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Simple Simon** S 4b

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[Carmen on the last rather silly section of Simple Simon (S 4b), Simon's Seat, 2 kb]Long and varied. Up the left edge of the flaky slab then move right to a long crack which leads to a ledge. Move right and pull over the roof following the crack and its steeper continuation. © ROCKFAX
Alternative start on lowest boulder. Then pad up next slab - one piece of protection low down - to good ledge. Then straight up middle before going for chockstone in 'chimney' for right foot, and on to bivvy site. (Or attempt to reach chockstone from below). Employ six foot long leg to surmount overhang and pad up slab (or go right round the corner for a short man's alternative). Finally attack the summit blob in one way or another

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs.

Photo: Carmen on the last rather silly section of Simple Simon (S 4b), Simon's Seat © Simon Caldwell
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This climb is in 38 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Puma - 2nd - 29/Sep/13 with Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Paul Davies

Charlie Staincliffe - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Stuart Myatt

This must be one of the longest severes on Yorkshire Grit. High stepping flexibility is a big help! Good pitch.
Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Paul Farrish

jshields - Lead - 21/Jul/13 with Mike Dowsett

petekeron - Solo O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Solo

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

nick ferro - 21/Jul/12 with Sonam Norbu

A good solo just feels like 4 boulder probs with all the ledges in between
Bloke on a Rope - Solo O/S - 15/Jul/12 with Matt

A great expedition, soloed to check the route was OK after Becky was unsure about leading this as another team was having a hard time on this. Was ok but solid 4b in places and tough for Severe.
Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 27/May/12 with Becky E

Team ascent: Graeme soloed it twice, I led it once, Dad seconded it once, and Mum seconded about a third of it. Good effort by Mum, who was defeated by her muscles rather than her head.
Becky E - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with Dad, Mum

Found the chimney green and a right brawl. Had to put in a hex to pull on. The rest of it was decent.
jubolo - Lead dog - 23/Apr/11 with craig

Very good! Delicate slab, grimy chimney, then a bit of a boulder problem
Tanya Savage - Lead - 04/Sep/10 with Neil Pacey

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/May/10

We did not meet a pieman.
jimorothy - 2nd - 22/Aug/09 with Rachel Crolla and Scott

Hidden - Lead - 02/Aug/09

Simonj - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Andy

jonka - Lead - Aug/09 with gareth

Good but tricky at Sev and 4b. Infested with milipedes!
jkarran - Lead - 21/Jun/09 with Pete

Failed the lead so handed over to JK, thought it was quite hard for severe.
petellis - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Cleric James Koran

Hidden - Lead - 25/May/09

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 26/Apr/09 with Clair+Ed

Simon Perry - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/07 with Laura Carey

two definate crux's, one half way and one right at the end. well worth 2 stars
robman - Lead O/S - 09/May/07 with Craig

Cletus the rock climbing cowboy - 2nd dog - Mar/07 with Rob

Simon Caldwell - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/05 with Rob

lithos - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/05 with Toreador

Brown - Solo O/S - 20/Jul/04

Brown - Solo O/S - 20/Jul/04

FrankW - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/04 with Joe

chrishedgehog - 2002 with Drew

John Brayshaw - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/99 with Chris

kitkat78 - 1999 with Hester C

Bug - 1998

nickdonohue - Lead - 21/Jun/95

Tom V - 14/Jul/90

Chris Ellis - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/89 with Phil Binks, Dan Morgan

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jul/79

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
StuartP, Hidden, David Wynne

Total votes cast 24
hard HS0 of 9
HS1 of 9
easy HS4 of 9
hard S0 of 9
S4 of 9
easy S0 of 9
hard HVD0 of 9
HVD0 of 9
easy HVD0 of 9
hard 4c0 of 8
4c0 of 8
easy 4c2 of 8
hard 4b4 of 8
4b2 of 8
easy 4b0 of 8
hard 4a0 of 8
4a0 of 8
easy 4a0 of 8
3 Stars0 of 7
2 Stars6 of 7
1 Star1 of 7
0 Stars0 of 7
Bag of .....0 of 7
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Style of ascent

Soloed6 of 38 (15.8%)
Lead18 of 38 (47.4%)
Followed8 of 38 (21.1%)
Alt Leads1 of 38 (2.6%)
Unknown5 of 38 (13.2%)

'Climbed'15 of 38 (39.5%)
clean O/S21 of 38 (55.3%)
dogged2 of 38 (5.3%)