Climbs 355
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 1m a.s.l
Faces W

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St Bees © Alex Messenger

Crag features

Beautiful location by the sea. Selection of fine sport routes - Nectarine, Toxic Rock, Dreaming of Red Rocks, Fisherman's Friend - and awesome bouldering - Clash of the Titan's, Apiary Arete, Fisherman's Dyno, Hueco Crack...

Many routes have recently been re-bolted, but not all. Beware, the old bolts can be lethal.

Approach notes

Cliffs are owned by the RSPB. Take heed of the access agreement detailed in the guidebook. (Bird Bans etc). 15 minute approach.
Southern climbers descent (by lighthouse - above apiary wall) has been badly damaged by erosion and rockfall in recent floods and is quite dangerous. I recommend using the alternative descent path about 100m further north.

Restricted Access

The main bolted areas (Apiary Wall and Scabby Back) are unrestricted. All other areas of the crag including Fisherman's Steps are restricted.

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 1 February to 31 July

Reason: Nesting Birds

The area has very important Guillemot, Kitttiwake, and Razorbill breeding colonies and The RSPB have stipulated no access to the area south (right) of the route Army Screamers between the above dates. Other St Bees bouldering areas: The boulders to the south of Fisherman's Steps can only be used outside the nesting season. Access to Fleswick Bay is permitted all year round, but only south of the inlet where the path meets the shore. At South Head the small bouldering area is only accessible outside the nesting season.

