Combined Ops*** E2 5b
[Cherry on-sighting Combined Ops, 2 kb]2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The striking arete is as good as it looks. Protection from small wires is ample and the climbing is technical and sustained. Start up the slope just right of the arete.
1) 5b, 21m. Move leftwards up the wall to the arete and climb its right-hand side to a peg. Make a perplexing few moves up and then left to an easing at a whitish scoop, good small wires. Move right and make a stiff pull to undercuts and a peg above. Easier climbing finishes at a ledge and bolt belay.
2) 11m. Climb easy ground to the top. © ROCKFAX

FA. P.Biven 1962

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs, Ultimate E2 ticklist.

Photo: Cherry on-sighting Combined Ops © Justin T
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This climb is in 194 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

LanceSolf - TR β - 11/Sep/15 with Duncan Potts

Joe Costello - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead rpt - 27/Aug/15

Hidden - Lead β - 21/May/15

petecallaghan - TR rpt - 06/May/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/15

With a 30 minute time limit to rack up, climb and be on the road home I thought I was pushing it! But turned out fine! what an epic pitch. Possibly my favourite E2 to date. Safe technical climbing but it is quite sustained.
Stanners - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/15 with Andy G

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/15

Andy Moles - 2nd - 07/Mar/15 with Ferdia

ferdia - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/15 with Andy

Brian H - Lead rpt - 08/Feb/15 with Kafoozalem

dbrooks - Lead O/S - 24/Jan/15 with Michael

DredStripe - Lead G/U - 2015

Hidden - 2015

petegunn - Lead - 28/Dec/14 with Ollie, Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/14

Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/14

Frustratingly misread the crux and made a big pull the wrong way, rested and then cruised it. Gear low down was a bit dodgy but it improved with height with a bit of searching.
alastairbegley - Lead - 21/Sep/14 with Sam Collins

sheelba - 2nd - 21/Sep/14

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14 with Tom Nichols

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/14

Probably would have led after another couple of clean runs on top rope, but ran out of light!
OllieF - TR RP - 03/Jul/14 with Ant

5210Hill - Lead RP - 24/Jun/14

Lee_Meaden - Lead RP - 24/Jun/14 with James Laws

LDJ - Lead - 19/Jun/14 with Lou

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/14

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Harry Martin

Mr Tickle - 2nd O/S - 09/Mar/14 with RusseyB

lawsy_boy1 - Lead - 2014

kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2014 with Colin

Just not strong enough.
riddle - Lead dnf - 22/Sep/13 with Charles Moreton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead rpt - 09/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead dnf - 03/Sep/13

Still great.
andy_pemberton - Lead - 23/Jul/13 with Sarah Massey

Doug miller - Lead dnf - 13/May/13 with Steven Salisbury

Dibdawg - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Dean Merchant

Spent 90% of the time looking for the gear, ended up quite run-out...
Dean177 - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Alan Dibben

Can confirm only one peg on route now, the higher one above the white scoop. Still fairly well protected to the scoop and then plenty of wires. Great climb, sustained and slightly difficult hold finding.
Luxulyan - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Callum

callum brown - 2nd - 02/Feb/13 with Rich

Fell off above the peg, which wasn't backed up. The peg is now snapped. I was caught just above the floor.
Tom Seccombe - Lead dnf - 08/Dec/12 with Harvey

edmitchell - 2nd - 16/Sep/12 with adam booth

Quality, took me a while to figure out the 'stiff pull' between the two pegs. Very well protected.
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/12 with Ed Mitchell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/12

Davebryant - Lead O/S - Aug/12 with Sam Hann

sam.hann - 2nd - Aug/12 with Davebryant

Chaman - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/12 with David C

Mr Powly - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/12 with Ian B

markfromstoke - 20/Jun/12 with Ian

ian d f - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/12 with Mark

Neat climbing. Damp conditions.
Sean Kelly - TR - 06/Jun/12 with Harry Pearce

mark schramm - Lead O/S - 30/May/12 with Lyndsay

Lyndsay Superclimber - 2nd O/S - 30/May/12 with Mark S

Okecroak - 2nd - 18/May/12

Great climb. Technically easy for 5b, but lots of it! No chalk and lots of spider webs made finding the holds and gear placements time consuming. You just have to assume that both will keep on coming!
andy_pemberton - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/12 with Steve Gibson

