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Tharf Cake* HVS 5a

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[Tharf Cake HVS 5a, 3 kb]8m. A bit of a two-move-wonder starting as for First Crack. It has small holds and the odd useful pocket. Low in the grade. © ROCKFAX
FA. John Parkin 1977

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500.

Photo: Tharf Cake HVS 5a © bobpilgrem
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This climb is in 237 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Delicate crux protected tenuously by #5 (?) brass offset - wouldn't have wanted to test it! Strong cross wind hampered balance and made the short lived crux feel quite tricky
adam clarke - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Adam Lynch

Hidden - Solo - 20/Dec/13

john lynch - Lead - 16/Nov/13 with rosie, Ant King

aking12 - 2nd O/S - 16/Nov/13 with john lynch

RosieLynch - 2nd O/S - 16/Nov/13 with Anthony King, john lynch

Fell off the crux of this. Somehow unhurt but not much fun!
Dave 88 - Solo dnf - 10/Oct/13

Ben1983 - Solo β - 06/Oct/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Oct/13

Mowglee - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/13 with Ali

rocktigger - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/13 with Clare

Ron - 2nd - 06/Aug/13 with Scott

Very nasty, decked out from the crux. Gear ripped from the crux. Moves quite nice but I'm one lucky guy. Awful landing.
Jack.Beech - Lead dnf - 30/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jun/13

Nordie_matt - 2nd - 05/Jun/13 with Matt JM Stevens

Joey C - 2nd - 05/Jun/13 with Irish Matt, Matt Stevens

Hidden - TR - 25/May/13

Tamati - Solo O/S - 28/Feb/13

john lynch - Solo rpt - 02/Feb/13

AlanPedrick - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/12

Carter - 2nd O/S - 21/Oct/12

slacky - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/12 with Andes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/12

Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 20/Oct/12 with H washbrook

al jackson - Solo - Oct/12

loco wilko - Lead - Aug/12

rkipling - TR O/S - 28/Jul/12

howden82 - TR - 28/Jul/12 with rkipling

wolverine - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/12 with Caroline Ashman

Thunderthighsontheloose - 2nd - 23/Jul/12 with Mike Hayes

joemallia - Lead rpt - 15/Jul/12 with Fidel Sciamanna

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/12

John Lewis - TR O/S - 24/Jun/12 with Maureen

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 17/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/May/12

tradguy - 2nd O/S - 05/May/12 with Ben Knudson, Rob Munday

stefie c - Lead O/S - 02/May/12 with Matt Harmon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/12

tomthecoolperson - Lead O/S - 2012 with Ben 250

Coel Hellier - Lead - 06/Nov/11

lozowen - Solo O/S - 23/Sep/11

one okay nut placement near crux.
Skell - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/11 with Gary

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/11

erica - 2nd - 13/Aug/11 with John

John Brayshaw - Lead dog - 13/Aug/11 with Erica

jac.c123 - 2nd - 10/Jul/11 with Alister, andyc123

beckywinn - 2nd - 26/Jun/11

thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 31/May/11 with Ade, Wael, Ian

Pretty steady for HVS, but nice climbing which makes you think a little.
chrisbussell - Lead O/S - 10/May/11 with Debbie Porter

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/May/11

Julie Carroll - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with Paul Williams

adstapleton - 2nd - 19/Mar/11 with Gareth Candlin

gcandlin - Lead RP - 19/Mar/11 with Adam stapleton

Leading this requires faith in a micro-wire.
Steve Waters, Mynydd - 2nd - 06/Mar/11 with Mike Tempest

Hidden - Lead - 06/Mar/11

Jim Malo - Lead dnf - 13/Nov/10 with Barry

Decided not to lead after looking at the crux move
Tony Holdsworth - 2nd O/S - 20/Oct/10 with Guido

Hidden - 20/Oct/10

max_chan - 2nd rpt - 17/Oct/10 with Phil PCC

Goody - TR O/S - 17/Oct/10 with Jane Mellor, Suzie Hughes

Just-James - TR - 07/Oct/10

ffdalton - Lead - 02/Oct/10 with Dean Dalton

julian allen - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10

tri-nitro-toulumne - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/10 with Rich Guest

parksy986 - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/10 with chris dovey

