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Astral Stroll*** E1 5b

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[Astral Stroll , 3 kb]4 pitches. A regional classic, taking an improbable line under the huge roofs of Carn Gloose. The climbing is not particularly hard for E1, but the setting is serious enough to make escape difficult. Both members of the party should be competent at the grade. 4 pitches: 4b, 5a/b, 5b, 5a
R Edwards, C Bryan 31/Mar/1980

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This climb is in 114 logbooks, and on 75 wishlists.

tim newton - Solo O/S - 26/Jun/14

MaccMark - AltLd - 18/Jun/14 with Gareth Williams

No belay ledge after the first pitch so a rope of three was not a good idea. Reversed back and soloed up the abseil line, leaving the others to complete the climb, while the rest of us supped beer in the Gurnard's Head!
Sean Kelly - 2nd dnf - 18/Jun/14 with MaccMark, James Williams

Most of P1 has fallen into the sea it appears probably last winter I guess. We escaped on the west wall by the abseil as we did not no know how much more was affected. From what I read here the rest of the route is OK. May be we could have tried.
Fred_Richard - AltLd dnf - 14/Jun/14 with bill turner

led P1 and P3 - brilliant route.
Brian H - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/14 with Kafoozalem

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/14

Got lost on P1, so Graham led another pitch to get us to the right place. I then led P2 and P4. Will have to come back to lead P3. Such an amazing route!
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Led pitches 2 to 4. Just an amazing route.
gripped01 - AltLd - 24/Aug/13 with Alex Tomczynski

P2 and 4. How good is this! lots of different climbing styles and the rock on the last pitch reminded me of gogarth Red Walls a little...
Dan Lane - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/13 with Tom Livingstone

gowla - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Keith Mitchell, will kumar

owillmot - AltLd O/S - Jul/13 with AIT

A reaally good climb. One of the wildest and most commiting climbs I think ive done! How the hell did they ever find it! Lead 2nd and 4th and will be back to lead the 3rd.
Alex the Alex - AltLd O/S - Jul/13

Not as good as the hype suggests. Done in 2 pitches - p1&2, then P3&4. Glad it was this way as the belay after P3 was just a little fishy.
Kevster - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/13 with Dave R

P1&3, raining when we started, brilliant stroll out above a beautiful sea.
Justin T - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with John Mcshea

Joel Perkin - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Big Rob

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13

Wild trip, crashing sea beneath. All chalked up but greasy on the crux
morganator - Solo - 18/May/13 with Sophie Whyte

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 18/May/13 with Jan (BMC International Meet), Ed Booth

Big queue. We pissed around doing the first few pitch variations a few times back and forwards while waiting including me taking a lead lob when a hold snapped.
Ed Booth - 2nd O/S - 18/May/13 with JAn Slovenia, Adam Booth

Amazing, five stars, best E1 I've ever done! Total commitment on a devious line with insane space walking positions. Viktor took the higher line on P1 after deciding that what turned out to be the lower line looked too hard. I led P2, which meant Viktor got the exciting downclimb, fortunately there was a small cam to protect it. This time I took the upper line after deciding the lower line looked too hard! A good technical 5b sequence ensued. Viktor got the wild pitch, which was interesting to second. In his words, the little downclimb to the belay was 'the whipped cream on the mashed potatoes' - a Swedish saying meaning OTT! I led the easier escape pitch. A real sea cliff experience. It rained while we were on it but it stayed dry, apart from some holds that we're damp anyway! Deafening noise from the swell hitting the rocks opposite the cliff but underneath the cliff it was sheltered from the NE wind, so at least we didn't get splashed! With Viktor on the BMC international meet. Simply brilliant. Should be E2 for the commitment and the crazy situations.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 17/May/13 with Viktor

adie84 - 2013

P2 and 4
The_Boy_ODwyer - AltLd - 10/Aug/12 with Ian Lau

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/12

Awesome route. Led pitches 2 and 4
mick1jones - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/12 with Rich Rogers

great climb
mike lawrence? - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Colin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12

Did p2 + p3. Joe did P1 + P4. I didnt really find it that 'Wild' But certainly an interesting route... Soft for 5b but potentially committing.
El3ctroFuzz - Lead O/S - 30/May/12 with Joe Harris

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/12 with Sarah

cold, sheltered, dry & wild
Dave Rumney - AltLd - 30/Mar/12 with Tanya Milner

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 2012

Wild third pitch
guy757 - AltLd - 06/Nov/11 with John Frost

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Nov/11

soph - AltLd O/S - Sep/11 with Helena Robinson

Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 18/Aug/11 with Jon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11

really fun, even in the rain, got some jams too!
CRiddiford - 2nd - 24/Jun/11 with Tom, Becca, Mike

Slipped on wet rock on pitch 2 and grabbed gear on even wetter pitch 3. Exciting!
BeccaSnowden - 2nd dog - 24/Jun/11 with Tom

