The Claw

2 Stars
 HVS 5a

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Climb the tricky, thin crack to a recess (and a cop-out lower-off). Battle up the awkward, leaning chimney to a ledge and possible stance on the left. Finish as for Claw Left-hand along the ramp or by escaping leftwards.
FFA. Jack Street, Al Evans 1967. FA. A Critchlow, R Hassell (1pt) 1965


roger whetton - 07/Oct/03

Excellent mid grade traditional route - though the presence of a lower-off (below the off-width half way up the first pitch) seems a bit daft. Ok, so the top pitch, after the initial traverse, is a bit of a trial but....
Re: the grade HVS 5a - probably right (but as the graded list in the Peak Rockfax suggests it is quite tough for the grade).
Simon King - 10/Oct/03

Led it in one. A good honest tussle up to the optional stance but I didn't enjoy all the grass on the top section after the traverse
Charles Moreton - 02/Aug/10

"Battle" seems an appropriate verb. Unusual climbing - felt like gristone, core body strength, thuggery.
Nick Learmont - 10/Oct/10

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