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they are possible by surrounding the expression with forward slashes, eg /chris (?!craggs)/ will match any routes
that mention 'chris' but not those that mention 'chris craggs'. Or e2-e3
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Finally, if you precede any text with a minus character you will negate it and require that it is not matched, eg -"mark
leach" bat malham.
A very popular route leading to the left summit tower of the Central Towers, Lion's Way heads up and right through broken terrain finding a 5.6 corner to more blocky steps. Then, climbing past a slab and another series of steep steps, you climb to the base of the left most Central Tower. Scramble up to gain the impressive summit. Descent is achieved via the gully between the North Tower and the Central Towers. Look for rap anchors to get past the steepest section.
Hans Gmoser, Mr & Mrs. T.Hindset, August 1968.
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