The Bearded Clam*** 7a+

Rockfax Description
An exhilirating climb that builds to an exposed finale on the headwall. From below the crack on Oyster make some wild moves rightwards into a hanging groove. Climb this then trend right to the lower-off. Wires are required for the upper section or finish up Reader's Wives, which does not require wires. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The Orme 7a+'s, North Wales Rock Graded List, Classic UK F7s.

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This climb is in 53 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

wolf.leeb - Lead dog - 20/Sep/15 with Alexis

FreddieSmith - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/15 with Danny Grifths

Hidden - Lead RP - 21/May/15

Hidden - TR - 21/May/15

SMc - Lead RP - 16/May/15 with Anne

With Readers Wives
Stoney Boy - Lead RP - 18/Apr/15 with Nick Conway

Hidden - Lead RP - Apr/15

Reader's wives finish. Felt like a bit of an adventure getting to the first bolt. Was wet on the burly jug pulling start but it made for some slippery feet. Nearly gave up when my feet were slipping everywhere until Dougie said there was a jug coming up. Tricky getting into groove but can rest as soon as you do. Great route of contrasting halves.
shed_hed - Lead β - 22/Nov/14 with TC, Dougie Swanson-Low

2nd go.
dswansonlow - Lead RP - 16/Nov/14 with James Docherty

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Oct/14

piken - Lead - 14/Sep/14 with Andy

HAJ Francis - Lead RP - Sep/14

felt 7b
mark mcgowan01 - Lead β - 07/Jun/14 with Owan Jones

Hidden - Lead - 2014

nige - 2014

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead RP - 06/Oct/13 with Frank Ramsey

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/13

khawk - Lead β - 29/Jun/13 with DT

Bit of beta from Dave. Nice crux moves then steady up the groove and beyond.
Alex Mason - Lead β - 16/Apr/13 with Dave Evans, Chris Doyle

LRob - Lead - 2012

2nd go.
gregoritos - Lead RP - 11/Sep/11

phil64 - TR RP - 08/Jul/11

very good climbing, as good as night glue, so much varied style with an amazing groove to finish. Getting into it is the crux. The normal Clam finish is out right, it does not need any wires, it is run out but the climbing is all of about severe. Big jugs
schof - Lead β - 06/Jul/11 with Big phil, luke 'power house' brooks

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/11 with Phil, Andy Psyche

Rich Kirby - Lead rpt - 18/Jun/11 with Rab, Ruth

Hidden - Lead RP - 18/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

2nd go
Rob Pitt - Lead RP - 24/Jun/10 with steveE9

simply brilliant! best 7a+ in N Wales (alongside Geordie War Cry maybe)? continental style steepness precedes some Orme technicalities. single large nut fine for the short last section, not essential though probably desirable if you dont fancy a bit of a swinging whipper. worth taking 1 or 2 sling extended draws to reduce drag. not ideal to clean - take care with rubbing rope.
ksjs - Lead O/S - 19/May/10 with tommy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/09

Hidden - 02/Jun/09

Boy - 2008

switch - Lead β - Nov/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/07

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - Sep/06 with Craig Smith

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Jun/03

innes - Lead O/S - 1996

Roget - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/94 with jon

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 27/Apr/94 with Elaine Owen

shark - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/92

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 28/Jun/92 with Elaine Owen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/92

keefe - 22/Sep/91

Mike Owen - Lead rpt - 14/Jul/91 with Elaine Owen

Billg - Lead RP - 1990

Hidden - 1987

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/84 with Elaine Owen

Mark Kemball - Lead - 02/Aug/83 with Paul Clark

Hidden - Lead β - 07/Jul/83

robyn1 - 1980

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/69

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Leo Woodhead, theomoore, samrad, eugeneth, SamStokes

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