The Cow*** E5 6a
[Mike Waters cruising The Cow, p1, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A stunning route that takes in some outrageous territory. Start at the base of the abseil, right of the juggy corner of The Moon.
1) 6a, 38m. Climb up to the overhanging crack - very hard in damp conditions when you may require a 'rest'. From its top, traverse rightwards along a break, through impressive terrain, to a corner. Move across this and around the right arete then head for the belay on The Moon.
2) 5c, 24m. Move up the cracks rightwards slightly before heading more directly up towards an alarming hanging flake. Climb this to pass the first roof, only to be confronted by another one. Move over this and enter a right-trending groove and finish up this. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List.

Photo: Mike Waters cruising The Cow, p1 © Graham Hoey
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This climb is in 41 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

Battled with the slime for some time but ultimately ran out of patience and energy.
alaan - Lead dnf - 17/Aug/14 with Will

Quite pleased to lead p1 with only 1 fall. Total slime fest, but great fun all the same. p2 is out there!
dan gibson - AltLd dog - 22/Jul/14 with Tom Livingstone

Led P2. P1 was totally gopping, seeping like a slippery cow, so resorted to French Free. P2 is pretty epic in it's own right.
Tom Livingstone - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/14 with Dan Gibson

p1 only. It looked dry from below, but was as slimy as ever, so a few rests. Finished up Moon p3.
switch - Lead dog - 21/Jun/14 with Ellis

P1 only, A0 5b
ellis - 2nd dog - 21/Jun/14 with Simon Witcher

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/13

Howard Lawledge - AltLd - 14/May/13 with luke

captain - 2013

Led p1. Glad to get this in good condition.
Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/12 with Calum

First pitch a bit of a graunch, second pitch just incredible
Adam Long - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/11 with Ben Bransby

P1 only. 2 rests before I decided that I actually wanted to pull on the mush at the bottom of the crack; actually OK once you do it. Then I just didn't have the jamming skills for the crack - 1 rest. Then decided I'd climb it with legs outside groove/crack on wall and hands in crack, this was much better! A taxing but superb pitch.
ksjs - 2nd dog - 08/Jun/11 with jo

Led P1. Absolutely superb route. The crack has quite a dampness too it. 2nd pitch is wild. Similar to the Camel in style and difficulty.
Alex Mason - AltLd O/S - 24/May/11 with George Ullrich

owenH - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Rob Greenwood - UKC - AltLd O/S - 2011 with Benedict Boemens

I led first pitch.
Brown - AltLd O/S - 13/Oct/10 with James T

TomPR - Lead - 26/May/10

same day as dinosaur
jamesturnbull - 2010 with dave brown

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/09

barni - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with long jon

Toby Dunn - AltLd - 02/May/09 with Joe Bawden

nige - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/09 with mark hounslea

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/08

Al Evans - 2008

Bern - 2006

Led 1st pitch.
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 2005 with Phil

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/03

Hidden - 2nd - 2003

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - Jul/02 with KM

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2001

GeoffG - AltLd - 04/Jun/99 with greg cottrell

shark - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/96 with Dave Marsh

sadams - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/96 with John Boyle

Hidden - Lead rpt - 21/May/95

jfletcher - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/93 with David Gilkes

keefe - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/93 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Mike Owen - 23/Apr/85 with Joe Healey

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/84

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Apr/82

steve L - AltLd - 27/Jul/80 with Gordon Tinnings

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Mike Goldthorp, datoon, Ian Jones

Total votes cast 28
hard E60 of 9
E60 of 9
easy E60 of 9
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E57 of 9
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6b0 of 9
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