Fantastic. The top felt bold,Stuart Johnston - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Adam Ryan
Led the first 2/3 of the route then came down. Calves were exhausted and I'm a bit out of shape. Fantastic line!
adam 24 - Lead dog - 24/Aug/14 with Stuart Johnstone
How could a route live up to this much hype? Well this one did. Late starts, delays, rain, and tides made this the only route of a 400 mile 8 hour round trip weekend,but what a superb route.
philhilo - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/14 with Helen E
Very nice but murder on the toes!
Thinker01 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/14 with RFWilkie
Slipped off right at top while racking gear and chatting to Mark with no hands on rock!
RFWilkie - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/14 with Mark
Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/14
spragglerocks - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/14 with Matt
Hidden - TR - 16/Jul/14
Hidden - TR - 16/Jul/14
bigie bob - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14
What a beautiful route - fabulous setting, solid rock, great gear. I am baffled by the grade tho - easier and safer than Tourist Trap (E1) and very similar style of route.
petecallaghan - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14 with Adrian Swinscoe, David Llewelyn
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/14
PeterDawson - Lead RP - 19/Jun/14
Luke Dawson - Lead rpt - 18/Jun/14 with Mike Adams, Peter Dawson
Pippa - 2nd rpt - 14/Jun/14 with Jamie Thornley
mountain_jay - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Pippa Froggatt
markalmack - 2nd O/S - 29/May/14 with james marjot
Steady 5b, but doesn't let up the whole way. Plenty of gear so feel I could lead it, but dunno if I'd manage it without a rest. Well done Nevil for doing it clean.
Hooo - 2nd O/S - 26/May/14 with Vince, Nevil
Hidden - Lead - 26/May/14
Vincej - 2nd - 26/May/14 with Nevil
Very sustained! Solid E2 but I nothing harder than 5b. Not expecting to find the top so hard, but it was probably just me being tired rather than hard climbing. Had to pull on a disconcertingly wobbly block in the crack, but it definitely wasn't coming out.
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Dave Linnett, David Martinez
A wee video of a grand day out on the amazing sea stack formation of Blackchurch Rock on the Culm Coast near Hartland in North Devon. The jewel in the crown is the superlative and most photogenic E2 5b/c "Sacre Coeur" and is rightly described by UKC and Rockfax as "a majestic pitch of flawless quality" and a super-classic in the South West of the UK:
All constructive feedback or comments welcome and hopefully it may inspire a few folks with sacred hearts and strong calves to climb on Blackchurch Rock! :-)
BALD EAGLE - 2nd - 18/May/14 with Nick Russell, David Martinez Majo
I found myself thinking this is never E2 for the first half as there was gear all the way but as i got higher my feet and calf muscles were aching and the moves were getting harder.it was wet at the bottom and damp all the way up which probably made it feel harder but it was definitely E2 5c and felt hard at that as i ran out the top as i couldn't stop to place gear!one of the hardest E2's iv'e led anyway.quality route all the way!
jon_gill1 - Lead O/S - 17/May/14 with chris Lyness
Hidden - 2nd dog - 21/Apr/14
Have had this climb as my background on my laptop for years and finally lead it!!
What a superb route, bomber gear placements and lots of it, very sustained though.
Matt Smith - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14 with Zoe Taylor
Hidden - Lead - 16/Apr/14
Hidden - 2014
mike mo - 2014
IanGilbertJones - 2014
davebrox - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/13
Early morning ascent, pretty damp n slippy but bomber nuts all the way!
AlexD - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/13 with Ed
Ed Babs - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/13 with AlexD
Hidden - TR - 07/Sep/13
Great route! Feet hurt but it was worth it!
Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/13
So sustained! But cured the hangover nicely. A classic line with ample protection.
Alex the Alex - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13
Great slab climb, murder on the calves though! At 8months pregnant and topped off by a proposal after climbing it, it doesn't get much better.
