Type: Trad, 50 ft (15 m)
FA: Mike Duncan and Rob Kelman, 2002.
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Barley is a good, short intro to offwidths, with an emphasis on short.

Barley is located on the SW side of Plumb Line Crag. It is on the lower tier of the Crag. It is about 50 feet to the left of the distinct Plumb Line hand crack, and is 10 feet to the left of Corn. The climb begins from a small perch that is formed between a large boulder and the cliff. Follow a clean crack that begins with hand jams and widens to off width about halfway up the wall. From the base, the climb doesn't look like it will present any challenge, but the first moves and the wide section will surprise you. Set up the belay in a cave formed by the large boulders perched on the crag's middle terrace.

To exit, scrabble off to your right (East), staying high on the terrace until you are on the East side of the Crag. Alternatively, there are bolted anchors on the large boulder just above the Plumb Line crack that can be used for a rappel.


A light rack with medium-to-large cams. The best size for the wide section is a #5 Camalot, my #4.5 was marginal. #1 and #2 Camalots are perfect for the belay anchor.