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 HVS 5b

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Mega-classic. A short slippery crack leads to the base of the pod. Back and foot up this to a difficult exit. Arguments abound about the best way to face, we suggest left! The awkward upper crack leads to an easy chimney finish.
FA. Joe Brown 1951


I'd have to disagree it's a lot easier facing right
Budge - 21/Jun/02

definitely face left!
dc - 20/Oct/02

Face out, fools!
martin k - 22/May/03

Wot a mad route (safe though) thought the crux was all the back and footing!
mark s davies - 23/May/03

Bloody harder with long legs! But an awsome classic! Well worthwhile and safe(friends.)
Neil Morbey - 18/Sep/03

Wouldnt complain if it was given E2
Simon Lee - 27/Jan/04

its all in the legs, easy for cyclists and cat burglars.
omar - 23/Apr/04

easier with a stepladder
hans - 06/May/04

Fantastically good fun despite the imtimdating reputation! I faced right at the bottom, left in the middle, and right at the top, which made best use of the available footholds. No trouble for anyone who can jam & chimney competently; it was my 2nd HVS.
Sarah - 14/Jul/04

Tough. Faced left all the way, but regret being beta'ed into not experimenting with some of the ways in the photos. Done this way tough on the ankles (esp left) for a bit then brief army pull and push gets you out, enjoy!
Duz Walker - 18/Aug/04

Seconded but couldn`t get past the ledge @ the top due to the ballaching exit & sudden rain. Needs a bus stop & rest area on that, oh so beckoning, ledge! Only for the bison legged?
wizz walker - 01/Sep/04

Don't try this route unless its perfectly clean,top of the pod was lovely and green so i just kept slipping back down.Managed to retrieve most of my gear but there are two nicely stuck nuts bout halfway up which are bomber,ah well makes it nice and safe anyway.
Adam Moroz - 17/Jan/05

Quote from the pod - "are you carrying on?" "just waiting to get the tears out of my eyes.." Super route, super photo call but expect to emerge bloodied & a little violated.
Thomas Clitheroe - 25/Jun/05

Definitely face left, you only have to look at the angle ot the Pod walls, Go up the back and place the runners as high as possible, cos you cant when you are climbing,you should be right on the outside facing left. And dont try to pull out of the back and foot too soon. Probably a rare roiute easier for the short.
Al Evans - 27/Aug/06

Brilliant. When I exited the pod, was so tyred that spent about 10min panting on the 'ledge'. What a route! Did it facing left, next time I'll go back and I'll do it facing right, so the issue can be settled!
Mario - 28/Sep/06

Done it a few times and now reckon that facing right to start with, placing gear at the back just before halfway, then turning round to face right (not as hard as it sounds) is the best way. The ledge at the top of the pod is a bit of a red herring... but that's enough beta for now.
Jon Leighton - 20/Oct/09

*should read 'turning round to face left'*
Jon Leighton - 20/Oct/09

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