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[Zig Zag, Sennen, summer 2006., 2 kb]The steep, 'forked lightning' crack. Start below the crack. 18m. Move up ledges to beneath the crack and then climb it with conviction. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Kernow, Very good routes in the UK, West Country Climbs.

Photo: Zig Zag, Sennen, summer 2006. © wonky
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This climb is in 251 logbooks, and on 24 wishlists.

Hidden - 17/Jul/14

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Jul/14

steve-grigg - Lead - 19/Jun/14

James led. It has ALL the awkward jams!!
Tom McCabe - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/14 with Chris Bowden, James Thompson

Felt soft for an HVS jamming crack, but I suppose it depends on what you're used to and what size your jams are!! However, it's definitely 3 star, if not Top 50.
kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/14 with Emma Reynolds

stalbot93 - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/14 with Steve Grigg

helen.baldwin - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/14 with Steve

Emma Reynolds - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/14 with Ky Aizawa

maddy92 - 2nd - 17/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Jun/14

Sort of beta. Joe led half and placed some gear but couldn't finish so pulled the ropes I led the full route. As awesome as the line looks!
JonnyW - Lead β - 15/Jun/14 with Joe Mccarty

hotfeet - Lead - 11/Jun/14 with Jason Smeeth

Great climb. Left foot slipped on transit into wide vertical crack beneath uppermost niche.
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd dog - 09/Jun/14 with Matt george

What a great route. Was happy with my lead. Some challenging moves, but moved up it steadily enough. Very protectable, mainly hexes and cams (take a number 4 or 5, if you have one, for the upper zag!).
manbat - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/14 with Matthew Box

Tom Seccombe - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/14 with Louise Street

Hidden - 2nd β - 05/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead - 20/Apr/14

Vincej - 2nd - 19/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Aug/13

Awkward short off-width crack at about 2/3 height, needed arm bars to get up it.
bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 27/Aug/13 with Clare

PilarMartinez - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/13 with TheCherokee

Lead by Richard Pollard. Was great fun :-)
ian coe - 2nd - 03/Aug/13

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 09/Jul/13 with Clare

dave657 - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Tim

Tim W - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Dave Ripley

Great, varied climbing!
partz - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Alex Wade

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13

Alex Wade - 2nd - 09/Jun/13 with Matt Everett

joem - 2nd - 09/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/13

Frances Bensley - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

Hard and scary - thought I was going to pop off at the crux but managed to cling on and haul myself up it
Montecore - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with Ben Simpkins

Rob84 - 2nd rpt - 25/May/13 with Roy (Netherlands)

Rob84 - Lead O/S - 23/May/13 with Jeremy

Jamtastic
morganator - 2nd - 16/May/13 with International Meet Guest

perranman - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Alan Dovey

aostaman - Lead β - 07/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/13

Spearos - 2nd rpt - 01/Apr/13 with Riggo

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Mar/13

stevorobs3 - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/13 with David Brock

Ed morris - 2nd - 16/Feb/13 with Colin

Nick Biven - 2013

AMJ098 - TR dog - 2013

Steep and thuggy. Great fun, look forward to leading it.
George Nichols - 2nd - 20/Nov/12 with Jim, Catherine McElligot

Sooo much fun, got myself into an awkward poisiton in the niche. Really enjoyed the fist jam and later the lay-back moves.
Stroppy - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/12 with Sky Lee Si Kai

cptnawesome - Solo O/S - 22/Sep/12

clipskipper - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/12 with Ed Babington

Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/12 with Paz

Merrick796 - Lead - 08/Aug/12

Luxulyan - TR - Aug/12 with Tom Murrell

Jenny Crook - 2nd - 26/Jul/12 with Rob Patchett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/12

tgeh - 2nd rpt - 28/Jun/12 with dan geh

lovely fist jams!
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/12 with Thomas Geh

Neil D - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/12 with Tom Codrington, Beth Hodgett

Betha. - 2nd dog - 27/Jun/12 with Tom C, Neil D

tcn_2002 - Lead - 26/Jun/12

tgeh - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/12 with Liam

Carter - 2nd dog - 24/Jun/12

mark88 - Lead - 04/Jun/12 with Paul Millen

Hidden - 2nd dog - Jun/12

Peter Reynolds - Lead O/S - Jun/12 with charlotte simmons

SamChessell - 2nd O/S - 29/May/12 with Dave Grant

Awesome thuggish fun
John Tanner - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with Gideon Mordecai

gidmord - 2nd O/S - 27/May/12 with John Tanner

Dilwat - Lead O/S - 19/May/12 with Nick

Have led in past but tough to 2nd! (at wide bit). large cams useful! (e.g. 2 x no. 4s if available!)
nickdonohue - 2nd - May/12 with Ian Riddell

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 06/Apr/12

Pete Graham - 2nd - Apr/12 with Rick Graham

gg4419 - Lead dog - Apr/12

Hidden - TR dog - 30/Mar/12

Probable wasn't best route to warm up on. Great climbing though
jakenichol - Lead - 24/Mar/12 with Dave Heaton

arandall - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/12 with Glen Jackson, Wendy Matthews

