Spare Rib

3 Stars
 E4 6a

Adjacent Routes
<< Barbarian < Scratch  |  Rhych dy Din > Scratch Arete >>

A stunning and alarming route, making up the trilogy of hard aretes on this crag. Start by the ladder to the right of the groove of Barbarian.
1) 6a, 28m. From the top of the ladder, move onto the top of a pinnacle. Head left up the slab and move up again to a small ledge. Shuffle right to a groove and climb this. Move left at its top before heading straight up to belay below the corner of P2 of Scratch.
2) 6a, 30m. Move left round the pinnacle and into the base of a groove just left of the arete. Gain the slab above and climb up to the roof via the arete. Move to the right of the arete and make a tricky move left onto the slab above the roof which leads to more thin climbing. You are eventually forced back onto the steeper right wall, possible blind cam placement down and right. Head straight up, don't slap for the ledge; it slopes alarmingly. Easy climbing leads to the top.
FA. (P2) P.Gomersall, E.Mason 1977. FA. (P1) P.Gomersall 23.6.79


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