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3 Stars
 HVS 5a

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A great classic featuring fine climbing and good protection. At the lowest toe of the pinnacle, climb a wide crack (often damp) to ledges then the wall trending left via a series of finger-cracks. Finish up the rickety flake with care.
FA. Dick Brown (5 pegs) 1953. FFA. Pete Crew 1963


An essential grit route, just take time out to enjoy the summit experience.
Bob Dulieu - 30/Jun/03

Definately worth the 3 stars, best route i've done this year. Not particularly hard for the grade, just great climbing. and at 20m a long one for the Peaks.
Darren Burrows - 18/Jul/03

I found this route very committing and nearly lost my balance a number of times. A great route with a great belay position.
Huw - 17/Nov/03

Fantastic slabby climbing in a wonderful position. Don't pull too hard on the flake at the top and you certainly don't want to fall on it.
Mike McEwen - 24/May/04

Top top top route !! Quite technical and balancy on the main section but angle okay enough to hang around and solve the route's riddles. Technically I thought nearer 5b than 5a....
Nick W - 01/Nov/04

The rickety flake sounds and feels very fragile, considerable care required (or someone needs to prise it off)
Tyler - 10/Nov/04

Great route. Very technical with a lot of balancy 'working out' of moves whilst below or level with good gear. Worth sorting out some pro before the final push to the top from the ledge
mat_galvin - 17/Jan/05

Did this in awful conditions a few weeks ago, a fantastic climb nonetheless! Better not to put gear behind that flake otherwise it will come off with you!
Iggy_B - 22/Feb/05

i was surprised at how balancy this route was. another rivlin hvs classic
leon - 30/Jul/05

Awesome route!
Craig - 31/Jul/05

Fabulous route. Finally led it this year after following it several times. Startled by a lot of hissing from indignant creature (baby bird? I couldn't see) deep in the crack leading to the ledge.
JohnHutch - 03/Oct/05

first hvs found it very balancy like most and as i streatched left for the flake had to let go with my right hand. when on the lower ledge thrust gear into the back in a spot of panic which is not a good place to put it
chris elfleet - 30/Oct/05

very good - sustained, varied climbing, the flake seems fine and there is anyway no need to place gear behind it as the crack to the right takes good runners and isnt connected.
ksjs - 29/Sep/08

Absorbing climbing, especially once you get onto the main section, loved it! As others have said, you can get great runners in the shallow crack to the right of the oh-so hollow flake. Bomber protection all the way really, thought it was a good early HVS route personally.
jeffsheard - 02/Sep/09

just wish it had scraped into K Wilsons hard rock because it is just as good as froggs. valkyrie but the views are delightful especially on a crisp day in febuary.One of peaks best HVS's
chris davies - 09/Jan/12

Quite committing near the top, but some nice gear in the slightly smooth cracks. A must for anybody taking a trip to Rivelin.
Clovehitch131 - 29/Jan/12

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