The Link/The Chain** E1 5b

Rockfax Description
A superb variation to the Western Slabs or Western Rib final pitches. Start below the central crack in the tombstone and follow it to the top. © ROCKFAX

J.Brown, E.Price, D.Roscoe 22/Aug/1954
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This climb is in 162 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

If only it was longer!!
foostu4 - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/15

nodwas - AltLd - 17/Aug/15

Great lead by Chris, my turn next time
RobScarisbrick - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/15 with cdpuk

Finished West Rib via The Chain.
cdpuk - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/15 with Rob Scarisbrick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/15

The Chain only. excellent
Dawn_K_B - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/15 with Ruairidh Wadsworth

Lead as finish to Western Slabs
buxtoncoffeelover - Lead - 15/Jun/15

Danhan - 2nd O/S - 21/May/15 with Nick

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/15

james1978 - 2nd - 15/May/15 with pam

robpartridge - AltLd O/S - 14/May/15 with Harry Wickham

Steve Wakeford - 2nd - 13/May/15 with Rory Dickenson, Dan Commander

quarrtman1 - 2nd - 26/Sep/14 with Tom and Steve

As a finish to West Rib.
jshields - Lead - 14/Sep/14 with Jeff Ingman

Finished West Rib by The Chain
K Dawg - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/14 with Tom, Kit

Body for BMG.
erbridger - 2nd - 04/Aug/14

Led P2 of West rib then finished with the Chain pitch - A really great pitch!
Mr Tickle - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/14 with buxtoncoffeelover

Only pitch 3 as an accidental finish to Western Slabs.
danwilliams99 - 2nd - 18/Jul/14 with Liam

Dan724 - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/14 with Adam Revill, Mollie Kiwi

Just the chain, as a finish to West Rib. Absolutely cruised this, felt very safe on this due to the fantastic gear available at every point. First E1 lead.
spenser - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with Ross

West rib then the chain, led 2,3
Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Tiff, Floris

TiffTiff - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Sophie, Floris

erbridger - 2nd - 24/Jun/14 with nedly14

ned_85 - Lead - 24/Jun/14 with Emily Bridger

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 23/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jun/14

As a finish to West Rib
Wayne S - Lead - 15/Jun/14 with Dale

The chain as finish to West Rib - oops !
lithos - 2nd - 14/Jun/14 with cookie

cat22 - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/14 with Mike

Ash Sayers - Lead O/S - 30/May/14

Nick Biven - 2014

Hidden - 2014

adie84 - 2014

Only did the Link as a finish to West Rib.
Theeni - Lead - 06/Oct/13 with John McEvoy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/13

Thought this would be impossible, but was actually enjoyable and I got up it no problem, it's hard but short.
alp79 - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Jonny Ashton

brilliant! Like being back in Squamish !
ashtond6 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13

Just did The Chain as a finish to west rib.
metal arms - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/13

jwpil - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/13 with Ben

benscarter - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/13 with Jack

Nice route and first E1 - woop! There was a stuck insitu cam which made life slightly easier. Not the biggest fan of crack climbs but this was ace.
sebbo - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Grant Brown

Really nice crack, obvious and ideal finish to West Rib
Dr Toph - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Emily

The Chain only as a lovely finish to West Rib. Brilliant finger crack, felt like HVS 5b on it's own.
maria85 - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Amy

maybe first crack climb. laybacked it all, need to learn about cracks, but really enjoyable.
Velo Orange - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Toph

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13

Just The Chain, good finish to West Rib
wi11 - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Ben

Ellen Cobby - 2nd dog - 07/Jul/13 with Adam Booth

The Chain as finish to west rib
mjeffery - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jun/13

Lead 2nd pitch only
sian88 - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Jun/13

The Chain only, as a finish to West Rib
cem - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with EeFu Thong, Kirill Spiridonov

Kirill - 2nd - 09/Jun/13 with Charles Moreton

Dan Vaj - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/13 with Matthew stygall, Kirsten

Hidden - Jun/13

Scary scary stuff...climbed it but couldn't stop to place protection! First E1-unintended!
leeoftroy - Lead O/S - May/13

The link was dirty but would be 3 stars if clean...
soph - AltLd - 09/Sep/12 with jon morgan

Superb crack climbing with perfect gear. Excellent finish to West Rib.
ebf - Lead - 08/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/12

Hidden - 2nd dog - 09/Aug/12

stevoland - Lead O/S - Aug/12

Jake Young - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Mark R

mark20 - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/12

Last pitch instead of finishing West rib
Richard Kemble - 2nd O/S - 24/May/12 with Lewis G

The Chain only as a finish to West Rib. A great little pitch.
victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 21/May/12 with James Oswald

A nice little pitch as a finish to western rib. I fell off after placing too many bomber wires though.
James Oswald - Lead dog - 20/May/12 with Colin Angus

