Rear Wind* HVS 5a
[Paul about to get a soaking at St. Govan's East, 2 kb]27m.

Rockfax Description
24m. The left side of the arete is great, and well-protected, too. Jump on board from the left, and trace a line all the way up the left side to the top. © ROCKFAX

Photo: Paul about to get a soaking at St. Govan's East © Marco S
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This climb is in 178 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

luke glaister - Lead rpt - 08/Feb/15 with RobinJones, Jimmysmith1577

RobinJones - 2nd rpt - 08/Feb/15 with Luke Glaister, Jimmy Smith

NuclearNev - 2015

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Sep/14

Kirill - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with Conor Cussell

Stunning position, deserves more stars.
oddtoast - 2nd - 02/Sep/14 with Gav

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Aug/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/14

Looks improbable for grade but goes!
nickdonohue - 2nd - 16/Aug/14 with Ian Riddell

Dilwat - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Nick Donohue

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/14

Brilliant. Well worth 2 **s. Last of a grate day.
luke glaister - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/14 with casey johns

Robin Brooke - Lead - Aug/14 with Paula Ryan

Pryan - 2nd - Aug/14 with Robin Brooke

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14

Danstephens - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/14 with remi richards, maddie sweetman

Cool move up to the arete
Maddie - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/14 with Remi Richards, Dan S

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/14

Ricky Rocks - 2nd O/S - 30/May/14 with Dan Hobbs

VPJB - Lead - 27/May/14

hannahmmt - 2nd O/S - 26/May/14 with Stefan

Stefan_Morris - Lead rpt - 26/May/14 with Hannah Thompson

Excellent moves, quite a long stretch at one point to move up the arete
Pete Nugent - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/14 with John Venier

wolverine - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14 with Caroline Ashman, John Nightingale

Thunderthighsontheloose - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/14 with Mike Hayes

Nice positions.
Brannock - Lead - 20/Apr/14

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Helen Pitt

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/14

Stefan_Morris - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/14 with Edmundmorris

Jonny Nick - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/14

Dizz - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with EJ

Tim Sparrow - Lead - Jul/13 with Monty

Amazing situation! Not sure if we did this or whispering wind, but great route either way.
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Ellen Cobby

Ellen Cobby - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Adam Booth

Great grout - amazing positions
monsteratt - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Tim

AlexD - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/13 with Alasdair

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

the climbing is good but line very escapable good
alasdair19 - Jun/13

soph - 2nd rpt - 26/May/13 with Ben Heason, Annelies Sarrazyn

Good fun. Great exposure on the arete. The moves were a bit balancy in places, but not hard.
gravity - 2nd O/S - 25/May/13 with Hugh Thomas, Max Adamson

Billg - Lead rpt - 25/May/13 with Bob Brewer

easy but well positioned on airy arete
Grezza - Lead - 18/May/13 with Paul E

Twisty - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with Greg Slee

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 05/May/13

Leelogs - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with SCC

Bry - 2nd β - 04/May/13 with Chris Hind

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/13

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/13

Hidden - 2nd - 02/May/13

i need to lead this.
louby - 2nd - 01/Mar/13 with Chris Burn

Hidden - 2nd - 2013

Hidden - 2013

al99 - 2nd O/S - 13/Oct/12 with Martina Zandonella

martinazando - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/12 with Al Benson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/12

Fiona McFarlane - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Helen King

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12

nige pacer - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/12

fizzychewitt - Lead - 22/Jun/12 with Marion

michael burrows - Lead rpt - 22/Jun/12 with ryan cassidy

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/12

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/May/12

melonmike - 2nd O/S - 06/May/12 with Matt Roper

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

Rob84 - Lead O/S - 05/May/12 with Beth Oates

Cat Hendrie - Lead β - 05/May/12

Richard James Edmunds - Lead O/S - Apr/12

haydng - Lead rpt - 25/Mar/12 with RachelG

first one of the season. felt easy despite the wind doing its best to blow me off the crag. good pro all the way. worth its stars
stvredmond - Lead - 20/Feb/12 with Helen Norris

Brilliant climb, first trad climb to start the year off again and what a climb to do. Pretty straightforward albeit very cold and windy :)
Helnorris - 2nd - 2012 with Steve Redmond

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11

Katya - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/11 with Chris Coleman

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/11

Mark Kemball - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Lee Bartrop, Nic Dill

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/11

Bloody hell what a day! Woke up in the tent and the sky looked like a used teabag! Had some cheese on toast for breakfast to try and raise some morale. Justin was out of a partner so tagged along with us. Initially we went to the Castle in search of some climbing just as it began to piss it down so headed off to St Govan's Head where apparently it was meant to be dryer. To be fair to Justin it was... initially. Rob led this and as I got halfway up it totally pissed it down yet again. Took 20 minutes to get one of Robs wires out whilst being battered by strong winds and just generally damp weather topping out we all decided it was time to get back to the van and bugger off home. God knows what happened to Mark over on range west.
Quarryboy - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Justin Pettifar, Martin Stanfield, Rob Stanfield

The actual climbing was enjoyable as I was in the drier conditions of the day. However as soon as I reached the top it all went tits up. Involved near hypothermia and having to ab down on a separate rope to unhook my rope from a piece of rock. Cheers Jack for perseverance with getting my wire out, you were a perfect and patient seconder on this route!
Stanners - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Justin Pettifar, Martin Stanfield, Jack Bradbrook

