Rockfax Description
One of the Avon Gorge's most famous pitches that usually pulls in a crowd of viewers on the suspension bridge. Start on a good ledge 5m right of the arete below a pocketed crystal crack and just right of a vegetated groove.
Move up the crack and then head left to a small groove that leads to a ledge system at 10m. Head left to the arete and make some tricky moves to a wide, pocketed runnel. Take the runnel to a horizontal break and move right into an easier finishing corner. Belay and abseil post on the left. © Rockfax

M W Harvey 1956

Ticklists: Avon Gorge non-Extremes, Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs, AMC Uni Ticklist.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
cheeky 07/Oct Lead O/S
mark4344 07/Oct 2nd

Very enjoyable,good gear. Felt soft for grade

Matt Payne
FlavioL1989 04/Oct 2nd O/S
Rob Edwards
Benjaminblanc 04/Oct Lead O/S

Had so much fun on suspense that I thought it would be rude not too. Another great line.

minty1984 27/Sep Lead G/U

Clean lead. 2nded this route a while back and loved it....... Loved it even more on the lead. What a route

ad111 24/Sep Lead O/S
lukegorman 19/Sep Lead O/S
Olly maskery
omaskrey 19/Sep 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Sep Lead rpt
ChrisWills 06/Sep 2nd
Jon Bamber
Annabel Tall 02/Sep 2nd
kirsten 29/Aug Lead

I think this is my first true onsight hvs

GridNorth 29/Aug 2nd

Make that a dozen + 1. For her first HVS Kirsten made an excellent job of leading this.

Kirsten Donovon
Richardlake 22/Aug 2nd β
petegunn 22/Aug 2nd
will_lake 22/Aug Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Aug Lead O/S
WillAndrew 18/Aug 2nd rpt
ali.scott 18/Aug Lead O/S
Will A
Annabel Tall 18/Aug 2nd
WillAndrew 15/Aug 2nd O/S
steve_gibbs 30/Jul 2nd rpt
Pauline Picchio
cwildblood 30/Jul Lead O/S
Ian Stirrups 21/Jul Lead
steve phillips 18/Jul Lead O/S

good climbing lots of threads

GridNorth 18/Jul 2nd

Done this a dozen times before but still forgot about all the excellent threads.

Steve Philips
danieleaston 09/Jul Lead rpt
Gustav 09/Jul 2nd O/S
Hidden 07/Jul 2nd
Hidden 07/Jul 2nd O/S
Fred_Richard 07/Jul -
Hidden 05/Jul Lead β
steve_gibbs 04/Jul Lead rpt
Simon Peacock
SiyP 04/Jul 2nd
KeirVonMarlon 27/Jun Lead

First HVS lead at the Gorge. Quality route felt good to push the grade. Onsite but rested in the chimney due incorrect footwork. Nice to climb under such an iconic bridge and the Mathew sailed past too.Pat on the back!**

minty1984 27/Jun 2nd O/S

Really good route with 2 great cruxes. Will be back to lead this..

Bob Peters 19/Jun Lead

Entered the groove all wrong and whipped onto the thread. Irritatingly then did it properly and found it easy. Another grudge match.

George.Rowland 18/Jun 2nd O/S

The first and last bits were a romp with a well protected but more tricky crux in between.

Steve Bartle 16/Jun Lead O/S

Only my second Avon gorge HVS lead. Great route. I found the move into the chimney a little tricky to figure out. Like others said, take plenty of (60cm) skinny slings for the plentiful threads

Rob Morgan 16/Jun 2nd
mikedevcole 08/Jun Lead O/S
toasted 08/Jun Lead O/S
Tim Larrad
Hidden 07/Jun Lead
brew_guru 04/Jun Lead rpt

Gonna take a retro flash for this!

Em Dawes
chrisallan 31/May 2nd O/S
Phil Murray 27/May Lead rpt
John Alcock
mrdaniel 20/May 2nd O/S
Tim_C7 13/May Lead O/S
Hidden 09/May 2nd
Dino Dave 09/May Lead O/S
Jaysquared69 09/May AltLd O/S
Jonathon Percival, David Tait
Hidden 04/May Lead O/S
emdawes 04/May Lead
Hidden 18/Apr Lead rpt
jon_ridley 18/Apr Lead O/S
steve_gibbs 16/Apr 2nd rpt
Max Coney
Legs 16/Apr Lead O/S

Very atmospheric. First route under the suspension bridge in glorious weather. Really enjoyable well protected HVS. Probably on the softish side compared to its neighbour. Great introduction to this section of Avon Gorge.

alastairbegley 14/Apr 2nd rpt
Hidden 14/Apr Lead
twem 14/Apr Lead O/S
LJKing 11/Apr Lead rpt

Testing out sprained ankle!

