Porthole Direct

2 Stars
 VS 4c

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Start 1m right of the chimney and climb up into a shallow corner, passing the porthole, to a good ledge. Finish up the crucial leaning and narrowing crack on the left.
FA. Gilbert Ellis 1951


A delicate start, followed by an interesting middle, to a gripping finish add up to a rather tasty route.
D Berry - 26/Jul/03

my first grit VS! lovely route, continually interesting and well protected, remember to take slings. slightly intimidating exit. quality.
Nicola Seal - 17/Apr/05

Believe crux is 4c as although the jam is solid you have to trust a vertical smear that starts at waist height. Rather delicate...
tchnorton - 01/Jun/05

A gem of a route but I can't see why it's VS 4b. It's well protected and there are good rests between each of the sections. VS 4c or perhaps HS 4b.
chris - 12/Aug/05

Any idea if you're allowed to use the left arete to get up the mid-height corner? I did as it seemed a bit tough without and would be a bit contrived if it's not in as it's so close, but it's so positive it felt like cheating and I wish I'd tried it without!
cider nut - 05/Nov/05

Compelling line and strangely awkward.
GrahamD - 14/Apr/08

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