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Samson Arete* E2 6a

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[Jamie past the first crux on Samson Arete, 3 kb]Great climbing on a finely sculptured line. Start at a thin crack just to the left of the base of the arete. Photo on page 225. 21m. 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
R Edwards, I Pomfret Jul/1974

Ticklists: West Country Climbs.

Photo: Jamie past the first crux on Samson Arete © jammy4536
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This climb is in 127 logbooks, and on 25 wishlists.

Such a bad idea at such a late point in the day.
zcsharp - Lead dnf - 08/Mar/14 with Alex Tibbs

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?
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Andy Rich

Damned hard! Tall people might find the crux, (the flakes imo), very hard. Harder than they looked. If you fall off the crux, (even your 2nd) you may not be able to get back on the route! ...well unless you have a set of nuts and a reasonable sized friend handy. See vertical limit for further instructions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxtg7raPDYo ;-)
sshandy - 2nd dog - 24/Aug/13 with Masa - Avalanche Valley

Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/13 with Dan Lane

Just not strong enough!
Dan Lane - 2nd dog - 05/Aug/13 with Tom Livingstone

6a really?
El3ctroFuzz - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/13 with Alex Orrrrrrr - Green giant

DaveFidler - Lead RP - 19/Jun/13 with Maurice

maddy92 - 2nd dnf - 19/Jun/13

Not too hard with beta, but very strenuous!
Dan Geh - 2nd β - 05/Jun/13 with Ross

Fell three times at crux, one to come back for!
Ross.Cooper - Lead dog - 05/Jun/13 with Dan Geh

Been wanting to do this route for a long time, very pleased to onsight it.
Harry Thorpe - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Mark Chev

AMJ098 - 2nd - Jun/13

desperate, on shunt dangling about.
rurp - TR dnf - 30/May/13

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

Tim M - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 25/May/13 with cheesesarnie

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.
Misha - Lead O/S - 18/May/13 with Mathijs

Grelat fun. I found the initial wall harder than the layback flake
morganator - Lead - 16/May/13 with International Meet Guest

Adam Coles - Lead O/S - Apr/13 with Clare

Nick Biven - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

Just as awesome as the first time! What a route.
jacobjlloyd - 2nd rpt - 28/Oct/12 with Ben Corbey

Bristoldave - Lead dog - 30/Sep/12 with Caroline

Brown - 2nd - 08/Sep/12 with Andy R

climbing son - TR rpt - 26/Aug/12

I can't have enough hair left to layback the arÍte from the break. Powerful.
Ed Babs - Lead dog - 25/Aug/12 with Lee Mercer

Physical :-)!
clipskipper - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/12 with Ed Babington

Amazoniangirl - TR dnf - 25/Aug/12 with James Turton

tcn_2002 - Lead dnf - 26/Jun/12

Must come back and finish this one
ian d f - Lead dnf - 26/Jun/12 with Tom C, Pete C

jon_gill1 - Lead dnf - 04/Jun/12 with mike walton

Dan_Carroll - Lead rpt - 13/Apr/12 with mum

Pete Graham - Lead - Apr/12 with Rick Graham

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 17/Mar/12

gingerking - 2nd dnf - Feb/12 with Borg

wojt - Lead O/S - 2012

wojtt - Lead O/S - 2012

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....
andybenham - Lead dnf - 10/Dec/11 with paul abram

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Theo

colesy - Lead O/S - Oct/11

climbing son - TR rpt - 02/Sep/11

Dave Heaton - Lead - 31/Aug/11 with Jake Nichol

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!
Lumbering Oaf - TR dnf - 20/Aug/11 with Matt george

Hidden - Lead dnf - 19/Aug/11

Didn't get far at all! Hard as nails, and holds that were ripping my hands to shreds.
manbat - TR dnf - 19/Aug/11 with Matthew Box

Harry_Pymont - Lead dog - 12/Aug/11

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/11 with Graham Charman

Graham C - 2nd - 10/Aug/11 with Marti

really didnt think i was going to be able to do this!
adam cooper*super* - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/11 with jack folland

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Helen Pitt

Hidden - Lead RP - 29/Jul/11

couldn't get established on the flake, and couldn't get back on again.
hms - TR dnf - 23/Jul/11 with UCR squad

