Choker** E1 5a
[Choker, Main Wall, Avon Gorge, 2 kb]36m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Stylish and exposed climbing up the left side of the buttress. Start on a belay ledge beneath a black-streaked groove.
1) 5a, 20m. From the left side of the ledge take a narrow, diagonal ramp out leftwards to two good hidden pegs at the base of a white wall. Climb the wall to another peg and then move up and left to a big quarry-spike just left of the arete. Move around to the left side of the arete and climb up over an overhang and belay below a rickety tree.
2) 4c, 16m. Move rightwards onto the face and make intricate moves right to the base of a shallow groove in the centre of the face. Climb the groove past a peg, all the way to a large tree at the top of the crag. Walk off or abseil from the tree. © ROCKFAX

G Lyne, T Taylor (pitch 1) 1963, F E Bennett (pitch 2), E Ward Drummond, W O R Hill (direct start) 1966

Ticklists: Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs, Bristol 1st E1s.

Photo: Choker, Main Wall, Avon Gorge © Will Goldsmith
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This climb is in 142 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/15

kenneM - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/15 with Felix

felixizzy - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/15 with Mike

Pitch one. I enjoyed this route. It was much less polished than I was expecting and the climbing was enjoyably balancey with a couple of tricky-but-not-too-taxing moves.
Matt77 - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/15 with Ryan Osborne

RyanOsborne - AltLd - 11/Jul/15 with Matt Beals

Led the first pitch, seconded the 2nd.
hutchay - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Lucas

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15

kenneM - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/15 with Caleb

Harder than I remembered!
Kemics - 2nd rpt - 15/Jun/15 with Mike

Hidden - 07/May/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/15

andy dunn - AltLd rpt - 20/Apr/15 with J

Hidden - Lead - 15/Mar/15

Luxulyan - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Tim

tim.fairhall - 2nd O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Richard

mike lawrence? - 2nd - 06/Mar/15 with FatRob

Hidden - Lead - 01/Oct/14

twem - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Alastair

Enjoyable route
alastairbegley - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Andrew Twemlow

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 16/Aug/14

andy dunn - Lead rpt - 15/Aug/14 with Darren, J

Good climbing on both pitches. Nice route would recommend
monsteratt - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/14 with Nick Whimster

steve_gibbs - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/14 with George Frisby

George Frisby - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/14 with Steve Gibbs

Found it quite serious as I didn't trust the pegs much. Also thought it ws harder than zombogies.
Kevster - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Josh Leak

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/14

steve_gibbs - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/14 with Jamie Roberts

zcsharp - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/14 with Steve Gibbs

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/14

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/14 with John Brannock

Lots of top end 5a climbing on the first pitch and a bold start to the first peg. Proper E1 I'd say.
pheotleyr - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/13 with Jana

abbed off after first pitch. Felt spicy but i'd missed a peg. Hardish 5a by pegs, as soon as you reach actual gear the climbing gets way easier.
Kemics - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/13 with Neil

First pitch was manageable. Moves required some thought, so stiff for 5a I thought. Second pitch great value for money.
ruaidh - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/13 with Ben

great fun as a 4! i led first pitch and tom the second.
James S - AltLd rpt - 01/Jul/13 with hannah, tom brum, dan

Dan0Me - AltLd - 01/Jul/13 with Tom J, Hannah, James S

p2 this time
Cheese Monkey - AltLd rpt - 14/Jun/13 with James S

led first pitch. not too bold i thought so pretty low in the e1 grade
James S - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/13 with ben darby

jonbwoy - Jun/13

Thought the climbing on the first pitch was really good.
Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 13/May/13 with George

P1 a bit bold getting to the first peg. Good balance climbing.
georgeevans88 - Lead O/S - 13/May/13 with Alex Winter

HarryB - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13 with Clay

Led P2
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13 with Harry B

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

Lead p1. Reliance on pegs was concerning but good climbing
Cheese Monkey - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/13 with Tim

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/13 with ben darby

jas128 - 2nd β - 26/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Mar/13

jcw - 2013

BeccaSnowden - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/12 with Tom

thomasadixon - 2nd O/S - 29/Oct/12 with Becca

jon_ridley - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Geoff Pyatt

kenneM - 2nd - Sep/12 with Ed

p1 - v good
Jon Didymus - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Nick

P1 - good
Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/12 with Mike Kenne

Tim M - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 17/Jun/12 with cheesesarnie

tim_mcd - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/12 with jelaby

lead P2
clams - AltLd - Jun/12 with PR

Led the first (5a) pitch. All on fixed gear but nice climbing after the first peg is clipped!
Pete Rigby - AltLd O/S - 31/May/12 with Merlin March

Hidden - 2nd - 19/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/12

Even when seconding there is an aspect of this route which I still find scary.
Quarryboy - 2nd rpt - 08/Apr/12 with Henry Castle

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/12

cbeard - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/12 with Will Attridge

