The Amphitheatre

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Lots of sun!
70 mins
Up and Down
Windy

A fine set of routes in a wild setting, including several old classics. The area tends to funnel winds and so can be a blowy place to climb.
Approach (see map on page 178) - From the east (Snake Inn parking) take the Fair Brook path to the plateau then the 'short crossing' - (260 degrees, 0.9km) arriving above the Downfall. The easiest descent is down a gully just to the left (looking in) of the Amphitheatre - see 184. From the west follow either of the approaches as used to reach Kinder Buttress then continue to the Downfall. The moor edge path is quicker and drier than that in the valley bottom.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Domino Wall
Start left of the crusty rock and climb a bulge before shuffling right to a ledge. Continue carefully up the wall to the big...
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E1
2
The Ledge Shufflers
One of Kinder's more blatant last great problems fell! Climb crusty rock to the bulges then head left through these, then up...
 
2 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E6
3
Raggald's Wall
Start up the groove in the right edge of the wall to its apex then move left around the arete (care with the rope work!) and...
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Fluttery
E1
4
Great Chimney Left-hand
Climb the groove as for Raggald's Wall but continue steeply in a direct line to a good ledge (possible stance). Finish up the...
 
2 Stars
VS
5
The Great Chimney
Classic! The deep rift is approached via wide bridging to reach a scratched slab. From the small ledge above the left end of...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Rounded
HS
6
The Ensemble Exit
From the small ledge part-way up Great Chimney, climb the groove on the right then take a steep crack to an undercut ledge out...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Strong
HVS
7
Professor's Chimney
Weaves up the wide, shallow, chimney. Start on the right and cross over to finish up the left-hand groove.
 
1 Stars
Diff
8
Professor's Chimney Direct
Follow the right-hand branch direct by interesting moves.
 
1 Stars
VD
9
Pegasus Left-hand
A short tough crack splits the overhang. Climb through this then continue up the crack above until forced left. Normally dirty.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
E1
10
Pegasus Right-hand
A thin slanting crack and its continuation. Pleasant but dirty.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Rounded
VS
11
Left Fork Chimney
Climb into the chimney then follow the left-branch,
 
1 Stars
Diff
12
Right Fork Chimney
The right-hand branch is better and harder than its neighbour and is accessed across a short glacis (a kind of easy slab) from...
 
1 Stars
S
13
Embarkation Parade
This one-time classic needs a spruce up. Climb right then left to gain the steep groove which gives sustained climbing. From...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
VS
14
Final Frontier
Climb to an area of oddly sculptured rock under the overhang then use the flake above to start the sprint for the big ledge...
 
Strong
Rounded
Fluttery
E2
15
Crooked Overhang
Climb rightwards and then up into a cave (stance?). Pull through the juggy roof carefully to a ledge and choice of exits.
 
Loose
VS
16
Rodeo
A direct route up the right-hand side of the arete which supersedes the old more wandering line of Crooked Arete. which looped...
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
VS
17
Crooked Arete
24m. From the toe of the buttress climb the arete then move left to reach the cave of the previous route. Pull back out right...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVS 5a
18
Zig-zag
18m. A fine climb in a dramatic setting. Trend left up up the face to a position on the tip of a flake. Step up and right...
6 user comments
 
3 Stars
VD
19
Zig-zag Crack
The long narrowing-crack to the right of Zigzag leads via steepening groove to a tough exit round a bulge.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
S
20
Spin-up
Climb into the shallow left-facing groove in the steep wall then make fingery moves to easier ground and a crack. Serious.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Fluttery
E1
21
Toss up
Climb steeply into, and up, the right-hand groove. At its top, step left to join the Spin-up.
 HVS
22
Chockstone Chimney
The steep rift has a series of (well?) jammed blocks. A well-protected tussle with an awkward finish.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
VD
23
The Last Fling
Take the steep wall to the central roof then gain the ledge above this precariously. More balancy climbing gains the top.
 
1 Stars
Technical
E2
24
Amphitheatre Crack
Bridge the wide crack to where it narrows then try to get established above the overhang - hard work!
 
1 Stars
S
25
Amphitheatre Face Climb
Oddly named! Climb the groove to the roof then shuffle out left to a rest on the arete (thread). Finish awkwardly
 
1 Stars
HS
26
Five Ten
Climb the slotted face on the right to a ledge, then continue up the tricky wall above.
1 user comment
 HS
27
Square Chimney
The square rift to the right offers a very easy route or a useful way down for the competent.
 
Graunchy
M
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    Intermediate Route
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    Zig-zag
    "great atmosphere, and not as slippery as the green shade made it look." 01/Aug

    Zig-zag
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    Zig-zag
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    Downfall South Corner
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    Downfall South Corner
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    Embarkation Parade
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    Intermediate Route
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    Zig-zag
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    The Dark Side of the Moon
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    Pegasus Left-hand
    "Filthy." 18/Jul

    Crooked Arete
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    Candle Buttress
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    Candle Buttress
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    The Mermaid's Ridge
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