Rockfax Description
A hugely entertaining and fun outing exiting through the same blow-hole as Graduation Day, but at a significantly easier grade. Start near the back of the cave and climb all the way through the chimney/roof to the rock blow-hole belay. Some find a head-torch a big help. © Rockfax

FA. M.Hurn, F.Higgins, D.Partridge 22.8.71 22/Aug/1971

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Matt.c.Warner 20/Oct 2nd O/S
RachelHC 12/Oct 2nd O/S

Lots of fun despite forgetting my head torch and getting a soaking from a huge wave when climbing into the cave!

cdpuk 11/Oct 2nd O/S

Rachel got a good soaking by a big wave on the way in. Good fun route. Dry.

with Rachel, Pete Randall
Pete Randall 11/Oct Lead O/S
with Rachel, Chris P
Chris Sansum 20/Sep Lead O/S
with Tabi Leask
Hidden 20/Sep 2nd
robertmills4 03/Sep 2nd O/S

Great route, scary but good holds!

with Chris Cockbain
musgravet 03/Sep Lead O/S
chris cockbain 03/Sep Lead O/S
StefanP ?/Sep Lead
Graham Baxter 30/Aug Lead O/S
with John O'Grady
Graeme Hammond 30/Aug Lead O/S

Meant to be a chilled route after climbing at boulder ruckle, bex didn't think so. Great fun, bit damp and greasy in places but good gear although I can't be certain in the roof section as it was hard to see without a headtorch.

with Becky E
Becky E 30/Aug 2nd O/S

I the wrong frame of mind to fully enjoy the delights of this characterful route. A bit like the converging walls of The Chasm (Buachaille Etive Mor), but greasier and darker.

JulianB 20/Aug 2nd rpt
with James Geach, Ian Shore
Dave Mahon 15/Aug Lead

The previous team bottled it because it was 'horrendous, slimy and wet everywhere' etc. It turned out to be the best climbing fun I have had in ages. OK, it was damp but threads and bridging made the first bit safe and the lovely foot ledges in the roof were perfect. A headtorch would have come in handy to find gear in the roof as the bright light entering the blowhole made it very difficult to spot placements. Belay at the exit.

with Brian Mead
s1362083 01/Aug Lead dnf

Got scared by the wetness

twill 28/Jul Lead O/S
Hartz 28/Jul 2nd
with twill
martin one 23/May Lead rpt
with James, Russel scummer
TomGB 04/May 2nd O/S

Grim. Slimy and covered in bird poo. Not a single positive hold, an adventure but definitely type 2 fun!

with Pierce Ferris, Beth Heeney
Hidden 04/May 2nd
beeney 04/May 2nd

the scariest severe I have climbed by a long shot! Just getting to it was an adventure. Every hold was wet and several were covered in bird poo, but I'd do it again. I think!

petern 04/May 2nd O/S
with jane gilmour, AndrewCArmstrong
Hidden 04/May Lead O/S
thomas.veness 28/Mar Lead O/S

Wet, greasy and with liberal amounts of lubricating guano. A great experience and worth the 3 stars. Good, but not clean, fun!

matt1024 28/Mar 2nd O/S

Slimey, slippery, covered in bird crap... worth the adverse conditions though.

stonemikey 14/Mar Lead

Spectacular. A proper adventure.

runwildjohn 14/Mar 2nd

Terrific route - and with virtually no bird poo at present!

Hidden 31/Jan 2nd O/S
Russell Lovett ??/2015 Lead O/S

Cant remember exact date but it was sometime in the early 1980,s

with unknown
JoeCoxson 06/Dec/14 Lead rpt

4th time I've taken people up, first time without a head torch. Always enjoyable

with Aaron Donlon, Rob Owen
Aaron.D 06/Dec/14 2nd O/S

An adventure - Absolutely gobsmacking

with Joe Coxson, Rob Owen
timmsy 22/Oct/14 2nd
phil456 20/Sep/14 2nd β
with Mitch McIntosj, Tracy
JenDurden 13/Sep/14 2nd

Did the beginning of Graduation Day

with JoePrem
Hidden 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Stanners 02/Sep/14 Lead O/S

