Certain Surprise*** E3 5c
[The steep start of Certain Surprise at Split Rock Quarry, 3 kb]25m.

Rockfax Description
The trade route at Split Rock Quarry is a brilliant classic. Start at a small, shallow cave at ground level. Photo on page 73.
26m. Hard moves up the crack sprouting from the cave lead to an easing at 6m. Follow the steepening crack past two threads and climb the wall above to a large niche, bolt. Move up and left out of the niche on big holds to a small corner and follow this on more good holds to a move right at its end to finish. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Start at the small alcove in the center of the crag, from there follow the large, obvious crack to half height and continue up to a ledge/shattered cave 5m from the top. Either follow the groove above straight up or use the left arete (slightly easier.)

R Harrison, R A Broomhead 09/May/1980

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs, Ultimate E2 ticklist.

Photo: The steep start of Certain Surprise at Split Rock Quarry © Mark Glaister
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This climb is in 111 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Paul Baller - Lead G/U - 17/May/15 with matt stevens

ferdia - 2nd - 17/May/15 with Burton

burto - Lead O/S - 17/May/15 with ferdia

Awesome. Good gear, and a natural line. Got more pumped than I was expecting.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/15 with Pablo

A touch harder than Rustic Wall, still a bit soft.
thedoctorisin - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15 with ro jones

One rest on second thread. Went to left at top rather than direct.
Paul Baller - Lead dog - 12/Apr/15 with matt stevens

petegunn - Lead - 30/Dec/14 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 30/Dec/14

Jon_Warner - 2nd rpt - 17/Aug/14 with Jenni, Tom

tskelhon - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/14 with John_Warner

Hidden - 2nd β - 17/Aug/14

_m.cox_ - 2nd rpt - 05/Jul/14 with no_need_for_lube_yan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/14

tash - 2nd - 02/Jul/14 with ali k

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/14 with Harry Martin

zcsharp - 2nd - 14/May/14 with Joe Innes, Al

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

Joe Innes - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/14 with Jamie Lewin

chris j - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/14 with Nick Arding

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/14

shepherd - 2014

Cailean Harker - Lead O/S - 28/Nov/13 with Alex Harper

danmullett - Lead O/S - 16/Nov/13

Shunt, quite pumpy but great venue
rurp - 10/Nov/13

Certainly surprised myself and got this first time on top-rope. Maybe one to lead one day?
morpcat - TR - 18/Sep/13 with wilkinscl

tom.e - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/13 with Charlie Everett

tp45597 - TR RP - 18/Jul/13 with niels

Pete Rigby - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Jim Tan

Hidden - TR - 10/Jul/13

Chubbard - TR rpt - 09/Jul/13 with J Robinson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13

richiebongo - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/13 with Nick Smith

Joehorton - TR O/S - 06/May/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Apr/13

Cheese Monkey - 2nd dog - 15/Apr/13 with Neil

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/12 with douglas

James Marshall - Lead rpt - 07/Oct/12 with ollie

at the end of the day stoped at the bolt belay as getting dark fun end to day hard at start
brices - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/12 with james marshal

wilkinscl - 2nd - Sep/12

James Marshall - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/12 with Dick Hall

Not sure of date
Paul Baller - TR RP - Aug/12

will909 - Lead RP - 20/Jun/12

Willstokes88 - TR - 05/May/12

Hidden - TR rpt - 29/Mar/12

al99 - Lead - 10/Mar/12 with Mike Coles

Stone Muppet - Lead dnf - 10/Mar/12 with am

Marti999 - 2nd rpt - 27/Feb/12 with Ed Babington

Slipped out of initial (wet) crack. Back on and flashed the rest. Very pumpy.
Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/12 with Marti

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/12

paultaylor - Lead rpt - 19/Feb/12 with Edd

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/12 with anna barnes

maddy.c - 2012

Not as good as Video Kills. Soft for E3.
gazhbo - Lead rpt - 29/Aug/11

On Gaz's gear. Pretty easy for E3. Video Kills is loads better.
Richard Hall - Lead β - 29/Aug/11 with Gaz

Slipped off the start first go, flashed the rest.
thomasadixon - Lead RP - 23/Aug/11 with Becca

Very good
BeccaSnowden - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/11 with Tom

An excellent route, pumpy but with good and easy to place gear
petegunn - Lead - 12/Aug/11 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/11

Justin T - 2nd - 31/Jul/11 with Cherry

billb - Lead - Jul/11 with Rich Smith

Puuummmped. There's an easier route through the middle - I'm sure...
Jon_Warner - Lead rpt - 22/May/11 with Dan P

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/11

will909 - TR dog - 13/May/11

will909 - TR dog - 13/May/11

did four laps on this with lunch break in between these..
benkelsey - TR rpt - 05/May/11

_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with Tom Harrison

Spacetourist - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/11 with Rosea

Rosea Day - 2nd β - Apr/11

paultaylor - Lead dog - 19/Mar/11 with Edd

Hidden - 2nd RP - 05/Mar/11

willbatho - Lead dog - 05/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Sep/10

lead ground up backed off it 6months ago. finished this time. fairly pumpy.
benkelsey - Lead β - 24/Sep/10 with Remus Knowles

just one more - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/10 with Svenn G

Gibbo - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Pete Milner, Ollie Keynes

tommytuffa - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/10 with max, ollie b

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead β - 31/Oct/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Oct/09

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09

ian d f - Lead RP - 02/Oct/09 with Pete B

Jon_Warner - TR rpt - 04/Jul/09 with Mark Glaister, Tom

Hidden - Solo rpt - 20/Jun/09

Jon_Warner - TR β - 13/Apr/09 with Mark Glaister

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - Mar/09

Anna Yorke - TR - 2009

Amazing thuggy route with great (easy to place) gear
Chubbard - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08 with J Robinson

JimR - 2nd - 01/Jul/08 with Charles H

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/08

ian d f - TR - 2008

Hidden - TR - 29/Jun/06

Hidden - TR - 28/Jun/06

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

Neil Ireson - Lead - Jul/05 with Pete M

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

cornishben - Lead O/S - Jul/04 with Mike Raine

rapidrich - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/02 with Katie

Richard White - 2002

KRB - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/01 with Ken Padgett

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/99 with Stone Elworthy

guy xavier percival - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/99 with paul

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Nigel Coe - TR - 1998 with Norman Wright

NeilGriffiths - Lead - 18/Jun/94 with frances haden

Almar Postma - TR RP - 1993

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/91

ChrisJD - TR - 1991 with Alex

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Ed morris, Owen W-G, zenntrix, andy dunn, Dr Caterpillar

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