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Battlements Column is a forward-standing column capped by three turret-like rocks that is situated in the centre of the Columns. When viewed in profile, a large slab of rock caps the detached summit tower, connecting it with the main cliff. Routes on Battlements Column are predominantly accessed using a top-down approach.


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Mega off-width pitch, take some big gear.

Sustained on a impressive line, up higher at least... The steep crack on the S face of Upper Battelements Column 1. 36m Up crack and belay in shrubs. 2. 30m Up chimney (yuk), through rough and up crack to ledge 3. 36m Continue up crack to belay behind pillar 4. Easy climbing to the top

FA: C. Dewhirst & J. Ewbank

Probably the hardest route on the Pipes and a magnificent line, taking the arête and wall to the R of of Icarus.

Access via a 30m abseil from rap station above the slab that caps Battlements Column, to the Middle Battlement (top of pitch 2 of Battlements).

A reachy and powerful boulder problem at half-height offers some amazing moves in an outrageous position. A finger-sized cam can be handy to protect the post crux section.

FA: J. Bresnehan & Feb 2010., Feb 2010


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