Face Route Area

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Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
10 mins
Level
Seepage
Sheltered

This is the towering white wall first glimpsed from the approach path. In common with the rest of Gordale, the climbing here varies from hard and well-protected sport and near-sport routes to dangerous trad routes with intimidating lines. The rock reflects the nature of the climbing sometimes superb, and at others diabolical and loose particularly on the right-hand side around the route Rebel and its derivatives. Guidebook page 304.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Promises, Promises
20m. A reasonable pitch at a friendly grade.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
6a
2
Special Needs
A poor route connecting the sport routes on either side.
1 user comment
 E4 5c
3
I'm Forever Threatening
20m. A decent pitch which is slightly harder than its left-hand neighbour. It can be wet at the bottom but you can usually get...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
6b+
4
Nothing to Declare
36m. A relatively popular pitch with sound gear on the toughest section but with some bold climbing in its first half. Start...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6a
5
Decree Nisi
No description included yet.
 
2 Stars
E5 6b
6
Concrete Jungle
27m. A sport route of sorts. Start at the loose corner/groove and climb to bolt. Move up and then left via a couple more bolts...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Loose
7b+
7
A New Underground
1) 6a 2) 4a
 
1 Stars
E6 6a
8
The Cement Garden
27m. The groove and wall left of Face Route has a grade which varies from 7b+ to 7c+ and E6 6c depending on who you ask; so...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
Loose
7c
9
Face Route Top 50
One of Yorkshire's classic E3s. Excellent moves and wild positions provide the fun. Much of the fixed gear is old but there is...
7 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
E3 6a
10
Mirage
25m. A fierce technical exercise on good rock once established on the meat of the line. Start up Face Route (wires required)...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a
11
Mossdale Trip
An impressive route covering some extremely serious ground.1) 6b, 30m. Start at the arete on the right-hand side of the...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E6 6a
12
Jenny Wren
A bold expedition moving left out on to the walls of Face Route after a tottery first pitch. 1) 5b, 20m. Start as for...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6a
13
Rebel
A demanding climb in an intimidating location. 1) 5b, 20m. Pitch one of Jenny Wren.2) 6b, 15m. Move up and right into...
 
3 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6b
14
Revolt
A left-hand variation on the second pitch of Rebel.1) 5b, 20m. Pitch one of Jenny Wren.2) 6b, 16m. Move left and up to...
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6b
15
The Cause
A right-hand variation on the second pitch of Rebel.1) 5b, 20m. Pitch one of Jenny Wren.2) 6b, 18m. As for Rebel to the...
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6b
16
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
1) 6b 2) 6b 3) 6a
 
2 Stars
E7 6b
17
Block And Decker
15m. Start at some well concealed bolts and climb the wall.
3 user comments
 6b+
18
The Hungerford Massacre
15m. A rarley attempted line. Start from the ledge above and left of the lower waterfall that is gained along a ledge from the...
 7a+
  • Latest Comments

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    Masochism Tango
    "This was the first route John and I did together. 1986 NOT 1988" 26/Nov

    Face Route
    "You want to move right a bit from the peg, which makes it about 6a." 03/Nov top50

    Cave Eliminate
    "Some harsh comments! Easily worth 2 stars being a good sustained route on great ..." 08/Jul

    Face Route
    "My mate says that the fixed gear is in a poor state now and then peg on the top ..." 24/Jun top50

    Supercool
    "Totally Awesome!" 25/Jun

    Nothing Lasts Forever
    "A decent route, the fun is packed into the last two bulges. Worth doing." 08/May

    Revitalised
    "Matt Troilett got the fa of this with mick" 30/Jan

    Deliverance
    "The crux is more technical than powerful. If you use the right holds in the righ..." 19/Sep

    Green Carpet
    "Re-bolted last week along with Crash Test Dummy to the left." 14/Sep

    Shadowlands
    "Simply brilliant - even more exciting than the photo in the YMC guide suggests. ..." 30/Aug

    Green Carpet
    "Definitely requires committment. 6b+? - feels a grade harder than Shadowlands wh..." 11/Jun

    Face Route
    "Did this yesterday with a fair amount of seepage and yes, what a class route th..." 11/Sep top50

    Deliverance
    "eh? first pitch is good rock and good gear. Did you go the right way? Pretty re..." 07/Aug

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