Cairn Area

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Sport
Evening sun
Uphill
10 mins

The best of the harder routes at Harpur Hill is found on a fine wave formation on the lower walls; Cairn is well worth seeking out by all who are qualified. Most of the rest of the routes are rather better than their appearance may suggest. Guidebook page 126.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Inconsiderate Blinking
The thin crack on the left and the arete above.
 6a+
2
Unilateral Thinking
Climb the wall just to the right of a short arete low down on the upper section, trending right.
1 user comment
 
Technical
6c
3
The Light
The wall further right has some good fingery climbing.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
7a
4
Take Flight
The thin crack leads to a scoop and short arete.
 6c+
5
Buxton Goes French
Thin moves up the narrow slab. The right-hand arete is taboo if you really want the full tick.
 6b+
6
Outer Limits
Climb the left-hand side of the striking sharp arete.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
6b
7
Twilight Zone
The right-hand side of the arete to the same lower-off.
 6a+
8
Argy Bargy
Tackle the steep sidewall of the buttress.
 5
9
The Misfits
The flake leads to a thin crack then a short-lived headwall.
 
Loose
6a
10
Hissing Sid
Climb to a small roof, pull over and balance up the wall.
2 user comments
 
Technical
Loose
6b
11
Slippery Bill
Climb the orange crack and groove to the right.
 HVS 5a
12
Ratline
The thin crack is harder than it looks and has great moves.
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
7b+
13
Cairn Top 50
The best route here but getting polished. Gain the wavey flake via a hard move, then climb this with powerful moves past the...
8 user comments
 
3 Stars
Reachy
Pumpy
7a
14
Stealth
A fine line spoilt by the horribly sharp finger-trashing pocket on the crux. Follow Cairn to the third bolt then stretch across...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Crimpy
7a+
15
Great White
Climb round the roof using the crack on the right. The direct version of the slab is Orca, 6a+.
4 user comments
 6a
16
The Naked Spur
The rather totty arete is the easiest hereabouts.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Loose
5
17
Assault and Battery
The grotty wall in the alcove is marked by golden bolts.
 6b+
18
Trial and Error
The angular, undercut arete gives some intense climbing, but the top arete is artificial. Rockfall may have affected the route.
 7a
19
Senile Delinquents
The flake and wide crack to the roof then pull over this.
6 user comments
 
2 Stars
5+
20
Cabin Fever
The wall and overlap just right; a squeezed-in line.
 6b
21
Fred Flintstone
The brown wall is climbed past a worm feature. Belay on the ledge for this and the next two routes. The crack to the left is S...
1 user comment
 VS 4b
22
Barney Rubble
Climb the crack just to the right to the same belay.
 VS 4c
23
Yabba Dabba Doo!
The short crack on the right-hand side of the wall.
 HS 4b
24
Breakfast at Safeways
The left-hand line on the clean final slab. Polished.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
6b
25
Jam Butty Mines Crack
Balance up to the crack then follow it to the top.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
VS 4c
26
99p Special
From JBMC, climb the face just to the right. Avoid the arete.
3 user comments
 
Technical
6b
27
Food for Sport
The arete has a problematic start.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
6a
28
Over Easy
The next little arete, on its right-hand side this time.
 
Rounded
6a
29
Full Set
Technical face-climbing on the right-hand side of the wall.
 
Technical
6a+
30
Short Sport
The small face. It can be climbed on the arete at an easier 6a.
 6b
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    Coral Seas
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