Paul Clarkson
felixizzy 10/Apr 2nd rpt
georgeevans88 10/Apr Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Apr Lead β
youwillfindjimbo 12/Mar Lead O/S
Larey 24/Feb Lead O/S
widdlestickmcpoos 22/Feb Lead O/S

So cold

widdlestickmcpoos 21/Feb Lead O/S

Did it as one pitch, but via the belay on the left as I couldn't find the route to the runnel.

PEccleston 04/Feb 2nd
Eagertom ?/Feb Lead O/S

Not as good as Suspense, still worthwhile

Hidden 11/Jan Lead rpt
climbEdclimb 05/Jan AltLd O/S
Ian Stevens
ianstevens 05/Jan AltLd

Great route, good value HVS in an excellent position. Did in the traditional style with a belay. Ed led to the first ledge, I went up to the bolt from there. First HVS lead in a while! Great start to 2015.

Hidden ??/2015 2nd
Hidden ??/2015 -
Graham Westbrook 31/Dec/14 Lead O/S
gingernick 29/Nov/14 Lead O/S
Dean Jones
Andrew Sloan 19/Oct/14 Lead rpt

Upper groove poorly protected.

Phil Murray 19/Oct/14 2nd rpt
Steve Wright
badgerjockey 11/Oct/14 Lead O/S
maddy92 03/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Webster 03/Oct/14 2nd
Hidden 30/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/14 2nd
sara n 20/Sep/14 Lead O/S

All there...take lots of threads and a nut key on lead to poke the enormous spiders in the holds out of the way.

Neville Contractor
derico 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Ali Walker, Tim
tobydunford 10/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Kirsty Kerr
Hidden 07/Sep/14 2nd rpt
AndrewCollins ?/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Aid climb

Aaron Lines 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S
nickwhimster 31/Aug/14 2nd O/S
felixizzy 09/Aug/14 2nd rpt
Hidden 04/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Rob84 25/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Great route but I was absolutely melting on it despite climbing in the evening - the rock seems to soak up the sun and radiate the heat late into the day.

Si White
Hidden 24/Jul/14 Lead rpt
scorpia97 21/Jul/14 Lead rpt
martinlevya82 19/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Adam Hill 17/Jul/14 -
Kemics 08/Jul/14 Lead rpt

felt really solid climbing this. Looads of threads.

Melonfly 08/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Dave Thompson 01/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Audry Morrison
APAPAP ?/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/14 Lead O/S
jon_ridley 18/Jun/14 Lead O/S
steve_gibbs 08/Jun/14 Lead rpt
John Harris
Rebs 05/Jun/14 Lead O/S
thom_jenkinson 05/Jun/14 2nd

Rebecca's first HVS!

Joe Bocking, Rebs
Hidden 03/Jun/14 Lead
AngelaC 03/Jun/14 2nd
sheelba 03/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Awesome route, take plenty of slings

Avon Man ?/Jun/14 Solo rpt
pheotleyr 31/May/14 2nd rpt
felixizzy 31/May/14 Lead O/S
Ant Mace 30/May/14 2nd O/S


mossrug 30/May/14 Lead O/S

Lovely route

Hidden 19/May/14 2nd rpt
LucasHarazin 19/May/14 Lead O/S
thom_jenkinson 17/May/14 Lead rpt

Much easier when you don't head up Baby Duck! Really fun. Shout out must go to the best belayer ever!

emilyjhunt 17/May/14 2nd

Great fun to second, and really well led by Thom. However, it was sometimes hard to concentrate due to catching glimpses of ostentatious, stripey leggings.

Annabel Tall 17/May/14 2nd
Hidden 15/May/14 Lead
George Frisby 09/May/14 Lead rpt

A large thread at the top chimney has a nest of Jackdaw chicks in it, right at the back of the large pocket. Maybe don't use that one to help not disturb them, plenty of other gear around it.

steve_gibbs 09/May/14 2nd rpt
thom_jenkinson 06/May/14 Lead dog

Went the wrong way (up instead of traversing to the arete) and got ridiculously pumped. Had to downclimb and rested on the rope. Rested again before the moves up to the runnel. Will be back.

laurashaw 06/May/14 2nd
Dave Mahon 04/May/14 Lead O/S

A touch harder than Suspense. Another lovely route.

Jeff Mashburn
Jeff Mashburn 04/May/14 2nd β
Dave Mahon
Egons Issy 15/Apr/14 2nd
Kevin Vans-Colina
Annabel Tall 12/Apr/14 2nd
Hidden 08/Apr/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Apr/14 Lead
riddle 05/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/14 2nd
Richardlake 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Felt pretty straight forward for HVS

Hidden 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
dmetcalfe 15/Mar/14 Lead
shoulders 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
will_lake 15/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Andrew Sloan 14/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Quite tough. Martin didn't second.

