Fay*** E4 5c
[Climbers on Break on Through and Fay, 3 kb]30m.

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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Photo: Climbers on Break on Through and Fay © John Jordan
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This climb is in 162 logbooks, and on 55 wishlists.

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/15 with Charles Dawson

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/15 with Dave Toon

datoon - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/15 with mattnuttall

Jackislav - 2nd - 19/Jul/15 with Alex Moore

Alex moore - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/15

much cooler than the day before, a path compared with the sweaty fight on pacemaker. fantastic pitch, the pegs would almost certainly not hold a fall.
papashango - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/15 with PJ

pete johnson - 2nd rpt - 17/Jul/15 with Conor Shepherd

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/15

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...
Misha - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Phil

Arrived late so one route only. Steep but jugs all the way, move quick.
philhilo - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/15 with misha

Hidden - Lead β - 07/Jun/15

James Marshall - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/15 with sash

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 10/May/15 with Ed Booth

Led on Ad's gear instead of seconding.
Ed Booth - Lead β - 10/May/15 with Adam Booth

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

Brilliant, bring lots of cams
brices - Lead O/S - 09/May/15 with Remus, Llinos

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!
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Rachel

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..
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/15 with Andy Moles

Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/15 with Ferdia

ferdia - 2nd - 06/Apr/15 with Andy

ian bryant - 2015

Good to lay this one to rest after falling off it last year.
kingholmesy - Lead rpt - 2015 with Colin


wolf.leeb - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14 with hosey

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.
AlexD - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/14 with Ed

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.
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/14 with GuyVG

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

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

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 19/Jul/14

JM - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14 with Stevo

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/14

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

Sarah Black - Lead dog - 31/May/14 with Paul Black

markalmack - Lead O/S - 30/May/14 with james marjot

One fall at the crux pegs. Gutted.
kingholmesy - Lead dog - 2014 with Mark the vet

jamesturnbull - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/13 with neil mcadie

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

climbingsheep - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/13 with Mike Watson

Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/13 with Dan Lane

Great route spoiled slightly by the crux being a clip-up on rotting fixed gear. Get rid @ E5, or put in something sustainable.
peteharrison06 - Lead O/S - Aug/13

Very cool, laced it up.
Justin T - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Russ

Only just got this clean. Big and adventurous in perfect conditions. One of my best days out at a crag for sure.
R2B - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Justin

Dave Searle - 2nd - 25/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13

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!
masa-alpin - Lead dog - 26/May/13 with Simon P

Hidden - 2nd β - 26/May/13

Great route- pumpy. Lead it then seconded it as Sophie also led it. Just as pumpy second time!
morganator - Lead - 11/May/13 with Sophie Whyte

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.
Dan Lane - 2nd O/S - 2013 with Tom Livingstone

ejected - Lead O/S - 2013

cymjt - 2013

Fell just pulling into the niche - lacticsville. Awesome route.
eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead dog - 30/Aug/12 with ollie

Gritty low down. Pumped and sure I wouldn't make it from the start of the thin cracks all the way to the top. : )
Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Mike Hawkins

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 ***
rustaldo - Lead dog - 29/Jul/12 with Lewis

burto - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12 with tom powell, jerome

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jun/12

Mike W - Lead RP - 20/Jun/12 with bigrob

Ramon Marin - Lead RP - 17/Jun/12 with ciaran tracey

Hidden - TR - 11/Jun/12

Extremo Pumpo. 1 poor peg, backupable, the rest your so high it dont matter, or u can back them up.
El3ctroFuzz - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/12 with George Coiley

Pippa - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with Jim Brooke, Richard

Fell off this a year ago.
Bristoldave - Lead RP - 06/May/12 with Cusco

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/12 with Mick Ward

colesy - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/12

Bob - 2012

Hidden - 2012

incredible route! brilliant day!!
tom106 - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/11 with funsized

Blinking hell this is pumpy. Amazing O/S from tom. Fun race against the tide! (tide won, just)
funsized - 2nd dog - 12/Nov/11 with Tom Maidwell

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

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 01/Sep/11 with michael porter

