506m, 4 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A continuation to the top is long and devious - stick to the description! Start above the end of the main route. Whether it is worth the extra effort depends on how tired you are!
1) 175m. Scramble up the broken ridge to a stance below the below the pinnacles that block the way.
2) 2, 50m. Scramble along the ridge then follow ledges that lead across the face on the left to a stance in a col.
2a) 3, 50m. The col can also be reached by following the ridge till it steepens, step right and climb to the top of the pinnacle. (4). Abseiling from a spike into the gully.
3) 4, 26m. From the col climb the wall behind the huge chockstone for 5m then aim left to the blunt arete to find a stance and thread belays.
4) 4, 30m. Choose any line (all much the same grade) to the top of the climbing. From here a final 175 m of scrambling gains the notch at the top of the mountain. © Rockfax

FA. R.Edwards 1984

shaunhumphreys 14/Dec/16 AltLd O/S

Soloed the traverse and rory strung the 2 main pitches into one mega 60m one. definitely worth doing and no harder than espelon central. decent description in rockfax is crap as expected! You basically have to drop down into the massive notch once at the top and ab from two bolts slightly down the seaward side other large pinnacle that makes up the notch. There is a red dot which lead us up too high to some tat which isnt the descent.

with Rory
Legs 30/Mar/16 AltLd
Mike W 30/Mar/16 Lead O/S
oddis 11/Mar/16 Lead O/S

This route does not take you to the top of the mountain. At best it takes you to a top below the south top. We did an alternative version. Walked up to the pinnacle and rounded it. Then climbed one long length up the groove starting with one bolt and continuing up right to trees. Walked to the notch from there. Nice to get to the notch, but the climbing was uninteresting. 25 meter rapell from below the notch from good new bolts. Continued to the proper top. Direct + Espolon Central + EF + top of mountain took us 10 hours car to car.

PAJames ??/2016 -
plain kitten 11/Feb/15 -
plain kitten 11/Feb/15 Lead
gdjcoleman ?/Oct/14 AltLd O/S
with Simon
Hidden 04/Apr/14 Lead
2602steve 11/Feb/14 -

Can someone help me out here?? Does this route take you to the summit of the mountain? The description of pitch 4 says to "the top of the mountain". Yet some comments seem to say that to get to the summit you have to drop into the scree gulley and hike up. We did this last year and the route seemed to finish where the arête of EC peters out in front of a massive headwall well below the summit which looks unclimbable. There were a couple of red dots. We minced around following cairns and eventually found some tat where we ab'd down to paths, certainly there was no sign of an actual abseil station. Theres lots of talk of the "notch" but I can't work out if this is the little notch at the top of the EC arête (ie between the arête and this headwall) or the massive notch at the summit that you can see from miles away. If we did do the whole of the Edwards Finish then we found no climbing harder than a short 5m 4a wall to the left of some 5m high tall blocks (one with chockstone) that blocked what was otherwise walking/scrambling up the arête. If anyone can shed some light I'd be really grateful for an email!

derryclimbs 26/Jan/14 Lead O/S

AMAZING. why would you not do this? OK, maybe for those without alpine experience it is a bit intimidating and we kept second guessing which way we should be going but wow, going over the pinnacles was excellent fun. Didn't find the climbing any harder than on Espolon. Descent certainly proved the interesting bit as we came down from the notch and took a fair bit of time to find the abseil station. But after that it was easy route finding back to the car.

atapper21 21/Jan/14 Solo O/S
mark20 05/Jan/14 Solo O/S
Louvet 16/Oct/13 2nd
with Tarquin
Tarquin 16/Oct/13 Lead
with Louise
crustypunkuk 03/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/13 AltLd O/S
RKirke 21/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
mikespooner 20/Dec/12 AltLd O/S
Tarquin 30/Nov/12 Lead
Hidden 24/Nov/12 AltLd
charlesmfrench 24/May/12 AltLd O/S

Easy to get lost on here but I think we managed it. I can't see any easier way. At the top, DON'T follow the tracks as we did. Look for the red dots and follow these. The tracks go nowhere and are made by goats, who dont know where they are going. It looks improbable to follow the dots, but have faith.

with Anette
Hidden 06/Apr/12 AltLd O/S
tim newton 06/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Jonathan Emett 06/Feb/12 Solo O/S
with tim
Tenko 15/Oct/11 AltLd
with Guy Williams
Glyn 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Tom Skelhon
Chris the Tall 05/Feb/11 AltLd

Total time car to car was 9:20, 50 min to start, 4:30 to top of ECD, 7:00 to summit

with Dave Coley
RKernan 30/Jan/11 AltLd O/S

Some scary exposed unprotected traversing left of the pinnacles - should have gone over them.

with C Mann
Hidden 05/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
Jo Davison 05/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
JonBrown 01/Jan/11 AltLd O/S
with Sarp
JimBee ?/Nov/10 AltLd O/S

P1 J. P2 M. P3,4 J. A worthy continuation and gets you to the top with the gap/notch. 10hrs 15 mins car to car: ECD, EC, TEF, scree run down

with Matt Ellis
Hidden 14/Apr/10 AltLd
MDowson 14/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
with josh wyatt
Hidden 05/Dec/09 AltLd O/S
Liam FLeming 03/Nov/09 Lead
with karen dalzell
Hidden 26/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 25/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
barni 29/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
with Paul James
will9911 ?/Mar/08 -

nice scramble then lead last two pitches as one

with greg
NCorbett 05/Jan/08 AltLd O/S

lead 2nd pitch.

Phil PBC ??/2008 -
Hidden 25/Dec/07 Lead O/S
DanT 15/Sep/07 2nd O/S

Initial route finding was difficult but once we got going not too bad at all. Glad we went all the way to the top

Hidden ?/Mar/07 Lead
alan.onslow ?/Mar/07 2nd
with Will, James
John HW ?/Dec/06 Lead O/S

Instructing Tarquin's Exped 2 x students

with 2 x Students
will_benfold ?/Dec/05 AltLd O/S

Moving together.

with Ben D
shaun walby 17/Sep/04 AltLd O/S
with Phil West
Phil West 17/Sep/04 AltLd O/S
with Shaun Walby
dan gibson ?/Nov/02 Solo O/S
Tarquin ??/2001 -
Hidden 25/Feb/00 Solo
stugreen75 ??/1998 AltLd O/S
with The Youth
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