Crystal*** HVS 5a

Rockfax Description
22m. A little devious but with excellent, varied and exposed climbing. Head up the awkward left-leaning groove, then move left and climb Grad's Groove until holds lead out right. Climb the crack and continuation flake to a small ledge, then move delicately right into Y Climb to finish. The Direct Version is a good HVS 5b. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
The lower crack can be climbed direct (avoiding Grad's Groove) and a delicate direct finish up the arête is recommended (avoiding Y Climb).

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This climb is in 91 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

08nbrierley - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/15 with jamie

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/15

Harder than any other HVS and most of the E1s I've led! Feet both popped off while moving through the overhang and surprisingly my hand jam stayed in leaving me hanging, got on with it after that! 3 sections of solid 5a climbing with ledges in between and reasonable gear, spent ages stood on the ledges trying to figure out how to do the next bits! Apparently I can jam when required though!
spenser - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/15 with Mike NMC, Sarah Follmann

Smith42 - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/15 with kerry

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Jun/15

Adamski1986 - 2nd - 03/Jun/15 with Tim Rodgers

Tim Rodgers - Lead - 03/Jun/15 with Adam Gregg

foostu4 - Lead O/S - 26/May/15

fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 01/May/15 with TimG

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/May/15

smithjmw46 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/15 with James Gossan

dakidunn - 2nd - 27/Aug/14 with Tris

dakidunn - 2nd - 20/Aug/14 with Tris

Direct this time. Strenuous lower crack and delicate finish. Very worthwhile.
Topsy Turvy - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/14 with dakidunn

Beautiful but tough
williap - Lead O/S - Aug/14

Gabe Oliver - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/14

Adamski1986 - 2nd - 19/Jun/14 with Gabe Oliver

IanHope - TR - 17/May/14 with John Haxton, matt

K Wall - Lead - 17/May/14 with Martin

Matt Poole - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14 with John84

chris smith - 2nd O/S - 06/May/14 with Malcolm watson

Adrianw - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/13 with John Wilson

Nice route, if the line was straightened out it might just make E1.
Tommy Moore - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with The Mole

fun, rather greasy on a warm day
Craig Holden - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/13 with Robbie

What a Fantastic Climb, Get On It Now!!! Did take a fall, because super greasy after some drizzle and got hands mixed up making holds slightly negative. lots of gear tho!
peter.ravenscroft27 - Lead dog - 30/Jun/13 with Matt Gatley

Gatley - 2nd - 30/Jun/13

elyben - 2nd - 29/Jun/13

slippery when wet
colin milton - 2nd dog - 27/Jun/13 with shaun l

Richard Alderton - 2nd - 10/Aug/12 with Liam

Dervey - Lead - 10/Aug/12 with Rich

Went direct (twice) at 5b. Excellent.
Richard Alderton - 2nd - 18/Jun/12 with Al

David Cowley - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/12 with Chris Smith

chris smith - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12 with david cowley

ushi - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/12 with Andy Marshall

smollett - Lead - 25/May/12 with paul

ed.burton - 2nd dog - 12/May/12 with Henry Häkkinen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/May/12

Dervey - 2012

y2keable - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/11 with John

KevB - 2nd - 03/Aug/11 with Tony P

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11

Direct route, tricky for HVS
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Sandra Lee, Ray Sharples

Pohil - Lead - 04/Jun/11

davewsargent - 2nd - 21/May/11

jshields - Lead - 21/May/11 with Dave Sargent, Ed James

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/11

Brilliant, sustained and varied. Should have hand-traversed right instead of trying to mantle onto the ledge near the top. Got stuck with my leg thrown over the left-hand bit of the ledge and had to weight the rope to :o(
graphiclunarkid - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/11 with Huw

mikecollins - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with stg

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/10

Em66 - 2nd - 30/Jul/10 with Jack uni

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jul/10

Some nice moves on this route. Took a big fall after some poor decision making. I've left a nut stuck at the start of the traverse round the arete I'm afraid.
jonny taylor - Lead dog - 29/Jun/10 with Andy B

ablackett - 2nd dog - 29/Jun/10 with Jonny

Quite hard traversing after the crack near the top, maybe I did it wrong.
David Bulley - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Andy Chisholm

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Oct/09

Have to say I wasn't that impressed by this climb. It had some nice moves on it, but the wandering line means it doesn't deserve more than one star, in my view.
PeteH - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Naomi Hart

NaomiHart - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Peter Hart

andyhutch77 - Lead - 04/Jul/09 with Marc Tomlinson

Fantastic varied climbing on a long pitch with 3 star moves up every section. Brilliant.
odox - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/09 with Tom Pitchforth

petegunn - 2nd - 21/Jun/09 with Davina & Steve

stimpey - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Pete, Davina

Sylvi - 2nd - 21/Jun/09 with Rog

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/09

robinsi197 - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/09 with Nick

oliwarlow - 2nd - 31/May/09 with Polly

7om - Lead O/S - Sep/08 with Chris Morish

Fell on the steep hand jamming crack, powered through the crack. Got established on the flake then fell again. Finally finished, Awesome route. Can't wait to go back and lead it clean.
Daniel Sutherland - Lead dog - 23/Aug/08 with Chris

JonathanJones - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/08 with Curly Chris

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/08 with Anna

thomaspassmore - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/07 with Dave Jones

Claire S-J - 2nd - Nov/07

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07

Matt crawford - 2nd - 22/Sep/07 with Taba

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

nic42 - 2nd - 17/Aug/06 with dru

dj_brigham05 - Lead dog - 25/Jul/06 with Chris Thain

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jul/06

chris2451 - 2nd O/S - Jul/06 with David Brigham

Superb. Disappointed to make the moves into and up the crack then blow (repeatedly) the mantel at the top.
Sankey - 2nd dog - Sep/05 with Luke

Andy Graham - Lead O/S - 2005 with Steve Anderson

GPN - 2nd - Jun/04 with Jamie Moss

gripped01 - 2nd O/S - Jul/02 with Martin Bohl

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/86

Gary Coggon - 2nd - 26/May/85 with Mike Block

Hidden - 1980

MikeDowsett - Lead - 1979 with Andy Lynch

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 1973

granitbahn - AltLd - 1970

RichardMc - 2nd - 22/Oct/67 with Ian Stromberg

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
blue_sundown, sarah hawker, Matt_Hardy, Matt Poole, Ian Jones

Total votes cast 76
hard E10 of 27
E10 of 27
easy E11 of 27
hard HVS16 of 27
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easy 5b0 of 26
hard 5a19 of 26
5a6 of 26
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hard 4c0 of 26
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