Silhouette Arete** VS 4c
[Exhilarating exposure on Pitch 2, 3 kb]30m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The left arete of the huge roofs of The Fin is extremely exposed and gives extraordinary climbing for the grade. The second pitch is outstanding. One of the best VSs in the Boulder Ruckle.
1) 4b, 17m. Climb a crack to a small ledge. Traverse right and up a short corner to a sentry box and belay.
2) 4c, 18m. Traverse right along the fault-line for 5m then climb rightwards to gain the exposed arete. Ascend the arete to an overhang. Pull over and climb past a large flake to an easy exit groove. © ROCKFAX

FA. Brian Snell, K.Knight 14/May/1978

Ticklists: WMC Boulder Ruckle Top20, 100 More Classic British VS Climbs, Swanage A-Z, Orange Spot Swanage.

Photo: Exhilarating exposure on Pitch 2 © phantom whistler
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This climb is in 220 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Sep/15

Nexonen - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/15 with Jen

JenDurden - AltLd rpt - 27/Sep/15 with Andy Jordan

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/15

Lead the first pitch, second pitch exposed but with good holds and decent gear.
Trace - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/15 with Monkey_Alan

Led P2. Great climb, not hard but a cool head would be an advantage.
Pete_Frost - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/15 with Blake Williams

roberts1234567890 - AltLd - 30/Aug/15 with Paul Taylor

Started raining at top of p1. Top of p2 dripping. The rest stayed relatively dry.
smollett - Lead - 29/Aug/15 with yvette, jurga

Rained so P2 a bit wet
Jurga - 2nd - 29/Aug/15 with yvette, James

Another great Boulder Ruckle climb. Nick P1. Me P2. A fairly straight forward first pitch followed by a bold traverse out right to the arete. Follow the jugs over the small overlap to a nasty loose top out.
Andy Chubb - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/15 with Nick Gregory

Julian Prieto - Lead rpt - 09/Aug/15 with Hector Prieto

LJC - AltLd rpt - 07/Aug/15 with Marion

paultaylor - AltLd rpt - Aug/15 with Matt Roberts, Will I Am

Lead P2
robfir - 22/Jul/15

mattprince - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/15 with David Holmes-Evans

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jan/15

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jan/15

ian bryant - 2015

Led P2
petrch - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/14 with Maarten Youngman

I led P2. Very exposed at the arete, amazing climbing
Dave Mahon - AltLd - 26/Oct/14 with Justin Sharpe

Epic! Sea was massive so got soaked on the traverse in. Only just passable. Second pitch was amazing
Cheese Monkey - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/14 with Vienna

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Sep/14

Led P2
Oli - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/14 with Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/14 with Oli Lewis

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/14

Great exposure on the second pitch. The topout is a bit too loose for 3*, but the rest is excellent.
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Emily

More enormous holds. I like Swanage!
Emily - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Nick

Led both pitches this time - second pitch is simply sensational - the airy traverse followed by the exposed arete is brilliant ! The top out is one of the worst i've experienced (even by ruckle standards)
Ciderslider - Lead rpt - 09/Aug/14 with Ian Stephenson

ciderspider - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/14 with Ciderslider

Led P2.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd rpt - 09/Aug/14 with Paul Stevens, Jill Stevens

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/14

Hidden - Lead - Aug/14

joedoherty - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Matt Prince

mattprince - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Joe Doherty

Hidden - Lead rpt - 26/Feb/14

Hidden - 2014

Swanage blew my mind, I'm not used to such bold and steep territory at such low grades. This was doable although airy only go (pitch 2). The top out is scary particularly if you don't place much gear because the ground feels easy.
puppythedog - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/13 with Steve

Stunning moves and situation, though rock is a little too shonky to enjoy it fully.
poeter210 - AltLd O/S - 28/Nov/13 with adrian voss

Came off on P2 due to underestimated steepness and awkwardness of the traverse with heavish bag. Sustained from the start.
druss - AltLd dog - 28/Nov/13 with Peter Ocampo

