The Minotaur*** E5 6a
[Big George dwarfing The Minotaur, Huntsman's Leap, Pembroke. Mid 80s..., 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
A superb route that is low in the grade. The first half is serious and the big move at the top is entirely dependent on reach, varying from 5c for the very tall to desperate 6b for shorties. Start from the block and move left to the crack. Climb back rightwards to a red pancake (runners) then make bold-but-easy moves left back into the crack. Climb easily up above heading back rightwards to the bulge. Pull over this into a big hole then up to a ledge in a corner. A belay here makes it easy to keep an eye on your second. © ROCKFAX

FA. J.deMontjoye 7.1.84 07/Jan/1984

Ticklists: Pembroke Rockfax Top 50, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, Caff's 100 Ace E5s, Caff's 100 Best E5's.

Photo: Big George dwarfing The Minotaur, Huntsman's Leap, Pembroke. Mid 80s... © jon
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This climb is in 109 logbooks, and on 33 wishlists.

Funny sort of route, deserves to be a classic. Took a while for me to commit to the top move, I tried it static a few times before really going for it. I took the flash as I knew enough about the notorious crux move and could see it all from the top.
anguskille - Lead β - 16/Aug/15 with Mike Grant

willsm11 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/15 with Twisty

HAJ Francis - Lead O/S - Apr/15

Gary Gibson - 2015

irish paul - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Sarah Black

drysori - Lead β - 13/Sep/14

Misha - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/14 with Dan

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Sam Taylor

Fun crux move and spicy but steady lower section. Lots of easy climbing between. The lower limit of the grade.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/14 with -martin

seconded this route roughly 10 years ago.
dav - Lead rpt - 20/Aug/14 with Gill B

JM - Lead - 27/Jul/14

JM - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/14 with Stevo

oliver.ghill91 - TR O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Patrick Hill

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 17/May/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/14

Took a while to commit on the crux. Another mega classic!
nathanlee - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Rob Greenwood

Felt scared moving back left into the groove above poor gear. Managed to chill out a bit up to the crux. The crux crimp was dripping, so dabbed as much chalk on it as i could, then went for it. Hand pinged off as i was touching the jug. felt robbed. think i would have done it if it was dry.
markalmack - Lead dog - 18/Apr/14 with james marjot

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - 2014 with Sam Underhill

tim newton - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with jon stewart

steve_yo - 2nd - 26/Aug/13 with matty, Rick hard Rock

I'd put off doing this for a while because I was worried I wouldn't make the crux reach but I arrived down the Leap to find the route I'd wanted to do occupied, so I got on it anyway. The start was bolder than I expected! The finish wasn't too bad - just keep udging up for that pocket.
Joughton - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13

A great route, fairly steady all the way, the top move did feel big. Can't really claim a true on sight as it's v.hard not to be aware of beta on these popular routes..
Ricky Rocks - Lead β - 26/Aug/13 with steve_yo

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead β - 24/Aug/13

So psyched to get this! Bold at the start to a pumpy crux
Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/13 with Rob Durran

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/13

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 04/Jul/13 with michael porter

Scary start. Physically easy but very insecure moves high above the gear. Crux was ok going with full commitment. The move is obvious and you can see the hold from the top of the crag :) Great route.
Daniel Heath - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Remus

Hidden - 2nd dog - 09/Jun/13

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 08/Jun/13 with alice thompson

Fell at top
Alice Thompson - Lead dog - 08/Jun/13 with Dan Gibson

Gus - 2nd - 26/May/13 with bob hickish

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

First time I've managed the crux moves. Ahhhhhhh...
Alex Mason - Lead rpt - 04/May/13 with Jemma Powell

Fell off fairly low down; couldn't get crux move either; swung across onto the top of Head Hunter to finish up that
theotherpetehill - 2nd dog - 15/Jul/12 with Ross McKerchar

Easy but bold: got gripped. Latched the long reach with a single fingertip!
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12

