Climbs 312
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 90m a.s.l
Faces NW

Pac Pac Pac © Szymon Bicz

Crag features

High Rocks is a designated SSSI, National Monument and owned by The High Rocks (opposite).

All climbers should visit the lower bar BEFORE entering the rocks. The rocks are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays (apart from bank holidays). Arrive before 11:30am or after 5:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to avoid wedding parties. Please also move away from wedding parties when they are in the grounds having their photos taken.

Climbers should pay the £10 entrance fee (2016) and obtain a ticket/receipt. Season ticket holders (£50, 2016) should sign the book. Please DO NOT enter the grounds without a ticket.

Bouldering is currently banned (2016). Discussions to help resolve this situation will take place and are ongoing and will hopefully steer this situation into a more positive direction. Until that time, please respect the no bouldering rule and keep crash pads away from the rocks to avoid any misunderstandings.

The highest of the southern sandstone crags - 12m. Plenty of classic climbs, including the oft-tried Infidel (6a). Lots to keep everyone, including the wandering grockles, amused.

Approach notes

From Tunbridge Wells, take the A264 for East Grinstead; after 2km (1.2mi) on Rusthall Common turn L at signpost to The Beacon and High Rocks: follow down the narrow hill to a 'Y' junction (rocks visible opposite) where a right turn takes you over a railway bridge and to the High Rocks. The crag entrance is on the left and car park a bit further on the left. Please pay (or sign in for season ticket holders) in the lower bar BEFORE entering the grounds.

Access Advice

Following a number of altercations between climbers/boulderers and the landowner’s staff, access to High Rocks is currently in a very fragile state. A climbers code of conduct  has been drawn up by the BMC and should be followed by anyone climbing at the crag in order to prevent access being lost in future:

