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[Isis at Swanage, 3 kb]18m. A popular route with varied climbing in good situations. Start at the left-hand side of a high, arched recess 5m right of a large block. Climb the groove on the left until moves left gain the lip of an overhang. Ascend a bulging groove on the left, trending right then back left and finish up two short walls. © ROCKFAX
A popular route with varied climbing in good situations. Start at the left-hand side of a high, arched recess 5m right of a large block. Climb the groove on the left until a move left gains the lip of an overhang. Pull up slightly left then back right into a bulging groove. Climb this to finish up two short walls.
FA. D.Rowlands 1963

Ticklists: Swanage A-Z, Orange Spot Swanage.

Photo: Isis at Swanage © Jan Witkowski
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This climb is in 223 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

ciderspider - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Ciderslider

SANDBAG !!!!! Although I really enjoyed this route I was really glad to get to the top - I got pumped in my right arm on the top wall and a little scared (as I didn't think I sorted brilliant gear). I did think at one stage I was gonna take a ride. Great route - not ever gonna do it again
Ciderslider - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Ian Stephenson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Aug/13

stonemikey - Lead - 07/Jul/13 with Mark Ward

Edward Hastrop - 2nd rpt - 26/May/13 with Tom Bushell

tombushell - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Ed Hastrop

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

JUSTADUDE - 2nd O/S - 25/May/13 with clipskipper

Deviated onto Tenuicollis E1 5a, very poorly protected end.
DanC1985 - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/13 with Trevor

Fell after climbing about 10 or 15 feet above traverse, 30 foot fall, gear pop meant I swung into recess and came to a halt 5 feet above the ground. Broke ribs and back and collapsed lung, helicopter rescue, 2 days in hospital, walked out - very lucky boy! Reading other reviews of this climb, it seems I may have strayed onto the E1 to the left as a direct result of the Rockfax description.
neilwiltshire - Lead dnf - 21/Apr/13 with Tim Cooper

Leo49 - 2013

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

givemetea - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/12 with Ali Taylor

This route is alot of fun and very exposed and steep. I could not here Anna and she was struggling had to lower her down, and abb to get the gear.
Dale - Lead O/S - Aug/12 with Anna

LJC - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/12 with Elias

Great climb, but still think this is another league compared to the other VS's at cattle troughs.....
Ceridwen - 2nd rpt - 22/Jul/12 with Anna Gibson, Alex Dennis

AlexD - Lead rpt - 22/Jul/12 with Anna, Ceri

maffujones - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12 with David Fisher

Half Pint Lizz - 2nd dog - 14/Jul/12 with Sonya Crowe

Typical Swanage VS. Hard and sustained, but all there.
LozM - Lead - 01/Jul/12 with Mark J

Joemanglerocks - Lead - 30/Jun/12 with TimKnight

TimKnight - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/12 with Paul Anker

dpm23 - Lead - 20/Jun/12

Edward Hastrop - Lead O/S - 22/May/12 with Rob Thomas

Piers Harley - 2nd - 18/May/12 with Jeremy Windsor

jon_gill1 - 2nd O/S - 06/May/12 with chris Lyness

Awesome route would get 3 stars on stanage no doubt. Middle of the grade VS climbing with reasonable rests between the steepenings, mostly solid rock and good protection (although a little spaced for the 4a finish).
CurlyStevo - Lead - Mar/12 with Rob

Ian JL - 2012

joedoherty - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/11 with Matt Prince

andrzej kierzek - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11 with Tara

michael00693 - 2nd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Adam Ryan

adam 24 - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11

Different Steve - Lead - 25/Sep/11 with Jason

jasoncash - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/11 with Andy Cash

andycash - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11 with jason cash

Montecore - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/11 with Rina Sorathia

def1010 - 17/Sep/11

tev - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/11 with Max

Outstanding all the way with lots of varied climbing. Solid VS!
wild_nomad - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/11

the boy done well: i thought this was tough to second but andrew made light work of it (points deducted for dropping a set of nuts)
katherinesydney - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/11 with andrew funnell

AndyFunnell - Lead - 29/Aug/11 with katherinesydney

think i followed the wrong line, and ended up on the last half of the E1 to the left, not shown in the rockfax guide
nickevens - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Gramps

