Spider's Web*** HVS 5a
2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A hidden classic that weaves its way up the alternating slabs and overhangs of the front face. Start by scrambling around the base of the buttress to a tree on the right.
1) 5a, 17m. Move up to the right end of the overhangs and climb a short corner (not the square-cut longer corner to the right). Pull out left after 3m and move across the slab to a peg and nut belay.
2) 5a, 16m. Climb up behind the belay and make a thin move rightwards onto another slab before moving up to the next overhang. Restricted moves left gain the arete and much easier climbing leading to the summit. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Tom Patey’s legacy. A very fine route. Fair for its grade, though with a bold feel in places.
The first pitch dries slowly after rain; the second memorable pitch can be gained by alternative starts. The first pitch is worthwhile though.
Start on the right-hand side of the slab, below a hanging corner.
1) 5a. Climb the slab to the corner. Climb the corner with difficulty, until it is
possible to step left, onto a slab. Traverse across this to a peg, Rock and Friend belay. 2) 5a. Climb the short wall, via a crack and groove, and teeter onto the upper slab. Move delicately up, and right, to reach the next overhang, via a thin crack (Rocks/small Friends). Traverse leftwards, to the edge of the slab, and use a crack to surmount the overhang, to reach slabs. Continue to belays.
4c. Climb the steep slab direct, up to the corner of the first pitch.

FA. T.Patey 1959

Ticklists: Kernow, West Country Climbs.

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Hidden - Lead - 05/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/15

scary slab traverse for the second so make sure you have a rope on top ;-) radios make a massive difference too
LauraTejada - 2nd - Aug/15 with louise ansell

Hidden - Lead - Aug/15

Finished first pitch after Dan backed off. Was getting too dark (especially under the roof traverse) so took a little forest outing on the right to escape.
Rob Morgan - Lead dnf - 18/Jul/15 with Dan AMC, Win-yei

I like slabs :-)
bigbobbyking - AltLd - 18/Jul/15 with David Brock

bailed after the first pitch due to poor light, from the belay, if you go up to the tree on the right (up and behind the belay) you can escape to the descent path via treading on only gods know what!
gobbledigook - 2nd dnf - 18/Jul/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/15

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jun/15

First pitch only. Had to ab off so Seren could escape the brutal onslaught of the midges.
Circus - Lead dnf - 20/Jun/15 with Seren

nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/15 with The future mrs gray?, Jack Gray

Lead second pitch, good stuff.
Jackislav - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/15 with nickstephens

Lead first pitch
clubmanpete - AltLd - 21/May/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 16/May/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Nov/14

Tricky with 2 seconds. I needed some more long extenders to minimise rope drag. Nice route though
francois - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/14

Francois lead - it felt harder this time round than it did when I lead it two years ago! Mind you - it was very windy and the rock was damp/greasy in places.
BelayBunney - 2nd rpt - 01/Nov/14 with Francois

pearson9596 - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Andy Howell

probably one of the few teams to have actually climbed the right line! strong rail of chalk off left from the first belay ledge but none pulling directly above as the description states. Bold start and bit of a meandering line. Didn't think it was all that!
Stanners - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/14 with Andy G

CreepingExcellence. - 2nd - 26/Sep/14 with Rob Stanfield

Alexseren - 2nd - 05/Sep/14

Very enjoyable climb. Good dry conditions. Could do with using double ropes next time due to rope drag. Good thread on ledge before crack.
Paul423 - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/14

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jul/14

led p1
steveprice.exmouth - AltLd - 30/Jun/14 with Graham Mead

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Kirsty Kerr, Harry Martin

Had to rest on the gear at the crux on the first pitch. Great lead from Ian on the 2nd in the dark. Loved it!
callum brown - AltLd - 13/Jun/14 with Ian

Brilliant, really nice climb, which turned into a bit of a moonlight adventure! Wicked
I Jones - AltLd - 13/Jun/14 with Callum B

I led first pitch. Much more confident this time! Lost a grey anodised nut (#7 I think) 3m above & left of belay. Nut has yellow and green stripy tape
Chaman - AltLd rpt - 11/Jun/14 with Rich M (sdmc)

