Although a linking pitch, this inventive section of climbing allows the magnificent lower section of Moonraker to be connected to the wild headwall of Dreadnought. 1) 5a, 27m. (Pitch 1 of Moonraker). Make a diagonal traverse up right to a slight rib past a peg, climb round the rib to the base of a steep crack. Climb the crack to a chockstone, then traverse up leftwards across the wall to a stance on a ledge at the base of a corner-crack.2) 5b, 24m. Climb the corner above the stance to its top (as for Moonraker). Move right into a wide crack/chimney, exit this right and move down to a ledge. From the right-hand end of the ledge climb steeply to another good ledge.3) 5b, 23m. (Pitch 3 of Dreadnought). Move left out of the cave and climb steep ground to a narrow groove on the right which is followed to a ledge. Ascend the leaning wall above to an overhang and pull though this with difficulty to better holds and easier climbing to the top. © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
A link up pitch giving access to the superbly positioned upper pitch of Dreadnought at a reasonable grade. Start on Moonraker (5a) and on pitch 2 break out right at the top of the corner. Cross the chimney of The Hood and step down to a ledge. Move up from the RHS of this ledge heading for another ledge. Continue up to the very smelly cave stance on Dreadnought and belay from the huge thread. Pitch three is the top pitch of Dreadnought at 5a/b
Cannings,Littlejohn & Biven as part of the girdle Seventh Circle 05/Apr/1969.
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