The Trial*** E3 6a
[Perfect conditions on the sandstone, 4 kb]

Rockfax Description
10m. The centre of the wall gives a classic pitch, sustained climbing on generally good holds leads to the highest break, then move left and sprint up the flake to the top. © ROCKFAX

Photo: Perfect conditions on the sandstone © Ally Hill
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This climb is in 84 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

Soloed a few times over past 20 yrs, gear unlikely to hold.
Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 04/Jul/15 with Kasia Osipowicz

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jul/15

went up with gear, realised there was none, climbed back down, soloed :)
PeteWilson - Solo O/S - 16/Apr/15 with josh

Tried soloing a few times but got pumped and downclimbed, then we found an OK cam to protect the crux which made it easier to commit to.
robertmctague - Lead β - 12/Oct/14

Down climbed from second break which was probably harder than continuing.... No gear where I'd hoped and sandy holds at the top with a leg breaker of a fall. 5c felt fair.
stugreen75 - Lead dnf - 24/Sep/14 with Ewan

benj_d - 18/Jul/14

AlexRenshaw - Lead - 17/Jul/14 with Ted Lister

Really pleased, and not quite as hard as I'd expected. Just high!
salix - Solo β - 18/May/14 with Neus, Topher

samwillo - Lead - 11/Mar/14 with Malin Kvist

malinkvist - 2nd dog - 11/Mar/14

petegunn - Solo - 29/Oct/13 with Davina

Hidden - Solo - 20/Jul/13

no gear though!
cooperman - Lead β - 07/Jun/13 with Shelley Barlow

Pretty ok, the top is good fun ^^
Shea - Solo O/S - 05/May/13

Dr Toph - Solo rpt - 17/Feb/13

Matt Harle - Lead - 21/Oct/12

robertmichaeladams - Solo - 07/Oct/12 with Bex, Bethan

Got 7 meters up and figured that this would be a solo and not a lead! Got to the break after the undercling then had to jump off due to a worried Belayer and lack of gas due to hanging around trying to look for placements. Will return with a bouldering mat i think!!
williamsd79 - Lead dnf - 19/Aug/12

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 05/Jun/12 with Joanna

poor gear, prob better to solo.
Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 05/May/12 with Dave West

Russell Birkett - Solo O/S - 14/Apr/12

got much higher than last time, bottled it twice at the hold above the last break. although jumping off from near the top is completely fine onto pads.
The Big Sender - Solo dnf - 31/Mar/12 with Fergus Cuthill

Finally committed and topped out
Fergus Cuthill - Solo RP - 31/Mar/12

Scampie - 17/Mar/12

Yes! committed to it at last and topped it out : )
petegunn - Solo - 08/Mar/12 with Davina

gaz.marshall - Solo β - 19/Feb/12 with Richie

Hidden - Sent O/S - 10/Dec/11

Hidden - Sent dnf - 19/Nov/11

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 22/Oct/11 with Myself!

The Big Sender - Solo dnf - 01/Oct/11 with Fergus Cuthill

Hidden - Lead dnf - 04/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 15/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/May/11

andi turner - Solo - 14/Apr/11 with Jon Read

To the top break only.
kingholmesy - Sent O/S - 2011

backpack - 2011

Not nearly as tricky as I thought it might be.
Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 03/Jul/10

just bouldered first half
jamiefoxen - Sent dnf - 03/Jul/10

got to the 2nd break and began to wish that the ground was closer - maybe next time ill try find some gear and get a bit closer to the top before chickening out- moves felt easier today
Woodiee - Sent dnf - 15/May/10 with Rob Clark

very dynamic moves fell a couple of times but well placed mats helped easy once i worked out the sequence
mantle87 - Solo RP - May/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Solo β - 09/Dec/09

Dave Warburton - Solo rpt - 17/Oct/09 with Will Hunt

buzby78 - Solo β - 11/Oct/09 with McGeek

I am rubbish. Been up this four times now to the same point and just haven't had the balls to commit.
Andy Moles - Solo dnf - 04/Oct/09

Hidden - Solo β - 04/Oct/09

Hidden - Solo β - 04/Oct/09

chickened out on the "commiting move" to the break
Woodiee - Solo dnf - 17/Sep/09 with Dave Smith

dj_brigham05 - Solo rpt - 27/Aug/09

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

dj_brigham05 - Solo O/S - 19/Jul/09 with Emily Ward

easiest E3 i've ever done.
Dave Warburton - Solo O/S - 08/Jul/09 with Franco Cookson

mshorter - Solo O/S - 13/Jun/08

Hidden - Solo - Jun/08

Jon Read - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Bunch of lankies

westaway - Lead O/S - Jan/08

CBA - 2008

gforce - Solo - 15/Sep/07 with The beach boys

mgeek - Solo O/S - 09/Jul/07 with Tony Stone

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/07

5c tech grade, pretty tricky and high!
dodfoster - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/07 with heather muirden

akhughes - Solo O/S - Jan/07

Locals beta: Laying away with your right hand on the layaway is better than the more obvious rocking up using it with your left hand. Traditionally graded HVS now gets E3 I think.
shark - Solo β - 13/Nov/05

ewen - Lead - Jun/05 with clare-dev

ali_robb - Lead - 2005

gypsy3006 - Lead O/S - Sep/03

Hidden - Solo O/S - Oct/02

Hidden - Solo - Mar/02

Hidden - Solo - Aug/01

Beardyman - 2000

whispering nic - 2000

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo - 10/Oct/98

Roget - Solo O/S - 08/Sep/98

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/96

Should've been doing my dissertation, great summer's climbing tho'
Evoman - Solo - Jul/96

whispering nic - Solo - 31/Mar/96

mattnuttall - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/95

Hidden - 1995

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/94

John Southworth - Solo O/S - Oct/93 with Andy Fowkes

Led but poor protection, better to solo with a good pad.
Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/90 with Bob Smith

Soloed with ample encouragement from below - necky but it's worth digging deep and going for the break. Excellent route but not E3!
allmag - Solo - 01/May/89

Bruce Kerr - Solo - 28/Aug/88

Hidden - 1980

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