30m. A good climb, which is still clinging on to its E1 status, although absolutely at the bottom end. Start at the cave entrance 10m right of the Withy Crack belay. Move up and step left; then gain the slab. Climb the slab to the third of 3 saplings, where the wall steepens. Move leftwards up a thin crack to gain pockets. Nice technical moves on the wall above lead to the exit of Withy crack.

M Raine, M Hammill 30/Mar/2002

Ticklists: Fairy Cave Quarry Top 20, Bristol 1st E1s.

hairy51 25/Oct 2nd
Benjaminblanc 25/Oct Lead O/S

My first E1! Probably very soft for E1 but I'm no expert.....

with Joe Andrews, Jonathan Axford
Matt1234 25/Oct Lead O/S
10029759 25/Oct Lead
Hidden 10/Oct 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Oct Lead O/S
WillAndrew 19/Sep 2nd O/S
with Tom N
WillAndrew 19/Sep 2nd rpt
with Ali
ali.scott 19/Sep Lead dog
with Soph
Hidden 22/Aug Lead O/S
miriamclaire 17/Aug 2nd O/S
Kemics 03/Aug 2nd O/S

I think this merits E1. It has short lived difficulties, but they are definitely 5b and pretty thin moves.

with Mel
RiPomc 25/Jul 2nd

A few rests on the way.

with Steve Grey
Paul Baller 21/Jul Lead O/S
with matt stevens
Mayaculpa 18/Jul 2nd
with Michael H
Hidden 18/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jul 2nd O/S
felixizzy 30/Jun Lead rpt
with Soph
lukerathmell 30/Jun Lead rpt
with George
Felix Ottey 27/Jun Lead rpt

Felt harder than the first time. Foot placements under bomber gear are getting polished.

Larey 23/Jun Lead O/S
with Paul
Hidden 23/Jun 2nd
felixizzy 18/Jun TR rpt
with shunt
Monkey_Alan 14/Jun Lead O/S

Took a few tries to work out which way to go at the crux.

Trace 14/Jun 2nd
Hidden 11/Jun 2nd
lukerathmell 10/Jun Lead O/S
with emma holland, Carl Stubbs
carl_123 10/Jun 2nd O/S
Hidden 10/Jun 2nd
Hidden 07/Jun Lead
Hidden 07/Jun 2nd
mes32 07/Jun Lead O/S


with Lina, Dave
Hidden 07/Jun 2nd
Hidden 07/Jun Lead O/S
91dave 07/Jun 2nd O/S
markfromstoke 06/Jun Lead
with Duncan
Ejminee 29/May 2nd
LovelyMrTom 28/May Lead O/S

First E1! Hope it doesn't get downgraded any time soon

Ian JL 23/May Lead O/S
steve_gibbs 21/May 2nd rpt
with Max Coney
Legs 21/May Lead O/S

Soft E1. Over after the rocking up onto the jug, but a fun move. Lead it after Withy crack. Not much harder.

with Steve
Bob Peters ?/May Lead O/S
Ollie Wickham 30/Apr 2nd O/S

Could I have lead this?

with Richard Mackie
Pete Rigby ??/2015 Lead rpt
with Kelli Roberts
AlexRenshaw 12/Oct/14 2nd
with Ted Lister
Rob Morgan 05/Oct/14 2nd dog

Wasn't feeling up to the initial overhang so bypassed this. To do properly another day.

Steve Bartle 05/Oct/14 Lead rpt
steve_gibbs 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with John Harris, Jamie Roberts
JulianB 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S
callans 07/Sep/14 2nd O/S

First E1 (but on second)

katiep 07/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Callan
Hidden 07/Sep/14 Lead O/S
steve-grigg 06/Sep/14 Lead O/S
maddy92 06/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Aug/14 Lead
zcsharp 17/Aug/14 Lead O/S
steve_gibbs 17/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/14 Lead O/S
cdpuk 03/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Hardest of the day. Started raining as I got to the top.

RobScarisbrick 03/Aug/14 2nd dog

Slipped in the rain

with cdpuk
Hidden 28/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Tom F Harding 27/Jul/14 Lead RP
Steve Bartle 27/Jul/14 2nd
spenser 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Nice moves and a good route. A couple of the holds in the upper section are a tad dirty but it's easy ground by that point.

with Andrew Rembrandt
sheelba 12/Jul/14 2nd
Tom F Harding 12/Jul/14 Lead dog

Harder then Withy Crack.

