Test Case*** E3 5c
[Test Case, St Govans, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
An excellent and popular route which follows the main line of the wall. The climbing in the groove is superb and very pumpy. The upper wall is much easier but has some loose rock so make sure you get some good gear in. Start beneath the weakness in the lower wall. Climb up to the flake/crack and follow good holds up its left-hand side. From the top of the pedestal move up into the groove and follow it leftwards. At a small bulge pull back right onto the upper wall. Follow this to the top. © ROCKFAX

FA. P.Littlejohn 21.7.78 21/Jul/1978

Ticklists: Pembroke Rockfax Top 50.

Photo: Test Case, St Govans © dave657
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This climb is in 236 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Andrew Wilson - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/15 with Matt Nuttall

Fluffed it trying to get scotts wires out the crux
Tom.Priestley - 2nd dog - 01/Sep/15 with Scott Quinn

Got lowered back down and did it on top rope to prove it was ok. Pumpy!
Tom.Priestley - TR rpt - 01/Sep/15 with Scott Quinn

surprisingly pumpy short middle section up that groove...
mattnuttall - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/15 with Andrew Wilson

FlavioL1989 - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/15 with Raj Bisht

rajeshwarbisht - 2nd dnf - 31/Aug/15 with Flavio

really nice well protected climbing with good rests, not that pumpy
scott quinn - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/15 with Tom Priestley

Super route. Very pumpy and much harder than Space Cadet.
Brian H - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/15 with Kafoozalem

Almost over but pumped out and took a much bigger lob than expected after exploding a (solid looking) cam placement and falling onto the bomber wires below. Thanks for catching me shaun amidst the shards of rock. Had to ab for the gear in the dark.
benkelsey - Lead dnf - 15/Aug/15 with Shaun Humphreys

Hidden - 2nd β - 08/Aug/15

Very good, tricky feet. Feeling pretty unwell with a virus and started wretching horribly after the crux!
mynyddresident - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/15 with KP

Loose block came off on bottom section and fell with no gear and broken heal and lesson learnt.
ollie1 - Lead dnf - 17/Jul/15 with Olly Ryan

very nice route.
RosePearson - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/15 with Harry Fogg

Dan724 - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/15 with Brendan Fraser

pearson9596 - 2nd O/S - 04/Jul/15 with Ian Faulkner

ian d f - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/15 with Michael P

Fantastic climbing, very pumpy!
alastairbegley - 2nd O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Richard

Luxulyan - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Alastair

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Harry Martin

ben.phillips - 2nd O/S - 23/May/15 with Mike Gallimore

Climbed clean after getting gripped and falling off last visit. Glad I tried it again- felt much smoother and confident.
MichaelGallimore - Lead rpt - 23/May/15 with Ben Philips

Great fun and a little delicate
climbomaniac - Lead O/S - 09/May/15 with Ross McKerchar

If you find a nut-key at the bottom of this it's mine!
quiffhanger - 2nd rpt - 09/May/15 with Nicholas

It ain't easy when it's greazy
DanielGyi - 2nd - 04/May/15 with Michael Robinson

Was absolutely gripped! The holds coming under the bulges were super greasy which made it very interesting
M_Robinson - Lead O/S - 04/May/15 with DanielGyi

Mostly on Adam's gear after he got a little too frazzled on the very warm and greasy crux.
quiffhanger - Lead rpt - 18/Apr/15 with Adam Ryan

Disappointed not to finished the lead on this one - felt knackered after previous adventures
adam 24 - 2nd β - 18/Apr/15 with Ross

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/15

Got extremely pumped and sat on a wire before the route branches out right. The line in the guide wasn't all that clear- the branch was earlier than I thought. I was pretty gripped by this point though and probably would have fallen off anyway. Finished after one rest but it was a battle. Planning to come back in May to try again.
MichaelGallimore - Lead dog - 11/Apr/15 with Andy Cmc

