Cream*** E4 6a
[Cream, 2 kb]4 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A magnificent climb that builds to a stunning and very exposed crack pitch on the headwall.
1) 5a, 15m. As for Vector.
2) 5c, 20m. Climb up, then pull left and tackle a short steep groove left of a jutting nose. Urgent moves through this lead with relief to a small ledge and a groove shared with Nimbus. Follow this to the Vector cave stance.
3) 4b, 10m. Continue along the same diagonal line to a belay below the headwall.
4) 6a, 15m. Head up a crack and step left into a small groove. Move up this to gain the crack in the headwall. Charge up this and make a powerful move out left to improving holds leading leftwards to the top. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
The exposed top pitch up the middle of the headwall is sustained and out there but well protected and not too hard technically if you don't let the exposure get to you. (Using 150ft ropes & careful rope work it is possible to do the first 3 pitches as 1 with very little drag)

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, North Wales Rock Graded List, ROCKFAX Style Top 50: North Wales, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, Alex's Wales ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, Ultimate E4 ticklist, Fast & Free: Pete Livesay's Top 30 British Classics, WideBoyz Crack School.

Photo: Cream © jim jones
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This climb is in 210 logbooks, and on 51 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Sep/15

spalice - 2nd dog - 10/Aug/15 with FreddieSmith

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Jul/15

NDD - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/15 with Michaela

Just the last pitch this time. All pitches now climbed clean. Routes don't come much better than this.
MarkRoe - Lead RP - 15/Jun/15 with Ben Roe

P2 and 4
BRoe - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/15 with Mark Roe

Took a few falls on the last pitch. I'll be back.
MarkRoe - AltLd dog - 12/Jun/15 with Ben Roe

Great route and very happy with my lead of P2 as it is sustained at 5c. A steadily increasing sense of urgency resulted in forearms like concrete by the Vector cave. The 6a reach on P4 was too far for me but I was able to bypass it by a tiny crimp on the right on my second try.
Tubs - AltLd dog - 06/Jun/15 with Dave M

jamestaylor92 - Lead G/U - 30/May/15 with Tom Livingstone

Tom Livingstone - 2nd rpt - 30/May/15 with James Taylor

Top pitch only
Tom Livingstone - Lead rpt - 23/May/15 with Nick Bullock

Gopping wet top pitch- lobbed off twice. Great route
morganator - AltLd dog - 11/May/15 with International Meet Guest

Hidden - Lead β - 22/Apr/15

pete johnson - AltLd - 05/Apr/15 with Chris Parkin

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - 2015

Top holds were wet from the mornings rain still.
FreddieSmith - Lead - 2015

phil64 - 2015

Just the head wall pitch. Previously led it all. T-shirt weather in november!
Ed morris - 2nd rpt - 15/Nov/14 with Tom Grant

HAJ Francis - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/14

Fell off this lots and lots and! lots. solid lead from henry on the crux! A possible long term nemesis. I'll Be Back!
bede.west - AltLd dog - 12/Oct/14 with Henry Francis

Brilliant! The second pitch (which I combined with the first) is really good, with exposed positions and lots of interesting 3D climbing. Lots of rests and good gear but you have to go for it in between. Fortunately it yields to bridging so you can mostly stay on your feet. Solid E3 5c. I led the first two pitches in one to the slightly cramped belay seat in the cave. Ed then did the short ledge shuffle to the base of the crack. Easy to start, then gradually harder with balancey moves to get stood up on the "ledge", which provides a good rest. Climbed up a bit from there, placed a cam, it looked hard above so climbed back down. Up again and it wasn't too bad, another bomber cam in the next slot and it's the crux. Great move up to get a so-so finger lock but higher up the hold is rubbish! Reverse the move, hang around (because I can), up again, work the feet up (as ever) and get a good hold higher up just before breaking left. Breaking out left is a line of jugs, a bit footless to start but the hand holds are good enough and soon enough I'm on the top :-) What a great route and not that hard for E4 if you're fit. Thought the second pitch was the best as it's got some wild positions but the headwall is good fun as well and thankfully a bit easier than it looks!
Misha - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Ed

westaway - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/14 with Simon Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/14

