Great Wall*** HVS 5b
[Great Wall (Direct Finish) E5 6a, 3 kb]15m.

Rockfax Description
14m. A great climb linking a series of features up the right-hand edge of the smoothest rock - a true Northumbrian classic. Climb the groove in the right-hand edge of the face then move right to access a thin crack. Up this until forced out right to a ledge hidden just around the arete. Finish up the overhanging groove. Photo on page 269. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, Classic County.

Photo: Great Wall (Direct Finish) E5 6a © S Lynch
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This climb is in 156 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

'A true Northumberland classic' Is some one having a joke? Brushed up on my gardening skills and the crack needs a good de-lousing as its full of wood lice. Even if it was clean, it is reach dependant at the first crack then easy to the final moves. One of the most disappointing routes Iv done this year.
Smith42 - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/15 with kerry

Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Aug/15

stub1990 - Lead rpt - 09/Jun/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/May/15

D.Russell - 2nd O/S - 30/May/15 with Stu Inchley, Adam

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/15

Tjanks to Gabe and Fraser for the encouragement!
cpforbes - Lead β - 25/May/15 with Gabe Oliver

such a good route
Topsy Turvy - Lead rpt - 23/May/15 with John Wilson

Lovely climb, great variety of techniques required for such a short route. Shame we got rained off.
Climbster - Lead O/S - 02/May/15 with Vick, Ian

Tim Rodgers - Lead - 22/Apr/15 with Rob Adams, Chris Down

y2keable - 2nd rpt - 21/Apr/15 with John

Matt_L_Robinson - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/14

Fantastic route, maybe shouldn't of jumped straight on it without warming up though - got pumped quite early on & the rock felt a bit greasy/damp in places but managed to fight it to the top. A proper HVS all the way up...
charley - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/14 with Ange, Kev

Really please to manage the first moves to the ledge but just couldn't get off it! Couldn't reach the good finger lock no matter what I did and couldn't hold the rubbish lower one with just finger ends long enough to gain height. Gutted as it looks like a great climb. Awesome lead by Charley.
valentinesbabe - 2nd dnf - 16/Sep/14 with Charley Fell

08nbrierley - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/14 with rachael

kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/14 with Joe Rudin

RUDIN.J.D.H - 2nd dog - 24/Jul/14 with Kyoichi Aizawa

chris smith - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/14

Good pumpy fun
Gabe Oliver - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/14

stub1990 - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/14

robertmichaeladams - 2nd - 16/Jun/14 with Richard Gage, Chris Down

Sustained 5b
smithjmw46 - Lead dnf - 30/Oct/13

Still a fantastic climb
jonny taylor - Lead rpt - 29/Sep/13 with James

Jimmy O - 2nd dnf - 29/Sep/13 with Jonny Taylor

All going OK until the traverse right, with a foot high up in a horizontal crack. Wasn't feeling it so lowered off. Then had lots of fun abseiling to retrieve size 2 Camalot, penduluming and getting skin caught in belay device!
MikeLell - Lead dnf - 21/Aug/13 with Emma Parkinson

Andy Moles - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/13 with Ferdia

ferdia - 2nd - 12/Aug/13 with Andy

SWEET Climb.
peter.ravenscroft27 - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Matt Gatley

Gatley - 2nd - 06/Jul/13

Adamski1986 - 2nd - 19/Jun/13 with Richard Gage

Pumpy. . . but great fun
RUDIN.J.D.H - 2nd dog - 08/Jun/13 with Mike Mason

OK climb. Harder than Rake's Crack.
duzinga - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/13 with Pete Hutchinson

Lunar25 - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/13 with Tuze

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/May/13

ruairidhwad - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Malibu Dan

robertmichaeladams - Lead - 06/May/13 with Bex

Surprisingly awkward low down
wence - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/13 with Andy H

a_hein - 2nd - 27/Apr/13 with Lawrence

1 fall from first layback moves. Foot slipped. Tired from bouldering exploits during the week. Super pumped on finish, nearly fell again.
freemanTom - Lead dog - 09/Sep/12 with Phil Soc

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Ray Sharples

farmerwad - 2nd - 09/Sep/12 with tom

Antd - Lead RP - 08/Sep/12 with Dominic Jeff

Felt a bit hard for HVS.
stugreen75 - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Ant, dominic jeff

RossKirtley - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/12 with Matt Robinson

Fell off crux after removing high cam and somehow tweaked elbow assiging me to belay duty for rest of the evening. Oops. Then it started to rain!
Adrianw - 2nd dnf - 30/Jul/12 with Nick Sillem, Sarah Follmann

yarbles - Lead - 28/Jul/12 with Jo

fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Jon

Jonny M - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Barry McRobb

Antd - TR RP - 27/May/12

Macleod - Lead - 27/May/12 with anthony

y2keable - 2nd rpt - 22/May/12 with John

cballard - 2012

malteserEd - Lead - 22/Sep/11

cat22 - 2nd O/S - 04/Sep/11 with Mike

Very good, well protected and fun.
tmawer - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Jaime Robertson

tricky and v good. felt stiff with jumbo digits like mine!
dave o - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Julia H

Fell at the top a couple of time's. Really struggled to get my fat fingers in the crack. Awesome route, will return to do it clean at some point.
duncman - Lead - 19/Aug/11

Awesome climbing, tempted for the direct version.
David Bulley - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Andy Chisholm

hard finger jamming and high step crux
MoWalker3 - 30/Jul/11

IanHope - TR dog - 14/Jul/11 with Tony Shorter

Anthony1 - TR - 14/Jul/11 with Ian Hope, Tim, John L

PiotrB - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/11

Awesome route.
ianjfsutcliffe - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with Drew