Mackinclimb 10/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/14 2nd O/S
mike lawrence? 06/Mar/14 Lead
James Jackson ??/2014 -
Egons Issy ??/2014 2nd
Kevin Vans-Colina
Egons Issy ??/2014 2nd
Kevin Vans-Colina
jameslam 19/Dec/13 Lead O/S
Cheese Monkey 10/Dec/13 2nd rpt

Atmospheric at night!

James S 04/Dec/13 Lead rpt

henry's first trad experience!

hankyc 04/Dec/13 2nd O/S

followed the james, super cool route

Samuel Wainwright 27/Nov/13 Lead O/S
Steve Griggs
pheotleyr 04/Nov/13 Lead rpt
Mayaculpa 04/Nov/13 2nd
clams ?/Nov/13 Lead
CatMc ?/Nov/13 2nd
mes32 29/Oct/13 2nd O/S
Simon Allcock, Wilki
Simon Allcock 29/Oct/13 Lead
Mary, Wilki
kenneM 23/Oct/13 Lead
pheotleyr 23/Oct/13 Lead rpt
halfwaythere 23/Oct/13 2nd
squicky 19/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Think I climbed this, was looking for Chateau Fitzwarren. The line definitely doesn't go around the arÍte and through the overhang. Started raining towards the top.

tomosb 03/Oct/13 -
Darren Thompson
Hidden 21/Sep/13 2nd
matt_claydon 21/Sep/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 09/Sep/13 Lead
alastairbegley 02/Sep/13 Lead rpt
zcsharp 27/Aug/13 2nd
Chris Stafford, George Frisby
stafford101 26/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Been saving this for a while now - great line, excellent gear, and the holds are all there.

tommy.henriksson78 06/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Henry Giddens
steve_gibbs 02/Aug/13 Lead rpt
Cheese Monkey 28/Jul/13 2nd rpt
pheotleyr 28/Jul/13 Lead rpt

Harder than I remembered it to be, felt like solid HVS today.

GAtkins 16/Jul/13 Lead
David Trelawney-Ross
Eike 11/Jul/13 2nd
Tim Rogers, Rob Scheichl
Hidden 06/Jul/13 Lead rpt
Cheese Monkey 04/Jul/13 Lead O/S
minexplorer 04/Jul/13 2nd

harder than looked.found the moves just before the runnel a bit testing

cheese monkey
Phil Murray 03/Jul/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 29/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
danieleaston 24/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Phil Murray 24/Jun/13 Lead rpt
saz_b 24/Jun/13 2nd β
Slick 19/Jun/13 Lead

More vegetated than I remember!

alastairbegley 15/Jun/13 Lead RP
Nick Eaton
Hidden 30/May/13 Lead O/S
rob.grafton 04/May/13 -
papashango 03/May/13 2nd
Jim S, Rob
Robin Woodward ?/May/13 Lead
Alex the Alex ?/May/13 2nd
localboy 30/Apr/13 2nd O/S
simonf 30/Apr/13 Lead O/S
andy dunn 23/Apr/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 23/Apr/13 2nd
Alex Winter 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S
SGD 20/Apr/13 2nd O/S

good route, bit awkward in the chimney

Andy Clarke 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Good climbing in a fine position. Found it more awkward than I expected, both getting up to the chimney, then moving up it. Think HVS is fair. But first trad route of year: some shiny new gear, but some rusty skills!

gripped01 20/Apr/13 2nd
Dave Tait
Hidden 13/Apr/13 Lead rpt
HarryB 10/Mar/13 Lead rpt
laurence_falconer 10/Mar/13 2nd
Luke Davies 10/Mar/13 Lead
dragomeda 05/Mar/13 2nd dnf


pheotleyr 05/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Really easy for HVS. Very nice climb.

Kevster 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
Gavdee1 02/Mar/13 2nd
Chris Sansum 23/Feb/13 Lead rpt

Alex's first trad route!

Alex Bryant
Alex Bryant 23/Feb/13 2nd β
dragomeda 18/Feb/13 TR O/S
mkonca 15/Feb/13 2nd O/S
steve gibbs
Murilo Lessa 06/Jan/13 Lead O/S

Soft start, had a bit of trouble to pass the off width. Though about hanging on the gear but kept my shit together and finished nicely :-) Good protection.

