The Sole*** HVS 5b
[resting on gear (the shame!!), 3 kb]Climb the crack in the arete by a hard layback sequence (it would be 5c if it was 20m up) then follow the easier cracks across the side wall. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, Allan Austin Classics.

Photo: resting on gear (the shame!!) © @ndyM@rsh@ll
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 233 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with Katie Farrell

Hidden - Lead rpt - 11/Sep/14

Rachel Somerville - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Graham

dig - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14 with rob

spragglerocks - 2nd rpt - 09/Jul/14 with Steve M

Luke Jones - 2nd dog - 09/Jul/14 with Will

Running_Board - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/14

robman - Solo rpt - 29/Jun/14

Graham Booth - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Dave Shields

CallumSmith - Lead - Jun/14

Really pleased to have got up this clean first go. Right at my limit but great moves and the holds higher up much better than they appear from below (for once!). But yes, you need yer arms.
Jules Lane - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14 with Mynydd Richard W

Mike Todd - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

joeflan - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/14

RalphC - 2nd - 19/Apr/14 with Ali

very pump, tricky start, good holds and gear after
scarmichael - Lead dog - Mar/14

Nez - 2014

fjg123 - 2nd - 2014

Danny Crump - 2nd - 16/Aug/13 with Martin Bagshaw

Martin Bagshaw - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/13 with Danny Crump

PaulHermes - 2nd - 06/Jul/13 with Paul VCCC

pastep - Lead - 06/Jul/13 with PaulHermes, ebf

Very glad to have finally done this. Pumpy and fun with the crux in the first 15 feet.
ebf - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Paul Stephenson

Nigel Bond - TR - 05/Jun/13

pre placed initial nut as high as I could reach
pebbles - Lead rpt - 05/Jun/13 with ali

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Jun/13

dogged atrociously. got up the initial crack ok, but was then foxed by how to tackle the finger crack and blew my arms. oh well, next time.
pebbles - Lead dog - 02/Jun/13 with ali

SteveM - Lead - 01/Jun/13 with Kat

kitkat78 - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with SteveM

Hidden - 2nd - 30/May/13

Failed a few years ago. Pumpy for a short route!
Matt Rowat - Lead - 30/May/13 with Ross

Pump fest! Good route!
Jackwd - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Scott

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/May/13

jon_gill1 - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with ross garfoot

Hidden - Lead dog - 06/May/13

nepsoi999 - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with pete

Dan Mckinlay - Lead O/S - Apr/13

Fell 3 times on the last move, slapping to a wet, greasy and green patch. I'll be back!
spidermonkey09 - Lead dnf - 16/Feb/13 with Chris Redding

Led through Jim's gear, Barely held the last move
Chris Redding - Lead β - 16/Feb/13 with Jim Hulbert

robertmctague - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - Solo β - 11/Dec/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 18/Nov/12

Hidden - Lead dog - 07/Sep/12

Steffen Cruz - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/12

Steffen lead and I seconded, unclipping and reclipping below my alpine butterfly knot so Louise could hop on afterwards.
Nathaniel Larsson - 2nd β - 13/Aug/12 with Luke Harper, Louise Hall, Steffen Cruz

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/12

on daf's gear. got a little pumped and may have z-clipped.
cookacat - Lead β - 12/Jun/12 with Dafydd

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 12/Jun/12 with Alex Minshall, Daffydd(LUUMC)

Dafydd Llywelyn - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12 with Alex Minshall

betamonkey - 2nd dog - 05/Jun/12 with Andy Wilson

Andrew Wilson - Lead - 05/Jun/12 with Rob Nelson

1poundSOCKS - Lead dog - 06/May/12

Hidden - Lead - 28/Apr/12

mountain man ed - Lead dog - Apr/12

tobyk - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/12 with Emma Akam

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/12

hard start then easy away with finger locks. But when green and very damp then its a grade harder.
timmsy - Lead - 30/Oct/11 with Neil

not the best warm up route
djprepie - 2nd dog - 23/Oct/11 with John

Mowglee - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/11 with Ali

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/11

Small fall whilst trying to reach break after layback. Noticed little edge for foot on brief dangle on rope then finished it off very pumped. Quality route.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Lead dog - 21/Aug/11 with Dave Everitt CMC

Fantastic start. Thought I was about to barn door it for a moment. Managed to fight off pump during traverse and place plenty of gear.
barney800 - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Mark, Neil Barnard

andysroom - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/11 with Lizzie

Hidden - 03/Jul/11

Climbed up 2 moves, down climbed them to think about it for a minute then climbed it clean with no real trouble. It is quite pumpy though.A very nice climb.
Hanky - Lead O/S - Jul/11

