Clawtrack* HVS 4c
[Clawtrack, 1 kb]40m.

Rockfax Description
The wide crack/flake system on the left side of the face is a good climb that requires a lot of large cams and/or nuts. Start at the base of a ramp that rises leftwards to the flake-line.
Climb up the ramp to the flake/crack-line and follow it all the way to the top via some strenuous and committing moves. © ROCKFAX

FA. Keith Darbyshire 30.4.71 30/Apr/1971

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, Alex's Cornwall and Devon ticklist.

Photo: Clawtrack © uncontrollable
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This climb is in 100 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

Very nice. A bit (well quite a bit) run out in the the last 3rd
Jelly Mould Surfer - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/15

First outdoor (non-bouldering) fall? Just slipped off unexpectedly.
andrewmcleod - 2nd dog - 26/Apr/15 with Ed Walker

burto - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/15 with hertha

darcan - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/15 with nick

Take lots of big cams!
nickdonohue - 2nd - 22/Mar/15 with Darcan, Nick Stephens

nickstephens - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/15 with Nick Donohue, Darcan

Climb itself pretty steady with a few intimidating moves. Bit of an epic getting out though when we got cut off in the zawn by rapidly rising (big) seas and partner was unable to prussik out...
oscaig - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/14 with Kim Mulji

Tide much higher than forecast (watch the wind direction), and so had to abseil in! We were more than two hours earlier than when the tide should have cut off the zawn, be warned! Climb much harder than it looks, as yes, there are some very committing (on a lead), and strenuous moves. At the top, the second should climb past the belayer, and then head inland, and up to the bunny-ear (less than 10m climbing), where they can set-up the abseil, on the lovely (almost still shiny new) chain! Quite an epic getting out of the zawn though, as I couldn't prusik back up the rope in the wet (it's hard to readjust the leg prusik when you are being buffeted by the waves!), and the tide was in much higher than expected (should have expected this really!). Gave up trying to climb the rope, and my mate managed, whilst I made myself safe up the chimney to the left looking from the sea. After almost drowning (don't try swinging back in on a dynamic rope, and expect not to drop much), and after finally escaping the system (only just in time) my climbing partner lowered me a harness on a rope, and I climbed up out via the chimney I had been in. Best to abseil down the back of the zawn in this chimney if there is much chance of needing to climb back up the rope to escape, as you can scramble up here, make yourself safe, and then prusik up the rope, though whilst waiting for my rescue a wave broke more than 2m over my head, and I was more 4m above the back bed of the zawn! You could lead this chimney at about VS/HVS 5a, or maybe better, lead up the end of the rib by the middle fin, there is a ledge at 3m, where your second can come up to, to get out of the water! Not fantastic top-outs on either of these escape routes, but protectable enough. A climb really isn't finished until you are back to safety!
kim.mulji - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/14 with Ian Cramman

5210Hill - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Kenny Brewster

Lee_Meaden - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Luke Robinson

supersouthward - 06/Sep/14 with Alex moore

kennythescot - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Justin Hill

chrisdevon - 2nd - 02/Sep/14 with Jonathan Preston

Enjoyed this one, better than its neighbor.
AlexD - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Ed

Big gear is handy, all the way to a camalot 6. The rock is quite suspect in places so the gear itself might not be so good. The climbing is steady though.
francois - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with David coley, Chawn

3kidsandanorton - 2nd - 21/Jun/14 with Diccon Proctor

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/May/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/14

A nice 2 star pitch climbing wise on an excellent line so borderline 3 stars. Well protected if you have a good range of cams including some big ones although I did also use some hexes including a very large one. Not commiting or that strenous IMO - quite soft for HVS. The first 15 metres were the crux for me.
CurlyStevo - Lead - 18/May/14 with clipskipper

Less sustained than Lunakhod, but still worth the trip.
clipskipper - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14 with Curly Stevo

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/May/14

Si's first hvs
Dizz - 2nd O/S - 04/May/14 with si_pro_83

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/14

First HVS lead! A lot of fun and not too strenuous...
si_pro_83 - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Liz

