Rockfax Description
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

FA. T Sowbridge, N Halliday Aug/1985

Hidden 21/Sep Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Sep 2nd O/S
FlavioL1989 31/Aug 2nd O/S
rajeshwarbisht 31/Aug Lead O/S
with Flavio
chrisallan 31/Aug Lead O/S
theotherpetehill 31/Aug 2nd
with Adam Brown, Chris Allan
Dave Mahon 27/Aug Lead

A sensational position on the arete. Worth 2 stars. Great climbing but belaying from the top is a little precarious. Everything looks loose and standing on the fin of rock makes you wonder when its going to collapse...

with Justin Sharpe
Pete_Frost 17/Aug 2nd O/S

Really nice bridging move to get past the small roof at the top. Great to see Luke leading trad with a smile on his face!

with Luke Maggs
Hidden 19/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jul 2nd rpt
Hidden 07/Jul 2nd
tobydunford 07/Jun Lead O/S
with Harry Martin
Hidden 06/Jun Lead dnf
Hidden 06/Jun 2nd
Hidden 06/Jun Lead O/S
staceyjg 28/May 2nd O/S
Dizz 25/May 2nd rpt
with Dave Frost
robgixer 23/May Lead O/S
morganator 23/May Lead O/S
with Nicky Parkin
Adamski1986 22/May Lead O/S
garyb1442 22/May 2nd

Fantastic route with good exposure. Worth more than 1 star for sure.

Blue68 22/May 2nd O/S
hotfeet 22/May Lead

Lovely route, good exposure.

Hidden 18/May Lead O/S
Sam Simpson 18/May 2nd O/S
jimmatthews 18/May Lead O/S
Hidden 17/May Lead O/S
Hidden 17/May Lead O/S
adam 24 10/May 2nd O/S
with Caroline
Hidden 10/May Lead O/S
alastairbegley 19/Apr 2nd O/S
Egons Issy 19/Apr 2nd
with Kevin Vans-Colina
Slick 19/Apr Lead
chris687 11/Apr Lead O/S
with Myles
Hidden 06/Apr Lead O/S
red_rhodesha 06/Apr Lead O/S
with Jonny Aylwin
Graeme Hammond 05/Apr 2nd O/S

very enjoyable, 2 star climbing

with Phil Baxter, Alex Twist
Hidden 04/Apr 2nd
Nick Wallis ?/Apr 2nd O/S
with Simon Cooke
Hidden ?/Apr 2nd
luke glaister 08/Feb Lead rpt
RobinJones 08/Feb 2nd rpt
NuclearNev ??/2015 -
Hidden 28/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Kirill 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S
oddtoast 02/Sep/14 2nd

Stunning position, deserves more stars.

with Gav
Hidden 30/Aug/14 2nd
Hidden 22/Aug/14 2nd O/S
nickdonohue 16/Aug/14 2nd

Looks improbable for grade but goes!

Dilwat 16/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/14 2nd O/S
luke glaister 03/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Brilliant. Well worth 2 **s. Last of a grate day.

Robin Brooke ?/Aug/14 Lead
Pryan ?/Aug/14 2nd
with Robin Brooke
Hidden 05/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Danstephens 02/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with remi richards, maddie sweetman
Maddie 02/Jul/14 2nd O/S

Cool move up to the arete

with Remi Richards, Dan S
Hidden 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Jun/14 Lead
Ricky Rocks 30/May/14 2nd O/S
VPJB 27/May/14 Lead
hannahmmt 26/May/14 2nd O/S
with Stefan
Stefan_Morris 26/May/14 Lead rpt
with Hannah Thompson
Pete Nugent 24/Apr/14 2nd O/S

Excellent moves, quite a long stretch at one point to move up the arete

with John Venier
Hidden 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Thunderthighsontheloose 21/Apr/14 2nd O/S
Brannock 20/Apr/14 Lead

Nice positions.

