Spectrum*** E2 5c
[Spectrum on the crux moves., 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A hard route with a steep start and a great second pitch.
1) 5b, 12m. Climbing up to the shattered overhanging groove. Pulling around to the belay is much more problematic than it first appears and may well shatter some leader's nerves.
2) 5c, 30m. Move right and climb the superb technical wall via a thin crack to an overlap. Pull around this and then head up right to a ledge near the arete. Committing moves up a crack lead back left through a bulge to easier ground above. Continue more easily to the large flake stance of Spectre.
3) and 4) As for Spectre. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, Ultimate E2 ticklist, Alex's Wales ticklist.

Photo: Spectrum on the crux moves. © jim jones
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This climb is in 127 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/15

Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/15 with Gareth Hughes

Hidden - 15/Jun/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/15

Hidden - 2nd dog - 23/May/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/15

pie_eater_pete - AltLd O/S - 15/May/15

Done in one pitch.
jamestaylor92 - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/15 with tom morgan

Led P2
Tom Livingstone - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/15 with Ian Craigie, Niels Ernst-Williams

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

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/14

2nd pitch
mikeshewring - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/14

mr mills - AltLd rpt - 13/Jun/14 with Tall Paul

Good route. Thanks Mills
PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/14 with Mills

Luxulyan - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/14 with Tom Murrell

oliverpcain - Lead O/S - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

redjerry - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Danny

2nd pitch
Matt Harle - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/13

Led the 1st pitch.. Wish I hadnt, its crap! 2nd pitch is good.
smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/13

soph - Lead rpt - 30/Jul/13 with Andy Scott

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13 with sam read

markalmack - 2nd O/S - 25/May/13 with chris todd

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/13

wi11 - AltLd O/S - 25/May/13 with Gwen L

P2 as p1 was wet. Brilliant climbing with an awkward upper bulge! Once again greeted by rain upon topping out... am I cursed?
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 16/May/13

I found this quite tricky at the time, but on reflection it wasn't actually too bad
dswansonlow - Lead O/S - 07/May/13 with Darren McMaster

Horrible start with the harder moves. Pitch 2 was nice.
shed_hed - 2nd O/S - 07/May/13 with Dougie Swanson-Low

Smeggy first pitch, ace upper.
BenRyle - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/13 with Dan

I felt that the first pitch was 5c, not 5b as the guidebook suggested. Also contrary to the guidebook it is well protected and not 'bold'. Fantastic second pitch, one of the best I've done, 3 stars!
Dan724 - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13 with Ben Ryle

Nick Biven - 2013

Led both pitches. Got lost and pumped on P1 trying to go right from the jutting roof and had to rest on cam. Topo line in Llanberis comprehensive guide is slightly wrong: you pull round right under jutting triangular roof then back left onto jugs directly above roof and straight up. P2 very good
theotherpetehill - Lead dog - 09/Sep/12 with Caroline Culwick

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/12

akhughes - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/12

Did as one long pitch. Did not climb well today, even after Ben put the gear in, I dropped off the final bulge!
owain86 - Lead dog - 30/Jul/12 with Ben R

Awesome route, did in one pitch.
Bennykr - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/12 with Owain A

Liam FLeming - 26/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2nd dog - 05/Aug/11

Liam FLeming - AltLd - 29/Jul/11 with Dan Jackson

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/11

khawk - AltLd - 24/Jul/11 with DT

colkurtz - 2nd - 24/Jul/11 with Robb

In one big pitch. 3 steep sections each harder than the last. Brill route and good friction for the Grochan.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Laura Perry

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

had to downclimb and take a second look on 1st pitch. it does go straight up and through the overhang on good holds. had to retreat halfway up 2nd pitch as darkness fell on us. cant wait to get back on it!
vertically_challenged - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/11