Guidebooks

Lakes Bouldering

The first dedicated bouldering guidebook to the Lake District, spanning a range of areas largely in the National Park and all north and west of the M6 junction 36. The guide is intended to be useful to the visiting climber looking for a day or evening's light bouldering just as much as the hard-core local with decent coverage for the V1 and V9 boulderer alike.
More info
Went on a club trip here a few weeks ago, although the descent was steep, we all managed it okay and the fixed ropes seemed secure and safe. All the problems were in great condition although the routes on the back cliff were dripping wet - they probably take a good few days to dry out after rain.
Morgan P - 24/Mar/15
A few of the blocks at the southern area have shifted in the spring storms. Kracken block pushed up against rear rocks. Still well worth the visit.
rice boy - 06/May/14
Was at the crag on 29/10/2012. Sizeable fresh-looking rock fall in gully down to the boulders. Rock all over the place, so didn't trust any of the manky fixed ropes. The "path" has taken a battering, making it a fair bit worse. Care advised on the way down!
PeakDJ - 30/Oct/12
The walk in down the slopes is horrendous! especially when windy. An easier walk can be found if rather than crossing by the stile at the foghorn continue until the next style - here you can log you mats down safely. FANTASTIC place though!!
Fluvial - 27/Aug/11
just checked the guide, the route was the 'Ancient Mariner'
SGD - 24/May/11
I was at this crag on the 18/5 climbing one of the 1st routes on the approach (lovely layback crack given 5+/E1 in the selected guide) which is outside of the restricted bird ban area. Anyway, there are gulls nesting on the ledge about 10m up, you can't see them from the ground but they are there.
SGD - 24/May/11
As part of the work of the Cumbria Bolt Fund we where there on Sunday 4th April and have replaced a number of lower offs on the Apiary Wall area. There is still allot of work to be done before the climbs all have new bolts in though so watch this space. For more info go to... www.cumbriaboltfund.com
Dan Robinson - 07/Apr/10
Parking is now 2 at the farm.
bentley's biceps - 01/Mar/09
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  *** North Head ***
2 Slopey Arete
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V5+ 3
3 Bee-Fish V11 1
  Outlands (Bouldering)
5 Outlander
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f7B+ ** 6
6 Overcooked f7A+ ** 3
7 Insubordination
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f7A+ * 3
8 Depth Perception
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f8A ** 1
9 Factor 50
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f7A+ 3
10 Highlander
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f7C ** 1
11 Highlander standing start f7A+ ** 3
12 The Queen Anne's Revenge f7A+ ** 4
13 Scyla
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f7B+ * 2
  Old Buoy's (Bouldering)
15 Bee to a Honey Pot f7A+ ** 4
16 Jabberjaw
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f7B+ 2
17 Modulator
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f7C ** 5
18 Salvage
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f7C ** 1
19 Buoyz in the Hood
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f7B ** 7
20 Lost Buoys f7C * 2
21 Hornblower f7A * 5
22 Big Buoy (Stand Start) f7B ** 6
23 Big Buoy f7B+ ** 8
24 The Argo f7A * 9
25 Baron Greenback f7A+ 4
26 Salt n' Shake
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f7A+ 7
27 The Buoy Who Cried Wolf
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f7A 4
28 Old Buoy's Traverse f6C+ *** 6
29 Old buoy's mantle f6B ** 9
30 Fisherman's Fiend f7A+ * 7
31 Deep Blue Yonder f7B ** 2
32 Infinite Worlds f7A 2
33 Rent Buoys f7A * 4
34 The Briny
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f6A+ 2
  Apiary Wall (Bouldering)
36 Aqua Choc
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f7A+ * 7
37 Undercooke
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f7A ** 90
38 Suns of Temper f7C+ **  
39 Undercooke Arete f7A+ ** 9
40 Floating Points
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f7C ** 6
41 Yellow Desert Scream
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f7A+ *** 74
42 Yellow Desert Scream LH Wall f7C ** 9
43 Headbanger f? ** 153
44 Headbanger (stand up) f6B *** 112
45 Head banger RH V8 *** 1
46 Scaly Man Fish f7B ** 5
47 Red Snapper f7C * 2
48 The Young Man and the Sea f7A * 10
49 Problem 1 (Rockfax)
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V2 11
50 Trailer Trash f7C+ *** 3
51 Apiary Arete
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V1 5c *** 414
52 The Traverse (Rockfax) V2 5c * 55
53 Clash of the Titans
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f7A+ * 63
54 Clash Sitter f8A ***  
55 Problem 8 (Rockfax) V3 48
56 Problem 9 (Rockfax) V2 6a 146
57 Problem 10 (Rockfax) V1 5c 202
58 Problem 11 (Rockfax) V3 113
59 Problem 12 (Rockfax)
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V0 64
60 Problem 13 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 128
61 Flip Flop Traverse / Problem 14 (Rockfax)
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f6C 67
62 Manx Wall / Problem 16 (Rockfax) f7B+ 1
63 Problem 17 (Rockfax) V2 6a 30
64 Problem 18 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 45
65 Problem 19 (Rockfax)
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V3 * 40
66 Phat Arete / Problem 20 (Rockfax) f6C * 145
67 Phat Ramp / Problem 21 (Rockfax)
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f6C+ 112
68 Problem 22 (Rockfax)
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V5 71
69 Boulder H - Problem 5 (LakesBloc) f6C+ 40
70 Problem 23 (Rockfax)
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V2 6a 143
71 Problem 24 (Rockfax)
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V2 98
72 Problem 25 (Rockfax) V1 5c 161
73 Chipper's Wall f7A+ ** 76
74 The Rail / Problem 28 (Rockfax)
