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This list of beautiful climbs is admired even by the very best. Whether gracing old gnarlers' coffee-tables in the form of a mighty tome, lying as ragged paper printouts in young aspirants’ bookshelves, or in this electronic format illuminating your computer screen; this mighty collection cannot fail to inspire.
From the Outer Hebrides to Land's End via Gneiss, Gabbro, Lavas, Schists, Granite, Limestone, Slate, Dolerite, Quartzite, Culm and, of course, Grit; this assortment of routes revels in the variation of British rock climbing. High mountain crags and tidal sea cliffs, traditional and sport, 10m outcrops and 300m buttresses, bustling quarries and serene isolation; this list will take you through it all.
No one individual has climbed all of these routes. Some of the climbs have almost mythical statures and success on just one would, for many, be a career defining goal. Success on all would require not just great skill but a keen taste for adventure. Any completer would deserve great respect indeed. But who will claim the ultimate prize? To complete the whole lot without even one fall, totally free, completely onsight.
This list is taken from the book Extreme Rock (1987) edited by Ken Wilson & Bernard Newman.
Notes: Megaton and Thor - No longer climbable: These were destroyed by rockfall many years ago. Controlled Burning - Suffered a rockfall in 2004 but it still climbable (albeit very carefully). There's more more rockfall expected at some point so probably best to stay off this one. The Giant - No longer climbable: The top pitch has collapsed in 2006. Return of the Natives - No longer climbable: After a rockfall sometime after 2011, it now lies in the sea. Cougar - No longer climbable: A major rockfall removed the third pitch of this classic in August 2012.
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