Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 23
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.
Don't fall off. It would be messy.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if we've got your gear!
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.