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View from the bottom - Boulder Ruckle, looking west © ChrisBrooke

Crag features

The white and yellow striped walls of the Boulder Ruckle make up the showpiece crag of Swanage. The Ruckle, as it is affectionately known, runs westwards from Subluminal, unbroken for over a kilometre and, at over forty metres in height, it offers fear, exhilaration and many sensationally-positioned routes. The grade range of Severe to E6 means that it will appeal to most, however, with the seriousness of the free-hanging approach abseils, the awkward escape routes and the broken finishes, it becomes a less attractive option for inexperienced teams. Nevertheless, for those in search of an adventurous mission, don a helmet, dust off the prusik loops and prepare to do battle on some fine atmospheric classics with little liklihood of having to queue.

The walls of The Ruckle are especially good for those operating in the HVS to E3 range. Fortunately, protection possibilities are usually in good supply with the unrelenting steepness of the rock accounting for the grade on most climbs, rather than any great technical difficulty or terrifying bold run-outs.

Approach notes

Walk down the tarmac road from Durlston car park, then head west along the coast path (right - looking out). A cliff-top track runs below this and the abseil stakes are found near this lower path. The first area arrived at is a 10 minute walk, and the furthest area takes around 20 minutes. 

Access Advice

The coast has unfortunately been used as a suicide spot and loose kit, clothing etc. lying around has resulted in the coastguard being called out. To avoid this, climbers are requested to ensure loose equipment and clothing is kept in rucksacks on the cliff top and preferably hidden from public view. You could also consider attaching a note to your sacks saying something like, 'Equipment being used by climbers - do not remove'.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 March to 31 July

Reason: Nesting Birds

No climbing between The Tool and Marmolata Arete inclusive to prevent disturbance of nesting birds. If using the Marmolata abseil point, please stay in the corner, spend as little time on top as possible and don't bring dogs to the top of the crag. Restrictions also apply from Sardine Special to Hard Day's Night, Andycap to Raindrop and Quasimodo to Insectitude inclusive.

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Guidebooks

Dorset

The latest edition of the Dorset Rockfax features the now widely acclaimed full-page colour topos, and includes all the new lines in the areas previously covered, as well as many entirely new sectors. The crags are illustrated using bigger topos and there is a complete new set of action photos. This new Rockfax guide will concentrate on Portland, Swanage and Lulworth, covering all the sport routes in these areas, and also the bulk of the quality trad climbing at Swanage and Lulworth. Coverage of bouldering and deep water soloing, along with all the routes in Devon have migrated from this book.
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West Country Climbs

West Country Climbs is a major Rockfax guide to one of the UK’s most celebrated, sunny and diverse climbing regions. The book is fashioned in Rockfax’s award-winning layout and design, and copiously illustrated with action photographs of the climbs and cliffs that reflect the quality and variety of climbing experiences to be had on offer in the UK’s most popular holiday destination - the West Country. This is a selected route and buttress guidebook which covers the best 900 routes from the crags listed below.
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More Guidebooks:
Swanage (2015)
South West Climbs - Volume 1 (2012)