Hidden 06/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Wendy 06/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Tom Ball
Chris Sieradzki 06/Jul/14 2nd O/S

Nice route but I don't think it is E1 5b. It's easier than Withy Crack next door.

with Hooo
Hooo 06/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Very soft for E1. Rushed up it in a hurry as we had to leave, and it was no problem. Hardest bit was the rope drag from the first bit of gear above the cave, so at the ledge I untied and continued on one rope.

Pintsize 22/Jun/14 Lead
will_benfold 22/Jun/14 2nd O/S
pheotleyr 20/Jun/14 Lead O/S

HVS 5a. Definitely easier than Withy Crack.

with Jana
BenFitzG 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with James Orde Powlett
Nevil 19/May/14 Lead
with Vince
Vincej 19/May/14 2nd
with Nevil
Hidden 17/May/14 2nd O/S
felixizzy 05/May/14 Lead β
tskelhon ?/May/14 2nd O/S
clmacdonald ?/May/14 Lead
bpmclimb 19/Apr/14 Lead rpt

I still suspect this may be HVS, taken in context with the grades of e.g. Withy Crack, Strictly Ballroom and Smell the Glove.

with Kirsten
kirsten 19/Apr/14 2nd
with Brian
gjh 18/Apr/14 2nd β
James Jackson ??/2014 -
Hidden 30/Aug/13 2nd
Hidden 30/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Tristypants 25/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Helen Eden
marsden.d.paul 18/Aug/13 2nd
with Patrick Dobbs
Hidden 10/Aug/13 Lead O/S
petegunn 02/Aug/13 Lead

A little damp and slippery at the start but fine once on the upper wall, a good route well worth doing

with Davina
Hidden 02/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Cheese Monkey 24/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Dissapointingly easy!

with Iggy, Peter
pheotleyr 24/Jul/13 2nd O/S

Felt easier than and was not as good as Withy Crack. Still really nice though.

with Iggy, Ben
squicky 24/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with Ben, Peter
Hidden 24/Jul/13 2nd
MoWalker3 24/Jul/13 -
with Cormac
mick1jones 14/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with Mike Guttridge
Felix Ottey 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
jon bradley 12/Jul/13 2nd rpt
with Tim Styles
timstyles 12/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Good holds for the steep moves and good gear generally. Felt easier than Withy crack.

just one more 12/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with john smith
TimPerkin 02/Jun/13 Lead
with Tom Perkin
Owen W-G 01/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Decent gear for this crag, not using your friend 1 low down when it is needed for the high crux would be wise, nice gift at the grade

with Liam
tolly_60 01/Jun/13 2nd β


Georgia H ?/Jun/13 2nd
tcoombe1 ?/Jun/13 Lead
markfromstoke 22/May/13 -
with Steve N
Steve27 18/May/13 2nd
beth_may 28/Apr/13 2nd
with Oli Mentz
Chazwoz 27/Apr/13 Lead β

First E1 (more like E0.5)

clams ?/Apr/13 Lead
with Chaz
Hidden 28/Feb/13 Lead O/S
LukeyG 19/Sep/12 Lead
kirsten 15/Sep/12 2nd

scoffing on the blackberries half way up :-)

with Mick
alastairbegley 08/Sep/12 Lead
with Jackson
Tom Frost 06/Sep/12 2nd
Phil Murray 25/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Worthwhile - the easiest E1 I've done, about the same as Withy crack really. Great moves & good gear :)

with Liz
Gibbo 17/Jun/12 2nd
with Claire Chipperfield, Tom Gibbison
Hidden 09/Jun/12 2nd O/S
clipskipper 09/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Crux is the central wall. Thin and quite technical, and plenty of fun. Again all too short

with Sue Hazel
riddle 02/Jun/12 2nd O/S
adam 24 02/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Marti999 31/May/12 Lead O/S
with Debbie
bpmclimb 28/May/12 2nd rpt
with Rick
The Ivanator 28/May/12 Lead O/S

