Avernus Top 50

3 Stars
 S 4a

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A hugely entertaining and fun outing exiting through the same blow-hole as Graduation Day, but at a significantly easier grade. Start near the back of the cave and climb all the way through the chimney/roof to the rock blow-hole belay. Some find a head-torch a big help.
FA. M.Hurn, F.Higgins, D.Partridge 22.8.71


Hugely entertaining! Take a head torch....
biglad - 08/Mar/00

Great fun, and quite possible in the rain, but high seas will stop you.
RockTart - 08/Mar/00

You can climb the whole thing with threads only, so take plenty small slings. Amazing climb!
matt f - 27/May/00

An absolute laugh! Some classic awkward but easy moves. WONDERFUL!
Gary Wilson - 15/Apr/02

Fantastic route, well worth seeking out. Just don't expect to emerge smelling of roses - the guano made one of our party suggest that Avernus would be more aptly named without the 'ver'
johnny - 03/Jan/03

Ditto the headtorch and bird crap comments - the bridging across the roof in the 'slot' is superb! Worth three stars at least. The free hanging abseil in is a great laugh as well.
Rob Dyer - 26/Jan/04

If you like squirming up smelly dirty caves you will love this. I personally thouught it was a bag of .... If you like it then try the comedian at Ramshaw---its funnier!
Rich C - 08/Sep/04

Abseiling down was great fun too! Alice (aged 8) loved it! Take your kids as a fine intro to climbing! (But don't drop your fig8 in the sea - doh!)
Simon Rorke - 22/Sep/05

Last time I did this route was 30 years ago !!!!! Found that it was tough to lead. But that said a highly entertaining route which I felt was hard for a 4a (although it was all there, just greasy and awkward). Highly recommended though !!!!!!
Mark Reed - 28/Mar/11

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