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Great - Bow Combination*** HVS 5a

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[The traverse pitch, 3 kb]A brilliant combination of pitches taking the best line up this side of the buttress. Start at a small pillar below a left-facing capped corner. 1) 4c, 45m. Climb onto the slab, step left to a groove which leads to a cave and ledge. 2) 4b, 12m. Pull around to the right then up to a stance. 3) 5a, 35m. Make a hard traverse leftwards along the break - low is harder, high is scarier. Continue to a crack which leads to a ledge on the left edge of the slab. 4) 4b, 25m. Steady climbing up the slab edge to another well-positioned stance. 5) 35m. Pull right back onto Great Slab and climb the rib to the top. Great Slab - A great route on its own. Instead of belaying on pitch 2 above, break right across the slab to the far corner. This gives a few tricky moves before much easier climbing leads in three pitches to the top. © ROCKFAX

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This climb is in 257 logbooks, and on 67 wishlists.

First time up at Cloggy, and it didn't disappoint! Led P2 & 4
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Jay

An excellent route but didn't deserve 3 stars due to much grass on particularly the 3rd pitch and inconsistnt climbing.
rockcat - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Mad Mag

First adventure on Cloggy, led pitches 2 & 4. Full on day out.
magsb - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Mike Doyle

kenneM - AltLd - 26/Jul/14 with Nick Murray

kelly_426 - AltLd - 25/Jul/14 with Caitlin Douglas, Sasha Doyle

Should have gone right,not straight up from the belay on pitch 2. Video here: http://youtu.be/lQA3A0AZcag
caradoc - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/14 with Matt H.

Led pitch 1, 3, 5. Brilliant!
Helen Gibson - AltLd - 12/Jul/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/14

redshapedfriday - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/14 with Matt Harris, Owen Pearce

James Oswald - AltLd O/S - Jul/14 with Colin Angus

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/14

R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/14 with leighn, Taba

myoung - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Helen

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/14

Nice and long, a really good adventure and the sun hit us on the top couple of pitches.
john lynch - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/14 with Tommy

Outstanding and historic route
rbruce - AltLd - 16/Jun/14 with andy kirk

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/14

awe some
rbharries - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Danger olly

P3,5
alooker - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/14 with Alex, Ed

mrteale - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/14 with alook

P1,P3,P5. First time at cloggy and its totally amazing! Awesome 3* climbing fantastic views on a lovely sunny day :) thanks for letting me lead the crux pitch dan
JamesWilliams - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/14 with Dan Hale

Amazing rock and gear and straightforward route finding. What a brilliant climb, one of the best climbing days of my life :D
Dan724 - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/14 with James Williams

Rob Evans - AltLd - Jun/14

cold.
Welly Matt - AltLd O/S - May/14

First time on Cloggy - cold, windy, big and awesome! we somehow did the route in four pitches instead of five - think we went too high on p2, then the traverse on p3 was in the wrong place (and very sketchy!), then continued to the end of what should have been p4. Still a great route.
ripper - AltLd - 20/Apr/14 with Matt Chap

rustaldo - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/14 with Matt

Hidden - 2014

IanGilbertJones - 2014

Si - 2014

mike mo - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with Rob Adie

Top class, very exposed and adventurous. Rob's impression of Sharma on Dreamcatcher at the crux traverse made up for the disappointing climbing.
sparkass - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Rob Lovatt

Led P1, 3, 5
Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Ian Clifford

cliffy - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Julian Prieto

TomMorgan - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/13 with Sam Wainwright

Led pp 3,4 + 5
Chris Manasseh - AltLd - 21/Jul/13 with Ste Millington

Led P1+2
stemill - AltLd - 21/Jul/13 with Chris Manasseh

joese7en - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

drysori - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with brannock

cathymiller - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Sabrina Wong

Brannock - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

mjeffery - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Rob

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 19/Jul/13

tried to do the crux, difficult 2+meter section that was very problematic, not much for feet/ hands, partner took over and managed fine, should of led it as would of been less scary a fall!
alpinismo.uk - AltLd - 18/Jul/13

