Central Pillar of Frenzy*** 5.9
[Central Pillar of Frenzy, 2 kb]4 pitches. The Central Pillar of Frenzy’ is an easily accessable 4 pitch E1/2 with an abseil descent which may leave you hungry for more. Out of the sun.
Jim Bridwell, Roger Breedlove, 1973

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This climb is in 96 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Lindy led P1, P3 and P5, I led P2 and P4. Did this the day after Nutcracker. A definite step up in difficulty, and just as good (if not better). Leading the finger crack on P2 is maybe the best pitch I have ever done. The supposed 5.7 roof was the crux of the whole route for me.
1poundSOCKS - AltLd O/S - 03/Oct/14

Ahab - Lead O/S - Oct/14

mrteale - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/14 with alook

mrteale - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/14 with alook

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/14

First two pitches before we realised one single 60m rope wasn't enough to escape from the top.
Andy Fielding - AltLd - 11/Jun/14 with Antoine Bard

Led the first three pitches before rapping due to the late start and darkness. P1 was weird
Noodles - Lead O/S - 26/May/14 with Jake Wood

Nearly fell asleep queueing for it so seconded it, brilliant climbing! Although on paper not the crux, pitch 3's wide crack felt like the hardest part for me!
Duncan Campbell - 2nd - 29/Sep/13 with Ollie B, Bubbles

Ollie B - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/13 with D.Campbell, T.Ripley

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Sep/13

Great climbing and (more importantly!) in the shade
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/13 with Ross B

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/13

MonkeyDawson - Lead - May/13 with Simon Smith

jcw - 2013

khawk - AltLd O/S - 07/Oct/12 with jack

PeteH - AltLd O/S - 05/Oct/12 with Naomi Hart

Superb climb. Misread crux of P1 and jammed myself into chimney. Eventually escaped by simple but effective expedient of falling off, hanging upside down and hyperventilating. Frustrating, as fairly straightforward once I identified correct approach. Excuse: exhausted after two fantastic weeks in the Valley. Led Ps 1,3,5.
Andy Clarke - AltLd dog - 28/Sep/12 with Tim

cat22 - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/12 with Mike

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/12 with Ed Booth

And matty r
Ed Booth - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/12 with Adam Booth

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Sep/12

farmus21 - AltLd - 02/Oct/11 with Sam Radcliffe

samrad - AltLd - 02/Oct/11 with james G

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Sep/11

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Sep/11

K1 - AltLd - 08/Sep/11 with Peter Buchholz, Andy McCarter

Fell once leading the first pitch.
Andy McCarter - AltLd dog - 08/Sep/11 with Pete, K1

Did the route in 6 hours. Abseiled down in 1 hour 20 mins. I led pitches 1, 3 and 5. Fell off at the roof of pitch 3...hard! The 'sustained wide section' of pitch 3 was indeed challenging. Not desperately hard, but didn't have much gear so had to move cam(s) with me.
DavidR - AltLd dog - 16/Jul/11 with Holly Adamthwaite

Quite disappointed with this - not very good!
sparkass - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/11 with Ry McHenry

P 2, 4
stuart34 - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/11 with Adam Winslow

mshorter - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with erika

Graeme Gilchrist - AltLd dog - 23/Sep/10 with benedict, sina

Birdo - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/10 with Paul McStumpy

juhah - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/10 with Mikko Vartiainen

Hidden - Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/10

innes - Lead - May/10 with Ruth

Julesthe1st - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/09 with Mike

simon kimber - Lead O/S - Oct/09 with Hannah Hunt

Hanski - 2nd - Oct/09 with Simon Kimber

K1 - AltLd - 23/Sep/09 with Kevin Davey

Led 1,2 & 3
tuukka - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/09 with Maija

5 great pitches, short approach
Eetu - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/09 with Olli

9/10 faultless climbing
hlegge - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/09 with Thomas Codrington

tcn_2002 - AltLd - 19/Sep/09 with Hamish Legge

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/09

First three pitches only. Led 1 and 2 running them together with a 70m
alex_arthur - AltLd - 01/Aug/09 with Seth and Shaun

Bailed after 2 pitches, got down just as the storm hit. First pitch is nails.
Stig - 2nd dnf - 30/May/09 with Colin

Had to kick steps up a cone of snow and cross a bergshrund to get onto the route !!!
Billg - AltLd - 29/May/09 with Bob Brewer

An interesting introduction to the valley, for a non-crack-climber!
Pythonist - 2nd O/S - 24/Oct/08 with Fatty & Alan

Dougie Harvey - AltLd O/S - 09/Oct/08 with James Wheater, Finlay Wild

Hidden - Oct/08

Nicos - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/08 with rich howels

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/08

first 5 pitches
richiebongo - AltLd O/S - Sep/08 with Nick Smith

markalmack - AltLd O/S - Aug/08

josephwilliams - Oct/07

Fantastic route other than the first pitch being a bit polished now. It is now normal to do 5 pitches and rap down the route to the left ( no rope problems + more climbing)
Shaw Brown - Lead - 17/Sep/07 with David Horgan

3 hours 550 feet. Led 1,3,5
MONKEY78 - AltLd - 26/Apr/07 with Jules Vulliamy

PenJD - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/06 with Lianna Scholes

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/06

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/06

al99 - AltLd O/S - Aug/06 with Luke Thomas

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/06

Steve didn't fancy his leads much so I think I did 1,2,4 and 5. Tremendous, burly route I thought. Keeps coming!
chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 15/May/06 with S. Mead

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/06

datoon - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/05 with RT

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Sep/04

First pitch only
timreynolds - Lead dnf - 08/Sep/04 with Martin Hoather

Hidden - Sep/04

Amazing route. Got ropes caught on abseil in descent and had nightmare escape!
steveP - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/04 with Chris Wynn

shark - Lead O/S - Apr/04 with Guy Maddox

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/03

Bern - 2003

Hidden - AltLd - 2002

dan gibson - Lead O/S - Sep/99 with anthony prior, helen gibson

1st pitch only.
DafSWMC - Lead O/S - May/99 with Brit

Hidden - 2nd - 1999

first 5/6 pitches only
WB - Lead O/S - May/97 with Nicola

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/95

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/95

Nick Rundall - AltLd O/S - 1995

1st 5 pitches only
Roget - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/94 with baccy

neilh - Lead - Jun/94 with sara hyde

OMSKB - Jul/92 with Pete Aldwinkle, Richard Winfield

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1989

Nigel Coe - AltLd - Aug/86 with Tim Dunsby

keefe - 11/Aug/85

Central Pillar of Frenzy is one my favorite moderate Valley routes. 5 pitches of mostly hand/fist crack; nearly vertical exposure, highly recommended.
Mystery Toad - AltLd O/S - 1985

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 15/Jul/81 with Russ Eyles

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 15/Sep/79 with Gerry Dunford

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/78

A good introduction to the local crack climbing.
petemeads - AltLd - Oct/75 with Mick Brady

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