Citadel*** E5 6b
2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A superb and sustained line with a tricky first pitch and a great crack on the second. Start 10m left of the chimney of Mammoth.
1) 6b, 32m. Climb up and leftwards across the lower wall to gain undercut flakes. Traverse right to the corner and small roof (good gear - put it in!) and make a couple of desperate moves up and left to gain the sloping ledge. Good belay up and right.
2) 6a, 30m. Move up right to gain the crack and climb it with sustained interest to where the angle and rock colour change. Continue more easily to a small stance.
3) 4c, 35m. Climb the groove above to join the traverse line of Cordon Bleau (next page). Finish up this or make your way more directly over easy but loose ground to the top. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Magnificent with a hard crux.

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, North Wales Rock Graded List, Main Cliff Big E5s, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, Caff's 100 Ace E5s, Caff's 100 Best E5's, Ultimate E5 ticklist.

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This climb is in 61 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Unbearable sun trap day. 6b move felt impossible so i lowered off from the in situ metalwork. Great up to there.
Ed Babs - AltLd dnf - 17/Aug/15 with Iain Moodie

Uisdean hawthorn - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/15 with Sam

samwillo - AltLd - 12/Jul/15 with Uisdean Hawthorn

Led o/s in 1998 ish, felt much harder this time, led both main pitches.
Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead dog - 16/May/15 with Max (France)

Fell off seconding on the crux of pitch 1 but leading pitch 2 was amazing which kind of made up for it.
Rachel Slater - AltLd - 01/Sep/14 with Tim Newton

Quite greasy. The crux is safe, but since the demise of the peg you'd now fall a few metres. Only just made it through the crux, found it pretty desperate. Overall I found it quite a bit harder than positron.
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/14 with rachel slater

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Tom Livingstone

Led P1 and P3.
Tom Livingstone - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Dan Gibson

We did Hunger into Citadel - apparently one of the best combos around, and I'd now agree! Seconded P2, led P3.
Tom Livingstone - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/14 with Gwen Lancashire

mike mo - 2014

jamesturnbull - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/13 with will sim

Hidden - AltLd - 05/May/13

tried to sneak it in after the needle. ran out of light so bailed off the first pitch after stripping gear from traverse. nearly got cut off by the tide too, well fun.
JRae - AltLd dnf - 13/Oct/12 with M Watson

had to back off, light, tide etc.
mwatson - AltLd dnf - Sep/12

Lead pitches 1 and 3, man I find Main Cliff scary! I was shaking for most of the first pitch. Good effort to Luke on P2!
jacobjacob - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/12

One fall, literally from the finishing jugs - greased off!
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead - 2012 with Alex Haslehurst

Led P1 (Belayed above extinction/hunger which was a good place to belay from). Both pitches felt E4. First is E3 until the safe 6b crux. Second pitch is a real pumper.
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/11 with George Ullrich

Steady for the grade, E3-4 except for one move
Adam Long - AltLd - 23/Jul/11 with Ben Bransby

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jun/11

Excellent route
Russell Birkett - AltLd O/S - 31/May/11 with Murdoch J

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 30/May/10 with Mick Lovatt

edinbed - AltLd O/S - 24/May/10

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Andy Reeve

Pete Graham - AltLd - 02/May/09 with Malcolm Scott

malx - Lead O/S - Apr/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

Led 2nd pitch. Flashed 1st.
Rich Kirby - AltLd - 13/Jul/08 with Nige

nige - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/08 with richard kirby

Al Evans - 2008

tuftynick - AltLd - 2008 with Kenton Cool

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Southern Mark Smith - Lead O/S - 1999

andyblain - 2nd O/S - Jun/98

Greasy, three falls off crux, but otherwise onsight!
Steve Crowe - Lead dog - 23/May/98 with KM

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/96

sadams - AltLd rpt - 16/Jun/96 with John Boyle

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/95 with Nick Ashton

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

1 pt of aid
michael burrows - 2nd - 07/Aug/94 with andy boorman

Led pitch 1
jfletcher - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/94 with Nick Wharton

Hidden - AltLd - 1993

Hidden - Lead - 16/Sep/92

DDDD - Lead O/S - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

shark - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/89 with Seb Grieve

Dave Douglas - Lead β - 27/Jun/89 with Neil Brodie

Great climb. Pretty hard too.
Steve Walker - Lead - 1989 with paul entwistle

Very, very hot day - got arses' well and truly kicked had to aid up top cracks. Got off after six hours tails between our legs and very sun burnt.
sadams - AltLd dog - 13/Jun/88 with Andy Mitchell

Hidden - AltLd - 1988

keefe - 04/May/86

Mike Owen - 30/May/83 with Al Simpson

Hidden - Lead dog - Apr/81

Hidden - 2nd - Oct/76

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