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Tennis Shoe - The Direct Start** E1 5a

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137m, 5 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.

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This climb is in 269 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

the ant hill mob - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/14

E1 4c or E1 with one 5a move
bede.west - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/14

Felix Ottey - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/13

E1 4c I think, easy climbing but well and truly run out.
Alex Riley - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/13 with Joe W

wixy - Lead - 12/Oct/13

sam0000 - Lead O/S - Aug/13

soph - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Lindy Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jul/13

fait - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13

BTphonehome - AltLd O/S - 31/May/13 with Woodsy

morgan91 - Lead O/S - 18/May/13

BradleyWhite - 2nd - 18/May/13

HVS?
ipegg - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with Gavin Philips

Samuel Wainwright - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/13 with Emma Smith

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Apr/13

dannygiblin - Lead - Apr/13

slid off the crux but managed to stop myself plummeting to a life in a wheelchair, by smearing and ripping my fingertips to shreds on the curved face. regain my mojo and finished the pitch, continued easy up pitch 2 and 3 but chickend out of 4 and took the easy gully to the right, head was fried and body batterd, awesome first HVS multi pitch, and my guidebook, climbers club "ogwen" rates it a VS but HVS sounds fine to me,
marzi - Lead - 2013 with caroline hill

tim20 - 2013

led one of the easier pithches
Matt88 - 2nd - 06/Oct/12 with Joe M, jonny webb

joem - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/12 with MATTR, johnny web

Joe led direct start then Alternate leads between Matt and I before I led the fantastic final pitch
JonnyW - AltLd - 06/Oct/12 with Matt Riordan, Joe Mccarty

I lead the first pitch, Alex lead the final 2. Not sure on the line exactly, but basically carried up the scoop to the top, and then moved right slightly towards (but not into) the first crack. Simple climbing, just ballsy
partz - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/12 with Alex Battery

sparkybatteryboy - AltLd - 05/Sep/12 with matt e

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/12

The start of the chain ....
kirsten - 2nd - 11/Aug/12 with JohnN

John Nuttall - Lead - 11/Aug/12 with Kirsten

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12

The last pitch is very exposed and very scary. Nice and pleasant climb.
beata - 05/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 10/Jun/12

torsok - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Matt H

"virtually no gear" (rockfax) isn't exactly correct, an early cam and a micronut (or two if you fancy) protect almost adequately. Lovely bold slab climbing, just the way I like it. The climbing is extremely straightforward, especially if you're used to slabs. Only HVS if you don't trust your micronut, E1 unjustified.
GermanAlex - Lead O/S - 30/May/12 with Lee

Lead the direct pitch. Felt closer to HVS than E1 as the climbing was fairly straight-forward. Some massive run outs though. Made worse due to having to bypass some good gear placements after running out of small cams lower down.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Mike Lelliot

MikeLell - 2nd O/S - 27/May/12 with Lee Harrison

twem - Lead O/S - 22/May/12 with Andy Harbach

quite bold, pretty much no gear till you step back right onto the slab. followed normal tennis shoe the rest of the way.
rustaldo - AltLd O/S - 22/May/12 with Alex

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/May/12

Ollie B - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/12 with C.Radford

alan moore - 2012

goadventure1 - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Dafydd Llywelyn - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/11 with Sam Houlker

Ivan lead the first pitch. I nervously took the greasy left hand option for the second pitch. Then two easier runout slab pitches by Ivan and I in that order. Ivan finished the route with a steep alternative to the traditional route by going straight up the face from the grassy ledge (pockets followed by cracks and slab. Great outing!
thecurlyone - AltLd O/S - 05/Nov/11 with Ivan Holroid

will_benfold - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Miles

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/11

Phil_Hall_97 - 2nd - 30/Sep/11 with Alice Du Preeze, Dave Evans

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Sep/11

iainpowell - Sep/11

Tom Hecht - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/11 with Josh Marshall

