The Downfall

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The rock climbing here is not the best but the setting is special and some of the routes are well worth doing.
Approach - From the east (Snake Inn) take the Fair Brook path to the plateau then the 'short crossing' - (260°, 0.9km) to arrive above the Downfall. From the west follow either of the approaches as used to reach Kinder Buttress. The moor-edge path is quicker and drier than that in the valley bottom. If you are approaching from above (via Fair Brook or Upper Western Buttress) the scramble descent is down a gully just to the left (looking in) of the Amphitheatre a couple of hundred metres beyond the Downfall.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
North Tier Climb
1) 4c, 8m. Climb the strenuous jamming crack awkwardly to the wide grassy ledge that crosses the face.2) 4b, 10m. Tackle...
 
1 Stars
Strong
Pumpy
VS
2
Dud Chimney
The shallow groove gives steep moves on rather unfriendly rock to a final difficult move.
 E1
3
Slip Sliding Away
6m. Spooky and exposed climbing up the hanging slab (a detached block) above a big drop. Short on length but big on impact.
1 user comment
 
Fluttery
E3 5c
4
The Glorious Twelfth
Climb the juggy leaning groove (creak, creak) to a good breather on a ledge on the right. Step back left and finish up the wide...
 
Pumpy
Fluttery
E2
5
The Hunter
Steep and serious. Climb the wall to a big jutting flake then traverse left to a second crusty horror of a flake. Layback (!)...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Fluttery
E3
6
The Beast
Devious. Start as for The Hunter but continue straight up to the roof then traverse right to the Dovecote Cave, Belay here or...
 
Pumpy
Fluttery
E2
7
The Bloody Thirteenth
Climb the left-hand side of the sharp arete starting up a flake on the left then taking the groove directly to the cave. Finish...
 
1 Stars
E1
8
Shotgun Grooves
The shallow grooves running up the right-hand side of the arete give a worthwhile and awkward pitch. There is a choice of...
 
1 Stars
Technical
HVS
9
Poacher's Crack
The sustained and steep cracks in the right-hand side of the wall give well-protected and steep climbing.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
HVS
10
Downfall Groove
The crack in the back of the big angular corner is hard work. The lower section can be bridged but the upper part is best...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
HVS
11
Independence Crack
The fierce finger crack a couple of metres right of the corner gives a sustained pitch with good but hard-won gear.
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
Crimpy
E2
12
Hard Times
Awkwardly cross the narrow ramp rightwards then climb the leaning shallow groove past a couple of unhelpful sloping ledges to...
 
1 Stars
Pumpy
E2
13
Downfall Climb
An aquatic amble across the series of sloping ledges. It is great as a winter route (see page 179) and okay as a rock climb in...
 
2 Stars
M
14
Harvest
Start from the sandy ledge part way up Downfall South Corner and trend left up the steep rock into a crack and onto a cave...
 
1 Stars
Strong
HVS
15
Downfall South Corner
Grubby but worth doing. Start as for Downfall Climb but continue to a good stance in a sandy cave on the right. Pull out of the...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Graunchy
VD
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    For KINDER DOWNFALL

    Intermediate Route
    "Definately a very powerfull moves round the overhang but then it is all over." 06/Sep

    Zig-zag
    "great atmosphere, and not as slippery as the green shade made it look." 01/Aug

    Zig-zag
    "You don't get many VDs that are as steep, juggy and in such a superb setting as ..." 27/Jun

    Zig-zag
    "The highest ratio of jugs per metre of any route I can remember!" 01/Jun

    Zig-zag
    "Great climb and well worth the trip. The top move took some thought but as with ..." 17/Apr

    Downfall South Corner
    ""Clean as you climb"...don't leave it to others!" 16/Dec

    Downfall South Corner
    "Might be worth a second star if cleaned up." 14/Dec

    South Wall
    ""Western Grit's excellent answer to Heaven Crack" How many answers ..." 13/Aug

    Embarkation Parade
    "A good adventure but looks awful. We did our bit as gardeners but much more is n..." 10/Sep

    Intermediate Route
    "Might be harder for the short since I broke a foothold off of the lip near the b..." 16/Feb

    Zig-zag
    "Why are there no comments for this? Surely the best climb for atmosphere at its..." 08/Aug

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