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Washday Wall

  • 9 - Blue Daz

    Grade: 4a | First Ascent: -1977
    Rating: 0

    Start at the top of the mound on the right and climb leftwards below large blocks to a ledge. Climb the rib above to finish.

  • 16 - First Cut

    Grade: | First Ascent: (1975-79)
    Rating: 0

    The deep flake crack in the corner which bounds Yellow Wall on its right, above shot-hole mark `156+`.

  • 10 - Square Deal Surf

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -1978
    Rating: 0

    A worthwhile route and better than it looks. Start at the lowest point of the wall. Leave the low ledge from its right-hand side, then move up awkwardly to a square recess (interesting thread). Gain the sloping ledge on the left, then step back left and finish direct up pleasant twin cracks.

  • 16a - Moonlighting

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -2001
    Rating: 0

    Start at the extreme righthand side of Yellow Wall below a groove and crack just left of the arĂȘte. Climb the groove and then the wall above just left of the arĂȘte with a long reach to a triangular niche just below the and a half metres to the right of Frontage, below a short, right-facing groove leading to a small roof at about three metres. Climb to a good wire under the roof. Move right and pull up onto the slab using good incuts, then continue to an obvious vertical bore hole. Step down and pull round to the right onto good holds leading up the wall to the top.

  • 11 - Facial Gymnastics

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: -1993
    Rating: 1

    From the lowest point of the wall, take a direct line up the thin crack to the horizontal break. Move slightly left, then go back right and finish up the centre of the wall, past a poor peg.

  • 12 - Biological Agent K9

    Grade: 5b | First Ascent: (Pre-1972)
    Rating: 1

    The thin crack in the upper wall, above a drill mark and about three metres to the left of the finish of Square Deal Surf, is fine and well-protected, but the lower wall to reach it requires care.

  • 13 - Tark`s Traverse

    Grade: 4b | First Ascent: -1993
    Rating: 0

    From the deep groove at the left side of the wall, climb diagonally rightwards to gain the horizontal break of Bio Agent, then continue along the break to its end.

  • 14 - Half a Pound of Cabbage

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -1993
    Rating: 0

    Ascend twin cracks in the square-cut block at the right of the wall

  • 15 - Quick Nick

    Grade: 4c | First Ascent: -1993
    Rating: 0

    Start two metres to the left and traverse left under a prominent overhang, then climb directly to the top.