Vulcan*** E4 6a
[vulcan, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
This stupendous route is just plain hard. It tackles the slender groove running the full height of the crag via some intense and sustained moves and it regularly stops very competent climbers in their tracks.
1) 15m. Scramble up slabby rock below and right of the corner, then climb up, step right and then up to a ledge. Move up left to belay below the overhangs.
2) 6a, 35m. Climb up past the fangs then up the groove above to just below a roof. Step left into the main corner and make desperate layback moves up this to an overlap. Pull over this then continue up the still-difficult corner above to the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, The Tremadog 'V's', North Wales Rock Graded List, UK Extreme Corners, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, Alex's Wales ticklist, Ultimate E4 ticklist.

Photo: vulcan © jethro kiernan
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This climb is in 116 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Hard fell of the crux
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 06/Jun/15

Quality! Pleased to get this clean, especially after the fight on Fingerlicker. Super technical with some unlikely looking moves coming up to the overhang but not that physical. Steadier above but still tricky. Deserves E4 but not that hard at the grade.
Misha - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/15 with Andy

tricky committing with such thin feet, great climbing
anguskille - Lead O/S - 26/May/15 with Adam Booth

Adam Booth - 2nd O/S - 26/May/15 with Angus Kille

markalmack - Lead rpt - 17/May/15 with sam farnsworth

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - 2015

phil64 - 2015

Ace route. Techy and strenny.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/14 with Mikey G

Dan Vaj - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/14 with James Machaffie

mike mo - 2014

Flashed on second, ace route!
owain86 - 2nd β - 24/Aug/13 with Livingstone

Awesome route, really technical and doesn't let up much! Fell at crux, came back down and did it clean. ropes were still clipped to gear cos im lazy.
Tom Livingstone - Lead rpt - 24/Aug/13 with Owain Atkins

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/13

tim newton - 2nd O/S - 23/May/13 with rich gentry

Glad to have got this one, it had been in my head as being nails and was fully expecting to fall off. found it hard but ok.
willoates - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/13 with Luke

Luke Brooks - 2nd - 13/Mar/13 with Will

neilh - 2013

First led this in 1998 with Alard Hufner
Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 27/Oct/12 with Chris Rees

Spat off a couple of times by due to poor technique. A lesson learned. Quality route.
Ed Babs - Lead RP - 07/Sep/12 with Iain Moodie

Owain Llewelyn - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Gareth E

datoon - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/12 with K

Luke Brooks - 2nd - 12/Jul/12 with John Orr

Hidden - 18/May/12

well good!
markalmack - Lead O/S - 06/May/12 with Dave morse

david morse - 2nd O/S - 06/May/12 with markalmack

3 rests. Didn't help that some holds were gopping. A fantastic route. Pretty strenuous! will go clean next time. the votes reflect how I found the climb (perhaps)
Tom Livingstone - Lead dog - 23/Jan/12 with sam radcliffe

samrad - 2nd - 23/Jan/12 with tom livingstone

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

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

gregoritos - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/11

Felt really hard - pleased to get up it. Felt E5 to me! Must have been doing something wrong...
gforce - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11 with Emma

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 24/May/11 with mike hawksbye

Marcus - 2011

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

soph - Lead O/S - 2011 with Dan McManus

Inconceivably hard, I remember feeling like I could fall off every move! Benchmark Tremadog E3...
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead - 2011 with Helena Robinson

Argh bummer, nemesis route, so physical! Fell off at the same place as last time, was using a stoopid foothold, did it ok once I spotted a better situated one. Next tiiime! 4* benchmark E4 (never E3 like north wales rock suggested)
Mike Goldthorp - Lead dog - 21/Nov/10 with Dunken

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

Loads of falls and rests - VVV hard! very technical!
hepitt - 2nd dog - 17/May/10 with Rob Pitt

Rob Pitt - Lead dog - 17/May/10 with Helen Pitt

3 Names - Lead dnf - 01/May/10 with Dan H

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/10 with Barni

Hidden - Lead - 10/Feb/10

feilx - Lead O/S - 12/Dec/09 with Andy L

Strenuous. Will go clean next time. Wicked fall!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead dog - 07/Sep/09 with Heather

HeatherF - 2nd - 07/Sep/09 with Mike

A fantastic climb, rested once at the end of the crux... Got to come back to do this clean.
AdrianP - Lead dog - Jul/09 with Olli

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/09 with john nuttal

Pete Graham - 2nd - Apr/09 with Malcolm Scott

Seymore Butt - 2009

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2009

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

Hidden - Lead dnf - 16/May/08

Marcus - 2008

One of the best single pitch routes in NW.
Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with Ash

Hidden - 2nd - 05/May/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

IOAN D - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/06 with Mills

Hidden - 2006

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Hidden - 2005

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - Aug/04

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/03 with Paul Collis

nige - 2nd - 30/Mar/03 with mark hounslea

Just Another Dave - 2nd dog - 2001 with Jo Bertalot

Hidden - Lead - 27/May/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jan/98

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 02/Mar/97 with Muir Morton

richparry - 1997

frank ramsay - Lead - 1996 with clark alston

1 pt of rest
michael burrows - Lead dog - 26/Feb/95 with brian jones

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/94 with Phil Dowthwaite

Nick Biven - 2nd - 1994 with Rich Whitwell

MikeYouCanClimb - 1993 with Sally

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Tony Little - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/92 with Guy Maddox

mik1miller - Lead O/S - 1992 with bernie bradbury

Steve Crowe - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/90 with Niff

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 10/Jul/90 with Steve Crowe

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/90

DDDD - 1990

Hidden - 2nd - 1990

andy gittins - Lead - 1990

Hidden - AltLd - 1990

keefe - Jul/89 with Johnny Adams

Chris Wright - Lead - 31/May/89

Ran out of quickdraws half way up so had to leap-frog the last couple to the top. Easy for the grade.
Bob - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/89 with R. Graham

Had seconded John Stanger on the route in 1986.
uphillnow - Lead rpt - 01/Oct/88 with Frank Horseman

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Jun/88

shark - Lead - 10/Jun/87 with Seb Grieve

Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 03/May/87 with Kim Greenald

sadams - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/87 with Guy Townsend

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 2nd - 1987 with Bill Williamson

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

Steve Bell - 1985

keefe - 20/Apr/84

Hidden - Lead - 1984

stp - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/83 with Ben Moon

Ian Jones - 1983 with Robert Kieske ('Flog')

Mike Owen - 02/May/81 with Phil Ralph

Mark Kemball - Lead - 29/Jun/80 with Wawa

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

Marcus - 1980

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

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/77

Hidden - 1973

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