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[Fireball XL5 on a boiling day, 2 kb]20m. Climb the prominent flake on the left side of Lower Buttress, then the crack above above with interest. Finish up the open corner. The bolt refered to by the FRCC Eskdale/Wasdale guide has long since disappeared but there are plenty of options for setting up a safe belay.

Photo: Fireball XL5 on a boiling day © Timpy1584
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 179 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Sam-westcott - Lead - 28/Jun/14 with Paul Cannon

PaulC - 2nd - 28/Jun/14

Blueso - 2nd - 21/Jun/14 with Anna

Interesting, varied climbing that feels quite bold in parts!
B4tgirl - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Tony

vinspin - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/14 with kaz, carl

balancy moves up steep section, friction toe hooked a groove (possibly didn't need to, but it felt awesome!), placed gear to the left blind. Corner above was "bleugh", did nothing for me...
sea_lene - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/14

Hidden - TR - 31/May/14

Tough finish - but you can escape left.
JohnHutch - Lead - 26/May/14 with Bid R, JR

Nice stuff. MVS and no more.
eldre070 - Lead O/S - 24/May/14 with Stuart barclay

LauraH - 2nd O/S - 21/May/14

jon bradley - Lead O/S - 17/May/14 with Charles Brett

bullwinkle - Lead O/S - 05/May/14 with Amanda

Hidden - TR rpt - 15/Apr/14

Hidden - TR rpt - 15/Apr/14

Fairly straightforward climbing, though the step off the pinnacle feels committing. Enough gear in the route, guidebook MVS feels fair. Possibly stepped a bit off route into a niche on the left near the top. Stepped back across before final mantle but probably skipped a move up. Nice climb, worth 2 stars IMO.
gav - Lead - 14/Sep/13 with Stew, Mark

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jul/13

smithjmw46 - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/13 with Morag Kennedy, Nathan Jones

Hidden - TR O/S - 04/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/13

Andysomething - 2nd rpt - 24/Jun/13 with Bruce Perry

Hidden - Solo rpt - 18/Jun/13

rem12112122 - Lead - 04/Jun/13 with fracis

Hidden - TR rpt - 16/May/13

j_turner023 - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Wil

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12

Wooda - 2nd - 06/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 05/Sep/12

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Sep/12

John Brayshaw - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/12 with Dave Hunter, Erica

erica - 2nd - 12/Aug/12 with John

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Aug/12

Now know what the Fireball XL5 is (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireball_XL5)! Nice climb and crux most fun part. No bolt belay, unless I am blind. Great end to a gorgeous afternoon.
wadh1720 - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/12 with John R

nice climb after mama bear had lead and babybear had second'd.
Alex Parker - TR - 04/Jun/12 with laura parker

Babybear - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with papabear, mamabear

Laura Parker - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Alex Parker

Good varied climbing
Andysomething - Lead O/S - 09/May/12 with Bruce Perry

Adi Hooper - Lead - 03/May/12 with Roger Ward

s.scott - Lead - 30/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Mar/12

Ian Hinkins - Lead - 24/Mar/12

colin smith - Lead - 22/Mar/12 with Paul Winstanley

Ed's lead
sarah hawker - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/12 with Ed (Malta), Neil Morbey

adamjeffs - 2nd O/S - 11/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2012

Rob Rocket - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/11 with C P Shaw

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Nov/11

moose ridd - Lead - 20/Sep/11 with L.Osborne

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Sep/11

Led in trainers,rock boots in bag still at home!
Shaw Brown - Lead - 18/Sep/11 with Judith Neaves

Samuel Wainwright - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11 with wainers

Wainers44 - 2nd - 30/Aug/11

Move onto the slab felt tricky, but is actually quite easy when committed.
barney800 - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Katherine Shaw

zach.stone - 2nd - 14/Jul/11 with Peter Hill

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

theotherpetehill - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/11 with Zach Stone

Darron - 09/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/11

My first full on trad lead! Reet happy and psyched to keep on going :-)
crazy chicken - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/11 with Timo Austino

1st proper trad, like, lead n it rained too - go girl!!
Timo Austino - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/11 with Nats

Hidden - Lead - 14/May/11

Pinkgremlin - TR - 01/May/11

darrenk - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/11

mcglenr25 - Lead O/S - 23/Jan/11 with Ally Newman, Francis Charlesworth

ali newman ukc - 23/Jan/11

ar1fbr - 2011

rgd1977 - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10

beckybray1 - 2nd O/S - 09/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/10

nia - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with osian fletcher, Pete rodgers

Hidden - Lead - 08/Aug/10

Adam1973 - 2nd - 27/Jun/10 with Chris Tan, Ann S

Ann S - 2nd - 27/Jun/10 with Chris Tan

Steven Andrews - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/10 with Harry

djmarko75 - Lead O/S - Jun/10

isi_o - 2nd - 18/May/10 with Chris Austin, Thom Evans

JackPott - 2nd β - 18/May/10 with Isi, Thom Evans

My hardest lead. Got sketched out and stuck on top of the pinnacle, took nearly 3 hours for me to complete, but what a great feeling when I did! Good job it was sunny so my partners got a nice tan whilst being bored out out of their minds!
Gulon - Lead O/S - 18/May/10 with Isi, Chris Austin

Roger Cruse - 2nd rpt - 08/May/10 with Kris

Monkey_Alan - Lead O/S - 02/May/10 with Max Streeton

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

Caralynh - Lead rpt - 24/Apr/10 with Jez Hadall

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Apr/10

ollismark - 2nd - 06/Mar/10 with penny lynch, Jon Lynch

jl - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/10 with Mark Ollis, Penny