Out of print:
There is a combo for almost every route in the ruckle, Please put them in the route notes, as I feel there is no need to clutter the page with hundreds of link ups. Thank you Marti
Marti999 - 01/Mar/15
in all likelyhood t-shirt weather
uncontrollable - 08/Dec/12
does anyone know what, this place is like in January?
konna - 14/Jan/12
Do NOT rely on Larus as an escape route, or a route for that matter. Easiest solid route in Boulder Ruckle Central is now E1. The rockfall appears to extend close to the break and belay half way up. May affect routes immediately left of Larus (only in CC guide) as well.
IainAM - 31/Aug/09
I meant Larus HS
lmarenzi - 07/May/08
Abbed in off Marmolata Buttress on May 2nd. Either my eyesight is going or what used to be Jason HS is now mostly part of the boulders in the sea.
lmarenzi - 05/May/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Lean Machine Wall
2 Paradise Street S 4b * 4
3 The Roaring Forties
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E2 5b 3
4 Sirius E3 5b * 28
5 Wild at Heart E4 6a 1
6 Punks in Power E5 6b ** 3
7 The Lean Machine E5 6a *** 55
8 Buzz Cocked
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E5 6b  
9 Green Machine
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E5 6a  
10 Surge Control E5 6b *** 12
11 The Roaring Boys E6 6b *  
12 The Men They Couldn't Hang
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E4 5c  
13 Apex Corner E1 5a, 4c 8
14 Charge of the Wild Horsemen E1 5b 3
15 Charge of the Light Brigade E1 5b 3
16 The Lusty, Decadent Delights of Imperial Pompeii
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E4 6a  
17 Alien Hum
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E3 5c  
18 Gnarly Scar Tissue
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E5 6b  
19 High Noon
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E2 5b 2
20 I Just Wanna Be Free
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E6 6b  
21 I Got the Spirit
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E6 6b  
22 Primrose Hill
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E1 5a 2
23 Amnesia
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E2 5b  
24 Jugs in Space
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E4 6a 1
25 Yellow-Bellied Fink
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E4 6a  
26 The Orange-Throated Gronk E2 5b  
  Ocean Boulevard Wall
28 Le Jaune Mechanique E4 5c * 3
29 Barracuda E4 5c *** 65
30 Tuna Lick E5 6a *  
31 Ocean Boulevard E3 5b *** 279
32 Mother Africa E4 6a *** 82
33 The Great Hunter House Milk Robbery E5 6a * 10
34 Wall of the Worlds E5 6a *** 90
35 The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde E3 5c 9
36 The Ramp S 4a 32
37 Indian Pacific E5 6a ** 3
38 The First Och Aye of the Tartan Army E3 5b * 3
39 Screaming Blue Messiah E3 6a 1
40 Queen of Carp E5 6b  
41 Under the Bored Walk
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HVS 4c  
42 Old Ghosts (Scare Me Most)
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E3 6a 2
43 Jonah VS 4b 16
44 Road to Ruin
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E2 5b 2
45 In Triplicate
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HVS 5b 1
46 Due Care and Attention HS 4a 25
47 Displacement Activity
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E1 5b 3
48 Higgins VS 4c 16
49 Jericho Groove HS 4b * 231
  Aventura Area
51 Herem Roof
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E4 6a  
52 Cold Comfort
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HVS 4c 3
53 Cold Comfort Variation VS 4b * 1
54 Chamberwall II HVS  
55 Chamberwall HVS  
56 Vicissitude
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VS 4c 5
57 Black Sunshine HVS 4c ** 213
58 Dark Side of the Sun E1 5b ** 67
59 Springbok Route VS 4c 3
60 Nassty Spider E2 5c * 26
61 Aventura HVS 4c ** 301
62 Judgement Day E2 5c 4
63 Death is a Gift HVS 5a 18
64 Bottomless Buttress HS 4b * 393
65 The Dead Can't Judge HVS 4c * 4
66 Andycap HVS 4c 2
67 Tim
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HS 11
68 Silhouette Arête VS 4c ** 287
69 The Fin E5 6a ** 3
70 Cima Petite E4 6a ** 2
71 Luke
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E1 5b 2
72 Rhino HVS 4c 9
73 The Earth's at Flashpoint
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E5 6a  
74 Nuclear Sunset
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E3 6a  
75 Tomorrow's Grief
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VS 4c 37
76 Fetish
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HVS 5a 4
77 Perversion
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VS 4b  
78 Midge
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E2 5b 2
79 Happy David
