Malham CoveIs it possible to top rope at Malham Cove?
Easy to set up on the trad I imagine, you can walk to the top of the wings. Not that I have ever tried. For the sport you could clipstick up a route. Although I don't think much is dry atm.
You just have to get the rope to the lower off point first.
> Malham CoveIs it possible to top rope at Malham Cove?
The last time I was there that’s exactly what was happening all along the catwalk.
Turn up, clip stick the first and maybe second bolt, dog to the clipped bolt then clip stick the next one, repeat until you’ve reached the lower offs or until you’re knackered whichever comes first.
With a long enough rope, no doubt you could top rope the whole thing. No, I'm not recommending it!
Once saw a team slack lining there, so why not a top rope?
Im not entirely sure why you have received so many thumbs down but ill try to answer your question as best as possible.
It is entirely possible to top rope at Malham cove. There are several easier routes on the beck wall which been recently bolted by Ian Dunn you can reach the lower offs by reaching down to them from the catwalk (please ensure you do not go directly through the lower offs but instead use two quickdraws) There are around six routes are graded between 5c to 7a alot of which are nearly perma dry particularly Rodney's Route (6b) and Rain Dances (6c+) the easier ones do get wet however dry quickly. If you are successful in trying these routes and want to try something harder, climbers often leave there ropes hanging on the routes on the catwalk and most people are fairly friendly and happy to share ropes for top roping (maybe less so for leading) and it is also easy to put the rope/draws into adjacent routes.
Malham cove can seem intimidating and slightly cliquey with plenty of hard climbers but persevere and you'll find that most people are very friendly and you'll soon be eager to get on the sharp end. Enjoy
> Easy to set up on the trad I imagine, you can walk to the top of the wings. Not that I have ever tried. For the sport you could clipstick up a route. Although I don't think much is dry atm.
Anchors at the top of right wing are not great really, not easy to set up a TR without an extra rope or belaying from above. The OPs best option might be to learn how to clip stick up a route, that opened up a world of climbing for me!
> not easy to set up a TR without an extra rope
I always use a static to rig a TR on trad, otherwise the climbing rope rubs over the edge. I presume that's how most people do it.
That’s brilliant many thanks for you detailed reply 😊
I also do the same when putting in a top rope.
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