The Spiral Route

2 Stars
 VS 4c

Adjacent Routes
<< Croton Oil < Only Human  |  Face Climb 1 > Face Climb 1.5 >>

28m. A mini expedition that does what it says on the tin! All in all, the easiest way to the summit, although it is not that easy. Start as for Croton Oil then move right to a crack, which leads to the ledges behind the tower, and the feeling that you are still on the ground. From the opposite end of the ledges hand traverse the horizontal break strenuously out right to gain the Notch and the 'rickety-flake' finish.
FA. Don Wooller 1950


Great fun - a bit of a laugh battling your way up the start to find that you are still only three feet off the ground!
Ian - 20/Apr/02

Watch the rope drag...
James Jackson - 22/Aug/04

Great route did it in the wet, which it feel like a HVS.
Andrew Shapland - 06/Sep/04

realitively hard for vs but the move isn't too hard if you commit rather than pump yourself out as i did the first time i tried this a few months back. went back yesterday and it felt fine, though not much easier than croton oil. rope drag is an issue. 2(or3?) pitches for sure. lovely route. enjoy.
DannyC - 22/Sep/05

A good adventure. I regret trying to do it in one pitch. By the time I was at the hollow flake on Croton Oil, the rope drag was so bad my mate had to solo up the first half as far as the North face.
Simon Brown - 27/Jul/11

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