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2010

NorthernRock - 2nd - 22/Oct/09

One rock over move.
andymoin - Solo O/S - 20/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/09

matthewjames - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/09 with Michael Watson

Only HS really, a slightly awkward but well protected move up over the wall then very basic all the way up the slab with good gear. Couldn't find the bolt belay so constructed some out of some old tat round a chockstone I found, a hex in a boulder that moved, and a decent cam placement.
Reaver2k - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/09 with Lisa Trollope

Lisaaa - 2nd - 17/Aug/09 with Alan Saul

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09

To get there, go round the hill not over! VS rather than MVS as per guidebook. Very steep wall, still some awkward moves after angle eases.
Tanya Savage - 2nd - 25/Jul/09 with Neil Pacey

Neil Pacey - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Tanya Savage

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/09

Hidden - Solo - 01/Jul/09

joe king - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Rose

Rosey Posey - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Paul

steveP - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Simon Ringrose

Hidden - 12/Jun/09

Marq - 2nd O/S - 24/May/09 with Andrew Funnell

Richard Weller - 23/May/09 with David Small

Joris.Roulleau - Lead O/S - 03/May/09 with Dave Gruar

Blisco - 2nd - 03/May/09 with Joris Roulleau

HamishD - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Tom Ripley

Very good climb tricky move onto the block and a fine finish.
andyhutch77 - AltLd - 07/Feb/09 with Marc Tomlinson

George Ormerod - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Chris Ford

pieweb - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Trevor Cruse

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 01/Aug/08

ewen - Solo O/S - 28/Jul/08

robert10507 - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Dylan, Stu

Peter Metcalfe - 2nd - 14/Jun/08 with Rob Hopkins

net - 2nd - 14/Jun/08 with Rob & Pete

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/08

biggianthead - 09/Jun/08 with T

Hidden - 04/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/May/08

stimpey - Lead O/S - 11/May/08 with Tom, Cas

coral21 - 2nd - 11/May/08 with Steve, Tom

Timpy1584 - 2nd - 11/May/08 with Caz, Steve

davis.pete - Lead O/S - 02/May/08 with Jon Hawes

Hidden - Lead - 07/Oct/07

220bpm - 2nd - 30/Sep/07 with Dave

BruceG - 2nd - 31/Jul/07 with Marty

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/07

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jul/07

John Kettle - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/07

Rampikino - Lead - 23/Jun/07 with MMC Various

KitCat - 2nd - 23/Jun/07 with MMC

Stephen Shaw - Lead - 23/Jun/07

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/May/07

simonfife - Lead O/S - 26/May/07 with jrenee

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/07

Rob Rocket - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/07 with Pete Randall

Pete Randall - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/07 with Rob

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 09/Apr/07 with Dan Denehy

Jonny M - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/07 with Helen Tsai

GiveHerHelen - 2nd O/S - 09/Apr/07 with Jon Moulding

petegunn - 2nd - 2007

PeteCheung - Lead - 2007 with Ian and Bill

FrankW - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/06 with Joe

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 13/Aug/06

A sneaky crux with unpleasant consequences if you stuff things up. HS 4b would probably be a better grade as the rest of the route is pretty easy.
Peter Metcalfe - Lead - 13/Aug/06 with Alan Maines

Great route, lots of fun!
Caralynh - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/06 with Adam Carless

Nice moves all the way.
adam carless - 2nd O/S - 13/Aug/06 with CaralynR

Hidden - Lead - Aug/06

fizzy_elephant - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/06 with stu

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/06

Hidden - 2nd rpt - Jul/06

Much better protected than the grade suggests, a super little route.
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/06 with Carmen

Hidden - TR O/S - 2006

The Pylon King - Lead O/S - Aug/05 with Ady Short

Hidden - Lead - Jun/05

babymoac - Lead - 21/May/05 with Pete C

Hammy - 2nd - 21/Aug/04 with Joe Gittens

Trobbo - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/04 with martin dale

Monk - Lead O/S - May/04

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/03

Hammy - TR - 31/May/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/03

Little B - Lead O/S - 05/May/02

Hidden - Lead - 2002

Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/00 with Bill G

Hidden - 11/Mar/00

Andy Say - Solo - 14/Nov/98

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Apr/97

Neil Conway - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/97 with Darren Leigh

biggianthead - 18/May/96 with HT

hard for grade - VS 4c?
Rog Wilko - Lead - Jul/95 with Debbie Wilkinson

steve prior - Lead - Apr/95

Hammy - Solo - 14/Aug/85

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
David Wynne, Ian Jones

Voting
Total votes cast 99
hard HVS0 of 36
HVS0 of 36
easy HVS0 of 36
hard VS3 of 36
VS21 of 36
easy VS9 of 36
hard HS2 of 36
HS1 of 36
easy HS0 of 36
hard 4c0 of 32
4c1 of 32
easy 4c2 of 32
hard 4b9 of 32
4b20 of 32
easy 4b0 of 32
hard 4a0 of 32
4a0 of 32
easy 4a0 of 32
3 Stars1 of 31
2 Stars18 of 31
1 Star12 of 31
0 Stars0 of 31
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Style of ascent

Soloed6 of 179 (3.4%)
Lead90 of 179 (50.3%)
Followed63 of 179 (35.2%)
Toproped9 of 179 (5.0%)
Alt Leads2 of 179 (1.1%)
Unknown9 of 179 (5.0%)

'Climbed'76 of 179 (42.5%)
clean O/S91 of 179 (50.8%)
clean β1 of 179 (0.6%)
clean rpt10 of 179 (5.6%)
dnf1 of 179 (0.6%)