Hydraulic Arete* HVS 5b
[Hydraulic arete, 3 kb]22m.

Rockfax Description
The longest route at Hound Tor follows the blunt overlap-infested arete on the left side of the face. Start below a ledge and cracks on the arete.
From the ledge make some steep moves up the cracks and then balance up and pull through the overhang to much easier ground above. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
The Rounded Arete overlooking the car park. Start from a ledge at the base of the climb and move through the short layback corner to a small exposed ledge and then continue up throuh the rounded breaks to the top.

Pete O'Sullivan, I Thomas Jun/1984

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, Dartmoor punter fifty (ish) routes in a day.

Photo: Hydraulic arete © Kim Middlebrook
View all 4 photos or Submit a new photo of this climb.

This climb is in 189 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

LJC - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/15 with Theo

chrisdevon - 2nd O/S - 12/Aug/15 with Leigh Arscott

Quite a tricky start! Top effort by Chris!
OllieF - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/15 with Chris Rees

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/15

Hidden - 2nd dog - 15/Jul/15

petecallaghan - Lead dog - 15/Jul/15 with Tim, Jamie Trump

timreynolds - 2nd - 15/Jul/15 with Pete Callaghan

Handholds were sparse at about 2m. Decked out after a nut popped. I'll be back.
Rob McGurk - Lead dnf - 20/Jun/15

Tom Redmond - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with joe cossey

Did not go well. Too used to limestone, crimping on granite crystals didn't seem to help here.
dereke12000 - 2nd dog - 06/Jun/15 with Rob

smartydh9 - Lead O/S - 26/May/15

lmacey - 19/Apr/15

timmyhobby - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/15

hannahbannana - 2nd - 06/Apr/15

I found the 5b move hard but the rest about vdiff so very unbalanced. Would be easy to deck onto ledge.
Kemics - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/15 with Mel

Didnt find it easy.lovely mild Halloween day.
alice fuller - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/14 with Dan, Will Hornby, kafoozalem

matt_read - 2nd O/S - 04/Oct/14 with Jack Southwood

supersouthward - 04/Oct/14

SimonMarcYoung - 2nd β - 15/Sep/14

Dave Page - Lead dog - 26/Aug/14 with Lenaya Page

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Aug/14

A reasonably committing 3 moves to get to the easy ground, good fun and well protected though. Good climb!
chrisweight - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/14 with Matt Thorne

fire_munki - 2nd dog - 25/Jul/14 with Chris Weight

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 23/Jul/14

DredStripe - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/14

ChristyCole - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Dan

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jul/14

Neil Rigiani - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/14 with Harry Pearce

Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Jun/14

ray.allwood - 2nd dog - 06/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/14

Sean Kelly - 31/May/14 with David Llewellyn, John Sheehan

John Sheehan - 2nd - 31/May/14 with Sean Kelly, David Llewellyn

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/May/14

chris ebbutt - Lead - 14/May/14 with Ben

mark schramm - Lead - 14/May/14

Kieran lead until overhang then came off. I then lead to top & Reid from London seconded.
EcoClimber - AltLd RP - 05/May/14 with Kieran Dougherty Smith

Kieran lead until overhang then came off. Richard then lead to top & Reid from London seconded.
KDSclimber - Lead dnf - 05/May/14 with Richard

Single 5b move then fairly straight forward
foxjerk - Lead O/S - 05/May/14 with wiwwim

Martin Bagshaw - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Ian Pegg

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Mar/14

Clean. Easier than it looks.
Tom Last - 2nd - 11/Mar/14 with Andy March

Hidden - Lead O/S - Dec/13

mrteale - Solo - 30/Nov/13

Freezing cold day with frozen hands. Have climbed it before, in nicer conditions.
Ceridwen - 2nd dog - 24/Nov/13 with Alex Dennis

