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Contrary Mary* VS 4b

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[Neil Bennett reaching the crux on Contrary Mary, 3 kb]16m. Climb through a notch in the overhang then continue up the front of the buttress to a ledge. Above this the climbing is steeper, harder and bolder. © ROCKFAX
FA. late 1950s 1957

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List.

Photo: Neil Bennett reaching the crux on Contrary Mary © KevinGibbs
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This climb is in 124 logbooks, and on 1 wishlist.

Simonj - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/14 with Paul

should have took a trowel! top slab was thin. very enjoyable though.
cellomonkey1 - TR O/S - 11/Apr/14 with Simon

Matt Harmon - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/14 with James Oswald, Anna Duckett

Melanie Parkin - Lead rpt - 27/Sep/13 with Khalid Qasrawi

khalidq - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/13 with Melanie Parkin

khalidq - 2nd rpt - 27/Sep/13 with Melanie Parkin

Melanie Parkin - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/13 with Khalid Qasrawi

FrankBooth - 2nd - 08/Sep/13

leglesslizard - Lead O/S - Sep/13

Hidden - Lead - Sep/13

gpcomps - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/13 with Mark L

MarkLoveday - 2nd O/S - 27/Aug/13

RUDIN.J.D.H - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Sam Rudin, Paul Rudin

timmyhobby - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/13

warrygallace - 2nd - Jun/13 with dave (Amy's dad)

Chris Manasseh - Lead - 19/May/13 with Anne Orde

Dommydooda - 2nd O/S - 14/May/13 with Ali Corbett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13

JonnySchofield - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Hal Roberts

Hidden - TR O/S - 06/Oct/12

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Oct/12

David Kay - 2nd - 04/Sep/12 with Rachel Batt, James Hoyes

Shame it's not all like the top bit
Batt - 2nd O/S - 04/Sep/12 with David K, James Hoyes

Hoyes - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/12 with David K, Rachel B

Steve J P - 2nd - 20/May/12 with BW

Bernie Wylde - Lead - 20/May/12 with sp

Hidden - TR - 14/Apr/12

bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/12 with Bob/Nic

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Mar/12

Nice overhang with bad-ass heel hook at start and bold finish :)
Ross.Cooper - Lead O/S - 15/Jan/12 with Robin Wilson

robinmuzette - 2nd - 15/Jan/12 with Ross Cooper

PAJames - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/11

Cool overhang at the start, easy through the undergrowth and then a bold technical finish.
GC - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Peter Williams

Nigel Bond - 2nd - 24/Aug/11 with Bern Hardman

A tricky beginning wiht the overhang. then a breeze right up to the end part which was very difficult for me.
climbingsteph - 2nd dog - 31/Jul/11 with Kibblewhite

Oops. Minor whipper taken off of damp holds on the upper slab.
Different Steve - Lead dog - 16/Jul/11 with Jeremy, Eddie Webster

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Jul/11

jwpil - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11 with James h

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jun/11

peeturd - 05/Jun/11

Deano100 - 2nd - 04/Jun/11

First lead of the trip.
Bobling - Lead - 04/Jun/11 with Dean, Rob H

iwebster59017 - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with kirsty Brown

Kirsty810202 - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Ian Webster

The top section definitely makes the climb worthwhile
Marvino - Lead - 19/Apr/11

Gary A S - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Lofty

kermit_uk - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 16/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead RP - Mar/11

SteWatkins - Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

John Mckeating - 2011

jamests99 - 2011 with Jase

heathery at the bottom, commiting top out
ragabond007 - Lead - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

matthias13 - 2nd - 09/Oct/10 with JamesA

Hidden - Lead dog - 09/Oct/10

thebullmaster - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/10 with Hayley

sharon lannie - 2nd - 12/Sep/10

Kev lead followed by Mark then me, nice delicate moves over the head wall.
Peeley.b - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/10 with Kev Gibbs, Mark Readman

krikoman - 2nd - 05/Sep/10 with 1_Neily Peeley, Kev Gibbs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/10

dja - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/10 with Andy Smith

Spidermunkie - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/10

Bernie Wylde - 23/May/10

Shad - Lead - 23/May/10

Jon Dittman - 2nd - 23/May/10

dishevelled - 2nd O/S - May/10

cooper leek - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/09 with dennis, crucko

Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/09 with Ralph

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/09

Russell Lovett - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/09 with alan taylor

Happy Wanderer - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Ken T

Trobbo - 2nd - 12/Apr/09 with martin bennett

Peter Drake - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Ewan Russel

Ewan Russell - 2nd O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Peter Drake

Did not complete the crux due to position of pulley. I think probably 4a moves on the top slab as crux was last move
nathanroberts89 - TR - Feb/09

Danhan - 2009

Col Kingshott - Lead - 2009

Hidden - 2009

good moves at the top, poor gear, but apparently i missed a good cam placement, which would have protected the crux
Pilch - Lead - 11/Oct/08 with Graham

James's Lead
DanT - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Helen Lambert, James Moore

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

EAYL - Lead - 26/Sep/07 with LMB

gravity - TR - 08/Sep/07 with Caroline

mic_b - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/07 with Fruitcake 72

davek - Lead O/S - 02/May/07 with Larson

No way is that final slab 4b! More like 5a & no gear
KeithW - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/06 with Corky

Dodged the top slab by moving round to left arete then back right
Marvino - Lead dnf - 25/Apr/06 with Darren

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - Lead - 09/Oct/05

Chesh - Lead - Jun/04 with Phil B

donkster - Lead O/S - 2004 with trigg

Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/03 with Carmen

Alaric - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/03 with Neil, Karen B, Bruce M

Hidden - Lead - 2003

mark s - Solo - 2003

D Berry - Lead rpt - 21/Jul/02 with Claire Berry

platt2000 - 2002

Hedley - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/01 with Steve Runnacles

rocktigger - Lead O/S - 2001 with Jon n Clare

D Berry - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/00 with Claire Berry

tlr - 2nd - 2000

Started as a solo, but the top section seems much harder than 4b, and so I tied in, just to be on the safe side :-)
Nick Smith - UKC - 2nd - Aug/98

stokienomad - Lead - 16/Jul/98

Hidden - TR - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1997

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - Jul/96

brady - Lead - 1996 with John Cameron

worth a star at least
Scott McRae - Lead β - 15/May/93 with Steve Jones

Delicate and exciting finish indeed!
Scott McRae - Lead O/S - Jun/92 with Steve Jones

Hidden - Lead - 15/Sep/90

Roget - Solo O/S - 07/Aug/90

andrew300169 - 1990

Iain Thow - Lead - 14/Oct/87 with Simon Lee

tapley - Solo - 18/Sep/87

andy tetsill - Lead - Sep/87 with whitehall instructing

RichardMc - 2nd - 05/Sep/76 with Tony Williams

Rog Wilko - Lead - May/71 with Debbie Wilkinson

mikej - 2nd - 03/May/70 with John Bickerdyke

oldmanofmow - 1956

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Style of ascent

Soloed4 of 124 (3.2%)
Lead62 of 124 (50.0%)
Followed39 of 124 (31.5%)
Toproped6 of 124 (4.8%)
Unknown13 of 124 (10.5%)

'Climbed'60 of 124 (48.4%)
clean O/S54 of 124 (43.5%)
clean β1 of 124 (0.8%)
clean rpt3 of 124 (2.4%)
clean RP1 of 124 (0.8%)
dogged3 of 124 (2.4%)
dnf2 of 124 (1.6%)