Witches Brew** 7b

Rockfax Description
Varied climbing up the right-hand side of the arete. The start requires a fierce pull through the initial overhang. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
A bit harder now at the top since a foothold broke .

FA. Tony Burnell 1993

Ticklists: 28 Decent Sport Routes.

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This climb is in 94 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Good fight. Very morpho.
nathanlee - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/15 with Laura Smitton

Badly bolted. No gear at all for the 1st crux at the bottom. It's just possible to clip the first bolt with a really, really long cheat stick. Most of the rest of the bolts all seem way off to the right instead of where the actual climbing is.
stp - Lead RP - 04/Aug/15 with Zips

Macleod - TR - 19/Jul/15

peppermill - TR dnf - 19/Jul/15

Desperate top move for the short. Finally got workable sequence but no skin
julesp - TR dog - 05/Jul/15 with Iain

Took a while to figure out top crux, tried to send it with a head torch and climbed really well until crux bulge blocked the torch light and I couldn't see the footholds! Fell off after the crux moves. Returned next week and led clean first time whilst putting the draws in.
MichaelGallimore - Lead RP - 10/Jun/15 with jon lawson

Difficult start and very hard moves at the top.
penny.orr - TR dog - 23/May/15

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

thebigfriendlymoose - Lead - 04/May/15 with Stephen

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/14 with Nathan Lee

BillyRidal - Lead β - 01/Aug/14

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead RP - 25/Jul/14 with JAMES RILEY

adamjeffs - Lead RP - 24/Jun/14 with james

In guide at 7a+ but def felt like good 7b Hard start and hard finish with a soft centre
sheppy - Lead dog - 21/Jun/14 with iain n jules

markalmack - Lead β - 19/Jun/14 with chris todd

rikbattye - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/14

Finally did it with one rest, I don't think I did it the best way but you have to just bear down and get to the undercut with high feet then its a matter of can you span to the jug (which I can)
jamesgodwin64 - Lead dog - 14/Jun/14 with John Copper

liked the route, you have to stick to the arete more than you think, but couldn't figure out the last bolt's moves, gave up.
jamesgodwin64 - Lead dnf - 07/Jun/14 with John Copper

Got to within 2 clips of the top. Came off after bulge. Couldn't do crux move. Will try again.
MichaelGallimore - Lead dnf - 22/May/14 with Paul,

Tough 7b now since loss of footholds at top. 2nd go.
marky - Lead RP - 18/May/14 with Sharon

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/13 with Peter Dawson

Ian Broome - TR rpt - 11/Jul/13 with Mark

Hidden - Lead rpt - 22/Jun/13

Couldn't do start previously. 1st RP once got start sorted.
Ian Broome - Lead RP - 22/Jun/13 with Rich Wainwright

innes - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/13 with Ruth

efrance24234 - Lead RP - 24/Aug/12

Hidden - TR dog - 22/Aug/12

right hand routes wet and left hand routes busy! finally found a sequence for top. Can understand people saying its soft but if youre short its nails!
julesp - TR dog - 22/Aug/12 with amanda

really powerful start. worked out a sequence but still couldnt get it in one. felt like id had a really hard boulder sesh! then the top move was very reachy
julesp - TR dog - 20/Jul/12 with Iain

thebigfriendlymoose - Lead RP - 10/Jun/12 with Rob and Sam

robin_hackney - 2nd dog - 25/Mar/12 with Jim, Si

C coldwell-storry - Lead - Mar/12 with phil jack

Malcolm Bass - Lead RP - 2012

Glenn Sutcliffe - Lead rpt - 14/Aug/11 with Ant

Had done start before as shared with Frankie.
Jon Garside - Lead β - 17/Jul/11

Hidden - TR dnf - 08/Jul/11

nickmoulden - Lead RP - 01/Jul/11

Glenn Sutcliffe - 30/May/11 with keefe

keefe - Lead β - 30/May/11 with Glenn Sutcliffe

7a+ surely.anyway. pretty good.pleased even though i fell off the flakey bit at top.
w.pettet-smith - Lead dog - May/11 with simon kimber

westyb3 - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Matt Cox

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Dan Mckinlay - 2011

Hidden - Lead dog - 25/Aug/10

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd - 25/Aug/10 with loundsy

Toby Dunn - Lead - 07/Jul/10 with Martin Fisher

Tried last year and it's definitely lost a number of footholds at the crux. The crux is tres cheeky now.
robbo - Lead RP - 13/Jun/10 with north country boy

Hidden - TR dog - 13/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 12/Jun/10

JM - 2010

JM - 2010

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 2010

Second go
akhughes - Lead rpt - 2010

uptown - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/09 with andy farnell

Tried this years ago and got about a third of the way up! Blew the last move to the jug on the first go today, then got back on and sent it next go. Definitely my style, technical and pretty much vertical.
Andrew Barker - Lead RP - 05/Aug/09 with Chunk

dominic lee - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09 with neil foster

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jul/09

Hard crux at top!
derico - Lead RP - 30/Jun/09 with Jon Freeman

jfreeman - Lead RP - 30/Jun/09 with David Pattinson

Hard. Reachy crux
lx - Lead β - 21/Jun/09 with French Alex

Hidden - Lead RP - 20/Jun/09

Ally Baba - Lead RP - 07/Jun/09

CharlieMack - TR dog - 07/Jun/09 with Ali

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/09

Hidden - Jun/09

datoon - Lead - 04/Apr/09 with MJ

Seymore Butt - 2009

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/08

RD - Lead rpt - 10/May/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/07

Hidden - Lead RP - 29/May/07

Hidden - Lead RP - Sep/06

Tony Little - Lead RP - 26/Jul/06 with Darren

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Jun/06

Boy - 2006

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Hidden - Lead - 2005

Cassidy - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/04 with Scottish Raiding Party

Henners - Lead RP - 01/Sep/02 with Craig McCallum

GeoffG - Lead - 27/May/99

1st rp
shark - Lead RP - 02/Apr/99

Hidden - Lead β - 16/May/98

sadams - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/97 with John Fletcher

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - Jun/97

robyn1 - 1995

Still can't do it in one push!
Dave Musgrove - Lead dog - 02/Jul/94 with David

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/94 with Andy Earl

1 rest near the top.
Dave Musgrove - Lead dog - 02/Jun/94

andy farnell - Lead β - 1993 with Graham Iles

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