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The Philistine*** E1 5b

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[the philistine, 3 kb]Climbs the superb blunt arete in the centre of the crag starting on the left under the overhang. Climb up and right to the arete, up cracks then back left onto the arete proper. Continue direct to the top, pausing for the obligatory guidebook shot on the way.

Ticklists: Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, Ultimate E1 ticklist, UK Lonely Leads.

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This climb is in 83 logbooks, and on 33 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jul/14

martrin - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/14 with Sarah Kekus

It's quite hard to get gear in the overhang to protect the crux move and there's not much good gear below that. I sort of lobbed a wire in over my head.
Rachel Somerville - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/14 with Cal

The initial move up the crack and then moving left was the hardest bit for me. Eases after that. V enjoyable.
BigTone - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/May/14

Jonathan Hall - Lead - 05/May/14 with Rob Middleton

chrisallan - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jul/13

Fantastic climbing and a great situation.
Nick Clement - 2nd - 13/Jul/13 with Rachel Antill, Paul Figg

One of the best E1's you'll ever do.
Paul Figg - Lead - 13/Jul/13 with Rachel Antill, Nick Cement

Found it precarious especially with the wind!
Lessworkmoreclimbing - 2nd - 06/Jul/13 with Kev

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jun/13

Superb climb, loved it, great position, great rock and great moves. Agree with comments below, more like an E1 5a with an HVS 5b crux, gear is spaced but holds keep appearing if you believe.....great fun and worth the slog up the hill....
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Sam, Ben

sgl - 2nd - 02/Jun/13 with ben, chad

johang - 2nd β - 01/Jun/13 with john lynch

amazing route, felt quite serious for it's grade.
john lynch - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with johan

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/13

Super ace. The move to get up into the crack isn't easy, the next section (after a small cam) is a little bold and scary. Then some gear and some lovely delicate climbing with spaced gear and awesome moves. A great route
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Kyle Wood

Terrifying! Strong lead by James.
Mr. K - 2nd O/S - 26/May/13 with James Oswald

Hidden - Apr/13

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 10/Oct/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12

John Nuttall - 2nd - 21/May/12 with Andy H

Exciting climb, seriously run out in central section.
Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/12 with Gavin

Captain Gear - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

J1PEF - 2nd - 24/Jul/11 with beds

beds74 - Lead - 23/Jul/11 with Jon Peffer

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/10

Diggler - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Calder, RCrockford

Calder - 2nd - 26/Jun/10 with Rich, Mark

RCrockford - 2nd - 26/Jun/10 with Graham, Mark D

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/10

Hidden - 12/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/10

awesome route!!!! nearly didnt get on it cos the picture in the guide made it look desperate. wasnt that bad, cleaner than the other routes!
tomhull - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with matt harris

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09

I found it too bold and then it started to drizzle so lowered off and did it on Top Rope.
brockers - TR O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Maggie Bass

Hidden - TR - 08/Aug/09

Ally Smith - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/09

C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 21/May/08 with Neil Chelton

yohan lead
platt2000 - 2nd - 2008

E15b 36mts Jim led.
Mike Lee - 2nd - 10/Aug/07 with Jim

Bob - 2nd rpt - 10/Jun/07 with M. Bullough, Steve Brock

A truly great pitch. Scary upper traverse left onto the arete. An E1 5a route with an HVS 5b crux!
The Pylon King - Lead O/S - Jun/07 with Fiend

Johann - Lead O/S - 2007 with Dan Platt

ewen - Lead - Jun/06 with ian hinkins

Tossed a coin for the lead: I lost.
cem - 2nd - 30/May/05 with Graham Dolman

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

DanT - 2nd dog - 31/Jul/04 with Steve Pettit

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jun/04

Hidden - 2nd - 23/May/04

Graham Iles - Lead - 02/May/04 with Big Dave

Shaw Brown - 2nd - 28/Sep/03 with David Jones

Wimped out below arete.
Nigel Coe - Lead dnf - 03/Aug/03 with Andy March

stewart murray - 2nd - May/03 with Alastair Fletcher

rob.grafton - Lead - 23/Jun/01 with Bruce

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/00

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/00

Hidden - 2000

simon cox - 2000

Bug - 1999

Andy Say - Lead - 09/Apr/95

Hidden - Lead - 26/May/92

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/92

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/92

whispering nic - 01/Jun/91 with Ali W

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/May/90

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd - Jul/89 with Bill Williamson

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 27/May/89 with Sandra Graham

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jul/88

Bob - Aug/86 with al phizacklea

Hidden - 08/Jun/86

Tom V - 1986

Ken Taylor - TR - 25/Jul/84

Hidden - Lead - 1976

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Total votes cast 55
hard E20 of 20
E20 of 20
easy E21 of 20
hard E16 of 20
E113 of 20
easy E10 of 20
hard HVS0 of 20
HVS0 of 20
easy HVS0 of 20
hard 5c0 of 18
5c0 of 18
easy 5c0 of 18
hard 5b0 of 18
5b12 of 18
easy 5b6 of 18
hard 5a0 of 18
5a0 of 18
easy 5a0 of 18
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Style of ascent

Lead38 of 83 (45.8%)
Followed23 of 83 (27.7%)
Toproped3 of 83 (3.6%)
Alt Leads5 of 83 (6.0%)
Unknown14 of 83 (16.9%)

'Climbed'48 of 83 (57.8%)
clean O/S30 of 83 (36.1%)
clean β1 of 83 (1.2%)
clean rpt2 of 83 (2.4%)
dogged1 of 83 (1.2%)
dnf1 of 83 (1.2%)