Climbs 365
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.

Access Advice

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+ 7
3 Bee-Fish V11 1
4 Song to the Siren *
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7a+ *** 1
5 Ebb and Flow *
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6c ** 1
  Outlands (Bouldering)
7 Outlander
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f7B+ ** 6
8 Overcooked f7A+ ** 3
9 Insubordination
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f7A+ * 3
10 Depth Perception
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f8A ** 1
11 Factor 50
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f7A+ 3
12 Highlander
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f7C ** 1
13 Highlander standing start f7A+ ** 3
14 The Queen Anne's Revenge f7A+ ** 4
15 Scyla
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f7B+ * 2
  Old Buoy's (Bouldering)
17 Bee to a Honey Pot f7A+ ** 4
18 Jabberjaw
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f7B+ 2
19 Modulator
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f7C ** 5
20 Salvage
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f7C ** 1
21 Buoyz in the Hood
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f7B ** 7
22 Lost Buoys f7C * 2
23 Hornblower f7A * 5
24 Big Buoy (Stand Start) f7B ** 6
25 Big Buoy f7B+ ** 8
26 The Argo f7A * 9
27 Baron Greenback f7A+ 4
28 Salt n' Shake
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f7A+ 7
29 The Buoy Who Cried Wolf
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f7A 4
30 Old Buoy's Traverse f6C+ *** 6
31 Old buoy's mantle f6B ** 9
32 Fisherman's Fiend f7A+ * 7
33 Deep Blue Yonder f7B ** 2
34 Infinite Worlds f7A 2
35 Rent Buoys f7A * 4
36 The Briny
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f6A+ 2
  Apiary Wall (Bouldering)
38 Aqua Choc
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f7A+ * 7
39 Undercooke
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f7A ** 95
40 Suns of Temper f7C+ **  
41 Undercooke Arete f7A+ ** 10
42 Floating Points
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f7C ** 6
43 Yellow Desert Scream
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f7A+ *** 78
44 Yellow Desert Scream LH Wall f7C ** 9
45 Headbanger f? ** 154
46 Headbanger (stand up) f6B *** 115
47 Head banger RH V8 *** 2
48 Scaly Man Fish f7B ** 5
49 Red Snapper f7C * 2
50 The Young Man and the Sea f7A * 10
51 Problem 1 (Rockfax)
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V2 11
52 Trailer Trash f7C+ *** 3
53 Apiary Arete
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V1 5c *** 432
54 The Traverse (Rockfax) V2 5c * 56
55 Clash of the Titans
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f7A+ * 64
56 Clash Sitter f8A ***  
57 Problem 8 (Rockfax) V3 52
58 Problem 9 (Rockfax) V2 6a 151
59 Problem 10 (Rockfax) V1 5c 207
60 Problem 11 (Rockfax) V3 120
61 Problem 12 (Rockfax)
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V0 64
62 Problem 13 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 129
63 Flip Flop Traverse / Problem 14 (Rockfax)
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f6C 71
64 Manx Wall / Problem 16 (Rockfax) f7B+ 1
65 Problem 17 (Rockfax) V2 6a 30
66 Problem 18 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 45
67 Problem 19 (Rockfax)
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V3 * 41
68 Phat Arete / Problem 20 (Rockfax) f6C * 151
69 Phat Ramp / Problem 21 (Rockfax)
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f6C+ 114
70 Problem 22 (Rockfax)
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V5 72
71 Boulder H - Problem 5 (LakesBloc) f6C+ 40
72 Problem 23 (Rockfax)
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V2 6a 148
73 Problem 24 (Rockfax)
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V2 99
74 Problem 25 (Rockfax) V1 5c 167
75 Chipper's Wall f7A+ ** 82
76 The Rail / Problem 28 (Rockfax)
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f6C+ 115
77 Problem 29 (Rockfax)
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V4 * 61
78 Problem 30 (Rockfax) V3 * 70
79 Problem 31 (Rockfax)
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VB 106
80 Boulder K - Problem 9 (LakesBloc) f6C+ 55
81 Problem 32 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 92
82 Boulder K - Problem 11 (LakesBloc) f6B+ 17
83 Problem 33 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 95
84 Problem 34 (Rockfax)
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V4 * 56
85 Problem 35 (Rockfax)
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V0 5b 135
86 Problem 35a (Rockfax) VB 54
87 Problem 36 (Rockfax)
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V1 5c 179
88 Problem 37 (Rockfax) V3 * 117
89 Problem 38 (Rockfax) V6 ** 68
90 Problem 39 (Rockfax) V3 6a 127
91 Problem 41 (Rockfax)
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V6 * 79
92 By the Power of RAAA f7C+ ** 1
93 Block Traverse - Problem 40 (Rockfax)
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f6B+ 132
94 Apiary Wall - Block I - LakesBloc f4+ 18
95 Apriary Wall - Block L - Problem 2 - Lakes Bloc V5 27
96 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang f7C * 10
97 Left Arete of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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f6C+ * 43
98 Kiss Kiss Bye Bye f6B 2
99 The Legend of Oily Johnnies f7A * 9
100 Dark Side of the Moon f7C * 29
101 I Cockerhill f4+ 4
102 Problem 20
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V4 6b+ * 10
103 Problem 21
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V5 6c+ ** 8
