GT Special** E4 6a
[Rich on GT Special (E3/4 5c) Suspension Bridge Buttress, Avon Gorge, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
A challenging pitch that makes a direct assault on the black bulges. Start as for Limbo beneath the black bulges.
Climb to the ledges beneath the black bulges and locate a series of pockets that breach them on their left side. Difficult climbing and fiddly gear accesses the easier wall above and a horizontal break. Continue direct up a thin crack in a smooth, white wall and then via a small groove that leads to a belay and abseil point at a large rock anchor. © ROCKFAX

A Sharp, S Lewis 26/Oct/1976

Ticklists: Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs.

Photo: Rich on GT Special (E3/4 5c) Suspension Bridge Buttress, Avon Gorge © Jon Didymus
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This climb is in 42 logbooks, and on 10 wishlists.

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 02/May/15 with john

John Tanner - 2nd O/S - 02/May/15 with Bristoldave

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

The jugs at the end of the sequence through the bulge are very loose.
Alex Winter - 2nd rpt - 04/Feb/15 with Ian Cooper

i_a_coops - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/15 with Alex

LucasHarazin - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/14 with Jess Broadhurst

Soft, but brilliant, really, really good
Pippa - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/14 with Richard Bennett

Superb. Steep,perfect gear all the way and pretty easy to place. Very steady for E3
just one more - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/14 with Max B

jon_ridley - 2nd - 07/Aug/14 with Dave Clare, Geoff Pyatt

couple of falls but lead it from the ledge once i found an extra pocket.
grp - Lead - 07/Aug/14 with jon_ridley

davidclare - 2nd dog - 07/Aug/14 with Geoff Pyatt, Jon Ridley

The easiest E4 in the world! Fair at middle of the grade E3 and significantly easier than Lyme Cryme that I did a couple of weeks earlier. The climbing is never too hard or too pumpy, with good holds to blast through the bulge and rests every so often above, although interest is certainly maintained. Some great moves and positions make for a very good route. I thought the cams below the bulge were questionable (I got three of them in) but Phil spent 10 minutes getting one of them out so can't have been that hard. The wires is it above the bulge were so-so as well but above that there was decent gear. So E3 is fair for the gear but the climbing is more like a hardish E2. Certainly nowhere near dangerous or hard enough for E4 5c! In the end, almost ran out of extenders. Several cams 0.3 would have been useful.
Misha - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/14 with Phil

Soooo soft for E4. 3 stiff pulls and a sustained 5b 5m section. Gear for crux far from poor - took 10 minutes to get cam out of pocket. Minor departure due to breaking hold at top.
philhilo - 2nd O/S - 13/Apr/14 with misha

Got completely boxed first go trying to fiddle in gear on the crux. Lowered down to the ledge, then led through. Good climbing through the bulge, but the line at the top is a bit vague.
Alex Winter - Lead - 25/Sep/13 with Andy

Billg - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/13 with Megan Beaumont

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/12 with Debbie

debbie roberts - 2nd - 27/Sep/12 with Marti999

Hidden - 2nd dog - 03/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/12

Really nice involving but steady climbing prob E3/4 5c or safe F6c ish?
Justin T - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/12 with Crispin

Hidden - 2nd β - 14/Sep/11

Soft. Just a bit pumpy on the bulge, plenty of gear if you can place it.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/11 with helen

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

richiebongo - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/10 with Jon Didymus

Great lead by Barry. Superb route.
ericinbristol - 2nd β - 26/Apr/10 with Barry Durston

Aaron Lines - 2nd O/S - 2010 with frank ramsay

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/06

Paz - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/05 with TE

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/04

Billg - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/01 with Paul Tucker

Hidden - 2000

Tim M - Lead β - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/May/99

lowersharpnose - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/97 with tombawimba

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/88

DDDD - 1987

andy gittins - 1984

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/82

Steve Bell - 1980

steve L - 2nd - 25/Sep/76 with sharpie

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Hawkgirl, EyebrowTom, Richard Justice, Owen W-G, andy dunn

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