Sting In The Tail* HVS 5a
[Sorting out the crux on the first ascent of Sting In The Tail, HVS 5a, Mells, 4 kb]Located on a face about 12m L of shed wall. Take the fine rising crack line that runs the entire height of the crag, passing a dead tree where the angle eases. The small tricky ramp above leads to a finishing mantleshelf onto a slightly sloping large ledge. Big cams protect, belay on trees and scramble off to the rear.
James Jackson, Ben Palmer 29/May/2006

Photo: Sorting out the crux on the first ascent of Sting In The Tail, HVS 5a, Mells © James Jackson
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Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/May/14

Removed most of the dead tree (sorry, but it did come off rather easily!). The remaining stump is still useable, if necessary. VS 5a.
bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 04/May/14 with Chris B

Cheese Monkey - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/14 with Iggy

Tree is quite rotten. Route basically ends once you reach it.
squicky - Lead - 17/Mar/14 with Ben

James Jackson - 2014

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

Top tip - don't get a really good foot jam just below the tree then fall off to end up hanging upside down by your foot 'cos it hurts.
lazzaw - Lead dog - 19/Jun/13 with Jason Wilber

Thinking Mike might be right about VS 5a. With hexes and/or a big cam or two, of course.
bpmclimb - TR rpt - 07/May/13 with Shunt

Was tempted to solo it - glad I didn't. Really quite tricky just below the dead tree.
bpmclimb - TR O/S - 01/May/13 with Shunt

markfromstoke - 19/Jun/12 with Ian

ian d f - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/12 with Mark

A sting it is!tougher than it looks,and the bee sitting on the crux made things a little awkward
tomshanti - 2nd β - 25/Mar/12 with Paul Rigg

Sam23ant - TR dog - 20/Feb/12

Hidden - Lead - 22/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 13/Aug/11

A good climb, the tree doesn't look much longer for this world! VS4c/5a
petegunn - Lead - 13/Aug/11 with Davina

Hidden - AltLd dog - 17/Mar/10

Nice climbing with a short but steep crux. Can't decide whether it warrants the grade or not as I am good at Jamming. The protection is excellent and you need nothing bigger than a friend 4. Would suggest VS 5a would be more appropriate as its harder than the file technically, but not sustained and very easy to protect well...
beardy mike - Lead O/S - 04/May/09 with Steve Corner (SC)

Backed off from the crux on lead, climbed it ok second. Have to go back for the lead.
SC - 2nd RP - 04/May/09 with mike kann

Hidden - 2008

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