Tom Livingstone - 2nd rpt - 08/Apr/15 with Oli Grounsell

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Apr/15

A bit too testing. Fluffed the moves up to the undercut and took a big lob. Just about managed to gibber to the top. Removing the nut I fell on turned out to be the hardest part... best part of 10 minutes hammering at it from an ab rope.
Nick Russell - Lead dog - 05/Apr/15

Brilliant and very tricky! Disconcertingly easy up to the groove and then it really earns its hard E3 rep. Well protected though it is pumpy to get good kit in. Top slab is steady but not piss, fortunately you can take your time
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/15 with Malc the Scott

End of the day, pumpy to place gear. Lowered off a cam from about 2/3s height. Will be back.
ollie_e - Lead dnf - 04/Apr/15 with chris scutt

James Oswald - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/15 with Mike

Ramon Marin - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/15 with Jon Leighton

jonleighton - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/15

NuclearNev - 2015

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - 2015

oliverpcain - Lead G/U - 2015 with Harriet Ridley

Ian craigie - 2nd - 2015 with Karen Mackintyre, Niels Ernst williams

simon kimber - Lead dog - 05/Sep/14 with Rob Andrews

Sarah Black - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Paul Black

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/14

Took an obscene amount of time trying to work out the tricky direct start with many failed attempts. Got there in the end but apparently we should have started to the right of this.
tash - 2nd - 30/Aug/14 with ali k

Apharri - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/14 with Dave Wharton

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/14

tim newton - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/14 with rachel slater

Rachel Slater - 2nd rpt - 13/Aug/14 with Tim Newton

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/14

JM - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Stevo, Dave Pinnington

Ed morris - 2nd rpt - 08/Jul/14 with Jerry Handren

redjerry - Lead - 08/Jul/14 with Ed Morris

Pumpy in the groove! The actual step right isn't as bad as you think.
mountain_jay - 2nd O/S - 04/May/14 with Pippa Froggatt

Pippa - Lead rpt - 04/May/14 with Jamie Thornley

Justin T - 2nd - 03/May/14 with Rachel

Pumpy and slippery!
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Justin Timms

Pumpy placing wires! Claimed the o/s but apparently i seconded it a few years ago? Didn't realise until I came to log it!
anguskille - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Tom Fenwick

Mark Grist - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14

fennerz - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Angus Kille

previously failed on the 1st January 2008 with Harry
Brown - Lead - 17/Apr/14 with Lily

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Apr/14

Led the 'proper' finish through the steep crack. So much better than the rockfax topo that led me astray the first time.
Ed morris - Lead β - 13/Apr/14 with -martin

One rest on crux
Cardi - 2nd - 30/Mar/14 with Pete G

the lay-back crack was a bit damp and came off a few moves into it. great route though and will be back for it!
James S - Lead dnf - 14/Mar/14 with dan

mike mo - 2014

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2014

robgixer - 2nd - 05/Oct/13

Fell off at the crux, utterly pumped. It was due to the mistake in logistics - I passed obvious gear, planning to place one higher above hanging on a jug, but the hold turned out to be pretty bad in a steep terrain - I managed to put in a runner, which I was not 100% happy with, and hesitated to commit to the above, climbing up and down, and that eventually tired myself beyond my limit... The same mistake as L'Horla. I should learn!!
masa-alpin - Lead dog - 05/Oct/13 with Rob G

w.pettet-smith - Sep/13

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Sam Taylor

mikeyjbs - Lead β - 12/Aug/13 with Charles Green

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

Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Dan Lane

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/13

Alice Thompson - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/13 with Michael Porter

Fran S8 - 2nd - 06/May/13 with john nightingale

Hidden - Lead dog - May/13

bit wet at the bottom, felt like a hard move until i spotted the massive undercut :P
willoates - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/13 with soph

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Mar/13

colesy - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Sasha Coombes

Nick Sillem - Lead O/S - 2013

1 fall moving out of the groove but surprised I got so far.
pembrokeshirecaver - 2nd dog - 22/Sep/12 with Adam

