Thin Red Line*** E1 5b
[Thin red line, 4 kb]

Rockfax Description
20m. One of the best routes in the quarry, steep and pumpy but with good runners to catch you if/when you finally run out of steam. Follow the crack to the break then step right and make long moves to reach the continuation. Sprint up the flake to a breather in the easy chimney before topping out. A solid E1. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description

Ticklists: The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, 50 cracks to Squamish, Ultimate E2 ticklist.

Photo: Thin red line © Seymore Butt
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This climb is in 201 logbooks, and on 29 wishlists.

E1 my arse
DBoothroyd - Lead dog - 30/Aug/15 with Will Mortimer

lloydrees91 - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/15

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/15 with Ozzy Kate

Far too pumpy for me to have lead cleanly (but will get there!)
wrapped in bacon - 2nd - 24/Aug/15 with Chris

khawk - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/15

Mike Todd - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/15 with Brian Rodgers

Last route of a great week Up Norf. Goey from the off with hard move to gain break. E2 5b fair, but no warm up, far too pumped to attempt FLC after - next time!
Owen W-G - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/15 with David Gainor

MichaelGallimore - 2nd - 23/Jul/15 with jon lawson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/15

andy mcc - 2nd - 15/Jun/15 with Robin Nicholson

Maddie - 2nd rpt - 10/Jun/15 with Steve

nick ferro - Lead dog - 17/May/15 with Oli Birkill

Jono_LS16 - Lead O/S - 16/May/15

Gear in place up to third height
apw - Lead G/U - 10/May/15 with Kevin

Graeme Hammond - 2nd rpt - 10/May/15 with Chris Hindley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15

Fun, pumpy climbing.
Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/15 with Tim Newton

tim newton - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/15 with rachel slater

Hidden - 2015

E2 sounds about right
samwillo - Lead - 23/Nov/14 with Marianne Lalli

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Nov/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/14

Really glad to stay on. Mega pump up the layback
Maddie - 2nd O/S - 10/Sep/14 with Robinwood People

Brill route
millsy - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Jo Fullman

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Jul/14

Alice Thompson - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/14 with Sally

Hidden - Lead - 27/Jul/14

Mark1800 - 2nd β - 20/Jun/14 with Josh Williams

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 03/May/14

rich.manterfield - Lead dog - May/14 with George Nunn

Hidden - Lead rpt - 19/Apr/14

monkeyman79 - 2nd RP - 18/Apr/14 with Adam Cordell

Hard E1, loads of gear, well protected at the crux. Extremely little Beta
oread - Lead β - 13/Apr/14

Nez - 2014

Frank the Husky - 2014

Bowzle - Lead β - 2014

Sustained and good route.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/13 with Max C

PeteH - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/13 with Brandon, Naomi Hart

jshields - Lead - 01/Sep/13 with Dave Sargent

Tom Smith - TR O/S - 14/Aug/13

Climbster - 2nd β - 03/Aug/13 with Ian

Pumpy little blighter! Might have had something to do with placing 8 bits of pro. Awesome climbing though, need to stay technical under fire!
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/13 with Matt

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jul/13

Fragmod - Lead - 22/May/13

not E2! seconded to rescue sams gear as his second ben couldnt quite finish.will go back for lead!
jon_gill1 - 2nd - 22/May/13 with sam

Hidden - TR - 30/Apr/13

jamie d - TR - 21/Apr/13

One of my favourite climbs, very pumpy!
Just_Dan87 - TR dog - 02/Apr/13

henry peter jenkins - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with robbie jenkins, paul jones

Bowzle - TR - 05/Mar/13

First trad route, first lead, On sighted.
John Gale - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/13

Hidden - TR dog - 13/Sep/12

A sweetie exhausting battle. grips are all there, gear is good all the way up, hard gaining the first break and entering the chimney
icklejason - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Malley

petellis - 2nd O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Broomy

Good quality battle. Interesting hanging niche dismount to finish. west yorks Regent St?
Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/12 with petellis

keith leonard - Lead dnf - 25/Jun/12

Harry Holmes - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with sarah lund

