Foil*** E3 6a
[Foil, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
One of the great Cromlech extremes.
1) 20m. As for Spiral Stairs.
2) 6a, 35m. The striking thin crack to the right of Sabre Cut is followed to some exciting finishing moves. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Great Wall Climbs of the UK, North Wales Rock Graded List, North Wales E3's, Trad climbs for sport climbers, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, Alex's Wales ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, Fast & Free: Pete Livesay's Top 30 British Classics.

Photo: Foil © Jim Brooke
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This climb is in 257 logbooks, and on 58 wishlists.

Dizz - 2nd - 03/Oct/15 with Mark Stevenson

breed - 2nd rpt - 07/Sep/15

Agree with person below in that the moves seemed harder than any on resurrection or right wall although haven't completed the latter . Was damp with a greasy final few metres,hard.
mynyddresident - Lead rpt - 17/Aug/15

soph - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/15 with Pablo Martin

Also a great route
Ramon Marin - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/15 with ciaran tracey

Really hard ! Should have placed way less gear.
James Marshall - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/15 with Pete Shepherd

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jul/15

Excellent. Not as hard as it looks and there are wires on demand.
Brian H - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/15 with Alice

jamestaylor92 - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/15 with Alex Cutbush

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Mar/15

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - 2015

Ian craigie - Lead - 2015 with Karen Mackintyre

wolf.leeb - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/14 with nic

mynyddresident - 2nd - 02/Oct/14 with wolf

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/14 with Cam

Felt harder than right wall and resurrection. Maybe I was more tired...
markalmack - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Richard

I lead 1st pitch of spectre then andy lead foil. Was numb cold when left the ledge to second and pumped out at final moves. Next go back I'll be warm and leading.
kermit_uk - 2nd dog - 13/Sep/14 with Andy Janezko

guy757 - 10/Sep/14

Fell off at last move!
Julie Carroll - 2nd - 10/Sep/14 with Steve Gorton

mikeyjbs - Lead rpt - 07/Sep/14 with Steve Gorton

KKilroy - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/14 with james hales

ferdia - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Ferdia

Callum_Johnson - 2nd - 21/Jul/14 with Uisdean

Uisdean hawthorn - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Callum_Johnson

Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/14 with James Oswald

Narrowly onsighted, tough upper section and I spent too long hanging around. Great technical climbing at the top of the grade.excellent route but far too hard to warm up on...
James Oswald - Lead - 01/Jul/14

Ben Briggs - Lead O/S - Jul/14 with Abs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/14

Really really nice climb. Resty bit, tricky bit, Resty bit, tricky bit... A sting in the tail.
mountain_jay - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Pippa Froggatt

Fabulous, last move needs some working out.
Pippa - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Jamie Thornley

Sarah Black - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Paul Black

Foiled by the finish. Got pumped, placed a cam where my hand needed to be then rested on gear. After a quick rest I was able to finish. One to come back to.
Mark Grist - Lead dog - 14/Jun/14 with Paul Tanton

PaulTanton - 2nd rpt - 14/Jun/14 with Mark Grist

Luxulyan - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Tom Murrell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/14

Hidden - 2014

Hidden - 2014

mike mo - 2014

mike mo - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

tim newton - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13 with gwen lancashire

dswansonlow - 2nd rpt - 03/Sep/13 with Darren McMaster

Couldn't remember much about the route but felt much easier on lead to when I seconded it.
shed_hed - Lead rpt - 03/Sep/13 with Dougie Swanson-Low

Hidden - 2nd β - 01/Sep/13

Had to battle on this, pretty tricky and quite sustained, pleased to onsight.
BenNorman - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/13

A tough one for the end of the day, good fight by Ben getting up this
brices - 2nd β - 30/Aug/13 with Ben Norman

Adam Booth - 2nd rpt - 08/Aug/13 with Ed Booth

Dan724 - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Mike Davies

drysori - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jul/13

Really nice route, small positive holds and interesting moves.
Daniel Heath - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/13 with Brad

Dave Parton - Lead - 07/Jul/13 with Adam Ellwood

Mike W - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/13

A Grate lead by Mike, i almost fluffed it on second by blocking a gear placement with my finger
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/13 with Mike w

Nifec14 - 2nd - 07/Jun/13 with Elf yn jones

frank ramsay - Lead - 03/Jun/13 with Aaron

Aaron Lines - 2nd - 03/Jun/13 with frank ramsay

guy757 - 02/Jun/13

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Pete Johnson

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/13

Michael Allday - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with Bruce Houston

nathanlee - 2nd - 26/May/13 with Dom Lee

dominic lee - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with nathan lee

Cool route. Felt pretty steady but can imagine it feeling desperate if you get pumped.
shed_hed - 2nd O/S - 02/May/13 with Dougie Swanson-Low

Felt really steady up this and got tons of great gear. The end felt fine, I thought it felt trickier near the middle.
dswansonlow - Lead O/S - 02/May/13 with Darren McMaster

Tom Livingstone - 2nd rpt - 02/Mar/13 with Gwen Lancashire

P1 to forest from left wall.
Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Iain Moodie

