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The Pause*** E1 5b

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[The Pause, Pitch 3 (crux), 2 kb]Please exercise caution climbing the first pitch as there was a substantial rock fall on Thursday 10/06/10. A large quantity of rock has slipped from the overlap below the first belay /heather ledge. The rockfall has also damaged the slab below(The Pause) Several of the flakes have been damaged on the first pitch slab, not sure whether the grade remains

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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 164 logbooks, and on 74 wishlists.

Bob - 2014

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13

Led P2,4,6. Stunning line.
annep11 - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Ed Venables

Fantastic route! Slightly slimey first pitch prepared me for the crux, though I thought that was the safest part!
Craig Holden - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Callum Irvine

SarahA - 2nd - 09/Jun/13

Little AndyH - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13

Stoater!
John 'B' Hutchinson - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Stewart Rattray

I led odd pitches
Apharri - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with Dave Wharton

parker5 - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with Dad

captain - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

scotclimb - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/12 with Danny Laing

Nice!
cuthill76 - Lead - 03/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jun/12

Led P2 & P5. Graeme led the excellent third pitch.
Jim Slater - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Graeme, Tutt

Fantastic afternoon and great introduction to Scotland. Led pitch 3 (spicy excellent crux pitch) and 6. This route makes 3 pebble slab look rather shit and over hyped.
Graeme Hammond - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Mike Tutt, Jim

Hidden - Lead - Jun/12

An absolute belter! I felt like a cat. The traverse on pitch 3 was beautiful.
Alex the Alex - AltLd O/S - Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12

glenngordon - Lead O/S - 27/May/12 with tamsin gay

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/May/12

Even better the second time around! Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEljJ3Kz6yk&feature=plcp
Lawrie Brand - AltLd rpt - 26/Mar/12 with John Chivall

jfmchivall - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/12 with Lawrie Brand

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

m dunn - 2012

barney_edin - AltLd - 30/Jul/11

nia - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/11 with harry

Exodus - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Will Sim, Timmy

some unbeliveably good pitches!
Ginger McGrath - AltLd O/S - 02/May/11 with phil emerson

Our second route of the day, my toes were in excruciating pain on the final pitches.Still an awesome route though.
SeanB - AltLd - 02/May/11 with Scott Elliott, James Dunn

mhairi thorburn - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/11 with buzby

Sam led odd numbered pitches.
gjd - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/11 with Sam Burns

Phil Emerson - Lead - Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

adie84 - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Oct/10

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead - 10/Oct/10

Led pitches 1-6, including an exciting direct variation of P4&5.
shugsan - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Hannah

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Sep/10

led 2, 4, 6. Slipped off seconding the downwards traverse into the crevasse on p3. For p4, the guidebook description was a bit confusing - where it says "faint line of cracks" after the 3m right traverse, it's more like a rut which goes a little way up, but finishes well before the overlap (behind which is the belay). You can then either head straight up the slab, or traverse left to another faint short groove which takes you a little higher before you have to move up the blank slab for a few moves to the overlap, and traverse round to the right to find the belay.
KeithAlexander - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Graeme Diack

Definitely deserves E1, it would catch a lot of people off guard if downgraded to HVS, unless they had gecko feet of course.
GraemeDiack - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Keith Alexander

frazzy4 - AltLd - 08/Aug/10 with jim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Jun/10

Midges attacked relentlessly during p's 1, 2 and 5,6! Basically take some Avon as well as micro-cams and RPs! Fantastic route and situations as usual (when in the breeze)!
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/10 with Alex

R0bbie - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Rob Johnson, Taba

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/10

stimpey - AltLd O/S - 31/May/10 with Pete, Davina

petegunn - AltLd - 31/May/10 with Davina & Steve

Absolutely amazing, led all route for a full experience :)
sebrider - Lead O/S - 30/May/10 with Chris wilson

Fantastic climb - technical climbing all the way, with no let up.
Chris wilson - 2nd - 30/May/10 with Seb

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/May/10

hexcentric - Lead O/S - 20/May/10 with jimmy savill

Ross Barnes - AltLd - 09/May/10 with Neil A

Not as much of a soft touch as I'd been led to believe!
Neil Adams - AltLd O/S - 09/May/10 with Ross B

jim.macp - 01/May/10

Alt leads. My start.
Hay - Lead O/S - May/10 with Lewis

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

colinthrelfall - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Lots of a fun. Hard HVS I reckon
robertmichaeladams - AltLd - 13/Sep/09 with Tom

really nice. very consistent difficulty and all incredibly enjoyable. not really e1, just fairly spaced gear at times, hardest bit well protected. last (vertical) pitch a hilarious way to finish
tomdude - AltLd - 13/Sep/09 with rob

Led 1,3,5,7. Wanted to climb this for so long and it was everything I thought it would be, technical and a bit bold, suburb rock and quality climbing. Up there with the best routes I've climbed, with every pitch giving interest especially 3 and 4 witch were both bold and technical. This route is summed up but Sean's comments on pitch 2 SUBLIME!
andymoin - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/09 with Sean

Lead pitches 2, 4 and 6.. One of the best routes Ive climbed so far and a great intro to Etive Slabs.A lovely line full of teetery techy goodness that just gets better as you go up.MIldly run out on pitch 4 I guess but after a few words with myself I moved on. the friction is your friend
SeanB - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/09 with Andy

Superb route. All pitches interesting with some spicy moves. The last pitch is so out of character but an excellent finish. Must do route. Alt leads my start.
jazzyjackson - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/09 with Jimbob

