A stunning and historically significant hard route which has seen very few onsight ascents in its 30+ year life span. Get to the spike belay below the top headwall on Cream. Start as for Cream, then make a hard move to gain the crack on the left. Follow this, pumpy, until is peters out, make hard and difficult to read moves up left to easier climbing near the top. © ROCKFAX
UKC Logbook Description
A route that has stood the test of time and still sees very few on-sights. Sustained with a crux at the bottom and another at the top. The original Fawcett line (first graded E5 7a) was once considered the hardest route in the country. The second ascent was made by an unknown youth at the time called Jerry Moffatt. The climbing of the original line is french 7b but hard to place protection, means the route is worth E6. Basher's variation definitely deserves E7/5.13 or F7c+.
Ron Fawcett/Basher Atkinson 1980
Ticklists: Extreme Rock, North Wales Super Route E6's, North Wales Rock Graded List, ROCKFAX Style Top 50: North Wales, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist.
Photo: John Redhead attempts Strawberries, Vector Buttress, Tremadog, April 1980, watched by first-ascentionist Ron Fawcett. © Steve Ashton
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This climb is in 8 logbooks, and on 35 wishlists.
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Great route. Top roped Monday then led today after checking gear out. All kit placed on lead. Good gear placements but placing it is what makes it tricky.
Ed Booth - Lead RP - 15/Apr/15 with Adam Booth
Balls, fell off from the last hard move. Started the day knackered, then got myself pumped stupid at the bottom having not practiced the gear placements. Made it a lot further that I thought I would after the mega pump had set in, but eventually took the lob onto the top wire. Should go next time if I can remember what to do! Good work Ed, pissed it.
Adam Booth - Lead dog - 15/Apr/15 with Ed Booth
Will be harder placing gear, but could well be a go-er! Great route.
Adam Booth - TR RP - 13/Apr/15 with Ed Booth
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011
Hidden - 2008
Mike Owen - 25/Jul/89 with Al Murray
Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 26/Sep/87 with Murray Hamilton
Chris Wright - Lead - 25/Aug/87
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