The Gladiator

3 Stars
 E4 6a

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An unequal battle for many. Climb the rib, then the sustained pocketed crack with difficulty (old peg) to an eventual breather on a ledge on the left. Pull up and right, through the bulge, then swing rightwards to the lower-off.
FFA. Ron Fawcett, Chris Gibb 1976. FA. Rock and Ice members early 1950s


The topo seems out of sync with the description - follow the description to the ledge, and above and right of the ledge it is logical to continue up and right, rather than step back down, make hard moves through the bulge to get to exactlt the same spot - which is indicated by the topo. Maybe I went the wrong way?

You can easily clip a double bolt belay out right and lower-off and save all that grass pulling to the top.
Adrian Berry - 19/Aug/04

The Rockfax mistakenly shows this finishing right to a bolt belay which actually belongs to a new route/project/open project. The original finish is to the ledge on left then right rib of groove. Going the Rockfax way is E56B. Also worth noting that the start is fairly unprotectable.
Simon Lee - 09/Aug/06

The route is correct in the Rockfax guide with Adrian's slight re-wording probably worth taking into consideration. The intention of our description was to send people this direction. This is worth hard E4 6a and is the way the route was done originally as described in the 1987 Peak South Limestone guide.
Alan James - 10/Jun/11

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