Fathoms*** E3 5b
[Getting wet, 3 kb]26m.

Rockfax Description
6b, S1. A rite-of-passage route with its crux at the top. From the starting ledge traverse the break left for 8m to a small ledge then climb the first big groove diagonally leftwards to its finishing bulge. Leaving the big jug may take some will power. © ROCKFAX

FSA. Crispin Waddy 8.9.86 08/Sep/1986

Ticklists: Feature Photo Routes from Dorset Rockfax 2012, Hard water, South coast sport/DWS ticklist, Dorset weekender.

Photo: Getting wet © Nadir khan
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This climb is in 110 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

What a line!
stevoland - DWS β - 06/Sep/15

Gus - DWS - 29/Aug/15

AlexD - Solo rpt - 04/Jul/15

Sophie Nunn - DWS dnf - 04/Jul/15

will black - Solo β - 04/Jul/15

Incredible line!
Albachoss - DWS O/S - 04/Jul/15

feilx - DWS rpt - 04/Jul/15

JCAshman - DWS β - Jul/15

Beautiful. Crux pulling on horrifficly sandy dirty holds was spicy.
Cheese Monkey - Solo O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Charlie, Rich R

High crux adds to the spice.
Stuart Johnston - Solo O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Adam Ryan

Hot, chalkless ascent. The crux feels high!
adam 24 - Solo O/S - 21/Sep/14

oliver.ghill91 - Solo O/S - 08/Sep/14 with Mark C, Patrick Hill

Hidden - Solo rpt - 24/Aug/14

tim newton - DWS rpt - 23/Aug/14

Rachel Slater - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Tim Newton

Whoa. Did on my own at the end of the day with a big sea. Very exciting! Topped out with eyes on stalks. I don't like DWS but this ranks as one of my best climbing experiences to date.
Duncan Campbell - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Rach

scary with big sea, shouted down to Rachel for beta as I wasn't expecting the crux to be where it was. 5c
GuyVG - Solo β - 23/Aug/14 with Andre Heckler et al

Went too far left to finish and mantel led sloppy shit covered shelf. Exciting haha Cool feature
BenNorman - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14

Exciting at the end of the day!
morganator - Solo rpt - 23/Aug/14 with Dan Arkle

Good route but a scary, committing crux miles above the sea!
James Oswald - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14

highrepute - Solo - 23/Aug/14

theotherpetehill - Solo β - 27/Jul/14 with Ross McKerchar

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 27/Jul/14 with Peter Hill, Matt

It's quite high. How high does it have to get to be S2?!
andy_pemberton - Solo - 23/Jul/14

BenL - Solo O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Sarp

Patrick Hill - Solo O/S - 12/Jul/14

AlexD - Solo O/S - 10/Jul/14 with Matt, Ed, Sophie

Hidden - DWS O/S - 14/Jun/14

Luxulyan - Solo O/S - 24/Aug/13

Trying to persuade Angus to follow me. He half-did the crux, got gripped & down-climbed the whole thing!
quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 27/Jul/13

Gutted I missed Matt's big splashdown following me. I love funky wall.
quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 21/Jul/13

Hmm...Yeah crux on jugs is fine.....toping out on slopers covered in dust and dirt ....less pleasant.
Oddjob - DWS O/S - 21/Jul/13

jonleighton - Solo rpt - 21/Jul/13

Hidden - Solo - 14/Jul/13

glad kim and jon went first, crusty finish!
nathanlee - Solo β - 13/Jul/13 with DWS Crew

Boy - Solo O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Emlyn James, Nathan Lee, Rhys Crabtree, Kim Tompson

feeko - 2013

Bristoldave - Solo O/S - 16/Sep/12

jacobjacob - Solo rpt - 19/Aug/12

Twice, second time to try and figure out some better beta at the top. Well shaky first time round. I'm still sure my first ascent was the easiest method. Just wish I could remember it.
quiffhanger - 19/Aug/12

classic - for any dws fanatics I stumbled upon this piece of history about the route & FA from a UKC article by a guy called Toby, hope he doesn't mind ... One day I was down on a ledge sorting ropes whilst Crispin eyed possible lines around us. Then I noticed he was gone and - more puzzlingly - was not tied in. He traversed a long way leftwards above overhangs, vanished around a corner and eventually reappeared on the cliff top. Reunited later he talked through the physics of what he'd done: the cliff was steep and not that tall, the water was deep and there'd been no real danger. I listened but didn't comprehend. The route was Fathoms; years later I realised it was probably the earliest first ascent in Britain made intentionally in DWS style.
Alex More - Solo O/S - 11/Aug/12

