Freeborn Man*** E4 6a
[Freeborn man, a split second before I fell into the sea., 1 kb]17m.

Rockfax Description
6c, S1. A classic, with a soft landing. From halfway along the approach traverse, climb the slab and then the steep pocketed wall above to a big hole. Swing left and make some final tricky moves onto the top slab. Linking from just below the crux to Herman Borg's Basic Pulley Slippage is Freeborn Borg, 7a+, S1, and continuing direct onto the slab is Freeborn Direct, 7a, S1. © ROCKFAX

FA. Nick Buckley, Kevin Turner 8.79 Aug/1979

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, Feature Photo Routes from Dorset Rockfax 2012, Hard water, South coast sport/DWS ticklist, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist, SW Climbs - Swanage.

Photo: Freeborn man, a split second before I fell into the sea. © Oliver Buxton
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This climb is in 241 logbooks, and on 51 wishlists.

By the skin of my teeth! Epic!
Cheese Monkey - Solo β - 21/Sep/14 with Charlie, Rich R

Very very good
Stuart Johnston - Solo β - 21/Sep/14 with Adam Ryan

Saw a couple of people climb it on Saturday but didn't like the swell. No problems today. What a great route.
Andrew Barker - Solo β - 16/Sep/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 13/Sep/14

Hidden - Solo rpt - 07/Sep/14

Woop! incredible route, scary at the top.
alexjz - Solo O/S - 24/Aug/14

markalmack - Solo O/S - 24/Aug/14 with gwen, james marjot

tim newton - DWS rpt - 23/Aug/14

Alex moore - Solo - 23/Aug/14

NDD - Solo β - 23/Aug/14 with sam harvie

J.Wells - DWS O/S - 23/Aug/14 with lots

Dan 85 - Solo β - 23/Aug/14

Albachoss - Solo β - 23/Aug/14

Retro flash
Adam Booth - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14

Adam Booth - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14

Gus - Solo - 23/Aug/14 with chris barr, bob hickish

Llinos C - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Cailean Harker, Gav Simmons, Simon Brice

highrepute - Solo β - 23/Aug/14

brices - Solo β - 23/Aug/14 with Llinos, Ben West, Ben Norman, Cailean

bring the heck!
GuyVG - Solo β - 23/Aug/14 with Andre Heckler et al

Always good
BenNorman - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14

A cast of thousands and nobody binned it as far as I noticed
morganator - Solo rpt - 23/Aug/14 with Dan Arkle

Really good, the move up into the undercut is powerful and requires commitment. But the traverse of the lip is fine and the rockover's really good. F6b+?
James Oswald - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14

Had watched a load of people on it. Pretty steady except for the move into the undercut near the top. Absolutely brilliant. Got very heavily heckled whilst on it - which made it seem less serious.
Duncan Campbell - Solo β - 23/Aug/14 with Rach

soft. the move coming around the arete on the conger is harder than any move on Freeborn Man
nutallovertheface - Solo O/S - Aug/14 with calum

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

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 27/Jul/14 with Matt

First go this year
Rupey - Solo - 12/Jul/14

Straight forward after a shunt like a wetter
Ross.Cooper - DWS RP - 12/Jul/14 with Patrick Hill

Long overdue, got it first attempt of the year!
Sophie Nunn - Solo RP - 10/Jul/14 with Ed B, Alex

Exciting route! Very pleased to do this and not get wet!
adam 24 - Solo β - 06/Jul/14

I'm having the retro flash! Tried 10 years ago but fell off the crux. Didn't get wet this time. Awesome route!
Smelly Fox - DWS β - 30/Jun/14

paultaylor - Solo - 25/Jun/14

AlexD - Solo - 21/Jun/14 with Sue

ian d f - TR O/S - 17/Jun/14 with Paul K

sarpedon - Solo rpt - 16/May/14

BenL - Solo β - 15/May/14 with Sarp

I'm claiming first send of 2014 whoop!
funsized - Solo rpt - 15/Mar/14 with Fi

mileshill540 - DWS - 2014

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 05/Sep/13

Alex More - Solo - Sep/13

KDhruev - Solo RP - 27/Aug/13 with Alex More

So pleased I plucked up the courage for this one. Had a really good day with the Boosh Crew send train. Jumped off the top in celebration. Dispatchio Soup!
kieranrex - 25/Aug/13 with Boosh Crew

