Diocese*** VS 5a
[Swirling seas below Diocese., 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
One of Cornwall's greatest VS routes. High in the grade and requiring a broad selection of techniques, the line follows the huge corner up the middle of Bishop's Buttress before making a memorable leftwards traverse to clear the huge roof. Start at a short crack just left of the corner-line.
1) 4c, 20m. Move up to a long ledge and then move right into the wide crack. Climb the slab and corner right of the wide crack (or the wide crack itself) to join up with the wide crack once again at 7m. Climb the widening crack awkwardly to a stance in the back of the crack beneath the roof.
2) 5a, 10m. Make a technical horizontal traverse left across the face and move up a little way to a stance where the overhang fades. (The crack that runs underneath the roof to the stance may also be climbed at around the same standard).
3) 4a, 15m. Climb cracks in the wall directly above the stance to a large ledge and block-belays.
4) 4b, 11m. The line of steep thin cracks above the centre of the ledge as for Flannel Avenue. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The 100 Best UK VS routes?, Kernow, West Country Climbs, Rockfax West Country top 50, UK Classic Corners.

Photo: Swirling seas below Diocese. © Hal Watts
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This climb is in 522 logbooks, and on 108 wishlists.

Lead p2 & 4, fighting my demonds on p2! Tough moves at top of p1 well done mate.
Skinnybloke - AltLd - 03/Oct/15 with clubmanpete

what an adventure.... I defo found the first pitch harder than the roof traverse... maybe it just want to my strengths I dunno.. all in all a cracking climb and disserved of it top 50 status. that being said its not to be taken lightly those who are new to Cornish granite and think oh is only a vs be carful its a tough one... top 2 pitches easy enough
clubmanpete - AltLd - 03/Oct/15 with geoffery smith

Ben1983 - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/15

jfletcher - AltLd - 05/Sep/15 with Graham Baxter

Graham Baxter - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/15 with John Fletcher

Steveb27 - AltLd - 01/Sep/15

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Sep/15

Amazing climb! I thoroughly enjoyed the first pitch. A taste or real crack climbing with good bridging throughout making it feel less scary. lead P1 and P3. Alec lead P2 and P4.
HaleAlex - AltLd O/S - Sep/15 with Alec Phillips

cathymiller - AltLd dog - 29/Aug/15 with Mike Peak

First two pitches were brilliant - the chimney was a real fight! http://wainwrightclimbing.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/a-weekend-at-throne.html
Samuel Wainwright - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/15 with Fred Morgan

led p1&3
jvarmstrong - AltLd - 17/Jul/15 with Chris

Led 2+4
Chris Manasseh - AltLd - 17/Jul/15 with John Armstrong

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jul/15

Okecroak - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/15 with C. Ebbutt

1st and 3rd pitches
chris ebbutt - AltLd - 21/Jun/15 with Dave R.

Hidden - AltLd dog - 20/Jun/15

mark4344 - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/15 with Andreas/Felix

Lead P2+4. Sh*tting myself traversing the roof! Opted for the small face holds stepping up into jams. Well protected all the way along... superb position! Probably not for the faint hearted
partz - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/15 with Johnny Webb

Lead P1, P2 and P4. Tim lead P3
beakerburgess - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/15

Led pitch 1 and 3 - Interesting first pitch with some awkard moves for what seems like a straight forward climb (maybe I just wanted to throw some shapes in my hungover state?!). Ballsy roof traverse made by Matt!
JonnyW - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/15 with Matt Everett

steveprice.exmouth - AltLd - 18/Jun/15 with Graham Mead

Andrew Wright - 2nd - 15/Jun/15 with Craig Osborne

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Jun/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/15

foostu4 - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/15 with max railing

TimSolway - AltLd O/S - Jun/15

Pitch 2 + 4
jamie ward - AltLd O/S - 30/May/15 with Malcolm

Led p1 and p2 in one
dbrooks - AltLd O/S - 23/May/15 with gidmord

Lead p3
gidmord - AltLd O/S - 23/May/15 with dbrooks

jon_ridley - Lead O/S - 16/May/15 with Gavin Oliver

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/15

petegruf - Lead rpt - 04/Apr/15 with fiona d

fulton333 - AltLd - 25/Mar/15 with Luke CUC

Hidden - 2015

BushwackerBritz - 2015

CraigOsborne - Lead O/S - 2015

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Nov/14

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with Kirsty Kerr

Lead P2, Hamish lead P1 and P3 and P4 (linked together).
andrea83 - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Hamish

Wonderful, very varied climbing on P1 which left me knackered.
Hamish777 - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Andrea

