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The Bulger* VS 4c

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[The Bulger 4c, Roaches, Steve Jackson, 2 kb]14m. The leaning corner (as for Elegy), and the awkward wide crack above, give an unsatisfying struggle. Bridge the lower section and swim up the final bit - all very graunchy. © ROCKFAX
FA. Joe Brown, Don Whillans 1951

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, Staffordshire Grit Challenge - Brown-Whillans Day Out.

Photo: The Bulger 4c, Roaches, Steve Jackson © Steve Jackson
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This climb is in 247 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 11/Aug/14

soph - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/14 with Lindy Smith

gpcomps - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/14 with Andrew

22/31. Previously done the lower section to get to Elegy. Just a bit awkward.
Nick Russell - Lead - 21/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

22 on Staffordshire nose. Roaches routes finished.
Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Nick

Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Jun/14

dan gibson - 29/Jun/14 with michael porter

alaster tonge - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Assad Lahlou

morganator - 2nd - 26/May/14 with Sophie Whyte

Ky - 2nd O/S - 21/May/14 with Pete Bridgewood

amccann - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/14

Went to look at elegy. It looked hard so finished up this.
Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14 with micki

soph - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Lindy Smith

MSchobitz - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Calum

Led after Ed got spooked on the crux and wanted lowering off, leaving two cams in the climb (the highest one just below the pull onto the ledge from which Elegy breaks left.) Pulled the ropes through and led it clean! Good value for VS...
alexm198 - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Ed Cromwell

Tried to lead, got stuck on crux... lowered down on a shit hex. Scary times.
ecromwell - 2nd O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Alex Mathie

Hidden - 2014

Kirill - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/13 with EeFu

EeFu - 2nd dog - 14/Sep/13 with Kirill Spiridonov

Climbster - 2nd β - 05/Sep/13 with Ian

Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/13 with Matt

sputnik - Lead rpt - 26/Aug/13 with Vaska

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/13

TP - Lead - 03/Aug/13 with Dave M, Helen F

sputnik - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/13 with Vaska

andi turner - AltLd - 22/Jul/13 with pete bridgwood

snapperdan - Lead dog - 25/Jun/13

Double Knee Bar - Lead rpt - 19/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/13

obnoxious struggle - wish I'd have realised there was a great sounding SLAB to tHe left, would have been a whole lot more pleasant.
kirsten - 2nd - 05/May/13 with Michael

A real grunt of a route.
Tony Holdsworth - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with Nick Mitchell

Siyfion - 2nd O/S - 05/May/13

Sam Simpson - Lead O/S - 02/May/13 with Tom Doldon

Following hale storm so a little damp in places.
monsteratt - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/13 with Sarah, Kate

Had a look at Elegy but didn't fancy it.
Daniel Heath - Solo O/S - 20/Apr/13

giuly - 2nd - 07/Apr/13 with Ben Abell, Neil Shephard

Lovely move laybacking through small roof into wide crack with a high step into a knee bar.
slacky - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Giulia Forlati, Ben

kate tarrant - 2nd - Apr/13

tzettle - 2013

robertmctague - Lead - 2013

Brown - Lead - 22/Sep/12 with Andy R

This kicked my 4R5E. An actual trad fall. I fell roughly 15feet up onto good gear I just didn't ever get my feet sorted and couldn't stick a jam.
puppythedog - Lead dnf - 09/Aug/12 with Julia

Thinker01 - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Becster

becster - 2nd - 25/Jul/12 with Mark_Day

Anthony Dixon - Lead - 22/Jul/12

Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with martin broadhurst

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/12

mike.rigby - TR O/S - 26/May/12

Aufton - Lead O/S - 26/May/12 with Andy Hawkins

Went up to do Elegy but the psyche wasn't there, feeling hungvover & weak so decided to leave it for another day.
Si dH - Lead rpt - 01/Apr/12 with Olly

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Apr/12

Should be 5a
pauldr - 25/Mar/12

jack1996 - Lead O/S - 20/Feb/12 with tom s

Hidden - Lead - 2012

Mike Warner - 2nd O/S - 2012

Hidden - 2012

I think I seconded Dan up this years ago, but don't really remember
Dave89 - Lead rpt - 27/Nov/11 with CharlieC

friendzone1234 - 2nd β - 19/Oct/11

shafiq lalloo - 2nd O/S - 16/Oct/11 with timmyhobby

timmyhobby - Lead - 16/Oct/11

took a while to build up to committing to the move
minirollsrule - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/11

Awkward and hold's look desiving from the ground.
Mitch1990 - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/11

darlolad - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/11

Marti999 - Lead - 09/Jul/11 with Anna

A good route. Not sure it's super high in the VS grade, definately strangely satisfying rather than nasty. Good practice for offwidthing higher up 'reasonably' well protected.
CurlyStevo - Lead - Jul/11 with Kevin

Was going to try Elegy but couldn't work out the move/didn't want to...will have to come back!
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Alan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11

