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Massambula* E2 5b

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[Massambula., 2 kb]a good line up the slab to the right of fools gold, solstice, equinox etc. Finishes just right of the clump of trees at the top of the slab. 2 bolts and a double bolt lower off. Start below the first bolt, move up and slightly rightwards to a tricky move at 5m to gain a good hand traverse leading left to the first bolt. A tricky move between the 2 bolts leads to the second bolt and, after a long run out, the top.

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, a State of Slate.

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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 301 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

wolf.leeb - Lead rpt - 10/Apr/14 with Joe

oliverpcain - Lead O/S - 2014

Three bits of gear before the first bolt, if you look for them.
Alex Riley - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Anna Y

dswansonlow - 2nd O/S - 23/Sep/13 with Darren McMaster

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/13 with Halla

Definitely go-ey! Very chuffed, top was slightly slimy... Got the nerves going!!
Dafydd Llywelyn - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13

luke384 - Lead β - 28/Jul/13 with Ryan mcconnell, matthew lamb

Mattlamb90 - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Ryan, Luke

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13

rbharries - TR - 26/Jul/13 with neils EW

kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/13 with Luke Cullum

not hard but certainly needs a steady head - it would be a bad place to panic!
hms - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with the family

mrginna - Lead β - 02/Jul/13 with Ben Hiles

Ed F - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/13 with Celyn

darlolad - TR O/S - 01/Jul/13

Very bold! Seemed quite sustained too.
vertigo714 - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/13 with Sam Wainwright

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jun/13

Managed to protect the moves to the first bolt with a nut. Top section was wet and dirty which added to the sense of loneliness!
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/13 with Thomas Geh

Cynon - TR dnf - Jun/13

Hidden - TR O/S - 06/May/13

Will lead at some point!
mrginna - TR O/S - 06/May/13 with John, Jack Bramhall, Ben Pinches, Emma Campbell

Hidden - Lead rpt - 06/May/13

mark20 - Lead O/S - 06/May/13

Got up to the first bolt a few months ago but backed off as it was wet and slimy. Felt ok today. Lovely spring evening with a good group of people.
Dan724 - Lead RP - 05/May/13 with Tom Coombe, Huw, James Lloyd, Georgia, Ollie Halford, Becket, Ben Ryle

Hidden - Lead rpt - 06/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/13

Not looking down at the top gets easier when it is almost too dark to see the holds! Had a few moments but happy:)
Sardien - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/13 with Simon Moore

dwillis - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

tim20 - 2013

Seymore Butt - 2013

Jon Didymus - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Rich

Lead this in the early 90's.
richiebongo - Lead rpt - 08/Sep/12 with Gwen Thomson, Jon Didymus

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/12 with Debbie

Tom Seccombe - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/12 with tj murry

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/12

SimonvanDam - Lead dnf - 24/May/12 with Matt Roberts

Andy_B39 - Lead O/S - 22/May/12 with Sam Tolhurst

davebrox - Lead O/S - May/12

BenRyle - Lead O/S - 15/Jan/12 with Charlottte

Narked4fun - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - 2nd dnf - Nov/11

Loved it. Nice and run out but never too hard.... Two damp hold at the very top just for a bit of extra spice!
jezb1 - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/11

Jez lead the route and I tried it on his ropes. It was wet towards the top, but I managed to get away with only using 1 wet hold. I'll lead it next year!
Mike Nolan - TR O/S - 28/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Oct/11

kristinawe - TR - 14/Oct/11

Sam Marland - TR O/S - 29/Sep/11 with Matthew Keeves

feilx - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Heather

heather rogers - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Felix

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 04/Aug/11

not one for soft shoes
Jim Walton - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/11 with Tom Ramsden

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/11

Callum456 - 2nd - 03/Jul/11

Coel Hellier - Lead - 01/Jul/11

Stefan_Morris - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Edmundmorris

Luke Brooks - Lead rpt - 21/Jun/11 with Liam, Konrad Doyle

Sankey - 2nd - 25/May/11 with Luke

Blew onsight when hold snapped, climbed clean next go.
thebigfriendlymoose - Lead RP - 25/May/11 with Stephen

belay bunny turned bad - Lead rpt - 12/May/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/May/11

