The Rainmaker

2 Stars
 HVS 5b

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Pull awkwardly up the rib to the roof then climb the face above, starting with a long reach, then easing.
FA. Keith Sharples 1977


Is there a grade (or even a seperate route) for taking the direct start onto overhang/matleshelf to the right? As opposed to going into the back of the cut away. If not how would i register a first ascent?
darren burrows - 17/Apr/02

Oh joy. What a pleasant little number!
Birkby - 06/Nov/03

A lovely route, the crux being the reach off the undercut to the break. Shame Windjammer is not on the database, another excellent route with a brilliant move up the left arete.
John Camateras - 11/Apr/04

Good route. But not the one in the photo above.
Crammy - 02/May/04

Good route but harder than I expected and not alot of gear. Might be easier if you are tall.
Dave F - 21/May/04

The photo is Christmas Crack at Stanage!
Dave F - 21/May/04

Reaching for the break felt very committing with slightly worrying gear (probably good but I dont really trust either microcams or sideways number 1 nuts that will only take one direction of pull). Thankfully quite easy once you do it. Nice route.
Si dH - 14/Aug/05

This is more HVS than Knight's Move. Crux move is well protected though (if you have the right rack).
SARS - 25/Sep/05

If Millsom's minion is E1 then so is this - very similar levels of difficulty and runout/gear. Presumably could be protected (at HVS) with a side runner in big chimney arete.
steve culverhouse - 27/Jun/06

reached up, slightly right and put cam in arete, then headed left not sure this is exact line, but any other appraoch would be harder and poorly protected, route description probably needs to be more specific, if this route is to keep its HVS grade.
Richard Martin - 01/Sep/08

This is listed as a HVS 5a in my 2001 Rackfax guide - No womder I had such a hard time. Finally resorted to placing a runner on the right arete but I felt that was cheating at the time.
albie niedojadlo - 16/Apr/09

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