Rift Wall** VS 5a
[Coming to a Pretty Pass, 2 kb]60m, 3 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A super route with a stiff crux on every pitch.
1) 4c, 35m. Start in a bay, below the black grooves, 8m right of a fence post. Head easily up and left to a ledge, go up and left for 2m and head further left along a ledge to a flake that leads steeply back up and right to the base of the slab. Follow the slab until a belay below the corner-crack is reached.
2) 5a, 20m. Blast up the difficult and wide corner-crack by a series of wild bridging moves before gaining and following the easier slab to a good belay just below the pedestal.
3) 4b, 14m. Head up into a steep corner/groove. Make a flamboyant swing left on large flakes to gain the left arete. Finish easily. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List.

Photo: Coming to a Pretty Pass © Jules
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This climb is in 144 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

Led p2, top end VS.
MD - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/15 with Jo

Led p1 and p3. P1 tougher than 4b and p3 rather short but tenuous left step. P2 worth the 5a with some nice but scary moves. One of the few routes not soggy today.
Happy Wanderer - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/15 with Mike D

foostu4 - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/15

nodwas - AltLd - 18/Aug/15

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jul/15

Prett spicy vs
JamesWilliams - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead - 16/Sep/14

HB-Pencil - 2nd - 16/Sep/14

May have underestimated how fast the sun was going down....exited on phone light! Really interesting climb!
jalqazzaz - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/14

grivers86 - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Martyn Frost

JenRoberts - 2nd - 05/Sep/14 with Ollie

Pitch 2.
erbridger - AltLd - 25/Jun/14 with nedly14

ned_85 - AltLd - 25/Jun/14 with Emily Bridger

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/14

Rock and moves on this crag excellent, much underrated. Led all pitches and climbed in much better style than last time. Thought it was nails for a VS. P1 deserves to be graded 4c, it's no pushover.
fizzychewitt - Lead - 24/Jun/14 with Alun

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 23/Jun/14 with Pete Kelly

carl_123 - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/14

Didn't feel confident with the overhanging crack so downclimbed.
shed_hed - Solo dnf - 13/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/14

will moy - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/14 with tom thorne

Si - 2014

Hidden - AltLd - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Led 5a pitch (P2)
Private Flounder - AltLd - 29/Sep/13 with Julia Collings, chris manasseh

Led pp 1 + 3
Chris Manasseh - AltLd - 27/Sep/13 with Jules, Nick Manasseh

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/13

A very enjoyable route, with good moves and positions on every pitch: airy traverse on P1; stiff crux on P2; thrilling step into space on P3. Led P2. Last route in the Pass before rain brought the heatwave to an end!
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/13 with Ralph

JanBella - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/13 with pete

Pitch 2
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Piers Newton

lead pitch 1 and 3
piersnewton - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Olly Roberts

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 17/Jul/13

led 2nd pitch
neal - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with Dan

tim20 - 2013

I led P1 and P3, brad led P2. Had major epic with a spider or two, the nut key was a life saver!!
Jillybean - AltLd - 10/Aug/12 with Brad

Johnywilks - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/12

twem - Lead β - 29/May/12 with Andy Harbach

SAF - 2nd - 30/Mar/12 with Mark

Hidden - 26/Mar/12

P1 & p3. 2nd pitch is the best one, but nice step round on the top pitch.
jezb1 - AltLd - 25/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

guy757 - 15/Oct/11

wet 1st pitch, pumpy 2nd pitch and an exposed 3rd pitch
Dan Geh - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Thomas Geh

tgeh - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with dan geh

kdalzell - 2nd - 30/Jun/11 with Caroline Tombs

Excellent, varied route. Potential to make things harder for yourself - experienced multi-pitch teams will probably find easier. Good committing move on 2nd pitch. Lots of variety - face climbs, slabs, bulges and the final swing around the arete. Went off route at top (possibly the 5b vaiation) which turned it into an epic - down climbed back to what was probably correct move around arete, but left gear and rope in on the wrong line. Caused problems at the end as Simon wasn't able to climb up to retrieve the nut or unclip rope. Lots of rope drag and eventually rope got stuck in a crack. Not leaving a rope behing so got simon to top rope me back down into route, reversed aorund arete and across to tricky section to free rope and gear (now only hanging on one half rope and it's getting dark!). Final wallk off tricky in dark and slippery conditions. Total time taken must have been 3 or 4 hours!!
andyjirvin - Lead O/S - 01/May/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Apr/11

