Head Hunter** E5 6a

Rockfax Description
The rising line of cracks and blobs gives a wonderful pitch. High in the grade and the moves to reach the central ramp are quite committing. Climb the cracks (good but hard earned gear) to the ramp. Move up ledges on the left to reach a small groove. Climb this to its top then step left and belay as for Minotaur. © ROCKFAX

FA. P.Littlejohn 31.3.84 31/Mar/1984

Ticklists: Great Wall Climbs of the UK, Very good routes in the UK, Trad climbs for sport climbers, Caff's 100 Ace E5s, Caff's 100 Best E5's, Ultimate E4 ticklist.

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Sporty first section as you've just got to press on and not wait around getting pumped. Great stuff though. I've taken the flash as there were a couple of pieces of gear already in that I was retrieving for some other guys.
anguskille - Lead β - 16/Aug/15 with Mike Grant

Maybe a bad route choice - I was not prepared to gamble a deck out from the crux on a wire I couldn't see. Rested to check it out, it looked ok and so I continued. Hats off to people who took the risk.
Ed Babs - Lead dog - 12/Aug/15 with AlexD

Fantastic route... to second! Scary lead (and belay!) tho. Great moves throughout, amazing holds. Getting off the black ledge is a bit of a thinker!
AlexD - 2nd - 12/Aug/15 with Ed

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/15

tash - 2nd - 01/Aug/15 with ali k

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/15

On a few pieces of Pete's gear after he fell off from the first crozzles, definetly helped keep the pump down but they are sinker (i'd have been alright). With beta for the next gear I had a great experience getting really commited. There's another 5c/6a move off the ledge for those of 5'7 or below. Very happy.
GuyVG - Lead β - 25/May/15 with gus, Pete Graham

Gus - 2nd - 25/May/15 with guy van greuning

NDD - Lead O/S - 23/May/15 with tony stone

Had a little gear beta from nick
markalmack - Lead β - 23/May/15 with will

A bit greasy, but really my head wasn't screwed on
drysori - Lead dnf - 07/Apr/15

Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/15 with Henry Francis

ian bryant - 2015

Gary Gibson - 2015

irish paul - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/14 with Sarah Black

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

Cool route. Had to be quite creative to get off the sloping ledge!
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/14 with Tim Newton

tim newton - 2nd rpt - 20/Aug/14 with rachel slater

Amazing. Have wanted to do this for ages and am so psyched my first E5 was in the Leap, my favourite crag. Lower wall is just perfect, with a heart in mouth cruxy section to the ledge. Make sure you get the blind wire in well (email me if you want the beta) Hard but well protected move off the ledge if you are short into a bold but steady groove. Phwoar. ***
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/14 with The Hick

Quite bold! I was much more scared on this than on Minotaur, hung around for a while getting pumped fiddling with wires.
jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14

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

Hidden - 2nd - 17/May/14

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

Misha - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Tim Newton

Jack_F - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Remus

Took the slow and pumpy approach on the lower wall, as I wasn't as happy initially with the gear for the runout to the ledge as I expected to be. More E5 than the Minotaur. The lower wall especially is brilliant.
tim newton - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14 with misha nepogodiev

Felt a bit harder than Bloody Sunday so probs E5. 3*.
nathanlee - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Rob Greenwood

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

Definitely worth E5, and three stars! The first section is just brilliant, the climbing is so absorbing and there's just enough gear to keep it safe but spicey, then a pumpy top section. I found the crux to be moving out left from the black crozzly ledge, felt pretty committing without any footholds.
Joughton - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13

Jake Young - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/13 with Climbingsheep, Mike

climbingsheep - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/13 with Jake Young, Mike Watson

Pumpy & very enjoyable. Very glad I managed to place the crucial wire before the run-out to the ledge as the only other bit was a crap RP.
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12

Rested on rope at crucial wire placement to get gear out
theotherpetehill - 2nd dog - 15/Jul/12 with Ross McKerchar

beci tointen - Lead O/S - Sep/11 with my uncle carl

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/11

felt fingery and pumpy low down.
redjerry - TR O/S - Aug/11

colesy - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/11

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with John Orr

Pippa - 2nd - 25/Apr/11 with Jon

Sick, lower wall is off the hook funkiness, middle is a nice preamble and top groove is superb; the Leap is where its at!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead β - 03/Apr/11 with alex mason

Tough move off the rest for shorties - thought I was going to blow it after all the hard work. Great route - climb fast!
miastacey - Lead O/S - Apr/11 with Bob Smith

owenH - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

phil64 - 2011

soph - Lead rpt - Aug/10 with Dan McManus

feilx - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/10 with Heather

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10

Adam Booth - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Ed Booth

Really nice to finally climb this brillant route, conditions were spot-on. I did spend to long on the bottom wall and got v. pumped.
Ricky Rocks - Lead O/S - 23/May/10

phil64 - Lead O/S - Apr/10

Dave-Westlake - 2009

morganator - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/08 with Rich Cross and Es Tressider

pumped again!
Adam Long - Lead β - 31/May/08 with Jvan Tresch, Ben Bransby

robyn1 - 2008

sam83 - Lead O/S - 2008

Hidden - 2nd - 2008

Seconded steve a few months prior but with maximum dogging, could barely climb it then. Also gained gear beta off Gareth H just before setting off, a blind but bomber rock 4 high and left of the hand rail before moving onto the ledge. delicate and unpredictable move leaving the black right hand ledge, an array of decent wires protects great climbing up the upper groove. F6c and not that bold, but pumpy on the lower wall if not taken quickly.
Alex Mason - Lead β - 28/Aug/07 with Thomas Martin

Both led, Karin went first.
Steve Crowe - Lead β - 26/Aug/07 with KM

Hidden - Aug/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/07

ali_robb - Lead O/S - Jul/07

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 06/May/07 with Al

Rob Kennard - 2007

Southern Mark Smith - Lead O/S - 2007 with Rob Kennard

switch - Lead O/S - 2007

mgeek - Lead O/S - Sep/06 with ged& matty

Boy - 2006

Bern - 2006

Davros the Psyched - Lead rpt - 2006 with Adam

Kev Little - Lead O/S - 2006

Gus - Lead β - 29/May/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2nd β - 2005 with Craig Lonsdale

daveayton - Lead O/S - 2005 with Kev Power

valecoastclimber - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/04

spidey - 2nd - 24/Aug/03

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with Viv

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with lee byrnes

Hidden - 2nd rpt - May/01

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2001 with andy benson

Rich Kirby - Lead β - 13/Sep/99 with Robin

Roget - Lead rpt - 25/May/99 with jon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/99

Hidden - Lead dnf - 1999

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/98 with Chris Brockbank

sadams - 2nd - 16/Aug/98 with Pete Bukowski

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/98

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 02/May/98 with Muir Morton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/97

sadams - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/97 with John Boyle

Gregory - Lead O/S - Jun/95 with nigel birtwell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1994

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/93

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

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 03/May/92 with Graham Baxter

Steve Walker - Lead - 1992 with paul

Billg - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/90 with Jon Barton

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 27/May/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/90

DDDD - 1990 with Stuart Bolton

shark - Lead - 31/May/87 with Rich, John, Dave from London

Mike Owen - 26/Aug/85 with Elaine Owen

Hidden - Apr/85

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