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Digitalis*** none 6a

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[Jon Bibby on Digitalis (6a), Bowles Rocks, 2 kb]10m. Lovely jug haul to an evil move off a decaying sidepull (increasingly hard as the years go by). Move right at the break to a grippingly rounded finish up Inspiration.
M Boysen 1960

Photo: Jon Bibby on Digitalis (6a), Bowles Rocks © Guy Maddox
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This climb is in 63 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

Hidden - TR dnf - 09/Apr/14

elyben - TR - 07/Jun/13

elyben - TR dnf - 20/Apr/13

Tried again yesterday, but did worse than a year ago. I couldn't get the crux move this time. Need to remember next time to pop right foot, position hands to the best holds on the rail, and then go for the heel hook.
IanMulvany - TR dnf - 03/Mar/13

Hidden - TR dnf - 03/Mar/13

Getting onto the "Inspiration ledge" baffled me for a while, but sorting my feet out fixed the problem. Hard 6a, def not 6b
Graham C - TR β - 10/Sep/12 with Derek

lewiz - TR dnf - 27/Aug/12

Hidden - TR dnf - 26/Aug/12

Mike Parks - TR dnf - 26/Aug/12 with Cess

angie - TR - Aug/12

Hidden - TR dnf - 28/Jul/12

great up to the fingertip layback which is about 2 mm deep and utterly impossible
Stewart Armstrong - TR dnf - 28/Jul/12

Hidden - TR dnf - 22/Jul/12

Henry.Todman - TR RP - Jul/12

Repeat ascent. 4th attempt after extensive cleaning. The top break was disgusting! This must be the first ascent of the year. Great climbing, the lower half just flowed and felt really easy. A nice way to finish off the afternoon session
Antony87 - TR rpt - 30/Jun/12

Mike Parks - TR dnf - 19/May/12 with Duncan, Ean, Cess

Repeated attempts. Got the crux but fell just above.
RFWilkie - TR dnf - 01/Apr/12

got the crux move second go, but then couldn't finish the top, had nothing left in the tank.
IanMulvany - TR dnf - 26/Feb/12

Hidden - TR dnf - 26/Feb/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

whitehouse_rhys - TR - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Gazleah - Sent x - 23/Nov/11 with tom hudson

littleluke - 02/Jul/11

matt.jj - TR dnf - 02/Jul/11

mloskot - TR RP - 26/Jun/11 with James Pollard

natalietanzer - TR β - 15/Jun/11 with tom, marcus

Finally got the clean ascent, after giving someone beta and then asking for a belay. Crused the route and climbed with a good pace and no hesitation. Everything felt right. So so happy! Simply amazing finish to a great day out.
Antony87 - TR β - 21/May/11

makzimum - TR dnf - 29/Apr/11 with Jack Gooding

Hidden - 17/Apr/11

Climbed all the way to the top break. Couldn't get any further as it way both dusty and some of the holds in the back of the hold were full of slime. Will definitely have to wait awhile until it dries up. I feel much more confident up to my high point.
Antony87 - TR dnf - 02/Apr/11

Hidden - TR RP - 01/Apr/11

Worked and successfully climbed the crux move. The crux hold was very sandy and required a thorough clean. It may be an idea to leave this route until better conditions. Also, need to scope out the top out move from the top of the crag
Antony87 - TR dnf - 12/Mar/11

JIMJIM - TR - 2011 with Tex

keith leonard - 2011

Tricky crux move using a high heel and rock over to get to the crimpy side pull.
Cat G - TR - 2011

timmyhobby - TR - 2011

davidrblakeman - TR β - 06/Jul/10 with Oli (Death Rope) Mills

dickie01 - TR - 22/Jun/10

Perryman - TR RP - 13/Jun/10 with MARTIN POULTER

sparkass - TR RP - 24/Apr/10 with Ian Stronghill

vid - 2010

did the crux, but had the rope rigged in the wrong place to top out
lukehodson - TR dnf - 28/Jul/09 with Little Rob

Monk - TR O/S - 18/Jul/09

Chris Sansum - TR dnf - 11/Jul/09 with Gary Lewin, Paola

Hidden - 2009

davidrblakeman - 2009

Marti999 - TR O/S - 26/Sep/08

themidnightninja - TR - Jul/08

Hidden - TR - 01/Jun/08

strapless - 2008

Mark Riley - TR O/S - 18/Aug/07 with Hely

Hidden - TR O/S - 10/Jun/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - TR - 2005

Hidden - TR RP - 04/Aug/04

Hidden - TR - Jul/03

Brown - TR - 04/Sep/01

Richard White - 1997

andy gittins - 1990

Hidden - TR O/S - 1989

craig h - TR O/S - 1988 with Luke Steer

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
fawlty, Hidden, Hidden, GraverJoe, Simon Bowyer, birchboy13, tom_greenwich, Hidden, RFWilkie

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Style of ascent

Toproped49 of 63 (77.8%)
Bouldered1 of 63 (1.6%)
Unknown13 of 63 (20.6%)

'Climbed'25 of 63 (39.7%)
clean O/S6 of 63 (9.5%)
clean β4 of 63 (6.3%)
clean rpt1 of 63 (1.6%)
clean RP7 of 63 (11.1%)
dnf20 of 63 (31.7%)