Pentathol** HVS 5b
3 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A great route, that is one of the easier lines on Main Cliff, however the approach and climbing, make it a very committing route that shouldn't be underestimated. Start as for the Big Groove below the vague line of flakes running to the corner.
1) 5b, 35m. Climb up to the flakes and follow them rightwards across to a ledge below a short corner. Climb this for few metres and then move left into another left-facing corner which leads to a belay ledge on the right. This is also Big Groove P1.
2) 4b, 15m. Descend slightly and step left into a wide crack, follow this until you reach a line of flakes that lead easily up leftwards to a belay below a long groove about 10m higher than your previous belay.
3) 5b, 25m. Head up the groove on the left, tackling the awkward bulge, before you gain a large stance on the left.
4) 4b, 21m. Continue up via easier climbing behind the belay to the top. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Gives a good view of The Big groove but never really delivers on quality.

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This climb is in 85 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

jezb1 - AltLd - 16/Nov/14

i attempted first pitch, i became pumpy very early on an retreated back to belay after a down climb. i then lead pitches 2 and 4
friendzone1234 - AltLd O/S - 16/Nov/14 with matthew reynolds

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/14

Dave Almond - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/14 with Dave Garry

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/14

Led 2nd and 4th pitches.Large bird nest at start of pitch 2 with very large green birds....cormorants I think!
Andrew Sloan - AltLd O/S - 05/May/13 with Martin Haworth

Martin Haworth - AltLd O/S - 05/May/13 with Andy

2nd pitch 1, had to bail onto PeepShow due to nesting Birds
dprctr - 2nd β - 04/May/13 with Patrick, Robert Dufton

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jun/12

peterbeaumont - 2012

alasdair19 - 2012

metal arms - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11

Colin Scotchford - AltLd - 24/Jul/11

Route finding on P1 not obvious, good route though.
al99 - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/11 with Mark Freestone

HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/11 with Al Benson

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing! Tony was sure that we had trversed as far as the Pheadra recess & that the twin cracks of Nightride were above and to the left. Hence the crack in front of us must be the start of Scavenger, our chosen route. Tony had to dog his way up this crack, muttering about it being hard for 4c. I had to be hauled up it. I climbed up and right onto more amenable ground and asked a nearby team which route they were on - Big Groove! We had mistaken the block/bay below Syringe etc for that of Pheadra! As far as I can tell the crack Tony climbed has had no recorded ascents. I must have then traversed onto Peepshow and hence belyyed by the big spikes in the middle of Pentathol p2. Tony carried on up Pentathol - I avoided the "mantelshelf" move by means of a high jam and smearing/laybacking up the left wall thereby wedging my right buttock on the slopng shelf.
Pete Nugent - AltLd rpt - 24/Apr/11 with Tony Madden

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Rory Shaw - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Tom Livingstone - AltLd - 27/Sep/10 with Tom Ripley

frost - AltLd - 10/Jun/10 with Adam, N Griffiths

Pooed on by a Razorbill.
NeilGriffiths - AltLd - 10/Jun/10 with Simon Frost, Adam

Lovely P1 monkeying around on huge flakes with sparce gear fantatsic. Then into classic gogarth 4c terratory, bird shit, jams, and corners. Plus the odd perplexing bulge
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/10 with Simon Frost, Neil Griffiths

tricky corner slab1
phil64 - Jun/10 with richie

Hidden - 2010

DuckingFesperate - AltLd - 2010

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/09 with John Hardiman

Tricky to go the correct way at the start, rock was very soapy on the crux. Not a good warm up!
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 27/Jun/09 with Loz

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/May/09

Carly - AltLd - 03/May/09 with Richard

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/09

Seymore Butt - 2009

John Roe - 2nd - 14/Nov/08 with Andy Woolston

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 14/Nov/08 with John Roe

rob1 - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/08 with Dave Williams

Al Evans - 2008

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/07

Bit of an epic ! Trouble finding the start, then went past the belay and were convinced we'd gone on the wrong line. Eventually heavy rain made it all academic and we fled for our lives!
Chris the Tall - Lead dnf - 24/Jun/06 with Simon Shaw

Hidden - AltLd - May/06

Rich Kirby - AltLd O/S - Apr/06 with Owen Tomkins

Ian McNeill - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Ian McNeill - 2006

Ian McNeill - 2006

ChrisJD - Lead - 27/Aug/05 with Clare

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - AltLd O/S - Apr/05

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/04

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2003

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/02

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/02

phardman - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/01

mike lawrence? - Lead - 2001 with Alex B

Froze in tent. Did 1st pitch of Jaborandi.
Rock Fairy - 2nd - Jan/00 with Carl

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

WB - AltLd O/S - 18/Oct/99 with Paul

1st pitch very steep for a warm up! Stood in a sling. Also aided the 3rd pitch around the roof. Weather being hot & humid didn't help. Thunderstorms on way home.
Phil West - AltLd dog - 02/Aug/99 with Steve Wild

Ched - Lead O/S - 1997 with Glanfor

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 1995

climbed this after starting up big groove by mistake - was enjoying though and ahd done the crux before haveing to take a rest - so then retreated as we hadn't a clue which route we were on -1st time on main cliff
auld al - AltLd O/S - 1994

Andy Say - Lead - 27/Apr/91

andy gittins - Lead - 1990

Nick Biven - AltLd - 1990

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Apr/89

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead - 30/Apr/88 with Jean Williamson

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Apr/88

Richard Weller - AltLd - 23/May/87 with Paul Mavin

andy gittins - 1985

Done all pitches on one or another ascent
uphillnow - AltLd - 19/Mar/84 with Andrew (Pog) Horn

neilh - AltLd - Jun/83 with dave croker

Same day as Big Groove and Rat Race
Falko - AltLd O/S - 1981 with Howard Lancashire

Hidden - 1981

Hidden - Lead - 11/Apr/80

GeoffG - AltLd - 27/May/79 with tony bowker

Brian Wilderspin - AltLd - 15/Apr/79 with Simon

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Apr/79

Chris Terrey - AltLd - 16/Jul/78 with Gerry Dunford

Ian Jones - AltLd O/S - 1978 with Tommy Curtis?

granitbahn - AltLd - 1978

RichardMc - AltLd O/S - 14/May/77 with Dave Langmead

Epic retreat from very wet Big Groove.
ian caton - Lead O/S - 1977 with Don't know

mikej - AltLd - 13/Sep/75 with Mike Byles

Bolt Phobia - AltLd - 14/May/75 with Dave Williams

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/70

Wil started the first pitch but the waves increased and we retreated.
mikej - AltLd dnf - 27/May/69 with Wil Hurford

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Kevin Robert Jones, Different Steve, Andy Chubb, Chris the Tall

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