Pregnant Pause Top 50

3 Stars
Pumpy
 6a+

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The biggest arete on the island is a wonderful climb in an eye-catching situation. Start up cracks, then climb the right wall of the arete to some technical moves above a hand ledge to gain the arete itself. Climb to a ledge, then the final section above to a lower-off.
FA. J.Robertson, Mark Courtier 1993

USER COMMENTS

The rock is adequately clean now. Top route - do take a peek round the arete whilst you're up there!!
Nic - 23/Apr/01

Wonderful..well worth the walk. Looks like E5 from below.
John Alcock - 05/Jul/02

Call me weird, but this is my favourite easy route at Portland.
Ed - 21/May/03

Wicked route- but more than 10 bolts! 11/12 I think
Kylie - 25/Aug/03

11 bolts, not bad but not really worth the nettle induced carnage on the way in
connnor - 24/Aug/04

Feels like a classic trad route pretending to be a sports route
The Pylon King - 27/Sep/04

If it bothers you why not just climb it with trad gear?
Wilbur - 27/Sep/04

Didnt say it bothered me did i?
It was supposed to be a compliment as most
sports route lack the 'character' that you often get on a trad route.
The Pylon King - 29/Sep/04

Awesome, and atmospheric route. Feels like it deserves an Extreme tick. Make sure you wear trousers on the way over as the path is covered with nettles.
tbertenshaw - 03/May/05

Did it years ago, but unlike many easy sport routes, I can remember it well. Must do it again soon!
Jus - 22/Jul/05

Amazing position, great route. Didn't quite get the flash (left or right at the top????), so a good excuse to go back and get on it again! :0)
Phil Murray - 26/Jul/05

quite committing for a sports route and it seems quite hard all the way.....i would deduct a star for all the sand crap at the bottom.
Morgan Woods - 05/Sep/05

Absolutely awesome. Make a couple of moves on the blade of the arete and let it all in. Go at the end of November and there aren't any nettles.
purplerock - 28/Nov/05

wicked route take beers for the top ledge and enjoy the view!
nick w - 03/Mar/06

Many thanks guys, called that cos it was the last route I did before my 3rd daughter was born .. I was forced to stop climbing for a while ;-(
JimR - 19/May/06

Absolute class. Not really pumpy.. i thought it might have been called PP as it took me 9 months or so to summon up the courage to get on this line!
Wilbur - 25/May/06

Amazing route, appropriate foodwork saves the pump!
Mario - 29/Jun/06

great climb. thought the top was a tad hard for the grade. felt quite exposed. one of those days maybe.
paulr - 09/Oct/06

Great route, Well wortha climb. nice view around the arete! Deserves all of the stars.
Nev Hallam - 27/May/07

excellent climb. A must do if your there. Although take care. 2 ft above second bolt there's a large lose block!! Take Care
Trevor Olive - 12/Jun/07

What a route. A committing start swinging out from under those initial roofs, move up and right and enjoy sensational, sustained climbing all the way up the arete in a totally stunning position.
This route should be in the Top 50. Truly one of the best routes I have ever done in 30+ years of climbing. Robertson and Courtier, I salute you!
John Parker - 05/Jul/09

Now I'm confused....I've just looked at a handful of photos of this route on UKClimbing.com, and everyone is climbing and clipping bolts on the right side of the arete! But we moved out left under the overhangs and out onto the seaward face, then up and right to the arete, and climbed up the left side of the arete, ie. on the exposed seaward face: using the arete for your right hand, clipping bolts with your left.
So who's correct? And if we weren't on PP, what were we on?!??
John Parker - 07/Jul/09

Hi John, I was in portland in august and I climbed PP then and had to question which side to go on and so used the right line of bolts, I have no idea about the other line, I've been looking into that one for a while! have you found anything? great route though, and an ace way to finish the day!
robert leach - 25/Nov/09

Paws for Thought (6b) done May 2007 by Gary Gibson
Themeninblack - 26/Nov/09

Excellent, thanks for the info. I thought it felt more like 6b than 6a+. Must go back and do PP now!
John Parker - 27/Dec/09

Did Paws for Thought. I thought 6a plus, but holds still brittle. With traffic will make good route.
John Alcock - 26/Apr/10

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