Suicide Wall

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A dramatic name for a magnificent wall, although perhaps it gives the wrong impression since, unlike its Welsh counterpart, the routes here are well protected. Suicide Wall is the obvious classic but you can't go wrong with any of the climbs here. Recent removal of trees along the base of the wall has improved conditions. All the routes are superbly exposed, on wonderful clean rock formations with perfect cracks, big pockets, juggy flutings and blank faces.
Approach (see map on page 510) - Scramble down and right from the Hermit's Cave until below the huge gash of Owl Gully. Head round the corner to find this fine wall.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Requiem
A superb outing up the left-hand side of the biggest face on the cliff. The crux moves are fierce but can be avoided by some...
4 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Strong
E3
2
The Long Distance Runnel
From the Bower, climb Requiem to the top of the crack, then climb to and up the shallow runnel, finishing direct.
 
2 Stars
E5
3
Suicide Wall Top 50
A stunning classic following an impressive line of cracks up the steep wall. Climb the tough crack, past the tree stump, and...
24 user comments
 
3 Stars
HVS
4
Suicide Wall Direct
The cave can be avoided by climbing the thin crack branching right to give a fine direct and very long pitch.
 
2 Stars
Technical
E1
5
Oak Tree Chimney
The wood-filled wift. Usually avoided by scrambling round.
 
Graunchy
VD
6
Stihl Life
A recent discovery (since the trees were cleared) up the wall past the wide porthole. A link into Savage Messiah is logical.
 
2 Stars
E5
7
The Child's House
28m. A big pitch. Start as for Suicide Wall but where it trends left follow thinner cracks straight up to rejoin it at the crux...
 
2 Stars
Technical
E5 6c
8
Sepulchrave
Excellent climbing up the diagonal cracks in the wall. A good jamming crack is climbed to the break. Follow the continuation...
7 user comments
 
2 Stars
HVS
9
Savage Messiah
A direct on Sepulchrave with only a short independent section but with some memorable moves! Climb Sepulchrave's crack then...
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
E2
10
Stretch Limo
The right arete of the Suicide Wall face gives a neglected pitch. Start just right of the crack taken by Sepulchrave and follow...
 
1 Stars
Technical
E5
11
North Climb
A nail-scratched groove leads to bulges then traverse left to finish up the airy arete. Pleasant.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
S
12
Niche Direct
Just right an awkward crack gains the niche. Pull right over the roof to finish.
 
1 Stars
VS
13
Jimmy's Crack
The thin cracks zig-zagging up the wall lead to a tree. Finish up the wall behind - harder than it looks!
 
1 Stars
HVS
  • Latest Comments

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    Reticent Mass Murderer
    "Changed from E5 6b ** to E4 6b ***, 100% of 2 votes for ***" 23/Mar

    Suicide Wall
    "Bloody hard and intimidating at the grade. I did it in a single pitch on sight a..." 28/May top50

    Bean Stalk
    "Should be all one word i.e. 'Beanstalk'" 24/Jan

    Suicide Wall
    "Brilliant route, atrocious guidebook description and grade. Clearly 5b for the m..." 07/Oct top50

    Escape/Boot Hill
    "Well I am 5' 6" and no choice but to lean off that dimple and tip toe up th..." 15/Dec

    The Nemesis Exit
    "Flared mossfest. About the same grade as the Unprintable, whatever that may be....." 05/Jul

    Bean Stalk
    "Lovely route, fun climbing from the start. I couldn't get a small wire in, but ..." 04/May

    North Climb
    "Oak Tree Chimney (similar grade) makes a good approach to this route" 31/Aug

    Suicide Wall
    "Every millimetre is mint, easy for thugs." 27/Sep top50

    Five Finger Exercise
    "the break before the flake is really disgusting. it's probably just chalk from ..." 15/Jun top50

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