AlexD - Lead O/S - 24/Nov/13 with Ceri

Hidden - 2nd dog - 21/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead - 21/Jul/13

andy_pemberton - Lead - 17/Jul/13 with Sarah Massey

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/13

Not too sure why this route gets HVS or 5b but thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. The starting moves were great!
R2B - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/13 with Charlotte

phil456 - 2nd rpt - 04/Jun/13 with Mike Salt

Graham Atkins - Solo - 17/May/13

Dogged up the hard part at the start.
Snorfalorpagus - 2nd dog - 06/May/13 with Matt Harwood

mrteale - Lead O/S - 06/May/13

Rassapotimus - 2nd dog - 03/May/13 with will cattell

Motown - Lead rpt - May/13 with Sam

Motown - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/13

Hidden - TR O/S - 11/Feb/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

dparsons - Lead O/S - 2013

Tom Seccombe - Lead O/S - 11/Dec/12 with Harvey, tj murry

Dan 85 - 2nd rpt - 29/Sep/12 with Duncan, Dave

Matt250 - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12

dh7892 - 2nd β - 29/Sep/12 with Matt Williams

Hidden - TR - 29/Sep/12

Somewhat draughty. Actually it was so windy that Nicky had a go, slipped off and was blown sideways like a spider on a thread. A warm wind though.
MarcT - Lead rpt - 09/Sep/12 with Kerrie Mott

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Dave

Hidden - Lead rpt - 08/Sep/12

Cleanly led by Kim.
MarcT - 2nd rpt - 05/Sep/12 with Kim Middlebrook

Love this climb!
Kim Middlebrook - Lead - 05/Sep/12

Tried to lead but couldn't get beyond first move, got too pumped and let Marc take over!
nmott - 2nd - 28/Aug/12 with Marc Thorp

nickstephens - 2nd rpt - 18/Aug/12 with Gareth Greeves

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/12

gg4419 - Lead O/S - Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/12

feel a few times on the first move but did it ground up in the end
Michael Aylen - Lead RP - 22/Jul/12

Thinker01 - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Becster

becster - 2nd - 21/Jul/12 with Mark_Day

tomwheeler - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/12 with Perm

Kim goes straight from S 4a to HVS 5b!
MarcT - 2nd rpt - 04/Jun/12 with Kim Middlebrook

Kim Middlebrook - Lead - Jun/12

Tom Campbell - Lead O/S - 29/May/12

got to thin crack below overhang, pysched and fell! Got to come back and get the route!
cwildblood - Lead dnf - 28/May/12

First visit in 2012 and went smoothly.
MarcT - Lead β - 26/May/12 with Nicky Mott

First climb above S! Enjoyable, only hard moves in the first section. Loads of rests, need cams next time!
Jack J Keogan - Lead O/S - 25/May/12 with Camilla Brimble

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 25/May/12

aljezurusrf08 - 2nd dog - 19/May/12 with Willow

Hidden - Lead - 18/May/12

JamesBrowning - 2nd dog - 18/May/12 with Toby

Hidden - 2nd - 02/May/12

Mr Tickle - Lead O/S - 02/May/12 with Ian

martin clarke - 2nd - 31/Mar/12 with steve ashworth

stephen ashworth - Lead - 31/Mar/12 with martin clarke

Jamiet297 - 2nd O/S - 2012 with mark schramm

You know what, sod it, this felt like E1. I feel more qualified to comment in this case because unlike most things on the day, I actually climbed it clean. Yes, the gear is good and the crux short, but the moves are hard!
Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11 with bc, md

mattshort - Lead rpt - 11/Sep/11 with Phil Porter

Duncan Turner - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11

Duncan Turner - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11

StevieG_7 - Lead dnf - 27/Aug/11 with Neil Kay

Ceridwen - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/11 with Andy Mosienko

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11

mark schramm - Lead rpt - 21/Jul/11

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

Hidden - Lead RP - 23/Jun/11

abicampbell - Solo - 22/Jun/11

Nice climb, although we seemed to start slightly to the right of the route described in SD&D. The crux was therefore a couple of metres into the climb with a couple of delicate moves.
Neil Rigiani - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/11 with Pete Callaghan

mark schramm - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/11 with Chaman

Chaman - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/11 with Mark Schramm

waydan - 2nd O/S - Jun/11 with El Swiftos

jon_gill1 - Lead O/S - 21/May/11 with Ian Stokes

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/May/11

Homes - 2nd - 15/May/11 with Leo

leohl - Lead O/S - 15/May/11 with Jonathon Cook

feel just a little bit below the roof, small hex held me and i ended up upside down with my head just above the ledge
jo86 - Lead dnf - 15/May/11

jcook1980 - Lead - 15/May/11 with Sam A

tom169 - Lead O/S - 02/May/11 with James B

Hidden - Lead - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Jim Brooke - 2nd - 23/Apr/11

good first 10m, shame about the last 10m's. strenuous climbing on bomber kit
stvredmond - Lead - 21/Apr/11 with Helen Norris

