Dawn Walk* S 4a
[Dawn Walk - dot by dot, 3 kb]A long, diagonal expedition crossing the Morning Slab (page 62) that is serious for both leader and second. Start by scrambling to a tree next to a yellow crumbling wall. The final pitch is shown on page 62.. 1) 4a, 20m. Climb easily to a cave and move right up a slab then pull into a groove on the right. Move up this and its right wall to an iron spike. Pull up the short steep wall to Breakfast Ledge and a withering tree belay plus low back-up nuts.. 2) 4a, 27m. Move right to a vegetated corner and head out along a grass ledge before moving rightwards up the slab to a good, long foot ledge and peg. Shuffle along the ledge till it fades and then climb up the slab to bolt and tree belays.. 3) 18m. Climb rightwards to a crack and climb this to the Lunchtime Ledge. © ROCKFAX
Tree belay at the start of pitch-2/end pitch-1 has gone to be replaced by two bolts.

Ticklists: Rockfax SW select - Avon gorge routes, West Country Climbs, Avon sub-VSes.

Photo: Dawn Walk - dot by dot © philkerswell
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This climb is in 167 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

tp45597 - AltLd O/S - 09/Nov/14 with Dave barrow, niels

gavin.edwards - 2nd O/S - 12/Oct/14

I led pitches 1 and 3.
Nialllusby - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14 with Emma Ross

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jul/14

Had done pitches 1 and 3 as part of other routes already. Nice bolted stances must be a recent addition. Very welcome
Kemics - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Mel

Melonfly - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Caleb

CallumSmith - AltLd - 02/Jul/14

Veg-e-tated and very prickly, scratchy start, would benefit from pruning, as it's quite a nice climb/traverse. The first pitch has some interesting foot work.
BB1 - 01/Jul/14 with Alex Roberts

philmcf - AltLd O/S - May/14

alexporter - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Naomi Dalton

tc7118 - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/14

Not a happy second. Abseiled from the bolts at the top of first pitch. I suppose it was a bit wet.
AndySL - Lead dnf - 16/Mar/14 with Deano

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/14

James Jackson - 2014

Lead pitch one and three. I reckon that the first part of pitch two beneath the overhang is ~4a (in opposition to the cc guide)
George.Rowland - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/13 with sam coppard

Led P2. After the horrible scramble to the start of the route, it actually becomes pretty good. The first pitch is really the crux and the run-out on the second pitch is nowhere near as bad as I had expected. Started just after rain, finished in the dark. Props to whoever put the action man in place.
crossdressingrodney - AltLd O/S - 08/Oct/13 with Andy B

avictimoftheDrpsycho - Solo O/S - 30/Sep/13

saraguti - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/13 with rick sewards

Ran p2+3 together with resultant communication difficulties. As the name suggests, most of p2 is a walk
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/13 with Emily

A bit disappointing I thought. The cave looks interesting.
pheotleyr - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/13 with Roman

laurence_falconer - 2nd - 10/Jun/13 with Ben Cailey, Laura Shaw

laurashaw - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Ben Cailey, laurence falconer

bencaley - 2nd O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Laura Shaw, Lawrence Falconer

Lead first pitch, went to high and ended up in bramble bush
KatOstrich - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with Laurence

laurence_falconer - 06/May/13 with Katherine Ostritch, Laura Shaw

laurashaw - 2nd O/S - 06/May/13 with Katherine Ostritch, laurence falconer

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/13

steve_gibbs - Lead O/S - 2013

thomasadixon - Solo O/S - 27/Oct/12

P 1&3 - Pleb P 2 - Me Didn't spot the bolts to realise I was meant to go upwards and carried on traversing until reaching some saplings just above and left of the belay of Sinister and Clarion. The last few metres before the belay, after the ledge was long gone, felt a fair bit harder than 4a for sure but still really nice climbing and fairly exciting.
Stuart William - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Pleb

Pleb - AltLd - 15/Sep/12 with 2PointO

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jul/12

George Frisby - Lead rpt - 20/Jun/12 with Chris

stafford101 - 2nd rpt - 20/Jun/12 with George Frisby

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/12

I lead P2+3 together. Really nice route.
Monk - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/12 with Luke Vincent

Having done the first two pitches a couple of times, finally nice to have finished it up the third pitch. (First time rained hard mid route so abbed off, second time as first two pitches of Gurgle Girdle)
pffft - AltLd β - 08/Apr/12 with Monkey

