Rockfax Description
Great climbing on a finely sculptured line. Start at a thin crack just to the left of the base of the arete.
Move up the crack and pull up right into another that ends at a break below an overhang. Layback up the steep rounded flakes above to an easing and continue to beneath the large overhang. Traverse right and pull over on good holds and finish up the short wall. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
First climbed by Barrie Page and "Mac" MacDermott, August 1955 with 1 wooden wedge for aid. Named Parthian Shot, as this was Barrie's last climb before leaving the marines.

R Edwards, I Pomfret Jul/1974

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, CUMC Ticklist.

islandlynx 13/Apr Lead O/S

Surprised to have made it up this. Just put my leg really high and tried to rip the layback off the wall. I was pretty boxed after the crux sequence and dropped some nuts.

with Amy
AmyAmy 12/Apr 2nd

Second- too hard for me! Got stuck for ages getting into the layback, managed to drag myself up with lots of hauling from the belayer!

manbat 29/Sep/15 2nd dnf

Got up the to horizontal break - damn the first part is hard, and at least 5c. Was happily laybacking up the crux, when before I knew it I was in the air. Couldn't get back on and didn't want to try all the way from the ground again. Another great lead by Luke. One of Cornwall's most stunning lines, surely?

with Luke Randall
Jmpollard 09/Sep/15 Lead dnf

Saw the line and couldn't resist having a go! Fell off at a few different places but kept trying it ground up, couldn't make the crux move though and just kept popping off. Maybe one day...

Hidden 04/Sep/15 2nd rpt
Sophie Nunn 04/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Sue
Hidden 28/Aug/15 2nd
Master Chief 27/Aug/15 2nd dnf

Couldn't get past crux move!!

Spearos 27/Aug/15 Lead dog
Lewis Stewart 01/Aug/15 Lead dog

Didn't commit on the crux and took a wimpy fall. Manned up and climbed it. Shame really always been on the OS list

with Claire
JulesV 11/Jul/15 Lead rpt
with Shauna
Matt77 09/Jul/15 Lead dnf

Left this until the end of the day to give it a bash which wasn't the wisest decision as energy was low in the sweltering heat. I had a couple of goes at the crux but kept slipping off. Decided to leave it rather than dog it to the top. I'll definitely be back for this one.

shaunhumphreys 06/Jul/15 Lead O/S

With rough seas in the background! ace route pretty powerful crux!

benkelsey 06/Jul/15 2nd rpt

Took a while to get the feet in the right place, still felt powerful but much easier than last time.

with Shaun Humphreys
chrismadar 11/Jun/15 Lead dog

Commited to the crux and then tried to down climb as thought I had gone wrong, accordingly fell off. When I actually went for the moves it was alright! Lovely top out sequence.

kateharborne 11/Jun/15 2nd dnf

Chris did a great job - could have had it clean with a better head game! Fell off after getting the gear going into the lay-back and swung out quite far. Couldn't get back to the break.

raymondlinklater 08/Jun/15 2nd RP
Laurence Everitt 08/Jun/15 Lead O/S
ian d f 25/May/15 Lead G/U

Had a look at this a few years ago but didn't get past the crux.

London Luke 25/May/15 Lead O/S
Bargate_Champ 08/May/15 Lead RP
Hidden ?/May/15 2nd
Dan0Me 11/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with James S, Geoff P
grp 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S
James S 11/Apr/15 2nd
with geoff, dan
alice fuller 05/Apr/15 2nd dog

Great climb by Luke. Balance and muscles needed. Managed it after a dangle and rethink at the crux

with luke
Luxulyan 05/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Abi
kingholmesy ??/2015 Lead O/S
with Alice F
pearson9596 ??/2015 2nd O/S
Owen Diba ??/2015 2nd O/S
alice fuller ??/2015 2nd
with luke
ferdia 30/Nov/14 Lead O/S
with Andy
Andy Moles 30/Nov/14 2nd
with Ferdia
lday 22/Nov/14 Lead β

Watched spooner lead upto the crux, then took over. I climbed on his gear this far and managed to pull through and finish clean in one. Pleased for a first e2. Should've lead the whole thing but it got dark. Cracking route. Tough 1st half

mikespooner 22/Nov/14 Lead dnf

Got up to the crux, completely no idea how to do it. One for next time...

with Liam Day, Robin Uren
tobydunford 27/Sep/14 Lead dog
with Kirsty Kerr
Hidden 13/Sep/14 2nd
NancyJones 23/Aug/14 2nd dog

Dogged to the max - aided past crux

RFWilkie 03/Aug/14 Lead dog
richiebongo 01/Aug/14 Lead dog

Felt like i couldn't do it but then climbed it on top rope whilst stripping the gear. Head games! Well tough though.

with Mat Coburn, Jon Didymus
Justin T ?/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Nancy
Ewan Russell 15/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Tom Nichols
Hidden 07/Jul/14 Lead O/S
gg4419 26/May/14 Lead β
nickstephens 26/May/14 2nd O/S
Lee_Meaden 25/May/14 TR O/S
Hinchrn 02/May/14 2nd β
with Johny Logan
Bristoldave 20/Apr/14 Lead rpt

Failed on this a couple of years ago. Felt ok today

with Caroline
tomB 19/Apr/14 2nd dog
robman 19/Apr/14 Lead
zcsharp 08/Mar/14 Lead dnf

Such a bad idea at such a late point in the day.