Very pumpy climbing, agree with steve, pitty about the final section.
Helnorris - 2nd - 21/Apr/11 with Steve Redmond

mreynolds - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/11

timreynolds - Lead - 21/Apr/11 with Matt Reynolds

jakenichol - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/11

haylow - 2nd - 10/Apr/11

abicampbell - TR O/S - Apr/11

Shancock1 - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11 with Sophie Deal

sdeal - 2nd - 27/Mar/11 with Steve Hancock

Joe Richards - TR rpt - 22/Mar/11

Joe Richards - TR O/S - 05/Mar/11

Chipster - 2nd - Mar/11

Hidden - Lead dog - Mar/11

Spence22 - Lead O/S - Jan/11 with Simon

Deceiving start...enjoyed it tho
Fatboy1000 - 2nd O/S - 2011 with crispin

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 13/Dec/10 with ewan

georgedunton - TR - 08/Sep/10

Hidden - TR - 08/Sep/10

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

pielander - 2nd - 02/Sep/10 with pete saunders

mike_lumby - TR - Sep/10

MarkRyder - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/10 with James P

A bit of a struggle for the first route of the evening
jamespilgrim - 2nd - 06/Aug/10 with Mark

Silly stretched out move up onto the block after missing a decent hold. Back climbing to a more comfortable less-prone position was my undoing :-(
nickstephens - Lead dog - 10/Jul/10 with Nancy Jones

ecowaller - Solo - 31/May/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/May/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 25/May/10

peterbrett - 2nd dog - 18/Oct/09 with Jonathan Chenoweth

Dave89 - Lead - 18/Oct/09 with Chris k, Matt, Tash

mattshort - 2nd - 18/Oct/09 with Dave West

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/09 with Brian

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/09

JWB - 2nd - 23/May/09 with Rob Lillywhite

Hidden - Lead - 23/May/09

Natalie77 - TR - 10/Apr/09

r.greaves - 2nd O/S - 10/Apr/09 with John Beddard

Justin T - Lead β - 26/Jul/08 with Crispin

Bern - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/08 with Duncan Bourne

In high crosswinds!
adamscottthomas - Lead β - 26/Jun/08 with Kate Smyth

Luke90 - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Callum

sharmawho? - Solo O/S - 14/Apr/08

nutcracker - Lead - Mar/08

dewrats - 2008

sharmawho? - Lead O/S - 2008 with Oli, Chris, Nick , Dave

Noodles30 - TR - Oct/07

hard moves to start with good gear then only severe climbing after that
misterb - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/07 with simon

took fookin ages to get a hex out. i hate seconding.
w.pettet-smith - 2nd - Aug/07 with neighbour martin

eugeneth - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/07 with Chris M

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/07

prawn - 2nd - Jun/07 with Graham

climber sim - 2007

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/May/06

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/05 with Ben

ElvisLeg - 2nd O/S - 01/May/05 with Ed Southwood

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/02 with Roy Thomas

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/01

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/01

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

Mickdenali - Lead O/S - 1999

Hidden - 2nd - 29/May/97

andrewlegg - TR O/S - 1996

colin milton - Lead - 25/Jun/95 with eric milton

bleddynmawr - 1986

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Rob McGurk, bedmaster_3000, Dilwat, bazthomas, hcaw, Shancock1

Total votes cast 89
hard E10 of 31
E10 of 31
easy E11 of 31
hard HVS2 of 31
HVS24 of 31
easy HVS1 of 31
hard VS3 of 31
VS0 of 31
easy VS0 of 31
hard 5c0 of 31
5c1 of 31
easy 5c0 of 31
hard 5b3 of 31
5b19 of 31
easy 5b5 of 31
hard 5a3 of 31
5a0 of 31
easy 5a0 of 31
3 Stars0 of 27
2 Stars7 of 27
1 Star17 of 27
0 Stars3 of 27
Bag of .....0 of 27
Please Login as Existing User to rate this climb.
Style of ascent
Alt Leads
Clean O/S
Clean β
Clean repeat
Clean RP