Behemoth** E2 5c
[Nic Robinson (Leading) & Mike Chapman on Behemoth, Gurnards Head, Cornwall.  Way back in 1981 I think., 1 kb]

Rockfax Description
The eye-catching rightward exit from the sea-level cave of the back wall is rarely attempted. The often-greasy first pitch has been the scene of a few epics. Start in the cave, which can be gained by an abseil or via an awkward traverse from Right Angle.

1) 5c, 16m. From the ledge, climb two steep, offset corners (aid, if at all damp) and pull out rightwards onto the open face to an awkward, hanging belay.
2) 5a, 17m. Climb the wall rightwards to the left-leaning corner/groove-line, and follow this to a protruding ledge and belay.
3) 10m. Finish up the corner. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, West Country Climbs.

Photo: Nic Robinson (Leading) & Mike Chapman on Behemoth, Gurnards Head, Cornwall. Way back in 1981 I think. © Richard Dickenson
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This climb is in 35 logbooks, and on 20 wishlists.

soph - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/15 with Michaela Tracy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/15

phil64 - 2015

in a 1er
markalmack - 2nd O/S - 17/Aug/14 with gwen, james marjot

Rock on 1st pitch was in rare, dry condition. (Wouldn't fancy it in the wet!) Fantastic sea cliff route and 1st day climbing with G.B. for ~15 years. Great day.
jfletcher - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/14 with Graham Baxter

John led the dicey first pitch
Graham Baxter - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/14 with John Fletcher

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/14

mike mo - 2014

Led pitch 1. Bit greasy. Climbing feels fine for 5c unless you kick out your only gear...
jakenichol - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/13 with Billy Ward

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/12 with Graham Charman

Graham C - 2nd O/S - 21/Sep/12 with Marti

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead - 2012 with Alex Haslehurst

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

I led 1st pitch, Neil 2nd pitch. Well chuffed to do this. Conditions were good despite it being midday and an out-going tide on a cloudy day.
Si dH - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/10 with Neil Furniss

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/10

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/10

cornishben - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Pippa Froggatt

With Stefan from Swedan on BMC international meet.
Bobby Gilbert - 2nd O/S - 10/May/10 with Stefan Lindblom

tuftynick - 2008

The first pitch out of the cave was damp and felt like verglass. Wait until evening and the sun comes round to enjoy it properly.
jimdanson - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/06 with Mike Adams

Bern - 2006

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - Jun/04 with Dave Taylor

Tim M - 2000

Mark Kemball - Lead - 28/Jul/99 with Ian Howdin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/May/98

Gregory - AltLd - 1997 with dave langrish

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/95

keefe - 26/May/91 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Glenn Sutcliffe - 26/May/91 with keefe

Hidden - 1990

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 23/Jun/83 with Dave Abbey

Nic Robinson - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/80 with Mike Chapman

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Bob Peters, Tom McCabe, rustaldo, Ropeboy, johnpr, Alan100, uphillnow, Ian Jones, Chris_barr, JerryD, Alaric

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