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The Skull*** E4 6a

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Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Top Five Pass E4's, North Wales Rock Graded List, Good E4s, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, UK Lonely Leads.

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This climb is in 63 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead dnf - Sep/13

Toby Dunn - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with Dave Pickford

Brilliant! An amazing last pitch with a hundred metre void snapping at your heels, exciting even on second! Mike led the first hard pitch (bold, especially with that dodgy flake - putting gear behind it isn't a great idea, Mike didn't - then surprisingly strenuous. I got the crux and promptly fluffed it by doing it wrong in an overly strenuous way. Took four goes, on the last go I figures out the easy way - once again, being unable to read the route quickly let me down... Mike did the phenomenal top pitch - up till then it was a good route but that pitch made it brilliant. Boiling hot day so t-shirt weather on the crag.
Misha - AltLd - 13/Jul/13 with Mike H

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 12/Jul/13

datoon - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with K

khawk - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with DT

Safer than lubyanka. Amazing top pitch. A quarryman groove for mortals.
frank ramsay - AltLd - 06/Jun/13 with Aaron

Aaron Lines - 2nd - 06/Jun/13 with frank ramsay

andybirtwistle - 2013

jamesturnbull - AltLd - Aug/12 with aiden

Stone Idol - 2012

EagerAndy - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Hidden - 2011

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Hidden - 2011

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with nick bullock

Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 23/May/10 with John Orr

soph - 01/Jan/10

Horrible starting pitches led to the 5c pitch which seemed really dangerous with loose rock and very poor protection. Abbed off.
mattyork2 - AltLd dnf - 31/May/09 with Andy Reeve

Seymore Butt - 2009

morganator - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/08 with Sophie Whyte

tuftynick - 2008

Led top 2 pitches whilst my partner beat himself up with the club of defeat!
Rich Kirby - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/05 with Ash

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/05

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jun/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/99

The big loose flake at the top of the first hard pitch isn't there anymore. Neither are some of my fingers!!
Dave Musgrove - Lead dnf - 30/May/97 with Nigel Baker

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/96

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/95 with Nick Ashton

1 point of aid
michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/95 with richard parry

1 rest on 6a pitch
Roget - Lead dog - 06/May/95 with jon

Hidden - AltLd - 1995

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1995

Bulls Crack - Lead O/S - 1995 with RW

richparry - 1995

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

Hidden - AltLd - May/90

Hidden - Lead - 06/Aug/89

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - Jul/89 with Mark Hounslea

sadams - AltLd - 11/Jun/88 with Andy Mitchell

John led pitch 3 and 4 in one runout, I found it desperate with poor gear. When I arrived at the stance he looked up the top pitch and said your lead, I thought he was joking but no. It was akin to climbing a groove up the prow of a ship, some wild wide bridging led up to an old peg, stupidly I lassoo'd it from below bridged up to it and put my finger through its eye, it took me several minutes to calm myself down and leave go of it so I could properly clip a runner The position was awesome every time you looked to place your feet you were aware of a huge void!
Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 2nd - 15/May/88 with John Mckeever, Luke Steer

andy gittins - Lead - 1988

Hidden - AltLd - 1987

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

I had to rest on the top groove. Take lots of Rock #4's.
charlesmfrench - AltLd dog - 11/Jul/86 with Ian Milne

Big fall when I pulled a hold off above the crux. Trevor Hodgson & Jimmy Jewel just above.
shark - Lead dnf - 14/Jun/86 with Steve Etherington

keefe - 01/Jun/85 with Johnny Adams

Hidden - AltLd - 30/May/83

Stayed up all night and was almost hallucinating at the top of this. Quite a trip. Quent fell off the top pitch and snapped one of the old pegs. I led the first two pitches. Great day out.
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1983 with Quentin Fisher

Hidden - Lead - 1983

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/82

Peg used on top pitch (wet).
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 26/Jul/80 with John Jefferies

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Mike Owen - 13/Jul/77 with Chester Dent

I tried the crux free but could not avoid using 2 pegs (the standard at the time). Mick led the top pitch in fine style; I felt the guidebook drop out of my back pocket and watched it disappear forever as I followed...
petemeads - AltLd - Jul/75 with Mick Brady

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Style of ascent

Lead14 of 63 (22.2%)
Followed2 of 63 (3.2%)
Alt Leads27 of 63 (42.9%)
Unknown20 of 63 (31.7%)

'Climbed'37 of 63 (58.7%)
clean O/S19 of 63 (30.2%)
dogged2 of 63 (3.2%)
dnf5 of 63 (7.9%)