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Space Tourist S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Elevation: 543 ft
GPS: 51.285, -2.758 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Nick Russell on Jun 26, 2013
Admins: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell
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Description

One of the most inspiring pieces of rock in the gorge, and there's stiff competition! The routes are world-class, mostly bolted multi-pitches, all with awesome exposure. Back in the day they were climbed with extensive use of aid, then one by one freed, relying heavily on fixed gear. The old, rusty pitons and bolts from that era have now been replaced with more reliable, modern bolts.

As the name suggests, Sunset Buttress faces WNW and catches the evening sun. It's rarely too hot, but can get chilly when the wind is up! Access is as per the Summer Season agreement, see the Cheddar gorge main page for details.

Getting There

Park in the Priest Rock car park and head up the gorge a short way until an access trail on the right. This climbs via iron rungs and fixed ropes to a narrow ledge running along the base of the buttress. The big routes are accessed via the first pitch of Space Tourist (a worthwhile route in itself!)

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