Hidden - Lead - May/12

Hidden - Lead dog - 28/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Sep/11

Phil_Hall_97 - 2nd - 28/Sep/11 with Alice Du Preeze, Dave Evans

just the chain. Started to rain heavily so had to really fly up it!
Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/11 with Halla

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/11

The Chain only as a last pitch of West Rib
fizzychewitt - 2nd - 14/Jul/11 with Jayne

emma Warren - AltLd - 06/Jul/11

deejmonkey - 2nd - 03/Jul/11 with Tom

tomparrott - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with DJ

Chain only. Excellent pitch
david morse - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Nicola Jasieniecka, lole

The Chain only. Very friendly and lots of gear. Slipped off the hard move.
five - Lead dog - 05/Jun/11 with AV

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/11

chrisallan - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/11

Quite tricky just getting established in crack but well protected. Good finishing pitch to west rib. Just climbed the chain pitch.
Danjones - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11 with Tim

Rory Shaw - 2011

uphillnow - 2011

not link
alasdair19 - 2011

Graham Westbrook - Lead - Sep/10

jl - Lead - 22/Aug/10 with MIA Training

Did the chain as a finish to west rib
nakedave - Lead - 15/Aug/10 with Barney Crampton

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/10

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/10

Jon boy - 2nd - 02/Jun/10 with Dan Walker

krusty23 - 2nd - Jun/10 with Iwan Jones

Bex_M - 2nd - 30/May/10 with Duncan Dunbar

Hidden - 26/May/10

Jennyvs - AltLd O/S - 26/May/10 with Sean Astley

Hidden - Lead - 24/May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/May/10

just the chain, i led the HVS 5b cux pitch - polished at one point my feet slipped off as i moved up and i ended up hanging from 1 fingerlock! sweet route tho short crux
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/10 with Bubbles

Only did the chain. Cold hands and spaz leg made this tricky
Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10 with Owen Davies

C Mclean - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/10 with Craig Marshall

keith leonard - 2010

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Sep/09

Just the Chain - HVS
Bulls Crack - Lead O/S - Sep/09 with Simon D

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/09

just the chain, nice.
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09

Came off Western Slabs to finish with The Chain. My first E1!!!!!!!! Amazing climb, amazing place, with great people! What more could one ask for!
Helen23 - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/09 with Tina Breslin (at PYB)

idmadden - Lead - Aug/09

schwenk - AltLd - Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09

Sarah Black - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Sep/08

The chain pitch only
GPN - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08 with Annette

Top pitch only instead of top pitch of West Rib.
net - 2nd - 20/Sep/08 with George

Diggler - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/08 with stemill

Off route. First lead fall, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and maybe 5th. Gave up dejected, still thinking it was just a really tough VS!!
stemill - Lead dnf - 23/Aug/08 with Mark

Looks like i could do the moves after all!
stemill - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/08 with Mark

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/08

HeatherF - Lead - 28/Jun/08 with Ollie

leopet - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/08 with Heather

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jun/08

Carly - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/08 with Richard

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/May/08

Sgt. Vest - AltLd O/S - 06/May/08 with james

Hidden - Lead - May/08

Hidden - Lead - May/08

Matt Vigg - 2008

barni - AltLd - 2008 with Northern

Hidden - AltLd - 2008

Top Pitch only
sammoore - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/07 with Tom Weston

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/07 with Jonny

Just did "the chain" after last pitch of "west rib"
ritchierich - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/07 with Bob Dickson

blancbleu - 2nd β - 19/Mar/07 with Tim

Sean Kelly - 2007

Hidden - Jun/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/06

Ian McNeill - 2006

As finish to Western Slabs. Ground up
clams - Lead RP - 2005 with AD

Hidden - Lead - 2004

aulda - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/03 with Dave R

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/03

Clucky - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/03 with Paul Dickson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/03

ArnaudG - 2000

Did the Chain (E1 5c) by mistake instead of top pitch of West Rib. Dave's lead but he quickly realised it wasn't the 4c we were expecting
Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - May/99 with Dave Gurney

chris sm - Lead O/S - Jul/97 with Dom Goodridge

Ched - Lead O/S - 1997 with Glanfor

my brother egged me into doing this instead of the last pitch of western slabs. He said that it'd make for an interesting finish... I was only a VS climber at the time and, yes, it did make for an interesting and rather intimidating finish.
Paul Boardman - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/96 with Iain Boardman

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Sep/95

ste_d - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/94 with mik

mikedelderfield - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/94 with Steven Delderfield

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jun/94

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/93

Hidden - 1990

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 07/May/88 with pete roberts, brian jones

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead - Aug/87 with Jean Williamson

Hidden - Lead - 1985

Robmwatt - 1984

Hidden - Jun/79

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
RobScarisbrick, Michael Hood

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