Break On Through*** E4 5c
[Break On Through, 3 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
An immaculate pitch on the best rock that Sharpnose has to offer. Start at a low ledge a few metres right of the arete. Low in the grade.

From the right-hand end of the ledge, make a series of technical moves up a thin crack on the right to better holds. Continue up the wall via another crack to a quartz break that heads diagonally left to the top. Follow this line boldly to the top. © ROCKFAX

FA. Pat Littlejohn 24.4.86 24/Apr/1986

Ticklists: Great Wall Climbs of the UK, Very good routes in the UK, Trad climbs for sport climbers, West Country Climbs, Alex's Cornwall and Devon ticklist, Ultimate E4 ticklist.

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This climb is in 168 logbooks, and on 40 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/15

Another superb route
mattnuttall - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/15 with Dave Toon

E4, really? E2 5b more like. Still waiting for crux and run out section. 18 pieces of gear then ran out of extenders. Well protected jug fest.
philhilo - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/15 with Helen E

Hidden - Lead rpt - 02/Aug/15

Rained when I was a third of the way up, down climbed taking out the gear only for the sun to appear as I touched the ground. Never got hard and gears good leading to big finishing holds, felt fine at the top. Pacemaker is next!
benkelsey - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/15 with Shaun Humphreys

I thought a bit harder than Fay, technical and very fiddly gear slowed me down, whereas Fay just makes you go for it.
James Marshall - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with sash

Liam Ingram - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Nick Bryan

willackers - 2nd β - 06/Jun/15 with Rob Napier

Don't think this deserves 6a, more like continuous 5c. Good route and first E4. Felt way bolder than it should have done as I didn't bring the right cams...
ollie_e - Lead O/S - 10/May/15 with ro jones

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 10/May/15

Last route of the weekend and i could feel it, climbed like a bag of ...
brices - Lead O/S - 10/May/15 with Remus, Llinos

red_rhodesha - 2nd - 10/May/15 with Ollie Elms

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 09/May/15

Llinos C - Lead - 09/May/15 with Remus Knowles, Simon Brice

Pretty cruisey until almost fluffing the muddy topout!
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Rachel

Kinda onsight - I grabbed the thread on the lower off. Great route, though not as good as fay though maybe more technical. As usual I spent too long hanging around and was fully pumped at the top. Loose block at the top
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/15 with Andy Moles

We trundled the microwave sized block at the top of break on through. It wasn't attached to anything.
James Oswald - 09/Apr/15

Luxulyan - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/15 with Abi

rest about 2/3rds of the way up, too pumped! top was desperate due to severe pump, was so close to coming off but just about managed to hold it together
dbrooks - Lead dog - 07/Mar/15 with mo, John

John Tanner - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/15 with Derwood Brooks

EmilyElouise - 2nd O/S - 2015

ian bryant - 2015

Got all the way to the finishing holds before fluffing my footwork, pumping out and taking the whipper. The top section definitely isn't bold - there are more than several opportunities to protect the quartzy streak. I thought there were a few 5c moves but never too sustained and protection was generally good. The small block right at the top is a little wobbly
Matthew Robinson - Lead dog - 24/Nov/14 with Cath

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/14

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/14

pumped at the top, some 5c moves and altogether a reasonable proposition if you're fit enough, I certainly wasn't.
GuyVG - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/14 with duncan campbell

Really good fun! Pleased with the onsight and glad I didn't get pumped
hornbywill - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/14 with Pete Saunders, alice fuller

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/14

Hidden - 03/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/14

AlexD - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Ed

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/14

very nice route, but no way in hell is this E4. soft E3! I thought misery goat was about the same grade as this... diamond smiles was harder than this...
markalmack - Lead O/S - 31/May/14 with james marjot

Bristoldave - Lead rpt - 30/May/14 with john

Hidden - Lead β - 16/May/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/May/14

Hidden - 2014

kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2014 with Colin

mike mo - 2014

Totally stoked to get this. Felt pretty focused all the way.
R2B - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Crispin

There isn't a 5c move on it. I found this a little harder than left wall, but not much. I wouldn't have been shocked at E2. F6a+ max.
ian caton - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/13 with Abi

Johnny Baker - AltLd - 20/Sep/13 with Sam Richards

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/13

Soft E4, but quite pumpy.
Joughton - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/13

jas128 - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/13

Andy Moles - 2nd - 05/Jul/13 with Burton

ferdia - 2nd - 05/Jul/13 with Burton

burto - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/13 with ferdia, moleo

Dave Searle - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/13

Complete lack of confidence most of the way but the climbing was fantastic in hindsight. Lots of 5c, no 6a thankfully. First time I have ever managed to properly recover on jugs. Eroica yesterday this today, fantastic weekend!
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Colin

