The Stebbing* E2 5b
[Ben high on The Stebbing, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A tricky route with only just enough gear in the lower reaches. Start just left of a slim groove that leads up to a small roof at 12m. Whilst you can climb direct it feels safer to climb the easier line to the left and step back right into the groove at about 6m. Turn the roof and you are rewarded with a series of ledges leading up to Rufus. Up and left is a tower with a crack in its front. Move up to the tower and swing left to climb the crack. Above the tower further balancy climbing is required to get to the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, Alex's Wales ticklist.

Photo: Ben high on The Stebbing © Caradog
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This climb is in 93 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Lovely despite the rain starting just before I set off.
squicky - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/15 with Iris, John

As below, E1 5a. Would be a nice solo with the left hand version rather than the steep crack.
GuyVG - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15 with barrows

Hidden - 2nd β - 18/Apr/15

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/14 with Jerry Handren

khalidq - Lead β - 12/Jul/14 with James Mchaffie, Dan Vajzovic

Dan Vaj - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/14 with Khalid, James Machaffie

Good fun. Bit bold at the start but there is plenty of gear (managed to place Andrew's entire rack), it's just a bit fiddly to place. Took the right hand finish as the direct finish looked nails. Felt soft for E2.
shed_hed - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/14 with Andrew Cherry

Pretty pleasant, and continuously gets easier as you get higher. Frictitious!
AndrewJamesCherry - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/14 with Shed_hed

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with AlexD

AlexD - 2nd - 29/Jun/14 with Ed

Zoned out a bit and probably went slightly the wrong way, oops.
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/14 with Anna Gilyeat

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14

Lenny - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Steve

oliverpcain - Lead O/S - 2014

Si - 2014

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/13

jamesturnbull - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/13 with duncan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/13

Justin T - 2nd - 20/Jul/13 with John Mcshea

Left finish
Lloyders - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/13 with Joey C

Left hand ie E2 finish - direct looks nails!
rd20 - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/13 with Sam CC, Dan G

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/13 with sam read

mark20 - 2nd O/S - 14/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/13

redjerry - TR O/S - 13/Jul/13

Left hand line at the top
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 12/Jul/13 with Simon huges

Felt a bit frazzled after belaying in the sunshine. Certainly not E3!
AJM - 2nd β - 12/Jul/13 with Crispin Cooper

E2 finish (leftwards not up the crack). I think the crux is fiddling in the gear, so solo and near-enough-solo monkeys will find this easier.
Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/13 with am

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jul/13

wynaptomos - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13

ian caton - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/13 with Abi

not the right finish, nice route though
smallerrich - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/13

LRob - Lead O/S - 2013

Bit scared on the finish, I think my nut choice was poor and the prospect of that ripping, for a wimp like me, was hard to handle.
atapper21 - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/12

Got told it was mega soft touch....and it is.
Ollie B - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/12 with D.Campbell

easy possibly hard hvs.
Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Ralph

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/11

Nice suprising climb, good gear and rock. Worth 2* for me. E1/2
richardr - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/11

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11 with Keith Scarlett

ksjs - 2nd rpt - 14/Jun/11 with rob

H v s 5a at most
Dave Almond - Lead - 30/Apr/11 with Simon Frost

frost - 2nd - 30/Apr/11 with D Almond

Dunx - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Luke Hodson

Not E3, barely E2. Gear was a little sparce off the ground to the first roof, other than that, fine!
al99 - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Ben Jones

lukehodson - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Duncan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/11

Owain Llewelyn - 2nd - 19/Apr/11 with Gareth E

Finished right of true line at top. Worth doubling up on small/medium cams.
uphillnow - 2011 with Dave Booth

Rory Shaw - 2011

Hidden - 2011

E1 5a I guess. Easy clmbing with slight gear not worth 2 stars at all
centurion05 - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10

HIGHTOWER - 2nd - 04/Sep/10 with Andy Woolston, Dave Gleave

Hidden - Lead rpt - 27/Jun/10

ewen - 2nd - 24/Jun/10 with neil stabbs

Stumpyham - 2nd - 20/Jun/10 with lindy

samrad - 2nd - 18/Jun/10 with helena

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jun/10

dan ely - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/10

still a bit dirty from ze rain but its fine...more like HVS/E1, if this and Suicide wall route 2 are the same grade I'll eat my smelly pants....believe that more gear will come you are never going to die on this route! easier than Isengard HVS in the lakes which is equally if not more bold!
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10 with Crad, Ben Reinsch

good route, soft E2 never mind E3, minor epic retrieving rope after duncan threw the rope down only to get it stuck :D
Bennykr - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10 with Duncan, Cradmire

barni - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/10 with Nic cot

Eliminate as they come.
mynyddresident - Lead - 15/Jun/10

Tim Sparrow - Lead - Jun/10 with Al B

Ended up straying from the line and finishing up Rufus by accident. Lower ection nice but easy.
farmus21 - Lead - 28/May/10 with Ben Allsford

Followed Ben up the true line. Eliminate and easy, barely E1.
farmus21 - 2nd - 28/May/10 with Ben Allsford

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/May/10

feels a bit bold at the start but settles down. steady climbing, nice position, good. never E3
ksjs - Lead O/S - 24/May/10 with pete

Hidden - Lead - 24/May/10

Rich Kirby - 2nd O/S - 23/May/10 with Ewan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/10

E2 5a
halfmanhalfbiscuit - Lead O/S - May/10

zero six - Lead O/S - May/10

Luke Brooks - 2nd - 11/Apr/10

soph - 01/Jan/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/09

a lot more gear than it looks from below
Dave Rumney - Lead - 14/Jun/09 with Sean Roberts

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/09

Would be HVS if it wasn't a bit spicey at the start. Definitely no harder than E2. Not the best climbing compared to other things on this crag.
mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with Andy Reeve and Robin

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

CharlotteJelleyman - 2nd O/S - 25/May/09 with Steve Franklin

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - Lead - Jun/08

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

Clucky - Lead dog - 16/Jul/05 with Daniel O'Neill

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2nd β - 26/Jun/05 with Ed Brown

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/03

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/96 with Roy Thomas

Hidden - 2nd - 1995

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Aug/93

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