About E1 4b in our conditions! The wet and grease made this an ultimate adventure. Nearly getting smashed by waves on the traverse in and the uncertainty of the line mixed with relentless birdshit and wetness made us both grin and tremble the whole way. Palava getting Andy to the top ! ~Most memorable route I've done. Clearly didn't learn our lesson buzzing to do Benny later on!

with Andy G
Hidden 09/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Echna 09/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Climbed the start of Graduation Day, wondering why there was a pumpy overhanging flake on a Severe. As soon as possible I bridged over to the opposing wall and continued on Avernus.

with Rich
petrch 04/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Adam Prater-Rushton
Hidden ?/Aug/14 2nd
Helen Gibson 29/Jul/14 2nd

always fun

with Al Palmer
Andypotter3 27/Jul/14 Lead dog

As expected: cold, dark and covered in Sh*t!! WHAT a climb though. A real adventure and I loved every second of it. I left a no 3 cam in the roof too as my second couldn't get her out. If you can it all yours ;-) Oh yeah...I disturbed a pigeon close to the exit of the blow hole and screamed like a girl as it flapped in my face!!!

JulianB 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
RobScarisbrick 26/Jul/14 2nd
JulianB 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
andy_pemberton 24/Jul/14 2nd
with Steve Gibson
akhutton88 22/Jul/14 2nd

Esoterically Hallam-esq. Good, because its so sh!t, literally!

Alex Hallam 22/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Greasy, imposing and fecal to the extreme. Difficult to tell where the start is, if its not harry roughers you could wade to the base. Aimee loved it from start to finish. What a tough cookie.

James_L88 21/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Kat Day
Sam Husband 18/May/14 Lead rpt
with Gemma Powell
Dhonny_Jaws 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2014 -
RussB ??/2014 -
with Alex H
JoeCoxson 01/Dec/13 Lead rpt

Aimee and Oli wanted a piece of the action so I lead it again.

with Aimee Jewitt-Harris, omaskrey
Hidden 01/Dec/13 Lead O/S
omaskrey 01/Dec/13 2nd β

tried on lead the previous day but couldn't finish

Aimee Louise 01/Dec/13 Lead
arandall 30/Nov/13 Lead O/S
with Dom
Wendy Watthews 30/Nov/13 2nd O/S
with Alex p, joe c
andork123 30/Nov/13 2nd O/S


with Joe c, Wendy Watthews
JoeCoxson 30/Nov/13 Lead O/S

Incredible climb, easy climbing considering the route.

with Alex Poyzer, Wendy Matthews
Aimee Louise 30/Nov/13 2nd
Dominic Taylor 30/Nov/13 2nd O/S
with Alex
Hidden 05/Sep/13 Solo rpt
Matt Smith 29/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/13 2nd dnf
Hidden 26/Aug/13 Lead rpt
OliverRoss 25/Aug/13 2nd β

Amazing climb dripping in bird poo!

with Alkis
Alkis 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Unique and a little bit... pooey! Went in by abbing down the blow hole, got into close personal encounters with a pigeon, got my hands, feet and gear completely covered in bird poo, everything I could possibly hate about climbing, yet absolutely brilliant!

Stuart Johnston 11/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Exciting ab in, filthy, insecure climbing. Brilliant fun.

adam 24 11/Aug/13 2nd O/S

Greasiest thing i've ever climbed.

steveprice.exmouth 01/Aug/13 -

Greasy and horrible, neither of us finished it

with David Coley
Hidden 20/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Cheese Monkey 17/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Haha excellent

with Pete
Hidden ?/Jul/13 Lead
AlexD 21/Apr/13 Lead rpt
with Scott
Sophie Nunn 21/Apr/13 2nd rpt
with Floris
Hidden 27/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Scotsken 20/Sep/12 -
with Si Ball
windle 12/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Amazing adventure route, had a slight epic in the top back corner until i found the jug hidden in the gloom.

with james barry
Intrepidsteve 05/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Alex Mortimer
uncontrollable 23/Aug/12 2nd rpt
with Viskii
Hidden 23/Aug/12 Lead rpt
johnpuddephatt 18/Aug/12 2nd O/S

Hard to believe this is ever dry. Soaking wet, insects crawling all over the place and lots of bird poo. Hard work mentally as you try to work out which way you're actually going.

with Ryan Mole
RyMole 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Harder than S when this wet but still excellent!

