Fingerlicker*** E4 6a
[Fingerlicker, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
Steep and fierce finger-jamming on pitch one, but perhaps not as hard as its reputation suggests. Start below the big corner of Barbarian and scramble up to the tree at the base of the crack.
1) 5c, 20m. Climb up left through a narrow chimney to gain the finger-crack. Power impressively up this, not forgetting to place runners, to a small roof. Make a testing move left round this and traverse right to the belay on Barbarian.
2) 6a, 25m. Climb Barbarian for 4m through an overlap, then move left across the wall on surprisingly good holds past a peg (?) to gain Silly Arete. Finish up this. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, North Wales Rock Graded List, Good E4s, 50 cracks to Squamish, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, Ultimate E4 ticklist, Fast & Free: Pete Livesay's Top 30 British Classics.

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This climb is in 92 logbooks, and on 31 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jul/15

Second pich. One slump at the hard move( bottled it) lowers back to the belay and went from ther! Very very windy on the top of silly arÍte
Andy Peak 1 - AltLd - 06/Jun/15

Not a warm up! Was pumped by the time I got to the stuck on juggy block as the initial pod is awkward and gets strenuous. Half decent rest standing up on the stuck on block but not really able to get it back. Slipped off the crack going past the tat, then again. Did it third go, only to get stuck above! Plugged a cam in and took a couple of falls onto it, literally a move off a rest. Seconded second pitch, that was fine, one 6a sequence but nowhere as sustained.
Misha - AltLd - 06/Jun/15 with Andy

Hidden - 2nd - 16/May/15

Second try! Perfect climbing, perfect gear
Andy Peak 1 - Lead G/U - 26/Apr/15 with Si

Hidden - 19/Apr/15

The best protected e4 iv bean on to date, also the hardest, got to the thread but cud no longer feel my extremities so lowered of the thread, clean and not to desperate to this point who nows what the next section will bring, very very cool.
Andy Peak 1 - Lead dnf - 11/Feb/15

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - 2015

phil64 - 2015

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead rpt - 31/Aug/14 with Nick Bullock

aid climbing practice with some bits free,i.e the scary start and top traverse.did p1 and chris aided top pitch of barbarian and i seconded it in trainers as it was getting dark and he had my rock shoes!abbed off in the dark!
jon_gill1 - 16/Aug/14 with chris Lyness

mike mo - 2014

Pieterjan De Roo - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/13

Strenuous, with not much for your feet! Jimmy got to the thread and fell. I managed to get above, place another bit of kit then fell off once it stopped being fingerlocks and went back into thin hands! Brilliant!
Duncan Campbell - Lead dnf - 19/May/13 with Fingers

Another one that I had been pretty much sure i was going to fall of, really happy to have got it clean, found it quite pumpy. Luke lead the 2nd pitch, another great pitch.
willoates - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/13 with Luke

Led P2 again, got pumped again!
Luke Brooks - AltLd - 17/Mar/13 with Will

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Jan/13

P1 Nice to get back on trad and put the PE training to use. Definitely made a difference I think. I've yet to climb an E4 that isn't a finger crack... talk about a narrow skill set.
Daniel Heath - Lead β - 31/Jan/13 with Remus

markalmack - Lead O/S - 04/May/12 with Dave morse

Tried to lead, FAIL. Couldn't manage it clean on second, nails!
david morse - 2nd dog - 04/May/12 with markalmack

Nails! Though the chimney was the most nails bit...
Stone Muppet - 2nd dog - 14/Apr/12 with dan ely

Ug. Not even close!
gforce - Lead dnf - 09/Aug/11 with Emma

AdrianP - Lead dog - 29/Jun/11 with Olli

Another inspiring lead from Felix! I have got to stop falling off of everything he leads though. Training time. Fell off the crack on the first pitch. Ended up laybacking instead of fingerlocking pretty much the whole crack, embarrassingly, which explains the power failure. Managed the second pitch alright, felt yards easier than the first! Has crimps and everything ; ) Unbelievable line. Crafted by God for our pleasure.
jacobjlloyd - 2nd dog - 19/Jun/11 with Felix

feilx - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Jake

Hardest thing i've ever been on. Fierce!
JRae - Lead dnf - 29/May/11 with Tom Dixon

Got beaten up, will have to come back. Great climbing though, learned how to ring lock!
thomasadixon - Lead dog - 29/May/11

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Jul/10

barni - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/10 with luke, Liam fleming

Led top pitch. 6a ***
Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/10 with Liam, Barni

Hidden - AltLd - 30/May/10

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10 with michael porter

switch - 2nd rpt - 08/May/10 with Leanne

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead O/S - 03/May/10 with Geoff Bennett

Hidden - Lead G/U - 19/Apr/10

Awesome pitch, not mega pumpy, some well solid locks. Mikey led 2nd pitch well.
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 11/Nov/09 with Mikey G

2nd pitch. both pitches are absolutely top notch!
Mike Goldthorp - AltLd O/S - 11/Nov/09 with alex mason

p1 only. Abbed from belay, in the rain.
switch - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09

Pitch 1 only. Finished up Barbarian.
Rich Kirby - 2nd - 04/May/09 with Kev

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/09

Seymore Butt - 2009

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2009

Toby Dunn - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with JulesV

Failed on first pitch (pumpy), but got the second pitch clean and it felt fine.
Oli - 2nd dog - 20/Jul/08 with Geraldine Taylor

Hidden - 2nd - 18/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/May/08

jeffmcd56 - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Rob

chris j - 2nd dog - 08/Jul/06 with Ben Bradford

Bern - Jul/06

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 01/May/05 with Nic Sellers

Hidden - 2nd dog - Mar/05

Hidden - 2002

fantastic struggle
Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/98 with Muir Morton

Guy - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/96

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/96

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/96 with mik

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

Hidden - Lead RP - 1993

Nick Biven - 2nd - 11/Apr/92 with Rich Whitwell

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 26/Jul/91 with Matt Snape

Chris Wright - Lead - 30/May/91

DDDD - 1990

Hidden - AltLd - 1990

Chris Wright - Lead - 30/May/89

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/88 with Elaine Owen

Took a rest after initial pod. Also seconded Andrew Horn on it some years later
uphillnow - Lead dog - 1988 with Neil McNab

Hidden - Lead - 1988

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 21/Jul/87 with Johnny May

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

keefe - 25/Aug/86 with Alan Wilson

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 26/Aug/85 with Kim Greenald

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/85

mark mcgowan01 - 1985

Hidden - 1985

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Sep/84

Failed to lead the second pitch.
Bob - 2nd β - 01/Apr/84

Mark Kemball - Lead dnf - 18/Feb/84 with John Jefferies

Lead both pitches in one.
stp - Lead - 29/Oct/83

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/83

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 01/Apr/83 with Steve Foxley

Mega strenuous but bombproof****
Ian Jones - AltLd O/S - 1983 with Julian Whatsisname (not Clary!)

steve L - Lead - 01/Apr/82 with Lyndsey

Mike Owen - 04/May/81 with Mel Griffiths

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1980 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Hidden - 1973

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