Led P1, P3 and P5. Did the lower hand traverse which was ok, probably easier for the tall.
Mr Tickle - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/13 with davenev

Led p2 & p4 - p3 required extendable arms which I forgot to bring!!!
davenev - AltLd - 18/Jul/13 with luke

Samuel Wainwright - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Tom Morgan

Friggin awesome.
ianstevens - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13

ad111 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13

Colin Scotchford - AltLd - 13/Jul/13

kdalzell - 2nd - 12/Jul/13 with Liam Fleming

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jul/13

Easy for HVS with maybe 10m of 5a traversing. We took an unplanned variation in P2 into the groove on the left rather than up the pillar. A bit dirty but interesting climbing (possibly 5a).
Palindrome - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/13

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Henry Haworth

Led P2 & 4. Brilliant route. James unreasonably went for the low, hard and well-protected option on the traverse, so I had to follow that way to get the gear back. Tough!
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/13 with James Oswald

Led P2 and P4. Traverse on P3 v hard. out of balance with far too heavy sac and fell off trying the foot traverse version - don't bother - come at it from underneath!
stratandrew - AltLd - 05/Jul/13 with Colin Maddison

Climbed with Justin from Clip up Climbing. Great day out!
dawp4810 - 2nd - 26/Jun/13

pitch 2 and 4 lead
piersnewton - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Olly Roberts

Pitch 1,3+5
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Piers Newton

John Nuttall - AltLd - 09/Jun/13 with Andy H

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Jun/13

Julesthe1st - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Guy

Led 1,3, 5. Warm sunny day.
AndyMcCoy - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Tony Bird

Led p 1, 3 & 5. Good route but perhaps ** rather than ***?
cem - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with EeFu Thong

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13

guy757 - 07/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/13

Hidden - Apr/13

andybirtwistle - 2013

adie84 - 2013

DubyaJamesDubya - 2013

jcw - 2013

Thought the traverse was desperate but might have been a reach issue :-) Got stupid flash pumped and rested on an rp! Doh!
Dizz - AltLd - 09/Sep/12 with David B

P1 and P3. Bold traverses, fun.
mes32 - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Will

Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with tl

Led P2 and P4
will_benfold - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Mary

jack01 - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with francis

Led pitches 1, and 3. Rolled pitches 3 and 4 into one pitch. Great route!!
mrginna - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12 with Duncan

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - AltLd - 27/May/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12

McGuinness - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Dafydd

Dafydd Llywelyn - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Sion McGuinnes

Beautiful weather. Gorgeous setting. Loved this route - first experience of Cloggy and first HVS lead. Lead P1 and P3. P3 was really long and great quality all the way. Delicate moves with good protection. Awkward stance though with strong wind which didn't help.
DaveMo - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12 with Jan

did P1 and 4. excellent introduction to Cloggy.
highclimber - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12

First Cloggy experience. Led P2,3,5
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12 with Anthony

cheeky - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12 with Mark Philipson

mark4344 - AltLd O/S - 25/May/12 with Matt Payne

Great route, slightly damp in places and bit polished on 1st pitch. Tricky traverse on 1st and 3rd pitches but both well protected. Alternate leads, 1st,3rd, 5th pitches.
Danjones - AltLd rpt - 22/May/12 with Gerallt

Gerallt Owain - AltLd O/S - 22/May/12 with Dan Jones

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Mar/12

A Downing - 2012

Stewart Armstrong - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Hidden - 2012

EagerAndy - Lead O/S - 2012

Ketu - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Kirill

led p1, p3, p5
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Rob Truckle

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - Aug/11 with Anita Grey

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/11

walked in over the side of the llanberis pass, over rationalised our gear and left our guidebook behind too! so followed another team up the route
pebbles - 2nd - 03/Jul/11 with guido