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f6C+ 112
75 Problem 29 (Rockfax)
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V4 * 61
76 Problem 30 (Rockfax) V3 * 69
77 Problem 31 (Rockfax)
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VB 104
78 Boulder K - Problem 9 (LakesBloc) f6C+ 48
79 Problem 32 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 92
80 Boulder K - Problem 11 (LakesBloc) f6B+ 16
81 Problem 33 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 91
82 Problem 34 (Rockfax)
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V4 * 53
83 Problem 35 (Rockfax)
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V0 5b 133
84 Problem 35a (Rockfax) VB 54
85 Problem 36 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 174
86 Problem 37 (Rockfax) V3 * 110
87 Problem 38 (Rockfax) V6 ** 66
88 Problem 39 (Rockfax) V3 6a 121
89 Problem 41 (Rockfax)
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V6 * 74
90 By the Power of RAAA f7C+ ** 1
91 Block Traverse - Problem 40 (Rockfax)
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f6B+ 123
92 Apiary Wall - Block I - LakesBloc f4+ 15
93 Apriary Wall - Block L - Problem 2 - Lakes Bloc V5 27
94 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang f7C * 10
95 Left Arete of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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f6C+ * 38
96 Kiss Kiss Bye Bye f6B 2
97 The Legend of Oily Johnnies f7A * 9
98 Dark Side of the Moon f7C * 29
99 I Cockerhill f4+ 4
100 Problem 20
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V4 6b+ * 9
101 Problem 21
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V5 6c+ ** 8
102 Blow Hole
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V5+ 2
103 The Rail (Extension) f7A ** 3
104 Boulder K - Problem 6 f3 2
105 Yellow-belly Arete f6A 1
106 Yellow-belly Crack f6A+ * 1
107 Wilson f8A  
108 Strictly No Dancing * f6B 2
109 Hyde Park Corner * f7A+ * 2
  Apiary Wall (Routes)
111 Absolutely Fabulous 6b 17
112 Kleeneze
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6c 3
113 Blooming Marvellous
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6c ** 17
114 Just Nice
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6a+ 12
115 Nectarine
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6c+ *** 17
116 Drone
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7a+ * 5
117 Virgin Queen
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7a ** 2
118 Royal Jelly
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6b 1
119 Honey Pot
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6b+ * 14
120 Way Out West
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E5 6a * 1
121 Beeswax
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6b 3
122 Swarm
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7a ** 6
Climb name Grade
123 Bee Hive
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6b+ 5
124 The Apiarist
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6b+ ** 27
125 Bee Sting
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7a ** 1
126 Foul Brood
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7a+ * 2
127 Promenade Crack
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7b ** 2
128 Aurora 6a+ 6
  Scabby Back (Routes)
130 Megadrive
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6b+ 11
131 The Wasp
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HVS 5b  
132 Molly Malone
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6c ** 7
133 Whisky Galore
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7a ** 6
134 Rainbow Warrior
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6b+ ** 5
135 Dave's Route
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7a+ 2
136 Screamadelica
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7a+ 2
137 The Adventures of Pinocchio
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7a * 2
138 Nasal Passage
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6a * 3
139 The Steal
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7a 2
140 Route One
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4a * 73
141 Natural Habitat
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6c * 3
142 Feeling Groovy
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6c ** 24
143 Route Two
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4a * 55
144 Peices of Eight
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6a * 39
145 Mr Sandman
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6a+ ** 19
146 Andy's Route
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6b 45
147 Northern Lights
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6b+ 10
148 Sinking in the West
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6a+ 41
149 Trick or Treat
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6b+ 24
150 Scurvy
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6a 38
151 Army Screamers
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5c 38
152 Dreaming of Red Rocks
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7a ** 64
153 Ancient Mariner
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5c * 66
154 Recharge
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6a+ 47
155 Twilight Zone
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3a 47
156 Friggin' in the Riggin'
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6b 6
157 Quantum Leap
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6b+ 7
158 Stage Fright
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6a+ 20
159 Legend's Friend
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5c 2
160 I Wish I Was
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8a 2
161 Frigging Friends
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6c 1
162 Cutlass
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6c+ * 4
163 Friday 13th
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7a * 4
164 Slash and Grab
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6b 2
