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Supersonic*** E5 6a

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

Ticklists: Top five E5s, Great Wall Climbs of the UK, The High Tor Top Ten, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, Trad climbs for sport climbers, Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, Peak Rock/13/The Limestone Revolution.

Photo: Ron Fawcett on the first ascent of Supersonic © Al Evans
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This climb is in 87 logbooks, and on 26 wishlists.

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...
Rick hard Rock - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/14 with steve_yo

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

amazing.
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

Ally Smith - 2nd rpt - 10/Jun/12 with Dan Arkle

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

Bit of a journey...
Ally Smith - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Si Clark, Gareth

Jordan - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/11 with Joel Pixley

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

Nicolas Duboust - 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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08

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

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

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

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

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

andy gittins - Lead O/S - 1985

Mike Owen - 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

first ascent
Al Evans - 2nd - 1976

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Style of ascent

Lead61 of 87 (70.1%)
Followed18 of 87 (20.7%)
Unknown8 of 87 (9.2%)

'Climbed'23 of 87 (26.4%)
clean O/S51 of 87 (58.6%)
clean β1 of 87 (1.1%)
clean rpt5 of 87 (5.7%)
clean RP1 of 87 (1.1%)
dogged2 of 87 (2.3%)
dnf4 of 87 (4.6%)