Tai chi*** 6b+
[Emma Williams on the arête of Tai Chi (6b) at Olta, Costa Blanca., 2 kb]26m.

Rockfax Description
The superb and photogenic arete. It is probably 6c+ if you climb direct past the second bolt although most folks go right here. © ROCKFAX

FA. Jens Muenchberg 1990s 1995

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Photo: Emma Williams on the arête of Tai Chi (6b) at Olta, Costa Blanca. © Mark Glaister
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This climb is in 201 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

Lanchester - 11/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/15

Beautiful delicate moves on small holds. Really enjoyable climbing and I was psyched to onsight it as I had only intended to dog up it to put draws in.
Ella7 - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/15

Hidden - TR rpt - 06/Apr/15

Simon Rackley - Lead O/S - Apr/15 with andy barnes

Cold and wet
Stoney Boy - Lead RP - 22/Mar/15 with Nick Conway

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/15

Jumped straight on it and went right instead of left around crux. Nice route
freemanTom - Lead dog - 17/Mar/15

Curly Rich - Lead dnf - 17/Mar/15 with gmc

Curly Rich - TR β - 17/Mar/15 with gmc

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/15

Hidden - TR - 17/Mar/15

Hidden - 2nd dog - 10/Mar/15

duzinga - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/15 with MTV, Omer

Got a bit above 2nd bolt
martintv - TR dnf - 10/Mar/15

georgenvk - Lead dog - 08/Mar/15 with Adam Lindley, Becks87

Becks87 - TR dnf - 07/Mar/15 with Adam L, George

atom - TR O/S - 07/Mar/15 with George Novak, Rebecca Wood

derekb - Lead - 28/Feb/15 with Cookie

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Jan/15

Hidden - Lead β - 05/Jan/15

Trisha Murphy - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/15 with Sam Robinson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jan/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Dec/14

MichaelGallimore - Lead dog - 31/Dec/14 with Ben Philips

3-star photogenics but the moves are memorable for the wrong reasons; until you hit those jugs nr the top !!
LeeWood - Lead - 26/Dec/14

Hidden - 21/Dec/14

benka - Lead O/S - 20/Dec/14 with steve h

breed - Lead O/S - 18/Dec/14

argybargy - TR dog - 22/Nov/14

Peter Lovell - Lead β - 06/Nov/14

Jonny Nick - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/14

leglesslizard - Lead O/S - Nov/14

Tala M - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/14 with Mike Brookes

Hidden - Lead dog - 21/Oct/14

Valentino - Lead dnf - 19/Oct/14 with Jay

Hidden - TR dog - 14/Oct/14

Hidden - Lead β - 14/Oct/14

A very nervy route but I don't like slabs! Not sure its a top 50 route but worth it for the iconic photos...
Rockmonkey1977 - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/14

leeds_belle - Lead dog - 22/May/14 with Will

spidermonkey09 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Jack Knight

Hidden - Lead dog - 20/Apr/14

Jack93 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Jim Hulbert

miles155 - 09/Apr/14 with Jack/Rowan

RBonney - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/14 with Milo, Jack Appleby

jackappleby - Lead β - 09/Apr/14 with Milo, Rowan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/14

brilliant climbing.
scott gibson - Lead O/S - Apr/14 with graeme read

JHC - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Sam Watson

Foot slipped on crux as didn't go far enough left to find a better placement. Awesome slab climbing.
Sam Watson - Lead - 29/Mar/14 with James Cowley

mrteale - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/14

Blew the onsight, the cruxy area was completely not my style. Had mega issues trusting the footholds while using the smaller hand holds on the slabbly angle. Felt quite hard to put the clips up too, didn't realize it traversed quite as left as it does. Got back on it for the stars, still pushy for me.
Oliver Branagan - Lead RP - 05/Mar/14 with Tony Holdsworth, Tom Reed, Mick R

I've never been good on little holds
Tony Holdsworth - Lead dnf - 05/Mar/14 with Mick Radford

great route, bit of beta from Olli
Mick r - Lead β - 05/Mar/14 with Tom Reed, Olli, Tony H

rested at crux but should of just gone for it. but we all ways say that right
Reedymc - Lead dog - 05/Mar/14 with Oliver Branagan

