Ghost Train*** E6 6b
[ghost train, 4 kb]

Rockfax Description
This route looks okay until you abseil down it. It is only then that you realise how steep the wall is. Has been described as a F7a+ with one long and serious run-out. Start at a crunchy flake to the right of Mysteries. Climb the initial wall past flakes (very low thread) to the large break and huge thread runners. Take a deep breath and attack the wall above, moving right to a thin flakeline. Climb this in a position of increasing seriousness to hopefully gain another thread. Follow the easier flake to a break then step right and climb direct to the top. © ROCKFAX

FA. M.Owen 18.4.90 18/Apr/1990

Ticklists: 100 or so good E6s - aye Caff.

Photo: ghost train © simon rawlinson
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This climb is in 21 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

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

Brilliant. The perfect run out then pumpy jugfest to the top.
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/15

Perfect route with the climbing easing the more you commit. Great experience on this!
nathanlee - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/14 with Neil Mawson

Moves to peg on lower wall crux for me
soph - 2nd rpt - 23/Aug/14 with Blair Fyffe

Breathtaking route! When you peep over the edge on the ab, so intimidating! Immaculate sequence all the way through the run-out, easing off just in time for it to not feel too deathly, perfecto!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Jack G, Simon

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/13

redjerry - TR O/S - 09/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13

took the mega-lob trying to clip the thread at the end of the run out, stopped 3m above the ground thanks to some world class belaying by Rudders.
willoates - Lead dnf - 01/Jun/13 with Dave Rudkin

colesy - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Ollie Benzie

Amazing route ruined by climbing recklessly. Not good.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Jemma Powell

need to man up (get fitter....). 1st time trying a head point, thought i might as well as the others were on it - seems odd.
tom106 - TR - 11/Aug/12

Ross abbed and replaced the threads. Then I lead it with no knowledge of the moves but quickdraws on the threads. Great climbing, about f7a, steady.
jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12

Awesome. First e6! Felt steady (if a little too gripped). As it should given I abbed the line, replaced the threads and got beta on the moves from Jacob's on-sight & Tom's second. The dangerous moves are easy, as long as you're not pumped from the trickier lower section! Get on it while it's dry & the threads are good!
quiffhanger - Lead β - 11/Aug/12 with Jacob

onsight attempt, fell just after clipping the thread above the run out. E6 6a felt fair. I think a ground-fall is a possibility if you fluff the clip, which is another tiring reach.
switch - Lead dog - 26/May/12 with Jo Bertalot

owenH - 2011

soph - 2nd O/S - Aug/10 with Dan McManus

With a 10mm rope, screwgates on the threads, and a good belayer, this isn't too outrageous. Certainly not E7. Amazing climb on posiitve holds. Threads replaced may 2010.
Ged Desforges - Lead β - 2010

Hidden - 2nd - 2008

Wow, so pleased, what a great runout! E7 in my guidebook. Looked at it on the abseil but didnt try any moves.
Steve Crowe - Lead β - 26/Aug/06 with Ian Denton

Gary Gibson had done it previously (apparently with some drilled in situ gear which was removed by somebody from Bristol, perhaps Steve Monks). I happened to be there, top roped it and led it with 2 belayers, just in case I fell off the run out.
Mike Owen - Lead RP - 18/Apr/90 with Roger Bennion, Jim Hewson

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
anguskille, theomoore, tim newton, brices, Daniel Heath, Dangerous Dave, Alex Mason

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