Silken Thread/Imperialist** HVS 5a
2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A varied and testing hybrid which is both delicate and strenuous. Start right of Fly on the Wall at the base of the slabby front face.
1) 5a, 16m. Climb the thin weakness 4m right of the slabby arete to the overhangs. Move left under the overhangs to the arete and move awkwardly around it. Move steeply up and back right above the overhang and belay immediately below an overhanging corner.
2) 5a, 15m. Climb the overhanging corner and at its steepest point use good holds on the left arete to gain easier ground above that leads to the top. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
A varied and testing hybrid which is both delicate and strenuous. Start right of Fly on the Wall at the base of the slabby face.
1) 5a. Climb the weakness 4m right of the slabby arete. Move left under the overhangs to the arete. Move up and back right above the overhang (not direct). Move right again to a belay.
2) 5a. Move back left into the overhanging corner on the arete and follow this to easier climbing.

FA. Silken Thread T.Patey 1958 / Imperialist L.Benstead & D. Morrod 1969

Ticklists: Kernow, West Country Climbs.

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This climb is in 70 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

Led P1. Good slab climbing with a slightly awkward move left to the short wall before the belay stance. Well protected where it matters. P2 also good value for money.
Lumbering Oaf - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/15 with Matt George

Followed P1. I found this hard and awkward, and would have struggled to lead it. Took a big fall leading P2. Mis-read the sequence and powered on through above gear to reach the good hold, but was all out of balance. Fell all the way back to the belay ledge - nice one! Had to have another rest on the 2nd attempt, before sorting myself out and doing it on the 3rd go. Despite my difficulties, this is a great, and varied climb, though I think it's hard for the grade.
manbat - AltLd dog - 05/Sep/15 with Matthew Box

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/15

Led P1. Quite hard traverse and awkward corner move. Much fun!
Giles Eperon - AltLd - 08/Aug/15 with Dan Wilcox, Matt Titterington

Led overhanging pitch (p2). Great climb of two contrasting pitches, well worth doing
matt1024 - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/15

Led P1, Stephen led P2. P1 does not have any gear until at the overhang but then has loads, nice move round left and then back right above the overhang. P2 steep to start with but much easier above the overhang.
crispycodd - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/15 with Stephen Venables

Led p2 which felt easy. Contrasting pitches
islandlynx - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/15 with matthew beals

I led pitch 1.
Matt77 - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/15 with Shane

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jun/15

Led p1
Mr Tickle - AltLd rpt - 29/Dec/14 with Will B

Jim Malo - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/14 with Stu

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Oct/14

Hidden - AltLd rpt - Oct/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14

led both pitches
dbrooks - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14 with gidmord

gidmord - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/14 with dbrooks

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/14

timreynolds - Lead - 11/Jun/14 with Sarah Welsh

Sarah Welsh - 2nd - 11/Jun/14 with Tim Reynolds

Led all pitches after partner got spooked on last pitch... Almost feels bottom end E1.
Felix Ottey - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/14

Joby - 2nd O/S - 16/May/14 with Tom Bunn

2nd pitch. Rested on nut at top of overhang. Good climbing.
Phil79 - AltLd dog - 09/May/14 with Steve H

led both pitches.Pitch one feels bold but there is gear if you search around. Good footwork helps. P2 has less finesse. Great climb with loads of variety.
Dilwat - Lead rpt - 25/Apr/14 with Dave P, Tom M

struggled but succeeded
whiteexplorer - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/14 with Dave Piper, Dilwat

Paul Hy - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/14 with Jack G

Good holds were very wet! Scary first pitch
Jackislav - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Mar/14

Hidden - 2nd β - 19/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13

shoulders - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with rich smith

hornbywill - Lead O/S - 30/May/13

tskelhon - Lead - May/13 with Charlotte

clmacdonald - 2nd - May/13 with tskelhon

Led 1st pitch this time, Jack 2nd. Delicate!
ewanthomson - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/13 with Jack Keo

Found the first pitch the trickiest. Led p1 and p2
Mr Tickle - Lead O/S - 24/Feb/13

Ian Miller - 2nd - 04/Feb/13 with James Goss

Lewis Stewart - 2013 with James Goss

willhornby - 2013

lewis 1st pitch. myself 2nd pitch
MrWiggles - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12 with lewis stuart

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/12 with Debbie

debbie roberts - 2nd - 21/Aug/12 with Marti999

nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Gareth Greeves

Lead Pitch 1
gg4419 - AltLd O/S - Jul/12

second pitch lead push me
martin clarke - AltLd dog - 22/May/12 with steve ashworth

stephen ashworth - AltLd - 22/May/12 with martin clarke

tricky climbing on first pitch. goey on the secound. just right at HVS.
Ed morris - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/12 with ewan

Ed pitch one, I led 2nd pitch; got the heart rate going! Very contrasting. Enjoyable route
ewanthomson - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/12 with Ed morris

There is Very little gear on the second half!
Doug miller - Lead O/S - Mar/12 with steve sailsbury

DanRicketts - 2nd O/S - 21/Oct/11

Mark Kemball - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/11 with Simon Hammond

if you think its hvs you might be in for a shock.
misterb - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/11 with bob

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/11

r_findlay - Lead - 31/May/11 with Eddie Wilks, stu_buchan43

pielander - 2nd - 14/Mar/11 with rad

led both pitches.phew top pitch v run out huge fall potential commiting moves.v delicate 1st pitch at start bit commiting too with deck out potential-take care
minexplorer - Lead - 14/Mar/11

had one rest below the overhang :(
stevorobs3 - Lead dog - 2011

DanRicketts - 2nd O/S - 2011

Dilwat - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/10 with Nick

led 1st pitch brilliant delicate unprotected bit in middle
minexplorer - AltLd - 15/Sep/10

Rock Lizard - AltLd - Sep/10

nickdonohue - Lead - Aug/10 with Steve ?

Homes - AltLd - 28/Jun/10 with Shaun M

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 13/Oct/09

Hidden - AltLd - 2007

leadmat - Lead - 2006

leadmat - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/02

Frostie - Lead - 2002 with various

brew_guru - 1995

Hidden - Lead β - 24/Mar/84

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