The long rising diagonal is the highest of the three girdles, and one of the major lines on the cliff, offering a superb outing with some astounding positions. Harder for the tall and potentially a bit of a gripper to second.
1) 4b, 35m. Start by the tree on the path, 10m right of a small cave and follow the cleaned path of West Wall Climb (p.380 ) for two pitches to the sheltered stance at the start of the break.
2) 5a, 22m. Traverse down and right across the wall following the line of good holds (don't forget the second) to reach the groove of The Thorn, then climb this to the holly tree belay.
3) 5a, 25m. Climb back down rightwards again and get past the horrible spiky bush. Cross the fingery wall to regain the break. Follow this (threads) in a wild position, to a grassy rake (thread belays up and left) and an easy escape to the ridge. © Rockfax
FA. G Smith, T Burnell 1966.
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