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3 Stars
 E2 5b

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A fantastic line and with climbing to match. Start just right of the arete.
1) 5b. Traverse leftwards to the arete and then make a tricky series of moves up to the peg. Enter the white notch and some good small wires. Move right and up to easier ground and continue to a bolted stance
2) 3c. Lower-off or continue up and left to the top of the crag.
FA. P.Biven 1962


A great Chudleigh route with only the first few moves polished.

The crix is getting to the downwards-pointing teeth that you can easily see from the ground. There are two excellent No. 1/2 wires to protect this move so make sure you place them - and don't miss the teeth as you reach up at full stretch (as I did once....).
Andrew Sheehy - 07/Aug/05

Take lots of small wires (0 - 2), there's more gear than it looks from the ground.
chris j - 21/Oct/05

Did second ascent with John Jones and we both found it desperate. When I met Pete Biven later and told him of our epic, He said "you should have done what we did,throw a rope over the bough of the overhanging tree -- that`s why we called it Combined Ops"!
Brian Shackleton - 07/Nov/05

Not easy and not as elegant as it looks. Although the gear is decent and there are some shake-outs, there are a lot of 5b bits on it. Scrodging left into the niche is quite disconcerting, crinkling back right onto the face is considerably nicer.
Fiend - 07/Mar/08

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