Surprise Attack*** E1 5c
55m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The most popular line here follows the long grooveline which is gained by a steep and impressive start. The climbing is a bit unbalanced but the line and situation more than make up for this. Start below and right of the main grooveline.
1) 5a, 15m. Pull up and traverse left, then climb direct to the stance. All easier than it looks.
2) 5c, 32m. A technical little move up the slab above (microwires) gains the main groove. Follow this, trending leftwards at the top. A fine pitch. © ROCKFAX


FA. S.Lewis 10.10.79 10/Oct/1979

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This climb is in 115 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

Very nice climbing. Thought the first pitch was really tough but that might have been a reach issue, glad I was on second though. Crux of the second pitch was placing the microwire - once it was in the move felt thin but alright.
climbingpixie - AltLd O/S - 23/May/15 with Andy

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

Ian1987 - 2nd dog - 04/Apr/15

I thought this was better than Daydreams
markalmack - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/15 with ian

Gary Gibson - 2015

I lead 1
Apharri - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/14

Led P1
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Graeme Hammond

Excellent, led P2, thin start but easy after.
Graeme Hammond - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Jim

Steven Carter - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/14 with Trythallj

Did it in 1 long pitch
Ollie B - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with B.Brewer

Andrew1 - AltLd - 12/Apr/14 with Hulda

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Apr/14

only top pitch as tide was in, hard start!
GuyVG - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/14 with DJ Malx

Hidden - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Led crux pitch.
Ed morris - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Adam Bevan

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/13

soph - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Helena Robinson

Hidden - 2nd β - 12/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/13

P2
stuart34 - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with mike thomas

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13

Rob Greenwood - UKC - Lead O/S - Apr/13 with Duncan Campbell

COLD! Rob crushed it with a set of cams and some microwires after we (I) forgot we had split the rack and that I had the wires. Last time I do that. Good, and tricky climbing, especially in the icey wind!
Duncan Campbell - 2nd - 29/Mar/13 with Robbie

jcw - 2013

Great route, the crux on pitch two with the single microwire protection (and the bold moves above) make this E2 I think. The 1st pitch is 5b.
al99 - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Luke Thomas

Led P1 - quite big, steep and bold moves until a thread is reached. Maybe a couple of 5b moves to get to the belay too. Start of second pitch is a big contrast to most routes in Pembroke! Great route overall.
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/12 with Tom R

Adam Booth - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Ed Booth

One pitch.
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Adam Booth

haydng - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Dave

switch - 2nd rpt - 01/Apr/12 with David B-St L, Haydn

Bob - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Led P2. Thin crux. No real selection of micronuts needed, just one 3/4 nut.
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/11 with Jim

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

In the rain - nearly an epic!
robw007 - Lead β - 30/Jul/11

finished up Year of the Cat. Good alternative.
dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/11 with richard lade

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

Marcus - 2011

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Lone Rider - 2011

I led P1, proberbly 5b. The route as a whole is E2.
Dan Lane - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Richard and Maria

I think the first pitch alone, if not chalked, would provide food for thought for a lot of e1 leaders. if your first there, hint, run your ab rope off to the right, looking out, otherwise everyone is coming right down on your head.
ian caton - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Abi

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead - 16/May/10

2nd pitch
irish paul - AltLd O/S - 02/May/10 with Dave Ripley

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/May/10

Seymore Butt - 2010

cymjt - 2010

clipskipper - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Davey Boy

spacey - AltLd - 05/Sep/09 with paul evans

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/09 with loundsy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Jun/09

feilx - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/08 with Andy L

lukea - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Rich

Led first (soft) pitch.
Castleclimber - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Luke Alvarez

Paz - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/06 with TS

tom.e - 2nd O/S - 28/May/06 with Charlie Everett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/06

Bern - 2006

david morse - Lead - Aug/05 with rampant

Led p2
cem - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/05 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/May/04

Hidden - Lead rpt - May/04

Chad123 - 2000

Boy - 2000

Tim M - 2000

jfletcher - AltLd - 31/May/99 with David Lyons

WB - Lead O/S - 1999 with Guy

Rich Kirby - AltLd - Apr/98 with Hugh

NeilGriffiths - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/97 with Neil Nussey

phardman - 1997

snowcat - 2nd - 08/Sep/96 with Chris Schiller

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Apr/96

craig h - AltLd O/S - Apr/96

Marti999 - Lead - 1996

Hidden - Lead - 1996

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/95

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

AlanLittle - Lead - 20/Aug/94 with Rob Allen

Lead top pitch. Failed in Idle Threats due to wet rock.
steveb2006 - AltLd - 28/Aug/93 with Mike Pycroft

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/92

mikej - AltLd - 17/Jun/92 with Mike Byles

keefe - 27/Sep/91

whispering nic - Lead - 03/Aug/91 with Graham Iles

bullybones - 1990

Andy Edgar - 2nd - 1990 with Hugh Woodland

Dave Rumney - AltLd - 01/Aug/89

ChrisJD - Lead - 24/Jun/89

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 01/Aug/88 with Terry Johnston

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 05/Apr/88 with Phil Baker

Steve Crowe - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/88 with SimonGee

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - Apr/88 with Mark Hounslea

Mike Owen - 24/Apr/87 with Elaine Owen

DDDD - AltLd - 1987 with Gary Crocker

andy gittins - 1987

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

shark - AltLd - 06/Apr/86 with Phill Dickens

Hidden - 1986

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Aug/85

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/85

Hidden - Jul/85

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 24/Jul/83 with Dave Abbey

Hidden - AltLd - 1982

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

robinsi197 - AltLd - 1980 with Barbara

steve L - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/79 with Charlie

Hidden - 1973

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