Roof Route*** E1 5b
[Paul Ingham climbing Roof Route, Back Bowden Doors. 1979., 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
14m. The beckoning roof-crack is a beauty and high in the grade. From the ledge on Wall and Crack, do battle with the roof-crack - proficiency at jamming helps, a lot. From the jugs on the lip pull over then exit rightwards much more easily. A Direct Finish, E2 5c goes straight up to the capping overhang, then exits left. © ROCKFAX

Photo: Paul Ingham climbing Roof Route, Back Bowden Doors. 1979. © Tony Marr
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This climb is in 36 logbooks, and on 10 wishlists.

petegunn - Lead - 04/Oct/15 with Davina

Took some ledge sweeping rope trashing falls trying to figure it out at the end of the day. Will be back to try for a lead...
salix - 2nd dnf - 16/Aug/15 with Frazer

Took a few goes off the deck. Hard but fun. Hangover didn't help. Chris went left, I went straight up from the crack.
andrew sandercock - Lead G/U - 04/Apr/15 with Chris Todd

Hidden - Lead G/U - 04/Apr/15

Tim Rodgers - Lead - 15/Mar/15 with Adam Gregg

stuart34 - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Doug the thug, Adam Russel

D.Russell - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Stu Inchley

Took one fall then did it ground up. E1 in the guidebook, at least E2 and hard at the grade. Lovely route though
Lunar25 - Lead β - 02/Feb/14 with Dave LE

Hidden - 2nd dog - 02/Feb/14

oliverk - 2nd dog - 30/Jun/13 with Tim E, Dan

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jun/13

a couple of jams to a jug
danimal88 - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/13 with Mike Met office

Peter Reynolds - Lead RP - Nov/12

robertmichaeladams - 2nd - 13/Oct/12 with Andy H

a_hein - Lead - 13/Oct/12 with Rob Adams

Hidden - TR RP - 09/Sep/12

about 7th go, hardest E1 in the universe
robertmichaeladams - Lead - 15/Oct/11 with Tom

First aid climb. 2 PA + 1 prussick on rope. Easy 5b, horizontal with crap hand and no foot holds, really?! Don't understand!
tomdude - 2nd - 15/Oct/11 with rob

Hidden - Lead β - Jan/11

burto - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with malc

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/10

Took a bloody long time to get this one but once using the crack with a foot jam it was so much easier.
David Bulley - Lead RP - 22/May/10 with Leon Cole, Andy Chisholm

scott gibson - 2010

Hidden - Lead dnf - 26/Nov/09

andi turner - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/08 with grimer

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2001

gypsy3006 - Lead - 2000

sadams - Lead - 29/Dec/99 with John Boyle

Climbed clean ground up after taking 2 falls from the crux. After each fall lowered to ground and pulled the ropes through and climbed again from the ground after short rests.
Russell Lovett - Lead G/U - 01/Apr/99 with andrew haigh

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo - 24/Apr/94

Brilliant test of hand jamming and burly power.
Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/90 with SimonGee

Great fun - safe but needs a bit of determination to commit. Definitely not E2 though.
allmag - Lead - 26/Nov/88

KRB - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/80 with Gerry Jewson

Hidden - 1980

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 03/Nov/79 with Rob Milne, Chris Callow

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Total votes cast 41
hard E21 of 14
E23 of 14
easy E22 of 14
hard E17 of 14
E11 of 14
easy E10 of 14
hard HVS0 of 14
HVS0 of 14
easy HVS0 of 14
hard 5c0 of 15
5c7 of 15
easy 5c2 of 15
hard 5b0 of 15
5b4 of 15
easy 5b2 of 15
hard 5a0 of 15
5a0 of 15
easy 5a0 of 15
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