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.

Climbers should pay the £10 entrance fee (2010) and obtain a ticket/receipt. Season ticket holders (£45, 2010) should sign the book. Please DO NOT enter the grounds without a ticket.

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 **16
3The First Crack
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none 6b ***2
4Missing Link
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none 6b ** 
5Anaconda Chimney
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none 4a **7
6Anaconda Cornernone 5b **2
7Fungal Smear
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none 6b * 
8Bone Machine
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none 6b  
9Adder
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none 6a **5
10Boa Constrictor Chimneynone 4b **9
11The Second Generationnone 6b ***3
12Cobra Chimney
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none 4a 3
13Renascence
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none 6b ***3
14Resurrectionf7C 1
15Pammyf7A ** 
16Steps Cracknone 5b ***23
17Chimaera
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none 7a **1
18Cornerstonef7B+ **1
19Moving Staircasenone 6b ***6
20Judy
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none 6b **1
21Telegram Sam
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none 6b * 
22Rag Trade
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none 6b *1
23Eft Chimney
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none 3a 2
24Chockstone Chimney
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none 2b 5
25Gethsemanef7A 1
26Vandalf7B **2
27Salad Days
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none 6b **5
28Pet Cemeteryf7B 2
29Leglock
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none 6b *3
30Too Tall for Timnone 6a *1
31Cut Steps Cracknone 6a **3
32Too Hard for Dave
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none 6b *1
33Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 1
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none 5a *3
34Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 2
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none 5a *2
35Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 3
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none 4c  
36The Continuing Adventures of Porgf7B+ 1
37Stranglernone 5a 3
38Deadwood Chimneynone 2b 3
39Bell Rock Passage
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none 4a 1
40Spider's Chimneynone 3b **1
41Insinuation Crack
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none 2b 2
42Yoda Assisf7C 1
43Wye Chimneynone 4a 3
44Slab Chimney
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none 2b 2
45One of Our Chimneys is Missing
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none 2b *2
46Smooth Chimneynone 4a **3
47The Chutenone 5a 3
48Krankenkopf Crack
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none 5b **13
49Spanked
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f7A ***2
50The Path Seldom Takenf7B 1
51Kraken
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none 6b *4
52The Dragon
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none 6a **1
53Robin's Route
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none 6a *6
54So What?
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none 6b * 
55Dysentery
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none 5c *1
56The Prang
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none 6a **2
57Magneticf7A **16
58Lobster
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none 6a *6
59Infidel
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none 6a ***26
60Henry the Ninthnone 5b **47
61Warning Rock Buttressnone 3b 1
62Jaws
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none 5c **6
63Orca
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none 5c *4
64balcony directnone 4b ***9
65Boysen's Crack
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none 6a **8
66Conchitanone 6a *5
67Marquita
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none 5c *16
68Lucita
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none 5c *24
69The Gibbettnone 5b *1
70Cool Bananas
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none 6c **1
71Effie
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none 5b **30
72Cheetah
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none 6b *1
73Coronation Cracknone 5c ***31
74Hale Boppf7C *** 
75Bad Bloodnone 6c 1
76Krait Aretenone 6b ***15
77Shelter Aretenone 5c *8
78Shelter Chimney
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none 2b *7
79Shelter Passagenone 4b 3
80Shelter Slabs
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none 5b 4
81The Oligarchynone 6a 1
82Advertisment Wall Directnone 5c ***54
83Advertisement Wallnone 5b **78
84Engagement Wallnone 6a **31
85Dyno-Sore
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none 6b **7
86Quirkus
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none 4c 7
87Dirty Dicknone 4b 29
88Porgs Progressf7B **1
89Crypt Cracknone 4a 7
90Death Cap
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none 6b * 
91Mervin Direct
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none 6b * 
92Crack and Wall Frontnone 5c **6
93Crack And Wall
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none 4b 5
94Yoda (Stand)f7A+ * 
95Hut transverse arete
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none 4c *5
96Educating Airlie
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none 6b **1
97Kinda Lingers
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none 6c ***3
98Kinda Lingers Sit Startf7A+ **4
99Kinda Lingers Sit Down Startf7C ***2
100Unforgettablenone 6c **1
101Boonoonoonoos
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none 6b **7
102Firebird
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none 6a *6
103Mulligan's Wallnone 5c **7
104Bludgeonnone 5c * 
105Celebrationnone 5c **31
106Brushwood Chimneynone 2b 1
107Chez's Dynof7A **8
108Hut Transverse Passage - Rufrock Route
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none 3a *4
109Hut Transverse Passage - Central Route
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none 3b 2
110Tilley Lamp Cracknone 6a **13
111Lord Traversef6B **12
112Nemesisnone 6b ***20
113Nemesis Infernonone 6c 1
114A Touch Too Much
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none 6b **5
115Viper Cracknone 5b 6
116Shatterednone 6b *2
117Easy Crack
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none 2a *9
118Bald Finish
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none 5a *3
 Hut Boulder 
120Crack Route
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none 4c **49
121Pinchgrip
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none 5c *12
122Pussyfoot
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none 5b **24
123Sweaty Pussynone 5c+ ***6
124Swing Facenone 5b *19
125Birthday Aretenone 5b **24
126Birthday Wall (Sequins of Cosmic Turbulence)none 5c *5
127Sequins of Cosmic Turbulencenone 5c 12
128Roof Routenone 5a *18
129Rockneynone 5c 5
130Cough Drop
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none 5b *2