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

GREAT last pitch loads of fun and a huge grin on the outrageous traverse on second pitch.
Felix Ottey - AltLd O/S - 31/May/14

darcan - Lead - 17/May/14 with cusco

Joby - AltLd rpt - 16/May/14 with Tom Bunn

Martin Bagshaw - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with Ian Pegg

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/14

Hidden - 2014

led top pitch in failing light.glad i wasnt in the others shoes.becky just managed to scrape in with the last seconds of light with unsurprisingly a fall on the traverse beneath the roof.jordan had to give up halfway an escape off the side.lucky i only had to rescue one cam near end of traverse.was able to back climb down an fumble around for it in the dark.hee hee.
minexplorer - AltLd - 28/Nov/13 with becky, jordan

Sophie Nunn - Lead O/S - 23/Nov/13 with Ceridwen Hutchinson

Ceridwen - 2nd O/S - 23/Nov/13 with Sophie Nunn

Had to exit on the second pitch to make a work call.
Robin Woodward - Lead dnf - Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/13

Matthew Robinson - Lead - 23/Jul/13 with Rebecca

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Jul/13

Ian JL - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Duncan Henderson

First pitch crux move was for me quite awkward, though well-protected. I think I took about 40 minutes working my way round and up the first pitch.
petecallaghan - Lead rpt - 03/Jul/13 with David Coley

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 18/Jun/13

stephen ashworth - AltLd - 04/Jun/13 with martin clarke

martin clarke - AltLd rpt - 04/Jun/13 with steve ashworth

Pitch 1
metal arms - AltLd O/S - 31/May/13

therat - AltLd O/S - 25/May/13

Hidden - Lead - 25/May/13

Really nice route, but a very wandering line.
Joel Perkin - 2nd O/S - 02/May/13 with Big Rob

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/13

myself 1st pitch. lewis 2nd. off route second, went right over layback overhang. seemed harder than HVS. any thoughts on route?
MrWiggles - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/13 with lewis stuart

Did as one pitch, which is ok if you're a bit careful with the ropes. Fun wandering route.
Mr Powly - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Rozzy

P2. Great climb. Really need to trust those feet on the second pitch :)
SurferStan - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Dilwat

P1. Short corner is a test and the slabs feel exposed but like Chris says, trust your feet. Top climb.
Dilwat - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with SurferStan

Led both pitches, first pitch very wet,second pitch harder than it looks.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 15/Feb/13 with Colin

P1 was much harder than P2! Rope drag was a bitch. Loved the slab moves. Hated the wet greasy corner
Cheese Monkey - Lead O/S - 09/Nov/12 with Iain

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

Lead P2
Laurence Everitt - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Twigger, Mike Gadd

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

Doug miller - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/12 with ashleigh ringrose

Led both pitches. Interesting mix of steep and slabby. V well protected but quite restricted on second slab. Enjoyable but 2 stars.
ewanthomson - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/12 with Joe Mortimer

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/12 with Caroline

Westcorkman - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Berry

berry - AltLd O/S - Jun/12 with ken

Nice climb - first decent route of the year!
BelayBunney - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/12 with Catherine

Hidden - 2nd dog - 18/Mar/12

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/12

did first pitch, wendy struggled with it a bit, so once seeing the quite blank slab with little gear i thought it best to get off, so i finished off the side of the butress. So first pitch only.
arandall - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/12 with Wendy Matthews

Tristan Sherlock - Lead O/S - 12/Dec/11 with George Coiley

The crux was wet on 1st pitch and found 2nd pitch much easier, but i do like traverses and slabs! 2nd HVS
HarryB - Lead O/S - 13/Nov/11 with Ollie

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Nov/11

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Nov/11

Philippa Arding - 2nd - 02/Oct/11 with nick arding

Climbed again, really great route. Well done Steve on first HVS.
MBarraclough - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/11

Like the guy below, my friend Dave couldn't manage the final slab under the overhang. He did however pioneer an escape route to the right at the tree, which leads round to the decent path.
MBarraclough - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/11

had ab down to recover gear.dave cldnt finish final traverse bit
minexplorer - AltLd - 02/Sep/11 with dave88