Mackinclimb - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/14

jwpil - Lead O/S - 22/Feb/14 with Ben

elyben - Lead - 16/Feb/14

Justin T - Lead dog - 19/Jan/14 with Nancy

keefe - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/14

ben.phillips - Lead O/S - 2014 with Mike Gallimore

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 31/Dec/13 with Rob Gibson

Hidden - 2nd dog - 31/Dec/13

Hidden - Lead β - 31/Dec/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Dec/13

John Pickles - 2nd O/S - 19/Dec/13 with Zac Poulton

Hidden - TR - 07/Nov/13

Abi Chard - Lead β - 14/Apr/13 with Ian

Can't climb here!? After being to sella and toix it seemed a completely different rock type and couldn't get on with it. Had a go at this iconic route any way and f#cked it up :( head was boxed as the clips seemed a long way apart? Awesome route to where I got to though
geoff.comley - Lead dnf - 08/Apr/13 with Vic Paterson

Didn't particularly enjoy this, awkwardly bolted and slightly shoddy old drilled thread at the top.
JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/13 with Claire Holland

paul__in_sheffield - 03/Apr/13 with Beanie

IceBun - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with Wilson

Decmorris - Lead dog - 27/Mar/13

monkeymyster - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/Dec/12

TiffTiff - Lead RP - 21/Dec/12 with Jo Davison, Andy W

andrew549 - Lead β - 18/Dec/12

Albachoss - Lead O/S - 18/Dec/12 with Ben

DaveTrain - Lead RP - 12/Dec/12

MartyJ - Lead O/S - Dec/12

Lovely Jubbly, delicate face climbing with a pleasant airy finish on large holds.
Saurus - Lead RP - Dec/12 with Barfani Chita

Jim Brownlow - 2nd - 25/Oct/12 with Ben Burns

really nice balance technical route!well bolted
jon_gill1 - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/12 with ross garfoot

Hidden - Lead β - 28/Apr/12

mdg skidmore - TR dog - 28/Apr/12 with joe penfold, clive dean

domskezz - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/12 with Jamma

Hidden - Apr/12

Shaw Brown - Lead - 28/Mar/12 with Judith Neaves

Hidden - TR dog - 21/Mar/12

Seymore Butt - Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd dog - Mar/12

tim newton - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/12 with dan ely

2nd go
Jonathan Emett - Lead RP - 08/Jan/12 with tim

ianjfsutcliffe - Lead O/S - 23/Dec/11 with Coatesy

I climbed direct on 6c,really worth this one,mitic,excellent,and awesome photos
Biggo - Lead O/S - 06/Dec/11 with Berta

Dave Rumney - Lead - 24/Nov/11 with Tanya Milner

As brilliant as ever.
Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 11/Oct/11 with Paul Cox

LisaA - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Gary, Andy

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Garry, Lisa

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/11 with Anna

krasavenko - Lead dog - 05/Apr/11 with Clement

Liam Ingram - Lead RP - 05/Apr/11 with Fiona Mellor

amazing climb. having failed to onsight even a 6a all week I just decided to go for it. slipped at the crux once but got it the second time. getting to the jug was such an awesome feeling
THardSevere - Lead dog - 05/Apr/11 with fergus cuthill

Trevera - Lead - 05/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/11

Hidden - TR O/S - 05/Apr/11

Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/11 with Phil, Ferdia

ferdia - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/11 with Phil, Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11

Andrew1 - Lead - 26/Mar/11 with Chris Fisher

design crisis - Lead dog - 17/Mar/11 with Tom W

JPGR - Lead O/S - 23/Jan/11

Robin Head - Lead dog - 06/Jan/11 with Amy, Joe Premier

Hidden - 2nd dog - 06/Jan/11

Amy Horton - Lead - 06/Jan/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/11

Tried the Direct (6c+) version initially, after getting truely pumped, decided to try again on the 6b+.
tomhennigan - Lead RP - 06/Jan/11 with Amy Horton

dswansonlow - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/11 with sarp

JonBrown - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/11 with John Tanner

khmhau - Lead - 02/Jan/11 with Keith Jackson

owb106 - Lead dog - 02/Jan/11 with Tom Downes

Took one fall early on and blew onsight.
Ollie Rattue - Lead dog - 2011

Bit too tired to get this clean at the end of the day. Still, I got that all important photo.
Adam_42 - Lead dog - 30/Dec/10

timreynolds - Lead - 02/Dec/10 with Steve Taylor

A Downing - Lead dnf - 26/Apr/10 with Ben Monkton

MDowson - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with duncan carr

j0shwyatt000 - Lead dog - 18/Apr/10

Failed the onsite, 1 rest. Fantastic route.
Shaw Brown - Lead - 18/Apr/10 with Earl Gray Larty

oliwarlow - Lead - 18/Apr/10 with Chris

Hidden - Lead - 18/Apr/10

Ian JL - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10

BicepAndrews - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Caspian Johnson

