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190m, 6 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A great, long route up the striking ridge passing the overhang of the Gash.
1) 45m. Start 35m left of South Gully, just above a widening in the terrace. Follow a small groove to an overlap at 9m. Turn this rightwards and climb easier ground up and right to ledges beneath the ridge proper and the left-hand end of the Gash.
2) 18m. Follow the ribbed wall up to the large sloping ledge of the Gash, a feature that looks like a giant took a swing with an axe at the crag. Belay on the far right beneath the chimney.
3) 20m. Follow the awkward chimney. On the final move, your foot will slip several times before you finally get enough purchase to escape. Climb the wall above leftwards to the ridge.
4) 38m. Follow the exposed and rough ridge (various belays possible).
5) 38m. Continue up the ridge to reach a good ledge below the final tower.
6) 17m. Several alternatives can be found here, most feel hard. Climb the groove past a tricky roof. © Rockfax

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TobyA 30 Jun, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: The polished chimney, in the rain, with a pack on, is not ideal! :-)
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βeta: The polished chimney, in the rain, with a pack on, is not ideal! :-)
Jeff Beynon 10 Jun, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Well I have to say this really is a route that keeps on giving, with testing moves on each pitch. The third pitch up the slick chimney, with worn holds felt difficult, with a sketchy first couple of moves with limited scope for protection - small cam ‘might’ help a bit on side wall. It was a relief to get to the top of this without coming off. Stayed out of the chimney itself. 4th and 5th pitches a bit thin on pro in places but the Rock was great and the exposure exhilarating in places. Exciting stuff. As for the last pitch, I just couldn’t see/get it. There is a roof that runs along most of the way forwards. Checked out the groove slightly to the left of exiting the ridge below. It looked easy-ish from below but on closer inspection had no real protection above what seemed like a hard move up into the groove and no positive hand holds to haul up on either. Gave up on this in the end and traversed to the left across a slight scoop with some small holds using a quartz band as a handrail before heading into the corner, and stepping around the rib onto a bobbly face, which got decidedly easier as a line up to the summit. This alternative line to the top certainly felt more manageable albeit that it felt more adventurous and less certain. Interested to learn from others the line we ought to have taken. If there is such a thing.
 
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βeta: Well I have to say this really is a route that keeps on giving, with testing moves on each pitch. The third pitch up the slick chimney, with worn holds felt difficult, with a sketchy first couple of moves with limited scope for protection - small cam ‘might’ help a bit on side wall. It was a relief to get to the top of this without coming off. Stayed out of the chimney itself. 4th and 5th pitches a bit thin on pro in places but the Rock was great and the exposure exhilarating in places. Exciting stuff. As for the last pitch, I just couldn’t see/get it. There is a roof that runs along most of the way forwards. Checked out the groove slightly to the left of exiting the ridge below. It looked easy-ish from below but on closer inspection had no real protection above what seemed like a hard move up into the groove and no positive hand holds to haul up on either. Gave up on this in the end and traversed to the left across a slight scoop with some small holds using a quartz band as a handrail before heading into the corner, and stepping around the rib onto a bobbly face, which got decidedly easier as a line up to the summit. This alternative line to the top certainly felt more manageable albeit that it felt more adventurous and less certain. Interested to learn from others the line we ought to have taken. If there is such a thing.

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Amphitheatre Buttress

Grade: VD ***
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