Led 1 and 4
bigdrew - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Dan

Hidden - 30/Aug/14

soph - AltLd rpt - 16/Aug/14 with Luke brooks, Blair Fyffe

Stefan_Morris - 2nd O/S - 12/Aug/14 with Edmundmorris

Lead all the hard climbing, bottom section is fluffable. Stunning position on the crux pitch!
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/14 with stefan

1-3 in one
Hannes B - AltLd - 27/Jul/14 with wil

Hannes led the first 3, I did the top. Took a winger from the jugs at the end as I was totally spooned. Great route!
drysori - AltLd - 27/Jul/14

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/14 with Alex

Alex Mason - 2nd - 11/Jun/14 with Steve Ramsden

a beauty!
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 28/May/14 with Sam Townsend, Rennie

Dave led, brilliant climbing throughout.
samt - 2nd O/S - 28/May/14 with Ian Renshaw, Dave Musgrove

Luxulyan - AltLd O/S - 21/May/14 with Tom Murrell

pie_eater_pete - AltLd O/S - 07/May/14

5c pitch
bwestwood - AltLd - 06/May/14

mike mo - 2014

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 06/Oct/13

made a hash of the top pitch! great climbing all the same
Ginger McGrath - AltLd dog - 24/Aug/13 with rob, pete abernethy

Fell off the crux, soaking wet in the crack. Will come back for this!
owain86 - Lead dog - 24/Aug/13 with Livingstone

Top pich only
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 23/Aug/13 with Simon huges

Hidden - Lead rpt - 23/Aug/13

dogged 4th (crux) pitch
Simon Allcock - 2nd - 20/Aug/13 with Wilki

Hidden - Lead β - 03/Aug/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 03/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/13

pete87abs - 2nd β - Aug/13 with Graham, rob

Brad led pitches 1,2&3 in a oner, which made for a brilliant steep pitch mostly on jugs. Then I lead the headwall. Bizarrely found it pretty simple despite it being my first E4 lead, have found many E3's this year harder. Such a good route though!!
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 22/May/13 with brad reed

Fell off the crux mostly due to being a bell end and partly due to it being sweaty!
Dangerous Dave - AltLd dog - 20/May/13 with Russ Birkett

Led the first 3 pitches in one. Great climb, slipped off seconding the crux
Russell Birkett - AltLd - 20/May/13 with Dave Cowan

Hidden - AltLd - 19/May/13

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 18/May/13

Tom Livingstone - Lead rpt - 04/Mar/13 with Will Oates

Pete Rigby - AltLd dnf - 03/Mar/13 with Kelli Roberts

Hidden - Mar/13

captain - 2013

Once it stopped raining we went for this. Should have looked from the ground as it was absolutely soaked. Mud in the crux jam and sopping like mad. Did all the moves after manning up though, reckon about 6b in that state. Shame, will definitely be back and do it properly!
JRae - AltLd dog - 14/Oct/12 with M Watson

P1, 2 & 3 together. Quality.
Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Iain Moodie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/12

Had all the dreams of an on-sight but terrible tactics, the ascent was tried after a whole day of abuse. Better tactics for Strawberries!
atapper21 - Lead RP - 20/Aug/12

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Aug/12

lead pt 1,3,4 bruce did second pitch. head wall is amazing what a cool climb
Michael Allday - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/12 with Bruce Houston

Bruce Houston - AltLd - Jul/12

Jay C - AltLd dnf - 20/Jun/12 with Nick E

Sandbagged on second pitch. Very sustained and spaced gear. Quite a hard 5c.
Nick Nitro - AltLd dnf - 20/Jun/12 with Jay C

Howard Lawledge - Lead - 18/May/12 with Jack

gforce - AltLd - 16/May/12 with Adrian

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/May/12

Pitch 1-3 in one, led top pitch. Trem endous.
zero six - AltLd O/S - May/12

Hidden - AltLd dog - 15/Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2012

1st and last pitch. Greased off the crux move due to the pocket being damp but then found an alternative way of doing it. Well protected and brilliant exposure.
Owain Llewelyn - AltLd - 20/Nov/11 with Gareth E

P2,4 - black gunge and bats coming out of the top crack made it even more interesting. very good route.
markalmack - AltLd O/S - 05/Nov/11 with andy lole