Wendy Watthews - 2nd - 24/Mar/12 with Glen, arandall

Dave Heaton - 2nd - 24/Mar/12 with Jake Nichol

Down jacket ascent.
eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/12 with P Dawg

wojt - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2012

janegallwey - Lead - 2012

Great route!!!
manbat - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Matthew Box

spragglerocks - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Matt Box

Sweaty work.
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Rachel Spraggs

sprout3099 - 02/Sep/11 with Stu Spencer, Becky Wood

climbing son - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/11

Jacob Forshaw - 2nd - 02/Sep/11

Andy Mathers - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/11

icTris - 2nd - 30/Jul/11 with Lisa

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Helen Pitt

gingerwolf - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/11

A real fight and a good test to see how the jamming technique is coming on. Belay Alan.
wild_nomad - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/11

lovely climb, interesting moves.
Helen Gibson - Lead - 21/Jun/11

seconded 5/6 of the first pitch with a spot of aid for the last 1/6. top roped second pitch...
thetradlad - 16/Jun/11 with Harry Thorpe

Incoming tide, Jake got wet, had to set up a belay mid route to bring him up. Bit of an epic!
Harry Thorpe - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/11 with Jake Lodge

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/11

liamoloughlin - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/11

mattshort - Lead rpt - 22/Apr/11 with Phil Porter

AliciaHarrison - 2nd O/S - 2011

james999 - Lead O/S - 2011

Jacob k-d - Lead β - 03/Oct/10

Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Dan from St Ives, Heather Clark

Hidden - Lead - 30/Aug/10

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Pete

In at the deep end! A skin shredding introduction to Cornish granite.
Becky E - 2nd dog - 27/Aug/10 with Matt Maynard

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10 with Pete Ellis

tomB - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/10 with Juliette

mikeyg - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/10 with Phil Pavey

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Jul/10

raku - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Beata Rakowska

theotherpetehill - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/10

chrisallan - 2nd dog - 13/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead - May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/10

dan gibson - 2nd - 09/Apr/10 with michael porter

mattshort - 2nd - 04/Apr/10 with Dave West

Dave89 - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with Dan, Matt

Seymore Butt - 2010

Gigga - 2nd - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/09

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 13/Sep/09 with Lee Bartrop

Hidden - Lead - 11/Aug/09

TonyB - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09 with Anni

AnniH - 2nd dog - 09/Aug/09 with Tony B

M Bryan - 2nd O/S - Jul/09 with Tom Grant

Hidden - Lead - 27/Jun/09

Gareth T - TR - 13/Jun/09 with Ruben

Laurence Everitt - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/09 with Mark D

JCB42 - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/09 with Gareth Clendinning

Mark D - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/09 with Laurence Everitt

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/09 with Phil Pavey

Hidden - 2nd dog - 10/Jun/09

Grabtheslab - Lead - 10/Jun/09

Subwaycups - 2nd dog - 08/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/09

A brilliant route!
willjh - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/09 with David Spencer and matt

mattcyp88 - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/09

lrandall - 2nd - May/09 with Alan D

Protected with wires only (Friends left at home).
DSM - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/09 with Paul Dearden

ashskett - TR O/S - 03/Apr/09 with Craig

Master Chief - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with Nick and Jeremy

Rusty2406 - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with Tom and Jeremy

jgclimb - Lead - 19/Mar/09 with nick tom

paulh1967 - 2009

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Sep/08

lukehodson - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Al Franks, Liz Davies

Al Franks - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Liz and Luke

Alasdair88 - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Luke hodson, Liz davies

lizzie789 - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Alasdair88

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

Fenwick - Jul/08

deverett - 2nd β - 16/Jun/08 with ieverett

jfreeman - Lead rpt - 07/Jun/08 with Simon Robinson

simonr - 2nd - 07/Jun/08 with Jon Freeman

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/08

ieverett - Lead dog - Jun/08 with David Everett

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/08

alexharv3y - 2nd rpt - 24/May/08 with Toby

awkward arm bars up the main cracks-too big for hands-too small for fists
gb83 - 2nd dog - 10/May/08 with m.sakano

mol - 2nd - 04/May/08 with Jesse

Jesse Dufton - Lead - 04/May/08 with Molly Thompson

jonka - 2nd - May/08 with sean

Mike W - Lead - May/08 with cat

Geoffers - Lead O/S - May/08 with Tim

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 08/Apr/08 with Clare

Docent - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/08 with stecu

dewrats - Lead O/S - 2008 with Oli Boyes Chris Barr

sharmawho? - Lead O/S - 2008 with oli, chris

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

ellentaylor - 2nd - 27/Sep/07 with Adam Thomas

1 rest. Amazing line, rather unpleasant climbing though.
adamscottthomas - Lead dog - 27/Sep/07 with Ellen Taylor

Hidden - 2nd dog - 14/Sep/07

A bit butch - the hangover didn't help.
jon bradley - Lead rpt - 08/Sep/07 with Huw Howells

The_Boy_ODwyer - 2nd - 15/Jun/07 with Gab

stuwelly85 - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/07 with Beck Holland

