Astra*** E2 5c
[Starting the crux on astra, 2 kb]Another superb classic taking the exposed grooved arete above Hobson's Choice on perfect rock by way of some varied and absorbing climbing. A must do.

Ticklists: Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Classic safe Lake District E2/E3, Very good routes in the UK, Allan Austin Classics, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist, UK Lonely Leads.

Photo: Starting the crux on astra © Lee Sheard
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This climb is in 166 logbooks, and on 42 wishlists.

Approach pitches and Pitch 2. Esther managed to string the crux pitch and slab together. Left me with the short top corner.
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 15/Sep/14 with Esther Seddon

soph - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/14 with Tony Stone

Led main pitch. Not hard but committing and a touch bold.
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Andrew Hainsworth

Superb! Enough gear for the hard moves, enough holds on the run out.
climbingpixie - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Andy

Hainsy - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Liam Ingram

Stuart Walker - 2nd - 08/Sep/14

I thought the crux pitch was quite serious. The climbing is easy enough but it's a long way between the gear. Absolutely cracking route!
MONKEY78 - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/14 with John Helme

nedly - AltLd - 02/Jul/14 with Chris Gudgeon

P1 & 3. Absolutely brilliant route - all the more spicy for not being able to find the hidden pocket at top of first pitch!
Gudge - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/14 with Neil Davies

bigdrew - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Ian Milward

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/14

John Pickles - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/14 with Zac Poulton

barni - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with luke

Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Barni

cobweb - AltLd rpt - 16/May/14 with martyn hopson

Led the 5c pitch - very absorbing and cold. classic.
john lynch - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Joe Holden

Hidden - 2014

Alastair R - AltLd - 28/Sep/13 with Steve and Pete

Hidden - Lead - 14/Sep/13

Top quality climb on fab rock.
Paul Figg - AltLd - 10/Jul/13 with Malcolm Bass

Pay attention - 2nd - Jul/13

Lead the main pitch this time. Wonderful route!
GPN - AltLd - 18/Jun/13 with Shaw Brown

Shaw Brown - AltLd - 18/Jun/13 with George North

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jun/13

Malcolm Bass - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Adrian Mellor

P1, P2 and P3.
Rachel Somerville - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Cal

Not sure its worth 3 stars
WB - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Chris

I led pitch 4 which was lovely. Pitch 3 was great. Not too hard but quite out there in position and gear would have focussed my mind!
Lessworkmoreclimbing - AltLd O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Kev

Felt quite friendly for E2 I thought.
chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/13 with James Rees

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jun/13

Stig - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/13 with Chris

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13

some of the best climbing i have ever done. it's got it all - exposure, great views and superb climbing.
JanBella - 2nd O/S - 02/May/13 with simon

Hidden - Apr/13

Awesome
simon_D - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Karen Mc

Kazza91 - Aug/12

Hidden - Lead - 15/Jul/12

disposition62 - 2nd O/S - Jun/12

Hidden - Lead - 27/May/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12

Lead p2, didnt find the pocket above the crack...felt nails without this! Best route I've done in the lakes to date
david morse - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12 with todd

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/12

Pohil - AltLd - 26/Mar/12 with John Crook

nakedave - Lead - 25/Mar/12

Bob Windsor - 2nd - Mar/12 with Pete Graham

JonG - 2012

cballard - 2012

cballard - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/11

Misha - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/11 with Tom

Also failed on nearby route...
ellis - AltLd rpt - 24/Jul/11 with Tom Bridgeland

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/11

C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11 with rob lay

Rob1988 - AltLd - 02/Jul/11 with Cal

Tony linked first 2 pitches. i led 5c pitch, then tony the 5a to the top. amazing route, quite a run out after the flake.
Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/11 with Tony Womersley

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/11

Very warm. Excellent.
whispering nic - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/11 with Buzz

buzby78 - AltLd - 22/Apr/11 with Nic

Hidden - 2011

alkira - 2011

Hidden - 2011

main pitch easier than i was expecting. 2 cruxes both well protected, with 5a-ish climbing in between getting steadily more run out
tim newton - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with nia fletcher

nia - AltLd - Sep/10

Got the crux pitch. Seriously committing moves and felt very sparse on gear. Felt considerably harder than an E2 round the corner (bracken clock).
Ahab - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10

