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Arms Race 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: S Monks, P Newman, 18th October 1979
Season: year round
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Submitted By: Nick Russell on Dec 1, 2013

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Not too steep but still pumpy as hell!!


An much coveted Upper Wall classic, pumpy but protectable! This is one of those routes that is never too hard, in fact not even particularly steep, but somehow manages to raise an outrageous pump.

Start up the right-hand of the two rightwards slanting cracks, heading for a small roof. Use of the concrete block and rock-anchor bolt used to be encouraged, but is now forbidden!

Continue following the gently but relentlessly overhanging crack above the roof, making big moves between the good bits, until a large rock-anchor ring-bolt (protection only!). From here, a slopey traverse left on withering arms gains a good flake, handcrack and salvation. Recover as much strength as possible, then make the final easy moves to a bolted abseil point above.


The right-hand of the two pumpy cracks. Head for the prominent rock anchor ring bolt.


The crack protects well with cams (0.4-#1 BD) and mid-large nuts, if you have the strength to place them! The large ring-bolt near the top can (and should) be clipped as protection, and there is a bolted abseil point at the top.

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