Having watched Haydn's many attempts at the start the rope was passed to me and I suprised everyone and myself, by nailing it first go?
DaveAtkinson - Lead - 26/Jun/11 with Haydn Keith, P.Cannon

luke harper - 2nd O/S - 19/May/11 with mal

tomthecoolperson - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Louise

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Apr/11

akhughes - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/11

timbo58 - TR - Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Mar/11

rested on gear-flash pump
bwestwood - Lead - 06/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/11

SGRIT. Concentration needed for the falloffable barndoory start! Oops :)
jkarran - Lead - 05/Mar/11 with Sarah, Aly

Hidden - 2011

Becky E - 2nd dog - 30/Oct/10 with Graeme Hammond

excellent! full on HVS but with plenty of excellent protection
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/10 with Becky E

ellis - Solo O/S - 10/Oct/10

3 years later, on the lead this time, and it's still it no easier!
Lumbering Oaf - Lead dog - 02/Oct/10 with Rachel Spraggs

Fell off once, one to work on...pumpy!
spragglerocks - 2nd dog - 02/Oct/10 with Matt Box

furry - 2nd - 02/Oct/10 with MikeLeeds

MikeLeeds - Lead rpt - 02/Oct/10 with Steve Morley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10

MeMeMe - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Andy

alexyoung - Lead dnf - 15/Aug/10 with Matchbox

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/10 with Pete

sgrit
petellis - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/10 with Rock and Dole

RuthC - 2nd - 03/Aug/10 with Alain

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Jul/10

mickJ - 2nd dog - 03/Jun/10 with mike b

Diggler - Lead O/S - 15/May/10 with Calder

Calder - 2nd - 15/May/10 with Mark

Hidden - 2nd - 12/May/10

Ian led - slipped off on the first part and lost skin. second attempt was fine.
Tony Holdsworth - 2nd dog - 12/May/10 with Ali Climber, Sweary Ian

NorthernRock - Lead - 12/May/10 with Tony

David_Gledson - Lead O/S - 09/May/10 with Rich Timms

timmsy - 2nd - 09/May/10 with David_Gledson

neil0968 - 2nd - May/10

DanH9883 - Lead - 16/Apr/10 with Joe Bawden

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/Apr/10

I had a nightmare on lead, fell. Followed Dan afterwards.
ClimberJimmyB - 2nd dog - 04/Apr/10 with Dan Matthewman

John Brayshaw - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/10 with Dan, Mark Fyles

Had a go at leading but found the start hard. Have to do it next time. (it was raining)
stimpey - 2nd - 18/Oct/09 with Pete, Davina

petegunn - Lead - 18/Oct/09 with Davina & Steve

Ian led it first, then we pulled the ropes and i led it on his gear - good stuff, tricky sequence to start
markfairbank - Lead β - 17/Oct/09 with Ian Moore

Grit Wraith - Solo - 01/Oct/09

Grit Wraith - Solo rpt - 01/Oct/09

alimckay - 2nd - Oct/09 with ufton

excellent
tomhull - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with bridget noble, adam noble

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/09

Lisaaa - 2nd - 14/Aug/09 with Mike Watson

ollyroberts - Lead - 16/Jul/09 with Jack

Jack00 - 2nd rpt - 16/Jul/09 with Olly

B-bop - Lead O/S - Jul/09 with Olly

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/May/09

Hidden - 2nd dog - 02/May/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/09

Amazing route!!!
Bennykr - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/09 with Huw

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 18/Apr/09

Never really recovered from the tiring start, which made it quite a battle!
jonny taylor - Lead RP - 12/Apr/09 with Andy Buckley

Had to come in from the left (awkward) since I don't currently have the strength for the layback bit of the start. Curses.
andybuckley - 2nd - 12/Apr/09 with Jonny Taylor

Ram MkiV - Lead β - 29/Mar/09 with Martin & Ian

Hidden - 21/Mar/09

Seymore Butt - 2009

Aufton - Lead O/S - 2009

vertical worm - Solo - 2009

French Erick - Solo RP - 27/Sep/08 with LAK, Burnsie

Hidden - 2nd dog - 27/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08

Took a couple of goes to get the bottle for the layback start but was fine once committed. Pumpy start with easy traverse to follow.
nepsoi999 - Lead RP - 21/Sep/08 with dan armour

