Rockfax Description
A stunning, pumpy wall climb that fires up the face on generally-good holds. The pegs on the route are fast deteriorating but alternative gear options are available. Start at the base of a right to left diagonal line of quartz cracks.
Move up the cracks and then head diagonally right across the wall on good holds to another left-trending line of quartz cracks, good spike runner above. Climb the cracks to a wider section and follow this to below some thin cracks that head up the wall. Climb the wall and thin cracks, past pegs, to a short thin crack that heads slightly right to a break. Follow the break left to a niche and the top just above. © Rockfax

FA. Pat Littlejohn 16.5.86 16/May/1986

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Nick Russell 01/Nov/15 Lead O/S

This one had been on my list for ages and it didn't disappoint. I found the climbing enjoyable all the way up, and never even too hard. It definitely benefits from a confident approach and a decent amount of fitness. I nearly fluffed up the top after grabbing a loose hold in the base of the niche turned on gripped mode.

Alex Winter 01/Nov/15 2nd O/S

Really good route, and a smooth lead by Nick. Very sustained, felt well boxed at the top. The rock isn't quite as good as elsewhere, but the climbing and line make up for it. Unbelievably warm for November!

with Nick
benkelsey 16/Oct/15 Lead G/U

Took a 30 second rest below crux as feeling the burn from yesterday. Thought the gear in the second half was total gash and got the fear of whipping the length of the fin! Glad to return to the horizontal. Much longer than pacemaker and no chalk to follow.

chrisdevon 12/Oct/15 2nd dog
with Dan Arkle
Luke Dawson 29/Aug/15 Lead O/S
mattnuttall 16/Aug/15 2nd O/S


datoon 16/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Jackislav 19/Jul/15 2nd
Alex moore 18/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/15 Lead O/S
pete johnson 17/Jul/15 2nd rpt
Hidden 04/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Misha 27/Jun/15 Lead O/S

Got to Sharpnose late after too long spent at Portishead Quarry and it was a late tide, so only had time for one route - on the route at 8pm. Promptly went completely off route due to not looking in the guide book properly, starting up the obvious break of Pacemaker. Realised my error when I couldn't see how to move up and right at 5c, it was a pretty blank wall that might have gone at 6b! Reversed to the ground with some faffing to remove the gear as didn't fancy doing an E5 with no warm up. Got on the right line, which was pretty steady to start with, steep but with lots of good holds. Main issue was that a lot of the gear was a bit fiddly as not used to the rock type. Chalked up so the line was easy to follow. Very much my style, steep but not overhanging face climbing, mildly technical in places but above all requires stamina and being able to use the rests. Felt pumpier than it probably would have been if I'd had a proper warm up but even so it was fine as I could shake out every couple of moves. Crux is going up to and past the three pegs from about half way up. Only one of the pegs is decent, got a back up brass offset but not much else in evidence, though I wasn't looking too hard. Really good, the kind of route I'd happily do again! Hard E3 5c in my book but I can do stamina routes...

with Phil
philhilo 27/Jun/15 2nd O/S

Arrived late so one route only. Steep but jugs all the way, move quick.

with misha
Hidden 07/Jun/15 Lead β
James Marshall 06/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with sash
Adam Booth 10/May/15 Lead O/S


Ed Booth 10/May/15 Lead β

Led on Ad's gear instead of seconding.

Llinos C 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Remus Knowles, Simon Brice
brices 09/May/15 Lead O/S

Brilliant, bring lots of cams

quiffhanger 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Awesome! Got a little pumped - didn't feel any easier than Pacemaker although maybe just not as fit early season. Did it's job - confirmed I'm not ready for Coronary Country!

with Rachel
James Oswald 09/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Absolutely amazing, I spent a long time hanging around on the lower wall trying to lace it with gear. Felt okay but pumpy when I finally committed, there are some good holds in the middle of that wall. Good red cam too. Glad to do this one, I was pretty pumped..

with Andy Moles
Andy Moles 06/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
ferdia 06/Apr/15 2nd
with Andy
ian bryant ??/2015 -
kingholmesy ??/2015 Lead rpt

Good to lay this one to rest after falling off it last year.

with Colin
wolf.leeb 16/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with hosey
AlexD 15/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Desperate slap about 3/4 of the way up (only because I'm short I think) - spicy times! Otherwise felt technically easier than Break On Through, just pumpier and less gear.