Mega climb an a right of passage to the area! As awesome as it looks. Steady all the way with good holds!
luke384 - Solo β - 25/Aug/13 with Boosh crew

spidey - Solo β - 25/Aug/13 with mark reily, mat lamb, luke clarke, luke owens

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 24/Aug/13

AlexD - Solo dnf - 11/Aug/13 with Richard

feilx - Solo rpt - 07/Aug/13 with Andy L

Kopinski - Solo O/S - 24/Jul/13

Twice, once to try figure out the top of Herman Borg.
quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 21/Jul/13

Really, really classy.
Oddjob - DWS β - 21/Jul/13 with Rosie

jonleighton - Solo rpt - 21/Jul/13

Perryman - Solo - 20/Jul/13 with Paolita

Luxulyan - Solo β - 20/Jul/13 with Tom Murrell

paultaylor - Solo β - 15/Jul/13

Hidden - Solo - 14/Jul/13

Sketchy rockover at the top, harder than I was expecting!
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

Little beta from the flanks in a couple places but pretty much onsight, pretty scared near the top. Amazing roue and good to feel like im climbing well again.
BenNorman - Solo β - 11/Jul/13

Glyn - Solo β - 06/Jul/13 with Jon Leighton

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 06/Jul/13 with Richard, Martin

jonleighton - Solo rpt - 06/Jul/13

Tom Livingstone - Solo rpt - 21/Jun/13 with Jake Lloyd

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 21/Jun/13 with Tom Livingstone

Gus - Solo - 02/Jun/13 with simon "the horse" wilson

Hidden - Solo β - 02/Jun/13

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 01/Jun/13

Stroppy - Solo β - 01/Jun/13

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 01/Jun/13

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 01/Jun/13

Made a hash of the traverse. Great route.
owb106 - Solo β - 01/Jun/13 with Ed Hastrop, Josh Bamsey, Benjamin Corbey, Matt Smith

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/May/13

feeko - 2013

Rupey - Solo dnf - 22/Sep/12 with alan

Bristoldave - Solo β - 15/Sep/12 with LukeW

well psyched, awesome route!
Tom Livingstone - Solo O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Alex Mason

oliver.ghill91 - Solo O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Patrick Hill

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 07/Sep/12

Patrick Hill - Solo RP - 07/Sep/12 with Mark Chevassut, olly12344

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 06/Sep/12

Pure grease and a cold grey day. Did the jump from Rio Point with the young Cook brothers, the highlight of the day. Jumping with a wetsuit makes a big difference!
Jeronimo - Solo rpt - 02/Sep/12

Twice, after god knows how many ascents I'm finally getting some consistent beta.
quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 01/Sep/12 with Dan

Sophie Nunn - Solo dnf - 26/Aug/12

Haha Ross fell in!
jacobjacob - Solo rpt - 19/Aug/12

I fell in! Good chalkbag, trousers, good shoes :( Luckily I wasn't quite so cocky that I left my expensive sunglasses on. Pinged off the under-cling at the start of final traverse. Totally relaxed, no warning - I was underwater before I knew what had happened.
quiffhanger - Solo dnf - 19/Aug/12 with Jacob

A little more cautious this time round :)
quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 19/Aug/12 with Jacob

Laurence Everitt - DWS O/S - 11/Aug/12

2 awesome big falls from the crux. Got to get back on it!
BeccaSnowden - Solo dnf - 26/Jul/12

fell below the undercut psyched to give it a proper go
Jake Young - Solo dnf - 26/Jul/12

No dramas today, cruised it until the last move pulling onto the slab when I nearly blew it! Swell was major! Uber scary for a few moments..
rustaldo - Solo RP - 30/Jun/12