Incredible first pitch, great fun
sheelba - AltLd - 27/Sep/14

RD odd pitches
rd20 - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/14 with Ted CC

John Nuttall - Lead - 08/Sep/14 with Sharon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/14

gripped01 - 2nd - 23/Aug/14 with Dave Tait

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/14

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/14

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - Aug/14 with Ian Smith

What a mess. Dave started leading up the first pitch, getting past the slabs quite happily, then got himself into an awkward position in the crack above. After a bit of squeezing, his back slipped off the wall, causing him to fall headfirst about 8m. How he came off with just a hole in his knee and pretty looking graze is a minor miracle. After sorting that mess out, I grabbed Luke and took the lead on the first pitch, getting to the same spot, and gallantly chickened out. I reluctantly down climbed the 4c slabs, taking out gear as I went. We made it back to the abseil only just avoiding wet feet, and scrambled back up. Beers were needed. I'll be back.
JoeCoxson - Lead dnf - 27/Jul/14 with Dave Morgan, Luke Gorman

DaveGoesClimbing - Lead dnf - 27/Jul/14

mountaingoatgirl - 2nd - 26/Jul/14 with John C, Steve C

bullybones - AltLd - 25/Jun/14 with Neil

Lead all pitches. Thought the traverse pitch was ok, but did need a bit of deviation to get good gear - ended up stepping quite high (though not quite as high as the roof) to get wires in a small crack before stepping down with difficulty to return to the holds and cam.
kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/14 with Bex Waring

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/14

Trobbo - 2nd - 14/Jun/14 with martin dale

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/14

Drew M - AltLd O/S - Jun/14 with Fred Lyon

Led P1 + P2 in single pitch, Dave P3 + P4
Joemanglerocks - AltLd - 27/May/14 with Dave Marshall, TimKnight

Nice morning in the sunshine watching Paul and Dave leading
TimKnight - 2nd O/S - 26/May/14 with Dave Marshall, Paul Anker

Tom lead the first pitch, the slabby bit being a bit cheeky. He, of all people, then misread the top big crack and despite being reminded it was only VS doggedly refused to let it beat him and battled up body jamming himself in to quite a lather. I found the holds and veritably walzed up the outside. Once I'd stopped laughing a sweat sodden Beockx belayed me along the suprisingly amenable but non the less thrilling traverse. Peachy.
mikehenesy - AltLd O/S - 04/May/14 with Tom Boeux

Hidden - AltLd - May/14

Paul lead p1 and 2, I lead p3 and 4
LovelyMrTom - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Paul Baxter

Led P1, P3+4 this time.
Kirill - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/14 with Philine Huß, Charles Moreton

Led p2
cem - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/14 with Philine Huß, Kirill Spiridonov

Led P1 and P2. Awesome climbing - but agree with others that P1 is the crux as it's far more sustained than P2.
Paul Baxter - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/14

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Ginger Alan

Dan P1 and P2 as one in good style, despite 'hating' the awkward move over / round the leaning block before the P1 belay ledge, and I combined P3 and P4.
Jules Lane - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Dan

Led p1
spragglerocks - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/14 with Matt Box

Lumbering Oaf - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/14 with David, Rach Spraggs

Lead P2. Not 5a! P1 more 5a
Batt - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/14 with Si Coldrick

David Kay - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/14 with Matt Box, Rachael Spraggs

I led P1 and 2 in a oner. I thought P1 was harder than P2! good moves across under the overhang though.
Dan Lane - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/14 with Dad

Dan_Carroll - Solo - 16/Apr/14

Jess Mills - 2nd - 15/Apr/14 with Jon Clayton

tumbling wizard - AltLd O/S - Apr/14 with andrew marshall

Hidden - 2014

cymjt - 2014

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Oct/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Oct/13

Slipped off rounding out of the traverse, good swinging. Led from first belay to the top.
Rassapotimus - AltLd dog - 27/Sep/13 with minexplorer

led 1&2nd pitch in one with an extender in cave roof.sam led top pitch.great layback/bridging mixture needed on 1st part.great stuff!
minexplorer - AltLd - 27/Sep/13 with sam

Led pitch 1 and 3
smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13

aerobiee - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/13 with Tim Bevan

Tim Bevan - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/13 with Dave Thexton

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Sep/13

I lead P1, 2, and Michelle did P3, 4. In the middle of P1, I took the chimney as I had done before, marginally protected by a skyhook as I didn't have a big enough gear, and found it to be still pretty tough (5a/b). Michelle took in seconding the slab to the right and found it to be easier (4b) and well protected. Doh!
masa-alpin - AltLd rpt - 25/Aug/13 with Michelle A