  • Admission charges: High Rocks charge an entry fee to anyone wanting to visit the rocks. For climbers, this is either a daily charge of £10 per day / £6 after 1730 or annual membership priced at £50 which allows an unlimited number of visits. Members guests get a discount of £7.50 per day / £6 after 1730. Tickets or membership must be purchased from the lower bar, and members must sign in before entering the rocks on every visit.
  • Respect ground staff: good behaviour is essential to continued climbing access at High Rocks. Please be polite to any staff you meet in the grounds and follow any instructions they give you.
  • Weddings: the rocks are frequently used during weddings for photographs and this is the landowner’s main source of income. Every effort must be made to avoid causing an impact to wedding parties whilst climbing. Please check to see if a wedding is taking place before climbing. If you are asked to move by a member of staff, photographer or wedding party member please do so immediately. If a wedding is taking place, all routes from I'll be Back to Something Crack are restricted and all equipment should be removed from the area to leave it clear for photos. When restrictions are in place climbers and boulderers should relocate their activates away from functions and weddings so as to not distract nor interfere.
  • Arrival times: on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, all climbers including members must arrive before 1130 or after 1730.
  • Closure days: the Rocks are closed to the public (including climbers) every Monday and Tuesday.
  • Chalk: is an unwelcome intrusion for non-climbing visitors to the rocks. Keep any use of chalk at High Rocks to the absolute minimum and ensure you brush off any excess chalk once you are finished or avoid using chalk altogether.
  • Bouldering: is currently banned by the landowner - only top roping is allowed.
  • Spotting: the landowner has a legitimate concern about members of the public being injured by a falling boulderers. Always have at least one person spotting anyone bouldering or soloing to ensure members of the public cannot inadvertently walk underneath a climber.
  • Rock erosion: as with all crags on Southern Sandstone, the very soft rock can be easily eroded. Ensure no moving ropes are able to contact the rock by extending top ropes over the edge of the crag with static rope or slings. Clean the soles of your shoes before stepping onto the rock – any sand or dirt on them accelerate erosion of footholds and make the climbing harder.
  • Shouting and bad language: don’t use it at High Rocks. Wedding parties, children and other members of the public all visit the rocks as a place of peace and solitude. Please be sensitive to these other visitors.
  • Litter: as with any other crag, please take all litter home with you.
  • Sandstone Code of Practice: all climbers on southern sandstone should be aware of this code, which gives advice on how to reduce your impact on to the rock. It can be found at: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmcNews/media/u_content/File/access_conservation/access_publications/Sandstone%20Code%20of%20Practice.pdf
Though I would give a quick updated as I went there the other day. Not much has changed. Still 10 to get in, still a little bit of glass. Pretty quiet overall.
lostpixel - 28/Jun/12
visited there today. i wasn't impressed by the amount of broken glass around not just at the bottom of the routes but mid way up and on the top. i wouldn't of minded if i had not paid the 10 entrance fee but it is clear that they are not looked after as much as they should be. Sticking to Harrisons and Bowles in future
silverpim - 20/Jun/10
Try the SDS start to Krankenkopf, using only jams for the hands. It uses a nice finger/thumb stack if you can reach it. Trad 6a or V2. Jump off when you get your feet on the ledge at 12 feet.
Oliver Hill - 09/Jun/09
I love this crag. Haven't been since the vegetation was cleared and am looking forward to seeing what it's like (although I'll be too weak to do anything there now!). There is still potential here for some very hard new routes (I abbed some lines 18 years ago and they've not been done yet). J
seagull - 11/May/07
high rocks has recently been restored, meaning that allot more of the rock is in condition. the friction of the rock is unrivaled as far as southern sandstone goes
ian h - 04/Apr/05
A wonderful outcrop with a pub not 100 yds from it. Hard though, very hard. Great bouldering problems and really tough routes. The friction is less here than on other local sandstone even in perfect conditons. Not a first time foray for those punters fresh from the plastic.
JoHNY - 02/Jul/04
Traverse above Bum Dragon 7c is called 'crosstown traffic' and is 7c w/ broken hold. There is a SDS in the middle of the wall starting just right of the boulder that is good. SDS to Brenva is 7a. There is also a new traverse going starting as the SDS to Brenva and traversing left low to finish on the right arete- 'the slowpull'. Also repeats of 'Vandal' have called it 7b. Alot of other hard to describe probs in the 7b range.
pete - 08/Aug/03
lots of cool new bouldering happening in the form of starts to routes. brenva sit start fnt 7b bum dragon fnt 7c+ (traverse behind honycomb) coast to coast fnt 7b+ (traverse behind honycomb) high rocks dyno fnt 7b+ (direct to celebration) kinda lingers bum start fnt 7c vandal fnt 7c+ (roof left of judy) shatterd start fnt 6c. bad blood direct start fnt 6c. lord traverse fnt 6b
rob - 19/Apr/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Main Crag
2 Orion Crack
