Mephistopheles** E1 5b
[Mephistopheles HVS 5a at Ravensdale, 3 kb]46m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A good climb that starts just left of the toe of the buttress, below an evil-looking hanging flake.
1) 5a, 22m. Climb a groove, then move right past the wedged flake with care. Continue awkwardly up the thin crack until tricky moves right gain the belay.
2) 5b, 24m. Climb the crack above the stance to steeper rock, then pull through the bulges to join the wide crack that forms the final section of the upper pitch of Mealystopheles. Steep. © ROCKFAX

FA. Paul Nunn, Oliver Woolcock (1 pt of aid pitch 2) 1964

Photo: Mephistopheles HVS 5a at Ravensdale © sage
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This climb is in 91 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Sep/14

Both pitches hard at 5a and 5b not a chance at HVS
Andy Peak 1 - AltLd - 11/Sep/14 with phill ukc

Ard as fuck
the power - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/14 with Andy

wolverine - Lead - 31/May/14 with dan parkes

Led in one long pitch.
James Oakes - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Keith Poskitt

Dave Reeve - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/13 with Tony Payne

JEP - Lead - 11/Jun/13

DannyK - Lead rpt - 11/Aug/12 with Katie

Led P2. Took a fall on P2 crux when hold snapped.
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Chris Hindley

minaturechris - 2nd O/S - 14/Aug/11 with Barra

After a day of sport. Led pitch 1 and football sized lump of rock I was standing on came off just before building the belay. Managed to stay on and avoid a large fall, rock almost hit belayer. Seconded pitch 2, also fairly chossy.
willsm11 - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Daf

jamesgodwin64 - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Chiris Fox

P1, nice route
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/11

JRae - Lead - 14/Jun/11 with M Rankie, Molly G

Top pitch feels a bit desperate. lead pitch 1
disturbed_one51 - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with Wee man

Lead P2, and it felt right hard for HVS.
Jonathan Hall - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with Mark Williams

Did 1st pitch then finished up Mealy Bugs as it was getting dark.
marcoleptic - Lead β - 20/Apr/11 with Andy Shep

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/11

Pitch 2
metal arms - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/11

biobuild - AltLd - 20/Mar/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11

tried to downclimb with no slack- comedy slide from rock ensued. Today was all about the comedy.
NB Pixel - 2nd dog - 26/Sep/10 with Richard Haszko

rikbattye - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/10

szelest - 2nd dnf - 31/Aug/10

Hannes B - 2nd - 31/Aug/10 with Rik

Ben's repeat lead; who took some convincing to make moves & slumped at the (admittedly tricky) 2nd pitch buldges.
Alex Thompson - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Ben Hull

Birdo - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Jenny Brown

Jeno - 2nd O/S - Jun/10 with Dave Bird, Matt Bird

Cleaned 1st pitch, took a fall on crux of 2nd. E1.
DannyK - Lead dog - 19/Mar/10 with Christos

chrislgk - 2nd dog - 19/Mar/10 with Danny

katyvose1 - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

nickcanute - 2010

wolverine - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Matt Sparkes

AH 5a Dave 5b
Tony Holdsworth - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/09 with Dave Law

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/09

E1.Found this really tough. Had to have a rest on the crux crack.
Martin Haworth - Lead dog - 15/Mar/09 with Shaun Walby

shaun walby - 2nd dog - 15/Mar/09 with Martin Haworth

Really stiff, watched Tom have a battle with it, followed up unconfidently. Got through all the moves (as I had seen him do them) and got to the good jug. Moved slightly left, and my foot popped off! Should have watched out for that glassy hold as Tom had done the same! Very stiff for HVS I would say, but I am far from a limestone guru.
Reaver2k - 2nd dog - 29/Jan/09 with Tom Dixon

2nd pitch only. Nails (plus a bit wet) - need to get back and do it clean!
thomasadixon - Lead dog - 26/Jan/09 with Alan

cem - Lead rpt - 20/Sep/08 with Rob Truckle

Sankey - 2nd - 02/Jul/08 with Geoff and Tony

danoflynn - 2nd - 07/Jun/08 with Tom Ramsden, Mike McLean

Ben1983 - Lead O/S - 10/May/08

Sam W - AltLd - 05/May/08 with Carl Reilly

Led P2, very stiff for HVS
Different Steve - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/07 with Nick Willis

Coel Hellier - AltLd dog - 24/Jul/07 with Pat

Found whole climb hard, Had to rest on crux of top pitch, but after placing better gear i did it in good syle. Much harder than the Thorn, should be E1.
Pilch - Lead dog - 20/May/07 with Ed

EdShep - 2nd O/S - 20/May/07 with Pilch

a polished knightmare was on it ages
Dale - Lead dog - Sep/06 with johny

David Smith - Lead - Sep/06

cem - 2nd - 22/Aug/04 with Graham Dolman

Budge - Lead rpt - 22/Jul/04 with Mike Oates

rob.grafton - AltLd - 29/Sep/03 with Bruce

Hidden - AltLd - 27/May/03

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2003 with john d

Budge - Lead dog - 10/May/01 with Mike Oates

Hidden - Lead - 21/Jul/00

EagerAndy - 2000

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1999

Pitch 1
Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/98 with Mark Walker

I lead the first pitch - 5a
Chris the Tall - AltLd - Aug/97 with Bill G

Budge - AltLd O/S - 1997 with Brian Ottewell, Mike Oates

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 07/Sep/96 with Steve Dean, John Cutcliffe

Hidden - Lead dnf - 16/Jul/95

Guy - 1993

leathers - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/91 with James Thomas

SimonN - 2nd - May/90

Nick Rundall - 2nd O/S - 1990

AndrewP - Lead - 1990

tapley - Lead - 21/May/89 with Jim Leith

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jul/85

andy gittins - 1985

Pete Pozman - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/83 with Jeremy

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Oct/82

mark-abz - Lead - 15/Sep/82 with Andy W

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1982 with Rich Lewis

Nic Robinson - Solo O/S - 25/Jun/81

Hidden - Lead - 07/Mar/81

Hidden - Lead - 1981

Hidden - Lead - 05/Apr/80

Nigel Bond - Lead - 14/Jun/79 with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby

GeoffG - Lead - 20/Nov/77

Derek Ryden - AltLd O/S - 1976 with Glynne Andrew

petemeads - Lead - 05/Nov/75

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Nov/75

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 11/Oct/75 with Mike Blenkinsop

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/75

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 18/May/74

Dave Westby - Lead O/S - 1972 with Phil Caley

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