Against the Grain

2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
 7b

Adjacent Routes
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An excellent link-up that has lost holds in its upper section and pushed the grade up from 7a. Climb to join Yosemite Wall and pull up through a steep bulge to an easing. Move leftwards across small corners and bulges to a lower-off. A useful variation is to start up Against the Grain and then finish up Yosemite Wall to give Against the Wall, 7a+ - this avoids the often wet start to Yosemite Wall.
FA. Steve Crowe, Karin Magog 24.5.1996

USER COMMENTS

Very Long, very pumpy and harder than Yosemite wall I think. Needs some more bolts placing. Not a very clean route Ie mixed in a bit to much with some other routes. I got lost on it. 7B
Daimon Beail - 10/Jun/03

possibly as hard as Appetite, but no harder and nowhere near 7b. Plenty of bolts and plenty clean enough, I think you must have been somewhat off route?
richardh - 02/Jul/04

Third bolt is a real gripper and given that the holds beneath it must always be slimey (they were today and the crag was bone dry) could do with a couple more bolts. A lot of steep climbing for 7a, must be 7a+
Tyler - 29/Jul/04

solid 7a, very steady until the crux near the end, which is fine once figured out. nowhere near 7b. excellent route
fatty - 08/May/05

fantastic climb, felt like 7a+ to me, about the same as appetite.
dave - 09/May/05

It's a long way down if a hold snaps when you're just about eye-level with the belay :) No change in difficulty.
richardh - 27/Jun/05

I thought Against the Grain Start into Yosemite Wall should also be classed as a route in its own right at 7a, seems a very popular warm up
Neil Preston - 12/Sep/05

Really good 3 star route, bang on at 7a if you look for footholds and get the knee bar.
Rick Kirby - 18/May/06

super route. feels out there on the onsight with no clips on it. hard finish, i recon easily 7a+.
luke - 22/Apr/09

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