Caspian Johnson - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/10 with james andrews

Dan_Carroll - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/10 with Iain and Rich

Ahab - Lead O/S - Mar/10

Seb - 26/Feb/10

Hidden - TR β - Feb/10

seeroo - 2nd dog - 16/Jan/10 with Scone

1 fall. Great route. Not actually as blank as it looks.
gjd - Lead dog - 28/Oct/09 with mary stewart, Jim at Craigdhu

Vince - TR β - 07/May/09 with Laszlo

2 rests.
hellboundblr - 2nd dog - 04/May/09 with Steve TC

sdht - Lead O/S - May/09 with Danny Smudge

K Wall - 2nd - 18/Feb/09 with Luis

Dave Reeve - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/09 with Steve Hordley

Had no desire to lead it, however my partner pulled the rop through 'accidentally'. Pretty glad he did really, super climb.
funsized - Lead β - Dec/08

RCrockford - Lead dog - 23/Nov/08 with Andy G, Andy C

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/08 with sam read

Hidden - Lead dnf - 05/Apr/08

hash - Lead dog - 10/Mar/08 with DafSWMC

DafSWMC - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/08 with Hash

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/08

2 rests
MikeLeeds - Lead dog - 31/Dec/07 with Dave Clark

DavidR - Lead O/S - 30/Dec/07 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Dec/07

Bottled it at step left near forth bolt
Sankey - Lead dnf - 18/Dec/07 with Luke and Tom

jh5638 - 2nd O/S - 16/Dec/07 with Ian Gould

thebigfriendlymoose - Lead O/S - Dec/07

Amazing! Staying low for the move to the left is best. Rockover is hard!
Katya - TR O/S - 04/Nov/07 with Chris Coleman

James Prowse - Lead O/S - Nov/07 with Mandy Ponton

nige pacer - Lead dog - Nov/07

Hidden - Lead dnf - Oct/07

tskelhon - Lead β - Apr/07

Hidden - TR dog - 24/Mar/07

just one more - Lead - 24/Mar/07 with Svenn G, Phil K

skolvikking - Lead - Mar/07

Hidden - Lead - 10/Feb/07

pottsworth - 2007 with Kat

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead dog - Apr/06

... and again 17/03/15, for more photos :-)
Gavin H - Lead O/S - Mar/06 with Nick from High Borrans

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/Feb/06

TiffTiff - TR dog - 01/Jan/06

Hidden - 2006

Stig - Lead dnf - 22/Oct/05 with Horace

Bux - Lead O/S - Mar/05 with Lewis

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Jan/05

Lowered from 4th bolt.
Phil West - Lead dnf - 13/Sep/04 with Shaun Walby

Hidden - TR dnf - Jul/04

whispering nic - Apr/04 with The Wife

Kyuzo - Lead O/S - Mar/04 with Bernard Lam

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/04

Roget - Lead O/S - 2004 with jon

4 bolts up and then just too bloody thin, spaced and bold - backed off. Olta - funny day - we were flagging by now starting to loose enthusiasm for climbing. Took ages to find the climbs - spent the whole morning bushwacking past undeveloped cliffs - loads of it - some amazing overhanging walls. Eventually backtracked and found the routes. Routes quite samey - nothing to really distinguish them, but all pleasant enough - some toughish.
Alaric - Lead dnf - 22/Apr/03 with Pierre Maxted

Leofallon - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Nov/01

cem - Lead O/S - 27/Nov/01 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - Lead - 16/Nov/01

Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - Jan/01 with Steve Coates, Brian Middleton

Hidden - Lead RP - Dec/00

Hidden - Lead - 31/Oct/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/00

Simon Caldwell - TR dnf - 01/Feb/00 with Ian and Mike

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - Jan/00 with Dan Bailey, Clare Wilkie

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Mark Riley - Lead O/S - 05/Feb/99

Hidden - Lead rpt - 21/Dec/98

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
atom, HumphreyJ20, lewiz, mikespooner, Dax, Robin Head, Danhan, A Downing

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