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Bex testing the start of Woodbind, Fairy Steps, Spring 2015. © C Witter

Crag features

One of the finest crags in the South Lakes - superb rock and seldom busy. Many of the routes are now more commonly done as boulder problems. The boulder problems themselves are excellent with plenty to go at at all grades - for more information see:http://www.lakesbloc.com/crags/south-lakes-limestone/179-fairy-steps.html

Approach notes

The Dallam Estate are looking to restrict access to this crag. However the crag is accessible on various public footpaths.

Does anyone know if the grades are inclusive of topping out?
daw87 - 21/Mar/18
Went the other night and had mixed feelings, the upper tier has great routes (although rather short, best with just a pad). However the lower tiers are dusty, dirty and overgrown, needs a lot more traffic for the routes to be worthwhile
joe.91 - 17/Jun/10
Fantastic day spent climbing at this super crag. There is lots to go at and some really fun problems. Well worth chicking out.
Fred Sergeant - 28/Mar/09
Just back from an afternoon spent at Fairy Steps in perfect weather. Quite short routes in that grey area between bouldering and soloing. Some really excellent lines, over roofs, up cracks, bridging between massive limestone pillars! Really good fun, and with orange evening sun on your back what more could you ask for? Martin :)
davies00 - 19/Mar/08
Agree with Jim. The Fairy Steps is an excellent crag. It constists of two tiers of quality limestone. There are plenty of short routes, and with bouldering pads a few of these are now seen as boulder problems. I boulder there and i can say that there are loads of excellent problems up to V5, then there are fewer but still worth a visit problems up to V15.
Mike Binks - 10/Feb/06
The Fairy Steps,a quiet but fantastic location,with climbing on impeccable limestone.Fairly short routes with great bouldering,everything from V0-V15!! but the rock needs a couple of days to dry after rain.Parking is a bit of a problem,especially on those summer evenings.A great outlook over the Lake District fells and Kent estuary,with good pubs nearby!!!
jimblack - 05/Feb/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Lower Steps Right - Gaslight Area
2 Limelight
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VS 4c 10
3 Fire Starter
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VS 5a 8
4 Gaslight
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VS 5a 11
5 Incandescent
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HVS 5b 2
6 Lanterns
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HVS 5b 4
  Lower Steps Right - Sector Nightshade
8 Lights Out f6C+ 1
9 Feel the Darkness
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HVS 5c 3
10 Nightshade
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VS 4a 8
11 Feel the Darkness bloc
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f6A ** 6
12 centre of wall (left of feel the darkness)
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f6C+ ** 5
  Lower Steps Right - Moonlight Area
14 La Luna
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HVS 5a  
  Lower Steps Right - Twilight Buttress
16 Twilight
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HVS 5a 4
17 Neetabulb
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E2 5c * 2
18 Friday the 13th
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E4 6a *  
19 Talcum
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HVS 4c  
20 Parasol
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S 11
  Lower Steps Right - Shadow Wall
22 The Shadow
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VS 5a * 8
23 Black Moon
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HVS 5c  
24 The Dark Side
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HVS 5a * 2
  Lower Steps Right - Flat Wall
26 Shady Deal
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VS 4c 2
27 Solstice
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VS 5a 1
28 Roamin' in the Gloamin'
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HS 4b 4
  Lower Steps Right - Ambre Solaire Area
30 Ambre Solaire
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VS 4c 5
31 Coppertone
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VS 5a 2
32 Goleu
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E2 5c  
33 Ultra Violet
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E1 5c * 1
34 Sun Seeker
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VS 5a * 6
35 Browned Off
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HS 4b ** 5
36 Bronzed Adonis
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f5+  
  Lower Steps Right - Gloom Area
38 Seen the Light
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S 3
39 Dusk
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HVS 5b 5
40 Gothic Wall
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E4 6a ** 4
41 The Dark Ages
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E1 5c ** 18
42 Gloom
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VS 5a ** 24
43 Umbra
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E1 5c 4
44 Underworld
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E3 6b  
45 Going Underground
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E1 5c  
46 The Troglodyte
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S * 15
47 Nebula
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S 2
  Lower Steps Left - Cassius Area
49 Pernambuco
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HS 4b 22
50 Recife
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HS 4b 15
51 Cassius
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S 4a 43
52 Pocket of Pain E1 5b 3
53 Morocco Crack
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VD 30
54 Mohammed
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VD 28
55 Je ne Sais Quoi
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HVS 5b * 3
56 Short Flake
