Kinder Downfall

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Afternoon sun
70 mins
Uphill
Seepage

The rock climbing here is not the best but the setting is rather special and the best of the routes are worth doing. In the coorect (increasingly rare) conditions the Downfall forms the Peak's premier ice-climbing venue. Apart from odd bits of ice bouldering all round the cirque there is the diagonal expedition of Downfall Climb (I/II) and the hanging icicle of The Direct (III/IV). Arrive early or be prepared to queue!

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1
North Tier Climb
1) 4c, 8m. Climb the strenuous jamming crack to the wide grassy ledge 2) 4b, 10m. Tackle the juggy wall above and finish up a...
 
1 Stars
VS 4c
2
Dud Chimney
14m. The shallow groove gives steep moves on rather unfriendly rock to a final Dicult move.
 E1 5a
3
Slip Sliding Away
6m. Spooky and exposed climbing up the hanging slab (a detached block) above a big drop. Short on length but big on impact.
1 user comment
 
Fluttery
E3 5c
4
The Glorious Twelfth
22m. Climb the juggy leaning groove (creak, creak) to a good blow on a ledge on the right. Step back left and finish up the...
 
Pumpy
E2 5b
5
The Hunter
22m. Steep and serious. Climb the wall to a big flake then traverse left to a second (crusty horror) a flake. Layback (!) up...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E3 5b
6
The Beast
24m. Devious. Start as for The Hunter but continue straight up to the roof then traverse right to the 'Dovecote Cave', belay...
 E2 5b
7
The Bloody Thirteenth
24m. Climb the left-hand side of the sharp arete starting up a flake on the left then the groove directly to the cave and a...
 
1 Stars
E1 5b
8
Shotgun Grooves
24m. The shallow grooves running up the right-hand side of the arete give a worthwhile pitch. There is a choice of finishes as...
 
1 Stars
HVS 5b
9
Poacher's Crack
22m. The sustained and steep cracks in the right-hand side of the wall give well-protected and steep climbing.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
HVS 5a
10
Downfall Groove
18m. The crack in the back of the big angular corner is hard work. The lower section can be bridge but the upper part is best...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
HVS 5a
11
Independence Crack
18m. The fierce finger crack a couple of metres out from the corner gives a sustained pitch with good protection.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
E2 5c
12
Hard Times
14m. Cross the narrow ramp rightwards then climb the leaning shallow groove past a couple of unhelpful sloping ledges to reach...
 
1 Stars
E2 5c
13
Downfall Climb
60m. An aquatic trip across the ledges. Okay in the dry but way too exciting after rain. Start on the right and climb up the...
 
2 Stars
M
14
Harvest
22m. Start from the sandy ledge part way up Downfall South Corner and trend left up the up steep rock into a crack and onto a...
 
1 Stars
Strong
HVS 5a
15
Downfall South Corner
40m. Start as for Downfall Climb but continue to a good stance in a sandy cave on the right. Pull out of the cave and take the...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
VD
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    For KINDER DOWNFALL

    Intermediate Route
    "Definately a very powerfull moves round the overhang but then it is all over." 06/Sep

    Zigzag
    "great atmosphere, and not as slippery as the green shade made it look." 01/Aug

    Zigzag
    "You don't get many VDs that are as steep, juggy and in such a superb setting as ..." 27/Jun

    Zigzag
    "The highest ratio of jugs per metre of any route I can remember!" 01/Jun

    Zigzag
    "Great climb and well worth the trip. The top move took some thought but as with ..." 17/Apr

    Downfall South Corner
    ""Clean as you climb"...don't leave it to others!" 16/Dec

    Downfall South Corner
    "Might be worth a second star if cleaned up." 14/Dec

    South Wall
    ""Western Grit's excellent answer to Heaven Crack" How many answers ..." 13/Aug

    Embarkation Parade
    "A good adventure but looks awful. We did our bit as gardeners but much more is n..." 10/Sep

    Intermediate Route
    "Might be harder for the short since I broke a foothold off of the lip near the b..." 16/Feb

    Zigzag
    "Why are there no comments for this? Surely the best climb for atmosphere at its..." 08/Aug

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