Royal Arches*** 5.7
[Ross on pitch 9 traverse Royal Arches, 2 kb]5.7 A0 or 5.10b. 1600ft.A popular route to get lost on, benighted and have a minor epic and features the tricky descent shared with Astroman. The speedy may set out to link this with Crest Jewel on North Dome.

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This climb is in 119 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

getting off the ground is the crux
carl_123 - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/15

Big day out and need to start early to avoid crowds. A few scrappy pitches after P1 but soon gets interesting again. Long, long abseils!
druss - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/15 with Peter Ocampo

poeter210 - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/15 with adrian voss

Splitter-philiac - AltLd O/S - May/15

Alternate 5.8 start. Just run up the rest - awesome route.
Pythonist - Lead rpt - 11/Apr/15 with Manik Surtani

Most of the pitches are more like Mod or grade 3 scramble. Wanders a lot!
chris smith - AltLd O/S - Apr/15

Richard Goodey - AltLd - 2015

humptydumpty - AltLd - 2015

timjones - AltLd - 11/Oct/14 with Ryan Campagna

Full moon ascent, unfortunately hampered by smoke from the recent fire.
mrteale - AltLd O/S - 08/Oct/14 with alook

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Oct/14

Thunderstorm from P13 onwards. Last 3 pitches of Ab by head torch. 13 hours car to car. Marvellous!
timreynolds - AltLd - 20/Sep/14 with Sarah Welsh

steveprice.exmouth - AltLd - 20/Sep/14 with Pete Callaghan

Sarah Welsh - AltLd - 20/Sep/14 with Tim Reynolds

First multipitch abseil!
petecallaghan - AltLd - 19/Sep/14 with Stephen Price

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Sep/14

great climbing experience but lots of scrambling non rope sections.added in some harder pitches to add interest.
jon_gill1 - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/14 with ross garfoot, chris Lyness

Hidden - Sep/14

Drew M - AltLd O/S - Aug/14 with Job

Hidden - Lead rpt - 01/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/14

Stickle Tarn - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/14

Matt1234 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/14

Ollie B - Solo O/S - 30/Sep/13 with T.Ripley

Roped up for the slab pitch only. Thought Duncan (Ukc assistant editor) was going to die!
markalmack - Solo O/S - 27/Sep/13 with Duncan Campbell

Roped up for 2 pitches only, a 5.7 crack I nearly fell off and Mark dropped me a rope, and for the slab pitch! Pendulum is awesome! Did two 5.8 variations...
Duncan Campbell - Solo O/S - 27/Sep/13 with Almadad

Fun Easy Day.
Fultonius - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/13 with Neil Adams, Ross Barnes

A bit rambling but very good
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/13 with Ross B, Ally F

Simon Davis - 19/Sep/13 with Tim P

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Sep/13

Little AndyH - AltLd - 18/Sep/13

Matt17 - AltLd O/S - Sep/13 with Ali

A nice lazy day seconding!
Ross Barnes - 2nd - Sep/13 with Ally, Neil A

Quite rambling with good climbing mixed in with a lot of scrambling. Brilliant 5.7 hand crack, and the pendulum was good fun. The traverse and the last pitch is far harder than 5.4!
Laurence Cowton - AltLd - 28/Aug/13 with Donald

Hidden - AltLd β - 20/Oct/12

Simil climbed with Toby. Good fun route but too many parties to by pass and that. Penj was fun tho. Going to link with crest jewel but couldn't find it and had an epic with the water and tobys jeans. Nice one mate. Haha decent via north dome gully so good to scout the descent.
Noodles - AltLd O/S - 07/Oct/12

Gazzawatson - 29/Sep/12

mishtu - 2nd - 24/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead - Jul/12

Simul climbed in 90 minutes and linked with North Dome South Face. Not a particularly classic climbing, rather broken up i thought, especially in comparison with S face of N Dome (quite a lot harder).
tommytuffa - 15/May/12 with Libby

11 hours car to car. 16 pitches (17 if you count the fact that we had to reverse pitch 16 to get back to the abseil bolts. There was a bit of water after the pendulum pitch and lots of pine needles on the final slab.
Andy Fielding - AltLd - 09/May/12 with Phil Harnett

Started in a blizzard!!! Awesome day, with traverse through a waterfall for pitch after pendulum...
Pythonist - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Michael Febbo

Hidden - 2012

1poundSOCKS - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/11

spidey - Solo - 09/Oct/11 with katy whitticker, ryan p, pete hurley, irish si

farmus21 - AltLd - 30/Sep/11 with Sam Radcliffe

samrad - AltLd - 30/Sep/11 with james G

elbeanio - AltLd - 20/Sep/11

Fantastic day out, moving fast with other teams about. Eight hours car door to car door.
kitkat78 - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/11 with SteveM

SteveM - AltLd - 19/Sep/11 with Kat

Did a nice 5.9 crack variation after the traverse after the pendulum.
Chris Sansum - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/11 with Gary Lewin