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VD 16
57 Travail
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HVS 5c 1
58 Inconnu Flake
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E1 5c * 4
59 Calcaire
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E1 5c 4
  Lower Steps Left - Sector Aeon
61 Aeon Crack f6C ** 11
62 Aeon f7C * 14
63 Aeons f8A+ 1
64 Aeon Dyno f7B ** 25
65 Aeon Prow f7C+ * 4
66 Aeon Reverse f7C+ 1
67 Aeon original f8A ** 1
  Lower Steps Left - Sector Capehorn
69 Horn A Plenty
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S 4a 8
70 Paine
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E2 6a 3
71 Cape Horn
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VS 4c 6
72 Paine start f6A * 3
73 Sector Capehorn, Problem 4
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f4+ 4
  Lower Steps Left - Africa Flake Wall
75 Pygmy Warrior
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E1 5b 1
76 The Missionary Position
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HVS 5a * 2
77 White Man's Burden
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E1 5c * 1
78 Black Africa Flake
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E1 5c 5
79 White Africa Flake
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VS 4b * 20
80 Holidays in the Sun
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E3 5c  
81 Apartheid
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VS 4c 8
82 Thomson' Gazelle VD 2
83 Kudu
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HS 4a 3
84 Zulu
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VS 4c 1
85 Democracy *
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V6 1
  Lower Steps Left - Zambia Face
87 Zambia
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HS 4b  
  Lower Steps Left - Zimbabwe Area
  Lower Steps Left - Unconquearble Area
90 Unconquerable Arete
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VS 4b  
Climb name Grade
91 Right Unconquerable
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VS 4c * 7
92 Out right Victory E2 5c * 1
93 Left Unconquerable
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VS 4c 3
94 Insuperable
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HVS 5b  
  Lower Steps Left - South Africa Wall Area
96 Vorster's Groove
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HS 4b 6
97 Game Reserve
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HVS 5b 2
98 South African Lawn Tennis Association
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HS 4b * 4
99 Preston's of Bolton
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S 4a 3
100 Springbok
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VS 4c  
101 Tutu
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S 4a 3
102 Cullinan
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f6B * 6
103 Cultural Elite Sign-up Sheet f6B * 10
104 Sharpeville
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HVS 5c 5
105 Simonstown
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VS 4c 1
106 Democracy
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f6B 5
107 Wildebeest
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VS 4c  
108 Dark Continent
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S 4a * 6
109 Betel
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HVS 5b * 5
110 Pepul
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VS 4c 2
111 Two-timer
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S 4a 5
112 Yew Tree Drive
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S 4a 4
113 Final Score
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S 4a 5
114 Stranded in the Jungle
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HS 4c  
  Lower Steps Left - Evil Primevil Wall
116 Evil Primevil
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E1 5b 2
117 Anybody Out There
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HVS 5c 6
118 Darkening
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S 4a 2
  Lower Steps Left - The Trick Area
120 Isolation
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HS 4b * 3
121 Left of The Trick f6B+ 1
122 The Trick
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f7A 12
123 The Trick ss f7A+ * 8
124 Trick area isolated boulder traverse f5 1
  Upper Right Tier - Steps Area
126 Puck
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M 105
127 Robin
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M 102
128 Merryweather
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D 102
129 Sourmilk
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D 90
  Upper Right Tier - Medusa Area
131 Medusa
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D 51
132 Stoneface
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S 4a 35
133 The Sword
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S 4a 50
134 The Shield
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S 4a 56
  Upper Right Tier - Druids' Area
136 Cormach
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HS 4b * 54
137 Cernunnos
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VS 5a * 86
138 The Druid
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HVS 5a ** 60
139 Gofannon
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S 4a 58
140 Epona
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S 4a * 124
141 Mabon
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S 4b ** 161
142 Wren S 4b * 17
143 Taranis
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S 4a * 114
  Upper Right Tier - The Tower
145 Tower Wall
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VS 4c 79
146 Tower Crack
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HVS 5b 49
147 Tower Arete
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S 4a 93
148 Tower Steps VD 10
  Upper Right Tier - Rune Area
150 Scrawl
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VD 54
  Upper Right Tier - Fantasy Area
152 Celtica
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VS 5a 23
153 Taliesin