Why haven't I been on this before now! Amazing. Felt more than sum of its parts, full fat E2. Skulked off into Spectre as the crux ate time and darkness gathered.
ksjs - Lead dnf - 13/Jun/11 with Sam

kdalzell - 2nd - 01/May/11 with Liam Fleming

Liam FLeming - Lead - 01/May/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/11

took one rest leading first pitch
tim newton - AltLd dog - 18/Apr/11 with dan ely

dan ely - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/11 with tim

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/11

linked pitches 1&2, then abbed from top of second pitch. just used some long extenders on the 1st pitch to reduce the rope drag. really enjoyable route! quite pumpy! solid E2 5c.
samrad - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/11 with james G

Linked P1&2 to make a more sustained line. Satisfyingly sustained with good gear throughout. Powered out on last steep section... Silly.
farmus21 - Lead dog - 08/Apr/11 with Sam Radcliffe

Rory Shaw - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

1st pitch stiff for 5b, 2nd pitch ace.
Owain Llewelyn - AltLd - 25/Oct/10 with Gareth E

pitch 2 only
barni - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/10 with Liam fleming

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

mikeyjbs - AltLd dog - 27/Jun/10 with christopher glasson

Rob Pitt - AltLd - 19/Jun/10 with Pete Rowlands

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

JulesV - Lead O/S - 23/May/10 with Shauna Cunningham

mr mills - Lead rpt - 13/May/10 with ioan d

Lead both pitches, both cool in their own way. 2nd pitch has an awesome exposed crux!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/10 with Ben Alsford

mr mills - 2010 with Elfyn (chang)

Speeddemonsi - Lead O/S - 2010

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 2010 with patch, dave g

simonp - Lead O/S - Aug/09 with Ivan Green

First pitch only after I had lowered off on lead. Absolutely desperate for 5b - moves are blind and difficult to read from a pumpy position, then when you do them they involve two full-on lock-offs one after the other. Much much harder than aything on Left Wall! PS unless I read it wrong!
Si dH - 2nd RP - 02/May/09 with Neil Furniss

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/May/09

Hidden - 2nd dog - 23/Apr/09

vanderz - AltLd - 02/Apr/09 with Neil Mcadie

Led P1
Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/09 with Rob

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/08

Rich Kirby - AltLd - 07/Jun/08 with Ash

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/08

Hidden - 2nd - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/07

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/07

Dave Rumney - Lead - 10/Sep/06 with Sean Roberts

frost - AltLd - Jul/06 with D Garry

mux - Lead O/S - Jul/06 with Simon Frost ,

Very cool climb, first time i felt like i have stopped and looked down and taken in the exposure, which was lucky as it was absoloutely fab!!!
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/06

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jun/06

Ian McNeill - 2006

a_radiohead_fan - 2005

Hidden - Lead dnf - 30/Aug/04

uphillnow - 2nd - 17/Jun/03 with Mark Gray

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/01

Ched - Lead O/S - 1998 with Glanfor

Hidden - AltLd - May/96

michael burrows - 2nd - 30/Apr/95 with richard parry

Hidden - AltLd - 1993

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - Jul/92 with Pete Bursnall, Pete Griffiths

amstel - Lead - Jun/92 with Liam

whispering nic - 1991

steve taylor - Lead - Jun/90 with neil willets

Hidden - 1990

My notes say hard for 5c! Glad to see it has gone up.
Dave Musgrove - Lead - 18/Jul/89 with Rupert Wyard, David

Hidden - Lead - 16/May/88

keefe - 13/Sep/86

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 09/Sep/86 with Gavin Peat

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/86

At the top end of the grade!
Sean Kelly - 2nd - Jun/86 with Duncan Lee

Hidden - AltLd - 1985

Hidden - Lead - 1985

2,L/2. Rested on top pitch.
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/84 with Cliff, Alan Bennett

philhilo - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/83 with Martin Cave

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 03/Jul/83 with "Spugs" Spurrett

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1983 with Robert Kieske ('Flog')

1st pitch was OK. But the "5b"(?) overhang on the second felt desperate and I let Alan have a go. He succeeded, but it still felt hard to me with a rope above.
Andy Stephenson - 2nd - 04/Aug/82 with Alan Dance

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 06/Apr/80 with John Roberts

Hidden - 1980

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/77 with Pete White

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