Mastodon*** E3 5c

Rockfax Description
A great route with fly-on-the wall style situations on a subtle right-to-left line across the sheer back wall of the zawn. The start is often damp, and care is needed in setting up a solid belay at the end of the first pitch. If the sea is rough or the tide high, it is usual to abseil to the first stance and do only the top two pitches. Start from a belay at the base of Shark.
1) 5b, 22m. From the belay, climb up left to a niche at the base of a crack in the wall left of Shark's corner. Immediately traverse left to another niche in a crack. Climb the crack to a move leftwards and a tiny stance and hanging belay.
2) 5c, 18m. Move left and up to the base of a thin crack via an awkward move. Climb the thin crack. At its end, traverse rightwards to a stance in the left-leaning corner.
3) 5c, 10m. The steep crack-line above the stance provides a pumpy climax. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, West Country Climbs.

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Hidden - AltLd β - 01/Sep/15

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/15 with Sue

redjerry - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/15 with Robert Duran

abbed in part way up pitch 1 to avoid wet. great varied climbing. top pitch makes up for it's short stature in other, slightly thuggish,ways....
ferdia - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/15 with Burton

burto - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/15 with ferdia

Took a couple of attempts for us to do the route due to high seas. The first effort two days previously ended up in me being soaked by a big wave, then top roping out of Shark.
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/15 with Duncan Campbell

Late evening mission! Big swells saw me belay well above the ledge in the corner. Rob led a hard trav out into the route and ran 1st two pitches together. Meanwhile the waves soaked the trav out. I couldn't get onto the traverse as it was too wet so "ingeniously" swung out holding onto the abb rope. Found myself out of contact with the rock but luckily just managed to claw myself on and not take a lead fall into the raging sea. Escaped up behemoths top pitch as it was getting dark
Duncan Campbell - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/15 with Robbie

Hidden - Lead - 17/Apr/15

mike mo - 2015

phil64 - 2015

lead p2 - good!
markalmack - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/14 with gwen, james marjot

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/14

Start was slimy and covered in seaweed but rock above was immaculate with some really cool delicate moves. Struggled on steeper top pitch.
tash - 2nd - 25/Jul/14 with ali k

Jon lead Pitches 1 & 2 in a oner, I lead pitch 3
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/14 with jon stewart

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Jun/14

shunt, hard greasy and scary
rurp - TR O/S - 31/May/13

Awesome! Elbows were high on the final crack!
Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 18/May/13 with Ed Booth

Led p 2+3 in one.
Ed Booth - AltLd O/S - 18/May/13 with PJ ( Belgium), Adam Booth

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

soph - AltLd O/S - Sep/11 with Helena Robinson

oliver.ghill91 - 2nd O/S - 10/Jun/11

HamishD - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with Oliver Hill

Hidden - 2nd - 28/May/11

Middle pitch only. High tide and raining.
Pippa - Lead O/S - 28/May/11 with Jon

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/10

P1 and 2 run together
pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/10

With Stefan from Swedan on BMC international meet.
Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 10/May/10 with Stefan Lindblom

phil64 - Lead - Apr/10

Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/09

Led P1 & P3. Excellent summer evening ascent to start a great weekend
John Southworth - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/09 with Chris Snell

tuftynick - 2008

Hidden - 2007

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/06 with Chris Reid

feilx - Lead O/S - 14/May/06 with Ben Harper

Bern - 2006

jfletcher - AltLd - 25/Jul/00 with Tom Wells

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead - 2000

Tim M - 2000

Gregory - AltLd - 1997 with dave langrish

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

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

Hidden - 1990

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 15/Jul/89 with Keith Turton

Hidden - AltLd dog - Jul/89

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/87

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Hidden - AltLd - May/85

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Lenny, Stevie989, AlexD, Ian Jones, Chris_barr, JerryD

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