Samuel Wainwright 20/Jun/12 2nd O/S

Brilliant, so much bird shit..

ad111 20/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Stroppy 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Sam Husband 04/Jun/12 2nd O/S
with Ed
RKirke ?/Jun/12 -
Hidden 31/May/12 2nd O/S
pippa_g 22/May/12 2nd O/S

none of the moves particularly difficult, just a bit slippery. great adventure though!

Hidden 20/May/12 TR
davenev 11/May/12 -
with Russell
Hidden 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
tobydunford 15/Apr/12 2nd rpt
with Dave Ripley
Geoffers 24/Mar/12 Lead rpt
with Lauren
Headjamm 24/Mar/12 2nd O/S
with Geoffers
Ian JL ??/2012 -
Boogs 16/Oct/11 2nd

T'was dark & wet , it ruined me not an ideal place to have a physical & mental meltdown at the end of the day . Great route & recommend good protection .

Big Lee 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Well this proved to be a mini adventure! Crux was navigating over pigeon shit ledge. Seemed to spend a lot of time faffing with gear placements but then it was dark after all.

with Abigail Greves, Alex Street, Julia Kelly
Hidden 01/Oct/11 2nd
tomB 23/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Juliette
Steve Lenartowicz 23/Sep/11 Lead
with Clare, Tilly
ngreen 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Chris Manasseh 28/Jul/11 Lead
with Andy Gee
reece.robinson 10/Jul/11 2nd dog
with Phil Wallam, Kev Faux
Kevster 10/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/11 Lead O/S
Davenglish 31/May/11 2nd O/S


with tt85
jcook1980 20/May/11 -
with Matt Tyson
Jonathan Emett 15/May/11 2nd O/S
with gary
feilx 15/May/11 Lead O/S
with Heather
nick hawkins 13/May/11 2nd
Hidden ?/May/11 -
jasoncash 25/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Charlie O'Brien
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
jchenoweth 09/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Marc
Marc-G 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
JenDurden 09/Apr/11 2nd β
with Sevan, Max
Ciderslider 28/Mar/11 Lead O/S

It's been a long time old friend (or should I say fiend !). What an adventure ! Not sure that my trusty second thought so !?!. Don't remember it being so hard last time (think that it should carry some form of health warning). A great climb that everyone should do (at least once !)

ciderspider 28/Mar/11 2nd O/S
rustaldo 27/Mar/11 2nd O/S

good fun. unique

Hidden 27/Mar/11 Lead O/S
sarpedon 27/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Will Fuller 27/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Sarp Ackay
Hidden 26/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Sophie Nunn 23/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Scott
Rich K 21/Mar/11 Lead O/S

A really fun route. Try not to get wet on the approach.

with Wayne Cheung
gjh 20/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Great climb, just really greasy.

jon thompson27 19/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
with Ian Woodroe
TerryLines 19/Mar/11 2nd
mattshort 06/Mar/11 Lead rpt
with Nick, Matt Wallace
mattpw 06/Mar/11 2nd β
with Nick Butler, Matt Short
blakey ??/2011 Lead
tobydunford 25/Oct/10 Solo rpt
gibsond 30/Aug/10 Lead rpt
tev 30/Aug/10 2nd
with Darrell
LukeyG ?/Aug/10 2nd
with Danh89
LukeyG ?/Aug/10 Lead
with Danh89
Danh89 ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with LukeyG
Danh89 ?/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with LukeyG
Rustyjas 20/Jul/10 2nd dog
with Mike Henesey, Chris Keville
Hidden 05/Jul/10 2nd rpt
Graham Westbrook ?/Jul/10 2nd
colkurtz ?/Jul/10 Lead
with Robb
Fatclimber 25/Jun/10 2nd O/S

Backed off the lead. Find it hard to believe it was a severe in the conditions we did it in. Greasy, Wet, Covered in Bird Shite, Dark (take a head torch) but worth doing for the atmosphere.

