A route of immense historical significance that weaves its way up the crag, taking in plenty of good climbing in increasingly spectacular situations. Start at a rib, just left of the base of Moss Gill, where Rake's Progress crosses it.
1) 5a, 40m. Climb the rib and corner to below a roof. Traverse left under the roof to a short corner. Climb the corner then head left to a large grassy ledge below The Great Flake - 'The Oval'.
2) 5b, 25m. Gain the base of the Great Flake and move up it for 5m to a sloping ledge on the left. Traverse left along a thin crack for 2m before stepping up to a good hold. Continue up and rightwards to gain a short crack leading to the top of the
Great Flake. Go left along the flake to reach a good ledge and belay on 'Jeffcoat's Ledge'.
2a) 5b, 25m. The original line tackled The Great Flake in its entirety. It lacks gear making this option now worth E2 although a very large cam brings it back down to E1.
3) 4c, 30m. Move left along the ledge and up a corner to a block (possible belay). Traverse right to a big pinnacle and then on to a corner. Climb this to a ledge and belay on the right - The V-ledge.
4) 5a, 35m. Starting at the left end of the ledge, climb a thin crack and move left until the large corner above can be reached. Climb the steep corner and at its top, head left to easier ground. © Rockfax
S.W.Herford, G.S.Sansom et al Apr/1914.
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