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Aug/13

Led the first pitch, quite hard and the last two in one, awesome climb, def a super route.
PilarMartinez - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/13 with TheCherokee

Peter Reynolds - AltLd - Aug/13 with tom o'shea

Robs_Uren - 2nd O/S - Aug/13 with Will Ripley, Caitlin

The traverse pitch was rather wet, which made it a bit worrying.
bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 24/Jul/13 with Clare

carlgodfrey - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13 with neil stubbs

I led 1, Carl led the traverse (forgot his harness so made do with a sling!) and I led 3 and 4 together to finish.
neilstubbs - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Carl Godfrey

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/13

Fletch - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson - Lead - 09/Jun/13 with Natalie

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jun/13

ClareSenny - 2nd - 30/May/13 with Maurice Birkill, Sarah Birkill

therat - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13

Joe_white - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with James

auld al - AltLd O/S - 25/May/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/May/13

Hidden - 24/May/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/May/13

Led P1 and P2. Matt led P3 and P4. Such a great climb!!!
Lumbering Oaf - AltLd rpt - 19/May/13 with Matt George

Tried to leave the first pitch, but bailed - couldn't get the courage to get established on the slab. In hindsight I think it was a good move - I would have struggled on that one! Second pitch scary, but interesting, and quite pleasant. Lead 3rd and 4th pitches. 4th pitch was quite interesting too.
manbat - AltLd O/S - 19/May/13 with Matthew Box

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/13 with Caroline

Hidden - 2013

adie84 - 2013

PAJames - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

janegallwey - Lead - 2013

Tony Kartawick - 2013

I led P2 via the lower, more technical route. It was wet and it felt rather iffy. I surprised myself by not falling off. Justin had a good time leading the rest of the route. Hard for the grade.
Dave Mahon - AltLd - 2013 with Justin Sharpe

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Oct/12

Ran P1 and P2 together, Joe P3 and P4. Possibly one of my favourite leading experiences ever. Lots of varied climbing in wild positions, a passing seal even seemed to approve and watched us for a while.
Matt Smith - AltLd O/S - 28/Oct/12 with Joe Premier

Led P1 and P3+P4. Awesome cave belay atop P1! A really great route and worthy of its star status - thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish!!!
Lumbering Oaf - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/12 with Mark McDonald, Alan Mountford

Climbed as a 3, got in a mess with the ropes under the roof pitch, needed to loop the rope round me 3 times as I climbed, 3rd time I needed to grab a bit of gear while I got it round me. This is a fantastic climb well worth it's 3 stars
Blue68 - 2nd dog - 17/Sep/12 with Matt Box, Alan Mountford

hotfeet - AltLd - 17/Sep/12 with Mark MacDonald, Matthew

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/12

Wow! What a fantastic route! Loved it! Lead all pitches. P1 has a nice mixture of different techniques. P2 traverse is just fantastic - delicate and technical with amazing views to boot! Lead P3+P4 together. Definitely one of the most enjoyable climbs I have done to date! Worthy of its Top50 status!
BelayBunney - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Catherine

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/12

Mark Kemball - Lead - 25/Jul/12 with Solly Kemball Dorey

alastairbegley - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/12

peterbeaumont - Jul/12

Hidden - Jul/12

Hidden - Jul/12

Hidden - Lead - Jul/12

tcn_2002 - AltLd - 28/Jun/12

Led second pitch
ian d f - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/12 with Tom C, Pete C

I did p1 and then linked together p3 and 4. Mumtaz did the traverse on p2. We agreed that p1 is the hardest. p1 is 4c in the guidebook and p2 5a, but we thought p1 was clearly harder that the traverse on p2. Amazing climb, by the way.
natalio - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Mumtaz

JamesBrowning - AltLd O/S - 20/May/12 with Toby

Led all pitches except crux, brilliant traverse :)
arandall - AltLd O/S - 11/May/12 with Wendy Matthews

did p2 the treverse
Wendy Watthews - AltLd O/S - 11/May/12

great route! final half not as good as the first 2pitches
rustaldo - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with John Salmon, Si

Matt led the first three pitches and I led final short pitch. The second traverse pitch was nails! Weather was dry and cool.
jpksalmon - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with Matt Rust

Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/12

Mr Powly - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/12 with Ian B

burto - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/12 with tom powell

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/Apr/12

Rich lead pitch 1&2
Egons Issy - AltLd - 08/Apr/12 with Richard Nicholson

Geo P1, 3. Chris P2, 4.
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/12 with Geo

