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[View over Horseshoe Quarry from the top of Excavator, 2 kb]32m. The longest line on the left-hand slab gives surprisingly good climbing. Hardest at the top. You can just lower-off in one on a 60m rope if you swing rightwards up the hill at the bottom. Take great care. © ROCKFAX
Gary Gibson, later bolted by Michael Hunt and Jane Livingstone 1998

Photo: View over Horseshoe Quarry from the top of Excavator © BeanHead The Red
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 269 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

jennamsmile - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Tom Gallant

Just had enough quickdraws.
gavinpeach - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/14 with Scott

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/14

Fine, although ran out of quickdraws and couldn't complete.
dashby - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/14

karpet - TR - 17/Mar/14 with Dave Ashby

georgenvk - Lead O/S - 11/Jan/14 with martina

Hidden - Lead - 29/Dec/13

farmerwad - Lead - 10/Nov/13 with sandra, Harry

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/13

Hollywood - 2nd - Oct/13 with Ahogg16

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13

HB1 - Lead rpt - 26/Sep/13 with KB&JM

Awesome long route, thoroughly enjoyed!
Erynsmum - Lead β - 18/Sep/13 with Mike & Fiona

kkris - Lead rpt - 10/Sep/13 with Adam

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/13

Hidden - Lead - 26/Aug/13

A wake-up call to remind us to always put a stopper knot in the other end of your rope.
Steve Waters, Mynydd - Lead - 26/Aug/13 with Mike Tempest

Hidden - Lead - 18/Aug/13

mfisher - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13 with Neil

First outdoor sport route for me.
Michael Brown - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/13 with Andy Bagueley

Dave Mason - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/13 with Fiona MacDonald

sputnik - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Vaska

gw3285 - Lead - 03/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13

Tru - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/13 with Adam Olive

Lowered off from the mallion at two thirds height to save problems lowering off. Entertaining choss fest.
treg - Lead O/S - 22/May/13 with Dan Osbaldeston

Did it in two pitches due to only a 50m rope
sbattams - Lead - 19/May/13 with sarah davies

Sarah Davies - 2nd - 19/May/13 with sbattams

jjclarke70 - Lead O/S - 06/May/13 with Pete

Cold & damp & I didn't have enough 'draws so some improvisation required
cem - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/13 with Mike Eldred

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead - 20/Apr/13

HB1 - Lead rpt - 03/Apr/13 with KB

theone - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with Joey Walker

Martin Haworth - Lead rpt - 02/Mar/13 with Henry Haworth

tom3667 - Lead β - 2013 with Mike Brown, Andy baguley

aidanb - Lead O/S - 23/Nov/12

DaveInPortwood - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/12

SandyB - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/12 with David Berlin

Lilla Horvath - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/12

kkris - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/12 with Tomek

HB1 - Lead rpt - 03/Oct/12 with BB & KB

LukeyG - Lead - 30/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12

Nice climb, slightly loose.
andyman666999 - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12

Not as straightforward as expected - couple of slightly bold moments
ClareG - 15/Sep/12

Fragmod - Lead - 14/Sep/12

pbuggy91 - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/12

Prof. Outdoors - Lead - 28/Aug/12 with Lorna

simon mitchie - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/12

rockaddict - Lead - 11/Aug/12

DDDD - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/12 with Sham

NCorbett - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/12 with Mash

Rich Swift - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12

Deffo 5+. A number of the bolts look to be over-drilled.
Chris Craggs - Lead - 11/Jul/12 with Steve Cunnington, Graham Parkes

Sankey - 27/Jun/12 with jon h

Jake Young - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/12 with Darren

Hoyes - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Rachael S

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Polly

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/12

parksy986 - Lead O/S - 05/May/12 with chris dovey

Robin Nichols - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/12

Roget - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/12 with robin

pog100 - Lead - 15/Apr/12 with bruce

Josh Dickerson - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/12 with Andy Dickerson

nutty_didz - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/12 with Rob Martin

Hidden - Lead - Jan/12

Cold (well, it was late November) but surprisingly pleasant. My first Peak District Sport Route. Route was clean, with little loose stuff. Lovely steel screwegate at the top.
Falko - 2nd O/S - 23/Nov/11 with Steve M

David Walker - TR O/S - 23/Oct/11 with Maria

MariaT - TR O/S - 23/Oct/11 with David Walker

malc - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/11 with Paul Scott

migs493 - Lead rpt - 02/Oct/11 with Josh

Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/11 with Matt

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/11

chris_r - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Jon Bray

JonBray - Lead β - 21/Aug/11 with Chris

Can you have a clean ascent of this route ? Filthy . Being new to sport climbing was a bit of a wake up call . Seemed pretty bold in places , very long ,with a few sections of good climbing . Quite relieved to clip the chains .
glennofsheff - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11 with chris loneragan

philski46 - 06/Aug/11

Doing it again... Very very grassy today
morpcat - Lead - 24/Jul/11

Hidden - 10/Jul/11

lozowen - Lead - 04/Jul/11 with Sally Owen

siemiu - Lead rpt - 02/Jul/11 with Phillip Yeomans

Long at the end of the day. 30m of rope is heavy
payeo20 - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Marcin Sieminski