Awesome! Was dry to start then started raining when I was on the second pitch. I stayed dry thanks to the overhangs for this and the next pitch (though the rock was soaking from seepage) then had a soaking wet slab to finish. Climbing didn't feel hard for E1 but atmosphere was awesome, especially standing on the belays watching the rain pouring down. Climbed as a four.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/11 with Caroline, Mike, Becca

olly12344 - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/11

Amazing route!
HamishD - AltLd O/S - Jun/11 with Oliver Hill

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Apr/11

Some scary rock getting to the first belay. Awkward descent on pitch 2. Main pitch ok and pitch 4. Very hot.
Ian Jones - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Colonel Sir Timothy Clarke C.E.O., Major Daniel Moore

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

mwatson - 2011

wild climb in some incredible positions. dws potential?
Jacob k-d - AltLd O/S - 25/Oct/10 with dave gill

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/10

very intimidating! Pretty scary for E1 but probably not E2. Wouldnt bother with the back rope, I used it but was more hassle than good. The runners are good enough without it. p3 is the meat of the route anyhow, Amazing route
david morse - AltLd O/S - 18/Sep/10 with chris todd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/10

Got as far as the start of pitch 2 and then retreated due to combination of wet holds, rising tide and rough seas. Will come back.
Si dH - AltLd dnf - 13/Aug/10 with Neil Furniss

With Marko from Croatia on BMC international meet. Poured with rain while we were on it but none of the holds got wet! Brilliant route.
Bobby Gilbert - AltLd O/S - 12/May/10 with Marko Martinovic

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 02/Jul/09

Hidden - Lead dnf - 01/Jul/09

Fantastic Route. Backed off on Thursday evening after seeing the 1st belay being soaked by a wave. This time all went smoothly. Led P2/4
cornishben - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Marc Elliot

Got soaked by a wave on the 1st 2 metres of the route.... all plain sailing after that.
chris sm - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Pippa Froggatt

Led pitches 2 (high tide traverse with 5b splits move) and P4, mercifully easy after the first move. P3 was a bit of a struggle, altho I did get cold sat at second stance for ages. The full body jam is an unavoidable grovel as far as I could tell.
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/09 with Gav

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/May/09

Hidden - AltLd rpt - May/09

A superb climb, wonderfully terrifying. Pitch 3 was the best.
riddle - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Mike Stephenson

mikeyjbs - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Roger Hamilton-Smith

Hidden - Lead - 01/Sep/08

tuftynick - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/07

Led p 2 & 4
cem - AltLd O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Graham Dolman

Tim Sparrow - AltLd - Apr/07 with Geoff Thomas

yesbutnobutyesbut - AltLd - 2007

Hidden - AltLd dog - 05/Jul/06

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - Jun/06 with Dave Taylor

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Sep/05

Tim Steward - AltLd - 17/Jun/05 with James Parrot

John Kettle - AltLd - 2005

Hidden - 2003

WB - AltLd O/S - 2001 with Guy

Marti999 - AltLd O/S - Apr/00

Hidden - AltLd - 2000

westaway - Lead O/S - 2000

Tim M - 2000

Mark Kemball - Lead - 29/Jul/99 with Ian Howdin

andy_pemberton - AltLd - 1999 with Steve Gooberman Hill

belay bunny turned bad - AltLd O/S - 1998

ChrisJD - AltLd - 1998 with rc

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/97

colin milton - AltLd dog - 15/Sep/96 with eric milton

Hidden - Lead - 1996

GAtkins - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/95 with Jonny Baker

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 06/Jul/95 with Emmy McCowen

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/95

frost - AltLd - May/95

markpollak - 1995 with roy thomas

John Southworth - Lead O/S - Jul/91

keefe - 26/May/91 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Glenn Sutcliffe - 26/May/91 with keefe

Bern - AltLd O/S - 1991

bullybones - 1990

MAGNIFICENT route. Well named. Very committing, and good at the grade. Don't fail!
BigHairyIan - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/89 with Mike Buckley (Little Mike)

Mike Owen - 24/Aug/89 with Lew Brown, Elaine Owen

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 13/Jul/89 with Keith Turton

Amazing day, windy but dry, one of my best days climbing ever!
robbie Warke - Solo O/S - 1988

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Nigel Coe - 24/May/87 with Steve Berry, Gordon Jenkin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/May/87

Hidden - AltLd - May/85

keefe - 27/Aug/84

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - 1980

rob1 - AltLd - 0000 with Dave Williams

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Style of ascent

Soloed3 of 114 (2.6%)
Lead18 of 114 (15.8%)
Followed7 of 114 (6.1%)
Alt Leads65 of 114 (57.0%)
Unknown21 of 114 (18.4%)

'Climbed'49 of 114 (43.0%)
clean O/S55 of 114 (48.2%)
clean rpt1 of 114 (0.9%)
dogged4 of 114 (3.5%)
dnf5 of 114 (4.4%)