Climbs 226
Rocktype Limestone

Faces W

Bex testing the start of Woodbind, Fairy Steps, Spring 2015. © C Witter

Crag features

One of the finest crags in the South Lakes - superb rock and seldom busy. Many of the routes are now more commonly done as boulder problems. The boulder problems themselves are excellent with plenty to go at at all grades - for more information see:http://www.lakesbloc.com/crags/south-lakes-limestone/179-fairy-steps.html

Approach notes

The Dallam Estate are looking to restrict access to this crag. However the crag is accessible on various public footpaths.

Went the other night and had mixed feelings, the upper tier has great routes (although rather short, best with just a pad). However the lower tiers are dusty, dirty and overgrown, needs a lot more traffic for the routes to be worthwhile
joe.91 - 17/Jun/10
Fantastic day spent climbing at this super crag. There is lots to go at and some really fun problems. Well worth chicking out.
Fred Sergeant - 28/Mar/09
Just back from an afternoon spent at Fairy Steps in perfect weather. Quite short routes in that grey area between bouldering and soloing. Some really excellent lines, over roofs, up cracks, bridging between massive limestone pillars! Really good fun, and with orange evening sun on your back what more could you ask for? Martin :)
davies00 - 19/Mar/08
Agree with Jim. The Fairy Steps is an excellent crag. It constists of two tiers of quality limestone. There are plenty of short routes, and with bouldering pads a few of these are now seen as boulder problems. I boulder there and i can say that there are loads of excellent problems up to V5, then there are fewer but still worth a visit problems up to V15.
Mike Binks - 10/Feb/06
The Fairy Steps,a quiet but fantastic location,with climbing on impeccable limestone.Fairly short routes with great bouldering,everything from V0-V15!! but the rock needs a couple of days to dry after rain.Parking is a bit of a problem,especially on those summer evenings.A great outlook over the Lake District fells and Kent estuary,with good pubs nearby!!!
jimblack - 05/Feb/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Lower Steps Right - Gaslight Area 
2Limelight
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VS 4c 9
3Fire Starter
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VS 5a 7
4Gaslight
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VS 5a 10
5Incandescent
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HVS 5b 1
6Lanterns
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HVS 5b 3
 Lower Steps Right - Sector Nightshade 
8Lights Outf6C+ 1
9Feel the Darkness
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HVS 5c 3
10Nightshade
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VS 4a 6
11Feel the Darkness bloc
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f6A **5
12centre of wall (left of feel the darkness)
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f6C+ **4
 Lower Steps Right - Moonlight Area 
14La Luna
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HVS 5a  
 Lower Steps Right - Twilight Buttress 
16Twilight
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HVS 5a 3
17Neetabulb
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E2 5c *2
18Friday the 13th
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E4 6a * 
19Talcum
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HVS 4c  
20Parasol
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S 11
 Lower Steps Right - Shadow Wall 
22The Shadow
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VS 5a *7
23Black Moon
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HVS 5c  
24The Dark Side
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HVS 5a *1
 Lower Steps Right - Flat Wall 
26Shady Deal
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VS 4c 2
27Solstice
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VS 5a  
28Roamin' in the Gloamin'
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HS 4b 4
 Lower Steps Right - Ambre Solaire Area 
30Ambre Solaire
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VS 4c 5
31Coppertone
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VS 5a 2
32Goleu
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E2 5c  
33Ultra Violet
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E1 5c *1
34Sun Seeker
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VS 5a *6
35Browned Off
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HS 4b **5
36Bronzed Adonis
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f5+  
 Lower Steps Right - Gloom Area 
38Seen the Light
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S 3
39Dusk
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HVS 5b 5
40Gothic Wall
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E4 6a **4
41The Dark Ages
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E1 5c **17
42Gloom
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VS 5a **22
43Umbra
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E1 5c 4
44Underworld
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E3 6b  
45Going Underground
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E1 5c  
46The Troglodyte
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S *15
47Nebula
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S 2
 Lower Steps Left - Cassius Area 
49Pernambuco
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HS 4b 16
50Recife
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HS 4b 10
51Cassius
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S 4a 32
52Pocket of PainE1 5b 1
53Morocco Crack
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VD 23
54Mohammed
