Climbs 312
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 90m a.s.l
Faces NW

Pac Pac Pac © Szymon Bicz

Crag features

High Rocks is a designated SSSI, National Monument and owned by The High Rocks (opposite).

All climbers should visit the lower bar BEFORE entering the rocks. The rocks are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays (apart from bank holidays). Arrive before 11:30am or after 5:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to avoid wedding parties. Please also move away from wedding parties when they are in the grounds having their photos taken.

Climbers should pay the £10 entrance fee (2016) and obtain a ticket/receipt. Season ticket holders (£50, 2016) should sign the book. Please DO NOT enter the grounds without a ticket.

Bouldering is currently banned (2016). Discussions to help resolve this situation will take place and are ongoing and will hopefully steer this situation into a more positive direction. Until that time, please respect the no bouldering rule and keep crash pads away from the rocks to avoid any misunderstandings.

The highest of the southern sandstone crags - 12m. Plenty of classic climbs, including the oft-tried Infidel (6a). Lots to keep everyone, including the wandering grockles, amused.

Approach notes

From Tunbridge Wells, take the A264 for East Grinstead; after 2km (1.2mi) on Rusthall Common turn L at signpost to The Beacon and High Rocks: follow down the narrow hill to a 'Y' junction (rocks visible opposite) where a right turn takes you over a railway bridge and to the High Rocks. The crag entrance is on the left and car park a bit further on the left. Please pay (or sign in for season ticket holders) in the lower bar BEFORE entering the grounds.

Restricted Access

No leading. Soloing or toproping only. Take a second static rope (8 - 10m)to extend top belays and preferably a carpet sample to clean your feet before you climb.

 

By ignoring the access conditions (which are very simple and include having a valid ticket when you enter the grounds) you are jeopardising access to this crag. It is not strictly necessary to phone in advance at present but please call in at the lower bar and pay for entry or sign in if you have a season ticket. Failure to heed this advice will likely lead to the reintroduction of the 'booking system' or the eventual closure of the crag. If you don't want to pay, please do not risk losing access by entering illegally - stay away... The BMC and local climbers have invested considerable efforts (and money) in maintaining access to High Rocks.

Phone number is 01892 515532 - ask for the manager. Detailed contact information is available at http://www.highrocks.co.uk

