250m, 8 pitches. 5+ obligatory. The classic route up the face. Fully equipped with parabolts.

30m 3, 50m 4+, 35m 5+, 35m 5+, 25m 6a, 30m 6c or A0/5+, 20m 6c+ or A0/5, 25m 6a or A0/4+.

First pitch scambles over the boss at the bottom. Second pitch (4+) starts from belay bolts, passes two bolts, then has a long run out middle section before a final bolt and the belay. Thereafter, just follow the bolts. Take plenty of quickdraws (approx. 24 bolts on 6c pitch).

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seanbastard 6 Oct Lead rpt We let a pair pass us at halfway as our group was 3 and they were 2 and seemed fast until that point. They were not. Proceeded to sit on every bolt and dog their way up the entire thing... leaving us 3 slowly getting hypothermia from sitting around on hanging belays. Kept going tho init. Ended up topping out into a storm, fog and rain as night fell. Didnt know where the abseil was so, we just picked a direction and went with it. Head torch on, lost in black space, swinging around in pouring rain, could see about 5m i reckon.. Wind was so heavy it flipped my brother upside down.. We found one anchor and quickly realised it wasn't "the anchor" ... Fuck it. Abseiled again. Then we found a tree and bailed off of that, using thee highly scientific method of throwing stones into the abyss & listening for them hitting the ground to try and get an idea of where the ground was... We never heard anything, bailed off the tree anyway and found ourselves on a ridge... So we then slid down the 4+ scramble in darkness like a slide and got down to the car where we’d stashed some pickled onion monster munch and lucozade. First beer back home felt like a spiritual experience. 2nd time i've been on this route, 2nd time i've nearly died. Good stuff. Maybe not again. Also - i'm used to montserrat climbing, i climb there regularly, i know it can be sandbagged, but whoever gives that pitch 6c is smoking crack out of a lightbulb in a tescos carpark, there are easier 7b+'s round the corner
We let a pair pass us at halfway as our group was 3 and they were 2 and seemed fast until that point. They were not. Proceeded to sit on every bolt and dog their way up the entire thing... leaving us 3 slowly getting hypothermia from sitting around on hanging belays. Kept going tho init. Ended up topping out into a storm, fog and rain as night fell. Didnt know where the abseil was so, we just picked a direction and went with it. Head torch on, lost in black space, swinging around in pouring rain, could see about 5m i reckon.. Wind was so heavy it flipped my brother upside down.. We found one anchor and quickly realised it wasn't "the anchor" ... Fuck it. Abseiled again. Then we found a tree and bailed off of that, using thee highly scientific method of throwing stones into the abyss & listening for them hitting the ground to try and get an idea of where the ground was... We never heard anything, bailed off the tree anyway and found ourselves on a ridge... So we then slid down the 4+ scramble in darkness like a slide and got down to the car where we’d stashed some pickled onion monster munch and lucozade. First beer back home felt like a spiritual experience. 2nd time i've been on this route, 2nd time i've nearly died. Good stuff. Maybe not again. Also - i'm used to montserrat climbing, i climb there regularly, i know it can be sandbagged, but whoever gives that pitch 6c is smoking crack out of a lightbulb in a tescos carpark, there are easier 7b+'s round the corner
AJM 9 Jun Lead An excellent outing. Found the crux pitches stern - I certainly wouldn’t have argued a grade harder for each - but some of this may vary depending on the amount of chalk as at times I ended up doing a lot of fiddling around working out where the next decent hold was. As it was, I fell off once on the 6c+ pitch, just ended up clawing at not very much - not the most easy to read rock! Thought the first hard pitch was the best, steep and sustained.
with AllyBee
An excellent outing. Found the crux pitches stern - I certainly wouldn’t have argued a grade harder for each - but some of this may vary depending on the amount of chalk as at times I ended up doing a lot of fiddling around working out where the next decent hold was. As it was, I fell off once on the 6c+ pitch, just ended up clawing at not very much - not the most easy to read rock! Thought the first hard pitch was the best, steep and sustained.
with AllyBee
QuentinSu 11 May AltLd G/U
Hidden 1 Nov, 2018 AltLd dog
gsavell 1 Nov, 2018 AltLd dog
Hidden 30 Mar, 2018 AltLd O/S
humptydumpty 2 Aug, 2016 Solo rpt Up at 0530, on the road by 0625, started climbing 0920, topped out (with all gear) at 1755, home 2100. Brilliant day. Climbed at V, A1. Lots of hollow rock and flexing flakes.
Up at 0530, on the road by 0625, started climbing 0920, topped out (with all gear) at 1755, home 2100. Brilliant day. Climbed at V, A1. Lots of hollow rock and flexing flakes.
humptydumpty 17 Jun, 2016 AltLd A dangerous scramble followed by a very steep via ferrata ;)
A dangerous scramble followed by a very steep via ferrata ;)
Hidden 15 Nov, 2015 Lead
Vincej 15 Nov, 2015 AltLd
with Nevil
with Nevil
ChrisDuDirtbag 24 Oct, 2015 Lead Absolutely amazing route, took our time and enjoyed the amazing views, Also had lunch on a ledge in the 3d anchor.
Absolutely amazing route, took our time and enjoyed the amazing views, Also had lunch on a ledge in the 3d anchor.
colin struthers ?Apr, 2014 AltLd All free until the penultimate pitch which has a mean clip where it steepens. Fell here and succumbed to dogging the rest of the pitch. Fab route, awesome positions.
with mark hounslea
All free until the penultimate pitch which has a mean clip where it steepens. Fell here and succumbed to dogging the rest of the pitch. Fab route, awesome positions.
with mark hounslea
wynaptomos ?Sep, 1988 AltLd O/S
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