Class route, great exposure, worth the hype. The rock on the last pitch is great, and that ramp at the top is quite a unique feature. All pitches are pretty bold, but nothing horrendous and technically pretty soft for 5c (I think). It was one of those deceptively cold days, very warm in the sun, so set off in just a t-shirt. Regretted this when the sun went in and wind got up, leaving me shivering at the belay ledge.Nick Russell - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/14 with Jamie
Lead P2, little less gear than i thought there was gonna be but i guess its an E3 for reason.
zcsharp - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/14 with Nick Russell
Should of lead p2! Beautiful
Cheese Monkey - 2nd O/S - 12/Oct/13 with Neil
Led pitches 1 + 3
tom.e - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/13 with Charlie Everett
Awesome. Outrageous exposure on the final pitch. Led P1 and P3.
Alex Winter - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/13 with Neil
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/13
Alice Thompson - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Michael Porter
jcw - 2013
Had previously seconded p1. Lead 1&3 - terrifying but amazing :)
BeccaSnowden - AltLd O/S - 14/Oct/12 with Tom
Led 2nd pitch this time - and got to watch base jumpers flying down off Main Wall from the belay. Previously did the first again when the balloon fiesta was on and saw a balloon almost hit the wall above us, scraped its way over the fence! Exciting place this cliff.
thomasadixon - Lead rpt - 14/Oct/12 with Becca
Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/12
First E3 (Led P.2) Left to dry out as everything was soaked in the morning. Start to second pitch was a little too bold to enjoy while climbing (ring peg is proper manky) Finished chased by the darkness coming up the wall from the setting sun. One of my best climbs, was buzzing but only once i'd finally made it to the railings. Painful 2nd stance!
Kemics - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Enduro Dan
cem - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12 with Chris Parson
drcorbasisgod - AltLd O/S - Sep/12 with Charles Moreton
Garrouli - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/12 with Northern Pete
Pete Rigby - AltLd rpt - 30/Jul/12 with Gary
yan hawkins - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/12 with Donald 'Big Boy' Birchall
With one man down the day wasn't looking promising. Getting on this changed all that though. Very Very good route, not as bold as I was expecting. The first pitch is a harsh warm-up. Lead Pitch 2 and glad I did. A chapter over in my avon gorge career..
Stanners - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/12 with Jack Bradbrook
Had been an aspiration of mine to climb this for a long time and very happy to finally do it. Definitely an essential tick for any regular Avoner and a true rite of passage. Each pitch has its own unique character and something very different to offer which makes for an exciting trip up the enormous wall. No especially hard or bold bits on any of the pitches but there are still enough tricky moves and run outs to keep you in the head space the whole time. Excellent route.
(Led pitches 1 and 3)
Quarryboy - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/12 with Rob Stanfield
P1 and P3. Deep breathing required for the runout top pitch, but it is way steady and has islands of bomber gear. A good experience.
eddy-on-the-rocks - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/12 with Mark
Led P1 and P3. Very, very good.
John Southworth - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/12 with Rich Smith
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 18/Mar/12
I lead P2 & 3, P1 is way harder than these and has an intimidating start.
James Marshall - Lead rpt - Mar/12 with Pete Shepherd
P1 & 3
mikeshewring - AltLd - 26/Feb/12
Awesome route. Led P1 & P3. Airy but brilliant finish.
thomb - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/12 with Gareth
Lead second pitch. Great route.
DorsetGareth - AltLd O/S - 07/Jan/12 with Tom B
Pleasant, exposed, somewhat crusty climbing. Challenging but not technically difficult anywhere.
Toby Dunn - AltLd - 13/Nov/11 with Sophie Nunn
Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 13/Nov/11 with Toby
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/11
P2, gibbering slightly.
Justin T - AltLd - 21/Oct/11 with John Mcshea, Cherry
stephenhartley - 2nd - 03/Oct/11 with Burns
Pure class. Top pitch a very different experience to the rest of Avon, very strange (and good) rock on this wall.
thomasadixon - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/11 with Quico
Wet day so had a look at Avon. Wet rock so had a look at Exploding Galaxy wall. P1 v bold and technical at the crux. Good lead from Misha, 2nd in the rain, sliiipy. watched the rain from 1st belay and then lead P2 but had to rest after going wrong way at the mantle shelf - so annoyed! Top pitch excellentspace walking. Ice cream top out and abbed back down in a final down pour.
philhilo - AltLd dog - 07/Aug/11 with misha
What a brilliant route! It had rained earlier in the day and we could see some wet patches above the second borehole on P1 but decided to give it a go anyway. The sun was blazing as I set off on P1, which proved to be bold and tricky in places and fairly sustained overall. Started raining fairly hard just after I got to the bolted belay - a good second by Phil as most of the good holds were wet! By the time we had swapped the gear, it had stopped raining and the rock on P2 had mostly dried out, so Phil carried on. Started raining again as Phil was finishing the pitch but it stopped by the time I started seconding P2, which was pretty sustained and had lots of good climbing on increasingly interesting rock. I got P3, which was a refugee from Gogarth Red Wall with weird, funky rock that was mostly fairly straightforward but required a considered approach. Fantastic exposure moving up and left from the pancake gargoyle and peg. Topped out for an ice cream, then abbed down in two abs (the tat at the top could do with replacing soon) and got soaked in the process. Lots of blackberries at the bottom. Took up three and a half hours to the top.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/11 with Phil
pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/11
Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/11
1st pitch amazing, 2nd pitch pulled on gear, 3rd pitch too tired to remember but Andy said he thought it was brilliant...must have been good!
