Bulbous Bow f5+ / f5+
[My arse showing through, 4 kb]12m.

Rockfax Description
The undercut arete is climbed rapidly on its right side and has a couple of technical moves before easing off. © ROCKFAX


FA. Chris Craggs 1993

Ticklists: All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

Photo: My arse showing through © SGD
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 158 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Easier for the tall but still quite committing and a nasty fall potential.
charley - Solo rpt - 27/Feb/15

Robin Nichols - Solo O/S - 10/Nov/14

Easy when you are 6'4.
Quarryboy - Solo O/S - 25/Oct/14 with Alkis Tsapanidis

Hidden - Lead - Oct/14

Retro Rowan - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14

Hidden - TR dnf - 15/Sep/14

Mr Christian - Solo - 29/Aug/14

It's all on the start, gaining the block then right hand under cut whilst reaching up with the left.
Mr Christian - Solo O/S - 21/Aug/14

Lawrence Beesley-Peck - Solo - 18/May/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 18/May/14

amccann - Solo O/S - 17/May/14

Finally figured out how to get to the good left handholds. Definitely awkward for shorties, but not E1. Not sure what style to say, I've tried & fallen off the move 4/5 times over the past 10 years, but never spent time to "work" it.
adam carless - Solo RP - 05/May/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/14

Ablewings - TR O/S - 15/Apr/14

Hidden - Solo - 20/Mar/14

Lawrence Beesley-Peck - Solo - 2014

joese7en - Solo O/S - 15/Nov/13 with don jebus

With mat.
Steve Waters, Mynydd - Solo - 03/Aug/13

Hidden - Sent - 02/Aug/13

kermit_uk - Solo β - 16/Jul/13

Managed to pop from the sloper on the arete to the good flake with a big stretch, so while it was scary, I don't think it was 5C for me.
Alkis - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/13 with Chris Aslin

PeteWilson - Solo O/S - 07/Apr/13

was meant to be on the shunt but turned more into a solo...
charley - TR O/S - 04/Jan/13

karol dubas - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/12 with Pawel

Just a bit bold. May as well solo it really! quite technical, quite good
partz - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/12 with Andrew Clow, Johnny Webb

JonnyW - 2nd - 04/Nov/12 with Andrew Clow, Matt Everett

Bill Lawrence - Solo O/S - 20/Oct/12

Excellent, i can see how it could be harder for shorties!
phleppy - Solo β - 20/Oct/12 with Mark

deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/12

Hidden - Solo - 10/Jun/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 25/May/12

Hidden - Solo - 08/May/12

TR crux start before soloing, top section easy enough without placing gear so didnt
Morwood - Solo RP - 24/Apr/12 with gillywillyhoo

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Mar/12

above pads
Simon_Letman - Sent - 19/Feb/12

Hidden - Sent - 19/Feb/12

kingholmesy - Solo O/S - 2012

Ethan - Solo O/S - 12/Dec/11 with Ed, Sam

lozowen - Solo O/S - 18/Nov/11

Oceanic - 16/Oct/11

Aid@n - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11

Much easier for the tall (6'2")
David Kay - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11 with LUUMC

put a coat over the rock, mind matt
Boj S - Solo O/S - 15/Oct/11

Dafydd Llywelyn - Solo O/S - 15/Oct/11

CragDog - Solo - 15/Oct/11

soloed for a warm up!
axeman - Solo O/S - 07/Oct/11 with michael

pie_eater_pete - Solo O/S - 29/Sep/11

Marti999 - Solo O/S - 05/Aug/11

Brian Rodgers - Solo O/S - 08/Jun/11

One move wonder but quite nice.
migs493 - Solo O/S - 28/May/11 with Tom

Highly height-dependent. 5'10 and above I'd say reasonably easy. 5'8 and below really quite hard. I'm 5'9 and it was just about possible...
John_Hat - Solo O/S - 02/May/11 with Stevieblue

iamstebarker - Solo O/S - 23/Apr/11

Peakology - Solo O/S - 20/Apr/11 with Dave

Ollie B - Solo O/S - 03/Apr/11

Hidden - Solo - 24/Feb/11

HVS in the old guide. If I'd know it were E1, I'd had led it. Very very very long stretches above a not great landing.
ebf - TR O/S - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10

Joe Costello - Solo O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Ellie, Matt

mattwyles1 - Solo - 02/Oct/10 with Ellie, Joe

Nick F Smith - Solo - 01/Sep/10

Gazleah - Solo O/S - Sep/10 with dprctr

Could reach the side cut hold then to a fluttery foot raise made enjoyable movement.
Oliver Branagan - Solo O/S - 29/Aug/10

retro logged
GuyVG - Sent - 29/Aug/10

Arbitary grade, could reach the flake
popebenedictus - Solo O/S - 21/Jun/10 with Soloed