Katy Nelson - AltLd - 26/Apr/11 with Dave Morse

david morse - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11 with jo, katie

Chossy third pitch. steep and excellent otherwise
Katy Nelson - AltLd - 25/Apr/11 with Jo Peters, david morse

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Mar/11

Lead middle pitch. Ruth decided to do the hideous alternate 5b top pitch, which was not fun with cold hands, and I fell off.
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Ruth

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/10 with Bo

Alaina - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/10 with Esther Seddon

chris smith - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/10

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Tom Williams

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/10

mynyddresident - AltLd - 17/Jun/10 with geraint

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/10

Noodles - AltLd - 16/Jun/10 with Justin Lawley

stuart34 - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10 with tim ashlin

Led pitches 1 & 3
Lenny - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with James. D

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/May/10

Hidden - AltLd dog - 31/May/10

feilx - Solo O/S - 28/May/10

fizzychewitt - AltLd - 25/May/10 with Jayne

Hidden - Lead - 18/May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10

led pitch 3
cooper leek - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with dave nw, donk

donkster - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with ben, DaveNW

Led p2
cem - AltLd O/S - 02/May/10 with Graham Dolman

TimPerkin - AltLd O/S - 02/May/10 with Mark Perkin

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/10

Hidden - 2nd - May/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/10

greenclimb - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Sarah

keith leonard - Lead - 2010

aged_ape - 20/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead rpt - 12/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/09

Ben HW - 2nd dog - 26/May/09 with Cath Howell-Walmsley

sgl - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/09 with helena

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/09 with Kris

First pitch seems a little stiff for 4b.
niallk - AltLd dnf - 28/Sep/08 with Young Andy

Ben Griffiths - AltLd β - 06/Sep/08

Rather wet!
richardr - AltLd O/S - Jul/08

eagleopus - AltLd - 25/May/08 with Gareth

Pitch 2 is excellent
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - May/08 with Sam Jones

Sean Kelly - 2008

Hidden - AltLd - 2008

craig h - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with Janet Hannah

Led P1 & 3
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/07 with Robin

Mick B - AltLd - 08/Apr/07 with Matt Brennen

jl - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Penny

pennyb - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Jon

Hidden - 2006

pigeonjim - Lead O/S - 2006

colin milton - AltLd - 16/Aug/03 with levi beeching

Mark Riley - AltLd - Jul/02 with Stuart Greenall

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/01

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/99

WB - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/98 with Nicola

zero six - Lead O/S - 1998

Andy Say - Lead - 13/Aug/97

tlr - Lead - 16/May/97 with Fran

Ched - Lead O/S - 1995 with Glanfor

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/94

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Apr/93

nai - AltLd - 22/Aug/89 with Roger Devy

Budge - AltLd O/S - Jun/88 with Richard Teed

Hidden - Lead - 27/Apr/87

Hidden - AltLd - 1983

Hidden - AltLd - 1983

babymoac - AltLd - 01/Aug/81 with MTW

Hidden - 1980

Ken Taylor - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/78 with Chris Terrey

Mark Kemball - Lead - 08/Apr/78 with Richard Lang

steve L - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/77 with sharpie

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/77

Chris Terrey - AltLd - 21/May/77 with Ken Taylor

Ian Jones - AltLd O/S - 1977

mikej - Lead - 08/Jun/76 with Tony Waite

beaumap - 2nd - Jun/76 with Fred Smith

tapley - Lead - 09/May/76 with Alison Tapley

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1976 with Chris Newton, Mike newton, Billy Jones, Digby Roberts

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Aug/75

Nigel Bond - Lead - 30/Jul/75 with Brian

Bolt Phobia - AltLd - 18/May/75 with John Broadwell

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/73

On YHA climbing course. Was this know as Anthropology at one time?
Brian Wilderspin - 2nd - Aug/73

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 04/Sep/72 with John Stainforth

uphillnow - Lead - 15/Apr/72

eroica64 - AltLd - 24/May/70 with Roger Everett

mikej - AltLd - 19/Oct/69 with Wil Hurford

Seymore Butt - 1965

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