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Mastodon*** E3 5c

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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

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This climb is in 37 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

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

olly12344 - 2nd O/S - 10/Jun/11

HamishD - Lead - 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

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead - 2000

Tim M - 2000

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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Voting
Total votes cast 28
hard E40 of 10
E40 of 10
easy E40 of 10
hard E32 of 10
E38 of 10
easy E30 of 10
hard E20 of 10
E20 of 10
easy E20 of 10
hard 6a0 of 8
6a0 of 8
easy 6a0 of 8
hard 5c1 of 8
5c7 of 8
easy 5c0 of 8
hard 5b0 of 8
5b0 of 8
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3 Stars9 of 10
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Style of ascent

Lead13 of 37 (35.1%)
Followed4 of 37 (10.8%)
Toproped1 of 37 (2.7%)
Alt Leads12 of 37 (32.4%)
Unknown7 of 37 (18.9%)

'Climbed'15 of 37 (40.5%)
clean O/S21 of 37 (56.8%)
dogged1 of 37 (2.7%)