Nick Sillem - Lead O/S - 2012

Seems I am the short. Use the crap crimp not the good one, slap for the sloper, set up then dyno for the jug! Class move! Super bold low down, though I guess not that hard.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/11 with Mike

al99 - 2nd O/S - 15/May/11 with Mike Coles

First E5, quality.
colesy - Lead O/S - 15/May/11 with al99

Luke Brooks - 2nd - 27/Apr/11 with John Orr

Pete Graham - 2nd - 24/Apr/11 with Malcolm Scott

malx - Lead O/S - Apr/11

owenH - 2011

absolute gift at the grade (if your 6'3" and don't mind going a bit dynamic)
mwatson - Lead O/S - 2011 with thomasadixon

1 fall on the reachy move out right.
Fran S8 - 2nd - 29/Aug/10

Sweet route, as is every route in the Leap! The crux reach is a monster, felt long even though I'm quite tall. But bomber gear and a really good handhold to go off - shorties, the challenge is set, would be a well good effort!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10 with Laura Perry, alex mason

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/10

The leap is not in great condition at the moment, slimy rock and seeping cracks. Found this hard work and went off route above pancake before backing off with tail between legs....will come back!
Chad123 - AltLd dnf - 22/May/10 with Emily

Enjoyed to the crux, the the crimps were wet so had to yard off a finger lock, but couldnt make it, took a couple of wingers but ended up get a rope dropped. very reach dependent.
Alex Mason - Lead - 26/Feb/10 with andrew davies

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09

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

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2nd rpt - 13/Jun/09 with Ed Brown

stevebarratt - Lead O/S - 2009 with Dave Morse

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/08

Adam Booth - 2nd dog - 13/Sep/08

Had to end up dynoing for the good jug got it on the 3rd try. Really great day in the Leap though :)
datoon - Lead dog - 24/Aug/08 with K

morganator - Lead RP - 13/Jul/08 with Rich Cross

Hidden - Lead dog - 13/Jul/08

dts - 2nd - 13/Jul/08 with Andy Taylor

Adam Long - 2nd - 31/May/08 with Jvan Tresch, Ben Bransby

robyn1 - 2008

sam83 - Lead O/S - 2008

Hidden - 2nd - 2008

valecoastclimber - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/07

Steve Crowe - DWS O/S - 27/Aug/07 with KM

Hidden - Aug/07

Hidden - Lead β - 28/Jul/07

ali_robb - Lead O/S - Jul/07

feilx - 2nd dog - 24/Jun/07 with Steve P

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 07/May/07 with martina

Gus - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with andi elizabeth turner

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 04/May/07 with Al

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

Boy - 2006

Bern - 2006

Si Clapham - 2006

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 2005 with Craig Lonsdale

spidey - 2nd - 24/Aug/03

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with The Wife

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2001

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/00

ellis - Lead O/S - Sep/99 with Sam Chinnery

Roget - Lead O/S - 27/May/99 with jon

innes - Lead O/S - Aug/98 with Jon Bracey

Very good. Bottom end E5. Boldish start, super safe finish.....dyno finish if your like me.... weak.
Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 31/May/98 with Paul Tanton

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Jul/97

sadams - 2nd - 29/Mar/97 with John Boyle

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 11/Sep/96 with Al Willoner

Gregory - 2nd - Jun/95 with nigel birtwell

michael burrows - 2nd - 20/Aug/94 with andy boorman

Billg - Lead O/S - May/94 with Keith Sharples

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/93

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

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/92

Steve Walker - Lead - 1992 with paul

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 04/Aug/91 with Steve Crowe

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - Jun/91 with Garath Bloor

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jul/87

shark - Lead O/S - 25/May/87 with Nick Postlethwaite

DDDD - Lead O/S - 1987 with Stuart Bolton

Hidden - 2nd - 1987

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 28/May/86 with Eric Rooseberry

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

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