Alex Desborough
Marder20 04/Jan/13 2nd
steve_gibbs ??/2013 Lead O/S
richiebongo ??/2013 Lead O/S

Sometime in the naughties.

jcw ??/2013 -
Pete Rigby ??/2013 Lead O/S
Chasqui Patter
tskelhon ??/2013 Lead O/S
clmacdonald ??/2013 2nd
Ragingpossum 09/Dec/12 Lead rpt

First time on lead, not overly pumpy but more technical.

laurence falconer
laurence_falconer 09/Dec/12 2nd
alastairbegley 08/Dec/12 2nd rpt
jon_ridley 14/Nov/12 Lead rpt

To retrieve gear from 'baby duck'

becoming-stranger 14/Nov/12 2nd O/S
Nick Russell 11/Nov/12 Lead rpt

Harder than I remember, maybe because I faffed around for ages in the groove before going left

abtibbs 11/Nov/12 Lead O/S
Jack Verber
steve-grigg 16/Oct/12 Lead O/S

1st route on this wall and it was a lovely post work climb in the best conditions you can expect this time of year

Hidden 29/Sep/12 Lead rpt
LJKing 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Bud Chawla
budchawla 29/Sep/12 2nd O/S
crimpylewis 29/Sep/12 2nd rpt

hvs 5a

Tangerine_Kingdom 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Slick 16/Sep/12 2nd
James S 12/Sep/12 2nd rpt
zcsharp 12/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Aug/12 Lead rpt
ericinbristol 12/Aug/12 Lead rpt
Johnny S
markfromstoke 09/Aug/12 Lead
Norman_P_W 09/Aug/12 2nd
Phil Murray 28/Jul/12 Lead rpt

Broke out left to the tree at top of Robert's Route for a change.

s.c.white 26/Jul/12 -
Jonathan Fuller
Hidden 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S
James S 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S

enjoyed this a lot, really cool climbing in the chimney especially.

Dan0Me 15/Jul/12 2nd
Kyle87 06/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Stanners 06/Jul/12 2nd rpt

6th repeat :)

alastairbegley 05/Jul/12 Lead dog

Fell (slipped) while resting, foot slipped off damp foothold. Very frustrating, felt easy for HVS

Katherine Ross 20/Jun/12 Lead β

Normally I'm a massive wuss when I push my grade on lead but this was fine :) Some parts are a bit run out but the hard moves are adequately protected. I don't agree with Rockfax's 'sustained' symbol as it wasn't pumpy and there aren't lots of hard moves.

Hidden 09/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/12 2nd O/S
Billg 26/May/12 2nd
Susanne Richards
evilweed 25/May/12 Lead O/S
Sara Currie
pffft 19/May/12 Lead O/S
mullermn 13/May/12 Lead O/S

Think I followed the true line better than last time. Nice route, couple of steep moves in the middle.

Kylie 13/May/12 2nd dog

Nice, some hard moves up the chimney part but good moves on the arete. Had to sit on the rope twice, first to retrieve a cam then to rest on the hard bit.

Hidden 21/Apr/12 Lead
Hidden 15/Apr/12 Lead rpt
mallardhealhook 13/Apr/12 2nd β
bpmclimb 29/Mar/12 Lead rpt

Lovely warm sunshine; unfortunately only had time for this one quick route.

Kemics 25/Mar/12 Lead O/S
katherinesydney 24/Mar/12 2nd rpt
R_W_M 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S

first HVS lead... spent quite a long time faffing in the chimney, but really enjoyed it

Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd rpt
Stanners 10/Mar/12 2nd rpt

really got to stop climbing this one.

James Rich, Jack Bradbrook
JamesRich 10/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Found the crux a bit awkward as your cramped up in the groove. It's a really nice route though.

Quarryboy 10/Mar/12 2nd rpt

Done this several times now and always found it harder when seconding as apposed to leaning.

Chris Sansum 12/Feb/12 2nd rpt
misterb 23/Jan/12 Lead O/S
peterbeaumont ??/2012 -
peterbeaumont ??/2012 -
jon_ridley 22/Dec/11 Lead O/S
sweenyt 10/Dec/11 Lead
Tom M
Becky H 07/Dec/11 Lead O/S
Jonny Raines 07/Dec/11 2nd O/S
petecallaghan 20/Nov/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Clay C 18/Nov/11 Lead rpt
georgeevans88 15/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Alex P
aipattison 15/Nov/11 Lead rpt

In the dark.

James Nelson, George Evans
adam 24 13/Nov/11 2nd O/S
HarryB 06/Nov/11 Lead O/S
thomb 29/Oct/11 2nd
DorsetGareth 29/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Ragingpossum 27/Oct/11 2nd dog

Started raining for the crux in the groove, and got very pumped trying to stay on, when it got slippy, but dryed up nicely once the rain stopped.

cbeard 26/Oct/11 Lead O/S
BeccaSnowden 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S


thomasadixon 01/Oct/11 2nd rpt
Poco Loco 29/Sep/11 Lead rpt

After work climb. Sunshine, 27 degrees and we were the only ones on the wall!