Julian Prieto - 2nd rpt - 19/Aug/11 with Ian Clifford

Moved too far left after the overhang despite what my partner was telling me! Didn't like the look of the proper line. Good gear except for the top which felt a bit run out to me. It was the wrong line though.
cliffy - Lead - 19/Aug/11 with Julian Prieto

Excellent job. Went the right way this time, up corner, not too far left up face.
risby - Lead rpt - 14/Aug/11 with Alan Blanchflower

Monkey_Alan - 2nd - 14/Aug/11 with Ris Wright

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Aug/11

jasonpm - 2nd - 30/Jul/11 with Simon Chandler

Very scary after the step left. Suspect I may have ended up on the E1.
will_benfold - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Miles

Cat G - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11

hardest VS ive done in a while, pritty good gear otherwise i would have been really bricking it. relatively sustained.
jo86 - Lead - 26/Jun/11 with Neil Nand

Sustained throughout the climb & pretty hard for a VS, seemed to have good gear though.
ElBarto - 2nd dog - 26/Jun/11 with Joseph Toller

Awesome route. Gear is good but the finish up the wall is hard for VS 4c!
Nexonen - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Jake

mattshort - Lead O/S - 29/May/11 with Phil Porter

dan gibson - 2nd O/S - 20/May/11 with helen gibson

Jonathan Emett - 2nd O/S - 17/May/11 with simon c

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/May/11

Hidden - Lead - 14/May/11

Rhys Jones - 14/May/11 with CalshotDave

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/May/11

Itching to do some harder routes I quickly nipped up the start of this route into the arch and then eased round the traverse but then could not the next bit. Hanging around, failing to get gear in higher up, my hands slipped and I fell. Luckily into air and not onto rock but, ignominiously, upsidedown.
risby - Lead dnf - 10/Apr/11 with Jo

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/11

Steve27 - 2nd - 27/Mar/11 with Tom Kett

lostinmidlands - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11 with tris

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

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

Danh89 - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with C-nunez, LukeyG

C-nunez - Lead - Sep/10 with Luke Goble

LukeyG - Sep/10 with C-nunez

LukeyG - Sep/10 with Danh89

Richard Morgan - Lead dnf - 30/Aug/10 with Ivan, Toby Kluth

Pleased to lead this after previously seconding, tough proposition at the grade.
The Ivanator - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with Richard M, Toby

Climbed easier VS's in Swanage
Ybot Htulk - 2nd - 30/Aug/10 with Richard and Ivan, Ivan

Good holds and good gear but few easy rests. Pretty straight forward if you can keep a cool head-I imagine. Dislodged a sizable block pulling through at the top - beware. Always good when you don't kill your seconds though!
mikehenesy - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/10 with Kate, Paul Smith

No easy rests on this route. I still think Mike took the more difficult line at opposite the top of the arch and he could have gone further left. He dislodged a large block at the top which was 'exciting' for Paul and I at the bottom.
KateBolton - 2nd - 18/Aug/10 with Paul Smith, mikehenesy

Monkey_Alan - 2nd - 15/Aug/10 with Andre Clarke

Stiff for VS 4C
Andre Clarke - Lead dog - 15/Aug/10 with Alan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10

eugeneth - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/10 with Matt Harris

risby - 2nd rpt - 31/Jul/10 with Julian Prieto

Julian Prieto - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/10 with Ris Wright

Bold route, and thanks to my stupidly placed runners it felt like I was climbing with a sack of spuds tied to my leg! (rope drag is killer!)
ben.richards - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/10 with Luca Celano

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/10

garywong - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Jason Kleine

I rested after the step left. Couldn't commit to which way to go.
kleinej - Lead dog - 24/Jul/10 with Gary

WalnutHorse - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/10

LJC - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/10 with ben.richards

Ceridwen - 2nd rpt - 07/Jul/10 with Andy

James B - Lead - 04/Jul/10 with Rob

Garron - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/10

garywong - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/10 with Harry Trevelyan

Wonderful wonderful climb, never desperate, great moves, wonderful positions moving left around the bulge and direct finish up the wall.
LoopyLou - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/10 with Thea Williams

clipskipper - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/10 with Dave Wing

