Live by the Sword** 7a+
[the crux on live by the sword , 2 kb]18m.

Rockfax Description
Fine, crimpy wall climbing on the headwall. © ROCKFAX

FA. Pete Oxley 5.2.94 05/Feb/1994

Ticklists: The Cuttings Sport Climbing Apprenticeship, ROCKFAX Dorset 2012: Graded Sport List.

Photo: the crux on live by the sword © Tom Hudson
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This climb is in 197 logbooks, and on 24 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead dog - 16/Aug/15

Failed to get into the big undercut
Daniel Heath - Lead dog - 12/Aug/15 with Hyeri Heath

dswansonlow - Lead RP - 08/Jul/15 with Alex Banks

lewiz - Lead rpt - 13/Jun/15 with Beata

afrosam - Lead RP - 31/May/15 with Trisha Murphy

Trisha Murphy - 2nd - 31/May/15 with Sam Robinson

Hidden - Lead dog - 24/May/15

lewiz - Lead dog - 23/May/15 with Pete Gagie

Pete Dangerous - Lead RP - 10/May/15 with Artur

Bargate_Champ - Lead RP - 02/May/15 with Martin Smith

artmal - Lead RP - May/15 with Beata

AlexD - 2nd dog - 11/Apr/15 with Nat

lewiz - Lead rpt - 05/Apr/15 with Pete Gagie

2nd go.
RFWilkie - Lead RP - 04/Apr/15

mdjb - 21/Mar/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jan/15

Good moves, sequencey. Rested after undercut on first attempt, took ages to work out moves then felt easy second go.
Nick Russell - Lead RP - 29/Nov/14

Three goes. Power endurance! Loved the team send
jacobjlloyd - Lead RP - 09/Nov/14 with Ryu, Roger Kirke

mikespooner - Lead dog - 09/Nov/14 with Ryu Fattah, Roger Kirke, Jake Lloyd

RKirke - Lead RP - 09/Nov/14 with Ryu, Jake Lloyd, mikespooner

sequence sorted, get it next time
paultaylor - Lead dog - 12/Sep/14 with Matt Roberts

John Mcshea - Lead RP - 07/Sep/14 with Nick Saunders, Russ

Nick Clement - Lead RP - 11/Aug/14 with mandy clement

Hidden - Lead RP - 05/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14

Tough, just about managed moves in isolation
Ian Bell - TR dog - 08/Jun/14 with Tania T

LucasHarazin - Lead RP - 08/Jun/14

philhaigh - Lead rpt - 17/May/14 with Aarron Schofield, Rob Gates, Mike Gubbins, Shamina Kapadia, Barry Kerslake, Mel Dodge, Gem Minihan, Natalie Haigh

philhaigh - Lead dog - 11/May/14 with Aarron Schofield, Barry Kerslake, Jane Weir, Mel Dodge, Natalie Haigh

Tried this a few times with the wrong beta. Sent after new beta. Basically from the undercut roll over with left hand to rail avoiding obvious gaston
anthony henry - Lead RP - 11/May/14

philhaigh - 2nd dog - 09/May/14 with Aarron Schofield, Shamina Kapadia

elyben - Lead dnf - 04/May/14

hervenuttall - Lead O/S - May/14 with Marcus & The Ellis Brigham Crew

RadekNowak - Lead RP - 12/Apr/14

Henry.Todman - Lead β - 12/Apr/14

Pretty chuffed to get this second go, the top sequence is very fingery but really good climbing
HAJ Francis - Lead RP - Apr/14

ian caton - Lead RP - 17/Mar/14 with Abi

Luxulyan - Lead RP - 09/Mar/14 with Tim

tim.fairhall - Lead dog - 09/Mar/14 with Richard

tim.fairhall - Lead dog - 08/Mar/14 with Richard

tim.fairhall - Lead dog - 08/Mar/14 with Richard

Dandan82 - Lead RP - 22/Feb/14 with Lisa Marsh

Hidden - Lead dog - 11/Jan/14

Hidden - Lead dog - 2014

Tommyads - 2014

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Dec/13

jonleighton - Lead RP - 01/Dec/13

Hidden - Dec/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/Nov/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 26/Nov/13

Hidden - TR RP - 16/Nov/13

Second go.
DorsetGareth - Lead RP - 10/Nov/13 with Mike Wigglesworth

Nick Clement - Lead RP - 27/Oct/13 with mandy clement

PeterDawson - Lead RP - 26/Aug/13

Second go. Had to fight on the cruz pretty hard.
marcduhig - Lead RP - 24/Aug/13 with Wayne

philhaigh - 2nd dog - 08/Jul/13 with Mike Gubbins

Last climb of the day. Need to go back for this one.
ASchwirtz - Lead dog - 02/Jun/13 with Richard Ashe

2nd go. Annoyed 2 drop the on-sight - go too pumped figuring out the sequence on the upper wall.
quiffhanger - Lead RP - 27/May/13 with Kate