Beautiful Slate climbing,
gd303uk - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with John Rogers, Shelley Garvey

second lead of the year, not bad!
Steeve - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/11 with will

I thought I was on Gnat Attack, didn't check the guide
caradoc - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11 with john b

wolf.leeb - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/11 with nic

Shauna - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Jules

top section is fucking scary !! DON'T DO IN THE WET !
luke1986 - Lead - 17/Feb/11 with kevin kilroy

Hidden - 2011

maxamusdecamus - 2011

Rory Shaw - 2011

ollieben - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

olly_davey - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

pretty run-out at the top.. guidebook says something like "dont attempt if top looks wet" and i would now agree..
rustaldo - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/10 with Rob

Hidden - TR - 10/Oct/10

two draws
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with james

ollieben - 2nd rpt - 04/Sep/10 with harry henson

dave657 - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Alys

hazza - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10

chris sm - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Jon Pearson

Hidden - Lead - 19/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jun/10

Liam FLeming - Lead - 18/Jun/10 with karen dalzell

Alastair - Lead - 06/Jun/10 with Jane Edwards

ollieben - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10 with alex king

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/May/10

willoates - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with James

Dan Jenkin - Lead O/S - 21/May/10 with Chris Barr

Chris_barr - Lead β - 21/May/10 with Dan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/10

scary top section!
lukehodson - Lead O/S - 08/May/10 with Charlotte

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/May/10

liam 22 - 2nd - May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Apr/10

shaun walby - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/10 with stuart Holmes

SAF - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/10 with Mark

samrad - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/10 with smallerrich

eugeneth - TR O/S - 08/Mar/10 with Max, Owen

dicky79 - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Mark Nicholson

Hidden - 2010

maxamusdecamus - Lead O/S - 2010

alek - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09 with Harry Thorpe

Harry Thorpe - 2nd O/S - 17/Oct/09 with Alek Kumar

Popped out after field trip. Nuts are quite essential at E2, whoops.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/09 with George Ullrich

nutallovertheface - Lead O/S - Oct/09 with ross

forgot trad gear, just a tad bold with only 2 quickdraws!
Jus - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Will Boxen

Liam FLeming - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/09 with karen dalzell

Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/09 with Drew Mulcahy

scorky345 - Lead - 19/Aug/09 with Tim Oates

tim20 - 2nd - 19/Aug/09 with sam corcoran

Sam W - Lead - 08/Aug/09 with Nina Jenkinson

top class climbing. very techy and run out in the upper section.
mulletcocktail2000 - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/09 with john

jored - 19/Jul/09 with Ryan

RachelP - 2nd - 06/Jul/09 with Jamie

frost - TR - 24/Jun/09 with D Almond

end of a hot day and boots not tight enough
Dave Almond - Lead - 24/Jun/09 with Simon Frost

Managed it between the both of us with rests.
mikelaing - Lead - Jun/09 with Mark Handford

RachubAndy - Lead rpt - 10/May/09 with Iwan

Christian Beck - Lead O/S - May/09

beci tointen - Lead O/S - May/09 with Jamie Kean

drewish - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/09 with Mark Taylor

mr mills - Lead rpt - 21/Apr/09 with Gareth

metal arms - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/09

Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/09 with Mike McClean

Hidden - TR dnf - 21/Mar/09

barni - 2009 with james hayward, Paul James

Hidden - 2009

Matt Bennett - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/08

Jonathan Emett - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/08 with Matt, Rich

felt very runout to the second bolt, very fingery and delicate. Delicious.
RocknRoll - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/08 with Rob Gibson

ShaneHoubart - 2nd - Jul/08

mynyddresident - Lead O/S - Jul/08 with Mandy T

jcurley - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/08 with Mike Buddle

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08 with CarolineH

CarolineH - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Dave

Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 31/May/08 with Misha

Fantastic run out, relatively easy but don't fall off!
Misha - Lead O/S - 31/May/08

a_d_tru - TR - 24/May/08 with various WMC

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 24/May/08 with Claire Duffield

