Thunderball*** E1 5b
35m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
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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This climb is in 111 logbooks, and on 24 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/14

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

Couldn't have been on the route, second pitch was easy climbing but a complete horror fest.
Ash Sayers - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14

Ahab - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14

James Oswald - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with John Bramwell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/14

tash - 2nd - 01/Aug/14 with ali k

Both pitches. Footholds falling off the second!
clipskipper - Lead rpt - 20/Jul/14 with Jerome

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/14

ian d f - AltLd rpt - 16/Jun/14 with Paul K, Pete H

Led 2nd pitch but couldn't unlock the move so passed lead to Rich
mick1jones - 2nd dog - 15/Jun/14 with Rich Rogers

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

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

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 09/Jun/14

lead 1st pitch. good solid climb.
mc fifi - AltLd O/S - 30/May/14 with Jonathan Pearson

funsized - AltLd O/S - 30/May/14 with Fi

JM - Lead O/S - 25/May/14 with Stevo

burto - Lead - 04/May/14 with bruce

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Tony

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

In one. E1 in definitive guide - Warrants it IMO. Awesome though.
wolverine - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Ben Meakin

Led P2 which has a wild crux but isn't much harder overall than Jo.
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with Bubbles

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

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

cymjt - 2014

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/10

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

AJ007 - AltLd - Aug/06 with Michael P

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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