Led pitches 2 and 4 on a freezing December morning. Plenty of wet holds/seepage. Felt harder than 6b as a result. Difficult belay from top of 1st pitch due to angle of rope across terrace; recommend the extra effort to climb up and clip 1st/2nd bolts above belay station.
Some bloke BASE jumped right next to us!
Epic descent near shoot gully in the dark = lost phone
robbo99 - AltLd dog - 13/Dec/14 with Bertrand Liger
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Dec/14
P1 only, was too wet to continue
JHC - Lead dnf - 09/Nov/14
Climbed the last pitch in the dark. Great day out
FL1PD4N - Lead dog - Nov/14
Led pitches 1 and 3. Pitches 3 and 4 both felt nails. Pitch 4 felt as hard as crux pitch but maybe that's poor endurance and cold hands.
Kemics - AltLd O/S - 12/Oct/14
Amazing climb, did the wrong first pitch (a few metres to the right) but scrambled back onto line for second. I really struggled seconding crux move with heavy backpack on, I blame that!! Amazing third arete pitch!
youwillfindjimbo - AltLd - 05/Oct/14 with Dan Ely
felixizzy - AltLd O/S - 04/Oct/14 with Bernard
Amazing. P2 was hard though!
Led first halves of P3 and P4 then set up belay stances to bring Ian up.
Could not describe it as clean onsight, but great fun...
dereke12000 - AltLd - 01/Oct/14 with Ian
Rupey - AltLd - 15/Mar/14 with alan
markfromstoke - 12/Mar/14 with Ian
ian d f - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/14 with Mark
td72 - 2014
Led pitches 1 & 3 (counting only proper pitches). Everything clean except for the crux of the 6b+ pitch. Doesn't seem to like me...
pheotleyr - AltLd dog - 12/Dec/13 with Michael
Led p2,3. Fell on p1 when foot came off wet hold. Fell on p2, greasy crux and hard sequence!
Cheese Monkey - AltLd - 24/Oct/13 with Peter
Dogged pitch 1 on lead, was wet. Rested on the ropes on pitch 2 on second several times, its crux was hard. Seconded pitch 3 and lead pitch 4 both clean. Was quite scared to hit the big ledge on pitch 4 for quite a while, probably worth setting up a belay below where the actual climbing starts.
pheotleyr - AltLd dog - 24/Oct/13 with Ben
steve_gibbs - AltLd O/S - 23/Oct/13 with Nick Russel
All four pitches were good, but I think the highlight was the technical arete on p3. Awesome views of Spacehunter wall too! Would be better if it wasn't for the two sections of scrambling up vegetated ledges.
Nick Russell - AltLd O/S - 23/Oct/13 with Steve Gibbs
beardy mike - 2013
Intersting stinging nettles approach. Managed to get stung on the nose!
Climbing was cool, one rest on P2 (need more flexibility), otherwise clean. P3 felt hard for 6b, all pretty tenuous and balancy. Very good route though and all the pitches had interesting climbing. So 2*
We ended up taking our shoes and walking back to the Black Gate as the approach through Shoot gully was shite and we didn't relish tumbling down it on the way back!
francois - AltLd - 21/Oct/12 with Chris
Great, exposed route! Felt harder due to seepage on critical holds...
I lead P1 and P3. Took a fairly big inverted fall on P3 (6b arete). Top tip: if it says "climb the arete", then climb the bloody arete and don't be tempted to move to what looks like better holds either side, like I did!!!!
BelayBunney - AltLd dog - 21/Oct/12 with Francois
Hidden - Lead dnf - 13/Oct/12
phardy - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12
jbulger - AltLd - 07/Jan/12 with Darren Russell
mandy - AltLd - 27/Dec/11 with rick
bonelessivar - AltLd - 27/Dec/11 with Andy
thomb - AltLd - 06/Nov/11 with Gareth
This climb was too hard for me to do the clean onsight thing, but I knew it would be and really just wanted the experience of 'climbing' a full height route in the gorge. All four pitches are really good especially pitches 2 and 3.
Ybot Htulk - AltLd - 06/Nov/11 with Ivan
Four good pitches, pretty cold on fingers and topped out in darkness (due to late start and slow team ahead). Glad to have got the nerve up to do the route. I led 1 & 3. My leads were both fairly clean, the pitches I seconded were both properly dogged, well I'm not a 6b+ climber (crux) and I rushed the last pitch in the gathering dark (ripped open a big flapper on my finger doing this).
