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Oxford and Cambridge Direct Route*** S 3c

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[Looking down P2 of Oxford and Cambridge Direct, 3 kb]Follow the arete first on the right and then on the left to a ledge. Climb the crack on the left (crux) before following the edge to the top.

Ticklists: Classic Rock Climbs of Great Britain by Bill Birkett.

Photo: Looking down P2 of Oxford and Cambridge Direct © CathS
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 313 logbooks, and on 38 wishlists.

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 24/Aug/14 with John Metcalfe

jonnysims - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Andy Laing, Dave Everett

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Aug/14

Top of 3 linked routes and the best was saved till last. A climb that lives up (easily) to all the hype.
D Berry - Solo O/S - 20/Aug/14

Cracking route at end of the Grey Crags expedition.
Andy Syme - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/14 with Pete Elliott

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jul/14

maria85 - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Neil

exactly as was expected 3 stars. and immaculate rock.
joe hallam - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/14 with matt hardy

Matt_Hardy - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/14 with Joe Hallam

stimpey - AltLd - 21/Jun/14 with Saintly

asmith37 - 2nd rpt - 21/Jun/14 with Nika, Bex Leigh

Saintly - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/14 with stimpey

Absolutely brilliant route!!..rock was awesome! Deserves four stars.
keith hal - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/14 with martin

martinh13 - 2nd - 15/Jun/14 with Keith

sparra - 2nd O/S - 31/May/14 with Aiden

KM
Marq - AltLd rpt - 31/May/14 with Keefus

Andy Hewison - AltLd O/S - 31/May/14 with Paul

Excellent top pitch. Great climb to finish on.
IanHope - AltLd O/S - 26/May/14 with KatyHope

Ld 1.
katyhope - AltLd O/S - 26/May/14 with IanHope

Tom F Harding - 2nd O/S - 25/May/14

noemie5438 - 18/May/14 with Ian P.

Hidden - AltLd - 03/May/14

rice boy - May/14 with Giles

In one pitch, beautiful route on great rock in a superb position
sheelba - 2nd - 19/Apr/14

Led even pitches.
gGor - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Phil Wallam

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Apr/14

Roger Cruse - AltLd rpt - 14/Apr/14 with Kris

philmcf - Lead O/S - Apr/14

peteJ23 - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/14 with Scruffster

Samuel Wainwright - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/14

Conrad led 1, I led 2. Damp start.
peterhubbard - AltLd - 31/Oct/13 with Conrad

BnB - 24/Sep/13

dakidunn - AltLd - 24/Sep/13 with Julian Goddard

Made it stupidly hard for myself by going straight up the second overhanging crack rather than veering more to the right. 4b move that in hindsight was rather unnecessary!
Caralynh - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Jez Hadall

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Aug/13

KevB - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/13 with Carl Sunley

Hidden - Lead - 10/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/13

Multipitch
Matt Smyth - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/13 with firthy1234

I lead 1st pitch
chris74 - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/13 with Sam

Lead top pitch, finally got this done after taking wrong route last time. Great climb and position.
sjbrook - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/13 with Chris

machars - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Ben Sharp

johnjb - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Anne (SOC), Dave Brown

Lead 2nd pitch - great!
Mountain Llama - AltLd rpt - 21/Jul/13 with Ann, Prof

Quite exciting climb. Partner breezed up 1st pitch but abseiled from ledge after belaying my finish. Cheers Big M.
DaleF - Lead - 21/Jul/13

Led 1st pitch of 2
Anne Gumbley - AltLd - 21/Jul/13 with John Birtill, Dave Brown

eburki1 - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

Lovely slabby top pitch
Duncan Beard - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Ed Burkitt

mcglenr25 - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Francis Charlesworth

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13

55pete55 - Lead - 14/Jul/13

Lead in one lovely long pitch
sims - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Harry, Jonno

Led second pitch
Phil Blaylock - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Piers

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13

Dervey - 12/Jul/13

A little run out near the top, so I retreated and belayed. Easy moves though..
Richard Alderton - AltLd - 11/Jul/13 with Skippy, Liam

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/13

Led P1 this time. Always a cracking route.
CathS - AltLd rpt - 06/Jul/13 with Andy Asaam

First pitch me (thoroughly enjoyable) then Mark got the arÍte. This climb is one of the best at the grade and everything they say about immaculate rock is true.
Ann S - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/13 with Mark Elliott

Stunning.
Calder - 2nd - 18/Jun/13 with Ste Spencer

linked with Dexter wall
alpinismo.uk - AltLd dnf - 18/Jun/13

spadge - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/13

Retreat after first pitch due to rain (abbed off of the big belay boulder).
HeatReactor - AltLd dnf - 01/Jun/13 with James

