Terrapin** E3 5b

Rockfax Description
A memorable and adventurous tour of the main section of Long Rock Slab. Although protection is sound, the runouts are thought-provoking. Start 3m right of the shallow pillar of Undercracker at a very thin crack.
Take the thin crack to a larger left-leaning crack that leads to the pillar. Gain a small ledge on the top right side of the pillar and move up left to a good break. Step left and up to a good vegetated horizontal break (as for Slip it in Quick) and traverse right to a peg. Climb up flakes to a horizontal break and then pursue a bold line rightwards up positive finger flakes to another vegetated horizontal break. Move right to a thin crack just right of a very slight corner and take this to finish with good gear. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs.

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This climb is in 42 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Quite bold and no pushover, with good climbing all the way.
kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2015 with Colin

markfromstoke - 2nd - 31/Aug/14 with Ian

ian d f - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Mark

Hidden - TR O/S - 12/Aug/14

Hidden - TR O/S - Jul/14

My 2nd E3. Quite intense and not over until its over! Had a few scary slips along the way but lots of positive handholds, if a little thin.
dprctr - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Robert Dufton

This route had been on mind ever since I visited a whole year ago, August 2012. Back then, at the end of the day, Jon and I had eyed it up and decided it was definitely on - but that was after we'd packed up, with the security of knowing we weren't about to get on it. Since the club planned our return trip to Baggy, back in January, It's been on my mind that I had a date with the Terrapin, so long as conditions were good. Come the day, they could hardly have been better, so I had no excuse. Seconding Lost Horizon and No Sweat were the perfect warm-up. The whole time I kept glancing over at the Terrapin. Every time I thought about it, the fear crept in: did I really want to be up there, way above gear, on thin creaky flakes and tenuous smears? I tried not to think about it. Then it was my turn to lead and no avoiding it any longer. I popped up the first move and placed a small cam, then came back down and tied on. A few metres away people were queuing up for Shangri-La. Climber number six, please. But I felt completely alone. I visualised the first sequence, to the top of the pillar, and began. The fear evaporated and my focus was total - I was fixated on the route. My mind saw it as a series of sequences, between the relative safety of the horizontal breaks. I had told myself there'd be good gear in each break but I found it really hard to get a solid nut. Dodgy-looking brass offsets and a micro cam, then focus, look up, see the sequence, stay calm, breathe easy, and move. Step softly. Pull down on the flakes but don't prise them outwards. Then the peg, the Terror Pin, full stretch and then some. Breathe again but don't stop too long, strike out up the faint line of diminishing flakes and hope I reach the last break before they run out. Finally the vertical finish crack and some solid gear, but a couple of testing moves still to go - no, don't fluff it now! sheer will gets me to the top, a final mantel to elation. The rat has been fed again.
ripper - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with jon gill

a fantastic route,but definitely not one to fall off!
jon_gill1 - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with john ripley

rd20 - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with David P

ferdia - 2nd - 03/Jul/13 with Burton

burto - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/13 with ferdia

Awesome, mainly because its huge.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/13 with Colin

Nick Biven - 2013

Thought Ben was gonna take a huge whipper on this for a moment.
treg - 2nd - 22/Sep/12 with Ben

An emotional climb. Sparce gear and the description in the guide book regarding the flakes being "rusty door handles" is very accurate!
Legs - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/12 with Macca

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/10

Led first in late 80s. Serious with a fair bit of lichen/vegetation these days. More like E4 5b/c and don't fall off.
Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 25/Sep/10 with Martin Doyle

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/10

feilx - Lead O/S - 15/Feb/09 with Heather

Hidden - TR O/S - 14/Sep/08

Current line seems nonnegotiable for lichen and vegetation at the moment - took a parallel line about 10/15ft to the left, prob about E4 5c. Took over an hour to lead!
alaan - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/08 with Pete

petellis - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/08 with Alaan

Urgles - 2nd O/S - Jul/07 with Fiend

Mark Kemball - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/06 with Stu Bradbury

With a direct finish at E4 5b/c. Quite bold.
Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - Aug/04 with Gus Hudgins

Hidden - Lead dog - 2004

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - Apr/95 with Karin Siemund

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Feb/94

Hidden - TR - 23/Nov/92

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/90

andy gittins - Lead - 1990

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1988 with Emily

Hidden - Lead - 1987

Simon cook - Aug/86

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/85

shark - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/84 with Bruce Woodley

mark-abz - TR - 05/Apr/81 with Lionell

Hidden - Lead - 1981

Hidden - 1980

turnerk - 1976

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