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...
benkelsey - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Phill Butler, Remus Knowles

gingerwolf - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/11

Took 2 falls on layback, but finally got up it
jakenichol - Lead - 29/Jun/11

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.
thomasadixon - Lead RP - 21/Jun/11 with Mike

a13x - 2nd dnf - 10/Jun/11 with Jordan Phethean

simply quality!
pudding - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/11 with matthew gibbings, alex peace

HamishD - Lead - Jun/11 with Oliver Hill

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/11

el_monty - Lead dnf - 30/May/11 with sam ferguson

quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 30/May/11

Hidden - Lead - 15/May/11

Fran S8 - 2nd - 27/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 08/Apr/11

olly12344 - 2nd O/S - 2011

Hidden - 2011

mwatson - 2011

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!
andrea83 - 2nd dnf - 09/Oct/10 with Matt Fry

Bobby Gilbert - Lead dnf - 18/Sep/10 with Dan from St Ives, Heather Clark

CJEFF - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with Thomas Ramsdon

alaan - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10 with Mat

mattyork2 - Lead dnf - 27/Aug/10 with Pete Ellis, Alan Royle

Will Hunt - Lead dnf - 17/Aug/10 with Dan Matthewman, Dave Smith

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Aug/10

Rowansb - Lead dnf - 14/Aug/10

3 Names - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/10 with Sumee Holloway

raku - Lead dog - 19/Jun/10

Harald - Lead O/S - 11/May/10

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.
jacobjlloyd - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/10 with Paddy, Arnaud, Chris Smith-Duque, Dougie

dswansonlow - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/10 with jacob loyd

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/10

Tried this 4 years ago, so nice to finally get it done. Ed had to show me how to do it though!
Adam Booth - Lead RP - 23/Apr/10 with Ed Booth

Hidden - Lead dnf - 13/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead rpt - 09/Apr/10

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 09/Apr/10 with michael porter

finally! amazing route.
Dan_Carroll - Lead RP - 05/Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

ASchwirtz - TR RP - 09/Jun/09 with Ian

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Lead dnf - 08/Jun/09 with Phil Pavey

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Jun/09

mattcyp88 - Lead β - 04/Jun/09 with Aurelie Deckoninck

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/May/09

Dan_Carroll - TR RP - 08/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Jul/08

switch - Lead O/S - Jul/08

bfreeman - Lead β - 10/Jun/08 with Tom Laurence

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/08

jfreeman - Lead β - 07/Jun/08 with Simon Robinson

simonr - 2nd - 07/Jun/08 with Jon Freeman

Hidden - Lead dnf - Jun/08

MikeT - TR O/S - Jun/07 with MO

feilx - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/07 with Alex Dennis

Jus - Lead O/S - Apr/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

climber sim - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/06

shark - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/05 with Annie

John Southworth - Lead O/S - Jul/04

Hidden - Lead - Sep/03

rapidrich - Lead RP - 15/Sep/02 with Kate

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/02 with Roy Thomas

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/May/02

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 20/Oct/01 with Nic Dill

Gus - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/01 with ben rouse

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/Jul/01

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/01

Roget - Lead rpt - 12/Sep/00

stuart100 - Lead dog - 20/Jul/00 with Ian Brown

Jon Read - Lead O/S - May/97 with Noel Curtis

K1 - Lead - 1995

Roget - Lead dog - 14/Sep/93 with jon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/92

Campbell42 - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/88 with Mike Waters

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easy E31 of 39
hard E225 of 39
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easy E20 of 39
hard E10 of 39
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hard 6b0 of 39
6b0 of 39
easy 6b0 of 39
hard 6a16 of 39
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Style of ascent

Lead86 of 127 (67.7%)
Followed24 of 127 (18.9%)
Toproped10 of 127 (7.9%)
Unknown7 of 127 (5.5%)

'Climbed'24 of 127 (18.9%)
clean O/S45 of 127 (35.4%)
clean β4 of 127 (3.1%)
clean rpt9 of 127 (7.1%)
clean RP11 of 127 (8.7%)
dogged10 of 127 (7.9%)
dnf24 of 127 (18.9%)