See also http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=2624

Though I would give a quick updated as I went there the other day. Not much has changed. Still 10 to get in, still a little bit of glass. Pretty quiet overall.
lostpixel - 28/Jun/12
visited there today. i wasn't impressed by the amount of broken glass around not just at the bottom of the routes but mid way up and on the top. i wouldn't of minded if i had not paid the 10 entrance fee but it is clear that they are not looked after as much as they should be. Sticking to Harrisons and Bowles in future
silverpim - 20/Jun/10
Try the SDS start to Krankenkopf, using only jams for the hands. It uses a nice finger/thumb stack if you can reach it. Trad 6a or V2. Jump off when you get your feet on the ledge at 12 feet.
Oliver Hill - 09/Jun/09
I love this crag. Haven't been since the vegetation was cleared and am looking forward to seeing what it's like (although I'll be too weak to do anything there now!). There is still potential here for some very hard new routes (I abbed some lines 18 years ago and they've not been done yet). J
seagull - 11/May/07
high rocks has recently been restored, meaning that allot more of the rock is in condition. the friction of the rock is unrivaled as far as southern sandstone goes
ian h - 04/Apr/05
A wonderful outcrop with a pub not 100 yds from it. Hard though, very hard. Great bouldering problems and really tough routes. The friction is less here than on other local sandstone even in perfect conditons. Not a first time foray for those punters fresh from the plastic.
JoHNY - 02/Jul/04
Traverse above Bum Dragon 7c is called 'crosstown traffic' and is 7c w/ broken hold. There is a SDS in the middle of the wall starting just right of the boulder that is good. SDS to Brenva is 7a. There is also a new traverse going starting as the SDS to Brenva and traversing left low to finish on the right arete- 'the slowpull'. Also repeats of 'Vandal' have called it 7b. Alot of other hard to describe probs in the 7b range.
pete - 08/Aug/03
lots of cool new bouldering happening in the form of starts to routes. brenva sit start fnt 7b bum dragon fnt 7c+ (traverse behind honycomb) coast to coast fnt 7b+ (traverse behind honycomb) high rocks dyno fnt 7b+ (direct to celebration) kinda lingers bum start fnt 7c vandal fnt 7c+ (roof left of judy) shatterd start fnt 6c. bad blood direct start fnt 6c. lord traverse fnt 6b
rob - 19/Apr/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Main Crag 
2Orion Crack
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none 4c **20
3Brian Arete
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none 5b *2
4Orion Chimney
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none 2a 1
5The First Crack
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none 6b ***3
6Missing Link
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none 6b ** 
7Anaconda Chimney
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none 4a **10
8Anaconda Cornernone 5b **3
9Fungal Smear
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none 6b * 
10Bone Machine
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none 6b  
11Adder
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none 6a **5
12Boa Constrictor Chimneynone 4b **10
13The Second Generationnone 6b ***4
14Cobra Chimney
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none 4a 4
15Renascence
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none 6b ***3
16Resurrectionf7C 1
17Pammyf7A ** 
18Steps Cracknone 5b ***27
19Chimaera
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none 7a **1
20Cornerstonef7B+ **1
21Moving Staircasenone 6b ***7
22Judy
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none 6b **2
23Telegram Sam
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none 6b * 
24Rag Trade
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none 6b *1
25Eft Chimney
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none 3a 3
26Chockstone Chimney
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none 2b 6
27Gethsemanef7A 1
28Vandalf7B **2
29Salad Days
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none 6b **6
30Pet Cemeteryf7B 2
31Leglock
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none 6b *3
32Too Tall for Timnone 6a *2
33Cut Steps Cracknone 6a **6
34Too Hard for Dave
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none 6b *2
35Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 1
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none 5a *4
36Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 2
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none 5a *3
37Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 3
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none 4c 1
38The Continuing Adventures of Porgf7B+ 1
39Stranglernone 5a 3
40Deadwood Chimneynone 2b 4
41Bell Rock Passage
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none 4a 2
42Spider's Chimneynone 3b **2
43Insinuation Crack
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none 2b 2
44Yoda Assisf7C 1
45Exe Chimney
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none 5a 1
46Wye Chimneynone 4a 4
47Slab Chimney
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none 2b 3
48One of Our Chimneys is Missing
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none 2b *3
49Smooth Chimneynone 4a **4
50The Chutenone 5a 4
51Krankenkopf Crack
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none 5b **14
52Spanked
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f7A ***2
53The Path Seldom Takenf7B 1
54Kraken
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none 6b *4
55The Dragon
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none 6a **3
56Robin's Route
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none 6a *7
57So What?
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none 6b * 
58Dysentery
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none 5c *1
59The Prang
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none 6a **2
60Magneticf7A **16
61Lobster
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none 6a *7
62Infidel
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none 6a ***26
63Henry the Ninthnone 5b **51
64Warning Rock Buttressnone 3b 3