Double Knee Bar - Lead rpt - 09/Jun/11 with Colin, Iain

What a route! The moves through the overhang felt hard,the crack above was an unbelievable struggle. I really thought I had got myself completely stuck.
Emma-Louise Anderson - Lead O/S - 29/May/11 with Mark Hatton

danielwalker716 - 2nd - 26/Apr/11

Hard!
James_D - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11 with Esther

Mr G - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Brianna Zoll

couldn't get over the overhang because of issues with reaching the cam. Still def need more work on my arms.
bri - 2nd dnf - 17/Apr/11 with Mr G

lewk_c - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/11 with Phil Saunders

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/11

dan-8990 - Lead dog - 20/Jan/11 with AO

Interesting to say the least!
The Green Giant - 2nd O/S - 20/Jan/11 with Dan with the van

John Mckeating - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Spidermunkie - 2nd rpt - 13/Oct/10

tri-nitro-toulumne - Lead dog - 21/Sep/10 with Rich Guest

I thought the crack was gona eat me!
Spidermunkie - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Andy Rushton

Dan Leach - Lead - 30/Aug/10

d_meacher - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/10 with Jamie Madison

Meant to climb elegy but lost all psych and finished up. Will be back for elegy.
nadeem - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/10 with Tom Foote

dean79 - 2nd - 25/Jul/10 with alan watson

spragglerocks - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Rachel Batt

DaNo123 - 2nd - 10/Jul/10 with martin

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Emma Hawkins

Nice bridging, awkward move then some 'good' wriggling!
Batt - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with rachael spraggs

wirralclimber1984 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10 with james

Crack was thrutchy and hard, lost losts of skin. Rained midway up just to make it better!!
daveyji - Lead - Jun/10 with Ed

tomB - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with Tim Griffin

szelest - TR O/S - 19/May/10

after failing to move out onto elegy
willoates - Lead rpt - 16/May/10 with James, Chrissy

Garron - 2nd - 15/May/10

chrisbussell - 2nd - 20/Apr/10 with Tim O'Neill

saalty - 2nd O/S - Apr/10 with eddy

cooper leek - 2nd rpt - 16/Mar/10 with donk

donkster - Lead rpt - 16/Mar/10 with ben

GF - 2010

Ebarnes - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 2010

pie_eater_pete - 2010

Nature_Boy12689 - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/09 with Layla Peploe

donkster - 2nd rpt - 17/Oct/09 with DaveNW

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Oct/09

Matt Bennett - 2nd O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Nathan Sharp

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09

Mr. K - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09 with Roger Hill

Really enjoyable. Loved the layback and the leg bar in the upper crack. Done in pitch black with a headtorch.
nathanroberts89 - 2nd O/S - 07/Sep/09

Good and hard
krikoman - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/09 with Neil Peeley

A bloody struggle through the crux!
Peeley.b - 2nd - 23/Aug/09 with Mark Readman

neilpotter - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/09 with lawson david

Dissapointed that I failed on this. Couldn't get round the overhang - couldn't reach the good holds and it was slightly damp. Took a bad fall with a painful collision with the ledge! Ouch!
BeccaSnowden - Lead dnf - 28/Jul/09 with Alex

will6459 - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09

cooper leek - 2nd - Jul/09 with crucko

peaches69 - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09 with sarah

What a horror show this climb is!! The 2nd time I have had to do it because I couldnt commit to the step around the bulge to get onto Elergy!! Next time........
JWB - Lead rpt - 14/Jun/09 with Mark Anstey

smudge - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/09 with Rob

stevemcg - 2nd - 08/May/09 with Glyn

Done at night with a head torch. Quite a struggle requiring all manners of non-descript "Technique", high in the grade, fantastic little route. Steve did well to get up this.
Glyn Davidson - Lead O/S - 08/May/09 with steve mcg

willoates - Lead O/S - May/09

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Apr/09

Ralphie_coombs - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/09 with raf richard

James Moyle - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/09 with T.Moores

donkster - Lead rpt - 11/Apr/09

jepotherepo - Lead O/S - Apr/09 with Helen

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/09 with Hannah

RCrockford - 2nd - 07/Mar/09 with Chris F

What a thrutchy, nasty place to be.
thrutch - Lead O/S - 2009 with helen

keith leonard - 2009

Tasty
Tom Eagle - Lead O/S - 2009 with Dave Greenald

HamishD - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with sergei

Jim Walton - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Mike Owen

gazfellows - 2nd - 20/Sep/08 with shaun d

Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/08 with Mike

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/May/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/May/08

Quite tough just getting into the crack, although the scarey bit is over quite soon.
Karlos - Lead O/S - 09/May/08 with Vicki, Ben

aidanb - Lead O/S - 05/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/08

Lloyders - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/08 with Paul Southgate

everything i dislike climbing!!
brew_guru - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/08

gaz_jones - 2nd dog - 12/Apr/08 with Lloyders

lukewalsh - 2nd - Apr/08

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Mar/08

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Hidden - 2008

TCHEKE - 2008

Hidden - Lead - 05/Nov/07

Ha, ha what an introduction to gritstone climbing!
SamStokes - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/07 with Ben Matthews