1poundSOCKS - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead - 28/May/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/May/11

GF - Lead - 24/Apr/11

odds&eves - Lead - 24/Apr/11

First outdoor lead
Magie1981 - Lead - 24/Apr/11 with Graham Eves, Sophie Hodson

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/11

Oceanic - 10/Apr/11

None of the moves are taxing, but they do take a lot of thought to puzzle out and find the right way to do them. A good learning experience! If you hit the top and you know your rope will be short you can also downclimb and traverse right to a neighbouring lower-off that will happily let you use a 60m rope (or 50m if you swing right at the bottom).
morpcat - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/11

Palindrome - 2nd - Apr/11

wilkie14c - Lead O/S - 20/Jan/11 with Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson23 - 2nd O/S - 20/Jan/11 with Paul blanchard

richja5 - 2011

very nice but a bit undergraded with mark
philb - 2nd - 07/Nov/10

rosieposey14 - AltLd - 17/Oct/10 with mark challoner

sbrowitt - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Gareth Wood

Rampikino - Lead - 12/Sep/10 with Cat

SHCS - 2nd - Sep/10

jamiev - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/10 with alex veitch

horrible, dirty climbing between grassy ledges on a selection of loose holds
JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/10 with Nick

Nick1812P - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/10 with Jamie

N-Missin - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jun/10

christensena - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Dave B

New interesting broken bits, makes for more of an adventure.
jeffsheard - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/10 with Sarah Davis

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

timwallsweller - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10

loved it very dirty but something i could hand on heart say for everyone only one part where i had to mantel off a ledge to a bulge with no gr8 holds.
jamesgodwin64 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Gaz, R8JimBob88

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

Anthony Allsopp - Lead O/S - 30/May/10 with Mark Darby, Sandy Holford

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/May/10

Sandy Holford - Lead O/S - 30/May/10 with Mark Darby, Anthony Allsopp

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/10

chrislgk - Lead O/S - 21/May/10 with Rich Hendrix

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/May/10

devilman - Lead O/S - 09/May/10

Dirty and loose..
JRae - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/10 with L Campbell

Oliver Houston - Lead - 27/Apr/10

Choss covered and, as a result, a bit unpleasant.
Lumbering Oaf - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Gary

chris murnin - Lead - 17/Apr/10

Andy Chubb - Lead - 10/Apr/10 with Steve Goodman

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Apr/10

Very dirty after recent rock fall and subsequent cleaning
mick1jones - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Guy

padski - Apr/10

absoloute choss fest, but well worth the novelty.
Matt Reid - Lead O/S - 2010 with Chi Cheng

nickcanute - Lead - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 26/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead - 25/Oct/09

gethin_allen - Lead β - 04/Oct/09 with Jimbo C

nice long solid climb a bit run-out in sections
nichobe - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Josh Davisdon

Good moves
Jimbo C - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Gethin

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/09

Big Steve - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Karen

asmith37 - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Bex Leigh

Hidden - Lead - 10/Sep/09

Fairly easy for a F5.
Adrian Bates - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09 with Rob Lillywhite, Chris Haynes

est1985 - Lead dnf - 07/Sep/09 with Chris Malin

Oliver Branagan - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/09 with Miles M, Liam D

MilesMcgennity - Lead β - 06/Sep/09 with oli, liam

Hidden - Lead - 02/Sep/09

SteWatkins - Lead - Sep/09

Did it with a 50m rope which lead to an interesting moment when being lowered off. If I had a guide book I might have known better. Had to re-climb it and then top out.
agagsgrot - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/09 with Thomas

Much more pleasant than some to the right with no choss. Nice long warm up. Can do with one 60m rope and just swing a little right on the way daown.
markblair - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Alison Dixon

paulerussell - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/09 with Chris Poad

Panda - Lead - 22/Aug/09

oooeese - Lead - 19/Aug/09 with stvey

stvey - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/09 with Louise Cowie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/09

urbanmonkey - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Bea

Good one to end the day.
KeithW - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/09 with Burj Langdana

clive-greenwood - 2nd - 12/Jul/09 with Mike Nuttall

Used 2 50m half ropes and abbed off. Very nice route.
lucasp - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/09 with cath (lmc)

Self belay with gri-gri after the boys had a go. Gripping.
shark - Solo - 11/Jul/09 with Ben & Tom

sshandy - 2nd O/S - Jul/09 with Silver Surfer

rayash - Lead - 28/Jun/09 with Mary

Wayne S - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09

popebenedictus - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/09 with Adrian Scott

adrianscott - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/09 with Ben Harding

gaz_jones - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with Bucky O'Hare