Bobling 29/Sep/11 2nd

Scary and slippy! Great end to the post-work climbing season though.

James P
squicky 11/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Stanners 11/Sep/11 Lead rpt

As good as ever.

Monk 04/Sep/11 Lead rpt
Nick Russell 03/Sep/11 Lead O/S
bonelessivar 17/Aug/11 Lead
Chris Sansum 14/Aug/11 2nd rpt

Climbed with the mother of all hangovers. At least E5 in that state.

Ffej 14/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Chris Sansum
Ruth ND 02/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Ian C, Mai Wong
Dave Mahon ?/Aug/11 Lead

lovely route, good gear

Brian Mead
ashley_sandeman 27/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Very easy for an HVS. Starts with a vdiff grade scramble up to a decent ledge. Plenty of good holds along the way, though take a good number of cams for the odd little pockets. Nut placements are less frequent. The crux comes about half way up the runnel but apart from being slightly exposed there's a good left hand pull to get through it. There are also a large number of threads, remembering this advice about dynamic strength of dyneema slings when you anchor at the top around the excellent abseil point: The peg at the top has a square top for the belay and ab back down. Me and TNM did the climb on a single 60m rope and the ab back down left us with a metre of rope to spare.

Richard Miles
Stanley 19/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Stanners 19/Jul/11 2nd rpt
Martin Stanfield
tom.o.prince 11/Jul/11 2nd O/S
Lev 02/Jul/11 2nd rpt
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead rpt
kyle 02/Jul/11 -
Kate Edhouse 27/Jun/11 2nd


stvredmond 19/Jun/11 Lead

pretty steep

just one more 17/Jun/11 Lead
Sue B
bonelessivar 07/Jun/11 2nd
mandy ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S
gilbert 21/May/11 2nd

sustained but realy positive climbing

Jonathan Percival
fragglerock 21/May/11 Lead O/S
Duncan Johnstone
Hidden 20/May/11 Lead rpt
Slick 16/May/11 Lead
Hidden 08/May/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/May/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/May/11 Lead rpt
cem 02/May/11 2nd rpt
gripped01 ?/May/11 Lead
Hidden 16/Apr/11 2nd rpt
Dave Ing 16/Apr/11 2nd O/S
halfwaythere 16/Apr/11 Lead dog
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 09/Apr/11 Lead rpt
Greg Pittam 08/Apr/11 Lead rpt
Jess Brooks
Hidden 07/Apr/11 2nd
mrrjmcneil ?/Apr/11 Lead
Jason Ivor
catemuir 24/Mar/11 Lead

First HVS lead! Got scared in places but bullied myself into manning up by remembering I climbed it fine yesterday! Such a lovely climb.

Hidden 24/Mar/11 2nd rpt
catemuir 23/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 23/Mar/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 20/Mar/11 2nd rpt
just one more 20/Mar/11 Lead
tony l, Svenn G
AlexRenshaw 13/Mar/11 2nd
Ted Lister, Thomas Renshaw
Stanners 12/Mar/11 Lead rpt

as good as when I 2nd it

Quarryboy 12/Mar/11 2nd rpt

2nded with woolly socks and 3 layers on.

Clay C 06/Mar/11 2nd rpt
Clay C 16/Feb/11 2nd rpt
Jay C 16/Feb/11 Lead O/S
bpmclimb 08/Feb/11 2nd rpt
Hidden 08/Feb/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 18/Jan/11 2nd β
bpmclimb 18/Jan/11 Lead rpt
bpmclimb 09/Jan/11 Lead rpt

Numb fingers on this. Not surprised though, as the pavement was icy walking along the Portway.

31770 ??/2011 -
fletch73 ??/2011 -
alasdair19 ??/2011 -

excellent gogarthian chimney, except with nice threads!

Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
jonbwoy ??/2011 -
mark schramm 11/Dec/10 2nd
tommoulds 11/Dec/10 Lead β

First HVS lead. Boom

Hidden 06/Nov/10 2nd O/S
Dizz 06/Nov/10 2nd O/S
mullermn 24/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Nice climb, lots of gear

Chris Sansum 24/Oct/10 2nd rpt
Richard Lade
Quarryboy 17/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Good route not too hard for HVS got told off at the top for using the suspension bridge as a belay lol.

