Colossus*** E3 5c
[Unknown climber on Colossus Wall, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A great route, although it often seeps on the crux, and is more like E5 when that is wet. A selection of trad gear and 15+ quickdraws is useful. Start by a large boulder below a line of weakness that goes the full height of the wall. Make difficult and polished moves to reach the first ledge, and follow the curving line of weakness up and right to another ledge at 12m. A step left, followed by an awkward pull up, leads to better holds. Then climb a crack to a pinnacle. From its top, move up and left into a niche, before it is possible to move back right to below a slanting V-groove capped by a roof. Move up into the V-groove, exiting it to the foot of a crack, left of the small roof. Hard moves up this, crux, lead to good flat holds. Traverse left to an airy mantelshelf. Then follow the ledges up and right to the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Dinorwig Essentials, North Wales Rock Graded List, Great Wall Climbs of the UK, North Wales E3's, a State of Slate, Ultimate E3 ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, Radical Rockcats 2nd Year of Uni Ticklist.

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This climb is in 202 logbooks, and on 63 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead dog - 15/Aug/15

Ian craigie - Lead - 12/Jul/15

wi11 - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/15 with Pete H

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/15

dan ely - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/15 with bren

Great route to second, though it was a bit breezy at times. Took the opportunity to clean various bits of greenery from it. Drier than I remember (6 years ago?).
geoff b - 2nd - 16/Jun/15 with Mike P

Hidden - Lead dog - 16/Jun/15

Lef from the second bolt to the top as our ropes were only 50's. There was a little seepage and some greenness on the crux groove which almost, almost dispatched me. You don't get much more in the way of adventure as single pitch goes.
MarkRoe - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/15 with Ben Roe

BRoe - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/15 with Mark Roe

belay bunny turned bad - 15/May/15

mega! in size and standard. First on-sight of the grade if I can count a large largly bolted slate root as E3...? its really good! holds just before the crux were wet
bede.west - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/15 with German loui

Ripped a hold off and somehow managed to hold on. Got me a bit tense after that, and started to get very pumped through the wet crux. Really enjoyed this one.
markalmack - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/15 with gregg capon

Hidden - 2nd dog - 14/Feb/15

Hidden - 2015

My first route on slate.
kingholmesy - Lead O/S - 2015 with Colin

papashango - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with PJ

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14

BenRyle - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Barry

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/14

Cool sustained climbing and pretty safe
duncandarnell - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/14

Amazing, lots of climbing!
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Thomas Geh

tgeh - Lead dog - 26/Jul/14 with dan geh

Pumped to shit at the top
Mattlamb90 - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Ryan

Had to rush the final crack after news that jimmy needed a rescue on poetry pink!! Haha
alexjz - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14 with George Ullrich

A good adventure route! Maybe it doesn't see that much traffic: there's a fair bit of vegetation and some loose rock. Light drizzle started when I got to about 10m.
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Pablo

C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/14 with Neil Chelton

Nice exposure and a couple of cool moves but much more choosy, loose, vegetated and wet then I was expecting. Had been looking forward to this route for many years. I think maybe it's over hyped a bit. Hardest move is getting off the ground. Most of the route is more balancy then pumpy
Glyn - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/14 with Amy

Nick Biven - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

mileshill540 - 2nd - 2014

long!! but not very hard. got pumped
Alistair Corbett - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/13 with sam corbett

Not fit enough. Spent 45 mins getting to the crux section then 25 mins mid crux trying to recover for the last move and finally slid off. Finished after a good rest.
Chriswallis2 - Lead dog - 03/Sep/13 with Anna

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

tim newton - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with si hughes

Julian Cooper - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Ben Steel

Full value. Brilliant
Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with petellis

Big pitch! Almost foiled by slime in the groove high up!
andyinglis - Lead O/S - 24/May/13 with James Wheater

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 22/May/13 with alice thompson

Alice Thompson - 2nd O/S - 22/May/13 with Dan Gibson

Dan724 - Lead O/S - 06/May/13 with Tim Exley

Hidden - 2nd dog - 07/Apr/13

Epic route. Very engaging with some funky moves.. Found it hard for 5c.. Only 2 stars from me due to some suspect rock. Alternate 6a finish inbetween colos and rtws makes for a tricky topout using a thin layaway. Probly done by monkey williams who was obsessed by this wall, buying 2 bolts a week with his dole money.
wolf.leeb - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Alexis

