Supersonic*** E5 6a
[Ron Fawcett on the first ascent of Supersonic, 3 kb]35m.

Rockfax Description
Outstanding face-climbing, continuously interesting with the two hard sections linked by superb moves. All this, plus opportunities to recover in between, make this justifiably one of the most sought after routes of the grade in the country. Start just below the ledge of Original Route, below a short, capped groove up and right. Enter the groove (good low wire, peg) and climb it past two pegs to the top. Pull out right (wire) then back left to the rest on Flaky Wall. Follow this past its tricky bit and continue in a direct line up the pocketed wall to an exciting finish onto the ledge. © ROCKFAX

FA. Ron Fawcett, Geoff Birtles, Al Evans 1976. Curiously graded 6c when it was first done.

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Photo: Ron Fawcett on the first ascent of Supersonic © Al Evans
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This climb is in 102 logbooks, and on 33 wishlists.

Great climb. Had already used wires needed to protect top run out so had to just whack a cam in the crack and go up the pockets. Top wall isn't that hard but it did feel bold.
miastacey - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/15 with Shiv Cloughlan

Had done flaky wall before. best route on the wall that I've done - just Bastille to go now
malx - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/15

Pretty steady & great moves. Tried to fiddle some gear in the top pockets. Failed and pressed on.
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/15 with Pete W, Dan

rocksol - 2015

Sketched my way up the whole route to past the top pockets with my hands on bad crimps on the finishing ledge, but didn't find a good enough hold, my feet weren't on anything much and the inevitable happened. I didn't have any gear in any of the pockets, my last runner was a wire in a crack a long way below. Fell about 20 metres down to where the good rest is below the crux of Flaky wall. Escaped up the flaky wall finish. I'll try to place some gear in the top pockets next time. I think I must have missed some holds at the very top, because the pocket sequence was OK, everything just seemed to run out at the exit.
tim newton - Lead dnf - 27/Aug/14 with rachel slater

:( Basically got mega pumped and flustered trying to get a wire in the crack above the groove and wasn't overly happy with it, so backed it up but by this time was pretty goosed. Kept going but knew it was futile and was unwilling to risk a big whip onto the kit so down-climbed and dropped off. I'll be back.
Duncan Campbell - Lead dnf - 16/Jul/14 with Stadders

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/May/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/May/14

GrantB - 2nd - 17/May/14 with ally smith

dominic lee - 2nd - 12/Apr/14 with nathan lee

Essentially onsight really. Had a little bit of beta for gear at the top which I didn't actually follow. Perfect pockets!
nathanlee - Lead β - 12/Apr/14 with Dom Lee

Amazing route, continually absorbing climbing, a really good battle...
Ricky Rocks - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/14 with steve_yo

mike mo - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Apharri - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/13 with Jim Gayler

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/13

Such a good route. Felt so relaxed on the initial groove. I got more and more scared the higher i got. Placed my rock 7 early in the route, so didn't have it to place before the final run out. So fun. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
markalmack - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/13 with chris todd

jamesturnbull - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/13 with nathan lee

seams decent bouldering strength will get you through most things, felt fine, got some large sideways nuts for the run out they looked ok. really happy to get this and tails on the day of my last ever university exam
mwatson - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13

Dead hard
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 28/Feb/13 with dan

Not a very smooth lead: Fell onto the pegs at the start. Thought it was by far the hardest part. Felt the whole route quite sustained and a bit scary. For the last runout, I managed to place a skyhook upside down above a sideways offset nut. Great combination. I broke a hold off the very top move and fell on the skyhook. It held, making the route feel safer than most accounts suggest.
Daniel Heath - Lead dog - 28/Feb/13 with Andy

ejected - Lead O/S - 2013

Last done in 1980 with Dan.Looooooong time..
dominic lee - Lead rpt - 02/Sep/12 with nathan lee

I can't believe I've actually onsighted this! This has been a massive goal for me for a long time, and feels like a much bigger milestone than other E5s I've done. The lower groove has the technically hardest climbing, but the upper wall is quite committing and insecure, especially when your shoelace is undone! This is first route I've done with a bold, serious feel to it, so I got pretty scared a long way above gear before the last hard moves, starting to doubt if I could do it, and doubt the gear. Luckily I snapped out of it! Just brilliant.
Joughton - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/12

