Big Country Dreams*** E4 6a
[Phew, got to the ledge!, 2 kb]A classic of the quarry! Awesome climbing taking on the S-shaped crack to the left of 'The Purr-Blind Doomster'. Athletic and pumpy.
A. Kay, R. Cowells 1983

Ticklists: Central Belt - Local Classics, Progression.

Photo: Phew, got to the ledge! © GraemeDiack
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This climb is in 78 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

EBailey - Lead dog - 30/Jul/15

Well pumpy and 2 techy cruxes
mishabruml - 2nd dog - 30/Jul/15 with Ewan Bailey

Probably much easier for the tall
Ri - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/15 with Madeleine

Don't have the right technique to deal with the last crack. Will have to learn.
John McKenna - Lead dnf - 11/Jun/15 with Martin McKenna - UKC

retro onsight i guess, as I seconded it years ago but couldn't remember much about it. Great!
Ginger McGrath - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/15 with sinclair, rory

Just couldn't get my head around leading it - top section burly and a couple holds damp. Pleased with the TR. Achievable.
Stevie989 - TR β - 29/Oct/14

Two top rope attempts to warm up then got it on the second lead attempt. Fell the first time moving into crack under the ledge. A few wet holds too.
james1978 - Lead RP - 29/Oct/14

Seemed an apt route to do today..
Lawrie Brand - Lead RP - 19/Sep/14 with Robin

Hidden - 07/Sep/14

Kazza91 - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/14

ejj - 2nd dog - 18/Aug/14

Hidden - Lead - 14/Sep/13

I hung around for a while at the top but managed it in the end.
Harry Holmes - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/13 with Sinclair Cooper

richiebongo - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/13 with will roper

Amazing lead by Rich - what a line! Must train/get better at cracks.
salix - 2nd dog - 06/Aug/13 with Rich

olekemi - TR dog - 06/Aug/13 with Mark G

Still feels desperate!
Neil Adams - 2nd rpt - 03/Jun/13 with Ross B

Ross Barnes - Lead dog - 31/May/13 with James

lukehunt - Lead O/S - 28/May/13 with Doug

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Aug/12

1 fall from top crack, reclimbed from the rest, great route
robertmichaeladams - Lead dog - 11/Jun/12 with Andy H

a_hein - 2nd rpt - 11/Jun/12 with Rob Adams

Managed to drag myself up the last crack this time. Seemed like I'd need a little more stamina to make it in one but possibly learning the moves would be enough.
GraemeDiack - Lead dog - 20/Sep/11 with Keith Alexander

Self Belay. Finally climbed this excellent route clean after many attempts. :o)
Denpov - TR RP - 19/Sep/11

I shall award myself a retroflash - had failed miserably in my youth.
gforce - Lead β - 18/Sep/11 with Dave O

seems i don't like my cracks as moist as G, so decided to come back another time
dave o - Lead dnf - 18/Sep/11 with Graham

I am working this route like no other. So close to completing it clean. Must be a whole chalk ball on that route now lol. :o)
Denpov - TR dog - 05/Sep/11

Worked some more on this and improved but I still have to climb the top section clean.
Denpov - TR dog - 29/Aug/11

Self-Belay. The top crack is beyond me!! lol. Did enjoy trying but no chance in my current form.
Denpov - TR dog - 22/Aug/11

rested before the final crack, needs work and commitment!
simon_D - Lead dog - 12/Jul/11 with Euan C

Made it to the last crack after a few rests, couldn't figure out the final moves though.
GraemeDiack - Lead dnf - 09/Jul/11 with Keith Alexander

Found this very tough. Self-belay. It is clearly a great route. :o) Can't really say I climbed this but I did get to the top. Will try again sometime.
Denpov - TR dog - 04/Jul/11

Vicki M - Lead RP - 01/Jul/11 with Alasdiar Robb, Natalie Feather

redjerry - TR O/S - Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/11

After the struggle two years ago, this went down smoothly. Guess Ive learned how to climb cracks...;)
Dr Toph - Lead rpt - 30/Apr/11 with Lasma

