Mirage** E3 6a
[Mirage, Upper Wall, Avon Gorge, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
An upper wall testpiece that features a hard but well-protected crux. Start at a right-leaning crack, the base of which disappears into a hole in the ramp.
Follow the crack pleasantly to a hand-ledge. Continue more steeply to where it thins, and make a couple of urgent pulls up the wall just left of the crack to an easy finish up a tiny corner. © ROCKFAX

R Harrison, A Hall 11/Feb/1978

Ticklists: Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, Trad climbs for sport climbers, West Country Climbs.

Photo: Mirage, Upper Wall, Avon Gorge © Will Goldsmith
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This climb is in 142 logbooks, and on 10 wishlists.

Led w/ aiders - had to top step at end of crack on a dubious cam placement - exciting!
clams - Lead dog - Jul/15 with Catherine

adam 24 - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Caroline

Hidden - 2nd dog - 27/Jun/15

tobydunford - Lead β - 18/May/15 with Harry Martin

alastairbegley - 2nd dog - 09/May/15 with Misha

Damn, fell off above the crux! Not sure why, probably because a foot slipped. Completely unexpected and very annoying as I was almost on easy ground - had one hand on the break below the easy finishing corner. I was a bit above the gear and pulled Alastair off the ground, so went miles (best part of 10 metres) but didn't hit anything and had a very soft catch (thanks Alastair!). Had to reclimb most of the route! On the original attempt spent a while trying to figure out the crux (especially what to do with the feet), dropping down for a rest off the undercuts above the little ledge a few times. Doing it again after falling off wasn't exactly easy but knowing the moves helped a lot and I did them in a nicely controlled and technical way. Didn't fall off this time! Good route. The crux is an average 6a sequence and it's only about E1 to the little ledge, so overall I'd say an easy E3.
Misha - Lead dog - 09/May/15 with Alastair

Hidden - Lead RP - 07/May/15

richardashe - 2nd dog - 07/May/15 with graham westbrook

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/15

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/15

Justin T - Lead rpt - 07/Mar/15 with Nancy

Nathan Chrismas - 2nd dog - 07/Mar/15 with Lucas, Nancy Jones, Justin Timms

James S - 2nd - 02/Feb/15 with geoff

grp - Lead RP - Feb/15

Stupidly rushed the crux first time as it was all getting a bit wet. Luckily the shower passed so pulled the ropes and engaged brain second time.
quiffhanger - Lead G/U - 14/Dec/14

Still can't do this, fingers too fat for top of crack,feels desperate
just one more - Lead dog - 08/Oct/14 with lucas

Very nice climb, but super hot day and i managed to forget chalk, making the crux way too slippery.
Tom Brierley Gore - Lead dog - 24/Jul/14 with Shijing Hu

LucasHarazin - Lead RP - 01/Jun/14

just one more - 2nd - 01/Jun/14 with lucas

Only two hard moves, which I thought were very reasonable for 6a. Great climb!
pheotleyr - 2nd β - 18/May/14 with Simon

Hidden - Lead dog - 18/May/14

Woohoo! So happy to get this with relative ease this time after having to aid past the crux on the miserably failed on-sight attempt a couple of weeks ago!
James S - Lead RP - 12/May/14 with tom p, dan

Hidden - 2nd dog - 12/May/14

Dan0Me - 2nd - 12/May/14 with James S, Tom P

danmullett - Lead β - 03/May/14

On Simons gear, One more wonder, very good none the less!
Jack_F - Lead β - 30/Apr/14 with Simon

Hidden - Lead β - 29/Apr/14

Had memories this was very hard from last time so laced the crack with so much gear then walked up the top good to see progress
brices - Lead RP - 29/Apr/14 with Remus, Llinos, Jack F

Did all the moves eventually. ..
Cheese Monkey - TR dog - 14/Apr/14 with Shunt

Found the crux move very hard today, just couldn't find the good hold in the crack. I've done the move in the past so know I can do it, just being a bit rubbish today, short on time for Tom to get back to work so aided past it to the first crimp and finished from there. Will be back soon!
James S - Lead dog - 04/Apr/14 with tom p

i_a_coops - Lead β - 2014 with Duggie

Fell off at crux on mikes gear
BenNorman - Lead dog - 12/Sep/13

What a savage! Beaut climbing to start and then BAM! Crux slap to a poor hold, really go-ey but take your pick of the bomber cam placements.
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/13 with Ben Norman

an awful performance on this one. lead to the crux but too pumped after placing gear. on top rope i was even worse. Respect to Rich for a classy dispatch. 6b for shorties.
shoulders - 2nd dog - 04/Sep/13 with rich smith

