Pulpit Groove

2 Stars
 VD 4a

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An interesting and exposed expedition in three ptiches. Climb the short slippery crack (crux) to gain the base of the ramp and follow this to a sitting stance on the Pulpit. Stride across the gap and follow the exposed ramp to a large ledge and tree belay. Finish out to the right for some rather nice exposure.
FA. Albert Shutt 1952


Excellent first pitch, second pitch a sandy (exposed) walk, third pitch artifical, ie you could go up anywhere. Not a 3 star route by any stretch of the imagination.
Simon Caldwell - 29/Sep/03

Nasty, insect filled & incredibly sandy. Much of the rock around the pulpit stance is loose, requiring care with the belay. The second pitch alone contained merit.
Sarah - 14/Jul/04

Sand & insects not a problem earlier today.
Friends 3 & 4 v. useful at Pulpit belay, in order to avoid attaching to loose stuff. Worth doing for the big step across the corner.
tog - 20/Sep/04

The difinitive guide gives this route starting as for 'Three tree climb. The start listed here is not VD.
karl walton - 14/Jun/05

I don't normally bother to comment but this route is awful. The only real climbing is in the first couple of meters after which it is mainly a VERY dirty scramble albeit quite exposed at times. Definitely not 3 stars.
Tim M - 22/Jul/05

Interesting you should say that Tim as I reckon the first couple of meters listed here are not actually on the route proper!
karl walton - 23/Jul/05

Climbed this in the damp; a little unpleasant. Felt like it would have been lovely in the dry though. Not much to belay off at the very top, mind...
Richard - 30/Aug/05

As a beginners route this was great. My daughter loved it, particularly the "step across space" from the pulpit. As her first 'real' climb outside she'll remmeber this one for a while.
Simon Chandler - 15/May/06

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