Slick - AltLd - 08/Apr/12 with Isabel Evans

Excellent route. 2nd half of p1 was the hard part for me - guidebook photo is a guy elegantly bridging up the corner, while I dived in to the chimney and proceeded to thrash and thrutch my way up like someone having an epileptc fit in a straight jacket. Must work on bridging. P2 is good fun. Committing move to get started then easy climbing to the end of the traverse before a dramatic move round the corner on good holds. Brought Kylie across to a hanging belay where I could see her do the traverse then lead the much easier ground to the top in one pitch.
mullermn - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Kylie Richards

Really nice, first pitch is a little awkward but nice once you've worked it out! roof was brilliant but burnt out shortly after.
Kylie - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/12 with mullermn

markfromstoke - AltLd - 31/Mar/12 with Pete H, Norman

Norman_P_W - AltLd - 31/Mar/12 with Mark Faulkner

Hidden - Lead - 13/Mar/12

davidtrelawnyross - 2012

Ian JL - 2012

Stewart Armstrong - 2012

JonG - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 2012

mick1jones - AltLd O/S - 16/Oct/11 with Rich Rogers

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Oct/11

Great route, large waves on the day, got a soaking by a particular biggie at the bottom of the climb so had to scramble up onto the 1st ledge to stay safe. Thought the first pitch was going to be a horrible thrutch up the crack but was able to avoid that tactic for the most part.
domskezz - Lead - 21/Sep/11 with Jamma

mat cooper - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/11

found pitch pitch one extremely hard near the top but still excellent, think I was still getting used to the granite. Led pitches 1,2 & 4
Graeme Hammond - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Becky E

led P3.
Becky E - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Graeme Hammond

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/11

Lead easy third pitch - 4a
inspiration_needed - 2nd O/S - Aug/11 with Mat

P1 and P3. Wet n horrible!
Cheese Monkey - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/11 with Paul

Leads top two pitches. Bottom pitch has to be the crux at 5a, second pitch more like 4c!
gingerwolf - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/11

Hidden - Jul/11

Fantastic! I lead first pitch (lots of fun thrutching) Stu lead second traverse - also excellent, I finished up to the top. All round good quality, pretty hard for the grade.
thomasaneurinsmith - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Stuart Reeves

Led P2, Tom led P1 and P3+P4 (ran together). Superb route (apart from chimney thrutch.
stuaart - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Thomas Smith

icklejason - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/11 with Rob McNeil

Have been looking forward to this for a long time and i'm affraid it just didn't make the grade for me!!
Master Chief - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with John

Spearos - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with Master Chief

Awesome route. Led the first pitch, and the 3rd and 4th as one. 1st and 2nd pitch outstanding. 1st pitch the crux for sure. The 2nd pitch traverse felt quite easy whereas the first pitch was hairy but amazingly good, trying to get my trad lead head on whilst feeling tired after a week of climbing.
royal - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with andrew benham

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jun/11

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jun/11

highfivekrissy - AltLd - 01/Jun/11 with Pete Myers

Norman_P_W - AltLd - 01/Jun/11 with Bob M

mrrjmcneil - Lead - Jun/11 with Jason Ivor

best route i did at chair ladder. amazing. low in the grade hvs?? maybe not but super varied an interesting route... get on it!
peter myers - Jun/11 with Krissy Humble

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/11

Scotsken - 20/May/11

P1 wet but good
DOVEY - AltLd - 16/May/11 with Budd

cornishmackem - AltLd O/S - May/11 with zach lawlor

timreynolds - AltLd - 30/Apr/11 with Chris Clayton-Jones

Led the roof pitch, great climbing
gcandlin - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/11 with terry lines

TerryLines - 29/Apr/11

Barry D - Lead - 28/Apr/11 with Trish

stevepotter - AltLd - 24/Apr/11 with Bryan

Me P1 & P3. Steve P2 & P4.
hellboundblr - AltLd - 24/Apr/11 with Steve P

Climbed first pitch (4c? may be 5a)and third. Seconded 2nd pitch, brillant traverse, exposed, gears are excellent, well done Dan.
sergio46 - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Dan Whaley

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

Such a good route, I just have to show it to everyone!
nickstephens - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/11

I led pitch 1 which was clearly as tricky as pitch 2 ! Overall a wonderful route.
Steve Waters, Mynydd - AltLd - 20/Apr/11 with Mike Tempest

my hardest lead so far.. truely amazing!!
Elaine Budden - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/11 with tom bunn

