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14m.

Rockfax Description
The thin crack and groove in tandem (climbing just the right-hand fissure is 5a) lead into the base of the wide crack. From here move 2m right and climb directly up the slab more easily. © Rockfax

FA. Stan Moore 1950.

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ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, All trad climbs at Birchen Edge, Consolidation and developmental path to VS, Birchen Edge 1981 guide routes

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Peakphil 22 May, 2006 Show βeta
βeta: tricky start....but i'm short and it wasn't that hard!! top half is a doddle though, like most of the climbs on this face once you're off the ground you've cracked it!!!
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βeta: tricky start....but i'm short and it wasn't that hard!! top half is a doddle though, like most of the climbs on this face once you're off the ground you've cracked it!!!
LakesWinter 15 May, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Awkward! About S 4b for the route as a whole coz the bottom cleft is about 4b and hard work but well protected
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βeta: Awkward! About S 4b for the route as a whole coz the bottom cleft is about 4b and hard work but well protected
Skyfall 18 Mar, 2002 Show βeta
βeta: Taken direct I found the initial thin crack on its own very hard - well harder than 5a (given in the BMC guide). The top section is a bit of a stroll and not in keeping with the start.
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βeta: Taken direct I found the initial thin crack on its own very hard - well harder than 5a (given in the BMC guide). The top section is a bit of a stroll and not in keeping with the start.

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Christmas Crack

Grade: HS 4a ***
(Stanage Popular)