Perfect climbing. Ace!
JRae - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/11 with M Watson

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

Adam Lincoln - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Keith Sharples, Kev Avery

thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Mike

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

Rosea Day - 2nd β - May/11

Not a proper ascent since Dave had placed the gear for me to clip.
Ben1983 - Lead β - 29/Apr/11

Very happy to do this route, wanted to do it for ages. Classic!
david morse - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11 with lole, ben anderson

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

Hidden - 2nd dog - 24/Apr/11

Fran S8 - 2nd - 24/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Apr/11

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
mwatson - 2011 with johnny, thomasadixon

Led in late 80s
Dave Turnbull, BMC - 2nd rpt - 26/Sep/10 with Rich Mayfield

solid e3. upper pegs in good nick at time of writing. soft f6c
ian caton - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Abi

Mike W - Lead dog - 12/Sep/10

Hidden - 2nd dog - 12/Sep/10

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/10

simply amazing... pump fest, even on second
msoldn - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/10 with Jason

Could be E5 when the pegs go, not much easier than pacemaker. Absolutely awesome though.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/10 with Mikey G

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.
Mike Goldthorp - Lead β - 26/Jul/10 with alex mason

Brown - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/10 with Ben Lepesant

Thought it was a great route, But didn't think it was E4!
Ally Baba - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/10 with Tony Stone, Mcgeek

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/10

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!
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/09 with Emily

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

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

nick arding - Lead - 10/Jul/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/09

simon kimber - Lead dnf - 23/May/09 with Hamish Rowe

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

Just...fingery and dusty higher up!
sebrider - 2nd O/S - Apr/08 with Roby Rudolf

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/07

Sat on a cam/wire below the crux pegs and dogged my way down to the spike and abbed.
Paz - Lead dnf - 27/Aug/07 with AB

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/07

Didn't warm up, freezing day, got pumped. Duh.
alaan - Lead dnf - 18/Mar/07 with Aly

ecowaller - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - 2007

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/06 with helen gibson

Dave Kerr - Lead - 12/Aug/06 with Jill Kerr

bronsonite - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/06 with Alex Cannon

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

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/06 with Alex Mason

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/06

feilx - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/06 with Crazy Tom

awesome climb but massively long - my arms had melted by the top
beanfingers - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/06 with felix

Boy - 2006

Bern - 2006

datoon - Lead O/S - 2006 with RT

Dave-Westlake - 2006

Good sustained pitch.
Dave Musgrove - 2nd β - Sep/05 with David

Hidden - 2nd - 31/Jul/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

westaway - Lead O/S - 2005

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2005

A big tick for me after quite a bit of training with it in mind.
Mark Kemball - Lead - 30/Oct/04 with Lee Bartrop

furry - Lead dog - Jun/04 with Neil

Adam Ellwood - Lead O/S - 22/May/04 with Praker

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/02 with Chris Reid

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/01 with Viv

Davros the Psyched - Lead O/S - 2001

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

Southern Mark Smith - Lead O/S - 2000 with John Southworth

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

DJonsight - 2000

Brian H - Lead O/S - 2000 with Adrian Parsons

goi.ashmore - Lead RP - 04/Sep/99 with Roy Thomas

Hidden - Lead - 1998

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

kp64zl - 2nd - Mar/97 with David Pickford

Roget - Lead O/S - 05/May/96 with jon

Gregory - Lead - 1996

Rest on peg
Derek Ryden - Lead dog - Jun/95 with Jim Cheshire

ChrisJD - 2nd - 06/May/95 with LukeS

whispering nic - Lead - Aug/94 with Kat

mattnuttall - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/94 with Alan Holden

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1994

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 05/Aug/93 with Phil Baker

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/93

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

shark - Lead - 08/May/93

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/92 with Paul Tanton

whispering nic - May/92 with Graham Iles

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

keefe - Lead O/S - 27/May/91 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Glenn Sutcliffe - 27/May/91 with keefe

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 1990 with John Jefferies

Hidden - 2nd - 1990

Mike Owen - 07/Aug/89 with Elaine Owen

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 1989

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