Valley of the Blind*** 7c
[Climbing in the sun at cheddar., 1 kb]Brilliant route, blasting up the imposing arete, with very 'cruxy' sections.
Low in the grade, but a worthwhile route to get.

Ticklists: Classic UK F7s, West Country projects.

Photo: Climbing in the sun at cheddar. © sam.sam.sam.ferguson
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This climb is in 128 logbooks, and on 45 wishlists.

Tom Corras - Lead - 26/Sep/15

Cassidy - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/15 with Helen Cassidy

finally. such a great route.
holister - Lead RP - 12/Sep/15 with Ally, ant, chris

Hidden - Lead G/U - 22/Aug/15

On possibly the sweatiest day of the year.
quiffhanger - Lead RP - 22/Aug/15 with Rachel

Some epic reaches..
DrGav - TR dnf - 08/Aug/15 with Luke

TomJ - 2nd dog - 09/Jul/15 with TomS

DavidBarraclough - Lead dog - 01/Jul/15 with Zolt

Account opened!
Caspian Johnson - Lead dog - 18/Jun/15 with Llinos C

Hidden - Lead RP - 16/Jun/15

Hidden - TR dog - 06/Jun/15

got it second session - awesome route! Had to use the short man's dynamic beta on the middle crux
tskelhon - Lead RP - Jun/15 with Patty

Really pleased to get this today. 8th go overall and my first 7c! Skipped 2nd to last bolt and felt fairly solid in the end.
James S - Lead RP - 26/May/15 with Elliott

4 attempts after working bolt to bolt. Should have stripped the bolts after the 3rd, too wasted! Should go quickly next session...very cool climbing in a great position above the valley!
James S - Lead dog - 23/May/15 with rich

Didnt fall off the jugs this time woop! too good
hankyc - Lead RP - 30/Apr/15

hankyc - Lead dog - 20/Apr/15

afrosam - Lead RP - 07/Mar/15 with Trisha Murphy

Hidden - Lead RP - 06/Dec/14

Best route in cheddar so far!
derico - Lead RP - 06/Dec/14 with Jonny

Hidden - Lead dog - 29/Nov/14

3rd session. First 7c, well pleased. Mainly great holds but pretty pumpy
just one more - Lead RP - 18/Sep/14 with lucas

just one more - Lead dog - 10/Sep/14 with lucas

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Sep/14

LucasHarazin - Lead RP - 28/Aug/14 with Steve Barnard

LucasHarazin - Lead dog - 24/Aug/14 with Jack Griffiths

2nd session first RP. Had a brief play last year. Brilliant after gnarly bit after second bolt. Very pleased.
Dan Savory - Lead RP - 19/Aug/14 with Paul Edwards

mountain_jay - Lead RP - 18/Aug/14 with Pippa Froggatt

lx - Lead - 13/Aug/14 with Dave

Amazing route!!! 2nd go, very happy with that.
chakrit - Lead RP - 27/Jul/14

Hidden - 2nd dog - 26/Jul/14

Progress progress...
Jon_Warner - Lead dog - 16/Jul/14 with Dave Pattinson

A few falls and minor beta tweaks then the redpoint followed pretty easily!
Nick Russell - Lead RP - 15/Jul/14 with Eric

Started working my first 7c. Feels good. Possible, maybe. Summer project.
J1_TOV - Lead dog - 15/Jul/14

Got all the moves but the first one feels really hard!
Jon_Warner - TR dog - 13/Jul/14 with Jenni

4 attempts, 1 decent. Linked crux (big move, really on/off) to top, but not through crux from the ground. Once that goes it's on.
Nick Russell - Lead dog - 09/Jul/14 with Stu

Hidden - Lead dog - 06/Jul/14

cornishben - Lead RP - 25/Jun/14 with Gareth Pratt

Hidden - Lead RP - 24/Jun/14

Fourth or fifth session. Great climbing.
DorsetGareth - Lead RP - 18/Jun/14 with Andy Wiseman, Ben Sutton

Hmm, should've onsighted this but pleased to get it done second go. Apparently a big jug has broke at the crux which makes it much harder now?
Ellis Butler-Barker - Lead RP - 12/Jun/14 with Jamie

Took quite a big wipper off the slopers at the top on my first attempt. Refocused, had a coffee, then sent.
anthony henry - Lead RP - 09/May/14 with holister

Really good, felt way tired though. Next time.
ollie_e - Lead dog - 13/Apr/14 with anthony

chrisscutt - Lead RP - 13/Apr/14 with ant, oly

Lovely stuff. Poor feet but good holds
anthony henry - Lead dog - 13/Apr/14

Repeat, great route...more bits missing than last time I did it.
rubben - Lead rpt - 27/Feb/14 with Bonita Norris

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Dec/13

Ticked it in the rain - totally doable due to the overhang, but the easy moves at the top were sopping which certainly made it more memorable!
jonleighton - Lead RP - 13/Oct/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 22/Sep/13

Managed it in 3 attempts with plenty of Beta.
Matt.c.Warner - Lead RP - 22/Sep/13

3rd RP, felt good but almost dropped it on the middle crux. Got a lot back at the rest halfway.
davidliu - Lead RP - 07/Sep/13 with Dave P

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Sep/13

Clips up, one top rope, two redpoints. Very pumpy and a couple of difficult routes. Amazing climbing.
davidliu - Lead dog - 31/Aug/13 with Adrian Perera

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/Aug/13

2 red-points confident It will go next session, really good route
tombeasley - Lead dog - 11/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 11/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead dnf - 11/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead dnf - 10/Aug/13