Rob Pitt 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Helen Pitt
Hidden ?/Apr/14 2nd
Stefan_Morris 23/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Jonny Nick 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Dizz 11/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with EJ
Tim Sparrow ?/Jul/13 Lead


with Monty
Adam Booth 30/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Amazing situation! Not sure if we did this or whispering wind, but great route either way.

Ellen Cobby 30/Jun/13 2nd O/S
monsteratt 30/Jun/13 2nd O/S

Great grout - amazing positions

with Tim
AlexD 24/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Jun/13 Lead O/S
alasdair19 ?/Jun/13 -

the climbing is good but line very escapable good

soph 26/May/13 2nd rpt
with Ben Heason, Annelies Sarrazyn
gravity 25/May/13 2nd O/S

Good fun. Great exposure on the arete. The moves were a bit balancy in places, but not hard.

with Hugh Thomas, Max Adamson
Billg 25/May/13 Lead rpt
with Bob Brewer
Grezza 18/May/13 Lead

easy but well positioned on airy arete

with Paul E
Twisty 05/May/13 Lead O/S
with Greg Slee
Hidden 05/May/13 2nd rpt
Leelogs 05/May/13 Lead O/S
with SCC
Bry 04/May/13 2nd β
Hidden 04/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/May/13 Lead
Hidden 02/May/13 2nd
louby 01/Mar/13 2nd

i need to lead this.

chris_B 01/Mar/13 Lead
Hidden ??/2013 2nd
Hidden ??/2013 -
al99 13/Oct/12 2nd O/S
martinazando 13/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Fiona McFarlane 26/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Helen King
Hidden 28/Jul/12 Lead O/S
nige pacer 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/12 Lead O/S
fizzychewitt 22/Jun/12 Lead
with Marion
michael burrows 22/Jun/12 Lead rpt
with ryan cassidy
Hidden 22/Jun/12 2nd
Hidden 04/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/May/12 2nd O/S
melonmike 06/May/12 2nd O/S
with Matt Roper
Hidden 05/May/12 Lead O/S
Rob84 05/May/12 Lead O/S
with Beth Oates
Cat Hendrie 05/May/12 Lead β
Richard James Edmunds ?/Apr/12 Lead O/S
haydng 25/Mar/12 Lead rpt
with RachelG
stvredmond 20/Feb/12 Lead

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

Helnorris ??/2012 2nd

Brilliant climb, first trad climb to start the year off again and what a climb to do. Pretty straightforward albeit very cold and windy :)

Hidden 16/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Katya 30/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/11 2nd
Hidden 29/Aug/11 Lead
Hidden 22/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Mark Kemball 20/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Lee Bartrop, Nic Dill
Hidden ?/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Quarryboy 31/Jul/11 2nd O/S

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.

Stanners 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S

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!

with Justin Pettifar, Martin Stanfield, Jack Bradbrook
Jus 31/Jul/11 Lead
haydng 24/Jul/11 2nd rpt

Started up Whispering Wind as the rain began, backed off into Rear Wind!

with Dave
dickie01 23/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Julian King
HamishD 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Wil Treasure
drysori 03/Jul/11 2nd
with hamdunn
3kidsandanorton 02/Jul/11 2nd
with James Rowe
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/11 Lead β
chriscarroll 24/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Probably more like VS, nice easy climbing which reflected the mood I was in at the time...

Phil PBC 06/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
with henry castle
Hidden 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Byronius Maximus 28/Apr/11 2nd β

Fun and exposed

Greg Pittam 24/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Sophie Keltie
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Paul Boggis ??/2011 Lead
Hidden 11/Sep/10 Lead
rd20 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
kleinej 30/Aug/10 Lead β

Very straightforward. Easier than many VS's. Belay at top is best if you belay from the massive ledge 1m below the top.

with Sonya
GarethHall 30/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Different Steve 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with Dan
DaNo123 30/Aug/10 2nd
with steve
LoopyLou 29/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Gorgeous route, fine positions, in balance, and easy to protect - found a few secret threads.

