To Wish the Impossible*** 7a
[To Wish the Impossible, 2 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
A superb pitch. Sustained and delicate climbing with a strenny finish. © ROCKFAX

FA. Pete Oxley 18/Apr/1994

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Portland: Top 50, ROCKFAX Dorset 2012: Graded Sport List, Classic Portland 7as (2* +).

Photo: To Wish the Impossible © ouita
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This climb is in 260 logbooks, and on 43 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead G/U - 30/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead dnf - 11/Sep/15

Fell on the last hold because I was pumped and didn't warm up
Charlotteking - Lead dog - 06/Sep/15

Great route should've gone for the Rp holds are all there just quite sustained
max_dickens - Lead dog - 03/Aug/15 with charlotte

Jon Didymus - Lead dog - 02/Aug/15 with Nick

really good technical line best line of the day
hankyc - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/15

First 7a onsight
Sam4242 - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/15 with Billy Davies

xiangoh - Lead O/S - Jul/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Jun/15

SDM - Lead - 28/Jun/15 with Michael

rajeshwarbisht - TR dnf - 28/Jun/15 with Michael

First 7a onsight get in!
samparsons - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 13/Jun/15

3rd go Redpoint, Superb climbing with a stiff little crux. Great moves. Probably the best 7a I've climbed so far.
Giles Davis - Lead RP - 06/Jun/15 with Anita Davis

Came back to this after trying it a year ago and couldn't find the holds.
Chloe - TR dog - 12/May/15 with Arran

Hidden - TR - May/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/Apr/15

First go, tried once a couple of years ago.
Rupey - Lead RP - 14/Apr/15 with alan

innes - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/15 with Ruth

Hidden - Lead - 06/Apr/15

chris_woodsy - Lead RP - Apr/15

garywong - TR dog - 07/Mar/15 with Vince

Angus Taylor - TR dog - 02/Nov/14

petewebb - Lead RP - 01/Nov/14 with Oliver Ross

1st 7a! Almost onsighted it. 2 easy moves from the top, but was pumped and snatched for a hold and only just missed it. Appropriately named.
OliverRoss - Lead RP - 01/Nov/14 with Caesar, Pete Webb

Jane Weir - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/14 with Mike Gubbins

Hidden - 28/Sep/14

Giles Davis - Lead dog - 28/Sep/14 with Rob & Sara

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead β - 14/Sep/14

Found it easier than Medusa Falls
Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/14 with Gibbon

RKirke - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14

Almost flashed. Fell off easy move at the break by skipping the intermediate pinch.
Chloe - TR dog - 31/Aug/14

Acoustic_Olly - Lead β - 21/Aug/14

Dizz - Lead RP - 16/Aug/14 with chris colebrook

Hidden - TR RP - 16/Aug/14

Came back after trying it last year twice and retro flashed as a warm up due to rain expected and had to get it done quick.
GrahamGiles - Lead RP - 01/Aug/14 with Jimmy Xie, Qisheng Xie

jonleighton - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14

Dizz - Lead - 13/Jul/14 with Sadie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14

Hidden - TR dog - 21/Jun/14

2nd go
mop449 - Lead RP - 15/Jun/14 with Simon Crook

Almost a retro flash, felt very easy today.
RFWilkie - Lead RP - 14/Jun/14

tombrol - Lead RP - 08/Jun/14 with Pawel Kedzierski

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/May/14

philhaigh - Lead RP - 31/May/14 with Aarron Schofield, Mel Dodge, Natalie Haigh

nataliehaigh - 2nd dnf - 31/May/14 with Aarron Schofield, Mel Dodge, Phil Haigh

Stunning climbing. 1st RP
Caspian Johnson - Lead RP - 04/May/14 with Tor

richy85 - Lead dnf - 25/Apr/14 with Paul

Hidden - Lead RP - 24/Apr/14

BenL - Lead β - 26/Mar/14 with Ben Corbey, Josh Bamsey

josh Bamsey - Lead RP - 26/Mar/14

Gabe Oliver - Lead - 23/Mar/14

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

Hidden - TR dog - 25/Sep/13

Barry Kerslake - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/13 with Shamina Kapadia

