Altar Crack

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Sun and Shade
15 mins
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Sheltered

Rivelin winds up with this fine little buttress. Altar Crack and Nonsuch are great crack climbs, short but action packed and solid at their respective grades, whereas New Mediterranean and Moolah are a couple of excellent and hard face routes.
Approach (see map on page 83) - The area is the last significant buttress 250m right of the Needle and approach path.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Altercation
The left arete of the face is accessed from the flakes on the gloomy side-wall and leads to a bit of a tussle at the finish.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
HVS
2
Reredos
Pump along the break from the previous route until a welcome escape is possible. Have a good look at the non-existent holds on...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
E1
3
New Mediterranean
The left-hand line on the smooth wall is technical, fingery and reachy. Runners are normally placed in the next route first.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
E5
4
Moolah
The right-hand line on the wall is another arduous outing. If all else fails, try a right-facing egyptian to avoid the huge...
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
Crimpy
E5
5
Altar Crack
The clean-cut corner crack is a VS with attitude. With gear placed as high as possible, layback and jam with conviction and try...
22 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
VS
6
Nonsuch
The thin crack has perfect protection and superb finger-jams but still manages to be shockingly hard work considering its...
9 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
E1
7
Grimace
Head up the narrow wall by super-sketchy moves, trending right to a hanging flake. Finish up the arete. Side-runners used.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
Fluttery
E5
8
Gettin' Kinda Squirrelly
The left arete of Vestry Chimney, climbed on its left-hand side, finishing via the flake on the left wall.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E6
9
Vestry Chimney
The tricky chimney with a worrying wobbling chockstone.
4 user comments
 
Graunchy
VD
10
Too Much
The thin crack in the slab has small wires protecting the mid-height crux followed by a quick blast for the top. f6A+ as a...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
E2
11
Altered
The wall right of Too Much is E1 6a if you carry a rack up it.
2 user comments
 
Technical
f6A+
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    Jonad Rib
    "If you have microcams HS 4a, if not HVS 4a? No other proper gear till 3/4 way up..." 27/May

    April Fool
    "Line in the Fax guide seems too far left, ignore this? Protectable enough with s..." 09/Mar

    Altar Crack
    "What you see is what you get! A full on layback well beyond the easy gear. Eith..." 05/Mar

    Crack One
    "easy low down, felt hard at the top, the loose jug doesnt help. Harder than S4a" 03/Mar

    Croton Oil
    "Quite committing near the top, but some nice gear in the slightly smooth cracks...." 29/Jan top50

    Croton Oil
    "just wish it had scraped into K Wilsons hard rock because it is just as good as ..." 09/Jan top50

    Oversight
    "I agree: somewhere in between VS 4c & the Severe 4a it gets on the UKC datab..." 09/Jan

    Easy Picking
    "I think the start can be done at 6a (I did a more obvious but 6b method on the l..." 06/Nov

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