The Corpse** HVS 5a
[The Corpse, Main Wall, Avon, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A strong line, good gear, and plenty of variety make this a worthwhile and popular route. Start on a belay ledge beneath a groove.
Move easily up the wall right of the streaked groove and then step left to a small corner at 5m. Take the corner past a peg, and the relatively bold wall above on good holds to a ledge at the base of a right-leaning corner, where there are some more pegs. Climb the corner to a difficult and polished exit onto a ledge. Finish up easier rock to a large tree at the top of the crag. Walk off or abseil from the tree. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Belay on good nuts on the highest ledge below the finishing groove(its easy to abseil in from a silver birch at the top). Climb delicately up on rough rock to hand jams in a break and an old peg. Move up a shallow groove, then slightly rightwards and up to a good ledge (3 pegs). Enter the V-groove on the left and climb it, exiting onto ledges. Continue easily to a tree belay.

C Jones, J Whooton (1 pt aid) 1964

Ticklists: Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs, Ultimate HVS ticklist.

Photo: The Corpse, Main Wall, Avon © Will Goldsmith
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This climb is in 198 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/15

Protection didn't feel great on first half, had to wait out a rain shower by first peg. Good pitch.
nickwhimster - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/15 with monsteratt

Good route punctuated by a rain shower
monsteratt - 2nd O/S - 05/Aug/15

I didn't find this much easier than Choker. It wasn't as well protected as I was expecting given the guidebook description (although I may just have missed some placements) and there were a couple of tricky moves a good way above gear. Last route of a quality week in the South West.
Matt77 - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/15 with Ryan Osborne

RyanOsborne - 2nd - 11/Jul/15 with Matt Beals

A great testpiece of the grade. Feel the polish at the top detracts from the 2 star rating now as its pretty scary
jammy4536 - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/15 with steve_gibbs

steve_gibbs - 2nd rpt - 14/Jun/15 with Jamie MacLeod

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/15

Seconded this a few years ago. Really good climbing, felt pretty tough for HVS.
alastairbegley - Lead RP - 31/May/15 with Jason

Hard for the grade, but it may have just felt that way due to the rather loose nature of the rock
Tala M - 2nd O/S - 30/May/15 with Mike Brookes

The moves up to the three-peg ledge felt bold and were not particularly easy. Second half was fine.
will_benfold - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15 with Sarah Woodrow

andy dunn - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/15 with J

Luxulyan - 2nd - 14/Mar/15 with Tim

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

mike lawrence? - Lead - 06/Mar/15 with FatRob

katherinesydney - 2nd dog - 29/Dec/14 with neil morbey

martinlevya82 - Lead O/S - 19/Nov/14

Stuart William - 2nd β - Nov/14 with Martin

steve_gibbs - Lead rpt - 02/Oct/14 with Jamie Roberts

Felt pretty scary. Cant help but resent the guy who wrote good gear in the guide. There may have been but I didn't find much of it. More like cams in shallow breaks and nuts behind loose blocks. Still loved it.
felixizzy - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/14 with Mike

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14

Really enjoyed climbing this. Quite challenging for HVS and the last bit is a little intimidating. A lot of loose blocks, but gear wear and polish suggests they've been there for a while at least.
Kemics - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/14 with Juliuus

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/14 with Kirsty Kerr

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Jun/14

LucasHarazin - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead rpt - 11/May/14

A bit of a forgetable climb
Kevster - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Josh Leak

Great ! very enjoyable .finished on RH tree lower down, which has a good lower off on it. Quality - a bit polished and some loose bits.
Phil Murray - Lead rpt - 18/Apr/14 with Ian Law

Luke Davies - Lead - 16/Mar/14

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

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

A hard delicate move above the first peg (5b?).Maybe felt hard as my first route outside since last September.
Andrew Sloan - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/14 with Martin Haworth

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 22/Feb/14 with Andy

P1, Jordan led P2
hipyhop - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/14 with LazyTraveller

Lazytraveller - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/14 with Tom Luff

tonevert - Lead O/S - 2014 with Emily

James Jackson - 2014

ollie_e - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/13 with chris scutt

chrisscutt - 2nd O/S - 30/Nov/13 with oly

Easy except for the crux move. And the slightly bold section before the 1st peg.
pheotleyr - Lead rpt - 25/Nov/13 with Mike

Was fazed by the unstable blocks supporting overhanging corner, and resisting temptation to monkey on up (which would have been nice) passed by delicately.
Mayaculpa - 2nd - 25/Nov/13 with Peter

kenneM - Lead - 12/Nov/13 with Mike Dudley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/13

Matt_L_Robinson - 2nd - 18/Oct/13

jameslam - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Becky

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead - 20/Aug/13

My first quarried Avon climb. Felt stiff for HVS as I was getting used to the blocky rock with sparse gear. The pegs mostly looked OK. Rained for last third of route so had to be careful. So did Brian on the follow!
Dave Mahon - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13 with Brian Mead