K1 - AltLd - 13/Sep/11 with Andy McCarter

First big climb! Just avoided the rain storm as we left.
Andy McCarter - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/11 with K1

EPIC, didnt take enough water, abbed off in the dark
gcandlin - AltLd O/S - Sep/11 with Andy born

peppermill - AltLd rpt - Sep/11 with Simon Bennett

~9 hours to do the route; ~3 hours to descend. Me - pitches 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 Hol - pitches 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 Didn't bother with the final (16th pitch) as we would have had to reverse the pitch immediately in order to abseil from the top of pitch 15.
DavidR - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/11 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11

Simul climbed for speed as we were linking with Crest Jewel on North Dome. 3h30 for The Arches.
sparkass - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/11 with Mike Shorter

pete87abs - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/11 with alex_arthur

mshorter - AltLd O/S - Jun/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Comedy on the pendulum. Find it bizarre the abseil bolts are before the crux of the climb!!!! - talk about crux dodging. Thought this a steady severe until the crux traverse after the abseil bolts on the supposed '5.4 slabs' which most miss out. I'd grade that appallingly deceptive 5.4 final pitch VS, those slabs are as psychologically hard as the glass traverse on Snake Dike, although perhaps not technically as hard. Did the higher 5.6 traverse to get back to the abseil bolts whihc was made harder by the ballbearings! The horrendous 10 abseils made me wish I had traversed the death slabs for a third time! Defo recommend North Gully descent.
jimorothy - Lead - 21/Sep/10 with Rachel Crolla

tuukka - AltLd - 18/Sep/10 with Maija

Amazing climb in blazing hot weather. Did thedirect start (5.8) to avoid the crowd at the start. Brilliant pitches stacked on top of each other. The pendulem is nothing to worry about but the rap of is. Be careful to find the right bolts and avoid doing the last 3 in the we did! 12hrs for up and down.
Zoomer - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with George Best

gingergeorge - AltLd - 12/Sep/10 with Glen Bloomer

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/10

Jimmy O - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/10 with Claire Poppett

clairepoppett - AltLd - 21/Jun/10 with Jimmy O

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jun/10

colkurtz - AltLd - 01/Jun/10 with Robb

linked with crest jewel in a day
dan gibson - AltLd rpt - 07/May/10 with alex scola

HIGHTOWER - AltLd - 11/Oct/09 with Liz

liz-264 - AltLd - 11/Oct/09 with Hightower

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/09

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/09 with Jonboy

This time we climbed it properly and very quickly to get access to North Dome where we were climbing Crest Jewel the next day. A LOT NICER the second time with no haul bag!
hlegge - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/09 with Thomas Codrington

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/09

This time we used it as a practice overnight climb. Bad choice to do so, not steep which made hauling a nightmare. But spent a night on the porter ledge for the first time!
hlegge - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/09 with Thomas Codrington

tcn_2002 - AltLd - 25/Aug/09 with Hamish Legge

Rapped down before the pendulum due to rain. Dissapointed not to get this done in the end.
Stig - AltLd dnf - 10/Jun/09 with Thanh and Mike

Hidden - AltLd - May/09

alasdair19 - 2009

david morse - AltLd - Oct/08 with rampant and general

Nicos - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/08 with rich howels

cat22 - AltLd O/S - Sep/08 with Mike

zchael6 - 2nd O/S - 2008

Toby Dunn - Oct/07

josephwilliams - Sep/07

chrisbevins - May/07

6 hours 1400 feet, Led 1,5,6,8,11,14,15. Moved together on 2,3,4.
DavidEvans - AltLd - 29/Apr/07 with Jules Vulliamy

PenJD - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/06 with Lianna Scholes

Hidden - Solo O/S - 18/Sep/06

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/06

Tom_Farr - 2006

keith leonard - Oct/05 with steve mead

Finished about 11am which was when it was starting to get TOO hot to do anything, so very happy about that. Had to cool abseil devices in puddles on descent as they were so hot and yes, they did sizzle.
chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/05 with Joe Thompson

As a team of 3 , free and bivi at the top...awesome adventure.
Christian Beck - AltLd - 2005

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/04

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Sep/04

steveP - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/04 with Chris Wynn

chris sm - AltLd O/S - 2003 with Dom Goodridge

K1 - Sep/01

Great Route. hardest part is the traverse off the finish and finding the route to walk back down to the valley
Richard Weller - Lead - May/01 with Vandi Verma

Hidden - 2001

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/99

Abseil descent crazy
Simonfarfaraway - AltLd - Jul/99 with Steve Hastings

15-odd pitches in 3 hrs with French guide I met at Camp 4.
DafSWMC - 2nd O/S - May/99 with Benoit

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - Sep/98 with helen gibson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/98

Hidden - Aug/97

WB - Lead O/S - May/97 with Nicola

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

Scott McRae - AltLd O/S - Sep/95 with Darren Lambert

Simul-climbed and rapped off. Crux free is straightforward.
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Sep/95 with Lofty

mikelaing - AltLd O/S - 1994 with Fermor

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/87 with Jan Gellis

neil3965 - Lead - May/84

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