Contrary Mary* VS 4b
[Neil Bennett reaching the crux on Contrary Mary, 3 kb]16m.

Rockfax Description
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 139 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Andrew Abraham - 2nd rpt - 26/Oct/14 with Paul Deane

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/14

slab_happy - 2nd - 13/Sep/14

johnself1603 - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/14

andyclimber - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14

The second part was really intimidating without any good handholds; Andy very helpfully pointed out some nice footholds. Kinda rolled up to the top at the end...
Angeline - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Andy

will_benfold - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Sarah Woodrow

Pintsize - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Will Benfold

Andrew Abraham - 2nd - 31/May/14 with Sam Riley

After much investigation within the undergrowth, two pleasing jug holds arelocated, enabling a graunchy and exciting pull on to the start of this fine adventure. Completing the rockover with a large heather plant caressing ones face adds to the excitement and makes the arrival at 'heather gully' all the more welcome. Here, easy climbing give plenty opportunity to observe the many species of plant and animal life residing within the route. At this time of year many different caterpillars adorn the foliage meaning that one is never short of something to take ones mind of the frankly dreadful climbing at this point. After 12 metres a rock climb appears as if from nowhere, and the foliage parts to give way to a somewhat elevated boulder problem. Delightful and balancy climbing leads to the top of the route, but sadly it is all over too soon and leaves one wishing that the whole route had been like that. 3 stars. Classic.
AndyPagett - 2nd O/S - 26/May/14 with Jon Howson

The bottom section is a scramble, though the heather gulley that frames the climb invites you up. There's not much gear for the top section but the moves are all there and not so bad.
jonhowson - Lead O/S - 26/May/14 with Andy Pagett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/May/14

Hidden - 2nd - 14/May/14

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 dog - 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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/May/13

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

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

JonnySchofield - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12

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

matt0759 - 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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/May/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

Hidden - 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

Hidden - 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

alan moore - 1996

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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