Memory Lane** E3 5c
[A trip up Memory Lane, Snowdon behind, 1 kb]

Rockfax Description
An excellent and airy route up the left arete of Cenotaph Corner. Start as for Spiral Stairs below the arete. Climb up to a ledge at about 3m and follow the thin crack up and left to reach a perch on the arete. Move back right onto the wall and climb just right of the arete until you reach a large pocket, gear. Now head back up and left to reach another ledge high on the arete. A bold and exciting section of the climb. Take the arete more-or-less directly to the Left Wall belay - take care with the rock. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Great Wall Climbs of the UK, North Wales Rock Graded List, North Wales E3's, UK Lonely Leads, Alex's Wales ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist.

Photo: A trip up Memory Lane, Snowdon behind © Mike Goldthorp
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This climb is in 172 logbooks, and on 22 wishlists.

Hidden - 2015

Good climbing to the ledge after the crux. Didn't enjoy the insecurity of the upper arete.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/14 with Steve

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/14

Wasn't as much fun as out could have been due to ape feet.
James Oswald - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/14 with Rachel Slater

Nice positions, easy climbing.
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/14 with James Oswald

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/14

jamesturnbull - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/14 with tom grant

The Grist - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Paul Tanton

really great
papashango - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Martin Broadhurst

Excellent route, quite run-out in places but you can see your going for good holds. The top section feels a bit friable so take care.
PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Mark Grist

oliverpcain - Lead - 2014

Hidden - 2014

A good vibe at the crag with lots of friendly people getting on some hard routes and really going for it. Haven't felt this steady on an E3 before. Felt pretty cruisy most of the way. Had a bit of a wobble on the easy bit at the top as I let my guard down and mis-read the sequence, although I sorted it out easily enough. Ignore the negative comments on here: there's plenty of bomber gear and the upper arete isn't that bad (I found one loose hold and the rest wobble slightly but are solid). I didn't feel the need for any runners in left wall as some guides suggest. Enjoyed it as much as Left Wall :)
Dan724 - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/13 with George Sanderson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd β - 01/Sep/13

mr mills - Lead rpt - 22/Jul/13 with paul simkiss

E5 5c if you kick your runners out... Enjoyed the crux section (big moves between secure crimps) but the arete felt loose. Didn't trust the flakes
Daniel Heath - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/13 with Brad

tim newton - 2nd rpt - 10/Jun/13 with si hughes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/13

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

tim newton - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/13 with george

herman0055 - 2nd - 20/Apr/13

Tom Livingstone - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Gwen Lancashire

As hard if not harder than left wall, i though the line was a superb adventure. I made the top arete more tricky than necessary, got pumped and peeled off good holds. Nice, but no Left Wall.
Albachoss - 2nd dog - 02/Mar/13 with Dougie, Ben

dswansonlow - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Chris S

ejected - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jul/12

Nice. Wasn't particularly psyched so got on this and felt pretty steady on it. Was spitting rain as I started which although off-putting it felt good to push on. Big moves in the middle section way above gear. I didn't bother trying to fiddle crappy gear in. Upper arete isn't too bad but again reachy and not much gear on it (I actually forgot to put gear in but it's pretty steady. Good to be able to feel pretty steady on top-end E3 when lacking in motivation.
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/12 with Ben Alsford

Rob Pitt - 2nd rpt - 29/May/12 with Jon Ratcliffe

Bob - 2012

matt perks - 2012

Hidden - Lead - 2012

Spent a while trying to go straight up from the first ledge, once you gain the ledge, traverse immediately right onto the face* Good crux, had to pull on a tiny hold! Top arete was more loose and a bit harder than I expected.
owain86 - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/11 with Chris

Jen Crook - 2nd - 03/Aug/11 with Rob Patchett

One thin, testy move 25' above gear. What an mild name for such a terrifying route. Cracking lead, Rob.
ruaidh - 2nd - 30/Jul/11 with rob

Cracking route
Owain Llewelyn - 2nd - 27/Jul/11 with Gareth E

al99 - 2nd rpt - 10/Jul/11 with Andy Woolston

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/11

I had done it a couple of years ago on a top rope, but went a completely different way this time and can't remember what I did at all. I thought it was absolutely mint upto the 2nd ledge with just enough gear (none in left wall). After that, the arete was poo
willoates - Lead β - 07/Jun/11 with Josh, david morse

Chossy and serious. A 1 star route in a 3 star position
david morse - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/11 with willoates, josh

al99 - 2nd O/S - 07/Jun/11 with Andy Woolston

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11

markalmack - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with james marjot

Hidden - Lead dnf - 10/Apr/11

Rory Shaw - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

phil64 - 2011

Seymore Butt - 2011

Awesome stuff. I've wanted to lead this since I did Cenotaph Corner in 2004. I remember seeing someone leading it and hearing them shout down to their belayer "That's the scariest thing I've ever done!". It felt pretty steady and the gear felt good enough that I didn't need to resort to side runners in Left Wall as is suggested in some guidebooks.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/10 with Si

