commiting due to the instability of chalk and falling on in-situ gear not recommended. Routes may also change with time due to collapses, sometimes stripping bolts locally. Check that there is sufficient in-situ gear before attempting a route.

Access notes
There are notes in the Southern Sandstone Guide and this should be read as some nesting and flora exclusion zone restrictions may apply.

Please consult the BMC access and conservation section before climbing at this crag.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Saltdean SlabII 4
3Direct RouteIV 2
4RelaxV 2
5Turbo ButtressM4 1
6Lime WallV  
7Selden ArmsM5+ 1
8Tiptoe through the TulipsIV 5
9Brighton RockIV 2
10Just a Perfect DayM4  
11Stormy SeasV  
12HawkM5+ 3
13FulmarM5 9
15Stegosaurus DirectM6+ 3
16Back to the FutureM5 10
17The Strangeness and the Charm of the QuarkM4 19
18The Strangeness and the Charm of the Quark (Direct)M5 8
19Back UpM4 23
20Back Off Back OnM4 23
21Back in TimeM4 33
22Wall to the right of Back in TimeM4 2
23Arête to the right of Back in TimeM4 3
24Unnamed RouteM4 15
25St JeromeIII 4
26Day DreamingM3+ 20
27Day Dreaming (Direct)M4 5
28Sweet ViolaIII 1
29GulielmusIII 1
30Choss ChalkM3  
31Choice ChalkM2+ 1
32The Thin White LineM4 2
34Chalk CrumbleM6+  
35Four PlayM2+ 2
36Six PackM4+  
37FournicationM2+ 1
38The Slab RouteM3 21
39Slab AvalancheM2+  
40The Slab ExtensionM2+ 4
41The Slab DirectM4 4
 Climb nameGradex
42Cotswold Guildford goes OutdoorsM6 3
43The RampM3 1
444x4M3 1
45Police 5M4  
46Christmas CrackerM5 2
47Claus for ChalkM4+ 2
48Fight ClubM5+  
49Beats the GymM6  
50Let the Bloodletting beginM6  
51Justified and AncientM7+ 1
52After EightM7 1
537-UPM6 2
547-UP (Right-hand)M6 1
55S Club 7M6 5
56SchizophreniaM7 1
57Split PersonalityM6 4
58Surf's UpM7 2
60Star LightM7  
62Get into the GrooveM5 2
63Mediterranean BlueM7 1
64Flintstones Go Club MedM7  
66Everyman's RouteM4 10
67Kathy Come HomeM7 2
68Blade RunnerM4+  
70White LineM6  
71The White RoomM6+  
73The Beautiful GameM4 1
76Cold FrontM4+ 1
78No FreedomM7+  
80Freedom FightersM9  
81Something in the WaterM7+  
82The Beauty of ChalkM4 2
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