Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 6
VS. The most popular route on this face by a margin. It has some shrubbery (and gulls), though the climbing higher up is worthwhile. There is a fair bit of fixed gear, so carry a light rack.</br>1) 4, 25m. Climb the awkward, narrow and slippery chimney in the right-hand side of the bay, then move right over a bulge to a good ledge on the right.</br>2) 3, 50m. Bush-bash up to the top of the buttress on the right.</br>3) 3, 20m. Climb the rib above, then traverse 8m left to a belay.</br>4) 5, 20m. Climb straight up the steep chimney to a ledge and continue to a stance on the top of the second buttress.</br>5) 4+, 25m. Step around the corner to the right, and climb up an easy, low-angled, broad ramp to the top of the buttress.</br>6) 4, 30m. Climb the slab slightly leftwards to a crack leading to the summit. Follow this in a fine position to a stance and belay about 15m up the crack system.</br>7) 4+, 30m. Follow the crack - awkward low down, but easing as height is gained. Where it becomes vegetated, pull out left onto the rib (bolt) and follow this, eventually moving left into another groove that leads to the cliff top and a belay on easy ground.
Very nice route. Despite a vegetated second pitch it's well worth it, especially in summer, when it is too hot to climb on south face.
A good route that gets better with height, plenty of gear and fixed belays. P4 seems to be pretty solid now. An enjoyable hot day route.
In my opinion P1 is the hardest. It is quite hard to get out of the slippery chimney, especially when you're wearing a (small) backpack.
The route is now pretty well bolted, although it's worth taking a light rack. We used a few nuts, cams and slings. The belays are all bolted.
Pitch 2 seemed quite clear of vegetation. Nice mountaineering style route