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Harpoon** E2 5b

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[Nea following Box of Delights with Dave high on Harpoon to the right. Others to the left on Little Dribbler, 2 kb]An intimidating pitch on compact rock. The gear is spaced and only just adequate. Take plenty of small wires. Start on a raised ledge just right of the arete. Photo on page 131. 22m. Climb the sustained wall right of the arete to better small holds that lead left to the arete itself and a spike runner. Progress to the overlap above, step up, and move left, past a peg, to the base of a very shallow depression. Sustained climbing past a couple of good small nut placements gains another peg. Pass this on the right and push on to the top not far above. © ROCKFAX

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Photo: Nea following Box of Delights with Dave high on Harpoon to the right. Others to the left on Little Dribbler © westong
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This climb is in 76 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

Really good. A scary start without much gear got very tired calves so down climbed to the start. The top felt fairly steady. Enough gear and a long but fairly steady runout at the top. Ace. Soft e2
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Ruthyb22

Mark Kemball - Lead - 07/Sep/13 with Philip Wilson, Solly Kemball Dorey

wow great climb id like to lead it the top section after the peg is very thin and would be scary on the lead
dready - TR O/S - 01/Jun/13

My first extreme in months! A little sketchy at the initial several metres. Sustained on feet. Belayed by Andy. All my seconds climbed cleanly.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with Rob G, Simon P, Andy Rich

Nearly all balance. I had Numb toes, calves burning & great fun. Would be a scary lead as one mistake early on means decking on nasty awkward placed and sharp rocks.
sshandy - 2nd O/S - 25/May/13 with Masa - Avalanche Valley

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/May/13

Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13 with Rob Greenwood

Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Caroline

Checking routes for new guide book. Excellent intense route. Good rock, fantastic moves, super friction - but poorly protected. Top piton gone.
Jelly Mould Surfer - 2nd O/S - 18/Nov/12

martin clarke - 2nd - 16/Sep/12 with john frost

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/12

riff156 - TR O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Iain Black

climbingchippie - TR - 26/Aug/12 with Katie Brown, steve collard

klo1981 - TR O/S - 24/Aug/12 with Steve Collard, Iain

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

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/12

Ian JL - Lead rpt - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Apr/12

Ian JL - 2nd - 02/Apr/12

Very long run out at top, with a 1/4 nut last bit of gear. Squeaky bum time. Tide almost got us as well. Top peg is missing, but peg in middle is sound.
Matt Smith - Lead O/S - 11/Feb/12 with John Tanner

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/11 with ewan

ewanthomson - 2nd O/S - 28/Oct/11 with Ed morris

tim exley - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/11 with little hannah phillips

Tims Beta.
Tom Seccombe - Lead β - 28/Sep/11 with Harvey

climbhannahclimb - 2nd - 28/Sep/11 with Tim Exley

Hidden - Lead - 26/Sep/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 15/Aug/11

Lovely route, sustained and fiddly gear keeps you interested - one thinner section up the scoop and not sure about the pegs! Going up to the right avoids the crux and is not really the point! At high tide requires a ridge traverse and diagonal abseil to escape!
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/11 with Ben

climbhannahclimb - TR O/S - 06/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead - May/11

kdalzell - 2nd - 26/Apr/11 with Liam Fleming

Liam FLeming - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Apr/11

Andrew1 - Lead - 23/Apr/11 with Hulda

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/11 with Mick Ward

Will Fuller - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Sarp Ackay

I_hang_dog - Lead O/S - Mar/11

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

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Oct/10

monsteratt - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Andrew Abraham

Andrew Abraham - 2nd O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Clement Attwood

Sustained 5b!
El3ctroFuzz - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Tom Thorpe

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/10

RHarding - 2nd - 12/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/10

Dave Lacey - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/10 with jak.kelly

feilx - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Heather

Okecroak - 2nd - 07/Aug/10 with W. Frost

decs - 2nd - 03/Jul/10 with David Barlow

very thin!!!!!!!!!!!!! hard 5b
peaches69 - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/10 with rob

2nd this last year ish sometime, remembered the thread, for a bit of gear, but couldnt remember nout else
culmclimberRob - Lead β - 21/Jun/10 with simon crisp

Hidden - 2nd - 15/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/May/10

BEZ - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/10 with Sam hinton

vertically_challenged - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/10 with james webdale

Mike W - Lead O/S - Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

I may have strayed from the line a little above the halfway rest
manwithacam - Lead - 25/Oct/09 with Martin

culmclimberRob - 2nd - 01/Jan/09 with tom

chris sm - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/08 with Pippa Froggatt

mick1jones - 2nd dog - 15/Sep/07 with Mike Guttridge

Hidden - 2007

dpmUK - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/06 with Fiend

Nice but only E1 5a
ecowaller - Lead - 23/Jul/06 with Paula

Mark Kemball - Lead - 21/Jun/06 with Stacey Ward

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jul/05

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2004

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/03

andy_pemberton - Lead - Jul/00 with Katharine Pemberton, Dan Lear

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1999

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Style of ascent

Lead42 of 76 (55.3%)
Followed26 of 76 (34.2%)
Toproped5 of 76 (6.6%)
Alt Leads1 of 76 (1.3%)
Unknown2 of 76 (2.6%)

'Climbed'27 of 76 (35.5%)
clean O/S44 of 76 (57.9%)
clean β2 of 76 (2.6%)
clean rpt1 of 76 (1.3%)
dogged1 of 76 (1.3%)
dnf1 of 76 (1.3%)