I lead pitch 2 this time
CurlyStevo - AltLd - Nov/13 with PuppyTheDog

p1 me, p2 Andy
tev - AltLd rpt - 29/Sep/13 with Andy

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 29/Sep/13

The Ivanator - AltLd rpt - 22/Sep/13 with Stevo

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 20/Sep/13

I lead pitch 2, All in very good and very easy for VS
CurlyStevo - AltLd - Sep/13

Lead pitch 2, airy traverse, pitch 1 is straightforward.
sarpedon - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/13

JenDurden - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Andy Jordan

Nexonen - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Casey, Jen

Lead P2. Not so keen on Boulder Ruckle-don't have confidence in the rock here or anywhere in Swanage come to think of it. Too used to lovely Cornish sea cliff granite. A bit loose generally. Scrambling up what felt like 45 degree grass and pebbles at the end.
andrea83 - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with Hamish

I lead P2, Andrea P1.
Hamish777 - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with Andrea

Led P1, left 'the pitch' to Dave
TimKnight - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/13 with Dave Marshall

2nd pitch lead. Good moves out along the fault. Didn't come across the flake mentioned in the guide book though... There's a fairly new looking 'T' section alloy stake at the top.
Mattzx6r - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/13 with Chris Evans

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/13

Led p1
Sophie Nunn - AltLd rpt - 20/Apr/13 with Andy J, Floris

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/13

ianto - 2013

Led second pitch. Traverse out at first is the crux!
kim.mulji - AltLd O/S - 18/Nov/12 with Ian Cramman

led 1st pitch
oscaig - AltLd O/S - 18/Nov/12 with Kim Mulji

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/12

MontyH - AltLd - 27/Oct/12 with brian and Pete

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 29/Sep/12

Kevster - 2nd rpt - 29/Sep/12 with Tony Johnson

tonevert - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Kevin Faux

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Sep/12

Led P2
Julian Prieto - AltLd rpt - 09/Sep/12 with Ollie Dorrell

Gave Tim the glory of the second pitch, and he performed admirably. Tricky following the traverse on a tight rope, Ewan did well. Went for a swim afterwards.
mikehenesy - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Jockie Ewan, Tim Johns

Ali.B - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12 with PeterRobers

Rob Laird - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12

mr random - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Rob Laird-

Hidden - Lead - 21/Aug/12

Nexonen - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Jake

found the end of the traverse on P2 tricky due to lack of fitness - pulling over the roof was v easy by comparison
pippa_g - 2nd - 12/Aug/12 with Alan Blanchflower

Monkey_Alan - Lead rpt - 12/Aug/12 with James Bridger, Pippa Gillingham

led both pitches
Steve27 - Lead - 11/Aug/12 with Luke Rathmell

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead - 03/Aug/12

ben.richards - Lead rpt - 19/Jun/12 with Theo Celano

dickie01 - AltLd - 25/Mar/12 with Joe Heasman

louby - Lead - 11/Feb/12 with Chris Burn

chris_B - 2nd - 11/Feb/12 with Louise Atkin

Ian JL - 2012

PAJames - 2012

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Nov/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Nov/11

Really nice route. Good positions and good gear. Take a camera, as the arete makes a great photo angle from the first belay.
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Warren Burke, RMC

lukerathmell - AltLd O/S - 19/Oct/11 with Carl Stubbs

carl_123 - AltLd O/S - 19/Oct/11 with luke rathmell

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Oct/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Oct/11

Monkey_Alan - AltLd rpt - 09/Oct/11 with Jeremy, Viskii Chicu

ChrisBrooke - Lead rpt - 08/Oct/11 with Matt Swain, John Inkpen

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 26/Sep/11 with Clare

Stunning climb. Climbed it with one of those stonking colds that make you feel as weak as a duckling. Luckily there was a good knee bar under the traverse at the start of the 2nd pitch so I had plenty of time to work out the next few moves. The guide book is right though, it is a little bold as you start the second pitch. Great holds though. Top out was a bit hairy.
Cat Hendrie - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11

lead both
LukeyG - Lead - Sep/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11

