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Grey Wall

  • 131 - Sobeit

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1977
    Rating: 2

    Just round the arĂȘte are two thin cracks. Climb the left-hand one to the break then the sentry-box above. Exit via Western Terrace.

  • 132 - Supercrack

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: (1975-79)
    Rating: 3

    Follow the right-hand crack to the break, step left and continue up the continuation crack above and finish round to the left. A brilliant and sustained route, that gives consistently high-quality climbing all the way.

  • 133 - Life in the Fast Lane

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1977
    Rating: 0

    From the metal spike on Patience, gain the bad break above and go over the overhangs directly to gain the Terrace. Leave the Terrace slightly rightwards to a loose finish.

  • 134 - In Memoriam

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1978
    Rating: 0

    Climb Patience to the metal spike, and gain the bad break above. Surmount the overhangs rightwards to a thin crack. Climb this and escape right on to Western Terrace.

  • 135 - Patience

    Grade: 5a,4c | First Ascent: -1964
    Rating: 1

    A good climb in two pitches.

  • 135.1 - Pitch 1

    Grade: 5a | First Ascent:

    Climb to a large metal spike at the left of Grey Wall, then traverse right to a peg belay in a corner/niche.

  • 135.2 - Pitch 2

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent:

    Go up to a ledge, then step left on to a ramp and finish straight up.

  • 136 - Impatience

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1980
    Rating: 0

    Start below the centre of the traverse of Patience and climb a slim groove to the traverse. Step right and climb twin cracks to a small overhang at the sandy break, then gain the foot of a ramp, step left and follow a crack to the terrace.

  • 137 - Dracula

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: -1978
    Rating: 1

    Climb the stepped, overhanging groove below the iron spike on Niche Indirect, and continue past the spike and a peg to a niche and climb the wall on the right to finish at the foot of Vampire.

  • 138 - Niche Indirect

    Grade: 5c | First Ascent: -1964
    Rating: 0

    Climb the short corner four metres to the right of the niche on Patience, then traverse left past the metal spike and finish as Patience.

  • 139 - Western Terrace

    Grade: | First Ascent: -1963
    Rating: 0

    The obvious diagonal break splitting Grey Wall from right to left. Exposed in its upper reaches.

  • 139.1 - Pitch 1

    Grade: | First Ascent:

    Climb a short ramp to gain the terrace proper, then traverse easily leftwards and go up the small steps to a grassy bay (peg belay).

  • 139.2 - Pitch 2

    Grade: | First Ascent:

    Continue leftwards at the same height, step down, then finish up the right arĂȘte of Remembrance Corner, in a fine position.