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Mascon** E1 5a

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[Phil Beddow on Mascon, 1 kb]Sustained and strenuous crack-climbing in an outrageous position. Start at a crack-system 3m left of the seaward arete. 30m. Follow the crack-system to a large ledge and an optional belay. Make a tricky traverse left from the ledge across the face to a long vertical crack. Follow the widening crack all the way to the top taking care with a couple of rickety holds. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Kernow, West Country Climbs.

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This climb is in 86 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd dog - 06/Oct/13

Lil_Pete - 2nd - 26/Sep/13 with Edd Wright

Graham Westbrook - 2nd - 05/Sep/13

Did this to get out at the end of the day, but did a stupid start (traversing the diagonal break from the left to reach the crack) because we didn't have the guidebook. The break runs out at the top so it felt more like sketchy E3 5c when combined with wet holds.
Joughton - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/13

Matthew Robinson - 2nd - 17/Jul/13 with Luke S

Raced up to the ledge to escape the tide. Some sub-par rock on this one.
Ed morris - 2nd O/S - 26/May/13 with Colin

ejected - 2013

Mark Kemball - Lead - 14/Oct/12 with Lee Bartrop

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Jul/12

Marti999 - AltLd O/S - 27/Mar/12 with Mick Ward

Two pitches
Tom Seccombe - Lead O/S - 10/Dec/11 with Tom Coombe

nroyal - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/11

chris ebbutt - Lead - 15/Oct/11 with Nick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/11

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 01/Sep/11 with michael porter

soph - Lead O/S - Sep/11 with Helena Robinson

Abbed to the ledge as tide was in. More like HVS 5b
mark20 - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/11

CRiddiford - 2nd - 30/Aug/11 with Mark

V greasy. Good gear.
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/11 with CarolineH

dale1968 - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Tom

TommityP - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/May/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/May/11

Fultonius - Lead O/S - 24/May/11 with Burnsie

Ross Barnes - Lead - 24/May/11 with Mal

Hidden - Lead - May/11

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/11

climbingpixie - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11 with Andy

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

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/11

Gigga - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/11 with shorty83

Onion - 2nd - 20/Mar/11 with Giles W

Rory Shaw - 2011

Pretty bold feeling traverse... Never difficult though. Still can't remember if i've ever got up a crack elegantly!?
andy dunn - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/10 with J

Hidden - Lead dnf - 22/Oct/10

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Sep/10

Mike W - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10

feilx - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Heather

Chris_barr - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Simon

Worth seeking out. A sustained lower crack leading to a bold(ish) feeling traverse and a long but easy finishing crack.
lrandall - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/10 with Max Adamson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/10

msoldn - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/10 with Jason

Phil PBC - 31/Jul/10 with henry castle

Awkward traverse but oodles of gear and jugs. Did it in 2 pitches as tide was cutting off Misha's belay island and he did not fancy the swim.
philhilo - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10 with misha

A memorable experience. We were racing against the incoming tide to get another route done (at least we had left the bay between the North and Middle Fins just before it got cut off). I belayed off a boulder as Phil made short work of the initial crack. Managed to get onto the climb without getting my feet wet - just in time as the belay boulder had pretty much turned into an island by the time I got to the ledge! Phil finished the route from there.
Misha - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Phil

Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Mike Hawkins

dave657 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with paul b and mike

irish paul - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Dave Ripley

Very pumpy, really struggled, felt harder than E1
Mr Tickle - Lead dog - 23/May/09 with davenev

Very tough traverse followed by tough little crack upto the welcome rest spot - 5c?
davenev - 2nd dog - 23/May/09 with luke

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/08

existing debt - 2nd - 25/Jun/08 with Iain a

Steerpike - Lead O/S - 05/May/08 with Tommo

Starts well, but rock is a bit snappy in the top half - not as good as The Smile for instance at a similar grade...
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 20/Apr/08 with Emily

JasonG - Lead O/S - 2008 with Mal Dickson

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 23/Oct/07 with anna barnes

thought desered 5b. good climbing glad I got the arm bar rest 3/4 of the way up
Dale - AltLd O/S - Sep/07 with johny

Roger lead (his first E1 - woo!) and I seconded. Good climb, enjoyed!
mrtom - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/07 with Roger HSmith

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/07 with Ben

Pumpy. Traverse more like 5b but protected by a small cam
The Pylon King - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/07 with Fiend

First proper E1!! Fantastic route
riddle - Lead O/S - Aug/07 with Tom Elliot

brian watson - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/07 with scott and gary

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/May/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

ecowaller - 2007

Hidden - 2007

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/06 with helen gibson

chris j - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/06 with Ben Bradford

gonggashan - 2nd - Jun/06

Steady. Greasy, but 5a.
Paz - Lead O/S - Jun/05 with TS

tuftynick - Lead O/S - 2005

Boxy - Lead O/S - 31/May/03 with Mick

Billg - 2nd - 16/Jun/00 with Roy Ruddle

Tim M - 2000

goi.ashmore - Lead RP - 04/Sep/99 with Roy Thomas

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/99

colin milton - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/95 with eric milton

Hidden - Lead - 19/Apr/95

GuySummers - Lead - 1995

Nigel Coe - 1987 with Gordon Jenkin

Hidden - 1986

babymoac - Lead - 23/Aug/80 with MTW

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jun/80

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Style of ascent

Lead46 of 86 (53.5%)
Followed25 of 86 (29.1%)
Alt Leads6 of 86 (7.0%)
Unknown9 of 86 (10.5%)

'Climbed'27 of 86 (31.4%)
clean O/S50 of 86 (58.1%)
clean rpt3 of 86 (3.5%)
clean RP1 of 86 (1.2%)
dogged4 of 86 (4.7%)
dnf1 of 86 (1.2%)