Direct Route** VD
[Reaching The Belay Ledge Half Way Up The Douglas Boulder., 3 kb]215m, 6 pitches. at VDiff. climbs the prominet NE groove of the boulder. start at the base of boulder left of clean slabs. climb up to reach the start of the deeper chimney groove. two pitches straight up to gain a good shelf.a quick traverse right and the scramble to the summit.

Photo: Reaching The Belay Ledge Half Way Up The Douglas Boulder. © vanmansam
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This climb is in 125 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

JamieSparkes - Solo O/S - 29/Sep/15 with solo

JosefGoeth - AltLd - 05/Sep/15

Awesome start to Tower Ridge. Moved together all the way, 2 hours to the top. Don't make the mistake of starting too far to the right - if you walk west passed the boulder you can see the route easily. Only a couple of wet bits the rest perfect dry conditions!
GStone - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/15 with Dan Bennett

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Sep/15

westleas - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/15

Not sure we had entirely the right route. Chimney was wet and slimy. Definitely felt harder than VD (or at least the way we went did). Went on to do Tower Ridge. Excellent day out.
Sam Watson - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/15 with James Cowley

Lead most of the pitches, definitely some elements that felt borderline Severe although i was in hiking boots. We went on to complete Tower Ridge after this. Longest day I've had on a mountain yet. Didn't love the route due to a few parts being either damp or just more loose than expected.
fireloveswater - AltLd - 03/Jul/15 with David Boyd, Andrew Toolis

precursor to tower ridge.
dboyd197 - 2nd - 03/Jul/15 with Marcus, Andrew Toolis

andy2lis - AltLd - 03/Jul/15 with Marcus McLernon, David Boyd

jwhereat - AltLd - 11/Jun/15

Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 03/Dec/14 with James matthews, Ally Hurst

Into Tower Ridge
jimmatthews - AltLd O/S - 30/Nov/14 with Ally Hurst, Sam Simpson

Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/Nov/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/14

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Sep/14

muzz44 - Lead O/S - Sep/14 with Ryan

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Jun/14

Went on and completed Tower Ridge after this on the night of the summer solstice! Completed in walking boots and pitched the chimney and ledge section. Great fun in the fading light!
Hugh Simons - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Adam Harris

Cold wind and rain approaching. Baled.
IanMcC - AltLd dnf - 21/Jun/14 with Jimbo, SimonN

funkyvin1 - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/14

Robertgiddy - Lead - 06/Jun/14

le t - Solo O/S - 31/May/14

andy dunn - AltLd - 24/May/14 with J

Bee_1 - 22/Apr/14

MTBAnimal - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/14

chimney damp and felt undergraded; 30m rope slowed us down - doubled number of pitches
GOS - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/13 with John Holterman, Michael Gibson

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 21/Sep/13

Slimey and shit.
RyanOsborne - AltLd - 05/Sep/13

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Jul/13

hedgehog_john - AltLd - 08/Jul/13 with dave wild

sam0000 - Solo O/S - Jun/13

Jacks20 - AltLd - 2013 with Mal, EMB

Good fun, a bit damp in places and the downclimb into the Douglas gap is a bit awkward.
Roberttaylor - Solo O/S - 09/Sep/12

Ray Sparks - 2nd - 26/Jul/12 with alan h

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jul/12

Dan_Staff - 21/Jul/12 with Caity Rice, Simon Hall, Alistair Everett

caity - 21/Jul/12 with Alistair Everett, Simon Hall, Dan Staff

Good extension to tower ridge but long day
jimontherocks - Lead - Jul/12 with David Barclay, Graeme

allyrocke - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/12 with Clement Hutin

Sam Warby - AltLd O/S - 30/May/12

NickBrown - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Susan, Tim

Susanj21 - AltLd - 27/May/12 with Nick Brown

Pretty wet and greasy, but great to do the full ridge this time.
HIGHTOWER - 2nd - 27/Aug/11 with Luke Watts, Dave Gleave

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jul/11

olekemi - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Andrew T, Jamie L

First three pitches are a glorified scramble BUT - we strayed left and ended up going up an open corner which is definitely harder than V.Diff...
Jeremy Wilton - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/11 with Mark Bathe

Hidden - 2011

soulclimb - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Laura Hamlet - Solo O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Chris W, Axel, Sven

Andy Hewison - 2nd - Oct/10 with Steve T

Soloed bottom section, not sure how rigidly we stuck to the proper line (went more or less straight up and never found a rightward traverse) and scrambled the last bit to the top. First ever multi-pitch, and in big boots. Weather fine throughout, enjoyed it immensely.
Paul Keenan - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with John Watson

Solo'd bottom section, pitched middle and moved together the rest.
Moonstone Hippy - 2nd - 05/Sep/10 with Graham, Phil

