Dowser's Route/Porthgwarra Face*** VD

Rockfax Description
One of the earliest and very best rock climbs of its grade discovered on the peninsula. Although described in three pitches it is often accomplished in one. Start at some right-trending cracks and holds above the lower of the smooth ledges at the base of the face.
1) 17m. Take the good holds and cracks to a stance and belay.
3) 17m. Follow the crack to another good ledge below an overhang.
3) 8m. Move up under the overhang and traverse right to an easy finishing slope. © ROCKFAX

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Hidden - 19/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead - 05/Sep/15

Climbed as a three introduction to climbing for Dean Bettle
ChrisGard - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/15 with Kyle Maywood

Maywood96 - AltLd - 27/Aug/15 with Chris Gard

Steve Lenartowicz - 2nd - 23/Jun/15 with Clare

John Brayshaw - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/15 with John Ward

Marti999 - 2nd O/S - 16/May/15 with Debbie

Lead in 2 pitches with Nash and Lucas. Good(ish) climb but with a greasy, tricky start.
Gentleman Joe - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/15

JenDurden - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/15 with Andy Jordan

Lead first pitch. Scrambled off third.
Rob Morgan - AltLd - 04/Apr/15 with Louis, Win

Legs - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/15

Max led
cas smerdon - 2nd - 03/Apr/15 with Suzanne, Max

clams - Solo - Apr/15

Tessa 5 months pregnant.
seanprendiville - Lead - 17/Feb/15 with Tessa

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 20/Oct/14 with Judith Neaves

guy757 - 27/Aug/14

Joel Perkin - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/14 with Bryce Pudding, James Richards, Pork Pie

timreynolds - 2nd - 04/May/14 with Simon

I lead the first pitch, Mark lead pitches 2 and 3 in one go. Really nice route.
DaveGoesClimbing - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

duckhead - 2nd - 19/Apr/14

arandall - Solo O/S - 22/Nov/13

Easy climbing, Wendy lead pitch one and I lead pitch 2.
JoeCoxson - AltLd O/S - 22/Nov/13 with Wendy Matthews

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/13

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

benny_m - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/13 with Su

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Aug/13

Mark Kemball - Lead - 06/Aug/13 with Solly Kemball Dorey, Alison Dorey

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/13

I lead the first two pitches in one, Dave lead the 3rd.
jhb0510 - AltLd O/S - 19/May/13 with Dave Webster

jakenichol - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/13

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Feb/13

gg4419 - AltLd O/S - Feb/13 with Jake

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

iskra2000 - AltLd - 22/Aug/12 with Clare Downie

nickdonohue - Lead - Aug/12 with Peter Hart

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jul/12

aljezurusrf08 - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/12 with Willow

Misha - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Holly

hazeysunshine - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/12 with Fred

cas smerdon - AltLd - 08/Apr/12 with Dave Emmett

Chris Ellis - AltLd - 06/Apr/12 with Louise Pellett

Tarryn - 2nd O/S - Apr/12 with Charlie Cooper

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/12

Led all 3 pitches as a single pitch
Sarah Welsh - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12 with Emma Grant

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Mar/12

mikeydee135 - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/11 with Goater, Fletch

coffeepot - 2nd - 29/Aug/11 with Nick shuttleworth

Jon Read - Solo - 19/Aug/11

paul horabin - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/11

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/11

nick arding - 2nd - 01/Aug/11 with Philippa Arding

Philippa Arding - Lead - 01/Aug/11 with nick arding

fi15 - 2nd - Aug/11 with paul horabin

FragOcon - AltLd - 26/Jun/11

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead - 26/Apr/11

BALD EAGLE - AltLd - 23/Apr/11 with Rob Horler

mark_jee - TR - 2011 with Vicky

vickytee - TR - 2011

erinbastian - Lead - 30/Dec/10 with martin

Soaking wet, big swell and very windy. Good fun - more like diff though.
Tom Last - AltLd O/S - 03/Nov/10 with Chester

big big swell
crobinson - AltLd - 03/Nov/10 with Southern Man

Orifice - AltLd O/S - 23/Oct/10 with Stafford Dyer

Hamish lead all pitches. Very easy and well protected. Lovely, relaxed sunny day. Had some cake and tea in the little cafe.
andrea83 - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/10 with Hamish

Fun while waiting for tides at Chair Ladder. Is just about ok even not at low tide in calm sea. Belayed well back for short first pitch up to ledge to get away from the sea!! Rest of the route is lovely easy ambling up cracks.
Batt - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/10 with James Hoyes

Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Rachel B

cas smerdon - AltLd - 30/Aug/10 with Ann Shaw

led second pitch
Ann S - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Carole

Wet weather but climbing was still great. Nice route.
royal - Solo O/S - 31/Jul/10

nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/10 with Nancy Jones

andy jennings - Lead O/S - 15/May/10 with Momber

With an interesting variation on the exit through a hole in the cave roof on the right at the top. Not for those with a generous waistline :-)
nickstephens - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/10 with Peter Jones

Dilwat - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/10 with Pete

dpe - 2nd - 03/Aug/09 with Dave

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

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/09 with Kris & Jill & Roger H

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jun/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/07

Led p1, Neil led p2,3
Alaric - Lead O/S - 28/May/07 with Paul F, Neil

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Oct/01

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Jun/01

Hidden - 2001

babymoac - 12/Apr/98 with George

Susi avoided the final variation pitch and finished directly.
jim_randell - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/97 with SR

Rog Wilko - 2nd - Apr/97 with Debbie Wilkinson

auld al - AltLd O/S - Apr/96

Dowser's Route & Porthgwarra Face are different routes! Soloed both 10/5/96
Iain Thow - Lead - 23/Mar/89 with Dave Morris, Cath Hollis

Nigel Bond - Solo - 29/Aug/81

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 06/Jun/71

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