Obsession*** 7b+
[Obsession Area, 3 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
One of Yorkshire's most coveted sport climbs. Sustained climbing leads to a taxing finish. High in the grade. © ROCKFAX

FA. Steve Lewis 1984. The infamous run-out at the top has undergone several changes in its life. Currently it is a good bit less scary than it has been but it is still enough to get you thinking.

Ticklists: Classic UK F7s, World Graded List.

Photo: Obsession Area © ROCKFAX
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This climb is in 193 logbooks, and on 32 wishlists.

OERees - Lead RP - 06/Oct/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 04/Oct/15

Bottom section moves still feel hard but have worked out the rest of the moves.
penny.orr - Lead dog - 27/May/15 with rob greenwood

Amazing route, forgot how good the routes are at malham!
derico - Lead RP - 24/May/15 with Chris Davis

jonleighton - Lead RP - 24/May/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 24/May/15

Great stuff. Taken so long to get around to getting on it,
Ian Broome - Lead RP - 10/May/15 with petellis, Mike

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/May/15

Woohoo! 3rd RP today, my second session on the route. Went down thanks to some beta from guy making the middle section more efficient. Really didn't expect to do this as it felt so hard! My hardest sport route to date.
Duncan Campbell - Lead RP - 04/May/15 with Fat Boy, laura

Hidden - Lead RP - 04/May/15

a strange day
GuyVG - Lead dog - 04/May/15 with Laura

Hidden - 2nd - 04/May/15

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 04/May/15

Matt Cooke - Lead RP - 03/May/15 with Sam Taylor

khawk - Lead RP - 02/May/15

Hard. Being hungover didn't help but this is a big step up from any other 7b+ I've been on and is much harder than space race. Back tomorrow/Monday to try and send
Duncan Campbell - Lead dog - 02/May/15 with Smooth Rob

Hidden - TR dnf - May/15

datoon - Lead RP - 11/Apr/15

Tophe - Lead RP - 25/Mar/15 with Ben D

Finally went down, getting back to a) routes and b) Malham is hard!
samwillo - Lead - 17/Mar/15 with Marianne Lalli

First time climbing and first ever route at Malham, Really good route, great position and techy climbing. Psyched to sent 3rd go.
JamesTurnbull97 - Lead RP - 07/Mar/15 with Andy Hobson

Tried it years ago, felt desperate. Today it still felt desperate, but seemed to go down a lot, lot quicker.
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead - 21/Feb/15 with Mina Leslie Wujastyk

bigie bob - Lead RP - 17/Feb/15

nickmoulden - Lead rpt - 27/Jan/15 with zoe bidula

Hidden - Lead rpt - 23/Nov/14

Hidden - Lead RP - 09/Nov/14

4th session, ticked go after falling at the chains!
oread - Lead RP - 26/Oct/14

drysori - Lead RP - 22/Aug/14

Nick Sillem - Lead RP - 13/May/14

Hidden - 27/Apr/14

Hidden - TR dog - 19/Apr/14

Hidden - TR dog - 19/Apr/14

Worked this a a few years ago. 2nd go when I came back to do it.
Jacob Bloodworth - Lead RP - Apr/14

Hard work in the sun, sequence acquired.
GuyVG - Lead dog - 23/Mar/14 with Shrewbert

Hidden - TR dog - 28/Sep/13

first done 2005
piken - Lead RP - 22/Sep/13 with Andy

Day 2 on my 7b+ project. Got the first finger lock move sorted and Ben showed me a neat finish. Just all the moves in between to go!
Julian Cooper - Lead dog - 02/Sep/13 with Ben Steel

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead - 18/May/13

robertmichaeladams - TR dog - 12/May/13 with Andy H

Cold and fingery but good
a_hein - Lead RP - 12/May/13 with Rob Adams

second day of climbing at malham, nice to get off the warm ups.brilliant day out, beers on the terrace shouting my pals on safe in the knowledge I wont have to tie in again!
w.pettet-smith - Lead RP - Apr/13 with ben and jonny

Hidden - Lead RP - 13/Mar/13

nickmoulden - Lead RP - 10/Jan/13

WB - Lead RP - 02/Sep/12 with Chris

Hidden - Lead RP - 02/Sep/12

Excited just to get on this - amazing!
chris_j_s - Lead dog - 20/Jul/12 with Will Carroll

