Foord's Folly

3 Stars
 E1 6a

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10m. The superb crack and groove are usually soloed as stopping to place gear is such hard work and may make it E2.
FA. Colin Foord late 1960s. FFA. John Allen 1973. Originally it was climbed on a wet day using nuts to an in-situ peg and called The Big Frig (VS and A1). The name was changed just before the 1973 guide went to print. Chris Craggs took the peg out in the


Phew! The grade reflects the effort at last. Great route, but I think the description is a little unfair on Foord, given the times... He's very embarrassed that he hasn't led this free - yet!
Jon Read - 11/Feb/02

Such a great route / problem; thin jamming at its best. Hard to grade really. E2 for effort? The boulderers would have to leave their mats at home of course ;-) But with a nut or Friend thrown in quickly at the end of the immediate difficulties, more like E1?
John Gillott - 17/Feb/02

only E1 really. Although 6a, the moves are low down, obvious, shortlived and perfectly protected. The worst bit is the horrendously green finishing groove. Save this one for a dry spell!
Simon Wilson - 11/Mar/02

this route is more powerful than technical (as given)its obvious what to do but power is whats required
julian lines - 18/Sep/03

Talk sense will you this is hard; E3 for effort because it is way thuggish and merits 6b
Ian Jones - 12/Jul/05

at least E2. E1 6a implies 1 hard and safe 6a move low to the ground, this is a continuous series of unrelenting, powerful 6a moves woven into the sheath of E3
alex mason - 19/Apr/06

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