RP on 3rd go
Leiko Miura - Lead RP - 01/Sep/13 with Julie Carroll

jsaric - 31/Aug/13

Pete Dangerous - Lead RP - 26/Aug/13 with Radek, Kamil, lewiz

artmal - Lead RP - 26/Aug/13

Great fun
lewiz - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Pete Gagie

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

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Aug/13

Julian Cooper - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Liz Cooper

Perryman - Lead β - 21/Jul/13 with GUY DAVENPORT

Will nail clean next trip.
Monkeyboy - Lead dog - 20/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 13/Jul/13

adamjeffs - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead RP - Jul/13

Dan_F - Lead RP - Jul/13 with Ben jones

By far my most favorite route in Portland. Worked the moves then went for the RP, got to the jugs at the top and i just couldn't hold any longer! HOW COULD I FAIL ON THE EASY BIT!?!?! next time
GrahamGiles - Lead dog - 29/Jun/13

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/13 with Rachel Takacs

maybe_si - Lead RP - 01/Jun/13

Qisheng Xie - Lead RP - 01/Jun/13 with Aaron Clifford

Aaron.Clifford - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Qisheng Xie

Retro-flash. No recollection of route until I saw my previous UKC entry :) Really enjoyed it second time round too.
quiffhanger - Lead rpt - 26/May/13

Julie Carroll - Lead RP - 06/May/13 with Sol Fernandez

chiverstom - Lead O/S - 06/May/13 with zappa, Sam Keyne

thomb - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/13 with Gareth

Retro flash :)
DorsetGareth - Lead RP - 21/Apr/13 with Tom B

dmoir - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13 with Lauren Davies

Dan_Carroll - Lead RP - 31/Mar/13 with Iain

RadekNowak - Lead RP - 2013

First 7a onsight. Probably a softy.
Tommyads - 2013

Hidden - Lead RP - 16/Sep/12

First route at Portland....not the best warm up but a good route. Probably soft end 7a.
ANC - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/12 with Andy Schofield

etrillaud - Lead dog - 09/Sep/12

skhill - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/12

First 7a flash/ onsight. Beautiful route, great technical wall then lovely jug pulling through the final bulge. Awesome experience
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/12 with Jake shaw, Liam, Mark Rankine

andrew hammond - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12

Brian H - Lead rpt - 26/Aug/12 with Andrew Hammond

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/12

Jake Young - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/12 with The Wald

mark20 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/12

Linc - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/12

Daniel - Lead - 20/Jul/12 with Jasmina Saric

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/12

Great route, but don't believe rockfax: Medusa Falls is the one to do!
Tim M - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 01/Jul/12 with cheesesarnie

philhaigh - Lead dog - 06/Jun/12 with Mel Dodge, Eddy Young, Rob Kennard

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12

EllaRus - Lead O/S - Jun/12 with john

Jeronimo - Lead O/S - 24/May/12

Jay81 - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with david

Martin Cleaver - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/12 with Alek

alek - Lead β - 20/Apr/12 with Martin Cleaver

pritty much onsight but had a go over a year ago but only got up to 2nd bolt then.
efrance24234 - Lead β - 08/Apr/12

Great climb, every move is amazing! First 7a redpoint, didn't feel that hard. Nicely technical and slabby. Took me a while to figure out the move over the roof
catblack - Lead RP - 02/Apr/12 with Andy Barker

Hidden - Lead β - 10/Mar/12

1st redpoint. Techy climbing.
Tomar - Lead RP - 10/Mar/12 with Ross Davidson

Fall from last clip, just before the jugs.Be Back to finish soon
yarrow - Lead - 03/Mar/12

