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Praying Mantis*** E1 5b, 5a

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[Looking up in desperation at Praying Mantis' first pitch., 3 kb]4 pitches. The crux pitch is strenuous before a delicate finish. The upper pitches are intricate and audacious for the grade and provide the quality. Another 'Hard Rock' classic.
Les Brown 1965

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Photo: Looking up in desperation at Praying Mantis' first pitch. © rockrat
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This climb is in 251 logbooks, and on 42 wishlists.

Lead P1. Upper pitches very lichenous.
farmus21 - AltLd - 09/Jul/14 with Sam Radcliffe

samrad - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with farmus21

Rob Rocket - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Neil Porter

guy757 - 18/Jun/14

P1, and 3 and 4 run together Nick P2.
Tony Holdsworth - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Nick Mitchell

Fantastic route. Led the 1st pitch and ran 3rd and 4th together.
Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 20/May/14

muppett - 2014

Hidden - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Abi Chard - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Ian

Lead all pitches, brilliant climb
thomaspomfrett - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/13 with Joe Callaghan

Good but a wee bit dirty. RS lead first pitch :)
mike reed - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/13

P1 and P3.
Rachel Somerville - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/13 with Mike

Pitch 1 & 3. Pitch 1 is desperate, the rest is amazing VS!
Matt Rowat - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/13 with Oldrid

Pitch 2+4
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Tom

pitch 1 + 3
Tom Keaveny - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Olly Roberts

NiccyMac - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Matt Reeve

Led p2&3
petekeron - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Steve Brock

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/13

P1 & 3. Layback'd crux.
smollett - AltLd - 09/Jun/13 with Francis blunt

P1, P3. dry and warm, quite tough but very safe P1 (HVS+)
lithos - AltLd - 09/Jun/13 with paul cookson

Led third pitch.
egg-man - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Alison Athroll

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13

tmawer - AltLd rpt - 25/May/13 with Andy 2

Led P1 & P3, great climb
Siderunner - AltLd O/S - 25/May/13 with Tony

johang - AltLd O/S - 07/May/13 with Phil

Lead P1 and 3. P1 is pretty awkward to say the least. A double or even triple set of cam sizes 0.5,1 and 1.5 would make this refreshingly easy to protect without obscuring the best jams! the exposure hits you on P2 and the belay seems tiny til you reach the one on P3! all in all an excellent route, even if it was a little wet in places with all the recent rain.
JamieSparkes - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with David Stringfellow

Hidden - AltLd - 06/May/13

bad choice of venue. freezing and dirty. backed off, couldnt hold the holds
tomhull - 2nd dnf - 06/Apr/13 with Matt Burdekin

Hidden - Lead - 06/Apr/13

Hidden - Apr/13

Hidden - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

mark20 - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/12

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 10/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12

Em66 - AltLd - 14/Jun/12 with Mat

Lead p1, 3+4. Classic
david morse - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with tori, todd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12

cat22 - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/12 with Mike

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 29/May/12

nia - AltLd - 29/May/12 with Chris fish

John Nuttall - 2nd - 22/May/12 with Andy H

Hidden - AltLd dog - 05/May/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12

bobjohnston - AltLd O/S - May/12

carl_123 - AltLd - 15/Apr/12 with matt forshaw and martin freeman

Lead by Carl Stubbs and Matt Forshaw. Very cold once the sun moved round behind the crag.
MartF - 2nd - 05/Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/12

Jack Loftus - AltLd - 30/Mar/12 with Pete Hill

Captain Gear - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Stewart Armstrong - 2012

JonG - 2012

Hidden - 2012

cballard - Lead O/S - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Nick Sillem - 2012

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

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

led pitch 2
sophiecb - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Seb

Led pitches 1,3&4. Really nice route, first pitch quite steady, eases off in later pitches. Last pitch was soaking, dirty and very slippy, scary conditions for the 25m odd run out!
sebrider - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Sophie C B

Slippery crux. Feet popped off on first try and I took a tumble.Lowered down, and did it second go.
klipkabouter - AltLd dog - 31/Jul/11 with Hugh ??

first pitch only
pete40 - 2nd - 25/Jul/11

First pitch
barni - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/11 with Bob

KevB - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Rob Reynolds

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd dog - 02/Jul/11

darlolad - AltLd O/S - Jul/11

yashvi - 2nd - 11/Jun/11 with Steve Seal, Adam Booth

In 3 pitches, I led first, third and last, Nick led second. Hard first pitch if you're not tuned into this sort of corner crack climbing. Great positions on top 3 pitches.
msoldn - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Nick

Hidden - 11/Jun/11

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Steve Seale, Yash

gowla - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/11 with adam booth

A showery day for the last of the Lakes Hard Rock routes for me ...
Bob - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with S. Harry

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with Tony Womersley

with direct middle pitch
Pete Graham - AltLd - 04/Jun/11 with Rick Graham

esther - AltLd - Jun/11

I strung pitch 1 and 2 together, Esther did 3 and 4. NIce climb.
greenroom - AltLd O/S - Jun/11 with Esther

