The position and atmosphere of this scramble are superb. Essentially a scramble, but for most climbers, especially in or after wet weather, a rope and small selection of wires and slings are advisible. Traditionally a 3 - we felt this considerably more tricky than many of the 3s scrambles found in the scrambling guide.

The route is obvious picking a line up good rock steps in the gully. There is a magnificent little climb up a pitch that involves clambering under the intruding arbours of a quite polished tree. Walking and easy steps then lead to a constriction of the gully into an often wet chimney. Great care is required here, slips are not uncommon. After negotiating the tighter aspects of the gully you will find yourself in an open ampitheatre (good spot for a pie). The right gully branch exits here but access is barred by a steep red corner (it will have been climbed, the grade is certainly well above scrambling). [The steep wall directly ahead has also been climbed and was graded at S back in the 80s, but I suspect it will be much closer to VS]. The route continues just left of the steep wall and about 30-40m left of the red corner: take the left hand branch of the gully which is accessed by going up a series of steps in the easy angled rocky slab, this appears trickier than it is, although again a rope is advisible here - in wet weather these steps will be quite awkward. The good holds and steps lead into a v-shaped gully which itself rises in a series of steps before the gully rock peters out and becomes grass. Interest can be maintained right to the summit however, by bearing to the arete on the left and following little rocky scrambling challenges to suit your mood until eventually meeting the Northwest ridge at a tower where a faint path is joined which will deposit you on the summit.

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Brian Wilderspin 16 Sep Solo dnf Backed off the crux and climbed up left of the gully to rejoin at the amphitheatre. Perhaps I will go back with a rope or in very dry conditions.
Backed off the crux and climbed up left of the gully to rejoin at the amphitheatre. Perhaps I will go back with a rope or in very dry conditions.
Robert Cruickshank 20 Apr Solo a good scramble to push the limits of scrambling without rope, would avoid in wet unless you're hard. A medium grade 3 scramble, great views, not too much exposure.
a good scramble to push the limits of scrambling without rope, would avoid in wet unless you're hard. A medium grade 3 scramble, great views, not too much exposure.
Johnhi 15 Apr -
Tom.Priestley 24 Mar Solo O/S Took the right hand fork at the top, and climbed a short rock face direct higher up
Took the right hand fork at the top, and climbed a short rock face direct higher up
jack89 23 Feb Solo 50%. Partner fell on crux chimney but luckily ok. Take gear. Very slippery.
50%. Partner fell on crux chimney but luckily ok. Take gear. Very slippery.
x12dan34 20 Jan AltLd O/S Slick, wet, green, full value outing.
Slick, wet, green, full value outing.
John HW 1 Jul, 2017 -
with Cath
with Cath
winter ?Jun, 2017 -
JSCB 6 Jun, 2016 - Bone dry
Bone dry
Hidden 15 May, 2016 Solo O/S
Ian Stirrups 19 Mar, 2016 - Dry, would be horrible if wet. Lots of green rock Sue led the crux chimney and next step, but with fairly meaningless gear. Rest was soloed. Really good scramble in these cdonditions, but even in the dry the bridging in the chimney is more tecnical than one expects on a scramble.
with Sue
Dry, would be horrible if wet. Lots of green rock Sue led the crux chimney and next step, but with fairly meaningless gear. Rest was soloed. Really good scramble in these cdonditions, but even in the dry the bridging in the chimney is more tecnical than one expects on a scramble.
with Sue
scottidog 6 Feb, 2016 Solo
with peachos
with peachos
peachos 6 Feb, 2016 Solo Very wet, lots of fun. Did most of the pitches apart from the really wet or really slippery ones.
Very wet, lots of fun. Did most of the pitches apart from the really wet or really slippery ones.
