Zoolook*** 8a
[Climbing Zoolook 8a, Malham Cove. Pic2
, 3 kb]22m.

Rockfax Description
Malham's first 8a. A famous and magnificent climb which starts below a chunky flake. Gaining the flake is tricky, however the sustained upper wall provides most of the difficulties with fingery moves on side-pulls, with always the nagging question as to whether to clip the crucial bolt or push on and risk the mega-lob. There is an infamous rest at half-height. © ROCKFAX

FA. Ron Fawcett 1985. Malham's first 8a and also one of the first in the UK. A magnificent effort which has stood the test of time. "Nearly 8a+" Steve McClure - OTE 2003.

Ticklists: THE classic old skool 8a's.

Photo: Climbing Zoolook 8a, Malham Cove. Pic2 © John Cooke
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This climb is in 56 logbooks, and on 22 wishlists.

7&8th sessions... still not ticked, but no longer going backwards (coincidentally with not trying on sunny days!). Getting up on smears from horrible LH undercut pocket more often than not. Once latched RH crimp but failed to sort out feet to grab jugs.... gutted. 9th session regression.
thebigfriendlymoose - Lead dog - 27/Sep/14 with Stephen

adamjeffs - Lead RP - 09/Jun/14 with mum

Great route
piken - Lead RP - 01/Oct/13 with Al

mikenty - Lead RP - 19/Apr/13 with Nicolas Duboust

Less of a epic than usual.
NDD - Lead RP - 08/Sep/12

couldnt resist a play on the bottom boulder prob. really nice moves but too hard for me. need to work heel hooks for a start
julesp - TR dnf - 14/Jul/12 with nigel and eliot

First proper redpoint after a few working goes. So psyched to get this done today, especially as the last two holds of the crux and the whole upper wall were sopping wet.
jacobjacob - Lead RP - 14/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead RP - 06/Nov/11

Toby Dunn - Lead RP - 24/Aug/11 with Ruth

Horrible midge fest of a day.
edinbed - Lead RP - 20/Jul/11

first redpoint
nickmoulden - Lead RP - 16/Jun/11 with Dalvinda Dunning

Hidden - Lead dog - 13/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 07/Jun/11

Apharri - Lead RP - 01/May/11 with Andre Hedger

bigie bob - Lead RP - 15/Apr/11

Get in! Early morning race against the sun! Wet top-out! Sketchy!
willackers - Lead RP - 09/Apr/11 with lots of scottish people

Apharri - Lead RP - Apr/11 with Marie Richards

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/Mar/11

andyinnes - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/May/09

Hidden - TR dog - 10/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Jul/08

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead RP - 28/Jun/08 with Aide Jebb

Hidden - TR rpt - 18/Jun/08

amazing. Best route i have ever done. Hard, feels like a step up from other 8a's i've done.
lx - Lead - 12/Jun/08 with jonny

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/May/08

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/Apr/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 10/Apr/08

Hidden - Lead RP - Apr/08

Hidden - Lead RP - 04/Jun/07

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Apr/07

Cassidy - Lead RP - 30/Jul/05 with Henners

marky - Lead RP - Apr/05 with John

First 8a & in my 40th year.....ace.
Rich Kirby - Lead RP - 23/Sep/04 with Ant

nige - Lead RP - 09/May/04 with dave kells

Hidden - 2003

Hidden - Lead RP - 2003

Hidden - Lead RP - 2003

Hidden - Lead RP - 2003

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 03/May/99 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 25/Apr/99 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 24/Apr/99 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 28/Mar/99 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 06/Sep/98 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 19/Jul/98 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 31/May/98 with Ewan McCallum

4 days over two years
sadams - Lead RP - 04/May/97 with John Boyle

shark - Lead RP - 01/Oct/94 with Dave Marsh

Tried this with Leo.
djmarko75 - Lead dnf - Sep/94

Skipped the bolt and took the huge lob on RP attempt the day before success (and all bolts clipped!)
jfletcher - Lead RP - 20/Jun/93 with Glen Sutcliffe

keefe - 23/Aug/92

Flashed to high on route. Alas I didn't make it.
Dave Douglas - Lead dog - 23/Mar/91 with Stuart Cameron

1st 8a - pumpy!
mark mcgowan01 - 1990 with Dave Cuthbertson

My 1st 8a.. I think
Glenn Sutcliffe - Lead RP - 1990 with keefe

Mike Owen - Lead RP - 24/Sep/89 with Elaine Owen, Phil Ralph

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JamesTurnbull97, LouisJones, chrisclimber, Nick Sillem, thebigfriendlymoose, Boy, JimPope, bustermartin, Ezy Ryder, derico

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