Espolón Central Directa* 4c (hs)
[Joe up in the Clouds, 1 kb]90m, 3 pitches.

Rockfax Description
a groove containing a small bush. Improves the 3 star regular route, if that is indeed possible! 1) 3+, 30m. Climb the wall to a short groove. Up this to a ledge and continue up the broken groove to reach a good ledge. 2) 4+, 30m. Climb left across the groove and up the arete (pegs) to a ledge. Take care with loose rock on this pitch. 3) 4, 30m. Climb directly up the grooves above to reach the large ledge mention on the normal start. © ROCKFAX

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This climb is in 124 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

plain kitten - 11/Feb/15

plain kitten - Lead - 11/Feb/15

jamie ward - Lead O/S - 05/Feb/15 with Ellis Blower

robblowen - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Joe Wakefield

JoeWakefield - 2nd - 03/May/14 with Rob Blowen

barrington1978 - 11/Mar/14

jwpil - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/14 with Ben

simul climbed for the start to espolon central. Good gear and some good moves. not sure where I went wrong on the second pitch but seemed to pose more of a crux than anything else we did that day.
derryclimbs - Lead O/S - 26/Jan/14

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

Andrew Lester - Lead - 06/Nov/13

1 fall due to poor foot placement.
Adventure Bennie - 2nd dog - 23/Oct/13 with Billy mackintosh, Alan leckey

Hidden - Lead - 16/Oct/13

Louvet - 2nd - 16/Oct/13 with Tarquin

mustang man - 2nd O/S - 19/Sep/13 with Shane White

EOC P1/3; GOS P2
GOS - AltLd O/S - 23/May/13 with Eamonn O'Connor

As part of the main route.
Theeni - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Kitty Court

Part of main route
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/13 with Claire Holland

crustypunkuk - Solo O/S - 03/Apr/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 31/Dec/12

Hidden - Lead - 30/Nov/12

Louvet - 2nd - 30/Nov/12 with Tarquin

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Nov/12

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/12 with Debbie

debbie roberts - 2nd - 02/Nov/12 with Marti999

A great start to a great route.
charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 24/May/12 with Anette

In a gale which made it interesting, led all pitches
lithos - Lead - 19/Apr/12 with Pete Bradshaw, julie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12

Started at 3.00pm carried 1.5l water each and left it with a rope and some gear at the ledge ready for the next day and ab´d off
Warren Earle - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Iain Powell

Led p1+2 as 1, Henry let p3
Matthew Edwards - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/12 with Henry Brown

Henry Brown - AltLd - 31/Mar/12 with Matthew Edwards

rgd1977 - Lead - 18/Mar/12

beckybray1 - 2nd RP - 18/Mar/12

Done in 2 pitches, led pitch 2
Mick Riley - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/12 with Ken prandy

I was constantly amazed how the climbing was so awesome. We had some minor issues on the route finding and ended up on linking the 4th, 5th and 6th pitch together by climbing a straight line a bit higher. The problems arised when I figured out the next pitch was 50m when I had racked up as it was 25m... Despite the fairly easy grade it's quite exposed and you should be confident placing gear. The descent route is well marked but is a bit tricky.
chriisu - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/12

Jonathan Emett - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/12 with tim

tim newton - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/12 with jonathan emett

Henry Brown - 2012

Tenko - AltLd - 15/Oct/11 with Guy Williams

Hidden - 22/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Sep/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11

dkd - 2nd - 29/Apr/11 with karly54

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Apr/11

Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/11 with Tom HS

awesome day out and a fine end to the trip in costa blanca. descent was longer and more challenging than we thought it would be
THardSevere - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/11 with liam ingram

jon clayton - AltLd - Apr/11 with luke dudill

Moved together 1hr 40 min
Glyn - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11 with Tom Skelhon

Hidden - Lead dnf - 22/Feb/11

Done in approx 7 pitches, Dave leading first
Chris the Tall - AltLd - 05/Feb/11 with Dave Coley

RKernan - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/11 with Colleen Mann

