Rockfax Description
Sennen's most coveted crack-pitch is a test of technique and determination. Start below the long finger-to-hand-crack.
Follow the crack-line all the way to the top. © Rockfax

Ticklists: West Country Climbs.

Lumbering Oaf 29/Oct TR RP

Will have to lead it next time.

manbat 29/Oct TR rpt

Coming together. First section sorted. Second part, after the big flake was proving tricky, but mostly sorted that too now...

manbat 23/Oct TR dog

Great route! Had lots of goes at this. After my first go of successfully getting past the crux, every subsequent effort suffered due to the crux getting increasingly greasy (big seas throwing spray around). Had in been dry, I think I could have got have got a clean ascent. I'll be back - could be a good one to headpoint. Doesn't feel too steep, the key is making those jams feel secure.

Lumbering Oaf 23/Oct TR dnf

Burly. A crack line that keeps on giving. Upper parts felt greasy. Pro looks good if led.

elliptic 04/Oct Lead
with Nick E.
Hidden 31/Aug Lead β
Sophie Nunn 31/Aug 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Aug Lead
Hidden 26/Aug 2nd dog
Justin T ?/Aug Lead O/S

I don't think this is actually that hard, I think it just leads you into trying to climb it in a way that's nails. Have a good look what's available, don't get sucked into tunnel vision and you might have it easier...

with Nancy
Jack Porteous 31/Jul Lead dnf
andrea83 08/Jul TR dnf
with Hamish
Hamish777 08/Jul TR dnf
with Andrea
benkelsey 06/Jul Lead dnf

Wind Rain and huge spray made it too greasy, plus running out of time in car park.

with Shaun Humphreys
waydan 04/Jul Lead dnf
dbrooks 21/Jun Lead dog

very sustained... good gear, but hard to place.. found it pretty tough

with Alex, Michael, Gareth
ian d f 25/May 2nd O/S


Hidden 20/May Lead rpt
Lewis Stewart 17/May Lead RP
with Jack Grey, Claire
Hidden 15/May TR dog
fulton333 15/May Lead dnf
Hidden ?/May Lead dog
Dan0Me 11/Apr Lead dog

Took a fall and had two rest. Hard. Got some good beta off a local though

with James S, Geoff P
James S 11/Apr 2nd
with geoff, dan
Hidden 03/Apr 2nd dog
Martin Bagshaw 03/Apr Lead dog
with Neil Passmore
Rob Davies 01/Apr AltLd dnf

Steep, technical, sustained - hence attempt was feeble

clams ?/Apr Lead dog

With aiders

Cheese Monkey 15/Mar TR RP
with Peter
pheotleyr 15/Mar TR RP

Dogged lead first. Too tired to lead again properly afterwards.

with Ben
Hidden ??/2015 -
pearson9596 ??/2015 Lead O/S

Greasy and pumpy! Very nearly came off.

ferdia 30/Nov/14 2nd
with Andy
Andy Moles 30/Nov/14 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
Jack J Keogan 28/Sep/14 Lead RP

Worked ground up - slipped out of the last jam on the crux on the first attempt. Lowered off, pulled the rope and got it next time. Really pleased to send it - first proper crack climb, third E2, fourth ever lead fall... great day in great company.

with Will Mortimer, Luke Nolan
Hidden 23/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Sep/14 TR
Hidden 23/Aug/14 TR RP
Hidden 22/Aug/14 Lead dog
Hidden 22/Aug/14 2nd
masa-alpin 19/Aug/14 Lead dog

Set up the bottom-rope after my poor lead (taking a fall while reversing a move), and Loz made to the top with a great struggle for 2 hours in the end. Hat off to Loz!

with Loz K
Hidden 18/Aug/14 Lead dog
Hidden 31/Jul/14 2nd rpt
Ewan Russell 15/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Tom Nichols
kyaizawa 19/Jun/14 Lead dnf

So so pumped on route, and very few of the jams felt particularly secure. Took a couple of falls, ran out of gas near the top of the crack below the break and backed off. Stripping the gear I didn't overly like the look of the final few moves either...

