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Think Pink** E3 6a

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[Think Pink, Avon Gorge, 2 kb]The central line of weakness in the suspended white and pink wall is brilliant. Start via a scramble to a good ledge directly below the wall, as for Pink Ginsane.. 1) 5a, 30m. As for Pink Ginsane, then traverse right to a stance at a quarry spike and bolt at the top off Krapp's Last Tape.. 2) 6a, 25m. Move left from the spike belay to a steep wall below a small overhang with two bolts in it. Climb with difficulty past the bolts and over the left end of the overhang to an easing and a peg at the base of a long groove. Climb the groove to a bolt and stretch past it to a better series of cracks that are climbed to a belay ledge and tree.. 3) 5c, 14m. Move left along the break to below a right-slanting thin crack with a peg near its base. Climb past the peg and continue a short distance before better holds lead leftwards up the wall away from the crack to the top and a tree belay. © ROCKFAX
R Harrison (After F E Bennett, P Lennard climbed The Pink Link at A3 in 13/Feb/1965 the aid was further reduced in 1971) 04/Dec/1977

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Littlejohn South West Climbs, Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, Trad climbs for sport climbers, West Country Climbs, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain.

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This climb is in 68 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Alex led the main pitch from the Krapps belay, tough climbing, my foot popped once but held it. I got the top pitch which was a punchy little number, tough sting in the tail. The classic Main Wall linkup!
AJM - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/13 with Alex Winter

Led the first pitch. Two stiff sections next to bolts, separated by a good rest. About 6c+. I didn't think the second pitch was much easier than the first, there were a fierce couple of moves up the crack. The Krapp's/Think Pink link-up is brilliant.
Alex Winter - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/13 with Andy

captain - 2013

Pete Rigby - 2nd dog - 31/Aug/12 with Gary

Was a little psyched out after Krapps tape and fell off after a silly mistake heading up to the roof - felt O.K. after doing it correctly. F6c?
Garrouli - Lead - 31/Aug/12 with Northern Pete

Seconded Mike up Kraps and then led the top two pitches in one! awesome.
Cailean Harker - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/12

Mike led Kraps for first pitch, then Cailean led pitch 2 & 3 of think pink in one.
gb05 - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/12 with Mike Goldthorp, Cailean Harker

Really tough moves on crimpy flakes with bolt protection, and then a bit of respite but still tough. Cailean did well to link both pitches, as the 2nd is no pushover with a couple of slippery fingerlocking 6a moves, juicy!
Mike Goldthorp - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/12 with Gaz, Cailean Harker

Alt lead dog previously with Marti. The crux is hard. Even the moodle had to stop to work it out.
Ed Babs - AltLd β - 28/Jul/12 with Iain Moodie

Hidden - AltLd dog - 28/Jul/12

desperate
Mark Warnett - Lead dog - May/12 with Princess Diana

did Krapp's as first pitch
Marti999 - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/12 with Ed Babington

Hidden - Lead - 2012

Did this after Krapps - total change of style. Totally physical, strong and technical. Several attempts at first o'hang, then a rest in the blank section of the groove. Too tired to lead top pitch - even Misha downclimbed for a rest! Finished in the dark, as usual!
philhilo - 2nd - 13/Nov/11 with misha

Seconded Phil up Krapps to start - leading it 4 weeks earlier and having a rope above made for a pleasant warm up! The crux past the bolt and over the overlap was powerful and pumpy and spat me off twice on the second bolt. Once I got the feet sorted I was able to get the half decent handholds above the overlap but it was still a fight to get established in the groove. Moving up to and past the last bolt was also tricky but managed it ok. Just below the ledge made a short detour leftwards to avoid the prickly bush in the groove. It's almost a sport pitch as the hard bits are protected by good staples but somehow still has a trad feel. I'd say it's pushing 7a. Was fairly knackered but Phil kindly offered me the top pitch as he was also pretty spent. A nice E1 5c - glad the 5c bit wasn't sustained! Being able to downclimb after placing gear for the crux also helped. Started around 12.30 - 1pm after a leisurely morning and topped out around 5pm, shortly before it got dark. Ice cream van still there but didn't have enough money... Walked off down the road for what seemed like ages in the gathering gloom - didn't fancy abseiling or walking through the forest in the dark. A great late season route on a warm, sunny, still day. Should put this as 'led with falls' but just put 'lead' so it would count for Extreme Rock ticklist!
Misha - Lead - 13/Nov/11 with Phil

westyb3 - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/11 with Alan Sarhan

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/11

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 16/Aug/10

Brilliant. When combined with Krapps last tape, it makes for a wicked route bottom to top.
Rick hard Rock - Lead O/S - 27/May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/10

Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Mar/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - May/09

Hidden - Lead - 01/Nov/08

IceMonkey1982 - 25/Jul/08

Billg - Lead O/S - 03/May/08 with Bob Brewer

Hidden - AltLd dog - 2008

_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - Jul/07 with Adam Mulholland

Hidden - 2nd dog - 15/Jul/06

1 fall on 6a pitch then pulled the ropes and redpointed - much more worth while than I thought it was going to be. I think most people fall off at the second bolt then do it after, and then say it's only F6c/6c+, and even though I think it's equivalent to a good F7a fight onsight, who am I to disagree?
Paz - Lead RP - 15/Jul/06 with AB

Bern - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/05

Hidden - 2nd dog - Aug/05

little bit of an epic, snapped peg
joe_alexander - 2nd dog - 21/Mar/05 with Nick Gillette

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/04

1 fall per pitch
Paz - 2nd dog - Feb/04 with AS

Jason Gotel - TR - Aug/02

Classic climbing. Well protected
KRB - Lead β - 12/May/02 with unseconded

Led P1
John Southworth - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/01 with Jason Parker

Ally Smith - 2000

Tim M - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

chris sm - 2nd dog - 28/Oct/95 with Andy Gill

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jun/95

shark - Lead - 1995 with John Codling

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

mattnuttall - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/94 with Dave Stott

Hidden - Lead RP - 1989

keefe - 20/Aug/88

DDDD - 1988

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/87

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Mike Owen - 16/Oct/84 with Simon King

and Mike ????. I used 3 points of aid.
Nigel Coe - 2nd dog - 30/Sep/84 with Gordon Jenkin

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1984 with Emily

stp - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/83

stp - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/83

andy gittins - 1983

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/82

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/79

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Style of ascent

Lead25 of 68 (36.8%)
Followed13 of 68 (19.1%)
Toproped1 of 68 (1.5%)
Alt Leads12 of 68 (17.6%)
Unknown17 of 68 (25.0%)

'Climbed'25 of 68 (36.8%)
clean O/S27 of 68 (39.7%)
clean β2 of 68 (2.9%)
clean rpt1 of 68 (1.5%)
clean RP2 of 68 (2.9%)
dogged10 of 68 (14.7%)
dnf1 of 68 (1.5%)