The Cider Soak*** 8a
[Thomas Ball going for the top jug on 'The Cider Soak', Anstey's Cove, 2 kb]15m.

Rockfax Description
A very impressive sport route. Start at the sloping shelf that cuts in from the right.
Stand on the shelf and move up to a thin break. Move right and use a finger-crack and sloping holds to reach a good finger pocket. Use the pocket to gain a jug that allows a shake-out before the final bouldery upper wall. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
A very impressive sport route. Start at the sloping shelf that cuts in from the right.
14m. Stand on the shelf and move up to a thin break. Move right and use a finger-crack and sloping holds to reach a good finger pocket. Use the pocket to gain a jug that allows a shake-out before the final bouldery upper wall.

FA. Nick White 1988

Ticklists: THE classic old skool 8a's, The road to 8a, West Country Climbs, South coast sport/DWS ticklist, Classic Anstey's, South West 8's, Summer 2015.

Photo: Thomas Ball going for the top jug on 'The Cider Soak', Anstey's Cove © Thomas Ball
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This climb is in 71 logbooks, and on 73 wishlists.

Tried this a couple times years ago. 2nd go today.
willsm11 - Lead RP - 30/Aug/15 with Chris Lancaster

Hidden - Lead dog - 20/Jun/15

Davros the Psyched - Lead rpt - 08/Jun/15

My first 8a, finally done after working it over 6 separate weekends during the course of about a year :)
jonleighton - Lead RP - 06/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 26/Apr/15

Glad to make this happen!
grey wolf - Lead β - 14/Apr/15

rhoslynfrugtniet - Lead RP - 22/Mar/15 with dan dyson

In two halfs,
brices - Lead dog - 21/Mar/15 with Llinos

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Nov/14

i_a_coops - 04/Oct/14 with Ross, Jenny

Rory Bascombe - Lead dog - 13/Sep/14 with Ed Gow-Smith

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead RP - 29/Aug/14 with Dave Ferguson

Good conditions and a slight change of beta was all it needed
Jack_F - Lead RP - 08/Aug/14 with Pez, adam cooper* super*

so so psyched after so many falls on the last move it has finally gone!!!!!
lewisrichardson - Lead RP - 03/Aug/14 with dad

adam cooper*super* - Lead RP - 09/Jul/14

From floor to sika crimp and from slot to top, didn't have a go next day as far too sunny, will go back in an evening and should go!
BenNorman - Lead dnf - 05/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead RP - 20/Jun/14

El3ctroFuzz - Lead RP - 16/Jun/14 with Elaine Budden

jfreeman - Lead RP - 01/Jun/14 with Rhoslyn Frugtniet

Did not expect to get this! First time sport climbing in 6 months :)
Pajamas Tom - Lead RP - 30/May/14 with Ellis Butler-Barker

got above 2nd clip.
KDSclimber - Lead dnf - 27/May/14 with Richard

Rory Bascombe - Lead dnf - 29/Dec/13 with Dad

3 Names - Lead dog - 27/Sep/13 with David Proctor

3 Names - Lead dog - 23/Sep/13 with David Proctor, Ed Bulman

emily_allen - Lead dog - 18/Aug/13

3 Names - Lead dog - 17/Aug/13 with Ed Bulman

3 Names - Lead dog - 16/Aug/13 with Ed Bulman

3 x 2 overlapping halves, fell at foot move to pocket, on for next time!
BenNorman - Lead dnf - 04/Aug/13

3 Names - Lead dog - 03/Aug/13 with Ed Bulman

3 Names - Lead dog - 02/Aug/13 with Ed Bulman

Bit too hot but great moves, everything i was promised. Some good links and will go for sure!
BenNorman - Lead dnf - 16/Jul/13

Yahoo! After a sweaty burn last night got up early this morning to find prime conditions and with the dialled beta I had it felt so smooth on the redpoint, so chuffed! First limestone 8a with a rope
Mike Goldthorp - Lead RP - 16/Jul/13 with Cailean Harker, Ben Norman, Drew Mulcahy, Steve Franklin