Stanners 17/Oct/10 2nd O/S

great route, Maybe a little easy for HVS. Classic climb!

brew_guru 13/Oct/10 Lead O/S

nice climbing on some great rock **

alex harper
aipattison 10/Oct/10 2nd O/S
mark schramm 10/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Didymus 07/Oct/10 2nd rpt

Lovely climbing

crossdressingrodney 28/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Tomar 28/Sep/10 2nd O/S

First time on suspension bridge, nice pockets! Just getting psyched to lead Baby Ducks next but started getting dark and had to leave.

TDembrey 16/Sep/10 2nd rpt
Clay C 16/Sep/10 Lead O/S

First HVS, after getting rained off it a few days earlier.

Rob Exile Ward 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Great climb, two distinct cruxes (a move up a slab to reach the chimney, then a move up the chimney itself), but with bomber gear wherever you want it. Slightly morbid - the police were retrieving a body from the river while we climbed.

Sam Ward
katherinesydney 11/Sep/10 2nd O/S


gary burgess
Hidden 11/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Stone Muppet 09/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Sep/10 2nd O/S
TDembrey 24/Aug/10 Lead O/S
royal 07/Aug/10 AltLd O/S

My first HVS. Great climbing with Misha. Very atmospheric crag and not as much noise as expected.

Hidden 02/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
timstyles 24/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Good protection with lots of threads.

Huw Howells, Jon Bradley
Si dH 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Andy Morris
Chris Sansum 19/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Nice route with good protection.

Richard Lade
Alasdair88 12/Jun/10 Lead rpt
lizzie789 12/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Marti999 30/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/May/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/May/10 2nd
Hidden 26/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 18/Apr/10 2nd
mark schramm 15/Apr/10 Lead
jimmatthews 14/Apr/10 Lead
Hidden 11/Apr/10 Lead
shyster boulder 10/Apr/10 2nd O/S

nice route

alex harper
Will Homoky 08/Apr/10 Lead rpt
Tom Whitton
Simon Allcock ?/Apr/10 2nd
Lil_Pete 27/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Good fun, but HVS, really?! Bit iffy abseiling on a 50m rope - you'll come well short if you go off the belay station and it's pretty tight going off the tree below!

matt_claydon 27/Mar/10 2nd O/S
fishinwater 14/Mar/10 2nd
Hidden 11/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Jacob k-d 06/Mar/10 Lead O/S

nice climb. low in it's grade though

James_86 06/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Mar/10 2nd rpt
fishinwater ?/Mar/10 2nd
Hidden 21/Feb/10 Lead O/S
colesy 20/Feb/10 Lead O/S

With Wendy and Tomo. Tomo's first outdoor climb.

tommoulds ??/2010 2nd O/S
Phil PBC ??/2010 -
ruaidh 10/Oct/09 Lead β
Hidden 05/Oct/09 Lead
scorpia97 20/Sep/09 2nd rpt
bpmclimb 04/Sep/09 Lead rpt
ruaidh 16/Aug/09 Lead β

More like a VS 5a. Certainly much easier than Suspense next door.

MikeC59 16/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Jessie Rushbrooke 13/Aug/09 Lead β

First Trad lead at Avon Gorge

Ceridwen 11/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Andy Mosienko
andy dunn 02/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Jul/09 2nd O/S
chubbyclimber 14/Jul/09 -
Hidden 21/Jun/09 Lead rpt
ClareR 16/Jun/09 Lead β

Led! Have seconded in past.

needlefluff ?/Jun/09 2nd
Danos 30/May/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 28/May/09 Lead rpt
Quirina 28/May/09 2nd O/S
JamieAyres 25/May/09 2nd dog

had to rest at the first thread in the groove

Dan_Carroll 21/May/09 2nd O/S
Eric Herring
EmmanuelF 10/May/09 Lead O/S

a fall at the very start

just one more 03/May/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Apr/09 2nd β
Batt 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S

1st limestone lead. What a great climb!

poey50 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Great route but felt unusually nervy on it. The groundfall potential at about 12 metres (on fairly easy ground) had something to do with that but more likely the unusual sense of exposure on the Butress.

Hidden 22/Mar/09 2nd
Jessie Rushbrooke 09/Mar/09 Lead β
Elmoz87 01/Mar/09 2nd O/S
Dr Caterpillar 25/Jan/09 Lead rpt
bpmclimb 08/Jan/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Jan/09 2nd
Hidden ??/2009 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2009 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/08 2nd O/S
Dr Caterpillar 23/Oct/08 Lead O/S

really nice route

maria85 25/Sep/08 2nd O/S
RedFox 25/Sep/08 Lead rpt
Protheroe 24/Sep/08 Lead rpt

My first HVS lead

Dave Radley
Hidden 14/Sep/08 Lead
scorpia97 14/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Aug/08 2nd O/S
Justin T 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Fantastic route - can't understand the comments about polish below - I can only assume some people don't get out much...

