Comes the Dervish
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BETA PHOTO: Vivian Quarry - Dervish level
Probably "the most popular Extreme in Snowdonia". Originally given E5 6a, wear and tear has reduced the grade to E3 5c, and even that is a bit generous. First decent runners at 25' with a hard move ro reach them, so damage to ankles is possible. From there it's sustained but well-protected climbing up a crack to a good rest below the overlap at 80'. There's a tricky move round the overlap then easier above, but only tiny wires until the top.
Standing outside Pete's Eats the line of The Dervish is obvious as a white line up the tallest slab in Vivian Quarry. Follow a path through the woods on the left, then traverse across a terrace, passing a "bad step".
Nuts and small cams but especially microwires (eg RP0s). Abseil descent.
By Nick Russell
From: Bristol, UK
Mar 20, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
The route was supposedly cleaned for the first ascent using a knife nicked from Pete's Eats