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The Boldest*** E4 5c

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[The Boldest, Clogwy du'r Arddu, Cymru, 2 kb]The best of the bunch takes a direct line up the Boulder. With modern protection it is not as fierce as it was once thought and there is gear for the hardest moves. 1) 5c, 40m. Cross a grass ledge to a groove and climb this to a small overhang at its top. Traverse up and left to a small ledge then the wall above. Step right and go up to a flake. Put gear in this then head for the Boulder traverse. Belay a little higher. 2) 5c, 30m. Climb direct to a shallow groove. This gives some tricky moves before easier ground leads to the top. Belay well back with care. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, North Wales Rock Graded List, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, UK Lonely Leads.

Photo: The Boldest, Clogwy du'r Arddu, Cymru © petemeads
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Lead pitch 2, direct finish.
Rachel Slater - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/14 with Tim Newton

Lead the boldest, seconded the direct finish. Expected to find it easier after great wall and the axe feeling more like E2/3, but I found it pretty challenging, mentally anyway.
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/14 with rachel slater

Hidden - AltLd - 2014

Lenny - 2nd - 10/Jul/13 with Steve

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/13 with alice thompson

Alice Thompson - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Dan Gibson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/13

with direct finish which is more run out than the boldest. scary
markalmack - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/13 with chris todd

lukehunt - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Tom Ripley

andybirtwistle - 2013

Went too far right at the top as well. The line in the ground up guide is wrong and the description doesn't make up for it. Good scary ish 6a moves as a reward for going wrong though!
Howard Lawledge - AltLd - May/12 with Pete Graham

Pete Graham - AltLd O/S - May/12 with Howard Lawledge

Tony Kartawick - 2012

EagerAndy - Lead O/S - 2012

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Steve Crowe - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10

George led first pitch but trended too far right above overlaps making it feel like scary E5 6a, and belaying in the wrong place (end of the boulder traverse). Finished up The Boulder in one 60m pitch.
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/10 with George Ullrich

Rob Greenwood - UKC - AltLd - 2009 with Dan McManus

Did direct finish which is very thin, but not too bad climbing!!!
datoon - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08 with RT

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/06 with Andy Cave

Bern - 2006

D Tempest - AltLd O/S - 2000 with Chris, Rick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/99

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/99

phardman - 1997

Followed first pitch and led Cliff's Direct Finish
jfletcher - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/96 with Graham Baxter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/96

heart stopping
sadams - AltLd - 08/Jun/96 with John Boyle

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/96

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/95 with Nick Ashton

lead 1st pitch
michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/95 with steve ward

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/94

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - Jul/93 with Smokin Dick

mark-abz - Lead - 28/Aug/91 with Andy W

Slightly worrying as I had taken a 20m fall off The Boulderer a few weeks earlier.
Bob - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/91 with Tom Leppart

Billg - Lead O/S - Jul/91 with Jon Barton

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead O/S - Jun/90 with Steven Murphy

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 05/May/90 with Andy Mackay

Dave Rumney - 1990

keefe - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jun/89

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Jun/88

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Melok - 1985

Did the direct finish too.
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/83 with Nick

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 07/Aug/83 with Charlie Leverton

direct finish
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 15/Jul/83 with Dave Abbey

E4? It used to be E2!
Ian Jones - Lead β - 1983 with Tom Jones

Mike Owen - 03/Jun/82 with Bill Young

Failed on Birthday Climb (VS!) as the warm-up so did Scorpio (E2) instead. Then did the Boldest with the Direct Finish too. Did Ride the Wild Surf in the evening.
Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980 with Dave Spencer

andy gittins - 1980

sharpie - Lead O/S - Aug/76 with Phill Thomas

The infamous bolt had been removed some time before - modern gear was quite sufficient though I took some time over the crux moves. The photos Steve took were nearly destroyed by cack-handed opening of the camera (Mick Brady, take a bow) but might be rescued by modern technology. P.S. Yes, but only if we go to black & white.
petemeads - Lead O/S - Jul/76 with Steve Taylor

Hidden - 1973

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Style of ascent

Lead22 of 60 (36.7%)
Followed4 of 60 (6.7%)
Alt Leads17 of 60 (28.3%)
Unknown17 of 60 (28.3%)

'Climbed'30 of 60 (50.0%)
clean O/S29 of 60 (48.3%)
clean β1 of 60 (1.7%)