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Wards Groove 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 4 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Ward and Bunnell
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Submitted By: Brian Boyd on Apr 13, 2014

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Description 

P0: Climb Prelude (5.8) as the access pitch.
P1: Same as for Gweilo - head up and left through the third class gully, followed by steep juggy climbing up and right. Belay at the left side of the twin inside corners.
P2: Climb the left inside corner on gear. Rarely climbed, and filled with ferns at present. At the top of the corner, traverse right to the Gweilo belay.
P3: Straight up from the belay through the difficult crack and chimney. Exit from underneath the large overhang -- the Lion's Head -- to a large belay ledge on the right.
P4: Continue straight up from the belay, moving left to a slab, and a final steep headwall.

P3 and P4 can seep for several days after rainfall, and P4 can get quite dirty after rain.

Location 

Same start as for Gweilo.

Protection 

Pitches 1, 3, and 4 are bolted. For P2, you will need stoppers and small cams. Alternately, you can climb P2 of Gweilo if you wish to leave the trad gear at home.


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