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VD 20
55Je ne Sais Quoi
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HVS 5b *2
56Short Flake
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VD 11
57Travail
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HVS 5c 1
58Inconnu Flake
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E1 5c *3
59Calcaire
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E1 5c 3
 Lower Steps Left - Sector Aeon 
61Aeon Crackf6C **4
62Aeonf7C *9
63Aeonsf8A+ 1
64Aeon Dynof7B **17
65Aeon Prowf7C+ *2
66Aeon Reversef7C+ 1
 Lower Steps Left - Sector Capehorn 
68Horn A Plenty
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S 4a 7
69Paine
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E2 6a 3
70Cape Horn
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VS 4c 4
71Paine startf6A *2
72Sector Capehorn, Problem 4
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f4+ 3
 Lower Steps Left - Africa Flake Wall 
74Pygmy Warrior
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E1 5b 1
75The Missionary Position
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HVS 5a *2
76White Man's Burden
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E1 5c *1
77Black Africa Flake
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E1 5c 5
78White Africa Flake
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VS 4b *15
79Holidays in the Sun
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E3 5c  
80Apartheid
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VS 4c 5
81Thomson' GazelleVD 1
82Kudu
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HS 4a 2
83Zulu
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VS 4c  
 Lower Steps Left - Zambia Face 
85Zambia
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HS 4b  
 Lower Steps Left - Zimbabwe Area 
 Lower Steps Left - Unconquearble Area 
88Unconquerable Arete
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VS 4b  
89Right Unconquerable
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VS 4c *3
90Out right VictoryE2 5c *1
91Left Unconquerable
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VS 4c 1
92Insuperable
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HVS 5b  
 Lower Steps Left - South Africa Wall Area 
94Vorster's Groove
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HS 4b 6
95Game Reserve
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HVS 5b 2
96South African Lawn Tennis Association
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HS 4b *4
97Preston's of Bolton
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S 4a 3
98Springbok
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VS 4c  
99Tutu
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S 4a 2
100Cullinan
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f6B *5
101Cultural Elite Sign-up Sheetf6B *8
102Sharpeville
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HVS 5c 5
103Simonstown
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VS 4c 1
104Democracy
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f6B 4
105Wildebeest
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VS 4c  
106Dark Continent
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S 4a *2
107Betel
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HVS 5b *5
108Pepul
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VS 4c 2
109Two-timer
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S 4a 5
110Yew Tree Drive
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S 4a 4
111Final Score
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S 4a 5
112Stranded in the Jungle
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HS 4c  
 Lower Steps Left - Evil Primevil Wall 
114Evil Primevil
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E1 5b 2
115Anybody Out There
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HVS 5c 4
116Darkening
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S 4a 1
 Lower Steps Left - The Trick Area 
118Isolation
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HS 4b *3
119Left of The Trickf6B+ 1
120The Trick
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f7A 9
121The Trick ssf7A+ *6
122Trick area isolated boulder traversef5 1
 Upper Right Tier - Steps Area 
124Puck
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M 88
125Robin
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M 83
126Merryweather
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D 81
127Sourmilk
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D 73
 Upper Right Tier - Medusa Area 
129Medusa
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D 42
130Stoneface
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S 4a 29
131The Sword
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S 4a 44
132The Shield
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S 4a 48
 Upper Right Tier - Druids' Area 
134Cormach
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HS 4b *39
135Cernunnos
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VS 5a *63
136The Druid
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HVS 5a **45
137Gofannon
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S 4a 43
138Epona
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S 4a *93
139Mabon
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S 4b **121
140Taranis
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S 4a *86
 Upper Right Tier - The Tower 
142Tower Wall
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VS 4c 56
143Tower Crack
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HVS 5b 36
144Tower Arete
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S 4a 67
145Tower StepsVD 2