65Warning Rock Chimney
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none 2a 2
66Jaws
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none 5c **7
67Orca
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none 5c *5
68balcony directnone 4b ***10
69Boysen's Crack
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none 6a **8
70Conchitanone 6a *6
71Marquita
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none 5c *18
72Lucita
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none 5c *26
73The Gibbettnone 5b *1
74Cool Bananas
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none 6c **1
75Effie
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none 5b **32
76Slant Eyes
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none 5c 1
77Mamba Crack
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none 5b 1
78Colorado Crack
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none 2b 1
79Harold Hill Arete
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none 5a 2
80Rattlesnake
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none 4b 1
81Issingdown
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none 5b 1
82Python Crack
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none 5a 1
83Cheetah
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none 6b *1
84Coronation Cracknone 5c ***33
85Hale Boppf7C *** 
86Bad Bloodnone 6c 1
87Krait Aretenone 6b ***16
88Shelter Aretenone 5c *9
89Shelter Chimney
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none 2b *8
90Shelter Passagenone 4b 4
91Shelter Slabs
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none 5b 5
92The Oligarchynone 6a 1
93Advertisment Wall Directnone 5c ***58
94Advertisement Wallnone 5b **84
95Engagement Wallnone 6a **34
96Dyno-Sore
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none 6b **8
97Quirkus
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none 4c 9
98Dirty Dicknone 4b 32
99Porgs Progressf7B **1
100Crypt Cracknone 4a 10
101Death Cap
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none 6b * 
102Mervin Direct
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none 6b * 
103Crack and Wall Frontnone 5c **8
104Crack And Wall
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none 4b 7
105Yoda (Stand)f7A+ * 
106Hut transverse arete
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none 4c *8
107Educating Airlie
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none 6b **2
108Kinda Lingers
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none 6c ***4
109Kinda Lingers Sit Startf7A+ **4
110Kinda Lingers Sit Down Startf7C ***2
111Unforgettablenone 6c **1
112Boonoonoonoos
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none 6b **7
113Firebird
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none 6a *6
114Mulligan's Wallnone 5c **9
115Bludgeonnone 5c * 
116Celebrationnone 5c **38
117Brushwood Chimneynone 2b 2
118Chez's Dynof7A **8
119Hut Transverse Passage - Rufrock Route
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none 3a *5
120Hut Transverse Passage - Central Route
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none 3b 3
121Tilley Lamp Cracknone 6a **14
122Lord Traversef6B **14
123Nemesisnone 6b ***21
124Nemesis Infernonone 6c 1
125A Touch Too Much
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none 6b **5
126Viper Cracknone 5b 9
127Shatterednone 6b *2
128Easy Crack
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none 2a *10
129Bald Finish
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none 5a *5
 Hut Boulder 
131Crack Route
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none 4c **54
132Pinchgrip
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none 5c *14
133Pussyfoot
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none 5b **28
134Sweaty Pussynone 5c+ ***6
135Swing Facenone 5b *26
136Birthday Aretenone 5b **27
137Birthday Wall (Sequins of Cosmic Turbulence)none 5c *5
138Sequins of Cosmic Turbulencenone 5c 15
139Ford Prefect
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none 5c 1
140Roof Routenone 5a *23
141Rockneynone 5c 9
142Cough Drop
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none 5b *3
143Long Stretchnone 5c *15
144Roofus
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none 6b *2
145Id
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none 6a *3
146Bludnok Wall
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none 5c *11
147Rhino's Eyebrownone 5a 5
148Solonone 5a 2
149Wall right of Solonone 5c 1
150Silly Cornernone 3a 2
151Helyotosis
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none 5a 1
152Green Ernie
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none 1a 1
153Amelia's Little Problemnone 4c 2
154Awkward Cornernone 5b 3
155Orrer Cracknone 5c *6
156Rum Bum and Biscuits
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none 6a 1
157Navy Way
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none 5c *14
158Bow Spiritnone 6a 1
159Crosstown Trafficf7C 1
160Bum Dragonf7C+ 1
161Odin's Wallnone 5c **28
162Something Cracknone 6a 2
163Degenerate
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none 5a *22
164TestimonyV1 **11
165DeliriumV2 *6
166Holly SlabV0- 11
167Profiterole
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none 5c 3
168Honeycombnone 6b **16
169Honeycomb Direct Start
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none 6b *1
170Craig-y-blanconone 6a *22
171Dagger Cracknone 6a *2
172Moss Side Storyf6A+ *1
173Carbon Fibref6C ***3
174Final Destinationf7C ***1
 The Isolated Boulder 
176Ordinary Route
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none 4a *40
177The Mojof7B ***3
178Mojo Traverse Extensionf7C+ 1
179Sloper problem (right of mojo)f7A **5
180The Bluesf6C **2
181Graveyard Groove
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none 5c *4
182Tool Wallnone 6a ***6
183Fork
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none 5c **24
184Knife
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none 5c ***26
185Dinner Plate
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none 5c **27
186Simian Progress
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none 5a ***56
187The Fonzf7A 2
188Happy Daysf7A **4
189Happy Days Variationf6C 5
1906B on Happy Days boulder, right of treef6B 1
