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Desolation Row** E2 5b

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[Indian Summer: Emerging from the abyss., 1 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.
Frank Cannings, Pat Littlejohn 14/Sep/1969

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Photo: Indian Summer: Emerging from the abyss. © Photo: Gay Lord
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This climb is in 58 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

AndyF - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/13 with Ian G

First ever route in Great Zawn. Great line, looks intimidating and the starting moves are hard for 5b but after that it's steady balancy crack climbing. I thought the gear was ok for the grade, a bit small and a bit run out in places but got 16 runners in and could have had more. The scary bit was the steep jungle at the top! Great to chat with Frank Cannings before and after the route. He said he had about 5 runners on the FA! I had 5 by the time I moved out onto the arÍte... With Viktor from Sweden on the BMC international meet.
Misha - Lead O/S - 16/May/13 with Viktor

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/May/13

pezzerrr - 2nd O/S - 01/May/13

Not especially hard technically, I wouldn't have been happy with the gear though..
James Oswald - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/12 with Jon Stewart

Wow, big day out for me. Took absolutely ages on this, placed an entire rack of 21 QDs and several cams! Agree that this is a lot like Diabaig Pillar or Comes the Dervish. Pretty pushy climbing with some decent runouts, between good rests. Plenty of gear if you look around, not much of it that good. Brilliant route :)
Tom Last - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/12 with Andy March

Hidden - 2012

wojtt - Lead O/S - 2012

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

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/11

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/11 with helen gibson

One of the most exciting and adventurous climbs I've ever done. After abseil in to the Great Zawn retreat would be hard work. Looking up from the depths of the Great Zawn Desolation Row looks daunting. After the start which looked slippery but wasn't the moves demand a clean focus that is just so enjoyable. Move after move of delicate balance and wondering whether there's a complication ahead. The topping out into a luxurious meadow is delightful. I just want to do it again.
Crank - Solo β - Sep/10

Hidden - 2nd - 15/May/10

With Stefan from Swedan on BMC international meet.
Bobby Gilbert - 2nd - 10/May/10 with Stefan Lindblom

phil64 - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with rachie

Seymore Butt - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/09

John Southworth - Lead - 27/Jun/09 with Woody

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/09

Sustained but with good rests. A brilliant route with enough gear with small cams and wires. Definately worth 3 stars
The Pylon King - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/07 with Fiend

Sidekick - Lead O/S - Jun/07

wojt - Lead O/S - Aug/06

jimdanson - 2nd O/S - 30/May/06 with Mike Adams

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

Hidden - Lead - 17/Sep/05

Tim Steward - Lead - 19/Jun/05 with James Parrot

Paz - 2nd β - 19/Jun/05 with TS

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/04

cem - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/04 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/03

peterbeaumont - Lead - Jul/02

Nigel Coe - Lead - 01/Jun/02 with Andy March

Great atmospheric route. Take lots of gear!
andy_pemberton - Lead - 2002 with Martin Dunning

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jul/01

Roget - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/99 with jim

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

Hidden - Lead - 1996

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/95

GAtkins - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/95 with Tim Noble

Steady for the grade, comparable to Diabeg Pillar, great route
neilh - Lead O/S - 07/May/94 with sara hyde

Hidden - Lead - 1994

Mark Kemball - Lead - Jul/91 with Alison Dorey

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

Ashley Hold - 2nd - 04/Aug/88 with Simon Davies, Glyn Davies

jcw - 1988 with Simon Caterall, Simon Donowho

Billg - 2nd - 10/Aug/87 with Keith Sharples

Hidden - 2nd - 25/May/87

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/85

Hidden - Lead - May/85

shark - Lead O/S - 1985

Hidden - Lead - 07/Aug/84

Campbell42 - Lead O/S - Aug/84 with Eric Marsden

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/84 with Ian Milne

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Mike Owen - 01/Aug/79 with Elaine Watson

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Jun/78

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
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Style of ascent

Soloed1 of 58 (1.7%)
Lead40 of 58 (69.0%)
Followed11 of 58 (19.0%)
Alt Leads1 of 58 (1.7%)
Unknown5 of 58 (8.6%)

'Climbed'26 of 58 (44.8%)
clean O/S30 of 58 (51.7%)
clean β2 of 58 (3.4%)