George Frisby - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/12

Very dusty holds on the first pitch but as good as ever second pitch. Fair play to Andy with the swing potential and this being his like 5th ever route.
Stanners - Lead rpt - 29/Mar/12 with Andy G

CreepingExcellence. - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/12 with Rob Stanfield

wildrover220 - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/12 with Ali Dixon

An awesome route with gear where its needed. Linked pitches 2 and 3 together.
stafford101 - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/12 with George Frisby

P1 covered in dirt, dust and deceased plant life, producing one of my least pleasant climbing experiences ever - possibly due to some of the clearing thats been going on lately?
R_W_M - 2nd - 25/Feb/12 with Todd

TDembrey - Lead rpt - 25/Feb/12 with Rob

The slab on the second pitch was covered in ice, so we had to ab off the tree.
Clay C - AltLd dnf - 03/Feb/12 with Louise

bonoid - AltLd - 2012

David Qualtrough - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Dec/11

Turned rather wet mid second pitch making it especially treacherous for the second. Called a hasty retreat once second had made it across traverse.
pffft - Lead dnf - 05/Oct/11 with Jojo Mills

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/11

HarryB - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Aug/11

Slick - Lead - 16/Aug/11 with Kevin Vans-Colina, Isabel Evans

jameslam - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/11 with Charlie Thorneycroft

Stanley - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/11 with Robster666

great fun with big swing potential for both leader and 2nd but it would be pretty hard to fall off.
Stanners - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/11 with Martin Stanfield

darren led pitch 1, i led pitches 2 & 3 , 2nd pitch favourite with very enjoyable traverse allowing view whole gorge
cwildblood - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11

P1 from the first part of rock (before the cave) until Breakfast Ledge, P2 past the bolts to the tree below Lunchtime Ledge then a short scramble up.
Dave Ing - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/11 with Bridgette, Rachel

Some dodgy rock at the start but I enjoyed the foot work. A good exercise in traversing :)
BB1 - 2nd - 16/Jun/11 with Dave Ing

kelliroberts3 - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11 with Peter Rigby

Did it in two pitches, very nice climb.
Rory Southworth - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/11 with John Whittock

Clay C - Solo rpt - 25/Mar/11

Night Climb
Pete Rigby - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/11

Good route, like the section on the slab nice and technical. Good fun.
Quarryboy - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Jack Treble

31770 - 2011

Lead the 3 pitches, was an easy climb though poorly protected and a very overgrown start.
sofe13 - Lead - 01/Nov/10 with Gof

lead 1st and 3rd pitches. Dodgy route finding at the start, but route was found after some time. Nice route, well worth the climb.
TDembrey - AltLd O/S - 09/May/10 with Clay

I led 2nd pitch - nice climb
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 09/May/10 with Todd

Chose something benign, technically a snip, but quite daunting exposure for a severe especially when thinking about protecting the second on pitch 2.
PaulWatson - AltLd O/S - 04/May/10 with Ian K

Rob Exile Ward - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with Sam Ward

brices - Lead O/S - 2010

Took a higher tricky line traversing from the cave to arrive on a higher ledge. Skipped the belay on the slab (drag) after stupidly dropping the guidebook. A splendid lunch on lunchtime ledge. A great day!
howlingbaboon - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09 with Kat

Hidden - Lead - 23/Aug/09

Quirina - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/09 with Neil Larsen

The second pitch is critically low on gear. Careful! Fun climb though.
Poco Loco - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/09 with James Gray

Dawn Walk in the park ;)
mullermn - Lead O/S - 12/May/09 with Tom Perrin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/09

PerrinT - 2nd - 2009 with Andy Arbon

climbingxcat - 2009 with Brian

led pitches 1 & 3 - included climb to cave in pitch 1
PaulWatson - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/08 with Dan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/08

2nd pitch. Easy, but a bit heart-in-mouth. Great route.
Tom Last - AltLd O/S - 05/May/08 with Clive

mike kann - Solo O/S - 26/Apr/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Nov/07

Traverse pitch. Superb.
Circus - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/07 with Loz

led 1 + 3. superb indeed
Dr Caterpillar - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/07 with Adam

Was mostly dry by 3pm, damp and mud on the ledges detracted from the enjoyment, still a nice route. The 4a move on pitch 1 is a delicate step around a wide rib, hanging from a jug. The best bit is pitch 2, a long traverse under the massive roof. A narrow ledge is attained early and followed, disconcertingly downwards, until it fizzles out, whereupon some moves up the slab gain ancient rusty bolts. Protection is not great and you need to trust your shoes, mud and damp didn't help. I used the bolts as back-up for some wires and a fat sling around the tree. Pitch 3 finishes easily up an obvious crack to lunchtime ledge. Topped out with Direct Route, which is always a pleasure.
Humpty Dangler - AltLd - 13/Oct/07 with John Ricketts

