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Rockfax Description
Sustained and technical climbing up a fine section of Pavey Ark. The first pitch is run out and the grade has varied from HVS to E2 over the years (consensus now seems to be about E1).
1) 5b, 35m. Climb the lower slab to a holly bush. Move up the steep rib on the left to a flake, then right to a foothold (peg). Some thin moves up slabby rock reach easier ground that leads leftwards to a ledge and tree belay.
2) 5a, 36m. Move right and climb an overlap and corner to a ledge below a right-curving slim overhang. Move rightwards just below this, past a thin section of slab, until a move down reaches a ledge and belay.
3) 4c, 15m. Ascend the arete on the right to finish. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Fine climbing, mostly HVS with one short, hard section on the first pitch.


Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Allan Austin Classics, Ultimate E1 ticklist, Lakeland's Greatest Pioneers, UK Holiday Plans, Lakes HVS, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Climbs The Lake District, Bill Birkett (Classic Rock Climbs in the Lake District) Below E3


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Tom Pillow 24 Jun, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: did the first pitch of this and abbed off the tree as had to get to pub!
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βeta: did the first pitch of this and abbed off the tree as had to get to pub!

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High HVS
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High 5c
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High 5a
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Route of Interest


Grade: E1 5c ***
(Raven Crag, Thirlmere)