Bel Ami

3 Stars
 VS 4b

Adjacent Routes
<< Slab Route < Pretty Friend  |  Green Crack > Minor 3 >>

The flake and narrowing crack (laybacking or jamming, it is your call) leads to ledges (possible stance). Continue up the crusty arete of the squat tower and a real summit tick.
FA. Wilf White late 1940s


this route is quality, and v.photogenic. the final arete is great fun and in a great position. Good first VS
dirk the monkey - 05/Oct/02

A good confidence builder as it looks harder than it is. Nice top section.
Goose - 01/Jan/03

exellent VS route though enjoy it so much you forget about gear like i did
Ashley - 07/Feb/03

I found it much harder than it looked, and not at all easy for the grade! Maybe that just says something about the sort of climbing I'm best at, ie slabs not laybacking :-)
The top half was much easier (4a?) and a bit artificial in avoiding stepping onto the big ledge on the right, hence not 3 stars.
Simon Caldwell - 12/Jul/04

for those about to layback we salute you...follow this with Maupassant and Insanity to cure (or not) all laybackophobes.
Duz Walker - 20/Aug/04

An easy overratted route if tackled with aggression.The topout is VERY exposed but excellent fun! GO FOR IT!
wizz walker - 01/Sep/04

Great route, shame I spent so long protecting the 4m layback that I got all tired, until I booted my best piece out and scampered to the top of that part with fear and adrenaline.
Phil Lyon - 26/Mar/05

I really enjoyed this route - top layback & bridging with very positive holds, followed by that super summit.
Thomas Clitheroe - 25/Jun/05

Looks quite intimidating for the grade hence why i fannied about with gear for ages and had to step back down for a rest,once you go for it it isn't that hard, very nice bottom bit, agree that top is a bit artificial.
Adam Moroz - 23/Apr/07

Login to your ROCKFAX account to add your comments - Search for comments.

  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 89
    hard HVS 0 of 29
    HVS 0 of 29
    easy HVS 0 of 29
    hard VS 0 of 29
    VS 21 of 29
    easy VS 8 of 29
    hard HS 0 of 29
    HS 0 of 29
    easy HS 0 of 29
    hard 4c 0 of 29
    4c 0 of 29
    easy 4c 5 of 29
    hard 4b 13 of 29
    4b 10 of 29
    easy 4b 1 of 29
    hard 4a 0 of 29
    4a 0 of 29
    easy 4a 0 of 29
    3 Stars 16 of 31
    2 Stars 12 of 31
    1 Star 3 of 31
    0 Stars 0 of 31
    Bag of ..... 0 of 31

    Please Login to your Rockfax account to rate this climb.