Kitten Claws*** E3 5c
[Kitten Claws and unknown climber on Great Valerio, 2 kb]24m.

Rockfax Description
24m. The classic of the crag with superb sustained climbing and just enough gear. High in the grade. Start up the thin cracks three metres right of the square hole. Step right when the going gets tough and move up to a ledge. Finish more easily above. © ROCKFAX

FA. G.Lewis, H.Griffiths, M.Harber, C.Parkin 1985

Ticklists: Old Skool YUMC Roadtrip, Pembroke Rockfax Top 50, Best slab climbs of the UK, Ultimate E3 ticklist.

Photo: Kitten Claws and unknown climber on Great Valerio © Alun Freem
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This climb is in 167 logbooks, and on 53 wishlists.

Steady climbing all the way really
duncandarnell - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with jord smith

3 Names - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/14 with Robert Dufton

rd20 - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/14 with Vince

Dizz - TR O/S - 20/Aug/14 with David

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/14

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Anna Pugh

Dan Hostford - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with George Hostford

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

Really nice, will have to come back for the lead
Ross.Cooper - TR O/S - 09/Jun/14 with Dan Geh, Patrick Hill

Dan Geh - TR O/S - 09/Jun/14 with Paddy, Ross

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/14

quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 31/May/14

Messed up the crux first time round, fine after that
will_benfold - 2nd dog - 31/May/14 with Ross McKerchar

skippington - Lead O/S - 29/May/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/May/14

Beautiful route, way easier than I expected!
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 08/May/14 with Justin Timms

Brilliant, brilliant route, and I don't like slabs! Take micros, take care, enjoy.
Justin T - 2nd - 08/May/14 with Rachel

Hidden - 2nd - 03/May/14

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

Belayed John on it, but felt like an onsight! Hot, sweaty, boxed and sore feet. Fun times!
Tom Livingstone - Lead β - 24/Apr/14 with Tim Neill, John Orr

Bloody brilliant. Nice, steady, positive climbing that is well protected by pretty good but small RPs. Soft for the grade in my opinion. So good though.
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14 with Claire C, Will P-S, GuyVG

Julian Cooper - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Stuart Knott

jcw - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/13 with Martin Doyle

w.pettet-smith - Sep/13

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Ed Mitchell, Ellen Cobby

Lots of good small handholds, but finding foothold is more difficult than first appears
edmitchell - 2nd dog - 31/Aug/13 with adam booth

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Sam Taylor

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13

Hard! Never in all my days have I crimped so hard. Awesome, but painful.
victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 14/Aug/13 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/13

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/13

Much better with a fall rack!
Dibdawg - Lead rpt - 03/Aug/13 with Richard Snow

Hidden - Lead dnf - 27/Jul/13

Andrew1 - Lead - 13/Jul/13 with Hulda

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Jul/13

Matt Harle - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/13

lcullum7 - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/13 with Matt Harle

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

Tricky little number, Cool kitten claw hold.
Alex Mason - 2nd β - 06/May/13 with Jemma Powell

Thin and sustained but cool! Was glad of small wires and cams. Wanted to bail at one point but the gear was marginal at best so had to man up and make the move to a rest and gear, glad I did.
shed_hed - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Maddie Sweetman

Maddie - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13

Thin! Thank god for IMPs, Micro Wallnuts and Mini Rocks. Placed nothing bigger than a wallnut size 2.
Chi Cheng - Lead O/S - 03/May/13 with Adam Knightly

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/13

dan ely - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/13 with jon (ukc reading)

Hidden - TR O/S - 31/Dec/12

Ed morris - Lead rpt - 28/Jun/12 with Dickon

pembrokeshirecaver - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/12 with Edmund Morris

TDSvejstrup - TR O/S - 12/Jun/12

Deviated at the top slightly as the TR was set up from the abseil stakes but it seems the crux was further down.
Katherine Ross - TR O/S - 10/Jun/12 with Matt Chandy

Hidden - 2nd dog - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/12

jossjones - 2nd - 22/May/12

Very happy to get this done. Was a little worried about the gear. I went for a sideways nut in the big gap, but not convinced. The IMPs were good I guess. Crux was straightforward/crimpy. The top was a romp after the scary bit was over.
Daniel Heath - Lead β - 06/May/12

drysori - Lead - May/12

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/12 with Gavin Singleton

Want to come back and lead this.
andrew sandercock - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/12 with Mark A

shoddy gear. i wouldn't want to fall off this one.
markalmack - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/12 with andrew sandercock

Hidden - Lead β - 07/Apr/12

Adam Coles - Lead O/S - Mar/12 with ben park

Hidden - Lead - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/11

tim newton - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with john crook

AlexRenshaw - Lead - 27/Jul/11 with Ted Lister, Thomas Renshaw

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

Glyn - Lead β - 29/Jun/11 with Luke, Barni

pipof747 - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/11

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Glyn Hudson, Barni

barni - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11

got scared 3/4 metres above #1 rp and was finding it hard to read the moves. but worked it out and pushed on through to the top. a climb definetley worth doing with plenty of rp's.
vertically_challenged - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/11