Stuzz - AltLd - 05/Sep/10 with Phil, Geoff

Climbed in big bots on a blustery day. Summer route doesn't really stick to the chimney, but edge on right hand side.
johnkeith - Lead - 04/Sep/10 with Andrew Keith

andrewkeith - 2nd - 04/Sep/10 with johnkeith

Used confidence rope for a small section
AndyBryce - Solo O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Andy Nicol

Captain Solo - Solo - 13/Jul/10

Stewart B - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/10 with Jane Patterson

JRae - AltLd - 19/Jun/10 with Ben S

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/10

Had trouble following the route
amy - 12/Jun/10 with Dave Farnell

Jim Malo - AltLd - 10/Jun/10

Jonny M - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/10 with Adrian Dobson

Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd - 2010

Hidden - 2010

Rain, low cloud and route finding slowed us down so decided to back off from doing Tower Ridge. Next time!
towdman - AltLd O/S - 29/Oct/09 with John Mason, Graham Armitage

Graham Armitage - AltLd - 29/Oct/09 with towdman

moving together
PeteLoveless - 17/Oct/09

Do not start low down at the base of Douglas Boulder as we did, but skirt around the unprotected slabs via a zig left and a zag right! The enjoyable part of the climbing is higher up anyway
johannes - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/09

Bit minging.
stephenmckenzie - AltLd O/S - 16/Sep/09 with Mike Cross

slipped off after about wet. bugger.
cooper leek - AltLd dog - 12/Sep/09 with donk

Really enjoyed this route, top chimney was superb. We did have good weather though.
donkster - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/09 with ben

Late start, lots of rain. Longer and harder than expected. Stayed on rock slabs up to headwall (easy angled but not much protection and quite slippy wet). Route finding was disconcerting, miraculously kept finding those pitons and crampon scars.The wet shallow chimney was feisty.3.5hours, a mere two hours more than we had predicted: too manky and late to continue up Tower R - sadly.
jimorothy - Lead - 17/Aug/09 with Rachel Crolla

melville18 - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/09 with claire melville

Pitched the whole thing due to it being damp and grassy bits very slippy. Pitches up to base of chimney are horrid (slimy, loose and no protection). Climbed grooves to the right of the chimney (which was soaking wet) for 2 pitches, which were quite nice. Final pitch from ledge is loose and slimy again. Took us about 6 hours. Overall wouldnt recommend this route. Doesnt deserve any stars.
climberuk - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/09 with Novice

prycey - AltLd β - 03/Jun/09

Loose - belay boulder came flying off down the hill when the weight of two was applied to it- scary.... took so long and being unexpectedly harder than anticipated we ran out of time to complete Tower Ridge. I lead pitch 1 /2 we climbed in a 4 for pitch 3 and 4 i led pitch 5 paul led pitch 6-
cayteye - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09 with Paul Highams

tradguy - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09 with Rob Munday, Ed Lamb, katy dartford

ed_1973 - AltLd - 01/Jun/09 with paul highams

Hidden - Jun/09

cpforbes - AltLd O/S - Jun/09

Hidden - Lead - 16/Apr/09

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/09

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Apr/09

jonnie3430 - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/09 with Nikki and Cora

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Apr/09

mikemartin - AltLd - 12/Aug/08

J Brown - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/08 with Kevin Brown

kbrown - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/08 with J Brown

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/08

trigger118 - AltLd O/S - 26/May/08 with Ian Gunn

Adderbury Climber - AltLd O/S - 26/May/08 with Jonathan Gunn

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/07

victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/07 with crossdressingrodney

crossdressingrodney - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/07 with victim of mathematics

We took a slight 'deviation' (aka got lost) on the lower flanks.
andrewbooth1000 - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/07 with Pete Smith

Martin Thompson - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/06 with Hendo

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/06

Martin Thompson - Solo - Jul/06

Hidden - Lead - Jun/06

Neil Adams - AltLd - 2006 with Andy N

CurlyStevo - AltLd - 2006

Hidden - AltLd - 2006

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/04

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Aug/03

nickdonohue - AltLd - Aug/03 with Mark McCarthy

4hrs very cloudy and wet. My mobile took a dive which tool 1 hr to retreive the precious sim card!!!
A Crook - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/01 with Sam

steveP - AltLd O/S - Jun/01 with Frank Popham

Direct start to a solo of Tower Ridge.
arose - Solo - Jun/01

Hidden - Mar/01

Hidden - 2000

akhughes - 2000

MarkDavies36 - Lead O/S - 1997

DundeeDave - 2nd - 20/Jul/96 with Ben Hughes

Rhian Wood - 1995

In the rain!
Steve Crowe - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/84 with LM

Hidden - 1982

neil3965 - Lead - Jul/77 with Julie Blythe

As Tower Ridge proper
uphillnow - Lead - Jul/60 with Tony Smith

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