Tried about 3 years ago but got stuck into other projects.Climbed 2ng go this year. Sweet stuff.
Cailean Harker - Lead RP - 15/Jul/13

First go of the day - felt a lot easier fresh with good conditions and all the beta.
quiffhanger - Lead RP - 06/Jul/13

So pleased to finally get on this. It's everything I expected. Tried a good few times & got some long links but didn't have the beans for the full send. Next time. Got a reason to train now!
quiffhanger - Lead dog - 08/Jun/13 with Jerome

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/May/13

3 sessions. First UK 8a. Quality and all about the beta.
Jeronimo - Lead RP - 11/May/13

Great route. Got it done 4th redpoint attempt, I was expecting to take longer, but had the beta nailed and just went for it. Definatelt finger lock on the V-shape slot rather than slapping the slopers at the top, made it a lot easier for me
Ramon Marin - Lead RP - 04/May/13 with andre hedger

Wasn't having a great session on the project so trained on this for a bit. I used different beta to when I originally did the route which felt much easier!
Ellis Butler-Barker - Lead rpt - 23/Apr/13 with JackMac

Another project, first session, got all moves just about...
Dan 85 - Lead dog - 21/Apr/13 with Tom W, Andy H, Ellis

First RP since last trying it about 6 months ago. Psyched to tick my first F8a! Happy to get this with my previous hardest route being F7b.
Ellis Butler-Barker - Lead RP - 02/Mar/13 with Buster Martin

2nd go. Battle. Pretty sure I could have flashed this in better circumstances. Will Atkinson's stag 2012
Cassidy - Lead RP - 06/Aug/12

so psyched - amazing climbing! 4th proper go, punched the top jug on my second....
tom106 - Lead RP - 22/Jul/12 with tom, mark, tom.

Injured my knee twisting in the heel toe cam near the top, so I couldn't use this beta. Much harder than it kneeded to be...
jacobjacob - Lead RP - 19/Jun/12

Justin T - Lead RP - 26/May/12

Done 2nd repoint after about 5? bolt to bolts, finally got 8a before my 15th birthday! :D
TCCB - Lead RP - 19/Mar/12

Went to Anstey's Cove for the first time today, which is ridiculous considering i live 15 mins away from Torquay! On arrival decided to check out 'The Cidar Soak' after it being a long term project of a friends. About 2/3 up the route was a nice soaking wet seepage hole that made the right hand move above 3rd clip slightly more tricky, obviously trying to stick the move still! Wet meant we couldnt work the rest of the route but the section we did do was incredible! A great climb for my first 8a!
paulgvooght - Lead dnf - 14/Feb/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Sep/11

_m.cox_ - Lead RP - 10/Jul/11 with Ben West

got a few good links, but doing it in a one'er is beyond me atm
mark_wellin - Lead dog - 22/May/11

took about 2 hours
bustermartin - Lead RP - 01/May/11 with will smith

Amazing movements and more technical than it looks
John Henry Wynn - Lead - 23/Apr/11

Finallly got the big 8a tick
PeterDawson - Lead RP - 18/Apr/11

3rd go.
Spacetourist - Lead RP - Apr/11 with Rosea

Luke Dawson - Lead RP - 19/Sep/10 with Peter Dawson

First 'look'. Worked out a sequence - top moves are heartbreakers!
alaan - Lead dog - 05/Sep/10 with Sabby

pezzerrr - Lead RP - 07/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/Apr/10

soooooooo want to try this
Luke d - 2010

Egyption move got me
TheGuns - Lead dnf - 05/Jun/09 with Henry

ashwah - Lead RP - 02/May/09

bigie bob - Lead RP - 19/Jul/08

2nd redpoint.... just!
lx - Lead - 02/Oct/07 with alison

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - Lead - 2007

Hidden - Lead RP - 2005

westyb3 - Lead RP - 16/Oct/04 with Matt Cox

Hidden - Lead RP - 2003

Hidden - Lead RP - Aug/02

Mike Owen - Lead RP - 12/Aug/92 with Elaine Owen

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