El Chocco*** 7c
[Bates at the lower off after he had pulled past the desperatley painful hold whilst working El Chocco., 4 kb]

Rockfax Description
Quality climbing with a sting in the tail. Start 6m right of the large block.
Leave the ground with some difficulty and continue past the break and up the small steep corner to the crux rock-over that provides access to the final short slab. © ROCKFAX

M J Crocker, M Woodford 03/Mar/1990

Ticklists: West Country Climbs.

Photo: Bates at the lower off after he had pulled past the desperatley painful hold whilst working El Chocco. © J1_TOV
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This climb is in 97 logbooks, and on 25 wishlists.

Matt.c.Warner - Lead RP - 21/Aug/15

How can this be a three star route...
JackMac - Lead dnf - 15/Aug/15 with Jenna Goddard, James

Luuuuuke - Lead RP - 03/Jun/15 with Si

Hidden - 2nd dog - May/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Mar/15

PeterDawson - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/15

First 7c! Psyched!
adam 24 - Lead RP - 14/Feb/15

Not too bad up to the roof, but could't get my expansive arse over the mantle. Will try left foot first next time.
Alex Winter - Lead dnf - 01/Feb/15 with Nick, Emily, and Pablo

Feels very close now, solid on the crimps, just made a mistake with foot placement at the crux
adam 24 - Lead dog - 11/Jan/15

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Dec/14

Hidden - Lead RP - 07/Dec/14

yan hawkins - Lead RP - 29/Nov/14 with _m.cox_

3 attempts on 30/03/14 2nd attempt today.
alek - Lead RP - 05/Jul/14 with Sophia Dentzel, David Liu, James Kay

Hard roll- over mantle... Couldn't get it... Enjoyed up to there, probably 7a, 6c+ too the crux.
Sdentzel - Lead dnf - 05/Jul/14 with Alek, David

Rosea Day - Lead RP - 29/Jun/14 with Jerome Gill

New beta for the top out rocking over on the left foot rather than right, worked well.
anthony henry - Lead dog - 01/Jun/14 with Chris

holister - Lead RP - 19/Apr/14 with ant, pete, andy

Clipping the penultimate clip could be the crux here
anthony henry - Lead dog - 19/Apr/14

chakrit - Lead RP - 09/Mar/14

jonleighton - Lead RP - 09/Mar/14

Good training day today, culminating in falling off the classic mantle!
_m.cox_ - Lead dog - 16/Feb/14 with Al Sarhan, Ben West

The letterbox pocket was sopping and I just couldn't make it work for me :( feel like I've got the beta worked out though, hope to one day try it when it's not seeping!
jonleighton - Lead dog - 16/Feb/14

oliverpcain - Lead RP - 2014

3rd redpoint. Big step up from tide rising!
Graham Westbrook - Lead RP - 09/Dec/13

Hidden - Lead dnf - 17/Nov/13

Terrible wet conditions are my excuse for not ticking this. Great climbing though, I'll be back!
jonleighton - Lead dog - 17/Nov/13

Ellis Butler-Barker - Lead rpt - 19/Oct/13 with Charlotte Warner

tobydunford - Lead dog - 12/Oct/13 with Oli

Charlotte Warner - Lead RP - 12/Oct/13 with Ellis Butler-Barker

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Oct/13

2nd go. Blew flash at roof rockover.
Ed Booth - Lead RP - 16/Aug/13 with Adam Booth

1st RP. Easy upto the top and then a really cool rockover move.
Adam Booth - Lead RP - 11/Aug/13 with Ellen Cobby

Felt very easy for 7c, very very soft.
Ellis Butler-Barker - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Charlotte Warner

Bates - Lead RP - 14/Jun/13 with chrisscutt, Andy Brice

Billg - Lead RP - 10/Jun/13 with Lee Bateman

Nice route. Hard bit short and sequency.
Stefan Kruger - Lead RP - 08/Jun/13 with Sarah Kruger

More desperate than I remember it...
ollie_e - Lead dnf - 31/May/13 with chris scutt

messed up trying to clip last bolt from the slot. clipping from above was better ;)hopefully go next time.
Bates - Lead dog - 22/May/13

fantastic climb...feels so hard at first then it just goes!!
Be Fuller - Lead RP - 18/May/13

Happy to finally do this. Done in a day after being on the intended wishlist for about 4/5 years.
archiecb - 11/May/13 with Pete Wycislik