The Ivanator - AltLd - 06/Nov/11 with Toby
DorsetGareth - AltLd O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Tom B
Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Oct/11
Hidden - 2nd dnf - 29/Oct/11
Absolutely brilliant route! Had a great day out, even though I fell off twice on the crux pitch, and had a couple of rests on the route. Guess that means I'm pushing myself! Will be back to lead it clean, and to have a go at 'Castles Made of Sand'.
Chris P1,3. Chakrit P2,4.
Chris Sansum - AltLd dog - 16/Oct/11 with Chakrit Suriyo
A greasy adventure which started in thick fog and topped out in sunshine 4 hours later! Damp and warm conditions made route tough for grade today. Horrible wet muddy approach up Shoot Gulley and across nettle field. p1 led rp1; p2 2nd dog; p3 2nd o/s; p4 led o/s. Abbed down in 2 with 50m half ropes. Sopping wet grassy slopes with masses of stinging nettles lets the route down - 1 star for rock, 1 star for atmosphere and exposure but not a 3 star route imo.
Jon Didymus - AltLd - 13/Oct/11 with Rich
Jon lead pitch 1, i lead pitch 2 & 3, Jon lead pitch 4. Not a 3 star route.
richiebongo - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/11 with Jon Didymus
chakrit - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/11 with Chris
Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11
Led the second (6b+) crux pitch and the final (6a) pitch. I don't think its anywhere near as good as its hype suggests though its still worth a star.
Quarryboy - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Rob Stanfield
Very painful approach with the stinging nettles. OW!
Still throbbing. Led 6a+ and 6b pitch. Found the 6a+ pitch not too bad but engagingly enjoyable. Might not have managed 6b+ pitch without the beta from belaying. Found the 6b pitch very awkward and slopy. Took a while to find the crucial hold around halfway up, very close to giving up. Stuggled with route finding before the 6b aswell as the "peg" that is mentioned was on the opposite side of the ledge. Thankfully got pointed which way to go by climbers on space hunter wall. Bit tired by final pitch so probably felt harder than it was. Sunset view on top was totally worthwhile. Descent down gulley was quite literally a pain in the arse. Great route, but only 2*'S in my opinion. Happy days.
Stanners - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Jack Bradbrook
Jim Slater - AltLd dog - 01/Oct/11 with John Bramwell
Led P1, dogged P2, fell in nettles on P3, gave up on P4.
RedFox - AltLd dnf - 09/Apr/11 with Tom K
Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/11
P1 6a+ L 2nd try (frozen fingers). P2 6b+ S dog (frozen fingers, got crux when tried a different sequence). P3 6b L OS. P4 6a L OS. The recommended descent down Shoot Gully is horrendous. It is too lethally loose to scramble down. We ended up abbing using trees along the edge, draggin my rope through the muck. No fun, especially with signs in the gully warning that the trees in it are loose.
ericinbristol - AltLd - 28/Feb/11 with Adam (adlamixion)
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Feb/11
Hidden - Lead - 06/Feb/11
2 + 4, had a quick sit on rope on crux of P2 to work out the move.
Greg Pittam - AltLd RP - 30/Oct/10 with Joe Spoor
Hidden - AltLd dog - 25/Oct/10
just one more - Lead - 25/Oct/10 with tony l
Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Oct/10
Lead second pitch, Ali Lead other three, Found route hard with thumb injury. Awesome fun multi-pitch sport route.
rowanrs - AltLd dog - 17/Oct/10 with Ali Graham
rockcrimper - AltLd dog - 17/Oct/10 with Rowan Scott
Hidden - AltLd - 15/Oct/10
Not that impressed with this is route. Don't know where the 3 stars come from!
dave657 - AltLd - 10/Oct/10 with paul b
irish paul - AltLd O/S - 10/Oct/10 with Dave Ripley
Ace! Fell off P1 twice pulling off holds! Dogged P2 too.
Chubbard - AltLd dog - 09/Oct/10 with Derek
Phil PBC - AltLd O/S - Oct/10 with henry castle
Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Marti
need to wear a helmet, some lose ibits can be knock of by partys above, can be busy.
Marti999 - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Ed Babington
Hidden - Lead - 13/Mar/10
Rosea Day - AltLd O/S - 2010 with Thomas Heslam
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 07/Dec/09
JimR - 30/Oct/09
andy dunn - AltLd - 18/Oct/09 with J
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/08
Paz - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/08 with MT
Reachy P2. Quite hard move if you are short.... which luckily I'm not. Overall, low in the grade. Nice climbing but a shame about the scrambling pitches.
chris sm - AltLd O/S - 03/Nov/07 with Pippa Froggatt
Sat on a bolt on P2 to warm frozen fingers
Paul Robertson - AltLd - 25/Oct/07 with Mark Courtiour
Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jan/07