191Breakfastnone 5c 2
192Simian Face
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none 5b *38
193Monkey Nut
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none 5b **28
194The Sphinx
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none 6a *17
195Simian Face Direct Start
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none 5c 2
196Simian Mistake
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none 5c **33
197Simian Mistake Direct Start
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f6C 3
198Sputnik
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none 6a *13
199North Wall
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none 5a **23
200The Helix
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none 5a **4
 Slab Boulder 
202Outside Edge Route
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none 3b *19
203Jabberwocky
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f6A 6
204Holly Route
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none 2b *15
205Miss Embassy
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none 5c 14
206JPSnone 6a **28
207Tom's Mantelf6A *2
208JPS/Z'Mutt Link Upf6C+ 3
209Z'Mutt
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none 5b *61
210Z'mutt Directf6B+ 4
211bonattiV2 *2
212Brenva
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none 5c **60
213The Slow Pullf7C 1
214Brenva Sit Start
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f7B **17
215The Crimpsf7C **5
216V7V7  
217V8V8 ** 
218Padole
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VB 1
219Avon
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VB 3
220Sablons
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VB 1
221The Gibbet
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none 5b 2
222Bow Crack
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none 5a 4
223Old Kent Roadf7A ***8
224Barbed Wire Fence
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none 5b 6
225Rampant
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none 3a 6
226The Limit
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none 5a 8
227Slap Happy
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f6A ***8
228Can Opener
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f7A **2
229Scrap Arete
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none 5b 3
230Yellimo
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none 4a 9
231Cumberland
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none 5c 7
232Extender
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none 5c 4
233Tricky Dicky
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none 5b 4
234Bellyflop
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VB 1
235No Hands Slab
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VB **1
236Central Route
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none 2a 4
 Bowling Green Boulders 
238Zola
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f5 8
239Emile
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VB 10
240Gauguin
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f5+ 6
241Maze Crack
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VB 8
242CamilleV0- 14
243AlfredVB 13
244Corot
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VB 9
245Maze Chimney finishing leftVB 1
246Maze Chimney
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VB 8
247Elephant
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f6A 2
248Roller ClimbVB 7
249Picasso
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f6A 2
250Monolith Crack
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none 3a 3
251BarbizonV1 1
252Reine Sofia
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VB 5
253Sandman
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VB 7
254Rodin
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VB 9
255Bowling Green AreteVB 11
256Bowling Green Girdle Traverse
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none 5c 1
257Fiorentino
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VB 8
258BuonarrotiV0+ 9
259EpsteinV0- 7
260MonetVB * 
 Boulder Problems (SS Bouldering Guide) 
262SS Bouldering Problem 38f6C ***1
263SS Boulder Problem 47f6B+ *1
264SS Boulder Problem 48f6C **1
265SS Bouldering Problem 50
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f6A 1
266SS Bouldering Problem 51
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f6A+ 1
267SS Bouldering Problem 52
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f5+ 1
268SS Boulder Problem 66f6A 1
269SS Boulder Problem 101f6A+ 1
270Mojo Traverse (SS B_Guide 162)f7B 1
271Grunge Roverf7C 1
272SS Boulder Problem 167f6B 2
273SS Boulder Problem 168 ssf6A 1
274SS Boulder Problem 170f5 1
275SS Boulder Problem 184f3 1
276SS Boulder Problem 185f5 1
277SS Boulder Problem 187f7A+ *1
278SS Boulder Problem 199 ssf6A **2
279SS Boulder Problem 209f6C 3
280SS Boulder Problem 221f6B+ **2
 Location Unclear 
282Hornli
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V0- *1
283Acid Testf7A+ 1
284Shivvy Chimney
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M 3c *1
285Short Chimney
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none 2a 1
286Sharp Arete
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none 5a 1
287Open Groove
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none 5b 1
288Rhododendron Route
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none 3b 1
289Puzzle Corner
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none 4c 1
290Sideshow
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none 5c 1
291PE Traverse
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none 4a 2
292Two Fine Jugs
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none 6a 1
293Stalag
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none 6a 1
 HRA and HRC 
295Yew Tree Crack
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none 4b 1
296Annexe Slabnone 5b 2
297Chimney Wallnone 4b 3
298Monolith Girdlenone 2b 1
299Turret Wall
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none 2b 3
300Wonderwall
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none 2b 1
301Lady of the Light Bulb
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none 5c *1

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