Central Rib* VS 4b
[Malcolm Leflaive and Bob Smith, Central Rib VS pitch 2, 24/6/1955, Avon Gorge Main Area., 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A shy line that winds its way up some intimidating ground. The climbing is a touch runout and the finish exposed. Start by scrambling to a stance beneath a shallow groove, topped by an overhang.
1) 4b, 20m. Climb the groove to a peg under a small overhang on the left, then move up to the larger overhang and pull over. Move right to a stance in a sloping niche, peg and nut belays.
2) 4a, 15m. Step left and move up a shallow corner to an overhang and peg. Traverse leftwards below small overhangs to a sapling and then climb direct, passing a small tree on the right, to a short steep crack that is climbed to a larger tree and belay.
3) 4b, 26m. Traverse right to a grey-stained niche, pegs. Move right again to the end of the overhang and pull up and then back left above the overhangs. Climb flakes and then short walls to an easy slab which is followed to the top. © ROCKFAX

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

Photo: Malcolm Leflaive and Bob Smith, Central Rib VS pitch 2, 24/6/1955, Avon Gorge Main Area. © M Howell
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This climb is in 191 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/15

A bit epic as heavens opened on top pitch - took a small tree belay & we had to move fast - got soaked at the top..... could have been worse, storm killed 2 on Brecon beacons that day/time.
Phil Murray - Lead rpt - 05/Jul/15 with Liz

Great route!
WillAndrew - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/15 with Ali

ali.scott - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/15 with Will A

Lil_Pete - AltLd O/S - 25/May/15 with Corin

wilkinscl - AltLd - 25/May/15 with Pete

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/May/15

Led pitch 2/3.
andrewmcleod - AltLd O/S - 17/May/15 with Zack Coleman

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 07/May/15

Hidden - AltLd - May/15

will484 - 2nd - 23/Apr/15 with Fred_Richard

Fred_Richard - 23/Apr/15

P1&2, didn't have the guidebook so wasn't sure where to go for 3 so finished up Piton route. Good fun.
Rebs - Lead - 22/Apr/15 with Emily Grout, Thom Jenkinson

Andy Chubb - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/15 with Chris Samsun

Andy p1-2, Chris p3.
Chris Sansum - AltLd rpt - 14/Mar/15 with Andy Chubb

Hidden - Lead - 30/Oct/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Oct/14

robburgundy - 2nd - 05/Oct/14 with Pete

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/14

Pete Scott - AltLd - 04/Oct/14 with Robin Joy, Jimbo

hutchay - Lead rpt - 22/Sep/14 with Kitt

second/a bit of simul climbing
felixizzy - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/14 with Mike

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/14

Really enjoyed this, was much better than I was expecting!
alastairbegley - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/14 with Becky Bagnall

Hidden - Lead - 20/May/14

tskelhon - 2nd - May/14 with Charlotte

clmacdonald - Lead - May/14 with tskelhon

3rd pitch only.
pheotleyr - 2nd rpt - 29/Apr/14 with Oli

Egons Issy - 29/Apr/14 with Kevin Vans-Colina

Dino Dave - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Dad

First pitch only. Less gear than I remembered.
pheotleyr - Lead rpt - 04/Apr/14 with Neil

Stupidly dropped my mates large nuts on a krab and couldn't find them at the bottom, please get in touch if you do
sheelba - AltLd - 01/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead - 29/Mar/14

Luke Davies - Lead - 12/Mar/14

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Mar/14

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/14 with Matt Goater

James Jackson - 2014

Damp in places and a while since I did any serious Trad, so this felt hard. I led P1 and a bit extra to the base of the Piton Route Slab, Toby led the rest of P2 of Piton Route and we abbed off the tree due to failing light.
The Ivanator - AltLd O/S - 29/Dec/13 with Toby

avictimoftheDrpsycho - Solo O/S - 12/Oct/13

Second pitch definitely 2 stars, great climbing with good holds and great protection for the gorge.
George Frisby - Lead rpt - 20/Sep/13

steve_gibbs - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/13 with Jamie Roberts

twem - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/13 with David Smith (AMC)

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/13

Steady delicate climbing with some fine positions!
Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 10/Jun/13

Anthony Dixon - AltLd - 31/May/13

kirsten - AltLd - 26/May/13 with george

georgeevans88 - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with kirsten

Pete Rigby - AltLd rpt - 01/May/13 with Chasqui Patter

P2 still felt harder then P1 and P3. Guess little gear does that!
Slick - AltLd - 25/Apr/13 with Kevin Vans-Colina

andy dunn - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/13 with Alan

Excellent! p3 was awesome, combine it with Piton Route and you would have an incredible route up Central Buttress
Cheese Monkey - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/13 with Vienna

stafford101 - 2nd rpt - 02/Feb/13 with Steve Gibbs

steve-grigg - Lead rpt - 06/Jan/13

steve_gibbs - Lead O/S - 2013 with Chris Stafford

Led P1 and P2. P1 and P2 felt a little thin for 4b and 4a!
Slick - AltLd - 03/Sep/12 with Kevin Vans-Colina