104 Blow Hole
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V5+ 2
105 The Rail (Extension) f7A ** 3
106 Boulder K - Problem 6 f3 2
107 Yellow-belly Arete f6A 1
108 Yellow-belly Crack f6A+ * 1
109 Wilson f8A  
110 Strictly No Dancing * f6B 2
111 Problem 28 (standing start) *
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V5 **  
112 Small boi fights back * f6A * 2
113 Block L - 47 *
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f6A 1
114 Block L - 48 *
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f6B * 1
115 Hyde Park Corner * f7A+ * 2
  Apiary Wall (Routes)
117 Absolutely Fabulous 6b 17
118 Kleeneze
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6c 3
119 Blooming Marvellous
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6c ** 17
120 Just Nice
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6a+ 13
121 Nectarine
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6c+ *** 17
122 Drone
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7a+ * 5
123 Virgin Queen
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7a ** 2
124 Royal Jelly
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6b 1
125 Honey Pot
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6b+ * 17
126 Way Out West
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E5 6a * 1
Climb name Grade
127 Beeswax
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6b 3
128 Swarm
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7a ** 6
129 Bee Hive
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6b+ 5
130 The Apiarist
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6b+ ** 27
131 Bee Sting
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7a ** 1
132 Foul Brood
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7a+ * 2
133 Promenade Crack
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7b ** 2
134 Aurora 6a+ 6
  Scabby Back (Routes)
136 Megadrive
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6b+ 11
137 The Wasp
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HVS 5b  
138 Molly Malone
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6c ** 7
139 Whisky Galore
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7a ** 6
140 Rainbow Warrior
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6b+ ** 5
141 Dave's Route
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7a+ 2
142 Screamadelica
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7a+ 2
143 The Adventures of Pinocchio
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7a * 2
144 Nasal Passage
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6a * 3
145 The Steal
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7a 2
146 Route One
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4a * 75
147 Natural Habitat
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6c * 4
148 Feeling Groovy
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6c ** 25
149 Route Two
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4a * 55
150 Peices of Eight
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6a * 40
151 Mr Sandman
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6a+ ** 19
152 Andy's Route
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6b 45
153 Northern Lights
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6b+ 10
154 Sinking in the West
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6a+ 41
155 Trick or Treat
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6b+ 24
156 Scurvy
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6a 39
157 Army Screamers
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5c 38
158 Dreaming of Red Rocks
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7a ** 66
159 Ancient Mariner
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5c * 68
160 Recharge
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6a+ 47
161 Twilight Zone
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3a 49
162 Friggin' in the Riggin'
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6b 6
163 Quantum Leap
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6b+ 7
164 Stage Fright
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6a+ 20
165 Legend's Friend
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5c 2
166 I Wish I Was
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8a 2
167 Frigging Friends
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6c 1
168 Cutlass
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6c+ * 4
169 Friday 13th
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7a * 4
170 Slash and Grab
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6b 2
171 Outsider
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6a+ * 2
172 Rank Outsider
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6b+  
173 Gypsy
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VS 5a 1
174 Something for the Weekend
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6b+ * 12
175 Poseidon 7c ** 1
176 Scorpion
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6a 18
177 Fisherman's Friend
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5a ** 142
178 Chimney Route 4c 19
179 Western Crack
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5c 12
180 Halloween
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4c 51
181 Happy Friday
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5a 43
182 Elysium 7b ** 19
183 Toxic Rock
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7a *** 6
184 Bee Line
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6b+ * 16
185 Nuclear Seepage 7b * 5
186 West Coast Crack