Did I ever make a dog's arse of this! Lead 1st pitch, breezed through the crux then spent ages procrastinating about the move onto the slab and eventually had to rest. Seconding 2nd pitch, breezed crux again, got to the second traverse and didn't like the prospect of a huge pendulum off around the buttress, so thought it would be safer to untie and solo up the back. A royal gangf**k all 'round!
Dave 88 - AltLd dog - 02/Sep/11 with minexplorer

Hidden - Lead dog - 07/Aug/11

Both Pitches. Quite Tough. There is now a little bit less loose rock on it!
El3ctroFuzz - Lead - 28/Jul/11 with Elaine Budden

mark schramm - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with harry, emma

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Jul/11

found it difficult being short ish but good route
mike hooper - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11 with john martin

led both pitch's, care needed on the ropes, first 5a lead since trimming a digit!
Joby - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Alice Fuller

chrisallan - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11

Crazy climb! Really wanted to do clean so was really pleased. Very committing to second as the traverses etc aren't that well protected. First pitch has difficult move round a corner then difficult traverse. Second pitch you end up on a slab under a roof with no hand holds and balancy foot holds - crazy but brilliant! Got to trust those feet....
mes32 - 2nd β - 19/Jun/11

tcn_2002 - 2nd - 19/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead - 28/May/11

chris ebbutt - Lead - 18/May/11 with Nick

timreynolds - Lead - 18/May/11

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Apr/11

Lead first pitch, Floss lead the second and Martin followed up.
Frostie - AltLd rpt - 06/Apr/11

djromberg - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

Justin T - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Cherry

Traverse under roof felt hard for the grade but may just be because I have not climbed for a while and I dropped my nuts! Ooof
mikeburf - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Rosie

Rosie Hutchins - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Michael Burford

David led
Chaman - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/10 with Steve P, David C

Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Katherine Sydney

managed to climb this pretty badly. rope-knitting, stuck gear and bobby not being able to hear me didn't help... but they're just excuses, really!
katherinesydney - 2nd dog - 04/Sep/10 with bobby gilbert

MH123 - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Jack Folland

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 28/Aug/10

John Henry Wynn - AltLd - 27/Aug/10 with Jay Jackson, Will Murray

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

nickdonohue - Lead - Aug/10 with Steve ?

colin milton - AltLd rpt - 26/Jul/10 with nick

Homes - Lead - 23/Jul/10 with Jonny C

jcook1980 - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/10 with Luke Holmes

JulesClimbs - 2nd - 09/Jul/10 with Paul

grant wouldnt climb 2nd pitch on one rope when other jammed.v frustrating thats just one of the advantages of using 2 ropes.he absailed off an left me with an epic to get my gear back
minexplorer - Lead - 06/Jul/10 with grant newcombe

nopants - AltLd - Jul/10 with Colin

been wanting to do this with rad for a while, would have been my first hvs too, i managed to work out the first 5a, took me a while but got up there, was very proud...Rad then went off and did second pitch...we had serious problem with rope work, we ended up abandoning du to one of the ropes becoming unmovable..very disapointed...but i hope to get up there one day..now i know hay it is called spider's web...lol
Paragonthewise - 2nd dnf - 29/Jun/10 with minexplorer

Eike - 2nd - 26/Jun/10 with Chawn Harlow

Hidden - Lead rpt - 26/Jun/10

Not all its cracked up to be
Jack_F - Lead O/S - Jun/10 with Max hodges

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10 with Chris Reid

twright180 - AltLd - 23/May/10 with Luke Homatron

Homes - AltLd - 22/May/10 with Thom W

Execelent climb But difficult to Ab' back down to get your gear out if your second can't do the second pitch!
Dawlish - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Son Aaron

finally led top pitch done 1st couple times but only 2nd top before.as i suspected much better leading top pitch than 2nd it
minexplorer - AltLd - 10/Apr/10 with luke

jbulger - 2nd - 22/Sep/09 with Will Pettet Smith

led 1st pitch,pete led top.well deserves the 3 star classic status what an adventure for a sunny afternoon.had previously given up on the 1st pitch crux.very delicate moves needed on top pitch.
minexplorer - AltLd rpt - 13/Aug/09 with pete campion

