Dark Continent*** E1 5c
[Dank Day, 2 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
A fine climb up the left-hand side of the face. Pull through the roof using a flake-crack then easier climbing leads to a blank section. This is climbed by a hard semi-mantelshelf (large cams) then move left to finish through the bulges with a flourish. © ROCKFAX

FA. Phil Burke 1978

Ticklists: Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Stanage E1 Challenge (1989 Guide), Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, Ultimate E1 ticklist.

Photo: Dank Day © Dave Foster
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This climb is in 268 logbooks, and on 32 wishlists.

Fantastic climbing throughout. Baffling crux. Up and down a few times before finding something that worked which was completely the opposite to the way Tony did it.
BTphonehome - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/15 with Tony

tatz45 - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/15 with Chris Pembroke

tmawer - 2nd rpt - 29/Aug/15 with Bram

benlatham07 - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/15

ned_85 - Lead - 15/Aug/15 with Ben Latham

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/15

Mowglee - Lead RP - 25/Jul/15 with Ali

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/15

drysori - Lead - 16/May/15 with Everyone!

Brannock - 2nd - 16/May/15

Only slightly harder than Congo Corner.
ralphio - Lead O/S - 01/May/15 with Simon

drysori - TR - 20/Apr/15

Hidden - 2015

theotherpetehill - Lead O/S - 09/Nov/14 with Caroline Culwick

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Nov/14

the power - Lead dnf - 29/Oct/14 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/14

Mowglee - Lead dnf - 12/Oct/14 with Ali

greenclimb - Lead - 05/Oct/14

Left hand jam, mantle with right hand to get high enough and reach good pocket with right.
nick ferro - 2nd O/S - 28/Sep/14

Being massive dusnt help:-)
Andy Peak 1 - 28/Sep/14

Found easy this time on the second.
ChrisBrooke - 2nd - 22/Aug/14 with Duncan Bell

.5cm short finished up Congo
rurp - Lead dnf - 05/Aug/14

p.j.deacon - 2nd dog - 04/Aug/14

Jake Young - 2nd O/S - 30/Jul/14 with Nick

Nick1812P - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/14 with Jake

climb the peak - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14

Long reach just too far for my stumpy arms!
RFWilkie - 2nd dog - 29/Jun/14 with Mark

Took a couple of wobbly retreats from the long stretch before I made it but very pleased when I got there. Not a route for the short!
Thinker01 - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with RFWilkie

One fall on the crux. went with wrong foot. Rest was OK
Gambit - Lead dog - 26/Jun/14 with Mark Leicester

the power - Lead dnf - 11/Jun/14 with Paul Hy

mynyddresident - Lead - 07/Jun/14 with KP

Clean this time. Brilliant crux move.
gavinpeach - Lead rpt - 06/Jun/14 with Andy Finney

Probably HVS before and after the crux. Took a few efforts to be able to do the crux move and latch my fingers on to the reachy handhold. Nice move though and safe as houses. Left foot first. Tricky.
gavinpeach - Lead dog - 05/Jun/14 with Hellen

helin - 2nd dog - 05/Jun/14 with gavin

WillDoyle - 2nd - 01/Jun/14

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/14 with Ben Ochner

Clean, tick.
Jim Slater - Lead rpt - 29/Mar/14 with John Max

Couldn't do the crux stretch, moved right
john max - 2nd dog - 29/Mar/14 with Jim Slater

couldn't do long reach
mike lawrence? - 12/Mar/14 with luca

Goose4 - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/14 with Tom Adams

fuck knows how the crux goes hahaha
the power - Lead dnf - 16/Feb/14 with Andy

silly fall on hard move, picked wrong pocket!
ashtond6 - Lead - 16/Feb/14

brill one move wonder stand on small pebbles and co for it!
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 16/Feb/14 with phill ukc

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 02/Jan/14 with Greg Rimmer

Bob - 2014

Tim Sparrow - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Party pice route, the very tall need not apply:-?
Andy Peak 1 - 2014

