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Birdlime Traverse*** HVS 5b

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[Ken Jackson on Birdlime Traverse, Almscliff. 1974., 3 kb]19m. Follow South Wall Traverse to the bulges but step down and traverse awkwardly rightwards below these to reach a poor rest below a thin crack. Up this on pockets then swing right again to a final tricky move. Devious but superb. © ROCKFAX

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Photo: Ken Jackson on Birdlime Traverse, Almscliff. 1974. © Tony Marr
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 231 logbooks, and on 14 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Jul/14

PaulTanton - Lead rpt - 17/Jul/14 with Stuart Lancaster

DavidR - Lead rpt - 15/Jul/14 with Holly Adamthwaite

Olli-C - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/14 with Chris Waddle

tsjx - 2nd - 09/Jul/14 with John Mc

Wizzy - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/14

rob.grafton - Lead - 21/May/14 with Craig

Hidden - 2nd β - 02/May/14

tomB - Lead rpt - 05/Apr/14 with Juliette

Matt crawford - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/14 with Taba

Started to rain do couldn't get onto the slab
watson.b - 2nd dnf - 22/Mar/14 with Mark

pastep - Lead - 12/Jan/14

Nez - 2014

ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd rpt - 17/Nov/13 with Dave Sarkar

toddm - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/13 with Kevin

PaulTanton - Lead rpt - 21/Sep/13 with Rhys McCallister

Hidden - Lead β - 08/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/13

ERH - 2nd - 15/Aug/13 with Ben Finley

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

Hidden - Lead rpt - 06/Aug/13

vanderz - Lead O/S - Aug/13 with Graham Plant

ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/13 with Jonny

MikeLeeds - 2nd - 04/Jul/13 with Kevin Bowser

James Oakes - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/13 with Brad Cowley

braders94 - 2nd O/S - 04/Jul/13 with James Oakes

papashango - 2nd - 03/Jul/13 with Simon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/13

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 14/May/13 with Harrogate club

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/May/13

Great line with a pumpy finish, well led by Stew.
pastep - 2nd - 21/Apr/13 with ebf

Andrew Wilson - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/13 with jon stewart

peteJ23 - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Simon Kimber

Matthew Ferrier - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Sam Marks

nice, shame i went and fell off blackwall eliminate the git!
Sam Marks - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Matthew Ferrier

Seymore Butt - 2013

rob.grafton - Lead - 30/Nov/12 with chris pugh

nick ferro - 20/Oct/12 with Jonathan Aylwin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/12

Julian Cooper - 2nd O/S - 14/Oct/12 with Stuart Knott

rob.grafton - Lead - 28/Sep/12 with Tony Womersley

Hardly E1, the crux is the VS start. Quite nice route though.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/12

a13x - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Harry Mcghie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/12

Got pretty pumped at the end of the traverse right!
climbingpixie - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/12 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/12

petekeron - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/12 with Steve Brock

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 18/Aug/12

DavidR - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/12 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Aug/12

nai - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Luke

riven - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/12 with Chriswallis2

Chriswallis2 - Lead β - 15/Jul/12 with Joe

Marq - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/12 with Neil Redgrave (LMC)

MeMeMe - Lead - 30/May/12 with control freak

wayne higgins leeds uk - Lead O/S - 23/May/12

Failed on this several years ago.
Si dH - Lead rpt - 18/Mar/12 with Chris Foster

TRFrost - 2nd rpt - 12/Mar/12 with D. Armstrong

danny33 - Lead - 12/Mar/12

robertmichaeladams - 2nd - 10/Mar/12 with Sam, Clare

JonG - 2012

mark20 - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/11

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/11 with Mark R

benchwarmer - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/11

A Brilliant Climb!! A massive thanks to Ewan (Ebenchwarmer) for 2nding as the planned abseils would have been in the dark & we would have missed dinner before Becky's mums concert! Also thanks Bex for the belay x
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/11 with Becky E

previously seconded, wanted to lead for a while. great route, probably over graded in rockfax.
Matt_L_Robinson - Lead β - 06/Nov/11

Part of the Full Almscliff girdle...
Mowglee - 2nd rpt - 30/Oct/11 with Tom Nichols, Ewan

jacobjacob - Solo β - 29/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Oct/11

jkarran - 2nd - 23/Oct/11 with Aly

Peter Smith - Lead rpt - 16/Oct/11 with Mick Leather

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/11 with Andrew Cooke

TRFrost - 2nd dog - 27/Sep/11 with D. Mckinlay

gforce - 2nd rpt - 20/Sep/11 with Dave O

dave o - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/11 with Graham

Jack00 - Lead rpt - 17/Aug/11 with Hannah Hunt

landskip - 2nd - Aug/11 with rob weston

bigbirdflying - 2nd - 23/Jul/11 with Dean

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11

Hidden - Solo rpt - 17/Jun/11

CragDog - Lead RP - 02/Jun/11

A reasonable proposition at HVS. Had done the bits of other routes that this crosses.
fast eddie - Lead O/S - Jun/11