Beckholland - 2nd rpt - 09/Jun/07 with stu llewelyn

jfreeman - Lead O/S - Jun/07 with Steve Rigler

Fell once
inspiration_needed - 2nd dog - Jun/07 with Mat

Crack was soaking wet so I took a little slip, otherwise clean despite drizzle & spray.
Neil Adams - Lead dog - 18/May/07 with Bez

deverett - TR O/S - 02/May/07 with Claire Everett

feilx - Solo O/S - 21/Apr/07

Uber classic.
Dan_Carroll - Lead rpt - 10/Apr/07 with Rebecca Holland

Beckholland - 2nd RP - 10/Apr/07 with Dan_Carroll

twodada - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Rich Barnes

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/06

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - Jul/06 with Kate

Tim Steward - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/06 with Helen Alderson

Thuggish but well protected, good lead by Jana. My birthday present (much appreciated). Uses most body parts for jamming. Laughed like a mad fool when I topped out.
mooseloose - 2nd dog - 02/Jun/06 with Jana

Rob Laird - Lead dog - 01/May/06

hailtryfan - 2nd - Apr/06 with Rob Laird

Bern - 2006

Hidden - 2006

jmhood - Lead O/S - 2006 with Tall Tom

wolverine - 2006 with Nolan Smyth

max_chan - Lead dog - Aug/05 with Steinar

crossdressingrodney - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/05 with victim of mathematics

Jez - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/05

only day climbing of what was a superb surfing/boozing holiday in cornwall. Got on this route just in time before it got cut off. (got splashed whilst getting onto the starting ledge) great route. employed offwidth techniques honed on gritstone with the waves crasing in at the base of the route. brilliant.
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 2005 with Dan Holdsworth

paul m hadley - Solo - 2005

johnboyrevel - Lead - Aug/04 with Faye

AngelaC - 2nd - 19/Jun/04 with Dieter Cole

bpmclimb - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/03 with Clare

alex_th - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with Tim Riley

First HVS
alexharv3y - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/03

The Pylon King - Lead O/S - Jun/03 with Laura

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Mar/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2002

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2002

Mark Kemball - Lead - 20/Oct/01 with Nic Dill

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/01

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/01

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/01

Hidden - Lead - 27/Jul/01

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/01

One msall rest on rope as I got foot stuck in the crack moving into final niche
andybenham - Lead dog - 2001 with Ben Townend

Roget - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/00 with jon

Bloody crack climb, very difficult even seconding!
Rob Oram - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/00 with Dave Frusher

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

NickP - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/99

nickdonohue - Lead - 10/Aug/99 with Richard Jasicki

My first every HVS :-)
andyfeds - Lead - 1997 with Paul H

craig h - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/96 with Janet Hannah

+ Fat Matt!
andy_pemberton - Lead - Jun/96

Ashley Hold - Lead - 08/May/95 with Damian Jaques, Phil McCreedy

tiring had me well beat
colin milton - Lead dnf - 29/Apr/95 with eric milton

leland stamper - AltLd O/S - 1995 with rich anderson

John Southworth - Lead O/S - Jul/91

whispering nic - Lead - Apr/91 with noj

sdht - 1991

Raggar - 2nd - 1991 with Steve B

Mike Owen - 30/Aug/89 with Chris Craggs

beaumap - AltLd - 22/Jul/89 with Tim Waddington

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jul/88

Nigel Coe - Lead - 23/May/87 with Norman Wright

Hidden - Mar/87

keefe - 1985

Nigel Coe - 1985 with Dave Kyle, Steve Portnoi

Richard Weller - Lead - 06/May/84 with Jerry Luntley

andy tetsill - Lead - May/84 with Manchester Poly, Joy

Nic Robinson - Lead O/S - 06/May/80 with Mike Chapman

babymoac - 18/Jun/78

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 08/Jun/77

Nigel Bond - Lead - 10/Apr/74 with Alan

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Voting
Total votes cast 139
hard E10 of 48
E10 of 48
easy E11 of 48
hard HVS15 of 48
HVS30 of 48
easy HVS2 of 48
hard VS0 of 48
VS0 of 48
easy VS0 of 48
hard 5b0 of 47
5b1 of 47
easy 5b1 of 47
hard 5a11 of 47
5a32 of 47
easy 5a2 of 47
hard 4c0 of 47
4c0 of 47
easy 4c0 of 47
3 Stars27 of 44
2 Stars14 of 44
1 Star2 of 44
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Style of ascent

Soloed4 of 251 (1.6%)
Lead131 of 251 (52.2%)
Followed89 of 251 (35.5%)
Toproped6 of 251 (2.4%)
Alt Leads3 of 251 (1.2%)
Unknown18 of 251 (7.2%)

'Climbed'92 of 251 (36.7%)
clean O/S117 of 251 (46.6%)
clean β5 of 251 (2.0%)
clean rpt13 of 251 (5.2%)
clean RP1 of 251 (0.4%)
dogged22 of 251 (8.8%)
dnf1 of 251 (0.4%)