Spanner Wall

2 Stars
 E2 5b

Adjacent Routes
<< Harvest Moon < The Connection  |  Dead Dog Crack > Cave Crack >>

14m. From Dead Dog Crack traverse to the spanner (its base is a bit thin, but threading it is better than nothing) then balance up the precarious shallow groove above and right.
FA. Dougie Hall 1978


The route in the 1988 Moorland Gritstone Guide starts up Lolita on the left side of the wall and traverse rightwards to the spanner.
craig h - 08/Jan/04

It is possible to place a high runner in Dead Dog Crack and make a few moves across the traverse to the spanner then exit direct. Still E2, and you'll still hit the floor if you fluff the top move. The spanner is not a particularly confidence-inspiring piece of protection and you don't see how bad it is until you've done the traverse.
Duncan Irving - 05/Sep/05

Doing it from the right makes the route safer for the leader and the seconder (well to reach the spanner anyway). The move to the spanner this way is a fair reach and may stop those with a short span.
Spanner's only lost 50% of its original thickness and can be hidden nicely with a sling, very off balance before the final toothy blocks are reached for a fun finish.
craig h - 05/Sep/05

What a route, quirky and fun. Very high in the grade I'd give it 5c british tech. The spanner has enough wabble to make you seriously consider yourself as mad when you're flailing around trying to tie it off. Fantastic!
Dan Matthewman - 01/Apr/07

Login to your ROCKFAX account to add your comments - Search for comments.

  • Access Issues for Western Grit

  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 31
    hard E3 0 of 10
    E3 0 of 10
    easy E3 0 of 10
    hard E2 8 of 10
    E2 2 of 10
    easy E2 0 of 10
    hard E1 0 of 10
    E1 0 of 10
    easy E1 0 of 10
    hard 5c 0 of 11
    5c 0 of 11
    easy 5c 7 of 11
    hard 5b 4 of 11
    5b 0 of 11
    easy 5b 0 of 11
    hard 5a 0 of 11
    5a 0 of 11
    easy 5a 0 of 11
    3 Stars 6 of 10
    2 Stars 4 of 10
    1 Star 0 of 10
    0 Stars 0 of 10
    Bag of ..... 0 of 10

    Please Login to your Rockfax account to rate this climb.