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3 Stars
Technical
 VS 4c

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32m. A long and wandering trip up the huge buttress, which can be split into two or three pitches if required to ease rope drag problems. Start below a battered holly on the right-hand side of the buttress and climb glazed rock to the roof (4c). Escape out left passing the holly to ledges (possible stance) then climb to the left-hand corner of the huge roof by a choice of ways (4a - possible stance). Continue to runners then reach a flake on the right wall of the gully with difficulty. Once established, finish out right on the front of the buttress (4c). It is also possible to start on the left-hand edge of the buttress where a short pumpy traverse right leads to the regular route - a lot less polished but, historically, a rather dubious approach.
FA. Morley Wood early 1920s

USER COMMENTS

FORTUNATLY THE GREEN ON THE ROCK DOSNT SPOIL THIS CLIMB. BETS DONE IN 2 PITCHES TAKING THE BELAY IN THE GULLY. THE ROUTE SHOULD BE 4C ON THE FIRST FEW MOVES AS THIS IS GETTING VERY POLISHED.
ANDREW MACKINTOSH - 09/Jun/02

And it's even more fun/desperate in the rain...Oh those bygone years at Keele Uni, where all we could think about was hitching/bussing out to the Roaches and scaring ourselves s**tless.
wurzel - 26/Jun/02

fortunately the lichen doesn't grow on the polish...
Toby Jackson - 17/Mar/03

This is an excellent route and friendly at the grade. The holds are shiny but not slippery (when dry). We took 3 pitches and each one was excellent. ONe of the best VSs I've ever done
MJS - 10/Sep/04

Wonderful.Done when everything horizontal was snow on ice on rock. Unintentional variant middle pitch cross from the twin cracks above the ledge to gain the second belay ledge, exciting span! 3rd pitch a sublime meander. Run out, rope drag and a flop into an icy puddle (all avoidable by those with an ounce of sense).
Duz Walker - 21/Nov/04

interesting if done in one long pitch!
The Pylon King - 14/Apr/05

Excellent stuff, helps if you know excactly were your heading on the start of the second pitch.
Shaun Walby - 15/May/05

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