BALD EAGLE - Lead - 20/Jun/12 with Sarah Flint

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jun/12

pheotleyr - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12 with Diane

Climbed the last pitch in the rain but has good handhold on large flake so didn't matter too much.
George Frisby - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/12 with Chris

Ran p1 & p2 together. Thin moves on the first couple of pitches, much more rhythmic climbing on p3. Finished in drizzle.
stafford101 - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/12 with George Frisby

Lead most of the climb, then bailed off onto Piton route as the others got psyched out by an unintentional 4c variation.
cbeard - AltLd O/S - 28/May/12 with Rob Sievwright, Katherine Ross

Charlie ran together P1 & P2. Disappointingly I fell off somewhere on P2 I think, but it definitely wasn't 4a! Rob didn't fancy the traverse and I'd psyched myself out of it so I led P3 of Piton Route instead.
Katherine Ross - 2nd dnf - 27/May/12 with Rob, Charlie Beard

Found the first pitch more technical than expected but the traverse pitch easier. Very good afternoon! Andy did the top slab to bag his first alternate lead onsight!
Stanners - AltLd O/S - 21/May/12 with Andy G

CreepingExcellence. - AltLd O/S - 21/May/12 with Rob Stanfield

HarryB - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with Matt, Danish

mchandy - 2nd O/S - 12/May/12 with Tom

TDSvejstrup - 2nd O/S - 12/May/12

Led 2. Muny 1 & 3 Eilidh in the middle. p2 Harder than I remember, great climb though, best mid grade in Avon Main, Love the traverse under the roof
PaulWatson - AltLd rpt - 01/May/12 with Eilidh, Muny

Very nice climbing, with some tricky moves on P2 and a devious line. Luke strung 1+2 together, I lead P3.
Monk - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/12 with Luke Vincent

Lead pitches 1 and 2 together, lovely climbing. Good moves and some times not much gear :) 3rd pitch is awesome
pffft - AltLd rpt - 08/Apr/12 with Monkey

thomasaneurinsmith - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/12 with Dad

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Mar/12

Lead p 1 and 3 lovely route could keep climbing pitches like these all day :)
R_W_M - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/12 with Todd

Lead pitch 2, lovely climbing
TDembrey - AltLd rpt - 25/Feb/12 with Rob

Pete Rigby - Solo rpt - Feb/12

Can't remember when.
thomasadixon - AltLd O/S - 2012

Rock_Monk3y - 2nd O/S - 2012

Andy Chubb - AltLd - 13/Nov/11 with Nick Gregory

Did third pitch, awesome pitch. Loved the exposure and soaked it up like a sponge, big smiles
pffft - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/11 with Jack Bradbrook, Dave Ing

Led the first two pitches as one big one then Luke led the third. Climbed it before but a very long time ago. Got a little cold on the top pitch.
Quarryboy - AltLd rpt - 21/Oct/11 with Luke Vincent

saintlade - 23/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Sep/11

Fun climbing on the first pitch. Gear a bit sparse, but good when you need it. Got a bit off-route on p2 and suffered much rope drag
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/11

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

jas128 - 2nd β - 04/Sep/11

1st 2 pitches only (then p3 of Piton Route) Sure they have the grades back to front in guide book. "I think its starting to rain" was probably the last thing Dan wanted to hear whilst on the awkward section of p2. It didn't
PaulWatson - AltLd rpt - 09/Jun/11 with Dan

Thrutched up the slab at the start of P2 which felt totally unnecessary, should have thought a bit more first.
Dave Ing - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Rachel

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

Lead all pitches
hutchay - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Alex George

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Apr/11

BB1 - 2nd - 23/Apr/11 with P Ross

Pete Rigby - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/11

nice route, pete joined 1st two pitches
clams - AltLd O/S - Apr/11 with PR

andy dunn - AltLd O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Alan

31770 - 2011

kenneM - Lead - 16/Oct/10 with Steve Marner

pyro2312 - 2nd - 25/Sep/10 with John M

Ran P1&2 together, Clay led P3
TDembrey - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/10 with Clay

