Interrogation*** E3 6a
[Rob on the Dartmoor classic Interrogation, 2 kb]2 pitches. A brilliant climb taking the full height of the central wall. often done as a single pitch. 1) 6a. Thin grooves gain a horizontal break where a difficult move left and up gains the larger curving groove. At its top a strenuous traverse left accesses a belay in Raven Gully. 2) 5c. Move back right and stand on the knobbly small ledge. Technical moves away from this rightwards are rewarded with easier climbing to the summit. © ROCKFAX
FFA. M.Fowler 1980

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Photo: Rob on the Dartmoor classic Interrogation © Mark Stevenson
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Rory Bascombe - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Tom Newberry

Stripped gear on abseil and Pete then led. Best route on Dartmoor.
Brian H - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 17/May/14

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Sep/13

Incredible climb, just immense! So varied, sustained but with definite crux sections, awesome gear placements, and desperate finish (I think I went too direct and ended up on this really thin slab way above my gear pulling on tiny crystals and flakes into a mossy groove, should have been further right) But yeah, one of the best trad routes I've ever done!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13 with Henry, Tara, Paul S

burto - Lead rpt - 14/Sep/13 with jack, jerome

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/13 with Charles Dawson

One fall at the crux from missing the big foot hold. One rest at the overhang working out where to go. Incredible varied route.
Ed morris - Lead - 06/May/13 with Colin

Well worth its 3 stars.
kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2013 with Colin

Johnny Baker - 2013

A bit mossy but very good. Felt bold moving up to the horizontal break above the first peg.
Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/12 with Mike Hawkins

Onsight bar having photographed others on it, no discernibly useful beta gained! Massively tired before I started, felt right at my limit all the way, 3 hour epic involving traversing to the raven belay to pull up more gear before spending a *long* time committing to the final headwall.
Justin T - Lead - 11/Aug/12 with Crispin

Glad to second this one! Felt hard for E3. Continuous, sustained dificulties. I thought the crux was the initial wall. Brian led it in one pitch.
andy_pemberton - 2nd - 19/Jul/12 with Brian Hannon

Brian H - Lead rpt - 19/Jul/12 with Andy Pemberton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/May/12

is a lovely route :) matt did it in one pitch and the climbing is great and pritty hard with to hard thin moves.
Jordon Fleming - 2nd O/S - 09/Apr/12 with matt

An awesome route - my first 6a trad lead. Found it hard going, did it in onepitch and suffered with rope drag. Climbing is all well protected if you have faith in pegs. Have to come back and lead it clean. E3 6a ***
rustaldo - Lead dog - 08/Apr/12 with Jordon

burto - Lead dnf - 24/Mar/12 with tom powell

Hidden - 2012

nathanlee - 2nd - 15/Oct/11 with Dom Lee

dominic lee - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11 with nathan lee

freaked out in a feeble manner on the traverse to the 1st belay.
Jonathan Emett - 2nd dog - 03/Oct/11 with toby

I'm told conditions were a bit greasy, but this was desperate - not sure how it's E3 yet!
Stone Muppet - TR dog - 01/Oct/11 with bc, md

Well I tried! Got to the thin move left before falling off (after very tough starting wall) and then had a few more rests before taking a good lob off the awkward move standing on the block. Thin runout finish too, overall very tough for E3 but I might just be rusty.....great climb though just wish I'd got it clean!
Chad123 - AltLd dog - 09/Aug/11 with Emily

Totally brilliant, totally covered in lichen.
i_a_coops - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/11

I came, i climbed, i dogged. Worse, i stood on the ledge pumped to oblivion and a bit scared asked for a top rope. The shame.
richiebongo - Lead dog - 03/Aug/11 with Gwen Thomson, Jon Didymus

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/11 with Dad

wolverine - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/11 with Sarah Marks

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/11

Lloyders - 2nd O/S - Jul/11

lead p1. maybe a bit early in the day, but got thoroughly pumped and fell on crux. stunning climbing with great gear throughout.
msoldn - AltLd dog - 16/May/11 with Sam

Liam FLeming - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/11

Ahhh wicked route! Did both pitchs
adam cooper*super* - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/11 with dazza

Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Mar/11

Dave Searle - 2011

Ground up, second go - fell at the first peg trying to go too direct, lowered off then got right back on it. Should have warmed up. Crux felt 6a to me, but it was a bit greasy. Had to belay off to the left before going through the overlap due to lack of draws and serious drag. Was a good call - the belay at the top is further off right and would have made it sketch to belay the second well through the balancy moves and traverses. Excellent climbing all through! Quality route.
jacobjlloyd - Lead - 30/Sep/10 with Dougie

In one pitch. One of the best single pitch trad routes I've done - quite a journey!
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10 with nick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/10

Climbed the origial route, E3 5b/c. Not the 6a start.
Popkids - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/10 with Kafoozalem

Toby Dunn - Lead - 26/Jul/10 with Andy Reeve

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/10

John Mcshea - 2nd rpt - 06/Jun/10 with Ben Bradford

alaan - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/10

Found it really hard. Lovely to see good old Al though and bump into Crispin ( :
mattyork2 - 2nd - 14/Feb/10 with Alan Royle

It isn't limestone!
eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/09 with Geoff

First pitch only.
Steerpike - Lead dog - Oct/09 with Tommo

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/09

Bugger,bugger, bugger ... awesome route though.
Chubbard - Lead dnf - 14/Jun/09 with J Robinson

JimR - 14/Jun/09

Classy, worth its 3 stars
Bern - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/08 with Peter Brown

Did as a single pitch. Pleasant climbing.
Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/08 with Ian Bruce

OliBoyes - Lead dnf - 2008 with Chris Barr

Dave Searle - 2nd β - 17/Apr/07 with sim

Rob Kennard - 2007

climber sim - 2007

Dave Kerr - Lead - 08/Aug/06 with Jill Kerr

Hidden - 2005

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/03

Hidden - Lead - Aug/01

CraigMac1 - 2000

Marti999 - 2000

DJonsight - 2000

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/99

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 04/May/98 with Jason Lloyd

Bulls Crack - Lead O/S - 1998 with RW

Simon cook - AltLd - 1998

Pitch 1 only
Mark Kemball - Lead - 25/Oct/97 with Bill McKee

Roget - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/97

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1997

Tim M - Lead O/S - 1996 with Phil T

shark - Lead O/S - Apr/95 with John Codling

leadmat - Lead - Jun/93

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Sep/92

Cowflinger - 21/Apr/92 with Pete Lewis

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 14/May/91

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/91

Mark Kemball - 04/Sep/90

Nick Biven - 2nd - Aug/90 with Rich Whitwell

One of my all time favourite routes
ecowaller - 1990 with Wendy Sampson

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 20/Jul/89 with Keith Turton

Billg - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/87 with Keith Sharples

Hidden - AltLd - 1987

Hidden - Lead β - 18/May/85

Mark Kemball - Lead - 26/Jun/83 with Dave Abbey

mark-abz - 2nd - 20/Jun/81 with Kev H

Paul Clarke - Lead - 1981 with Various

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