Hidden - Lead rpt - 14/May/12

Hardonicus - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/12 with Kay Martin

Jim Brownlow - 2nd dnf - 11/Mar/12 with Mike Hayes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/12

Dan Mckinlay - 2012

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 26/Sep/11

TRFrost - 2nd dog - 21/Sep/11 with A. Hughes, R. Timms

timmsy - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/11 with Adam Hughes

egg-man - Lead - 11/Sep/11 with Peter Loftus

Excellent steep but juggy and with good gear. Found the chimney at the top the hardest bit. Going well or really soft for E2? Borderline grade climb.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/11 with Becky E

hilty - Lead - Aug/11

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/11

Still a battle, would love to just arrive and burn up this one day.
Dave Foster - 2nd rpt - 08/Jun/11 with Si 2

GuyM - Lead - Jun/11 with will

pbphil169 - Lead O/S - 25/May/11

paulwaterhouse - 2nd β - 25/May/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/May/11

bwestwood - Lead rpt - 15/Apr/11 with Ben Smedley

Hidden - Lead dog - 07/Apr/11

pie_eater_pete - Lead rpt - 27/Mar/11 with Dave Sargent

davewsargent - 2nd - 27/Mar/11 with peter sargent

aoc211282 - TR RP - 06/Feb/11

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Jan/11

markalmack - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/11 with gregg capon

escalade - 2011

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Olly

Jack00 - 2nd rpt - 12/Oct/10 with Olly

ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Jack Colbeck

pie_eater_pete - Lead rpt - 10/Oct/10 with Jo

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 07/Oct/10

Well worth doing. Hanging Chimney on left is fun to enter and gives pleasantly exposed chimneyinginging. Not as pumpy as i thought it would be, bon.
Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/10 with Ralph Burden, HuwGoodal

5 years to be good enough to lead the so and so, very pleased!
cobweb - Lead rpt - 18/Sep/10

scorky345 - Lead - 02/Sep/10 with Owen Pearce

Thought it was an E1 (according to old guide) Definitely didn't feel like one, got pumped and fell off the top flake/crack!
hardoreVdiffBen - 01/Sep/10 with Owen Pearce

petegunn - Lead - 26/Aug/10 with Davina

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

bwestwood - Lead RP - 28/Jul/10

bwestwood - 2nd β - 22/Jul/10

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Ruth Colston

What an absolute cracker! Took two falls (well, slumps)in the first third due to pump. Annoying as I think I could have powered through had I not been apprehensive; however still very satisfied with getting the upper section clean. Would definately say its E2, as it just keeps on coming.
lrandall - Lead dog - 19/Jun/10 with Emily Roo

Hidden - TR O/S - 19/Jun/10

Rowansb - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/10 with Ralph

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/10 with ed-v12

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 31/May/10

DavidR - 2nd O/S - 31/May/10 with Holly Adamthwaite

Bloody hard climb, need to be very strong.
kjbix - 30/May/10

al99 - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with Martina Zandonella

Terrible struggle, hard climb
martinazando - 2nd dog - 22/May/10 with Al Benson

Dave Thompson - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Dominic Hartin

well im not up to E2 yet
agolay - 2nd dnf - 24/Apr/10 with Dave Thompson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/10

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/10 with michael porter

1 rest before layback
gripped01 - Lead dog - Apr/10 with Carl Taylor

pie_eater_pete - 2010

Boy - Oct/09 with Fiona Fullwood

Tim M - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 29/Aug/09 with cheesesarnie

Bennykr - Lead rpt - 15/Jun/09 with Huw

Hidden - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/09

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

joe larner - Lead rpt - 23/Apr/09

Blew it twice, pulled the ropes twice. Clean third go. Nearly puked at the top of the flake. Hats off to anyone who can on sight this route!
Dave Foster - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/09 with Andy

Bennykr - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Matt

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Apr/09

trying to exorcise demons but failed . eventually finished it
gazlad - Lead dog - Apr/09 with my bitch

On martins gear, with bad knee, brilliant climbing.
Alex Mason - Lead - 22/Mar/09 with Martin Haworth