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 04/Jun/12

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 04/Jun/12 with Jake

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 02/Jun/12 with Ross

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 02/Jun/12 with Jake

mwatson - Solo O/S - Jun/12

funsized - Solo rpt - Jun/12

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 12/May/12 with Sophie, Ross

quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 12/May/12 with Jake

Couldn't walk by without romping up it. Done it enough times now that it feels like HVS!
jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 31/Mar/12 with Ross

quiffhanger - Solo RP - 31/Mar/12 with Jake

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 28/Jan/12 with Felix

feilx - Solo rpt - 28/Jan/12

kateb-oxf - Solo β - 15/Oct/11

Hidden - Solo dnf - 02/Oct/11

Didn't have the bottle to continue past 2/3 of the way up. One day!
halfdan - Solo dnf - 02/Oct/11 with Danny Sutton, Marc Baldwin

what a route! couldnt have tried any harded.. will get it next time. superb.
rustaldo - Solo dnf - 01/Oct/11

Probably easier when not heavily hung over. Brilliant route. Next time!
Jon_Warner - Solo dnf - 01/Oct/11

2 times, wobbly on first but solid repeat with improved beta.
quiffhanger - Solo rpt - 01/Oct/11

Hidden - Solo β - 01/Oct/11

tim newton - DWS O/S - 28/Aug/11

dswansonlow - Solo rpt - 25/Aug/11 with Dan Barbour

was able to count to 5 on the way down, good fall...
Alex More - Solo dnf - 10/Aug/11

jacobjlloyd - Solo rpt - 06/Aug/11 with Joe Kinsella, Jon Leighton, Harry Martin

What a climb! Screwed it up the first time by ignoring lots of holds. Love a good bath anyway.
Harry Martin - Solo RP - 06/Aug/11 with joe kinsella

Great. Late in the evening it added some a bit special.
andi turner - Solo - 06/Aug/11 with Eddie, Gus & Simon Wilson

jonleighton - Solo β - 06/Aug/11

Hidden - Solo β - 03/Aug/11

alaan - Solo O/S - 01/Aug/11

Bargate_Champ - Solo O/S - 30/Jul/11

La Mont - 13/Jul/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 13/Jul/11

sarpedon - Solo rpt - 02/Jul/11

Got up the slab and fell going for the high left hold under the undercling. Such a cool route and pretty intimidating.
Matt Smith - DWS dnf - 01/Jul/11

John Tanner - Solo β - 27/Jun/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 26/Jun/11

done as a linkup from the jugs on troubled waters
feilx - Solo rpt - 23/Jun/11

funsized - Solo rpt - 04/Jun/11

Finally! Missed the os by falling off it a week earlier, hungover in my jeans in the wet. Feels pretty fair in the dry, and the sequence flows so unbelievably naturally!
jacobjlloyd - Solo RP - 04/Jun/11 with amy horton, Dougie, Felix

dswansonlow - Solo RP - 04/Jun/11

dswansonlow - Solo dnf - 03/Jun/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 26/May/11

tom106 - Solo rpt - 25/May/11

A little beta, which I mostly disregarded.
sarpedon - Solo β - 25/May/11

La Mont - 21/May/11

feilx - Solo rpt - 18/May/11

funsized - Solo β - 18/May/11 with Felix, Tom Maidwell

tom106 - Solo RP - 18/May/11 with felix jonnyp

feilx - Solo rpt - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

harvie - Solo O/S - 2011

ellis - Solo rpt - 28/Aug/10

morganator - Solo O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Tom Bridgeland, Blonde Tom, Andy Benson

Superb! Lovely pocket holds and a spicy move into the undercut. Top rockover is exciting too (but not hard if you keep your whits). F6c/+
Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 16/Aug/10 with alex mason

did it twice. The first time felt very scary but by the end of a day of soloing it felt a whole lot more relaxed.
jacobjacob - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/10

