Route Grade Votings
180m. (The Hummingbird) Three fine pitches lead to the upper grass terrace. From here the usual way on is to join Spurven, but break right up the 'Direct Crack' (originally a variation on Spurven). Start at the base of the unmistakable large left-trending hollow flake.</br>1) 4, 30m. Climb and walk up the crest of the flake to a small belay. A precarious and unprotected pitch despite its friendly grade.</br>2) 5-, 30m. Continue up to the roof then traverse right across a slab (often wet) below the roof to its right-hand end, and layback up a steep crack around the roof. Climb grassy cracks onto the large terrace and belay at the base of a thin vertical crack.</br>3) 6-, 50m. Climb the crack (some grass) which becomes a thin seam, then step right delicately into the left-facing groove. Climb this, past a peg, to reach the third grass terrace and possible stance. Move 20m right to belay on double-bolt belay/abseil anchor shared with Spurven.</br>4) 6-, 40m. 'The Direct Crack'. Climb flakes and cracks into the upper chimney then step out right on to a small ledge to find a superb crack. Climb this by finger then hand jamming, gradually easing to an uncomfortable stance with a large sling-festooned spike belay.</br>5) 3+, 30m. Climb the easy-angled right-trending ramp (often damp) leading to a double-bolt belay/abseil anchor on the shoulder on the right.
Definatly worth climbing but beware - we found this a bit harder than suggested. The first pitch has no gear and is easily fall-off-able. The third pitch is a moot point. We met an E3 leader who found it desperate. Us lowly E1 leaders got up it but were gripped. That said the route is worth doing. The 4th pitch is brilliant.
I thought the 3rd pitch the crux and the peg, in 2003 at least, worthless. Worth 6 I think.
In comparison to the other commenters, I found it all pretty much as the grades implied. Pitch 3 is delicate but not desperate. The Direct Crack has a hard move to enter but is all very well protected.
1. Impressive Megaflake, bring a Friend 5or6