Climbs 231
Rocktype Limestone

Faces W

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.

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 9
3 Fire Starter
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VS 5a 7
4 Gaslight
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VS 5a 10
5 Incandescent
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HVS 5b 1
6 Lanterns
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HVS 5b 3
  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 6
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+ ** 4
  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 3
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 * 7
23 Black Moon
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HVS 5c  
24 The Dark Side
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HVS 5a * 1
  Lower Steps Right - Flat Wall
26 Shady Deal
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VS 4c 2
27 Solstice
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VS 5a  
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 ** 17
42 Gloom
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VS 5a ** 21
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 16
50 Recife
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HS 4b 10
51 Cassius
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S 4a 32
52 Pocket of Pain E1 5b 1
53 Morocco Crack
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VD 23
54 Mohammed
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VD 20
55 Je ne Sais Quoi
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HVS 5b * 2
56 Short Flake
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VD 11
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 ** 5
62 Aeon f7C * 12
63 Aeons f8A+ 1
64 Aeon Dyno f7B ** 22
65 Aeon Prow f7C+ * 2
66 Aeon Reverse f7C+ 1
  Lower Steps Left - Sector Capehorn
68 Horn A Plenty
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S 4a 7
69 Paine
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E2 6a 3
70 Cape Horn
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VS 4c 4
71 Paine start f6A * 2
72 Sector Capehorn, Problem 4
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f4+ 3
  Lower Steps Left - Africa Flake Wall
74 Pygmy Warrior
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E1 5b 1
75 The Missionary Position
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HVS 5a * 2
76 White Man's Burden
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E1 5c * 1
77 Black Africa Flake
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E1 5c 5
78 White Africa Flake
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VS 4b * 15
79 Holidays in the Sun
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E3 5c  
80 Apartheid
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VS 4c 5
81 Thomson' Gazelle VD 1
82 Kudu
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HS 4a 2
83 Zulu
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VS 4c 1
  Lower Steps Left - Zambia Face
85 Zambia
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HS 4b  
  Lower Steps Left - Zimbabwe Area
  Lower Steps Left - Unconquearble Area
88 Unconquerable Arete
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VS 4b  
89 Right Unconquerable
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VS 4c * 3
90 Out right Victory E2 5c * 1
91 Left Unconquerable
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VS 4c 1
92 Insuperable
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HVS 5b  
  Lower Steps Left - South Africa Wall Area
94 Vorster's Groove
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HS 4b 6
95 Game Reserve
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HVS 5b 2
96 South African Lawn Tennis Association
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HS 4b * 4
97 Preston's of Bolton
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S 4a 3
98 Springbok
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VS 4c  
99 Tutu
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S 4a 2
100 Cullinan
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f6B * 5
101 Cultural Elite Sign-up Sheet f6B * 8
102 Sharpeville
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HVS 5c 5
103 Simonstown
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VS 4c 1
104 Democracy
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f6B 4
105 Wildebeest
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VS 4c  
106 Dark Continent
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S 4a * 2
107 Betel
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HVS 5b * 5
108 Pepul
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VS 4c 2
109 Two-timer
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S 4a 5
110 Yew Tree Drive
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S 4a 4
111 Final Score
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S 4a 5
112 Stranded in the Jungle
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HS 4c  
  Lower Steps Left - Evil Primevil Wall
114 Evil Primevil
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E1 5b 2
115 Anybody Out There
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HVS 5c 4
116 Darkening
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S 4a 1
  Lower Steps Left - The Trick Area
118 Isolation
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HS 4b * 3
119 Left of The Trick f6B+ 1
120 The Trick
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f7A 12
121 The Trick ss f7A+ * 7
122 Trick area isolated boulder traverse f5 1
  Upper Right Tier - Steps Area
124 Puck
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M 93
125 Robin
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M 89
126 Merryweather
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D 88
127 Sourmilk
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D 78
  Upper Right Tier - Medusa Area
129 Medusa
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D 44
130 Stoneface
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S 4a 31
131 The Sword
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S 4a 45
132 The Shield
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S 4a 51
  Upper Right Tier - Druids' Area
134 Cormach
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HS 4b * 44
135 Cernunnos
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VS 5a * 68
136 The Druid
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HVS 5a ** 50
137 Gofannon
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S 4a 47
