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Mrs D 24 Aug 2nd O/S Great weather Quirky route with some exposed sections
with Sam Leary/Janet Pickett
Great weather Quirky route with some exposed sections
with Sam Leary/Janet Pickett
Chris Manasseh 13 Aug Lead
Butty 7 Jul Lead
stratandrew 5 May AltLd O/S Great route. Well worth its two stars. Some pitches possibly a little undergraded. I led even numbered pitches. Very cold day!
with Meirion Tanner
Great route. Well worth its two stars. Some pitches possibly a little undergraded. I led even numbered pitches. Very cold day!
with Meirion Tanner
Jodiaway 15 Nov, 2018 2nd
with Eddie
with Eddie
Alex.De 1 Oct, 2018 2nd
Hidden 22 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
mr mills 14 Jul, 2018 Solo Not sure if I was on route but enjoyable climbing anyhow, tried to tackle the most obvious line but it's not easy on this face....the bubbly wall is great and felt committing !
Not sure if I was on route but enjoyable climbing anyhow, tried to tackle the most obvious line but it's not easy on this face....the bubbly wall is great and felt committing !
Frost - Mroz 3 Jul, 2018 Lead 6 pich has overhang
with Matthew Heywood
6 pich has overhang
with Matthew Heywood
Rory Shaw 25 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S Tough for severe.
with jkfb
Tough for severe.
with jkfb
Hidden 25 Jun, 2018 AltLd
George_Surf 14 Jun, 2018 Lead O/S Teaching day with Sarah. Hard to find the start (started on the non cracked rib) and my book gives it Diff. I would say HS 4a if climbed as described. Good, unbroken climbing with only 1 grass ledge near the top. The big block is basically gearless 4a (a few poor wires) but with hidden positive holds, route finding tricky! The offwidth is ok, short and safe with a sling and a cam. The top bubbly wall is great on quartz potatoes. You pass the huge overhand at it’s left end by stepping on to the slab (not well described). Good route that’s harder than the other classics here, with clean climbing. Difficulties are easily avoidable. 9hrs car to car
Teaching day with Sarah. Hard to find the start (started on the non cracked rib) and my book gives it Diff. I would say HS 4a if climbed as described. Good, unbroken climbing with only 1 grass ledge near the top. The big block is basically gearless 4a (a few poor wires) but with hidden positive holds, route finding tricky! The offwidth is ok, short and safe with a sling and a cam. The top bubbly wall is great on quartz potatoes. You pass the huge overhand at it’s left end by stepping on to the slab (not well described). Good route that’s harder than the other classics here, with clean climbing. Difficulties are easily avoidable. 9hrs car to car
Hawthorn 9 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S
Hidden 3 Jun, 2018 AltLd
Wayne S 22 Apr, 2018 AltLd O/S Very good route, possibly harder than severe with the block and Offwidth pitches taken. Tower pitch is bold up the face, deck out bold imho, though 4a/4b climbing. Offwidth is just a couple of stiff pulls and probably wouldn’t argue traditional severe. In essence a route with severe climbing but with bold VS gear in sections. Probably not HS overall due to not being sustained. Some brilliant classic step over moves, great straddle moves on top of tower. This would be an absolute 3 star classic if the hard bits had gear making the route more balanced. Had more fun and challenge than on the 3 star classics. A hidden gem.
Very good route, possibly harder than severe with the block and Offwidth pitches taken. Tower pitch is bold up the face, deck out bold imho, though 4a/4b climbing. Offwidth is just a couple of stiff pulls and probably wouldn’t argue traditional severe. In essence a route with severe climbing but with bold VS gear in sections. Probably not HS overall due to not being sustained. Some brilliant classic step over moves, great straddle moves on top of tower. This would be an absolute 3 star classic if the hard bits had gear making the route more balanced. Had more fun and challenge than on the 3 star classics. A hidden gem.
Hidden 21 Apr, 2018 AltLd rpt
net 2 Sep, 2017 AltLd Interesting; route finding a bit of a struggle.
with Sue H, Jan R
Interesting; route finding a bit of a struggle.
with Sue H, Jan R
Hidden 2 Sep, 2017 AltLd
Hidden 9 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S
CathS 9 Jul, 2017 AltLd O/S I led pitches 2, 4 and 7 (the bubbly wall). Dave ran P5 and 6 together (avoiding the horrible looking off-width with nice climbing to the left). An entertaining day... Not sure if I took the wrong line to gain the crest on P2, but I went the way that had at least some gear, and it felt like 4a to me. Dave belayed 'a cheval' on top of the Block Tower, so I had to lead off the tower across to the blocks with an exciting hand traverse and difficult step across. The 'tricky stride' on P4 turned out to be a big move up a slightly overhanging wall on the front of a huge block and is hard if you are too short to reach the big jug; it took me a while to commit to the move. The moves across the niche onto the bobbly wall on P7 also felt quite hard I thought for 4a, especially as some of the footholds were wet with seepage and there was no gear to protect the initial tricky moves. The bubbly wall was amazing and good fun, although quite run out, and I had a lot of rope drag from a ropework cock-up in the niche. Fantastic top out in the sunshine on the South Summit. I reckon the Block Tower warrants VS 4b as the climbing up the left arete is quite thin and runout. It would be a sandbag for a Severe leader. The route is graded Diff in the old Ogwen guidebook, which is completely bonkers!