Robin Head - Lead O/S - 05/Jan/11 with Jo Davison, Jen, Joe Premier

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jan/11

Jo Davison - AltLd O/S - 05/Jan/11 with Joe Premier

jon clayton - Lead - 05/Jan/11 with jason williams

JenDurden - 2nd O/S - 05/Jan/11 with Robin

jcj - 2011 with jon paul clayton

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Nov/10

Hidden - AltLd - Nov/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Nov/10

P1 M. P2 J. P3 M. Very easy to find, good short cut and excellent start to climbing EC.
JimBee - AltLd O/S - Nov/10 with Matt Ellis

Seb31 - AltLd - Aug/10

Hidden - AltLd - May/10

In parallel. Bolted belays.
KevB - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10 with Student x2

MDowson - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/10 with josh wyatt

j0shwyatt000 - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Apr/10

Awesome day. Sunny, v windy. Alex and Idoia followed us, followed by Huw with Tom and Mike. Paul and I started at 8am, topped out at 3pm waited 2 hours on top for others before getting cold and descending then waiting three more hours in the car for them. 10pm in the dark! Late beers and steak!
Richard Gilbert - AltLd - 04/Mar/10 with Paul Padman

Hidden - Feb/10

Liam FLeming - Lead - 03/Nov/09 with karen dalzell

As mentioned - did the direct start to the Espolon Central
Jeremy Wilton - AltLd O/S - 09/Oct/09 with Ashley Stevens

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/May/09

steveadkinson - 2nd - 05/May/09 with Tim & Ryan

jacoob81 - 2nd - May/09

dickie01 - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/09 with Nick Briggs

Hidden - Lead rpt - 14/Apr/09

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Apr/09

Did the 3 pitch direct start but did not complete rest of route, ended up abbing down into gully behind normal start.
Stuart Macfarlane - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/09 with Jeanie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/09

Lunar25 - Lead O/S - Mar/09 with Phil Marsh

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Feb/09

Epic, benighted, decent in the dark - 14 hours fun was had :)
LittleJoe - Lead O/S - 09/Nov/08 with Chris and Paul

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Nov/08

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Nov/08

Hidden - Lead - Nov/08

gordon henderson - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/08 with Chris

crisaitken - AltLd - 21/Oct/08 with gordonhend

Mr Tickle - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/08 with Martyn Eales

jamie ward - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/08 with Robbie Smyth

Hidden - AltLd β - 21/May/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/May/08

barni - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/08 with Paul James

Great easy route.
Conan - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/08 with Chris Michalak

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/08

Glyn - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/08 with Jonny

Hidden - Mar/08

Nigel R Lewis - AltLd - 09/Feb/08 with Tyrone saunders

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 27/Jan/08 with Jenn Burt

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Nov/07

led 2nd
jcurley - AltLd O/S - 28/Oct/07 with Horace

Seems like a much better start compared to normal 3 pitches
JonHarvey - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/07 with Jay Jackson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/07

Hidden - Lead - Mar/07

alan.onslow - 2nd - Mar/07 with Will, James

pretty easy for grade 5 - no harder than some of the upper pitches
Tom Phillips - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/07 with bruce

featuresforfeet - AltLd O/S - 24/Nov/06 with Angel

mr bounce - Lead O/S - Sep/06 with Shona

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/06

Rob in a Field - AltLd O/S - Mar/06

Rob led odd pitches, i led even (i think?). Amazing day out. Including the run down the scree (sp?) slope
Bux - AltLd O/S - Mar/05 with Rob

shaun walby - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/04 with Mark Edwards

shaun walby - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/03

C pitches 1,3,5,9 me pitches 2,4,6,7,8,10,11
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/03 with Carmen

great day out, next time do the extension
lithos - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/03 with Pete Evans

dan gibson - Solo O/S - Nov/02

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Dec/00

Hidden - Lead - 2000

Awesome long day out. So many that we lost count of the pitches!
stugreen75 - AltLd O/S - 1998 with The Youth

steve prior - Lead - Nov/95 with Roz C

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