Castrol* VS 5a
[Oiling up on first pitch of Castrol (VS), 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
28m. An interesting climb, long and devious. Climb to and up the flake in the centre of the wall, to reach a possible stance shared with the previous route. Follow G.T.X. but continue the traverse for 4m to a second crack-line. Climb up this to a recess. Access the slab with difficulty (especially tricky when it is dirty) and finish up it, or traverse off right to escape. © ROCKFAX

Photo: Oiling up on first pitch of Castrol (VS) © Ridge
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This climb is in 73 logbooks, and on 1 wishlist.

P1 only
K Mckay - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/15 with Chris KMC

P1 really great pitch on perfect jams and gear (4cish) P2 dirty and awkward (P3 slab filthy so didnt bother)
lithos - Lead - 29/Jun/15 with karl c

BnB - 24/Jun/15

only did pitch 1, which is very good worth 2stars
colin milton - 2nd - 24/Jun/15 with julian

Palindrome - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/14

JenB6 - 2nd - 02/Jun/14

Hidden - 2014

cragtyke - 2nd - 27/Jul/13 with john g

j.buckley87 - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/13

stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 04/Jun/13 with Grez, Andy Barton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/13

Good value.
hotfeet - Lead - 26/May/13

StuartP - 2nd - 26/May/13 with Alan Mountford

Lead first pitch then bailed. Second pitch was far to green for me!
BaildonBanker - Lead dnf - 07/Oct/12 with club

papashango - 2nd - 03/Sep/12 with Luke Dyer

P1 only
luke321 - Lead - 03/Sep/12 with Conor Shepherd

spragglerocks - Lead rpt - 21/Jul/12 with Steve M

SteveM - 2nd - 21/Jul/12 with Rachael

Led the first pitch but to much ice on teh second pitch so had to escape out right. Nice climbing though
Steven Andrews - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/12

good lead by rachel
pebbles - 2nd - 01/Sep/11 with rachel

First pitch only, 4c
Rachel Somerville - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/11 with Peri Stracchino

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead - 21/Aug/11

Led pitch 1 and 3. 3 is great. Shame its so tiny.
Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/10 with Duncan Kaye

Led pitch 2. Thought it was fairly unpleasant - just not very enjoyable.
DKaye - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10 with Will Hunt

jkarran - 2nd - 15/Aug/10 with Matt

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with James Karran

tinab - Lead - 09/Jul/10

Led P2,P3. Sam had to learn how to jam on P1 :)
odox - AltLd O/S - 23/May/10 with Sam Webb

daveclarke5 - 2nd - 22/May/10 with Andy

p1 only. V dirty
cmsg - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/10 with Luke Gannarelli

cat22 - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09 with Mike

pitch 1 only
stoat - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with markfairbank

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/09

Well done Al for battling up the verdant crack at the end. Had to pull on the gear to gain the last crack. Cheat.
embob - 2nd dog - 24/May/09 with Alex

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/09

Hidden - Lead - 24/May/09

Thought harder than GTX. an ability to jam was useful in 1st bit. top out required confidence. combined pitches.. nice.
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 02/May/09 with Matt Evans

petegunn - Lead - 23/Apr/09 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/09

Neil Mackenzie - Lead O/S - 16/Nov/08 with Reinhart

jadm2 - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/08

tash - 2nd - 27/Jul/08 with Jonny M

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Sep/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/07

First pitch only. Was detered from 2nd and 3rd pitch by another party when they described it as green, slimy, licheny etc. etc. But first pitch was good.
alexyoung - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/07 with Steak and Sprags

Brown - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Aaran

howlingbaboon - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/07 with Scott

nick ferro - Apr/07

spragglerocks - 2nd dog - 2007 with James Hoyes

Shaw Brown - Lead - 08/Oct/06 with Mikey

First pitch only, an earlier group described the second two pitches as "amazonian", the buttress was pretty green.
adam carless - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/06 with James Rowe

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Sep/06

Nick Beckett - Lead - 09/Sep/06 with various

led first pitch, seconded second, didnt do third. Technical grade on both pitches the same, but we found the second pitch much harder than the first. Second pitch also very dirty, which didnt help.
pebbles - AltLd - 16/Jul/06

First pitch only
victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/06 with Jim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/04

antroy - Lead - 14/Jul/03

snowy owl - Lead - 17/Apr/03 with Emma Campbell

Stone Muppet - 2003

All 3 pitches - don't be soft !
babymoac - Lead - 08/Aug/02 with Eddy L

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/02

Trobbo - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/99 with reg

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 1999 with cliff brown

leathers - AltLd - 21/Aug/94 with Ian Hirst

Hidden - Lead - 15/Jul/89

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 05/May/88 with Frank Wilkinson

Hidden - Solo - 12/Apr/80

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/77

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 29/May/77

mikej - Solo - 11/Mar/73

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Total votes cast 32
hard HVS0 of 11
HVS1 of 11
easy HVS0 of 11
hard VS7 of 11
VS3 of 11
easy VS0 of 11
hard HS0 of 11
HS0 of 11
easy HS0 of 11
hard 5b0 of 10
5b0 of 10
easy 5b0 of 10
hard 5a1 of 10
5a5 of 10
easy 5a3 of 10
hard 4c1 of 10
4c0 of 10
easy 4c0 of 10
3 Stars1 of 11
2 Stars9 of 11
1 Star1 of 11
0 Stars0 of 11
Bag of .....0 of 11
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