Rhubarb Buttress

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Sport
Sun from mid-morning
Up and Down
20 mins
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. Guidebook page 208.

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 5a
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...
 
Fluttery
E6 6b
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
Pumpy
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
Pumpy
7b
18
Me Tarzan
Tackle the left-hand edge of the long bulging roof.
 
Technical
Crimpy
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
Crimpy
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
Crimpy
E2 5c
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...
 
Fluttery
E5 6a
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 6b
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
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    Flycatcher
    "In the days when it had the hold/thread it was E1 5b. It certainly isn't now!" 22/Jul

    Une Crime Passionel
    "I cleaned this a couple of weeks ago. Good climbing all the way. Could finish le..." 26/Jun

    Clarion Call
    "Far too polished now to consider giving this 3 stars. If only I had been there i..." 29/May top50

    Ouijaboard
    "Harder than K3." 09/Oct

    Sergeyenna
    "How is this not an absolute classic? Better than Meditation!" 03/Sep

    Devonshire Arms
    "Great route! Ideally the 3rd bolt could do with being a bit lower." 23/Aug

    Whose Line is it Anyway?
    "Great route, I did this just after Jon had made the FA. Seems harder than I rem..." 27/Jul top50

    The Garlic Twist
    "Pretty dirty at the bulge but some good moves" 26/Jul

    Approaching
    "Good to hear I'm not the only one who'd give this E3! I don't think I got the cr..." 24/Jul

    Whose Line is it Anyway?
    "Crucial undercut between bolts 4 and 5 has now come off making route harder" 05/Jul top50

    Meditation
    "I thought the same, the hardest move is in the first half, the top is just a lit..." 04/Jun top50

    Clarion Call
    "Bolt 3 is back, apparently." 27/May top50

    White Gold
    "retrobolted (not by me) at 6c+." 25/May

    Clarion Call
    "Bolt 3 is now missing, so I guess it's not really climbable just now." 25/May top50

    Further Adventures in Greendale
    "The reachy symbol can only be for the top clip, which is only reachy if you try ..." 12/Sep

    Tec
    "The line looks OK but there is a huge fallen tree branch poised to fall down the..." 06/Sep

    Up the River Without a Paddle
    "Think a hold has dropped off the initial roof? Feels more like 7A. Harder than c..." 05/Sep

    Monumental Armblaster
    "I did (possibly) the 2nd ascent of this (on aid!). Jim Moran walked past just as..." 12/Aug

    Rapid City
    "Bolts recently renewed up to the roof. The band of rock on the lip of the roof a..." 03/Aug

    Approaching
    "Felt bold enough seconding this. The gear placed on the traverse was poor and fe..." 06/Jul

    Cosmopolitan
    "Largish flake removed yesterday. Makes getting into the final groove more diffic..." 18/Jun

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