Bertie's Bugbear*** S 4a
[Chris Gaynon, struggling on Berties Bugbear (S), 2 kb]18m.

Rockfax Description
18m. The best lower grade route on the cliff climbs the huge central groove. The crucial bulge is climbed using a highly suspicious looking foothold on the left wall. © ROCKFAX

FA. 1910 Anton Stoop

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors).

Photo: Chris Gaynon, struggling on Berties Bugbear (S) © karlb
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This climb is in 148 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

stuc - Lead - 12/Jun/15 with Dutch

Mossy around the bulge, clean further up. It's all there once you work it out, good gear all the way up too.
Cruty Rammers - Lead O/S - 13/May/15

Very green and mossy.
matt.stevenson - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/14

quickdrawmcraw - 2nd - 27/Jul/14 with liz osbourn

MatthewH - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Jonathan B

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14

timjones - 2nd - 26/Jul/14 with Simon Hirst

Simonj - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with tim jones

Looks green but an excellent route with great protection.
stratandrew - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with Stuart Hurworth

Awkward, tricky, green but fun! The beautifully soft moss garden at half height was comfy but not very helpful! Excellent sweeping crack line.
Stuart Hurworth - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with Andrew Stratford

First lead with jamming. Yikes.
Bron - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/14

Patrick Green - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/14 with Andy Deans

Marq - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/14 with Steve Mount

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jun/14

2nd climb of the Chew Valley Challenge
Phil West - Lead rpt - 28/Sep/13 with John Perry

yep greener than a bowl of pea soup, was fun though
riff156 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Jo Smith

Steve J P - 2nd - 21/Jul/13 with BW

Bernie Wylde - Lead - 21/Jul/13 with sp

Jo_Horsey - TR dog - 17/Jul/13

Lots of fun, really makes you think, a little dirty in the mid section, but just wiped the grime on my shorts and carried on. Fantastic route.
skittles - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/13 with Jo_Horsey

Idaftclimbdaft - 2nd - 17/Jul/13

Looked clean from the bottom, but very mossy. The necessary footholds were clean though. We had perfect weather, but I could imagine this being quite difficult in any other condition.
Rob Jarratt - 2nd - 14/Jul/13 with Andy Crawley

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jul/13

tomB - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Tim Griffin

Beginning the route was very straight forward. Main climb was covered in moss and damp. Not an easy shuffle up.
jennifers87 - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/13 with Marissa Earnshaw

Wet and slimy. Looked clean from the ground. Would be a lovely route in condition.
leeds_belle - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/13 with Jen Shaftoe

Really good, though hard for the grade! Moss does not help!
tom bre - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/13 with Matthew Brereton

Backed off as it looked so repulsively green - Definitely not three stars, in the state it's in.
DBoothroyd - Lead dnf - 06/Jul/13 with Nathan Magnall, Joe Mortimer

Very very green
thetradlad - Solo O/S - 29/Jun/13

tsl42 - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/13 with David Fountain

fooforever - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/13 with Rowan Leech

A bit green in places but doesn't affect the climbing much. A fantastic route - needs more traffic!
Mr Fuller - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Liz Smith

lizard-16-07 - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Matt Fuller

Nigel Bond - Lead - 03/Jun/13 with Danny Bottomley

Just Another Dave - Solo O/S - 02/May/13

Frank the Husky - 2013

First half very mossy (but dry). Much cleaner when I first did it years ago.
Barry D - 2nd - 08/Sep/12 with Jules_L

Pretty good fun but would be better without the mossy carpet.
Jules Lane - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Mynydd Barry

Three words, Green dirty struggle.
chrisgaynon69 - Lead β - 08/Sep/12 with Darren Jones

adamjeffs - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/12

JdotP - 2nd O/S - 27/May/12 with Tom Reed

very green so its hard to trust foot work but would be a pleasant route once cleaned or climbed more...
Reedymc - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with John Proctor

horrible! Mossy, damp, broken glass and even a sanitary pad! 3 stars my arse!
Legionreturns - Lead - 23/May/12

Foul climb. Moss jams. Tugged on a hex.
Richard Alderton - 2nd - 23/May/12 with Chris Burl

Glass, bird poo and the usual greenery. James loved it!
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 22/May/12 with James Williamson

Hidden - Lead dnf - 31/Mar/12

CKegan - 2nd - 31/Mar/12 with neil

ryan118116 - TR - 01/Sep/11

Absolutely soaking wet and slimy. Awesome and defiantly one for the experience bank.
alias dave - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with Aidrien Peckit

neillkelly - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/11

gazfellows - Lead - 02/Jul/11 with shaun d and Dave

Dirty and mossy which was a shame. Needs more traffic.
WillCass - Lead O/S - 31/May/11 with Si

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/11

Tom Stapleton - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11

Needs a good clean, gave parts of it a brush on lead, but need to abseil for a major spring clean. Shame its so dirty as it would be so good, unfortunately at present it isn't getting the traffic it deserves to keep it clean.
Graeme Hammond - Lead rpt - 09/Apr/11 with john Bramwell, Richard Williams

nmoysey - 2011 with Ben Vickers

Pretty horrible route, damp and mossy. Not worth 3 stars!
Martin Davies - 2nd O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Tim Rogers

d_evo20 - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/10 with Brett Chapman

Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/10 with J. Iles-Smith

Great climbing made all the more interesting by the huge amounts of moss.
jiles - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Alex Winter

Lovely day and only us on crag. The bottom half of the route had turned into a lovely mossy lawn, great for a picnic but not to climb. Needs more traffic. Kind of fun though.
manwithacam - Lead - 14/Aug/10 with Sarah

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Aug/10

dirty but very good still
Graeme Hammond - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/10 with Sarah New, Jools

Pilch - 2nd - 11/Jul/10 with Andy

ayuplass - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10 with miles

saxonzulu - Jul/10

grubes - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/10 with Jonny Owen, Kasia

Hidden - TR O/S - 30/Jun/10

very green, but good hex placements all the way, wouldn't trust cams in the moss! maybe 1* in its current condition but a few more ascents will remove the muck from it, as my previously white T-shirt shows
JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/10 with Nick

Nick1812P - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/10 with Jamie

surprisingly enjoyable considering the fur coat it had.
Dan Lane - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/10 with phil west, Chris Tan

Phil West - 2nd rpt - 22/Jun/10 with Chris Tan & Dan Lane

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jun/10

ggflett - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Dave

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

would make an 'interesting' lead thanks to all the moss, excellent route to second.
scotty h - 2nd β - 03/May/10 with Andy Knight

greatowl - 2nd - 22/Apr/10

cymjt - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09

jonka - Sep/09 with gareth

Absolute quality and felt comfortable all the way up. Wouldn't like it to have been my first severe lead though - quite steep and slippery (due to moss/green slime) in middle section.
john.gaffney - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09 with Stephen Boult

pog100 - 2nd - 01/Jul/09 with Cath Walton

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/May/09

Very green.
becjones - 2nd dog - 09/May/09 with Mike Hough

Fell off as green, slimy and full of moss. Yuk!
mike_hough_uk - Lead dog - 09/May/09 with becjones

Very mossy. Still nicely climbable though.
dashitboarder - 2nd - 22/Apr/09 with Dad

ste_d - Solo rpt - 27/Jul/08

1st ever grit lead.
andrew sandercock - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with robert sandercock

Tried to lead but much to green and slimy. Horrible climb. Not 3 stars.
CharlieC - 2nd dog - 05/May/08 with Jez

Laura89 - 2nd - 05/May/08 with Jez

Mancunianimport - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

Rather green to begin with. Then it rained. Lots.
net - 2nd - 15/Jul/07 with Rob & Jeb

mr bounce - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/07 with Paul

Hidden - Lead - 10/Sep/06

Was a bit green but still enjoyed the feel of teetering up it with potential to slip. Its well protected throughout so green doesn't matter much! Nice climb.
gazbonutter - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/06 with Pete MacDonald

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

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Jul/06

Matt - BodyPoint - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/06 with Sharon Bulmer

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jul/06

spacey - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/06 with jo macey

Mike Hargreaves - AltLd - 06/May/06 with Matt Lewis

yewchen - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/05 with russell, osamu

babymoac - Lead - 23/Jul/05 with James Gill

cem - 2nd - 23/Jul/05 with Sally Dipple

Simonj - TR - 28/May/05

Remind me not to try to lead this ever ever ever.
Ann S - 2nd - 2005 with Bill Harrison

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Sep/04

Chris Davids - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/04 with Bethan

Simon Caldwell - 2nd O/S - 01/Aug/04 with Carmen

Trobbo - 2nd - 12/Jun/04 with graham wood

kato'sdad - 2nd - 04/Oct/03 with Rob Simpson

RobSimmo - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/03 with Jon Berry

Hidden - Solo - Sep/03

Hidden - Lead - 24/Aug/03

Hidden - Lead β - 19/Aug/03

Hidden - Lead - 03/Aug/03

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/03 with Clare Wilkie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

Laramadness - 2nd - 31/Aug/02 with BA

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2002

Phil West - Solo rpt - 18/Aug/98

StevePr - Lead - 1998 with Alan

barney@helmshore - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/96 with mike w

Phil West - Lead O/S - Jul/95 with Steve Wild

ste_d - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/93 with mik

mikedelderfield - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/93 with Steven Delderfield

Hidden - Lead - 1992

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Sep/91

Roget - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/91 with chris jones

craig h - Lead rpt - 18/Aug/91 with Matt Ford

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jul/91

sadams - Lead - 08/Mar/91 with Mark Bonham

nai - 2nd - 1991

andrew300169 - Lead O/S - 1991

NickJH - Solo O/S - Jun/90

charlesmfrench - Lead - 10/Aug/89

Andy Say - Solo O/S - 14/Jul/89

Rob led
Chris Ellis - 2nd - 04/Jun/89 with Rob Gale, Dan Morgan

craig h - Solo O/S - 10/May/88

Sean Kelly - 1977 with Graham Thompson & Steve Berisford

with various school pupils from 1970 and soloed in evening visits
uphillnow - Lead - 1970

Tom V - 1969

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jul/66

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