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Sinister Rib** E3 5b

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[Ali scaring us all by on-sighting Sinister Rib (E3 5b) at Ilkley, 2 kb]15m. Gain the hanging rib direct (chipped holds) and climb to the break. The upper arete feels bold, especially as the top approaches and the runners recede. Not bad for its day. © ROCKFAX
Classic and underrated - quintessential grit climbing with steady smearing but a massive runout from good gear in the break. A bit like a mirror image of Back Bowden's "On The Verge" - the possible escape of jumping left would not be recommended.

Photo: Ali scaring us all by on-sighting Sinister Rib (E3 5b) at Ilkley © Jamie Moss
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This climb is in 47 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

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adamwesthead - TR rpt - 04/May/14

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adamwesthead - TR O/S - 02/May/14

Lloyders - Lead O/S - 2014 with Pete

Will242 - 2nd - 28/Aug/13 with Stewart Boutcher

dazwan - 2nd - 28/Aug/13 with Paul S

BnB - 30/Jul/13

theomoore - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/13

Soft for the grade..?? Not got a lot to compare it to, but didn't feel like 5b. Got some helpful gear info/encouragement from the guys who climbed it before me (thanks a lot!!), but did the moves o/s.
kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with Luke Cullum

jshields - Lead - 05/May/13 with Jonathan Harrison, Ed James

lcullum7 - 2nd O/S - 05/May/13 with Ky Aizawa

ben1987 - 2nd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Adam Coles

robertmctague - Lead O/S - 2013

BeckyPayne - TR O/S - 18/Jun/12 with David D'Arcy, Adam Collinge

Will242 - TR O/S - 23/May/12 with pastep

It's been a couple of years, so decided to top rope it on the way back from Gordale. Easy peasy. It's not really E3...! E2/5b would be fairer. Will lead next time I'm there.
ebf - TR O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Paul Stephenson

Where was that awkward top step the guide mentioned?! Over faster than you'd imagine if you just get on with it once you've laced the break.
Sean_J - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Robin

hellorichie - TR - 29/Jun/10

ebf - Lead RP - 28/Apr/10 with Paul Stephenson

pastep - Lead rpt - 28/Apr/10 with ebf

Hidden - TR - 23/Apr/10

Flash29 - Lead β - 20/Sep/09 with berrie

PaulHermes - 2nd - 19/Aug/09 with Rich

Easy for E3 with delightful smearing up a very easy angled slab (for the grade!) with the arete always handy for keeping you in balance. Good small friends (2 x #1 and 1 x #0) at the 1/3 height break will allow you to make the first moves up the slab and get completely committed for the top moves. Most worrying part is that you'd fall into the gully next to you, full of sharp rocks.
ebf - Lead RP - 19/Aug/09 with Paul Stephenson

Hidden - TR O/S - 02/Jul/09

Hidden - 05/Aug/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/07

alaan - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/07 with Eurydice

Karl Bromelow - Lead RP - 2006

John_Hat - Lead RP - 27/Aug/05 with Andy

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 2005 with Drew

Hidden - Solo - Mar/04

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/04

Hidden - TR O/S - 14/Feb/04

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/03 with Drew

nige - Lead - 28/Sep/02 with john buckley

Andy Say - Solo - 21/Jun/96

Dave Musgrove - 2nd rpt - 21/Mar/94 with David

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 21/Mar/94 with Dad

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/92

Hidden - 1992

Hidden - TR O/S - 01/Jul/89

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 22/Aug/88

rob.grafton - AltLd - 1987 with barry maybank

Chris Ellis - TR - 22/Oct/78 with Patrick Meeds

GeoffG - 2nd - 12/Oct/77 with tony bowker

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 08/Jul/76

Howard Dixon - Lead - 1971 with Martin Dixon

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Blackmud, Bill Lawrence, Rowansb, Hidden

Voting
Total votes cast 24
hard E40 of 8
E40 of 8
easy E40 of 8
hard E30 of 8
E32 of 8
easy E35 of 8
hard E21 of 8
E20 of 8
easy E20 of 8
hard 5c0 of 8
5c0 of 8
easy 5c0 of 8
hard 5b0 of 8
5b5 of 8
easy 5b1 of 8
hard 5a2 of 8
5a0 of 8
easy 5a0 of 8
3 Stars2 of 8
2 Stars6 of 8
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Style of ascent

Soloed4 of 47 (8.5%)
Lead21 of 47 (44.7%)
Followed7 of 47 (14.9%)
Toproped11 of 47 (23.4%)
Alt Leads1 of 47 (2.1%)
Unknown3 of 47 (6.4%)

'Climbed'18 of 47 (38.3%)
clean O/S21 of 47 (44.7%)
clean β1 of 47 (2.1%)
clean rpt3 of 47 (6.4%)
clean RP4 of 47 (8.5%)