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28m. A great outing through some impressive territory. Climb the flake-crack up the right-hand side of the huge flake of The Pedestal to a sitting stance (low belays) on its top. Reverse off the end of the ledge then traverse left and up to the left-hand corner of the great roof. To stop the rope jamming, try fixing a runner out left to direct it away from the crack, then pull over the bulge and finish up the deep groove. Starting up the left-hand side of the flake ups the overall grade to S 4a.
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My first Gritstone climb-should be yours if you've not been to the Peak before. A bit of everything.
Classic of the grade, one of the few in the Peak to practice multi-pitch climbing. Do it on a quiet day.
A truely great route but the three well protected cruxes all deserve 4a (left and right of the pedestal and the entry to the final groove)
Didn't discern anything 4a-ish about the entry into the groove, but the flanks of the pedestal may just be worth it. A great adventure for the new climber.
The route description needs to mention that you can go up the left side of the pedestal too.
didn't realise this was a multipitch! glad i didnt' bother nothing to do once you've gone around the roof. Nice climb tho!
take the pedestal along its left side, the layback makes the first pitch more entertaining. A good route for a first visit to the roaches along with black & tans!
I agree with the previous comment, the left hand variation also reduces rope drag allowing the route to be done easily in one pitch.
pleasant enough right route is better though. Go whichever way round the pedestal you please. then traverse out airily under the overhang, don't try and climb up into the groove which i've always found dripping green, climb up the slab just left.
Led this on the left hand side (S 4a) and thought it was fantastic! Nice and dry on the first pitch, bomber belay. Finish up the crack was a bit green and wet though.
Lovely route, did it the left hand Severe way. I did find the start from straight below the flake much harder than expected but got through it anyway!
THe LH side of the Pedestal is nicer climbing but worth severe. Watch the rope drag on the top pitch. This route got me back into proper climbing after a long post-teenage lay-off, seconding the top pitch in a deluge - wonderful!. Many thanks, Mr Stone
Left of shield. Best route ever? Could be.