Seth.J - AltLd - 05/Jun/10 with Disco Dave

APuddy - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/10

Hidden - 2nd - 22/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

risby - 2nd O/S - 15/May/10 with Tom Thorne

Really nice route! I think Rockfax has the wrong line drawn as it shows it ascending the face after stepping left above the overhang - seems to make a lot more sense to step into the big groove on the right, and then step left once you are blocked off by the next overhang (and this seems to be what the CC guidebook tells you to do). Seems like there is some consensus on this from the comments below.
Chris Sansum - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/10 with Matt Lunn

Not friendly, particularly after the step left on to the face. Poor gear, poor holds, well worth HVS 5a I would say.
Andy Chubb - Lead - 24/Apr/10 with Gideon Castro

The Ivanator - 2nd rpt - 07/Apr/10 with Stewart

nickdunn - 2nd - 07/Mar/10 with Chris Dennis

Ken Taylor - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/09

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Oct/09

Nice route
jezb1 - Lead - 03/Oct/09

Ceridwen - 2nd rpt - 03/Oct/09 with Jez Brown

davenev - TR O/S - 10/Sep/09 with solo

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/09 with Clare

Tough and pumpy as the last climb of the day, lots of climbing for an 18m pitch, feels longer!
The Ivanator - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/09 with Sean

Perryman - Lead - 25/Jun/09 with Ivan Bicknell

AlexD - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/09 with joeurwin

joeurwin - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/09 with alex

wasn't sure of finish route and went too far left (miss-guided by Rockfax, that's my excuse anyway). Lowered off and abbed in to retrieve gear. Well miffed.
Indy Nile - Lead dnf - 21/Jun/09 with Leon Jones

andy jennings - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/09 with Floris

Ceridwen - Lead rpt - 16/Jun/09 with Benjy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/09

Alexstone - Lead O/S - Jun/09

Nozzer - Lead dnf - 30/May/09

tedburt - 2nd O/S - 23/May/09 with Josh Coombs

Really nice but wasn't my turn to lead :( Next time!
jezb1 - 2nd - 02/May/09

Completely shit myself!!
dannymoo99 - Lead - 02/May/09 with Jez Brown

Ceridwen - 2nd rpt - 25/Apr/09 with Mark

Ceridwen - Lead dog - 17/Apr/09 with D

recon - 2nd O/S - Apr/09 with Ceri

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/09

igneouscarl - 2nd - 28/Mar/09 with Tom Stahl

uncontrollable - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Alan B

Monkey_Alan - 2nd - 14/Mar/09 with Frodo Stickel

hrgcb - 2009 with Joe Prinold

Disco - Lead dnf - 2009

Dieter Z - 2nd O/S - 2009 with Ceri

Rollo - Lead β - 10/Aug/08 with Mike

Matt Shepherd - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/08

Excellent VS up until you have completed traverse,Rockfax guidebook says 'Ascend a bulging groove on the left!That would put you onto Tenuicollis E1 5a Thin on Gear!! It should read 'Climb the overhang-chocked groove which is obvious' CC Guide. lazy route description from Rockfax Beware!!!
jamie ward - Lead dnf - 29/Jun/08 with Marcus Harvey

Really enjoyed this - thought the step left was going to be the crux, but then got onto the headwall and realised this was! bit loose on top.
Ant Mace - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/08 with Lloyd Cowdry

gdb4060 - Lead - 07/Jun/08 with Pete

aged_ape - Lead O/S - 15/May/08 with KM

Matt Bennett - Lead O/S - 03/May/08

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 03/May/08 with Mark Beecher and Andrew Livingstone

SGD - Lead O/S - 03/May/08

Marq - 2nd O/S - 03/May/08 with Anthony Schwirtz

Great climb, a moment of anxiety after moving onto the open face but moves are flowing and easy once you get moving.
poopleonard - 2nd O/S - May/08 with Anthony mace

Very hard in the grade. The crux comes high up... get the gear in and go boldly :-)
Strange little creature - Lead - Apr/08 with David Little

