Astrid

2 Stars
 HVS 5a

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Vast amounts of character, good climbing and an exciting abseil approach make this a memorable climb. The groove and crack-line in the centre of the wall gives steady climbing in impressive surroundings. Good gear.
FA. Richard Crewe, S.Garner, Tim Dunsby 11.8.1974

USER COMMENTS

hard to start for 5a but amazing atmosphere, glad its gone up from VS in the old CC guide
Duma - 30/May/00

The tricky approach to all routes in this area means this is not an area for beginners. Great atmosphere. Hard start to this route (top end 5a) is made doubly difficult by the rock being slightly slimy if the sea's rough. The difficulties are short lived though, giving way to steep but technically undemanding climbing on big holds with good gear to the top. Thouroughly enjoyable.
Jason - 12/Jun/00

slimey in high seas eh? it was desperate enough on a dry day after a week of sunshine!
ian - 31/Jul/02

Worth noting that the ab in to the (hanging) belay(at least the one we did) is reasonably tricky. It overhangs about 8ft and therefore requires either some judged swings or gear placement.
steve - 03/Mar/03

Worth noting that the ab in to the (hanging) belay(at least the one we did) is reasonably tricky. It overhangs about 8ft and therefore requires either some judged swings or gear placement.
steve - 03/Mar/03

been on my tick list for a long time, finally top-roped it and now saving up the bottle to lead. fantastic atmostphere, prepare yourself its scary down there. tricky abseil if placing nuts, if not you need a lot of momentum to reach the suspect sling...
toby - 29/May/03

The approach and isolated feeling makes this a real 'adventure' climb. Not the place to hone your abseiling skills.
GrahamD - 15/Dec/04

Failed to appreciate how overhanging it was and Ab'd down without placing gear. Getting into belay was a nightmare. Partner had to drop 2nd rope so could get a swing on. Great route though. *** for atmosphere.
QuarryKid - 21/Apr/06

The abseil is about 20m. Don't forget a prussik. There's a couple of old slings at the belay stance now so you can swing over and get yourself sorted out. Ropework is a bit tricky if you're climbing on two ropes!
Ian Schnauer - 11/May/09

What an adventure ! Everything went totally to plan and the route was in really good condition (lower section dryish and tide out).
Certainly one for experienced parties only (as you don't really want to f@ck up down there). Having said that the climbing is pretty straightforward (but committing swinging on jugs). There is currently a number 10 DMM offset in the crack on the face by the crux - don't think it's been there that long.
I want to go back down and do it again.
Mark Reed - 08/Jul/13

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