JRae - Solo - 11/Jun/10

zappa - Lead O/S - 02/May/10 with Emma Wright

emmafromSB - 2nd - 02/May/10 with zappa

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Apr/10

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 10/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead - 14/Mar/10

Jonni - Solo - 2010

Hidden - Solo - 15/Nov/09

Hidden - Lead - 07/Nov/09

Maybe next time
JLS - Lead dnf - 10/Oct/09 with Jacqui

disturbed_one51 - Solo - 08/Oct/09

Jon Dittman - Solo - 09/Aug/09

Think I tried this last year but downclimbed before the crux. Felt easy this time, more like HVS 5b.
Andrew Barker - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Cat Black

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/09

rubygem - 2nd - 07/Aug/09 with toby schofield

Hidden - Solo O/S - 27/Jun/09

Ben_Bullbridge - 2nd β - 16/Jun/09 with Milne

nice moves, bit bold. much harder if like me @ 5"7, you cant reach the holds. its a fairly hard move for "HVS 5b", with a bad landing.
Milne - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/09 with cooper

Awkward starting move seemed easier than I remembered it and the rest was straightforward.
Chalky Cat - TR rpt - 01/Jun/09 with Dom, Mod

not worth placing gear after start now i know it.
Peakology - Solo rpt - 01/Jun/09 with mod, cat

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/09

steve2006 - Lead O/S - Jun/09 with Andrew Pearson

Hidden - Solo rpt - 22/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead - 19/Apr/09

liamoloughlin - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/09

Kayan - Lead O/S - 2009

drysori - Lead - 2009

tommo1664 - Solo - 12/Oct/08

very balancy move, good boulder problem found it hard, maybe because it was hot and I was sweating
SGD - Solo - 13/Jul/08

donkster - Solo O/S - Jun/08

London Luke - Lead - May/08

btc - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/08 with floris b

no gear, good moves bit of a one move wonder
Peakology - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/08 with cat

Tricky off balance start to get onto the first nose then fairly easy
Chalky Cat - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/08 with Dom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/08

Dan 85 - Solo O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Heddwyn

Hidden - 2008

Sidekick - Solo O/S - 2008

Hidden - Solo rpt - 13/Dec/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/07

Very straightforward when you're tall.
Stuart S - Solo O/S - 29/Aug/07 with Amanda Lyons

Andy Fielding - Solo - 25/Aug/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Aug/07

One hard move at the start then straight forward. Easier if you're tall!
jonny5 - Solo - 03/Aug/07 with Alix Blockley

Hidden - Solo RP - 30/Jul/07

clintos - Solo - 30/Jul/07 with jonny green

bullwinkle - Solo O/S - 05/Jun/07

peterbull - Jun/07

peterbull - Solo - Jun/07

tommo1664 - Solo - 08/Apr/07

Oceanic - Apr/07

Jack Symmons - Solo - Apr/07 with Dave P

Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 16/Mar/07

Gambit - Solo O/S - 11/Mar/07 with Family trip

derico - Solo O/S - 11/Mar/07 with Jack

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Jan/07

fizzy_elephant - Solo O/S - 09/Dec/06 with stu

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Sep/06

chrissloan84 - Solo O/S - 20/Aug/06

AJ007 - Solo O/S - 11/Jul/06

Easy if you are tall. HVS 5a?
russonly - Solo β - 28/Jun/06

leon - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Amanda Skeldon

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Solo O/S - 11/May/06

Hidden - Solo rpt - 09/May/06

Hidden - Solo - 05/May/06

Stupid E1 bagging fare, rightly downgraded
Cragrat Rich - Solo O/S - 22/Apr/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Apr/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/06

Boy - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Stefan - 2nd O/S - 2006 with Dave

Pete Graham - Solo - 2006

Not a chance this is E1 - the right-hand 5c variation start to the neighbouring VS is harder! It's a single (not even very-)long reach.
Pythonist - Solo O/S - 13/Nov/05

Hidden - TR - 26/Sep/05

Lev - Lead O/S - 02/May/05 with James Byrne

AngelaC - 2nd - 01/May/05 with Dieter Cole

nmwr - Lead O/S - Jul/04

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - Jul/04

tommytwotone - Solo O/S - 09/May/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/04

Hidden - 2004

Fire Marshall - Solo O/S - 2004 with Salamanda

LankyPaddy - Solo O/S - 19/Sep/03

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Mar/03

Hidden - Solo O/S - 18/Oct/02

Hidden - Solo - 08/May/02

DerwentDiluted - Solo - 18/Nov/01

CrashMat Rob - Solo O/S - 29/Aug/01 with Steve, Sahra, Miles, Nicky

ChrisJD - Solo - 03/Sep/00

antroy - Solo - 12/Jun/00

rocktigger - Solo O/S - Jun/99

ajoliver - Solo RP - 1998

Roget - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/97

Laramadness - Solo - 15/Oct/96

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Steve Waters, Mynydd, climbinmunkey, LittleJoe

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