Hidden - TR O/S - 30/Aug/10

r@bag - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Nick Payne, Bernie

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Aug/10

nai - Solo O/S - 11/Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/10

Attempted this previously on lead and top rope and just couldn't do the moves so it was nice to come back and make a clean ascent with no trouble after a good days climbing!
shed_hed - Lead β - 31/Jul/10 with Andy Winter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/10

mattorford - Lead - 22/May/10

mic_b - Solo O/S - 25/Apr/10

disturbed_one51 - Lead - 17/Apr/10 with Luke Goddard

My wires didn't seem to sit in the crack, not that I tried very hard so climbed without any gear to the big pocket, Ok route but nothing special
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/10 with Ian

gibbo38 - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/10 with martin

Mr Sparkle - Solo O/S - 08/Apr/10

davidwright - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/10 with MJP

MJP - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/10 with Dave Wright

Hidden - 2010

katyvose1 - 2010

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Dec/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Dec/09

Whitty2012 - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/09

Hardcore Pat - Solo - 26/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Sep/09

First grit HVS attempt. Had to rest on the one piece of marginal gear, which came out as I was pulling up the jugs afterwards.
Monkey_Alan - Lead dog - 20/Sep/09 with Viskii Chicu

Hidden - Lead - 17/Sep/09

shed_hed - Lead dnf - 23/Aug/09 with James Allen

phja - TR RP - 23/Aug/09 with darren

simonp - Solo O/S - Jul/09

maybe_si - Solo O/S - 05/Jun/09

charley - TR O/S - 24/May/09 with Kev

Tithe Technique - TR - 24/May/09 with Charley

Hidden - TR - 03/May/09

Hidden - TR RP - 25/Apr/09

markburgin83 - TR - 25/Apr/09 with TonyBBBB

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead β - 13/Apr/09

fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with liv_the_div

climbed on top rope before leading.Decent wire in a crack/pocket protects the crux moves up to the right to gain centre of wall, then a long reach for a big pocket.
bobpilgrem - Lead β - 08/Apr/09 with Bob/Tom

failed on first attempt clean after watching dad do it nice route-small flake on right good enough to balance up to huge juggy pockets
tompilgrem - TR RP - 08/Apr/09 with Dad

Ollie B - Solo O/S - 29/Mar/09

Hidden - Solo - 20/Mar/09

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/09

jsrous - Lead dog - 2009 with HPC

Hidden - 2009

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2009

Hidden - Lead - 2009

Hidden - Lead - 2009

Hidden - Lead - 2009

Hidden - Lead - 2009

Hidden - 2009

Diggler - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/08 with RCrockford

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Jul/08

Mark Dennison - Lead - 24/Jun/08

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Solo O/S - 10/Jun/08

Hidden - Solo O/S - 04/Jun/08

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 24/May/08 with George MacIntyre

Hidden - TR O/S - 13/May/08

Hidden - TR O/S - 13/May/08

john lynch - TR - 28/Feb/08 with Bo Robertson

BenJacobs - Lead dog - 08/Feb/08 with Luke

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Feb/08

Hidden - Solo - Feb/08

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/08

Jim Walton - 2008

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

sadams - Solo - 16/Nov/07 with Catherine Adams

Didn't have the conviction on the crux and backed of...
frankcp87 - Lead dnf - 09/Nov/07 with Jon Rous

might have a go at this on a lead, when its not dark, cold and windy....
frankcp87 - TR O/S - 06/Nov/07 with Jon Rous

stooby - 2nd dog - 04/Nov/07 with Charlie

Hidden - TR - 14/Oct/07

erinbastian - TR - 14/Oct/07

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Sep/07

One fall after starting too far right. Clean on first attempt at first line. Lead next time.
dfbpdave - TR dog - 09/Sep/07

Did the proper route this time, starting in the crack on the left. Slightly less worrying with a bit of decent gear.
adam carless - Lead rpt - 25/Aug/07 with Adrian

bullwinkle - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/07 with Paul

Jacob Ram - TR - 11/Jun/07 with elisa best

From the ground we knew this would be a project. The last half of the slab requires an incredibly balancy rock over with no decent hand-holds, and then some very delicate footwork. Hard for the grade, and it took me a number of attempts to get the lead. I felt better after both Claire & Richard Battersby lobbed on the second! Putting a poor number 1 nut in a small hold probably didn't help.
Mark_RMC - Lead - 10/Jun/07 with Claire Smart

Hidden - 2nd - 02/May/07

Monk - Solo - 15/Apr/07 with Matt B, Kylie, Mandy, Sam

The Boy Riley - Lead - 15/Apr/07

FrankW - Lead rpt - 14/Apr/07 with Jane T

mikej - TR - 05/Apr/07 with Rick Naylor

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/07

climbingpixie - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/07 with Shaun

found it a very worrying route, didn't use the left hand crack for gear though, and missed the first pocket.
adam carless - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/07 with SecretSquirrel