Loverly route, well worth doing all the pitches as the traverse is good sport. 50m ropes just enough for the ab on rope stretch
Jim Walton - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Steve Pugh

One rest p1 due to not getting the crux sequence quite right.
Dizz - Lead - 30/Apr/11 with nb pixel

Rope drag led to lots of slack on crux (having joined P1 & part of 2); tricky. Traversed way too high on upper pitch after retrieving gear from up the e2... bit sketchy with nice lob-potential.
NB Pixel - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with DizLiz

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Apr/11

GPN - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with Annette

Had rather a lot of trouble on the crux (mind you there were a couple of very troublesome, reachy traverse moves on p2 & 3 too!).
net - 2nd - 24/Apr/11 with George

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

timmsy - 2011 with Chris Sowden

Hidden - 2nd - 2011

Glenn Sutcliffe - 2011

Scottish78 - 2011

Johnny Baker - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

buzby78 - AltLd - 04/Sep/10

robinsi197 - AltLd - 30/Aug/10 with Piotr, Nick

Hidden - Lead dog - Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jul/10

twright180 - AltLd O/S - Jul/10

tjmillen - AltLd - Jul/10 with simon hall

Led the first and last pitches. Chris ran the two traversing pitches together. Lovely climbing, well worth the stars IMHO
brockers - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/10 with Chris

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Jun/10

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/10 with sally lisle

JM - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/10 with Ashley Clarke

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/10

First seconded the crux pitch in 1977 when it was wet. The upper pitches are where the real quality lies so people who ab. off are a bit silly.
Ian Jones - Lead rpt - 05/Jun/10 with Tim Clarke

led 1st and 3rd pitch
mhairi thorburn - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/10 with buzby

I lead 1st pitch and 3rd pitch every picth is ace gr8 route. We later found out that from the walk in or walk out dave somehow maganaged to get a tick on his bell end
Dale - AltLd O/S - Jun/10 with dave

1st pitch only then abbed off.
pocketsarah - 2nd O/S - 31/May/10 with Charlie Mackie

1st pitch and abd off. Really nice jamming action! Loved it.
CharlieMack - Lead O/S - 31/May/10 with Sarah Kelly

Craig McMahon - Lead dnf - 23/May/10 with Adam Cassidy

Backed off from the crux of the first pitch.
rockrat - AltLd dnf - 18/May/10 with Ben Bravington-Sim

Led P1 and 3. One rest on P1, slumped onto the gear just couldn't get my feet sorted with a good finger jam. First pitch is certainly meaty!! There goes another Hard Rock onsight!
markfairbank - AltLd dog - 15/May/10 with Ian Moore

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 09/May/10

Hidden - Lead dnf - 03/May/10

Hidden - AltLd - 03/May/10

In the pouring rain. A valiant lead in the conditions!
jacobjlloyd - 2nd β - 01/May/10

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

gypsy3006 - Lead - 2010

cosmicray - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 2010

RachelP - 2nd - 11/Sep/09 with Duncan, Chris

excellent route..pumpy crack..then varied and delicate traverses..in amazing positions!
Christian Beck - AltLd - 08/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Jul/09

westaway - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/09 with Imelda Neale

martrin - Lead - 02/Jul/09 with Colin Smith

jim robertson - Lead β - 02/Jul/09

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jul/09

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jun/09

Tree with all tat at top of pitch 1 appears dead. Great exposure high up.
Dave Rumney - AltLd - 31/May/09 with Tanya Milner

ed edwards - AltLd O/S - May/09 with mick

Seymore Butt - 2009

P1 only - both knackered and saved by rain showers! Steep, well protected crack and bold slab
lithos - 2nd dnf - 01/Jun/08 with alan walmsley

J1PEF - AltLd - Jun/08

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 25/May/08 with Stu Harth

Ram MkiV - AltLd O/S - 12/May/08 with Tommy M

just first pitch, 'mans hvs' cracking pitch.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 12/May/08 with andy gravestock

Sean Kelly - 2008

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/07

And Sir Chris Bonnington
Rich Mayfield - AltLd - 31/Jul/07 with Mark Stevenson

1st pitch clean, climb gets worse higher up.Pitch 4 full of moss/lichen.
mark4344 - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/07 with Nick Coles

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/May/07

Led first (crux) and third pitches
tatz45 - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07 with Mark Boden

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07

Lee Sheard - AltLd O/S - May/07 with Rob Greenwood

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/07

Led 2,4
MONKEY78 - AltLd - 14/Apr/07 with adam ellwood

Johann - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Dan Platt

simon kimber - Lead O/S - 2007 with Adam Gill

Lead pitches 1 and 3
Boxy - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/06

Led all except 2nd pitch. Took one fall off first pitch, got back on and did it ok second go. Very polished first pitch, but superb. Probably worth E1 as now given in all the guidebooks (why not here?) although only because of the polish.
Si dH - AltLd RP - 10/Jun/06 with Phil Payne