Seconded top pitch, watched Tom whip a few times, then assumed i wouldnt be able to do it! Might go another time
HeatherF - AltLd dog - 29/Aug/11 with Tom Livingstone

amazing route
nathanlee - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/11 with Dom Lee

dominic lee - Lead rpt - 26/Aug/11 with nathan lee

Abbed off the Vector belay due to rain.
Tom Livingstone - Lead dnf - 16/Aug/11 with Jez Hawksworth

One wet hold
Glyn - 2nd - 14/Aug/11 with Alex Fry

lx - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with glyn

Dave Parton - AltLd - 22/Jul/11 with Adam Ellwood

One rest on the headwall pitch earlier this year. Happy to send it this time. 6c+
david morse - Lead rpt - 21/Jul/11 with willoates, andy psyche

pumpy and blind! flashed it on daves gear and still thought it was hard. the sidepulls seems to seep even after a bit of dry weather. 6c+ physically, 7a with a rack?
schof - Lead β - 21/Jul/11 with will, northern dave

First pitches clean, then wussed the crux again...didn't back off though at least this time!
thomasadixon - AltLd dog - 10/Jul/11 with Mike

Only the headwall pitch..
AdrianP - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/11 with Olli

J.Wells - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/11 with Jasmine Taplin

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jun/11

Lead P1 and P3. One fall on pitch 4, loooong move to finger jug. Had feet in right place but just didn't pull hard enough. Good performance by Si, P2 is stiff as foyk for 5c and he got straight back on after a sizeable lob from crux of top pitch. Adventurous and a bit out there on headwall.
Dave Foster - AltLd - 11/Jun/11 with Si 2

JasTaplin - AltLd - Jun/11 with Jonathan Wells

Hidden - AltLd - 20/May/11

Dave Searle - Lead - May/11

one fall on last pitch, didn't really put that much effort in when going for the top finger lock, which was good. Fell below the foot rest, pulled up, rested on the foot rest then lead it clean to top. Great route!
centurion05 - AltLd dog - 27/Apr/11 with chris thorne

P1, dave did 2+3 together then I stepped up to the plate for p4. Got up to the rest then got a few good bits of gear up to the crux. Better sized cam was in the belay (tip: use the massive spike) so was worried about kicking it out and made a half-assed attempt at the crux, which i found quite blind. Dave then had a go with my gear in, put some more in and fell a move further! Awesome being on the headwall and great fun climbing! So steeep too! Gutted the onsight was blown but don't regret the day at all...I'll be back!
Duncan Campbell - AltLd - 14/Mar/11 with Dave Morse

Ed led the two hardest pitches. I had to rest on the rope to get a nut out on the last pitch. Didn't get the bloody nut!
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 04/Mar/11 with Ed Booth

Pokey little crux. Just a couple of not such great holds...
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/11

Hidden - AltLd dog - 01/Mar/11

Jack Loftus - AltLd dog - 01/Mar/11 with Nick

Marcus - 2011

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

centurion05 - 2011

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - 2011

dts - AltLd dnf - 06/Nov/10 with Andy Taylor

Hidden - Lead - 06/Nov/10

Lead up to the crux (thinking this was void somehow!) then bottled it and handed over to Mike, who neatly did the whole thing in about 10 mins. Last pitch only (first pitches of void).
thomasadixon - 2nd β - 16/Oct/10 with Mike

Brown - AltLd O/S - 14/Oct/10 with James T

Glyn - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/10 with Will Oates

p1 - Glyn p2 + 3 -me onsight p4- flashed after glyn abbed and stripped the gear. SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!
willoates - AltLd β - 11/Oct/10 with Glyn

JulesV - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Shauna Cunningham

Hidden - Lead dnf - Aug/10

beci tointen - Lead RP - Jul/10 with my uncle carl

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jun/10

Hidden - Jun/10

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

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10 with michael porter

did the first three pitchs lead 2nd
barni - 2nd rpt - 27/May/10 with Comrad, luke

Creamed it.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 10/Feb/10 with Mikey G

quite easy either side of the short crux, cool climbing and sweet position
Mike Goldthorp - Lead β - 10/Feb/10 with alex mason

soph - 01/Jan/10

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - 2010 with Helena Robinson

Top pitch of Cream with first pitches of Void.
Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - Dec/09 with Barni

titchbach - 2nd - 05/Oct/09

grrr top crack wet awesome 5c pitch, will come back...
fennerz - Lead dnf - 03/Jul/09 with Ed Booth

had to down climb from the crux of last pitch as crux hold was wet and really want to do that pitch so will have to go back. Tom lead the 5c pitch.
Ed Booth - AltLd - 03/Jul/09 with Fennerz

datoon - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/09 with K

Fall on 5c pitch - physical and confusing moves, got it all wrong. Fall on 6a pitch - blind with migraine, hardly surprising. Generally a lame effort on an awesome and inspiring route.
jkarran - AltLd dog - 13/Jun/09 with Aly

