Lightning Wall Area

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Lots of sun!
15 mins
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This is one of the most popular sections of Swanage, and not just because it is close to the car park. The routes here are mostly excellent, with a number of classics in the HVS to E2 range.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Director's Groove
This rather worrying route starts up a wide groove in the wall just right of the abseil line (looking in).1) 5a, 25m. Climb...
6 user comments
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
HVS 5a
2
Lightning Wall Top 50
An intimidating, but essential tick of the Boulder Ruckle which can be climbed in two pitches. Start below a groove, just left...
11 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
HVS 5a
3
Elysium Top 50
A great, technical pitch. Start 5m right of a large corner, beneath a huge roof at the fault-line. Climb a crack to a ledge at...
8 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
E1 5b
4
Brisingamen
A eliminate paralleling Singing Winds, Start as for Elysium. Climb a faint, run-out groove (peg) and the short crack above....
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
Fluttery
E5 6b
5
Singing Winds
A big wall pitch just right of Elysium with some fine, bold face work. Start as for Elysium. Climb the initial crack, then move...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
Fluttery
E4 6a
6
Dune Dust
A good route that maintains interest throughout both its pitches. The pegs are old but there is good gear available to back...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
E4 6a
7
Thunder Groove
A quality route. Start at a small corner behind the highest boulder. 1) 5b, 25m. Head right for 5m then make a hard move...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
HVS 5b
8
Gypsy Top 50
Well-travelled and protectable climbing, sustained but never too desperate. Start below a slim, right-facing corner in the...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
E2 5b
9
The Adventures of Portland Bill
An unusual low-level traverse that provides a long and interesting tour of some of the very best rock and positions on this...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
E2 5b
10
Strongbow
Similar quality to Gypsy (page 291 ) with some nice steep climbing. Start at a right-facing corner. High in the grade.1)...
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
E1 5b
11
Vortices
A mix of the sustained and strenuous on a strong line makes this a route worth tracking down. Start right of a corner, below a...
8 user comments
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
E2 5c
12
The Mace
Bold and technical on both pitches. Recommended.1) 6b, 18m. Ascend past a triangular niche - thread - and move leftwards to...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E5 6b
13
Acapulco
More strenuous than bold but with a committing start. Start 3m left of where the flat ledges drop away.1) 6a, 18m. Climb...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E4 6a
14
The Planet
A great trip - very exposed and a touch run-out on the second pitch. The first pitch has suffered a rockfall but has been...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
E3 5c
15
White Dwarf
Variation to The Planet pitch 2. Climb the centre of the fine wall above the middle section of The Planet traverse.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
E2 5c
16
Ximenes
A classic crack-line which is sustained, athletic and protectable all the way. Start 10m right of the big corner below the...
6 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
E2 5c
17
Gimcrack
One of the more amenable, but difficult-to-access climbs on this section of the Boulder Ruckle. Start at a low-angled section...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
VS 4b
  • Latest Comments

    For BOULDER RUCKLE

    Snowdrop
    "Did this again yesterday. No stake at the top (used a rock belay and the stake ..." 25/Aug

    Jo
    "I've only just started getting into Swanage HVS and thought that this was a fant..." 25/May top50

    Old Faithful
    "Lovely route, and very steep - my second dropped a karabiner from the very last ..." 18/Aug top50

    Finale Groove
    "Just as good as I remember" 25/Jul top50

    The Grim Reaper
    "Had an epic on P2 after Mark led P1 to the rightly described scary stance. After..." 11/Jun

    Jericho Groove
    "Good little route well worth doing" 28/Oct

    Sun King
    "Good technical climbing but nothing really hard, just quite balancey. Fairly bo..." 19/Sep

    Mother Africa
    "quite a committing series of moves to get on the ledge, gain the crack and then ..." 17/Jul top50

    Finale Groove
    "What a great route, somewhat intimidating but once you get on it the holds keep ..." 07/Apr top50

    Sweet SA
    "Got back on this again and after going too far up the corner on the first pitch ..." 16/Oct

    Silhouette Arete
    "Second pitch is fantastic. I bridged up a couple of moves, got some good gear in..." 10/Oct

    Sun Streets
    "Well worth doing. Nice technical crux on first pitch which I actually thought wa..." 25/Sep

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