The Strangler*** E4 5c
[Eric getting to grips with The Strangler, 3 kb]12m.

Rockfax Description
The left arete of the tower features steady climbing leading to a high crux where you might need to get hold of yourself. A short and bold layback sprint above a good safety net is the spice. © ROCKFAX

FA. Gabriel Regan 1977

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Ultimate E4 ticklist.

Photo: Eric getting to grips with The Strangler © Patrick Daniel
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This climb is in 109 logbooks, and on 72 wishlists.

First E4 in 5 years? Pleased to finally do this after watching friends do it years ago, but being too much of a wimp to get on it myself.
Oli - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/15 with Mike Dudley

Louishmouis - Lead G/U - 23/May/15 with Felix

Felix la shat - TR dog - 2015 with Louis

Excellent - upper arete & moves on it fantastic and as mentioned below it's not all over when you reach the break!
Gudge - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/14 with Leon Winchester

Lenny - 2nd O/S - 02/Oct/14 with Chris

mark20 - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

Epic route!
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Ash, Chris Hind

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/14

Haydn Jones - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/14 with andy gardner

first e4. great route!
theomoore - Lead G/U - 28/Feb/14

Sketchily sketched. Enjoyable but panicky, of the better things I've done at Stanage. Probably a good route to try after doing The Brush Off at Rivelin.
Matthew Ferrier - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/14 with Tom Appleby

some really fun smeary/ layaway moves. It isn't over when you get the break though!
Teappleby - 2nd O/S - 26/Feb/14 with Matt Ferrier

robertmctague - Lead O/S - 2014

Just as hard on second :
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 2014 with Hayden Jones

Dan Arkle - 2014

Matt Cooke - Lead dnf - 30/Nov/13 with Scott, Sam Taylor

e3,5b/c..? Only about 3 metres of harder climbing but its committing.
tim newton - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/13 with hamish legge

bomb shelter just before committing crux. glad i was seconding it!
hlegge - 2nd O/S - 05/Oct/13 with Tim Newton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13

First E4 second.
gavinpeach - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Andrew Deacon

Not the best route for a hot day but it went ok.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13

First e4 grate moves in a good position
Andy Peak 1 - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Cliff

wanted to do this for a while. very nice indeed, wonderful position. took a lob by keeping feet to low on the reach. walked them up a little higher and was fine.
w.pettet-smith - Lead - 18/Feb/13 with sean

danJBA - Lead - 17/Feb/13 with James Hoar

Kayan - 2nd - 17/Feb/13 with Dan Abbatt

samt - 2013

dominic lee - Lead O/S - 02/Dec/12 with nathan lee

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/12

pipof747 - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/12

sparkass - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Rob Lovatt

Neil R - 2nd dog - 27/May/12 with cliff shasby

The fall is safe
Harry Holmes - Lead dnf - 25/Mar/12 with Joanna

westaway - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/11

The crux is very good but it didn't feel more than E3.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Tom Lyons

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/11

Massive cheers to the cool Scouse blokes who let me second this.
ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/11 with Coatesy

nige - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/11 with colin struthers, mark hounslea

short but great
redjerry - TR O/S - Jul/11

Kyuzo - Lead - 03/Apr/11

harvie - Lead - 19/Mar/11 with "mad" max the guy from the guide

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/11

Beautiful day, crisp conditions, top crux scary but safe (ish).
Gambit - Lead RP - 21/Jan/11 with Paula

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/10

Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/10 with Ferdia

ferdia - 2nd - 22/Apr/10 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10

Mr Powly - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Rozzy

burto - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with fergus

Fergus Cuthill - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/10

tom.e - Lead β - 25/Mar/10 with Malcolm

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/10

dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Dec/09

Hidden - Lead β - 07/Nov/09

lukea - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/09 with Nathan M

AJ007 - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/09 with Dan

dan gibson - 2nd O/S - 19/Sep/09 with AJ

big fall, shit friction.
fennerz - Lead dnf - 14/Jun/09 with Dan Lane

chris sm - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/09 with Jon Pearson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/09 with Pete

Orlov - Lead O/S - 2009 with brandon

Hidden - Lead - 2009

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2009

Great lead by Kieran
Dave Musgrove Jnr - 2nd - Nov/08 with Kieran Leary

Pete Graham - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/08 with Luke Porter

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Oct/08

Perfect conditions, had to at least check it out and then before I knew it...I was at the top!!! Fantastic.
PenJD - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/08 with Dave Johnson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/08

reapey - 2nd rpt - 27/Sep/08 with phil

Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08

If only the pocket wasn't there.........
Franco Cookson OLD - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/08

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/08 with Ryan Brooks

ChalkBall - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/08 with Luke Brooks

Ben1983 - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/08

lead clean with beta.Climbed 2 meters right of lower arete, direct I think is more like 6a, unless you are tall.The upper arete is brilliant great moves, exposed,and run out, fantastic.
Phill Mitch - Lead β - 2008 with reapey

Hidden - Lead dnf - 23/Nov/07

Similar in difficulty to Crescent Arete, although a little scarier.
drysori - Lead O/S - 16/Nov/07

Sidekick - Lead O/S - Nov/07

The arete all the way.
Jus - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 15/Feb/07 with Ruth

jamesturnbull - Lead - 2007 with aiden

Hidden - Lead RP - 12/Jun/06

mgeek - Lead - 2006 with Dace Jabroe

'Sweet as a nut mate'
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 13/Dec/05 with Alex Mason

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/05

Did this while on coaching session with Adrian Berry.
Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - Aug/05 with Trevor Box

philhilo - Lead O/S - Apr/05 with brian rodgers, Trevor Box

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Rich Malcolm - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/04 with Darren Pallett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Dec/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/03

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 13/Apr/03 with Dean Grindle

My first UK E4. Classic climb.
highlux - Lead O/S - Apr/02

akhughes - Lead β - May/01 with Emma Hughes

tlr - Lead - 2000

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

mikedelderfield - Lead O/S - 01/May/94 with Steven Delderfield

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 01/May/94 with mik

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/94

Roget - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/91 with jim, jon

Hidden - Lead - 24/Sep/89

Billg - Lead O/S - 1988

nbotting - 1982

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