HIGH TOR


High Tor can justifiably claim to be the finest limestone crag in the Peak. Over the years visits here regularly become the fulfilment of a climbing ambition; once each challenging route has been climbed there remains another, a little bit harder and a little bit better, to aim for. The climbing tends to be mostly just off-vertical pocket-pulling although there are some steeper lines and a few beefy roof climbs. The right-hand side of the Main Face probably has the best climbing on the crag; big climbs with big run-outs above generally good gear - all very emotionally fulfilling. The central section has longer, and slightly easier, routes and two of the classic D-diagonals. Left of here are the scooped roofs which have some superb and intricate lines weaving around them, plus a few less subtle numbers that blast straight through the steepest sections. The far left-hand side of the Main Face is the place to head for if you are after long VS and HVS classics. As if all this wasn't enough, there is also the Left Wing which offers routes as good as many of the other buttresses described in this book.

Routes

85 trad routes (VD...E6)
21 sport routes (?...?)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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The Left Wing
This is the little brother to the Main Face but it still has some top-notch routes and would rate...
29
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

345
Main Face - Left
Although High Tor is most famous for its clean white sheets of pocketed rock, the left-hand side of...
21
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

349
Main Face - The Diagonals
Such a magnificent and well-featured piece of rock was always bound to attract those seekers of the...
4
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

352
Main Face - Centre
Lyme Cryme, Robert Brown, Darius, Perseus - few walls in the country can compare with this list,...
8
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

355
Main Face - Right
If anything, the right-hand side of the Main Face is even better than the Darius area. The routes...
13
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

15 mins

356
Right Wing
A crag which has been walked past and pretty much ignored by most people for many years has given a...
31
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

12 mins

358
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    Memories
    "Perhaps the best route of its grade on Peak Limestone?" 05/May

    Original Route
    "Six years on, I wonder how much that 20kg block is worth now Jon?" 20/Jul top50

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    "Backed off the committing hard pull off the ledge as the rock with your first ge..." 01/Jul

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    "Appears that some rock has come off just below the small sapling making it a bit..." 24/Aug

    Dutch Moon
    "Good rock + moves if you stay on line" 27/Jun

    Prejudice
    "This is a great little trad route. I agree care is needed with protection - whic..." 20/Jun

    Robert Brown
    "Did this first back in the early 80's and found the gear very low down and not i..." 15/Dec

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    "The climbing is not difficult but getting solid protection throughout requires ..." 07/Dec

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