Pete Scott - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Jimbo

MarkRyder - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11 with James P

Led P1 in light rain, thankfully it stopped for P2
jamespilgrim - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Mark

Ciderslider - 2nd - 10/Aug/11 with Paul Davis

First lead
Fiona McFarlane - AltLd O/S - Aug/11

ben.richards - Lead rpt - 08/Feb/11 with Szilard

felixizzy - 2011

Ceridwen - AltLd rpt - 21/Nov/10 with Edwin

Kevster - Lead O/S - Nov/10

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 25/Oct/10

Monkey_Alan - Lead rpt - 24/Oct/10 with Thomas Vaughan

tev - 2nd - 24/Oct/10 with Alan B

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/10 with Alex

AlexD - AltLd - 21/Oct/10 with Sophie

Led P2.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd - 17/Oct/10 with Tom Thorne, Julian Prieto

Led P1.
Julian Prieto - AltLd rpt - 17/Oct/10 with Tom Thorne, Alan Blanchflower

P1 this time. Quality route.
jezb1 - AltLd - 16/Oct/10

Great route, I led p2 inelegantly ...but successfully!
The Ivanator - AltLd O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Jez

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Sep/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10

Andre lead first pitch and I lead second pitch. Fantastic second pitch with serious exposure!!! Awesome route.
gibsond - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Andre Clarke

LJC - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/10 with ben.richards

Absolutely amazing second pitch - a must-do for all!
ben.richards - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Luca Celano

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/10

Did it in the sodding wet - lead the second pitch - rock stays amazingly grippy even when soaked. second time I've done this climb one of my fave vs's
dickie01 - AltLd - 22/Aug/10 with Joe Heasman, Nick Briggs

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/10

Felt smooth and comfortable
climbtim - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/10 with Tom Thorne

1st pitch: DL led, DJ 2nd, JL 3rd 2nd pitch: JL led, DJ 2nd, DL 3rd
fragglerock - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Duncan Johnstone, Jon Lumb

Cracking rock, good gear, traverse a bit reachy at one point. Unknown to me Stuart fell off the traverse - and he's a big lad! Thought he was just trying to free stuck gear. Like the experienced aplinist that he is he prussicked back up to glorious success. Had the foresight to dangle some slings down for the last 'trial by loose earth' shitty bit, the tops are getting even looser - everyone should do this!
mikehenesy - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10 with Stuart Fletcher

Very straight forward but quality route. Ld P2.
jezb1 - AltLd - 01/Aug/10

Led P1.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd rpt - 01/Aug/10 with Andre Clarke

Lead 2nd pitch
Andre Clarke - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/10 with Alan

rd20 - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/10 with Martin

smolders - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/10 with Robert D

Chris 1st pitch, Barra 2nd
staceyjg - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Barra, Chris Gardner

minaturechris - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Stacey, Barra

Ybot Htulk - AltLd - Jul/10 with Jez

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

A really enjoyable climb with a very exposed arete complete with crashing waves underneath.
KateBolton - 2nd - 19/May/10 with Tom Boeckx

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/10

tscoobydoo - AltLd O/S - 2010 with phillip belcher

Hidden - 2010

i led pitch 2- 4C
cayteye - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/09 with Brian Mead

Geoffers - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/09 with Tim

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Sep/09

Led 1st pitch.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd rpt - 06/Sep/09 with Julian Prieto

leonjones - AltLd - 06/Sep/09 with Des Jerman

Led P2.
Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/09 with Alan Blanchflower

p1 Leon, p2 me
Indy Nile - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/09 with Leon Jones

MontyH - AltLd - 29/Aug/09 with Pete Frost and Paul Milton

Ceridwen - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/09 with Andy Mosienko

Lead pitch 1
nick hawkins - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/09 with peter

halfwaythere - AltLd - 12/Aug/09 with nick hawkins

Ramon Marin - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/09 with Salomon Fernandez