165 Outsider
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6a+ * 2
166 Rank Outsider
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6b+  
167 Gypsy
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VS 5a 1
168 Something for the Weekend
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6b+ * 12
169 Poseidon 7c ** 1
170 Scorpion
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6a 18
171 Fisherman's Friend
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5a ** 140
172 Chimney Route 4c 20
173 Western Crack
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5c 12
174 Halloween
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4c 51
175 Happy Friday
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5a 43
176 Elysium 7b ** 19
177 Toxic Rock
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7a *** 6
178 Bee Line
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6b+ * 16
179 Nuclear Seepage 7b * 5
180 West Coast Crack
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VS 4c 8
181 Run Wild, Run Free
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E5 6a ** 2
182 Driller Killer
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6a * 6
183 China Syndrome
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6a+ 2
184 Andy's Route - Right Hand Variation
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6a+ 11
185 Westworld
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7a+ * 4
186 Gimartin
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VS 2
187 Cave Route R.H
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7a *** 1
188 Prowling along the Northern Lights * f6C * 1
189 Northern Lights Sit Start * f6B+ * 1
  Fisherman's Steps / Main Cliff (Routes)
191 Sobriety
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HVS 5b  
192 Rat Way
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E4 6a  
193 Never Turn Your Back on the Sea
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E5 6b 2
194 Gay Trip
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E1 5b * 1
195 Pot Luck
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HVS 5a *  
196 Ossicle
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HVS  
197 Black Pearl
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HVS 1
198 Tantalum
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VS 1
199 Castaway
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7c ** 1
  Fisherman's Steps (Bouldering)
201 Out of the Blue f7C+ *** 1
202 Rascal's Wall
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f7B * 3
203 Solitary Refinement
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f7B+ ** 4
204 Bow Wow Prow f7B ** 35
205 Fisherman's Friend f7B 9
206 Problem 1 (N) (Rockfax) V0 5a 18
207 Problem 2 (N) (Rockfax) V1 5c 22
208 Problem 4 (N) (Rockfax) V3 11
209 Problem 3 (F-Steps N)
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V1 5c 7
210 Problem 3 (N) (Rockfax) V0- 4c 10
211 Drop Off / Problem 6 (N) (Rockfax)
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f6C+ 9
212 Problem 7 (N) (Rockfax)
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V4 * 30
213 Swept Away
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f7C * 6
214 Parky 93 f7A * 33
215 The Arete
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f7A *** 93
216 The Arete (ss)
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f7B *** 16
217 Dropping Anchor f7B * 2
218 Swinger / Problem 10 (N) (Rockfax) f7A ** 23
219 Swinger (ss) / Problem 10a (N) (Rockfax)
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f7B ** 7
220 Problem 12 (N) (Rockfax) V0- 4c 29
221 Problem 15 (N) (Rockfax)
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V3 65
222 Problem 16 (N) (Rockfax) V3 * 32
223 Problem 1 (S) (Rockfax) V1 5c * 31
224 Fruits de Mer
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f7A+ * 38
225 Ponyo f7C * 1
226 Alien Flake / Problem 2 (S) (Rockfax)
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V0 5a ** 55
227 Problem 3 (S) (Rockfax)
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V0 4c 25
228 G Brady
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V3 21
229 Problem 15 (S) (Rockfax)
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V2 6a 16
230 Pockets Traverse
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V0 35
231 T-Bone Crack f6A 3
232 Stack and Slap f6C+ ** 7
233 Tender Hooks
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f7B+ * 18
234 Tender Bass f8A *  
235 Lateral Mindset
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f7B+ *** 9
236 Fisherman's Dyno f6A 5c *** 255
237 Fisherman's Bass f7C+ ***  
238 Wobble Bass f8A **  
239 Hueco Crack (ss)
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f7A *** 97
240 Hueco Crack (stand up)
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f6C 50
241 Primate Principals
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f7A+ * 4
242 Cave Route X
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f7B 3
243 Tim's Crack
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f7C ** 10
244 Straight Outta Rowrah f7C+ **  
Climb name Grade
245 Hueco Crack
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f7A 71
246 Left Crack
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f6B+ ** 27
247 Cave Boulder 2, Problem 2
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f5 3
248 Hueco Crack (Hang Start) f6C+ *** 5
249 Crimper's Way f6B * 1
  Far South (Bouldering)
251 Operation Winkle
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f7B * 1
252 Water World f7B *** 6
253 Face Warp
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f6C+ * 11
254 Far Side / Problem 6 (Rockfax)
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f5+ * 6
255 The Corner
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V1 * 12
256 The Tramlines
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V0 ** 19
257 Slanty
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V3 ** 7
258 Whiteface Left
