3 Stars
 HS 4b

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The enduring classic of the western end of Chair Ladder provides a long and diverse expedition. Start at a corner-crack in the centre of the bulging wall left of a deep seawater filled trench.
1) 4b, 32m. Climb the wide crack to its end and continue to an overhang above it. Pull over the overhang at a crack (easier on the right) and ascend a short, easy wall to a large ledge and belay.
2) 4a, 20m. Pull up onto a bubbly slab on the right and climb it to the base of a corner. Climb the corner and the enticing right curving continuation to a stance at its end.
3) 4b, 18m. Move back left and make a hard move up onto a ledge. Traverse left to gain another ledge and then step right and finish up a short slabby groove and wide crack.
FA. R.Handley, E.Philips 6.1952


The topo is wrong for pitch 3. The marked line goes up from the belay and moves left to the ledge. It can be climbed this way (we did and chalk said that others had before) but it's (presumably) easier than moving left and mantelling onto the same ledge.
Simon Caldwell - 04/Sep/11

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