I Did P1, Miss's took the roof pitch, no falls, lots of up and down climbing, a few tears, then FINALLY just manned up and did it! (I did tell her it was 4c tho!) I then linked P3&P4 with 3 bits of gears!
El3ctroFuzz - AltLd rpt - 20/Apr/11 with Elaine Budden

mtempest - AltLd - 20/Apr/11 with Steve Waters, Mynydd

Great route, lead p2+4. Crux was p1 crack, vs 4c I would say. Never is there a 5a move on the traverse, just walk your feet along the foot ledge!
tompilgrem - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Dad

Lead P1-good commitited bridging needed for success.Tom lead P2- the traverse goes very easily once you have reached the roof and placed first bit of gear.
bobpilgrem - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Bob/Tom

If i could vote this as 4 stars i would. Go and do it.
jakenichol - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/11

I led pitches 1 and 3, Jake led pitches 2 and 4.
Dave Heaton - AltLd - 18/Apr/11

Neil D - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Beth Hodgett

fell off trying to extract a sling
Betha. - 2nd dog - 19/Mar/11 with Neil D

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/11

Eike - 2nd - 05/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

paddymitton - 2011

fletch73 - 2011

David Sherratt - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Bob Peters - 2011

What a reward after waiting under a rock for an hour whilst the heavens opened!
nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 24/Oct/10 with Alex the king

1651SP - AltLd O/S - 24/Oct/10 with nick

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Oct/10

Lead p1 and p3. Brilliant first and second pitches. Some very interesting and quite varied moves on the first pitch then a seemingly scary traverse that wasn't too bad in reality. Very exciting. Nice romp to the top after that!! Probably the best VS I've done!! Helped out by a nice setting sun. Another good end to the day.
monsteratt - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Andrew Abraham

Andrew Abraham - 12/Oct/10 with Clement Attwood

erinbastian - AltLd rpt - 10/Oct/10 with andy

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Oct/10

djking1983 - AltLd - 29/Sep/10 with Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones - AltLd - 29/Sep/10

I lead P1 and P2 in one pitch. Tom Lead P3 And P4 in one pitch. Definatley HVS!
El3ctroFuzz - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Tom Thorpe

Excellent route. First two pitches are extremely good, second two pleasant though not particularly memorable. Led 1st and 3rd
andybenham - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/10 with Gareth Hayfield

Led 2nd and 4th pitch
Gareth - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/10 with Andrew

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/10

SCARY!! not a VS to be taken lightly, although it was very wet, so that probably didnt help!
Rosie Hutchins - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/10 with Michael Burford

mikeburf - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/10 with Rosie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/10

a contender for the best VS in the country. superb
david morse - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/10 with chris todd

edpd1b - 2nd - 30/Aug/10 with Leo Scheltinga, Kelly Hillyer

crag_monster - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with murphydave

crag_monster - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with murphydave

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/10

mike did 1st pitch, i did the traverse..scary!!!
adam cooper*super* - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/10 with mike waller

Fantastic climb with Physical, technical and exposed climbing. Top climb
Andre Clarke - AltLd - 29/Aug/10

Led P1,2&4. Took ages on P1 before eventually getting up the way I'd tried first time. P2 had great climbing in a fantastic position - Huge exposure, but plenty of gear under the roof.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Stella Moggs

Adrian Daniels - AltLd - 28/Aug/10 with Steve Webster

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 27/Aug/10 with Clare

Led P2 & 4. Awesome route.
Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/10 with Dave Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 13/Aug/10

Rowansb - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/10 with dave

Dave Lacey - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/10 with jak.kelly

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/10

Led pitch 2
bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/10 with Bart

Pitch 1 & 2
metal arms - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/10

joshen - Lead O/S - Jul/10

Homes - AltLd - 26/Jun/10 with Sam A

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jun/10

exposed but fun
erinbastian - 2nd - 19/Jun/10 with Ken Mayo

Spence22 - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Charlie

Mayo - 19/Jun/10 with Erin Bastian

joese7en - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/10

Steve Lenartowicz - Jun/10

1st = me very hard pitch! 2nd = JWB 3rd = me 4th = JWB
jon_gill1 - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10 with john beardmore

Me: Pitch 2 & 4 Jon: Pitch 1 & 3 The first pitch felt very hard for the grade, certainly harder and much more committing than the 2nd pitch. Mind the bird crap on the belay block. Poor Jon put his hand right in it! Second pitch was great but felt easier thsn the 1st.
JWB - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10 with Jon Gill

adamscottthomas - AltLd O/S - 12/May/10 with Ekaterina Andreyeva

verticon - Lead O/S - May/10

lead 3nd pitch
dready - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/10 with dillwat

Lead P2
SurferStan - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Joe Coeburn, Dilwat

lead P1, P4. Brilliant climb
Dilwat - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/10 with dready, SurferStan

