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GT Special** E4 5c

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[GT Special on a chilly February afternoon, 3 kb]A challenging pitch that makes a direct assault on the black bulges. Start as for Limbo beneath the black bulges. 41m. 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: GT Special on a chilly February afternoon © Justin T
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This climb is in 31 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

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

Checked the gear in the bulge while abbing from the previous route. Got completely boxed first go trying to find the right holds. Lowered down to the ledge, then led through. So and old-skool yo-yo? Really good climbing through the bulge. A few of the holds are difficult to see from below, but it's all there.
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

just keeps on going, pumpy all the way from the first bulge to the top - it never lets up!
hms - 2nd β - 14/Sep/11 with Tom

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

Ally Smith - 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

Hidden - 1980

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

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Owen W-G, Hidden, andy dunn, Hidden, Hidden

Voting
Total votes cast 44
hard E50 of 15
E50 of 15
easy E50 of 15
hard E40 of 15
E40 of 15
easy E48 of 15
hard E36 of 15
E31 of 15
easy E30 of 15
hard 6a0 of 14
6a0 of 14
easy 6a0 of 14
hard 5c1 of 14
5c10 of 14
easy 5c3 of 14
hard 5b0 of 14
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easy 5b0 of 14
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2 Stars12 of 15
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Style of ascent

Lead20 of 31 (64.5%)
Followed7 of 31 (22.6%)
Unknown4 of 31 (12.9%)

'Climbed'8 of 31 (25.8%)
clean O/S18 of 31 (58.1%)
clean β3 of 31 (9.7%)
clean rpt1 of 31 (3.2%)
dogged1 of 31 (3.2%)