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12

Pretty darn hard at the top if you are 5'2" !
soph - Lead - 08/Sep/12 with Helena Robinson, jon morgan

Si dH - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Neil Furniss

mark20 - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12

Awesome climbing
JRae - 2nd - 11/Aug/12 with B Silvestre

One hang to try and remove a wire low-down, but I couldn't get the bugger out even with two hands! Brilliant climbing interspersed with good rest points. Quite fierce but lots of gear.
Duncan Campbell - 2nd - 20/Jun/12 with Ben Alsford

Helena nailed it, i came off a few times. Amazing moves, made me psyched to train properly for a bit more stamina so i can do it properly soon
Sardien - 2nd dog - 30/May/12 with Helena Robinson

Rob Pitt - Lead rpt - 29/May/12 with Jon Ratcliffe

Silly me put in 2x as much gear as necessary including a nut right where my fingers should have gone on the crux. Six or so knackering attempts at the move later, finally got it... just!.. and held it together to the top. Great route :)
Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with dan ely

dan ely - 2nd rpt - 27/May/12 with crispin

Speeddemonsi - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

Huw Cropper - 2nd O/S - 23/May/12 with Dylan

Fell off the last move last summer, boxed out of my mind. pissed it this time, easy.
willoates - Lead rpt - 28/Mar/12 with Jo P

Bob - 2012

Awesome. Sustained top half!
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11

Silly mistake yesterday meant the I fluffed the onsight, back today with great success. A fantastic route! Lesson learnt.
Tom Livingstone - Lead RP - 29/Sep/11 with Jez Hawksworth

wi11 - 2nd β - 28/Sep/11 with Tom

gregoritos - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/11

Ewan Russell - 2nd O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Ralph

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 26/Jul/11

I felt it was a little harder than Resurrection.
richiebongo - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/11 with Jon Didymus

Soooo tired
Jon Didymus - 2nd dnf - 14/Jul/11 with Rich

the loose hold part in middle nearly snapped in 3 although mate did not notice. Watch out peps!
dan ely - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/11 with terry

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 30/Jun/11

Wet... Surprised that hold at mid height didn't come off after hanging around on it. Watch out!
AdrianP - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Olli

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jun/11

Easy for E3 if you've got any sport fitness, felt like E2 6a.
halfmanhalfbiscuit - Lead O/S - Jun/11

zero six - Lead O/S - Jun/11

An amazing line, as much kit as you can hold on to place. Controversially thought the crux was in the middle of the wall, not the top. Placed about 16 wires!
david morse - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/11 with katie

Katy Nelson - AltLd - 27/Apr/11 with Dave Morse

dan ely - Lead dog - 09/Apr/11 with tony (army)

Hidden - 2011

Rory Shaw - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

centurion05 - 2011

phil64 - 2011

Hidden - Lead dog - 16/Oct/10

So this is what E3 feels like... Big respect for a clean lead of this. My favourite belay of the year - Si climbed 13m, down-climbed back to the belay, returned to the crux and took 4 big whippers before topping out. Epic.
robin_hackney - 2nd dog - 16/Oct/10 with Si

just keeps on gettin better the higher you get. really well protected as well, which is a bonus :)
samrad - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with ben otta

barni - 2nd rpt - 11/Oct/10 with luke, Liam fleming

mikeyjbs - Lead dog - 28/Jun/10 with christopher glasson

sam820 - 2nd - 22/Jun/10 with Rich

Hidden - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/10

Ri - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/10 with Anja Jones

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/10 with CarolineH

CarolineH - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/10 with Dave

SiW - 2nd - 31/May/10 with Bri

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

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 31/May/10 with michael porter

Got on this without too much expectation at the end of the day and held the pump in check from about halfway. Technical smooth and fingery climbing. Utterly superb!
richardr - Lead O/S - 21/May/10

so pumped i had to dino twice
dan ely - 2nd dog - 21/May/10 with rich

The first time I have fallen onto trad gear, very exciting. Got it next go.
jacobjacob - Lead RP - 15/May/10

Hidden - 2nd dog - 15/May/10

Hidden - May/10

Hidden - Lead - 27/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd dog - 15/Apr/10

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/10 with Terry

barni - 2nd rpt - 10/Apr/10 with luke

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10

Nice route
farmus21 - 2nd - 02/Mar/10 with Alex Mason

Cool route, sustained,with a 'crux' at the top. was wet in the crack but still very climbable. Quite the testpiece. way harder than cream.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/10 with James Grey

mr mills - 2010 with ioan d

Hidden - 2010

Jus - 2nd O/S - 25/Sep/09 with Will Boxen

Great route! Been on the tick list for a while
Glyn - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/09 with Tony Stone

Awesome route. Have wanted this for a very long time, so utterly thrilled to get the lead onsight. Roared when I topped out!
DavidR - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/09

simonp - Lead O/S - Sep/09 with Annelies Sarrazyn

billb - Lead O/S - Sep/09 with Jus

beci tointen - Lead RP - Jul/09 with my uncle carl

frost - 2nd - 14/Jun/09 with D Garry

Fandabbydosy .. cold when I left the ground, sun came out on the crux, down climbed to a good rest and took my jacket off... top move is a gem
mux - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/09 with Simon Frost ,