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/09 with Alex mason

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/09

Exhausting. Exhilarating. And other words that start with "e".
Noelle - 2nd RP - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

bwestwood - TR β - 2009

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/08

Two slumps on rope. Felt really hard for E1, didnt realise it presumably gets E2 in some guidebook.
Si dH - 2nd dog - 05/Oct/08 with Neil Furniss

mgeek - Lead O/S - Oct/08 with adam hughes

No hard moves, just very pumpy, would have been a tough E1! Great climbing though, bit unsure which chimney to go up at the top....
Chad123 - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/08 with Jo

Likewise with chimney, Rockfax topo takes the right one, but Yorkshire Grit suggests the left one. Bearing in mind chimney is part of HVS I'm guessing the R one, which is also polished etc.
Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/08 with Heddwyn and Phil

porridgefan - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/08 with Dan

Claire Taylor - 2nd dog - 19/Jun/08 with Doug Robertson

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/08

One irritating fall. I'll get it clean next time!
Dave Lacey - Lead dog - 22/May/08 with jak.kelly

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/May/08

joe larner - Lead rpt - 19/May/08

Soaking wet. Still good fun as ever, 4th time i think.
joe larner - Lead rpt - 30/Mar/08

farmus21 - Lead - 2008 with Pete Wilkinson

Awesome.. totally pumped but manage to battle and i mean fight my way up this one! Totally the opposite of my usual style of climbing.. upper chimney (entering it) was surpisingly difficult!
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07 with Ali K

Hidden - Lead - 06/Oct/07

First E2. I thought the hard bit was right at the start, but it kept going! Luckily i got a nice rest before the laybacking? crack with a dropped knee. Need to do E1 now.
joe larner - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/07

Hidden - Lead - 2007

jim robertson - 2006

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2005 with gritstone club

shark - Lead - 04/Sep/04 with Karl Walton

One of my earliest E2 leads and proudest. Nearly blew it thro pumpation top half. Excellent steep strenuous and technical grit
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - Jun/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/04

Hidden - 2nd - 2004

nige - Lead - 10/Oct/03 with dave kells

Hidden - 2003

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/02

shoulders - Lead - 11/Dec/01 with joules

Andy S - 2nd dog - Jun/01

akhughes - Lead O/S - May/01 with Emma Hughes

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/01 with Myles Jordan

JSA - 2000 with various

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jul/98

Rich Kirby - Lead rpt - 10/Jul/98 with Suzy

tapley - 2nd - 03/May/98

chrishedgehog - TR O/S - 28/Jan/97 with Chris J

bronsonite - Lead O/S - 1997 with Nathan Lawrence

dangmtb - 1997

John Southworth - Lead - 03/Oct/96 with Vicky Munn

innes - Lead - 1996

chrismrutherford - TR O/S - 01/Jul/95 with Chris

Roget - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/95 with jon

nai - Lead - 07/Nov/94 with UCL CC

frost - Lead - Jun/94

Dave Musgrove - 15/Apr/94 with Julian Cooper

ChrisJD - Lead - 10/Oct/93 with Alex

craig h - Lead O/S - 19/May/93 with Paul Braithwaite

Mick King - Lead - 03/Apr/93 with Steve Hill

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/93

rob.grafton - Lead - 01/Nov/92 with Jim, Bruce

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/92 with Ian Kirby

lithos - 2nd dog - Apr/92 with john byrne

I wrote E1 5b !!! in my log... Not surprised it is in fact E2.
mattnuttall - Lead O/S - Apr/92 with Alan Holden

Neil R - Lead - 27/May/91 with Ed

ian caton - Lead - 1991 with Matt

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 02/Sep/90 with David

Bulls Crack - Lead O/S - 1990 with AM

Hidden - Lead - 1989

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Sep/88

Pete Pozman - 2nd O/S - 06/May/86 with Mark Gray

Dave Musgrove - 05/Oct/85

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 07/Jun/84 with Andy Wild

Andy Say - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/83

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 1983 with Anne Vowles, Mick Hardwicke

D Tempest - Lead - Jan/78

Al Evans - 1974

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