The Variety Show** HVS 5a
[The Variety Show, Great Zawn, Bosigran - BMC International Sea Cliff Climbing Meet 2010, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
A fine and friendly introduction to the delights of the Great Zawn, having plenty of atmosphere and outstanding climbing on its first pitch. Start right of the abseil approach at a narrow corner/groove that leads to a thin crack-line in the smooth wall.
1) 5a, 32m. Climb to, and then up the difficult corner/groove to better holds in the crack. Climb the crack to a move right into a small corner, and climb past a horizontal break to a stance.
2) 4b, 25m. Head up right to below a steep corner and climb this to finish on easier ground. Some loose blocks. © ROCKFAX

FFA Pat Littlejohn & Frank Cannings 23/May/1970

Ticklists: West Country Climbs.

Photo: The Variety Show, Great Zawn, Bosigran - BMC International Sea Cliff Climbing Meet 2010 © Harald
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This climb is in 106 logbooks, and on 24 wishlists.

Rob Greenwood - UKC - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/15 with Sophie Whyte

soph - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/15 with Rob greenwood

Tom Seccombe - Lead - 14/Jun/15 with tj murry

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/15

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - Lead rpt - 06/Jul/14

led first pitch only second looked horrible, the last 3 metres of first is crux I think if you waste time getting gear in you waste energy when better holds are present higher commitment required
dready - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/14

burnt out removing jammed gear
whiteexplorer - 2nd dog - 15/Jun/14

Lead p1, quite sustained. Worth 3 stars for the bottom pitch, but -1 star for the top = 2 stars.
eduardo - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Misha

Good first pitch, fairly sustained at the grade. Solid lead by Ed. I led the second, taking the line of most rock and least greenery after the initial steep corner, finishing past another steep corner. Don't suppose anyone really knows where it's meant to go! Had a look at the Crevasse, eek! A damp eek at that... Did Xanadu instead later in the afternoon (also damp but less eek factor).
Misha - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Ed

Great crack climb; easy gear, solid moves.
Edvenables - Lead O/S - Aug/13 with Stephen Venables

Will Ripley - AltLd - 15/Jul/13 with Tom and caitlin

morganator - 2nd - 13/May/13 with International Meet Guest

chrisallan - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/13

Nick Biven - 2013

Great climb. Great for the grade.
El3ctroFuzz - AltLd rpt - 29/Sep/12 with Paul Roberts

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Sep/12

Nick Wallis - Lead - Sep/12 with Martin Cooper

nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/12 with Gareth Greeves

Lead Pitch 1
gg4419 - AltLd O/S - Aug/12

Bloody epic, Si lost his nerve and it took forever!
Joel Perkin - 2nd - 2012 with Simon Hammond

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 2012

Epic approach in the mizzle. Could not see the ridge. Had to rope the rucksacs down several wet scrambles.4pm at the crag. Too late for Green Cormorant. Glad as the rock was wet in the bottom half and tough going. Exit was entertaining through the jungle after top roping down the wet grass back to the ledge. Glad to get back to the car - in the dark!
philhilo - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/11 with Helen E

Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 21/Aug/11 with Jon

Graham C - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/11 with Marti

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11 with Graham Charman

jakenichol - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/11 with Kayleigh Tremaine

haylow - 2nd - 22/Jul/11 with jakenichol

nickdonohue - Lead - Jun/11 with Ashley Hold

Superb on perfect rock. First taste of The Deep Zawn.....
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/11 with Major Daniel Moore

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Apr/11

Jacob k-d - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with erinbastian

erinbastian - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with jacob

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/10

3 star 1st pitch, then choss to escape. Worthwhile
david morse - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/10 with chris todd

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Sep/10

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Pete Wimbush

Amazing - sustained - pretty hard
Tom Last - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/10 with Chester

crobinson - AltLd - 30/Jul/10 with Southern Man

MarkCunnington - Lead dog - 29/May/10 with Chris Johnson, Marc Blackband

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10

good first pitch, totally random second one, not sure if on route or not, could well not have been. great intro to the zawn
benkelsey - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/10 with Alex Randall, Remus Knowles

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/10

dan gibson - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/10 with michael porter

Seymore Butt - 2010

another great route - lovely climbing.
Dan_Carroll - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/09 with Phil

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/09

nic42 - Lead dog - 18/Jun/09 with Jack, Luke

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/08

I lead the first pitch - absolutely superb
Pylon King Against Capit@lism - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/08 with Pete (kafoozalem)

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jun/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jul/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/07

Toby Dunn - 2nd - 12/Jun/07 with Ruth

JackMountains - Lead dog - 02/May/07 with Dan Smith

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/07 with Sinbad

wojt - Lead O/S - Jan/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Geoffers - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Tim

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jul/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jul/06

ecowaller - Lead O/S - 2006 with Great place...I love it

feilx - Lead O/S - 2005 with Ben Darvill

Tim Steward - Lead O/S - 05/May/04 with Paul Y

ewen - AltLd O/S - 2004

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Apr/03

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Mar/03

Hidden - Lead - 02/Aug/02

alex_th - Lead O/S - Aug/02 with Royston Smith

WB - AltLd O/S - Sep/01 with Guy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/00

Steveb27 - AltLd - 2000

led 2nd pitch
Roget - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/99

Mark Kemball - Lead - 30/Jul/99 with Alison Dorey

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1999 with Lee Clement

mikej - AltLd - 14/Sep/96 with Nick Salmon

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Apr/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/95

colin milton - AltLd - 16/Oct/94 with eric milton

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/91 with Jon Clifford-Smith

biggianthead - Jun/90 with C

TonyF - AltLd O/S - May/90 with Pete Scott

with DAve ( Drac) Sanderson
AB1965 - 21/Apr/90

ChrisJD - Lead - 31/Mar/90

Tony Buckley - AltLd - Apr/88

jcw - 1986 with Simon Caterall

Richard Weller - AltLd - 27/May/85 with Pete Dewdney

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/85

keefe - 1985

Campbell42 - Lead - Aug/84 with Eric Marsden

Hidden - Lead - 31/Jul/84

malc - AltLd - 13/Apr/84

Gregory - Lead - 1984 with caroline lee

Nigel Bond - Lead - 28/Jul/82 with Ben Foord

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 30/May/82 with Tim Dunsby, Steve Portnoi

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Hammy - Lead - 14/Aug/81 with Rob Lawson

Hidden - 1980

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/79

Mike Owen - 26/Jul/79 with Gavin Peat

Initial pitch with aid
bob@daysmill - 2nd O/S - Apr/71

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