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A small track, sometimes marked with tape, traverses right about halfway up the main China Wall/Shield access track. Follow this across, up and along the base of the wall to the end. Directly above you should be the nice (mostly) clean rock of the skyline buttress.


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May have disappeared through time. Starts 20m left of the other Skyline Buttress climbs.

FA: P Jemmett, C Smith & G Pickford, 1973

FA: C Smith & P Jemmett, 1973

FFA: G Beisly, 2008

FA: C Smith & J Sawers, 1972

FFA: G Beisly, 2003

This climb may be lost to history

Climbs the skyline ridge by the easiest line commencing to the right of Shelob. Descent is by abseil.

This climb may be lost to history

Starts level with and across the gully from the pine tree at the top of Shelob. Pitch 1, 15m: Climb the rib for 3m to a groove on the right. Climb the groove, step left at the top and climb up to a tree belay on the right. Pitch 2, 20m: Move left 2m to an in situ peg. With its aid gain the steep rib on the left. An extra sling used on a spike on the rib has since been eliminated. Climb the pleasant exposed rib more easily to a tree belay. Descend by abseil.

FA: Cliff Smith & Martin Hill, 1975

The crack above the Skyline Buttress, prominent from the bridge.

FA: Rick McGregor, Bill Atkinson & Len Gillman, 1974


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