Lead 2nd pitch. Getting past the overhang was proving tricky until I saw the foothold on the left.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Karl, Stella Moggs

lead pitch 2
uncontrollable - AltLd β - 08/Aug/09 with bob

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Aug/09

Different Steve - Lead rpt - 01/Aug/09 with Clare

Graham Westbrook - AltLd - Jul/09

lead 2nd pitch. great exposure
petegruf - AltLd O/S - 09/May/09 with LozM

LozM - 2nd - 09/May/09 with Pete M

Nice route to get us in the swing of things
dickie01 - AltLd - 11/Apr/09 with Joe Heasman

Ed Westwood - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with nilsamelinckx

@ndy - AltLd O/S - 28/Feb/09

Steven Andrews - 2nd O/S - 28/Feb/09 with Simon Goldman

breed - 2nd O/S - 21/Feb/09 with Ellis Bird

jacobjlloyd - AltLd O/S - Feb/09 with Tim Faudemer

Hidden - 2009

tscoobydoo - Lead O/S - 2009

Hidden - AltLd - 2009

MontyH - Lead rpt - 27/Sep/08 with Paul Milton

lead crux pitch
Matt Bennett - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08

Richard Horn - AltLd O/S - 03/May/08

Get right on the arete for the full effect!
manwithacam - 2nd - 24/Feb/08 with Mr Mantle

mike.moss - Lead O/S - 2008

Wilbur - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/07 with Morgan

Spicy little number with a steep second pitch and "interesting" top out.
Morgan Woods - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/07 with Wilbur

Lead First Pitch, Second 2nd pitch
RocknRoll - AltLd O/S - 19/Dec/07 with Tris

garburn - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/07 with Felix Coxwell

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/07 with Sam Strong

SamStrong - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/07 with Rob Dyer

Lead on first pitch
Clee - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/07 with John

Led P1, very pleasant
Different Steve - AltLd rpt - 22/Sep/07 with Martin Hore & Guy Reid

lead 2nd pitch
tobydunford - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/07 with Ben Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/07

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/07 with Kate

Rob84 - Lead O/S - Aug/07 with Sam Strong

Rob Kennard - 2007

Rob Kennard - 2007

second and best pitch.
Topsy Turvy - Lead O/S - 2007

Fantastic route. Particularily enjoyed the no hands rest right on the base of the bottomless arete
kevinknights - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/06 with Lee

Massive belay ledge and quite excellent second pitch - well worth the three stars.
clipskipper - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/06 with Kevin Knight

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Oct/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/06

Ybot Htulk - AltLd - Sep/06 with Kristoffer

kristofferalpsjo - AltLd O/S - Sep/06 with Toby Kluth

featuresforfeet - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/06 with Patrick

ChrisBrooke - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/06 with John Inkpen

great route with good gear throughout.
MontyH - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/06 with Brian

AJ007 - AltLd - Aug/06 with Michael P

Great Route, Pete's first trip into the ruckle!!
timharrison - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/06 with Pete

With CJ while both at Sandbags
kenneM - Lead - May/06 with Steve Crosby-Jones

Peter Swift - TR O/S - 2006 with tim

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

chrisbevins - Lead O/S - 2006

Piers Harley - AltLd β - 22/Dec/05 with Simon Clark

Piers Harley - AltLd β - 07/Dec/05 with Paul Winder

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Dec/05

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Aug/05

Piers Harley - AltLd - Jun/05 with Rob Marson

feilx - 2005

brian watson - Lead O/S - 2005 with Jeff Yaldren

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Feb/04

Norman_P_W - AltLd - 14/Feb/04 with Bob M

Hidden - 2002

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Sep/00

I led second pitch
andyfeds - AltLd - 02/May/99 with Andy C

Hidden - Lead - 26/Apr/98

tomkhoward - Lead O/S - 1997 with Andy Plumb

sdht - 1992 with John Burnip

GuyM - 1985

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 11/Nov/84 with Tim Dunsby

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 13/Nov/83 with Norman Wright

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