Clay C - AltLd rpt - 21/Sep/10 with Todd

Ybot Htulk - AltLd - 19/Sep/10 with Norman and Sonya

maresia - AltLd rpt - 15/Aug/10 with Mike Kann

fragglerock - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/10 with Tom Prince

wildrover220 - AltLd O/S - 01/Aug/10 with Ali Dixon

1st and 3rd pitches
mikeyg - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/10 with Will Twigger

thomasaneurinsmith - AltLd - 31/Jul/10 with Dad

Lead 3rd pitch - nice traverse.
suffolknick - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Paul

I led 1st and 3rd pitches. Easy for VS!
Clay C - AltLd O/S - 28/May/10 with Caroline

Led pitch 2.
CarolineH - AltLd rpt - 28/May/10 with Clay

ron244 - Lead O/S - 25/May/10 with Peter Bird

Led pitch 1&2 combined - a bit off course, ended up doing part of Piton Route and with a lot of rope drag. 1st roof quite daunting for a first serious climb of the season
PaulWatson - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/10 with Muny

Possibly did a variation...
Alasdair88 - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Claire

Fred_Richard - Lead - 2010

Scrambled up to a tree to start, then abbed off after it started drizzling and all of the rock became soaked. Scrambled back up after it calmed down a bit. Chris led P1 - quite damp groove to start. Rest of climb was in good condition. Nice route. Only a small amount of polish in one place on pitch 1. Gary led pitch 2 (placing virtually no runners!).
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/09 with Gary Lewin

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/09

briar4012 - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/09 with Marti

ruaidh - Lead β - 31/Aug/09 with Josie

led pitch 3 - great fun. the traverse looks daunting, but the crux is after. hard 4b
PaulWatson - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/09 with Dan

Class second pitch
ruaidh - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/09

Good morning out, Dave did a really good job!
Quarryboy - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Dave Elder

Hidden - 2009

maresia - 2nd O/S - 29/Nov/08 with Mike Kann

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/May/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/May/08

Tempest - 2nd O/S - Apr/08 with mike kann

Led pitch 2.
CarolineH - AltLd rpt - 06/Feb/08 with Neil

Hidden - 30/Jan/08

Pitches 1 and 2 only. Rain stopped play on pitch 3. One to return to.
Caralynh - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/07 with Dan (dpmuk)

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 28/Jul/07

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jun/07

Jason Gotel - Lead - Jun/07 with Shiv

Led middle pitch. Not much gear, frictiony slopers and smears.
ellentaylor - AltLd O/S - 23/May/07 with 31770

TimPerkin - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/07 with Dave Gale

chris sm - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/07 with Daryl Waycott

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/07 with Caroline and Dave 9

CarolineH - 2nd - 14/Mar/07 with Daves 6 and 9

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Mar/07

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Sep/06

tom.e - AltLd rpt - 21/Apr/06 with Charlie Everett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/06

The final pitch is IMHO the best VS pitch in the Gorge!
beardy mike - Lead O/S - 2006 with Many

John Lisle - 2006

Marcus - 2006

pattisonr - Aug/05 with Matt

I led 1st and 3rd pitches, Rupe led 2nd
Bux - AltLd O/S - Jun/05 with Rupert Bassadone

Darrell Read - Lead - 20/Apr/05 with BUMC Fresher

Marq - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/05 with Daniel Dennehy

tom.e - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Alex Barrows

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2005

furry - AltLd O/S - Sep/04 with Neil

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/04

Hidden - Lead - May/04

Hidden - AltLd - May/04

Hidden - AltLd - May/04

mol - AltLd - 28/Apr/04 with Dave

five - Lead O/S - Mar/03

Wet. SN lead the 4c crux Inverted V!
Paz - AltLd O/S - 2003 with SN

Boxy - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/02

IceMonkey1982 - 2002

DavidR - AltLd - 01/Jun/01 with John Marston

Hidden - AltLd - 15/May/01

gimmer - 2001

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Mickdenali - Lead O/S - 2000 with Keith Biddle

alan moore - 2000

Mickdenali - Lead - 1997

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 1996

lead p2
colin milton - AltLd - 30/May/95 with eric milton

Hidden - AltLd - Mar/95

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/95

jim_randell - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/94 with WW

mikej - AltLd - 09/Sep/87 with Pete Rowbottom

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jun/86

got rained off pitch 3
JamieAyres - AltLd dnf - 1984 with Phil Windall

leland stamper - Lead O/S - 1984 with richard baynes

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 22/May/83 with Steve Portnoi

Hidden - Solo O/S - Aug/82

Lead pitches 2 and 4
stp - AltLd O/S - 10/May/81

Hidden - 1981

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/77

Bolt Phobia - 28/Mar/75

Andy Chubb - 1974 with Phil Jardine

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1973

Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 27/Feb/72 with Mike Danford

Hidden - 2nd - 1970

Hidden - AltLd - 1965

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