Virtual Insanity

2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
 7b

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Popular and good. The fingery face leads straight up to a flake and a thought-provoking finish. Lots of bolts and quite a few tricky moves too. Stick to the line to claim the grade.
FA. Nadim Siddiqui 1995

USER COMMENTS

The bolts are very rusty prob need replacing!!!.
Crabbers - 02/May/06

Well go and replace them then.
Themaninblack - 09/May/06

I dont own a Drill !!
Crabbers - 05/Jun/06

Send me a cheque for £25 and I'll do it for you!
Themaninblack - 06/Jun/06

Rebolted with substantial new gear where hangers previously existed. New belays added.

Gary Gibson
Themeninblack - 20/Jul/07

A good route, but following the line of bolts strictly is a lot harder than 7a+, I moved quite far right to get to the roof - going direct is desperate and much harder than the other 7a+s at this crag which all felt easy by comparison. Probably 7b moving right and harder again if you slavishly follow the bolts.
Adrian Berry - 05/Aug/07

Was always given 7b for the direct to the flake. Don't know why it was changed. 7b in the BMC guide.
Themaninblack - 08/Aug/07

nails (and IMHO very definitely not 7a+) if you go direct to flake: 7b (and i imagine a hard onsight at the grade) if you do. absolutely brilliant though with sustained climbing and good moves throughout. refreshingly, well-bolted. recommended.
ksjs - 15/Jul/08

Totally direct (the only way I noticed at the time) this would be the hardest 7b I've been on, 7b+ by any other standards, a grade harder than something like Sardine, being a very easy 7b+. From what others say, there seem to be ways of avoiding the crux, but the routes here are crammed in and you'd have to be on a different line to avoid any of the moves. Total sandbag at 7a+.
shackdoug - 09/Aug/08

Has certainly lost holds on the crux since I first did this. Now solid 7b, but no harder. Not harder than Sardine, unless you do the modern de-tour on Sardine which skips the crux and is only 7b anyway.
boy - 24/Aug/08

All the gear on main wall seemed in good condition as of yesterday - we tested just about every bolt on this one!!
Chris Parson - 09/Jul/13

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