Great route, never lacking in holds but with some loose rock towards the top.
stafford101 - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/13 with Charlie

cbeard - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/13 with Chris Stafford

zcsharp - 2nd rpt - 24/Jul/13 with Steve Gibbs

steve_gibbs - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/13 with Jamie Roberts

Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with J. Iles-Smith

markfromstoke - Lead - 25/Jun/13 with Adrian, Steve N

VPJB - Lead - 09/Jun/13

yan hawkins - 2nd β - 07/Jun/13 with john

Cheese Monkey - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/13 with Peter

pheotleyr - 2nd rpt - 29/Apr/13 with Ben

Brilliant climbing with quite a lot of gear, just a little bold at the start maybe.
pheotleyr - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/13 with James

James S - 2nd rpt - 17/Apr/13 with peter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/13

alastairbegley - 2nd O/S - 06/Jan/13 with Neil Morbey

Neil Morbey - AltLd - 06/Jan/13 with Alastair

jcw - 2013

stevoland - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/12

jon_ridley - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Geoff Pyatt

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/12

James S - 2nd O/S - 20/Aug/12 with jamie

zcsharp - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/12 with James S

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12

Billg - 2nd - 15/Jul/12 with Rob Mcallister

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/12 with crossdressingrodney

Not quite as good gear as SWC guidebook suggests. Was very glad to clip the first peg from tippie-toes. A nice route, but definitely has a touch of the Main Wall feel to it.
crossdressingrodney - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with victim of mathematics

tim_mcd - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/12 with jelaby

HarryB - Lead O/S - 24/May/12 with Al

Good lead Will, it was really humid and sweaty. Fun climb, but some alarming hanging blocks near the top!
Poco Loco - 2nd O/S - 24/May/12 with Will Wykes

Hidden - 2nd - 19/May/12

steveprice.exmouth - 2nd - 18/May/12 with David Coley

I got to what looked like the crux, to continue above the first peg to reach the ledge with pegs above (not visible from below), but couldn't commit to the move. Lowered off, Will started up and then it rained... Abbed in to retrieve gear. Looks good, will come back and do it properly.
Poco Loco - Lead dnf - 17/Apr/12 with Will Wykes

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/12 with Marti

Marti999 - 2nd rpt - 06/Mar/12 with Ed Babington

Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/Jan/12

abtibbs - AltLd O/S - 2012 with Jack Verber

Seemed quite runout between the first peg and the 3 peg optional belay. I couldn't find any gear in between. Could just have been that I haven't climbed on main wall for a couple of years and need to find my main wall head again though. Excellent route.
georgeevans88 - Lead O/S - 10/Dec/11 with Alex P

aipattison - 2nd rpt - 10/Dec/11 with George Evans

Really good. Felt hard - a bit reachy in places.
BeccaSnowden - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Tom

Stayed on the left at the start which made it a bit harder but more interesting. Good route with a change in style half way.
Alan100 - Lead - 30/Oct/11

I found this a really hard route. Granted it rained quite heavily for about 15 minutes while I was waiting for my turn to climb, but still!
mullermn - 2nd dog - 29/Oct/11 with Kylie Richards, Monkey

Really enjoyed this route. Protection is sufficient, but you have to climb well above it several times. I actually thought that the crux was getting on for 5b - maybe I did it wrong? Got to the top just before the rain started, which made things interesting for the seconds!
Monk - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Andy A, kylie

It rained just as I set off, made it to what I beleive to be the crux and couldn't get any further and lowered off. Rather hard, especially in the wet!
Kylie - 2nd dnf - 29/Oct/11 with Monkey, mullermn

Hidden - Lead rpt - 23/Oct/11

Aaron Lines - 2nd - 23/Oct/11 with elerie

Gary S - 2nd O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Tom Moat

jiggerypokery - 2nd O/S - 07/Oct/11 with Paul Jones

a few cobwebs in the cracks, but otherwise pretty enjoyable. A bit runout at the start, though I think I may have been a bit off-route (left) and making it difficult for myself
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/11

dan ely - 2nd O/S - 04/Oct/11 with nick

thomasadixon - 2nd rpt - 04/Oct/11 with Quico

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Sep/11

Paul Robertson - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/11 with DSM

wildrover220 - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/11 with Ali Dixon

Steve Winslow - Lead O/S - Aug/11

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

Quite soft for the grade me thinks. Definitely HVS though, a few tricky moves but nothing desperate. There was one move that I found surprisingly reachy despite being 6 foot 4.
Quarryboy - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Rob Stanfield

Wobbly blocks where you don't want them! Otherwise well worthwhile!
Stanners - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Jack Bradbrook

