Fairy Steps

2 Stars
 VS 4a

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An excellent and exciting route crossing the wide smooth wall - not a place for wobblers. From a grassy ledge, climb the steep slab just left of the corner to the start of a narrow ledge system. A delicate foot-traverse leads out left until better holds can be followed directly to the top.
FA. Alan Clarke early 1960s


A realy nice route, a fall from the end of the taverse could be a bit iffy but the gear is ok if you have small friends.
mark thrush - 05/Apr/02

No overly hard moves and not physically demanding, but hard mentally for those who don't like sticky situations. A head climb.
squeek - 24/Mar/03

which ledge should you travrese along? is a lovely route. well-named.
Toby Jackson - 24/Mar/03

Practice your calm thoughts mantra and deep breathing exercises before heading out on the traverse. Peenut placement near the start but more of a "slows you down" pro. Lots of fun, and a great feeling when you reach the safety of the final moves.
Kinsei - 27/Aug/03

A most enjoyable delicate route. There is however a good deal more runners than the grade & route description might suggest. The traverse has an 'interesting' hold about half way along to keep you honnest though...
D Berry - 28/Mar/04

i thought the gear on this was fine(no less than any other vs). to be honest i think there are much better routes than this on plantation.
leon skeldon - 25/Jul/05

You need to traverse the lowest ledge, otherwise you will find plenty of gear and good holds and you wouldn't want to do that would you!
W Loates - 30/Apr/06

Lovely route, added a bit of spice to it by forgetting my climbing shoes and leading it in trainers!
nshephard - 03/May/07

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