Rockfax Description
An extra-polished first pitch leads to more-open climbing above. Start by the slab below the big diamond-shaped wall.
1) 5a, 15m. The corner is slippery and awkward - big gear needed. Belay on a ledge.
2) 4b, 15m. Climb a crack on the left near the arete to a ledge, then move up to another ledge. A short groove leads to a tree belay.
3) 4c, 15m. Climb the slab until tricky moves lead up left to gain the arete, which leads to the top. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Welsh for 'The Frog'

benny_m 13/Oct Lead O/S

Felt worked after the first pitch, bottom half all jamming top half all lay backing

with Su
Hidden 13/Oct 2nd
JordanRickard 11/Oct AltLd O/S
with ElMagz
LJC 19/Aug AltLd

MIA training.

jezb1 18/Aug Lead

top pitch

Hidden 25/Jul AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jul AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jul AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/Jun 2nd
jack 9895 06/Jun AltLd O/S

very polished horrible first pitch

Dan Vaj 27/May Lead RP

Delicate feet

with Khalid
khalidq 27/May 2nd O/S

1st pitch very scary for lead.

Blake 18/Apr Lead O/S

Pitch one looks great and probably was when the rock was fresh, but its so, so shiny that it's got some pretty tenuous moves for the grade... the rock is a bit different here - seems a bit softer than it is further along. Do 2 & 3 as one as while they're lovely climbing, its a lot of unnecessary faff.

with Parky
Hidden 21/Mar 2nd
tomwright1509 21/Mar Lead O/S
Nathanie1 15/Nov/14 AltLd O/S
Louise Hall 15/Nov/14 AltLd O/S

Technically the pitch I led was actually the last pitch of Merlin

jandyd05 24/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Sneaked this route in on a drying afternoon. Initial pitch up the corner of Oberon slab is super polished making for a right royal thrutch. Final pitch somewhat contrived but some nice moves. We belayed higher than the book suggests, at the tree below the final crack of Merlin - said tree is now looking somewhat dodgy!

with Tom Lawfield
Matthew Ferrier 12/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

Lead the p1 glassy monstrosity. Pitches after that were pleasant.

with David, Fran
franhammond92 12/Oct/14 2nd

Got halfway up the first pitch of glass but couldn't figure it out. We got a little lost and missed the last arete.

with Matt Ferrier, David Robinnette
dkd 01/Oct/14 2nd O/S
with Mike (Skye Guide)
kermit_uk 27/Sep/14 AltLd O/S

Michelle led P1 I led P2 & 3 in one.

with Michelle
StevieJ 18/Aug/14 2nd dnf

Seconded 1st pitch only

with C3, lithos
C3 18/Aug/14 2nd dnf
mikestr555 16/Aug/14 AltLd

lead first pitch

jordan taylor 03/Aug/14 Lead RP
with mcb
brolte 17/Jul/14 Lead

I could see my face in it it was so polished!

Hidden 13/Jul/14 Lead O/S
SamP88 13/Jul/14 AltLd O/S

1. AR, 2. AR, 3. SP (3rd pitch of Merlin)

with Alex R
dig 11/Jul/14 AltLd
with rob
robman 10/Jul/14 AltLd O/S
ziggy996 26/May/14 2nd O/S

Amazing climb, first pitch very polished.

Hidden 18/May/14 AltLd
JamesWilliams 17/May/14 AltLd O/S

First pitch is mega polished! second and third pitches really nice climbing top pitch swing on the arete is amazing exposure! lead P1 & P3

with jamesA
Big Lee 06/May/14 AltLd RP

Fell off the first pitch. Route 1 lay-backing up the middle section is tough due to the polish! Easier with a more delicate approach. Led pitches 2+3 strung together.

jmills94 18/Apr/14 2nd O/S

damn good lead by ed on this one, they are not kidding when they say its polished! I found it desperate trying to layback and ed found it desperate burying him self in the crack! the climbing above is interesting and worthwhile.

with ed
eburki1 18/Apr/14 Lead O/S
jbclimb 17/Apr/14 2nd dog

Polished is an understatement on the first pitch! nice technical moves with a dynamite lay-back. Well done big Joel!!

Jelly Mould Surfer 17/Apr/14 Lead rpt

Repeated nearly 25 years to the day after my first go...should have been almost on sight after that amount of time, but the first pitch was exactly as I remember it. HVS is definitely appropriate for the first pitch.

