A big adventure route and a fantastic line, abbing down round the arete and seeing the corner for the first time was awe inspirig! Watch out for the loose bits on P1... I found the offwidth section to be the hardest physically, but the P2 slab traverse was harder mentally. Runout with a very exposed feeling on those small holds. Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Steve Shenton
Mike W - Lead dnf - 11/Aug/13
aostaman - AltLd - 27/Jul/13
Led P1, scary crumbly rock at top of P1 and on P2. An adventurous route for sure!
RCrockford - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Mike B
Lead pitch 1 and had a good fight with the offwidth. Nick set out on P2 but I think traversed too early picking up the latter part of Andromeda Strain. Having made the peg here he watched it fall off into the sea. Going this way makes it very bold with just some shoddy placements in the rough area of the old peg. He finally found a way up to the better peg positioned at the base of the upper wall via some very fragile and dubious holds. What an adventure!
Dilwat - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Nick
Ian led pitch 1; I led pitch 2. Not obvious route finding.
I traversed too low on pitch 2 (at a point where the corner got a bit chossy) which made for a very serious run-out (especailly when peg in middle of slab snaps off!!). I should've kept going up the corner (via steep moves on the slab)to pass the chossy bit - then you can get good gear at the point where it finally peters out and then you cross the very top of the slab.
nickdonohue - AltLd - 13/Jul/13 with Ian Riddell
Loose block half way up first pitch made the crux of the pitch all the more interesting.
Kevster - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/13 with Dave R
Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jun/13
Direct. Led P2.
kingholmesy - AltLd O/S - 2013 with Colin
wojtt - Lead O/S - 2012
Need lots of large cams (4 and 5) to protect crux on 1st pitch
mick1jones - AltLd dnf - 15/Oct/11 with Rich Rogers
tuftynick - AltLd rpt - 04/Jun/11 with rich cross
Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/11
datoon - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/11 with K
khawk - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/11 with DT
Excellent route despite a brief off-piste choss variation on the top pitch
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11 with Jim Higgins
Pitch 2. Excellent adventure with some dubious rock. Climbed too high before traversing right.
jameshiggins - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11 with Neil Adams
Incredible and memorable route for adventure if not technical merit. Our 100m ab rope got wet in the sea belayed off thread, nuts and cam in bluff as described in Rockfax, also thread in boulder on edge of cliff so ample to get to belay ledge.
Although not hard the top pitch is serious with looong runouts
kevin stephens - AltLd - 11/Aug/10
80m ab in, good sea running.Rock dry apart from part of crack on 2nd pitch but made no difference. Shame about wandering line across slab, otherwise impressive situation. Misha on 1st, me on 2nd. Bold but easy.
philhilo - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/10 with misha
Had been keen to do this route since Phil mentioned it a few weeks earlier. Enjoyable climbing on weird rock. Not technically hard but pretty run out on P2, which Phil led. Save your big gear for the offwidth towards the top of P1, I didn't and ended up doing it at a run out E1 5a (looks like there used to be a good sling placement but it's loose now). Great route, though agree with Phil that it's not quite a brilliant 'top 50' route. The abseil in is more like 80m rather than 110m as the Rockfax suggests. It's not particularly intimidating as the wall that you abseil down isn't that steep and there are plenty of footholds to get in balance for the knot swap over.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/10 with Phil
Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10
I thought the off width on the first pitch was the crux! The top pitch is exciting though. Run out but always in balance and never too hard.
Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/10 with Paul Abram
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/08
P2 One of my more interesting leads. Abseil in had its moments too
chris wyatt - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/08 with Nik Goile
Hidden - AltLd - 14/May/08
We did Mercury Direct rather than the original version. Led p2
cem - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/07 with Graham Dolman
I led crux pitch...great climb, glad to have done it after so long, really luck with the weather, it was raining everywhere else!!!!
ecowaller - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/06 with Nick Arding
Second pitch up the corner was wet so we used the original finish.
jimdanson - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/06 with Mike Adams
Bern - 2006
Hidden - AltLd - 20/Sep/05
Tim Steward - AltLd - 21/Jun/05 with James Parrot
Mark Kemball - 2nd - 25/Sep/04 with Stu Bradbury
Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jun/03
WB - AltLd O/S - Sep/01 with Guy
Is this really E2? Matt usually climbs VS and he had no trouble at all.
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 2001 with Oleg, Matt York
Did first pitch (bold off width for a section) but didn't try 2nd as slab was wet. Escaped on Quicksilver (original mercury finish).
nickdonohue - AltLd dnf - 2000 with Joe Brown
did the original E1 version. lead p1
colin milton - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/96 with eric milton
Derek Ryden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/95 with Mark Lee, Jim Cheshire
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1994
While on the halfway belay ledge, three divers were laying an explosive charge out from the cliff. Not realising what was going on, when they detonated it, the belay ledge we were on shook in unison with our bowels and nerves, we were convinced the ledge could disappear and shot up the last pitch of Quicksilver at high speed !!!!!
History Lesson:- Quicksilver originally went up the arete left of Mercury's corner (accessed from Mercury Connection) then out left and up the slab which was Mercury's original finish. Most people now climb Quicksilver as the big corner of Mercury instead of the left arete, then the old top pitch of Mercury ie the route originally named Mercury. Mercury Direct was renamed Mercury.
rogerskews - AltLd - 29/May/91 with Bryn Roberts
Hidden - 1991
backrope solo which made top traversing pitch entertaining.
frank ramsay - Solo - 04/Aug/90
Had the runs on pitch one. Do not eat Ginster's pasties. Poor Denis who followeed me. We escaped up Quicksilver. Amazing place with a 300 foot abseil in.
eroica64 - AltLd - 17/Jul/89 with Denis Crampton
HVS when I did it, what a climb for adventure
DDDD - Lead O/S - 1987
jasper11 - 1984