 Upper Right Tier - Rune Area 
147Scrawl
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VD 47
 Upper Right Tier - Fantasy Area 
149Celtica
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VS 5a 19
150Taliesin
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VS 4c **83
151Merlin
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VS 4c 37
152Rheaed
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VS 5a 39
153Woodbind
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D 47
154The Mote of Mark
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HVS 5b 40
155Caerliol
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VS 5a *60
156Celyddon
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VD *60
157The Dark Stair
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M 42
158Goddeu
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D 29
159Et tu Brute
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f6A+ 5
160Woodbind Traversef6A+ *3
161Woodbind blocf4+ *16
162The Mote of Mark blocf5+ *16
163Merlin blocf5 *12
164Taliesin blocf5 10
165Rheaed blocf6A 13
166Problem 8f6C *12
167Problem 8 SSf7A+ **5
168Problem 10 Upper Right
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f5+ *4
169Caerliol blocf5 *13
170Down the Edificef6A *5
 Upper Left Tier 
172Fantasia
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D *90
173Mr. T
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S 4c 49
174Cruella
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S 4b 49
175Silveste
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VD 37
176Felix
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S 4a 23
177Popeye
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S 4a 23
178Olive
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D 19
179Tom
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VD 11
180Jerry
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S 4a 7
181Fairy Tales
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VD 12
182Sepulchure
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D 5
183Crucifixion
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E1 6a 17
184Crucifixion SSV4 *8
185Barabbas
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HVS 5b 4
186Landmark Corner
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HS 4b 9
187Chockstone Corner
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D  
188Chockstone Chimney
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D 13
189Pillar Front
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HS 4b *13
190Bay Watch
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S 4a 11
191Home and Away
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VD 13
192Crozzly Wall
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S 4a 16
193Whin Crack
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VS 4c *12
194Rigg Up
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S 4a 12
195Rigg Crack
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S 4a 7
196Rigger
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S 4a 4
197Intellect
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E2 6b 5
198Send You No Flowers
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HVS 5b 2
199Whindow Dressing
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HVS 5a  
200Last Fling
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HS 4b 7
201shadow
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VS 4c  
202Walk Awayf8B ***1
203Walk Away (ss)f8C  
204Axiomf7C+ *2
205Axiom (ss)
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f8A+ ** 
206Mook Squadf7C **3
207Intellect blocf6C+ ***14
208Intellect (ss)f7B+ ***8
209Ash Tree Wallf7C *14
210Bone Machinef7C **6
211The Groovef6C+ ***20
212Inner Logicf6B 2
213Problem 24, Upper Left Tierf6C *4
214Technical Dusting (Upper Left)f6B+ *1
215Problem 54, Upper Left Tierf5+ 2
216Problem 56.5, Upper Left Tierf4 1
217Problem 74 Upper Leftf5 *3
 Upper Left Tier - The Becoming Block 
219The Second Comingf7A *11
220The Becomingf6B+ **9
221Problem 47, Upper Left Tierf5 6
222Problem 50, Upper left Tierf7A+ 7
223Problem 51, Upper Left Tierf6B+ 14
 The Shuck's Lair 
225The Cappel
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f7B+ ***10
226Casimir Effect
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f7B **2
227Casimir Effect Directf7B *2
228The Bogle Realm
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f7A+ *5
229Alkaline Jazz
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f7A+ *2
230React Dat Booty
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f7B+ *2
231Brane World
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f7C+ **2
232Hare Devil
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f6C *3
233The Slope-a-Dope
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f6C+ *4
234Alkaline Jazz Extension
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f7B *2
235Eye of the Storm
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f8A **1
236The Doom Gaze
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f7C 3
237Hell Houndf6C+ *6
238Doodah Dayf6C 5
239Credof8A+ **2
240Kyrief8A+ 1
241The Black Dog
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f7C+ *1
 unknown 
243broken crack
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f4+ 1
244The Pheasant Plucker's SonVS 4c 1
245My Lucky DayE2 5c 1
246Plucking HellE3 1
247The Pheasant PluckerHVS 5b 1
248Problem 49, Upper Left Tier
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f5 3
249Traditional SevereS 2
250Problem 34 Upper Left *V0 1
251Problem 40 Upper Left *V0 1
252Problem 57 Upper Left *V3 1
253Durban *S 4a 1
254Wren *S 4b *1
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