Downhill Racer*** E4 6a
[DownHill racer!, 2 kb]16m.

Rockfax Description
Climb the slab left of the shallow groove then step left and make a fierce, fingery mantelshelf to better holds and an uphill finger-traverse to ledges. One more scary move remains. A super-technical left-hand start is around f7A+. © ROCKFAX

FA. Pete Livesey 1977

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Best slab climbs of the UK, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, World Graded List, Peak Rock/14/Gritstone After the Gold Rush, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Fast & Free: Pete Livesay's Top 30 British Classics.

Photo: DownHill racer! © MorganPreece
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Westway Climbing Weekend
Michael Hellyer - TR dnf - 05/Jul/15

ellis - Sent β - 13/May/15 with Dave Musgrove

BenjaminLinneRyn - Solo O/S - 11/May/15

Crux is hard for the short, and hard for 6a
Tom.Priestley - TR dog - 10/May/15

tcn_2002 - TR - 19/Apr/15

Hidden - TR RP - 06/Apr/15

Only one fall at the same point as normal. Got that move second attempt. So close to getting this clean now.
Morgan P - TR dog - 07/Mar/15

The move left is hard but starting to get essayer
Andy Peak 1 - TR - 10/Feb/15 with shunt

bwestwood - Sent x - 02/Feb/15

Hidden - Solo RP - 04/Jan/15

Can definitely get it TR. Just need a few more goes. The crux needs a super high rockover to make the reach
Maddie - TR dog - 04/Jan/15 with Alun, remus, Dennis999

M_Robinson - TR dog - 25/Dec/14 with Ian Robinson

Hidden - TR RP - Dec/14

petegunn - TR - 28/Oct/14 with Davina

Failed onsight on mantle
rurp - TR dog - 27/Oct/14

rurp - TR rpt - 27/Oct/14

Finally did all the moves with only one section needing to be tried a few times! Sweet. Why am I tempted to do this on 'lead'..
Morgan P - TR dog - 26/Oct/14

Hidden - TR dnf - 12/Oct/14

Hidden - TR O/S - 12/Oct/14

Hidden - Lead RP - Sep/14

Got it clean second go; would probably want a couple more goes on a slack top rope before committing to the solo!! Traverse section feels very fluffable.
kyaizawa - TR RP - 29/Jul/14 with Emma Reynolds, Luke Cullum

Did awkward traverse at start, then started to move up but didn't have the strength after the thumb mantle before the flakes
Emma Reynolds - TR dnf - 29/Jul/14 with Ky Aizawa

Hidden - Solo - 10/Jun/14

Found the start very hard, then easy but lovely climbing to the top
dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 05/Jun/14

Hidden - TR dnf - 01/Jun/14

lloydrees91 - TR RP - Jun/14

Great line - now to do it one handed...
[]ł//ō| - TR RP - 06/May/14 with Jayboy

Damn hard - got 2 moves in and fell several times. did not finish.
haggisthebadger - TR dnf - 20/Apr/14 with Jon Raven

Had to go before finished
JHC - TR dnf - 18/Apr/14

such a cool line and a plesure to do ... maby a touch herder than E4 tho?
whitehouse_rhys - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/14 with Rob law

Shoes left at the bottom. Tenaya Ra, any info would be great I can drive to pick them up! Thanks :)
kabutsu - TR - 2014

mike mo - 2nd - 2014

mileshill540 - TR - 2014

shut down on direct start though
Ram MkiV - Solo rpt - 28/Dec/13 with noaks, Guy

No pads. The finger-mantel is really cool, and the exposure higher up is great.
Matthew Ferrier - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/13 with Calum Wadsworth

Hidden - 2nd - Nov/13

DeanD - TR RP - 06/Jun/13

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Solo RP - 19/May/13

Hidden - TR O/S - 05/May/13

Hidden - TR dog - 05/May/13

sgl0jd - Solo - 15/Apr/13

Hidden - TR dnf - 14/Apr/13

Have looked at this for years, was never sure I'd ever actually try it. Really happy that I have, a proper milestone for me.
sparkass - Solo O/S - 07/Apr/13

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Solo O/S - Mar/13 with Tim Hill, Katy Whittaker

with pads, crux safe. top wonderful. phew
w.pettet-smith - Sent - Feb/13

Max Lowry - Solo - 2013

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Nov/12

Fine on top rope, one to solo next time.
LJC - TR - 11/Nov/12 with Theo, Tom

It was pretty grim so we didn't fancy leading anything, nobody was around so I had a play on this.
Guy Atkinson - TR dnf - 30/Oct/12 with Ben Silvestre

Could not get past crux finger mantle move.
davemcummings - TR dnf - 20/Oct/12 with Karl Gregory