Soooo good! A good notch easier than circus circus but who cares, possibly the best routes I've done at cheddar to date.
Mike Goldthorp - Lead rpt - 01/Aug/13 with Cailean Harker, Alex Harper, Ben Norman

Dogged up this a couple of times before but felt a whole new route today. Bolt to bolt then quick dispatch. Great route and amazing huge holds (every single one is a jug). Felt pretty soft!
BenNorman - Lead RP - 01/Aug/13

Hidden - TR dog - 09/Jul/13

Quality route all the way, a must do on anyone's wishlist! Repeated 10/Aug/13 - Still Awesome and great training route :-)
eddieclimb - Lead RP - 01/Jun/13 with Dan Webber

Hidden - Lead - 19/May/13

My nemesis route ticked! Couldn't do it last year, went after a lot of goes today :)
Joe Innes - Lead RP - 18/May/13 with Tomar, James Dexter, Max Lowry

Nice afternoon's training on a great route..
Ricky Rocks - Lead dog - 16/May/13 with James Marshall

tobydunford - Lead RP - 06/May/13 with Tomar

about 4th redpoint after some silly mistakes. Was a bit of a fight in the end!
Jack_F - Lead RP - 06/May/13 with adam cooper* super*

Jeronimo - Lead β - 06/May/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 02/May/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/May/13

tobydunford - Lead dog - 01/May/13 with Harry Martin

2nd redpoint, burly and a bit soft for the grade.
richiebongo - Lead RP - 24/Apr/13 with Jon Didymus

Ramon Marin - Lead rpt - 20/Apr/13 with viki harvey

tobydunford - Lead dog - 09/Mar/13 with Oli

Really enjoyable route. Coldest sent to date
Tomar - Lead RP - 23/Feb/13 with Toby

after a hungover flash attempt then a 2nd go fall after the last bolt it went downhill quickly
brices - Lead dog - 22/Sep/12 with Tomar

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Sep/12

All moves worked out
BeccaSnowden - 2nd dog - 18/Aug/12 with Tom

thomasadixon - Lead dog - 18/Aug/12 with Becca

Moves all sorted, ready to redpoint now.. psyched!
Tomar - Lead dog - 14/Aug/12 with Nick

pezzerrr - Lead RP - 12/Aug/12

Great climbing
dannyboy83 - Lead RP - 28/Jul/12 with tom maidwell

Second go
Ethan - Lead - 09/Jun/12 with Ed, Sam

Garrouli - Lead RP - Jun/12 with Jak

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/12

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Mar/12

PeterDawson - Lead RP - 10/Mar/12

3 tries. Last try with 3 falls. Getting closer...
sam.sam.sam.ferguson - Lead dog - 16/Sep/11 with Marti Hallett, Sam Cox, Mark Welling

2nd go. Good route
sam_cox - Lead - 16/Sep/11 with Mark

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/11

First go after putting up draws today. On the soft side, for sure. And I have to disagree with the majority here -- it's not such a good route, even though it's of course rare to find climbs this steep and thuggy in Britain.
jgustafsson - Lead RP - 04/Sep/11 with Jen

2nd go. Good fun.
keefe - Lead RP - 04/Sep/11 with Tansy

Got close, but not today
jgustafsson - Lead dog - 03/Sep/11 with Jen

4 tries. So close.
sam.sam.sam.ferguson - Lead dog - 31/Aug/11 with Marti Hallett

Marti999 - Lead dog - 31/Aug/11 with Sam Ferguson

Cailean Harker - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/Jul/11

First go today, felt like 7c due to hard reachy moves done in very bouldery ways. Maybe the best 7c in cheddar??!
Tris.w - Lead RP - 30/Jul/11 with Tom

almost ......
willbatho - Lead dog - 29/Jul/11

3rd go...such good climbing, big moves on big holds!
Dan Jenkin - Lead RP - 04/Jun/11 with Rich Jenkin

Hidden - Lead rpt - 24/May/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 24/May/11

Great route....but soft for 7c
Jake Shaw - 08/May/11

Great route. Good holds with a couple of hard moves.
westyb3 - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Matt Cox

1st RP
_m.cox_ - Lead RP - 28/Apr/11 with Ben West

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Apr/11

JPGR - Lead - 27/Mar/11

Billg - Lead RP - 13/Mar/11 with James Kauntze

Hidden - Lead RP - 07/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 25/Sep/10

Chubbard - Lead dog - 24/Aug/10 with AJM

billb - Lead - Aug/10 with Murry Dale

The crux is now quite a bit easier due to a chunk coming out of the big undercut and is now not the crux.
guy xavier percival - Lead RP - 16/Jul/10 with paul

went up it twice to nail sequence, then got it 3rd redpoint after silly falls from forgetting the moves. awesome route, climbs really well - big slappy moves between good holds, with a decent rest under the roof. low int grade
Mike Goldthorp - Lead RP - 10/Jul/10 with Zoe, Alex, Ben

Did all the moves, but not much linking.
Paul Robertson - Lead dog - 08/Jul/10 with Oli

put in the draws then sent it second with out even trying the crux section get in 7b+ and im short
Luke Dawson - Lead β - 19/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 05/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 04/Jun/10

First 7C Awesome route.
colesy - Lead RP - 11/Apr/10

tom harrison - 2010

Kev Little - Lead β - 2010

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/Oct/09

Ricky Rocks - Lead β - 10/Oct/09

Spacetourist - Lead RP - Oct/09 with james Marshall

James Marshall - Lead RP - Oct/09

marric - Lead RP - Apr/09 with Andy Sharp

awesome route, maybe 7b+?
Ged Desforges - 2009

gazhbo - Lead RP - 2009

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