Started up Whispering Wind as the rain began, backed off into Rear Wind!
haydng - 2nd rpt - 24/Jul/11 with Dave

dickie01 - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Julian King

HamishD - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Wil Treasure

drysori - 2nd - 03/Jul/11 with hamdunn

3kidsandanorton - 2nd - 02/Jul/11 with James Rowe

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead β - 26/Jun/11

Probably more like VS, nice easy climbing which reflected the mood I was in at the time...
chriscarroll - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/11 with Tommy Cole

Phil PBC - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/11 with henry castle

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

Fun and exposed
Byronius Maximus - 2nd β - 28/Apr/11 with Alex Twist

Greg Pittam - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Sophie Keltie

Rory Shaw - 2011

Paul Boggis - Lead - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 11/Sep/10

rd20 - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Gareth H

Very straightforward. Easier than many VS's. Belay at top is best if you belay from the massive ledge 1m below the top.
kleinej - Lead β - 30/Aug/10 with Sonya

GarethHall - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Robert Dufton

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Dan

DaNo123 - 2nd - 30/Aug/10 with steve

Gorgeous route, fine positions, in balance, and easy to protect - found a few secret threads.
LoopyLou - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Helen Lear / Pinnacle meet

hazeysunshine - 2nd - 29/Aug/10 with Dave

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/10

Giles Davis - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/10 with Vince Brown

Best HVS to date-climb on the arete rather than to the left-more exposed and great positions.
themadbrown - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/10 with james

2 stars or 3 stars? Good pro all the way
Jams Crwca - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10 with themadbrown

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/10

ben wright - Solo - Jun/10

Didn't think the description fitted the rock, so ended up slipping round the right to the E1 for a few metres (which was the best bit of climbing on the route!) Then no good belay at the top! Wouldn't recommend it!
hepitt - Lead - 23/May/10 with Rob Pitt

Rob Pitt - 2nd - 23/May/10 with Helen Pitt

Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 02/May/10 with Chi Huo Cheng

Chi Cheng - Lead O/S - 02/May/10 with Rachel Stater

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Apr/10

barni - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/10 with Liam fleming

Liam FLeming - 19/Apr/10 with barni

Tim W - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Rich P, Andrew Davidson

Shauna - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/09 with Steve

Ed morris - Lead β - 05/Aug/09 with mark dwyer

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/09

Bux - Lead O/S - 09/May/09 with Ruth Bevan

Fairly straightforward to the break with the thread, and then some lovely lay-back on the sharp arete. Worth 2 stars in my book. Belay well back (stake and thread)
clipskipper - Lead O/S - 04/May/09 with Matt the Dread

Meg Jones - 2nd O/S - 03/May/09 with Tim Griffin

hahaha oh what a story
robman - 2nd - 03/May/09 with Tim

Wicked climb, nice explosure
misskebab - Lead β - May/09 with Edd Reed

haydng - Lead rpt - 19/Apr/09 with Rachel

Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Mar/09

dansmonkeytroubles - 2nd O/S - Feb/09 with Dave Reaney

chillax - 2009

Richard Hession - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/08 with Stu

Oooh exposure, excellent, I wish i hadnt bailed out on my first go a few months back, one of the threads has broken, nice big hex instead.
Edd Reed - Lead β - 21/Sep/08 with Donna Mawson

sara n - Lead β - 26/Jul/08 with Neville Contractor

Really airy and relatively straightforward. A connessieurs climb
chris wyatt - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/08 with Rob Eagle

haydng - Lead O/S - 05/May/08 with Rachel

RMG - 2nd - 05/May/08 with haydng

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Oct/07

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Aug/07

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

janegallwey - Lead - 2007

drysori - Lead - 2007

Neil Ireson - 2nd - 19/Jul/06 with Jane

clipskipper - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/06 with Davey Boy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/06

Boxy - Lead O/S - 28/May/06

Superb arete, dizzying exposure but lovely clean rock.
KeithW - 2nd O/S - 01/May/06 with Mike Nuttall

benjhans - 2nd O/S - May/06 with Ben Freeman

cornishben - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/06 with Edouard Vincent

chris sm - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/06 with Pippa Froggatt

Steve_Fozz - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/06 with Fay Isherwood

JamieAyres - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/06 with Nick Ingram

Hidden - 16/Apr/06

hailtryfan - 2nd O/S - Mar/06 with AJ Bowley

bfreeman - Lead O/S - Mar/06 with Ben Hanson

AJ007 - Lead - Mar/06 with Mike H

LC - Lead O/S - Jul/05

Stefan Kruger - 2nd O/S - 29/May/05 with Jenny Hayward

Marq - Lead O/S - 28/May/05 with Daniel Dennehy

reg_measures - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/05 with Tom (newcastle)

willjones - Lead O/S - 2005

Billg - Lead O/S - 2005

cem - 2nd - 30/Aug/04 with Liam Mark

Pylon King Against Capit@lism - Lead O/S - Aug/04 with Jack G

dicky79 - 2nd O/S - 2004 with Vic Odell

Hidden - Lead - 22/Aug/01

Woody63 - 2nd - 22/Aug/01 with Dave W

auld al - 2nd O/S - Sep/00

Hidden - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Apr/99

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 16/Aug/98 with Louise Pellett

michael burrows - 2nd - 01/Apr/97 with andy boorman

Budge - Lead O/S - Aug/96 with Mike Oates

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Maddie, useful, louby

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