Simon cook ??/2014 -
masa-alpin 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Wanted to do for years, and finally ticked! Better than I thought. Underprotected 5b moves, followed by a reasonably protected 5c, then very well-protected and tough 6a. To arrange pros was pretty tiring. The head wall is 4b according to the definitive guide (2000, the description of Samson), but it is a joke! The one move was the most technical move in the entire route for me, a shortie - hard 6a (to be fair the reach matters a lot in the move, nevertheless I can't imagine it is easier than 5a for any one). Overall, a very good and full-on route. Top-end E2?

Hidden 24/Aug/13 2nd dog
Tom Livingstone 05/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Dan Lane 05/Aug/13 2nd dog

Just not strong enough!

El3ctroFuzz 04/Jul/13 Lead O/S

6a really?

with Alex Orrrrrrr - Green giant
DaveFidler 19/Jun/13 Lead RP
with Maurice
maddy92 19/Jun/13 2nd dnf
Dan Geh 05/Jun/13 2nd β

Not too hard with beta, but very strenuous!

with Ross
Coops_13 05/Jun/13 Lead dog

Fell three times at crux, one to come back for!

with Dan Geh
Harry Thorpe 05/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Been wanting to do this route for a long time, very pleased to onsight it.

with Mark Chev
AMJ098 ?/Jun/13 2nd
rurp 30/May/13 TR dnf

desperate, on shunt dangling about.

Hidden 26/May/13 Lead O/S
Tim M 25/May/13 Lead O/S
with Emma
climbergg 25/May/13 2nd
Misha 18/May/13 Lead O/S

A bit apprehensive knowing that Phil and Brian didn't manage to get yo this and it does look hard. Got a bit gripped on the balancy start as some of the holds were wet. Spent a while contemplating the crux and reversed it after a half hearted initial attempt. The went for it and it was fine. Nice moves to get onto the slab as well. E2 6a is right but it isn't hard 6a. With Mathijs on the BMC International Meet.

with Mathijs
morganator 16/May/13 Lead

Grelat fun. I found the initial wall harder than the layback flake

with International Meet Guest
Adam Coles ?/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Clare
Nick Biven ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 Lead O/S
cymjt ??/2013 -
jacobjlloyd 28/Oct/12 2nd rpt

Just as awesome as the first time! What a route.

nimajneb 28/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Bristoldave 30/Sep/12 Lead dog
with Caroline
Brown 08/Sep/12 2nd
with Andy R
climbing son 26/Aug/12 TR rpt
Ed Babs 25/Aug/12 Lead dog

I can't have enough hair left to layback the arÍte from the break. Powerful.

clipskipper 25/Aug/12 2nd O/S

Physical :-)!

with Ed Babington
Amazoniangirl 25/Aug/12 TR dnf
tcn_2002 26/Jun/12 Lead dnf
ian d f 26/Jun/12 Lead dnf

Must come back and finish this one

with Tom C, Pete C
jon_gill1 04/Jun/12 Lead dnf
with mike walton
Dan_Carroll 13/Apr/12 Lead rpt
with mum
Pete Graham ?/Apr/12 Lead
with Rick Graham
gazhbo ?/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Mar/12 2nd rpt
gingerking ?/Feb/12 2nd dnf
with Borg
wojt ??/2012 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
andybenham 10/Dec/11 Lead dnf

Aaaah! A route I've wanted for a long time. It wasn't to be though. Took multiple falls before finally admitting defeat. I will be back though....

Ed morris 06/Nov/11 Lead O/S
with Theo
colesy ?/Oct/11 Lead O/S
climbing son 02/Sep/11 TR rpt
Dave Heaton 31/Aug/11 Lead
with Jake Nichol
Lumbering Oaf 20/Aug/11 TR dnf

Tried to second R's attempt at S.A. - managed the first moves to reach the first couple of jugs just beneath the first break. Fell in attempting to move from the jugs to the break and took a big ol' swing. Crux moves from break up arete to ledge seem even pumpier. A lead to aim for!

Hidden 19/Aug/11 Lead dnf
manbat 19/Aug/11 TR dnf

Didn't get far at all! Hard as nails, and holds that were ripping my hands to shreds.

Harry_Pymont 12/Aug/11 Lead dog
Marti999 10/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Graham C 10/Aug/11 2nd
with Marti
adam cooper*super* 05/Aug/11 Lead O/S

really didnt think i was going to be able to do this!

