The Exorcist*** E4 5c
[Bob Sanders on The Exorcist, E4 5c, Armathwaite, Cumbria, 4 kb]The route that put the "arm" in Armathwaite.
An excellent line, steep and compelling on good clean rock.
(5c). From the peg at 5 meters (good nut just above), move out to a good pocket on the slight prow. Strenuous climbing leads back left then straight up to the large resting ledge. Rising doubts as to the peg's solidity urge one upwards to this! From the sanctuary of the ledge a bulge is climbed into the top groove and exited on the left though it is often exited on the right as this finish stays cleaner. It may be wise to give the top ledges a brush before an ascent!

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Photo: Bob Sanders on The Exorcist, E4 5c, Armathwaite, Cumbria © John Lavelle
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This climb is in 52 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Pumpy, I'll be back for the clean ascent!
OllieF - TR - 18/Sep/15 with Davina, PeteG

petegunn - TR - 18/Sep/15 with Ollie, Davina

petegunn - TR - 31/May/15 with Matt Reeve

sam clingclangclimb - TR O/S - 26/Apr/15 with ian chadwick

My first e4 flash!! So happy with this and what a climb! Not so bold with the nut above the peg but hard moves before you can place that! Took a while to get to the top after getting to the ledge, needed a good de-pump! Thanks to Pete for the belay/beta!
James S - Lead β - 24/Nov/14 with pete gunn

petegunn - 2nd - 24/Nov/14 with James

petegunn - Lead - 22/May/14 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/May/14

wildbill - TR - 21/May/14 with Matt Chapman

petegunn - TR - 11/May/14 with Ollie, Ben

CallumSmith - TR - May/14

Great - very pumped.
sparkass - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/14 with Peter Gunn

A good lead form Duncan. Superb steep climbing.
petegunn - 2nd - 24/Apr/14 with Duncan

A gorgeous evening swinging about above the river!
petegunn - TR - 06/Apr/14

mchap - Lead - Apr/14

Hidden - TR RP - 14/Mar/14

yarbles - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Jo

Blackthorn - 2nd - 31/Aug/13 with Ollie

MarkRoe - TR RP - 06/Jun/13 with Charlie Delorie, Robert Ashcroft

craig naylor - Lead RP - 27/Apr/13 with emily shaw

Worth the 3 stars. Thought was more 6a (like the guidebook says, rather than 5c). Good climbing, good gear when you need it. Very dirty top out.
Ollie B - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/13 with T.Ripley

a13x - 2nd dog - 10/Mar/13 with James Stokes

Very dirty top section. Forced to finish as for Blast Off.
craig matheson - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/13

Felt pretty easy but didn't look like there would be much gear. Dirty towards the top
Lord_ash2000 - TR O/S - 03/Mar/13

attempted to find an absolutely nails start which end up being hoisted up. middle was okay then another nails finsh.
andyhitchings - TR - 14/Sep/12 with Ollie footit

Danny Crump - TR O/S - 15/Aug/12 with James Delarre

Very sandy in places but good steep moves. Should I lead?
Rachel Slater - TR O/S - 20/Jul/12 with Olli Crudge

can't do steep :(
Olli-C - TR dnf - 20/Jul/12 with Rachel Slater

tmawer - TR rpt - 06/May/12 with Jaime Robertson

MilesHickey - TR RP - 17/Apr/12 with Nia

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/12

matt bimson - TR - Apr/12

Hidden - Lead rpt - 25/Mar/12

got to the pitton worked a few times but was too pumped to get to the next gear placement
GeorgeWoodward - Lead dnf - 19/Mar/12 with William Bovington

Moves seem easy for 5c,Protection is plentifull but not great. Top out is rounded and sandy. Ended up clutching on to shrubs. Lots of ledges for rests.
Peter Holder - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/11

Did most of it but couldn't quite bring myself to do the rounded top out so retreated to my last gear. Gets increasingly dirty and sandy as you get higher. Clearly not led very often as the cracks are full of cobwebs!
gforce - Lead dnf - 20/Aug/11 with Emma

tmawer - TR rpt - 07/Jul/11 with Jaime Robertson

barni - Lead O/S - Apr/11 with Tapper

good dry climb, took a few falls trying the move below the in situ bolt but once i cleared it i made it up. :)
chrisjacks - TR dog - 14/Mar/11 with Sam M

Clean twice, waiting to lead in the next few days !
Petarghh - TR β - 03/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

good moves.. need to link now !
Petarghh - TR dnf - 18/Oct/10

Up to just below the bolt before taking a lovely swing out across the river ;-p
Krys81 - TR dnf - 18/Oct/10 with Pete Hill

Hidden - TR dnf - 09/Apr/10

Hidden - TR - 20/Mar/10

Christopher Roberts - 2010

oliverthomp - Lead rpt - 05/Apr/09 with danny williams

westaway - Lead O/S - Jun/08

MazElden - TR dnf - 2006

petegunn - TR - 04/Nov/00 with Ian, Steve, Matt Wilkes

Hidden - Solo - 1984

never forget this,what a fight!
DPaul - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/80

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