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3 Stars
Pumpy
 VS 4c

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Vintage Harding and well-worth the walk up. The superb straight crack gives classic jamming past a useful hole to reach easier but still-steep ground. A wider section of crack gains a ledge; climb the groove on the left then finish direct or move out right for a superb airy exit.
FA. Peter Harding 1947

USER COMMENTS

First lead Pheonix Climb in 1956 in nailed boots and susequent ascents in P.A's confirmed the climbs quality. I think it is probably a two star climb
Dennis Morrod - 08/Feb/02

One of the best Gritstone VSs. Really big for grit, so a wonderful sense of exposure
Toby - 13/Feb/02

Must be a contender for the best VS on grit
Simon C - 11/Aug/03

Fantastic!! The hole is amazing , i've never seen anything quite like it. in the top half the rock is a little broken and of lower quality and the very top is a bit green and a let down , this sections only worth about VDiff.
Jon Greengrass - 10/Jun/04

Very good route which I enjoyed immensely. The wide straight crack is not as hard as you would imagine, as it can be laybacked easily.
Totally deserving of 3 stars.
Alex Purser - 10/Aug/04

Yes, definitely one of the finest VSs on grit. Wonderful
Paul Evans - 03/Jul/06

Great, great route with the crack just being too big for hand jams and too small for fist - I'm not too sure about laybacking it! Top section is esoteric Mountain HVD - great fun.
Brian Mattock - 30/Sep/13

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  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 123
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    VS 26 of 41
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    3 Stars 30 of 40
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