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Pothole Wall*** VS 5a

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[Pothole Wall, 3 kb]35m, 2 pitches. A fine and popular route with just a couple of hard moves which are well protected by fixed gear. The 1st pitch feels quite pushy. 1) 4c, 20m. Climb the shallow right-facing groove (polished) then trend left under the ivy on spaced jugs to reach a small exposed stance with good belays. 2) 5a, 15m. Passing the pothole involves an awkward and constricted traverse (threads) to reach a ledge. Step back to the left and finish up the hanging groove. An alternative finish out right ends up in an ugly shrubby gully and is best avoided. © ROCKFAX
FA. Steve Read, K.Beech (some aid) 1959

Ticklists: 100 More Classic British VS Climbs, Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, Peak Rock/7/8/Biven-Peck Partnership/1950's a Developing Decade.

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This climb is in 211 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Led P2. P1 sustained. One move wonder on P2 but what an awesome move! Thoroughly enjoyable!
katyc - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14

Different Steve - AltLd rpt - 13/Jul/14 with Emma Hawkins

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14

not a bad little route, pitch 1 has got some stiff moves in it and if done correctly is pumpier on the legs from bridging. crux move on p2 is certainly trickier for the tall such as my self, felt hard 5a for me despite being only a single move!
jmills94 - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with Neil McCallister

Loose and not very nice low down, almost dangerous, and HVS overall due to loose lower section and polished top traverse! One star.
simon1965 - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/14 with James

P1 is dangerous. Take care.
Stig - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/14 with Simon1965

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 19/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jun/14

lead both pitches, what an amazing route! found the first pitch harder than the second, the traverse is cool but only one move and not that hard really.
GermanAlex - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/14 with Alkis

Alkis - 2nd rpt - 06/Jun/14 with Alexander Ried

An excellent route, good holds and a fine position on the traverse.
petegunn - Lead - 05/Jun/14 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/14

muppett - Lead - 2014

robgixer - Lead O/S - 2014

the power - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/13 with rob

P2
dr_botnik - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/13 with Phil Taylor

Hidden - Lead RP - 24/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/13

Led 1st pitch. Nice route but not "Top 50".
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/13 with Mark Boden

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Jul/13

K Wall - Lead - 14/Jul/13 with Marie

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Jenny

Wayne S - Lead β - 13/Jul/13 with Richard W

Kirill - Lead rpt - 10/Jul/13 with Charles Moreton

cem - 2nd rpt - 10/Jul/13 with Kirill Spiridonov

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jul/13

Jenny Clarke - 2nd - Jul/13 with Chriswallis2

What a top class route. The first pitch is full of jugs but a little sustained! Then!!! Move from the belay ledge to the best exposed traverse ever, just a shame it doesn't last a little longer! Non the less I'd give this top 50 status .... Bangin !
gazfellows - Lead - 25/Jun/13 with Nic

cem - 2nd rpt - 15/Jun/13 with EeFu Thong

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Jun/13

Good hand traverse crux
dan_blair87 - 2nd - Jun/13

ejected - 2013

jwhereat - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/12

Great route! Enjoyed the first pitch with some brave moves, and loved getting around the pothole on the top pitch.
Thunderthighsontheloose - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Mike Hayes

wolverine - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Thunderthighsontheloose

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/12

chrisbussell - Lead - 07/Aug/12 with Tim O'Neill

Phill Mitch - AltLd rpt - 05/Aug/12 with bleggs

wet holds for the traverse on the second pitch made it more exciting!
catblack - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/12 with Skippy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/12

only did first pitch .
kwaidy - Lead dnf - 02/Jun/12 with sting

Found the first pitch to be the most serious one - steep, sustained with some tricky moves (one of which felt harder then 4c but may of just been due to the heat) and fiddly gear. Second pitch felt exposed on the traverse but bomber gear. Enjoyed it but didn't feel like a top 50 to me..
charley - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with Steve Fletcher

chumleywarner - 2nd O/S - 27/May/12 with Charley Fell

petellis - 2nd dog - 25/May/12 with Sloth

Hidden - 2nd - 23/May/12

davewsargent - Lead rpt - May/12 with andy neath

Hidden - Lead - 31/Mar/12

Vincej - 2nd - 31/Mar/12 with Nevil

Tony Kartawick - 2012

I did 1st pitch which is nice although a little exposed. Good belay stance, brought Dan up and sand bagged him because the traverse looked well scary!! He did it well and finished it off nicely. Take some prusik with you just in case the in situ stuff is rubbish.
wishicud climbHVS - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/11 with Big Fat Dan

