Soft Times

1 Stars
 E1 5c

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A pleasant eliminate weaving up the face between Welcome and The Nails to a finish up the black slab above and left of the final groove of The Nails. If you finish up Welcome to Hard Times the grade is worth E3 5c.
FA. Bill Birch, Rick Gibbon 1994.,FA. (finish as described) Bruce Goodwin, Gordon Mason 1995


I tried to 'weave my way' between Welcome and Nails but whilst it may have been pleasant it was barely independant in places and I certainly found no 5c move. Is it really worth recording in a selective guide? Cross Purposes is better and doesn't get a mention.
The finish has frequently been used as an alternative finish to (or escape from!) The Nails and might be better described as such. Following it makes Nails an amenable HVS rather than a rather unbalanced E1.
roger whetton - 26/May/04

Worth inclusion I'd reckon, pleasant climbing, and independant as eliminates go, except for 1 move on the Nalis where it crosses.
ChrisC - 14/Jun/04

The route joins The Nails about 3m lower than shown on the topo.

Chris Craggs - 15/Apr/07

Contrived, but the finish is quite pleasant.
Goi Ashmore - 09/Jun/07

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