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Darkness at Noon*** E5 6a

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[Climbers on The Honey Monster (E2) and Darkness at Noon (E5), 2 kb]35m, 2 pitches. An amazing climb which takes a wild line up the seaward end of the wall. The conditions of this route seem to vary from slippery and unclimbable to surprisingly dry. Take a lot of small wires. 1) 6a, 25m. Climb the ramp then step down and traverse left with difficulty. Move up the ramp above into a runnel and squirm up this to a tricky exit. Belay on a big thread in the groove above. 2) 5c, 10m. Undercut wildly rightwards around the roof, then step back left and look down at your second. Finish straight up to a big natural thread on the right. © ROCKFAX
FA. P.Littlejohn, T.Penning 15.4.84 15/Apr/1984

Ticklists: Pembroke Rockfax Top 50, Rob Greenwood's Top 5 E5 Routes in the UK.

Photo: Climbers on The Honey Monster (E2) and Darkness at Noon (E5) © Kafoozalem
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This climb is in 32 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Led pitch 2, which was hard enough! Greasy climbing, interesting route finding. A great mini-adventure route.
drysori - AltLd - 13/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/14

Hidden - 22/Jun/14

A 4h mega epic. The incoming tide necessitated an impromptu mid-pitch belay & it all went downhill from there. Sooooooo slippy. Saved by Conor's terror-induced crimp strength & a smart decision to re-arrange the belay such that my 8m gear-ripping-whipper off the crux wasn't a Factor 2.
quiffhanger - Lead dog - 22/Jun/14 with Conor

Misha - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Tim Newton

Shat myself on this. Greasy as sin. And tricky climbing I thought, certainly unconventional. Seconded the first pitch, thank goodness!
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Ed Booth

Led pitch 1. Fun route.
Ed Booth - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Adam Booth

Lead pitch 1. The most varied trad pitch I've done. The lower crux is tricky and then it stays pretty pumpy until in the chimney. Back and footing up the chimney lets you rest your arms and pump your legs instead. By the time I was at the top of the chimney I was really hot and absolutely knackered, mentally too, after a long lead (sorry to Misha who was freezing belaying at the bottom.) Didn't think I had much chance of doing the upper crux out of the chimney clean, and I was about a second away from falling off from complete exhaustion when I found the hold and the fight was on again...such a great moment. This route pretty much reminded me of every reason why I climb. Also it gave me a taste of the leap like no other route I've done there has. Not just climbing, but escaping.
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with misha nepogodiev

Rob Greenwood - UKC - Lead O/S - 2014 with Sam Underhill

Wet
steve_yo - Lead dnf - 26/Aug/13 with Rick hard Rock

Funky trad!!! Wild 1st pitch, insecure chimney contortions!
dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with alice thompson

Lead 2nd pitch. Not as tasty as the first, but still a little tricky
Alice Thompson - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Dan Gibson

Led top pitch. went through the hole. Don't know why the fuck I did that. One of the grimest 20 mins ever.
Alex Mason - AltLd rpt - 15/Jul/12 with George Ullrich

superb, but no belay stake! - where can I make a donation??
Billg - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Will Calvert

feilx - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Andy L

valecoastclimber - Lead O/S - 01/May/11

Stunning. Well protected but feels quite comitting. One of the best adventure routes I've done.
Ged Desforges - 2011

Amazing, amazing route. Crazy climbing up the runnels, moves are interesting and gear is perfectly sufficient. Tricky to read on all the hard sections. Just soooo good! Best route in Pembroke. Taking lots of rock 1's isnt necessary but, do save one for that perfect slot.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/10 with Laura Perry, Mikey G

2nd easy pitch. First pitch is just magnificent!! Most memorable climb in the Leap, even to 2nd. The funky drop-down crux is cool, and then the massive runnel feature gives brilliant 3D climbing. So jealous Al got to lead it, bastardo!
Mike Goldthorp - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/10 with alex mason

morganator - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/10 with Andy Benson

soph - AltLd O/S - Aug/10 with Dan McManus

Justin T - 2nd dog - 26/Jun/10

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/09 with JulesV

Hidden - Aug/07

Led 1st pitch.
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Steve Adams

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd O/S - Aug/03 with Joe le Sage

sadams - AltLd - 28/Aug/00 with Tom Briggs

Tim M - 2nd - 2000

sadams - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/98 with Pete Bukowski

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/94

keefe - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/93 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 1990

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
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Style of ascent

Lead12 of 32 (37.5%)
Followed3 of 32 (9.4%)
Alt Leads14 of 32 (43.8%)
Unknown3 of 32 (9.4%)

'Climbed'6 of 32 (18.8%)
clean O/S22 of 32 (68.8%)
clean rpt1 of 32 (3.1%)
dogged2 of 32 (6.2%)
dnf1 of 32 (3.1%)