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2 Stars
 E1 5c

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The centre of the left-hand wall avoiding the tendency to drift towards the arete as much as possible. Follow the cracks leftwards for the best finish. Gentle for 5c especially for the tall.
FA. Bob Bradley 1983


HVS start and finish with a well protected 5c crux in the middle.no more than soft E1 5c,though worth 2 stars (and you can't help drifting towards the arete at the top - it's where the holds go!)
mark s davies - 24/Oct/02

Bold start - 5b/c friction move with definite ground fall potential. From then on steady to the top - but watch for the block on Blizzard ridge - it has been known to move!
Rick - 26/Mar/03

I know some one who fell off the start on to an unconvincing wire and didn't get anywhere near the ground but it still feel bold. I'm never too sure how to sort out the top of this and the top of blizzard ridge because they are so close together
mikchael simpson - 28/Sep/03

This is not "mild at the grade", it simply isn't an E2. It is however a very nice E1 5b, albeit with a slightly bold start.
Neil Ireson - 07/Jun/06

Well if Blizzard Ridge direct start is E1, this is more like E2. Bold start as said and quite sustained above if you avoid the arete the whole way. Felt like a 5c move to me as well, very height dependent though.....Forget the arguments, a great little route either way.
Chad Harrison - 12/Mar/07

Its not really height dependent, I'm 5ft 4 and it felt like lots of boulder problems one after the other. E1 5c seems fair though. Very very cold though, but resty enough to warm up the digits between moves.
Jon Leighton - 16/Dec/07

virtually impossible to avoid the arete - i started middle of the wall but you end up veering right; if you stayed direct, i doubt it would be E1/2 or 5c. very good though with some lovely moves.
ksjs - 29/Sep/08

Some strange comments. The route goes straight up through the obvious slot in the wall via some rgeat moves and does not go near the arete. Done in this way it is a good E2 5c in my opinion, although low in the grade.
Si dH - 29/Apr/10

The line is clearly too vague to form a concensus on the grade, as the further left you are, the more E2-like it feels.
Chris Parson - 25/Apr/11

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