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 27/Apr/11 with Alan Holden

Hidden - Solo rpt - 10/Apr/11

Luke Brooks - Lead rpt - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead - 07/Apr/11

timmsy - 2nd - 07/Apr/11 with David_Gledson

Nice little route. The second can leave the cam on the arÍte until after the mantel has been completed to reduce swing potential. Traverse great and last few moves are fantastic.
robin_hackney - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/11 with Failure of my second - I had to second it myself :(

Pretty pumpy toward the finish, but such bomber gear all along, it's never E1
Mowglee - Lead rpt - 08/Feb/11 with Tom Nichols

Dan Mckinlay - 2011

nick ferro - 27/Nov/10

Cold!! Rob`s 1st runner ...top of the ramp,2nd runner...after stepping round the corner after the slab. Proper swing potential! ha ha. Not too bad climbing though.good selection of runners on the traverse(phew!)ended up getting pumped (too cold!)and had to rest before making the last 2 moves.Damn!
mike bridges - 2nd - 17/Oct/10 with Robert Bridges

Hidden - Lead rpt - 16/Oct/10

ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/10 with Harry

roberto18 - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/10 with Kat Sigida

Awesome climb. Very technical which is my style. Same start as the south wall trav. Had a couple of sections where i would have swung if i would have came off, but i didn't :)
ekaterina sigida - 2nd O/S - 17/Sep/10 with Rob Bridges

Hidden - Lead dog - 09/Sep/10

andy mcc - 2nd - 18/Aug/10 with Jason King

akhughes - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/10

coombsy - Lead O/S - Jul/10

nick ferro - 30/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/10

clive-greenwood - Lead β - 21/Jun/10 with Mike Nuttall

hard scary polished start lovely traverse and interesting move up to the break at the end. great gear (part from first moves)
lithos - Lead - 17/Jun/10

bottom section bold and polished, reachy move after the first gear
pebbles - 2nd - 16/Jun/10 with rob

markfairbank - Lead rpt - 02/Jun/10 with Ray Sharples, Mick D

roberto18 - 2nd - 31/May/10 with Tom Nickols

mattyork2 - 2nd - 15/May/10 with Johnny Richard

Rowansb - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10 with Gareth

Mowglee - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/10 with Rowan

Hidden - 10/Apr/10

simonp - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with Annelies Sarrazyn

neil0968 - Lead - Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

couldn't get the final hold, had to rest on the cams. Went rather easily after the rest.
Ewan Russell - Lead dog - 30/Sep/09 with Jim

Had latched the final jug after cruising it and my foot inadvertantly slipped and down I came - words cannot describe how gutted I was :)
markfairbank - Lead dog - 26/Sep/09 with Mick D

Jimmy57 - 2nd dog - 15/Sep/09 with Grant, James Karran

GrantB - Lead - 15/Sep/09 with James

Long, pumpy and crossing some interesting terrain. Crux is probably the sketchy polished start.
jkarran - Lead - 15/Sep/09 with Grant, Jim

briar4012 - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/09 with Simon

leepip - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/09 with GUY VG

Bill Lawrence - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/09 with al mason, andy gravestock

DavidR - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/09 with Holly Adamthwaite

Wasn't very helpful to my 2nd.. well pleased with this tick!! Excellent traverse that covers some of the less visited bits of the crag.
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/09 with Tash & Ali

Absolutely wonderful route. Easy. And definitely NOT E1
brockers - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/09 with Chris Latz

Hidden - 18/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead - Jun/09

Pumped out and jumped off the crux. Pulled ropes and lead clean second go. Good route but found it quite difficult to read.
Dave Foster - Lead rpt - 23/May/09 with Andy

Ram MkiV - Solo O/S - 23/Apr/09 with Al

Jack00 - Lead rpt - 21/Apr/09 with Cragrat Rich

Stig - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Chris

chrishedgehog - Lead β - 18/Apr/09 with James

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/09

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Mar/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Mar/09

