The Cow

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Evening sun
Uphill
2 mins
Sheltered

A huge and imposing block of gritstone, home to some of the hardest routes anywhere. Amongst the desperate deeds are a few easier climbs, so mere mortals can also enjoy this fine buttress. Guidebook page 74.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Old Spice
6m. The slabby side of the blunt arete. V1 with enough mats.
 
1 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
E2 5b
2
Baby Spice
6m. The steep side of the arete is altogether more taxing.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Rounded
Fluttery
V7
3
Ladybird
14m. Climb the slab left of the tree and its continuation - choice of routes, most in keeping with the grade is on the left -...
 
1 Stars
Rounded
HVD
4
Cold Chisel
8m. The left edge of the slab on chipped holds.
 HS 4b
5
Chiseller
10m. The centre of the chipped slab is popular.
 
1 Stars
S 4a
6
Gaz
6m. A worthwhile extension to the last couple of climbs is the crack above and left of the slab.
 S 4b
7
'A' Climb Top 50
24m. An excellent mini-expedition. Stances can be taken along the way. Climb Chiseller to its top then move round the arete and...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
S 4b
8
Cow Crack
6m. The short hanging crack in the centre of the face is reached from a boulder.
 
1 Stars
VD
9
Cow Flap
6m. From the boulder, climb the face passing a tiny groove.
 
Fluttery
VS 5a
10
Cow Rib
8m. The scary hanging arete is normally accessed via the lowest horizontal. A traditional Yorkshire VS and a good continuation...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
HVS 5a
11
Ferdinand
16m. A more exciting finish to 'A' Climb, traversing along the foot of the hanging slab (exposed) to a finish up the chipped...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
HS 4a
12
Desperate Dan Top 50
10m. The arching left arete of the front face of The Cow is accessed from a useful boulder. It gives tenuous laybacking above...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
E6 6b
13
Cow Udder
10m. Spaced and small chipped holds up the shallow groove give a worrying pitch. Another VS from way back when.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Fluttery
E1 5a
14
New Statesman
18m. The soaring right arete of The Cow is magnificent and still sees few suitors 20 years on. Typically, the only gear...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Rounded
Fluttery
E8 7a
15
Milky Way Top 50
20m. A mega-classic, and pumpier than life itself, though at least this one has plenty of runners once you reach the start of...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
Crimpy
E6 6b
16
The Marine Who Slept In
16m. From the gully, trend left to gain a shallow groove. Climb the wall above (bold) to another groove under the roof, reach...
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E5 6a
17
Fast Forward
18m. Follow The Marine... until he slopes off right then attack the bulges above to a horrific sloping finish.
 
2 Stars
Technical
Rounded
E6 6c
18
Hand Jive
16m. A pumpy and exposed trip along the horizontal break high on the right-hand side of the cliff.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
E2 5c
  • Latest Comments

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    Desperate Dan
    "Brilliant route and pretty safe with a couple of mats. Modern highballing at it..." 27/Jun top50

    Oak Tree Slab
    "How can an unprotected 4b slab get S 4b? MVS 4b would be closer, or maybe HS 4a ..." 15/Jun

    Bald Eagle
    "Can't understand the E grade. No worthwhile gear on the hard bit. A fall from th..." 21/May

    Wellington Crack
    "Inspired by the 80s photo of JD I fulfilled the long held ambition of a solo asc..." 18/Jun top50

    Black Chimney
    "Just squeeze inside and squirm upwards - not much gear, but it'd be hard to fall..." 04/Jun

    New Statesman
    "Hard E8 with unprotected crux (7a) above back breaking boulder. Filed down rp 2s..." 12/May

    Tufted Crack
    "Finally got it. 2yrs on and it's still a bitch. I can now say I enjoyed it, I th..." 15/Mar top50

    Shock Horror
    "fell off from top, twice. Its a long way. The fall is a privallage." 14/Sep top50

    Cherry Valley Rib
    "One of the easiest HVS's in the area - so long as you don't mind the bold [but w..." 28/Aug

    Walker's Hangover
    "Hard for HVS, at the top of the crack and the top of the arete. Definitely felt..." 27/Aug

    Peg Crack
    "Nice, but definitely not worth HVS. VS 4b?" 25/Aug

    Milky Way
    "Absolutely brilliant - couldn't get much better than this! Better than London Wa..." 09/Aug top50

    Snap Decision
    "Now one new peg runner - the upper peg is sadly no longer with us" 21/Jul

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