with Ed
Duncan Campbell 13/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Pumpy!! Have always been a bit intimidated by this as when I visited Sharpnose as fledgling climber I got super shut-down. Felt ok up to the pegs but they are pretty dodge, only one looked in a reasonable state to me? Only got a small blue alien (bomber) above these before having to slap my way to the top riding a wave of lactic... certainly top end of the grade, especially with the pegs in the state they are.

with GuyVG
bigie bob 13/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Dave Turnbull, BMC 19/Jul/14 Lead rpt
JM 13/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Stevo
Hidden 03/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Sarah Black 31/May/14 Lead dog
markalmack 30/May/14 Lead O/S
with james marjot
kingholmesy ??/2014 Lead dog

One fall at the crux pegs. Gutted.

with Mark the vet
The old James turnbull 07/Oct/13 Lead O/S
with neil mcadie
Hidden 18/Sep/13 Lead O/S
climbingsheep 18/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Mike Watson
Tom Livingstone 08/Aug/13 Lead O/S
peteharrison06 ?/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Great route spoiled slightly by the crux being a clip-up on rotting fixed gear. Get rid @ E5, or put in something sustainable.

Anna duckett ?/Aug/13 2nd
with Remus
Justin T 07/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Very cool, laced it up.

with Russ
R2B 07/Jul/13 2nd O/S

Only just got this clean. Big and adventurous in perfect conditions. One of my best days out at a crag for sure.

with Justin
Dave Searle 25/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 25/Jun/13 Lead O/S
tradandybrown ?/Jun/13 -
with Rob andrews
masa-alpin 26/May/13 Lead dog

Climbed far too slowly, as a result absolutely pumped above the pegs and fell off. Topped out after rests. Simon seconded cleanly. What a rock and what a route!

with Simon P
Hidden 26/May/13 2nd β
morganator 11/May/13 Lead

Great route- pumpy. Lead it then seconded it as Sophie also led it. Just as pumpy second time!

soph 11/May/13 Lead β

on Jons gear

Dan Lane ??/2013 2nd O/S

Just felt like a brilliant f6b+ on a top-rope...tidied up the abseil tat a bit by cutting off the horrible old stuff, leaving some decent static rope.

ejected ??/2013 Lead O/S
cymjt ??/2013 -
eddy-on-the-rocks 30/Aug/12 Lead dog

Fell just pulling into the niche - lacticsville. Awesome route.

with ollie
Ed Babs 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Gritty low down. Pumped and sure I wouldn't make it from the start of the thin cracks all the way to the top. : )

with Mike Hawkins
rustaldo 29/Jul/12 Lead dog

One rest at the pegs :( - hungover and tired. Gutted! Should've carried on until I fell.. so much regret! Lesson learnt. Amazing route! E4 5c ***

with Lewis
burto 25/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with tom powell, jerome
Hidden 21/Jun/12 2nd
Mike W 20/Jun/12 Lead RP
with bigrob
Ramon Marin 17/Jun/12 Lead RP
with ciaran tracey
Hidden 11/Jun/12 TR
El3ctroFuzz 11/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Extremo Pumpo. 1 poor peg, backupable, the rest your so high it dont matter, or u can back them up.

with George Coiley
Pippa 12/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/May/12 2nd
Bristoldave 06/May/12 Lead RP

Fell off this a year ago.

with Cusco
Marti999 27/Mar/12 Lead O/S
colesy 25/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Bob ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
tom106 12/Nov/11 Lead O/S

incredible route! brilliant day!!

funsized 12/Nov/11 2nd dog

Blinking hell this is pumpy. Amazing O/S from tom. Fun race against the tide! (tide won, just)

Hidden 01/Sep/11 2nd O/S
dan gibson 01/Sep/11 Lead rpt
with michael porter
JRae 30/Aug/11 2nd O/S

Perfect climbing. Ace!

dannyboy83 29/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Dad
Adam Lincoln 09/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Keith Sharples, Kev Avery
thomasadixon 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S


with Mike
Spacetourist ?/May/11 Lead O/S
with Rosea
Rosea Day ?/May/11 2nd β
Ben1983 29/Apr/11 Lead β

Not a proper ascent since Dave had placed the gear for me to clip.

david morse 29/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Very happy to do this route, wanted to do it for ages. Classic!

with lole, ben anderson
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/11 2nd dog
Fran S8 24/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 20/Apr/11 2nd
mwatson ??/2011 -

So good, done it twice both times felt like definitive hard E4, it's pumpy so it'll probably seem easy if you don't get pumped

Dave Turnbull, BMC 26/Sep/10 2nd rpt

Led in late 80s

with Rich Mayfield
Hidden 25/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Mike W 12/Sep/10 Lead dog
Hidden 12/Sep/10 2nd dog
pezzerrr 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Aug/10 Lead O/S
msoldn 03/Aug/10 2nd O/S

simply amazing... pump fest, even on second

with Jason
Alex Mason 26/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Could be E5 when the pegs go, not much easier than pacemaker. Absolutely awesome though.

with Mikey G
Mike Goldthorp 26/Jul/10 Lead β

Lead on Alex's gear. Such an impressive wall and impressive line. Not much between this and pacemaker move for move, but hard to tell when your not placing gear.