3rd go, manky mantle crux at top!
peaches69 - Lead RP - 06/May/13 with luke

natalietanzer - Lead RP - 23/Apr/13

Hidden - Mar/13

JM - Lead RP - 17/Feb/13 with Pete Dickinson

Definitely soft, the only hard move really is the rock over/mantel, and even that is just as matter of commitment.
Ramon Marin - Lead rpt - 19/Jan/13 with ciaran tracey

Awesome climax! (thats what she said) Fell off the flash on the rockover, blind moves to the lip and tricky to get your feet up, really hard to read. 1st redpoint felt steady.
Mike Goldthorp - Lead RP - 09/Jan/13 with Giles, Hannah B, Cailean Harker

Got all the moves in 2 tries. Will be back to finish it off.
adam 24 - Lead dog - 2013

natalietanzer - Lead dog - 03/Sep/12 with Adam

Hard crux
thomasadixon - Lead dog - 22/Jul/12 with Mike

JKinsella - Lead RP - 22/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/Jul/12

Well pleased to get this.. pretty much plays to all my weaknesses.. proper touch and go on last few moves!
derico - Lead RP - 15/Jul/12

iforwms - 2nd dog - 15/Jul/12 with Patty

iforwms - TR dnf - 14/Jul/12 with Patty

one to come back for.
jacobjlloyd - Lead dog - 29/May/12 with Nicola

Really good, 3rd go
adam cooper*super* - Lead RP - 13/May/12

Rock it out, bey, rock it out, proper job.
Justin T - Lead RP - 13/May/12

Hidden - Lead - May/12

natalietanzer - TR dog - 15/Apr/12 with Dan Gibson

dan gibson - Lead RP - 15/Apr/12 with nat tanzer

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Apr/12

Toby Dunn - Lead RP - 21/Mar/12 with Alexis Perry

Pippa - Lead dnf - 19/Feb/12 with Gareth

brices - Lead RP - 16/Feb/12

pezzerrr - Lead β - 16/Feb/12

Took a while
gazhbo - 28/Jan/12

2nd RP of the day. Cool route!
Tomar - Lead RP - 10/Dec/11 with Symon

Felt hard the other day, easy today. Enjoyable route! Probably soft 7c
Tris.w - Lead RP - 30/Nov/11 with Tomar

Cailean Harker - 28/Nov/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/Oct/11

3rd redpoint
Martin Cleaver - Lead RP - 24/Sep/11 with david

1st rpt. boulder problem rockover. good rest bit below crux
Glyn - Lead RP - 15/Sep/11 with Amy

Hidden - Lead RP - 10/Sep/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 04/Sep/11

I can see why some think this is 7b
James Marshall - Lead RP - Jun/11

2nd redpoint today, first bit seems a bit pointless as there is such a good rest but nice moves over the top, clipping may be the hardest move! soft
BenNorman - Lead RP - 08/May/11

westyb3 - Lead RP - 07/May/11 with Heather Ogston

quiffhanger - Lead RP - Apr/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 27/Mar/11

Didn't feel soft to me?! The first 3/4 is lovely. but move up to and over the overhang is HARD! Will take a couple more tries for me! soft....?!?! (walks off sulking)
rubben - Lead - 14/Mar/11 with Marcus O'Leary

TomPR - Lead - 12/Mar/11

Spacetourist - Lead RP - Mar/11 with Rosea

soft but very good
Luke Dawson - Lead RP - 22/Feb/11

Funnily i struggle with the move below the crux, and find the rest ok. not too far off. march maybe.
Jon_Warner - 2nd dog - 24/Oct/10 with Tom

tskelhon - Lead RP - 24/Oct/10 with skeen

Hidden - Lead RP - 12/Sep/10

tried it first time today, one hang on second go, lookin forward to sending this one.
bensendz - Lead dog - 07/Mar/10

Maybe easy for 7c, not sure really. Really good route though.
Richard Hall - Lead RP - 01/Feb/10 with Chris Savage

Ricky Rocks - Lead RP - 17/Oct/09

Kev Little - Lead RP - 2009

Being short i found the boulder problem start hard, couldn't get the crux when i tried it a couple of times on lead but got it first time on toprope.
phsharpy - Lead RP - 16/Jun/06 with Alex Barrows

Paz - Lead RP - 23/May/06 with AS

>=5th day. Should've had it by now!
Paz - Lead dog - 26/Apr/06 with AS

guy xavier percival - Lead RP - 03/Mar/06 with paul

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - Lead RP - 2006

_m.cox_ - Lead RP - Apr/04 with Adam Mulholland

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
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