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The Vanishing*** E5 6a

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28m. 7a+ S1. Approach by boat, or from below The Conger, enter the cave by ducking under a low roof and traversing wet rock to a ledge at the back of the cave. From the ledge, move up and left across a slab onto an arete (spotter needed). Climb the arete to the top of the cave and a good rest. Move down and out to The Conger chimney via complex moves. Finish as for The Conger. © ROCKFAX
FSA. Mike Robertson 16.8.2001 16/Aug/2001

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This climb is in 14 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

Sopping wet & slimy but utterly brilliant. Grade was meaningless given the conditions: probably the hardest thing I've done all year. Solved the crux by cutting loose out a double toe hook into a dyno!
quiffhanger - Solo O/S - 27/Jul/14 with Matt

26/7/14 Same again! All that moving down and out is confusing me. Any beta emails gratefully received! : ) 10/7/14 Superb as far as I got bridging the smooth walls do the conger chimney. Kudos to Alex!
Ed Babs - Solo dnf - 26/Jul/14 with AlexD

Wow! Power-spot from Ed to get over the sketchy start, then the adventure began! A ledgy traverse leads to wild moves up the arete and, just as things are starting to feel a little high, there's some outrageously exposed pulls to the apex of the cave! From there it is thankfully downhill to the rest spot and onwards into the light! Praise the Sun!
AlexD - Solo β - 10/Jul/14 with Ed

bigie bob - Solo O/S - 22/Jun/14

brices - Solo dnf - 11/Jul/13 with Ben Norman, Mike

Argggghhhh this was insane! An incredible adventure from the back of the cave through the most unlikely territory ever but the holds just appear and the climbing is brilliant. Remarkably dry once you get past the first little traverse, even though it all looked grimy, it was good. Beautiful arete climbing and then burly undercuts to jugs and a body bridge rest in an insane position, (couldnt stop whooping!) And then you emerge in the conger chimney in an state of exaltation, inherently a deep water solo and totally unique!
Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 11/Jul/13 with Simon, Ben Norman

Fell moving from last rest to conger bridge. Absolutely bonkers route.
funsized - Solo dnf - 04/Jun/11

The most under-rated route I have tried. As Felix promised, it totally blew my mind! If you are familiar with all the holds below the Conger, its probably only ~F6c+. It is as good as any of the classics here, and that's high praise! Spotter useful for the first move. Can traverse in at low-ish tide, so boat/swim not essential. And there is room along it on various rests for the big team send!
jacobjlloyd - Solo β - 04/Jun/11 with Jonny, Felix

Hidden - Solo O/S - 04/Jun/11

This route is unbelievable. Description: Traverse in at low tide passing a seaweed covered wall facing out to sea. Just after this are some ledges facing west. From here make a bold rockover onto good foot ledges and head RIGHT to the arete. Climb the arete to a hands free rest at the apex of the cave. Down climb heading towards the conger exit to another hands free rest (room for atleast two). Drop down and swing towards the sunshine with madness gleaming in your eyes.
feilx - Solo RP - 04/Jun/11

feilx - Solo dnf - 12/Jun/10 with Andy Mosienko

Classic outing. Tuffty took the fall from the lip.
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Solo rpt - 20/Aug/05

nervous wee in the back of the cave, paper scissors stone with miles for who went first and then smashed it in! so good!
Gus - Solo O/S - 03/Aug/05

Fine face plant!
tuftynick - Solo dnf - Aug/03 with Aide Jebb, tom briggs

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Hidden, brices, Mike Goldthorp, Tom Livingstone, Hidden, feilx, Milnes, Richard Horn, Pythonist

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