Lenny - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Mark (Jumper)

So good, harder than I remember though I did feel that this was a big lead for me at the time. Solid E3 despite the bolts, it's all there but takes some working out and the rock has its questionable bits. Regardless, class all the way.
ksjs - 2nd rpt - 28/Feb/13 with rob

Rob Pitt - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/13 with Keith Scarlett

Early 90's.
richiebongo - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Seymore Butt - 2013

The crux crack was full of frictionless slime... Not impressed. Had to lower off the mallions
dswansonlow - Lead dnf - 26/Oct/12 with Darren McMaster

A good route, if the first move was near the top this route would be desperate.
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/12 with Dickon

Hidden - Lead - 09/Sep/12

Fell off start then climbed from the ground.
pembrokeshirecaver - 2nd β - 09/Sep/12 with Edmund Morris

Got to the first bolt a few years ago, so nice to do this properly today. Felt pretty easy (apart from slightly off balance top crack) - is baisically just a long 6b+ sport route.
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Tom Fenwick

fennerz - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Adam Booth

Michael Allday - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/12 with Bruce Houston

Dibdawg - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Dean Merchant

Dean177 - 2nd O/S - Aug/12 with Alan Dibben

UncleMephisto - Lead dog - Aug/12

Awesome route. 4th route since october so was pretty pumped throughout. Dogged on a bolt just by the crux to clean my shoe, still abit damp up there. great route
al123 - 2nd - 30/Jul/12 with rhys

Fell off in the middle when I ripped off a giant handhold. Upper section was very wet.
Rachel Slater - 2nd dog - 15/Apr/12 with Chi Huo Cheng

Crux was wet
Chi Cheng - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Rachel Stater

Bob - 2012

Bit wet at the top, great climb.
willoates - Lead O/S - 2012 with Dave Evans, Martin D

ace cant wait to do ride the wild surf
Liam FLeming - 03/Jun/11 with mark up the road, karen dalzell

Got scared and tired and the holds were wet!
HeatherF - Lead dnf - 01/Jun/11 with Tom Livingstone

Tom Livingstone - Lead β - 01/Jun/11 with Heather Florence

al99 - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with Martina Zandonella

martinazando - 2nd O/S - 01/May/11 with Al Benson

Loved every minute. Whopping route on slate! Don't ask me what happened on that crux crack cos I was so boxed out my face I had no clue what was going on. At one point me left foot went above my left hand?? This route is very safe and is absolutely stonking
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Apr/11

Pippa - Lead - 30/Apr/11 with Jon

dan ely - 2nd rpt - 12/Apr/11 with greg kane

Doesnt feel like a slate route! Top layback felt very on/off, was quite wet. Awesome!
david morse - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/11 with owain, katie

Ows - 2nd - Apr/11

Ground up. fell off and backed off low down a year ago when wet. This time was not without dramas. Pulled a rugby ball-sized block off by the 2nd? bolt, glad I was wearing a lid! Awesome, quite a go-ey crux, I had to do a big dynamic move over to the final ledge. Psyched!
Duncan Campbell - Lead β - 28/Mar/11 with Mikey G

beci tointen - Lead O/S - Jan/11 with Jamie Kean

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

good route, a fair bit wet especially the top crack, was tired aswell.
Bennykr - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/10 with Alex mason

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 16/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead dnf - 02/Sep/10

irish paul - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Sarah Joyce

More like 6b/6b+
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10 with LukeW

Ed Babs - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10 with Harry

London Luke - 2nd O/S - Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/10

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 02/May/10 with Kev

More of a sport route really, very good, 6b+.
halfmanhalfbiscuit - Lead O/S - May/10

zero six - Lead O/S - May/10

Luke Brooks - Lead - 27/Apr/10 with Barni

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Apr/10

Intendewd just to get duncans draws out, ended up doing it in the drizzle, just in time. Was wicked climbing. Never too hard apart from the hard start.
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/10 with Duncan Campbell

Speeddemonsi - Lead O/S - 2010

Jus - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/09 with Will Boxen

ian caton - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/09 with Abi

wet again
barni - Lead β - 27/Jun/09 with long jon

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09

middlevern - Lead O/S - Jun/09 with Toby Dunn

Hidden - 2nd β - 12/Apr/09

feilx - 2nd rpt - 05/Apr/09 with Angus

metal arms - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/09

mr mills - Lead - 20/Mar/09 with paul simkiss

wet and slimy as fanny from halfway up, grim, but awesome route!
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Herve

