Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 61
The central crack of the slab gives an interesting pitch, with plenty of protection, and polish. At the tree stump, finish left into the corner and up to a solid tree. A popular alternative finish can be made up the left-hand side of the detached flake, joining Broken Toe or finish direct at 4b.
There's no way this is VS, im sure it HS in the new book!, but still great fun and loads of gear.
I think its fine at bottom end VS 4c and the new grade of HS 4a ia a joke compared to Ash Tree Wallalso at HS 4a which feels two grades easier.
I'm sure this used to be graded VS 4c - OK a soft touch at that grade. The flake finish is definitely at least 4b. It is well protected though.
Not very much of the tree stump is left now - it's mostly gone, compared to what was left earlier in the year. A nice route, with a certain degree of interest in the middle, polished section. I finished left up to the solid tree belay. Certainly felt harder that Ash Tree Slab which I seconded today, just before I led this...
I would agree this is HS though I went up the variant finish which is borderline VS if only as the big "flake" (a pile of blocks just about attached to the wall) appears not to be long for this world. The finish through the polihed bulge is also interesting.
Interesting comments. Did this yesterday, and I thought it nearer to S 4a or maybe S 4b! Certainly nowhere near the same grade as Carmen, which we also did.