The Wall of Horrors*** E3 6a
[Wall of Horrors, 3 kb]18m.

Rockfax Description
18m. One of gritstone's finest. The leaning start up to the prominent horn proves tricky but the difficult and delicate pull from the mid-height horizontal break tends to stop more attempts (large cams). Zig-zag up the final wall. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, Extreme Rock "Wall" Routes, Allan Austin Classics, Peak Rock/9/Gritstone in the Sixties, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist.

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This climb is in 148 logbooks, and on 58 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 25/Sep/15

Hidden - Lead rpt - 25/Sep/15

Jono_LS16 - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/15

The best route I've done on gritstone! Awesome moves and definitely the hardest of 'the big 3'.
GPN - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/15 with Graham Hadaway

redshapedfriday - 2nd dog - 23/Aug/15 with George North

Glad to get this first go today after messing it up a few weeks ago with Ben. Excellent route. Hardest of the 'big three' E3s I reckon.
climberchristy - Lead G/U - 11/Aug/15 with Vanessa

Not quite as hard as western front in my opinion. Finally led today after failing on it a number of times last year. Another frightener. Glad to get all three dispatched!
david morse - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/15 with 2 finger

Managed to second it clean this time. It'll have to be led at some point
david morse - 2nd rpt - 09/Jul/15 with Dragon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/15

Matt Cooke - Lead rpt - 04/May/15 with Sam Taylor

Hidden - Lead β - 21/Apr/15

farmus21 - 2nd - 27/Mar/15 with Sam Radcliffe

samrad - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/15 with james G

Hard but well good
markalmack - Lead rpt - 25/Mar/15 with sam farnsworth

Had done the start as a boulder problem before, fell off the boulder problem once today (felt heavy with a rack on) but the rest was onsight. Awesome route.
robertmctague - Lead β - 04/Jan/15 with Ed and Jack

Scooter Young - 2nd - 2015 with Dave Parton

phil64 - 2015

Brilliant route with great gear. 2 cams, top did feel run out though.
mugglewump - Lead - 02/Oct/14 with Bob A

jacobjacob - Solo rpt - 01/Oct/14

samwillo - Lead - 30/Sep/14 with LUUMC

Bron H - Lead RP - 27/Sep/14

Acoustic_Olly - Lead β - 13/Sep/14

rikbattye - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14

At last! Got the balls to get on it and got it clean. What a route!
Mike Todd - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/14 with jhardwick

nick ferro - 2nd - 04/Sep/14 with Jonathan Aylwin

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Sep/14

PaulTanton - Lead rpt - 12/Aug/14 with Connor Shepherd

papashango - 2nd β - 12/Aug/14 with Paul Tanton

Olli-C - 2nd dog - 11/Jul/14 with Swanny

robman - Lead dnf - 29/Apr/14

Felt completely nails, could not figure out how to get past the section after the boulder problem. Next time!
spidermonkey09 - Lead dnf - 23/Feb/14 with Tom Frost

Dan-Cheetham - 2014

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/13

PeteH - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/13 with Brandon, Naomi Hart

lanky and weak - Lead rpt - 24/Sep/13 with John McCune

Hardest of the trio.
Apharri - Lead β - 08/Sep/13 with Jim Gayler

westaway - Lead - 07/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead β - 31/Aug/13

feilx - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Will Benfold

will_benfold - 2nd dog - 11/Aug/13 with Felix Coxwell

cobweb - Lead rpt - 16/Jul/13 with Roger Waterworth

Hidden - Sent - 09/Jul/13

lanky and weak - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13 with Lucy Mitchell

MikeLeeds - 2nd dog - 04/Jun/13 with Neil Redgrave

danny33 - Lead - May/13

jacobjacob - Solo rpt - 22/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12

love it! just the best.
GeoffG - Lead rpt - 04/Sep/12 with tim lowe

having previously done the start as a boulder problem, onsight thereafter
nai - Lead β - 21/Jul/12 with Luke

A superb route. Good moves and gear
petegunn - Lead - 12/Jul/12 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 12/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead β - 24/Jun/12

Far better than i thought it would be. Did this one first.
Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/12 with Conor

akhughes - Lead β - 10/Jun/12

robertmichaeladams - Lead - 02/Jun/12 with Andy H

a_hein - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Rob Adams

design crisis - 2nd - 21/May/12 with Phil

barni - Lead dog - 16/Mar/12 with Tapper

uptown - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/12 with Nik Jennings

