Grand Alliance*** E4 6a
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Led P3, totally awesome. Bit dirty and mossy in places though, first ascent of the year apparently?
harry_lewis - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/15 with Alex McCann

Led P1 and P2 as one, had a bit of rain/hail as I was seconding on the crux but the moves weren't as hard as expected so all was fine.
amccann - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/15 with Harry Lewis


redshapedfriday - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with George North

Ace. Led p1 and p3. Started up p1 of The Shroud due to greasy rock.
GPN - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Graham Hadaway

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Sep/14

jamesturnbull - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/14 with bart shaw

WB - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14 with Andy M

seconded james on it, kinda wandered about the place a bit. Tricky slab.
Shea - 2nd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with james friend of christine

Goose4 - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Simon Bennet

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Oct/13

Nick Clement - AltLd - 29/Sep/13 with Rachel Antill, Paul Figg

Second time I've seconded the route, should go back for the lead one day.
Paul Figg - AltLd - 29/Sep/13 with Rachel Antill, Nick Cement

Ssebo Banange - 2nd - 28/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jun/13

On the belay at sunset. Great evening out.
Julian Cooper - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/13 with Stuart Knott

Ran P1 & P2 together, Graham led. I led crux P3, first Lakes E4, felt steady
cooperman - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Graham Iles

The E2 mantle is the crux
Apharri - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Dave Wharton

Led the main pitch. Excellent route, interesting line with the delicate traverse and then a spacey feel to the crux.
AJM - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/13 with Tom Lambert

Excellent space-walking route and a good lead by Andy on the crux. The first pitch is a solo but fortunately not hard.
Tubs - AltLd dog - 03/Jun/13 with AJM

Total quality. A puzzling technical traverse followed by a bold and tricky crux. I didn't find the crux too hard (unusual for 6a for me) but that's probably because I was seconding! Good lead from Tim. I led P2, which had a couple of 5b moves and then easier ground on lovely incut holds. Actually slipped off trying to go direct up the dirty arete at the very start of P1 but that was just me trying something silly, the sensible start is just to the right of the arete, which is where I went second go!
Misha - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Tim Newton

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with misha nepogodiev

Ran pitches 1 and 2 together (5b). Crux pitch (P3) was easier climbing than Prana.
andyinglis - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Guy Robertson

captain - 2013

Hidden - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

6aPunter - 2013

Peter Reynolds - 2nd - Sep/12 with simon smith

2nd 3rd pitches
C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/12 with Sally Weatley

Lead crux pitch. A very good route
david morse - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/12 with melonmike

melonmike - 2nd - 02/Jun/12 with Dave Morse

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/12 with Ed Booth

Led main pitch. Thought top headwall was pokey and bold. Certainly not soft e4. Great pitch.
Ed Booth - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/12 with Adam Booth

Jack Loftus - AltLd dog - 22/May/12 with Nick

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 22/May/12

pmurdy - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with Mike W

mwatson - Lead O/S - 05/May/12

Stone Idle - 2012

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - AltLd O/S - 2012 with Jeff McDonald

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Aug/11

P2 only - really nice sequence after the peg.
JRae - 2nd - 16/Apr/11 with Tom Dixon, A Saul

Lead 2nd & 3rd pitch. 2nd very nice bold moves on the slab, 3rd traverse was wicked but sadly had a fall from the top crux, fell badly and couldn't finish it. Good up til then!
thomasadixon - Lead dnf - 16/Apr/11 with Johnny, Alan

esther - 2nd - Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

Dave Parton - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

phil64 - 2011

2nd and 3rd
barni - AltLd O/S - 18/May/10 with Sam

lobbed 30ft from top of crux. Sideways rock 5 at undercuts held it. Landed at the thin traverse with a bust ankle. Considerably bolder than I was expecting!
John Kettle - Lead dnf - 23/Apr/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/10

Hidden - AltLd dog - 22/Apr/10

Hidden - 2010

Christopher Roberts - 2nd - 2010

westaway - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/09

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/09 with Shane

Hidden - Jun/09

datoon - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/09 with K

khawk - AltLd - 05/Apr/09 with DT

Seymore Butt - 2009

akhughes - AltLd O/S - Aug/08 with matt franks

lead first two pitches together, climbed too the small undercuts on crux pitch, queue agonizing boot saga.
Alex Mason - Lead dnf - 15/May/08 with andy gravestock

sadams - 2nd - 11/May/08 with Eric Hildrew

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jun/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/07

Pete Graham - Lead O/S - 2007 with Rick Graham

Toby Dunn - 2007

middlevern - AltLd - Jul/06 with Toby Dunn

dominic lee - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/06 with daniel lee

Bern - 2006

jeffmcd56 - Lead β - 2006 with Adam

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/03

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Jun/00 with malc davies

buzby78 - Lead - 16/Aug/99

Hidden - AltLd - May/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - Lead - 1997

D Tempest - AltLd - 16/Jul/95 with Rick

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

Bulls Crack - Lead O/S - 1995 with AM

Roget - Lead O/S - 28/May/94 with colin

a fine route
Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd - 16/Apr/94 with Nick Ashton

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 1993

Hidden - Lead - 17/Sep/91

Chris Wright - Lead - 26/Jul/90

Dave Rumney - AltLd - 16/Jun/90

Steve Crowe - 1990

Hidden - 1990

andy gittins - Lead - 1990 with M Dawes

Colin led the 6a pitch. Fantastic route - the holds are small, but there all there, at a stretch! Great lead by Colin.
allmag - AltLd - 20/Jun/89

Rich Kirby - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/88 with The General (P.Henderson)

1st Lakes E4 (although an E3 in the guide at the time).
Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 28/Jun/88 with Frank Wilkinson

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/88

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 07/May/88

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/87

Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - Jun/87 with Chris Wilson

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

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 28/Sep/86

keefe - 19/Aug/86 with Tony King

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 07/Jun/86 with Grahame Nicoll

Awesome climbing! Got to the undercut's, spotted what looked to be a reasonable hold and went for it,turned out to be poor and my confidence nosedived, climbed back down to the undercut's only for Andy to tell me I had reversed the crux! Lead back up to the top feeling rather stupid.
Paula Hamilton-Gibson - AltLd O/S - Jun/86 with Andy Hyslop

climbed on at least two occasions after an initial attempt when I backed off crux
uphillnow - AltLd - 1986

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/84

Did the whole route (I led pitches 1 & 2 together) in 45 minutes including the abseil back to our sacks.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 24/May/82 with E. Cleasby

Hidden - Lead - 28/Mar/82

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Hidden - Lead β - Jul/81

redjerry - Lead O/S - May/81 with Jim Melrose

Hidden - AltLd - 1981

Mike Owen - 08/Jun/80 with Elaine Watson

Hidden - Lead dnf - Jun/80

Great route. Great weekend.
KRB - Lead O/S - 24/May/80 with Mike Bridges

i led the 4c & 5b pitches and Kev did the hard work on the 6a pitch! All I remember is that Kev took forever on the top slab and I kept thinking he`d come flying off down over the overhang and that he kept saying his gear wasn`t the best,and it was a bit of a run out! and that i was freezing on the belay and could hardly feel my fingers and that traverse under the overhangs looked desperate and Kev had hardly put any gear in it! He didn`t come off of course,and I made the traverse with numb hands and found the top slab desperate but 2nded clean,and was very proud of Kev`s lead.
mike bridges - AltLd O/S - 24/May/80 with Kevin Bridges

robinsi197 - 1980 with Barbara

Hidden - AltLd - 1978

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/77

Hidden - 1973

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