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Sep/13

Last route of the day, bit tired but didn't find the crux too bad, just had to hang on the edges to the left of the crack.
Joughton - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead rpt - 06/Aug/13

One last route to finish the day, quite pumped. 5 class routes in 3 hours!
Daniel Heath - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13

Used partner's gear after he fell; flashed.
skippington - Lead β - 22/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/13

Alice Thompson - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Michael Porter

tobydunford - 2nd β - 21/May/13 with Harry Martin

Laced it with gear. Nearly muffed the crux.
Alex Winter - Lead rpt - 05/May/13 with James, George

georgeevans88 - 2nd dnf - 05/May/13 with James, Alex Winter

slipped off the lower crack when a jam didnt quite stick and then took a couple goes at the crux. would go clean on lead before too long but not right now, must get stronger!
James S - 2nd dog - 05/May/13 with george, alex

Nice one Nick.
Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/13 with Nick

Nick Russell - Lead RP - 29/Apr/13 with Alex Winter

2nd go.
Kevster - Lead RP - 07/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 07/Apr/13

alastairbegley - 2nd dnf - 17/Feb/13 with Neil Morbey

Hidden - Lead - 18/Nov/12

By the skin of my teeth, so pleased with the onsight. Just a short section on dreadful crimps and its all over, brilliant!
Stanners - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/12 with Kyle Williamson

I'll consider this progress - I actually got to the top on lead this time
Nick Russell - Lead dog - 11/Nov/12

Hidden - Lead - 30/Sep/12

Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12

Garrouli - Lead RP - 14/Aug/12 with Northern Pete

Took a few attempts as kept just missing the good hold
BeccaSnowden - Lead RP - 03/Aug/12 with Tom

thomasadixon - Lead rpt - 03/Aug/12 with Becca

Ground up, 2nd go. Lots easier as ever once you faff less and climb decisively. Still hard moves though. Got rained on on my first go, and absolutely soaked topping out which was pretty sketchy in places!
AJM - Lead - 01/Aug/12 with Kevin Faux

Hard and excellent
Ed Babs - Lead RP - 15/Jul/12 with Mike Kenne

Mirage 3-0 Me
Nick Russell - TR dog - 05/Jul/12

Took a couple of whippers off the crux, then the third time the cam blew and I decided to call it a day. I'll be back...
Nick Russell - Lead dnf - 20/Jun/12 with Martin

Billg - Lead rpt - 09/Jun/12 with Bob Brewer

Spacetourist - Lead rpt - 02/Jun/12 with Lydia

thought it was E2 before i started, thought it was soft for the grade at the top was pretty surprised when i was told it was hard E3
mwatson - Lead O/S - Jun/12

Feel guilty even logging as a dog. Would be a project to T/R clean, a lead feels a way off. Cool route though, deserves way more than a star.
Kemics - 2nd dog - 20/May/12 with Dave 88

Still pumped and scared from the previous route, made a complete hash of this. Had to aid the crux (A2?!), had a micro pop on me which was nice. Felt hard, generally made a dogs arse of things. Not my finest hour!
Dave 88 - Lead dog - 20/May/12 with Kemics

faffed put in to much gear, got pumped, got scared rested, then fell(let go) then eventually got to the top. unhappy but feel like making progress with committing on trad
brices - Lead dog - 05/May/12

Some joker had tickmarked a hold that was useless, and like a fool I lunged for it. Took the fall - got back on and to the top 2nd try.
Stone Muppet - Lead dog - 13/Apr/12 with rd

Nick Russell - TR dog - 28/Mar/12

on Di's gear to halfway
Mark Warnett - Lead β - Mar/12 with Princess Diana

Spacetourist - Lead rpt - 29/Feb/12 with Tris, Pete

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 12/Feb/12

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Jan/12

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 19/Nov/11 with Justin Timms