Warmed up on Flakey Wall, was a bit disappointed, did this and was not disappointed. Absolutely brilliant.
Speeddemonsi - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 10/Jun/12

harvie - Lead - 27/Mar/12 with Hannes B

Followed Chris Gore up this in the 1980s
Brian H - 2nd - 2012 with Chris Gore

Fell off the tricky section on Flaky Wall and lowered off mildly grumpy.
gforce - Lead dnf - 16/Aug/11 with Emma

steve_yo - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with smacks

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead - 27/Mar/11

alaan - 2nd rpt - 27/Mar/11 with Aly

barni - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/10 with luke, Liam fleming

Amazing. Final runout not so bold with tricams.
Adam Long - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/10 with Char Williams

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jun/10

Martin Cleaver - 2nd - 26/May/10 with Dan Gibson

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 26/May/10 with martin cleaver

Adam Lincoln - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/10 with Duncan Critchley

Seymore Butt - 2010

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09

Adam Booth - 2nd - 20/Sep/09 with Ed Booth

feilx - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Andy L

Yeep, done it. Scary bottom groove on shit pegs,(didnt find the bomber rock 7, unless its the one i couldnt place until after the crux) well protected crux on flaky wall, then a steady E3 5c finish. Mega.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/09 with tony M

Cassidy - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09 with Will, Duboust

Amazing, easier than Tales.
willackers - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09 with Cassidy, Duboust

NDD - 2nd - 13/Jun/09

An amazing climb. Plenty of good rests but a bit tiring on your feet. I managed to stay on despite both feet coming off while trying to swap feet on a rest! About as onsight as it could be considering I did Flaky Wall last year.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Jack Symmons

morganator - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/08 with Graham Schofield

lukehunt - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/08 with Steve barrat

Mostly onsight although ive done flakey wall so i have done the middle bit before. Fantastic moves all the way up!
Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/08 with Martin Cleaver

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/08 with Neil Pope

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/08

Adam Ellwood - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Dave Evans

nige - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/08 with mark hounslea

reeve gave me some beta about friends in pockets on the final run out, both of which in turn fell out as I climbed past them! fortunately wasn't too bothered.
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/08 with Andy Reeve

alaan - Lead O/S - 31/May/08 with Broom

tricky start, an goey high up!
Ian Broome - 2nd dog - 31/May/08 with Al

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

robyn1 - 2008

shark - 2nd - 02/Aug/07 with Dan Arkle

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/07 with dave evans

Hidden - 2007

Boy - 2006

Dave Bond - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/05 with Simon Wren

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 2005 with Mark Vallance

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Aug/01 with Niall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/01

craig h - Lead RP - 01/Jun/99 with Chris c

ellis - Lead O/S - Jun/99 with Simon Witcher

Jon Read - 2nd O/S - May/99 with Nick Bullock

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/98 with Al Willoner

Hidden - Lead dnf - 20/Sep/97

sadams - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/96 with Hugh Cottom

Roget - Lead rpt - 23/Jun/96 with jon

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 21/Jul/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/93

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/93 with Ian Vickers, Alan Holden

Good day. An E5 each.
Rich Kirby - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/92 with Paul Tanton

AlexRenshaw - 2nd - 15/Jul/92 with Doré Green

Steve Walker - Lead - 1992 with stuart muir

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/90

Hidden - 1990

Pete Ogden - Lead - 1990 with Pete Brown

Billg - Lead O/S - 1990 with Nigel Slater

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/89

Chris Wright - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/89

1st E5, sneaky rock 7
DDDD - Lead O/S - 1989 with Paul Evans

William Robertson - Lead O/S - Sep/88 with Emily

keefe - 1988

Onew fall on low crux
shark - Lead - 02/Oct/86 with Mark Nicholson aka Bongo

AlexRenshaw - Lead - 10/Sep/86 with Simon Donowho

shark - Lead dnf - 25/Jan/86 with Paul Hempstock

shark - Lead dnf - 01/Oct/85 with Seb Grieve

andy gittins - Lead O/S - 1985

Both led.
Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/83 with Joe Healey

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1983 with Karen Ghiselli

Chris Craggs - 2nd - 1980 with Graham Parkes

Chris Craggs - 1980

paul__in_sheffield - Lead - 1980

first ascent
Al Evans - 2nd - 1976

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