1st lead try after 2-3 toprope goes.
thebigfriendlymoose - Lead RP - 14/Jul/12 with Martin Fisher

Just that one last move i cant do
efrance24234 - Lead dnf - 30/Jun/12

faile flash go so dogged it and tried moves then led next go.
Ed Booth - Lead RP - 17/Jun/12 with Fennerz, Adam Booth

1st RP.
fennerz - Lead RP - 17/Jun/12 with Ed and Adam

Joe Innes - Lead dog - 08/Jun/12 with Laurent Moseley

Graham Iles - TR dog - 28/Apr/12 with Nick Wharton

Hidden - Lead RP - 27/Apr/12

Hidden - Lead RP - 17/Apr/12

Felt like two different routes - tried in the sun and it felt totally nails, came back a couple weeks later on a cloudy day and sent 1st redders and felt pretty straightforward.
zero six - Lead RP - Apr/12

In 2 overlapping halves, much better than I expected. Hopefully will go down next visit.
drysori - Lead dog - 11/Mar/12

Hidden - TR dnf - 09/Mar/12

Got all the moves. Brilliant route, will be back soon.
drysori - TR dog - 26/Feb/12 with Dunc

Hidden - TR dnf - 2012

Hidden - Lead RP - 06/Nov/11

jfreeman - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/11 with Dave Nicholl

Hidden - Lead RP - 03/Sep/11

Awesome, hard route. Great finish to a great week in the dales.
Stefan Kruger - Lead RP - 20/Aug/11 with Sarah Kruger

uptown - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Sean_J

Rob1988 - Lead RP - 25/Jun/11 with Cal

chiverstom - Lead dnf - 11/Jun/11 with Sam Keyne

sammo247 - Lead dnf - 11/Jun/11 with chiverstom

Hidden - Lead RP - 02/May/11

highrepute - Lead RP - 05/Apr/11

khawk - Lead dog - 19/Mar/11 with DT

Hidden - Lead dnf - 13/Mar/11

After a truly appalling onsight attempt, sorted my life out and got it second go. Great route!
jacobjacob - Lead RP - 02/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead - Mar/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 29/Jan/11

Hidden - Lead - 2011

escalade - 2011

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 2011

ian caton - Lead RP - 12/Apr/10 with Abi

Failed to Flash it. Lowered from 3rd bolt then did it next go. Flashed the top. Nice
willackers - Lead RP - 11/Apr/10 with Malc and Henners

Quite tricky. Pretty pleased to get after not been back climbing for long.
NDD - Lead RP - 21/Mar/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/09

nathanmanc - Lead RP - 06/Jun/09

J_Clark - 28/May/09

Hidden - Lead β - 28/Mar/09

Hidden - TR O/S - 24/Feb/09

Hidden - TR O/S - 24/Feb/09

C coldwell-storry - Lead RP - 2009 with Mike Thomas

Hidden - 2009

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Dec/08

Hidden - 23/Oct/08

Hidden - Lead dog - 22/Aug/08

first tried over 2 years ago. Almost as hard and painful as I'd remembered it. Very good and satisfying none the less. 1st redpoint today.
Ram MkiV - Lead RP - 10/Aug/08 with G-stock

The first route that i have done on the upper tier, Although the climbing is tough a painfull on the skin i can deffinatly see myself doing more up there, as the climbing is supperb. (obsession great route done 1st redpoint today).
andy gravestock - Lead RP - 10/Aug/08 with steve

Greg Boswell - Lead RP - 08/Jun/08 with Robbie Phillips

Dave Bond - Lead RP - 19/May/08 with Tim Banton

Hidden - May/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 03/Apr/08

Hidden - Lead RP - Mar/08

Hidden - Feb/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - TR rpt - 27/Nov/07

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Nov/07

Hidden - 16/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead RP - Oct/07

Tony Little - Lead RP - 19/Aug/06 with Darren

Hidden - Lead RP - 06/Aug/06

Did for the first time years and years ago, had a quick top-rope then did it 1st RP. Fantastic route, benchmark 7b+
andy farnell - Lead RP - 25/Jun/06 with Ian Patterson