Dan Arkle - 2014

I cud not second this a few years ago, now it feels like a walk in the park:-)
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 08/Oct/13

dr_botnik - 2nd O/S - 08/Oct/13 with Andy, Phil Taylor

Hidden - Lead rpt - 15/Sep/13

Great route - spent ages trying to work out the crux but when finally sussed it the move seemed ok and not to reachy.
Gudge - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/13 with Coel Hellier

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/13

Spent an eternity at the reach but with a bit of encouragement finally made the move. Nice sunset!
Hardcore Pat - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/13 with CJ Carter

fell several times on the big reach, finished on congo, abseiled later and took a look to the subsequent holds
Lotoni - Lead dnf - 27/Jul/13

joese7en - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13

Tight rope on hard move near top
Neil R - 2nd dog - 30/Jun/13 with Tim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/13

Cool route.. crux took some working out, good feeling when I finally cracked it. Rest on lower moves through the overhang.
Jim Slater - Lead dog - 21/Jun/13 with David Brown

Failed. Tried the move wrong. Need to go back and finish. Left foot up next time not right.
Mark Grist - Lead dnf - 04/Jun/13 with Sam Simpson

Sam Simpson - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/13 with Mark Grist

What a great route! 3 stars! Really reachy so felt top end of 5c for a shorty like me but well protected so E1 spot on grade.
climberchristy - Lead O/S - 31/May/13 with Ben Cole

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Feb/13

just couldn't reach the hold and the slopey edge of it wasn't enough
catblack - 2nd dog - 09/Oct/12 with Andy Barker

Blimey this was only just! Quite a height dependant crux and felt like solid 5c to me at 170cm. Top route!
martroberts - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12

Erm, tried it the wrong way and muffed it. Easier the other way, but still quite hard.
jwpil - 2nd dog - 28/Aug/12 with Jon

deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/12

Haydn Jones - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/12 with deacon

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Tom Jagger

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead rpt - 18/Aug/12 with Fran Santos

JamieSparkes - 2nd rpt - 11/Aug/12 with Fergus Cuthill, Tom Eadington

random slip off the start
The Big Sender - Lead - 11/Aug/12 with jamie sparks

redjerry - 2nd - Aug/12

darlolad - TR - 25/Jul/12

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

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 12/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 17/Jun/12

disturbed_one51 - 2nd - 10/Jun/12 with Will Ward, Wee man

Tried to lead and bailed off on the mantelshelf. I'm claiming vertical challengeness on this one!
Jonathan Hall - 2nd - 10/Jun/12 with Will Ward

Tamati - Lead - Jun/12

Mr Sparkle - Lead O/S - 23/May/12 with Chris Taylor

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/12

Incredible rock up move!
Maxim2023 - Lead O/S - Mar/12 with Matt Smith

Hidden - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 2012 with Cat Black

Hidden - 2012

Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 28/Oct/11

Lev - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 15/Oct/11

Extreme cake again! Hard move, but not hard for E1 overall. Excellent
Cake - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11 with Matt

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - Oct/11

Lovely varied route with nice pumpy jugs and a cool leg hook over the block followed by a cool technical move and a nice headwall. Not quite as good as Congo Corner though all in all. Beta for crux is use a hand jam! Felt about two grades easier than desperation so surprised to see that people think it's hard for grade!
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/11 with Sam

Crux move looks hard and unlikely but was actually okay
mark20 - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/11

Douglas - 2nd - 16/Sep/11 with Alex Winter

Bit of farting about before the crux. Great stuff.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/11 with Doug

Hidden - Lead dnf - 09/Aug/11

really fun route, nice strecth
al123 - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/11 with alex

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/11

awsome move! nice lower hardbit too, interesting all the way.3 star
w.pettet-smith - Lead - Aug/11 with claire jane carter

Alex 74 - 2nd - 23/Jul/11 with Dan P.

key to this one - dig deeper!
JamieSparkes - Lead β - 13/Jul/11 with Ally Rocke, Liam Ingram

allyrocke - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Jamie Sparkes

Superb varied climbing.
Ahab - Lead O/S - Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/11

