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Raindrop 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Pete Livesey, J .Sheard June 1973
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Submitted By: USBRIT Ross on Dec 21, 2009

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BETA PHOTO: Raindrop topo

Description 

Starts just right of the right hand start of Troutdale Pinnacle at a thin left slanting crack. P1)Up the crack to a ledge,climb the slab behind trending left.5.9 50'P2) Climb straight up left of a small overhang then left along a diagonal crack to a shallow scoop ,follow this to a stance. (top of pitch 2 Troutdale Pinnacle Direct.)5.8 90'P3)Climb the wall just right of The Super Direct crack to a foot hold on the right.Move left 6' then straight up to a right slanting groove .Up this and arete on the right to the top of the pinnacle.5.9 110'P4)Climb a few feet up P6 TP,swing around the corner to left and up to top.5.7.50'.

Location 

Black crag Borrowdale Valley. FRCC Guide book to Borrowdale.

Protection 

Normal rack cams and stoppers.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Crux groove
Crux groove
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on first pitch of Raindrop
Climber on first pitch of Raindrop
Rock Climbing Photo: Raindrop. Lake Derwent Water in background. Photo ...
Raindrop. Lake Derwent Water in background. Photo ...

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By Sean Maher
From: Bristol, England
Jun 6, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13

Fun route but as E2 5b it deserves a bit higher of a grade than 5.9. The awkward steep groove on p3 is the crux, and I can't see how you'd protect the first half of that pitch. My partner lead the Superdirect crack to the groove in order to get some pro in. Also, the first two pitches are easily strung together with 60 m ropes.
By USBRIT Ross
From: Keswick Cumbria.UK
Jun 6, 2017

Pitch 3 the groove section of Raindrop was first climbed in 1959 as an alternative finish to the Super Direct By P.Ross and E.Rosher and graded VS!

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