Toby Dunn - Lead - 15/Nov/11 with Justin Timms

Brian H - Lead rpt - 06/Nov/11 with Rik

burto - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11 with hertha

Repeated as Fx wanted to do it clean. Good work Fx.
BelayBunney - 2nd rpt - 08/Oct/11 with Francois

Still sketchy on the crux but clean lead. Sat in once on 06/10/11 with chris. Delicate moves on the crux.
francois - Lead rpt - 08/Oct/11 with Chris

Nice route - delicate around the crux slab. Wan't to lead this some time soon...
BelayBunney - 2nd - 06/Oct/11 with Francois

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/11 with ewan

Hidden - Lead - 03/Sep/11

GPN - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/11 with Annette

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/11

Very technically interesting - verging on desperate! Not one for hot sweaty weather... which it was of course! :( Anyway, got dealt with neatly in the end, unlike that E1 to it's right which is F'ING NAILS
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd dog - 16/Jul/11

just one more - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/11 with tony l, Svenn G

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

nickdonohue - Lead - Jun/11 with Dave Coley

Hidden - Lead dnf - 31/May/11

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 28/May/11 with Tom Thorne

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/May/11

Had a bit of a mare on this for no apparent reason
Neil Adams - Lead dnf - 26/May/11 with Jim Higgins

Lead on the runners Neil had previously placed during his attempt.
jameshiggins - Lead O/S - 26/May/11 with Neil Adams

Luke90 - Lead O/S - 25/May/11 with Tom B

Ceridwen - Lead O/S - 21/May/11 with Shona

Shona H - 2nd - 21/May/11 with Ceri Hutchinson

Sophie Nunn - Lead O/S - 21/May/11 with Tiff

TiffTiff - 2nd dog - 21/May/11 with Sophie

sustained climbing!!
Master Chief - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/11 with John

ARGHHHH.... In a moment of weakness I held onto the second PR... GUTTED! cool route, at least I have a reason to do it again now.
Spearos - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11 with Master Chief

Liam FLeming - Lead - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 27/Apr/11

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/11 with Special Robin

Philippa Arding - 2nd - 04/Apr/11 with nick arding

leohl - Lead O/S - Apr/11 with Jonathon Cook

MH123 - 2nd - 17/Mar/11 with Jack Folland

Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/Feb/11

great climbing, wish i had the nuts to lead it!
dale1968 - 2nd O/S - 25/Feb/11 with Tom

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/11

crimpy69 - TR O/S - 08/Jan/11

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/10 with CarolineH

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/10

jellyfish82 - 2nd O/S - 25/Sep/10

jcook1980 - 2nd - 04/Sep/10 with Dan Walker

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10

made for a fairly tough warm up! had a hangover, got pumped, rested... a lot. a good climb though
katherinesydney - 2nd dog - 07/Aug/10 with bobby gilbert

Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10 with Katherine Sydney

tskelhon - 2nd rpt - 25/Jul/10 with John_Warner

Good to lead it finally. Very well protected if you're savvy.
Jon_Warner - Lead rpt - 25/Jul/10 with Tom

1st pitch only, nearly fell of getting into scoop.
Chris_barr - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/10 with Harry

Spectacular ... couldn't figure out where to go from the niche above 1st peg and got pumped. Rested and did moves out on the left ,,, bit bummed but hey, amazing route! It's 5b but fairly sustained.
JonHarvey - Lead dog - 25/May/10 with James Langridge

Eike - 2nd dog - 05/May/10 with David Coley

henbot - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/10 with Dom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Apr/10

tom.e - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/10 with Charlie Everett

Led p1 but not cleanly
cem - AltLd dog - 05/Apr/10 with Graham Dolman

aww I don't know
Quarryboy - TR dog - 03/Apr/10 with UCR youth squad

Popkids - TR β - 27/Mar/10 with Nolan

chris j - Lead - 07/Mar/10 with Ben Bradford

adam cooper*super* - Lead O/S - 11/Dec/09 with jack folland

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead β - 10/Oct/09

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/09

Good lead from Phil, very unlucky to dog it, especially after doing the crux. I came off twice through the crux. Thought this was quite technical for a 5b
rockferret - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/09 with Phil

