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Ocean Wall*** E1 5c

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[Ocean Wall E1 5b, Standing Stones, Chew Valley, climber unknown, 2 kb]16m. Climb the tricky wall to a ledge then climb up and left crossing the whole wall to reach the exposed juggy arete for a well-positioned finale. Care with rope work required. © ROCKFAX
FA. Malc Baxter 1960

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Peak Rock/9/Gritstone in the Sixties.

Photo: Ocean Wall E1 5b, Standing Stones, Chew Valley, climber unknown © iggy healey
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This climb is in 89 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

Climbster - 2nd β - 31/Mar/14 with Vick, Ian

Really enjoyed this one, the break on the crux traverse was seeping quite alot, but it didn't detract too much from the climb, loved the exposure on the arete finish!
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/14 with Vic, Matt

Faffed around with the mantle move, traverse crimp needed some drying out before committing, had a good rest before completing the arete. Great climb. :)
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 22/May/13 with Haydn Martin

Hardonicus - 2nd rpt - 22/May/13 with Alex Thompson

scottidog - 2nd - 07/Apr/13 with Graeme

Frank the Husky - 2013

Reckon this is one of the best E1s on grit. Bit too tired to get the arete move clean though.
petellis - 2nd dog - 08/Sep/12 with Broomy, The short fuse, Sloth

quite pokey feeling at the bottom. devious classic.
Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with petellis

JimD58 - 2nd β - 15/Jul/12

Seconded some and bailed right. First bit was tough though. one of those days...
tsl42 - 2nd dnf - 26/May/12 with Gaz Hooson

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 21/May/12

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/May/12

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Coel Hellier - Lead - 17/Nov/11

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 17/Nov/11

landskip - Lead - 24/Jul/11 with rob weston

mikedelderfield - 2nd rpt - 06/Jul/11 with Steven Delderfield

ste_d - Lead rpt - 06/Jul/11 with mik

MeMeMe - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with Andy

999thAndy - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jun/11

Nicola - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Lee

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

psychicbread - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/11 with Max

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 11/May/11 with Ian Holtby

That finish is crazy!
willworkforfoodjnr - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/11 with Haydn Martin

Tricky balancy traverse then a bit of brute force on the arete. excellent
petegunn - Lead - 15/Apr/11 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead - 19/Mar/11

Wet crux hold made it harder but still got it great route, better that it looks!
hilty - 06/Mar/11

keith leonard - 2nd - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10

Clean on sight until I reached just below the arete and it pissed down - lowered off - what a bummer!
middle aged slob - Lead dnf - 25/Apr/10 with Brian and Dave

Another classy E1 to partner Fallen Heroes. This one has got loads to it. Bold start & committing moves to the juggy thuggy arete kept me on my toes throughout
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/10

Best route i've done in ages. Brilliant bouldery moves with that "wild" finish up the arete.. never miles from a good hold - and only distant from gear at the start. Absolutely superb.
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with John Marsham

Ketu - 2nd O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Graeme H

how GOOD is this!!!! felt good to pull it out of the bag after making VSs look hard in the morning! A slight sense of Déjà vu from the traverse on Vibrio (Chatsworth) from the day before but thankfully easier. Used two ropes and had no rope work issues
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Rob

Compo - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09 with Karo

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Sep/09

ste_d - TR rpt - 17/Sep/09 with shunt

bad hair day.
Jon Read - Lead - 13/Jun/09 with Mark Sharrat & Andi Turner

Quite technical and relatively poor gear.
slacky - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/09 with Ben Abell

Started raining when i set off, then started raining properly when I was traversing the slab! superb outing, even in the rain.
ianburton - Lead O/S - 2009

Great route, techy goove start followed by tricky traverse and big pulls up the arete. Def 3 star E1.
Ropeboy - Lead - 23/Aug/08 with Steve Clark

Matthallinan - Lead - 05/Jun/08 with Phil Parker

awesome route with just enough fear to keep you interested through out. do it
gazlad - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/08 with my bitch

Superb. Never ever 5c though...
Hardonicus - Lead O/S - 11/May/08

taine - 2nd dnf - 11/May/08 with Haydn

Hidden - 2nd β - 01/May/08

Only did the starting moves, as the traverse holds were wet.
Alex Thompson - Solo dnf - 29/Apr/08

Shad - 2nd - 2008

Ian Parnell - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/07 with Jon Winter

quite good really. technical moves to start, nice traverse and exposed finish.
jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/07 with Sharon R

tommytuffa - 2007

Hidden - Lead dnf - Sep/06

spacey - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/06 with si barrow

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Jun/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/06

Amazing route!
Carl Smethurst - 2nd - 26/Jun/05 with Ian Pickles

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jun/05

Mark A Humphries - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/05 with gary wood

nige - Lead - Jul/04 with mark hounslea

r0b - Lead dnf - 06/Jun/04 with Andy Smith

Duncan I - Lead - 2004

chris sm - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/03 with Pippa Froggatt

Daniel Armitage - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/03

Roget - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/02

charlesmfrench - Lead - 14/Jul/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/02

I couldn't do the finishing move - one to go back to. It was a wet day so we did well to do 3 VSs and a couple of severes - and Dave P led this cleanly with few problems, despite the rain. I see the finishing move has been upgraded from 5b to 5c
EddieA - 2nd dnf - 07/Oct/01

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 2000 with Karen Ghiselli, Dave Greenald

Billg - Lead O/S - Mar/99 with Paul Guttridge

craig h - Dec/97

Phil West - Lead dnf - 12/Apr/97 with David Atherton

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/96 with Matt Booth

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/96

neilh - Lead - 09/May/96 with Neil Smith

A superb route. Technically very demanding for grade (more like E2 5c)
Gordon Stainforth - 2nd dnf - 14/Aug/94 with Mick Wrigley, Steve Dean

ste_d - 14/May/94

mikedelderfield - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/94 with Steven Delderfield

goi.ashmore - Lead RP - 26/Sep/93 with Simon Coles

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 12/May/92 with mik

craig h - Solo O/S - 09/Dec/91

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/91

Hidden - Lead - 07/Sep/91

nai - Lead - 1991

Dave Musgrove - 2nd β - 17/Jun/89 with David

Rich Kirby - 2nd - 1989 with Will (S. Williamson)

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Total votes cast 114
hard E20 of 40
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E125 of 40
easy E15 of 40
hard HVS0 of 40
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easy HVS0 of 40
hard 6a0 of 37
6a0 of 37
easy 6a0 of 37
hard 5c2 of 37
5c1 of 37
easy 5c2 of 37
hard 5b31 of 37
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easy 5b0 of 37
3 Stars32 of 37
2 Stars4 of 37
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Style of ascent

Soloed4 of 89 (4.5%)
Lead51 of 89 (57.3%)
Followed27 of 89 (30.3%)
Toproped1 of 89 (1.1%)
Unknown6 of 89 (6.7%)

'Climbed'29 of 89 (32.6%)
clean O/S37 of 89 (41.6%)
clean β4 of 89 (4.5%)
clean rpt8 of 89 (9.0%)
clean RP1 of 89 (1.1%)
dogged1 of 89 (1.1%)
dnf9 of 89 (10.1%)