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Siege (“Seat”) Perilous 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b X

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 20 British: E3 5b X [details]
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Submitted By: Robert Hall on Aug 4, 2017

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BETA PHOTO: Hector's and Siege Perilous Area

Description 

FA – Unclimbed on Lead. RH and RW both independently top-rope-soloed the line in 2015. Rating is very tentative.

History: This climb was actually the impetus for the original exploration of this area of the cliff. However, it quickly became apparent that the line that became Hector’s Highway was the higher quality route, and efforts were diverted to that.

In Arthurian legend the "perilous seat" that was reserved at the Round Table for the knight who succeeded and returned with the Holy Grail. The seat was so “perilous” that if anyone other than the successful knight were to sit in it they would perish.

Leading this climb could also be very “perilous” to your health. (To my knowledge it hasn’t been led.) The crux move(s) are directly above serious ledge(s) and the climb is pretty much devoid of protection. Done as a Top Rope after doing Hector’s Highway it might fill in the day.
Anyone willing to lead the climb is welcome to the FA. (and. of course, to rename it, if they should so desire)

START – About 10-15 ft right of the start of Hector’s Highway, just below a wafer-thin flake attached to a slab.

P1 – Climb up to and over the flake and continue onto the very thin slab (lower crux, 5.10+???). About 2/3rds of the way up, climb the overlap (nice move sequence here, maybe 5.8+ / 5.9-) and continue to the top. 110 – 115 ft approx. 5.10 ? “X” to lead

Location 

Location - On the Hector’s Highway slab (see that climb for directions) about 15 ft right of Hector’s.

Protection 

None worth mentioning on the lower crux, higher crux might take a cam just above the ledge, and well below your feet on the higher crux.


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