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The Tube*** E4 5c

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[The Tube, E4 5c, Back Bowden Doors. , 2 kb]One of the easier hard classics of the crag - a great climb, devious but logical and interesting throughout. Start up the easy ramp then gain the hanging groove and climb it boldly to the break under the roof. Traverse right - plenty of gear but pumpy - to the slot in the roof and finish with a typical Northumbrian exit. A Left-hand Exit is a cop-out at E3 5b and a Direct Finish is a harrowing E5 5c but misses out the best part of the route. © ROCKFAX
A dramatic route that is considerably better than it's crabwise shuffling would suggest. Climb the bold shallow scoop, the fingery and varied break, and final gutbusting pull over with continuous interest. Take anything from Zeros and Peenuts to large cams!

Ticklists: Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket.

Photo: The Tube, E4 5c, Back Bowden Doors. © John Lavelle
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 67 logbooks, and on 29 wishlists.

Ross Kirkland - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/14 with David Kirkland

samwillo - Lead - 24/Mar/14 with Malin Kvist

malinkvist - 2nd dog - 23/Mar/14

Pumpfest!
Smelly Fox - 2nd - 19/Nov/13 with Matt Thompson

Really good climbing, cleaning it by myself was fun! Glad I didn't lose the top out after all that effort, had some magnificent rope drag
Shea - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13 with Ieuan

Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Jul/13

fun route straight after whipping off OTR
Jordan - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Naomi Buys

first E4 onsight. Pumpy but no single hard move
Trevera - Lead - 13/Apr/13 with Adrian W

Adrianw - 2nd - 06/Apr/13 with Sarah Follmann

LRob - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13

Nice architectural line.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with Charlie Torrance, tim peck, kieran king, Laura Perry, Mikey G

Need to work on my crossovers to get the traverse cleanly, Didnt have the strength to pull through it today!
Adamski1986 - 2nd dnf - 02/Mar/13 with Richard Gage

Mike Goldthorp - Sent - Mar/13

Matt Harle - Lead O/S - 24/Nov/12 with Matt Gibbs

fantastic route, first E4 onsight and a very memorable experience
Ginger McGrath - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/12 with rob tyler, dave brigham

tyler836 - 2nd dog - 11/Nov/12 with Graham McGrath

2nd go from the ground - top out defeated the 1st attempt
robertmichaeladams - Lead - 13/Oct/12 with Andy H

ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Patch

Adam Lincoln - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Meg

Fantastic route. Pumpy but doable. Finish was a bit of a grovel.
stugreen75 - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with dominic jeff

So chuffed to get this, haven't fought so hard and not fallen off in a while! Climbed first section up to the break up and down about six times before committing to the reach right, and took two goes at the top-out - evil.
PeteH - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/12 with Naomi Hart

Hidden - Lead β - 18/Mar/12

Waited for years to onsight this. Great climbing. Can't believe I have shyed away from this for so long but managed to convince myself to climb On the Verge. Mega classic!
dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/12 with Dan Walker

Pre placed Gear
Nicolas Duboust - Lead β - 18/Mar/12

Great climb, and a lot scarier than I expected
roberto18 - Lead - 22/Oct/11 with ewan russell

ended up pulling on berts ropes after faffing for ages on the top out and him being in the way slightly. not sure if I would have flashed it though.
Ewan Russell - 2nd O/S - 22/Oct/11 with bert, Dave Warburton

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 13/Sep/11

fantastic
phil64 - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/11 with rachie

got everything except my left leg over the lip before being sucked back.... would be worth cleaning the lichen from the topout for next time
oliwarlow - Lead dog - 25/Aug/10 with Dave S, Ian

I'll be back.
odox - 2nd dog - 25/Aug/10 with Oli Warlow

Got up to the break but could not find any gear that I truste in - thought I had already done the scary bit?! Downclimbed to the floor. Think some offset small nuts might do the trick next time.
mattyork2 - Lead dnf - 25/Aug/10 with Ruth Colston

Tired arms on the final move ment that i sort of rolled onto the top sideways!
petegunn - Lead - 07/May/10 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 07/May/10

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

westaway - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/10

Steve Crowe - Lead - 2010

graham lawrie - Lead O/S - 2010

markalmack - Lead β - 04/Oct/09 with gregg capon

Hidden - 2nd dog - 04/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead RP - 05/Apr/09

Absolute classic!
buzby78 - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/09 with Al

jeffmcd56 - Lead O/S - 2009

mshorter - Lead β - 14/Jun/08 with alex

blow onsight when I slid back off the top when I'd aready pulled over. GUTTED!!!!
akhughes - Lead rpt - 08/May/08

Hidden - TR O/S - Dec/07

Excellent climbing, pumpy but has good rests along the way. Crux is probably the very last move!
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/07 with Viv

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Apr/06

jim robertson - 2006

ali_robb - Lead O/S - Mar/05

mgeek - Lead O/S - 2005 with Graham Doig

whispering nic - 2nd - 2004 with malc davies

Roget - Lead O/S - Aug/02 with jim, baccy, jon

superb classic , worth the years of practice :-)
gypsy3006 - Lead - Jun/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2001

Hidden - Lead - Jun/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/98

shark - Lead β - 1995 with Karl Telfer

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 24/Apr/94

mattnuttall - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/94 with Chris H (SCUM)_

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/92

Evoman - Solo - Apr/92 with Andy

Superb pitch!
Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/89 with Kim Greenald

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 30/Jun/87 with Perric Crellin

Failed on last move over the lip at the top - just ran out of puff! Didn't have a guidebook so no idea of the grade - Des cruised it.
auldscotal - 2nd dnf - 1984 with Des Rubens

Hidden - TR - 03/Apr/83

Hidden - 1980

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Style of ascent

Soloed1 of 67 (1.5%)
Lead43 of 67 (64.2%)
Followed17 of 67 (25.4%)
Toproped2 of 67 (3.0%)
Bouldered1 of 67 (1.5%)
Alt Leads1 of 67 (1.5%)
Unknown2 of 67 (3.0%)

'Climbed'18 of 67 (26.9%)
clean O/S31 of 67 (46.3%)
clean β5 of 67 (7.5%)
clean rpt1 of 67 (1.5%)
clean RP1 of 67 (1.5%)
dogged7 of 67 (10.4%)
dnf4 of 67 (6.0%)