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VS 4c ** 106
154 Merlin
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VS 4c 48
155 Rheaed
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VS 5a 53
156 Woodbind
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D 65
157 The Mote of Mark
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HVS 5b 56
158 Caerliol
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VS 5a * 88
159 Celyddon
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VD * 79
160 The Dark Stair
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M 58
161 Goddeu
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D 41
162 Et tu Brute
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f6A+ 11
163 Woodbind Traverse f6A+ * 4
164 Woodbind bloc f4+ * 17
165 The Mote of Mark bloc f5+ * 14
166 Merlin bloc f5 * 12
167 Taliesin bloc f5 11
168 Rheaed bloc f6A 12
169 Problem 8 f6C * 16
170 Problem 8 SS f7A+ ** 7
171 Problem 10 Upper Right
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f5+ * 4
172 Caerliol bloc f5 * 14
173 Down the Edifice f6A * 5
  Upper Left Tier
175 Fantasia
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D * 106
176 Mr. T
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S 4c 58
177 Cruella
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S 4b 56
178 Silveste
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VD 43
179 Felix
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S 4a 25
180 Popeye
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S 4a 26
Climb name Grade
181 Olive
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D 21
182 Tom
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VD 14
183 Jerry
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S 4a 9
184 Fairy Tales
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VD 14
185 Sepulchure
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D 6
186 Crucifixion
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E1 6a 18
187 Crucifixion SS V4 * 18
188 Barabbas
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HVS 5b 5
189 Landmark Corner
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HS 4b 10
190 Chockstone Corner
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D  
191 Chockstone Chimney
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D 13
192 Pillar Front
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HS 4b * 15
193 Bay Watch
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S 4a 11
194 Home and Away
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VD 13
195 Crozzly Wall
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S 4a 23
196 Whin Crack
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VS 4c * 19
197 Rigg Up
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S 4a 19
198 Rigg Crack
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S 4a 8
199 Rigger
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S 4a 6
200 Intellect
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E2 6b 6
201 Send You No Flowers
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HVS 5b 4
202 Whindow Dressing
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HVS 5a  
203 Last Fling
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HS 4b 10
204 shadow
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VS 4c  
205 Walk Away f8B *** 1
206 Walk Away (ss) f8C  
207 Axiom f7C+ * 3
208 Axiom (ss)
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f8A+ ** 1
209 Mook Squad f7C ** 6
210 Intellect bloc f6C+ *** 20
211 Intellect (ss) f7B+ *** 10
212 Ash Tree Wall f7C * 22
213 Bone Machine f7C ** 6
214 The Groove f6C+ *** 28
215 Inner Logic f6B 3
216 Problem 24, Upper Left Tier f6C * 4
217 Technical Dusting (Upper Left) f6B+ * 1
218 Problem 34 Upper Left V0 1
219 Problem 40 Upper Left V0 1
220 Problem 54, Upper Left Tier f5+ 3
221 Problem 56.5, Upper Left Tier f4 5a 1
222 Problem 57 Upper Left V3 1
223 Problem 74 Upper Left f5 * 3
224 The Gibbet V9 * 1
225 Crossbeam f7C * 1
226 The Groove SDS f6C+ *** 1
227 Tween Trees V0 6
228 Probem 75 Upper Left V1 ** 1
229 Chemical Ali *
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V7 1
230 On The Cross *
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V9 1
231 Problem 19 * f3+ 1
232 Problem 20 * f4 1
233 Lone Block * f3 1
234 Problem 25 * f4 1
  Upper Left Tier - The Becoming Block
236 The Second Coming f7A * 17
237 The Becoming f6B+ ** 10
238 Problem 47, Upper Left Tier f5 8
239 Problem 49, Upper Left Tier
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f5 5
240 Problem 50, Upper left Tier f7A+ 11
241 Problem 51, Upper Left Tier f6B+ 16
242 Ashtray Verse * f7C+ 1
  The Shuck's Lair
244 The Cappel
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f7B+ *** 11
245 Casimir Effect
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f7B ** 3
246 Casimir Effect Direct f7B * 2
247 The Bogle Realm
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f7A+ * 7
248 Alkaline Jazz
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f7A+ * 2
249 React Dat Booty
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f7B+ * 2
250 Brane World
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f7C+ ** 4
251 Hare Devil
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f6C * 4
252 The Slope-a-Dope
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f6C+ * 4
253 Alkaline Jazz Extension
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f7B * 2
254 Eye of the Storm
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f8A ** 2
255 The Doom Gaze
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f7C 3
256 Hell Hound f6C+ * 6
257 Doodah Day f6C 7
258 Credo f8A+ ** 2
259 Kyrie f8A+ 1
260 The Black Dog
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f7C+ * 1
  unknown
262 broken crack
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f4+ 1
263 The Pheasant Plucker's Son VS 4c 1
264 My Lucky Day E2 5c 1
265 Plucking Hell E3 3
266 The Pheasant Plucker HVS 5b 1
267 Traditional Severe S 2
268 Durban S 4a 1
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