HIGGAR TOR


Higgar is a small outcrop with a big impact and steep stuff is the order of the day. Most of the routes will only succumb to a forceful and determined approach and any wavering will be punished with utmost brutality. The abrasive-tool names are a not-very-subtle indication of the nature of the rock on the whole cliff, with the striking line of The Rasp being the showpiece. It is typical of many of the other routes: a steep overhanging crack that sometimes affords good jams but is often less accommodating; protection is plentiful but placing it is tiring and the finishes may leave you a breathless and battered soul by the time you reach the top. There is a theory that the routes feel under-graded because the block is slowly tipping forward as time passes. I don't think Joe Brown would agree, he was just good at climbing steep and uncompromising cracks. Although the Leaning Block is the main event, the shorter walls to either side also have some worthwhile offerings but even here don't expect any soft touches.

Routes

51 trad routes (VD...E6)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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The Riffler
The low wall left of the Leaning Block has a set of steep routes which have a similar reputation to...
11
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

5 mins

215
Leaning Block
The main feature of the Higgar is the impressive chunk of rock of The Leaning Block. The front face...
15
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

5 mins

216
Higgar Tor Right
To the right the crag continues as a collection of short buttresses and walls with a prominent...
25
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

5 mins

218
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  • Latest Comments

    For HIGGAR TOR

    The Rasp
    "Is this meant to be bottom of the Top50 E2s? Harder than Five Finger Exercise an..." 06/Sep top50

    The File
    "i'd give it hvs 4c cos it's steep and sustained. i led it onsight and am an aver..." 17/Aug top50

    The Rasp
    "To onsight this 'stonking chunderpump' you just need a decent set of cams and pl..." 07/Jul top50

    The Rat's Tail
    "Yeah, its def tough for VS. I led the Rasp cleanly then fell off this seconding..." 18/Jun

    Surform
    "still hvs , load of bomber gear" 10/Jun

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