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5b Groove E3 5b

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[5b Groove, 3 kb]From the Aardvark, about 5m right is a thin groove that has virtually no hardholds, and would probably be more at home on grit. Pad up the groove to a mini-mono and an undercut and put all your faith in friction to reach the final groove and some actual holds.
c.1970s 1975

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Rick hard Rock - Solo - 20/Aug/14 with Dan Hobbs

Got up to the move, decided I didn't fancy it, lost balance, jumped/fell. Everything still seems to work.
Nick Russell - Solo dnf - 09/Jun/14

Rick hard Rock - Solo rpt - 10/May/14

Waddled up and down a few times before committing.
Jack_F - Solo β - 25/Apr/14 with Remus

Hidden - Solo rpt - 25/Apr/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Apr/14

Cheese Monkey - TR O/S - 27/Mar/14 with Shunt

Monk - TR O/S - 22/Feb/14

I tend to overgrade when top-roping on a self-belay device, but this felt like hard 5c to me - was quite close to coming off repeatedly.
pheotleyr - TR O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Mirco Traxion

Rick hard Rock - Solo rpt - 15/Feb/13

Rick hard Rock - Solo rpt - 18/Nov/12

Really appealing little groove, if you trust your feet its really quite easy climbing, nice and precarious, worth just getting on it cos it feels like you could just step across to the v diff at a couple of points if you dont feel like carrying on.
Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 15/Nov/12 with Andy

Neil Morbey - TR - 09/Nov/12

top roped once about 10 days earlier
Pete Rigby - Solo RP - 24/Jul/12

akhughes - Solo - 20/Jun/12

Top roped a few months ago. Shunted as a rest from working smooth groove, and then soloed. Wrong handed 3/4 of the way up nearly blowing it.
Stanners - Solo rpt - 10/Jan/12

colesy - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/12

j miller - Lead - 2012

Rick hard Rock - Solo rpt - 13/Oct/11

Toproped 4 or five times with plans to solo. Just as I felt about ready to commit it totally pissed it down soaking everything! Oh well something to do next time I guess.
Quarryboy - TR rpt - 12/Aug/11 with Martin Stanfield, Rob Stanfield

2-3 times with same intentions of Jack.
Stanners - TR rpt - 12/Aug/11 with Jack Bradbrook

Was raining hard when I finshed, but will give the lead (aka solo) a go next time :)
Stanley - TR O/S - 12/Aug/11 with Bethia Manson, Simon Green

Stanners - TR O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Shunt

Chubbard - TR O/S - 08/Jan/11 with AJM

Richard Hall - Solo β - 22/Nov/10 with Chris Savage

headpointed
Bristoldave - Solo RP - 14/Nov/10 with douglas

One of my favourite solos in avon, always enjoy this one, subtle and balancy.
Rick hard Rock - Solo rpt - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - TR - 17/Oct/10

stafford101 - TR - 17/Oct/10

With rests at the crux move. Once I found the hold it was all fine
SharonC1604 - TR - 08/Sep/10

Hidden - Sent - Aug/10

matt_claydon - TR rpt - 01/Jul/10 with Pete Derrett

done it on TR before annoyingly my foot slipped off a polished hold whilst warming up on it with the shunt
Quarryboy - TR RP - 03/Jun/10 with Comrade Shunt

Done a billion times before but this was special for me as it was my first time out since breaking my pelvis & ankle plus ancillary injuries 6 weeks previous. I think the pain killers helped!
KRB - Solo rpt - 06/May/10

Hidden - TR rpt - 27/Apr/10

matt_claydon - TR O/S - 27/Mar/10 with Pete Derrett

Cliched end of the day climb - making use of the easy access toprope bolts to play on an E3, it went clean and should get the solo over and done with.
Lil_Pete - TR β - 27/Mar/10 with Matt Claydon

crossdressingrodney - TR rpt - 06/Mar/10 with Tomar

Hidden - Solo O/S - Mar/10

Hidden - TR dog - 14/Sep/09

omg I TR onsited a E3 the catch is there's basicly no gear im probably going to lead it now after my other climbing projects
Quarryboy - TR O/S - 24/Jun/09 with UCR youth squad

georgeevans88 - TR RP - 21/Apr/09 with Jack D

richiebongo - TR O/S - 2009 with Nick Smith

Paz - Solo rpt - 02/May/08

Hidden - TR O/S - 25/Mar/08

Ian Parnell - Solo β - 28/Nov/07

Circus - Solo RP - 13/Aug/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Feb/07

Paz - Solo rpt - 01/Feb/07

Sean Bell - TR O/S - 21/Jul/06 with rob

As with 5b Wall, I think this is rather adjectivally over-graded. E2 5b, fine - it's quite a bit scarier than it's wall partner, and is definitely "a warm up... for the mind!" Great padding up a thin groove with just enough holds to make it sensible. Very nice
Pythonist - Solo O/S - 22/Apr/06

phsharpy - Solo O/S - 06/Mar/06 with Alex Barrows

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/06

Hidden - TR dog - 05/Feb/06

Marcus - 2006

Greg Pittam - TR β - 08/Oct/05

First pinged off stepping into the undercut and by jumping luckily controlled the fall and landing (a bit of a bang/shock but is surprisingly OK) then trying it again escaped off right after this move, which I'd never done before. Doh.
Paz - Solo dnf - 22/Sep/05

Hidden - TR O/S - 11/May/05

_m.cox_ - Solo β - Feb/04 with Adam Mulholland

Lev - TR O/S - 04/Oct/03

Date guesstimated
Paz - Solo O/S - 06/Oct/02

John Southworth - Solo O/S - 10/May/00

Hidden - 2000

A regular warm up
KRB - Solo O/S - 07/Oct/99

guy xavier percival - 1999

Hidden - 1999

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 02/Oct/93

chris sm - TR RP - 15/Jun/93 with Martin Sime

ChrisJD - TR - 16/Oct/88

mark-abz - TR - 05/Mar/88 with Andy W

bullybones - Lead - 1987

Pete Nugent - TR - 27/Oct/85 with Paul Castleton

andy gittins - 1983

John Marsland - TR - 1982 with Ian Stopforth

Hidden - 1981

Hidden - TR O/S - 14/Jul/78

Voting
Total votes cast 24
hard E40 of 8
E40 of 8
easy E40 of 8
hard E30 of 8
E33 of 8
easy E34 of 8
hard E21 of 8
E20 of 8
easy E20 of 8
hard 5c0 of 9
5c0 of 9
easy 5c1 of 9
hard 5b1 of 9
5b7 of 9
easy 5b0 of 9
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Style of ascent

Soloed32 of 76 (42.1%)
Lead2 of 76 (2.6%)
Followed1 of 76 (1.3%)
Toproped34 of 76 (44.7%)
Bouldered1 of 76 (1.3%)
Unknown6 of 76 (7.9%)

'Climbed'19 of 76 (25.0%)
clean O/S26 of 76 (34.2%)
clean β6 of 76 (7.9%)
clean rpt15 of 76 (19.7%)
clean RP6 of 76 (7.9%)
dogged2 of 76 (2.6%)
dnf2 of 76 (2.6%)