The Dark Side - Upper Tier

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Sport
Early morning sun
15 mins
Uphill

To the left of the main Papacy Buttress, the Upper Tier swings around to face east. This section features a collection of routes on blocky rock which can be dusty. There is also a small selection of indifferent trad routes amongst the sporty ones.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
It has to End Somewhere
Climb the slab trending leftwards to a lower-off.
 6a
2
Will it Never End
The left-hand pillar.
 4c
3
Is this the End?
 5a
4
Coming to an End
The narrow pillar.
 6a+
5
End Games
The cracks on the sidewall of the pillar to a lower-off.
 HVS
6
In My Darkest Hour
The left-hand side of the slab.
 5a
7
Endsville
The flat face on the far left has a tough finale.
1 user comment
 6a
8
Centreville
A crack to a flake.
1 user comment
 6a
9
Preston North End
The arete of the End Buttress.
 6c
10
Will They?
The short red wall.
 5a
11
People Will Talk
A slabby arete with a nice finish.
4 user comments
 5c
12
The Parting of the Lips
The narrow wall is gained by a scramble up and left.
2 user comments
 5a
13
Ear to Ear
A thin face with a mid-height crux.
 6a+
14
Uncreased
The left-hand of a pair of cracks.
 VS
15
Hairline
The right-hand crack passing a good flake early on.
 VS
16
The Mouth Waters
The narrowing black wall is one of the best hereabouts.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
6b+
17
I'm a Port Vale Dribbler
 6a
18
George Stark Calling
The fine arete of the buttress has some good moves.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
6a+
19
Stark Disbelief
The centre of the face is unbalanced with a fierce crux section.
 
Technical
6c+
20
The Dark Half
A fine route with good moves on the upper arete.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
6b
21
Graveyard Blues
The arete in the recess around to the right.
 6a+
22
In Stark Contrast
After a hard start, climb past a pair of breaks to the lower-off.
 
1 Stars
Technical
6b+
23
Ghost Writer
 5c
24
Under the Lifeline
 6b
25
Over the Deadline
The left-hand line is the best on this short wall.
 6b
26
Automatic Writing
The middle line of bolts is tricky above mid-height.
 6a
27
Fools Stuffing
Awkward at mid-height. Try to avoid using the chimney.
 6a+
28
Pillar of Wisdom
Scramble to the left-hand buttress and weave up it.
 6b
29
The Invasion of the Creepazoid
The central buttress improves after the start. Sustained.
 6c+
30
Later That Night
The right-hand buttress, finishing up a short crack.
 6b
31
The Coming of the Sparrows
The thin slab leads to steeper moves up the cleaned rib.
 
1 Stars
5c
32
Flight of the Finches
The technical face and pillar above.
 6c
33
Stop the Pigeon
Climb past a thin overlap and up a short rib.
 
Technical
6b+
34
Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead
The fingery crack to a lower-off on the right. A selection of gear is required.
 HVS
35
Gathering Darkness
The short face is technical and sustained.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
6c+
36
A Trip on the Dark Side
A decent, but disjointed pitch. From the grotty groove head left up the fingery wall to ledges. Finish direct up the right-hand...
12 user comments
 
1 Stars
6a+
37
Feel My Presence
Climb rightwards (higher is easier) out of the grotty groove to access the sharp arete which gives some technical laybacking.
3 user comments
 6b+
38
Tapenard
Climb the pillar then work up leftwards.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
6b
39
Wild Olives
Climb through a cleaned area of rock then on via a couple of thin overlaps to a finish up the blocky rib. Better then it looks.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
6b
40
Gorignak
Step left out of the groove and cross the overlap. Continue up the cracked wall above to an interesting finish.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
6b
41
Galaxy Quest
The crack-line.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
5c
42
Omega 13
Follow the thin crack to its end then continue up the face and blunt rib. A good last move if you stay direct.
8 user comments
 
1 Stars
6a+
43
Dr Lazarus
Pull through the overhang and follow cracks to a rightward exit. Short-lived sport with a high first bolt.
1 user comment
 6a+