CharlieMack - 2nd O/S - 28/May/11 with David

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11

GrantB - 2nd - 28/Apr/11 with Alpha Red, ally smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11

managed to psych myself out on this one.. got to the good jug before the crux move and got pumped trying to get the sequence. placed a cam from there and had a rest on that (only two lobes in - very dodge) then managed the crux to the gear.
benkelsey - Lead dog - 28/Apr/11 with Remus Knowles

petellis - 2nd O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Alpha Blue, Ally

Abseiled down to dry/chalk the holds in the middle, as the ab rope was there and they were wet, and i was feeling out of shape and nervous about the OS. Glad I did, as it allowed me the liberty of checking an important wire slot, even tested to make sure I got the right one. So I had good beta for a crucial few metres in the middle, which took a lot of psychological pressure/uncertainty out of the equation! After that it felt pretty fair at the grade, and if you have a good selection of small wires it was pretty safe. Absolutely beautiful climbing!
jacobjlloyd - Lead β - 19/Feb/11 with Paddy

mrstarwarsman - 2nd - 19/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

adie84 - 2011

Stupidly top-roped this years ago...or so I thought, turns out I didn't do most of the line, went way off left so pretty much o/s. Awesome line, super bold crux, wicked climb.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/10 with Becca

Really hard - very pleased to have climbed it clean. Must be a scary lead!
BeccaSnowden - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/10 with Tom

richardr - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/10

muttley_109 - TR dog - 04/Sep/10 with Gary Lewis

Hidden - Lead - 30/Aug/10

Pippa - 2nd - 30/Aug/10 with Jon

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead - 27/Aug/10

Backed off from the crux in the past, good to get it sent. bring your #2 RP's and keep the faith, its scary but the gears all there
david morse - Lead RP - 26/Aug/10 with siobhan

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/10

The bottom half was as sustained as it gets, on tiny holds!
jonny taylor - TR O/S - 12/Aug/10

Speeddemonsi - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/10

DafSWMC - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/10 with Siwan

soph - 2nd O/S - Aug/10 with Dan McManus

TM_Horton - 2nd dog - 16/Jun/10 with ed

spacey - Lead O/S - 15/May/10 with paul evans

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/10

Absolutely amazing climb, second E3 and onsight!
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/10 with arthur

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

ChrisAllen - 2010

wow!amazing route!
RobRock84 - TR O/S - 29/Sep/09

so good I had to do it twice
RobRock84 - TR rpt - 29/Sep/09

Hidden - TR rpt - 17/Sep/09

belay bunny turned bad - TR rpt - 17/Sep/09 with loundsy

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/09

C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/09 with George Ullrich

dodfoster - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09 with tom pearson

Shauna - 2nd O/S - 23/May/09 with Jules

Hidden - 2nd - 2009

Hidden - TR O/S - 01/Nov/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Sep/08

Tim Steward - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/08 with Crispin

jonnybull - 2nd O/S - Aug/08 with Alban

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/08 with anna barnes

tobydunford - TR O/S - 17/Jul/08 with Harry Martin

Bern - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/08

irish paul - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/08 with Mark

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

Mark Walter - 2nd O/S - 10/Jun/08 with Paul Black

Great climb with lovely slabby moves leading into a steep headwall.
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 04/May/08 with Sam

sonnenstern - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/08 with James Marjot

mbutton - Lead O/S - 2008 with Alex Adgar

Ok I only seconded this but remember it as feeling easier than Be Clever further to the left which I tried to climb two years later. Maybe it was just the hot weather or something!
Stone Muppet - 2nd O/S - 2008 with ts

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/07 with Dan

Hidden - Lead - 23/Aug/07

Hidden - TR O/S - 21/Aug/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/07

Graeme Hammond - 2nd O/S - 05/May/07 with Ben Freeman

bfreeman - Lead O/S - May/07 with Graeme Hammond

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Apr/07

Awesomly crimpy!
benjhans - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/07 with Ben Freeman, Graeme Hammond

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/07

feilx - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/06 with Sion

givemetea - TR O/S - 24/Aug/06 with Dave Foster

crag_monster - TR - Aug/06

Hidden - TR O/S - 07/Jul/06

ewen - Lead O/S - 16/May/06 with the kettle

jim robertson - 2006

John Kettle - 2006

Bella - 2nd O/S - 14/May/05 with Michael

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/05

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/05

alex_th - 2nd - 10/Apr/04 with Tim Riley, Will Frost

buzby78 - Lead - 06/May/02

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 2002

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/01 with Viv

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/01

Hidden - 2001

belay bunny turned bad - 2000

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2000 with andy benson

Did on school trip. Tough for the grade, but lovely climbing. Carreg-y-Barcud is ace!
brummievet - 2nd O/S - Jul/99

Nigel Coe - TR - 1999

Carl Smethurst - TR - 24/Jul/98 with Ian Pickles

Rich Kirby - Lead - Apr/98 with Hugh

Billg - Lead - Aug/94

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1990

Paul Clarke - 1990 with Nick Dalzell

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1985 with Shaun Derry

Chris Craggs - 1980

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