Stone Muppet - 2006

jim robertson - 2006

Probably solid E1 early in the season!
chrishedgehog - AltLd - 2006 with S. Mead

Dad lead pitch 1 and 3, I lead pitch 2 and 4.
climbalive - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/05

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/05 with Zac Poulton

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Aug/05

Tim Steward - Lead - 08/Jun/05 with Torran Elson

mike lawrence? - 01/Jun/05

John Kettle - AltLd - 2005

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Emily, Es

with Brian F
alasdair19 - 2005

petegunn - AltLd - 2004 with Stevie, Swail, Owen

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 29/Jun/03 with David Jones

NickJH - 2002

mikej - AltLd - 06/May/00 with Nick Salmon

Hidden - 2000

bullybones - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - 2000

simon cox - 2000

Bug - 1999

PeteCheung - AltLd - 1999 with Bill

with chris pre finals
rurp - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/98

Hidden - 2nd - 10/May/98

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jul/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1996

Trobbo - AltLd - 04/Nov/95 with john blower

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/95 with richard parry

richparry - Jun/95

Cowflinger - Lead O/S - May/95

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd - 17/Apr/94 with Andy Forrest

craig h - Lead O/S - 30/May/93 with Stan

ChrisJD - AltLd - 1993 with rc

Hidden - AltLd - 1993

keefe - 27/Jun/92 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Glenn Sutcliffe - 27/Jun/92 with keefe

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/92

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1992

prcleary - 1991

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/90

babymoac - AltLd - 18/Aug/90 with MTW

Hidden - Jul/90

Hidden - 2nd - 1990

Hidden - 1990

Steve Lenartowicz - 1990

andy gittins - 1990

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/May/89

phardman - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/88 with Roger Gibbs

BigHairyIan - AltLd O/S - 22/May/88 with Mike Gibbison (Hairy)

Hidden - AltLd - 07/May/88

Dave Rumney - 1988

DDDD - AltLd O/S - 1987 with Chris Brown

MikeYouCanClimb - AltLd - 10/Jul/86 with Dave Dowson

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1986 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

mark-abz - Lead - 16/Jun/84 with Walter P

Lone Rider - AltLd - 18/Apr/84 with Al Scott

Hidden - Lead - 1984

Hidden - Lead - 1984

Andy Say - Lead - 28/Aug/83 with dave snowden

Jon Mellor Dave Binney
Ivan Machin - Lead - 16/Jun/82 with Jon Mellor

Hammy - Lead - 07/Jun/82 with Tim Hulley

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Apr/82

Hidden - AltLd - 1982

think we did this in 4 pitches as in hard rock.kev led 1st pitch,then alt leads.
mike bridges - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/81 with Kevin Bridges

Nic Robinson - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/81 with Nick Bond

KRB - AltLd O/S - 13/Oct/80 with Mike Bridges

Mike C - AltLd - 25/Jun/80 with Brian Wilderspin

Hidden - Jun/80

Seconded first pitch, which I found strenuous. The rest of the climb was easy and enjoyable.
Andy Stephenson - AltLd O/S - 05/May/80 with Chris Plant

Hammy - AltLd - 04/May/80 with Rob Lawson

Hidden - AltLd - Apr/80

redjerry - AltLd O/S - Aug/79 with Jim Melrose

Nigel Bond - Lead - 08/Jun/79 with Andy Brown

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 08/Jun/79 with Rob Milne

Mark Kemball - Lead - 28/Aug/78 with Sarah Bridge

David Smith - 16/Apr/78 with Al Bennett

ian caton - AltLd O/S - 1978 with steve scott

petemeads - 02/Aug/77

Mike Owen - 31/Jul/77 with John Roberts

Pedro50 - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/77 with Peter Douglas

kalzum - AltLd O/S - 22/May/77 with Steve Thorpe

GeoffG - AltLd - 22/May/77 with tony bowker

GeoffG - AltLd - May/77 with tony bowker

First climb after winter lay-off; found the jamb strenuous but the hardest on the wall above
greenbuoy - Lead O/S - Apr/77

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 15/Jun/76 with Chris Terrey

Hidden - 1976

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Jun/75

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd - Jul/74 with Will Walker

mikej - AltLd - 06/Jun/71 with John Bickerdyke

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 21/Jun/69 with Charlie Vigano, Bob Knapton

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E20 of 46
easy E20 of 46
hard E11 of 46
E141 of 46
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Style of ascent

Lead46 of 251 (18.3%)
Followed21 of 251 (8.4%)
Alt Leads130 of 251 (51.8%)
Unknown54 of 251 (21.5%)

'Climbed'140 of 251 (55.8%)
clean O/S93 of 251 (37.1%)
clean β2 of 251 (0.8%)
clean rpt3 of 251 (1.2%)
clean RP1 of 251 (0.4%)
dogged6 of 251 (2.4%)
dnf6 of 251 (2.4%)