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3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
 7b+

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A great route which is a top-end 7b+ and shorties may find it 7c. The initial wall is technical and the break gives only a poor rest. Steeper ground above leads to a final thin wall. A hard left-hand finish is Recycled, 7c.
FA. Simon Nadin 1986. FA. (Recycled) Mark Pretty 2009

USER COMMENTS

best route on the crag, definately 7c very sharp on the lower wall.
gareth - 13/Jul/00

High in the grade - a difficult one to on sight
Tom - 13/Jul/00

An excellent route with a frustrating red-point crux at the top. Definative 7c.
Lee - 15/Jul/00

Hard for the grade but not quite 7c. If you're a crimp monster the bottom wall is not that hard.
Dave - 18/Jul/00

Definately 7c, best route at this end of the Dale?

If you're short the whole damn route is hard!! Has anyone else clipped the tree at the top - too right!
Nic - 07/Sep/00

This route defines the upper limit of 7b+ in the Peak, rather like Obsession does in Yorkshire. Feels a grade harder in less than perfect conditions.
Nige M - 08/Jun/03

7b+ for sure and 2 stars.
Mark Glaister - 21/Jun/03

What's the story behind the route name?
Guy Maddox - 01/Jun/04

Great route. 7C for me without a doubt. I can see why taller climbers would think 7B+.
craig d - 09/Jul/06

After a quick toprope on this today i want to retract my comment about it being 7C for me. The hard reachy moves at the bottom felt straightforward so i now think solid 7B+
craig devonshire - 11/May/08

When I was working this, an undercut on the top crux came loose but didn't break off completely. It withstood a redpoint but probably won't take many more! It was crucial for my sequence but I may not have found the best way (I used it for my RH to make a long reach left to a good pockety sidepull). Is it best to reinforce it or just leave it as it is?
petesdavies - 13/Jun/08

Unequivocally the best route at that grade in the Dale. A route with technical wall climbing, some power and a heart flutter on a slab; plus a brilliant position above the dale.
Garreth Stockton - 18/Jun/08

Excellent! I don't think it is quite hard enough to warrant an upgrade to 7C. Nic, yes you are the only person to clip the tree at the top. Shame on you.
Duncan b - 25/Jun/08

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