with Helen Lear / Pinnacle meet
hazeysunshine 29/Aug/10 2nd
with Dave
Hidden 07/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Giles Davis 31/Jul/10 2nd O/S
themadbrown 25/Jul/10 2nd O/S

Best HVS to date-climb on the arete rather than to the left-more exposed and great positions.

with james
Jams Crwca 25/Jul/10 Lead O/S

2 stars or 3 stars? Good pro all the way

Hidden 25/Jul/10 2nd O/S
ben wright ?/Jun/10 Solo
hepitt 23/May/10 Lead

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!

with Rob Pitt
Rob Pitt 23/May/10 2nd
with Helen Pitt
Rachel Slater 02/May/10 2nd O/S
Chi Cheng 02/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Apr/10 2nd
barni 19/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Liam FLeming 19/Apr/10 -
with barni
Tim W 13/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Rich P, Andrew Davidson
Shauna 17/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Steve
Ed morris 05/Aug/09 Lead β
with mark dwyer
Hidden 30/Jun/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 28/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Jun/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Jun/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Bux 09/May/09 Lead O/S
with Ruth Bevan
clipskipper 04/May/09 Lead O/S

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)

with Matt the Dread
Meg Jones 03/May/09 2nd O/S
with Tim Griffin
robman 03/May/09 2nd

hahaha oh what a story

with Tim
misskebab ?/May/09 Lead β

Wicked climb, nice explosure

with Edd Reed
haydng 19/Apr/09 Lead rpt
with Rachel
Hidden 29/Mar/09 Lead rpt
dansmonkeytroubles ?/Feb/09 2nd O/S
with Dave Reaney
chillax ??/2009 -
Richard Hession 25/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Stu
Edd Reed 21/Sep/08 Lead β

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.

with Donna Mawson
sara n 26/Jul/08 Lead β
with Neville Contractor
chris wyatt 16/Jul/08 Lead O/S

Really airy and relatively straightforward. A connessieurs climb

with Rob Eagle
haydng 05/May/08 Lead O/S
with Rachel
RMG 05/May/08 2nd
with haydng
Hidden 02/Oct/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/07 2nd
Hidden 05/May/07 Lead O/S
janegallwey ??/2007 Lead
drysori ??/2007 Lead
Neil Ireson 19/Jul/06 2nd
with Jane
clipskipper 17/Jul/06 Lead O/S
with Davey Boy
Hidden 26/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Boxy 28/May/06 Lead O/S
KeithW 01/May/06 2nd O/S

Superb arete, dizzying exposure but lovely clean rock.

with Mike Nuttall
benjhans ?/May/06 2nd O/S
cornishben 30/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with Edouard Vincent
chris sm 30/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with Pippa Froggatt
Steve_Fozz 30/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Fay Isherwood
JamieAyres 17/Apr/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/06 -
hailtryfan ?/Mar/06 2nd O/S
bfreeman ?/Mar/06 Lead O/S
AJ007 ?/Mar/06 Lead
with Mike H
Kev Little ??/2006 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Sep/05 Lead O/S
LC ?/Jul/05 Lead O/S
Stefan Kruger 29/May/05 2nd O/S
with Jenny Hayward
Marq 28/May/05 Lead O/S
with Daniel Dennehy
reg_measures 27/Mar/05 2nd O/S
with Tom (newcastle)
willjones ??/2005 Lead O/S
Billg ??/2005 Lead O/S
cem 30/Aug/04 2nd
with Liam Mark
Urgles ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with Jack G
dicky79 ??/2004 2nd O/S
with Vic Odell
Hidden 22/Aug/01 Lead
Woody63 22/Aug/01 2nd
with Dave W
auld al ?/Sep/00 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 07/Apr/99 2nd
Chris Ellis 16/Aug/98 2nd
with Louise Pellett
michael burrows 01/Apr/97 2nd
with andy boorman
Budge ?/Aug/96 Lead O/S
with Mike Oates
Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Hidden, Maddie, Hidden, louby
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