Surprise Attack

3 Stars
 E1 5c

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The most popular line here follows the long grooveline which is gained by a steep and impressive start. The climbing is a bit unbalanced but the line and situation more than make up for this. Start below and right of the main grooveline.</br>1) 5a, 15m. Pull up and traverse left, then climb direct to the stance. All easier than it looks.</br>2) 5c, 32m. A technical little move up the slab above (microwires) gains the main groove. Follow this, trending leftwards at the top. A fine pitch.
FA. Steve Lewis, Charlie Heard 10.10.79


Excellent route, if I remember right the technical little move is protected with small wires? & RP's. All routes here are effected by the tides so worth leaving an abseil rope in place.
craig h - 11/Feb/05

First pitch has a few steep pulls for 5a, no block to step off any more? Good pitch thjough very unbalanced, almost E2 for a few moves, then VS corner to the top!
Chad - 25/Jul/05

The crux moves aren't too difficult but feel very slippery and insecure for E1. Protection is okay. The remainder is a pleasing romp with a marvellous step out onto the slab higher up.
Alun - 18/Apr/06

There's no block these days, so the start is pretty steep and intimidating.
martin k - 19/Apr/06

cheeky move of the belay...... more like an easy E2??
phil Dowthwaite - 30/Apr/10

Great second pitch- intimidating rock over protected by small wires followed by a balancey section (again small pro). From here a fantastic romp (tricky move to gain the holds under the overhang) will leave you with a big smile on your face!
Amie - 13/May/12

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