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11

dan ely - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with steve

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

very nice
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with Tom

Nice route, not as hard as I expected, climbed scratch at tremadog the next day and thought it was much harder.
jayrenegade - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Prav

tomdude - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with rob

A bit of a let down really. Quite chossy and vegetated considering its "classic" status. A nice line though.
Smelly Fox - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/11 with Steve Addy

vember was wet so this became my first cloggy experience.
Ollie B - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with S.Bennett

jamesh - 2nd - 29/Apr/11 with Jim Unwin

Super day out. Led pitches 2, 3 and 5
brockers - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/11 with Maggie Bass

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Apr/11

led p1 & p3. Excellent clear day, fantastic views from the top!
Pete Nugent - AltLd rpt - 21/Apr/11 with John Nuttall

Hidden - 2011

rob_small - AltLd β - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Hidden - 2011

swung leads with Ruairdh F
alasdair19 - 2011

Hidden - 2011

alisonsmigova - 2nd - 02/Sep/10

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Cocky

adam coxsell - 2nd - 15/Aug/10 with laurence

david morse - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with lole

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/10

J1PEF - AltLd - 26/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/10

Abi Chard - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/10 with Anna, Alex

Great climbing, soft for VS.
Jim Walton - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Mike Owen

Great route. Interesting starting moves and an exellent super exposed crux on pitch three. I would agree with others that the rest is not that hard but the scale and situations make this an awesome day out. Good times.
andybenham - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Gareth Hayfield

Great day out. Rock dry as a bone. Loved the belay at the end of pitch 4.
Gareth - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Andrew

brian watson - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with scott titt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/10

Lead 1st, 3rd and 5th pitches. Brilliant route, with a great crux traverse, a fantastically fun 1st pitch and a LONG, rambling and run-out VDiff pitch to finish.
lrandall - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/10 with Matteusz

Jennyvs - AltLd O/S - 25/May/10 with Sean Astley

Hidden - 25/May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/May/10

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10

Tomprusk - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/10 with Tom Ripley

zukator - Lead - 2010

Dave Rumney - 2010 with Tanya Milner

gritrash0 - 2010

soph - 2010

Led P1, 3, 5
theotherpetehill - AltLd - 17/Sep/09

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/09

A bit disappointing as, although there is some nice climbing, it's not at all sustained at 4c / 5a, so I'd give this only one star. The holds on the crux traverse were a bit damp and some of the non-essential cracks on the easier sections were outright slimy, despite over a week of dry, fine weather. Led P1, 3 and 5.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09

MD - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Misha

reg_measures - Lead O/S - Aug/09 with timmy & tom

esther - AltLd - Aug/09

thompson1000 - 02/Jun/09 with Olly

Super scary 5a traverse
Tanya Savage - 2nd - 30/May/09 with Neil Pacey

Neil Pacey - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with Tanya Savage

Hidden - AltLd - 30/May/09

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Sep/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/08

Tim Sparrow - AltLd - Aug/08 with Geoff Thomas

Led 2nd & 4th.Mike led the 5a pitch. Excellent day
jcurley - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/08 with Mike Buddle

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/08

Chriswallis2 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/08 with Jim

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/08

ChalkBall - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/08 with Luke Brooks

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/08 with Ryan Brooks

irish paul - AltLd - 31/May/08 with Sarah Joyce

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 14/May/08

Got caught in a downpour just after the crux.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 11/May/08 with C Chaloner

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2008

Marcus - 2008

dave657 - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/07 with Steve

Lead pitches 2 & 4
bullwinkle - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/07 with John

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/07

Rich Mayfield - AltLd - 12/Aug/07 with Mark Stevenson

spacey - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/07 with si barrow

Paddy_The_Fascist - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Andy Morris

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/06

rob1 - AltLd - 10/Jun/06 with andrew clark

Led Ps 1,3,5.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/06 with Rob

DavidR - AltLd O/S - 06/May/06 with John Marston

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Apr/06

Hidden - 2006

Ian McNeill - 2006 with Carol Emmons

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Jun/05

mike lawrence? - 01/Jun/05 with Alex B

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

tom.e - AltLd O/S - Aug/04 with Charlie Everett

lithos - Lead - Jul/04

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/04

I think we got the traverse line wrong!
JohnHutch - AltLd O/S - Sep/02 with L

The Pylon King - AltLd - Aug/02 with Fiend (on multipitch!?!)

