A phenomenal and historically significant climb that has become harder over the years due to hold loss. The line here probably includes sections of the original, the direct version and Trojan Horse, E6 6b (an eliminate based on the route). Follow Athanor to above the steep crack, then traverse along and up onto a rampline that is climbed to below overhangs (old decaying gear here). Move up and then left. Continue up past a peg until a series of hard moves left reaches a good finger-crack. Move left again to a short wall that ends below further overhangs. Head up past the overhangs to easier-angled ground and finish up the cleanest line on the left. © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
The name speaks for itself. Still possible without the undercut but a long reach is needed to clip a peg on the Direct Variation. Without the peg it's a bold E6.
P Livesey 19/Apr/1974.
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