GPN - 2nd - 22/Nov/08 with Shaw Brown

Shaw Brown - Lead - 22/Nov/08 with George North

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/08 with Marek

Toby Dunn - Sep/08

MikeLeeds - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/08 with Clive Greenwood

clive-greenwood - 2nd - Aug/08 with Mike Nuttall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/08

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jul/08

RedFox - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/08 with Tom K

Peter Smith - Lead - 07/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/08

tomB - 2nd rpt - 04/Apr/08 with Ross Pimlott

Not really onsight as it linked 3 routes ive done before...
IanJackson - Solo O/S - 09/Mar/08 with Robeverybody

Will Hunt - 2nd O/S - 13/Feb/08 with Sean Jacobs

alaan - Lead rpt - 19/Jan/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/07

Too pumped!
bpmclimb - 2nd dog - 26/Sep/07 with John A

Excellent and long, varied route, sadly polished at the start. Only has one tricky move really so more like HVS 5b. (especially when compared to other HVSs at this cliff!)
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/07 with Rik

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/07

tomB - Lead dnf - 05/May/07 with James Coles

Xav - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/07 with Greg Grace

Jack00 - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/07 with Dan Short

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/07

Not my first E1, quite hard for a HVS but there definately is not a 5B move on it and its well protected so HVS.
joe larner - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/07

Sean_J - 2nd β - 2007 with Timmy

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jun/06

Erm...this is actually HVS 5a, as it says in the guide. Definately no 5b moves to be seen.
Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/06 with Rob Grant

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Oct/05

reg_measures - Lead O/S - Oct/05 with Ralph

sdht - 2005

Hidden - 2005

wahniel - Lead O/S - 09/Dec/04 with Hugh Squire

Brown - Lead - 23/Sep/04

Hidden - Lead - 2004

Stone Muppet - 2004

Didn`t realise Rockfax consider this E1? Freed after a dogged lead and repeated numerous times
Cragrat Rich - Lead - Sep/03

Hidden - Lead - Sep/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/03

Hard finish, clean but only just
Siderunner - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/03 with Oli

Oliver Sherman - Lead - 14/Jun/03 with Andy Sinclair

Defo HVS 5a. The end.
Matt Rowat - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/03 with Lewis

Hidden - Lead dog - 2003

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/02

cem - 2nd - 29/Jun/02 with Rod Strachan

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2002

Paul Figg - 11/Jun/00

Bug - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Jonathan Richardson - Lead O/S - 2000

Roget - Solo O/S - 26/Oct/99 with jon

Tenko - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/99 with Jez Wardman

Hidden - Lead β - Jul/99

ajc - 2nd O/S - 16/May/99

leathers - Lead dog - 20/May/98 with John Barnard

nickdonohue - Lead - 16/May/98 with Aoifa, Derek Ashworth

innes - Solo - May/98

jameshiggins - 1998

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/96

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/96

tlr - Lead - 20/Jun/96 with Pete D

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/95

rurp - Lead O/S - 1995

rob.grafton - 1995

Hidden - Solo - Oct/94

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 21/Jul/93

seconded a couple of times before, finally decided the starting polish wasn't going to get any better.
adam carless - Lead rpt - 1993

jhardwick - Lead O/S - 1992

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Oct/91

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/91

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/91

Hidden - Lead - 1991

Marti999 - Lead - 1990

Richard White - 1990

PaulHermes - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

craig h - Lead - 03/Jun/89

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1989

Pete Pozman - Lead rpt - 10/Dec/88 with John Byrne

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/88 with Dave Langmead

Dave Musgrove Jnr - 2nd - 16/Oct/88 with Dad

Nick Biven - TR - 29/Mar/88 with Martyn Hannan

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1988

Pete Pozman - Lead rpt - 14/Dec/86 with John Byrne

John Marsland - Lead - 20/May/84 with Dave Mould

Roy Stuart - Lead - 1984

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 14/Mar/82 with Andy Tallent, Ian Milne

GeoffG - Lead - 06/Jun/79 with tony bowker

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jun/79

Hidden - Lead - 1977

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 16/Jun/72 with Andy Wild

Hidden - Solo - 1972

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Style of ascent

Soloed12 of 231 (5.2%)
Lead135 of 231 (58.4%)
Followed60 of 231 (26.0%)
Toproped1 of 231 (0.4%)
Alt Leads1 of 231 (0.4%)
Unknown22 of 231 (9.5%)

'Climbed'79 of 231 (34.2%)
clean O/S103 of 231 (44.6%)
clean β9 of 231 (3.9%)
clean rpt26 of 231 (11.3%)
clean RP1 of 231 (0.4%)
dogged11 of 231 (4.8%)
dnf2 of 231 (0.9%)