Al lead 2nd and 4th pitch(the hardest!), just managed to second the top pitch. Felt exposed way up there!
Ian Broome - AltLd - 13/Jun/09 with Al, Grant

GrantB - 2nd - 13/Jun/09

did the old version which gives a bold E3 pitch traversing in across the headwall (harder lead than the crack!)
Billg - Lead O/S - 03/May/09 with Owen Haywood

mr mills - Lead rpt - 18/Apr/09 with Gareth

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

Led the two easy pitches!
cornishben - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Mike Raine

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/May/08

Hugh did first 3 pitches as 1. I did top pitch. Tremendous.
Rich Kirby - AltLd - 14/May/08 with Hugh

Hidden - 2008

Julian Wedd - AltLd - 2008 with D. Body

jeffmcd56 - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Rob

Led 1 (4c) and 3 (4c)
DavidEvans - AltLd - 28/Jul/07 with adam ellwood

IOAN D - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/07 with gareth

top pitch, done the other pitches before !
mr mills - Lead O/S - 2007 with ioan d

Warm up for Strawberries. Got into 2nd crack on that, then fell off. Dogged to the top, but didn't try again. F7c+/5.13a to put the gear in I reckon.
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead rpt - 16/Sep/06 with Nic Sellers

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - 2nd dog - Mar/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/04

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - Aug/04

nige - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/03 with dave kells

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

akhughes - Lead - 2003

Hidden - Lead - 2003

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Sep/00

Didn't lead crux pitch
WB - AltLd O/S - 24/May/00 with Jez

Jon Read - 2nd - Jul/99 with Nick Bullock

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Aug/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/97

Missed last pitch due to the cold
D Tempest - AltLd - 07/Apr/96 with Rick

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/94 with Phil Dowthwaite

Nick Biven - AltLd - 1994 with Rich Whitwell

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Hidden - Lead - 1993

top pitch linked from Void
whispering nic - 1992 with Graham Iles

Hidden - AltLd - 1992

mik1miller - Lead O/S - 1992 with bernie bradbury

Neil R - 2nd dog - 27/May/90 with Ian

top pitch
shark - Lead - 16/May/90 with Derek Toulalan

DDDD - 1990

Hidden - AltLd - 1990

Alan James - UKC and UKH - AltLd - 13/May/89 with Phil Baker

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd - 1989 with Bill Williamson

The crux is that pig awkward bulge.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/88 with al phizacklea

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/88

Ran out of steam right at top of final pitch and took a rest. Also seconded after Atomic Finger Flake - see details
uphillnow - Lead dog - 1988 with John Robinson

Hidden - Lead - 1988

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 26/Sep/87 with Murray Hamilton

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Sep/87

sadams - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/87 with Guy Townsend

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 31/Jan/87 with Elaine Owen

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 12/Jul/86 with Elaine Owen

Not a totally clean ascent !
shark - AltLd - 06/Sep/85 with Seb Grieve

Hidden - 2nd - 17/May/85

mark mcgowan01 - Lead O/S - May/85 with Graham Harrison

andy gittins - Lead - 1985

Hidden - AltLd - 1985

Very frustrating - took 3 falls trying to lead it, then got it first go seconding.
Mark Kemball - 2nd - 16/Jun/84 with Willie Todd

keefe - 20/Apr/84

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 10/Mar/84 with Doug Shaw

Lead pitch 4
stp - AltLd - 13/Jun/83

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/83

Rain all day. I coaxed Geraldine out of the cafe do 'climb Vector Buttress'. Middle pitch was very easy but we were caught out in the gloom. I fell off once on the top pitch. Great route.
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1983 with Geraldine Taylor

andy gittins - 1982

steve L - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/80 with Jim Perrin

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Mike Owen - 2nd β - 28/Apr/79 with Joe Healey, Phil Davidson

Hidden - 1973

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