Great Western

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The junction of the North West Face and the West Face presents one of the finest buttresses on Grit with a set of routes to rival anything that the Peak can offer. All the routes tend to be big powerful challenges at their grade and if you can tick the lot in a single day then you can be sure that you are climbing well. Guidebook page 104.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
North West Girdle
65m. A great horizontal outing. Start up Z Climb and follow the horizontal line of cracks and breaks. Stances are available in...
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
E1 5b
2
The Big Greeny Top 50
14m. A short fingery wall leads to bulges (large cams) which are tackled leftwards then right using the nostril-like pockets....
7 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Rounded
Fluttery
E3 5c
3
Frankland's Green Crack Top 50
18m. A major classic, the luminous crack is usually dryer than it looks - pity about the pigeon poo. The final bulging section...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
VS 4c
4
Pulpit Corner
18m. Climb the tricky outer arete of the Pulpit to its top and a possible stance, then tackle the upper wall left then right.
 
1 Stars
Technical
E1 5b
5
Long Chimney Top 50
18m. The narrow rift is a well-scoured and impressive. The exposed outside exit is best and may be worth an extra star.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Graunchy
HVD
6
Wall of Horrors Start
Using undercuts, leap for the beckoning horn. The wall just to the left is a good V8.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
V3 6A
7
The Wall of Horrors Top 50
18m. One of gritstone's finest. The leaning start up to the prominent horn proves tricky but the difficult and delicate pull...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
E3 6a
8
All Quiet
26m. A superb hulking diagonal, from the jams on Wall of Horrors all the way to an exit up Crack of Doom. More pumpy than a...
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
E4 6a
9
The Niche
The direct entry all the way in is hard, from the right is easier.
 
1 Stars
V2 5c
10
Western Front Top 50
18m. A butch outing that is 'only E2' for those who have done it a few times. From the sloping ledge in the corner, pull...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
E3 5c
11
Great Western Top 50
18m. Perhaps Almscliff's most famous classic. The steep corner leads to the roof and a large spike, traverse left into an...
9 user comments
 
3 Stars
Strong
HVS 5a
12
Grand Illusion Top 50
12m. The pocketed roof above Great Western's traverse yields most easily to a dynamic approach. Finish up a short crack on...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Fluttery
E4 5c
13
Crack of Doom
12m. Bridge the groove of Great Western to the huge roof then escape rapidly out right to jugs and easy ground.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
VS 4c
14
Retribution Rib Direct
10m. The sharp unprotected and precarious rib is more serious than life itself.
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E5 5c
15
West Chimney
12m. The easiest route on the cliff and much used as a way down but mildly interesting for all that in a wandering kind of way....
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
M
16
Jess' Roof
High up in the gully (reached by West Chimney) is a deep cave. This boulder problem crosses the roof to a fingery pull at the...
 
2 Stars
Strong
Crimpy
V9 7C
17
The Nose
10m. The crack in the roof is a slippery struggle, the wall above is a doddle.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Rounded
VS 4c
18
The Nose Direct
10m. The thinner right-hand crack requires some proficiency in jamming to succeed (and avoid getting lacerated). Above the...
 HVS 5b
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    The Big Greeny
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    South Wall Traverse
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    Fluted Columns
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