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 01/Jun/12 with Ross

Finally! Great as a weekend-kickoff late on Friday eve. Didn't disappoint.
quiffhanger - Solo β - 01/Jun/12 with Jake

mwatson - Solo O/S - Jun/12

One of the best lines on a route I've seen, too sustained for me though
Matt Smith - DWS dnf - 02/Oct/11 with Ben Corbey

Misha - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/11 with Tony

tim newton - DWS O/S - 29/Aug/11

Brilliant crux sequence at the top - i challenge you to climb this without smiling!
jacobjlloyd - Solo O/S - 06/Aug/11 with Joe Kinsella, Jon Leighton, Harry Martin

jonleighton - Solo O/S - 06/Aug/11

Hidden - Solo β - 03/Aug/11

Laurence Everitt - DWS O/S - 24/Jul/11 with Jack Brougham

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Jul/11

La Mont - 13/Jul/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 13/Jul/11

sarpedon - Solo rpt - 02/Jul/11

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 26/Jun/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 26/Jun/11

dswansonlow - Solo β - 04/Jun/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 26/May/11

Sophie Nunn - Solo O/S - 25/May/11

funsized - Solo RP - 25/May/11

tom106 - Solo β - 25/May/11

loz901 - Solo β - 25/May/11

sarpedon - Solo O/S - 25/May/11

John Tanner - Solo β - 25/May/11

La Mont - 21/May/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 18/May/11

biggest DWS fall yet!
funsized - Solo dnf - 18/May/11 with Felix

morganator - Solo O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Andy Benson

Wicked beautiful line. The top crux is doable a few different ways. Didnt really think about the fall potential when there.
Alex Mason - Solo O/S - 16/Aug/10 with Mikey G

What a peach! Great climbing on the strange varnished fishermans ledge rock, about f6a+/b
Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 16/Aug/10 with alex mason

great fun, did it in a line of about 8 people :)
jacobjacob - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/10

Harder than the conger
felixthelion - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/10

littleluke - Solo O/S - Aug/10

splash splash 01/07/09. got it first try today
Ed Babs - Solo β - 10/Jul/10 with Harry

found this scary!
Ed Booth - Solo O/S - 29/Jun/10

Thank god my bro was at the top to give me the beta!
Adam Booth - Solo β - 29/Jun/10 with Ed Booth

feilx - Solo rpt - 26/Jun/10

al99 - DWS O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Mike Coles

feilx - Solo rpt - 12/Jun/10

Jane Weir - Solo O/S - 2010

Hidden - Solo - 13/Sep/09

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 31/Aug/09 with AJ, michael porter

Jus - Solo rpt - 04/Jul/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Jun/09

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Solo O/S - 04/Jun/09

Hidden - Solo rpt - 31/May/09

feilx - Solo rpt - 25/Apr/09

AJ007 - DWS β - 23/Aug/08

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/08

Dhonny_Jaws - Solo β - 23/Aug/08

Felt very lonely at the crux rockover
Castleclimber - Solo O/S - 01/Sep/07 with Justin

Jus - Solo - Sep/07

The rockover crux felt very lonely and very high with no one else around apart from Dan probably snoozing atop the crag....
Ram MkiV - Solo O/S - 24/Aug/07 with Dan

Bern - Solo O/S - Aug/07

Brown - Solo O/S - 16/Jul/07 with Alex

derico - Solo β - Aug/06 with Andy

Hidden - Solo O/S - Aug/06

feilx - Solo O/S - 02/Jul/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jul/06

feeko - 2006

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Aug/05

bigie bob - Solo O/S - Aug/05

Mark Riley - Solo β - Aug/05

Hidden - Solo - 02/Aug/03

John Southworth - Solo O/S - Aug/03

ellis - DWS O/S - Sep/02

westaway - Solo O/S - 2001

Marti999 - Solo - 2000

steve taylor - Solo O/S - 1995

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