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/11 with loundsy

Ben Harper - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Gideon Mordecai

gidmord - 2nd β - 11/Jun/11 with Ben Harper

What a great route.
Dave Foster - 2nd O/S - 27/May/11 with Si 2

Hidden - Lead - 27/May/11

Its a long way!!!
JRae - Lead - 24/May/11 with P Latham

cool route. high foot rockover.
Chi Cheng - Lead O/S - 06/May/11 with Jon Fane, Rachel Stater

Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 06/May/11 with Jon Fane, Chi Huo Cheng

psychicbread - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/11 with Max

barrowclough - 2nd dog - 27/Mar/11 with Spod

john lynch - 2nd O/S - 26/Mar/11 with Lewis Andrew

Tony Holdsworth - Lead β - 24/Mar/11 with Ian Holtby

Hidden - Lead - 2011

uphillnow - 2011

jfane - Lead O/S - 2011

Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 2011 with nelil

Hidden - Dec/10

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Oct/10

No where near getting this. Headed off right onto congo corner.
Andrew Sloan - Lead dnf - 09/Oct/10 with Tim

What a move! Now I need to lead it.
AsleepOnBelay - 2nd O/S - 22/Sep/10 with Johannes

stephenhartley - 2nd - 05/Sep/10 with Burns

haydng - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10 with John, Hannah, Cal

very hard crux in comparison to the rest of the route
JamieSparkes - 2nd dog - 27/Aug/10 with Andrew Latham

very tricky 5c bouldering type move above totally bomber gear . brill !
cobweb - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Roger Waterworth, martyn hopson

Adam Potter - Lead O/S - 24/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/May/10

Pete Graham - Lead - 18/Apr/10 with James Fleming

cool moves (like the funky heel hook to gain the Congo Corner traverse) on good jugs and good jams on steep rock, followed by a contrasting delicate crux and romping through the bulges above make for a 3* route in my book, a great end to the day :D
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/10 with Byron Buck

Seymore Butt - 2010

ryanjones - Lead O/S - 2010 with Nick Mattia

Sean Kelly - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 07/Nov/09

Hidden - Lead - 13/Oct/09

moved onto congo corner to avoid long reach jam move, quality route though.
Milne - 2nd O/S - 13/Oct/09 with dave saxby

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 06/Sep/09

bigphil - Lead O/S - 25/May/09 with Paul Willinson

greenclimb - Lead rpt - 23/May/09 with Sarah

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/09

Good gear but top end E1 for sure. Initial pumpy steepness with a stretchy crux up on the headwall. Interest maintained to the top with some abrasive jamming in horizontal breaks.
Owen W-G - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/09 with Tony Seale

Skell - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/09 with Kelvin

Didn't get through the overhang!
Sankey - 2nd dnf - 04/Apr/09 with Luke

danm - 2nd - 03/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/09

or maybe 2010, memory's not what it was
Alex@home - Lead O/S - Mar/09 with The Doctor

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2009


kingholmesy - 2nd O/S - 2009 with Andy S

Sal37 - Lead O/S - 2009

Had about 10 attempts at crux move before getting it. Had to veer off right at top as had run out of cams...very tough crux move.
Andrew Sloan - Lead rpt - 12/Oct/08 with Malik

lowersharpnose - Lead rpt - 19/Sep/08 with John Nuttall

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Sep/08

Well protected by BIG friends, a very long balancy reach. A great safe 5c move, very photogenic too.
clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/08 with Mike Nuttall

MikeLeeds - 2nd O/S - 10/Sep/08 with Clive Greenwood

Couldn't make the crux reach above the good break. Damn these short arms ;-)
SteveM - 2nd dog - 10/Sep/08 with Clive

Martin Haworth - Lead dnf - 23/Aug/08 with Andy

Andrew Sloan - 2nd dog - 23/Aug/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Aug/08

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/08 with Niall

Leader bottled the top section and moved right to the finishing moves of the link.
IAmAStone - 2nd - 29/Jul/08 with Liz Swanson

bullwinkle - 2nd rpt - 17/Jun/08 with Jon & Luke

Desperate. Felt like eng 6a/b for me (short and inflexible)
Jon_Warner - 2nd dnf - 06/Jun/08 with Dave Pattinson

derico - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/08 with Sadact

great route, get those hip flexers going, tip: step up with your left foot.
roberto18 - Lead - 05/Jun/08 with Dad (Mike Bridges)

needed tight rope,just wasn`t supple enough to stretch for the break!
mike bridges - 2nd RP - 04/Jun/08 with Robert Bridges

