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Bantham Hand** VS 4b

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[Jim (airtime!) onto the batham hand, and no he's not 'safe'!, 1 kb]10m. SDD guide: "Start from a ledge on the seaward edge of the pinnacle. Step out L onto the steep slab and trend LWs to the base of a depression in the middle of the face, then climb straight up to the summit ridge. Descend either by simultaneous abseil ... or jump!!!"

Ticklists: Unusual and Interesting Routes You Must Do VS- E2, Sub Extreme South West Sea Stacks.

Photo: Jim (airtime!) onto the batham hand, and no he's not 'safe'! © Kate Edhouse
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This climb is in 27 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

A most entertaining and esoteric outing, which is much more fun with a simu-abseil to descend!
BALD EAGLE - 2nd - 16/Mar/14 with Richard Nicholson

A great rubbish climb! Found the HS route harder.
Slick - Lead - 16/Mar/14 with David Linnett

Gear isn't great low down. Moves are fine but you don't want to fall off! To answer the Q by tomweeler below, I think the normal route goes left to the 'scoop' then up and back R to the notch. There does appear to be a steeper crack that stays further R with an old wire wedged in it. Looks harder but safer.
andy_pemberton - Lead - 11/Sep/13 with Sarah Massey

Not the best climbing but a great summit.
Ian Archer - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Graham Berry

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/May/12

tomballantine - Solo O/S - 2012

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Sep/11

Agreed about the seagull shit. Great climb though. Does anyone know about the distinction between the 2 crack-line routes? Which one is which?
tomwheeler - Solo O/S - 29/Sep/11 with Callum Arnold

Fun, lots of seagull poo
Sam W - Lead - 30/Oct/10 with Nick Wheldon

nopants - 2nd - 29/Oct/10 with Sam W

Not really a DWS. S3.
Chubbard - Solo O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Uli

twright180 - Solo O/S - 2010

Chickened out the jump and down climbed instead.
eddy-on-the-rocks - Solo O/S - 30/May/09

nopants - Lead - 2009 with lucy

full of bird poo.
Kate Edhouse - 2nd O/S - 07/May/08 with James Clapham

ijd201 - Solo O/S - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/07

Dhonny_Jaws - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/07 with Andrew Porter, Michael Porter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/07

Tricky moves in a dangerous position. I honestly thought i was going to die! A hard modern route!
Ed Booth - Lead RP - 13/Aug/06 with Roel Driesen

The best rubbish climb ever!
sebrider - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Chris Arthur

nopants - Lead - 2006 with Jonty

Good climb, scary jump
feilx - Jul/04 with Ian Lovatt

andy_pemberton - Lead - 2000

colin milton - Lead - 22/May/95 with eric milton

HAHA.ya need minimal rack and a dry bag.JUMP!
brew_guru - AltLd O/S - 1993 with Pete Veron

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1990 with Alison Dorey

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Style of ascent

Soloed7 of 27 (25.9%)
Lead12 of 27 (44.4%)
Followed6 of 27 (22.2%)
Alt Leads1 of 27 (3.7%)
Unknown1 of 27 (3.7%)

'Climbed'11 of 27 (40.7%)
clean O/S15 of 27 (55.6%)
clean RP1 of 27 (3.7%)