LJC - Lead RP - 16/Feb/12 with Jack, Tom

Hidden - Lead dog - 13/Jan/12

matt perks - 2012

1 mess up on lower sequence (V. shoddy climbing on my part). Didn't have time to redpoint. should go next time.
funsized - Lead dog - 11/Nov/11 with Tom Maidwell

sam.sam.sam.ferguson - TR rpt - 02/Nov/11 with Rob Gates, Sami Mandeel

First 7a onsight - whoop whoop!
Sami Mandeel - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/11 with Sam Ferguson

Hidden - Lead RP - 02/Nov/11

sam.sam.sam.ferguson - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Rob Gates, Tom Hobley, Sam Tucker

j miller - 22/Oct/11

Sophie Nunn - Lead dog - 16/Oct/11 with Jon Emmet, Toby

possibly the best route on this bit of wall
Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11 with Sophie Nunn

First 7a and think i chose a good one really varied and good fun took 3 goes and i was not boring on the last try
Joe Black - Lead rpt - 10/Oct/11 with ollie

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

Very nice - thin but you're always on your feet. Better & easier than Medusa Falls imo.
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/11

Really enjoyable! Technical and sequency, first hard climb in portland!
adlamixion - Lead RP - 25/Jul/11 with peter

Looking forward to this as a project!
LeahJamie - TR - 09/Jul/11 with Ian Bell

First 7a RP
Ian Bell - Lead RP - 09/Jul/11

Loved it!
James Marshall - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Jun/11

First 7a! Nice and sustained - interest all the way but no real crux move. Excellent!
Thinker01 - Lead O/S - 14/May/11 with Kev Stott

clips in
tom106 - Lead β - 06/May/11 with laura

loz901 - Lead dog - 06/May/11

EmilyElouise - 2nd dog - 10/Apr/11

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

Nearly fell off when I broke a hold...
Oli - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/11 with Fred

Billg - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/11 with Will Calvert

Evie - Lead RP - 27/Mar/11 with Yann

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/11 with CarolineH

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/11

tedj234 - Lead β - Mar/11 with Kate, davidliu, Harry

La Mont - Lead rpt - 30/Jan/11 with Lisa Paling

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/10

dmaldonado - 2nd dnf - 17/Oct/10 with Nick Blackbeard

second attempt
nblackbeard - Lead RP - 17/Oct/10 with Dan Maldonado

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

natalietanzer - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10 with pete

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with jacquie robinson

Hidden - Lead - Sep/10

willbatho - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/10

This and medusa make a brilliant pair of 7a's - completely different to each other. Really enjoyable delicate climbing (altho my skin was agony on those crimpers). Upper groove gives some proper sweet climbing! but the whole route is brill
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/10 with Dunken

mlg678 - Lead RP - 09/Aug/10

JKay - Lead RP - 02/Aug/10 with Pete Scott

first 7 onsight in ages, didnt find it pumpy at all but it was already pretty chalked up.
Pete Scott - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/10 with John kay

pawelx - Lead RP - 13/Jun/10

decs - TR dog - 05/Jun/10 with Dave Potter

jh123 - Lead RP - 05/Jun/10

slav - Lead O/S - Jun/10

Vince - Lead RP - 30/May/10 with John Percy

Vince - TR dog - 30/May/10 with John Percy

harry40740 - Lead dog - 26/May/10

jw231 - TR RP - 24/May/10 with nblackbeard

should have been onsight fell off on roof at top really ncie route
brices - Lead RP - 23/May/10

AlexD - Lead RP - 03/May/10

sam_cox - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10

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

timharrison - TR dog - 07/Mar/10 with Iain Moodie, Suse

Hidden - 2010

ian1234567 - 2010

ian1234567 - Lead dog - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

givemetea - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/09 with Hannah Heywood

gejones - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Sean

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Alex B

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Rab Carrington

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead β - 30/Aug/09

Stefan Kruger - Lead RP - 22/Aug/09 with Sarah Porter

Hidden - Lead RP - 08/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead RP - 08/Aug/09