Andrew1 13/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Rachel Smith
dzlhodgson 31/May/08 2nd O/S
Alan Sage
Hidden 14/May/08 2nd
Bluekowari 13/May/08 2nd
Hidden 09/May/08 Lead O/S
Humpty Dangler 09/May/08 2nd O/S

Jordan offered me the lead, but after falling on both my last HVS lead attempts earlier in the week the confidence wasn't there. First and last sections are only V Diff, but the middle does have some awkward, steep moves. Good, sound rock. Nice location and exposure. Well worth repeating.

lukehodson 07/May/08 Lead O/S

threads!! mmmm

Emily Reynolds
catemuir ?/May/08 2nd

At night

Calum Smith
James Marshall 02/Apr/08 Lead O/S
schwenk ?/Apr/08 TR

First abseil from top with Ben West

Al Franks 14/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Jeremy Cusack and Rob Loveridge
Alasdair88 14/Feb/08 Lead rpt
Rob loveridge, Jeremy
Greg Pittam 12/Feb/08 Lead O/S


Hidden 10/Feb/08 Lead rpt
just one more 09/Feb/08 Lead
Max B
catemuir ?/Feb/08 2nd
Joe Barrington, Pete Swan
Spacetourist ??/2008 Lead O/S
Ed Heslam
thomasadixon 16/Nov/07 Lead rpt

Brilliant route.

Hidden 11/Nov/07 Lead O/S
chris sm 10/Nov/07 Lead rpt
Julie Osborn
Ybot Htulk ?/Nov/07 2nd
Tom Dixon
Hidden 26/Oct/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Oct/07 Lead O/S
just one more 14/Oct/07 Lead
alex h, rich h, Max B
Hidden 08/Oct/07 Lead O/S
pelvoux 06/Oct/07 2nd O/S
dycotiles 06/Oct/07 Lead O/S

There are two parallel grooves in the upper part of the arete. I climbed the one on the further right. Seemed too easy for 5a HVS. Did I miss anything?

georgeevans88 ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Al Franks 06/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Alasdair88 06/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Sam Howell
Circus 11/Aug/07 Lead O/S
just one more 13/Jul/07 Lead
rich h
Paz 29/Jun/07 Lead rpt
Mme Gri-Gri & Mr Shunt
Hidden 02/Jun/07 2nd O/S
just one more 01/Jun/07 Lead
alex h, rich h
just one more 18/May/07 Lead
rich h
mlmatt 28/Apr/07 Lead O/S

fantastic climb done at the end of a v hard day, though must remembe a second rope for the abseil afterwards lol

chris jones
Hidden 13/Apr/07 2nd rpt
Hidden 13/Apr/07 -
chris sm 12/Apr/07 Lead β
jon bradley ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S

Brilliant route but starting to get slightly polished

Matt Pearcey
thomasadixon 31/Mar/07 2nd O/S
somerset swede basher
Somerset swede basher 31/Mar/07 Lead O/S
Tom Dixon
KarlH 26/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Paz 02/Feb/07 2nd rpt
Oli 02/Feb/07 Lead O/S

Felt almost as if it should be a sports route with all the funky pocket thingys.

Stone Muppet ??/2007 -
Luke Gilbert ??/2007 Lead
Jim Brooke, Rich Smith
bullybones ??/2007 Lead O/S
Paz 09/Nov/06 2nd rpt
Bristoldave ?/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Boxy 09/Jul/06 Lead rpt
TimPerkin 01/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
Dave Gale
Feeling bold ?/Jul/06 2nd
Baz - rock god
JasonG ?/Jul/06 Lead O/S
Barry Donovan
just one more 30/Jun/06 Lead
john smith
Hidden 28/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Tom Last 24/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/06 2nd O/S
adamscottthomas 08/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jun/06 Lead rpt
Sarah Bough 07/Jun/06 2nd O/S
gonggashan 07/Jun/06 Lead
tom.e 24/May/06 Lead rpt
Matt Gordon
Paul Robertson 11/May/06 2nd rpt
Ben Friedland
Tamlyn 11/May/06 Lead O/S

Pleasant, didn't find too hard. Good threads

Dave V, Neil F
Lev 01/May/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/May/06 2nd O/S
tom.e 11/Apr/06 2nd rpt
Charlie Everett
cornishben 05/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Gavin Edwards
Hidden 14/Jan/06 Lead
beardy mike ??/2006 Lead O/S
Rob Brown
gimmer ??/2006 -
IceMonkey1982 ??/2006 -
just one more 15/Oct/05 Lead
rich h, Max B
bpmclimb 09/Aug/05 Lead O/S
mwh 09/Jul/05 2nd O/S
Stefan Kruger 21/Jun/05 2nd rpt

Sarah's first HVS lead on lime stone. A fine effort.

