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3 Stars
 HVS 5a

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16m. One of the very best HVS routes in the Peak, its remoteness adding to its cachet. Climb the centre of the front face passing a vertical crack to a fine finish up the upper face.
FA. John Gosling 1972


this climb is serious to start as there is little or no gear even in the thin crack.take plenty of large friends. the breaks are wide and narrow towards the back so put the gear in far and extend with slings.the moves on the upper wall are all very similar with a longer reach at the top.

Perfect grit climbing and not that reachy even for a shorty.
Ruth - 21/Feb/03

Poor protection on the start makes this route a serious lead.
G Arnold - 01/Apr/03

good friend and then wire on the start
mark s davies - 09/Jun/03

Green as anything . Scaryish start but ok gear - just enough to get you to the easy top bit where a large cam is handy but not essential. Excellent although doubt its status as one of the best HVS's in the Peak.
Dave Evans - 22/May/04

Its nothing like a HVS is too hard by far
Andy Hassall - 04/Jul/05

Intimidating start, gradually easing but pretty sustained. If it was on Stange the queue would reach the road. Take plenty of cams (I used 7!)
chris_moor - 03/Sep/07

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