Death Knell

3 Stars
 E4 5c

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14m. A classic frightener. Climb the blunt rib above the rhododendrons delicately to the bulges and make committing moves up and right to reach a crack, runners and easy ground - phew.
FA. John Yates 1970


Don't fall off. It would be messy.
Tom - 21/Feb/02

Looking up at the route for the first time, it doesn't look special, but it really is a three star experience. Not as 'thin' as Chalkstorm, but every move requires footwork and balance. This is a perfect top rope experience for mere mortals who don't have nerves of steel.
John B - 24/Mar/03

agree with John B - every move needs footwork and balance. If you are going to lob before the step right - the rhododendrons break your fall - I know this for a fact! - Alternative...up the groove of Rhodren, nut in roof, pocket in the back and crank out to the crack of Death Knell. Involves a difficult backward step to the "nose". Hard but well protected.
pooh - 30/May/05

Was climbing Rhodren next door with a mate and was asked to give a belay to a guy on this bad boy. He was up it no problem (phew), and the two of us had a fair crack - great climb but I'd need bigger balls to lead this one. Only problem, we forgot to give the guy's gear back - please e-mail on if we've got your gear!
Chrissy G - 27/Jun/05

Great route; much better than Chalkstorm and a real E4!! Leading the bottom part felt harder than I thought it would be, and the step across certainly got the adrenalin going.
Dave Pritchard - 28/Sep/05

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