RossG - Mar/09

Brown - Lead O/S - 01/Jan/09 with Harry Westaway

Jack Symmons - Lead - 2009 with Simon Martin

Sally Lisle - 2009

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2009

was dripping
barni - Lead dnf - 18/Sep/08 with Oli

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/08

Nice climbing. Thought the crux was getting off the ground.
Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Ian Wyatt

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/08 with woody

hervenuttall - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/08 with xav

Sgt. Vest - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/08 with sophie wilmes

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 27/May/08 with Alan Royle

gjd - 2nd - 24/May/08 with Ronnie

Hidden - 2nd - 16/May/08

Hidden - 2nd β - 14/May/08

Matt Vigg - 2008

Matt Vigg - 2008

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead O/S - 2008 with Dan McManus

Hidden - Lead - 26/May/07

Hidden - Lead dog - 29/Apr/07

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Apr/07

wow! outstanding stuff: a 'proper' climb, totally absorbing. bold start, continued interest above with a great crux. make sure its as dry as possible
ksjs - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/07 with goosebump

lukea - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/07 with Al

Toby Dunn - 2nd - 03/Apr/07 with Nick Verney

middlevern - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/07 with Toby Dunn

JulesV - 2007

zero six - Lead O/S - 2007

Amazing. Felt bold in places despite bolts and jugs. Quite pumpy. Amazing line.
DavidEvans - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/06 with R Smitton

feilx - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/06 with Sue Hazel

Bern - Jun/06

Boy - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Dringo - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/May/05

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/04

Hard to get off the ground. Once off it's OK
nicholas Barrowclough - 2nd - 07/Jul/04 with Mark

spidey - Lead - 14/Sep/03 with irish si

Mark Riley - Lead O/S - Apr/02 with Bryn Jones

phil64 - 01/Apr/00

caveman_chris - Lead - May/99

D Tempest - 2nd - 08/May/98 with Rick

mikedelderfield - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/98 with Steven Delderfield

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/98 with mik

Si Clapham - Lead - 1998 with Alun Richardson

Hidden - Lead - 1998

D Tempest - Lead O/S - 24/May/97 with Rick

D Tempest - Lead - 24/May/97 with Rick

Ched - Lead O/S - 1997 with Glanfor

michael burrows - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/95 with steve ward

Roget - Lead O/S - 07/May/95 with jon

Hidden - Lead - 30/Jul/94

WB - Lead O/S - Jul/94 with Geoff

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/May/94

bullybones - 1994

goi.ashmore - Lead β - 05/Jun/93 with Simon Coles

Hidden - Lead - 01/May/93

PaulHermes - 1993

Hidden - Lead - Jun/92

Andy Fielding - 2nd - 20/May/92 with Mike Gilbert

stuart100 - 2nd dog - May/92 with Pete Goodwin

Campbell42 - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/91 with David Stott

brilliant, tiring.
mattnuttall - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/91 with Matthieu Mounier, Alan Holden

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 25/May/91 with Andy Birtwistle

steve taylor - Lead - Mar/91 with stumpy

ChrisJD - Lead - 09/Sep/90 with PeteC

Paul Figg - Lead - Sep/90

Hidden - Lead - 25/Aug/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/90

DDDD - 1990

Hidden - 1990

neilh - 2nd - 30/Sep/89 with Neil Smith

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 27/Jul/89 with Keith Turton

Hidden - Lead - 13/May/89

year a guess
shark - Lead O/S - 1989

Neil R - Lead - 1989 with Howard

charlesmfrench - 19/Jun/88 with Alan Bennett

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/88

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - Lead - 01/May/88 with Bill Williamson

Hidden - 2nd - 1988

sadams - 2nd - 12/Jul/87 with Guy Townsend

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jul/87

Hidden - Lead - 26/May/87

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 26/May/87 with Elaine Owen

Hidden - 1987

Hidden - Lead - 1987

Hidden - AltLd - 1987

keefe - 05/May/86

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/86

Great route - great day.
mark mcgowan01 - 1986 with Denise Arkless

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