Joemanglerocks 26/May/14 2nd dog
with Aiden
Hidden 07/May/14 TR
monsteratt 06/May/14 Lead dog

Never been so pumped :-( some of the jams felt greasy and tenuous. Dogged first attempt. Got back on and got to the top with a long rest half way.

with Dan Fairbank
Hidden 06/May/14 2nd dog
Bristoldave 12/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Caroline
CarolineH 12/Apr/14 2nd dog
with Dave
whiteexplorer 18/Mar/14 2nd dnf

quite damp,but had somewhat pain-full hand-jamming fun trying this route

with Dave Piper
Simon cook ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 Lead
Pete Rigby 26/Aug/13 Lead dnf
with Kelli Roberts
kelliroberts3 26/Aug/13 Lead dog

Fell off going into the big undercut (Someone elses gear up until here), finished it off from there in one push after a quick rest.

masa-alpin 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Finally ticked! Loz interested me in this, coincidentally, as the route in his wish list. This is certainly one of the most eye-catching line in Sennen. I found steeper than it first appeared, but more face holds than it looks. I wish it'd be longer.

with Loz K, Andy Rich
Hidden 24/Aug/13 2nd dog
Matthew Robinson 07/Aug/13 Lead dnf
with David
chris j 12/Jul/13 Lead dog
with Nick Saunders
Hidden 08/Jun/13 Lead RP
Hidden 28/May/13 Lead O/S
Misha 18/May/13 Lead O/S

Mathijs did it with a rest earlier in the week so tried it again but pumped out and lowered off. I pulled the rope and led it with his gear to the flake. Steady if you've got good stamina, no hard moves but sustained. A good route. With Mathijs on the BMC International Meet.

with Mathijs
drysori 16/May/13 2nd
with Viktor
morganator 16/May/13 2nd

Greasy. Slipped out of the crack

with International Meet Guest
Nick Wallis ?/May/13 2nd
with BMC international meet
Ed morris 27/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Fantastic, top end E2.

with ewan
stevorobs3 31/Mar/13 Lead dnf


Hidden ??/2013 TR
janegallwey ??/2013 Lead RP
jacobjlloyd 28/Oct/12 Lead O/S

Whoa, hard! Got pretty boxed. So much gear, but the bottom section is taxing. Not a sport climber's route, and no pushover at the grade. About as hard as The Butcher - top end E2.

with Ben Corbey
msoldn 08/Sep/12 2nd O/S

tough little number, especially since hand jams are not my forte. moved lightly left at top of crack.

with Eric, Johannes
Brown 08/Sep/12 2nd
with Andy R
klo1981 23/Aug/12 TR dog
with Iain
Dr Toph 09/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Sustained, and polished jams makes it a bit of a battle.

with Emily
jakenichol 23/Jul/12 Lead

Took 3 falls but eventually got to the top. Hard

burto 03/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with hertha
Hidden 02/Jun/12 Lead dog
Peter Reynolds ?/Jun/12 Lead dnf
El3ctroFuzz 30/May/12 2nd rpt

Found it quite hard with a debilitating back!

with Joe Harris
Elaine Budden 15/Apr/12 2nd β
El3ctroFuzz 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Easy E2 5b!!

with Elaine Budden
Dan_Carroll 13/Apr/12 Lead rpt
with mum
Pete Graham ?/Apr/12 Lead
with Rick Graham
Hidden 10/Mar/12 2nd
gg4419 ?/Mar/12 TR RP
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
wojt ??/2012 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Cragrat Rich 19/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Seemed easy, then seemed desperate, then seemed ok, then seemed desperate again, so bit of a mixed bag. Felt nice to complete it though!

Hidden ?/Aug/11 -
nickcanute ?/Aug/11 Lead O/S

damp -felt hard, but on-sight with a lot of effort. top route!

