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 E5 5c

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8m. 'Walk' up the ramp leftwards and climb the blunt arete into evermore harrowing territory and a tough exit above a big drop.
FA. Bob Whittaker 1972


I did all 3 of these routes the same day, and i felt that Phaestus was no harder than Cochybondhu, and it felt much less bold. I'm loathe to fly in the face of long established opinion, but i wouldn't give this a higher grade than E3 5b (sorry!) The description gives here doesn't really match up either. When you get to the top of the ramp, there's a dodgy mantle and it's over...there's no blunt arete.
martin k - 15/Feb/03

I agree with martin that its not E5, but it is gnarlier than the other 2. Maybe E4,5c
Goi Ashmore - 11/Apr/03

i thought this were pretty easy when i did it, maybe e3 5c, or perhaps even e3 5b...
paul hesketh - 22/Jul/03

Not to my likeing, only done it once,but solo the other two routes lots of times. E4 5c?
Con Carey - 17/Feb/04

The consequences of fluffing the final hard move probably warrents the E5, as you start of a ledge 3 meters above the ground with a total lack of gear.
craig h - 10/Sep/04

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