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E1 5b  
80 The Corpse
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E1 5a 1
  Relax and Swing Area
82 William McGonagall
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E4 6a  
83 Moonraker
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VS 5a 5
84 Sun Streets E2 5b * 19
85 Snowdrop E1 5b * 36
86 Raindrop
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HVS 5b  
87 St. Elmo's Firé E3 5c ** 12
88 Lunatic
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E3 5c  
89 Thunderball E1 5b *** 166
90 Jo HVS 5a *** 250
91 Thor HVS 5b * 22
92 Relax and Swing E5 6a *** 4
93 Sardine Special E5 6b *  
94 Third World
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E4 6a  
95 Jug Index E4 6b *  
96 Dogwatch E3 5c 3
97 Coral Slabs
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E3 5c 2
98 Mongoose
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E3 5b 2
99 Future Primitive E4 6b *  
100 Vicky the Viking
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E2 5c  
Climb name Grade
101 Rainbow
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VS 4b 5
102 Get Outta Your Armchair and Into This
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E5 6a  
  The Grim Reaper Area
104 Viper
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HVS 4c  
105 Asp VS 4c ** 34
106 Enos
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VS 4c 4
107 Mr Punch E1 5a * 4
108 Cloud Nine
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HVS * 5
109 High Cirrus
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E3 5c  
110 Hard Day's Night
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HVS 4c 4
111 The Cat Skinner HVS 4c  
112 Bunch of Weirdos
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E4 6a  
113 Ulysses
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E1 5b  
114 Prayers for Rain E3 5c * 9
115 The Grim Reaper E1 5a * 35
116 Alas, Poor Yorick E4 6a *  
117 Scythe E3 5b * 3
118 Talking to the Angel
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E4 6a 1
119 Razor Blade Smile E5 6c *  
120 Blow the House Down E3 5c * 1
121 Gold Fever E4 5c * 1
122 Little Matterhorn
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VS 4c  
123 Waiting for God
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E6 6b  
  Buccaneer Area
125 Ilium
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E1 5b 3
126 Larus (pre 2008 Rockfall) HS 4b 6
127 Larus (reclimbed after 2008 rockfall) E1 5b 16
128 Joe 90 E5 6a ** 10
129 Flying Finish E2 5b * 19
130 Billy Pigg E1 5b ** 125
131 Rattler E1 5b * 36
132 Fish Supper E3 5c * 13
133 Sinbad E1 5b ** 110
134 Sinawful E2 5c ** 1
135 Mickey Mouse E3 6a *** 45
136 Buccaneer E2 5b *** 147
137 Ishmael
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E3 5b 5
138 Cutlass E5 6a *  
139 Bosun's Wall HVS 5a * 24
140 Coxwain's Route
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VS 4c 2
141 Sheerline
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VS 4c 10
142 Kittiwake
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VS 4b 5
143 Diagonal HVS 5a,4c 25
144 High Tide and Green Grass VS 5a 30
145 No Diagonal HVS 5a * 3
146 Dandruff HVS 4c  
147 Smokestack Lightening E1 5b 3
148 Koo-Koo E2 5c * 7
  Marmolata Area
150 RIP HVS 4c 13
151 Headstone
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E3 6a  
152 Wide Awake in America E6 6b ** 6
153 Sweet and Sour
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VS 4c 11
154 Boatpusher's Arête E5 6a * 2
155 Finale Groove HVS 4c *** 707
156 Rif Raf HVS 5a/5b 5
157 'B' Line VS 5a ** 118
158 Buzz Light Year HVS 5a ** 106
159 Sweet SA VS 5a ** 118
160 All Guns Blazing E3 6a * 11
161 Sea Lion HVS 5a * 4
162 The Heidelberg Creature VS 4c ** 382
163 Children of the Sun E2 5b ** 16
164 The Tool E2 5b ** 83
165 The Tool (Bad Workman Finish) E3 5b 4
166 Man or Muppet E2 5c * 2
167 Bert and Ernie E2 5b ** 9
168 Promotion to Glory
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E3 6a * 1
169 Conan the Vegetarian E3 5b  
170 Tatra Direct E2 5c 9
171 Tatra (pre 2014 rockfall) VS 5a *** 241
172 Tatra (reclimbed after 2014 rockfall) E1 5b ** 76
173 Vysoke Tatry (Tatra Direct - new top pitch) E2 5b/c ** 7
174 Teenage Wasteland E4 6a  
175 Marmolata Arête E4 6a * 4
176 Marmolata Buttress E3 5c ** 38
177 Marmolata Combination E1 5b * 32
178 Marmolata E2 5c 10
179 The Tool (Touching the Sun Finish) * E2 5b 1
  Lightning Wall Area
181 Director's Groove HVS 5a * 124
182 Director's Groove / Ashes and Diamonds combo VS 4c 11
183 Freddy E2 5c 4
184 Ashes and Diamonds
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E1 5b 35
185 Windy City
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E1 5a 13
