The crag is south facing for the most part and quick drying, especially with a bit of sea breeze. However, it's worth bearing in mind that traversing along the platform at the base of the crag (needed to get to most routes) can be exciting in anything other than calm seas. The traverse is generally accessible 3 hours either side of high tide for most of the crag and the base of Terrier's Tooth and Bishop's Buttress for slightly longer, although these times are significantly reduced during neap tides. During high tides or when big seas are running, it is also possible to abseil in to the upper pitches of several routes.
Dates: 15 March to 30 June
Reason: Nesting Birds
The restriction applies to all routes on Bishop's Buttress - from Lacertion to The Mitre inclusive (route 82, page 153 to route 14, page 159 in the 2017 Climber's Club guidebook).
Routes within Zawn Rinny (Consolation Climb to Shark Alley) are also restricted during the same period, but the Zawn Rinny descent for the western end of Chair Ladder is fine to use.
A classic expedition up the seaward side of the large tooth-topped pinnacle, the summit of which can be seen in the lower reaches of Pinnacle Gully. Start at a rib just left of a very wide corner-crack about 10m right of the base of the pinnacle.
1) 4b, 18m. Climb the narrow wall between the rib and crack to good holds at 6m. Now, make an interesting rising traverse leftwards to a good spike on the left side of the wall. Take the yellow corner-crack above to good ledges and belay just right of the base of a yellow pinnacle.
2) 10m. At the base of the yellow pinnacle is a horizontal break. Move out along the break to a crack on the other side of the pinnacle. Now move up left on big holds to a spike and crack. Take the crack to a pleasant ledge and belay. An exposed pitch on good holds.
3) 12m. Climb up to the overhang and make an awkward move out right along a break to below a kinked hand crack. Climb the crack to its end (the first move being the hardest) and belay in the chimney that is on the other side of the face from the crack. It is possible to summit from the ledge above the belay.
Descent - Stay roped-up and from the belay in the chimney down climb (Diff) the wall of a wide crack on the left (when looking inland). The wall has big holds and gear can be placed to protect the last person down. Alternatively, abseil from a prominent spike on the landward side of the summit. © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
The original first pitches were destroyed by rockfall in the winter of 2013/4. The 2017 CC guide recommends starting well to the right, just left of a deep chimney, and climbing diagonally leftwards to reach the juggy crack on the original route (4b).
FA. J.Mallory, M.Roster 24.03.1940. FA. J.Barford, F.Feilden 25.08.1940 (Variation first pitch).
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