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Pressure Drop*** E3 5c

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[The North Devon Culm Coast Classic Pressure Drop, 2 kb]30m. A classy, sustained pitch in an idyllic setting. The route follows the shear looking, blank wall to the right of the picturesque waterfall. Start on boulders in the steam at the base of the line. 32m. Climb the line of thin cracks to small ledges and continue past a peg to another small ledge midway up the wall. The upper section of the crack gradually steepens but the holds get bigger and better. © ROCKFAX
Climb the crack to small grassy ledge, ticky moves past poor peg, follow sustained diangnal crack to the top. Still needs a extra stake, there is a new one up high that's good, but the one in the hollow is only a foot long, be warned.

Ticklists: Best slab climbs of the UK, West Country Climbs, Culm - When the tide's in., Alex's Cornwall and Devon ticklist.

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This climb is in 76 logbooks, and on 31 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jul/14

Damn damn damn! Got to within 3 metres of the top, but was totally spent. Great climb, wouldn't say the protection was excellent to be honest, at least not between the grassy breaks. First peg is dead. Didn't come across any loose rock. Bit pissed off but don't get much E3 milage, so could be worse.
Tom Last - Lead dnf - 15/May/14 with Andy March

Great. Found 4 stakes at the top and equalised with spare rope. 2 in hollow, 1 up slope and 1 behind mound towards ford.
Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/13 with AlexD

AlexD - 2nd - 19/Sep/13 with Ed

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/13

This felt harder than when I lead it a month ago. I must have been in better shape then. Very happy with the lead back then. A couple of hard sections: passing the second peg and near the end moving from a big flat slanted edge high up to a constricting flaring crack which I got a poor finger lock in.
alexjz - 2nd rpt - 18/Aug/13 with Rufus Lusk

Mike W - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/13

Great climb, felt good in spite of the lack of sleep from the party the night before. Amazing day and very hot though the line was in the shade. I need to work on my gear placements. Lots of gear and bigger than I thought it would be. The stakes at the top need changing.
alexjz - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Matt Burdekin

Hidden - TR - 09/Jun/13

Unusual belay on the rock in the middle of the stream. Good climbing but with loose rock on the lower half. Fantastic climbing on the second half, unrelenting sustained 5b.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 18/May/13 with Colin

Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13 with Rob Greenwood

Plenty of small gear, the grade is debatable.
The Green Giant - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/13 with Fiila

burto - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/12 with jerome

nick arding - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/12 with Philippa Arding

Hidden - TR - 16/Aug/12

Philippa Arding - 2nd - 28/Jul/12 with nick arding

Retro Flash. Holes in Rockboots.
Tom Seccombe - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/12 with tj murry

Awesome! Don't forget the wellies and a bucket!!
mountain_jay - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Pippa Froggatt

Pippa - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/12 with Jamie Thornley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12

Pegs are looking pretty sorry for themselves. Top section sustained and tricky, only just stayed with it.
jkarran - 2nd - 06/Apr/12 with Aly

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11

dan gibson - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with michael porter

CRiddiford - 2nd - 29/Aug/11 with Jonny, Mike

wi11 - Lead dnf - 17/Aug/11 with Rob G

alaan - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11 with Will

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/11

JeromeT - Lead O/S - Mar/11 with Matt L

A really great route, but take care on the bottom half. Some pretty snappy rock, and not much gear. The first peg is nackered, but can be backed up with a reasonable RP
Ged Desforges - 2011

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/10

david morse - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/10 with chris todd

Tom Seccombe - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Stu Bradbury

Really fun climb, slightly bold in bottom half with fiddly gear and then a cool steep, well protected finger crack to finish. Much easier than more than a match done the same day - a great double!
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/10 with Sam

Brilliant. Looks a bit grassy but isn't, stunning situation and great climbing!
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/10 with Becca

Very cool place to belay from, really exciting route to follow!
BeccaSnowden - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/10 with Tom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/10

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/10 with Pete saunder, Anna

briar4012 - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/10 with Marti, Pete

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/10

Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Katherine Sydney

tiring after a full-on day, but great location got to top but didn't do all the moves (pulled up!), so dnf
katherinesydney - 2nd dnf - 10/Apr/10 with bobby gilbert

Hidden - 2nd dog - 12/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/09

chris sm - Lead rpt - 13/Jul/08 with Pippa Froggatt

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Jun/08

prawn - 2nd β - 15/Jun/08 with Graham

Dan Shirley - TR O/S - 25/Apr/07

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 25/Jun/06 with Nic Dill

richardr - 2nd O/S - Jun/06

Ally Smith - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jul/05

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/05

Hidden - Lead β - 07/Jun/04

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2004 with andy benson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/03

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 31/May/03 with Nic Dill

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/May/03

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/03 with Roy Thomas

Hidden - Lead - 2001

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

bullybones - 2000

chris sm - 2nd O/S - Sep/97 with Jim Hall

andy_pemberton - Lead - May/97 with Rik Meek

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/92 with Paul Tanton

Andy Say - Lead - 27/Apr/91

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1990

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Style of ascent

Lead43 of 76 (56.6%)
Followed25 of 76 (32.9%)
Toproped3 of 76 (3.9%)
Alt Leads1 of 76 (1.3%)
Unknown4 of 76 (5.3%)

'Climbed'19 of 76 (25.0%)
clean O/S46 of 76 (60.5%)
clean β2 of 76 (2.6%)
clean rpt3 of 76 (3.9%)
clean RP1 of 76 (1.3%)
dogged1 of 76 (1.3%)
dnf4 of 76 (5.3%)