NEWSFLASH: Terrier's Tooth Damaged in Major Storm

by Duncan Campbell - UKC Feb/2014
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+Andy enjoying 1st pitch of Terrier's Tooth on Chair Ladder, 195 kb
The first pitch and ledge of Terrier's Tooth that have been removed by stormy seas. © Skinny Kin

The classic Hard Severe, Terrier's Tooth, at Chair Ladder in West Penwith, Cornwall has been damaged by the brutal storms the UK experienced during the winter. Both the starting ledge and the first pitch has fallen down though it is rumoured to still be climbable.

Local climber Stu Bradbury commented on the Chair Ladder Logbooks page the following:

"TERRIERS TOOTH ROCK FALL... Pitch 1 of Terrier's 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."

So if Terrier's Tooth was on your hitlist for the year it might be worth waiting until the first pitch is re-climbed before you commit yourself to the route. If anyone has anymore information on this please post it on the thread below.

Terrier's Tooth
© PieMan, Aug 2013

Forums ( Read More... | 27 comments, 09 Mar 2014 )
In other news, Ra at Carn Barra looks like it's lost a large chunk of the crack between the first and second ledges - it looks more like an open groove. We didn't climb it so I've no idea if the grade has changed. ...
stuartf - 08 Mar 2014

I climbed this yesterday, roughly following the line of pitch 1a in the CC guide. It seemed clean and solid, although with spaced protection. I estimate Severe 4a, two stars. I'll put a description in my logbook, thus:...
Andy2 - 06 Mar 2014

This was my 1st HS lead (only 2nd HS, first HS clean). As i led the third pitch, i presume i led the 1st (can't remember), if so i would have done the right hand start. Can't remember struggling on any of it, so it may...
Skip - 02 Mar 2014

My 2000 guide has the proper quartz vein start as HS 4b which was arguably about right but it mentions that all starts used to be given VD. The middle groove start is given as 4a which was probably a bit tough at VD....
Michael Hood - 02 Mar 2014

I think they were, at least at some point - or at least, the guide did that ambiguous description along the lines of "this can also be climbed direct, slightly harder" without mentioning it's about 3 grades...
Carolyn - 28 Feb 2014

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