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Thunderball*** HVS 5a

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35m, 2 pitches. An incredibly intimidating line that requires good route finding on the second pitch, which snakes through the upper overhangs. Start 7m right of a large roof-capped corner. 1) 5a, 16m. Pull up through bulges to a rest above. Climb rightwards to an arete, then move around it to a corner that ends at the fault-line and a belay. 2) 5b, 19m. Climb the wall on the left, past a small overhang, then move right to below a roof. Pull strenuously through the roof at a break to a corner. Follow this to a final overhang which is passed on its left side. Stake belays in place above. © ROCKFAX
FA. P.Bell, T.Goodfellow 11/Jul/1963

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Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/14

Really good value for this one
brices - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/14 with Remus

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/13

Tom Livingstone - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/13 with Dan Lane

P1. P2 was pretty exciting!
Dan Lane - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/13 with Tom Livingstone

paultaylor - AltLd O/S - 16/May/13 with Will I Am

p1, good route
will moy - AltLd O/S - 16/May/13 with paul taylor

Took a wrong line and got stuck in an extra roof
mattc - 2nd dog - 05/May/13

bigie bob - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13

adam 24 - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/13

Led P1.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd rpt - 02/Feb/13 with Frodo Stickel

led p2
uncontrollable - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Alan B

ianto - 2013

Led P1.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd - 14/Oct/12 with Julian Prieto

Led P2
Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 14/Oct/12 with Alan Blanchflower

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/12

tonevert - 2nd - 29/Sep/12 with Kevin Faux

jcook1980 - AltLd - 05/Sep/12 with Dan Moore

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/12

Led 2nd pitch and ali led the first
Dave89 - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/12 with Ali

Bottom bulge taxing with very heavy sac - invited everyone to take everything inc spare rack shoes food water etc! Led top pitch after Phil had a go.
philhilo - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/12 with Phil simister, Helen E

P2 space walk :))
cooperman - AltLd - 25/Jun/12 with Greg Foster

MarkRyder - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Iain

Hidden - 2nd β - 02/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd - 27/May/12

Led p1 of Thunderball and P2 of Jo. Good sustained steep climbing. Hot day
djking1983 - Lead O/S - 23/May/12 with Steve Knaggs

Led P2. Comitting start to P1, then steady climbing. Pulling through the roof on P2 is full-on!
Monkey_Alan - AltLd - 13/May/12 with Stewart Armstrong

Stewart Armstrong - AltLd O/S - 13/May/12 with Monkey Alan

Haydn Jones - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with pep

Good value all the way, takes tonnes of medium nuts.
Kevster - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/12

couchio - 2nd rpt - 03/Sep/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/11

Led 1st pitch of Jo, then Luke did O2 of thunderball. Very exposed
tommytuffa - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11 with luketheape

lukehunt - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11

davewing - 2nd - 30/Apr/11 with Lee

a very hard 2nd pitch at hvs!
chris_B - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Hamish Dunn

HamishD - AltLd O/S - Apr/11 with chris burn

ian d f - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Emmanuel

Great fun!
msoldn - Lead O/S - 22/Nov/10 with Felix

feilx - 2nd rpt - 21/Nov/10 with Mike Soldner

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

AlexD - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/10 with Sophie

Chris p1, Gary p2. Found the start of p1 very hard (bold) for the grade. Had about 3 rests before finally commiting. Great route though!
Chris Sansum - AltLd dog - 26/Sep/10 with Gary Lewin

Different Steve - AltLd rpt - 26/Sep/10 with Guy Reid

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

Barra led both pitches. This is the hardest 5a that I have ever climbed. Had a nice swing out into the sea on my second attempt at ascent.
staceyjg - 2nd dog - 24/Jul/10 with Barra, Chris Gardner

led first pitch
Simon Allcock - AltLd - Jun/10 with Mark

Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/09

Good fun thuggy roof climbing. Lots of holds and lots of gear.
clipskipper - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Davey Boy

tobydunford - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Harry Martin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/May/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/May/09

matt.woodfield - Lead - 03/May/09

Loved it, positive holds and good exposure
dickie01 - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09 with third, Nick Briggs

Bern - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Sue Hazel

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 14/Mar/09

DDDD - Lead RP - 2009

Hidden - 2009

Led P2
Different Steve - AltLd rpt - 26/Sep/08 with Guy Reid

Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/08 with Coz

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/07

Oliver Sherman - AltLd - 30/Sep/07 with Dave Thompson

Different Steve - 2nd rpt - 22/Sep/07 with Martin Hore & Guy Reid

Rob Kennard - 2007

brian watson - Lead O/S - 2007 with scott titt

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

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/06

Great route.
timharrison - AltLd O/S - 28/May/06 with Mike Clifford

Poor routefinding and loose rock - Doh!
Different Steve - AltLd dog - 01/May/06 with Craig Evans

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/06 with jamie evans

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

Outdoorfun37 - 2nd - 12/Apr/05 with Paul Chidel

feilx - 2005

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Nov/03

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Sep/01

aged_ape - AltLd O/S - Jun/01 with Rob B

WB - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/99 with Guy

kp64zl - AltLd - Oct/96 with Pete A, Jason M

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1996

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1995 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

steve taylor - AltLd - May/89 with Ket

Approx date
Nigel Coe - 1988 with Pete Oxley, Tim Dunsby

DDDD - Lead O/S - 1986 with Neil

GuyM - 1985

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Style of ascent

Lead17 of 86 (19.8%)
Followed13 of 86 (15.1%)
Alt Leads50 of 86 (58.1%)
Unknown6 of 86 (7.0%)

'Climbed'22 of 86 (25.6%)
clean O/S51 of 86 (59.3%)
clean β1 of 86 (1.2%)
clean rpt7 of 86 (8.1%)
clean RP1 of 86 (1.2%)
dogged4 of 86 (4.7%)