Tala M - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Mike Brookes
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/13
Fantastic climb from bottom to top. Lots of gear but moving so quick with no real rests that forgot to get a couple of good bits in before some more thin moves near the top - never mind it just made me sweat a bit more! Mountain biking in was a great idea.
simonhammond1966 - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Joel Perkin
Joel Perkin - 2nd O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Simon Hammond
GPN - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Annette
net - 2nd - 07/Jul/13 with George
Sustained and hard on the feet. I reckon 5c for me, someone with smaller hands and feet may be 5b. It just doesn't stop - lots of pro after the first 20 feet, but can you get it in? Glad it wasn't my lead
Jelly Mould Surfer - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/13
AJM - 2nd β - 26/Jun/13 with Sophie Wynne-Jones
Hidden - Lead rpt - 24/Jun/13
Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/13
berry - 2nd - Apr/13 with richard pollard
haz rudry - 2nd - 2013
Hidden - Lead rpt - 22/Sep/12
total cruise. mega psyched at the top and for the rest of the day. no sign of foot-cramp or calf-burn. 3*'s
benkelsey - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/12 with Anna
riddle - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Yasmina, Tom Elliot
Should have lead this. Safe and not too hard
mrtom - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Yasmina Couty, Roger HSmith
Hidden - 2nd - 01/Sep/12
gripped01 - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Rimon Than
E2 5b seems fair, well protected but also well sustained!
Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/12 with ah
Hidden - 2nd β - 16/Aug/12
Great climb and confirms my first E2 breakthrough from 2 days earlier with this one onsight. Really good gear throughout, got a bit confused as to when I should step left as the chalk from the people before went up past the deep slot. Took the right way though (left at the first deep slot). Really good moves, the calfs got a good beating, Elvis lives on forever!
alexjz - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/12 with John Zalewski
belay bunny turned bad - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/12 with loundsy
burto - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with hertha
What a good route! Stepping left is the crux, takes plenty of gear but quite demanding on the feet and calves. Definate 3* line/climb/route, solid quality all the way, doesn't relent. Brilliant adventurous feel to the crag and we just about dodged the incoming tide.
rustaldo - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Jordon Fleming
was fine untill i wrong footed myself on the crux :( which i had no idea how i did and the on the swap my foot pinged off ! will have to go back and lead it
Jordon Fleming - 2nd dog - 17/Jul/12 with matt
Fell off this twice - once trying to place gear and a second time in a more half hearted way. This is not just incredibly pumpy and tiring on the feet but also very painful. There really is no let up, even when you think there will be near there top around the vegetation. loads and loads of 5b with some 5c moves.
James Oswald - Lead dog - 18/Jun/12 with Jon Stewart
timdi - Lead - Jun/12
put a rope down and climbed this with a self-belay device - but needed to rest inbetween x2 because my toes hurt like hell (small holds, small twist in cracks for toes)
HansUDes - TR dog - 27/May/12 with JA Thomson
tim exley - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/12 with Tom Secombe
Fantastic climb on marvellous rock!! I found the crux was hard 5c or easy 6a for me, possibly due to me being very short and/or damp condition on the day. If it is 5b, the adjectival grade should be E1, as it is so well protected.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Lee P
Smithy Smith - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/12 with Tom Kirby
alan moore - 2012
Ian JL - Lead O/S - 2012
Stone Idol - 2012
Hidden - 2012
1 rest to get out a jammed nut. this climb likes to spit out gear.
Aaron Phillips - 2nd O/S - 15/Oct/11 with my dad
Dawlish - Lead - 15/Oct/11 with Son Aaron
westyb3 - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Heather Ogston
WB - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11 with Guy
Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/11
Matthew Robinson - Lead - 01/Sep/11 with Gala
Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/11
GuyM - 2nd - Sep/11 with will
oggles - 2nd - Sep/11 with ben west
wi11 - 2nd β - 17/Aug/11 with Rob G
Amazing rock architecture set in a beautiful setting and an excellent line. Well worth a visit :)
petegunn - Lead - 02/Aug/11 with Davina
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/11
Hidden - 2nd - Aug/11
Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/11
Hard and sustained on the toes and calves...BUT AMAZING!
