Upper Tor

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Lots of sun!
60 mins
Uphill
Windy

A fine south-facing outcrop overlooking Edale. The rock is clean and rough and there are many excellent climbs. If you have never climbed on Kinder you could do worse than start your apprenticeship here since the walk-in is marginally less crippling than that to many of the other crags on the moor.
Approach (see map on page 159) - Use the Edale approach up Grindsbrook Clough. Upper Tor overlooks the upper section of the Clough and can be reached by a steep grind from directly below, or by continuing to the rim and turning right.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Boulder Way
20m. 50m left of the main cliff is a jumble of boulders. Climb the central groove and ridge to easier ground above
 
1 Stars
Diff
2
Diamond Arete
12m. Take the wall and arete to the left of Chockstone Chimney to a reachy and rounded finish.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Rounded
E2
3
Chockstone Chimney
12m. The chimney is bridged past the large jammed boulder that provides its name to a right-hand exits. The Direct Finish is a...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Graunchy
?? Diff
4
Plumbertime
18m. The steep wall to the tricky bulge then tackle the imposing final tower on a variety of pockets.
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
E4
5
Half a Friend/High Life
16m. Climb direct to Upper Tor Wall up the face left of its groove (HVS 5a) joining it at half height. From here tackle the...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Rounded
E3
6
Upper Tor Wall
18m. A classic moorland jug-fest. Climb the awkward groove then step out left and tackle the superb flaky wall to ledges and a...
6 user comments
 
3 Stars
HS
7
Lost on the Hard Shoulder
18m. Follow Upper Tor Wall to half height then tackle the well-positioned bulging arete on the right to the top. Starting up...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E2 5c
8
Hiker's Chimney
16m. A differnt kind of classic! Follow Upper Tor Wall to the first roof then step right and climb the crack as it widens to...
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Graunchy
HS
9
Hitching a Ride
16m. The crack, passing an arse-shaped overhang with difficulty.
 
Technical
Rounded
E1
10
Hiker's Crack
16m. Climb left of a slumped pinnacle and follow cracks up and then leftwards to an exit as for Hiker's Chimney.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
S
11
Hiker's Gully Left
12m. Follow Hiker's Crack until it heads left, then climb the crack in the continuation wall into the wide upper gully.
 HVD
12
Hiker's Gully Right
 S
13
Hitch Hiker
14m. From Hiker's Gully Right follow the awkward slanting flake crack and ramp up the buttress just to the right.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
VS
14
Three Flakes of Man
14m. Climb the wall right of the arete using a series of three flakes, each bigger than the last, from finger-tip to full body.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
E1
15
Grunter
16m. Climb the right-hand crack (left of a free-standing tower) then trend left to the final grunty section of the previous...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
VS
16
The Punter
14m. From the converging cracks on Grunter, climb the delightful but short-lived pocketed wall directly above.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
E1
17
Snorter
12m. The crack left of the tower is reached by bridging, then tackle its extension directly above.
 VS
18
Pinnacle Gully
14m. Start up Snorter but take the narrow gully behind.
1 user comment
 Diff
19
Scalped Flat Top
10m. Sprint up the layback flakes in the right-hand face of the tower until the crack in its front face can be gained by a...
 
Pumpy
Rounded
E2
20
Brain Drain
10m. Bridge up into the gully to pass the narrowing, then hop onto the right wall and climb this on rounded holds to the top.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Rounded
Graunchy
E1
21
The Ivory Tower
22m. Another moorland classic - varied, devious and interesting. Climb the steep wall to a ledge then the crack and bulges...
8 user comments
 
3 Stars
Rounded
E1
22
Artillery Chimney
12m. Tackle the crack to the projecting spike of the 'gun'. Climb the right-hand side of this and the overhangs above.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
HS
23
Promontory Groove
12m. Climb the groove and pass to the right of the large jutting nose of the Promontory to reach easier ground.
 
Graunchy
VD
24
Cave Rib
12m. The technical left arete of the recess leads to a finish up the milder layback flake directly above.
 HVS
25
Cave Gully
12m. Head up to the roof of the cave then traverse out left and climb the arete and flke crack above as for Cave Rib.
 
Graunchy
S
26
Brutality
16m. Climb the steep cracks to the bulges then move out right and reach the roof before traversing left and battling a way into...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Strong
Graunchy
E1
27
Goldfinger
12m. Climb the slab to below a green crack then step left and climb the v groove.
 VS 5a
28
Greenfingers
12m. Climb the slabby groove to enter a green crack, then graze away up this. Almost always a little grungy.
 VS
29
Robot
12m. Climb the slab, step right and climb the hollow-sounding flake through the bulges trending right. Usually luminous!
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E2
30
Do the Rocksteady
14m. The roof and wall left of Robert. From gear at the back of the roof reach round the lip to a poor pocket. Move left to...
 
3 Stars
Strong
Rounded
E7
31
Robert
16m. The beckoning roof crack is a bobby dazzler of gritstone jamming and is reached by the easy groove on the right, or...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
E2
32
Pedestal Wall
16m. Climb the groove rightwards below the overhangs. Hand traverse right and access the pedestal by a fun move or two. Stand...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
S
33
Young Turks
16m. The leaning ramp/groove above the roof is technical and strenuous. Follow it until an easy escape out right is reached.
 
1 Stars
Technical
E4
34
The Cheesemonger
12m. The roof above the ramp of Young Turks has hard moves on poor pockets to reach a rounded flake and a hard exit.
 
1 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
E6
35
Earth Plumbit
14m. Climb the bulging slab to access the sharp arete right of the V-groove of Pedestal Wall. Layback this on its left-hand...
 
1 Stars
Rounded
E1
36
Plumber's Passage
14m. Climbs the flake crack and corner on the right of the crag.
 
Graunchy
HVD
37
Labour Man
10m. From the cave traverse below the overhang to a groove.
 VS 4c
38
Liberal Man
10m. Climb the middle of the face to a crack.
 S 4a
39
Tory Man
10m The right-hand side of the wall to a tricky exit.
 S 4a
40
Dry the Rain
8m. The wall behind the boulder has a crucial reach for a blind flake.
 E3 6b
41
Concealed Crack
8m. The crack in the back of the recess.
 HVD
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