Lead 2,4,6ish didnt follow guide pitches. Lots of fun! very run out in parts!
pete87abs - AltLd O/S - 31/May/09 with Dave Brigham

dj_brigham05 - AltLd O/S - 31/May/09 with Pete Abernethy

fantastic route, worth taking micro-cams and RPs, p3 is a belter! delicate!
simon_D - AltLd O/S - 31/May/09 with Euan C

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09 with Zac Poulton

French Erick - AltLd O/S - 14/May/09 with Alex Heude

mike71 - Lead O/S - May/09 with robbie

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 28/Apr/09

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Apr/09

mikemartin - AltLd - 17/Apr/09

joe larner - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/09

Fantastic intro to granite slab "friction for feet" climbing. lead 2 4 and 6 with duncan doing the hard bits on 1 3 and 5 :-) wow
rallymania - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/09 with Duncan

Fantastic route! Led pitches 2,4 and 6.
Ken Applegate - AltLd - 03/Apr/09 with Alex Wheldon

vinders - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with Jamie

amazing route
jaybob - AltLd rpt - Mar/09 with vinders

Jamie Simpson - 2009 with Andy Munro

windy100 - 2009

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jul/08

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jul/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/08

fantastic route with interesting climbing all the way. pitch 4 and 5 more in the area of e1. almost backed off near the top of pitch 4 but thought better when my last bit of gear was 30ft below! **** all the way.
mulletcocktail2000 - AltLd O/S - 25/May/08 with paul

Paulww - AltLd O/S - 25/May/08 with Ryan

Hidden - AltLd - 25/May/08

mikecopp - Lead O/S - 20/May/08 with Dan Currie

Hidden - AltLd - 20/May/08

martrin - Lead - 10/May/08 with Sarah Kekus

Hidden - 2nd - 10/May/08

westaway - Lead O/S - May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

TrollJester - AltLd O/S - 2008 with VARIOUS Throughout 80's+90's

One wee slip on the traverse pitch.. lead all pitches
Lawrie Brand - Lead - 23/Aug/07 with Laura Arena

Seepage on crux (third) pitch, fell and retreated
tommargin - AltLd dnf - Aug/07

jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/07 with Fraser

got lost!
pete dd - AltLd dnf - Jun/07 with Iain Swan

Hidden - AltLd dnf - Jun/07

joe king - AltLd - 27/May/07 with simon ringrose

outstanding climb, not too run out either.
French Erick - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/07 with Claire Fennell

I led pitches 2,4,6 & 7
JLS - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Gavin R.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/07

alan wilson - 2007

figfour - Lead - 2007

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Sep/06

Could the people in front of us actually have gone any slower!
reg_measures - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/06 with timmy elson

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Apr/06

fireman_al - Lead O/S - Mar/06 with Paul McDonald

jim robertson - 2006

john irving - 2006

peter fetlar - 2006 with Andy long

dangates - 2006 with Tim Darlow

Tenko - 2006

steveP - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/05 with Simon Flower

david morse - Lead - Aug/05 with rampant

buzby78 - Lead - 23/Jun/05

dave o - Lead O/S - May/05 with Julia H

Hidden - 2nd O/S - May/05

akhughes - AltLd - 2005

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/04

Fultonius - AltLd O/S - 2004 with Marcus Bean

Watched Humble get the fear on the run out slab pitch as him and Huw followed us. I led most pitches in the end...
Chad123 - AltLd - 2004 with Elika

Hidden - AltLd - 2004

Hidden - AltLd - 2004

have been up the pause 3 times. one of my favourite climbs ever! The traverse on guidebook pitch 3 is 5b but well protected. I have belayed short of this at swastika under the overlap (making the traverse pitch 4) which makes it easier to communicate on the traverse. the pitch after is easier at 5a, but the route isn't obvious at the top and its a bit runout. from then on its just good fun. brilliant!
brianrunner - AltLd - May/03 with martina

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/03

w. Richard + John
stugreen75 - Lead - 2002 with Richard & John

Hidden - AltLd - 2000

Hidden - 2000

graeme gatherer - 2000

kjbix - AltLd - 1999 with Spike

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/98

Dan got quite scared on the run out pitches
phardman - Lead O/S - 24/May/97 with Dr Dan

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Apr/97

Duncan I - AltLd - 1997

cam1401 - 1995 with Graeme Johnson

Tom V - AltLd - 03/Jun/93 with Glenn Watson

Tom V - 1993

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/May/92

tlr - AltLd - 21/Aug/91

graham lawrie - Lead O/S - 1990

David Smith - 1990

Done before! Took low route into crevasse.
Lone Rider - Solo - 04/May/85

mark mcgowan01 - 1984

Led a few times over the years.
Lone Rider - AltLd O/S - 1980

Soloed a few times
Lone Rider - Solo rpt - 1980

Chris Craggs - 1980

Bruce Kerr - AltLd - 27/May/79 with Frank Hughes

neil3965 - AltLd - May/79 with Doug Hall

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead O/S - May/79 with Alan Walmsley

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Apr/79

pneame - 15/Sep/76 with Pete Minks, Jim Fairgrieve

No sticky rubber soles on our boots!
Sean Kelly - AltLd - May/75 with Alf Gleadhell

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easy E22 of 51
hard E13 of 51
E131 of 51
easy E17 of 51
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easy HVS0 of 51
hard 5c0 of 50
5c0 of 50
easy 5c0 of 50
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5b38 of 50
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Style of ascent

Soloed2 of 164 (1.2%)
Lead30 of 164 (18.3%)
Followed10 of 164 (6.1%)
Alt Leads89 of 164 (54.3%)
Unknown33 of 164 (20.1%)

'Climbed'85 of 164 (51.8%)
clean O/S72 of 164 (43.9%)
clean rpt3 of 164 (1.8%)
dnf4 of 164 (2.4%)