Hidden - 2010

khawk - AltLd - 13/Sep/09 with DT

datoon - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/09 with K

Hidden - Sep/09

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead - 30/May/09 with Rachel Hassall

HamishD - 2nd O/S - 01/Apr/09 with Luketheape

Cold and Wet, but great climbing!
lukehunt - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/09 with Hamish Dunn

Hidden - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

Seemed quite tough for E2, must have been having a bad day - the first tricky section is moving away from your gear and the middle section felt pretty bold. Top crux well protected though and last pitch lovely groove climbing in great postion...shame about first 2 pitches!
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/08 with Jo

ewen - Lead O/S - 31/May/08 with jeb

soloed first two pitches, lead next two seconded, top. Amazing route with exposure too rival anything ive done before.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 14/May/08 with Tom Martin

Brilliant route
dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 06/May/08 with Dave Moir

GPN - AltLd - May/08 with Simon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/07

Good Climbing in a great position, on amazing rock!
IanJackson - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/07 with ShaunL

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Jul/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/07

Cooperman lead the main pitch.
Graham Iles - AltLd - 10/Jun/07 with Neil Cooper

J1PEF - AltLd - Jun/07

John Kettle - AltLd O/S - 04/May/07

Lee Sheard - AltLd O/S - Apr/07 with richard

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/06

Supoib. Perhaps quite low in the grade.
fizzy_elephant - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/06 with stu

Bern - Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/06

Bella - 2nd O/S - Sep/05 with Cio

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/05

French Erick - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/05 with Jim Holt

Hidden - AltLd rpt - May/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2004

Pete Graham - 2nd - 2003 with Rick Graham

Hidden - AltLd - 09/May/02

bullybones - 2000

simon cox - 2000

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 2000

craig matheson - Lead - 1999

Done before
phardman - 2nd - 21/Sep/96 with Bill McKee

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/96

michael burrows - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/95 with richard parry

NickJH - 1995

Hidden - Lead - 1995

John Southworth - AltLd - 17/Jul/94 with Andy MacNae

Hidden - AltLd - May/94

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - AltLd - Jul/93 with Phil Poole

rob.grafton - Lead - 06/Jun/93 with Bruce

Narked4fun - 1993

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/92

Lead p1 & 3
Mick King - AltLd - 20/Jul/91 with Pete Hankinson

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - Jul/91 with Garath Bloor

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Aug/90

Chris Wright - AltLd - 22/Jul/90

Hidden - Lead - 15/Jul/90

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/90

Hidden - 1990

Hidden - 1990

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 1990

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jul/89

tmawer - Lead O/S - 1989

Andy Say - Lead - 11/Jun/88

Rich Kirby - AltLd O/S - 1988 with The General (P.Henderson)

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead - 1987 with Stella Adams

steve taylor - AltLd - Jul/86 with Martin Stansbury

John Marsland - Lead - 28/Sep/85 with Tony Rex

The crux was fine, it was the blind groove at the top that was frightening.
Bob - Solo - 08/Jun/85

ian caton - 1985

Mike Owen - 18/Jul/84 with Elaine Owen

Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 13/May/84 with Dave Simmonds

Lone Rider - AltLd - May/84

Paul Clarke - Lead - 1984 with Various

Paul Clarke - Lead - 1984 with Various

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Lead - 21/Jul/83 with Tom Redfern

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/83

ewar woowar - Lead - 1983

mark-abz - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/82 with Andy W

Mark Kemball - AltLd - 29/May/82 with Chris Calow

Bob - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/82 with S. Stean

Hammy - AltLd - 20/Mar/82 with Fai Kwong

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Campbell42 - Lead O/S - Jun/81 with Phil Booth

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/80

redjerry - Lead O/S - Jun/80 with Roy Williamson

robinsi197 - 1980 with Barbara

andy gittins - Lead - 1980

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jun/79

Sure felt hard for E1.
Ian Jones - 2nd O/S - 1979 with Tommy Curtis

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/78

Hidden - AltLd - 03/Jun/78

Mark Kemball - Lead dnf - 22/Jun/77

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Apr/76

Marcus - 1976

A significant route at the time and one on which we had to make an early ethical decision. Should we use chalk? - We did but felt guilty about it!
Dave Musgrove - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/75 with Andy Wild

Falko - Lead O/S - 18/May/75 with Al W.

Less difficult than expected, but superb position
greenbuoy - 2nd - Aug/74

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