Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 73
20m. THE Lancashire classic. Start up the left side of the lower buttress then tackle the fine finger-crack rising from the ledge and splitting the centre of the upper tower. A belay can be taken at mid-height but really it is best done in a single soaring pitch. In Western Grit the numbers of Gates of Perception and The Golden Tower have been switched on the topo. Gates of Perception follows the left-hand line higher on the tower.
First pitch probably goes at about 5a, but definitely better done in one run out.
It seemed to get harder towards the top but i am very fat, after all! certainly to be done in one pitch for the full effect...and the first pitch isn't all that easy either.
very good route and position, but super easy for e2-the crack difficulties are only about 2 moves long-though the 1st bit isn't so easy to protect.
I found the horrible initial crack harder than the finish but all in all a fantastic outing.
There was a disgruntled Bat in situ on the top crack yesterday. Great route, very enjoyable, grade bang on for me.
Well in my opinion it certainly ain't "super easy for E2"! It's awkward up to the ledge - probably 5b - and the upper crack is very sustained, with more than one move at 5c.