Hidden - 14/Apr/10

ollie1 - AltLd - 10/Apr/10

mattshort - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/10 with Alan Murray

Got a bit wet at the start thanks to a bit of swell but this added to the committed feeling! I found the first pitch harder and more technical than the second. The high traverse using jams in the break felt about 4b not 5a! Would be much bolder and harder staying low on the traverse I guess. Not that it matters as the climbing and situation were excellent. Intimidating positions and clean balanced moves with good gear - what more can you ask?
Alan100 - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/10

Led pitches one and three. Might come back to lead the fantastic traverse one day!
GarethHall - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Gary Wong

I lead pitch 1 and 3. Traverse easier than 5a. First pitch intimidating!
lyneux - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Tom Elliott

Led P3
PanzerHanzler - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Emma Hawkins, Martin Hore

Led P2 & P4. The traverse is amazing. Intimidating, but good holds and great protection.
garywong - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Gareth Hall

Did the big traverse. Awesome! :)
mrtom - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Guy Molyneux

mark_jc - AltLd O/S - Apr/10

fantastic route. tee-shirts in february. saw some seals.does it get any better? the traverse is better than the shield pitch on coronation street in my book.
w.pettet-smith - Lead - 14/Feb/10 with claire jane carter

clairejane - AltLd - 14/Feb/10 with will

Amazing climbing, led 1st, and linked 3rd,4th pictches. Perfect sunny weather and the crag all to ourselves, what more could you want.
crobinson - AltLd - 30/Jan/10 with Southern Man

Led second pitch. Don't really think pitch 2 is particularly hard, not 5a. Overall probably top end VS4c. Top pitch was my favourite as it's so open. Beautiful climbing. Same day as South Face Direct. Spectacular!
Tom Last - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Chester

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Seymore Butt - 2010

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Oct/09

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Oct/09

Does it get more classic than this?
nickstephens - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Peter Jones

The first pitch was a bit damp first thing in the morning, still, fantastic route, with a memorable traverse!
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 05/Sep/09 with Hannah Evans

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Aug/09

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Aug/09

Sophie Nunn - AltLd - 08/Aug/09

dpe - 2nd - 06/Aug/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/09

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/09 with Kris & Buffy

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jul/09

Really really good. Thought pitch 1 was by far the most intimidating!!
Jon_Warner - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/09 with Tom

DanLear - AltLd - 27/Jun/09 with Andy Pemberton, Al

Excellent route
ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/09 with Ian

Lead, Second, Lead, Lead
Laurence Everitt - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/09 with Mark D

JCB42 - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/09 with Jack Brougham

Mark D - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/09 with Laurence Everitt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/09

Mike W - Lead O/S - Jun/09 with grant

paddymitton - Jun/09

Big cams are useful
MD - AltLd - 24/May/09 with Misha

Awesome. Mike led P 2 and 4
Misha - AltLd O/S - 24/May/09

Julian Prieto - 2nd O/S - 02/May/09 with Neil Weymouth, Lesley Markie

steve prior - AltLd - May/09 with Pete R

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/09

I lead all but second pitch
jchenoweth - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/09 with Charlie Jeynes

petegruf - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Giovanna

joehanks61 - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09

Led P2
Different Steve - AltLd rpt - 11/Apr/09 with Clare & Joe

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09

cem - AltLd rpt - 11/Apr/09 with Paul Bolton

paulh1967 - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Nov/08

RichardMc - Lead - 26/Sep/08 with Tony Williams

Fantastic route, tough for grade. Excellent pro on 5a pitch.
mark4344 - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/08 with Nick Coles

Rob84 - Lead - 24/Aug/08 with Rich Patterson

thought the second pitchwas hard for 5a. Very wet though
thrutch - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/08 with helen

sebrider - AltLd O/S - Aug/08 with eugeneth

Led Ps 2&4.
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/08 with Simon Denison

argh! bloody hard for a VS. The top of the first pitch steep (overhanging!) and intimidating - and it only gets 4c!
givemetea - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Hannah Heywood

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/08

Tobias at Home - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/08 with SteveM

SteveM - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/08 with Tobs

eugeneth - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/08 with Seb

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/08

Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - Jun/08

Hidden - AltLd - 11/May/08

pitches 2 and 4. traverse is not hard but great fun. pitch one is harder
gb83 - AltLd O/S - 09/May/08 with m.sakano

I lead P1,3, and Graeme did P2,4. Superb. Our first climb in Chair Ladder.
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 09/May/08 with Graeme B

