Back Tor

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Afternoon sun
30 mins
Uphill

To the north of Dovestone Tor, the flagged path rises steadily up toward the conspicuous trig point on the rocky crest of Back Tor at 538m - a magnificent viewpoint. There is worthwhile scrambling and bouldering all over the summit area, though the recognised routes are on a small west-facing outcrop just to the south. The rock is of good quality though it tends to be green after rain. Also, extensive pools form under the crag, forming a potential SWS spot.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Voice of the Turtle
8m. The centre of the north-facing wall on rounded green holds.
 
Rounded
HVS 5a
2
Broggin Wall
8m. The pleasant flake near the right edge of the face.
 S 4a
3
Turtle Rib
8m. Climb the front of the blunt rib using an array of pockets, ensuring not to disturb the turtle.
 
1 Stars
HVS 5a
4
Turtle Chimney
8m. The black gritty rift.
 VD
5
Terrapin
8m. A worthwhile pitch heading right up the side wall via a short crack and rounded holds. Exit to the right.
 
1 Stars
HS 4c
6
The Bone Cruncher
The low level traverse is stern test of stamina. Hands go in the holes and on the crimps, keep your feet off anything large.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
V8 7B+
7
ET
With hands in the holes, pull up the bulge.
 
Technical
V3 6A
8
Hoplite
8m. Climb the blunt rib to the break, graunch right then do battle with the hanging nose - grotesque!
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Rounded
Graunchy
E4 6b
9
Hueco Wall
Using 2 holes 2m right of the arete, pull desperately up the face.
 
Technical
V6 7A
10
Spartan
8m. The main roof crack is a mini-classic and a tough tussle for all but the strong. Fortunately the landing is soft.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Strong
Graunchy
E1 5c
11
Tortoise
10m. The right-hand roof crack is easier - but not much!
 
1 Stars
Technical
HS 5b
  • Latest Comments

    For DOVESTONE TOR

    Great Buttress
    "Great, great route - A wonderfully relentless pump, and I was mighty glad that I..." 05/Oct top50

    Mock Turtle
    "i don't know if this is the same route i did with Chris Rhoads and Anthony Addis..." 13/Apr

    Sforzando
    "Crosses overhang from jams via a small fingerhold and toe locks to reach a flake..." 23/Feb

    Stingray
    "The crack was ok (I've got big hands but my partner is normal-to-small!), but fo..." 04/Sep

    Tight 'uns
    "The loose block is no longer there - beware of the rubble left on the ledge." 14/Jun

    Iltis
    "Quite stiff for HS 4b, if you can't reach the jugs from below (neither I nor my ..." 28/Jul

    Stingray
    "Another Chris Craggs jamming crack - maybe for future guides you could take some..." 17/Sep

    The Shylock Finish
    "In reply to Duz Walker, I jammed and swung left to get left knee (it is grit aft..." 10/Sep

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