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none 4c ** 22
3 Brian Arete
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none 5b * 2
4 Orion Chimney
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none 2a 3
5 The First Crack
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none 6b *** 3
6 Missing Link
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none 6b **  
7 Anaconda Chimney
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none 4a ** 11
8 Anaconda Corner none 5b ** 3
9 Fungal Smear
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none 6b *  
10 Bone Machine
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none 6b  
11 Adder
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none 6a ** 6
12 Boa Constrictor Chimney none 4b ** 10
13 The Second Generation none 6b *** 4
14 Cobra Chimney
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none 4a 6
15 Renascence
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none 6b *** 3
16 Resurrection f7C 1
17 Pammy f7A **  
18 Steps Crack none 5b *** 27
19 Chimaera
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none 7a ** 1
20 Cornerstone f7B+ ** 1
21 Moving Staircase none 6b *** 7
22 Judy
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none 6b ** 3
23 Telegram Sam
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none 6b *  
24 Rag Trade
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none 6b * 1
25 Eft Chimney
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none 3a 3
26 Chockstone Chimney
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none 2b 7
27 Gethsemane f7A 1
28 Vandal f7B ** 2
29 Salad Days
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none 6b ** 6
30 Pet Cemetery f7B 2
31 Leglock
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none 6b * 3
32 Too Tall for Tim none 6a * 2
33 Cut Steps Crack none 6a ** 6
34 Too Hard for Dave
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none 6b * 2
35 Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 1
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none 5a * 5
36 Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 2
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none 5a * 4
37 Bell Rock Transverse Passage Route 3
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none 4c 1
38 The Continuing Adventures of Porg f7B+ 1
39 Strangler none 5a 4
40 Deadwood Chimney none 2b 5
41 Bell Rock Passage
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none 4a 3
42 Spider's Chimney none 3b ** 3
43 Insinuation Crack
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none 2b 2
44 Yoda Assis f7C 1
45 Exe Chimney
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none 5a 1
46 Wye Chimney none 4a 4
47 Slab Chimney
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none 2b 3
48 One of Our Chimneys is Missing
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none 2b * 3
49 Smooth Chimney none 4a ** 5
50 The Chute none 5a 4
51 Krankenkopf Crack
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none 5b ** 15
52 Spanked
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f7A *** 2
53 The Path Seldom Taken f7B 1
54 Kraken
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none 6b * 4
55 The Dragon
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none 6a ** 3
56 Robin's Route
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none 6a * 7
57 So What?
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none 6b *  
58 Dysentery
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none 5c * 1
59 The Prang
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none 6a ** 2
60 Magnetic f7A ** 16
61 Lobster
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none 6a * 7
62 Infidel
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none 6a *** 28
63 Henry the Ninth none 5b ** 56
64 Warning Rock Buttress none 3b 4
65 Warning Rock Chimney
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none 2a 3
66 Jaws
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none 5c ** 7
67 Orca
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none 5c * 5
68 balcony direct none 4b *** 10
69 Boysen's Crack
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none 6a ** 8
70 Conchita none 6a * 6
71 Marquita
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none 5c * 20
72 Lucita
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none 5c * 29
73 The Gibbett none 5b * 1
74 Cool Bananas
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none 6c ** 1
75 Effie
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none 5b ** 34
76 Slant Eyes
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none 5c 1
77 Mamba Crack
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none 5b 1
78 Colorado Crack
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none 2b 1
79 Harold Hill Arete
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none 5a 2
80 Rattlesnake
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none 4b 1
81 Issingdown
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none 5b 1
82 Python Crack
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none 5a 1
83 Cheetah
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none 6b * 1
84 Coronation Crack none 5c *** 38
85 Hale Bopp f7C 7a ***  
86 Bad Blood none 6c 1
87 Krait Arete none 6b *** 18
88 Shelter Arete none 5c * 10
89 Shelter Chimney
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none 2b * 10
90 Shelter Passage none 4b 5
91 Shelter Slabs
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none 5b 5
92 The Oligarchy none 6a 1
93 Advertisment Wall Direct none 5c *** 60
94 Advertisement Wall none 5b ** 92
95 Engagement Wall none 6a ** 37
