The Arch Deacon*** HVS 5a
[The big traverse on Arch Deacon, 3 kb]120m, 3 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.
M Tighe, S McNeil, J McCall Apr/1997

Ticklists: Ultimate Scottish Rock, HVS Adventures, Ultimate HVS ticklist, UK Lonely Leads.

Photo: The big traverse on Arch Deacon © Lawrie Brand
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This climb is in 53 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/15

led traverse pitch. The hardest part was to figure out exactly where the route goes, ie above all the guillemot ledges.
Joris.Roulleau - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Paul McCarthy

kp64zl - Lead - Jun/15 with Chris Imray

agree that this makes dream of white horses seem slightly tame....! awesome cliff.
tomdude - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/14 with dan moore

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jun/14

gjd - AltLd O/S - 29/May/14 with Sam Burns

Abi Chard - AltLd O/S - 28/May/14 with Ian

James Thacker - 2014

magical 2nd pitch.. one of the best routes i've ever done. despite getting vommed on by a fulmar on p3. also accidentally went direct through wee roof above ledge on p1 at about e1..
JonmapDL - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Jamie Sparkes

Best HVS I have ever done. Makes Dream look ordinary.
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Anne Peale

annep11 - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Liam Ingram

Took a while to figure out the starting point - for future ascents: the starting ledge is way above the high tide line and the pegmatite recess is invisible until you're basically in it - just head up and right above the overlaps at any point from the descent line. the middle pitch is fantastic, if a little unclear where to finish up. I took a hanging stance in the first of several Right facing corners but it appeared possible to continue traversing for at least another long pitch if the mood took you. :)
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Jon dL

Hidden - AltLd - May/13

Ben Wolstenholme - AltLd - 16/Aug/12 with John Mason

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/12 with Chris James

2nd pitch, probably a bit lost, good route anyway!
chrism225 - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with jem, Caroline

didnt think it was worth the hype in the guidebook
pete1993 - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Jake Young

pmurdy - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Nick P

Jake Young - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Pete Briggs

possibly went the wrong way, but great route anyway!
CRiddiford - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Jem, Chris

Think we took the wrong line on the traverse
Nick1812P - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Paul

Brilliant line winding its way through the roofs with lots of air under your feet. Worth 5 stars just for the traverse pitch. Take loads of cams with you as we didn't have enough.
Skinny Kin - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/12 with Neil Morbey

P2. A cool route, though ruined for me when I dropped my big blue camalot into the sea! Watch out for the hidden fulmars too!
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Fingers

Hidden - Jun/12

Middle pitch very cool.
whistler - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Mark Littlewood

adie84 - 2012

s.c.white - 2012

Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Ferdia

1st and a bit of a second, becky had too much rope drag. People could avoid it if belaying on the line of the traverse.
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Becky EUMC

Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Andy Latham

AndyL - AltLd - 20/Jun/10 with Phil Jennings

ferdia - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Andy

sgl - AltLd - 19/Jun/10 with Clare

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/10

Trevera - AltLd O/S - Jun/10 with Eva

led p2, crux traverse. Most sensational below ever at the end of this pitch!!
Pete Nugent - AltLd O/S - 31/May/10 with Richard Toon

dmoir - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/09 with John Tanner

feilx - AltLd rpt - 03/Sep/09 with Heather

Lauren Davies - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/09 with Crazy Tom

Sophie Nunn - AltLd - 30/Aug/09

I led pitches 1&3 Dave led pitch 2
John Tanner - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/09 with Dave Moir

A bit damp - best to do it in the afternoon. Intense position above the cave!
Fultonius - AltLd O/S - 20/May/09 with Ross Barnes

alreet if ye have big baws!! quite exciting none the less
dave o - AltLd O/S - 20/May/09 with Andy Inglis

Fantastic positions!
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 20/May/09 with Dave Ogden

Excellent route!
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 19/May/09 with Malcolm

sphincter training
Lawrie Brand - 2nd O/S - 18/May/09 with Dougie Harvey

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/May/09

Dougie Harvey - Lead O/S - 18/May/09 with Lawrie Brand

Ross Barnes - AltLd - May/09 with Ally

mshorter - AltLd O/S - Jul/08 with irish andy

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/07

Stone Muppet - 2007

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/02

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