Jamo Walker 17/Apr/14 2nd dog
with Joel Perkins senior, Joe Rudman
davebrox ??/2014 -
cymjt ??/2014 -
pete1993 13/Oct/13 AltLd O/S

P1 and 3, definitely got the 2 best pitches on the route

JakeWShaw 13/Oct/13 AltLd O/S


with Pete
Louis Hume 05/Oct/13 AltLd
with Sarah
caradoc 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Simon Cahill 27/Sep/13 AltLd dog

Backed (read fell) of first pitch at about 5m, Deb lead through, I fell off three times seconding! Pitch 2 (4b) ok with an awkward move onto the arete, pitch 3 finished up the (4a) crack of Merlin by mistake. 27/Sep/13 AltLd
Double Knee Bar 31/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

L p1. Slippery, very tiring

Hidden 31/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
Duncan 88 31/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Glenn Manifold, Andrew Bladon
Hidden 23/Aug/13 AltLd
pbuggy91 18/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

Lead 1st Pitch

Fragmod 18/Aug/13 Lead
Hidden 05/Jul/13 2nd O/S
andyevans 01/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

P2 glossy start on p1 but one good foot for the move, 3rd is bold at aret

with cdpuk
cdpuk 01/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
Tala M 26/May/13 AltLd O/S

Lead P2. Very polished first pitch!

jezb1 05/Apr/13 AltLd

I lead P1

Hidden 05/Apr/13 -
Dizz 30/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
with David B
Hidden 13/Mar/13 AltLd O/S
SimonvanDam 23/Feb/13 AltLd
danJBA 23/Feb/13 AltLd
roberts1234567890 23/Feb/13 AltLd
Nick Biven ??/2013 -
tim20 ??/2013 -
alpinebutterfly 22/Oct/12 -
carl roberts 20/Oct/12 TR
Hidden 07/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Ray Sparks 04/Aug/12 2nd
with conrad
ejellard 03/Aug/12 2nd β

Didn't like the arete!

toasted 29/Jul/12 AltLd

super polished first pitch!

with Paul Greenhow, Ian Atkins
whitehouse_rhys 27/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Rob law
ronmcdonald 06/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden 29/May/12 AltLd
dionhughes 29/May/12 AltLd dnf

Seconded the first 5A pitch, finished up Oberon as I strayed too far right of the 2nd Pitch and couldn't find a way back. (basically jibbed out)

with Gerwyn
Pete_Frost 26/May/12 Lead β

Led first pitch on sight with commentary from Dave. Abbed off before easier final pitches. Polished to a fine sheen. Next time, take Mongo the No.4 Camalot!

with Dave Pearce
Hidden 13/May/12 AltLd dog
SamuelHarris 13/May/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/May/12 Lead
mhawk 31/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 31/Mar/12 AltLd
HAJ Francis 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2012 -
Callum Anderson ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
AntWallace 05/Nov/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
GordonAinslie ?/Oct/11 -
Hidden 14/Sep/11 2nd
Jim Slater 29/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
with Dan Vallin, Alan Smith
Hidden 29/Aug/11 AltLd
Lawrie Brand 24/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Sarah Laing
Hidden 24/Aug/11 2nd dog
matthomas79 10/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

Lead the first and Third pitches. Great climbing throughout. the third pitch is a real corker and feels very exposed and great fun. Well done to Ben for leading the second pitch as his first outdoor trad lead.

Hidden 05/Jun/11 AltLd
stvredmond 05/Jun/11 AltLd

Led P1 and P3, how polished does the start want to be, bit racey through the first pitch, top pitch is awsome on real rough rock

Hidden 03/Jun/11 Lead
Leo Woodhead ?/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
with Ian W
keithpeck 29/May/11 AltLd O/S
Rory Southworth 28/May/11 AltLd O/S

2nd first pitch and led the last two.

Hidden 27/May/11 AltLd
Michael Allday ?/May/11 Lead O/S
with rodney greenfield
Hidden 23/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Sam Simpson 22/Apr/11 Lead O/S
alias dave 22/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Sam.EB
willoates 16/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

Pitch one. wet and quite hard. Dan lead the 2nd and third. nowt special

Dan Lane 16/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

P2+3. I went off route and took a different, harder top two pitches.

Hidden 09/Apr/11 AltLd
ritchierich 28/Mar/11 AltLd rpt

Did pitches 1 and 2 after Vinny's appetite deminished rather repidly halfway up the first pitch.Super polished so nothing positive at all for your feet.

with Vinny
vinspin 28/Mar/11 AltLd dnf

lowered off half way up first pitch after a near savage owl attack on Oakover lost my mojo :) twit twoo

with ritchie
vinspin 28/Mar/11 2nd rpt

led third pitch

with ritchie
Alex Thompson 13/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Jon lead the hard 1st pitch and Merlin final pitch. I took the exposed 4c pitch.

