Rhubarb Buttress

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Sport
Early morning sun
20 mins
Up and Down
Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Sheltered

The name gives you the right impression - a buttress that is more about vegetation than rock. However, after some hard work by Gary Gibson in the late 1990s, the wall contains a selection of well-bolted sport routes. Of the trad routes, Blood Lust is worth a look.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
The Way of the Gone Wives
Behind a tree at the left-hand end of the wall. An easy lower wall and thin flake higher up. Gold bolts.
 6b+
2
Custard Pie in yer Eye
A shallow groove and a bulge. Belay on the tree above.
 
Technical
6c
3
Cry Havoc
A short wall and groove.
 6c
4
Fallout Zone
The wall with a bulge just to the right of Cry Havoc.
 
Technical
6c
5
Gaseous Exchange
Climb the wall to a bulge. Pull around this (hard clip) and finish up the technical wall above.
 
1 Stars
Strong
6c+
6
Chemical Weapons
An easy wall leads to a difficult bulge. There is more hard climbing on the wall above.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Strong
7a
7
Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb
Climb easily to reach a technical rib, above and right of the roof. Cross this to the lower-off.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
6b+
8
Semolina Sunday
The easy wall leads to a ledge and the break. Above this a few sharp pulls are needed to gain the belay. Can be slimy as it...
 6c+
9
The Bee's Knees
Seldom climbed and probably filthy. The groove right of Semolina to the break. Move up and right to gain a groove leading to a...
 
Loose
E1
10
The Garlic Twist
Start right of the groove of The Bee's Knees. It has a hard start and a tricky move on side-pulls above the bulge.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
6b+
11
A Laugh a Minute
An artificial line starting up The Bee's Knees, traversing the break rightwards to finish up what is now Feline Fine. Pretty...
 E5 6a
12
Brief Camouflage
A good route up the clean wall with some technical moves above the break on layaways.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c
13
The Day of the Long Knives
Given 7b+ by some but it isn't really a sport route in its current condition. After the start, head right to the break. Make...
 E6
14
Feline Fine
Good climbing on the lower wall but above the break the main difficulty is keeping out of the groove.
 
1 Stars
6c
15
Fat Ginger Cat
Start just right of the short crack of Feline Fine. Climb the hard wall to the break then continue with more difficulty to a...
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a+
16
Turbo-charged Monster Mouse
The centre of the tallest section of the wall has some excellent technical moves.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a
17
Thrash Your Woodie
Climb the right-hand side of the wall to a high arching overlap. Finish by heading left.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7b
18
Me Tarzan
Tackle the left-hand edge of the long bulging roof.
 
Technical
7b+
19
De Vine
Just to the left of the hanging ivy. A desperate short bulge is ideally suited to those with strong tiny fingers.
 
2 Stars
Technical
8a
20
Blood Lust
A worthwhile trad route. Climb a line of scoops and undercuts to the groove. Finish up the fine flake on the right to a tree....
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E2
21
Zebedee Visits the Clinic
The continuation of the Zebedee story takes a line over the centre of the cave roof. When climbed people used to lower-off the...
 E6 6b
22
Bad Blood
An old-style trad route with little protection on the lower wall. At the break, avoid the roof by a crafty traverse before...
 E5
23
Blue-arsed Fly
A much harder version of the roof to Zebedee but equally as neglected.
 E6 6c
24
Blood Transfusion
The right-hand edge of the wall. The start to the bolt needs bouldering out and then comes the crux. At the break, pull over as...
 
Technical
E5
25
The Rainmaker
The groove right of the big roof has three old bolts. Please avoid this route because of the rare ferns at its base.
 7b+
26
Lady's Finger
Climb the left-hand line of bolts. Much easier when chalked.
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a+
27
The European Female
A good route worth cleaning. Although short, it is no pushover; from the first move to the last it hardly lets up.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
7a
28
Bloodworm
Another dirty and forgotten climb. Climb the wall left of the red streak aiming for the high groove. Finish at a tree.
 E3 6a
29
Moonflower
A dirty line 3m right of European Female.
 E4 6a
30
Naiad
The scoop right of Moonflower to the same finish.
 E1 5b
31
Nip the Nippon
The vague groove-line right of Naiad. Finish rightwards over the roof.
 E2 5b