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
The abb in is a little worrying, but we did not need to change at the knot as we had the luxury of an extra long abseil rope. We had slightly mis-judged the tides, so whilst I was being hit by waves, Macca quickly lead up to the high tide ledge for me to belay in the dry (At this point I would like to point out I only had a shorts, chalk bag and shoes with me). It was very cold at the beginning! The first picth was excellent, up this massive crack to the large ledge. Which I had to share with a seagul chick and nest with its mother dive-bombing me. The second pitch (i.e. Mecury connection), is a bold line which follows the crack, smearing with the feet to then abondon the safety of said lovely crack for a barely protected traverse to a bolt and ledge. A fall during the traverse would bring the climber next to the belayer! Macca managed to get to the bolt using crimps and smearing once again. The finish to the top took a bit of time to be figured out. Whilst this was going on the light had faded on us. It was left to me to second in the dusk, not really being able to see my feet and the tiny edges I needed. On the travers I took a massive swing as I could not see anything by this point, but I didnt drop to far. I got to the top at 11:30pm, pitch black. An epic climb and an epic adventure, and a throughly relieved second!
Legs - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Macca
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
I led the 1st pitch. Carvex 11 hex way better than the friend 4 to protect the crux on the first pitch. Crack is a bit wide to make an ideal friend 4 placement.
Kafoozalem - AltLd - 14/May/08 with Nolan
Mercury Direct. 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
Samuel1989 - 2nd - 20/Jun/03 with Luke
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 the original E1 version. lead p1
colin milton - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/96 with eric milton
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