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08

Watched a few people climb this first.
James_D - Lead β - 30/Aug/08

liamoloughlin - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/08

areeves - 2nd rpt - Aug/08 with Andy

Mattyk - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/08 with John Marsham

bullwinkle - 2nd rpt - 31/May/08 with John

Nick Beckett - Solo β - 11/May/08

ollyroberts - 2nd O/S - 11/May/08 with Ben

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/08 with Chris Bradley

French Erick - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/08 with Dave Kerr

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Feb/08

Tough start up arete. Traverse okay. Good holds and gear.
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd dog - Sep/07 with James Hoyes

ndb - Solo - 15/Jul/07

DavidR - Lead dog - 25/May/07 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - 2nd - 25/May/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/07

All the holds are there and there's some great moves on this route but can you hang on...?
climbingpixie - 2nd dog - 02/Apr/07 with James/Chris

Hard start and eases slightly with each move up. Great fun.
catt - 2nd O/S - 31/Mar/07 with Richie

Wet as a wet thing thats wet with wetness
mattyork2 - Lead dog - 25/Feb/07

wet
petellis - 2nd dog - 25/Feb/07 with mattyork2

alexyoung - 2nd dnf - 11/Feb/07 with Steak and Rachel

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Feb/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Sean_J - Lead O/S - 2007

petekeron - Lead O/S - 2007 with Andy Parry

robman - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/06 with stu

Nick Beckett - Solo β - 30/Oct/06

Nick Beckett - Lead - Sep/06 with various

joe larner - Lead O/S - Sep/06

Zoomer - 2nd - 02/Jun/06 with Ollie Noakes

@ndyM@rsh@ll - Solo O/S - 2006

reg_measures - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/05

SteveM - 2nd - 10/Aug/05 with Mike

clive-greenwood - Lead - 02/May/05 with Anna

Anna Horrox - 2nd - 02/May/05 with Clive Greenwood

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2005

sdht - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/04

Brown - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/04

Stone Muppet - 2004

The Pylon King - Lead O/S - Oct/03 with jonathan t

Climbster - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/03

cem - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/03 with Sally Dipple

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/02

Hidden - Solo - 25/Sep/02

Laramadness - 2nd - 25/Aug/02 with The Duke

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/02

Trobbo - 2nd - 20/Jun/02 with steve wrigley

phardman - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/02

Roget - Lead O/S - 12/May/02 with jon

shoulders - Lead O/S - 02/May/02 with joules

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2002 with john d

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2002

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 07/May/00 with Drew

Hidden - Lead - 16/May/99

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Mar/99

MONKEY78 - Lead - 23/Mar/99 with William Wilson

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo - 13/Mar/99 with James Ibbertson, Dad

Whealiebob - 2nd O/S - 1999 with Robin & Sal

Hidden - Lead - 13/Sep/98

innes - Aug/98 with Debbie

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/98

pumpy start. an old score settled
nickdonohue - Lead - 29/Mar/98 with Steve Corcoran, Dave Chapman

OriginalGeckoboy - 1998

Hidden - Lead - 14/Aug/97

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jun/97

couldn't do start
nickdonohue - Lead dnf - 27/Apr/97

andrew300169 - 2nd - Oct/96 with Climbing Club

sadams - Solo - 14/Sep/96 with Team Midlands

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jul/96

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 30/Mar/96 with David

Hidden - Solo - 18/Jul/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/93

mattnuttall - Solo O/S - 23/Feb/93 with Ian Vickers

Mick King - Solo - 05/Jul/92

John Southworth - Lead - 04/Apr/92

Rich Kirby - Solo - 27/Jan/92 with Luke

WB - 1992

Mick King - Solo - 25/Aug/91

whispering nic - May/91 with noj

Pete Pozman - 2nd - 03/Jun/90 with John Byrne

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/90

Hidden - Lead - 13/May/90

Rich Kirby - Solo - Feb/90 with Chris wiles

Hidden - Solo - Oct/89

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/89

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 21/May/89 with Andy Say

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 28/Mar/89

rob.grafton - Solo - Feb/89

craig h - Lead O/S - 1989 with Duncan Martin

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 26/Nov/88

Neil R - Lead - 1988

hazeysunshine - 2nd O/S - 1985

Hidden - Solo - 06/Jul/83

Nic Robinson - 1982

Hidden - Lead - Jul/81

Nic Robinson - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/81 with Dave Oddy

Nic Robinson - Lead - 02/Aug/80 with Geoff Cowell

Hammy - Lead - 29/May/79 with Jonathon Stacey

Paul Clarke - Lead - 1975 with Various

Dave Musgrove - 04/Jul/73

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Mike Todd, Sam Marks, abercolin, andybuckley, adam carless, v man, Peter Smith, PaulHermes, betamonkey, alexyoung, petellis, sandywilson, Wangy

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