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/May/13

Good moves. Hard to onsight.
innes - Lead RP - 24/May/13 with Ruth

RD - Lead O/S - 05/May/13

marcb - Lead dog - 04/May/13 with Ed Ratcliffe

Hidden - Lead - May/13

Hidden - TR dnf - 21/Apr/13

tonevert - 2nd - 02/Feb/13

4th go.
eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead rpt - 08/Dec/12 with Matt Read

Great route will be back to get it in a 1er. Finger E!
paultaylor - Lead dog - 08/Dec/12 with Edd, maffer the faffer

Hidden - TR dog - 01/Dec/12

lewiz - Lead RP - 30/Sep/12 with Mike Conway

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/Sep/12

Can't see how to reach the undercut before the crux. If I can workout this move this should be doable.
gibsond - TR dog - 30/Sep/12 with Tim Ellerton, James Bisset

Jobbo - Lead dnf - 29/Sep/12 with Leon. D, shaws

philhaigh - 2nd dog - 11/Sep/12 with Natalie Haigh

Linc - Lead RP - 19/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead dog - 21/Jul/12

Hidden - TR dog - 21/Jul/12

DJ Nelson - Lead RP - 21/Jul/12 with Paul Jackson

JCAshman - Lead RP - 10/Jul/12

3rd go. 7th overall.
Jonathan Emett - Lead RP - 05/Jul/12 with Paul

Great fun, felt a lot easier than it did last year. Good fun
sam.sam.sam.ferguson - Lead RP - 01/Jul/12 with Steph, Sami Mandeel, Si Lincoln

3/4 gos, very close.
Jonathan Emett - Lead dog - 30/Jun/12 with Paul

Pippa - Lead dog - 24/Jun/12 with Jamie Thornley

Hidden - Lead RP - 24/Jun/12

mountain_jay - 2nd - 24/Jun/12 with Pippa Froggatt

Hidden - Lead RP - 09/Jun/12

EmilyElouise - 2nd dog - 09/Jun/12

Hidden - TR dog - 02/Jun/12

Three goes. Almost got it in one go - hit the right-hand gaston over the overlap but didn't quite latch it ... rope got in the way.
givemetea - TR dog - 26/May/12 with Nick Sexton

Hidden - Lead rpt - 26/May/12

Worked moves once on toprope, toproped clean (accidentally!) then led. Nice, short crux section.
Ali - Lead RP - 26/May/12 with Quiddity, Curious Yellow

Could not hold on the undercling, maybe next time
pelvoux - TR dnf - 20/May/12 with Mumtaz

Kevster - Lead rpt - 15/May/12

Chappy - Lead RP - 13/May/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 13/May/12

Easy when it goes.
Kevster - Lead RP - 13/May/12

Fell off the crux on onsight. Got 2nd go. Quite easy for the grade.
El3ctroFuzz - Lead RP - 12/May/12 with Alex Chapman

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/12

Hidden - TR dnf - 11/Mar/12

Brian H - Lead RP - 11/Mar/12 with Kafoozalem

argh! .... this doesn't feel much easier than when I tried it a couple of years ago. Three hard bits for me - going off the nasty crimp into the undercut and crossing through to the rail (can do this now but it feel pretty bloody hard) - big move from the rail with rubbish feet to the high gaston for the right hand (argh I can only do this move after resting on the rope and even then not reliably) - getting left foot high and moving leftwards to good side pull (this move seems fine now)
givemetea - TR dog - 03/Mar/12 with Rachel Somerville

Hidden - Lead RP - 26/Feb/12

Hidden - TR - 08/Jan/12

Kevster - Lead dog - 08/Jan/12

Hidden - Lead rpt - 07/Jan/12

matt perks - 2012

Hidden - TR dog - 31/Dec/11

Hidden - 2nd dog - 31/Dec/11

Billg - 2nd - 31/Dec/11 with Ollie

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/Dec/11

Very good sequence that's not too bad once you know how. Fell off after undercling on onsight, did 2nd go after trying the moves a few times.
jgustafsson - Lead RP - 03/Dec/11 with Jen

tom106 - Lead rpt - 27/Nov/11 with nathan

Brian H - Lead dnf - 27/Nov/11 with Kafoozalem

Sophie Nunn - Lead dnf - 26/Nov/11 with Toby

Hidden - Lead dog - 29/Oct/11

great moves. It took me a while to work out the sequence. I wasn't expecting to get it today so it was great when it happened
nigel pearson - Lead RP - 01/Oct/11 with Yoko

Humid as the tropics - 2nd go
J.Wells - Lead RP - 21/Aug/11 with Jasmine Taplin

tried it in 2009 but only just come back and tried it felt easy but alos more polished and chalky than when i last came
bustermartin - Lead rpt - 24/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 23/Jul/11

Ed Babs - Lead RP - 17/Jul/11 with Mike Hawkins, Rob Kennard

Hidden - Lead - 16/Jul/11

Sami Mandeel - Lead RP - 10/Jul/11 with Sam Ferguson

sam.sam.sam.ferguson - Lead dog - 10/Jul/11 with Sami Mandeel

Route is ok, not great and pretty much spot on for 7a+, not hard as voting here suggests. The route was rather ruined by having tick marks on every crux hold however, i dont know why people cant brush them off after they are finished.
Richard Hall - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/11 with Anais

