Harpoon** E2 5b
[Harpoon, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
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.
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

Ticklists: Best slab climbs of the UK, West Country Climbs, Ultimate E2 ticklist, Alex's Cornwall and Devon ticklist.

Photo: Harpoon © graeme thomson
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This climb is in 94 logbooks, and on 19 wishlists.

Top peg missing, first peg is now essentially a paper-clip. Good route though, techy all the way
Jackislav - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/15

Second peg is no longer there
Lewis Stewart - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/15 with Claire

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Aug/15

ferdia - 2nd - 19/Jul/15 with Misha, Andrew Wilson

Easy to second, nervy to lead. The guide book description is apt - just enough (decent) gear. Lots of 5b slab work with some fairly hard bits and the occasional snappy flake.
Misha - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/15 with Ferdia, Andrew

Andrew Wilson - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/15 with Misha, Ferdia

Felt hard
Jelly Mould Surfer - 2nd rpt - 17/May/15

Second E2. Was terrified from the bottom, but made slow and steady progress up. Gear was spaced and a bit fiddly, but never felt overly close to death.
JoeCoxson - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Luke Gorman

stephen ashworth - Lead - 15/Mar/15 with Thomas Simpson

scary! could've done with some micro wires... awesome route though
dbrooks - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Gareth

timdi - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/14

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/14

burto - Lead - 31/May/14 with tom powell

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/14

dmannion - Lead β - May/14

Superb. Loved every bit of it. Lots of small wires. Found a good amount of pro and built a bunker around the first peg. The second peg is no longer. Amazing friction and very good solid rock. Felt a bit runout but was expecting worse
alexjz - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14 with Sam Holloway

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.
Pixie-Andy - 2nd O/S - 25/May/13 with Masa

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

Maybe pushed my luck a bit on this climb, expected to find a second peg, but its missing. Didn't have enough small wires but pushed on regardless. good climb.
Frostie - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/12 with Martin Clarke

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

Nick Wallis - Lead - May/11 with Laura

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

sarpedon - Lead O/S - Mar/11

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/06

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

00 quadcam was very nice to protect the top part.
andy_pemberton - Lead - Jul/00 with Katharine Pemberton, Dan Lear

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1999

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