1 rest 15ft from the top. Found some good small wires near the top which meant the finish wasn't bold at all.
Dave Rumney - Lead - 25/May/13 with Tanya Milner

ejected - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/12

Graham Atkins - Lead - 12/May/12

awesome route and never too hard between good holds.
misterb - 2nd O/S - 06/May/12 with justin

Justin T - Lead O/S - 06/May/12 with Nick B

Led two or three times in the 1990s
Brian H - Lead O/S - 2012

nick arding - 2nd - 15/Oct/11 with nick saunders

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11

Great climb, suits my style. Good first E4.
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/11 with Ed Booth

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/11

Awesome. Found it fine, perhaps should have lead Fay.
JRae - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/11 with M Watson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/11

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/11 with michael porter

john nightingale - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11 with fran santos

Fran S8 - 2nd - 09/Aug/11 with john nightingale

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/11

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/11 with Dad

Hidden - Lead dnf - 04/Jun/11

stevebarratt - Lead O/S - 06/May/11 with Nathan Lawrence

Spacetourist - Lead O/S - May/11 with Rosea

Rosea Day - 2nd O/S - May/11

Felt harder than Fay
david morse - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11 with lole, ben anderson

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Brilliant climbing, the crux is low down but there's a little sting in the tail.
jkarran - 2nd - 24/Apr/11 with Aly

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/11

Rory Shaw - 2011

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Oct/10

Pippa - Lead - 24/Oct/10 with Jon

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Sep/10

clean this time.
Mike W - Lead RP - 26/Sep/10

CarolineH - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Dave

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with CarolineH

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10

Tom Seccombe - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Stu Bradbury

Almost fluffed it at the top, thinking it was over and grabbing for the top somehow missed the finishing jugs! Recouped and found them, great route.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/10

Last route of the day, got pumped near the top and rested once or twice.
BeccaSnowden - 2nd dog - 04/Aug/10 with Tom

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jul/10

1 rest near the top. Should hav gon for it on.
Mike W - Lead dog - 26/Jul/10

Nifty little route, was really damp/wet so felt quite sketchy.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/10 with Mikey G

Lead on Alex's gear to save time (lots of routes to do!) Nice to just enjoy the climbing, which is superb!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead β - 26/Jul/10 with alex mason

Brown - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/10 with Ben Lepesant

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/09

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Mike Hawkins

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09

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

Oli - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/09 with John Nuttall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/09

shark - Lead O/S - 29/May/09 with Toby Dunn

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/09

Toby Dunn - Lead - 04/Apr/09 with Alex Hughes

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/08

ellis - Lead O/S - May/08 with Andy Benson

Preplaced gear. Would be awsome to to properly, Sharpnose is amazing :)
sebrider - Lead O/S - 2008 with Roby Rodolf

Steerpike - AltLd dnf - 26/Oct/07 with Bruce

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead - 04/Sep/07

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 31/Aug/07 with Nic Dill

Went a bit off line half way and had to downn climb which point I was pumped and by the top very very pumped! Harder than Diamond Smile, felt fair E4 5c. Al
alaan - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/07

feilx - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/07 with Heather

datoon - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/07 with MJ

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/06

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/06 with Alex Mason

bronsonite - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/06 with Andy Lole

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/06

chris j - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/06 with Ben Bradford

jimdanson - 2nd O/S - 28/May/06 with Mike Adams

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/06

Bern - 2006

Dave-Westlake - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/05

in the rain, with suprising friction
Marti999 - 2nd O/S - Sep/05 with Rich White

LC - Lead O/S - Jun/05

LC - Lead O/S - Jun/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

westaway - Lead O/S - 2005

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2005

cornishben - Lead O/S - Aug/04 with Mike Raine

Smelly Fox - 2nd - Aug/04 with Gus Hudgins

Soft for E4
Adam Ellwood - Lead O/S - 23/May/04 with Praker

Davros the Psyched - Lead O/S - 2001

Steve Bell - Lead O/S - Jul/00 with Greg Forward

Roget - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/00

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

DJonsight - 2000

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/99 with James Tracey

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - Aug/98 with Robin

andy_pemberton - 2nd - Mar/98 with Brian Hannon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - 2nd - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/97

Got pumped low down and stayed pumped all the way to the top.
lowersharpnose - Lead O/S - 25/May/97 with tombawimba

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/97 with Mark Lee

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/94 with Alan Holden

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1994

On our honeymoon.
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - Aug/93 with Karen Ghiselli

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/93 with KM

pmot - 2nd O/S - 1993


Rich Kirby - 2nd - 11/Aug/92 with Paul Tanton

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - Jul/92

Mark Kemball - Lead - 23/May/92 with John Jefferies

whispering nic - May/92 with Graham Iles

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/91

Chris Wright - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/91

keefe - 27/May/91 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Glenn Sutcliffe - 27/May/91 with keefe

Mike Owen - 08/Aug/89 with Elaine Owen

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