96 Dyno-Sore
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none 6b ** 8
97 Quirkus
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none 4c 9
98 Dirty Dick none 4b 33
99 Porgs Progress f7B ** 1
100 Crypt Crack none 4a 10
101 Death Cap
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none 6b *  
102 Mervin Direct
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none 6b *  
103 Crack and Wall Front none 5c ** 8
104 Crack And Wall
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none 4b 7
105 Yoda (Stand) f7A+ *  
106 Hut transverse arete
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none 4c * 8
107 Educating Airlie
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none 6b ** 2
108 Kinda Lingers
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none 6c *** 4
109 Kinda Lingers Sit Start f7A+ ** 4
110 Kinda Lingers Sit Down Start f7C *** 2
111 Unforgettable none 6c ** 1
112 Boonoonoonoos
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none 6b ** 7
113 Firebird
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none 6a * 6
114 Mulligan's Wall none 5c ** 9
115 Bludgeon none 5c *  
116 Celebration none 5c ** 38
117 Brushwood Chimney none 2b 3
118 Chez's Dyno f7A ** 9
119 Hut Transverse Passage - Rufrock Route
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none 3a * 6
120 Hut Transverse Passage - Central Route
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none 3b 4
121 Tilley Lamp Crack none 6a ** 15
122 Lord Traverse f6B 6a ** 15
123 Nemesis none 6b *** 21
124 Nemesis Inferno none 6c 1
125 A Touch Too Much
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none 6b ** 5
126 Viper Crack none 5b 9
127 Shattered none 6b * 2
128 Easy Crack
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none 2a * 11
129 Bald Finish
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none 5a * 5
  Hut Boulder
131 Crack Route
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none 4c ** 58
132 Pinchgrip
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none 5c * 14
133 Pussyfoot
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none 5b ** 29
134 Sweaty Pussy none 5c+ *** 6
135 Swing Face none 5b * 27
136 Birthday Arete none 5b ** 28
137 Birthday Wall (Sequins of Cosmic Turbulence) none 5c * 5
138 Sequins of Cosmic Turbulence none 5c 16
139 Ford Prefect
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none 5c 1
140 Roof Route none 5a * 24
141 Rockney none 5c 9
142 Cough Drop
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none 5b * 3
143 Long Stretch none 5c * 16
144 Roofus
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none 6b * 2
145 Id
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none 6a * 3
146 Bludnok Wall
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none 5c * 12
147 Rhino's Eyebrow none 5a 5
148 Solo none 5a 2
149 Wall right of Solo none 5c 1
150 Silly Corner none 3a 2
151 Helyotosis
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none 5a 1
152 Green Ernie
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none 1a 1
153 Amelia's Little Problem none 4c 2
154 Awkward Corner none 5b 3
155 Orrer Crack none 5c * 6
156 Rum Bum and Biscuits
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none 6a 1
157 Navy Way
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none 5c * 14
158 Bow Spirit none 6a 1
159 Crosstown Traffic f7C 1
160 Bum Dragon f7C+ 1
161 Odin's Wall none 5c ** 28
162 Something Crack none 6a 2
163 Degenerate
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none 5a * 24
164 Testimony V1 5a ** 11
165 Delirium V2 5c * 6
166 Holly Slab V0- 4a 11
167 Profiterole
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none 5c 3
168 Honeycomb none 6b ** 16
169 Honeycomb Direct Start
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none 6b * 1
170 Craig-y-blanco none 6a * 24
171 Dagger Crack none 6a * 2
172 Moss Side Story f6A+ 6a * 1
173 Carbon Fibre f6C 6b *** 3
174 Final Destination f7C *** 1
  The Isolated Boulder
176 Ordinary Route
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none 4a * 41
177 The Mojo f7B *** 3
178 Mojo Traverse Extension f7C+ 1
179 Sloper problem (right of mojo) f7A ** 5
180 The Blues f6C ** 3
181 Graveyard Groove
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none 5c * 4
182 Tool Wall none 6a *** 6
183 Fork
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none 5c ** 24
184 Knife
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none 5c *** 27
185 Dinner Plate
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none 5c ** 29
186 Simian Progress
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none 5a *** 59
187 The Fonz f7A 2
188 Happy Days f7A ** 4
189 Happy Days Variation f6C 5
190 6B on Happy Days boulder, right of tree f6B 1
191 Breakfast none 5c 2
192 Simian Face
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none 5b * 40
193 Monkey Nut
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none 5b ** 29
194 The Sphinx
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none 6a * 18
195 Simian Face Direct Start
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none 5c 3
196 Simian Mistake
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none 5c ** 34
197 Simian Mistake Direct Start
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f6C 6b 3
198 Sputnik
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none 6a * 13
199 North Wall
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none 5a ** 23
200 The Helix
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none 5a ** 4
  Slab Boulder
202 Outside Edge Route
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none 3b * 20
203 Jabberwocky