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07

dfbpdave - Lead dog - 08/Sep/07

What an excellent thructh and udge once established in the crack - one of the best climbs this year!
PanzerHanzler - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/07 with Alex

riddle - 2nd - Sep/07 with Mike UKC

Something of a struggle! Hardest VS Ive done for ages, or maybe I was just climbing badly after a 6 week break...
Si dH - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/07 with Neil Furniss

Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/07 with Ralph

JWB - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/07

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Jul/07

donkster - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/07 with mudders

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 02/May/07 with clare

kendogcatchy - 2nd O/S - May/07 with Paul Martindale

Hidden - Lead - 16/Apr/07

Wow,way more difficult than expected
Mr Wild - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/07 with Pete

Had a few 'momments' on this climb, interrupted only by my 'climbing turrets', didnt enjoy it at all!
flyboy86 - Lead - Mar/07 with Nick (kendogcatchy)

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/07

Duncan I - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/06

Rob Laird - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/06

Hidden - Lead - 12/Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/06

andy tetsill - TR - Jul/06 with Wrekin MC

tatz45 - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/06 with Jamie Tattersall

Had a real battle with this. Think I got too wedged in the crack.
Marvino - Lead dog - 05/Jun/06 with Darren

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/06

david morse - 2nd - 01/Jun/06 with dave pritchard

Chesh - Lead - 15/Apr/06 with Phil B

jackiechimp - 2006

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Aug/05

Mark A Humphries - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/05 with gary wood

mark s - 2005

Couldn't figure out the moves onto the Elegy slab so finished up this instead.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 2005

Nick Cox led after inspecting Ellergy
Andrew Abraham - 2nd - 2005

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - May/04

What a struggle!
Chesh - Lead O/S - Mar/04 with Mick B

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/04

Mark Collins - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/04 with Ian Nightingale

Hidden - 2nd - 2004

Lev - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/03 with Spen

easy
northy1983 - Lead O/S - Oct/03 with dom

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/03

Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - 08/May/03 with Rob Clifton

Hidden - Lead - May/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/02

Reds - Lead O/S - 12/May/02 with debbie

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/02

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/02 with Joe Thompson

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 2002 with helen gibson

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jan/01

Hidden - 2nd - 2001

Stone Muppet - 2001

ArnaudG - 2000

philhilo - 2000 with brian rodgers

marcoleptic - 2nd - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/99

raining
CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/99 with Nicky

Hidden - 1999

CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/98 with Nicky

Horrible
antroy - Lead - 10/Apr/98

MONKEY78 - 2nd - 15/Feb/98 with William Wilson, James Kay, adam ellwood

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/96

CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 1996

brady - Lead - 06/Jun/95 with John Cameron

nai - Lead - 1995

Easier than I thought
Duncan Bourne - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/94 with E Allcock

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Jan/93

Roget - Solo O/S - 04/Jun/91

Nigel Coe - 1991 with Scott Titt

babymoac - Lead - 02/Sep/89 with Sid & Sarah

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 07/May/89

Iain Thow - 2nd - 04/May/89 with Rob Ivens

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 22/Sep/85

Simon2005 - 2nd - 1984 with KevG

andy gittins - 1984

stp - Solo O/S - 08/Jun/83

Mike Owen - 12/Sep/81 with Gavin Peat

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 15/Apr/81 with Andy Chadwick

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1980

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1980

Gordon Stainforth - Lead - 30/Apr/77 with Ian Carter

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 12/Mar/77 with Bob Knapton

Hidden - 2nd - 08/May/76

rogerskews - 1974

Rog Wilko - 2nd - May/71 with ??

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/68

A rubbish climb only worthwhile if you want to lose weight its that strenuous. Or maybe I did it wrong!!
oldmanofmow - 1957

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Voting
Total votes cast 145
hard HVS0 of 54
HVS1 of 54
easy HVS3 of 54
hard VS28 of 54
VS20 of 54
easy VS1 of 54
hard HS1 of 54
HS0 of 54
easy HS0 of 54
hard 5a0 of 43
5a1 of 43
easy 5a10 of 43
hard 4c23 of 43
4c8 of 43
easy 4c1 of 43
hard 4b0 of 43
4b0 of 43
easy 4b0 of 43
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Style of ascent

Soloed5 of 247 (2.0%)
Lead147 of 247 (59.5%)
Followed64 of 247 (25.9%)
Toproped3 of 247 (1.2%)
Alt Leads2 of 247 (0.8%)
Unknown26 of 247 (10.5%)

'Climbed'90 of 247 (36.4%)
clean O/S128 of 247 (51.8%)
clean β2 of 247 (0.8%)
clean rpt16 of 247 (6.5%)
dogged8 of 247 (3.2%)
dnf3 of 247 (1.2%)