The Assassin** E3 5c

Rockfax Description
Features some great open face climbing on P2. Start 3m right of Scavenger at the foot of the left-hand of three cracks.
1) 5c, 30m. Steeply climb the flared crack then head off rightwards, avoiding the big crack. Climb the steep wall to its right to gain a small sloping ledge with a couple of rotting pegs.
2) 5c, 40m. Climb the wall left of the belay and move up and left through a steep section (peg) then move right to big foot-holds. Head back left to the base of the wall with a thin crack (spikes). The wall is steep, but small sharp holds allow progress to a point where a span out left gains the sloping left arete. Climbing direct up the wall is much harder (6a ), especially for those of normal stature and below. A sloping ledge is reached and the cracks above lead directly to two large spikes below the final crack of P3.
3) 5a, 40m. Race up the fine left-hand crack to the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Great Wall Climbs of the UK, North Wales Rock Graded List, North Wales E3's, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist.

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Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/15

Lead P2. V good
Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/15 with Iain Moodie

robpartridge - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/15 with Dave Garry

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/15

pete johnson - AltLd rpt - 26/May/15 with mike pycroft

Hidden - AltLd dog - 26/May/15

Hidden - 2015

guy757 - 09/Sep/14

led pitch 2, there's enough gear but hard to read some of the moves, excellent though.
mike lawrence? - AltLd - 10/Jul/14 with FatRob

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/14

NDD - AltLd - 26/May/14 with james

Lead with Nick, second pitch is ace. Not as hard as I expected, there's a little wire before the second (proper) crux. Ace.
James Oswald - AltLd O/S - 26/May/14 with Nick Duboust

Tom Livingstone - AltLd O/S - 25/May/14 with Pete Harrison

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14

Hidden - May/14

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

WB - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/13 with Guy

Led pitch 1 and pitch 3. Thought the wide crack on pitch one was harder than anything on pitch 2 which has good holds and loads of gear as helena emptied her rack into it!
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/13 with helena robinson

Mark Grist - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Alan Barnes

Lead pitches 1 and 3.
Derek Ryden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Pete Johnson

Lead 1st pitch and last, great climb.
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/13 with Leon Skeldon

Been wanting to get on this for a while. Lead P2. First e3 multipitch. Only placed the one runner on the crux wall (the bottom rh piece). When I got my hand over the ledge and realized just how slopy it was I started to think I should have placed more kit ;)
leon - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/13 with samsimpson

Led P1 & 3. My first Main Cliff event - brilliant! Just a lovely day, calm sea, mild and the prospect of sun. First pitch needs a wee bit of effort to protect on first section. Short-lived difficulty on P2 and P3 is much better than it looks. Easy E3 and really recommended. We took about 5h 30 from leaving gearing spot to getting back there - way too slow!
ksjs - AltLd O/S - 19/May/13 with Rich

Nick Sillem - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Robin Sillem

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 07/Oct/12 with jon stewart

jamesturnbull - AltLd - Aug/12 with aiden

Superb sustained route. The crux wall on pitch 2 felt hard and a bit bold.
Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Andy

Led pitches 1 and 3. Belayed too low on pitch 1! Pitch 2 very tough, was within a second or 2 of coming off. Good lead by Martin.
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Martin Haworth

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/12

I lead P3 and P2 from the wall up through the lichenous bit. Did it at high tide - had to traverse into belay above P1 as it was too wet to get to the bottom of the climb. Extremely wet and bold lead by Andy. Amazing but friendly (as a second) moves on P2 in a superb position.
Sardien - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/12 with Andy Scott

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

Did P1 of the Needle & P2 of Assassin; busy day congestion.
Dave Turnbull, BMC - AltLd - 05/May/12 with Ken Palmer

Pete Graham - AltLd - 23/Apr/12 with Howard Lawledge

P1 and P3.
Dave Foster - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/12 with Si 2

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/12

Owain Llewelyn - AltLd - 22/Mar/12 with Gareth E

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11

Exodus - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Sophie

Exodus - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Sophie

dannyboy83 - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/11 with Jake

AlexD - 2nd - 07/Jul/11 with Jake, Dan

Led crux pitch. Low in the grade. Unlike the guidebook description, I thought this was properly safe - plenty of gear on the crux, and not just microwires!
jacobjlloyd - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/11 with Alex Dennis, Dan Barbour

khawk - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/11 with DT

barni - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/11 with luke

Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/11 with Barni

Rory Shaw - 2011

phil64 - 2011

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - AltLd O/S - 2011

Pitch 1 & 3
metal arms - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/10

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead - 15/May/10

I led first and 3rd pitches. cool climbing, the beginning of main cliff anhilation. hard pulls on the crux.
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Mikey G

2nd pitch, c'est magnifique! first experience on main cliff, certainly not the last!
Mike Goldthorp - AltLd O/S - 07/Feb/10 with alex mason

centurion05 - 2010

switch - AltLd rpt - 20/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Oct/07

Fantastic climbing.
mux - AltLd O/S - 2007

Ian McNeill - 2006

Ian McNeill - 2006

Ian McNeill - 2006

superb top pitch
NeilGriffiths - AltLd O/S - May/05 with Dave Garry

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Viv

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/02

Hidden - May/01

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

Tim M - AltLd O/S - 2000 with Conroy

caveman_chris - Lead - May/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/96

Rich Kirby - AltLd O/S - 08/May/95 with Derek Miller

andy gittins - Lead - 1990

keefe - 1989

Roy Stuart - AltLd O/S - May/86 with Dave Waters

andy gittins - 1985

steve L - AltLd - 28/Jul/80 with Gordon Tinnings

Hidden - 1979

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