The Cutting Edge

3 Stars

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The much-fancied, striking arete is short, but immaculate. Most finish on the left at the top of the arete, but the right-hand side also goes, although it is a bit tougher. The direct start is 7a.
FA. Pete Oxley 18.12.1988


Which way to face at the top? Outwards?

Alan, this database and the newlook site is mega - and there was me thinking those months of almost no change on the site was cos you were fritering your ill gotten gains having holidays in the sun...
DOD - 08/Mar/00

The crux is quite hard for the grade. Layback the left-hand side of the high arete.
Ben - 14/Mar/00

Go right at the top, its harder but more satisfying
JIMBO - 18/Mar/00

Jimbo's right - it's graunchy on the left, far more satisfying and elegant on the right.
Steve Taylor - 07/Aug/01

Pinch up the top arete. Its more fun
Goi Ashmore - 16/May/02

This really is very good. Some fine balancy climbing near the top. Pity is wasn't a full rope length, although I'd be well pumped if it was...
Ben Stokes - 30/Sep/04

Excellent route. Would be nicer if it was longer! Quiet feisty going right at the top. Cool...
Adam Lincoln - 13/Nov/05

Excellent technical climbing. Another vote to go right at the top, harder but a more satisfying sequence.
chris jones - 21/Jun/06

Tricky to grade accurately...going left at the top feels easier than 6c+, going right feels nearer 7a!
Alun - 20/Nov/06

Amazing route that if taken directly is harder than a 6c+. Some high feet help on the arete. some loose blocks near the chain!
FabioM - 15/Apr/19

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