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.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
Hidden 15/Aug TR dog
JackMac 25/Jul Lead dog

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

Hidden 25/Jul Lead RP
samparsons 25/Jul Lead dog

Next time

FlavioL1989 18/Jul 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.

Rob Edwards
dswansonlow 10/Jul Lead dog
Alex Banks
Hidden 14/Jun Lead O/S
Dean177 18/Apr 2nd dog
Dibdawg 18/Apr Lead dog

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

dbrooks 18/Jan Lead dnf
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.

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
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!

Linc 31/Aug/11 Lead dog
Marti999 29/Aug/11 Lead O/S


Billg 10/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Oli 25/Sep/10 Lead β

Not my style, so pleased to flash, really nice though and not too pumpy.

Mark Tomlinson, Alex Barrows
Ed Babs 18/Sep/10 Lead RP

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

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

Pumpy and magnificent.

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

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
Dave Moir, Felix Coxwell
feilx 26/May/07 Lead β
bigie bob 24/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/06 Lead O/S
Boy ??/2006 -
Southern Mark Smith ??/2004 -
Kev Little ??/2004 Lead RP
shark ?/Jul/02 Lead O/S
Chris Sowden
Southern Mark Smith ??/2001 -
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
Ben Thorne ??/1998 Lead dnf

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

John Pullin
Pedro50 ??/1996 Lead O/S
A. Belayer
High 7b
Mid 7b
Low 7b
High 7a+
Mid 7a+
Low 7a+
High 7a
Mid 7a
Low 7a
Votes cast 19
Votes cast 21
Style of ascent
Not Set
Flashed (β)
Not Set