Rockfax Description
Quarried perfection. Sustained and intricate climbing with good protection and rock. Start on Breakfast Ledge.
1) 6a, 30m. Follow Lich Gates to its second (poor) peg and step up left to below a small overhang. Good nuts in a short crack down to its left. Move up over the overhang, 2 pegs, and then climb a flared groove below a pink wall, peg on left, rightwards to a difficult exit, 2 pegs, and a rest on the right. Traverse the fingery break left, 2 pegs, to a bolted stance.
2) 6a, 25m. Climb up the wall on the right, peg out left and a bolt on the right, to a groove and 2 pegs. Follow the groove to a left-trending break and move left, peg, and up into a small overhang capped corner/groove, peg. At the overhang go left, peg, and pull over the overhang to finish. © Rockfax

R Harrison, G A Jenkin (pitch 1 C Perry D Pearce (4 pts aid) 28/Jun/1968, pitch 2 C Perry, J Harwood (2 pts aid) 17/Nov/1968 (finishing up PWT?)) 18/Dec/1977

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs, Rockfax West Country top 50, Ultimate E4 ticklist, The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

Hugobristol 05/Oct AltLd dog

Fell off gaining the start of the traverse a few times and then again on the traverse! Burnt out. Second pitch was more balancy and less pumpy so I managed to stay on, with Alex's beta. Great route with some awesome exposure!

with blaza1
blaza1 05/Oct AltLd O/S

2nd pitch felt hard, great route

HappyTrundler 24/Aug AltLd rpt

Looking at my old guide, I first led this 18 July 1981, 35 years ago, I have probably done it about 10 times since. I've never cruised it, respect, it's a hell of a route...I've led both pitches, done it in one run out...led the second pitch today, couple of small falls from the 'holdless groove' before topping out....then a couple of pints in the Mardyke with Chas, bloody brilliant....

with Chas
Bristoldave ?/Mar Lead O/S
with colin
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Billg 26/Oct/15 Lead O/S

Great route, steady moves, but not been doing enough trad - the pegs at the hard move before the left traverse on P1 felt a bit worrying.

with Ollie
James S 22/Sep/15 Lead dnf

Weather was not on our side today... Rained on and off a few times which left us eventually bailing just before starting pitch 2 properly. What we did was brilliant, will be back soon to do the whole thing!

with geoff
LRob 03/Jun/15 Lead
Alex Winter 27/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Great route, both pitches excellent. Led the first. Was pretty baffled by the niche on P2 -- ended up having to lay one on for the break. Chilly when we started, but fine once the sun came round.

with Nick
Nick Russell 27/Feb/15 AltLd O/S

Excellent route, two contrasting pitches, lives up to the hype! Alex led P1 while I shivered on the belay ledge (new bolts, wtf?) then I sweltered on P2 when the sun came round. Pleased to get it in just before the bird ban comes into force.

olliebenzie ??/2015 2nd

09.08.15 I abbed the line for Max to check the pegs. The peg under the roof on the main pitch snapped, Max still led it and thought e4 was still a fair grade as there is other gear about. There is a loose block over the roof that looks like a nice hand hold...

Ed Babs 26/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

Superb climbing with shiny new bolted belays and ab point. Led P2.

HappyTrundler 30/Jul/14 AltLd rpt

Still the best E4 in town...led the second pitch this time, sustained and interesting, never desperate or strenny, unlike pitch 1. The route is a clip up really, you only need a Moac and Rock 1 and a load of quick draws...last led this about 10 years ago, and wasn't sure if I'd ever do it again, so well chuffed after tonight....

with Chas
Hidden 10/Mar/14 Lead O/S
AJM 24/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Led both pitches. Had to dig deep on pitch 1, almost off in a couple of places. Pitch 2 (E3?) a bit of a contrast, more balancey with a superb finale. Both pitches gave excellent climbing.

Hidden 24/Sep/13 2nd dog
Aaron Lines 07/Oct/12 AltLd
AlexD 04/Sep/12 2nd dog
with Marti
Marti999 04/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/Sep/11 2nd dog
thomasadixon 16/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Crux reach to the big pocket felt pretty hard, probs easier if you're tall. Brilliant climbing if a bit reliant on pegs.

with helen
Hidden 09/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
pezzerrr 09/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Chubbard 31/Jul/10 2nd dog

Fell off twice on P1 :(

with Ray
billb ?/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
with Mike S
Marcus ??/2006 -
Paz 06/Jul/05 AltLd O/S

led P2 (a less strenuous 6a).

with AS
Hidden 06/Jul/05 -
Kev Little ??/2005 AltLd O/S
KRB 26/Sep/04 Lead β

Did it in one pitch. Brilliant sustained climbing

with unseconded
Paz 02/Sep/04 Lead dnf

Down climbed from the top of the ramp after too long. Second had always wanted an excuse to do Dawn Walk (S).

with AS
Hidden 02/Sep/04 AltLd
jonnybee666 15/Jun/00 -

One of the best E3/4s in the area IMHO. Two contrasting pitches, first quite strenuous and second thoughtful and technical. Interesting and sustained climbing all the way. A classic

crimpaway ?/Apr/00 Lead
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
AndySL 12/Jun/96 2nd O/S


with Tim
Hidden 04/May/96 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/May/96 2nd
Hidden 29/Mar/95 AltLd rpt
Hidden 23/Sep/89 Lead
frank ramsay ?/Mar/88 Lead
DDDD ??/1988 -
Bullybones ??/1988 Lead
Hidden 01/Nov/85 AltLd
Steve Lewis 25/Apr/85 Lead
with Morty
Mike Owen 21/Oct/84 -
with Pete Craig
Hidden ??/1984 Lead
barny ??/1984 Lead O/S

Led both pitches. Was called Peril E3/5c when I did it and that seemed a fair grade. Seem to remember the final move of the top groove being a stretch for a good edge - a very good edge as both feet came off!

with Andy Simcock
stp 26/Nov/83 Lead O/S

Previously spelled Peril and given E3. Done twice at different times so as to lead both pitches.

andy gittins ??/1983 -
Hidden ?/Aug/82 Lead O/S
Steve Bell ??/1981 -
Paul Clarke ??/1981 Lead

First route on move to Bath

with local
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