Rowland's Magical Mystery Tour*** 5a
[Alice leads pitch 4, 3 kb]160m, 5 pitches.

Rockfax Description
HVS. A popular mini-expedition. There is some fixed gear where most needed, but take a rack. Approach by walking right (looking out) from the base of the ladders. Competent climbers will find the first 2 pitches solo-able however, if unsure, rope up.
1) 3, 25m. Traverse left to the arete and then left again, descending into a cave.
Walk/scramble left across ledges to the left edge of the cave and step around onto a good ledge.
2) 3, 10m. Climb the wide crack on the left to a ledge then drop down left into a hollow.
3) 4, 20m. Traverse left to the arete and climb round into a scoop. Pull past the overlap into a larger scoop. Old bolts.
4) 4, 25m. Traverse right to the arete and climb this, trending right at the top, to a ledge. Belay here or continue traversing right into the next cave, poor bolt and gear to belay.
5) 5, 40m. A fine exposed pitch - about HVS 5a. Climb right and up into the next cave then left onto the arete and up to a good ledge. Move right, climb the groove, moving right at its top. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
The abseil in is around 50m - double ropes needed, or leave a single rope in place and collect it later.

FA. R.Edwards 1986. Climbed solo, bolts placed later.

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Photo: Alice leads pitch 4 © Chris Manasseh
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This climb is in 115 logbooks, and on 14 wishlists.

Lead 2nd and 4th pitches. 4th and 5th pitches fully bolted.
Juan Ruiz - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/15 with Pablo Perea

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Apr/15

Stanners - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/15 with Swedish Fred, Andy G

Joby and Ed went as the first pair. Nick and I followed. Of the last three proper pitches, I led P2. We just about got away with it: the rain came in as we climbed these pitches. The final pitch was absolutely drenched when we got to it. Ed lowered a rope for Nick to clip into. I seconded as normal. Climbed it fine, despite the conditions.
pdamann - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/15 with N Leathers

Needed a few nuts for the unbolted top-out
jamie ward - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/15 with Shaun Blower

Rest-day comedy - 4 people, 4 ropes, leaders rotating clockwise. Easy climbing, no rack needed. Great fun.
mes32 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/15 with Sally, Caroline, Will

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/15

In a loop of four, rotating leads. Led P5
will_benfold - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/15 with Sally Fitton, Caroline Culwick, Mary

fine objective for a rest day!
LeeWood - AltLd O/S - 30/Dec/14

Hidden - 22/Dec/14

Bizzarly arrived at the top with only one trainer!!! Had no recollection of seeing it en route or losing it? - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/14 with Graham

redshapedfriday - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/14 with Debs Climber

steveprice.exmouth - AltLd - 04/Dec/14 with Steve Woollard

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Dec/14

Nice traverse and nice final pitch.
dmetcalfe - AltLd - 27/Nov/14

Led 2 & 4
Chris Manasseh - AltLd - 27/Nov/14 with John Armstrong

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Nov/14

led p1,3 &5
jvarmstrong - AltLd - 27/Nov/14 with Chris

first 2 and last pitch
Trev speariett - AltLd - 26/Nov/14

nicnac67 - 2nd - 24/Nov/14 with Kevin

Led Pitches 1, 2, 4, 5. Windy. Pitches 4 and 5 are stunning.
nick ferro - AltLd O/S - 20/Nov/14 with Oli Birkill

mikestr555 - Lead - 10/Nov/14

Just the one bolt protects the initial easy pitch, then one more for the second pitch, then a good double bolt belay marks the start of the proper climbing. Thankfully the bolts have been placed sparingly so this still feels like a serious adventure. 3rd time on this route for me and still feels wonderful. Mid 30's C so sun / heatstroke going on by the time we were finished.
A Mountain Journey - AltLd - 28/Oct/14 with Joe

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Oct/14

Great exposure on the sharp last pitch. First two can be solo'd as one move wonders. Take care as it's a real sun trap with 0% cover after the caves.
andyevans - 2nd O/S - 09/Oct/14 with cdpuk

Solo P1,2, lead P3,4,5. Amazing scenery and exposure for the grade. No need for any trad gear any more. P1 and 2 have bolts where needed and the rest are fully bolted.
cdpuk - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/14 with Andrew Evans

daveclarke5 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Stephen

aliclarke99 - 2nd dog - 19/Apr/14

solo piches 1 & 2 lead pitch 5
mikestr555 - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/14

mrteale - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/14

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

Pitched 3,4 and. 5 bolted. Found the traverse on 3 exposed, climb a little high after bolt three and had to down climb. Used a couple of pieces of trad to protect the top out! A great climb, but get there early to avoid any queues! Lead 1,3 and 5!
Wildstyle - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/14 with Caroline 2010

Caroline 2010 - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/14 with lgp81

craig naylor - AltLd O/S - 03/Mar/14 with Tony

RobSimpson - 2nd - 19/Jan/14

You really don't need a full rack as the first 2 pitches are really just a walk but the last pitch makes up for it! A gd day out! Although a few bolts where needed it still has the HVS feel :-) gd star to the year.
Felix Ottey - AltLd O/S - 01/Jan/14

