Rockfax Description
When in condition, the central depression and upper cracks offer a brilliant experience that is low in the grade. Start at the left-hand end of a high ledge, below a shallow corner.
Climb the technical central groove to a more defined section of the depression, where the difficulties build before the final impending headwall is reached and climbed on more-positive holds. © Rockfax

FA. Pete Oxley 5.7.89 05/Jul/1989

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Portland: Top 50, West Country Climbs, 3 Star Portland, ROCKFAX Dorset 2012: Graded Sport List, Portland.

Hidden 25/Sep Lead RP
afrosam 18/Sep Lead dnf

Gopping, bailed at the crux

brian watson 30/Jul Lead RP

1st repoint attempt (nice surprise), onsight attempt pitiful, baking hot had to get in sea to cool down. Evening send 7.45pm perfect conditions, a battle to the very last, great route with lots of varied climbing.

with Mike Hawkins
Hidden 27/Jul Lead G/U
Dean177 17/Jul Lead RP

There is more than one hands free rest to be had! Dont remember trying this last year (dog 2nd!?)

with Ana_B
AlexD 13/Jul Lead O/S

Surprise end of the day blast, perfect conditions in the evening sun. Got a bit lost at the top as couldn't see the bolt over the roof, ended up a bit far left and had a pumpy traverse to get back over!

with Shamina
Hidden 09/Jul Lead O/S
mikespooner 11/Jun Lead dnf

Groove felt really hard!

professorcobra 02/Jun Lead dog
littleluke 15/May Lead dog

Dropped the last move due to seagull attack!

Matti Puckridge 14/May Lead O/S

It was a fight! Fantastic varied climbing.

rachelvlc 14/May TR
Hidden ?/May -
MichaelGallimore 29/Apr Lead dnf

Greasy, gave up.

with Flavio, Ben Philips
BenL 24/Apr Lead O/S
with Sam Gill
philhaigh 23/Apr Lead dog
Nick Russell 16/Apr Lead O/S

What a fight! I don't know how long I was on this but I felt drained by the end. Lot's of shoulders/core/persistence got me up this, despite being a bit damp in places (there was a hint in the guidebook!)

Glyn 12/Apr Lead O/S

tricky when damp! Awesome hanging corner moves

with Amy
Tommyads ??/2016 -

Soaking wet felt like 7b+ Amazing climb.

SFrancis 15/Aug/15 TR dog
JackMac 25/Jul/15 Lead dog

Found the grove really awkward and not very enjoyable to climb.

with Dan 85
Hidden 25/Jul/15 Lead RP
samparsons 25/Jul/15 Lead dog

Next time

with Emmie
FlavioL1989 18/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Pumpy, used some chimney technique mid crux to get an okayish rest. Had a standoff with a seagull before the loweroff. First sport 7.

dswansonlow 10/Jul/15 Lead dog
with Alex Banks
Hidden 14/Jun/15 Lead O/S
td72 ?/May/15 Lead dog
with Mike M
Dean177 18/Apr/15 2nd dog
Dibdawg 18/Apr/15 Lead dog

An unexpected slip of the hand on greasy rock in the grove and the on-sight was gone!

dbrooks 18/Jan/15 Lead dnf
with Dr Dave
Hidden 13/Sep/14 Lead dnf
Hidden 13/Sep/14 Lead dnf
Hidden 21/Jun/14 Lead dog
jacobjacob 15/Jun/14 Lead O/S
quiffhanger 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Great natural line & one of the best pitches I've done on Portland, despite being filthy & wet! Must be 4* when clean & dry.

with Antoine
LucasHarazin 05/Oct/13 Lead RP
Hidden 20/Sep/13 Lead dog
Hidden 03/Sep/13 Lead O/S
redjerry 22/Aug/13 TR O/S

Quite damp, felt hard. 12a/b.

adamjeffs 21/Aug/13 Lead O/S
3 Names 11/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Ian Bell 29/Jun/13 TR dog

Crux holds wet so cheated past this. Rest was OK. Would be do-able with a fair few practises. Nice.

Luke Dawson 26/May/13 Lead O/S
PeterDawson 26/May/13 Lead O/S
lewiz 18/May/13 Lead RP

2nd RP attempt

littleluke 05/May/13 -
Hidden 20/Apr/13 TR dog
Hidden 08/Sep/12 Lead RP
dan gibson 23/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with julie carroll, helen gibson
CRiddiford 29/Jul/12 TR dog

groove is wellllll hard!

Adam Booth 22/Jun/12 TR β

Would be great to lead this one when the conditions aren't quite do epic!

ThomasB ?/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Linc 31/Aug/11 Lead dog
Marti999 29/Aug/11 Lead O/S


Billg 10/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Sep/10 Lead β
Ed Babs 18/Sep/10 Lead RP

2nd go today. clean to the roof 04/Jun/10 with Al

with Mike Hawkins
dominic lee 14/May/10 Lead O/S
with andy elliot
marcpontin ?/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with huw
jacobjlloyd 04/Jul/09 Lead dog

Pumpy and magnificent.

with Ivan
nealh ??/2009 Lead
w.pettet-smith ??/2009 Lead dnf

after flinty layers, the upper groove had a thick skin of mouldy slime. one to come back for in better conditions

with josh and steve
La Mont ??/2009 -
Martin Krasnansky 13/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/08 Lead O/S
Glenn Sutcliffe 03/May/08 2nd
dannyboy83 26/May/07 Lead O/S
with Dave Moir, Felix Coxwell
feilx 26/May/07 Lead β
with Rin
bigie bob 24/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/06 Lead O/S
Boy ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2004 -
Kev Little ??/2004 Lead O/S
ukb shark ?/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Chris Sowden
Hidden ??/2001 -
Paul Clarke ??/2000 Lead
with Duncan Drake
Steve Crowe 15/Mar/98 Lead O/S
with KM
Ben Thorne ??/1998 Lead dnf

Fine up to the hanging groove, but was wet and minging. Backed off.

with John Pullin
Pedro50 ??/1996 Lead O/S
with A. Belayer
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