The Crow's Nest

2 Stars
 VS 4c

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Start as for Land Ho! but at the top of the crack step onto the face on the right. Cross to the base of the slab and balance up this to a delicate final move which is tricky for the short.
FA. Frank Elliott late 1920s


Anyone trying this on the basis of some of the other so-called VSs at Birchen is in for a bit of a shock!
Simon Caldwell - 21/Oct/02

I have to admi I found this quite hard at the grade. The initial crack is strenuous but the real crux of the matter is a series of steps up the front face, from break to break, which are adequately protected but feel bold. A class but bold route.
Jon Croxford - 31/Jan/03

This is a real VS and an excellent route with good varied climbing
MattG - 12/Feb/03

Bold yes; but anything more than VS? Don't think so.
D Berry - 14/Feb/03

The moves on the front face require commitment - the last move is awesome for shorties.
Huw - 23/Apr/03

This is pretty solid VS 4c slab climbing. By the way, the final break that looks sooooo good from below; errrm, well, wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.....
James McN - 12/Jun/03

Certainly a case of 'trust your feet as you push up on them' for the final move if you are only 5'2" like me! Still, about right for the grade and an enjoyable slab climb
penny allchin - 21/Jul/03

A jamming start, a delicate traverse and a bold slab, especially when wet. At 5'6'' I found it no problem at the top. Good route
David Hewitt - 05/Apr/04

i found the start pretty tricky. the whole thing feels bold but no more than you'd expect for a VS slab route. a good route.
leon skeldon - 05/Apr/04

if you stick to the left hand side of the higher slab this makes it a good hvs 5a because the crack narrows and slopes
alex - 11/May/04

when climbing the first crack use the dimples in the left face this makes it more do able
alex - 11/May/04

Nah, just face right and thrutch away, nice and easy and very secure!
Marrow of wrath - 11/May/04

I faced right and thrutched massively, my second bridged out and made it look easy... The slab was fun, and not as bold as I expected - was pleasantly surprised to get any gear in after the first break.
Nutkey - 12/Jul/04

Not really much of a thrutch. Absolutely brilliant route, best route Ive done at Birchen.
Not too bold really but sustained difficulties - unlike most things at Birchen this is no one-move-wonder. I found th ecrux to be the first move on the slab, not the top.
SidH - 23/Jan/05

Excellent balance climbing on the slab makes for a few flutters when your soloing it!! The crack at the start is far easier if the tiny pockets on the left wall are used.
Neil - 04/Jul/05

a hard start followed by delicate climbing and just enough gear, mmmmmmmmmmmm
lps - 28/Jul/05

Superb route, quite a hard start followed by a bold finish - VS 4c i think is fair
Shaun Dutton - 05/Aug/05

You've got to move left up the slab for the full experience , I reckon the right-hand finish is about 4a ....
Rob Crump - 06/Sep/05

I thought the crux was getting onto the slab, a mantleshelf to reach a crimp. The gear is bomber, fairly spaced, but fair for VS. Very good route and not a one move wonder like Topsail! Though I don't climb any harder, I thought the grade was bang on.
mark20 - 20/Jul/08

This is a proper VS with VS moves all the way and bit out of character to the other VS one move wonders to be found here. Proper Job.
Random VS Climber - 03/Jun/13

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