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Excelsior** E1 5b

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[Excelsior (E1 5B), 2 kb]A long and varied line-up of steep pitches build to an exposed climax on the final headwall. Start left of the base of East Gully.. 1) 4b, 13m. Climb three square-cut corners to a large ledge.. 2) 5a, 15m. On the left of the ledge are two parallel rounded cracks. Take these steeply, and the crack above, to another good belay ledge.. 3) 5a, 17m. Climb easily to another ledge in an overhung recess. Take the steep right hand corner to the overhang and pull right to an exposed ledge and belay.. 4) 5b, 12m. Move right beneath the wall to a line of weakness and climb to a black streak. Climb the black streak on small holds to a break and make a final tricky sequence to pass it. The top is just above. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Kernow, West Country Climbs.

Photo: Excelsior (E1 5B) © Kafoozalem
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 67 logbooks, and on 14 wishlists.

Lead P2&4. Thought P2 harder than the 5b pitch!
Batt - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/14 with Si Coldrick

The cracks are good, didnt think much of the rest, top pitch was easy - far more so than the first.
smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Konrad

Hidden - AltLd dog - Jul/13

Ross.Cooper - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/13 with Rachel Ashwell

rashwell - 2nd - Jun/13

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/13

Marcin78 - 2nd rpt - 03/Apr/13 with Stu

Either the top pitch has changed over the years, or this is very soft for 5b. gear was small but bomber. 5a twin cracks was hardest pitch by far.
jakenichol - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Kayleigh Tremaine

Did first two pitches then came face to face with a bird, i tried convincing it that despite its first impression it didn't want to peck my eyes out, but it disagreed, so with much hex swinging i lowered off. Another time when there aren't birds.
arandall - Lead dnf - 11/May/12 with Wendy Matthews

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12

Tide was coming in so ended up scrambling up first pitch. I lead p2 and p4. P2 was good and p4 not as hard as I was expecting.
monsteratt - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with Chris Goddard

guy757 - 15/Apr/12

Marti999 - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Guy Buckingham

Lead P2 and P5 (CC guide pitches). Patrick led P1 and rather than putting P3 and P4 together (as in the Rockfax) decided to split them leading both. P5, the 5b pitch, was easy but the first 5a pitch (P2) felt nails - The cracks were sopping wet and steep. I got a mega-pump, could barely take a hand of to place gear and was pretty close to decking onto the massive belay ledge below! Had to place gear, then down-climb to rest and depump. Lots of seagulls, seagull poo, crashing waves etc. Fab!
givemetea - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/12 with Patrick

Hidden - 2012

wojtt - Lead O/S - 2012

Julesthe1st - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Mike

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/11

Led througout in 2 pitches... Enjoyed the jamming, lots of jug hauling too. Felt like two grit HVS's on top of each other!
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/11

Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 19/Aug/11 with Jon

TerryLines - AltLd dog - 15/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11

Found the first crack pitch way harder than the rest of it! Birds weren't too fierce thankfully. The last pitch has a bomber hex in the break then a bit of a runout before you get to the jugs though it did not feel hard at all compared to the first 5a pitch. A lovely route!
Scotsken - AltLd - 20/May/11

climbingpixie - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Andy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/11

led in one big pitch
dan gibson - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/11 with helen gibson

Led P1 and P3. Dirty.
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11

jchenoweth - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Tide was too high was first pitch. Ian leaded 2nd pitch and Roger 3rd. We are to get off route, due to bird nest.
sergio46 - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11 with roger benton, Ian Jones

A frustrating one. Unable to access at tidal level. Abbed in. Superb 5a pitch then stubborn seabird colonies refused us passage.
Ian Jones - Lead dnf - 23/Apr/11 with Seargeant Serge, Brigadier Sir Roger Benton

I Lead the Crux Pitch
El3ctroFuzz - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Tom Thorpe

Led P2 and P4
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Pete

E1: 4b 5a 5a 5a
Bulls Crack - AltLd - Aug/10 with RW

verticon - Lead O/S - 13/May/10 with Craig Harwood

Led 5a P2, Mick then led onto the top
Different Steve - AltLd O/S - 11/May/10 with Mick Walsh

Seymore Butt - 2010

sims - 2nd dog - 24/Sep/09 with Nick

Very enjoyable, with luxury belay ledges. Last pitch has a 5b move next to marginal small wire protection - just one good wire here and the whole climb would be HVS, IMO.
bpmclimb - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/08 with Clare

Hidden - Lead - 31/Aug/08

Matt Bennett - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/08

Hidden - AltLd - 07/May/08

Dan_Carroll - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/08 with Rebecca Holland

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jul/07

Fell off the "4c" pitch, having tried to take the right crack instead of the left. Apart from that, clean.
Epic Ebdon - 2nd - 05/May/07 with Neil Adams

Last pitch was far easier than expected, but the twin craks lower down were brutal!
Neil Adams - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with Tim Ebdon

Hidden - AltLd - Apr/07

maybe_si - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/07 with jez

Hidden - 2007

Worth every penny- very social belays
guyblackwood - AltLd - 08/Aug/06 with Mark Glaister, Alison M.

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/05

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Sep/05

Pippa fell and broke ankle, I rescued with Jim's help.
Jason Gotel - 2nd - Aug/05 with Pippa Lansdown

gimmer - AltLd O/S - May/05 with Matt Telfer

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/04

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/03

A lovely route after yet another Cornish sandbagging.
Paz - AltLd O/S - Jun/03 with CC

Stone Muppet - 2003

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 2003

Roget - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/00

craig h - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/00 with Mark c

done twice
andy_pemberton - Lead - 1999 with Steve Gooberman Hill, Rik Meek

Mark Kemball - Lead - 01/Jun/97 with Rob Galley

GAtkins - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/96 with David Trelawney-Ross

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/May/87

A good varied climb with a great top pitch
Jah - AltLd - 03/May/80 with T. Sawyer

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 07/Jun/77

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Voting
Total votes cast 54
hard E20 of 19
E20 of 19
easy E20 of 19
hard E10 of 19
E16 of 19
easy E111 of 19
hard HVS2 of 19
HVS0 of 19
easy HVS0 of 19
hard 5c0 of 18
5c0 of 18
easy 5c0 of 18
hard 5b0 of 18
5b5 of 18
easy 5b7 of 18
hard 5a6 of 18
5a0 of 18
easy 5a0 of 18
3 Stars1 of 17
2 Stars11 of 17
1 Star5 of 17
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Style of ascent

Lead21 of 67 (31.3%)
Followed6 of 67 (9.0%)
Alt Leads35 of 67 (52.2%)
Unknown5 of 67 (7.5%)

'Climbed'21 of 67 (31.3%)
clean O/S40 of 67 (59.7%)
clean rpt1 of 67 (1.5%)
dogged3 of 67 (4.5%)
dnf2 of 67 (3.0%)