Hidden - AltLd - 07/May/08

pitch 1 and 3
OffshoreAndy - AltLd O/S - 05/May/08 with Skell

Amid sun, snow, gale force winds and the tide threatening my belay ledge. The traverse is an amazing pitch though.
Julia Chatterton - 2nd - 22/Mar/08 with Will

Hidden - 27/Jan/08

Hidden - 2nd - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

cmsg - AltLd O/S - 14/Oct/07

P1 Tom, P2 Mike, P3 & 4 Tom
Tom Gadsden - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/07 with Mike

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/07

I led P2
liz77 - AltLd - 01/Sep/07 with HRC

BALD EAGLE - AltLd - 28/Aug/07 with Mark Van Rossum

Steerpike - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/07 with Bruce

Yumee second pitch. Quite hard for VS
chris wyatt - AltLd O/S - Aug/07 with Nik Goile

centurion05 - Lead O/S - Aug/07 with chris thorne

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/07

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jul/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/07

zcapxa5 - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/07 with Dave Prady, Gab Morrison

Did first and third pitches. Second pitch is epic - amazing. One of the best climbs I have ever done.
JackMountains - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/07 with Phil

fully committing second pitch loved every minute
phil stubbs - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/07 with Jack Milton

MikeT - AltLd O/S - Jun/07 with MO

jon clayton - Lead O/S - Jun/07 with cherry

mooseloose - AltLd O/S - 30/May/07 with Ian Gas Bennet

Lead the memorable traverse pitch.
yuha - AltLd O/S - 25/May/07 with Bernard

Very nice, with a lovely exposed traverse below the roof.
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 20/May/07 with Bez

Andrew1 - AltLd - 13/Apr/07 with Andy Lewington

Joe Marsh - 2nd O/S - 10/Apr/07 with Andre

high in grade on first and 2nd pitch. But what a 2nd pitch, absolutly the best climb og the week. Great position, great exposure.
twodada - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/07 with Rick E

Led second pitch
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/07 with Ryan, Charles Moreton

Led p1
cem - AltLd rpt - 08/Apr/07 with Kirill Spiridonov, Ryan

"We won't need any big cams for this" :-(
featuresforfeet - AltLd O/S - 07/Apr/07 with Clive M

Amazing climb, must lead pitch 2 next time!
riddle - AltLd O/S - Mar/07 with Ollie and Mike Stephenson

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Geoffers - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Tim

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/06

akhughes - Lead - Sep/06 with Emma Hughes

sgl - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/06 with Konnie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/06

The most entertaining climb of my life. Led the 5a pitch (I want to lead the lot next time)
mooseloose - AltLd rpt - 15/Aug/06 with Robo & Jaime

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/06 with crossdressingrodney

I took the first pitch. Took ages to find an important jug. Sea lapping the bottom of the route. Started drizzling as soon as I got under the roof. An impressive first 5a lead for Alex!
crossdressingrodney - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/06 with alex malins, victim of mathematics

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/06

best/hardest vs in great britain. sweet route.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/06 with alex barrows

Urgles - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/06 with Laura

Kyuzo - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Hal Watts

hal - AltLd - Jun/06 with Virgil Scott

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/May/06

Hidden - Lead - 13/May/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/May/06

JPGR - 2nd - 30/Apr/06 with Paul

Jez - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/06 with Maybe_Si

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/06

maybe_si - AltLd - Apr/06 with jez

Danos - AltLd - Apr/06 with Danjou

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - Apr/06

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/06 with helen gibson

beardy mike - AltLd O/S - 2006 with Rob Scheicl

mikelaing - 2006

ewen - AltLd O/S - Sep/05

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/05

jfmchivall - Sep/05

shoulders - Lead - 12/Aug/05 with dai

Boxy - AltLd - 06/Aug/05 with Aus

Hidden - Lead - Aug/05

Tom Vivian - AltLd - Jul/05

John Kettle - AltLd - 2005

done with robs mate/lad from canada. I got traverse pitch. Thought the first pitch was hardest.
Topsy Turvy - AltLd O/S - Sep/04

johnboyrevel - Lead - Aug/04 with Faye

mikeyjbs - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/04 with simon ball

simon kimber - Lead O/S - Feb/04 with Lucy Filce

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Dec/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/03

My favourite climb
bpmclimb - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/03 with Clare

If there's a 5a pitch on this route it's pitch 1. Pitch 2 is sensational but not more than 4c.
Rog Wilko - Lead - Aug/03 with Debbie Wilkinson

Hidden - Lead - Aug/03

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jul/03

five - Lead O/S - Jun/03

Amazing traverse pitch
Drmikew - Lead - Jun/03

Led p 2 & 4
cem - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/03 with Liam Mark