PretendClimber - TR - 01/May/08 with Chris Baker

Chris Baker - TR - 01/May/08 with Craig Kitchen

cherad - TR O/S - 01/May/08

great stuff - what a run out
SGD - Lead O/S - May/08 with Tom Relf

Bloody lovely
Hjort - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/08 with Owen Tweedie

tweedcore - TR O/S - 03/Apr/08 with Toby

Lloyders - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/08 with Steve Parry

mzchambers - Lead dnf - 17/Mar/08 with beesleys

Matt Vigg - 2008

Nice ascent of this balancey, delicate climb. a scary proposition to lead though! Loved the flake traverse at about half way - felt like Alex Huber on El Cap!
climbingrev - TR O/S - 27/Aug/07

gregoritos - Aug/07 with John Bull

Terrapin Man - TR O/S - Aug/07 with munro

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/07

didnt like that much (actually i did): v scary up top (should have read the guide 'not a place to be when its wet'). wet holds and loose shoe lace made it feel pretty serious. i bypassed the loose flake as i think any gear would have ripped so last gear was the top bolt. very worthwhile.
ksjs - Lead O/S - 26/May/07 with goosebump

funking wet slippy top, and a big drop if you fall
Sgt. Vest - Lead O/S - 13/May/07 with sophie wilmes

sonnenstern - 2nd - 13/May/07 with Will Malcolm

mzchambers - 2nd O/S - May/07

JHPritch - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/07

Ifan - 2nd - Apr/07 with John Pritchard

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - Apr/07

Hidden - 2nd dog - Apr/07

Nicos - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/07 with rich howels

Rob Kennard - 2007

Dom Whillans - Lead - 2007

Hidden - TR - 2007

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2007

C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 2007 with Neil Chelton

Hidden - Lead - 09/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/06

Ace
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/06 with will sim

Tricky route, some nifty moves needed at the crux between the first and second bolts, great slabby climb :-)
Jamie Light - TR O/S - 16/Jul/06 with Phil Baker/Nick Bird/Will Hunt

Will Hunt - 2nd O/S - 16/Jul/06 with Nick Bird

reg_measures - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/06 with Richard Sharpe

Top section was wet - frightening!
Owain Llewelyn - Lead - Jan/06 with Dave P

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Dringo - 2006

climbing_wiggy - TR O/S - Sep/05 with PYB

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/05

mattyork2 - TR - Jul/05 with leanne

Hammy - TR - 30/May/05

IOAN D - Lead - 2005 with Mills

good climb but would be scary to lead
01wills - TR O/S - 2005 with Matt Green

Peter Smith - Lead O/S - 2005 with Mick Leather

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - 01/Aug/04

paul m hadley - Oct/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/03

Gus - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/02

Northen Vince - Lead O/S - 24/May/00 with James

Leading but asked for a rope at the top where it was wet
Derek Ryden - TR O/S - 09/Apr/00 with Duncan Spencer

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

MjrTom - Lead O/S - Jun/99

Tim W - 2nd O/S - 24/May/99 with Will Frost

BenTiffin - Lead - May/99 with Andy Bissell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1999