Pumped out & rested on gear after crux. Next time!
Phil79 - Lead dog - 08/Aug/09 with Rockferret

on the actual ascent I did it first go placing every piece of gear on lead, an awesome route with bags of bomber pro wish i hadnt slipped off the last hard move! PUNTER!!
Duncan Campbell - Lead G/U - 30/Jul/09 with Jerome Taylor

found this quite hard, two rests which is a bit lame really. Rained very hard on top (thankfully 4a) pitch. Soaked.
joeurwin - 2nd dog - 05/Jul/09 with alex

yum what a line!
AlexD - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09 with joeurwin

felt easy today ,better on the lead
misterb - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/09 with sim

tskelhon - Lead rpt - Jun/09 with John_Warner

sinbad - Lead - 07/May/09 with Pete

BruceW - Lead dog - 04/May/09 with Becca

Really cool technical and sustained route
adamscottthomas - 2nd O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Kafoozalem

misterb - 2nd - 04/Apr/09 with sim

Jack_F - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/09 with Adam copper *super*

By torchlight
Steerpike - 2nd rpt - 26/Mar/09 with Tommo

Really good route with a balancy crux. Not too strenuous but really good climbing.
Reeges - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/09 with Nick Saunders

approximate date
raku - Lead β - 01/Feb/09 with Jerome Taylor

Phil79 - TR O/S - 10/Jan/09 with Nolan and Pete

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jan/09

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - Jan/09

Alex More - AltLd O/S - 2009 with Rob K

benkelsey - 2nd O/S - 2009 with Remus Knowles

My third trad lead... I haven't tackled another E2 yet!!
thomb - Lead O/S - Oct/08 with Nick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/08

First E2! Superb route, more gear than you can shake a stick at.
Justin T - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/08 with Crispin

Cracking route!
richardr - Lead O/S - Jul/08

Jon_Warner - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/08 with Tom

gknyus - TR dnf - 25/Jun/08 with Warner the Kurd

Popkids - 2nd dog - 03/May/08 with Kafoozalem

Steerpike - Lead O/S - 22/Feb/08 with Mal

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/08

Hidden - 2008

JeromeT - Lead - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/07

good route
Dave Searle - Lead - 08/Jun/07 with Nick

tonanf - Lead O/S - Jun/07 with james

misterb - 2nd - Jun/07 with dave

Hidden - 2nd - 22/May/07

Good pro well earned, yet still feels a tad necky.
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 18/May/07 with Simon Denison

Nice moves and plenty of gear, though the crux is placing it.
Paz - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/07 with SB

I havnt done much at E2 grade, but it seemed pretty friendly for the grade. Gear also seemed reasonable, may lead in future
Jon_Warner - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/07 with Dave a Random

climber sim - 2007

Hidden - 2nd β - 14/Aug/06

nathanmanc - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/06 with Chris Todd

chris j - Lead rpt - 12/Jun/06 with Chawn

shoulders - Lead - 14/Apr/06 with dai

Bern - 2006

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

Rob Kennard - Lead - 2005 with Alex More

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

Ben1983 - Lead O/S - Jun/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/03

jmhood - Lead O/S - 2003 with Richard Everson

John Southworth - Lead O/S - Jul/00 with Vicky Munn

CraigMac1 - 2000

Roget - Lead O/S - 04/May/96

andy_pemberton - 2nd - 1996 with Noel

steep and fiddly but very worthwhile
leadmat - Lead O/S - Jul/95 with Chris Hingston

tuftynick - Lead - 1995 with ben winston

tapley - 2nd - Jul/94

kristian - Lead - 28/Feb/94

pmot - 1994

jcw - Mar/92

Hidden - Lead rpt - 22/Aug/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/90

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1990 with Alison Dorey

Mickdenali - Lead - 1990

Hidden - 2nd - 1989

Nick Biven - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/86

Hidden - Lead β - 10/Jul/84

mark-abz - TR - Jun/81

Steve Bell - 1979

D Tempest - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/78

Simon cook - 1978

Simon cook - 1974

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