Rjukan - Lead O/S - 2007 with George E

Hidden - 2007

Scott N - 2007

Wayne S - Lead O/S - 2007 with Jon Croxford

Tom Last - Lead O/S - 16/Dec/06 with Dad

Oddjob - Solo O/S - 16/Dec/06

Brown - Solo O/S - Nov/06 with Henry

Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Oct/06

Col Allott - Solo O/S - 08/Oct/06 with Alex Sturrock

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Sep/06

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 30/Sep/06

Hidden - Solo - 30/Sep/06

Hidden - Solo rpt - 24/Sep/06

max_chan - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Lou

Hidden - 2nd - 28/May/06

Hidden - Solo - 06/May/06

Paz - Solo O/S - 15/Apr/06

Hidden - 2006

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

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

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - May/05

Rampikino - Lead - 10/Apr/05 with Rob Wilson

cant remember it
Alex Mason - Lead - Jan/05 with keith poskitt, rob lonsdale, andy g

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jul/04

leon - Lead O/S - Jul/04 with Amanda Skeldon

darren1 - 03/May/04

Tim W - 2nd rpt - 03/May/04 with Mark Eaton, Darren Miller

Mark A Humphries - Solo - 06/Feb/04

Hidden - 2004

Hidden - Lead - 07/Dec/03

Hidden - 2nd RP - 07/Jun/03

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/May/03

Neil Curtis - 2nd - 22/Mar/03 with Alan Barnes

loonyclimber - Lead - Mar/03

Monk - Lead O/S - 2003

John Lisle - Lead - 17/Aug/02 with NW

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/02

Hidden - Lead - 08/Dec/01

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/00

phardman - Lead O/S - 29/May/00 with Teresa

cem - Lead O/S - 14/May/00 with Mladen

Laramadness - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/00 with Matt Lawson

tlr - Solo - 2000

FrankW - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/99 with Alex F

r0b - Solo O/S - 09/May/99

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Aug/98

Hidden - TR - 16/Aug/98

Hidden - Lead dnf - 10/May/98

Tim W - Lead RP - 12/Apr/98 with Pete Apps

not too cold
ellie macpherson - 2nd - 07/Feb/98 with Ian Holmes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

martroberts - Solo O/S - 27/Jul/97

Hidden - Solo - 06/Apr/97

Karl Bromelow - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/97

Hidden - 1997

Phil West - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/96 with David Atherton

BlueJohn - Solo - 20/Apr/96

Rog Wilko - Lead - Jun/95 with Alan Nuttall

cragspud - Lead - 1995

Phil1967 - TR - Aug/94 with Ed

Podling - Lead - Jun/94

Hidden - Solo - 10/Oct/93

Hidden - Solo - 04/Oct/93

Hidden - Solo - 08/Aug/93

andrewbooth1000 - TR dog - 1993 with Bruv

Chris the Tall - Solo O/S - May/92

NickJH - 1992

Roget - Solo O/S - 26/Dec/91

On LH side of slab. Also top roped a direct version
Iain Thow - Lead - 06/May/89 with Paul Whatley, Steve di Ponio

babymoac - 2nd - 01/May/89 with MTW & Howard

goi.ashmore - Solo β - 30/Jun/88

Hidden - Solo - 25/Oct/87

Andy Say - Solo - 26/Jul/87

Hidden - Solo - 14/Jun/87

John Marsland - Solo - 26/Oct/86

Hidden - Solo - 26/Oct/86

Mark Kemball - Lead - 03/Dec/83 with Chris Jones

Anton Eady - 1983

Hidden - Solo - 14/Nov/82

Hidden - Solo - 08/Nov/81

Hidden - Solo - 27/Jun/80

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1980

Hidden - Solo - 16/Jun/79

Andy Fielding - Solo - 1979

Hidden - Lead - 05/Nov/78

Mark Kemball - Solo - 29/Oct/78

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Voting
Total votes cast 130
hard E10 of 45
E10 of 45
easy E11 of 45
hard HVS2 of 45
HVS29 of 45
easy HVS6 of 45
hard VS7 of 45
VS0 of 45
easy VS0 of 45
hard 5b0 of 44
5b0 of 44
easy 5b4 of 44
hard 5a1 of 44
5a30 of 44
easy 5a8 of 44
hard 4c1 of 44
4c0 of 44
easy 4c0 of 44
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Style of ascent

Soloed58 of 237 (24.5%)
Lead100 of 237 (42.2%)
Followed38 of 237 (16.0%)
Toproped26 of 237 (11.0%)
Unknown15 of 237 (6.3%)

'Climbed'108 of 237 (45.6%)
clean O/S95 of 237 (40.1%)
clean β5 of 237 (2.1%)
clean rpt9 of 237 (3.8%)
clean RP6 of 237 (2.5%)
dogged7 of 237 (3.0%)
dnf7 of 237 (3.0%)