Kate Edhouse - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/11 with Kyle Worgan
kyle - Lead - 31/Jul/11 with Kate Edhouse
Hidden - Lead β - 22/Jul/11
Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jun/11
Pippa - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Jon
Neil Adams - Lead O/S - 27/May/11 with Jim Higgins
jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 24/May/11 with Carol
Carol Goodall - 2nd - 24/May/11 with Jonnie Williams
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 22/May/11 with CarolineH
Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/May/11
Fran S8 - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11
liamoloughlin - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11
Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/11
_m.cox_ - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Tom Harrison
Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/11
PeterDawson - TR O/S - 2011
Brilliant. Not as hard as expected, but very sustained and hard on the feet
Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Vic
Hidden - 2nd rpt - 16/Sep/10
david morse - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/10 with chris todd
Tom Seccombe - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/10 with Stu Bradbury
Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/10
Tough on the calves! A brilliant route.
lrandall - 2nd - 13/Aug/10 with Max Adamson
Hidden - Lead dog - 12/Aug/10
Dave Lacey - 2nd O/S - 12/Aug/10 with jak.kelly
andy dunn - 2nd - 05/Aug/10 with Tom
Awesome epic, John ran out upper section loads, then some gear dropped into the sea, had to swim for it. Started the second with the tide lapping at my ankles!
tskelhon - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with John_Warner
bring some small nuts, and lots of qds, and save some for the end....
Jon_Warner - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Tom
Brown - 2nd β - 18/Jul/10 with Ben Lepesant
Jessie Rushbrooke - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/10 with GF
Awesome route - steady through the crack but the top-out is decidedly sketchy with no holds to speak of and friction climbing on crumbly litchen until you get the thank God jug that is the top of the crag. Glad I was seconding - top effort Chris!
Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/10 with Chris James
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10
Mike W - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/10
Hidden - 2nd - 08/Jun/10
done the e3 finish, had top roped the full sacre coeur route week before as it was getting dark and didnt fancy leading anything in the dark
culmclimberRob - Lead β - 03/Jun/10 with lois b
Hidden - 2nd β - Jun/10
Hidden - 2nd rpt - 09/May/10
non stop til the top! my most favourite and hardest climb to date. my calves were burning!! so much good gear that i almost ran out by half way and had to spread it out towards the top.
vertically_challenged - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10
Hidden - 2nd - 14/Apr/10
Easy for the grade
Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Katherine Sydney
agony on my slippered toes
katherinesydney - 2nd dog - 10/Apr/10 with bobby gilbert
Peter Reynolds - Lead - Mar/10 with charlotte simmons
westaway - Lead O/S - 03/Jan/10
MGrock - 2010
Hidden - Lead dog - 21/Sep/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09
Hidden - 2nd β - 10/May/09
Luke d - TR O/S - 17/Apr/09
Hidden - 2nd - Mar/09
Vojta - 2nd O/S - 25/Oct/08 with Adrian Botting
3 rests for the calfs! Awesome route and setting, perfect :)
sebrider - Lead dog - 18/Oct/08 with Eugene
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/08
Owww my feet still hurt after doing this yesterday. Not much respite for the calves or toes. 1 fall then 2 rests - did the original finish (I think) which traverses right again near the top but ended probably too far right anyhow as it all gets a bit mossy and vegetated in the middle of the slab. Well protected but I wouldn't say this is a soft touch.
Justin T - Lead dog - 20/Sep/08
climbingpixie - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/08 with James
Hidden - Lead β - 16/Sep/08
John Kettle - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/08
Good route, awesome situ, great feature. Extremely well protected! Loved it!
richardr - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/08
Ally Smith - Lead - Aug/08 with Dave P
Aewsome climb, few falls, no pulling on gear. Bloody windy, puts off balance straight away.
clobato99 - 2nd dog - 10/Jul/08 with John Vincent
Brilliant, very tidal, you need to be there at dead low tide
nickdonohue - Lead - Jul/08 with Andy Neath
rain finished play, fantastic lead by Iain A though
existing debt - 2nd dnf - 26/Jun/08 with Iain a
eley1 - Lead - 06/May/08 with graham
Shaw Brown - Lead - 06/May/08 with Jeb
Hidden - TR O/S - May/08
Epic! We got there 3 hours after low tide and couldn't access the route, so abbed in and did it from a hanging belay. Not quite as classic as I remembered - but anyway so far so good, we then noticed the tide had cut us off and we had 3 hours wait on the windy, rainy rock before the tide had gone out enough.....doh....
