Chair Ladder

Climbs 130 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude ? – Faces S

Crag features
A huge and intricate sea cliff offering stunning multi-pitch routes up to 70 m, mostly in the S to E1 grades. Solid and endowed with cracks and holds. Must-dos include Pendulum Chimney (S), Pegasus (HS), South Face Direct (VS 4c), Diocese (VS 5a), Bishops Rib (E1 5b).

Note that the start of the classic Terrier's Tooth was affected by rockfall in early 2014. It is now harder and less pleasant than before.

Access notes
Tidal. The base of many routes can only be reached for three hours either side of low tide. However, worthwhile climbing can still be found at high tide, for example

- traverse onto Wolf Buttress from Ash Can Gully to do Aerial or Corporals Route.

- do the upper section of The Mitre starting in Pinnacle Gully

- abseil down East Chimney to get to the start of South Face Direct and Pendulum Chimney (calm seas only).

Nesting fulmars can be a problem in spring and early summer, especially on Bulging Wall and the Main Cliff.

Park at the Porthgwarra car park (may become busy in summer and holidays). Follow the tarmac lane uphill past granite buildings on the L. Follow the road in a loop to the L above the houses, then take the path R across heathland to the coastguard lookout, on the highest and central part of Chair Ladder. Only the summits of the buttresses can be seen from this level; take care to orient yourself before heading down.

South West Climbs Volume 2 (2014), West Country Climbs (2010), West Cornwall & Supplement (2000),
Out of print: Chair Ladder and the South Coast (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
2Consolation ClimbVD
3The Naked EdgeE5 6b
4The GrooveE2 5c **
5AquilineE1 5a
6Rinny WallHVS 4c
7IllusionVS 5a
9MaureenHS 4b
10The Gingerbread CrackE2 5c *
11The Great Beast UnleashedE2 6a
12Overhanging ChimneyVS 4c *
13Pop Will Eat Its SelfHVS 5a
14KittiwakeHVS 5a *
15Seal SlabVS 4c **
16Great Slab RouteD
17PegasusHS 4b **
18West Face DirectE2 5c **
19Rake's ProgressVD
20Altered ImagesE1 5b
21KaleidoscopeVS 4c *
22MedusaVS 4b
24Free RideHVS 5a
25Western AreteHS 4c
26Great Western AreteHVS 5b *
27Western ChimneysD
28The Thin Red LineE2 5c
29BeaujolaisE1 5b
30Scarlet PimpernelE3 5c *
31The Red TowerE4 6a *
32Red WallS 4b *
33Suicide CrackS 4b
34Centre PieceE2 5c *
35Central RouteHVS 5a *
36Central Buttress ChimneysVD
37Halfway HouseVS 4c
38The ShadowsVS 5a
39NeptuneVS 4c *
40ExcelsiorE1 5b **
41Pendulum ChimneyS 4b **
42Detergent WallHVS 4c *
43South Face DirectVS 4c ***
44Southern AreteE4 6a
45Cleft RouteD
46East ChimneyD
49South-East Face DirectHVS 5a *
50Love 30E1 5a
51Hysterical HamstersE4 6b *
52The BuccaneerVS 4c *
53Dexter CrackS 4a *
54Mermaid's RouteVD *
55Original RouteVD
57NearlyHVS 5a *
58Not RightVS 5a
59Just AboutE1 5b
60Not QuiteHS 4c
61LegolandE4 5c
62Lizzy's FollyVD
63Cave RouteHS 4b
64The LobsterE6 6b
65Sea HorseHVS 5b
67Wolverine ChimneyVD
68Giant StepsS
69Corporal's RouteHS 4b *
70AerialVS 4c *
71Animated WallE5 6a **
72CalibanE3 6a *
73The TempestE5 6b **
74Rats In A RageE6 6c
76LacerationHVS 5a
78Raider's RouteD
79Flannel AvenueHS 4b **
80Mine ClimbHVS 5a
81DioceseVS 5a ***
82The SurfboardHVS 5b
83Bishop's AreteHVS 5a
84Bishop's Arete / Rib CombinationHVS 5a **
85The SteepleE3 6a *
86The SpireE3 5c **
87Bishop's RibE1 5b ***
88Cardinal SinE4 6b *
89Space ChaseHVS 5b
90The MitreVS 4c **
91The PawnVS 4c **
92RatcatcherE2 5b
94Fat CityE1 6a
95BlockbusterE4 5c
96Golden RabbitE3 5b
97Expresso BonzoE1 5b *
98Terrier's ToothHS 4b ***
99Grit ExilesE2 5b *
100MasqueradeE2 5c
101ToothacheVS 4c
102Asterix In CornwallVS 5a
103Dangle And MangleVS 5a
104NutcrackerVS 4c
105The MaulerHVS 5a
106Dracula The UndeadE6 6b
108The Girdle TraverseS
109The Bishop's ChainVS
111White SlabM
112White Slab RightD
113Dodge CityHVS 5a
114Dodger's ChimneyD
115Close To The EdgeHVS 5a
116La SpecialeHVS 5a
117Dead Head CrackHS 4b *
118Mini Minx ChimneyVD
119Iron MaidenVS 4c
120NautilusHVS 4c
121Moon DogHVS 4c
122Softly-SoftlyHVS 4c
123The Great DivideE2 5c *
124Private PerformanceHVS 5a *
125Midnight RunnerE1 5b **
126The GladiatorHVS 5a
127Rock PilgrimHVS 4c
128Super VisionE3 5c **
129Fury Of AtlantaE4 6a
130Master Of DisasterE4 5b
131Lies, Lies, LiesVS 4c
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TERRIERS TOOTH ROCK FALL... pitch of terriers tooth has been taken by the sea! both starts and the ledge which was the 1st belay stance have now gone leaving a slab of smooth granite and some loose rock, it is climbable but a a different grade and with less gear
Stu Bradbury - 22/Feb/14