Bat Out of Hell*** E5 6a
[2nd try on the crux, 2 kb]12m.

Rockfax Description
An exciting direct line. Climb the blunt rib on the right-hand side of the face to a flake. Follow this and, from the top of the crack, climb the wall via a long reach or short hop from the snapped flake. Finish with a flourish. Stopping to place a cam above the crux is pumpy but a good idea if you are struggling. © ROCKFAX

FA. Paul Bolger 1979

Ticklists: Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, Hardish grit routes that have good gear but aren't staminafests, Trad climbs for sport climbers, World Graded List, Peak Rock/14/Gritstone After the Gold Rush, Caff's 100 Ace E5s, Caff's 100 Best E5's.

Photo: 2nd try on the crux © mwatson
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This climb is in 57 logbooks, and on 32 wishlists.

pearson9596 - Lead dog - 12/Jul/15 with Steve Robinson

stevorobs3 - 2nd dog - Jul/15 with Michael Pearson

friction not grate today fell of allot, so much fun!
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 31/May/15

Wow how much fun, enjoyd the falling of as much as the climbing up, Top gear placed on lead, can't wait to head back for the full ground up all gear on lead! The hardest move iv dun above gear!
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 16/Apr/15 with Si

So good.
robertmctague - Lead G/U - 22/Mar/15 with Theodore

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/14

Seconded this in 2010
Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 16/Sep/14 with Mick Mortimer

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/14 with Jack Hodgson

Pete wanted to practice setting up top ropes for SPA assessment, so I said I'd have a go at this route. Got to the crux section, but was so boxed. My sport strength has dropped off a bit since Easter!
Teappleby - TR dnf - 21/Jul/14 with Sam Ashworth, Fran Hammond, Pete Briggs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Mar/14

dominic lee - Lead rpt - 23/Nov/13 with dave turnbull

2nd try ground up
Haydn Jones - Lead G/U - 22/Sep/13 with marc duhig

Loads of beta and pre placed gear made for a pretty low-effort ascent. Still decided to ignore the sane beta for the crux and pull out a sketch desperate slap instead!
quiffhanger - Lead β - 22/Sep/13

Gear was in before the crux but in my defence of calling it an onsite the gear is really not the problem. Came down to the hand jam twice before jumping to the rail.
marcduhig - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13 with Ross, Haydn

3rd go today (with gear in). Should have pulled harder the first time
Daniel Heath - Lead RP - 18/Jun/13 with Hayden Richards

dav - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/13 with Gill B

Hidden - Lead dnf - 16/Feb/13

3rd go GU, on Jacobs gear. Big fight, I'm unfit.
nathanlee - Lead - 13/Jan/13 with Crew

dominic lee - Lead rpt - 13/Jan/13 with nathan lee

Ground up, second go after about 6 foot pops on the onsight, the first 5 of which I somehow managed to stay on... wierd.
jacobjacob - Lead RP - 13/Jan/13

Watched a very talented climber do laps on this for a film, and was asked if I wanted to second. The route just gets you more and more pumped until you get to the crux, then slap slap slap up the breaks with rubbish feet.
Joughton - 2nd β - 08/Sep/12

Pumpy, used right hand on the minging crimp unlike all the photos I've just seen now
dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/12

Jethro - TR - Jun/12 with Richard Sharpe, Adam Lindley

mwatson - Lead rpt - 21/Apr/12

pmurdy - Lead dnf - 21/Apr/12

had to dyno
Apharri - Lead RP - 05/Mar/12 with Lewis Andrew

JRae - 2nd - 07/May/11 with M Watson

3rd go, ground up
Ethan - Lead - 13/Nov/10 with Don Walker

Hidden - Lead rpt - 02/Oct/10

TomPR - Lead - 02/Oct/10

Steady, just a bit pumpy.
Oli - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with TomPR

One fall from the crux. Too tired on following attempts. Definitely get next time...
Tez29 - Lead dog - 03/Jun/10 with Tom, Ivan

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Oct/09

dan gibson - Lead RP - 18/Oct/09 with michael porter

Gus - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/09

Toby Dunn - Lead - Aug/08 with JulesV

steady, wouldn't have complained at e4.... really really good though.
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/07 with Barrows & Eddie B

Hidden - Lead β - 03/Nov/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead rpt - 11/Sep/07

lx - Lead - Apr/06

Boy - 2006

Adam Ellwood - Lead - 29/Oct/05 with sven, kells

shark - Lead rpt - 20/Aug/05 with Chris Williams

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2nd β - 2005 with Nic Sellers

Hidden - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

6b if you're less than 5ft5!
Jon Read - Lead O/S - Jun/02 with Pete Squires

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/01

Hidden - Lead RP - Jul/01

CrashMat Rob - TR - 12/Aug/00 with Miles, Martin Whelan, Nicky

CrashMat Rob - TR - 06/Nov/99 with Nicky

CrashMat Rob - TR - 17/May/98 with Nicky

sadams - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/91

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

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