Lasma - 2nd dnf - 30/Apr/11 with Dr Toph

Jumped on and found first bit tricky so downclimbed. Went smoothly next go. Top section pumpy but short lived. Really good protection all the way up.
dj_brigham05 - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/11 with Graham McGrath

awsome!, had to take one rest while removing gear
Ginger McGrath - 2nd dog - 18/Apr/11 with dave brigham, phil emerson

Got scared and down climbed, nice clean route that hopefully I should get further on soon.
GraemeDiack - Lead dnf - 15/Apr/11

MonkeyDawson - 2011

johnny_watt - Lead RP - 25/Oct/10

Dogged the top move after a proper fight. Hope to flash it next time.
MonkeyDawson - Lead dog - 13/Jul/10

No form to suggest the o/s would happen!
andyinglis - Lead dnf - 03/Jul/10 with Neil Adams

Could not work out the move to the ledge! Infuriating! Climbed back down, removing gear, onsight retained! i'll be back, looks good
Lawrie Brand - Lead - 14/May/10 with Dougie Harvey

Felt easier than the E3 Quantum Grunt next door though granted I wasn't on the lead this time. Really nice climb, will lead asap.
John 'B' Hutchinson - 2nd β - 11/May/10 with Cobes

Fell off and got a rock spike to the ass... hmm nice. will be back on once im recovered!
CharlieMack - Lead dnf - 20/Apr/10 with Greg Boswell

Greg Boswell - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/10

westaway - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 10/Apr/10

kevg - Lead RP - 10/Apr/10 with Fraser

everettchris8 - Lead O/S - 2010

Tried it onsight, but dogged my way up. Got it clean on TR after that. Would like to think I'd get it on lead next time, but not sure still found the top crack pretty tough.
kevg - TR RP - 09/Aug/09 with Fraser

Hidden - TR rpt - 09/Aug/09

the finished pumped me out, comin back to do it proper...
Dr Toph - Lead dog - Jul/09 with Ally Hill

Cassidy - Lead β - 19/Apr/09 with Cobra

Nice route, nearly fell from the top crack....
willackers - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/09 with Ali, Cobra, Nick

Fell off the top crack on the flash attempt (jams slipped) then led it 5 mins later. Got pretty scared at the top due to the rain.
Fultonius - Lead rpt - 22/Mar/09 with Will, Nick and Cobra

NDD - Lead β - 20/Mar/09 with will, ally, cobra

mgeek - Lead rpt - Aug/08 with simon tait

mshorter - Lead - 19/Jun/08 with alex

Managed to put gear in the best holds on the lower section. Found top half ok but pumpy... Good route though, well worth doing, very different to Chisel!
Chad123 - AltLd dog - 18/Jun/08 with Rik

Got on it, flew up it to the ledge. Rested before the crack a while. Launched, flailed but got to the jugs and did not put any gear to the top because of the pump. Chuffed nonetheless for the ground up ascent.
French Erick - AltLd O/S - 15/May/08 with Dave Kerr

Peter Rhodes - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/07 with Al Monteith

felt hard 6a, but well protected for e4
pete dd - Lead rpt - Aug/07 with Iain Swan

Note to self: climb is alot easier with no hangover!!!
akhughes - Lead rpt - 12/Jun/07

figfour - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - Lead dnf - Jul/06

French Erick - Lead dnf - 11/May/05 with Steve Richardson

ali_robb - Lead O/S - May/03

greenroom - Lead - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/96

innes - Lead RP - 1996

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Jun/95 with April

Nick Biven - Lead dnf - 06/Aug/92

Originally thrown onto the route by Andy Gallagher, he was more convinced than I was that I could do it, which I nearly did, then fell at the top crack. Very good line. Needless to say I returned and led it free a few times after that!
Evoman - Lead dog - Jun/90 with Alastair

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/89

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 07/Sep/86 with Rab Young

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