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The Witch*** E2 5b

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[On the Witch, 3 kb]Follow the shallow groove to the bulges then make a tricky move to start a sustained traverse away to its right-hand end. © ROCKFAX
Step out of the groove and under the lip of the overhang, commit.... and you're there.

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This climb is in 132 logbooks, and on 14 wishlists.

Adamski1986 - 2nd - 14/Jun/14 with Rob Adams

robertmichaeladams - Lead - 14/Jun/14 with Dave Bulley, Bex

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/May/14

Richard Fletcher - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/14 with Ben Watson

watson.b - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/14 with rich

stugreen75 - Lead rpt - 22/Mar/14 with Matty Ray

Done again as warm up cos slabby and it was v cold today!!
climberchristy - Lead rpt - 22/Mar/14 with Ben Cole

Klingon - 2nd - 16/Mar/14 with Lt Uhura Magog, Nimble, Capt Kirk

Callum_Johnson - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Dayni_

samwillo - Lead - 12/Mar/14 with Malin Kvist

malinkvist - 2nd - 12/Mar/14 with Sam

Frank the Husky - 2014

Antd - Lead β - 21/Sep/13 with Dominic Jeff

olekemi - 2nd - 18/Aug/13 with Mark G

redjerry - TR O/S - 29/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13

ewan i - 2nd β - 04/Jul/13 with Albert, steve k

A great route. Soft for e2?
climberchristy - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Ben Cole

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

wolverine - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Slim

Klingon - 2nd - 05/May/13 with Tony, Capt Kirk

Adamski1986 - 2nd - 02/Mar/13 with Richard Gage

SamWimpenny - Lead O/S - 2013 with Matt Gibbings

mshorter - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/12 with ry

Glenn Sutcliffe - Lead - 07/Nov/12 with Charl

georgedunton - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/12 with greg strong

Antd - 2nd - 08/Sep/12 with Dominic Jeff

Looked at it on top rope first. Wished I'd just led it. Steady and a very soft touch E2 with plenty of small cams.
stugreen75 - Lead RP - 08/Sep/12 with Ant, dominic jeff

Klingon - 2nd - 02/Sep/12 with Tony, Capt Kirk

Roberttaylor - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/12 with Liam Ingram

Liam Ingram - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/12 with Robert Taylor

Trevera - Lead - 26/Jul/12

Couldn't climb this on the shunt because of the overhang and traverse.
sarah hawker - TR dnf - 27/May/12 with Shunt

Adam Lincoln - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/12 with Meg

yorkshire vs...
Jordan - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/12 with Jonna

SeanB - 2nd - 15/Mar/12 with Neil Carnegie

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jan/12

ed.burton - 2nd O/S - 12/Jan/12 with Matt Murphy

arrang - Lead β - 2012

ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd O/S - 26/Nov/11 with Patch

dougs1232 - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/11 with Ross Barnes

More like HVS! a good route though
roberto18 - 2nd - 22/Oct/11 with ewan russell

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/11 with bert, Dave Warburton

Hidden - 2nd β - 22/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Sep/11

Lovely route. E1 5b though, loads of small cams if you have them.
JRae - 2nd - 11/Sep/11 with Pete Graham

PiotrB - Lead rpt - 10/Jul/11

phil64 - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/11 with rachie

wookie667 - 2nd - 15/Jun/11

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 29/May/11 with Simon Tiplady

MDowson - 2nd rpt - 07/May/11 with oli warlow

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11

andi turner - 2nd - 12/Apr/11 with Jon Read

A ghost put to rest.
Jon Read - Lead - 11/Apr/11 with andi turner

kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2011 with SteveOc

Anna_wells - 2nd - 17/Oct/10 with pete

Good climbing.
whistler - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/10 with Anna

scott gibson - Lead - 01/Sep/10 with graeme read

duncman - Lead β - 25/Aug/10 with dave smith

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Aug/10

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/10 with Ruth Colston

ferdia - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Andy

gforce - Lead - 25/Jul/10 with James

James Prowse - 2nd - 25/Jul/10 with Graham

Fell off near top. Climbed with John & Albert too.
Klingon - 2nd - 11/Jul/10 with Steve Kirkup

Not that tough. Didn't lead it but Dave sure made it look easy
y2keable - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Bulley

