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3 Stars
 VS 4c

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One of the original free routes on the cliff, polished and with some spaced gear, but still well worthwhile.
1) 4b, 18m. Climb the corner below the left-hand end of the big Castellan roof, taking care with suspect rock. This is also the approach pitch to the cave.
2) 4c, 24m. Climb the crack above then move right and up to gain the chimney. Finish up this. Be aware of loose blocks on this pitch, a result of some severe winters.
A hard alternative to pitch 2 is Armalite, E4 5c. Halfway up pitch 2 of Skylight, move left under some roofs. Climb a crack then move right around the overhang to a finishing groove.
FA. Joe Brown 1957. Climbed during a time when free climbing on limestone was rare. FA. (Armalite) John Codling, Steve Higham 1983

USER COMMENTS

absolutely brilliant, what VS's should be; loads of gear, big holds, big moves & good felling of exposure
jim - 13/May/02

Bloody scary if you ask me! Felt harder and less protected than any other VS 4c I've climbed.
David Martin - 27/Sep/04

Not huge amounts of gear at all on either pitch, although partly compensated by not too much loose rock either. Some exposed & run-out laybacking. Certainly made my heart go boom! Exciting route...
DrGav - 27/Sep/04

good route, value for VS. Crack at mid height is pretty polished which reduces it to 2 stars for me.
PaulW - 05/Jun/05

Felt VS without the polish-HVS with. Hard work getting through those 2 moves-rest of it was excellent. Gear not great but enough to keep your head together at the vital times. Not 3 stars though
mat_galvin - 25/Jun/05

Bloody scary polished VS 4c if u ask me........
DeeMon - 29/Aug/05

great vs,ideal for newcomers to limestone,easy enough start, great handhold 3/4 way up polished crack (inside crack),have to fish for it,but its there. right out up to chimney for a breather and admire the view then finish off easy to top..
steve jolly - 24/Oct/05

A good route although newcomers to limestone could find more gentle introductions especially if VS is their limit.
Swig - 25/Oct/05

did this route the day after my mates birthday, we both nearly passed out (tad wobbbly on the lead..) due to intoxification the night before, but it was no way 3 stars, was in a great position tho.
stu maci - 23/Nov/05

Stunning route, just about worth 3 stars due to the exposure. Plenty of gear when you need it, but top end of the grade.
The rose hip at the bottom could do with a prune
chris_moor - 12/Sep/07

Had me sweating: not to be underestimated
C.E. Moreton - 20/Apr/09

There's a very loose rocking block in the base of the chimney just after the in-situ thread.
Paul Bennett - 03/Jun/11

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