Bucky - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09 with gaz_jones

Ben HW - AltLd β - 29/May/09 with Stephen Sweeney

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/09

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 24/May/09 with Katharine

Katharine.eaton - 2nd O/S - 24/May/09 with Dom

wildeybeast - TR O/S - 13/May/09

ieverett - Lead O/S - May/09 with Linda Horner

JohnHutch - 29/Apr/09 with L

Hidden - Lead - 29/Apr/09

Longest climb
peggy_on_the_rocks - 2nd - 24/Apr/09 with Dan

DanH9883 - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/09 with Lee

Hidden - Lead - 19/Apr/09

It just keep going up, and up, and up...
Dan Lane - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/09 with Ellie boylan

first sport lead - didn't happen :/
elephant0907 - Lead dnf - 15/Apr/09 with Dan Lane

Hidden - Lead - 03/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/09

howlingbaboon - Lead rpt - 28/Feb/09 with Guido and Tuze

duzinga - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/09 with Guido and Dave

Hidden - Lead - 28/Feb/09

gaz_jones - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/09

brew_guru - AltLd - 01/Feb/09 with gareth jones

Sarajayne4 - TR O/S - 2009 with Gaz and Bucky

Derek Furze - Lead - 2009

Dave McKechnie - 2nd - 01/Dec/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 24/Oct/08

Skinny Rat - 2nd O/S - 19/Oct/08 with Dave

THis actually had some climbing on it & the hold were mostly solid :-)
Rock Fairy - 2nd - 19/Oct/08 with Dave & Mike & Sharon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/08

got a bit stuck with the 60m rope, it involves traversing right, untying, and scrambling further right.
Jeronimo - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/08 with Rayan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08

climbingxcat - Lead - 27/Aug/08 with Brian

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/08

trigger118 - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/08 with Al Randall

Adderbury Climber - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/08 with Al Randal

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 01/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead - Jul/08

dashitboarder - Lead - 23/Jun/08 with Jess

staceyjg - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/08 with Chris Gardner

minaturechris - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/08 with Stacey

JohnHutch - Lead - 05/Jun/08 with L

gilldando - 2nd - 02/Mar/08 with Mike

crazy pierre - 2nd O/S - Mar/08 with Robin Heath

Calder - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/08 with Mark

daviesp2 - 2nd - 19/Feb/08

Nice
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 10/Feb/08 with Carmen

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 05/Jan/08 with Rebecca Ellis

Becky E - Lead O/S - 05/Jan/08 with Matt Maynard

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

gonzo_ls9 - 2008

thefuturesmiles - Lead O/S - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

TiffTiff - Lead O/S - 29/Dec/07

tbs105 - 2nd - 29/Dec/07 with Tiff

nice climb,2 abseils (50m rope!)
mike bridges - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/07 with Robert Bridges

kitkat78 - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/07 with SteveM

SteveM - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/07 with Kat & Sam

A good way of finding out how long my rope is.
Pilch - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/07 with Ed

EdShep - 2nd O/S - 11/Nov/07 with Pilch

Mat - Lead - 03/Sep/07 with Tom

tontopink - Lead - 03/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/07

jrk2673 - Lead - 03/Jun/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/07

upontop - Lead O/S - May/07 with Chris

peter myers - Lead - Apr/07

hcooper - Lead - 14/Mar/07 with James Collingwood

tontopink - Lead - 10/Mar/07

very technical slab was quite scared being my first outdoor lead since october!
SamStokes - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/07 with Ben Matthews

Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 09/Dec/06 with scott

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - Dec/06 with Richard

rob wmc - Lead O/S - 19/Nov/06 with Pete

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Oct/06

Hidden - Lead - Oct/06

lithos - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/06 with cef arch

Phil1967 - Lead O/S - Aug/06 with Ed

AlanDavis - Lead O/S - Jul/06 with Howie

D Berry - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/06 with Claire Berry

Hidden - Lead rpt - 16/Jun/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/06

Chesh - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/06 with Lawrence

howlingbaboon - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Rob

LAW - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/06 with Natalie T

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/06 with Sophie Whyte

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Feb/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/05

RichardMc - Lead - 14/Sep/05 with Dave Langmead

DerwentDiluted - Lead - Sep/05 with Nicola Pettit

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/05

Pelleas - TR - Apr/05

Stone Muppet - 2005

Hidden - Lead β - 12/Aug/04

Flash
martroberts - Lead β - Jul/04

Mark A Humphries - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/03 with John Moore

Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - Jun/03 with Ian Fones

Phil West - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/02 with Chris Tan

phardman - Lead O/S - 12/May/02 with Bill McKee

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/02

Hidden - Lead - 13/Oct/01

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easy 5+38 of 81
hard 514 of 81
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easy 55 of 81
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Style of ascent

Soloed1 of 269 (0.4%)
Lead211 of 269 (78.4%)
Followed34 of 269 (12.6%)
Toproped6 of 269 (2.2%)
Alt Leads7 of 269 (2.6%)
Unknown10 of 269 (3.7%)

'Climbed'89 of 269 (33.1%)
clean O/S158 of 269 (58.7%)
clean β8 of 269 (3.0%)
clean rpt12 of 269 (4.5%)
dnf2 of 269 (0.7%)