with Dave Clark
I led pitches 2, 4 and 7 (the bubbly wall). Dave ran P5 and 6 together (avoiding the horrible looking off-width with nice climbing to the left). An entertaining day... Not sure if I took the wrong line to gain the crest on P2, but I went the way that had at least some gear, and it felt like 4a to me. Dave belayed 'a cheval' on top of the Block Tower, so I had to lead off the tower across to the blocks with an exciting hand traverse and difficult step across. The 'tricky stride' on P4 turned out to be a big move up a slightly overhanging wall on the front of a huge block and is hard if you are too short to reach the big jug; it took me a while to commit to the move. The moves across the niche onto the bobbly wall on P7 also felt quite hard I thought for 4a, especially as some of the footholds were wet with seepage and there was no gear to protect the initial tricky moves. The bubbly wall was amazing and good fun, although quite run out, and I had a lot of rope drag from a ropework cock-up in the niche. Fantastic top out in the sunshine on the South Summit. I reckon the Block Tower warrants VS 4b as the climbing up the left arete is quite thin and runout. It would be a sandbag for a Severe leader. The route is graded Diff in the old Ogwen guidebook, which is completely bonkers!
with Dave Clark
Hidden 1 Jul, 2017 AltLd
PhiltheAgg ?Jun, 2017 AltLd G/U Slipped out of the start of the chimney and was left hanging a few mm from the cockstone. Thought that and the last pitch were pretty brutish for severe.
with Dacky
Slipped out of the start of the chimney and was left hanging a few mm from the cockstone. Thought that and the last pitch were pretty brutish for severe.
with Dacky
Megan37 ?Apr, 2017 AltLd
Ben Hollands 27 Aug, 2016 AltLd O/S Quality route. Exciting crux
with Chris Harding
Quality route. Exciting crux
with Chris Harding
shed_hed 15 May, 2016 Solo O/S Pleasant.
Pleasant.
Allanfairfechan ??, 2016 Solo
sharpemajor 10 Oct, 2015 2nd
Hidden 4 Oct, 2015 AltLd
Hidden 4 Oct, 2015 AltLd
HJSmith 2 Oct, 2015 Lead Well worth doing - really liked this route. We gave up on the "wide crack" but the rest provided plenty of entertainment!
Well worth doing - really liked this route. We gave up on the "wide crack" but the rest provided plenty of entertainment!
michael burrows 29 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S missed out the wide crack
with Mel
missed out the wide crack
with Mel
paulsross 27 Sep, 2015 Lead I lead it all exactly as described in the book
with Martin Worthy, Marion Hughes
I lead it all exactly as described in the book
with Martin Worthy, Marion Hughes
Hidden 27 Sep, 2015 2nd
spearing05 19 Sep, 2015 AltLd O/S Nice climb, thought the 'devious' 4th pitch felt more like a HS and possibly tough for a new S leader? Really nice pitch though, one where a little looking and lateral (literally) thinking meant that no matter how blank a section looked there was a good hold exactly where needed. Top was running with water.
Nice climb, thought the 'devious' 4th pitch felt more like a HS and possibly tough for a new S leader? Really nice pitch though, one where a little looking and lateral (literally) thinking meant that no matter how blank a section looked there was a good hold exactly where needed. Top was running with water.
Hidden 19 Sep, 2015 AltLd O/S
Hidden 4 May, 2015 Lead
TGreen 15 Nov, 2014 AltLd O/S
Rosie Henstock 15 Nov, 2014 AltLd O/S Lead P1, p3, p5&6
with TGreen
Lead P1, p3, p5&6
with TGreen
magsb 21 Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S
with Jon Price
with Jon Price
fizzychewitt 21 Sep, 2014 AltLd Lead Block Tower and bubbly wall pitches. Block Tower pitch was fantastic- lovely bold climbing on sharp holds.
with Richard, Scott
Lead Block Tower and bubbly wall pitches. Block Tower pitch was fantastic- lovely bold climbing on sharp holds.
with Richard, Scott
Hidden 31 May, 2014 Lead O/S
Beezy 31 May, 2014 AltLd
Pete_Frost 31 May, 2014 AltLd O/S Led P1&2 moving together, then led alternate pitches afterwards. Interesting in big boots.
with Blake
Led P1&2 moving together, then led alternate pitches afterwards. Interesting in big boots.
