Enigma Variation** E2 5b
[Enigma Variation, 1 kb]12m. The arete is followed past the overlap, then trend left up the slab. Delicate and not too well-protected though low in the grade. © ROCKFAX
FA. Andrew Woodward 1976

Ticklists: The Roaches - Routes Graded List, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, The Roaches Skyline 'E' challenge.

Photo: Enigma Variation © gritstone

PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 114 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Andrew Abraham - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Chris Wallis, Paul Sherman

did the straight after the VS
hirving - TR O/S - 17/May/14 with sam giles

quinn sorabjee - TR O/S - 17/May/14 with J Golding

Hidden - TR O/S - 17/May/14

matt8hew88 - TR β - 17/May/14

pjames87 - TR - 19/Apr/14

jack 9895 - 2nd O/S - 10/Mar/14

joese7en - Lead O/S - 10/Nov/13

harold walmsley - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/13 with Colin Struthers

Hidden - 09/Aug/13

No idea where E2 comes from - it's E1 5a in the definitive and that feels fair. Nice precarious moves on the arete then easy slab above.
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Simon

sam corbett - Solo β - Jun/13

thomaspomfrett - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/13 with Pat Brien

Hidden - TR O/S - 17/Feb/13

Templeton Adams - TR - 17/Feb/13 with Darren H

Ky - Lead O/S - Oct/12 with Dave H

Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Esther Bott

Ky - Lead O/S - 2012 with Dave H

northy1983 - Lead - 2012 with david h

Tricky but not too hard, wouldn't like to fall off though!
Dan Lane - 2nd O/S - 16/Nov/11 with John Crook

Sam W - 24/Jul/11 with Tom Bide

I thought this was soft at E1. Never E2.
richardr - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/11

really nice route, would be brilliant solo
PeteWilson - TR O/S - 14/Jul/11 with Andrew Graham

BOLD
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Becky E

Becky E - 2nd - 26/Jun/11 with Graeme Hammond

Jon Read - Lead - 21/Jun/11 with andi turner

Bit easy for E2 but it is pretty bold.
Jonathan Hall - 2nd - 31/May/11 with Rob Middleton

Top roped this as protection was very far and few between, still would not want to lead for this reason. enjoyed it though.
frume - TR O/S - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/11

jtree03 - TR - 02/Apr/11 with Tony

vanderz - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11 with patrick dawson

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 19/Mar/11

donkster - Lead rpt - 19/Mar/11 with DaveNW

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

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

climbingpixie - 2nd - 24/Oct/10 with Andy

Boy - Solo - 24/Oct/10 with Nige Kershaw

Adam Long - Solo - 24/Oct/10

donkster - Lead rpt - 11/Oct/10 with jus

Ky - 2nd O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Donk

donkster - Lead rpt - 02/Oct/10 with malc, ki, trigg

Bold but steady. Gear isn't as bomber as you'd hope once you eventually arrive at it.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/10 with C. Prescott

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Sep/10

thrutch - Lead O/S - 16/May/10 with nathan

donkster - Lead rpt - 03/Apr/10 with trigg

donkster - Lead rpt - 21/Mar/10 with pete buswell

donkster - Lead rpt - 10/Oct/09 with DaveNW

Hidden - 2nd RP - 10/Oct/09

Very little gear to be had.
Chris Craggs - TR - 06/Aug/09 with Dave Gregory

Easy
craig d - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/09 with Simon Kincaid

donkster - Lead rpt - 24/Apr/09 with mark

Mark Dennison - 2nd - 13/Apr/09 with Donk

great climb- would need a staedy head to lead as gear is very spaced and landing horrible!!Felt fine on a top rope !!
bobpilgrem - TR O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Bob/Tom

tompilgrem - TR - 12/Apr/09 with Dad

Rob Laird - TR O/S - 12/Apr/09 with B Sosin

Wow hard slaby moves
mr random - TR O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Rob L

PaulGreenhead - TR O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Kirsty

Kirsty - TR - 12/Apr/09 with PaulGreenhead

MONKEY78 - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/09 with Helen Garrett

cymjt - 2009

Hidden - Lead - 18/Oct/08

steveP - TR O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Dan Towns

DanT - TR O/S - 05/Jul/08 with James Brierley, Steve Pettit, Ian Silvester

Retroman3 - TR - 05/Jul/08 with Yan, Dan

Hidden - 2nd dog - 31/May/08

jon bradley - TR rpt - 10/May/08

graphiclunarkid - TR β - 10/May/08 with Huw

cooper leek - 2nd - May/08 with donk

Coel Hellier - Lead - 10/Feb/08

donkster - Lead rpt - 2008 with DaveNW

daveagriff - TR - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Stig - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/07 with Charlie Reade-Jahn

Dave Richards - 2nd β - 08/Jul/07

Easy- ish friction moves up the slab. But protection is non existant until 3/4 way up, with a few delicate moves at half height. Perhaps a soft touch - but deserved of grade due to bad gear and landing.
Max2559 - Lead RP - 20/May/07 with James Morgan

Si dH - 2nd O/S - 11/Mar/07 with Neil Furniss

Ben1983 - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/07

Birdo - 2007 with Dave Bird

IOAN D - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/06 with andrew (Tony)

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

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - Lead - 06/Aug/05

mark s - Solo - 2005

Apharri - Lead O/S - May/04 with Dave Wharton

Brown - Solo O/S - 06/Mar/04

Bottled out of soloing it, but did so effectively cos the gear is so non existent!
Leofallon - Solo - 21/Jun/03

Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/03 with ChrisA

Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/03 with Steve Puttick

bullybones - 2002

nige - Lead - 2001 with mark hounslea

tlr - Solo - 2000

alan moore - 2000

Laramadness - 2nd β - 16/Oct/99 with RF

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Aug/99

I led this when it was E2....still claiming the tick!!
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - Jul/97 with Richard Bower

ChrisJD - 2nd - 01/Sep/96 with Rod

robtrooper - 1996

shark - Solo O/S - 1995

Hidden - Lead - 1995

John Southworth - Lead O/S - Nov/94

OMSKB - TR - 05/Sep/93

andrew300169 - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/92 with Tim

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 12/Jun/92

Hidden - Lead - 03/May/92

Not E2. And probably not 5b
Andy Say - Solo - 20/Aug/91

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/91 with Will (S. Williamson)

Hidden - TR O/S - 27/May/91

Roget - Solo rpt - 13/Apr/91

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1991

andrew300169 - 1990

Gambit - Solo O/S - 16/Jul/89 with Barney

Roget - TR O/S - 01/Jul/89 with jim

Hidden - Lead - 07/May/89

Michael Hood - Lead - 28/Sep/85

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Andrew Abraham, Stefan_Morris, stvey, PeteWilson, alimckay, MattT88, JLS

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