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Aug/11

tully1987 - AltLd - 05/Aug/11 with Adam Barratt

did by accident instead of normal tennis shoe!
jack1996 - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/11 with Luke c

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/11

nice easy challenge... no problems. dry rock
nick_curtis01 - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/11 with Laurie Brand, Ian Bailey

Lawrie Brand - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/11 with Nick, Ian

eeonz - 2nd - 20/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/11

For an E1 felt comfortable all the way through climb
nick_curtis01 - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/11 with James Mackey

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/11

masonwoods101 - Solo O/S - 03/Jul/11

Led P1 & P3. Bold first pitch, had a really awkward bag on which made looking up hard work, and climbed it in approach shoes, got a bit scared on the crux, gears pants.
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/11 with Laura Perry

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/11

Lev - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/11 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/11

Conan - Lead - 30/Apr/11 with Clare A

Need to learn to trust my feet!
ceaddiso - 2nd - 30/Apr/11 with Conan

saet1a - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11

Bold, but really only VS climbing, worth HVS for the runout but never E1.
The Ivanator - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Sean

Perryman - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Ivan Bicknell

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/11

Felt a little easy for E1, have to agree with the Rockfax on this one!!
mbradberry2008 - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/11 with James Mccann

Hidden - Lead rpt - 10/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/11

i started on the E1 pitch, matt got the classic final pitch :)
pudding - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/11 with matt keeves

squicky - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/11 with rg1976

rg1976 - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/11 with squicky

really nice climb!
Alex Shermer - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Rachel Slater

Rachel Slater - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Alex Shermer

V-Cold, numb hands
Od - Lead O/S - 27/Jan/11 with Ollie Dowen

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jan/11

Hidden - 2011

mackay780 - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - 2011

luke wallington - 2nd - 2011 with joe

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

ollieben - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with millie

Millicent21 - 2nd - 02/Oct/10 with Ollie

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Sep/10

Pretty scary for a few moves in the middle. Some of the tough moves are in definite ground fall territory. Exciting ;)
mullermn - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Kylie Richards

Pretty scary route, feels like quite a traverse on second with quite a bit of swing potential if you fall. Enjoyed it though!
Kylie - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with mullermn

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

Nearly came unstuck on the key pitch, a lovely long bold start to the route though.
whiting.jp - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/10 with jamesca

Seconded first three pitches with a big pack on in training for alps before leadng last two.
owrehleeoh - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/10 with John Tomlinson, Steve Gandy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/10

cmsg - AltLd rpt - 10/Jun/10 with Llewelyn Thomas

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

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/10

craig h - 2nd O/S - 31/May/10 with Janet Hannah

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/May/10

prdaum - 2nd O/S - 23/May/10 with Dave, PYB

A few shaky leg moments on the run out parts but couldn't work out where the actual crux was. Thin on gear and bold throughout but not as polished as Tennis Shoe
monkey1 - Lead O/S - 21/May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/May/10

Led 2nd and 4th pitches.
Dux - AltLd O/S - 18/May/10 with Andy Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/10

dswansonlow - AltLd - 07/Mar/10 with Tom Smart

tomsmartacus - AltLd - 07/Mar/10 with Dougie

Hidden - 2010

RHarding - 2010

jld579 - Lead O/S - 2010

sionjosh - 2010

centurion05 - 2010

sgl0jd - 2010

matthias13 - AltLd - 26/Sep/09 with Jamie Thompson

Rampikino - Lead - 20/Sep/09 with Cat

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Sep/09

nathanmanc - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/09 with Jen

RachelP - Lead - 01/Jun/09 with Jamie

Graham Westbrook - AltLd - Jun/09

jamie ward - Lead O/S - 29/May/09 with Stuart Williams

Piers Harley - Lead β - 24/May/09 with Daryl Flint

Night climb in B3 boots - 3 pitches Matt took first and third, i led second pitch
snakebite - AltLd O/S - 09/May/09 with Matt Reynolds

