The Concrete Chimney*** HVS 5b
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This climb is in 283 logbooks, and on 90 wishlists.

Ian craigie - AltLd - 01/Sep/15 with Rachael Crewsmith

Linked with top pitch of dream. Brilliant
alexjz - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/15 with George Ullrich

Too windy for Quart Icicle, we felt, so did this instead & very glad we did. As good as Dream and a little harder. Done in 2 pitches from the ledge. P2 is great and P3 is brilliant. No creaking holds as far as I could tell (I led P3), but the top out to the Wen belay is horrific, quite spoils it, to be honest. Could see this deserving low E1, just about.
ebf - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/15 with Will Poulter, Paul Stephenson

Davesmith1981 - AltLd - 20/Aug/15 with Tim Oates

With Chris
jimxxx - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/15

KeenClimber - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/15 with Jim Nutall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/15

Easy but intimidating with some creaky holds on the final pitch. Position on the lower arete is amazing. A bit damp but it was on jugs all the way so didn't matter.
danm - AltLd - 24/Jul/15 with Tidy John

Might have gone direct
M_Robinson - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/15 with Adam Bowman

Steve Wakeford - 2nd - 12/May/15 with Dan Commander

guy757 - 04/May/15

ned_85 - AltLd - 04/May/15 with Emily Bridger

Great route. Led top pitch into the afternoon sunshine.
mattnuttall - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/15 with Andy Wilson

Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/15 with Matt Nuttall

Tim Sparrow - 2015

DubyaJamesDubya - 2015

Mike Lates - AltLd - 06/Oct/14 with Lucy Spark

David Kay - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Ross Brown

Waves crashing, wind howling, gripped!
Ross88 - 2nd - 27/Sep/14 with David Kay

foostu4 - AltLd - 06/Sep/14

nice lead by adam on pitch 1. I got pitch 2 which feels mega exposed! as good as dream and a bit harder
JamesWilliams - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/14 with Adam Revill

Me P1, James Sang scat all the way up pitch 2. Just as good as dream.
adamre12 - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/14 with JamesWilliams

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Aug/14

jacob shieldhouse hadley - 2nd - Aug/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/14

redshapedfriday - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with Matt Harris

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 28/Jun/14

Wow - speechless. Amazing positions, amazing rock , stunning climbing. Seals watching us watching them.
climbingrev - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/14 with Peter Ocampo

poeter210 - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/14 with Bob Wilson

james1978 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/14 with pam

aerobiee - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/14 with Guy Ruyssevelt, John Crewe

Lenny - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/14 with Vun

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/14

Johnmuff - AltLd - Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Apr/14

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Apr/14

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

Frank the Husky - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Si - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

Martin Haworth - AltLd - 05/Oct/13 with Chris Gooder

led the big pitch up to the concrete chimney, absolutely brilliant climbing. final pitch was sopping wet but still managed to enjoy it.
Bill Lawrence - AltLd O/S - 05/Oct/13 with andy lawrence

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Sep/13

abbed in, James led 1st pitch from ledge (pitch2) then I lead final traverse pitch of Dream of White Horses instead of heading straight up.
john_ni - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/13 with James Lismore (PCC)

Hidden - Lead - 02/Aug/13

Hidden - 31/Jul/13

fizzychewitt - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Jayne

Skipped P.1 (the shared pitch with Wen).
Alex.M-M. - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/13

With first pitch of Wen.
John Nuttall - 2nd - 06/Jun/13 with Andy H

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/13

duncandarnell - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/13

Fantastic route! First pitch damp and a bit tricky for HVS. Top pitch well worth doing, don't know why they poo-poo it in the guidebook?
simon kimber - Lead O/S - 06/May/13 with James Thompson, Louis Bortoli

herman0055 - AltLd - 07/Apr/13 with Wilki

Nice second pitch, well protected.
Johnywilks - AltLd rpt - 07/Apr/13

Nick Biven - 2013

Louis B - 2nd - 2013

good if slightly exciting on pitch 2. rained on the juggy steep bit too just to add interest
danimal88 - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Mike Met office