Lots of shiny new bolts no need for a rack. A great situation for a climb.
mot1 - AltLd O/S - 01/Jan/14 with Lucy

balloo1791 - 2014

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Dec/13

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Nov/13

Hidden - Lead - Nov/13

Led 1, 3 & 5. Awesome fun.
BenedictIEP - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/13 with Tom Hobbs

Disappointingly easy and well bolted, only two wires placed. Only roped for final 3 pitches. Nice and sunny though.
Alex Thompson - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/13 with JonnyO

J25 - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/13 with Alex Thompson

Lead pitches 1, 3 and 5. Exposed sea cliff fun:-)
vix - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/13 with chris

EllieWoods - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/13 with Adam, Lucy

Bit loose in places but an amazing adventure
Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/13 with ah

2nd time round for me, showing Kate the delights of these amazing sea cliffs. Climbed previously with Susan Guest as an A/L Loads of fun on both occasions
A Mountain Journey - Lead - Feb/13 with Kate

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Dec/12

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Nov/12

chris smith - AltLd O/S - 28/Oct/12

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Apr/12

Very,very hot!
Shaw Brown - Lead - 30/Mar/12 with Judith Neaves

Wild abseil into space (they aren't lying about the ladders) sets the tone. Took about 4 hours
BelleVedere - 2nd - 13/Jan/12 with Mark Eddy

Sam_Marsland - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/12 with Mark Eddy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Nov/11

1918hasti - AltLd - 15/Nov/11

Very nice abb into it.
Ash_Johnson - Lead - Nov/11

A fantastic adventure, exciting abseil, great views, sparse rusty gear, it has it all! Last two pitches are bolted where needed but a full rack was used, could not see any ENP's on the route, be careful not to tangle the ropes like I did around the rusty old ladders next to the abseil point! A must do.
rgd1977 - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/11

beckybray1 - 2nd - 20/Mar/11

brilliant day out, the ab in sets the scene for the rest of the route.
stvredmond - AltLd - 14/Nov/10 with Dan

trad leads 2/5
bigdan050 - AltLd - 14/Nov/10 with steve R, oz

take plenty of water and make sure its not in the 30,s. fine position fine last
stanman - AltLd O/S - Sep/10 with si rackley

Hidden - Lead - May/10

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 02/Apr/10

seeroo - 2nd O/S - 20/Jan/10 with Scone

used the ENPs for belaying at one point (couldn't see much else there) and the top pitch is a lot shorter than stated
auld al - AltLd O/S - Jan/10

Hidden - 2010

Really good climb, worth the visit to Calpe.
hedgehog77 - Lead O/S - Dec/09

JWB - AltLd O/S - 04/Nov/09 with Charles

Hidden - Lead RP - 26/Dec/08

Hidden - Lead - Dec/08

TonyP - Lead O/S - 10/May/08 with Nic

barni - AltLd O/S - 01/May/08 with tom machine

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/08

Easy to run the two pitches after the traverse together in order to reach the cave before the crux. Seem to be some new bolts on the 5 section of this before reaching the prominent recess.
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 29/Jan/08 with Jenn Burt

When scorchio.....take water!
Jakey4060 - AltLd O/S - Sep/07 with Tom Silsbury

Julie Carroll - AltLd - May/07 with Rich Mayfield, Carole Dawson

SteveM - AltLd O/S - 31/Dec/06 with Corky

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Nov/06

Soloed the first 2 pitchs (both 3), led 3rd (4) and 5th (5), Nick led 4th (4). A fine way to finish the trip
Chris the Tall - AltLd - 23/Nov/06 with Nick Smith

Sylvi - 2nd - 17/Nov/06 with Andy L

Neill led first proper pitch, Ines led P2 and I led P3.
CJE - AltLd O/S - 16/Oct/06 with Ines Clergue & Neill McMullan

Hidden - Lead - 24/Mar/06

Hidden - AltLd β - Jan/06

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Oct/05

Shaw Brown - 2nd - 29/Apr/05 with peter metcalfe

Move together or solo the first three pitches. Watch out for the homicidal gulls in April!
Peter Metcalfe - Lead - 29/Apr/05 with Kim Mason, Shaw Brown

An eventful climb, done in difficult circumstances. Will repeat on future visit.
erica - 2nd - 17/Mar/05 with John

Bit of an epic after the abseil incident
John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 17/Mar/05 with Erica

Good fun but shorter than we expected.
220bpm - AltLd O/S - 04/Nov/04 with Dave

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Oct/04

led the top pitch VS5a
shaun walby - Lead - 22/Mar/04

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jan/04

Hidden - Lead - 2004

TimPerkin - AltLd O/S - 25/Nov/03 with Mark Perkin, Richard Harris, Dave Green

Spillers - Lead - Sep/03 with Randy

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Mar/03

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Mar/03 with The Wife

Mark Riley - AltLd O/S - Mar/03 with Sandra Evans

Goody - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/03 with Mark Jarvis

Hidden - AltLd - 2003

chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/02 with Joe Thompson

John Brayshaw - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/02 with Chris

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Dec/00

cem - AltLd O/S - 01/Dec/00 with Miles Butteriss

Shaw Brown - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/00 with cliff brown

charlesmfrench - AltLd dog - 28/Apr/98

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Apr/98

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Dec/97

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Dec/97

craig h - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/97 with Janet Hannah

BobbyMotherwell - Apr/97 with Colin Donnelly, Eric Horne

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

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