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Stu Harth

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10

TomPR - Lead - 03/Jul/10

I don't think much of this - great lower half, a loose top half with shite gear.
halfmanhalfbiscuit - Lead O/S - Jun/10

zero six - Lead O/S - Jun/10

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 28/May/10 with Helen Pitt

very nice, but sharp holds!
hepitt - 2nd O/S - 28/May/10 with Rob Pitt

dodfoster - Lead O/S - 25/May/10 with george ullrich

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

Hidden - 2nd dog - 15/May/10

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Apr/10

AWSOME, but was epically windy!!!!
Bennykr - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/10 with Benji

sweet route! really great climbing!
samrad - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10 with smallerrich

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10

HeatherF - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/10 with Tom R

barni - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with luke

Luke Brooks - 2nd - 10/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Mar/10

Awesome route. Tried to go straight up from the thin flake...hard. Once on route was much happier.
farmus21 - Lead - 02/Mar/10 with Alex Mason

soph - 01/Jan/10

James Mann - 2010

nutallovertheface - Lead O/S - Oct/09 with Sam Farnsworth

Felt like E4, uber run out! but perhaps I missed some gear placements...
Jus - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/09 with Will Boxen

one of the best ive ever done
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/09 with Heather

Ram MkiV - 2nd rpt - 22/Aug/09 with Al

The trip warm-up. really enjoyed the moves and run-outs.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Steve Ramsden

top arete's a bit spicey
JulesV - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Shauna Cunningham

Ed Booth - 2nd - 30/May/09

how good! i thought this was superb: the lower wall is just perfect and the arete is superbly positioned. if youre fit / can recover then its steady too: the climbing is very positive and youre never more than 1 move away from good gear or good holds. the arete feels a bit more serious with thoughts of the ledge but you still have good gear and the climbing remains very positive. totally recommended!
ksjs - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with goosebump

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/May/09

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with Ed Booth

Hidden - 2nd rpt - May/09

Pretty much my first outdoor route!!!!! Fell off about 6 times =)
James Oakes - 2nd dog - 15/Mar/09 with Steve Ramsden

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Oaksy

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

mr mills - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08 with joe chorley

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

Russell Birkett - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08 with Dez

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/08

Dan 85 - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/08 with Francis

alaan - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/08 with Aly

Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/08 with Ken Tranter

Good lead by Brian Rogers on a great rout
hangon - 2nd - 15/Jun/08 with Brian R

gregoritos - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08 with james

Stig - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Greg

richiebongo - Lead O/S - Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/08

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 12/May/08

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Oct/07

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 25/May/07 with simon chevis

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/May/07

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/07 with Nick Verney

middlevern - 2nd - 04/Apr/07 with Toby Dunn

Ewan Brown - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Douggie Gamble

a_radiohead_fan - Sep/06

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/06 with Remus Knowles

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/06

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

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

Boy - 2006

Bern - 2006

Apharri - 2nd β - 27/Jul/05 with Dave Wharton

shark - Lead rpt - 16/Jul/05 with John Codling

Hidden - Lead rpt - 11/Jun/05

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - 07/May/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Hidden - Jun/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/04

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Apr/03

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Sep/02

tuftynick - 2001

tuftynick - Lead - 2001

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/00

Paul Clarke - 2nd - 2000 with Andy Kassyk

WB - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/99 with Paul

BenTiffin - May/99

Ched - Lead O/S - 1999 with Ifan

sadams - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/98 with Andy Bowie

switch - Lead O/S - 1997

mikedelderfield - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/96 with Steven Delderfield

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/96

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jun/96

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 28/Apr/96 with Nick Ashton

Steve Crowe - Lead - 1996

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/95

michael burrows - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/95 with phil jones

Jon Garside - Lead O/S - Jun/94

Hidden - 2nd - 1994

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/93

Roget - Lead rpt - 08/Jun/93 with jon

Hidden - 2nd - 01/May/93

Hidden - Lead - 16/May/92

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

whispering nic - 26/May/91 with Graham Iles

Hidden - Lead - 1991

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - Jul/90 with Will (S. Williamson)

Hidden - Lead - 1990

andy gittins - 1990

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/89

Hidden - Lead - 05/Aug/89

David and Rupert had done left wall so I just top-roped this as something different. It felt quite tough though and I think I strayed onto Tess for part of it.
Dave Musgrove - TR - 18/Jul/89 with Rupert Wyard, David

phardman - 1989

Alan James - UKC and UKH - Lead - 30/Oct/88 with Juan Varela-Nex

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/88

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 23/Jul/87 with Johnny May

shark - Lead O/S - Jul/86 with Sean ?

Done at the end of a full day so was slightly pumped tying onto Simon's rope. I messed up the final move on the crux sequence and retreated back to L Wall for a rest, but was totally pumped by the time I eventually topped out!
Sean Kelly - 2nd - Jul/86 with Simon Lee

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead - 1986 with Iain Clark

Hidden - 1985

Hidden - 1985

keefe - 14/Apr/84

Dubious protection
Gezzer - Lead O/S - 1984 with Andy Towne

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - Jul/83 with Geraldine Taylor

Ivan Machin - 23/Aug/82 with Jon Mellor

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 11/Jul/82 with Dave Abbey

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Apr/82

Climbed up to the crux, hesitated and reversed back to the last runner. Then just went for it. Didn't bother with runners on the final arete.
Andy Stephenson - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/81 with Phil Crudge

Mike Owen - 04/Sep/78 with Elaine Watson

steve L - 1977

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