Wouldn't trust any of the pegs on P1, hence deserving of E1. Quarry spike and nut before the overhang would have held
Nick Russell - AltLd O/S - 15/Jan/12 with Martin

JRae - Lead - 06/Nov/11 with Arthur, Jake Young

Jake Young - 2nd O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Arthur, Johny R

Run out traverse felt a bit worrying although all the moves were in balance so not desperate. Nice route.
Alan100 - Lead - 30/Oct/11

Steve Winslow - Lead O/S - Aug/11

Led P1, Andy P2. Mainly pegs on P1 and a long runout to the first one but relatively easy.
Fred_Richard - AltLd - 26/Jul/11 with Andy Mccoy

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jul/11

just one more - Lead - 19/Jul/11 with Max B

_m.cox_ - 2nd rpt - 12/Jul/11 with Steve Winslow, Tom Harrison

Led first pitch, I think it is worthy of E1 just because of the scary start and run out between the first and second peg. Although the climbing is pretty easy.
Quarryboy - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Rob Stanfield

Can see how first pitch start would have been scary with lack of gear and awkward sloping holds. Neither of us found second peg near the first though. Led second pitch, which was fantasticly exposed!
Stanners - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Jack Bradbrook

P1 only
tommytuffa - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11 with andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/11

Great first pitch 3 stars for me! 2nd pitch mine - airy traverse for sure!
gilbert - AltLd O/S - 22/May/11 with Jonathan Percival

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/May/11

gripped01 - Lead - May/11 with Gilbert

Chris P1, Gary P2.
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Gary Lewin

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 17/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/10

Awesome 1st pitch - Probably the best individual pitch I've done on Main Wall so far...!! Convinced J that the 2nd pitch was well within him - and he seemed to enjoy it.
andy dunn - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/10 with J

Phil PBC - 2010

alasdair19 - 2010

ian d f - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/09

Ricky Rocks - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/09

billb - AltLd O/S - Mar/09 with Mike S

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/08

Paz - 2nd rpt - 22/Oct/08 with AM2

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/08

_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - May/08 with Jo Stadden

Climbed it with 2 right rock shoes on.
CarolineH - 2nd O/S - 01/Mar/08 with Joe

georgeevans88 - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/08 with Pete

Led P2. Led P1 24/06
Bristoldave - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/08 with douglas

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Feb/08

Lead P2 in dusk.
Paz - AltLd rpt - 30/Jan/08 with HA

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/08

Alasdair88 - 2nd O/S - 11/Nov/07 with Tom Kett

Led 2nd pitch
Al Franks - AltLd O/S - 09/Nov/07 with Tom Kett

Led 2nd pitch. Guidebook says 'scant protection'. Bold traverse at beginning of 1st pitch, but reasonably well protected after that
cornishben - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/07 with Chris Sims

Led P1. Most enjoyable. Very easy for E1. Gear is only "scant" for the first 20' on P1. After that it is fine. Left a bit far left at the top I think.
chris sm - AltLd rpt - 12/Sep/07 with Ben Sutton

A quickdraw aided retreat to a resting position...I'm suitably ashamed of myself. Seconded by a one-eyed, trainer-wearing, chalkless scary chap who kept taking photos of me.
RedFox - Lead dog - 07/Jun/07 with Tom K

Marti999 - Mar/07 with Mark Glaister

Lev - Lead O/S - 07/May/06 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/May/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/06

beardy mike - 2nd - 2006 with Rob Scheicl

Lead P2 which is surprisingly nice.
Paz - AltLd rpt - 23/Nov/05 with JS

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/05

IceMonkey1982 - 2005

Hidden - Lead β - 19/Jun/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/04

I lead P1
Paz - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/03 with TS

P1 only due to rain.
chris sm - Lead rpt - 26/Jul/03 with Haggis Harris

DavidR - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/02 with Bruno Marks

KRB - Lead O/S - 25/May/01 with Ken Padgett

John Southworth - AltLd - 04/Mar/01

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Jun/00

Hidden - 2000

Gudge - 2nd O/S - 2000 with BUMC

AndySL - 2nd O/S - 08/May/95 with Jerry

chris sm - 2nd O/S - 12/Mar/95 with Andy Gill

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/95

NeilGriffiths - 16/Oct/94 with Duncs

mark-abz - AltLd - 14/May/88 with Andy W

sadams - AltLd - 21/Dec/86 with Guy Townsend

led the bottom pitch this time & Rob finished it. He drove his Toyota Hi-Lux almost to the bottom of the route.. well, the railings.
JamieAyres - AltLd rpt - Sep/85 with Rob Parker

HVS 5a then! Led top pitch.
JamieAyres - AltLd O/S - Aug/85 with Gareth Williams

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/84

Previously lead pitch 2 in April 82.
stp - Solo rpt - 02/Dec/83 with Warren? from Australia

Steve Bell - 1981

peterbeaumont - 1980

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Sep/77

Marcus - 14/Mar/76 with Roger Stokes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1973

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E129 of 42
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