Third Cloud

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The best climbing on the Clouds is on the third lump. Rubberneck and Appaloosa Sunset are the best but Crabbies Crack and Flower Power are not much less worthy. If you are into gritstone at its most technical then the well-named Who Needs Ready Brek? should give food for thought!

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Glass Back
6m. The awkward left-hand fissure in the main buttress.
 
Graunchy
VD
2
Elastic Arm
6m. The wide crack in the upper half of the face can be gained from the left and is a nightmare of a thrash. A Curbar refugee.
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
Graunchy
E1 5b
3
Persistence
Finesse up the thin flakes above the lip of the overlap. Escape left or get some gear thrown up and have a go at .....
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
V3 6A
4
Sands of Time
6m. Climb Persistence to the break and step right. The blunt nose above gives a (much) more serious continuation.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E4 6a
5
Who Needs Ready Brek?
8m. The grade has been the cause of some controversy. Start up Persistence and follow the unbelievably-thin break rightwards...
12 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
V10 7C+
6
Cloudbusting
8m. A technical test-piece, although less so than Ready Brek. Start left of Rubberneck and climb the wall diagonally leftwards...
4 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
Crimpy
E4 6b
7
Rubberneck
14m. Follow the superb central crack with good gear and fine sustained climbing - the start is rather perplexing. At the top of...
4 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
HVS 5a
8
Appaloosa Sunset Top 50
16m. Quality face climbing with a bold central section. Climb the right arete of Rubberneck (a highish runner is permissible)...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Fluttery
E3 5c
9
Eclipsed Peach
16m. The direct start to Appaloosa is technical and bold until holds on the regular route are reached.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E4 6a
10
Laguna Sunrise
14m. Climb to the right of the overlap then head up and left with great difficulty (bold and tricky to read with only marginal...
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
E6 6c
11
Crabbies Left-hand
16m. The flakes to the left of the fine crack are sustained and awkward to protect. A more direct start is Bakewell Tart - E2...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
HVS 4c
12
Crabbie's Crack
16m. A classic jamming crack. Gain the fissure awkwardly and follow it to its end. Finish up the exposed arete on the right -...
5 user comments
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
HVS 5a
13
Flower Power Arete
14m. Unbalanced but the lower section has some excellent climbing and the upper section is not without interest. Climb the rib...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Graunchy
E2 5c
14
Icarus Allsorts
14m. Struggle with the roof crack if you must (or walk round) then from the block balance out left then climb the slab to the...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
E4 6a
15
The Bender
6m. The short thin crack in the back right-hand corner of the bay.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
VS 4b
16
Tim Benzadrino
6m. Cimb the short intense wall above a poor landing.
 
Fluttery
E3 5c
17
The Little Flake
8m. The little flake on the right is inclined to be luminous and is an awkward tussle. Not one for your new mountain wear.
 HVS 5a
18
Geordie Girl
8m. The front face of The Big Flake is climbed by precarious laybacking and delicate smearing. Hard and scary.
 
Rounded
Fluttery
E3 5b
19
The Big Flake
8m. The flake is really more of a groove-cum-chimney thing and excellent (if you like that kind of thing) but exhausting.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
HS 4b
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    For ROACHES - THE FIVE CLOUDS

    Laguna Sunrise
    "One 6c move which you would/do deck out from at around fifteen feet and only E5?..." 18/Dec

    Cloudbusting
    ""Is this do-able if you're less than 6 feet tall"? Well I'm less than ..." 15/Nov

    Laguna Sunrise
    "only one 6c move but very insecure.i decked after ripping the gear.hard e5 botto..." 14/Nov

    Icarus Allsorts
    "I followed the WG line, which seemed fine - lovely route. Good pro tricky but av..." 27/Apr

    Who Needs Ready Brek?
    "Oh how things change!" 02/Jan

    Mirror, Mirror
    "Ambsolutely stunning route, one of the best routes I've done on grit. E5 6b+ wit..." 11/Nov

    Communist Crack
    "VS my arse. 'specially when soloing! ;)" 01/Oct

    Cloudbusting
    "Brilliant moves, but is this do-able if you're less than 6 feet tall - it's a hu..." 02/Jul

    Rubberneck
    "Good route. Takes some working out. Sustained and harder than some E1s I've don..." 24/Mar

    Stalin
    "Not at VD it isn't! Good severe, much harder than Lenin or Jimmy Carter." 19/Mar

    The Outdoor Pursuits Cooperative
    "Step in from the boulder on the left at this grade, direct is much harder." 28/Jan

    Crabbies Left-hand
    "A worthwhile variant. Straightforward VS 4c once you've left Crabbie's." 25/Sep

    Crabbie's Crack
    "I agree the moves into the crack are hard for 4c (even for the second, as I was)..." 11/Sep

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