RachelP - 2nd - 15/May/11 with Andy T
Hidden - TR dog - 11/Apr/11
Hidden - TR dog - 08/Apr/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 23/Mar/11
Loved the hanging belay, brilliant!
Harry Kingston - AltLd O/S - Mar/11
Aaron Lines - AltLd O/S - Nov/10 with frank
Hidden - TR β - 15/Sep/10
Hidden - TR β - 04/Sep/10
led the relatively easy middle pitch. brilliant.
Alasdair88 - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/10 with Raph, sophie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/10
Hidden - TR β - 31/Aug/10
Hidden - TR β - 29/Aug/10
Hidden - TR O/S - 22/Aug/10
No guidebook and a single rope folded in half which was too short. EPIC.
Richard Hall - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/10 with Keith Bradbury
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/10
A good route to test the repair of my broken bones and ligaments. Had to do it over 2 days as we ran out of time to pick Ollie up from school after the 2nd pitch. A brilliant route with exposure and hanging belays ideal for anyone wanting to take their first steps into adventure.
KRB - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/10 with Martin Bridges
richiebongo - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/10
AlexRenshaw - Lead - 09/May/10 with Ted Lister, Thomas Renshaw
Fantastic, unusual and classic. 5c, 5b, 5b. I led P2.
ericinbristol - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/10 with Barry Durston
Superb. We combined pitches 2 + 3 in 1 big pitch - it may be better to take the belay in between to avoid getting pumped out of your mind some distance from your last gear on the final left trending ramp! We got down in two abs - from in situ gear on the tree at the top and from the double bolt belay ledge at the end of pitch 1.
Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Mike Hawkins
Bristoldave - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/10 with Harry
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/10
Phil PBC - 2010
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09
James Marshall - 2nd - 22/Jul/09
Brilliant. 4 stars. Combined p2 and p3.
Chubbard - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/09 with J Robinson
JimR - 18/Jul/09 with Charles H
Hidden - AltLd - 21/May/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2009
Lead pitch 2. Great route, wild exposure on the top pitch
lukehodson - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/08 with Howard
Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/08
Lead P1 (4 runners) & P3 (~11 runners)
Paz - AltLd rpt - 29/Aug/08 with WG
Finished just into the dark with Rosea. Awesome.
Spacetourist - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Rosea
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 21/Jun/07
Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/07
haydng - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Rob
waltersp - 2nd O/S - Dec/06 with Nick
Lead 2nd pitch; brief rest before the mantle shelf
simonf - AltLd dog - Nov/06 with Simon + Chris
Lead P3 for the second time, just safe steady runout E3 climbing.
Paz - AltLd rpt - 09/Sep/06 with MH
Washed away in a torrential downpour in 2003. Revisited for the last climb of the day one evening after work. Finished in virtual darkness at 10:30pm.
KRB - Lead rpt - 13/Jul/06 with Chris Bridges
Led 2nd pitch.
Bux - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/06 with Nick
Lead P2, which is probably why I think of this as easy E3 - I've only lead the top pitch once.
Paz - AltLd rpt - 04/Mar/06 with RJ
Jo McCready - 2006
Bern - 2006
Marti999 - AltLd - 2006
Paz - AltLd rpt - 31/May/05 with TS
Tim Steward - AltLd - 31/May/05 with James Parrot
joe_alexander - 2nd dog - 31/Jan/05 with Nick Gillette
phsharpy - Lead rpt - 2005 with Simon Kimber
The Pylon King - Lead O/S - Jul/04 with Jack G
Paz - AltLd rpt - 19/May/04 with AS
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Apr/04
cornishben - 2nd O/S - 2004 with Mike Raine
dan gibson - 2004 with anthony prior
Ally Smith - 2004 with James Parrott
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2004
Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Nov/03
_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with Adam Mulholland
Lead P1 and P3 (waited at the ramp for a heavy shower to pass).
Paz - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/03 with TC
Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/03
Hidden - Lead rpt - 09/Apr/01
Billg - Lead O/S - Jul/00 with Harry
Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000
guy xavier percival - 1999
Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd - 12/Sep/96 with Al Willoner
Hidden - Solo - 1996
I lead all the pitches and Adam climbed in his pants.
lowersharpnose - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/94 with Adam
GAtkins - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/94
chris sm - 2nd dnf - 29/Mar/94 with Jon Pearson
Hidden - Lead - 20/Mar/93
AndySL - 2nd O/S - 1993 with Tim
Roget - Lead O/S - 13/Nov/92 with mark t
Pete Ogden - AltLd - 1990 with Mark Worsley
charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/89 with Andy Tallent
Hidden - Lead - 24/Sep/89
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1989
Soloed having lead it the year before. Wobbly hold on the last move!
frank ramsay - Solo - Jul/88
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/88
DDDD - 1987
William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1986 with Emily
Johnny Baker - 1986 with Pete Ollis
Ena - Lead dnf - Jun/85 with Mark Courtiour
andy gittins - 1983
stp - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/82
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/81
Hidden - 1981