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VS 4c 8
187 Run Wild, Run Free
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E5 6a ** 2
188 Driller Killer
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6a * 6
189 China Syndrome
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6a+ 2
190 Andy's Route - Right Hand Variation
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6a+ 11
191 Westworld
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7a+ * 4
192 Gimartin
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VS 2
193 Cave Route R.H
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7a *** 1
194 Prowling along the Northern Lights * f6C * 1
195 Northern Lights Sit Start * f6B+ * 1
  Fisherman's Steps / Main Cliff (Routes)
197 Sobriety
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HVS 5b  
198 Rat Way
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E4 6a  
199 Never Turn Your Back on the Sea
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E5 6b 2
200 Gay Trip
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E1 5b * 1
201 Pot Luck
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HVS 5a *  
202 Ossicle
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HVS  
203 Black Pearl
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HVS 1
204 Tantalum
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VS 1
205 Castaway
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7c ** 1
  Fisherman's Steps (Bouldering)
207 Out of the Blue f7C+ *** 1
208 Rascal's Wall
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f7B * 3
209 Solitary Refinement
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f7B+ ** 4
210 Bow Wow Prow f7B ** 35
211 Fisherman's Friend f7B 9
212 Problem 1 (N) (Rockfax) V0 5a 18
213 Problem 2 (N) (Rockfax) V1 5c 22
214 Problem 4 (N) (Rockfax) V3 11
215 Problem 3 (F-Steps N)
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V1 5c 7
216 Problem 3 (N) (Rockfax) V0- 4c 10
217 Drop Off / Problem 6 (N) (Rockfax)
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f6C+ 9
218 Problem 7 (N) (Rockfax)
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V4 * 30
219 Swept Away
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f7C * 6
220 Parky 93 f7A * 35
221 The Arete
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f7A *** 98
222 The Arete (ss)
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f7B *** 18
223 Dropping Anchor f7B * 2
224 Swinger / Problem 10 (N) (Rockfax) f7A ** 23
225 Swinger (ss) / Problem 10a (N) (Rockfax)
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f7B ** 7
226 Problem 12 (N) (Rockfax) V0- 4c 30
227 Problem 15 (N) (Rockfax)
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V3 67
228 Problem 16 (N) (Rockfax) V3 * 33
229 Problem 1 (S) (Rockfax) V1 5c * 31
230 Fruits de Mer
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f7A+ * 38
231 Ponyo f7C * 1
232 Alien Flake / Problem 2 (S) (Rockfax)
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V0 5a ** 58
233 Problem 3 (S) (Rockfax)
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V0 4c 26
234 G Brady
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V3 21
235 Problem 15 (S) (Rockfax)
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V2 6a 16
236 Pockets Traverse
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V0 35
237 T-Bone Crack f6A 3
238 Stack and Slap f6C+ ** 7
239 Tender Hooks
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f7B+ * 19
240 Tender Bass f8A *  
241 Lateral Mindset
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f7B+ *** 9
242 Fisherman's Dyno f6A 5c *** 265
243 Fisherman's Bass f7C+ ***  
244 Wobble Bass f8A **  
245 Hueco Crack (ss)
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f7A *** 100
246 Hueco Crack (stand up)
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f6C 51
247 Primate Principals
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f7A+ * 4
248 Cave Route X
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f7B 3
249 Tim's Crack
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f7C ** 10
250 Straight Outta Rowrah f7C+ **  
251 Hueco Crack
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f7A 71
252 Left Crack
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f6B+ ** 27
Climb name Grade
253 Cave Boulder 2, Problem 2
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f5 3
254 Hueco Crack (Hang Start) f6C+ *** 6
255 Crimper's Way f6B * 2
  Far South (Bouldering)
257 Operation Winkle
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f7B * 1
258 Water World f7B *** 6
259 Face Warp
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f6C+ * 11
260 Far Side / Problem 6 (Rockfax)
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f5+ * 6
261 The Corner
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V1 * 12
262 The Tramlines
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V0 ** 19
263 Slanty
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V3 ** 7
264 Whiteface Left
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V3 * 13
265 Whiteface Centre
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V0 * 12
266 Whiteface Right
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V1 * 9
267 Fire Island
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f7B+ * 9
268 Gravity Wave
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f7A+ * 6
269 New Wave
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f7C ** 2
270 The Legend of Old Gregg
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f7A+ * 5
271 Cage Fighter
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f8A *  