186 Canned Heat
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E1 5b 8
187 Lightning Wall HVS 5a *** 653
188 Lightning Wall Direct HVS 5b *** 11
189 Melancholy Lane E3 5c  
190 Elysium E1 5b *** 432
191 The Adventures of Portland Bill E2 5b ** 44
192 Brisingamen E5 6b * 2
193 Singing Winds E4 6a ** 28
194 Dune Dust E4 6a ** 27
195 Thunder Groove HVS 5b ** 153
196 Echoes from the Dead E3 5c  
197 Gypsy E2 5b *** 224
198 Strongbow E1 5b ** 129
199 Vortices E2 5c ** 43
200 The Mace E5 6b *  
Climb name Grade
201 Aquarius E2 5b  
202 Acapulco E4 6a ** 14
203 Strophanthin HVS 5a 25
204 The Planet E3 5c ** 16
205 White Dwarf E2 5c * 8
206 Ximenes E2 5c *** 79
207 Tiger Moth
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E1 5b 5
208 Death's Head Hawk Moth E3 6a  
209 The Mutiny
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E1 5b 1
210 Skulduggery
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E5 6b  
211 Gimcrack VS 4b * 45
212 Quasimodo
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HVS 5a 5
213 Leave It to the Birds
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E3 5c 1
214 Fury 161
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E1 5b 1
215 Lone
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E4 5c  
216 The Navajo Wars E5 6a **  
217 Iron Pony E4 6a  
218 West of the Pecos
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E3 5c  
219 Apache E3 5c  
220 Victoria E1 5a 3
221 Fallen from Grace E4 6b  
222 Blood, Sugar, Sex and Magic
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E4 6a  
  Old Faithful Area
224 Agincourt
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E2 5c  
225 The Curse of Testosterone
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E3 5c  
226 Innuendo Factory E4 6a  
227 Corollary
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E3 5b  
228 Winter's Tale
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E2 5b 1
229 Merlin E1 5b * 2
230 October Lady E1 5b ** 43
231 Ice Queen E5 6a ** 3
232 Sun King E4 6a * 6
233 Jasper HVS 4c * 77
234 Via Concordia E2 5b * 8
235 Nunentity HVS 5a * 8
236 Omdurman
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E3 6a  
237 Big Bertha E2 5c * 13
238 Old Faithful VS 4c ** 279
239 Glandasse Revant E2 5b 2
240 Nineteen to the Dozen
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HVS 5a * 9
241 Baker's Dozen VS 4c * 38
242 Black Crack HVS 5a * 12
243 Argo HVS 5a ** 43
244 The Ancient Mariner E2 5b ** 6
245 The Golden Fleece HVS 5a ** 78
246 Moose's Tooth E3 6a ** 9
247 Decay 9
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E5 6b  
248 Dragon's Teeth E3 5c  
249 Symplegades E2 5b  
  Behemoth Area
251 Behemoth HVS 5a *** 161
252 Soul Sacrifice E3 5b *** 62
253 On Life's Edge E4 6a *  
254 White Horse E2 5b * 13
255 Kingdom Come E6 6b **  
256 Down in Ruckly Ruckly Land
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E4 6a  
257 Dublin Packet HVS 5b ** 10
258 Anger is an Energy E5 6b *  
259 Poseidon HVS 5a 4
260 Hermes
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VS 4c 6
261 Sparky E5 6b *  
262 Let the Punka Burn E3 6a * 2
263 Too Precious E6 6b **  
264 Sinking Feeling
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E5 6a  
265 Laurence
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E2 5b * 3
266 Prudence HVS 5b ** 41
267 Ganymede E1 5b ** 16
  Airy Legs Area
269 In the Heat of the Night E1 5c * 1
270 Callisto HVS 5b * 7
271 Insectitude VS 4c * 9
272 Jung Spice
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HVS 5a  
273 Airy Legs VS 4c ** 86
274 Insecticide E2 5b ** 7
275 Nutcracker Exit II HVS 4c ** 54
276 Warriors E1 5b * 21
277 Luttes
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E2 5b  
278 War HVS 5b * 27
279 Ordinary World
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E3 6a *  
280 Purple Heart E3 5c 1
281 The Nutcracker Traverse
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S 18
282 Intersection S * 72
283 Voluptes
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E3 6a  
284 Subnutcracker
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HS 4b 20
285 The Long Goodbye HVS 4c ** 32
286 Seventh Wave VS 5a * 26
287 Second Sight VS 5a * 20
288 Loony on the Loose
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E2 5c 1
  The Traverse Adventures of David Coley
290 The Boulder Ruckle Girdle Traverse E1  
291 Wonderland E1 5c 2
292 The Frog Footman E1 5b ** 3
293 The White Rabbit VS ** 4
294 The Mad Hatter VS 4c * 4
295 The Red Queen HVS 4b * 3
296 Alice (Flying Fish to Buccaneer link-up) E2 5b * 2
297 The Cheshire Cat HVS 4c ** 4
298 The Caterpillar E2 5b ** 1
299 The Mock Turtle E2 5b ** 2
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