131Long Stretchnone 5c *11
132Roofus
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none 6b *2
133Id
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none 6a *2
134Bludnok Wall
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none 5c *8
135Rhino's Eyebrownone 5a 4
136Solonone 5a 1
137Wall right of Solonone 5c 1
138Silly Cornernone 3a 1
139Amelia's Little Problemnone 4c 1
140Awkward Cornernone 5b 2
141Orrer Cracknone 5c *5
142Navy Way
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none 5c *10
143Bow Spiritnone 6a 1
144Crosstown Trafficf7C 1
145Bum Dragonf7C+ 1
146Odin's Wallnone 5c **20
147Something Cracknone 6a 2
148Degenerate
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none 5a *19
149TestimonyV1 **9
150DeliriumV2 *5
151Holly SlabV0- 8
152Honeycombnone 6b **16
153Honeycomb Direct Start
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none 6b *1
154Craig-y-blanconone 6a *21
155Dagger Cracknone 6a *2
156Moss Side Storyf6A+ *1
157Carbon Fibref6C ***2
158Final Destinationf7C ***1
 The Isolated Boulder 
160Ordinary Route
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none 4a *33
161The Mojof7B ***3
162Mojo Traverse Extensionf7C+ 1
163Sloper problem (right of mojo)f7A **5
164The Bluesf6C **2
165Graveyard Groove
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none 5c *2
166Tool Wallnone 6a ***6
167Fork
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none 5c **21
168Knife
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none 5c ***23
169Dinner Plate
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none 5c **22
170Simian Progress
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none 5a ***50
171The Fonzf7A 2
172Happy Daysf7A **4
173Happy Days Variationf6C 5
1746B on Happy Days boulder, right of treef6B 1
175Breakfastnone 5c 1
176Simian Face
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none 5b *34
177Monkey Nut
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none 5b **21
178The Sphinx
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none 6a *14
179Simian Face Direct Start
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none 5c 2
180Simian Mistake
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none 5c **30
181Simian Mistake Direct Start
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f6C 3
182Sputnik
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none 6a *11
183North Wall
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none 5a **20
184The Helix
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none 5a **3
 Slab Boulder 
186Outside Edge Route
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none 3b *18
187Jabberwocky
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f6A 6
188Holly Route
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none 2b *13
189Miss Embassy
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none 5c 9
190JPSnone 6a **25
191Tom's Mantelf6A *2
192JPS/Z'Mutt Link Upf6C+ 3
193Z'Mutt
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none 5b *53
194Z'mutt Directf6B+ 4
195bonattiV2 *2
196Brenva
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none 5c **54
197The Slow Pullf7C 1
198Brenva Sit Start
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f7B **17
199The Crimpsf7C **5
200V7V7  
201V8V8 ** 
202Padole
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VB 1
203Avon
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VB 3
204Sablons
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VB 1
205The Gibbet
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none 5b 2
206Bow Crack
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none 5a 3
207Old Kent Roadf7A ***8
208Barbed Wire Fence
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none 5b 5
209Rampant
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none 3a 4
210The Limit
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none 5a 6
211Slap Happy
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f6A ***7
212Can Opener
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f7A **2
213Scrap Arete
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none 5b 2
214Yellimo
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none 4a 8
215Cumberland
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none 5c 5
216Extender
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none 5c 2
217Tricky Dicky
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none 5b 3
218Bellyflop
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VB 1
219No Hands Slab
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VB **1
220Central Route
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none 2a 3
 Bowling Green Boulders 
222Zola
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f5 3
223Emile
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VB 8
224Gauguin
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f5+ 5
225Maze Crack
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VB 6
226CamilleV0- 11
227AlfredVB 11
228Corot
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VB 7
229Maze Chimney finishing leftVB 1
230Maze Chimney
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VB 6
231Elephant
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f6A 2
232Roller ClimbVB 5
233Picasso
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f6A 1
234Monolith Crack
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none 3a 3
235BarbizonV1 1
236Reine Sofia
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VB 3
237Sandman
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VB 5
238Rodin
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VB 7
239Bowling Green AreteVB 9
240Fiorentino
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VB 6
241BuonarrotiV0+ 7
242EpsteinV0- 5
243MonetVB * 
 Boulder Problems (SS Bouldering Guide) 
245SS Bouldering Problem 38f6C ***1
246SS Boulder Problem 47f6B+ *1
247SS Boulder Problem 48f6C **1
248SS Bouldering Problem 50
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f6A 1
249SS Bouldering Problem 51
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f6A+ 1
250SS Bouldering Problem 52
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f5+ 1
251SS Boulder Problem 66f6A 1
252SS Boulder Problem 101f6A+ 1
253Mojo Traverse (SS B_Guide 162)f7B 1
254Grunge Roverf7C 1
255SS Boulder Problem 167f6B 2
256SS Boulder Problem 168 ssf6A 1
257SS Boulder Problem 170f5 1
258SS Boulder Problem 184f3 1
259SS Boulder Problem 185f5 1
260SS Boulder Problem 187f7A+ *1
261SS Boulder Problem 199 ssf6A **2
262SS Boulder Problem 209f6C 3
263SS Boulder Problem 221f6B+ **2
 Location Unclear 
265Hornli
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V0- *1
266Acid Testf7A+ 2
267Shivvy Chimney
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M 3c *1
 HRA and HRC 
269Yew Tree Crack
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none 4b 1
270Annexe Slabnone 5b 3
271Chimney Wallnone 4b 3
272Monolith Girdlenone 2b 1
273Turret Wall
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none 2b 2
274Wonderwall
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none 2b 1

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