Rockfax Description
The best of the bunch takes a direct line up the Boulder. Often considered an E4 climber's Indian Face, the route features thin and technical climbing with spaced protection. A good rack of micro wires will be of use. Start towards the bottom of the ramp, just left of a groove that heads up the lowest right-hand part of the Boulder.
1) 5c, 40m. Traverse right across grassy ledges to reach a corner. Climb this to a hollow spike. From this go up and right and then back left to beneath an overhang. Traverse left under this and climb through it on its left side. Above continue left and then back right to reach a worrying flake, stuff this with small cams, before heading up and slightly leftwards to reach The Boulder traverse line with relief, climb up a few feet to a good nut belay.
2) 5c, 30m. Another bold pitch. 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, Ultimate E4 ticklist.

phil64 ??/2015 -
Rachel Slater 20/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

Lead pitch 2, direct finish.

tim newton 20/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

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.

Hidden ??/2014 AltLd
Lenny 10/Jul/13 2nd
with Steve
dan gibson 18/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with alice thompson
Alice Thompson 18/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Jun/13 2nd O/S
markalmack 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S

with direct finish which is more run out than the boldest. scary

lukehunt 05/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Tom Ripley
Howard Lawledge ?/May/12 AltLd

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!

with Pete Graham
Pete Graham ?/May/12 AltLd O/S
with Howard Lawledge
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Andy Edgar ??/2012 Lead O/S
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
GeoffG ??/2011 -
Steve Crowe ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Alex Mason 24/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

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.

with George Ullrich
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ??/2009 AltLd
with Dan McManus
datoon 14/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Did direct finish which is very thin, but not too bad climbing!!!

with RT
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 10/Jun/06 AltLd O/S
with Andy Cave
Bern ??/2006 -
D Tempest ??/2000 AltLd O/S
with Chris, Rick
Hidden 12/Jul/99 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/99 2nd
phardman ??/1997 -
jfletcher 18/Aug/96 AltLd O/S

Followed first pitch and led Cliff's Direct Finish

with Graham Baxter
Hidden 21/Jul/96 Lead O/S
sadams 08/Jun/96 AltLd

heart stopping

with John Boyle
Hidden ?/Jun/96 AltLd
Dave Musgrove Jnr 01/Aug/95 AltLd O/S
with Nick Ashton
michael burrows 25/Jun/95 AltLd O/S

lead 1st pitch

with steve ward
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/1995 -
with keefe
keefe ??/1995 -
Hidden ?/Jun/94 Lead O/S
PaulTanton ?/Jul/93 Lead O/S
with Smokin Dick
Mike Owen 16/May/92 Lead rpt
with Al Phizackerlea
mark-abz 28/Aug/91 Lead
with Andy W
Bob 29/Jul/91 Lead O/S

Slightly worrying as I had taken a 20m fall off The Boulderer a few weeks earlier.

with Tom Leppart
Billg ?/Jul/91 Lead O/S
with Jon Barton
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ?/Jun/90 Lead O/S
with Steven Murphy
Rich Kirby 05/May/90 Lead O/S
with Andy Mackay
Dave Rumney ??/1990 -
keefe ??/1990 -
andybirtwistle 22/Aug/89 AltLd
with Mike Arnold
Hidden 18/Jun/89 Lead
Hidden 18/Jun/88 AltLd
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Hidden ??/1985 -
charlesmfrench 14/Aug/83 Lead O/S

Did the direct finish too.

with Nick
Nigel Bond 07/Aug/83 AltLd O/S
with Charlie Leverton
Mark Kemball 15/Jul/83 AltLd

direct finish

with Dave Abbey
Ian Jones ??/1983 Lead β

E4? It used to be E2!

with Tom Jones
Mike Owen 03/Jun/82 Lead O/S
with Bill Young
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead

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.

with Dave Spencer
andy gittins ??/1980 -
Hidden ??/1977 2nd
sharpie ?/Aug/76 Lead O/S
with Phill Thomas
petemeads ?/Jul/76 Lead O/S

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.

with Steve Taylor
Hidden ??/1973 -
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