Higher Primate - 2nd dog - 03/Jul/11 with Ian Sutcliffe

bad footwork made me fall from the crux, lucky I was on the second. Altogether a rather hard climb for HVS, I've lead E1's with less of a struggle.
y2keable - 2nd dog - 28/Jun/11

Was wobbling all over the shop when moving out right after the layback - too much studying has jellified my climbing muscles. Great route, packs a lot in.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11 with Doug

Douglas - 2nd dnf - 26/Jun/11 with Alex Winter

alan1234 - Lead - 19/Jun/11

Fell once right at the top, but sussed it the second time.
alan1234 - Lead dog - 16/Jun/11

jonny taylor - Lead rpt - 01/Jun/11 with Jim Gaffney

josephgrimwade - 2nd dog - 10/May/11 with Peter Stollery

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Mar/11

arrang - Lead rpt - 2011

hodge192 - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Sep/10

Alison2 - 2nd O/S - 04/Sep/10 with matthew154

maggie505 - 2nd - 12/Aug/10 with Mark 'epic' Hawkins

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/10

Em66 - 2nd - 31/Jul/10 with Jack uni

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/10

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Anna

sprout3099 - Jun/10 with Gally

lead ground up after one previous attempt
Daniel Sutherland - Lead - 25/May/10 with Mike

Had a mare, took a couple of falls; enjoyed it once I'd topped out. Don't really know what I was doing wrong.
KMoeckell - Lead dog - 22/May/10 with Tom Kingston

oliwarlow - Lead - 18/May/10 with Polly

j0shwyatt000 - Lead O/S - 18/May/10

jonny taylor - 2nd - 13/May/10 with Alasdair

Brilliant route! save a bit of juice for the finish...
tom.ireson - Lead O/S - 08/May/10 with Henry Jenkins

clarky - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/10 with christine

Nick Sillem - Solo β - 19/Apr/10

Fantastic route, an absolute pleasure to climb, consistent standard throughout
jonny taylor - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10 with Andy B

First climb, and first lead in about 2 years... maybe even 3... loved it. Andy backed off it from the top of the mantleshelf I decided to give climbing a come back. haven't looked back since
Ben lad - Lead dog - Apr/10

First climb, and first lead in about 2 years... maybe even 3... loved it. Andy backed off it from the top of the mantleshelf I decided to give climbing a come back. haven't looked back since
Ben lad - Lead - Apr/10 with Andy & Rasputan

scott gibson - 2010

TomKingston - 2010

Christopher Roberts - Lead - 2010

Unlikely to be downgraded.
Topsy Turvy - Lead O/S - 2010 with Dan Hattle

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jul/09

Fell from final holds. Didn't have energy too finish. Will be back
Daniel Sutherland - Lead dnf - 16/Jun/09 with Rob

brilliant, technical, sustained, well protected,classic route, at the upper limit of the grade.
Trefo - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with mav

oliwarlow - 2nd - 12/May/09 with Polly

odox - Lead O/S - 03/May/09 with Nigel Callender

Hidden - Lead - 25/Apr/09

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Rachel Hassall

miastacey - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Bob Smith

Hidden - Lead dnf - 12/Apr/09

robinsi197 - Lead O/S - Apr/09 with Nick

KragKing - 2nd - 2009

tom rookes - TR - 2009 with nick stewart

mterentiusvarro - 2nd - 2009 with Ash

stimpey - 2nd - 20/Jul/08 with Pete

petegunn - Lead - 20/Jul/08 with Davina & Steve

djbeaumont - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/08 with mark

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/08

burto - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/08 with the pimp

pimpy - Lead dog - 29/Jun/08 with ian burton

was absolutely knackered by the top - had to hang from rope to get the last gear out, but suspect I might have done so anyway! very good route.
pebbles - 2nd - 21/Jun/08 with rob

Great route, v. awkward off the first ledge. Well protected throughout
lithos - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/08

andyhutch77 - Lead dnf - 05/Jun/08 with Marc Tomlinson

not a lot for your feet until you reach the cresent crack, after that is one to enjoy!
Woodiee - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Jim Stanton

Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/May/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/08

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 11/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/07

IanJackson - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/07 with Big Ian

Very tough for its grade, but with some wonderful moves.
Sam Judson - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/07

smollett - Lead O/S - Jul/07 with Tommy Alsop

dj_brigham05 - Lead β - 21/Jun/07 with Chris Gordon

Great climb, with some nice moves. Because of the pain from my fractured rib I aided one move to get out the corner.
andymoin - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/07 with Mark Jarvie

loco_ola - Lead O/S - 2007 with Ollie

Hidden - 2nd dog - Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/06

le_grimpeur - 2nd - 19/Sep/05 with Alison, Welchy

Hidden - Lead - Sep/05

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/05

GPN - 2nd - Aug/04 with Jamie Moss

Urgles - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with Fiend

gypsy3006 - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 19/May/99

Had lead pitch 1 before but was not able to do second pitch due to it being running with water. This time conditions where spot on.
Russell Lovett - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/98 with tony lickes

1st HVS lead. My brother belayed and declined to follow me up.
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - Aug/97

John Pickles - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/96

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/95

akamini - Lead - Jul/94

Tony Little - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/93 with DK, SG and PL

kato'sdad - Lead - 07/Jul/91 with Jerry Mattinson

beaumap - AltLd - Jul/89 with Tim Waddington

sdpwilliams - 2nd O/S - 03/May/89

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/86 with Bob Bennett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/86

Neil R - Lead O/S - 11/May/86 with David M

Hidden - Lead - 1981

Hidden - 1980

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