Finally committed to and did the crux after a backing off once before. Seemed easy when it went!
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/08

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 08/May/08

Nicos - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/08 with simon shaw

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Mark Walter - 2nd dog - 12/Oct/07 with Paul Black

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Aug/07

very good - really nice crux, well protected by large cams
ksjs - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/07 with sarah

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/07 with Neil Pope

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/07

crux reach felt really hard 1st go then easy on 2nd try when i worked out short mans way
craig d - Lead RP - 29/Jun/07 with Simon Kincaid

Joe Dove - 2nd - 10/Jun/07 with paul

Hidden - 10/Jun/07

galpinos - 2nd O/S - 25/May/07 with lowersharpnose

Hidden - Lead dog - 03/May/07

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/07

finished up Congo Corner
Stig - Lead dnf - 24/Mar/07 with Maciek

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/06

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/06 with martina

Xav - 2nd O/S - 21/Oct/06 with sean jacobs

Pretty ignominius defeat low down
Chris the Tall - Lead dnf - 21/Sep/06 with Nick Smith

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 21/Sep/06

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/06 with John Nightingale

mel holmes - 2nd - 25/May/06

One to come back to
timharrison - Lead dnf - 29/Apr/06 with Trevor Macalonan

Fell once at crux 5c reach off undercut jam. First time fallen on E1 for ages, oh well. Tough move.
Ram MkiV - Lead dog - 10/Apr/06 with Alex and Parker

Si dH - 2nd dog - 21/Sep/05 with Neil Furniss

Apharri - 2nd - Mar/05 with Dave Wharton

Hidden - Lead RP - Jun/03

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 03/May/03 with Ian Smith

Paz - Lead - Apr/03 with MH

phardman - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/02

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/02

Hidden - Lead - 16/Feb/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/01

Jody - Lead O/S - Jul/00 with JD

tlr - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Urgles - Lead O/S - 2000

Boy - 2000

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

nige - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 16/Jun/97

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/97 with Dave Plummer

WB - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/97 with Guy

Jon Read - Lead O/S - 1997

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 11/Apr/96 with Robert Durran

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Mar/96

ChrisJD - Lead - 04/Nov/95 with TimSp

John Southworth - Solo O/S - 16/Jul/95

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/95 with Paul Tanton

Hidden - Lead - 26/Mar/95

Hidden - 26/Mar/95

nai - Lead - 1995

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jul/94

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jul/94

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/94 with Dee Herbert

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/94

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jul/93

mikedelderfield - Lead O/S - 01/May/93 with Steven Delderfield

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/92

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 19/May/92 with mik

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/92

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Oct/91

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/91 with KM

sadams - Lead - 01/Mar/91 with Kev Mellieu

steve taylor - Lead - 1991 with stumpy

NickJH - 1991

Billg - Lead O/S - Sep/90 with Dave Gregory

Roget - Lead O/S - 13/May/90 with jim, jon

Hidden - Lead - 17/Mar/90

Hidden - Lead - 04/Oct/89

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jun/89

phardman - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/89 with Simon Marsh

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/87

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jul/87

Hidden - Lead - 29/Nov/86

Neil R - 2nd - 29/Sep/86 with Mark

Tom V - Lead - 21/Jul/86 with Howie Darwin

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/86

GordonHart - Solo O/S - 1986

Hidden - Lead - 1986

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Apr/84

Hidden - Lead - 07/May/83

Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 23/Oct/82 with Andy Wild

Found this hard at the time. Thus never felt inspired to try to solo it.
stp - Lead - 12/Jun/82

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Lead - 1982 with Bob Higginbotham

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 05/Dec/81 with Paul Clark

paul__in_sheffield - Lead - 1980

andy gittins - 1979

Canyak - 1973

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