Brean Topping*** 8b
[Brean topping, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
The testpiece of the sport routes at Brean Down and one of Somerset's most difficult undertakings. Start on the raised ledges just left of the gearing-up block.
Climb the fingery brown wall to the mid-height break, step right and climb the fierce upper wall. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Continues direct where Storm Warning escapes right into Chulilla. The first and second ascentionists (both short and strong) thought 8a+. Maybe the (two, maybe five) next ascentionists will simply take the tick!

S McClure 01/Jan/2002

Ticklists: The road to 8a, West Country Climbs, Top 10 hard Bristol Ticks, South West 8's.

Photo: Brean topping © Cailean Harker
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This climb is in 22 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/Mar/15

Hidden - Lead dnf - 01/Mar/15

A bit of a seige, inflicted a lot of flappers and took a long time to get this done despite linking both sections first session. Really enjoyable journey, first 8a+ (this might be 8b in Kalymnos but it'd be soft 8a+ at Anstey's... )
Justin T - Lead RP - 21/Feb/15 with Nancy

Finally a quiet day and good conditions. Felt fairly steady when I sacked off the crap beta I was using and just pulled on the savage crimp!
JM - Lead RP - 08/Feb/15 with Stevo

after lots of work! probably 8a+, conditions make a massive difference
olliebenzie - Lead - 06/Dec/14

Very nice climbing and lots of jumping. Might as well be 9b for me with the usual sequence, can't even pull onto the holds!
i_a_coops - 11/Oct/14 with Michelle

Just made it before my BIG birthday!! Plenty of evening sessions over the summer (most a complete waste of time because of the heat), but today was perfect despite all the rain in Bristol.
James Marshall - Lead RP - 12/Aug/14 with Tom Ball

2nd Redpoint after a dog. Bout 4th session on this in 18 months
peaches69 - Lead RP - 04/May/14 with luke

8a+ but climbs very well
Luke Dawson - Lead RP - 29/Mar/14 with Emma Dawson

PeterDawson - Lead RP - 30/Nov/13

Pleased to get this. Used completely different (and potentially harder) sequence on small pinches all through the upper section because conditions were too bad to hold the crimps. Sweet!
Ellis Butler-Barker - Lead RP - 19/Oct/13 with Charlotte Warner

pezzerrr - Lead RP - 20/Mar/13

The Topping has finally given in, not before inflicting two more war wounds. Hard and intense, with some painful holds, which limits attempts and adds to the difficulty.. A new PB and really pleased to get this local hard classic done. Beautiful sunshine and perfect conditions today. Brean is such a good winter venue..
Ricky Rocks - Lead RP - 02/Feb/13 with Donald

Gona need to get stronger on small crimps most moves done
brices - Lead dog - 08/Dec/12 with Tomar

2nd short session on it, other was 4 months ago. Still not done all moves between 6th & 7th clip.
peaches69 - TR dnf - 05/Nov/12 with luke

A very unexpected red-point, Starting with one finger taped due to a split and then splitting another finger tip at the crux but some how managing to push on through a wet top to the chains.
westyb3 - Lead RP - 04/Nov/11 with Heather Ogston

Cailean Harker - Lead RP - 09/Jun/11

Kevster - TR - 06/Aug/10

tried to climb it with numb hands itll go though maby in walmer conditions
Luke d - Lead dog - 07/Feb/10

_m.cox_ - Lead RP - Jan/09 with Robyn Nelson

Hidden - Lead RP - 21/Feb/07

Hidden - Lead RP - Dec/06

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
chakrit, Tangerine_Kingdom, Ramon Marin, brices, guy xavier percival, Spacetourist, Dan Jenkin, Mike Goldthorp, Dandan82, Goonie

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Style of ascent
Clean RP