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Apr/03

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - Apr/03 with Dan

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 2003

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/02

DerwentDiluted - AltLd - Aug/02 with Laurie Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/02

Norman_P_W - AltLd - 04/Jun/02 with Bob M

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/02

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Aug/01

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Jul/01

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/01

Didn't disappoint.
Paz - AltLd O/S - Jun/01 with CC

Hidden - AltLd - 20/May/01

Allan Young - AltLd O/S - 06/May/01 with Andrew Robinson

Led P2, P4
Different Steve - AltLd O/S - Apr/01 with Darren Lambert

IanGilbertJones - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/01 with Geoff Quinn

Stone Muppet - 2001

With Gill
Lepista - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/00

nickdonohue - AltLd - 01/Jul/00 with Joe Brown

Stephen lead first pitch to niche, I lead traverse out of niche.
alex_th - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/00 with Stephen Lumb

MoWalker3 - AltLd - 01/Jan/00

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

bullybones - 2000

brianrunner - 2000

NickP - 2000

VPJB - 2000

Steveb27 - AltLd - 2000

Mickdenali - Lead O/S - Jul/99 with Tim Rushton

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/99

WB - Solo O/S - 02/Apr/99

hdog76 - 1999

Hidden - 1999

plain kitten - Lead - Jul/98

With Sharon Davies.
iskra2000 - AltLd - 25/May/98 with Dave Wagg

Ashley Hold - Lead - 22/May/98 with Laurence North

CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 03/May/98 with Nicky

Hidden - Lead - 25/Apr/98

John Southworth - AltLd O/S - Apr/98 with Andy MacNae

Neil Ireson - Lead - 1998 with John

+ also with Keith. + Dan and Al. 1st pitch is one of the best anywhere!
andy_pemberton - AltLd - 1998 with Chris Clarke

stuart100 - Lead O/S - 15/May/97 with Claire Graham

Led p1,3&4. Tony Madden?
Pete Nugent - 30/Mar/97

Sarah led pitches 1 and two
skygodley - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/97 with SarahM

belay bunny turned bad - Lead - 1997

craig h - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/96 with Janet Hannah

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Apr/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/95

jim_randell - AltLd O/S - 21/May/95 with FW

GAtkins - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/95 with David Trelawney-Ross

GAtkins - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/95 with David Trelawney-Ross

markpollak - AltLd O/S - 1995 with roy thomas

John Simpson - 2nd O/S - 1995 with Ian Roberts

colin milton - AltLd - 02/Jul/94 with eric milton

climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/94

daprince - Jul/94

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/94

timreynolds - Lead - 28/May/94

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Apr/94

Hidden - Lead - 1994

mikelaing - AltLd - 1994 with Phil Abram

jcw - 2nd - 1994 with Martin Harris

bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - Sep/93

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/93

Hidden - 1993

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/92

sdht - 1992

whispering nic - 2nd - 30/Mar/91 with Ali W

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1991

John Roe - AltLd - Aug/90 with Nige Hughes

NickJH - 2nd - Aug/90 with D Townsend

nigehughes - AltLd - Aug/90 with John Roe

biggianthead - Jun/90 with C

DaveHo - Lead O/S - 1990

Too easy for HVS. Too hard for VS.
alan moore - 1990

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/89

beaumap - AltLd - 21/Jul/89 with Tim Waddington

ChrisJD - AltLd - 04/Apr/88

Tony Buckley - AltLd - Mar/88

steve taylor - AltLd - Apr/86 with Simon Leigh-Smith

RichardMc - AltLd - 31/Mar/86 with Steve Gould

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/85

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 27/May/84 with Steve Portnoi

charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/82 with Ian Milne

Nigel Bond - Lead - 31/Jul/82 with Rodger Edenborough

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/82

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 01/Jun/82 with Tim Dunsby

DDDD - 1982

Ian Clare - 1982

tapley - Lead - 30/Sep/80 with Alison Tapley

Chris Terrey - Lead - Apr/80 with Jerry Purkis

Mike C - AltLd - 09/Mar/80

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - Lead - 1980

Mike Owen - 27/Jul/79 with Elaine Watson

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - Sep/78 with Chris Newton

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/77

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Aug/77

babymoac - 2nd - 06/Jul/77 with SWH

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 07/Jun/77

Nigel Bond - Lead - 16/Apr/77 with Tony Cuddy

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 08/Apr/77 with Patrick Radford

With Andy Gallagher and many subsequent ascents
Simon cook - May/76

Falko - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/76 with Alan Taylor, Chris Plant

Bolt Phobia - AltLd - 05/Apr/76 with John Broadwell

Hidden - 1976

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