jon thompson27 13/Mar/11 AltLd
with Alex Thompson
Tom Livingstone 07/Mar/11 Lead
Hidden ??/2011 -
Tim Sparrow ??/2011 -
bsmedz ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
The Green Giant 21/Nov/10 AltLd O/S


with Dan with the van
dan-8990 21/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
with AO
rustaldo 09/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

lead the first and last pitch.. the first is certainly interesting and quite polished

with Rob
Hidden 09/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
kim.mulji 18/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Seconded first and third pitch. Led second pitch.

with Jason
kleinej 18/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Led P1 and P3. Kim P2. We got a little off route somewhere on P2 and so P3 went up in the wrong spot. But P1 (the HVS pitch) was fine.

with Kim M
Hidden 11/Jul/10 2nd
Keith Jones 18/Jun/10 Lead

1st pitch only. Good foot work helps.

with David
hedgehog77 15/Jun/10 AltLd
with ratty
Hidden 14/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
r.greaves 06/Jun/10 AltLd
with Nat
Hidden ?/Jun/10 -
Different Steve 02/May/10 Lead dog

Dammit! wimped out on on the slippery slab & took a rest. Not that bad in the end but all feels rather insecure.

with Ian Ackerley
tomosb 15/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Darren Thompson
Hidden 07/Mar/10 Lead dog
beeson_paul 07/Mar/10 AltLd

o brother variation

beeson_paul 07/Mar/10 AltLd

o brother variation (VS)

pie_eater_pete ?/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
with ben smedley
MarkDavies36 ??/2010 AltLd
with Jill Singleton/Davies, Corin Burdon
simeclimb68 ??/2010 -
DuckingFesperate ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
jamie ward 13/Nov/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Oct/09 TR
Helen23 05/Aug/09 2nd

Sooo polished but really enjoyed it! Great laybacking up that first pitch. Only first pitch done, ran out of time

with Plas y Brenin (Dave Evans)
ebf 21/Jun/09 AltLd O/S

Only worthwhile for the first pitch. It's like ice climbing without the ice or crampons or ice axes.

with Paul Stephenson+Tim Fryer
davidwright 20/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
with Toby
eastfinchley pete 17/Apr/09 2nd
with Mark and Cath
Hidden 01/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Dom Whillans 01/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
with a.crook
Carly 01/Mar/09 2nd O/S
with sophie
A Crook 01/Mar/09 AltLd O/S
en7edh ??/2009 Lead
steven 07/Sep/08 Lead O/S

Tough lead with wet slab at the crux. Good pro though.

with Simon Dawson
Gandalf 26/Apr/08 2nd O/S

Thought this was a V. Diff. but decided half way up it was too hard for a V. Diff. so double checked and turned out to be a HVS (but an easy one)

with Becky Weller
Hidden ??/2008 AltLd O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
Hidden ?/Nov/07 Lead
spum 20/Oct/07 Lead β
with jen
Eccentric 09/Sep/07 2nd O/S

Hmmmm nice polish on the first pitch, felt like laybacking on a surface of ice!

with Andy Foster
ritchierich ?/Aug/07 AltLd O/S
tonymw 29/May/07 2nd

Climbed 2nd and 3rd pitches only. Used for Oberon for the 1st pitch owing to the awful start of Y Broga.

with Gary Smith
Zoomer 11/May/07 AltLd

Howling first pitch due to gopping amounts of polish.

with Andy Nelson
Hidden 06/May/07 2nd
Dan 85 17/Mar/07 Lead O/S

Very shinny first pitch (not sure if it's polish or just the rock), almost came to grief as holds etc where soaked on 1st pitch!!

with Tom
Hidden 17/Mar/07 2nd
tumbling wizard ?/Mar/07 Lead
irish paul 17/Nov/06 Lead
with Andy F
Hidden 15/Oct/06 Solo
zcapxa5 30/Sep/06 AltLd O/S
with Dave Ross
Hidden 17/Aug/06 Solo rpt
edmitchell 10/Jun/06 AltLd dog

Difficult polished initial slab, after that, great rock, good situations!

with kai ren
Hidden 10/Jun/06 AltLd dog
Hidden 01/May/06 AltLd
dan gibson ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
mikelaing ??/2006 -
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 AltLd
Hidden 23/Aug/05 Lead O/S
Chesh ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Lawrence
abercolin ?/May/05 AltLd
JamieAyres ?/Sep/04 Lead dnf

failed leading a wet first pitch but did the rest OK

3 Names ?/Aug/04 AltLd
Derek Ryden 16/Jul/04 AltLd O/S
with Nick DMM
Nigel Coe 09/May/04 AltLd
with Amnon, Scott Titt
Hidden 09/May/04 AltLd
Hidden 16/Oct/03 2nd
Brian Rodgers ??/2003 Lead O/S
akhughes ??/2003 Lead
Hidden ??/2002 Lead
Roget 08/Jul/01 Lead O/S
with jon
cem 08/Jul/00 AltLd O/S

