Ladder Face

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Boulder
No sun
Level
10 mins
Sheltered

The famous Ladder Face has played a major role in pushing bouldering standards and in building the stamina and power which have resulted in the Lakes hardest mountain crag routes. The face is deceptively steep and the problems never look too bad until you actually get on them. A full traverse of the face has yet to be done, though all the sections are in place and it's ready to go. Guidebook page 125.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Coming Up For Air
From sitting in the niche at the foot of Bowderiser, traverse low left onto the jugs. Finish up Crack Direct or Superdirect.
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Bumstart
Strong
V7
2
Dave's Circuit
This is how Dave Birkett got strong! Start along Coming Up For Air then take a series of slopers up right to the jugs at the...
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
V10
3
Bowderiser
The crack is awkward and painful but strangely compelling. It is possible to top out - but better to reach the jugs on the...
 
1 Stars
Strong
V6
4
Inaudible Vaudeville
The original and classic problem using a good edge for the right and a poor small pinchy pocket for the left to slap up for the...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Strong
V9
5
Picnic Sarcastic Top 50
An 80s mega classic. Pull on to the ramp, then head up to the jug. Extending it leftwards from here, to the ladder, is V8. Two...
4 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
V7
6
Problem 12
A Gaskins crimp-special starting from the ramp of Picnic Sarcastic and up to the lip. Possibly unrepeated.
12 user comments
 
Crimpy
V11
7
Problem 13
Desperate traversing from the ramp of Picnic to join and finish up Impropa Opera.
2 user comments
 
Crimpy
V12
8
Grand Opera
Start from the large flat hold, pull up to a poor pinch then up and left on crimps to the lip. Seldom climbed.
8 user comments
 
1 Stars
V9
9
Impropa Opera Top 50
Start from the large flat hold and pull up and slightly right on small holds and a pinch for a classic Bowderstone tick. A...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Crimpy
V8
10
Power Pinch
A traditional eliminate. Start with both hands on the break, rock on, and up to the 'Power Pinch'. Then up and right to finish...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
V8
11
Bloodsucker
An eliminate on Power Pinch which uses the horrible one-finger pocket od 'Bloodsucker' instead of the 'Power Pinch' to gain...
2 user comments
 
Strong
Crimpy
V10
12
Slapstick
Start with both hands on the good ledge and slap up to 'Slapstick' - once the most famous sloper in the world. After this,...
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
V7
13
Statstick
Climb direct to 'Slapstick' using an intermediate hold.
1 user comment
 
Strong
V6
14
The Rib
From good holds, go up and right to finish at the jugs on the flake to the right, or up the arete above via a spike to more...
 
1 Stars
V4
15
Lateral Gruntings
A traverse with many variations. Follow the holds leftward then keep low and cross into the start of Power Pinch. Extending...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
V9
16
The Ramp Top 50
As for Lateral Gruntings but continue up the ramp and past the finish of Power Pinch.
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
V10
17
Problem 20
Pull up from the rail of Lateral Gruntings to a crimp above the overhang and jugs on the flake.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
Crimpy
V7
  • Latest Comments

    For THE BOWDERSTONE

    Slapstick
    "Agree with the above, I have never seen it done as an eliminate. I used to do it..." 25/Feb

    Impropa Opera
    "Once the sequence is unlocked the sitter to this problem is a snatchy/technical ..." 13/Nov top50

    Impropa Opera
    "definatley v9" 05/Nov top50

    Problem 12
    "This was definitely first sent by Mr. Gaskins. Neil Thompson never claimed the p..." 22/Oct

    Coming Up For Air
    "This problem originally started further right on an awkward undercut before movi..." 02/Jun

    Problem 20
    "This problem was originally called "Move Man" 1st Ascent by Moffatt or..." 02/Jun

    XXXX
    "Repeated rapidly yesterday by Irish Si, he reckoned soft 8a and scotched most pe..." 29/May

    Picnic Sarcastic
    "since when has it been V7 to the supposed jug (more like an edge) - it has alway..." 26/May top50

    Problem 12
    "He has." 22/May

    Problem 12
    "Yes Greg has done it and its a fair bet that "local bumbly" has by now..." 21/May

    Problem 12
    "I believe it has had a couple of sends in the last few weeks." 17/May

    Problem 12
    "Anyone done the deed yet? An awesome line." 17/May

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