HIGGAR TOR


Higgar Tor is not an extensive venue but it manages to have a major impact courtesy of the Leaning Block. Steep and powerful climbing is the order of the day here and, in general, the routes only succumb to a forceful approach; hesitation will be punished with pumped forearms and a 'gritstone kiss'. The striking central line of The Rasp is the showpiece of the crag, a stunning outing that is typical of many of the routes - an overhanging crack with the odd good jam and plenty of jugs. Typically, protection is plentiful but placing it is tiring and the finishes may leave you breathless and battered. There is a theory that the routes feel under-graded because the block is slowly tipping.
The Leaning Block is the main event but the shorter walls to either side also have worthwhile offerings but don't expect any soft touches. There is plenty of bouldering to be found, some of which has been covered here, although it is quite highball and the landings are not very friendly. The abrasive-tool-themed names of the routes are an indication of the nature of the rock here.

Routes

84 trad routes (M...D)
3 boulder problems (f5+...f7A+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
The Riffler
The low wall left of the Leaning Block has a set of steep routes that have a similar reputation to...
14
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
The Leaning Block
The main feature of the Higgar is the impressive chunk of rock of the Leaning Block. The front face...
16
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
The Right Walls
To the right the crag continues as a collection of short buttresses and walls with a prominent...
29
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
Higgar East
Looking out across the Burbage Valley is a small set of short routes, often soloed, though the...
28
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
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    For HIGGAR TOR

    Wotan's Corner
    "Changed from D to D, no votes" 23/Mar

    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

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