Led p1

with James Gregory
Bruce Kerr 25/Mar/00 Lead
with Keith Turton
dicky79 ??/2000 2nd O/S
with Eddie
Marti999 ??/2000 AltLd
zero six ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2000 -
Hidden 15/Oct/98 TR
Hammy 01/Aug/98 AltLd
auld al ?/Sep/95 Lead O/S

1st pitch with elaine

Budge ??/1995 Lead dog
with Ceri Jones
nai ??/1995 AltLd
Hidden ??/1995 -
Hidden ??/1995 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1993 Lead
Pete Nugent 26/Jul/92 -
with John Bennison
Hidden 01/Jun/92 Lead
tlr 23/Jul/91 AltLd
with Pom
adi bryant 05/May/91 AltLd O/S
with Phil
andrew300169 ??/1991 AltLd
with Pom
Hidden 11/Aug/90 Lead
Babika ?/Jul/90 Lead
with Mark Jones
mattnuttall ?/Apr/90 Lead
with Alan Holden
DDDD ??/1990 -
Nick Rundall ??/1990 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
Hidden ??/1990 AltLd
Jelly Mould Surfer 30/Apr/89 Lead O/S
SPD224 ??/1989 AltLd
babymoac 05/Jun/88 Lead
with kevin B
Hidden 28/Feb/88 AltLd
Hidden 28/Feb/88 2nd
Hidden ??/1988 Lead
Hidden 29/May/87 AltLd
ewar woowar ??/1987 -
Hidden ?/May/86 -
michael burrows 23/Mar/86 AltLd O/S
with pete roberts
Neil R 11/May/85 Lead
with Richard W
andy gittins ??/1985 -
Hidden ??/1985 AltLd
Hidden ??/1985 AltLd
nigehughes ?/Sep/84 AltLd
with Nige Holding
Robmwatt ??/1984 -
andy gittins ??/1982 -
Hammy 05/Dec/81 Lead
with Andy Murphy
mark-abz 29/Sep/81 Lead
with Andy W
Andy Fielding 15/Sep/81 2nd
with Mike Gilbert
Chris Terrey ?/Jun/81 AltLd
with Gerry Dunford
Hidden ??/1981 -
RichardMc 14/Jun/80 Lead
with Tony Fraser
Hidden 26/May/80 Lead
RichardMc 27/Apr/80 AltLd
with Dave Langmead
Hidden 06/Apr/80 AltLd
Ian Clare ??/1980 -
Hidden ??/1980 Lead O/S
TonyF 21/Aug/79 AltLd O/S
with Ian Birkinshaw
telemark ??/1979 -
rogerskews 11/Mar/78 2nd

Desperate, polished

with Martin Coward
Steve Bell ??/1978 -
kjacks ??/1978 Lead

Pitch one done seperately, the rest as a finish to Oberon.

Pedro50 27/Mar/77 AltLd
with Steve White
Bolt Phobia 28/Jan/77 Lead
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ??/1977 Lead
with Will Walker
jmr ??/1976 Lead

Done several times in the dim and distant: likely these partners, and likly from late 70s on.

with Tim Murray, Bob Howard
pneame ?/May/75 -
petemeads ??/1975 Lead
Mike Owen ??/1975 -
with John Roberts
tapley 13/Jul/74 Lead
with Alison Tapley
Hidden 12/Apr/74 2nd dnf
Hidden 12/Apr/74 AltLd
Andy Say ??/1973 Lead
RichardMc 04/Jan/72 AltLd
with Roger Everett
greenbuoy 13/Aug/71 AltLd
with Bob ?
Gordon Stainforth 19/Jul/71 AltLd
with Tim James
RichardMc 17/Jan/71 Lead
with Dave Francis
mikej 18/Oct/70 AltLd
with Geoff Williams
eroica64 07/Mar/70 Lead

LMC trip. Very pleased to lead pitch 1.

rob from scotland ??/1970 Lead
lump'o'lead ??/1970 -

Excellent first pitch (if you like bags of pro and lots of jamming), pretty unmemorable after that

Tom V ??/1970 -
mikej 16/Mar/69 Lead dnf
with E
RichardMc 18/Apr/68 Lead O/S
with Richard Wicks
Hidden 18/Jun/66 Lead
Hidden 07/Jun/65 Lead
jcw ?/Dec/63 -

Used to be called Saucepan Bach. Done it several times, including solo. The first time was with Ron James dec 1963 and finished up Merlin direct

uphillnow ??/1963 -
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