Hidden - Lead dnf - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/07

Kirill - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/07 with Charles Moreton

cem - 2nd rpt - 01/Nov/07 with Kirill Spiridonov

Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - Oct/07

Theeni - Lead O/S - Oct/07 with Matt Kemp

kenneM - Lead - Jun/07 with Booby Hewitt

Hidden - 2nd - 20/May/07

Stumped by the start
Flax - Lead dnf - 05/May/07

Hidden - Lead - 08/Apr/07

eldre070 - Lead dnf - 08/Apr/07 with Rob Floyd

JWB - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/07

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Apr/07

riddle - Lead - Apr/07 with Hadley Slade-Jones

Tom Gadsden - Lead dog - Mar/07 with Kit

Kit Gillibrand - 2nd - Mar/07 with Tom Gadsden

trevor macalonan - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/07 with pete swift

Richard White - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Nov/06

Hidden - Lead - 12/Nov/06

Prob one of the scariest VS's ever done,really nice climbing, but all the jugs were loose blocks hangin off the cliff - yes swanage!
tobydunford - Lead rpt - 29/Oct/06 with Lisa Paling

bob3141 - Lead - 29/Oct/06 with Adam Thomas

lisapaling - 2nd β - 29/Oct/06 with Toby Dunford

Sophie Nunn - Lead - 05/Oct/06

existing debt - 2nd - 09/Sep/06 with mat perks

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/06

Piers Harley - Lead β - 06/Sep/06 with Rob Marson

Went on to lead this one, its a pretty tough one for me at the time.
stuntsbyjon - 2nd RP - Sep/06

Ian_gozer - 2nd O/S - 13/Aug/06 with Greg

Marq - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/06 with Vicky Hill

Richard Horn - Lead O/S - Apr/06

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/06 with Kate

proper bo
beanfingers - Lead O/S - 22/Jan/06 with kat

Airy traverse. No rests and pumpy.
peas - 2nd O/S - 22/Jan/06 with Chris Ford

Neil Adams - Lead O/S - 2006

Kyuzo - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/05 with Bernard Lam

featuresforfeet - Lead - Oct/05 with Monkey

thompson1000 - 18/Sep/05

Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Aug/05

TimPerkin - 2nd - 31/Jul/05 with Dave Gale

Andy Chubb - AltLd - 29/May/05 with Vaughan Hewitt

Charlie Williams - Lead O/S - Apr/05 with Gary Dicker

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

chrisbevins - 2nd O/S - 2005

Had ego bruised by this earlier in year but succeeded on second attempt. No pushover even after traverse beneath roofs. Top of grade for sure.
Owen W-G - Lead RP - 19/Sep/04 with Andrew

timharrison - Lead dog - 21/Aug/04 with Naomi

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/04

cem - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/04 with Graham Dolman

clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 15/May/04 with Dave Fisher

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/03 with Caroline Waterhouse, Ian Waterhouse

simon kimber - 2nd - Sep/03 with Paul Burren

Hidden - Lead RP - 20/Jul/03

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/03

Alaric - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/03 with Karen B

Hidden - Lead β - 08/Jun/03

Peter Swift - 2nd dog - 2003 with dom

simon kimber - Lead O/S - 2002 with Jemma Berry

MontyH - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/01 with Andy Young

andybenham - 2001

Nice climb and certainly committing.
Rob Oram - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/00 with John Hardy

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Aug/99

FrankW - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/98 with Joe

Probably my favourite ever climbing experience. Good weather, good company, exciting overhang, loose belay stake ;)
tomkhoward - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/97 with Andy Plumb

five - Lead O/S - Mar/97

andyfeds - Lead - 04/Aug/96 with Penny H

Rob Kennard - 1996 with James Dunlop

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/94

fell off this!
GuyM - 1994

sdht - 1993

kp64zl - Lead - Mar/91 with Jim

ChrisJD - 2nd - 19/Jun/90

steve taylor - Lead O/S - Sep/89 with john the chef

Nigel Coe - Lead - 02/Sep/79 with Frank Farrell

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Style of ascent

Lead137 of 223 (61.4%)
Followed68 of 223 (30.5%)
Toproped1 of 223 (0.4%)
Alt Leads2 of 223 (0.9%)
Unknown15 of 223 (6.7%)

'Climbed'72 of 223 (32.3%)
clean O/S110 of 223 (49.3%)
clean β4 of 223 (1.8%)
clean rpt13 of 223 (5.8%)
clean RP3 of 223 (1.3%)
dogged10 of 223 (4.5%)
dnf11 of 223 (4.9%)