272 Cage Fighter (with block)
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f7B ** 2
273 The Knees Bees
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f7B ** 2
274 Higher Learning
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f7C *** 2
275 Sol
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f7C+ *** 1
276 Pure Shores 8a *** 1
  Fleswick Buttress (Routes)
278 Sink the Bismark
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7b *** 3
279 Sea of Sands
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7c ** 2
280 Z Climb
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7a+ ** 2
281 The Sea Shall Not Have Them
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6c+ ** 1
  *** South Head ***
283 The Hateful Eight f7B+ ** 3
284 The Quick and the Dead f7B+ ** 4
285 Master at Arms
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f7B+ * 2
286 Drunken Sailor
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f7A+ 2
287 The Ranger
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f6C+ * 1
288 Death Drives a Taxi
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f7A+ * 2
289 Monkey's Fist
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f6C * 1
290 GT Turbo f7B+ ** 2
291 The Cove, Problem 5 V0 1
292 The Cove, Problem 7 V1 3
293 Panic Attack
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f7B * 1
294 Sword of Omens
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f7A+ * 2
295 Sight Beyond Sight
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f7A+ 3
296 Shark Attack
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f7B ** 2
297 Honeycomb
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f7B 20
298 Honeycomb Low f7C *** 2
299 Tale of the Talbot's
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f7B+ ** 6
300 Tale of the Talbot's (SS)
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f7C *** 4
301 Cave Boulder 1, Problem 2 f6B+ * 4
302 Cave Boulder 1, Problem 3 V1 5+ 4
303 Cave Boulder 2, Problem 1 V0 3
304 Bilge Rat
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f6A * 2
305 Bilge Rat Low f7B 2
306 Red Whale f6A+ ** 11
307 Red Whale (Extension) f6C 6
308 The Beluga Waltz f7B * 2
309 Orca f7A+ * 9
310 Orca RH f6C+ 2
311 Whale Dyno
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f6C+  
312 Whale Dyno SDS
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f7A *  
313 Cave Boulder 2, Problem 2
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f5 4
314 Problem 3 - Missing Corner Block f6A+ 7
315 The Kraken f7A+ *** 22
316 The Kraken LH f7A+ ** 19
317 Problem 3, Kraken Boulder V3 2
318 Problem 4, Kraken Boulder f4 4
319 Problem 6, Boulder 2
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V0+ 4
320 Monster Slap f5 4
321 The Scoop f5+ 15
322 Hueco Curve f6C+ * 26
323 Kill Switch f7A+ * 25
324 Bottomless Arete f6B+ * 16
325 Killer Bee f7B+ *** 13
326 Killer Bee SDS f7B+ ** 1
327 Dead Calm f7B ** 19
328 Jolly Rogered Rancher f5 * 4
329 Toxic Crusader
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f7A+ * 5
330 Supposition Test f7B ** 7
331 Calico Jack f6A *** 13
332 Kamikaze Caterpillar f6B 1
333 Flotsam V3 1
334 Shot Hole Wall V0 5
335 Weather Eye Arete
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f7A+ 1
336 Vanishing Angle
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f6A+ *** 15
337 Vang f5+ 3
338 Crow's Nest Slab V0 2
339 Problem 1, Platform Block f5 9
340 Seaward Slopes
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f6B 16
341 Problem 4, Platform Block
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f6A+ 12
342 Black Hole f6C 14
343 Punching Judy
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f7B+ 5
344 Black Hole SS
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f7A+ 12
345 Black Dynamite f7B * 2
346 Snowproof
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f7A+ * 2
347 Cannon Area Problem 2 V2 1
348 Freebooter f7A * 3
349 Blow Hole (15 Rockfax) f6C+ 7
350 The Scoop (Cryptozoo) f6C+ * 9
351 Problem 14 (S) (Rockfax) V1 * 3
352 Godzilla f6C 15
353 Davy Jones' Locker
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f7B+ ** 6
354 Moby Dick
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f7C ** 1
355 Yellowcake
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f7C *** 5
356 Californium
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f7B * 2
357 Liberty's End
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f7A 5
358 Iron Hide (stand) f7A ** 8
359 Iron Hide SDS
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f8A *** 2
360 Triassic Park
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f7B ** 2
361 Drop Off (Boulder 2/Problem 6) f7A  
362 Fowl Play f7C * 1
363 Boulder L - Problem 1
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f4+  
364 Boulder L - Problem 2 (LakesBloc)
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f5 1
365 Boulder L - Problem 1 (LakesBloc)
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f4+ 2
366 Boulder L - Problem 3 (LakesBloc)
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f5 3
367 Problem 14 (S) (Rockfax) f5+ 5c  
368 Problem 12 (Far South) (Rockfax) f4+ 1
369 The Crack (Far South) (Rockfax) f4 1
370 Problem 16 (Far South) (Rockfax) f4+ 1
371 Slopey Arete f6C+ ** 15
372 Harcombe
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f6B+ 1
373 Problem 28 (standing start) *
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V3 ** 1
374 Bumblee Bee * f6A+ 1
375 Cave Boulder 1, Problem 1 * f6A 1
376 Block M - 49 *
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f7A 1
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