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/11

Bloody hard start. Got pretty pumped above & ran out of cams to protect the top. Fun.
quiffhanger - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/11

pipof747 - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11

Didn't think I would be able to get off the ground but somehow made it first go - surely this is 6b though?
gforce - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/11 with Dave O

Peter Holder - Lead - 09/Sep/11 with Nick Valente

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 09/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 06/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/Mar/11

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Steve Crowe - 2011

Dave Parton - 2011

Dan Mckinlay - 2011

thebigfriendlymoose - Lead rpt - 2011 with Martin Wood

simon kimber - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10 with Hannah Hunt

Superb grit route, blew the onsight, but got the next day first go. Bouldery section is excellent.
Tez29 - Lead RP - 24/May/10 with Ivan

Done the start as a boulder problem previously.
Jack00 - Lead - 14/May/10 with Rob

Hidden - 2nd dog - 27/Apr/10

wussed out below the 2nd crux, and sat on the rope. should have been onsight. all moves went first go.
markalmack - Lead RP - 18/Apr/10 with gregg capon

Hidden - 2nd dog - 18/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd RP - 18/Apr/10

reg_measures - Lead β - 19/Aug/09 with timmy elson

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/09 with AJ

Seymore Butt - 2009

kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2009 with SteveOc

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2009

Toby Dunn - Sep/08

jadm2 - TR dnf - 29/May/08 with Dave

Jon Read - 2nd - 03/May/08 with Pete Harris

Boy - 2008

ali_robb - Lead O/S - Oct/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/07

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/06 with Alex

managed to damage my knee cartilage half way up. ow
WB - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/06 with Jim

Gus - Lead RP - 01/Jun/06 with andi elizabeth turner

pezzerrr - Lead G/U - 12/May/04

really hard at 2nd crux
ellie macpherson - TR - 15/Oct/03

lx - Lead - Mar/03

jhardwick - 2nd - 2000

GeoffG - Lead - 28/Mar/99

Mike Owen - 13/May/98 with Mark Hounsley

Rich Kirby - 2nd rpt - 12/May/98

Jon Read - Lead O/S - May/98 with Tanya Holdsworth

jameshiggins - 1998

sadams - Lead - 25/Oct/97 with Hugh Cottom

Hidden - Lead rpt - 21/Sep/97

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - Jul/97 with Dave Plummer

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/96

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 08/May/96 with Matt Booth

Nigel led
Dave Musgrove - 2nd rpt - 04/Apr/96 with Andy Kassyk, Andy Wild, Nigel Baker

leathers - 2nd - 1995 with Julian Simmons

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

rob.grafton - 2nd - 1995 with barry maybank

innes - Lead - Aug/94

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/94

Super day. Ten classics including this with David and his EUMC mates.
Dave Musgrove - 01/May/94 with David

jfletcher - Solo - 17/Sep/93

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 30/Aug/93 with Nigel Baker

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Dave Musgrove - 09/Sep/92 with Nigel Baker

andybirtwistle - Lead - 12/Jul/92 with Steve Brewis

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/92 with Paul Tanton

Roget - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/91 with Jonathan T

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/91

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 29/Jul/91 with Nigel Baker

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 28/May/91

craig h - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/90 with Mike Smith

Southern Mark Smith - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 09/May/89

A cold and windy day. The crux is the boulder problem start.
Bob - 2nd O/S - 23/Mar/89 with Andy Perkins

redjerry - Lead O/S - Mar/88 with Murray Hamilton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1988

shark - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/87 with Graeme Telfer

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 30/Aug/87 with Murray Hamilton

Didnt like the look of the polished starting moves so abseiled down, put runner in flutted crack and led (in effect top roped the start and continued to lead through crux and above. Nowadays I guess I would place a bouldering mat to solve the problem
uphillnow - Lead - 1987

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

John Marsland - 2nd - 13/Sep/86 with Eduardo Martinez

MikeYouCanClimb - Lead O/S - 1986

DPaul - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/83 with s.brown

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1982

Paul had just led All Quiet and left his gear in place at the break. I wasn't pure enough to insist it was removed before my ascent!
Dave Musgrove - Lead β - 12/Sep/81 with Andy Bowman, Paul Dawson

OK - I top-roped it first!
Chris Craggs - Lead - Aug/81 with Willie Jeffrey

Hidden - 1973

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