Sarah Porter
Hidden 05/May/05 Lead O/S
just one more 28/Mar/05 Lead
Max B
al99 ?/Feb/05 Lead O/S
Jeremy king
tom.e ??/2005 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
Jon Greengrass ??/2005 Lead O/S
Nick King
Bux ??/2005 Lead O/S

Horribly polished!

Rupert Bassadone
chris wyatt ??/2005 2nd
llio elgar
Fat Tim 11/Dec/04 Lead rpt
Mark kauntz
Hidden ?/Sep/04 Lead O/S
_m.cox_ ?/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Adam Mulholland
Hidden ?/Jun/04 2nd dog
Urgles ?/Jun/04 Lead O/S
Beesley (oliver)
furry 02/May/04 Lead O/S
cem 28/Mar/04 2nd
Hidden ?/Oct/03 Lead O/S
just one more 08/Aug/03 Lead
Sue B
just one more 27/Jun/03 Lead
martin gregory, Max B
Hidden 25/Mar/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Mar/03 Lead O/S
Paz ?/Mar/03 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2003 Lead O/S
Richard Hall ??/2003 Lead

Prob 2003. With Adam. Also seconded SK up at a later date.

Hidden ??/2003 -
Nigel Coe 12/Oct/02 -
Vika Moisey
MikeC59 28/Jun/02 2nd
MikeC59 19/Jun/02 2nd
John Southworth 19/Aug/01 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/May/01 Lead O/S
Roget 05/May/01 2nd O/S
Andrew1 25/Mar/01 2nd
Martin Carter
Hidden 10/Jul/00 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 -
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
alan moore ??/2000 -


Boxy 13/Sep/99 Lead O/S

Chris followed in darkness

Hidden 12/Apr/99 Lead dnf
serby ??/1999 Lead
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/98 Lead
Hidden ??/1998 Lead
pezzerrr ??/1998 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1998 -
chris sm ??/1997 2nd rpt

Pips 1st HVS

Pippa Froggatt
jmr 01/Jul/96 Lead
Robin Pearce
Jim Brooke 18/Jun/96 2nd rpt
James Latham
Jim Brooke ?/Feb/96 2nd O/S
Adrian Fletcher
colin milton 23/Apr/95 Lead
eric milton
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/95 Lead
Hidden 02/Oct/94 Lead O/S
NeilGriffiths 15/May/94 Solo
Didymus 14/May/94 2nd O/S
jim_randell 29/Apr/94 2nd O/S

A direct line, keeping to the left of Suspense for the entire climb.

chris sm 27/Feb/94 Lead
Martin Sime
WRMusall 01/Oct/93 Lead dnf
mikej 24/Mar/93 Lead
Nick Salmon
AndySL 20/Feb/93 Lead O/S
GAtkins 01/Oct/92 Lead O/S
Andy Russell
Budge ??/1992 Lead
Brian Ottewell
Hidden ??/1991 Lead
Hidden 21/Dec/88 Lead
Tony Buckley ?/Oct/88 Lead
Robert Clark
AndyB123 ??/1988 2nd O/S
Andy E
RichardMc 10/May/87 Lead O/S
Pete Stokes
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
Pete Nugent 11/Apr/86 AltLd
Dave Streader
JamieAyres ?/Jul/85 2nd rpt

had struggled following Gareth previously same year

Peter Rickard
eroica64 04/Nov/84 Lead O/S
Denis Crampton
Hidden ?/Jun/83 Solo O/S
climbhigher0 05/Mar/83 2nd O/S
Andy, Andy and Mikila
AlanLittle ??/1983 Lead
tapley 06/Jun/82 Lead
Tony Charles
Hidden ??/1981 -
Steve Bell ??/1980 -
Hidden 16/Jul/79 Lead rpt
D Tempest ?/Mar/78 Lead
Marcus ??/1977 -
Roger Stokes
Andy Chubb 03/Sep/76 -
Andy Chubb 08/Jun/76 Lead
Robin Brooke Smith
Falko 23/Apr/76 AltLd O/S
Alan Taylor
Mark Kemball 19/Apr/75 2nd
Dave "Hamish" Wilkinson
Hidden ??/1975 2nd
Hidden ??/1973 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1966 AltLd
High E1
Mid E1
Low E1
High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
Votes cast 117
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
Votes cast 108
Votes cast 102
Style of ascent
Alt Leads
Not Set
Flashed (β)
Ground Up
Not Set