Belayed by Martin. Pretty slimy due to the weather (it had been drizzling). None successfully seconded.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/11 with Matt B, Lesley, Martin L, Luke A

Stoney Boy - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/11 with Nick Conway

As one pitch
Kirill - Lead rpt - 06/Aug/11 with Charles Moreton

cem - 2nd rpt - 06/Aug/11 with Kirill Spiridonov

Very good route, loved the exposure on p2.
jayrenegade - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Adrian

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 31/Jul/11 with Clare

as one pitch
davewsargent - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11

Alkis - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Chris Aslin

led second pitch. Pitch grades definitely the wrong way round, start has a couple of 5a moves. Second pitch has a 4c move on traverse if you're generous. Good small threads on traverse (if you brought your prusik loops).
adam carless - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/11 with James Rowe

Led as single pitch. Initial crack was wet, so made the start tough for VS. A very sweaty climb, especially under the roof! Took quite a while thinking about the traverse.
eduardo - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Roger F

Brian Rodgers - 2nd rpt - 26/Jun/11 with Mike Todd

P2
bigdrew - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/11 with James Blake

cmaradcliffe - 2nd O/S - 08/May/11

shaun walby - 2nd O/S - 02/May/11 with Ian Holtby

Hannes B - 2nd - 19/Apr/11 with Tom

jon_gill1 - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/11 with Charles French

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Sep/10

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

In 1 pitch
metal arms - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10

twright180 - AltLd O/S - Jul/10

Led 2nd pitch.
garywong - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Jason Kleine

Led P1. Found it a bit tricky.
kleinej - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Gary

Phill Mitch - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/10 with gaz

5th time!
jshields - Lead - 17/Jun/10 with Ed James

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/10

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

helios - 2nd - 12/May/10 with Mathew Cantrill

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/May/10

Horrorshow
shark - Lead - 25/Apr/10 with Sonia + family

jwpil - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/10 with Vic

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 22/Apr/10

holters - 2010

Seymore Butt - 2010

alasdair19 - 2010

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 02/Oct/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/09

Budge - Lead rpt - 01/Oct/09 with Graham Collins, Mike Oates

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/09

Led as a single pitch
Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/09 with Oread Mike

Ketu - 2nd rpt - 15/Aug/09 with Graeme H

a little too humid to fully enjoy to the max, lead as one big pitch, found the traverse hard
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/09 with Rob

mic_b - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/09 with mrsbate

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

Adam1973 - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Alex

Fixed gear isn't there anymore - work out where it used to be and make your own
Jim Walton - 06/Jul/09 with Dan Matthewman

danm - Lead - 01/Jul/09 with Jake

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/09

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 01/Jun/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/May/09

sgl0jd - AltLd - 26/May/09 with Lizzie

Lead both pitches. Nice route, not a doddle at VS, but holds are always big. Gear a little tricky to find around midheight...be inventive ;). 2nd pitch is a one move wonder, but its a good one move, and nice and exposed
Sam1991 - Lead rpt - 10/May/09 with Andy J

bigdrew - 2nd - 10/May/09 with Sam Dixon

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/09

gordonday - Lead rpt - 01/Apr/09 with clive

Michelle_250 - Lead O/S - 2009

joese7en - Lead O/S - 2009

paulstrutt01 - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/08 with AntiGrav

trigger118 - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/08 with Al Randall

Adderbury Climber - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/08 with Al Randal

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/08

Led Pitch 2
malc - AltLd rpt - 30/Jul/08 with Paul S

As one pitch
thebigfriendlymoose - 2nd β - 25/Jul/08 with Stephen

Matt Fry - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/08 with Sam Dixon

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jun/08

Excellent climb, worth the 3 stars.
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/08 with Alan

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

Awsome. Traverse is fab. exposure city!!
Sam1991 - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Matt

Felt really hard at the crux
Si dH - 2nd O/S - Jun/08 with Neil Furniss

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

AntiGrav - Lead - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/07

4c, 5a. I lead first, Duncan second.
PenJD - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/07 with Duncan Martin

led first pitch
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/07 with Paul Smith

Ran both pitches together. The "fixed gear" is no more, take cord to make your own thread
Sankey - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/07 with Luke

Ran it as one pitch, quite stiff climbing out of initial groove, top crux feels exposed when done as one pitch
Pilch - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/07 with Brid

Led both pitches
cem - Lead rpt - 10/Jun/07 with Ian Steen

Katya - 2nd - 06/May/07 with Simon Dale

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 25/Apr/07

Lead Pitch 1.
malc - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/07 with Paul S

p2
Sidekick - AltLd O/S - 2007

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/06

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Apr/06

Hidden - AltLd - 2006

Hidden - Lead - 2006

Good climb with a brilliant traverse at the pothole, Took a while to start as it was very polished
chrisclimber_1986 - 2nd O/S - 23/Dec/05 with William Kelsall

