Sacrosanct** E1 5a
[Sacrosanct (HVS 5a), 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A serious but spectacular line whose first pitch needs a careful approach. Start a few metres to the right of the fault-line at a massive block forming two slabby corners about 5m above the high-water line. The right-hand corner has a cramped ledge at its base. A good belay can be found here.
1) 20m, 5a. Move up the slabby corner to dirty ledges on top of the block where a line of good flakes leads left across a steep wall. This point is below a more distinct horizontal flake/crack. Make a committing hand-traverse left along the flakes, and gain a resting position in the fault-line with difficulty. The short steep corner of the fault leads up to a good ledge, Peg and nut belay.
2) 50m, 5a. Move right across the slab and climb up its right edge, until it is possible to move across right to a cramped ledge. Climb the steep crack above to easier ground. Keep moving up right to gain a ridge. A difficult nut-belay can be made here or move up back left to a notch, peg and tree well back. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
A superb route in a stunning setting. The start is somewhat of a "waker-upper" hand traverse (an initial belay is advisable) but a confident approach is quickly rewarded. Can be done in two pitches or three - either way be sure to back up the belay pegs with natural gear.

At the top there is a belay peg (probably intended for CTA etc) hidden down a rock step on the right (well back) as well as the more obvious gear.

Probably the best descent (unless you have a penchant for vertical grass scrambling where a slip would be fatal) is to ab off the iron stake just past said peg (check it first and take great care as it would be easy to to accidentally flick the rope off it at the start) which takes you down into the basin of LQP.

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Photo: Sacrosanct (HVS 5a) © Nolan
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This climb is in 51 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/14

nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 06/Dec/14 with Jay Jackson

Led first pitch - scary 'til I worked out moves
mick1jones - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Rich Rogers

Hidden - AltLd dog - 30/Aug/14

Really good! 1st pitch probably warrants E1. I lead second pitch. Ace route.
R2B - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Rooker

Led P1.
Mr Tickle - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/14 with RusseyB

I led the top pitch.
alice fuller - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with kafoozalem

bit committing at start, but the jugs are huge
msoldn - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Mark

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Nov/13

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Sarp

sarpedon - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Strong Sophhie

Bottled the 1st pitch on the lead. Seconded both pitches clean. Second pitch felt a bit thuggish and sustained for HVS.
Richy boy - 2nd - 26/Jul/13 with willowhisp

Lead both pitches - top pitch was hard.
Motown - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Richy

Led 2nd pitch.
Dale Turrell - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Dave

Led p1
Bristoldave - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13 with Dale

Grabtheslab - 2013

Lead Pitch Two.
JeromeT - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/12 with Ian

burto - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/12 with jerome

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/12

Graham Atkins - Lead - 10/Dec/11

adam cooper*super* - Lead rpt - 14/May/11 with jack folland

Twas good
Jack_F - AltLd O/S - 14/May/11 with adam cooper* super*

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/11

lead p2.p1 the best pitch.dont stray too far left on p2 its loose.
misterb - AltLd O/S - 08/Mar/11 with wain

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Sep/10

twright180 - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Fred Wobus

James Mitchelmore - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/10

A steep climb that made the forearms bulge
Johnny Baker - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/10 with Sam Richards

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/10

brill, i lead 2nd pitch really nice climbing, BUT did pull off a bit of rock about nearly 2 foot long and fairly hefty aswell!
adam cooper*super* - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/10 with mike waller

Marti999 - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/10 with Chris Brooke

ChrisBrooke - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/10 with Marti Hallet

Quality route! Though a bit wet up the wide crack on the 1st pitch. Bit of advice; the first pitch traverses the lower jug rail not the crack above with the pegs.
Reeges - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/08 with Nick Saunders

Hidden - AltLd - Nov/08

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/08 with anna barnes

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/08

Justin T - AltLd rpt - 16/Jun/07 with Clara

Justin T - Lead rpt - 01/Jun/07 with Wifey

Hidden - 2nd dog - 01/Jun/07

The first moves are exposed and I'm glad I didn't lead that pitch. Took a lob on exiting the overhanging crack on pitch 2, after climbing up and down it a good few times before committing.
maresia - AltLd dog - 17/Apr/07 with Fiend

AJH - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/07 with Crispin

Justin T - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/07 with Crispin

epic hvs 5a
Jon Evans - AltLd - 02/Sep/06 with Paul

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/01

kp64zl - AltLd - Oct/97 with David H, Kirsten

colin milton - AltLd - 23/Jul/94 with eric milton

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Jun/92

Budge - AltLd O/S - Apr/92 with Richard Teed

ecowaller - Lead O/S - 1990 with Wendy Sampson, Andy Reid

ecowaller - Lead - 1980

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Alex the Alex, AJH, The Ivanator, solenostomus, francois, Ybot Htulk, Woodiee, pedro.silva, graham knott, Phil79, Dr Caterpillar

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