Hidden 20/Jun/10 2nd O/S
martin one 13/Jun/10 Lead rpt
with pete
rd20 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S

It's bonkers but makes you think about ropework

with Leilah, Hannes
cas smerdon 12/Jun/10 2nd

Brilliant climb

with Mark S
Hidden 12/Jun/10 Lead
tscoobydoo ?/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden ?/Jun/10 -
Hidden ?/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/May/10 Lead rpt
uncontrollable 22/May/10 2nd rpt
with Viskii
mullermn 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Epic adventure route. Technically easy and loads of gear but psychologically demanding, especially if the tide is chasing you up into the cave. Lost a sling as the large boulder it was round rocked and trapped it.

Kylie 24/Apr/10 2nd O/S

Pretty exciting! very damp and quite exposed, quite an adventure.

Hidden 21/Apr/10 2nd O/S
climbtim 21/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Awesome atmospheric climb definitely worth a visit

Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
with Gerry Dunford, Roger Wilson
tev 26/Sep/09 2nd
with Des
Indy Nile 26/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Brilliant fun! looked greasy but was dry and cool after a few days of calm solid sunshine.

lostinmidlands 12/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with mikeP, nil4e
cliffy 09/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/09 2nd dnf
Becky C 08/Aug/09 2nd
mattshort 08/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/09 2nd O/S
dan gibson 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with andrew porter, nick bullock
Hidden 21/Jun/09 2nd O/S
sonic46 21/Jun/09 2nd

haha . . .what a climb - this is a must do!! :)

with Mike Kean, & Nick Brown
JonBrown 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Mike
jacobjlloyd 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Jesse Lloyd
jezb1 25/May/09 Lead


northnorthnorth 10/May/09 Lead O/S

What an experience! Very atmospheric indeed, with lots of excellent climbing :D

with Tomo
jezb1 18/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Mmmmmm bird pooh! Bizarre but most awesome :)

vertigo 05/Apr/09 2nd β
MarkRyder 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Rich
Hidden 29/Mar/09 2nd
Hidden 28/Mar/09 2nd
Blisco 28/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Sarah Kaye
dswansonlow 15/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with John Scarrot
Monkey_Alan 15/Feb/09 2nd

A bit panicky at the back of the cave, but made it through eventually. Rather damp.

uncontrollable 15/Feb/09 Lead O/S

simply insanely entertaining.

with Viskii, Alan B
Hidden ??/2009 -
Alex More ??/2009 Lead O/S
paulh1967 ??/2009 -
Tom Last 15/Sep/08 Lead O/S

Absolutely brilliant. More than made up for not doing the Conger AGAIN as the swell was a bit much. Moves are a bit hard to read at first, but it's a great route once you get going.

with Chester
crobinson 15/Sep/08 2nd

Very amusing climb, a must if you enjoy wet confined spaces!!!!

with Tom Last
Hidden 13/Sep/08 Lead O/S
whiting.jp 13/Sep/08 Lead O/S

Absolutely insane, complete experience, very entertaining.

with jamesca and rig
rig 13/Sep/08 2nd O/S
doyle12 27/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Tristian
Hidden 17/Jun/08 Lead
doyle12 12/Jun/08 Lead O/S

great climb, one of the best we have ever done! great cave climb

with Tristian
grakgrak 05/Jun/08 2nd

Badly timed with high tide

with duncan
aged_ape ?/Jun/08 -
Hidden 04/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/May/08 2nd O/S
Chris Plewa ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
orangutan64 ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
steve2006 ??/2008 Lead O/S


with andre
munkeyseemunkeydo 09/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Josh
gdb4060 ?/Sep/07 Lead
with Steve
MontyH 04/Jun/07 Lead O/S

wet,slippery,covered in bird shit,but good fun!

with Pete Frost and Paul Milton
Hidden ?/Jun/07 2nd β
tobydunford 26/May/07 Lead O/S
LiLaMont 26/May/07 2nd β
eldre070 21/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Jase White
Siderunner 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Seb B
starfish 07/Apr/07 Lead O/S