MarkRyder - Lead RP - 02/Aug/09 with Ashley

Hidden - 26/Jul/09

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/09 with Harry

Excellent route....didn't feel like having to repeat the bottom thin section so onsight was the way forward.
Morgan Woods - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09 with David S

eugeneth - Lead RP - 21/Jun/09 with Mike Burford

jacobjlloyd - Lead β - 20/Jun/09 with Richard Dagnan

First ever RP project. Dogged it deliberately to get clips in/suss out the holds and moves then got it on second RP. Successful ascent seemed unlikely but Gav's skillful lead provided the incentive. Never previously climbed anything harder than 6b+, I could get into this sport climbing lark.
Owen W-G - Lead RP - 20/Jun/09 with Gav & Si

Very technical but no real stopper moves. Brilliant climbing. One to do.
Jon_Warner - TR dog - 08/Jun/09 with Jonny

Hidden - Lead β - 08/Jun/09

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/09

LC - Lead O/S - Jun/09

Got it second official RP attempt. Everyone seems to think it's very onsightable which would imply a soft touch, but i think it's pretty middle of the road 7a...
Wilbur - Lead RP - 25/May/09 with Caine

much better than medusa falls. a lot more intricate and sustained. should have done this one first
onlytovey - Lead rpt - 11/Apr/09 with Hannah Williams

Al did all the moves but took due to rope anxiety :-) Didn't do the last strenuous section.
embob - 2nd dnf - 11/Apr/09 with Alex

irenemil - Lead RP - 11/Apr/09 with Dany

Hidden - Lead - 11/Apr/09

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/09 with Nick Arding

mark_wellin - Lead rpt - Apr/09

matt green(uni) - Lead O/S - Apr/09

Mike W - Lead RP - 22/Mar/09

JimR - 01/Mar/09

nealh - Lead - 2009

great route- better than medusa methinks. delicate crux section and nice strenuous jug hauling at top. led clean second attempt.
w.pettet-smith - Lead RP - 29/Dec/08 with josh

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Dec/08

jfreeman - Lead O/S - 25/Oct/08 with Simon Robinson

simonr - Lead O/S - 25/Oct/08 with Jon Freeman

tobydunford - Lead RP - 18/Oct/08 with Lisa Paling

garburn - Lead RP - 23/Sep/08 with Will Searle

1 fall
Jonathan Emett - TR dog - 12/Sep/08 with Matic

Hidden - Lead RP - 22/Aug/08

Soft 7a
dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/08 with Ben Harper

Ben Harper - Lead RP - 17/Aug/08

Cracking route and a nice first 7a. So close to flashing it and was chuffed to get it second go.
vertigo - Lead RP - 17/Aug/08 with Ben and Dan

feilx - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/08 with Mark T

Nicely contrasting sections of climbing.
Andrew Barker - Lead β - 15/Aug/08 with Chunk

Paz - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/08 with WG

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/Jul/08

schof - Lead RP - 23/Jul/08 with jon howell

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Jun/08

Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 12/May/08 with Tanya

Martin Krasnansky - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/08

Hidden - Lead β - 09/Feb/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/08

nawface - Lead - 2008

Docent - Lead β - 01/Sep/07 with pudel

Castleclimber - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/07 with Tim Hussain

Richard Horn - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/07

JPGR - Lead dog - 01/Apr/07 with Steve

keefe - Lead - 31/Mar/07 with Tansy

DorsetGareth - TR β - Mar/07 with Yann

Jus - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/06

Hidden - Lead - May/06

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/06

steve taylor - Lead - 2006

Jon Greengrass - 2006

feeko - 2006

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

Hidden - Lead dog - 2006

Jake Shaw - Lead O/S - 2004

Kev Little - Lead O/S - 2004

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/03

Hidden - Lead dog - 12/Apr/03

lx - Lead - 2002

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/01

Southern Mark Smith - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 2000

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/99

Mark Kemball - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/99 with Rob Galley

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Apr/99

kp64zl - Lead O/S - Jul/97

Approx date
Nigel Coe - 2nd - 1997

Kevster - Lead - 1996

Hidden - 16/Apr/95

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Clean G/U
Clean RP