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2 pitches. A great line that tackles the cracks in the smooth wall right of the Slab Routes. This is the original version which makes the most of the wall at a reasonable grade. There is an alternative second pitch at a bold E1 5b.
1) 5a, 28m. Start below a straight crack in the middle of the wall. Climb up easy ground to the crack. Follow this to some tricky moves to a small ledge then pull up left to another crack. This leads to a spike belay on Slab Route 1.
2) 4b, 10m. Climb direct up easy ground to a big ledge. Escape by walking of carefully leftwards from here.
2a) E1 5b, 12m. Move right from the belay to below a diagonal crack. Climb the crack and then the wall rightwards past a streak to the ledge. Small wires protect.

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Alan James - UKC and UKH 9 Jul, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Odd route. The climbing is really good but the top pitch appears to be very artificial and the one people are struggling with judging by the feedback. The original version which tackles the lower two cracks to the spike belay shared with Route 1, can then be finished direct easily to give a brilliant HVS 5a. The E1 5b alternative may give some good moves but it really is a variation on the better direct line.
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βeta: Odd route. The climbing is really good but the top pitch appears to be very artificial and the one people are struggling with judging by the feedback. The original version which tackles the lower two cracks to the spike belay shared with Route 1, can then be finished direct easily to give a brilliant HVS 5a. The E1 5b alternative may give some good moves but it really is a variation on the better direct line.

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Grade: E1 5b ***
(Dow Crag)