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/12

HarryB - 2nd dog - 22/Sep/12 with Ross

Went the rockfax way (out right before the crack). Not the pumpfest i was expecting but still a fantastic route and perfect breezy conditions.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/12 with Adam Bevan

Hard worrk but good
Dangerous Dave - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/12 with Dave O

dave o - 2nd - 17/Sep/12 with Dave Cowan

gregoritos - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/12

dswansonlow - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/12 with jacob loyd

jacobjlloyd - 2nd rpt - 13/Aug/12 with Dougie

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

This was hard. Very hard.
robin_hackney - 2nd dog - 12/Aug/12 with Si

theotherpetehill - 2nd - 14/Jul/12 with Ross McKerchar

Luckily Pete stopped me launching into the super-thin finger crack by pointing out the obviously correct line to the right.
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/12

Billg - Lead O/S - 19/May/12 with Ollie

barni - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/12 with fra

david morse - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/12 with Josh,Nath+Mikey

melonmike - 2nd O/S - 13/Apr/12 with Josh, Dave Morse

sam820 - 2nd - 08/Apr/12 with Murdoch

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/12

bigie bob - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/12

Rested at the crux, super-pumpy
Pippa - Lead dog - 05/Apr/12 with Tink

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/12

bwestwood - 2nd - Apr/12

Ciro - Lead RP - 25/Mar/12 with Ramon

Spicy! Took a couple of falls at the crux, and then got pretty sketched out on the traverse and slab to the top. Look forward to giving this another go.
Ciro - Lead dog - 18/Mar/12 with Ramon

Ramon Marin - Lead dnf - 17/Mar/12 with ciaran tracey

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead - 27/Aug/11

Felt harder this time around. Deserves status as hardest E3 in the Rockfax list. Polished.
Ian Jones - 2nd O/S - 19/Aug/11 with Robert Durran (aka 'Big Bob')

Speeddemonsi - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/11

Andrew Barker - 2nd - 17/Aug/11 with Si

redjerry - TR O/S - Aug/11

miastacey - Lead O/S - Aug/11 with Bob Smith

thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/11 with Mike

propper E3.
C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with rob lay

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/11 with Jake

jacobjlloyd - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/11 with Dan Barbour

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/11

Glyn - Lead O/S - 27/May/11 with Amy

Hidden - May/11

Top rope to the pro that jon fell on. lead up the rest. jon fell a good 10m or 12m
Chi Cheng - Lead β - 30/Apr/11 with Jon Fane

spidey - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with gus huggins

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/11

belay bunny turned bad - Lead dog - 16/Apr/11 with loundsy

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 16/Apr/11

Had to get up this quick before Al got wet, felt good to be flying through the moves as fast as I could, nice and efficient way of climbing.
Mike Goldthorp - Lead RP - 02/Apr/11 with alex mason

markalmack - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/11 with james marjot

wet as they come!
IOAN D - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/11 with sion mac

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

nickcanute - Lead O/S - 2011

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - 2011

as hard as e3 gets and still be e3? f6c+. fell off this 10 years ago, thinking shouldn't be on e3's. no shame in falling of this. a full grade harder than space cadet, they're just opposite ends of the same grade.
ian caton - Lead β - 31/Aug/10 with Abi

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

SuseH - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Iain

Easier than Pleasure Dome but nowhere near as good. Two stars for the line, 1 for the climbing. Runners on top section are good.
drysori - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Andy Gray

irish paul - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Sarah Joyce

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/10

billb - Lead dog - Aug/10 with Mark Warnet

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/10

nick arding - 2nd dog - 24/May/10 with rob pitt

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 24/May/10 with Nick Arding

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 01/May/10

Hidden - 2nd dog - 01/May/10

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/10

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/10 with Angus Kille

bit pumpy
anguskille - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/10 with Ed Booth

