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The long crack is a good route. Start at a boulder on the path. Climb the lower wall to below a long flake-crack. Climb the accommodating crack to a tricky bulge at its end. Finish up a perplexing groove in the headwall.
FA. Pete Oxley 13.8.1995


The top felt English 6a to me. The route is a bit disjointed, the rest is much easier.
tom rainbow - 22/Apr/01

Not as good as Driven Like the Snow. Pleasent F6b to the last move which must be hard english 5c. I found myself clipping the lower off from a mono press!
ben stokes - 21/May/01

The move described by Ben sounds rather familiar. The hardest move by far is clipping the belay. I didn't do the "extended tick"; I doubt many people do.
Chris Shorter - 01/Oct/01

I agree with Ben, not as good as Driven Like the Snow which is worth three stars. Thought the grade was fair though, 5c rather than 6a.
Al Evans - 16/Sep/02

Did this again and I am even more convinced its overated compared to Driven Like The Snow which is far more balanced and better quality climbing. This would be a good 6a+ if it wasnt for the out of character top move.
Al Evans - 01/Nov/02

By the way drop the crap about the 'extended tick', its easier to grab the top before clipping the lower off in any case?
Al Evans - 01/Nov/02

If you want your partner to offer you lots of sexual favours,lead the route first and then put a long sling on the belay to take the sting out of the crux.
john alcock - 06/Oct/03

... now then John, I'll tell Lorne what you've been typing here.
Ed - 02/Jan/04

The route is very nice, although it is true that it is not much more than 6a+ except for the last move. Personally, I couldn't do the last move onsight, mainly because I found it quite scary.
Enrico Gili - 03/Mar/04

A good climb, I really enjoyed this route. The flake was great fun, however this climb does owe its grade to its thought provoking finish.
eddie church - 22/Mar/04

well i like it its the sort of route which
makes a great warm up, you get 20m of 6a then when your getting into your stride you have to do
a nice littl 5c/6a move to ge the tick, and all on good rock, what s the problem
nealh - 29/Sep/04

Its all been said before, but hey. Great route, good climbing up to the last bolt, then a very hard move... might have done it badly, but it felt as hard as any of the moves on To Wish the Impossible.
Adrian Paisey - 03/Apr/05

Top move isnt so bad when you go for it, but I guess it is just a bit of a shock when you have been hauling up a juggy layback for 15m, and I spent about 10 mins contemplating the move. Didnt occur to me to try and clip the belay from the small holds when there was a juggy looking top only a reach away.
Richard Horn - 30/Aug/05

Agree 100% with Al Evans - would be a 2* 6a+ were it not for the sting in the tail, which makes it rather unbalanced. Good move at the top though.
Alun - 20/Nov/06

Im not sure if I've even climbed a 6b+ anywhere before. It was a really nice climb, my kinda stuff. What other climbs are similar to this one that any of you would recommend?
Olivia Hartnett - 21/May/07

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