Sowden Buttress

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Sowden Buttress is a detached block that stands in front of the cliff and has routes on all sides. Those on the front are excellent, those on the back tend to be green, easy and not described here. Right again is Ripper Buttress with its leaning and rather smooth front face. Guidebook page 170.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Right Arete
4m. The right arete of the back wall is the usual descent.
 VD
2
Problem Wall
5m. The centre of the north-facing wall.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
HVS 5b
3
Left Wall
5m. The curving groove.
 
1 Stars
VD
4
Sowden Left-hand
6m. The wall and arete.
 
1 Stars
E1 5b
5
Sowden
6m. The flake in the left-hand side of the face leads to a tricky exit.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
HVS 5a
6
Sinbad
6m. Take the flake to its end then trend right past a pocket.
 
1 Stars
Technical
E3 6b
7
Space Plucks
6m. The wall has a couple of useful pockets.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
E3 6a
8
Forthright
5m. The blunt rib on its left side.
 
1 Stars
E2 5c
9
Dixon's Dilemma
5m. The wall behind the block. Avoid using the block.
 VS 4c
10
Witton Wall
4m. The awkward crack in the right-hand side of the wall.
 
Graunchy
S 4b
11
Halfway Chockstone
4m. The chimney at the top of the gully, exit left past the boulder.
 D
12
Central Bay Route
4m. The stepped groove in the right-hand side of the gully.
 VD
13
Leany Meany
8m. Climb the arete to the horizontal break, then trend right to pockets and a stretchy finish. The arete direct is Old...
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
E1 5c
14
Killer
8m. Start up a shallow groove then trend left using a set of
 
Technical
Fluttery
E4 6b
15
Ripper
7m. The right arete of the block contains a shallow groove, work out a way up this. Fine climbing. Photo on page 165.
 
3 Stars
Technical
E1 6a
  • Latest Comments

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    Impregnable
    "Yes there is, more obvious from the ground than when up there..." 28/Mar

    Impregnable
    "Massively reachy - or perhaps there's another way?" 29/Jan

    Marr's Route
    "Nice moves and good climbing, well worth the effort." 06/May

    Tachyon
    "A really enjoyable short route." 04/Apr

    Aces High
    "Lovely route. Worth the upgrade from HS." 10/Dec

    Forever Onward
    "Massively overgraded, I'd give it 5a." 24/Sep

    Tommy's Dilemma
    ""V0-" doesn't really tell you much as the grade is too wide. It's abo..." 16/Apr

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