The Cubic Block

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Sheltered

A huge tilted chunk of gritstone that makes a good attempt at Yorkshire's answer to the Peak's mighty Higgar Tor. The Cubic Block is only seconds from the nearest car parking and has a great set of routes from mild and slabby to leaning, rounded and brutal. Guidebook page 154.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Old Corner
10m. The left-hand arete of the slabby face then the wide crack and bulges above.
 
1 Stars
HVD
2
Shorty's Dilemma
10m. A line straight up the face starting from a conspicuous hole two metres right of the arete.
 
Reachy
Rounded
S 4a
3
Heather Wall
10m. From a short crack climb to and follow the diagonal crack/ramp to the top.
 
1 Stars
S 4a
4
Heather Wall Variant
10m. Climb direct to the finish of the regular route then step right to a final mantelshelf.
 
Rounded
HS 4b
5
Great Slab
10m. Head up the slab into the base of the diagonal slot then shuffle right and finish direct.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Rounded
HVD
6
Square Route
10m. From a block climb straight up the sustained face.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Rounded
HS 4b
7
Cubic Corner
10m. The right arete of the block is probably the best pitch here.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
HS 4b
8
Idle Slabs
6m. The easy angled slab opposite is a popular beginners' route. The U-Tube, V8. Climb out of the hole in the slab.
 M
9
Thin Line
10m. From the boulders climb the face just right of the arete, low in the grade with a modern selection of cams.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
HVS 5a
10
Stone Wall
12m. Climb the face direct to a deep break, move up and right and finish direct. There is good gear where it is most needed,...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Rounded
HVS 5b
11
Rough Stuff
12m. A direct line from the thin crack at ground level cutting through the 'rainbow'.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
HVS 5b
12
Rough Wall Top 50
12m. The classic of the face with a tough but well protected moves. Climb to the overlap and pull leftwards through it.
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Technical
VS 5a
13
Rough Neck
12m. A direct line up the face and overlap right of Rough Wall.
 
1 Stars
VS 5a
14
Moss Side
14m. Trend right following the arete to a ledge, step left and finish awkwardly.
 
2 Stars
VS 4c
15
No Joke
From the break, reach a sharp crimp to gain the break above.
 
1 Stars
Strong
Crimpy
V5 6C
16
Joker's Wall Start
The steep wall past the pocket is the start of the next three routes.
 
1 Stars
Strong
V3 6A
17
Joker's Wall Arete
14m. The leaning wall just right of the arete.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Rounded
E3 6a
18
Joker's Wall
14m. The original route of the wall is devious and pumpy - a right comical affair for most. From the ledge at 4m, move right,...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Rounded
E4 6a
19
Joker's Wall Crack
12m. The hideous hanging crack offers a direct finish for those with telescopic arms and in the mood for a good fight.
 
1 Stars
Rounded
Graunchy
E4 6b
20
Joker's Wall Right
An independent problem direct to the traverse on Joker's Wall.
 
Strong
V5 6C
21
Minion's Close
The wall just left of the crack. Easier than the crack for some.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
V3 6A
22
Minion's Way
12m. A couple of pulls on cruel jams leads to a ledge for a breather, then an easier layback to finish. VS 4c for grit gurus.
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
HVS 5c
23
Wisecrack
18m. A fine extension to Minion's Way along the near horizontal break, with some excellent jamming. Only 5a after the start.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Graunchy
HVS 5c
24
The Overhanging Flake
Climb the steep flake to a ledge.
 
1 Stars
Strong
V5 6C
25
The Bottom Line
12m. Climb the flake leftwards then scale the bulges and evil hanging orifice. Good gear and no holds about sums it up.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Rounded
Graunchy
E7 6c
26
Beatnik
12m. Climb the right edge of the yellow wall then the bulges until it is possible to escape leftwards.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Rounded
E3 5c
27
Cave Chimney
12m. The gloomy cleft on the right of the face.
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
HVD
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