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Feb/10

Stout little route. As hard as E3 can be. Lots and Lots of 5c from leaving the pedastal. push on with the pump cos the good holds keep coming.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/10 with andrew davies

Seymore Butt - 2010

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/09 with Johnny Richard

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/Oct/09

Richard Horn - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09

Sam the Butcher - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/09 with andy latta and tom ce

Hidden - Lead rpt - 16/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Jun/09

drcorbasisgod - Lead RP - 05/Jun/09

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd O/S - Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd - 2009

Hidden - 2nd - 2009

tonanf - AltLd - 08/Aug/08 with Pep

andi turner - Lead - 18/Jul/08 with Gus Hudgins

feilx - 2nd rpt - 12/Jul/08 with Andy L

morganator - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/08 with Rich Cross

just too clammy on the jams: got too pumped. made it past here onto upper wall but it was just too hot and id given enough. one for another, cooler day. what i did felt brilliant - more pembroke quality
ksjs - Lead dnf - 05/May/08 with goosebump

Alas the crux groove was very slimy and wet so had a couple of rests to think about it. Excellent climbing though and a nice bold section at the top to keep you thinking...
Chad123 - AltLd dog - 03/May/08 with Sam

bfreeman - 2nd - 09/Feb/08 with Jon Freeman

jfreeman - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Ben Freeman

Hidden - 2nd - 2008

Adam Ellwood - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/07 with Dave Evans

Tony Little - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/07 with Ed Brown

haydng - Lead O/S - 2007

janegallwey - 2nd - 2007

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2007

greased up holds led to a 40 footer off the roof. rather scarey.
a_radiohead_fan - Lead dnf - Oct/06

Hidden - Jul/06

feilx - Lead O/S - 27/May/06 with Chris Froud

Boy - 2006

Bern - 2006

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2006

Kev Little - Lead O/S - 2006

Alan James - UKC and UKH - 2nd - 16/May/05 with Mark Glaister

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Apr/05

dan gibson - Lead O/S - Apr/05 with eddie church

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

daveayton - Lead O/S - 2005

Gus - Lead O/S - 29/May/04 with simon "the horse" wilson

fyfee8a - 2004

Hidden - Lead - 17/Sep/01

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/01 with Viv

carried on up the groves to the top. A nice and easier version
Billg - 2001

dickypips - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/00 with Steve James

Ian Jones - Lead - 2000 with Karen Ghiselli

Tim M - 2000

Hidden - Lead rpt - 06/May/99

Hidden - 1999

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/98

Rich Kirby - Lead - May/98 with Paul Tanton

A bastard
PaulTanton - Lead dog - May/98 with Dave Taylor

Hidden - 2nd - May/98

Si Clapham - Lead - 1998 with Andy Long

Gregory - Lead - Aug/97 with guy exley

Hidden - Lead - 19/Apr/97

shark - Lead rpt - 26/May/96 with Sonia

craig h - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/95

Hidden - 2nd - 1994

whispering nic - 2nd - Aug/93 with Graham Iles

innes - Lead O/S - Aug/92 with Chris

Roget - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/91 with jon

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/91

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 13/Apr/90 with George MacIntyre

Steve Crowe - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/90 with SimonGee

Dave Rumney - 2nd - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

Hidden - 1990

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 29/May/89 with Nigel Gregory

Hidden - Lead - 1989

AlexRenshaw - Lead - 20/Sep/87 with Simon Donowho

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/87

Sunny and hot
KRB - Lead O/S - 25/May/87 with Neil Gregory

andy gittins - 1987

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1986

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/85 with Elaine Owen

Hidden - 29/Apr/85

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1985 with Shaun Derry

shark - 2nd - 17/Sep/84 with Steve Aisthorpe

steve L - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/84 with Clive Curle

Mark Kemball - Lead - 22/Apr/83 with Dave Kenyon

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/81

Steve Bell - 1981 with Martin Corbett

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

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