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 E1 5b

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A direct on Congo Corner with good rests between the hard moves and low in the grade. Climb Congo Corner to where it heads off left. Then go through the bulges, on creaky flakes, to where a swing left allows you to join Congo Corner again just below its upper crux. Finish up this.
FA. Chris Craggs 1974


A softish touch for a Stanage E1 but one of the best routes on the crag. I always thought this was Congo Corner Direct?
Al - 17/Sep/03

The Definative E0?
Pylon King - 05/Oct/03

Sustained? You can sit down on the ledge under the roof and psyche up for the moves through the overhangs! But don't leave it too long...
PatEase - 06/Apr/05

Fine climbing and not too sustained - there are only really two or three steep moves through the roof. Worth taking a Friend 4 for the mantle onto the second ledge.
bored at work - 19/Sep/05

Good route! Sloth + a bit (sort of).
Definitely not sustained, but does get exciting at the mantel after the swing left. I got really bored after that...
Is there a route that steps right around the bulge? That line looks more obvious, but perhaps harder...
Pythonist - 07/Jul/06

This route is not E1. It has massive holds, is well protected and has hands off rests before and after the steep bit. Middle of the road HVS.
craig devonshire - 25/May/08

The bit after the overhang is the many onsites head up there with a cam big enough for after the roof? not many i'd say. Couldn't reach the wires described above this either from the it definitely felt like e1 climbing on lead.
Awesome route though, truly memorable.
Kevin Kilroy - 28/Nov/09

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