Hidden ?/Aug/11 Lead O/S
nick arding 30/Jul/11 Lead β
with rob pitt
Rob Pitt 29/Jul/11 2nd
with Nick Arding
jas128 23/Jul/11 TR dog

crack was very slimy

myoung 09/Jul/11 2nd
with Tom L, Heather
Tom Livingstone 09/Jul/11 2nd
thomasadixon 21/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Hung around on the layback jugs for *AGES* before committing to what turned out to be fairly simple! Need to man up sometimes.

with Mike
Hidden 10/Jun/11 2nd dog
a13x 07/Jun/11 2nd dog
pudding 07/Jun/11 Lead dog
Hidden 01/Jun/11 Lead dnf
quiffhanger 30/May/11 Lead O/S
flyinfrenchy 28/May/11 2nd dnf
Fran S8 27/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Jez 26/Apr/11 2nd dog

Meaty, had to rest - because of stuck gear... I wish :-)

with NJSharp
Hidden ??/2011 -
mwatson ??/2011 -
nickstephens 19/Sep/10 TR O/S
colkurtz 02/Sep/10 2nd dog
with Robb
Jack_F 28/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Good route although not really my style of climbing. definate E2

tom169 26/Jun/10 2nd dog
with Pawel
Dave Turnbull, BMC 14/May/10 Lead
with Becky McGovern
Harald 11/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Apr/10 Lead O/S
dan gibson 09/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with michael porter
freakeystyley34 08/Apr/10 2nd dog
with Dan
Hidden ??/2010 -
Gus ??/2010 Lead O/S
with whiters
Dan_Carroll 01/Sep/09 Lead dnf

pumped out and moved left before the good holds ran out at the top of the crack.

Bobby Gilbert 01/Aug/09 Lead RP

1 fall. Lowered off for good rest then did it clean.

with Richard Morris, Alan Dovey
climber130887 17/Jun/09 Lead dnf
with roper
Hidden 24/May/09 2nd dog
JackMountains 04/May/09 Lead dnf
Ben Snook 04/May/09 2nd

Think I went up it to strip.

jchenoweth 10/Apr/09 2nd O/S
with Dunc
DavidR 28/Jul/08 2nd dog
Hidden 28/Jul/08 Lead dog
riddle 23/Mar/08 Lead dnf

Tough route!

with Alastair
Lev 08/Mar/08 Lead dnf
with Ingrid Fidi
Docent 23/Feb/08 Lead dog
with stecu
Dan_Carroll 30/Aug/07 TR O/S
shoulders 09/Aug/07 Lead
with dai
Rich Kirby 04/Jul/07 2nd O/S
with Ash
Hidden 04/Jul/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
Hidden 10/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Dave Kerr 30/Jul/06 Lead

Hard work. Gillian is easier.

with Olan Parkinson
Hidden 08/Jul/06 2nd rpt
Hidden 08/Jul/06 Lead O/S
bfreeman ?/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2006 Lead dog
timharrison ?/Sep/05 2nd dog

Tough but very nice

with Sue Hazel
shark 03/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Annie
jmhood ??/2005 Lead O/S
with Wayne Miller
lost.arrow 20/Oct/03 -
pezzerrr 05/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/03 2nd O/S
andy_pemberton ??/2003 Lead


goi.ashmore 05/Aug/02 Lead O/S
with Roy Thomas
Hidden ?/May/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/01 2nd
jfletcher 28/Apr/01 Lead
Roget 12/Sep/00 Lead O/S
with jon
Marti999 ??/2000 Lead
tuftynick ??/2000 Lead
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
Jon Read ?/Aug/99 Lead O/S
lost.arrow 30/Mar/97 2nd
craig h 23/Jun/96 Lead O/S
with Janet Hannah
John Southworth ?/Jul/91 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May/91 Lead O/S
whispering nic 29/Mar/91 2nd
with Graham Iles
Hidden 10/Sep/90 2nd
Hidden ?/Jul/88 Lead dog
Nigel Coe 29/May/88 -
Hidden 05/Aug/87 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1982 Lead
Mark Kemball ??/1980 Lead
Hidden ??/1978 -
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Hidden, French Erick, Hidden, johnpr, gingerking, Ian Jones, Hidden, Andyh83, bpmclimb, pmot
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