Rob Pitt 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Helen Pitt
Hidden 29/Jul/11 Lead RP
Hidden 23/Jul/11 TR dnf
benkelsey 13/Jul/11 Lead O/S

powerful, single move route, bomber gear in break, rest is really easy. Literally! no idea how I did the move but emerged on the jug covered in blood and shaking. touch and go...

with Phill Butler, Remus Knowles
gingerwolf 07/Jul/11 2nd O/S
jakenichol 29/Jun/11 Lead

Took 2 falls on layback, but finally got up it

thomasadixon 21/Jun/11 Lead RP

I'm blaming the blasting wind for the two falls, could be I just figured it out third go tho. Class anyway, gets easier and easier after the crux.

with Mike
a13x 10/Jun/11 2nd dnf
pudding 10/Jun/11 Lead O/S

simply quality!

with matthew gibbings, alex peace
hamish2016 ?/Jun/11 Lead
with Oliver Hill
Hidden 31/May/11 Lead O/S
el_monty 30/May/11 Lead dnf
quiffhanger 30/May/11 Lead O/S
sam.sam.sam.ferguson 30/May/11 2nd
Hidden 15/May/11 Lead
Fran S8 27/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 25/Apr/11 Lead dnf
Hidden 19/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Apr/11 Lead RP
oliver.ghill91 ??/2011 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
mwatson ??/2011 -
andrea83 09/Oct/10 2nd dnf

The bits I did were lovely. Really hard! Never tried 6a before-got a lot of respect for the grade. Got hauled up by Matt which was a new and entertaining experience, made me laugh as I magically rose up the cliff!

Bobby Gilbert 18/Sep/10 Lead dnf
with Dan from St Ives, Heather Clark
Hidden 30/Aug/10 Lead
alaan 27/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with Mat
mattyork2 27/Aug/10 Lead dnf
Will Hunt 17/Aug/10 Lead dnf
Hidden 17/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 17/Aug/10 2nd β
Rowansb 14/Aug/10 Lead dnf
3 Names 02/Aug/10 Lead O/S
raku 19/Jun/10 Lead dog
Harald 11/May/10 Lead O/S
jacobjlloyd 25/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Beautiful sequence, with a safe but committing crux on perfect rock. Opted out of the E4 finish - need to bring up a camalot 3 (it looks like) to protect it. Maybe next time. It is a truly inspiring line, so lots of people keen to second. About right for E2 6a according to second's consensus, though it felt 5c to me, for whatever reason. Around F6b/+ and totally safe.

with Paddy, Arnaud, Chris Smith-Duque, Dougie
dswansonlow 25/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Ed Booth 23/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Adam Booth 23/Apr/10 Lead RP

Tried this 4 years ago, so nice to finally get it done. Ed had to show me how to do it though!

Hidden 13/Apr/10 Lead dnf
Hidden 09/Apr/10 Lead rpt
dan gibson 09/Apr/10 2nd rpt
with michael porter
Dan_Carroll 05/Apr/10 Lead RP

finally! amazing route.

Hidden ??/2010 -
ASchwirtz 09/Jun/09 TR RP
with Ian
gnc760 08/Jun/09 Lead dnf
with Phil Pavey
Hidden 04/Jun/09 Lead rpt
mattcyp88 04/Jun/09 Lead β
with Aurelie Deckoninck
Hidden 03/May/09 2nd O/S
Dan_Carroll 08/Aug/08 TR RP
Simonfarfaraway ?/Aug/08 2nd
with Dave A
Hidden 26/Jul/08 Lead dog
switch ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
bfreeman 10/Jun/08 Lead β
with Tom Laurence
dan gibson 10/Jun/08 Lead O/S
jfreeman 07/Jun/08 Lead β
simonr 07/Jun/08 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/08 Lead dnf
MikeT ?/Jun/07 TR O/S
with MO
feilx 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Jus ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
climber sim ??/2007 -
drysori ??/2007 -
Hidden 10/Aug/06 Lead O/S
shark 03/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Annie
John Southworth ?/Jul/04 Lead O/S
rapidrich 15/Sep/02 Lead RP
with Kate
goi.ashmore 05/Aug/02 Lead O/S
with Roy Thomas
Hidden 18/May/02 Lead RP
Mark Kemball 20/Oct/01 2nd
with Nic Dill
Gus 22/Aug/01 Lead O/S
with ben rouse
steveb2006 30/Jul/01 Lead RP

Led after Roland fails. Small fall

with Roland Smith
pezzerrr 01/Jul/01 Lead O/S
Roget 12/Sep/00 Lead rpt
stuart100 20/Jul/00 Lead dog
with Ian Brown
jfletcher 18/Jul/99 Lead
with Charlotte Fletcher
Jon Read ?/May/97 Lead O/S
with Noel Curtis
K1 ??/1995 Lead
Roget 14/Sep/93 Lead dog
with jon
Hidden 22/Apr/92 Lead O/S
andy gittins ??/1990 -
Campbell42 03/Aug/88 2nd O/S
with Mike Waters
Hidden ??/1982 -
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