Blind Bat

2 Stars
 E4 5c

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Bold climbing on the upper wall. A runner in Embankment 1 is normal. Climb the wall leftwards on flat holds passing an ancient peg runner.
FA. Mick Fowler 1976. Despite the name the route covers little of the original aided Blind Bat which is actually taken by Quality Street - see previous page.


I have never climbed this route, my climbing partner is Les Bonnington (FAA) and the line and route description on the rockfax guidebook is not correct.
Stephen Barker - 04/Jul/02

The original FAA was 1968, the original line started to the right of Great North Road. It climbed onto the bottom of the narrow slab, having ascended half way up the slab it went directly up the wall to the right of Great North Road corner. It passed through a small V groove on the arete before going over the small overhang and the following the arete directly to the top.

Don't know if this line has been done free since the free ascent in the guide climbs an easier line much further right of the arete, this however is not the original line.
Les Bonnington - 21/Mar/06

Did you give that line a name ?
Simon Lee - 22/Mar/06

Just had an e-mail from Les - looks like Blind Bat originally climbed what is now Quality Street.

Chris Craggs - 22/Mar/06

Old peg is actually OK and can be backed up with a friend 1 ish. Good crimping
mark20 - 04/May/12

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