55pete55 - Lead - 04/May/13

andysroom - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/12 with Lizzie

nige pacer - 2nd O/S - 19/Aug/12 with Andy Naylor, Andy Houseman

Hidden - 11/Aug/12

chris smith - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/12

Hewitt - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/12

Stewart Armstrong - Lead - 09/Aug/12 with William Armstrong

Led P2 this time. Dave led P1. Jamming crack at start of P2 is tricky.
CathS - AltLd rpt - 21/Jul/12 with Mike Shields, Dave Clark

Steve Woollard - AltLd - 04/Jun/12 with Kevin Colclough

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12

keithlambley - AltLd - 03/Jun/12 with Pete H

Hidden - 26/May/12

Hidden - AltLd - 26/May/12

Hidden - 22/May/12

Hidden - Lead - 05/May/12

Stickle Tarn - Lead O/S - May/12

Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/12

Tim Rodgers - AltLd - 25/Mar/12 with Rod Molyneux

kato'sdad - Lead - 25/Mar/12 with Jon Lewis

An excellent end to a superb day in gorgeous sunshine, finished off with a quick swim in buttermere!
petegunn - AltLd - 25/Mar/12 with Tom, Eric, Davina

Two Cams Tom - AltLd - 25/Mar/12 with Davina, petegunn, Eric Bray

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Mar/12

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 25/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead - 24/Mar/12

benny_m - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/12 with Su

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead rpt - 21/Mar/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/12

moose ridd - AltLd - 11/Mar/12 with M.Sadler

jason - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/12 with moose ridd, manmike

Led first pitch. Will got over bulge of second pitch, but was too cold to continue and finished up the Diff to left hand side. Weather was cold with wintry showers. Climbed in big boots.
Roch - AltLd O/S - 25/Feb/12 with Will Marshall

Hidden - 2012

joermann - Lead - 06/Nov/11

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Aug/11

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 28/Aug/11 with Pammy, Clare

Danny Crump - Lead - 02/Aug/11 with Kirsty Greenhead, Paul Greenhead, John Andrews

Fantastic Did the middle bit very direct, then nearly 4c
harold walmsley - Solo rpt - 31/Jul/11

Great route. Wandered off line, followed the crack on P2 rather than stuck to the edge. A great route for photography
Ander - Lead - 30/Jul/11 with Kev

Led pitch 1. Great route.
ladislav - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Surge

tobyk - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Emma Akam

2nd pitch to finish
pete40 - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/11

Ben Sharp - AltLd - 10/Jul/11 with Simon Ash

Continuation from Suaviter and a great way to end the day. Final section up the arete is incredible.
barney800 - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Katherine Shaw

Dave Richards - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Ed, sjbrook

Climbed in one pitch, as described through the Crux but then followed the crack on the left rather than the edge on the right by mistake. Excellent route all the same. Would do again, properly next time!
sjbrook - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Ed, Dave Richards

Me pitch 1
pffft - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Adam Mackintosh

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/11

tom heaney - 04/Jun/11 with tom hull

A fine climb led all in one go.
nick ferro - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Peter Wilkie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

tomhull - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with tom heaney

Mackinclimb - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

pwilkie - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11

tjmillen - Jun/11 with vicky

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/May/11

kylebradshaw - AltLd O/S - 04/May/11 with chris carter

troym - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Lisa Wilkes, Rory Juss

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11

Mountain Llama - AltLd - 30/Apr/11 with Paul S

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Apr/11

Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

mark v - 24/Apr/11 with Mike Norbury

nickcj - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Tom_Page - AltLd β - 23/Apr/11 with Dad

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Apr/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/11

Quality route. One of the best leads I've ever done.
samwillo - Lead - 02/Apr/11 with Chris Williams

Led second pitch. Was a bit too far left, my route harder than severe.
kev82 - AltLd O/S - 25/Mar/11

JonnoP - 2nd - 06/Mar/11 with Tom Heaney

stratandrew - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11 with James Williams

augustus trout - AltLd - 05/Mar/11 with Andy Stratford

Adamski1986 - Lead O/S - Mar/11 with Richard Gage

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/11

Jim Walton - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/11 with Dan Matthewman

Good route, was dry even though rainy morning :)
chrisjacks - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/11 with John N

iwebster59017 - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with Mike Smith

Led 2nd pitch.
Smithy Smith - AltLd O/S - 10/Feb/11 with Ian Webster

lead P2
JohnBear - AltLd - 10/Feb/11 with Chris Jackson

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jan/11

jon59 - AltLd - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Neil Henson - 2011