Hidden - Lead - 23/Sep/13

Some big gear needed but you can get away with smaller pro if you look around. Carried a number 4 camalot up and never used it. The big round pebble I took up off the beach however was very useful. Really enjoyed this.
Dilwat - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/13 with SurferStan

Great climbing :)
SurferStan - 2nd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Dilwat

finally got to place my no5 tech friend,ace climbing and i thought better fun than lunakod
misterb - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/13 with nick, emma

Made a mistake and started up Lunakhod. Half way up that traversed right across a quartz band onto Clawtrack. About 3/4 of the way up did not have anything big enough to use in the crack, so went old school and wedged a stone to put a sling round. The stone should still be there for others to use, or take out. Also pulled off a hold on the left, which hit Stephen! Traversed the top of the fin and abbed down Fay to recover the gear from a failed attempt at that.
crispycodd - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/13 with Stephen Venables

Dave lead. A unique route! I enjoyed it. Though I didn't lead, I felt it is a soft and well-protected VS, as long as the leader carries lots of big guns.
masa-alpin - 2nd β - 16/Aug/13 with Dave W-J, Adele L

Hidden - Lead - 27/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/13

Steve Mooney - AltLd - 20/Feb/13

ejected - 2013

Joel Perkin - 2nd O/S - 2013 with Big Rob

Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Ben Wolstenholme, Rob Adie

gripped01 - 2nd - 26/Aug/12 with Rimon Than

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/12

HansUDes - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/12 with JA Thomson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Apr/12

adie84 - 2012

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/11

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/11 with michael porter

MoWalker3 - 2nd - 06/Aug/11 with Quiet Ian

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jun/11

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 27/May/11 with Carol

Carol Goodall - 2nd - 27/May/11 with Jonnie Williams

climbingpixie - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11 with Andy

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/10

arandall - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Ben Kelsey

felt loose, but good.
benkelsey - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Alex Randall, Remus Knowles

Felt spicy even as the second. Well graded.
lrandall - 2nd - 14/Aug/10 with Max Adamson

In the rain
tommytuffa - 2nd - 09/Aug/10 with ollie b

Phil PBC - 31/Jul/10 with henry castle

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Mike Hawkins

Dave Thompson - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/09 with Peter Roberts

Dave Rumney - 2nd - 12/Jul/09 with Tanya Milner

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/09

uncontrollable - 2nd β - 13/Jun/09 with Viskii

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/09

AJH - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/08 with Crispin

Justin T - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/08 with Crispin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/08

Hidden - 2008

Mark Kemball - Lead - 31/Aug/07 with Nic Dill

Roger lead Clawtrack, I lead Lunakhod
mrtom - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/07 with Roger HSmith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/07

riddle - Lead - Aug/07 with Tom Elliot

brian watson - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/07 with scott and gary

ecowaller - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/May/06

Dave-Westlake - 2006

rockpool - Lead - Sep/05 with pol

nige pacer - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/04

rockpool - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/03 with zin

Hidden - 2001

sadams - Lead - 13/Aug/00 with John Boyle

Boxy - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/00 with Chris

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/00

CraigMac1 - 2000

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

andy_pemberton - Lead - 2000 with Zoe Billinghurst, Rich Mayfield

nickdonohue - 2nd - 30/Aug/99 with Ashley Hold

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jul/97

mikej - Lead - 01/Jun/97 with Nick Salmon

colin milton - Lead - 17/Jul/94 with eric milton

Hidden - Lead - 1994

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/92

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/91

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/91

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - Oct/89 with Andy Forbes

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 01/May/88 with George Diprose

Titing stuff.
eroica64 - AltLd - 24/Apr/88 with Denis Crampton

Mike C - AltLd - 06/Jun/82 with Chris Davis

Chris Terrey - Lead - 11/Jun/81 with Gerry Dunford

mark-abz - AltLd - 04/May/80 with Rob S

Hidden - Lead - 10/Aug/78

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