From the ledges, 2nd P2 and finished up Quartz Icicle Original Finish, more than the HVS I expected!
wi11 - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Brian

Dave Almond - AltLd - 06/Sep/12 with Helen Rennard

Lead the second pitch of this to get out after we were blown around on Quartz Icicle. Scary experience seconding it, the final pitch should have been awesome but wasn't fun due to wind. Never been so pleased to find myself in a chossy gully as I did at the top. Scary overall experience! Must do both routes when it's not so windy....
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/12 with Jon Stewart

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12

kdalzell - 2nd - 07/Aug/12 with Konrad Doyle, Liam Fleming

Top class route! Totally brilliant.
andybirtwistle - Lead - 21/Jul/12 with Keith Lonsdale

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/12

Great route, but easier than expected.
HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 29/May/12 with Lee Wales

skipped P1, led P2+3
givemetea - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with Richard Toon

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 12/May/12

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

theotherpetehill - AltLd O/S - 12/May/12 with Chris Allan

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 05/May/12 with Viv

minaturechris - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with Barra

Last (poor) pitch.
richardr - AltLd - 28/Apr/12 with Mark Leicester

Abseiled in too far right onto a wet stance with a seal watching. It got better from there, with a couple of crux sections with huge exposure. Topped out with gorgeous sunset behind. Nice.
steve_hoey - AltLd - 10/Mar/12 with Matt Guy

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Owen_P - 2012

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Anita Grey

did the second pitch of this to link up with dream. felt a lot more exposed than dream, especially with that wind!
Tomprusk - 2nd O/S - 25/Oct/11 with Nick

I did pitch 2 and Trevor pitch 3. super route
uphillnow - AltLd - 01/Sep/11 with Trevor Good

Lead P1. Quite scary before the good gear and jugs. Second pitch was intimidating, we could hardly believe it was going to be 5a! It was all there though.
Daniel Heath - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/11

Omitted P1 because of tide. Nik Lead p2, I lead p3. I think P2 is probably the best HVS pitch I have ever done. P3 good. This climb is tougher than dream but probably better. A good combination would be p2 of this linked into the rest of dream
chris wyatt - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/11 with Nik Goile

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/11

really amazing climb! it was extremely hot and sunny but that didnt affect the climbing. there are one or two loose rocks less now, and to me and dad is one of the best routes in the country of that grade! :) excellent day climbing
Nicole Almond - 2nd - 26/Jul/11

Dave Almond - Lead - 26/Jul/11 with Nicole Almond

metal arms - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jul/11

pie_eater_pete - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/11 with ben smedley

bsmedz - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/11 with Peter Sargent

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jun/11

Luis SD - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/11

Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with Alan Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/11

bettter than 'Dreams'!
dan ely - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with steve

Sarah led the top pitch.A very hot day.
zukator - AltLd - 03/Jun/11 with Sarah

led first pitch
Steeve - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/11

Matthew Robinson - 30/May/11 with David

Hidden - AltLd - 18/May/11

Hidden - 29/Apr/11

First pitch lead
pelvoux - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 22/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/11

Top pitch only from Quartz Icicle, very good climbing will be back for the rest.
thomasadixon - 2nd O/S - 26/Mar/11 with Mike

Busy busy! Six of us in total on varying routes on the crag; awesome to watch from the belay. Lead P2; conglomerates pretty loose as to be expected! Great route! N.B. Ollie Henson wasn't present.
Tommy Cole - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Chris Carroll

Lead first pitch...awesome exposure! Ollie Henson was not present at the time of this send...
chriscarroll - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Tommy Cole

P2 and 3 of dream, P3 of Concrete Chimney
tom.e - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Tom Powell

Mr Powly - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with Tom Everett

Rory Shaw - 2011

adie84 - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

centurion05 - 2011

Hidden - 2011

David Sherratt - 2011

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Oct/10

willoates - AltLd O/S - 08/Oct/10 with Olly Sanders

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10

Tide was in and sea was rough so did as 2 pitches, Led the first one. A bit delicate with oodles of exposure
Cardi - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Duncan C