Paul Boggis - Lead - 2011

platt2000 - Lead - 2011

ChrisW999 - 2nd - 2011 with Sam

A Mountain Journey - 2011

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Nov/10

Hidden - 2nd dnf - Nov/10

A brilliant climb with the final stretch after the jamming crack led brilliantly by Lucie :-)
Nicholas Livesey - AltLd - 11/Oct/10 with Lucie Sedlarova

electriclinz - 2nd - 10/Oct/10 with Robert

Easy climbing on nice big holds in a stunning position. Lead the first pitch then soloed up the second after tim. One of the best climbing experiences I've had going round the arete, amazing stuff.
jmjw - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Rob H, Tim R

timrowland - AltLd - 04/Sep/10 with Rob H, jmjw

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Aug/10

lazybones - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with tom coy

stouffer - Lead - 08/Aug/10 with Deb

Hidden - Lead - Aug/10

P1
CathS - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Dave Clark

55pete55 - 2nd - 26/Jun/10

rockrat - 2nd β - 25/Jun/10 with Heather Ingram

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/10

Ben Sharp - Lead - 20/Jun/10 with Paul (Penrith)

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Jun/10

pete1993 - AltLd - 19/Jun/10

andrewkeith - AltLd - 19/Jun/10 with johnkeith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/10

Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - 18/Jun/10 with Simon Pearce

j_turner023 - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Wil, Joe Holden

With Joe, Wil, Jon and Dave. All on one rope again!
Tightsgirl - 2nd - 05/Jun/10 with David Woods, Jon Turner, Wil Spain, Joe Holden

ruthonbike - Lead O/S - Jun/10

andy jennings - Lead O/S - 31/May/10 with Momber

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/May/10

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead - 23/May/10 with Rachel Hassall

Heart in mouth to the thank god hold on the arete. Impressive at the grade.
jimorothy - Lead - 22/May/10 with Rachel Crolla

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

HATTSTER - 2nd - 08/May/10

Rich Clague - Lead - 03/May/10

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/May/10

hazeysunshine - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Dave

Simnel - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/10 with Paul Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/10

Peter Holder - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/10 with Kieran Livett, Nick Valente

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Apr/10

kieranlivett - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/10 with james.peter, nick valente

Hidden - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

dkd - Lead O/S - 2010 with Peter S

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09

Bex_M - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Claire Ellwood

Jurga - 2nd O/S - Sep/09 with James

smollett - Lead O/S - Sep/09 with jurga

Bonkers Dog - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/09

cmsg - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Adam Young, Llewelyn Thomas

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 08/Aug/09

ginja1980 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09

cem - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Julian

An absolute blinder. The final route on my brothers 1st day cragging, let alone multipitching, kudos to him! Varied and continually interesting.
Clucky - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/09 with Ian McCluskey

Led P2
Andysomething - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/09 with Bruce Perry

moved together
davefount - Solo O/S - 14/Jun/09 with Glyn

and Helen
joe king - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/09 with Rose

Moved together
Glyn - Solo O/S - 14/Jun/09 with David Fountain

i led 1st
tiga271 - AltLd - 14/Jun/09 with Dave

and Helen
Rosey Posey - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/09 with Paul

cheeky - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/09 with Mark Philipson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/09

martrin - 2nd - 03/Jun/09 with Adam Young

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/09

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 25/May/09

sarahliz100 - AltLd - 25/May/09 with James D-G

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/May/09

Hidden - AltLd - 02/May/09

Hidden - Lead - 20/Apr/09

Hidden - Solo - 19/Apr/09

galpinos - AltLd - 18/Apr/09 with Ross

jl - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Penny

dpmUK - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09 with SCC

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/09

Leelogs - 2nd - 11/Apr/09 with Matt

DM
Marq - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Daniel Dennehy

beaumap - 2009

Tarquin - 2009

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/08

crossdressingrodney - 2nd O/S - 04/Aug/08 with victim of mathematics

victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/08 with crossdressingrodney