StefanieG - TR dog - 20/Oct/12 with Ben Sparks

UnkArl - TR O/S - 20/Oct/12 with Dave Cummings, Dan, Stef, Ralph, Debbie

dantheoptimist - TR dnf - 20/Oct/12 with Karl Gregory

Debs - TR - 20/Oct/12 with Karl

Hidden - Solo dnf - 07/Oct/12

barrowclough - TR RP - 19/May/12 with Spod

Hidden - TR dog - 06/May/12

clmbr - TR O/S - 20/Mar/12 with mr g walters

Hidden - TR - 11/Mar/12

Hidden - Solo rpt - 05/Mar/12

wish i had the guts to solo this! amazing slab.
thefuturesmiles - TR RP - Mar/12 with Emma Campbell

Put up a top rope to see how far away i am from climbing something like this, a long way it seems.
antdav - TR dog - 2012 with Bob

Tom Keaveny - TR dnf - 11/Nov/11 with mfisher

jamesgodwin64 - TR RP - 21/Oct/11 with Chiris Fox

Ed morris - TR β - 16/Oct/11 with ewan

felt good to get this one clean 1st time, just need to go back with a couple of pads and get it done properly! - hard start, tho eases towards the top
Woodiee - TR O/S - 16/Oct/11 with Kris Moeckell

Hidden - TR dnf - 28/Sep/11

Hidden - Solo dnf - 14/Sep/11

M_W_Court - TR dog - 25/Aug/11 with Stuart Cartwright

Hidden - TR - Aug/11

jwpil - TR dog - 16/Jun/11 with Gordon

gordonday - TR dog - 16/Jun/11

chrisdavies - TR - 11/Jun/11

Hidden - TR dnf - 05/Jun/11

chrishedgehog - 2nd dog - 25/Apr/11 with S. Hunt

goddamm7 - Lead - 23/Apr/11 with karen hallam

Hidden - TR - 02/Apr/11

harvie - Solo O/S - 14/Mar/11

Aaron Hauptmann - TR RP - 30/Jan/11 with Mungo

Vaguely watched a few people attempt it, then flashed it on top rope. This would no doubt be a bold solo. It does ease out up top so if you can get the crux you should be more than capable of finishing it.
archiecb - TR β - 30/Jan/11

Cornish Cream - 30/Jan/11

for years this struck fear into my heart. turns out it's not so bad. Had downclimbed from crux previously but fired it off first pop today.
Ram MkiV - Solo O/S - 27/Jan/11 with sam & ed

Ed Booth - Solo O/S - 23/Jan/11 with Sean Grady

grady - Solo - Jan/11

most beautiful thing i've ever climbed, tried to do it clean after a little rest, but 5 attempts at the crux, I kept getting the hold and popping straight off. Very bold climb to solo.
Aaron Hauptmann - TR dog - 30/Oct/10 with Danny Salvadori

Comeback to get clean. And then???????/
phildavies84 - TR dog - 30/Oct/10

dominic lee - Solo - 16/Oct/10 with nathan lee

pie_eater_pete - TR - 05/Sep/10

davewsargent - TR dnf - 05/Sep/10

gingerwolf - TR RP - 10/Aug/10

finally plucked up the courage for the onsight solo, it was as exhilarating as I expected. Took a while to think about the top move.
dan gibson - Solo O/S - 19/Jul/10

With Colin and Nicky
CrashMat Rob - TR - 01/Jun/10 with Nicky

M_Robinson - TR dog - Jun/10 with Ian Robinson

Superb climbing, clean second go on the old top rope, would be exciting solo
Lawrie Brand - TR RP - 14/Apr/10 with John Chivall

spam - Solo RP - 17/Mar/10 with will wilson, cal coldwell-story, rob lay

jumped off the crux a couple of times, no pads and it was chiller. fantastic problem! tenuous
Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/10

C coldwell-storry - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/10 with rob lay

Seriously hard climb I got pulled up half way :-) hats off to all who have lead this climb. I don't think it's one I'll be finishing in my lifetime!!
Dhcol - TR dnf - 01/Jan/10 with Niky Willers, Rob Marshall

Pure class. Tried about a week and a half ago but did my usual trick of getting really scared and downclimbing and leaving it for a while. No problems today - managed to enjoy it rather than being gripped. A bit borderline as an onsight as I spotted Skippy on it previously but I ended up doing pretty much all the lower moves completely differently and couldn't see how he did the top! No pads used.
Andrew Barker - Solo β - 28/Oct/09 with Phil Applegate

