Tharf Cake

1 Stars
 HVS 5a

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A two-move-wonder starting right of First Crack. It has small holds and the odd useful pocket. Low in the grade but a bit bold.
FA. John Parkin 1977. Tharf cake is a north country name for parkin.


Best bit of gear I used was a size 1 BD swedge. A good route.
DaveF - 11/Jun/03

No.2 nut in the little slot and a long reach make this a VS. Fun tho'.
Goose - 15/Sep/03

the only thing i got in was a number 4 rp in the slot. it didn't look amazing but i rekon it'd hold.

a nice route, shames it just a two move wonder.
leon skeldon - 24/May/04

Small nut would probably hold, huge span to even larger hold!
Iggy_B - 09/May/05

The slot takes a standard wallnut 1 sideways with a near perfect fit and is VS. The sequence to the pocket is 4c and not as reachy as I expected, just a little tricky to spot.
Offwidth - 19/Feb/06

I'd recommend the direct start (as per old BMC Froggart guide), it makes the route more interesting, but not harder.
nshephard - 05/Jun/07

Nice but very narrow direct start (no aretes)- probably 6b - makes a good route.
Andy - 13/Oct/08

Having placed the No 1 wire in the obvious slot it looked very poor indeed. Backed this up with 2 more micro wires but they were equally lame. After exhausting myleslf placing the gear , the easy exit was much appreciated.
albie niedojadlo - 16/Apr/09

definatly HVS. The obvious nut slot before the first 5a move doesn't take anything from a no3 nut sideways to a no 4 rp with any confidence and is too narrow for a good micro cam
David Wright - 29/Mar/10

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