The Tool** E2 5b
[Andrey on the thin 2nd pitch of The Tool E2 5b, Swanage, 2 kb]38m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A fine, sustained outing with good positions which is now climbed in a single pitch. Start 5m right of Heidelberg Creature. Climb steeply up parallel cracks to pass a blocky bulge on the left. Follow the hanging corner above past a large overhang at the fault-line and on up to a small overhang. Step left around an arete and follow a thin crack and shallow groove to the top. © ROCKFAX

FA. Brain Snell, W.Lyons 6.7.74. FFA. George Hounsome 9.10.77 06/Jul/1974

Ticklists: Ultimate E2 ticklist.

Photo: Andrey on the thin 2nd pitch of The Tool E2 5b, Swanage © DrGav
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This climb is in 56 logbooks, and on 10 wishlists.

pearson9596 - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/15 with Ian Faulkner

ian d f - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/15 with Michael P

Great route and steady for (Swanage) E2
Mark Warnett - Lead O/S - Jun/15 with Andy O'Conner

stevoland - AltLd O/S - 21/May/15

Cheese Monkey - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/15 with Rich R

LJC - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Mark

Absolutely fantastic, had a bit of a mini epic with one of the ropes trapped around the arete (had to leave a piece of gear ) but got it clean. Another quality lead by Super Mario.
Ciderslider - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Luca

ian bryant - 2015

Hidden - TR - 08/Sep/14

First time as a single pitch. Bit of rope drag on the thin top wall. V small cams a boon!
clipskipper - Lead rpt - 29/Jun/14 with Sue Hazel

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 29/Jun/14

First ever clean E2 second (preceded by my first clean E1 second). Awesome route plenty of opportunities for good rests. The final pull around onto the head wall was amazing and had some sweet finger locks.
MPSBunny - 2nd O/S - 25/May/14 with John Brannock

Good route, soft for E2, sort of steep HVS first pitch into E1 face climbing.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 25/May/14

Excellent route, worth 3 stars. Led in a single pitch, crux is the top wall, soft for E2.
Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Tony

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd O/S - 03/May/14 with Martin Haworth

Just as thin as last time, but better protected than I remember. That'd be those tiny cams, then :-)
clipskipper - 2nd β - 03/May/14 with Ro

Been on the start before, but must be the first time ive lead this the right way.
Marti999 - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/14 with Debbie

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 09/Apr/14 with Tom Livingstone

In a oner
Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/14 with Dan Gibson

mes32 - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/14 with Wilki

led p2. great wall climbing. decided against the modern single pitch approach after reading comments about rope drag!
AlexD - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/13 with Sophie

Sophie Nunn - AltLd rpt - 28/Jul/13 with Alex

Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - 02/May/13

ianto - 2013

Led P1. Awesome route, very contrasting pitches.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd O/S - 16/Sep/12 with DAJ Johnson

led in one pitch, some rope drag, found the crux being the step around the arete, went to low to start but higher is better. very enjoyable
Helen Gibson - Lead - 13/Sep/12 with Alice

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Sep/12

A lot of rope drag at top but still very good
BeccaSnowden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/12 with Mike

richardr - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Chris Wyatt

Cool climb. Much care needed with ropes to avoid drag if doing in one pitch
chris wyatt - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/12 with rich

chakrit - Lead O/S - 24/May/12

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 09/Sep/11 with helen gibson

Hidden - Lead - 01/Sep/11

P1 only
jezb1 - 2nd - 07/Apr/11

As one pitch. Felt soft. Steady HVS until the pull round the arete, then a short 5b crux up the headwall. Really good fun!
jacobjlloyd - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/11 with Dougie

dswansonlow - 2nd O/S - 12/Mar/11 with jacob loyd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/10

Sophie Nunn - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/09

givemetea - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Louisa

Good route. Bottom section trickier than it looks, upper headwall steady and more exposed. No single desperate move and reasonable gear.
LoopyLou - Lead - 12/Sep/09 with Roslyn

Nice moves out onto and then up the face on pitch 2. Gear not as good as it could have been, but made up for it with sheer recklessness!
clipskipper - AltLd O/S - 31/May/09 with Davey Boy

Awesome climb - great moves throughout - strenuous top had to pull on the last draw to remove the bomber gear below.
davenev - 2nd - 16/Apr/09 with luke

Crux at top- very strenuous. Loads of gear. Great climb
Mr Tickle - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/09 with davenev

it's all in the top wall
Ed Babs - Lead RP - 21/Feb/09 with Harry

A minor epic in 4 pitches not helped by the incorrect Rockfax topo which shows the belay too low.
Different Steve - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/08 with Guy Reid

in 1 pitch
Bern - Lead O/S - Apr/08 with Andy Mos

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/07 with anna barnes

think i went a bit high into the roof, saw LOADS of abandoned gear (retreats?), alex coined the phrase cam graveyard!
tonanf - Lead O/S - Oct/07 with arpollard

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Jon Greengrass - Lead O/S - 2006

feilx - 2005

Roget - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/98 with jon

Hidden - Lead O/S - Nov/90

steve taylor - Lead - Oct/89 with steve kerr

Nigel Coe - 02/Nov/86 with Tim Dunsby

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