Boy - Sep/09

GeorgeArmstrong - TR dog - 30/Aug/09 with Jamie

Hidden - TR - 05/Apr/09

sean0386 - TR - Mar/09

jimbonfire - 2009

DaveFidler - TR dnf - 2009

above pads
Dave Bond - Solo β - 09/Dec/08

Hidden - Solo - 09/Dec/08

Hidden - TR dnf - 06/Dec/08

Hidden - TR dog - 06/Dec/08

Phil Jennings - Solo dnf - 16/Aug/08 with Kieran Leary

Joe Dove - 2nd - 24/Jun/08 with paul

MYSSAK - Solo rpt - 05/Apr/08

PaulWillis1973 - TR - 2008

PaulWillis1973 - 2008

Hidden - Lead - 2008

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Nov/07

MYSSAK - Solo rpt - 04/Nov/07

Well pleased. Warmed up by soloing a few of the other slabs.
DavidEvans - Solo - 23/Oct/07 with Jules Vulliamy

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 18/Oct/07

Felt much hardwer than Heartless Hare. Must be getting tired
thrutch - TR - 09/Sep/07 with helen

Great fingery moves. Not sure if i'd ever dare lead it..
DrGav - TR dog - 26/Aug/07 with Adam

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/07 with Ruth

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Dec/06

Lead with side runner placed on lead.
alaan - Lead RP - 26/Jun/06 with Dave

no fingers or toes left after this, crimp-tastic! :-)
gb83 - TR - 06/Jun/06

bronsonite - Solo - 28/May/06

nathanmanc - Solo O/S - Apr/06

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - TR dog - 18/Jul/05

Dave Mason - TR RP - Jun/05 with Trev Tatler

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

ali_robb - Solo O/S - Jul/04

Ropeboy - Solo - 13/Mar/04

clive-greenwood - TR dnf - 16/Nov/03

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Apr/03

willackers - Solo RP - 2003 with Mark Shore

CrashMat Rob - TR - 12/Jan/02 with Sahra, Miles, simon?, Martin Whelan, Nicky

CrashMat Rob - TR - 08/Jan/00 with Martin Whelan, Brian, Nicky

tlr - 2nd - 2000

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

marcoleptic - TR - 2000 with Sion

CrashMat Rob - TR - 20/Nov/99 with Nicky

CrashMat Rob - TR - 20/Sep/98 with Nicky

Hidden - TR - 01/May/98

top roped 3 times 3rd time without rest
CrashMat Rob - TR - 21/Mar/98 with Nicky

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/98 with Chris Ranner

Hidden - TR - 1998

D Tempest - Solo O/S - 1998

DavidEvans - TR - 25/Oct/97 with adam ellwood

Hidden - Solo - 24/Jun/97

Hidden - TR - 16/May/97

CrashMat Rob - TR - 01/Aug/96

switch - Solo O/S - 1996

Hidden - TR RP - 19/Aug/95

Hidden - TR - 1995

richiebongo - Solo O/S - 1995

leadmat - Lead - Oct/94

Hidden - TR O/S - 21/May/94

mattnuttall - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/94

adi bryant - Solo O/S - Jun/93

Hidden - TR O/S - 1993

craig d - 1993

Craig Barton - Solo O/S - 1993

Hidden - TR - 20/Sep/92

Cowflinger - TR - Aug/92

Cowflinger - TR - Jun/92 with Andy Sharp

nai - TR - 1992

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd dnf - 14/Apr/91 with David BA Jones

I actually have a poor photo (mostly of his backside) of Pete Livesey doing the first ascent of this climb!
Sean Kelly - Apr/91 with John Hynes

AB1965 - Lead - 10/Sep/90

Hidden - TR - 18/Mar/90

Date a rough guess
andy farnell - Solo O/S - 1990

gordonday - TR O/S - 1990

Hidden - 1989

phardman - TR O/S - 11/Aug/88

AB1965 - Solo - 09/May/88

Hidden - TR - 29/Mar/88

sadams - Solo - 03/Aug/87 with Guy Townsend

Carl Hamer - TR dog - 1987

Bruce Kerr - Solo - 27/Sep/86

Chris Ellis - TR - 08/Jun/86 with Andy Barker

uphillnow - 2nd - 14/Feb/86

mark mcgowan01 - 1986

mark mcgowan01 - Solo O/S - 1986

Jim Fowler - 1986

Robmwatt - 1986

Dave Musgrove - Lead RP - 24/Mar/85

Hidden - Solo RP - 1985

Hidden - Lead - 1985

Mike Owen - 01/Apr/84 with John Peake

Ian Clare - 1984

Gezzer - 1984

Mark Kemball - TR - 10/Dec/83

Mark Kemball - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/82 with Bill McKee

Hammy - 2nd - 17/Jun/82 with Fai Kwong, Richard West

Nic Robinson - 2nd O/S - 13/Feb/82 with (Dirty) Derek Hearsey

Ian Clare - 1982

Hammy - TR - 31/Oct/81 with Kate Knight

mark-abz - TR - Apr/80 with ?

Low runners in Slab Recess (placed on lead) and in the blocks under LJS.
Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980 with Graham Parkes

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - Lead - 1980

andy gittins - Solo - 1978

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