Brown 17/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Ben Lepesant
Ally Baba 11/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Thought it was a great route, But didn't think it was E4!

with Tony Stone, Mcgeek
Hidden 31/May/10 2nd
Chad123 11/Aug/09 AltLd O/S

Simply awesome - first half is pretty steady then suddenly the steep crux arrives -though with plenty of pegs to aim for. Pump kicks in at the top but climbing eases up. Best route done this week!

with Emily
Hidden 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
nick arding 10/Jul/09 Lead
Hidden ?/Jul/09 Lead O/S
simon kimber 23/May/09 Lead dnf
with Hamish Rowe
Toby Dunn 04/Apr/09 Lead
with Alex Hughes
sebrider ?/Apr/08 2nd O/S

Just...fingery and dusty higher up!

with Roby Rudolf
Hidden 04/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Paz 27/Aug/07 Lead dnf

Sat on a cam/wire below the crux pegs and dogged my way down to the spike and abbed.

with AB
Hidden 06/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/May/07 2nd
alaan 18/Mar/07 Lead dnf

Didn't warm up, freezing day, got pumped. Duh.

with Aly
ecowaller ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
dan gibson 25/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with helen gibson
Dave Kerr 12/Aug/06 Lead
with Jill Kerr
bronsonite 03/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Alex Cannon
Hidden 25/Jul/06 Lead O/S
Ram MkiV 25/Jul/06 Lead O/S
with Alex Mason
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Lead O/S
feilx 17/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Crazy Tom
beanfingers 17/Jun/06 2nd O/S

awesome climb but massively long - my arms had melted by the top

with felix
Boy ??/2006 -
Bern ??/2006 -
datoon ??/2006 Lead O/S
with RT
Dave-Westlake ??/2006 -
Ricky Rocks ??/2006 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove ?/Sep/05 2nd β

Good sustained pitch.

with David
Hidden 31/Jul/05 2nd
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
tuftynick ??/2005 Lead O/S
Mark Kemball 30/Oct/04 Lead

A big tick for me after quite a bit of training with it in mind.

with Lee Bartrop
Gus 15/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with simon "the horse" wilson
furry ?/Jun/04 Lead dog
with Neil
Adam Ellwood 22/May/04 Lead O/S
with Praker
PaulTanton 01/Jun/02 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove Jnr 24/Jul/01 Lead O/S
with Viv
Davros the Psyched ??/2001 Lead O/S
Steve Bell ?/Jul/00 Lead O/S
with Greg Forward
The Jazz Butcher ??/2000 Lead O/S
with John Southworth
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
DJonsight ??/2000 -
Brian H ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Adrian Parsons
goi.ashmore 04/Sep/99 Lead O/S
with Roy Thomas
Hidden ??/1998 Lead
Hidden 15/Aug/97 Lead O/S
kp64zl ?/Mar/97 2nd
with David Pickford
Roget 05/May/96 Lead O/S
with jon
Gregory ??/1996 Lead
Derek Ryden ?/Jun/95 Lead dog

Rest on peg

with Jim Cheshire
Hidden 06/May/95 2nd
whispering nic ?/Aug/94 Lead
with Kat
mattnuttall 19/Jul/94 Lead O/S
with Alan Holden
Hidden ??/1994 Lead O/S
FATBOYFAT ??/1994 Lead O/S
with Dave Henderson
Alan James - UKC and UKH 05/Aug/93 Lead
with Phil Baker
Hidden 01/Aug/93 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Aug/93 Lead O/S
Steve Crowe 12/Jul/93 Lead O/S
with KM
shark 08/May/93 Lead
Rich Kirby 11/Aug/92 Lead O/S
whispering nic ?/May/92 -
with Graham Iles
Chris Wright 24/Aug/91 Lead O/S
keefe 27/May/91 Lead O/S
Glenn Sutcliffe 27/May/91 -
with keefe
Mark Kemball ??/1990 2nd
with John Jefferies
Hidden ??/1990 2nd
Mike Owen 07/Aug/89 -
with Elaine Owen
Hidden ??/1989 2nd O/S
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