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Bulbous Bow HVS 5b

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[Record shot of Bulbous Bow and Hammock, 3 kb]12m. 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

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Photo: Record shot of Bulbous Bow and Hammock © Chalky Cat
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 151 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

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

Hidden - 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

luke1986 - 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

nai - 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

Hidden - 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 - Solo - 23/Aug/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:
Hidden, Steve Waters, Mynydd, climbinmunkey, LittleJoe

Voting
Total votes cast 123
hard E11 of 42
E16 of 42
easy E115 of 42
hard HVS19 of 42
HVS0 of 42
easy HVS1 of 42
hard VS0 of 42
VS0 of 42
easy VS0 of 42
hard 5c0 of 43
5c8 of 43
easy 5c22 of 43
hard 5b12 of 43
5b1 of 43
easy 5b0 of 43
hard 5a0 of 43
5a0 of 43
easy 5a0 of 43
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2 Stars4 of 38
1 Star11 of 38
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Style of ascent

Soloed97 of 151 (64.2%)
Lead26 of 151 (17.2%)
Followed12 of 151 (7.9%)
Toproped5 of 151 (3.3%)
Bouldered4 of 151 (2.6%)
Unknown7 of 151 (4.6%)

'Climbed'54 of 151 (35.8%)
clean O/S83 of 151 (55.0%)
clean β4 of 151 (2.6%)
clean rpt5 of 151 (3.3%)
clean RP4 of 151 (2.6%)
dnf1 of 151 (0.7%)