Face Route Area

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Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
5 mins
Level
Seepage

This is the towering white wall first seen 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 seriously bold trad routes. The rock reflects the nature of the climbing sometimes superb and at others loose. This is the sunniest face in Gordale facing south and getting sun for most of the day - in summer. The whole area seeps a bit in wet weather particularly the lower groove of Face Route.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Promises, Promises
The furthest left line of bolts gives a reasonable pitch at a relatively 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
A decent although slightly rattly pitch which can be wet at the bottom but it is usually possible to get around this.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
6c
4
Nothing to Prepare
1) 6a, 25m. From the base of I'm Forever Threatening, step down and right and climb up the rib boldly past two peg runners....
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E5 6a
5
Nothing to Declare
A worthwhile pitch with sound gear on the toughest section but with some bold climbing in its first half. Start about 10m up...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6a
6
Decree Nisi
Start up Nothing to Declare, but continue straight up the black scoop. Climb the bulge and make hard moves up the short corner...
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
Loose
E6 6b
7
A New Underground
Boldly climb the shattered pillar past a poor peg and then trend rightwards and up to the niche on Nothing to Declare. Climb ...
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
Loose
E6 6b
8
Concrete Jungle
Start immediately right of the corner on good rock and climb the bolted line until moves up and then left via a couple more...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
E6 6b
9
The Cement Garden
The groove and wall left of Face Route has plenty of bolts but wires and cams are needed for the top - with the gear in place...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
E6 6c
10
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
11
Mirage
A fierce technical exercise on good rock once established on the meat of the line. Start up the groove of Face Route (wires...
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
8a
12
The Living Dead Extensions
Absorbing face climbing passing three pegs - take a deep breath and plenty of small wires. Start just left of the bulge. Move...
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
E5 6a
13
Mossdale Trip
An impressive route covering some extremely serious ground. 1) 6b, 30m. Start at the arete as for Jenny Wren and climb to an...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E6 6b
14
Sweet Hereafter
A huge, unrepeated single pitch. Follow Mossdale Trip onto its initial traverse. Climb a groove and bulge to a bolt and then...
 
Pumpy
Fluttery
E7 6c
15
Jenny Wren
A bold expedition moving left out onto the walls of Face Route after a tottery first pitch. 1) 5b, 18m. Start at the arete on...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6a
  • Latest Comments

    For GORDALE

    Wise Crack
    "Changed from 5c * to E3 5c *, no votes" 19/Nov

    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 Ever 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

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