belay bunny turned bad - Lead - 1999

big - Aug/98

WB - Lead O/S - 30/May/98 with Paul

Mark Riley - Lead O/S - May/98

nickdonohue - 2nd - 14/Feb/98 with Mark McCarthy

Paul Boardman - Lead O/S - 1998 with Iain Boardman

petekeron - Lead O/S - 1998 with Alex Binks

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/97

Andy Say - Lead O/S - 27/May/97

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/97

Colin Edwards - Lead - 19/Apr/97

Ched - Lead O/S - 1997 with Glanfor

MarkDavies36 - Lead O/S - 1997 with Corin Burdon

cragspud - Lead O/S - Dec/96

Charlie Staincliffe - Lead O/S - 20/May/96

AB1965 - Lead - 03/Apr/96

auld al - Lead O/S - 1996

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/95

michael burrows - Lead rpt - 04/Aug/95 with richard parry

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/95

Cowflinger - Lead O/S - 28/May/95 with Brad

neilh - Lead - 13/Aug/94 with sara hyde

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/94

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jun/94

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 28/May/94 with Dave Fooks

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/May/94

rogerskews - 2nd - May/94 with Phil

AlanLittle - Lead - May/94 with Carl Blakeley

michael burrows - Lead rpt - 10/Apr/94 with lola gunn

Budge - Lead O/S - 1994 with Ceri Jones

nai - Lead - 1994

Laramadness - 2nd - 1994

jamiev - TR O/S - 24/Aug/93 with Chris Charlton

jamiev - 2nd β - Aug/93 with Chris Charlton

Seconded in 1990
Pete_Frost - Lead rpt - 09/May/93

David Smith - 2nd - 24/Apr/93 with charlie french

Stoney Boy - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/93 with Bob Marks

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/93

leadmat - Lead O/S - 1993 with Chris Hingston

adi bryant - Lead O/S - 1993 with Ollie, Tim

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Hidden - Lead - 24/Aug/92

Scott McRae - TR O/S - Jul/92 with Steve Jones

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/92

Roget - Lead O/S - 30/May/92 with jon

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 23/May/92

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 17/May/92 with Simon Coles

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 17/May/92 with David Gilkes

channinga - 1992

sdht - 1992

John Southworth - Lead O/S - Oct/91

tlr - Lead - 15/Sep/91 with Pom

Lonely
ellie macpherson - 2nd - Aug/91 with Neil Macpherson, Graeme Jarvis

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jul/91

mattnuttall - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/91 with Matthieu Mounier, Gareth Parry, Alan Holden

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/91

kato'sdad - Lead - 13/Apr/91 with Jerry Mattinson

Hidden - 2nd - 1991

PaulHermes - 1991

Hidden - Lead - 23/Sep/90

John Carrol lead
Jelly Mould Surfer - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/90

whispering nic - Lead - Jul/90 with Graham Iles

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/90

Hidden - Lead - 13/May/90

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 06/May/90 with Andy Mackay

surfbish - Lead O/S - May/90

ChrisJD - Lead - 28/Apr/90 with Alex

Paul Figg - Lead - Apr/90

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1990 with Alison Dorey

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Lead - 1990 with Therry Cooper

chrisdavies - Lead O/S - 1990

Tom V - 1990 with Howie Darwin

Nick Rundall - 2nd O/S - 1990

Climbed with a we streak at the top, I remember thinking that the route would not go through it but it did. Well scary!
Gambit - Lead O/S - 1990 with Rob

Hidden - 1990

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/89

mark-abz - Lead - 18/Aug/89 with Andy W

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/89

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/May/89

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead O/S - May/89 with Jean Williamson, Bill Williamson

Graded E3 5c back then however it didn't feel much harder than Gnat Attack
JimGoodman - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/89

Dave Douglas - 2nd - 24/Jul/88

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 30/Apr/88 with Pete Finklaire, David

steve taylor - Lead - Oct/87 with andy farmer

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Aug/87

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 12/Aug/87 with Anne 'The Spam' Campbell

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jun/87

Mike Owen - 09/May/87 with Elaine Owen

sadams - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/87 with Guy Townsend

Hidden - Lead - 1987

DDDD - 1987

was graded E3 5c then
Nick Biven - Lead β - 03/Oct/86

Originally E3/5c. Climbed 3 times with various partners including an ascent at 10.30pm, finishing in the dark with Gary Thornhill!
Sean Kelly - Lead - Jul/86 with Duncan Lee

nigehughes - 2nd - Apr/86 with Mark Hartree

Hidden - 1980

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Style of ascent

Lead192 of 301 (63.8%)
Followed46 of 301 (15.3%)
Toproped28 of 301 (9.3%)
Unknown35 of 301 (11.6%)

'Climbed'107 of 301 (35.5%)
clean O/S165 of 301 (54.8%)
clean β5 of 301 (1.7%)
clean rpt14 of 301 (4.7%)
clean RP3 of 301 (1.0%)
dogged1 of 301 (0.3%)
dnf6 of 301 (2.0%)