Led 2nd pitch. Flippin AWESOME climb! The first corner gets the blood pumping, there's some delicate slab work and the roof really growls at you when you get under it!
graham knott - AltLd O/S - 14/May/09 with Phil Webber

1st pitch. Great route. Will have to go back to lead the second.
Phil79 - AltLd O/S - 14/May/09 with Graham

Really hard to find the holds
Will_Murray - Lead dnf - 05/Apr/09 with Ben Kettle

Tobes - Lead O/S - Oct/08 with Peter

finally climbed 2nd pitch! superb climbing. also, great catch from belayer when dropped a set of nuts!
JonHarvey - AltLd rpt - 27/May/08 with Jay Jackson

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 27/May/08

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 03/May/08 with simon blythe

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

cat22 - 2nd - Sep/07 with Mike

alaan - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/07 with Connor

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Aug/07

chris wyatt - AltLd O/S - Aug/07 with Nik Goile

eugeneth - Lead O/S - 21/May/07 with JC

chrissloan84 - AltLd - 09/Apr/07 with AJM

Dave Searle - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/07

Lush route, better than climbers club if you can find it!
sebrider - Lead O/S - 2007 with Chris Arthur

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2007

David Sherratt - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Nov/06

Tim Steward - AltLd rpt - 11/Nov/06 with Torran Elson

maybe_si - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/06 with charlie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/06

Led first pitch. Little thought to find gear, but solid, and a nice move up. Is this a soft touch, perhaps?
cmsg - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/06 with Luke Gannarelli

First HVS 5a , Lead first pitch looking to lead 2nd soon
JonHarvey - AltLd O/S - Aug/06 with Jay Jackson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/06

Hidden - Lead - May/06

AJH - AltLd - 29/Apr/06 with Crispin

leadmat - Lead - 2006

leadmat - Solo - 2006

CraigMac1 - 2006

feilx - 2005

Hidden - AltLd - 2005

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Sep/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/04

timreynolds - AltLd - 15/Feb/04 with Martin Hoather

darren1 - 02/Sep/03

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Sep/03

Norman_P_W - AltLd - 02/Sep/03 with Bob M

Hidden - Aug/03

Hidden - AltLd - Apr/03

Mickdenali - 2003 with Bob Macleod

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 2003

Paul L - Lead - Aug/02

Frostie - Lead - 2002 with various

Hidden - 2000

andy_pemberton - Lead - 2000

NickP - 2000

Steveb27 - Lead - 2000

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 05/Dec/99 with Nic Dill

Dry and Hot Dean
climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/96

timreynolds - AltLd - 11/Oct/95 with John Burnip

eric had forgot his climbing shoes and 2nd this barefoot an impressive effort
colin milton - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/94 with eric milton

climbingrichard - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/93

Andy S - 2nd dog - Jul/92 with Dad

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/92

Marti999 - Lead - 1992

Led pitch 2
Iain Thow - AltLd - 30/Sep/91 with Rob Ivens

whispering nic - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/91 with Ali W

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/90

sdht - 1990

daviesdan - Lead - 1989

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/May/88

RichardMc - AltLd O/S - 01/May/88 with Jon Clifford-Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 1987

led p2.
Pete Nugent - AltLd - 25/Sep/86

Richard Weller - Lead - 07/Jun/84 with Julian Sampson

Hidden - Lead rpt - 22/Apr/84

Mike C - AltLd - 17/Apr/82 with Howard Roper

Chris Terrey - AltLd - 15/Mar/81 with Gerry Dunford

Hidden - Lead - 1981

babymoac - AltLd - 17/Aug/80 with MTW

Simon cook - Jun/80

mark-abz - 2nd - 26/Apr/80 with Jonti F

Steve Bell - 1979

Mike C - AltLd - 28/Oct/78 with Dave Hyde

Falko - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/76 with Mike Milnes

Bolt Phobia - Lead - 04/Apr/76 with John Broadwell

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