Justin T - 2nd - 19/Nov/11 with Toby

JRae - 2nd - 06/Nov/11 with Arthur

Second go, just couldn't figure it out first time. Easy if you get it right!
thomasadixon - Lead RP - 06/Nov/11 with Becca

drcorbasisgod - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Tom Gibbison

thomb - 08/Oct/11 with Gareth

Hidden - TR rpt - 09/Sep/11

Adam Lincoln - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/11 with Si Tappin

2nded after failing on lead - too pumped, first trad route for months
cornishben - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/11 with Pippa Froggatt

Dan Jenkin - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/11 with Rosea Day, Tom Heslam

gazhbo - Lead - Jun/11

Spanked. Tip - watching someone else first just makes it more intimidating..... :)
Jon_Warner - Lead dnf - 25/May/11 with Dan P

Spacetourist - Lead O/S - 25/May/11 with Rosea

Hidden - Lead dnf - 17/May/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - May/11

Rosea Day - 2nd O/S - Apr/11

richiebongo - Lead RP - 14/Mar/11 with Nick Smith

Poor effort, couldn't figure out even roughly where to head on the crux and really struggled to shake off much pump on the ledge below. By the time I came off I was so wasted still couldn't do it even after resting on the rope so down-climbed stripping gear.
Justin T - Lead dnf - 12/Mar/11

richiebongo - Lead dog - 08/Mar/11 with Nick Smith

took a few goes to figure the move at the crack top, then found myself runout and pumped !
Billg - Lead dog - 02/Jan/11 with Will Calvert

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10

er, got the moves sussed. Need more stamina before the lead...
Dr Caterpillar - TR dog - 08/Jul/10 with Al

no chance
Dr Caterpillar - Lead dnf - 15/Apr/10 with Maddy

Hidden - Lead dnf - 03/Mar/10

JulesV - 2nd O/S - 25/Oct/09 with Will Boxen

Dunx - 2nd - 02/Oct/09 with Giles, Ru

billb - Lead - Jul/09 with Rich Smith

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/09 with Mark Glaister

Hidden - Lead dnf - 07/Jun/09

Paz - 2nd rpt - 14/Feb/09 with WG

Hidden - Lead dog - 2009

Got it 2nd try. Didn't think the crux was too hard but quite tricky to onsight.
lukehodson - 2nd RP - 10/Dec/08 with Howard

Paz - 2nd rpt - 08/Oct/08 with GD

Paz - 2nd rpt - 15/Aug/08 with WG

Paz - 2nd rpt - 08/Aug/08 with WG

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/Jul/08

Paz - 2nd rpt - 30/Jul/08 with WG

Paz - 2nd rpt - 25/Jul/08 with WG

There was some gear left in but I removed it all on lead and placed my own.
Paz - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/08 with WG

feilx - 2nd O/S - 22/Dec/07 with Mike Soldner

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/07

Marcus - 2006

Third day on... Muppet. At least I've got it pretty wired now.
Paz - Lead RP - 18/Sep/05 with RJ

Hurray I actually fell off!
Paz - Lead dog - 09/Sep/05 with AS

shark - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/05 with Pete

Hidden - Lead dnf - Jun/05

Jumped off so many times I made a fool out of myself. A kind passing celebrity retrieved my (bomber) gear
Paz - Lead dnf - 31/May/05 with TS

just one more - Lead dog - 29/May/05 with Svenn G

took a 60ft whipper on the first attempt and then got back on it and finished it. Thanks Nick for the belay!
phsharpy - Lead RP - 2005 with Nick Ingram

_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - Mar/04 with Adam Mulholland

Hidden - Lead - 2003

Jim Brooke - 2nd dnf - 2001 with Rich

Hidden - 2000

Tim M - Lead dog - 2000

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/99 with Stone Elworthy

Hidden - 1999

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1994

Hidden - Lead β - 27/Jun/93

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 06/Mar/93 with Alan Holden

I fell several times.
Nigel Coe - 2nd - 1992 with Ray Mardon

mark-abz - 2nd - 04/Nov/90 with Dan W

Pete Ogden - Lead - 1990

keefe - 21/Aug/88

Hidden - 2nd dog - 06/Dec/86

Quite lungy and blind on the crux.
frank ramsay - Lead O/S - Jul/86

3 falls.
stp - Lead - 04/Jun/83

Steve Bell - 1981

Hidden - 1981

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