Jon Chilton 6 Feb, 2016 Solo
with peachos
with peachos
EddieA 21 Jun, 2015 Solo
with Monica
with Monica
bill1 16 Sep, 2014 Solo O/S The direct gully line continues from the right of the amphitheatre. The steep slab immediately left of the red corner can be gained on its left side next to the central mini-overhang. Move up and right, stay on the slab not in the corner. The holds keep coming, about HD 4c
The direct gully line continues from the right of the amphitheatre. The steep slab immediately left of the red corner can be gained on its left side next to the central mini-overhang. Move up and right, stay on the slab not in the corner. The holds keep coming, about HD 4c
Chris Manasseh 17 Jun, 2014 -
Hidden 27 Apr, 2014 Solo
Hidden 18 Jun, 2011 -
sjbrook 12 Jun, 2011 2nd O/S Challenging scramble thanks to the slippy green slime, soloed most but had confidence rope for the crux. Made an interesting and enjoyable change to the norm, Take some protection!
with Ed, Dave Richards
Challenging scramble thanks to the slippy green slime, soloed most but had confidence rope for the crux. Made an interesting and enjoyable change to the norm, Take some protection!
with Ed, Dave Richards
Dave Richards 12 Jun, 2011 2nd O/S
with Ed, sjbrook
with Ed, sjbrook
johnjb 19 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S Nice route in dry conditions. Carried rope, but did not use. Some folks might need rope for 'crux' points at about Diff. Obviously would be slippery and unpleasant in the wet.
with Peter L, Danny A, Ed L
Nice route in dry conditions. Carried rope, but did not use. Some folks might need rope for 'crux' points at about Diff. Obviously would be slippery and unpleasant in the wet.
with Peter L, Danny A, Ed L
Ratfeeder 15 Jun, 2010 Solo O/S
Owen Meany 20 Jun, 2009 -
with Simon C, Carmen, Pete E
with Simon C, Carmen, Pete E
Simon Caldwell 20 Jun, 2009 - Traumatic! Slippery as feck, not even a slight amount of friction anywhere. Knees obligatory throughout. Pitched a few sections, just as well as there were several falls (not me fortunately as I always ended up on the sharp end). Nearly killed Pete when half the belay gave way when he fell off, luckily the other half was solid and stopped us (though not until I'd been dragged through a juniper bush). The severe we did the next day was 10 times easier. Might be an excellent day out when dry!
with Carmen Debra and Pete
Traumatic! Slippery as feck, not even a slight amount of friction anywhere. Knees obligatory throughout. Pitched a few sections, just as well as there were several falls (not me fortunately as I always ended up on the sharp end). Nearly killed Pete when half the belay gave way when he fell off, luckily the other half was solid and stopped us (though not until I'd been dragged through a juniper bush). The severe we did the next day was 10 times easier. Might be an excellent day out when dry!
with Carmen Debra and Pete
jtimney ?Jun, 2009 Solo O/S
with smush, Ensô
with smush, Ensô
Hidden ?Apr, 2009 -
55pete55 25 Mar, 2009 -
butteredfrog ?Feb, 2009 Lead
jimorothy ?Apr, 2008 Solo Solo-ish, but wished I had been roped for the slippy chimney! Very pleasant scramble.
with Rachel Crolla
Solo-ish, but wished I had been roped for the slippy chimney! Very pleasant scramble.
with Rachel Crolla
George Bassant ?Feb, 2008 Solo
Hidden ??, 2008 -
lithos 2 Jun, 2007 - dry - be hard in wet !
with julie
dry - be hard in wet !
with julie
malc 30 Apr, 2006 Lead O/S
with Nick
with Nick
Hidden 8 Jun, 2005 Solo
BigHell ?Aug, 2001 Lead This was the first of three climbs here the other was done with my friend Gary no real problems except my wife did take a fall on our first visit which has left her with a prominent scar on her right shin .
with Mrs Hell
This was the first of three climbs here the other was done with my friend Gary no real problems except my wife did take a fall on our first visit which has left her with a prominent scar on her right shin .
with Mrs Hell
five ?Nov, 1997 -
roncaves 31 Mar, 1997 -
with Lynn Bland
with Lynn Bland
Small and weak ?Oct, 1996 Solo
Neil Conway ??, 1996 Solo O/S
EddieA ?Jul, 1984 Solo
Iain Thow 6 May, 1984 Solo
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