CharlieMack - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/09 with Janek Mamino

1st pitch only
John Marsland - 2nd rpt - 19/Apr/09 with Goi

en7edh - 2nd - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Nov/08

will6459 - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/08 with

Hidden - Lead dnf - 22/Oct/08

RCrockford - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/08 with Andy G, Andy C

tumbling wizard - Jun/08

I led the first pitch, some of the slab and the final pitch up the tower
adamscottthomas - AltLd O/S - 11/May/08 with Ian Johnson

Hidden - 2nd - Feb/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2008

guy stabler - 2008

Hidden - 2008

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

Hidden - Lead - Nov/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/07

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Oct/07

I led one of the easier middle pitches, Mark did the rest...
Calder - 2nd - 07/Oct/07 with Mark

loonyclimber - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/07

Seconded the final pull up the tower, which I found rather tricky and steep at the time.
Mike Roach - AltLd O/S - Aug/07 with Laurence Hicks

SamStokes - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/07 with Ben Matthews

Rampikino - Lead - 26/May/07 with MMC Various

John King - 2nd - 05/May/07

auld al - Lead O/S - May/07

lighty - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/07 with Robby b

rob1 - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/07 with Jonny Martin

First HVS - With mum watching! Bold and precarious. Granted - easy for HVS, but much too bold for it to be VS. Top pitch was hard and polished for 4a. Middle pitches were a delight to climb.
Cardi - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/07 with Pete D

John Marsland - 2nd rpt - 12/Apr/07 with Duncan Irving

donkster - Lead rpt - 03/Apr/07 with hannah, mark

Hidden - Lead - 01/Apr/07

JHPritch - 2nd O/S - Apr/07 with Ifan

scorky345 - AltLd - Apr/07 with Tim Oates

tim20 - AltLd - Apr/07 with sam corcoran

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/07

John Lisle - 2007

Huddy - 2007

timmy-ts - 2007

Diggler - AltLd O/S - 2007

zcapxa5 - Lead O/S - 25/Nov/06

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Nov/06

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Oct/06

Hidden - Lead - Oct/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/06

dodfoster - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/06 with heather muirden

cas54321 - 2nd - Aug/06 with Mike

Great first pitch
Owain Llewelyn - AltLd - 06/Jul/06 with Dad

Ian_gozer - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/06 with Tim & Instructor

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

mikelaing - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Carolyn

cas54321 - 2nd - Jun/06 with Mike

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/06

stuart100 - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/06 with Gary Stoker

it was well good fun and tony pooed his self ha ha
ju monkey - 2nd - 20/Apr/06 with tony hall

Ian McNeill - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2006

emlynroberts - AltLd - 2006 with Karoliina Koivisto

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/05

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/05

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/05

Mich led first pitch.
steve mee - AltLd - 25/Jun/05 with Mich Mee

FrankW - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/05 with Peter T

mattdown - 2nd - Jun/05 with Tom Gilbert

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/05

Hidden - Lead - Jun/05

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/May/05

John Marsland - Lead - 11/May/05 with Ant Williams

ewen - AltLd O/S - Apr/05 with ian hinkins

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2005

John Kettle - Lead - 2005

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/04

Hidden - Aug/04

climbtim - AltLd - 20/Jun/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/04