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/08

jon thompson27 - AltLd - Aug/08 with simon mayell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/08

pog100 - 2nd - 14/Jun/08 with Reaver2k

Great and its obvious from the bottom that it will be! Soaring arete all the way up. Met a couple of blokes at the bottom, oddly only lived in penistone, (<5 miles from us) came all the way to the lake district and the people we happened upon were local to us! A nice layback up the right side of the arete, up the left hand side, stayed on the left and eventually over onto the crest and a belay at the top, smooth flowing moves. Second pitch starts with an easy jamming crack, my true love! Gritstone technique comes into action but Brorrowdale volcanic jams don't hurt! Up the right arete with whopping great jugs all the way up in a beautiful situation looking all the way over the valley. Would love to have a crack at Dexter but the top pitch looked solid from the bottom!
Reaver2k - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Mike Saul (Dad)

nakedave - Jun/08

cat22 - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Mike

Hidden - Lead - 25/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/08

morsy - AltLd - 10/Feb/08 with gerhard mors

Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - 2008 with David Smith

Hidden - Lead - 22/Sep/07

Mark Collins - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/07 with Neil Henson

Led pitch 2
Neil Henson - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/07 with Mark Collins

net - AltLd - 08/Sep/07 with Rob and Raph

Davey Ball - Lead - 08/Sep/07 with SarahW

Hidden - 08/Sep/07

Led first pitch. Great climb, feeling exposed with delicate moves towards the top.
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/07

Led 2nd pitch. Excellent climb.
tiga271 - AltLd - Aug/07 with Mark

helen1509 - 2nd - 22/Jul/07 with Andy SOC

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jun/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/07

Hidden - AltLd - May/07

duzinga - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Martina and Eva

Used to be V diff now severe..?
iceferret - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/07 with Ian Bradley

Joe Miller - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/07 with John Holden

peas65 - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/06

Tricky for grade
Simon K - 2nd - 17/Jun/06 with NE

Fantastic route - straight up second overhang and crack
Colin Matheson - AltLd - 06/Jun/06 with Charlie Fisher

Beautiful rock and a wonderful jug hold just as you think they've run out. An exhilarating solo on a crystal clear december day. Perfect
alexanderpatton - Solo O/S - 12/Dec/05

jamestheyip - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/05 with Frank Ng

Hidden - Lead - 15/Aug/05

Hidden - Lead - Aug/05

malc - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/05 with Paul S

best climb I have ever done. The view as you come overthe top is off the scale. A great day
markbenton - Lead - 21/Jun/05 with ggawthrope

mark4344 - Lead - 21/Jun/05 with Dale Knox

biggianthead - 28/Mar/05 with W, T

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/05

Iain Downie - 2005

KevB - 2nd - Jun/04 with Steve K

Hidden - Lead - 01/May/04

John Kettle - 2004

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jul/03

Celia Watson - 2nd - 13/Jul/03 with stuart watson

Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - Aug/02 with Carmen

malc - AltLd - 11/May/02 with Adele

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/01

Raggar - AltLd - 28/Jul/01 with andy moore

BenTiffin - Jul/00 with Dan Robinson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/May/00

Me pitch 1.
clive-greenwood - AltLd O/S - 20/Feb/00 with Stu Williams

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Jul/99

steve prior - Lead - Aug/98

Hidden - Jun/97

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/May/97

Trobbo - Solo - 03/Sep/95 with john blower

Rog Wilko - Lead - Apr/95 with Debbie Wilkinson

Narked4fun - Solo - 17/Apr/94

Hidden - Lead - 1992

nai - 2nd - 07/Jul/91 with Cal

andrew300169 - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/91 with Pom

bullybones - 1990

Iain Thow - AltLd - 11/Jun/88 with Bob Lister

Iain Thow - AltLd - 11/Jun/88 with Bob Lister

Andy Say - Lead - 09/Apr/88

biggianthead - 14/Sep/86 with Malcolm

rogerskews - AltLd - 1985 with Bob Adams

EddieA - Solo - Mar/84

JohnHutch - Solo - Aug/76 with CR

Lord of Starkness - AltLd - May/76

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/76

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Voting
Total votes cast 154
hard HS1 of 57
HS0 of 57
easy HS1 of 57
hard S3 of 57
S41 of 57
easy S8 of 57
hard HVD3 of 57
HVD0 of 57
easy HVD0 of 57
hard 4a0 of 43
4a4 of 43
easy 4a15 of 43
hard 3c5 of 43
3c16 of 43
easy 3c2 of 43
hard 3b1 of 43
3b0 of 43
easy 3b0 of 43
3 Stars53 of 54
2 Stars1 of 54
1 Star0 of 54
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Style of ascent

Soloed11 of 313 (3.5%)
Lead95 of 313 (30.4%)
Followed45 of 313 (14.4%)
Alt Leads133 of 313 (42.5%)
Unknown29 of 313 (9.3%)

'Climbed'144 of 313 (46.0%)
clean O/S152 of 313 (48.6%)
clean β2 of 313 (0.6%)
clean rpt11 of 313 (3.5%)
dnf4 of 313 (1.3%)