The Pylon King - AltLd O/S - Aug/02 with Fiend

Just Another Dave - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/02 with Chris Bird

Mark Riley - AltLd - May/00 with Stuart Greenall

john led crux traverse
dickypips - AltLd O/S - 1999 with john richards

Ched - Lead O/S - 1998 with Glanfor

WB - AltLd O/S - 1998 with Nicola

alan moore - 1998

zero six - AltLd O/S - 1998

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/97

phardman - 20/Jul/97

Paul Boardman - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/97 with Iain Boardman

timreynolds - AltLd - 15/Jun/96 with John Burnip

Babika - Lead O/S - 30/May/94 with Sean Toms

nai - AltLd - 01/Sep/93 with Roger Devy

Budge - AltLd - 1992 with Brian Ottewell

lithos - AltLd - 1992

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jun/91

It was VS when I did it!
AndrewP - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/90

Nick Rundall - AltLd O/S - 1990

Steve Lenartowicz - AltLd - 1990

scree - Jun/89

charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 29/May/89

ChrisJD - Lead - 28/May/89

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 21/May/89 with pete roberts

Hidden - Lead - 17/May/89

Nick Biven - AltLd - 08/Aug/88 with Ray Jenkins

Hidden - AltLd - 1988

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/87

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd O/S - Jun/87 with Andy Heald

first hard rock route
andyblain - AltLd O/S - Jun/86

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1986 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jul/85

JamieAyres - AltLd O/S - Aug/84 with Mark Hopkins

One of two teams on Cloggy,atmospheric
neilh - Lead - 06/Jul/84 with dave croker

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/84

IM led p1 of Great, I led most of Bow (p4,5 -5a,7), VS,4c in 1976 guide!
Pete Nugent - AltLd - 18/Jun/83 with Ian Makin

Martin frost
Melok - 1983

solo
Mike Owen - 25/Jul/82

JEP - AltLd - 1981

babymoac - AltLd - 24/May/80 with MTW

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

andy gittins - 1980

robinsi197 - 1980 with Barbara

Brian Wilderspin - AltLd - 14/Oct/78 with Dave Winter

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jun/78

granitbahn - AltLd - 1978

Had done Great Slab in 1963. Seem to recall I got the link pitch
David Smith - AltLd - Sep/77 with George Wilson

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 12/Aug/77 with George Mumford, Sarah Bridge

GeoffG - AltLd - 10/Jul/77 with tony bowker

GeoffG - AltLd - Jul/77 with tony bowker

steve L - 1977

3rd big route of the day.
Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 21/Aug/76 with Jim Worthington

mikej - AltLd - 08/Aug/76 with Mike Byles

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Jun/76

Bolt Phobia - Lead - 04/Jun/76

Marcus - 1976

Nigel Bond - Lead - 28/Jun/75 with Robert Lloydd

Fabulous route - great position
pneame - Solo - 1974

RichardMc - AltLd - 25/Aug/73 with Betty Seifert

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Voting
Total votes cast 151
hard E10 of 51
E10 of 51
easy E10 of 51
hard HVS3 of 51
HVS31 of 51
easy HVS10 of 51
hard VS7 of 51
VS0 of 51
easy VS0 of 51
hard 5b0 of 50
5b0 of 50
easy 5b2 of 50
hard 5a3 of 50
5a35 of 50
easy 5a10 of 50
hard 4c0 of 50
4c0 of 50
easy 4c0 of 50
3 Stars32 of 50
2 Stars14 of 50
1 Star4 of 50
0 Stars0 of 50
Bag of .....0 of 50
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Style of ascent

Soloed2 of 257 (0.8%)
Lead25 of 257 (9.7%)
Followed15 of 257 (5.8%)
Alt Leads174 of 257 (67.7%)
Unknown41 of 257 (16.0%)

'Climbed'116 of 257 (45.1%)
clean O/S138 of 257 (53.7%)
clean β1 of 257 (0.4%)
clean rpt2 of 257 (0.8%)