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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
Original:  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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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.


Same start as for Gweilo.


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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