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V3 * 13
259 Whiteface Centre
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V0 * 12
260 Whiteface Right
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V1 * 9
261 Fire Island
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f7B+ * 9
262 Gravity Wave
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f7A+ * 6
263 New Wave
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f7C ** 2
264 The Legend of Old Gregg
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f7A+ * 5
265 Cage Fighter
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f8A *  
266 Cage Fighter (with block)
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f7B ** 2
267 The Knees Bees
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f7B ** 2
268 Higher Learning
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f7C *** 2
269 Sol
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f7C+ *** 1
270 Pure Shores 8a *** 1
  Fleswick Buttress (Routes)
272 Sink the Bismark
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7b *** 1
273 Sea of Sands
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7c ** 1
274 Z Climb
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7a+ ** 2
275 The Sea Shall Not Have Them
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6c+ ** 1
  *** South Head ***
277 The Hateful Eight f7B+ ** 3
278 The Quick and the Dead f7B+ ** 4
279 Master at Arms
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f7B+ * 2
280 Drunken Sailor
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f7A+ 2
281 The Ranger
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f6C+ * 1
282 Death Drives a Taxi
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f7A+ * 2
283 Monkey's Fist
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f6C * 1
284 GT Turbo f7B+ ** 2
285 The Cove, Problem 5 V0 1
286 The Cove, Problem 7 V1 3
287 Panic Attack
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f7B * 1
288 Sword of Omens
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f7A+ * 2
289 Sight Beyond Sight
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f7A+ 3
290 Shark Attack
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f7B ** 2
291 Honeycomb
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f7B 19
292 Honeycomb Low f7C *** 1
293 Tale of the Talbot's
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f7B+ ** 6
294 Tale of the Talbot's (SS)
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f7C *** 4
295 Cave Boulder 1, Problem 2 f6B+ * 3
296 Cave Boulder 1, Problem 3 V1 5+ 4
297 Cave Boulder 2, Problem 1 V0 3
298 Bilge Rat
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f6A * 1
299 Bilge Rat Low f7B 1
300 Red Whale f6A+ ** 10
301 Red Whale (Extension) f6C 5
302 The Beluga Waltz f7B * 1
303 Orca f7A+ * 8
304 Orca RH f6C+ 2
305 Whale Dyno
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f6C+  
306 Whale Dyno SDS
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f7A *  
307 Cave Boulder 2, Problem 2
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f5 4
308 Problem 3 - Missing Corner Block f6A+ 7
309 The Kraken f7A+ *** 22
310 The Kraken LH f7A+ ** 18
311 Problem 3, Kraken Boulder V3 2
312 Problem 4, Kraken Boulder f4 4
313 Problem 6, Boulder 2
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V0+ 4
314 Monster Slap f5 4
315 The Scoop f5+ 15
316 Hueco Curve f6C+ * 24
317 Kill Switch f7A+ * 23
318 Bottomless Arete f6B+ * 16
319 Killer Bee f7B+ *** 13
320 Killer Bee SDS f7B+ ** 1
321 Dead Calm f7B ** 19
322 Jolly Rogered Rancher f5 * 3
323 Toxic Crusader
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f7A+ * 5
324 Supposition Test f7B ** 7
325 Calico Jack f6A *** 9
326 Kamikaze Caterpillar f6B 1
327 Flotsam V3 1
328 Shot Hole Wall V0 4
329 Weather Eye Arete
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f7A+ 1
330 Vanishing Angle
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f6A+ *** 13
331 Vang f5+ 2
332 Crow's Nest Slab V0 2
333 Problem 1, Platform Block f5 9
334 Seaward Slopes
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f6B 16
335 Problem 4, Platform Block
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f6A+ 12
336 Black Hole f6C 13
337 Punching Judy
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f7B+ 4
338 Black Hole SS
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f7A+ 12
339 Black Dynamite f7B * 2
340 Snowproof
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f7A+ * 2
341 Cannon Area Problem 2 V2 1
342 Freebooter f7A * 3
343 Blow Hole (15 Rockfax) f6C+ 7
344 The Scoop (Cryptozoo) f6C+ * 7
345 Problem 14 (S) (Rockfax) V1 * 3
346 Godzilla f6C 14
347 Davy Jones' Locker
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f7B+ ** 6
348 Moby Dick
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f7C ** 1
349 Yellowcake
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f7C *** 5
350 Californium
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f7B * 2
351 Liberty's End
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f7A 5
352 Iron Hide (stand) f7A ** 8
353 Iron Hide SDS
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f8A *** 2
354 Triassic Park
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f7B ** 2
355 Drop Off (Boulder 2/Problem 6) f7A  
356 Fowl Play f7C * 1
357 Boulder L - Problem 1
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f4+  
358 Boulder L - Problem 2 (LakesBloc)
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f5 1
359 Boulder L - Problem 1 (LakesBloc)
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f4+ 2
360 Boulder L - Problem 3 (LakesBloc)
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f5 3
361 Problem 14 (S) (Rockfax) f5+ 5c  
362 Problem 12 (Far South) (Rockfax) f4+ 1
363 The Crack (Far South) (Rockfax) f4 1
364 Problem 16 (Far South) (Rockfax) f4+ 1
365 Slopey Arete f6C+ ** 13
366 Harcombe
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f6B+ 1
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