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Crankshaft Girdle

Natural pro required
First ascent
Stu Allan, Graeme Dingle, April 1976
Topo ref

A lengthy outing that improves as it gains height.

  • P1
  • 15
  • 20m
  • Trad

Climb Dog’s Hind Leg and belay just below the grass on a broad ledge.

  • P2
  • 16
  • Aid A1
  • 15m
  • Trad

Traverse horizontally left until stopped by a blank wall. Put in a good runner, and descend approximately 10m to a traverse line. Tension traverse into Um and climb this to just below the top. The second must then pendulum into Um.

  • P3
  • 14
  • 15m
  • Trad

Traverse a couple of metres to a small ledge, from where a hand traverse leads to Arh. Climb this for a couple of metres, then traverse horizontally left under a steep wall and at the first opportunity climb up to a belay on small ledges.

  • P4
  • 18
  • 25m
  • Trad

Traverse left and lower yourself over yet another ledge. Hand traverse into the corner. Climb to the top of the flake, then traverse into Pooh Corner across a sharp-edged and narrow ledge. Traverse left as for Pooh Corner and continue to the belay spike at the end of that climb’s first pitch.

  • P5
  • 18
  • 35m
  • Trad

Finish up Pooh Corner, or, if you’ve had enough, Cavalino.