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f6A 6a 6
204 Holly Route
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none 2b * 16
205 Miss Embassy
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none 5c 15
206 JPS none 6a ** 28
207 Tom's Mantel f6A * 2
208 JPS/Z'Mutt Link Up f6C+ 3
209 Z'Mutt
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none 5b * 64
210 Z'mutt Direct f6B+ 4
211 bonatti V2 ft5b * 2
212 Brenva
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none 5c ** 61
213 The Slow Pull f7C 1
214 Brenva Sit Start
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f7B ** 17
215 The Crimps f7C ** 5
216 V7 V7  
217 V8 V8 **  
218 Padole
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VB 2c 1
219 Avon
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VB 3b 3
220 Sablons
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VB 3c 1
221 The Gibbet
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none 5b 2
222 Bow Crack
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none 5a 4
223 Old Kent Road f7A 6b *** 8
224 Barbed Wire Fence
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none 5b 6
225 Rampant
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none 3a 6
226 The Limit
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none 5a 8
227 Slap Happy
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f6A 6a *** 8
228 Can Opener
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f7A 6b ** 2
229 Scrap Arete
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none 5b 3
230 Yellimo
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none 4a 9
231 Cumberland
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none 5c 7
232 Extender
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none 5c 4
233 Tricky Dicky
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none 5b 4
234 Bellyflop
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VB 2b 1
235 No Hands Slab
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VB 3a ** 1
236 Central Route
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none 2a 4
  Bowling Green Boulders
238 Zola
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f5 5a 9
239 Emile
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VB 5a 10
240 Gauguin
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f5+ 5b 6
241 Maze Crack
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VB 2a 8
242 Camille V0- 4a 14
243 Alfred VB 3a 13
244 Corot
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VB 3a 9
245 Maze Chimney finishing left VB 2a 1
246 Maze Chimney
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VB 2b 8
247 Elephant
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f6A 6a 2
248 Roller Climb VB 2a 7
249 Picasso
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f6A 6a 2
250 Monolith Crack
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none 3a 3
251 Barbizon V1 5c 1
252 Reine Sofia
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VB 2a 5
253 Sandman
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VB 5a 7
254 Rodin
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VB 5b 9
255 Bowling Green Arete VB 2b 11
256 Bowling Green Girdle Traverse
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none 5c 1
257 Fiorentino
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VB 3b 8
258 Buonarroti V0+ 5b 9
259 Epstein V0- 4a 7
260 Monet VB 2c *  
  Boulder Problems (SS Bouldering Guide)
262 SS Bouldering Problem 38 f6C *** 1
263 SS Boulder Problem 47 f6B+ * 1
264 SS Boulder Problem 48 f6C ** 1
265 SS Bouldering Problem 50
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f6A 1
266 SS Bouldering Problem 51
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f6A+ 1
267 SS Bouldering Problem 52
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f5+ 1
268 SS Boulder Problem 66 f6A 1
269 SS Boulder Problem 101 f6A+ 1
270 Mojo Traverse (SS B_Guide 162) f7B 1
271 Grunge Rover f7C 1
272 SS Boulder Problem 167 f6B 2
273 SS Boulder Problem 168 ss f6A 1
274 SS Boulder Problem 170 f5 1
275 SS Boulder Problem 184 f3 1
276 SS Boulder Problem 185 f5 1
277 SS Boulder Problem 187 f7A+ * 1
278 SS Boulder Problem 199 ss f6A ** 2
279 SS Boulder Problem 209 f6C 3
280 SS Boulder Problem 221 f6B+ ** 2
  Location Unclear
282 Hornli
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V0- 5a * 1
283 Acid Test f7A+ 2
284 Shivvy Chimney
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M 3c * 1
285 Short Chimney
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none 2a 2
286 Sharp Arete
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none 5a 1
287 Open Groove
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none 5b 1
288 Rhododendron Route
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none 3b 1
289 Puzzle Corner
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none 4c 1
290 Sideshow
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none 5c 1
291 PE Traverse
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none 4a 3
292 Two Fine Jugs
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none 6a 1
293 Stalag
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none 6a 1
  HRA and HRC
295 Yew Tree Crack
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none 4b 1
296 Annexe Slab none 5b 2
297 Chimney Wall none 4b 3
298 Monolith Girdle none 2b 1
299 Turret Wall
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none 2b 3
300 Wonderwall
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none 2b 1
301 Lady of the Light Bulb
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none 5c * 1

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