Choss Crack and other Yorkshire classics

A brief glance at the pages - there are only five - of the Yorkshire Grit guide that describes Rolling Gate crag on the edge of Barden Moor, reveals a record of routes whose names tell their own story: The Greengrocer, Lichen Slab and Moss crack...swiftly followed by Choss Crack...
Yet there are some minor gems here also and the classic of the crag is one such route which I have been meaning to climb for years now: Rolling Gate Buttress.
In fact we started at Rylstone, an old favourite as I was keen for Tim to enjoy the clean and balanced climbing of Dental Slab, another classic.
An awkward start is followed by a series of mantels which culminate in what is, for the grade, a rather thought provoking finish.
Walking along the edge, there are a myriad of boulders and short routes that offer good sport, though being keen to reach Rolling Gate, another mile or so across the moor, we did not pause for long.
Pictured above, Rolling Gate Buttress is the blocky prow starting in the bottom left of the frame. The route climbs the relatively narrow front of the prow, again via a series of mantels and then the easier slab to finish. Unlike Dental Slab at Rylstone however, the breaks are deep, wide, flared and green, while the coarse grit rolls unnervingly beneath the palms.
Still, a lovely route worth the wait (and after several years of sporadic climbing consisting mostly of short solos and bouldering, it was nice to be on lead again), which we followed with one further of a similar grade, before heading down to beat the rain which had been threatening throughout the day.

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