Great Portland Street

3 Stars
 HVS 5b

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A tough stopper mantelshelf guards access to the lovely hanging groove. This gives excellent and well-protected bridging.
FFA. Alan Clarke 1963


One hard move on a bomber nut, then its 5a all the way... unrelenting 5a maybe
Adam - 19/May/02

Once you have made that first move (delicate feet are available for the mantleshelf) it is fine safe climbing. Don't be tempted to thug it - precise bridging on the right and face climbing on the left will have you feeling like a pro.
Mark Fletcher - 23/Sep/03

Simon.A - 20/Apr/04

Oh man, just great.
Guy Reid - 26/Apr/04

Cut my teeth (ouch) on this route 10 years ago. Still a bitch to start for ickle people like me but after that - wow. Mark Fletcher (above) has got it right.
Jon Leighton - 17/Aug/04

Really nice route, good all round 3 star HVS.
Alex Lai - 24/08/04 - 24/Aug/04

The meat of the route is the awkward start. From then on, its pretty straightforward bridgeing. Probably a heresy to suggest that its not really sustained enough to be worth ***
GrahamD - 12/Sep/05

I guess the HVS is for technique rather than for sustained climbing. Anyway, by the looks of the old peg at the top, the final climbing is on a pseudo 6-7m run out so the HVS is well deserved . . .
Mario - 18/Jul/06

Frigged the mantle first go, smoothed it cleanly second attempt so claiming the on-sight! I've never had pumped hips before, the bridging put me in all sorts of funny positions. A couple of biggish cams came in handy just at the right time ;-)
Dave Foster - 14/Jul/08

Just brilliant. The beginning is undoubtably the 5b section but the bridging is ace. Quality route.
David Berry - 27/Aug/08

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  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 221
    hard E1 0 of 73
    E1 0 of 73
    easy E1 0 of 73
    hard HVS 14 of 73
    HVS 58 of 73
    easy HVS 1 of 73
    hard VS 0 of 73
    VS 0 of 73
    easy VS 0 of 73
    hard 5c 0 of 74
    5c 0 of 74
    easy 5c 5 of 74
    hard 5b 12 of 74
    5b 48 of 74
    easy 5b 9 of 74
    hard 5a 0 of 74
    5a 0 of 74
    easy 5a 0 of 74
    3 Stars 61 of 74
    2 Stars 12 of 74
    1 Star 1 of 74
    0 Stars 0 of 74
    Bag of ..... 0 of 74

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