Henners - Lead RP - 01/Feb/06 with Neil Buzby

Boy - 2006

Toby Dunn - Lead - 2006

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Cassidy - Lead RP - 15/Aug/04 with Henners

marric - Lead RP - Aug/04 with M. Williams (now Richards)

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 12/Jun/04 with Elaine Owen

Hidden - Lead RP - Jun/04

Hidden - 2003

Hidden - Lead RP - 2003

Rich Kirby - Lead RP - Sep/02 with Ant

nige - Lead RP - Mar/02 with mark hounslea

sadams - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/00 with Kathryn & Nic

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 04/Jul/99 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/99 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 05/May/99 with Elaine Owen

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

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/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 - 14/Mar/99 with Elaine Owen

innes - Lead RP - 1999

Hidden - Lead RP - 31/May/98

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 14/Mar/98 with Elaine Owen

andy farnell - 1998

craig matheson - Lead RP - 1998

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 11/Oct/97 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 29/Jun/97 with Nige Hunt, Elaine Owen

buzby78 - Lead RP - 10/May/97 with Boab

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 08/Mar/97 with Elaine Owen

switch - Lead RP - 1997

Freezing cold wooden hands!
dominic lee - Lead O/S - Oct/96 with daniel lee

Hidden - Lead β - 24/Aug/96

goi.ashmore - Lead RP - 13/Jul/96 with Matt Hirst

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 22/Jun/96 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 25/May/96 with Elaine Owen

whispering nic - Lead dog - May/96

Led twice at the end of the day.
Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 28/Apr/96 with Elaine Owen

Led twice at the end of the day.
Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 21/Apr/96 with Elaine Owen

Led twice.
Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 20/Apr/96 with Elaine Owen

Hmmm! Hard, but I managed all the moves, maybe one day?
Dave Musgrove - 2nd dog - 06/Apr/96 with David

Excellent. 3rd go
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead RP - 06/Apr/96 with Dad

robyn1 - 1996

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/Oct/95 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/95 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 22/Jun/95 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 07/May/95 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 29/Apr/95 with Elaine Owen

Billg - Lead RP - 14/Apr/95 with Andy Swan

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 02/Apr/95 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 25/Mar/95 with Andy Mitchell

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 15/Oct/94 with Elaine Owen

CBA - Jun/94

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 27/May/94 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 26/May/94 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/May/94 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/Sep/93 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 27/Aug/93 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 04/Aug/93 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/Aug/93 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 18/Jul/93 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/93 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 15/Jun/93 with Elaine Owen

1st RP
Steve Crowe - Lead RP - 25/Apr/93 with KM

Surprised myself with a flash (with Beta tho) of this classic. Now sadly spoilt by having an extra bolt in the runout. Needs chopping an returning to its original fluttery state.
WuDavid - Lead β - 1993

Mike Owen - 11/Oct/92 with Dougie Hall

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 04/Oct/92 with Tim Hatch

jfletcher - Lead RP - 23/Aug/92

shark - Lead RP - 10/Aug/92

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 30/May/92 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 12/Apr/92 with Steve Roberts

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 23/Jun/91 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 24/Mar/91 with Elaine Owen

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 13/Oct/90 with Andy Moss

Dave Douglas - Lead RP - 11/Sep/90

Dave Douglas - Lead RP - 11/Sep/90

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/Apr/90 with Elaine Owen

Andy Hyslop - Mar/90

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1990 with keefe

Hidden - Lead - 1990

mark mcgowan01 - 1989

keefe - Lead RP - 31/Jul/88

Mike Owen - Lead RP - 30/Sep/87 with Tim Lowe

F.A inspired by a 7a that looked similar I'd done earlier in the year at La Loubiere. Took 3 days of effort and certainly harder than anything else I'd done at the time. But was also aware it was easier than other routes considered E6 - Main OH, Cave Route LH, Free n Easy, etc. So gave it E5/6. Some tight gits nicked the original belay soon after it was done. Must have aided Main OH and across for and old krab and old rope. The good old days. The start has since been shifted to the R and the original crux is avoided by climbing further L - though still hard. Antoine Le Menestrel and J.B Tribout both onsighted it in 85 and thought 7b but 7b+ seems fair to me.
stp - Lead - 15/Aug/84

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