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Sandstone climbing in Kent: Harrison's Rocks


Published by MicheleK , 27 August 2013, 00h00.

Region: World » United Kindom » England
Date of the hike: 4 August 2013
Hiking grading: T1 - Valley hike
Climbing grading: VI (UIAA Grading System)
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Time: 5:00
Access to start point:Not easy to reach. from A25 to Tubridge Well, cross the town and drive to Eridge Green. After the village turn left on a narrow lane road for ca 2km and the turn left. There is a sign. From the parking it is a 15min walk to the crag.

'Harrison Rocks is the largest and most popular outcrop in the whole area, and deservedly so, for it offers excellent climbing in all grades.' (Jingo Wobbly, Sandstone South East England).

A short 1.5h drive from London this crag indeed offers a large number of routes. SamX and I spent a great afternoon climbing. Given the little practice lately I struggle past 5a, while Sam seems to currently feel very comfortable to flash the upper 5th grade.

Sandstone is quite unique in that it is smooth and easily can be greasy when humid. Not my preferred rock...

Blue Peter
  1. Slab Direct 4a
  2. Diabolical Crack 3c
Giant Starecase
  1. Sashcord Crack 4a
  2. Finger Stain 5b+
Circle
  1. Small Wall 5b
  2. Small Chimney 2b
  3. Good Friday 5c
Orang Utan
  1. Moonlight Arete 4b
  2. Monkey's Bow 6a+
On a sunday the crag is well populated. All crags are toprope and can be set up from the belay at the top.
Anchor are excellent, typically there are two rings already connected with a metal line. Carry long slings to extend the anchor off the top. 




Hike partners: MicheleK, SamX


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