Led p2. Tide was in and a rough sea so didn't do P1 of Wen. Gareth took, errr a little while on the first pitch, sorry if we held you up. 2nd pitch is cool and exposed.
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Gareth

PeteH - AltLd rpt - 12/Sep/10 with Noel Peatfield

The actual climbing is probably better than Dream..., although the top-out lets it down.
PeteH - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Naomi Hart

NaomiHart - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Peter Hart

Did last pitch of dream to finish
smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/10 with Will Nicholls

Excellent - all 3 pitches climbed
colenn - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Peter Britton

healeyduk - AltLd - 02/Aug/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/10

Lead P3, possibly did the original finish to Quartz Icicle by accident!
hardoreVdiffBen - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/10 with Remus

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/10

Lead P1. Good, but not as juggy as I was expecting until quite high up. Missed a placement so quite run out early on. Second pitch is great in a very exposed position. Hardest HVS on the slab.
Dave Foster - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Andy

Moondance - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Paul B

Purple Roni - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Phil Leng

Cold and foggy. First part of pitch from the ledge on poor gear but straight forward climbing.
philhilo - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10 with roni beer

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/10

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 30/May/10 with Sarah

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/May/10

decs - AltLd - 03/May/10 with Bart

rob1 - AltLd O/S - 02/May/10 with Dave Williams

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Dare i say the first pitch of this into a dream would be the best HVS in wen?
Dave Searle - AltLd O/S - 31/Oct/09 with gav

Diggler - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/09 with stemill

stemill - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/09 with Mark

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Sep/09

smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/09 with Rich Ball

Wow what a cracking climb,did P1 which was steeper than it looked.
ritchierich - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/09 with Bob Dickson

Andrew1 - Lead - 01/Jul/09 with Juliet Parker Smith

Missed out P1 & started from the ledges. Attempted to lead P2 & fell off so downclimbed and Phil led it all.
Becky E - 2nd - 13/Jun/09 with Phil Lee

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/09 with Clare

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/May/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/May/09

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/09 with helen gibson

Helen Gibson - AltLd - 26/Apr/09 with dan

Led first two pitches. 2nd pitch i found quite hard on less than perfect gear.
gdb4060 - AltLd - 19/Apr/09 with Mike

Skipped first pitch, Lead second pitch.
gdb4060 - AltLd - 18/Apr/09 with Mike

led 2nd pitch
mike lawrence? - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Giles

Pitches 2 and 3 only. I led pitch 2, Neil led 3. Brilliant route - significantly harder than Dream, and better, although not as outlandish and unexpected. The juggy bit up the steep wall was especially brilliant. Finished top pitch (also good and better than expected) just as the sun went down.
Si dH - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Neil Furniss

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09

sgl - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/09 with helena

Hidden - AltLd - Apr/09

lamma_hippie - Lead - 21/Mar/09 with Jon Lawton

antarcticfox - Lead O/S - 2009 with Mark Lawton

Sally Lisle - 2009

GPN - AltLd - Oct/08 with Paul James

Lead of first pitch. Truely stunning, wonderful rock.
mattyork2 - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/08 with John Vincent

Hidden - Sep/08

Glyn - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/08 with Sally

popov86 - AltLd - Aug/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/08

Brilliant route, both pitches are fantastic and seeing Wen Zawn lit up in the evening sunlight would have been worth abbing in for alone :-)
climbingpixie - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/08 with Andy Hobson

Excellent HVS covered in jugs, first pitch is especially fun and airy.
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/08 with Jo

Sgt. Vest - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/08 with sophie wilmes

Hidden - Lead - Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/08

Al Evans - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2008

Luke Brooks - 2008

Marcus - 2008

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Oct/07

Rachel Somerville - 2nd - 29/Sep/07 with Des & Al

Tom Vivian - AltLd - 24/Jun/07

Brilliant - Lead the main pitch - we finished with the last pitch of Dream. A great combo
Tom M Williams - AltLd O/S - 17/Jun/07 with Andy Hobson