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/09

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/09 with Johnny Richard

Hidden - Lead β - May/09

Hidden - Lead - 20/Mar/09

Hidden - 20/Mar/09

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - 2nd - 2009

datoon - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with K

feilx - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08 with Heather

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/08 with sam read

Danos - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/08 with Ben

barni - Lead dog - 08/Jun/08 with Oli

jamesturnbull - Lead - Jun/08 with aiden

davebrox - 2nd - Jun/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/May/08

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 12/May/08

Hidden - 2nd - 11/May/08

Amazing route. hard moves but bomber gear, so good E3 if (like i was) you are fit but not that bold!
Mark Warnett - Lead O/S - May/08

Al Evans - 2008

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2008

kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2008 with Sarah

Marcus - 2008

Ed Booth - 2008

Hjort - 2nd dnf - 09/Sep/07 with Jam Mortimer

jambomotamops - Lead dnf - 09/Sep/07 with Toby Vye

been on my ticklist for so long and it didnt disappoint. immaculate climbing with perfect gear. sustained, technical and engaging. total classic!
ksjs - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with goosebump

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Ruth

Took over from Gareth's high point.....but would have loved to have OS'd this one. access tip - do the first 10m of memory lane (nice 5b fingercrack) then step easily left and belay from a big spike (big blue sling 'round it currently)
Morgan Woods - Lead RP - 05/Apr/07 with Gareth

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead O/S - 2007 with Claire Tetley

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/Sep/06

a_radiohead_fan - Lead O/S - Sep/06

Ed Booth - Lead dog - 03/Aug/06 with will sim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/06

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/06 with Alex Mason

Adam Ellwood - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/06 with Dave Evans

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/06

lx - Lead O/S - May/06

Ian McNeill - 2006

Hidden - 2006

shark - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/05 with John Codling

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Jun/05

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Sep/03

jamiev - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/03 with Adrian Berry

Hidden - Lead dog - 14/Sep/02

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - Jun/01

sadams - 2nd - 30/Jul/00 with Eric Hildrew

DJonsight - 2000

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

One of my favourite all time routes. Dunno exactly when I first did it.
Jon Garside - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 04/May/99 with Hugh

Steve Crowe - Lead - 1999

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 03/Jul/98 with Robert Durran

Roget - Lead rpt - 30/May/98 with jon

ellis - 2nd O/S - Mar/98 with Simon Witcher

Hidden - 2nd - 1998

Si Clapham - 2nd - 1998 with Alun Richardson

Came off very last move - Gutted
Ched - Lead dog - 1998 with Grant Farqhuar

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/97

switch - Lead O/S - 1997

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/96 with mik

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/96

BenTiffin - TR - Apr/96 with Andy Bissell

WB - Lead O/S - 1996 with Guy

GuyM - 1996

Superb if only for the fact that John Arran soloed it as I was about to set off anf for his solo of True Grip and down solo of Left Wall about half an hour later, cool.
Nifec14 - Lead β - Jul/95 with Tom Tomos, Mike pycroft

michael burrows - 2nd - 09/Apr/95 with phil jones

Cowflinger - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/93 with John Harwood

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Jun/93

Hidden - Lead - 1993

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - Jul/92 with Smokin Dick

g1m147 - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/91 with Mick.

Alan James - UKC and UKH - 2nd - 24/Aug/91 with Paul Dearden

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/91

Chris Wright - Lead - 30/May/91

whispering nic - 26/May/91 with Graham Iles

Roget - 2nd O/S - 20/May/91 with colin

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/90 with Tim Newton

Ran out of steam as we did this before breadfast (to beat the "queues")
Jelly Mould Surfer - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/90

Rested just short of top
uphillnow - Lead dog - May/90

NickJH - 2nd dog - May/90 with D Picker

Hidden - Lead - 1990

andy gittins - 1990

Hidden - 1990

nigehughes - 2nd - Sep/89 with Malcolm Boater

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/89

Alan James - UKC and UKH - 2nd - 23/Jul/89 with Ollie Ryall

phardman - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/89

sadams - Lead O/S - May/89 with Andy Mitchell

craig d - 1989

rob.grafton - 1989 with Bruce Perry, barry maybank

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 2nd - 07/Aug/88 with Bill Williamson

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/88

robyn1 - 1988

Alan James - UKC and UKH - 2nd - 30/Aug/87 with Matt Snape

amstel - Lead - Aug/87 with Niff

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Jul/87

mark mcgowan01 - 1987

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/86

keefe - 02/Jun/85 with Johnny Adams

Gezzer - 2nd O/S - 1985 with Andy Towne

Steve Bell - 1985

Hidden - 2nd - 1985

Hidden - 1985

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 07/Jul/83 with Paul Clark

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/82

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jul/82

Hidden - Lead - 1980

Hidden - Lead - 1980

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/79 with Gavin Peat

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