Hidden - 2004

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/03

richardlong78 - 04/Sep/03 with Stu Wright

Sandy P - AltLd - Jul/03 with Guy Couper-Marsh

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/03

220bpm - Lead O/S - Jun/03 with Mike

Done as my first HVS.
Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/03 with ChrisA

akhughes - Solo O/S - 2003

Hidden - Lead - 07/Oct/02

michael burrows - Lead O/S - 12/May/02 with dave meeson

Brown - Solo O/S - 2002

paul m hadley - Lead - 2002

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/01

Rog Wilko - Lead - May/01 with Debbie Wilkinson

Hidden - Lead - 05/May/00

kevp - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/99

kevp - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/98 with RLT Course

rurp - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/98

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/May/98

Sometime in the 90's
BruceW - AltLd O/S - 1998

Conan - AltLd O/S - 1998 with Steve Williams

Andy Say - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/97

Hidden - Lead rpt - 15/Jun/97

brady - Lead - 30/Mar/97 with Andy Carr

big - 06/Mar/97

whispering nic - Lead - 1997 with The Wife

Paul Boardman - AltLd O/S - 1996 with Iain Boardman

Second met on campsite! No gear. If you find this easy you traversed off R to soon!
Sean Kelly - Lead - Jul/95

Hidden - AltLd - 14/May/95

Rhian Wood - 1995

Hidden - Solo - 27/May/94

DavPk - AltLd - 1993 with Gareth Wood

Hidden - Lead - 12/Aug/91

tlr - Lead - 22/Oct/90 with ben

SPD224 - AltLd - Sep/90

Thin, unprotected start - took me a long time!
JohnHutch - Lead - Jul/90 with JK

mark-abz - 2nd - 23/Jun/90 with Charlie G

Ched - Lead O/S - 1990 with Glyn

Nick Rundall - Solo O/S - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/89 with stewart wingfield

Hidden - Lead - 31/Mar/89

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Jul/88

Iain Thow - Lead - 14/May/88 with Steve Ball

Jelly Mould Surfer - Lead O/S - Apr/88

babymoac - Lead - 01/Aug/87 with Rich Reeder

E1?? Don't be ridiculous. It's a rather bold VS. Maybe marginally HVS 4c
AlanLittle - Lead - Jul/87 with Carl Blakeley

Tony Buckley - AltLd - Sep/86

Mark Kemball - Lead - 05/Jul/85 with Chris May

Mark Kemball - Lead - 04/Jul/85 with Chris May

Richard Weller - Lead - 21/Oct/84 with Lucinda and Sally

nigehughes - Lead - Jul/84 with Ian Cameron

Ian Clare - 1983

Hidden - Solo - 29/May/81

Nic Robinson - Solo O/S - 01/Feb/81

Nic Robinson - Lead O/S - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Chris Craggs - 1980

in 1980's
David Smith - Solo - 1980

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jan/77

mikej - AltLd - 05/Jul/75 with Bill Church

gwedgwood - 1975 with Steve McEvoy

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Apr/74

pneame - 1974

Nigel Bond - Lead - 11/Aug/73 with Alan

Tom V - 1972

my first lead of this route.done in eb rock boots and extra full weight nylon rope.rope realy dragging with long run outs.nice dry sunny day.pure joy.chickened out on the final pillar,climbed a wee groove to the right.the scramble down was interesting,nice view of suicide wall.
gareth higgins - AltLd - Jun/65

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Voting
Total votes cast 121
hard E20 of 39
E20 of 39
easy E20 of 39
hard E10 of 39
E12 of 39
easy E117 of 39
hard HVS17 of 39
HVS2 of 39
easy HVS0 of 39
hard VS1 of 39
VS0 of 39
easy VS0 of 39
hard 5b0 of 34
5b0 of 34
easy 5b0 of 34
hard 5a0 of 34
5a5 of 34
easy 5a17 of 34
hard 4c10 of 34
4c2 of 34
easy 4c0 of 34
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Style of ascent

Soloed10 of 269 (3.7%)
Lead98 of 269 (36.4%)
Followed41 of 269 (15.2%)
Alt Leads88 of 269 (32.7%)
Unknown32 of 269 (11.9%)

'Climbed'121 of 269 (45.0%)
clean O/S139 of 269 (51.7%)
clean β1 of 269 (0.4%)
clean rpt6 of 269 (2.2%)
dnf2 of 269 (0.7%)