Had a bit of gear beta (take plenty of cams and slings), but no tips on the moves. My first E1 lead. A good climb, but soft for the grade, it didn't feel like I had just broken a new lead grade as I've climbed harder HVSes, but happy to be able to call myself an extreme leader! Made a right meal of abbing off and getting the gear - the ab point is well off to the left and I was penduluming around all over the shop!

with Jez
Nigel Coe 27/May/12 2nd
with Norman Wright
Rick Ashton 20/May/12 Lead O/S

Nice climb, pretty easy and decent protection.

with Robert Drynda
Hidden 15/Apr/12 2nd
Hidden 15/Apr/12 Lead
climbingchica 16/Oct/11 2nd
bpmclimb 03/Aug/11 Lead rpt
with Clare
riddle 11/Jun/11 2nd O/S
BALD EAGLE 21/May/11 2nd
with David Martinez Majo, Richard Williams
bpmclimb 16/Apr/11 TR rpt

Measured 30m. Start at cave entrance, rather than above it. From third sapling, step up and follow left-rising crack to pockets.

with Shunt
Alasdair88 21/Mar/11 Lead O/S

would have felt hvs if holds not filled with wet mud. Good route though.

joeurwin 21/Mar/11 2nd rpt
crossdressingrodney 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with jon
fatbuoybazza 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Jonny M 18/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/10 Lead O/S
bpmclimb 09/Aug/10 Lead rpt

There really are some great moves on this climb.

with Clare
Hidden 02/Jun/09 Lead O/S
tobydunford 31/May/09 Lead O/S
just one more 31/May/09 Lead
with Max B
DorsetGareth 30/May/09 2nd O/S

Started about a third of the way up, having abbed off Withy Crack.

with Richard Nadin
joeurwin 03/May/09 2nd dog

muddy shoe slipped off small foothold just above tree but lowered to tree and climbed top cleanly. Annoyed about fall though! Lovely route.

with alex & Dan Bruniges
AlexD 03/May/09 Lead O/S
Bristoldave 23/Apr/09 Lead O/S

First time in Fairy cave, so maybe this is normal, but thought the rock quality on this route was fairly poor.

with Ed
Hidden 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Quirina 19/Apr/09 2nd O/S
mol 05/Apr/09 2nd
with Jesse
Jesse Dufton 05/Apr/09 Lead
vertigo 19/Oct/08 2nd β
MarkRyder 19/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Rich
SC 20/Jul/08 Lead O/S

First E1 lead.

richardr ?/Jun/08 Lead O/S
jon bradley 27/Apr/08 Lead rpt
with Huw Howells
ian d f ??/2008 Lead
chris sm 11/Nov/07 2nd rpt
with Ian Butterworth
cas smerdon 04/Oct/07 2nd

Second with Mike Kann. Could not say I climbed all of it as Iain kept rope tight on hard part...which was good when I slipped off! Started out in failing light and finished ab in darkness.

with Iain Shone
Shone 04/Oct/07 Lead


with Mike Kann & Cas
bpmclimb 14/Sep/07 2nd rpt
with Mark
Urgles 12/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Brian
Anthony Allsopp 19/Aug/07 Lead O/S

My first E1 lead and what a buzz!

with DAve and Jason (HMC)
deklan ?/Aug/07 Lead
JimR ?/Jul/07 2nd
with AJM
freelancer_85 02/May/07 Lead O/S

Nice moves over the overlap, and where the slab steepens. Pulled off a sidepull at one point, and nearly came off, and my feet came off at one point but I managed to hang on.

with Megan
bpmclimb 22/Apr/07 Lead rpt

(Dry this time). A nice climb with some good moves where the slab steepens above the third sapling

with Clare
bpmclimb 28/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Clare
Hidden 01/Jun/06 2nd rpt
Bux ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Rupert Bassadone
maresia 11/Feb/06 2nd dog
beardy mike ??/2006 Lead O/S
chris sm ?/Aug/05 2nd
KRB 16/Jun/05 Lead O/S
with Chris Bridges
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
just one more 28/May/04 Lead
with tim b
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
Nigel Coe 12/Jul/03 Lead
with Norman Wright
cornishben ?/Jan/03 Lead O/S
with Gavin Edwards
Paz ?/Jul/02 Lead
with SN
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