Led p1
cem - AltLd rpt - 12/May/07 with Patrick Hutchison

Led p2
cem - AltLd O/S - 12/May/07 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - 2007

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead O/S - 2007 with Chris Watkins

bobette - 2nd O/S - 14/Aug/06 with mike

bobette - 2nd O/S - Aug/06 with mike

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/06

Will1 - Jul/06 with Mike

lead p2
colin milton - AltLd - 29/Apr/06 with ian dunbar

jim robertson - 2006

Ian McNeill - 2006

Mark Reeves - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

Ben Wolstenholme - AltLd - 2006 with John Roberts (JR)

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/05

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/05

Dave Reeve - AltLd O/S - Aug/05 with Tony Payne

Two brilliant pitches. Led the first.
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/05 with Jim

david morse - AltLd - Jul/05 with chris todd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/05

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/05

michael burrows - AltLd - 26/Mar/05 with nicholas Barrowclough

John Kettle - AltLd - 2005

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

a_radiohead_fan - 2005

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - Aug/04

Dave Kerr - AltLd - 12/Jun/04 with Karl Atherton, Jim Tanner

Hidden - AltLd - 2004

Pete Graham - 2nd - 2004 with Rick Graham

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2004 with john d

GuyM - AltLd - 2004 with Duncan Sherratt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/03

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Jul/03

Best HVS in the world!
ian caton - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Abi & Paul

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jun/03

Jon Pilling - 2nd O/S - Jun/03 with Ben Hardy

A lot beter than the name. Better than DoWH?
Shaw Brown - AltLd O/S - 2003 with David Jones

chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 2003 with Joe Thompson

NeilGriffiths - 29/Jun/02 with Tom Hubbard, James Hubbard

Brown - AltLd O/S - 2002 with Unknown

Hidden - AltLd - Sep/01

intersection996 - AltLd - 31/Aug/01 with Tim

Superb 1st pitch...
nickdonohue - Lead - Jul/01 with Kath Donohue

kato'sdad - AltLd - Jun/01 with Rob Simpson

RobSimmo - AltLd O/S - Jun/01 with Jon Berry

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/01

Hidden - 2001

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/00

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

zero six - Lead O/S - 2000

Totally brilliant.
alan moore - 2000

WB - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/98 with Paul

cornishben - AltLd O/S - Jul/97 with Andy Connor

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/97 with sandy dobie

Ched - Lead O/S - 1997 with Glanfor

Hidden - Lead - 17/Aug/96

Hidden - AltLd - 1996

Loved it !
sdawson1 - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/95 with JB

Best HVS in Wales?
AlanLittle - AltLd - Jul/95 with Al Metelko

bullybones - 1995

Led p1: Cold, wet, no gear, desperate!
Pete_Frost - AltLd O/S - 1993 with Olly Saunders

Hidden - Lead - Aug/92

ChrisJD - AltLd - 03/May/92 with PeteC

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/92

Hidden - AltLd - 1992

biggianthead - 15/Sep/91 with HT

Hidden - Lead - 1991

Date lost in the mists of time but climbed before Ben born.
John HW - Lead - 1989 with Julie

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Apr/88

Hidden - 1988

jcw - 1988 with John Walters

Hidden - 2nd - May/87

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 04/May/86

keefe - 1986

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Jun/84

Fantastic Crag
Gezzer - Lead O/S - 1984 with Derek Shaw

Roy Stuart - AltLd O/S - 1984 with Billy Bones

Mike Owen - 27/Mar/82 with Elaine Owen

neilh - 2nd - Aug/81 with kevin glass

Hidden - Lead - 07/Apr/80

johno072 - Lead - Jul/79

mikej - AltLd - 26/Jun/79 with Mike Byles

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/79

granitbahn - AltLd - 1978

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd - 1977 with Dorothy Bogg, John Bogg

Hidden - AltLd - 31/May/76

Hidden - AltLd - 1976

Bolt Phobia - 2nd - 29/Oct/75 with Dave Williams

pneame - AltLd - 1974

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 27/May/73 with Mike Butler

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