Hidden - Lead - Dec/05

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 21/Jun/05

Sam and will - Lead O/S - 18/May/05 with Anthony Bennett

Dave Mason - Lead O/S - 2004 with Trev Tatler

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2004 with john d

Dave Bond - Lead O/S - 2001 with Adrian Whitehall

Hidden - Lead - 2001

Led p2
cem - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/00 with Miles Butteriss

kitkat78 - Lead - Jul/00 with Don M

philb - Lead - 2000

EagerAndy - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 30/Aug/99

scared my dad on this in 99
brummievet - Lead O/S - Jul/99

sdht - 1999

Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/98 with Duncan Cundy

Reds - AltLd O/S - 01/May/98 with Sezer

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/97

Marti999 - Lead O/S - Jun/97

Roget - Lead rpt - 22/May/97

five - Lead dog - 17/May/97 with AJ

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Apr/97

CrashMat Rob - TR - 01/Aug/96

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Apr/96

nickdonohue - Lead - 13/Aug/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/95

Trobbo - AltLd - 02/Aug/95 with john blower

I led first pitch, Bill led the second
Chris the Tall - AltLd - Aug/95 with Bill G

lead p2
colin milton - AltLd - 29/Jul/95 with eric milton

Tim Bateman - AltLd - 16/Jul/95

Daniel Wrightson - Lead O/S - 07/May/95 with Richard Bradbury

nai - Lead - 1995

Chris Ellis - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/94 with Louise Pellett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/94

Budge - Lead rpt - 1994 with Ceri Jones

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jul/93

nickcanute - Lead - 1993

malc - Lead - 31/Aug/92

Budge - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/92 with Brian Ottewell

Hidden - Lead - 20/May/92

marcoleptic - Lead O/S - 1992 with Moley

ChrisJD - 2nd - 12/Oct/91

tlr - AltLd - 31/Jul/91 with Pom

Rog Wilko - Lead - Jul/91 with Debbie Wilkinson

Neil R - Lead - 20/May/90 with Sharon

dodders - AltLd - 14/May/90 with Dick Hargreaves

Hidden - 1990

Nick Rundall - Lead O/S - 1990

DaveHo - Lead O/S - 1990

J R R Hartley - 2nd O/S - 29/Oct/89 with Andy DeMott

Derek Ryden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/89 with Adam Harvey

Roget - 2nd O/S - 1988 with jim

Shiney!!! in the late 80's !!!!
pebblespanker - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/87 with Pete Carter

eroica64 - 2nd - 25/Aug/85 with John Graeme

RichardMc - Lead - 05/Aug/84 with Tony Williams

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Jun/84

Ian Clare - 1984

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/83

Hidden - Lead - 02/Jul/83

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Sep/82

babymoac - Lead - 12/Jun/81 with MTW

Ian Clare - 1981

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Lead - 1980 with Bob Higginbotham

Hidden - 2nd - Oct/78

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Mar/77

Nigel Bond - Lead - 24/Jul/76 with Andy Brown

Falko - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/76 with Alan Taylor

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Nov/75

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Oct/75

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Aug/75

mikej - AltLd - 03/Jun/73 with Geoff Williams

rogerskews - AltLd - 1973 with CMC Members

Andy Say - Lead O/S - 1973

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 27/Jan/68 with Dennis Gray, Bob Knapton

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Voting
Total votes cast 136
hard HVS0 of 46
HVS1 of 46
easy HVS8 of 46
hard VS32 of 46
VS5 of 46
easy VS0 of 46
hard HS0 of 46
HS0 of 46
easy HS0 of 46
hard 5b0 of 46
5b0 of 46
easy 5b1 of 46
hard 5a9 of 46
5a34 of 46
easy 5a2 of 46
hard 4c0 of 46
4c0 of 46
easy 4c0 of 46
3 Stars24 of 44
2 Stars17 of 44
1 Star3 of 44
0 Stars0 of 44
Bag of .....0 of 44
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Style of ascent

Lead94 of 211 (44.5%)
Followed48 of 211 (22.7%)
Toproped1 of 211 (0.5%)
Alt Leads56 of 211 (26.5%)
Unknown12 of 211 (5.7%)

'Climbed'80 of 211 (37.9%)
clean O/S99 of 211 (46.9%)
clean β2 of 211 (0.9%)
clean rpt26 of 211 (12.3%)
clean RP1 of 211 (0.5%)
dogged2 of 211 (0.9%)
dnf1 of 211 (0.5%)