Really didn't like this climb, found it to be hard for a HVS and a bit unprotected, also the rock sticking out under the overhang is loose... down climbed to clip a peg further right and under the overhang before doing the top because i didn't trust it.
Tom Brierley Gore - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Shijing Hu

karenhh - 2nd - 19/Jun/11 with Tom Brierley

tommytuffa - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/11 with andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/11

jas128 - 2nd β - 09/Jun/11

Slick - Lead - 01/Jun/11 with Kevin Vans-Colina

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/11

mandy - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with tom

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/May/11

What a difference from suspension bridge buttress. The felt hard after yesterday and was a hard warm up - quarried limestone my favourite??
gilbert - 2nd O/S - 22/May/11 with Jonathan Percival

Cool climb. Bit brambley, not too polished though... until it started raining that is.
ruaidh - Lead O/S - 17/May/11 with Ben

gripped01 - Lead - May/11 with Gilbert

What a good climb! Sustained but not too pumpy, enough gear and not too polished.
aipattison - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Alex Malins

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Apr/11

gear before mid-height ledge: reasonable no 2 friend in horizontal crack, followed by no 2 nut
clams - Lead O/S - Apr/11 with PR

Backed off from crux which for me was awkward reach for better holds up short corner above first peg (condition poor). Quite polished but nice climbing. Brambles a bit annoying near top exit
Jon Didymus - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/11 with Nick

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Jan/11

pezzerrr - 2nd O/S - 17/Oct/10

andy dunn - 2nd - 25/Sep/10 with J

TDembrey - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/10 with Clay

Clay C - 2nd O/S - 17/Sep/10 with Todd

Good route. Very polished on the final move, which was slippy, despite the perfect conditions recently!
Chris Sansum - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Gary Lewin

Not as polished as the guidebook description would suggest. Good climbing.
andy dunn - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/10 with Rob U, Alan

Seconded good climb although exposed in places
bobumf - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/10 with Andy dunn, Alan Howells

Top and HVS, good route
Dale - Lead O/S - Jul/10 with johny

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/10

Phil PBC - 2010

alasdair19 - 2010

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

Jessie Rushbrooke - 2nd - 30/May/09 with GF

maresia - 2nd O/S - 07/Dec/08 with Rob Scheichl

Al Franks - 2nd O/S - 03/Oct/08 with Harry Allan

Alasdair88 - 2nd O/S - 03/Oct/08 with Harry Allen

Hope to lead at some point, nice climbing
Dr Caterpillar - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/08 with Wayne

Much better this time, took my time and no real problems though assistance required on last difficult move. Thanks for that guys, fantastic experience, great climb.
PaulWatson - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/08 with Alistair, Rosy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/08

Cleaned a lot of veg off seconding, so this may seem to be a bit dusty until it next rains.
Paz - 2nd rpt - 20/Jul/08 with WG

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 30/May/08

Hidden - Lead - 26/May/08

Hidden - Lead - 22/May/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/May/08

_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - May/08 with Rich Millea

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/08

georgeevans88 - Lead - Feb/08 with Francis

Francis Lister - 2nd - Feb/08 with george evans

ian d f - 2nd - 2008

thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/07 with Nicolas

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/07 with Joe

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/07

leigh - 2nd - 09/Apr/07 with Ed

Hidden - Lead - Apr/07

Marti999 - Mar/07 with Mark Glaister

Lev - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/06 with Emma Ross, Cormac McFarlane

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/06

In one pitch
beardy mike - 2nd - 2006 with Rob Scheicl

Marcus - 2006

Fat Tim - Lead rpt - 08/Jun/05 with James Wright

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/05

al99 - Lead O/S - Mar/05 with James Byrne

Got a rockcentric 5 stuck.
tom.e - Lead O/S - 2005 with Sam Lillywhite

IceMonkey1982 - 2005

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Dec/04

furry - 2nd - Jun/04 with Neil

Urgles - Lead O/S - Jun/04 with Beesley (oliver)

AndySL - Lead O/S - 02/May/04 with Mark

simon kimber - Lead O/S - Nov/03

Paz - Lead O/S - May/03 with SN

Jason Gotel - TR - Jul/02

Hidden - 2000

gimmer - Lead O/S - May/99 with Franni

Jim Brooke - 2nd O/S - 25/Oct/97 with James Latham

mikej - Lead - 30/Apr/95 with Nick Salmon

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/95

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

eroica64 - AltLd - 21/Feb/88 with Denis Crampton

led the top pitch that day
JamieAyres - AltLd O/S - Aug/85 with Phil Windall

I led p2 [HVS, 4c** at the time (S.Monks 1980 guide)
Pete Nugent - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/84 with Nigel Brooks (Thames Valley CC)

Mark fell at first pitch crux and hit deck. Broke leg. Left it at that for the day.
leland stamper - 2nd dnf - Jun/84 with Mark V

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/84

stp - Solo rpt - 26/Aug/83

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jul/82

Steve Bell - 1981

Hidden - 1981

tapley - Lead - 05/Oct/80 with Alison Tapley

peterbeaumont - 1980

beaumap - Lead - 02/Sep/77 with Pete Coghill

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 1977

steve L - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/76 with Morty

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1973

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