Very nice!
No-chalk Nailer - AltLd - 13/Oct/07 with Humpty Dangler

Pitch 1 - 18m - 4A - Neil lead Pitch 2 - 27m - Neil Lead That long traverse across the crack is an easy walk, but no protection til you read the old (and apparently untrustworthy) bolt. As ledge runs out, go UP! Pitch 3 - 18m - PK lead (up to Lunchtime Ledge then we did Direct Route)
philkerswell - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/07 with Neil

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 13/Sep/07

An evening amble up to Lunchtime Ledge. Abb'ed off.
JamieAyres - Lead rpt - 18/Aug/07 with Nigel Evans

Led pitch 3
Caralynh - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/07 with Dan (dpmuk)

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/07

maybe_si - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/07 with charlie

Mark led the first pitch, I led the other 2. Have led the first pitch in the past with Ian Hawkins.
Richard Hall - AltLd - 15/Apr/07 with Mark Jackson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2007

JamieAyres - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/06 with Nigel Evans

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/06

mike kann - Lead O/S - 2006 with unknown

John Lisle - 2006

Marcus - 2006

five - Lead O/S - Sep/05

Epic Ebdon - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/05 with Jesse Dufton

Jesse Dufton - Lead - 20/Apr/05 with Epic Ebdon

tom.e - Lead O/S - 2005

IceMonkey1982 - 2005

mol - AltLd - 25/Nov/04 with Dave

Lev - Lead rpt - 11/Jul/03 with Claire Durant

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2003

Paz - AltLd - 2003 with SN

Lev - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/02 with Tom Elliot

Stone Muppet - 2002

gimmer - 2001

jim_randell - AltLd rpt - 26/Feb/00 with MB

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - 2000

alan moore - 2000

Hidden - AltLd - 1999

Hidden - AltLd - 1999

Hidden - Lead - Sep/98

James Gomez - 2nd - 17/Aug/98 with Tom Bauer

Tombauer - Lead - 17/Aug/98 with James Gomez

jim_randell - AltLd rpt - 07/Jun/98 with PS

Jim Brooke - Lead O/S - 02/May/96 with James Latham

colin milton - AltLd - 06/Apr/96 with eric milton

jim_randell - Lead rpt - 28/Oct/95 with RL

chris sm - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/95 with Martin Sime

Hidden - Lead - 26/Mar/95

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/95

tombeasley - AltLd - 1995

jim_randell - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/94 with WW

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/89

leland stamper - Lead rpt - Apr/89 with Martin

AndyB123 - AltLd - 1989 with Andy E

Exciting as the edge disappears and the prospects of a big swing 'dawn' on you
Mayaculpa - 2nd - May/86 with Stephen Munro Ruddick

mark-abz - AltLd - 20/Oct/85 with Charlie G

Richard Weller - Solo - 19/May/84

Richard Weller - Solo - 19/May/84

charlesmfrench - Solo O/S - 05/Apr/84

new year's day I think?
JamieAyres - Lead rpt - Jan/84 with Nigel Evans

wynaptomos - Lead O/S - Nov/83

andy tetsill - Lead - Jun/83 with Manchester Poly

bristol poly CC outing
JamieAyres - 2nd O/S - Oct/82

Hidden - Solo - Aug/82

AlanLittle - AltLd - 1982

Hidden - Lead - 25/Aug/81

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Aug/81

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Aug/81

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 28/Jun/81 with John Walmsley

Lead or soloed all pitches at different times.
stp - Lead O/S - 09/May/81

leland stamper - Solo rpt - 1981

Paul Clarke - 1981

Hidden - 1979

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/78

JohnHutch - Lead - Jun/75

Mark Kemball - Lead - 10/May/75 with Norman

Bolt Phobia - AltLd - 28/Mar/75

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Mar/75

tapley - Lead - 13/Mar/74 with Alison Tapley

Nigel Bond - Lead - 19/Aug/73 with John

Andy Chubb - 1973 with Phil Jardine

Steve Woollard - Lead O/S - 1972

Hidden - 2nd - 1970

Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 10/Oct/69 with Chris West

Hidden - AltLd - 1965

oldmanofmow - 1958

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