Agree with comments being soft touch, but great route!
David Bulley - Lead rpt - 22/May/10 with Nathan Gibson, Leon Cole, Andy Chisholm

tomdude - Lead O/S - 15/May/10 with ben warlow

oliwarlow - Lead - 15/May/10 with Adam W

Quite a soft touch for the grade now but excellent climbing!
tom144807 - Lead O/S - 09/May/10 with Ian Birtwistle

MDowson - Lead O/S - 08/May/10 with Karl wood

odox - 2nd O/S - 08/May/10 with Tom Pitchforth

another soft touch e2!- good gear the whole way and climbing felt simple - definately to lead next time!
Woodiee - 2nd O/S - 08/May/10 with Matt Dowson

Felt quite easy. Will lead if I ever go back, and after my fingers heal from grit the day before.
David Bulley - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/10 with John Armstrong

j0shwyatt000 - Lead β - 10/Mar/10

Steve Crowe - Lead - 2010

This ascent embodies what I'm into rock climbing for. Best experience for ages. Intense & committing. Absolutely loved it, was buzzzin at the top!
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 26/Nov/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Nov/09

Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09 with Rozzy

mgeek - Solo - 22/Sep/09 with adam hughes

oliwarlow - Lead - 07/Sep/09 with Andy Porter

Hidden - Lead β - 24/May/09

vanderz - Lead O/S - 02/May/09

dodfoster - Lead O/S - 02/May/09 with ben robinson

andrew sandercock - 2nd O/S - 02/May/09 with dodfoster

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 02/May/09 with dave

the real dave - Lead β - 2009 with joshua wyatt

Rachael Barlow - 2nd - 14/Jul/08 with Pete Robins

burto - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/08 with the pimp

Hidden - 29/Jun/08

ed woods - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Marshall

gaz.marshall - Lead dog - 14/Jun/08 with Eddie

Felt harder than I remembered, bit bold at bottom and awkward at the top.
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/07 with Viv

decs - 2nd - 01/Sep/07 with Chad

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/07

dave o - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/07 with Julia H

chris2451 - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/07 with David Brigham

My first E2! And the second E2 came same day. Worldclass
dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/07 with Chris Thain

featuresforfeet - 2nd O/S - 27/May/06 with Wizz Walker

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/06

John Pickles - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/05 with Zac Poulton

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Sep/05

curlymynci - 2nd dog - May/05 with Simon

A quality route.
GPN - 2nd - May/05 with Jamie Moss

Mr Pink 2 - 2005

ali_robb - Solo O/S - 2004

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/03

The Pylon King - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with Fiend

Roget - Lead O/S - Aug/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2001

gypsy3006 - Lead - 2000

Beardyman - 2000

Dave Kerr - Lead - 17/Jul/99 with ??

craig h - 2nd O/S - May/98 with Mike c

stuart100 - 2nd O/S - Jul/95 with Pete Goodwin

whispering nic - Solo - May/95

cam1401 - Lead O/S - May/94 with Lee Collier

Scared myself at the top. Rich was up the other end of the crag.
Jon Read - Solo dnf - Feb/93

Evoman - Solo - 1993 with Alan Pettit

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/92

nai - Lead - 27/Aug/91 with Cal

andrew300169 - 2nd - 27/Aug/91 with Pom

This was the first recognised extreme in Northumberland and used to be E1 5b. An bold lead with the crux at the end - difficult to place gear in an out of sight crack before the hard move.
allmag - Lead - 24/Sep/89

Hidden - Lead - 1989

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/88

shark - Solo O/S - 30/Aug/87

Hidden - TR - 11/Apr/82

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Hidden - Lead - 1980

Hidden - 1980

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Voting
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Style of ascent

Soloed6 of 132 (4.5%)
Lead71 of 132 (53.8%)
Followed46 of 132 (34.8%)
Toproped3 of 132 (2.3%)
Alt Leads1 of 132 (0.8%)
Unknown5 of 132 (3.8%)

'Climbed'50 of 132 (37.9%)
clean O/S64 of 132 (48.5%)
clean β8 of 132 (6.1%)
clean rpt5 of 132 (3.8%)
clean RP1 of 132 (0.8%)
dogged2 of 132 (1.5%)
dnf2 of 132 (1.5%)