So. Damned. Close. Next time, next time...
Sami Mandeel - Lead dog - 26/Jun/11 with Si

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/11

An improvement on my attempt last year. I can now get into the undercut, then onto the crimps and do the long move up to the side pull. I'm still struggling to bring my left foot up high enough so I can do the final move of the crux sequence.
givemetea - TR dog - 26/Mar/11 with Sonya Crowe

GarethHall - Lead dog - 26/Mar/11 with Roslyn McKendry

davidliu - Lead RP - 13/Mar/11 with Kate Cambell, Ed Jenner, Adrian Perera

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

awesome, had tick marks so easy to follow onsight.
Spacetourist - Lead O/S - Mar/11 with Rosea

Hidden - Lead RP - 27/Feb/11

second go
Wendy - Lead RP - 27/Feb/11 with Tom Ball

Great technical moves!! Got it on my 3rd attempt. Fully trusted Kerstin's great belaying skills (her first time belaying on rock).
Tomar - Lead RP - 20/Feb/11 with Kerstin

Hidden - TR dnf - 12/Feb/11

Hawkscry - Lead O/S - 2011

MarkRyder - Lead RP - 09/Dec/10 with Lee

Fine up to the crux - really nice moves but no energy to finish it
jamespilgrim - TR dnf - 13/Nov/10 with Mark

Hidden - Lead - 15/Sep/10

WARNING - the last bolt snapped a karabinner!! But..your only likely to fall on it if a hold breaks at the top..........Otherwise really enjoyable route, every move seemed to put me in the wrong position, but it all works if you push on!
JPGR - Lead - 29/Aug/10

The undercut move hurt my wrist. Beautiful flowing crimpy crux, but over too quickly. Looks like people often go left onto jugs at the's better to do the big deadpoint move direct, and harder.
jacobjlloyd - Lead dog - 29/Jul/10 with Ivan

tom106 - Lead RP - 25/Jul/10 with tom smart, shane, harry

Hidden - Lead RP - 21/Jul/10

sam.sam.sam.ferguson - Lead dog - 18/Jul/10 with Rich Fox

second to last climb - will not forget leading it and setting up a top rope for ivan...ha
tom106 - Lead dog - 18/Jul/10 with ivan

3 Names - Lead RP - 26/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 26/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead β - 03/Jun/10

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 30/May/10

nice route
brices - Lead RP - 16/May/10

Pete Scott - Lead RP - 25/Apr/10 with John kay

Leeds - Lead RP - 17/Apr/10

lukea - Lead RP - 10/Apr/10 with gary

Couldn't work out the sequence after the undercling.
garywong - Lead dnf - 08/Apr/10 with Luke Alvarez

billb - Lead - Apr/10 with Lee

Hidden - TR dog - 27/Mar/10

givemetea - TR dog - 27/Mar/10

Hidden - TR dnf - 27/Feb/10

Hidden - TR dog - 14/Feb/10

pezzerrr - Lead RP - 14/Feb/10

2 rests at crux bolts. Definately returning for the tick.
funsized - Lead dog - 31/Jan/10 with Dougie

dswansonlow - Lead dog - 31/Jan/10 with Johnny Pearson

Hidden - TR dog - 17/Jan/10

Jane Weir - 2010

Linc - Lead dog - 2010

dswansonlow - TR - 31/Oct/09 with jacob loyd

Hidden - Lead RP - 31/Aug/09

Ciro - Lead rpt - 05/Jul/09

Fantastic route, nice moves on the headwall. Almost got this onsight, foot popped off getting the last gaston before easier moves at the top. Got back on and did it first RP attempt
felixthelion - Lead RP - 03/May/09 with Liz

Ciro - Lead RP - 03/May/09

Hidden - Lead RP - 25/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead RP - 2009

schof - Lead RP - 19/Aug/08 with joel perry

trev_f - Lead RP - 01/Aug/08 with Rob

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Pysho Andy, Joel

goi.ashmore - Lead RP - 24/Apr/08 with John Marsland

_m.cox_ - Lead RP - Mar/08 with Ben West

John Southworth - 2008

Boy - 2008

Docent - Lead rpt - 04/Nov/07 with pudel

greasy day:(
Martin Krasnansky - Lead RP - 01/Sep/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

feilx - Lead RP - 11/Nov/06 with Bern

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/06

bigie bob - Lead RP - 22/Jul/06

Richard Horn - Lead RP - 09/Jul/06

steve taylor - Lead - 2006

dan gibson - 2006

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

Felt tough 10 years after I first red-pointed it.
steve taylor - Lead dog - 12/Nov/05 with Ben Stokes

Billg - Lead β - 2003

Hidden - 04/May/02

Southern Mark Smith - 2000

My nemesis. Can do all the moves, just don't have the stamina to always stick the crux (which for me is hitting the high undercut off the poor crimps after the massive rest). Top section's fine.
Ben Thorne - Lead dnf - 2000 with Jimbo, John Pullin

buzby78 - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/97

Hidden - Lead - 16/Apr/95

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