with Blake
Craigyboy13 31 May, 2014 AltLd
with Beezy
with Beezy
caradoc 14 May, 2014 Solo It compares very well with the more famous routes on the East Face. http://youtu.be/9X5NySCeRi4
It compares very well with the more famous routes on the East Face. http://youtu.be/9X5NySCeRi4
Hidden 19 Apr, 2014 2nd O/S
Marq 19 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S Avoided the Block Tower and wide crack pitches (both on the left) but did the nice finish up the steep bubbly wall. Worthy of 2 stars at least but a mega sandbag at Diff in the previous guidebooks! Had the route to ourselves whilst all the classics had queues.
with Vicky L
Avoided the Block Tower and wide crack pitches (both on the left) but did the nice finish up the steep bubbly wall. Worthy of 2 stars at least but a mega sandbag at Diff in the previous guidebooks! Had the route to ourselves whilst all the classics had queues.
with Vicky L
KittyKat 15 Mar, 2014 2nd
with Carmel
with Carmel
Craigyboy13 ??, 2014 AltLd O/S excellent route, hardly any polish. plenty of gear. and amazing weather! perfect
with Beezy
excellent route, hardly any polish. plenty of gear. and amazing weather! perfect
with Beezy
morgan91 28 Sep, 2013 AltLd
Hidden 23 Sep, 2013 AltLd O/S
Mark Eddy 31 Aug, 2013 Lead
with Kristina
with Kristina
kristinawe 31 Aug, 2013 2nd
Jim Malo 25 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
with Martina
with Martina
saz_b 29 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S Lead p1,3,6. Great climb, easy route finding bonus! Dry conditions, just one little shower after p2.
Lead p1,3,6. Great climb, easy route finding bonus! Dry conditions, just one little shower after p2.
danieleaston 28 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
with saz_b
with saz_b
poeter210 25 May, 2013 2nd O/S
with druss
with druss
Hidden 25 May, 2013 2nd O/S
Hidden 19 May, 2013 Solo O/S
sheelba 22 Sep, 2012 AltLd Not even close to a diff
Not even close to a diff
JasonV 22 Sep, 2012 AltLd A severe at least - the block pitch is a good 4b and the wide crack higher up is brutish - grading this a diff is the ultimate sandbag.
A severe at least - the block pitch is a good 4b and the wide crack higher up is brutish - grading this a diff is the ultimate sandbag.
joemallia 21 Jul, 2012 AltLd O/S A Diff leader arriving at the block tower pitch is in for a bit of a surprise! However, this is a really pleasant route and the block tower made me smile. (I've voted for HD as I'm not allowed to give the proper grade which is severe with the block tower pitch given 4b.)
with Ignacio del Valle
A Diff leader arriving at the block tower pitch is in for a bit of a surprise! However, this is a really pleasant route and the block tower made me smile. (I've voted for HD as I'm not allowed to give the proper grade which is severe with the block tower pitch given 4b.)
with Ignacio del Valle
Hidden 12 May, 2012 AltLd O/S
Jones_88 12 May, 2012 AltLd
Hidden 14 Jan, 2012 AltLd rpt
More-On ??, 2012 AltLd O/S
alaster tonge 25 Sep, 2011 Lead O/S
with Assad Lahlou
with Assad Lahlou
Hidden 5 Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26 Jul, 2011 AltLd
Hidden 26 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
Ash_Johnson ?Apr, 2011 AltLd O/S
HIGHTOWER 26 Mar, 2011 AltLd O/S Severe in new guide and worth it. The block tower is a great pitch.
with Amanda Gillard
Severe in new guide and worth it. The block tower is a great pitch.
with Amanda Gillard
Hidden 8 Aug, 2010 Lead
55pete55 8 Jul, 2010 -
laurentb ??, 2010 AltLd
Hidden 25 May, 2009 AltLd
DaveN ??, 2009 -
billyeatspies ?Aug, 2008 -
with Graham Wootton
with Graham Wootton
bridget143 7 Jun, 2008 AltLd O/S
with Al Braybrooke
with Al Braybrooke
Hidden 16 Nov, 2007 AltLd
Hidden 16 Nov, 2007 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?Jul, 2007 AltLd dog
fran04 ??, 2007 AltLd
Hidden 21 Dec, 2006 AltLd O/S
GiveHerHelen 27 May, 2006 2nd dog
with Jonny M
with Jonny M
Jonny M 27 May, 2006 Lead O/S
cat22 ?Oct, 2003 2nd dnf
with Alison
with Alison
five ?Oct, 2003 Lead O/S
Hidden 25 Apr, 2003 2nd O/S
Hidden 4 Nov, 2001 Lead O/S
Hidden 29 Nov, 1990 Solo
Hidden ?Aug, 1990 Solo
Ian Archer 5 Apr, 1989 Lead
with Neil Watson
with Neil Watson
nigehughes ?Apr, 1988 AltLd
with Colin Bell
with Colin Bell
sinbad ?Oct, 1987 2nd
with Kenny
with Kenny
babymoac 2 Aug, 1987 AltLd
with Rich Reeder
with Rich Reeder
Iain Thow 16 Sep, 1984 Solo
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