Grip* E2 5b
[Gripped! Mike Birkby on 'Downhill Racer'
E4 6a. Froggatt., 3 kb]18m.

Rockfax Description
Start up the green groove just right then continue up the arete (runners in Heather Wall) which manages to feel surprisingly independent once you get going! © ROCKFAX

FA. Gary Gibson 1978

Photo: Gripped! Mike Birkby on 'Downhill Racer' E4 6a. Froggatt. © Pod
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This climb is in 91 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Lovely corner crack to start then onto the arete, though I think I used the crack too much to really get the grade, Amazing slabby section at the top
atom - 2nd β - 09/Aug/14 with Lee Pendleton

j4star - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/14 with Jess Rogers, Jon Ridley

jon_ridley - 2nd - 30/Jul/14 with Jess Rogers, Jonny Forster

dan_blair87 - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/14

Dodgy litchen on some of the smears.
mapperley samurai - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/14 with Dan Blair

Hidden - TR O/S - 01/Jul/14

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 19/May/14 with Ben Ochner, Jonny P

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 17/May/14

stephenhartley - 2nd - 26/Feb/14 with Rich H

amccann - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/13

pearson9596 - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/13 with Pete Hiscox

Seconded this a few years ago, quite committing once you've left the final ledge.
MD - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/13 with Jo

Not hugely pumpy but hugely committing.
Happy Wanderer - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Mike D

georgedunton - 2nd O/S - 19/May/13 with Ian J F Sutcliffe

ianjfsutcliffe - Lead O/S - 19/May/13 with George, Coatesy

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/May/13

slappy on the arete.
rurp - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/13

JdotP - 2nd O/S - 05/Jan/13 with Mr Sparkles

JamieSparkes - Lead β - 05/Jan/13 with JP

there was a rope on Grip and I'd already done that so I thought "why not". One move which might be worrying on lead before the good holds arrive.
adam carless - TR O/S - 27/Oct/12 with victim of mathematics

Attempted, got a few moves up, but backed off and finished on Heather Wall. Could do it, but windy and head not quite in the game. Really want to come back and lead now - maybe a bit of top-rope practice first?
andyjirvin - Lead dnf - 18/Sep/12

Led clean. Seconded about 6 months ago. Surely runners in Heather Wall aren't in at E2. Felt spot on E2 without.
deacondeacon - Lead - 13/Sep/12

Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 13/Sep/12 with Andrew Deckon

jshields - Lead - 19/Aug/12 with Mike Dowsett

MikeDowsett - 2nd - 19/Aug/12 with jshields

Top is all there.
Gareth Bowen - 2nd β - 14/Jun/12 with Tom Challen

tchallen99 - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/12

Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 18/May/12 with Si 2

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/May/12

tomthecoolperson - Lead O/S - 08/May/12 with Andrew

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/12

Chi Cheng - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/11 with Jon Fane

2 cams in the low break. Found this quite sequency, good moves on pinches, pebbles, smears and a mono pocket :)
SGD - Lead - 28/Mar/11 with Vicky Holmes

JamieSparkes - TR O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Ben Finlay, Claire Holland

llamaglama - TR - 19/Mar/11 with Jam

Deserves a star. Some lovely moves at the top. Agree that there's no need (at the given grade) for runners in Heather Wall after the break.
PeteH - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/11 with Mark Watson

mwatson - 2011

jfane - Lead O/S - 2011

chris sm - 2nd rpt - 24/Jul/10 with Jon Pearson

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/10

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

tom.e - Lead β - 21/Apr/10 with Tom Powell

Mr Powly - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10 with Tom Everett

JPGR - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Yvette

Pete Graham - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10 with Chris Dorey

gazfellows - 2nd - 14/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/10

David Smith - 2nd - 2010

Didn't place gear in heather wall and don't think side runners are really acceptable at the grade. There are bomber cams in the break, which is admittedly quite a long way down once you reach the top move(s), but for E2 i don't think side runners should be allowed. the gear in the break is more than adequate.
felixthelion - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Rob

Nice route even with the foot popping, at which point I was gripped, all turned out nicely though.
sasmojo - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with James W

Neil D - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Boriz Korzh

BorisVBlade - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Neil Dowse

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Sep/09

Nice route.
chris sm - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/09 with Pippa Froggatt

Excellent, shame it's quite eliminate as the climbing is of good quality. Worth at least a star I think.
AlistairB - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Neil R

Neil R - 2nd - 02/Aug/09 with Alistair

MD - 2nd - 21/Mar/09 with Misha

Misha - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/09

Robert Besford - 2nd O/S - 2009 with Felix

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/08

PenJD - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/08 with Heather Swift

fizzy_elephant - Lead rpt - 24/May/08 with Amy Baker

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Apr/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Mar/08

Nice finish up the steep slab and arete..
Jamie Light - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/08 with Dom Stockton

Dom Whillans - Lead O/S - Feb/08 with jamie light

John Lisle - 2008 with Clive

Scary, only used gear at the base of the arete, feels more independent that way.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 2008 with Tom Ramsden

Runners in Heather Wall are out.
Tom Last - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/07 with Caroline and Cordelia

tatz45 - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/07 with Mark Boden

Foot slipped on some lichen. 100% Heart in mouth awesome lead from Andre.
Oddjob - 2nd dog - 25/Feb/07 with Andre

donkster - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Ropeboy - Lead - 19/Nov/06

Andrew Sloan - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/06

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - Nov/06 with Andy, Steve

Really nice route. Spot the pocket and go and its over in a flash.
fizzy_elephant - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/06 with stu

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/06 with John Sargeant

Hidden - TR - 15/Apr/06

david morse - 2nd - Apr/06 with chris todd

mattwyles1 - Lead O/S - 2006

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

SteveM - Lead - 16/Apr/05 with Catt

First E2
Tobias at Home - Lead O/S - 2005 with Mick's Daughter

cem - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/04 with Graham Dolman

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

marcoleptic - TR - 2000 with Ben

Hidden - TR dog - Jun/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/95

Ian Clare - 1984

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