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Emily
Hidden - 2nd - Apr/08
Matt Vigg - 2008
what a climb what a location. climbed it what can be loosely described as a fresh sea breeze....aka, very blustery
SGD - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/07 with Alastair Thompson
Hidden - Lead - 15/Sep/07
chris j - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/07 with Mark Davies
Yes, superb delightful climbing, a joy and surprisingly easy for E2. Bravo! well done! 11 bits of gear
The Pylon King - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/07 with Chris j
Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/07
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/07
Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/07
Brilliant calf-wobbler. At least 15 bits of gear I think!
Owen W-G - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/07 with Simon Denison
Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/07
eley1 - 2nd - Feb/07 with graham
Rob Kennard - 2007
ecowaller - 2007
Hidden - 2007
rob.grafton - Lead - 2007 with Paul McCann
feilx - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/06 with Tom H
Marti999 - Lead - Aug/06
chris sm - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/06 with Ben Sutton
cornishben - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/06 with Chris Sims
Also with AB
datoon - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/06 with RT & AB
reg_measures - 2nd rpt - 28/May/06 with timmy elson
stevieo10 - 2nd O/S - Apr/06 with gritrashgraham
Hidden - 2nd - 18/Sep/05
Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/05
A beautiful route. Sustained but very well protected.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/05 with Dale
Hidden - 2005
Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/03
Hidden - TR - 02/Aug/03
simon kimber - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Hazel Duff
cem - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/03 with Liam Mark, Neil Northrop
nige pacer - 2nd - 31/May/03
Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/03
reg_measures - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/03 with pete kenyon
Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/02
Jason Gotel - TR - May/02
Dave Musgrove Jnr - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/01 with Viv
Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/01
TimTaylor1980 - Lead dog - 01/Jan/01
Mickdenali - Lead - 2001 with Mark Hutchinson
Hidden - Lead - Jul/00
Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/00
Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000
bullybones - 2000
mikej - 2nd - 30/Aug/99 with Jeremy Cowen
chris sm - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/98 with Andy Robinson
First E2 in England!
Chad123 - Apr/98 with Lard
In the rain
goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/97 with James Tracey, Rob Bradley
andy_pemberton - Lead - May/97 with Rik Meek
Tide coming in. Swam round to front for a recce. Then abbed in and belayed on bottom of ab rope. Waded thigh-deep back to mainland after. Excellent
Derek Ryden - Lead - 1997 with Andy Forbes
Hidden - Lead - 1997
colin milton - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/96 with eric milton
snowcat - 2nd - 03/Aug/96 with Dave Morriss, Chris Schiller
Hidden - Lead - 07/Jun/96
Roget - Lead O/S - 06/May/96 with jon
Jon Didymus - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/95 with Marcus
auld al - Lead O/S - May/95
whispering nic - 2nd - Aug/94 with Kat
Hidden - Aug/94
Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jun/94
kp64zl - Lead - Apr/92 with Keith, Jason M
Andy Fielding - 2nd - 08/Sep/91 with Mark Lardner
It took 10 minutes for my legs to recover at the top! Could hardly move.
rogerskews - 25/May/91 with Bryn Roberts
kp64zl - 2nd - May/91 with Paul
Andy Say - Lead - 28/Apr/91
Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/Mar/91
Dave Rumney - Jun/90
Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/May/90
Bruce Kerr - 2nd - 22/Jul/89 with Keith Turton
Hidden - 2nd - 1988
Nick Biven - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/87 with Ashley Hunt
Tom V - Lead - 17/Aug/87 with Howie Darwin
Nigel Coe - 2nd - 1987 with Gordon Jenkin
Sustained bu straightforward. Very well protected.
eroica64 - Lead - 27/Jul/86 with Denis Crampton
Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/85
shark - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/85 with Seb Grieve
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 1985 with Ian Milne
Hidden - Lead - 1982
Hammy - Lead - 16/Aug/81 with Rob Lawson
neil3965 - 2nd - Jul/81 with Dick Lewesley
Mark Kemball - Lead - Apr/81 with Bill McKee
Hidden - Lead O/S - May/80
Chris Craggs - 1980