Brilliant fun romping up the cave. a bit tight at times for tall people.

with ST
Hidden ?/Apr/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Mar/07 Lead O/S
broc 04/Feb/07 Lead O/S
with Alex
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 2nd
GiveHerHelen 12/Aug/06 2nd O/S
Jonny M ?/Aug/06 Lead O/S

Rapidly became one of my favourite routes of all time! Awesome! (Just ignore the bird****)

trev_f 17/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with John Godding
Hidden ??/2006 -
mikelaing ??/2006 -
mikelaing ??/2006 -
Jez 01/Sep/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/05 Lead
Ybot Htulk ?/Aug/05 2nd
with Pete
mikehenesy ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S

The first of three attempts so far and the 'cleanest'. Grade depends on conditions but definately a bit dangerously slippy.

with Ian Holloway
Hidden 24/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2005 2nd O/S
jonberry791 ??/2005 Lead O/S
Owen W-G 31/Oct/04 Lead O/S
with Dan & Tim
Alaric 15/Aug/04 Lead rpt

Damp misty day. Sopping wet had to be climbed very cautiously.

with Paul L
Haglington ?/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Sandy Ogilvie
stuartf ??/2004 -
brew_guru ??/2003 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Aug/02 Lead
leonjones ??/2002 2nd
with Sean Case
Alastair Hudson 29/Jul/01 Lead O/S
with Ian McNicoll
mark4344 21/May/01 2nd
with dave tourell
Hidden 20/Jan/01 Lead O/S
andybenham ??/2001 -
Hidden 16/Aug/00 Lead O/S
gripped01 ?/Aug/00 Lead O/S
with South African bloke
FrankW 30/Jul/00 Lead O/S
with Bernard K
FrankW 01/Apr/00 2nd rpt
with Adam M
FrankW 12/Mar/00 Lead O/S
with James R
Marti999 ??/2000 Lead
CraigMac1 ??/2000 -
Stone Muppet ??/2000 Lead dnf

big wave blood soaking

Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
NickP ??/2000 -
sixties 16/Sep/99 Lead
with hrd
Matt Tranter ?/Apr/99 Lead
Hidden ??/1999 Lead
chrisrogers ?/Sep/98 2nd O/S
with Rob H
Mickdenali ??/1998 Lead O/S
with Bob Macleod
Gareth 13/Sep/97 Lead O/S
with Hannah
craig h 02/Aug/97 Lead rpt
with Janet Hannah
jl 04/Apr/97 Lead O/S
with Scuzz
Hidden ??/1997 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Aug/96 Lead O/S
andyfeds 20/Apr/96 Lead

Lovely route. Lots of threads.

with Penny H
babymoac 06/Nov/95 2nd
iskra2000 29/Jul/95 Lead
with Jane Latham
tracyclimber 20/May/95 2nd
tracyclimber 14/May/95 Lead

First time of many leads!

Hidden 16/Apr/95 2nd O/S
Dringo ??/1995 -
fried ??/1995 -
colin milton 17/Sep/94 Lead
with eric milton
jim_randell 11/Jun/94 Lead O/S
with FW
Geoffers ??/1994 Lead O/S
with Bean
r0b 17/Aug/93 Lead O/S
with Andy Jefferies
james wardle ?/Jun/93 AltLd
with simon Longley
timreynolds 25/May/91 Lead
with Tony Hayward
Hidden 10/Nov/90 Lead
ferret newman ?/Mar/90 2nd
with Moley
craig h 27/Jan/90 Solo O/S
Nigel Coe ??/1990 Solo

Approx date

Hidden 03/Dec/89 Lead
kp64zl ?/Dec/89 2nd
with Mark Ryle
steve taylor ?/Jun/89 Lead O/S
with mark grover
RichardMc 05/Mar/88 Lead O/S
with Tim Oakes
bazzag ??/1988 Lead
with iain
Moses 26/Oct/86 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1985 Lead O/S
GuyM ??/1985 -
Nigel Coe 06/May/79 Lead
with John Walmsley
Nigel Coe ??/1977 Lead
with Allan Yeend
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