138 Epona
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S 4a * 98
139 Mabon
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S 4b ** 131
140 Wren S 4b * 6
141 Taranis
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S 4a * 91
  Upper Right Tier - The Tower
143 Tower Wall
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VS 4c 63
144 Tower Crack
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HVS 5b 41
145 Tower Arete
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S 4a 74
146 Tower Steps VD 4
  Upper Right Tier - Rune Area
148 Scrawl
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VD 49
  Upper Right Tier - Fantasy Area
150 Celtica
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VS 5a 19
151 Taliesin
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VS 4c ** 89
152 Merlin
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VS 4c 38
153 Rheaed
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VS 5a 43
154 Woodbind
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D 54
155 The Mote of Mark
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HVS 5b 45
156 Caerliol
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VS 5a * 67
157 Celyddon
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VD * 68
158 The Dark Stair
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M 47
159 Goddeu
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D 32
160 Et tu Brute
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f6A+ 6
161 Woodbind Traverse f6A+ * 3
162 Woodbind bloc f4+ * 16
163 The Mote of Mark bloc f5+ * 16
164 Merlin bloc f5 * 12
165 Taliesin bloc f5 10
166 Rheaed bloc f6A 13
167 Problem 8 f6C * 13
168 Problem 8 SS f7A+ ** 6
169 Problem 10 Upper Right
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f5+ * 5
170 Caerliol bloc f5 * 14
171 Down the Edifice f6A * 5
  Upper Left Tier
173 Fantasia
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D * 93
174 Mr. T
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S 4c 52
175 Cruella
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S 4b 52
176 Silveste
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VD 38
177 Felix
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S 4a 24
178 Popeye
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S 4a 24
179 Olive
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D 20
180 Tom
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VD 12
181 Jerry
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S 4a 8
182 Fairy Tales
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VD 12
183 Sepulchure
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D 5
184 Crucifixion
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E1 6a 17
185 Crucifixion SS V4 * 11
186 Barabbas
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HVS 5b 4
187 Landmark Corner
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HS 4b 9
188 Chockstone Corner
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D  
189 Chockstone Chimney
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D 13
190 Pillar Front
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HS 4b * 15
191 Bay Watch
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S 4a 11
192 Home and Away
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VD 13
193 Crozzly Wall
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S 4a 17
194 Whin Crack
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VS 4c * 14
195 Rigg Up
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S 4a 13
196 Rigg Crack
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S 4a 8
197 Rigger
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S 4a 5
198 Intellect
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E2 6b 6
199 Send You No Flowers
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HVS 5b 2
200 Whindow Dressing
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HVS 5a  
201 Last Fling
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HS 4b 8
202 shadow
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VS 4c  
203 Walk Away f8B *** 1
204 Walk Away (ss) f8C  
205 Axiom f7C+ * 3
206 Axiom (ss)
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f8A+ ** 1
207 Mook Squad f7C ** 4
208 Intellect bloc f6C+ *** 14
209 Intellect (ss) f7B+ *** 8
210 Ash Tree Wall f7C * 19
211 Bone Machine f7C ** 5
212 The Groove f6C+ *** 22
213 Inner Logic f6B 3
214 Problem 24, Upper Left Tier f6C * 4
215 Technical Dusting (Upper Left) f6B+ * 1
216 Problem 34 Upper Left V0 1
217 Problem 40 Upper Left V0 1
218 Problem 54, Upper Left Tier f5+ 2
219 Problem 56.5, Upper Left Tier f4 5a 1
220 Problem 57 Upper Left V3 1
221 Problem 74 Upper Left f5 * 3
222 The Gibbet V9 * 1
223 Crossbeam f7C * 1
224 The Groove SDS f6C+ *** 1
225 Tween Trees * V0 4a 1
226 Probem 75 Upper Left * V1 ** 1
  Upper Left Tier - The Becoming Block
228 The Second Coming f7A * 12
229 The Becoming f6B+ ** 10
230 Problem 47, Upper Left Tier f5 6
231 Problem 49, Upper Left Tier
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f5 3
232 Problem 50, Upper left Tier f7A+ 8
233 Problem 51, Upper Left Tier f6B+ 14
  The Shuck's Lair
235 The Cappel
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f7B+ *** 10
236 Casimir Effect
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f7B ** 3
237 Casimir Effect Direct f7B * 2
238 The Bogle Realm
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f7A+ * 5
239 Alkaline Jazz
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f7A+ * 2
240 React Dat Booty
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f7B+ * 2
241 Brane World
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f7C+ ** 2
242 Hare Devil
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f6C * 3
243 The Slope-a-Dope
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f6C+ * 4
244 Alkaline Jazz Extension
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f7B * 2
245 Eye of the Storm
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f8A ** 1
246 The Doom Gaze
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f7C 3
247 Hell Hound f6C+ * 6
248 Doodah Day f6C 5
249 Credo f8A+ ** 2
250 Kyrie f8A+ 1
251 The Black Dog
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f7C+ * 1
  unknown
253 broken crack
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f4+ 1
254 The Pheasant Plucker's Son VS 4c 1
255 My Lucky Day E2 5c 1
256 Plucking Hell E3 1
257 The Pheasant Plucker HVS 5b 1
258 Traditional Severe S 2
259 Durban S 4a 1
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