slav - Solo O/S - Aug/10

quiffhanger - Solo O/S - Aug/10

Ed Babs - Solo O/S - 29/Jul/10 with Tom Thorne

JulesV - Solo - 25/Jul/10

sparkass - Solo β - 24/Jul/10

Chubbard - Solo rpt - 24/Jul/10 with Harvey

RobRock84 - TR dog - 12/Jul/10

mgeek - Solo O/S - Jul/10 with ally swinton, Tony Stone

Wet today, took the ride.
Ed Booth - Solo dnf - 29/Jun/10

Ceridwen - Solo dnf - 27/Jun/10

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

Martin Krasnansky - Solo β - 12/Jun/10

feilx - Solo rpt - 12/Jun/10

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Solo rpt - 05/Jun/10

Hidden - DWS β - 05/Jun/10

Hidden - Solo rpt - 23/May/10

Jane Weir - Solo O/S - 2010

jld579 - Solo - 2010

Hidden - Solo - 13/Sep/09

brian watson - Solo β - 13/Sep/09

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Solo RP - 06/Sep/09

Dale Comley - Solo β - Sep/09

Once committed at the crux the top falls in to place...
liamoloughlin - Solo O/S - 29/Aug/09

Bern - Solo - 08/Aug/09

Hidden - Solo rpt - 01/Aug/09

Jamie Goodwin - Solo β - Aug/09

Jus - Solo rpt - 04/Jul/09

feilx - Solo rpt - 21/Jun/09

Hidden - Solo - 20/Jun/09

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - DWS O/S - 20/Jun/09

Jeronimo - Solo O/S - 16/Jun/09 with Rob Canavan

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Solo dnf - 03/Jun/09

hippo99 - Solo O/S - 21/May/09 with bob, joe

feilx - Solo rpt - 25/Apr/09

AJ007 - Solo dnf - 23/Aug/08

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 23/Aug/08

Dhonny_Jaws - Solo dnf - 23/Aug/08 with Daniel Gibson, AJ, Michael Porter

Ed Booth - Solo O/S - 17/Aug/08

adrianjenner - Solo dnf - 01/Aug/08

Hidden - Solo β - 26/Jul/08

Hidden - Solo RP - 14/Jun/08

dmoir - Solo O/S - 08/Jun/08

JonBrown - Solo dnf - Jun/08 with Felix

feilx - Solo rpt - 10/May/08

Hidden - Solo rpt - 14/Sep/07

Jus - Solo - Sep/07

Ram MkiV - Solo O/S - 24/Aug/07 with Dan

DWS. Incredible.
thomb - Solo RP - Aug/07

Hidden - Solo - Aug/07

btc - Solo dnf - 19/Jul/07 with keith daly

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

dannyboy83 - Solo G/U - 11/Jul/07

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 10/Jun/07

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 09/Jun/07 with George, Linus and Kine

chrisbevins - Solo RP - 2007

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2007

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2007

Hidden - Solo - 15/Sep/06

Hidden - Solo - 26/Aug/06

Hidden - Solo β - 08/Aug/06

phsharpy - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/06 with Alex, Paz, Bethan

bronsonite - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/06

nathanmanc - Solo β - 08/Aug/06

onsight, (fr6c)
lx - Solo O/S - Aug/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - Aug/06

whispering nic - Solo O/S - 26/Jul/06

Richard Horn - Solo β - 02/Jul/06

Hidden - Solo - Jul/06

feilx - Solo O/S - 24/Jun/06

got half way up when my technique seemingly disappeared resulting in a large splash. next time.
beanfingers - Solo dnf - 24/Jun/06 with felix

bfreeman - Solo O/S - Jun/06

Jus - Solo rpt - May/06

feeko - 2006

Neil Adams - TR dog - 2006

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Solo rpt - 20/Aug/05

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

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

ingo - Solo β - Aug/05

Mark Riley - Solo β - Aug/05

bigie bob - Solo O/S - Jul/05

pezzerrr - Solo O/S - 05/Sep/04

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo O/S - Aug/03

tuftynick - Solo O/S - Aug/03 with Aide Jebb

simon kimber - Solo O/S - Jul/03

Hidden - Solo - Oct/02

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Sep/02

Marti999 - Solo - 2000

westaway - Solo - 2000

Hidden - Solo - 2000

Hidden - Solo β - 25/Jul/99

Hidden - Solo - 1999

Richard White - Lead O/S - 1998

Tim M - Solo O/S - 1995

Bern - Solo O/S - Jul/92

steve taylor - Solo - Aug/91 with Joff Cook

Yellow-point - soloed it after trying on top-rope!
steve taylor - Solo RP - Aug/90

turnerk - 2nd RP - 1979

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