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Climb the pleasant slab (no gear) and delicate arete above. © Rockfax

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ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Northern Grit 100 VD - VS, Burbage North VS Challenge (Rockfax Eastern Grit)

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donkarlo 1 Jul, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: By the time you have got to the gear you have made the hard moves, the top arete is steady but I don't know if I would like to slip
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βeta: By the time you have got to the gear you have made the hard moves, the top arete is steady but I don't know if I would like to slip
DannyC 12 May, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: really nice. only slightly bold though enough to get the legs twitchin a bit. quite unusual climb for grit, an easy(ish) slab.
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βeta: really nice. only slightly bold though enough to get the legs twitchin a bit. quite unusual climb for grit, an easy(ish) slab.
Iggy_B 15 Apr, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: I thought this was the other way round, delicate slab and pleasant arete!
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βeta: I thought this was the other way round, delicate slab and pleasant arete!
Si dH 1 Aug, 2004 Show βeta
βeta: only my second ever VS, although I do like slabs, and i just soloed the first half (ie. no pro) with a rope and then put some gear in the ledge to protect the arete. This was supposed to be more technical but in fact the crux is on the slab and i could have soloed the whole thing. Id give it VS 4a, didnt even consider side runners, but with them no more than severe.
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βeta: only my second ever VS, although I do like slabs, and i just soloed the first half (ie. no pro) with a rope and then put some gear in the ledge to protect the arete. This was supposed to be more technical but in fact the crux is on the slab and i could have soloed the whole thing. Id give it VS 4a, didnt even consider side runners, but with them no more than severe.
Simon Caldwell 13 Oct, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: S 4a with side runner, VS 4a without.
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βeta: S 4a with side runner, VS 4a without.
LakesWinter 31 Jul, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: If you go straight up the top slab it is easy, if you climb the L arete then the top is more tricky, makes for a more sustained and enjoyable route
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βeta: If you go straight up the top slab it is easy, if you climb the L arete then the top is more tricky, makes for a more sustained and enjoyable route
Jon Stewart 31 Jul, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: I soloed this before I could lead solidly at VS...sounds dumb, but I found pleasant and easy. i'd give it HS 4b with side runners, VS 4b as a solo.
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βeta: I soloed this before I could lead solidly at VS...sounds dumb, but I found pleasant and easy. i'd give it HS 4b with side runners, VS 4b as a solo.
Dale Berry 29 Jun, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: Crux definitely in the first couple of metres. Protectable with a sneaky high friend in the diff to the right. The top is run-out but easy and in a lovely position. I feel its a good tech grade easier than The Crow's Nest (and a lot less strenuous in its first half) but has a lot less gear.
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βeta: Crux definitely in the first couple of metres. Protectable with a sneaky high friend in the diff to the right. The top is run-out but easy and in a lovely position. I feel its a good tech grade easier than The Crow's Nest (and a lot less strenuous in its first half) but has a lot less gear.
Jon Greengrass 17 Jun, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: Leg breaking landing and no gear till half height, I've seen people place side runners in Black slab variation. st VS you might as well solo it, all in all Lovely moves and superb exposed finish. VS 4c barefoot
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βeta: Leg breaking landing and no gear till half height, I've seen people place side runners in Black slab variation. st VS you might as well solo it, all in all Lovely moves and superb exposed finish. VS 4c barefoot
Chris Fitzhugh 25 Feb, 2003 Show βeta
βeta: Crow's Nest seems easier, and is well protected. Black Slab is not. Sunset Slab at Froggatt, HVS 4b, is far easier, even in the lead. Possibly Black Slab is easy for those who go on climbing walls.
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βeta: Crow's Nest seems easier, and is well protected. Black Slab is not. Sunset Slab at Froggatt, HVS 4b, is far easier, even in the lead. Possibly Black Slab is easy for those who go on climbing walls.

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Altar Crack

Grade: VS 4c ***
(Rivelin Edge)