Swansea > Great Tor >
 
East Ridge Variations HS 4b

Adjacent Climbs
<< East Ridge
 
Scrambled Slab >>
[Matt leading the final pitch., 1 kb]73m, 4 pitches. The variations on pitch 1 and 2, 17m and 17m, pitch 1 following twin cracks to more positive holds to the ledge and belay and pitch 2 following the single crack in the centre of the back wall on some polished holds to easier ground to reach the ridge and the traditional final 2 pitches, which can be run together.

Photo: Matt leading the final pitch. © Daymo
View all 4 photos or Submit a new photo of this climb.

PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 119 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

Top rope solo. Out of shape: found both HS variations desperate. Dynamic uncontrolled moves got me up both...just.
JamesColeman - TR O/S - 29/Mar/14

Had fun on the start and first few moves of pitch 1 to reach the easing, great route, enjoyed the traditionl route 2nd from last pitch round the arete and some reasonable exposure
ianbowles - AltLd O/S - 17/Nov/13 with Max Bardwell

jcooper8 - AltLd O/S - 10/Nov/13

andrew549 - AltLd O/S - 10/Nov/13

Spillers - AltLd - 14/Oct/13 with Leo

Nice summit view to end the day :)
Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 10/Sep/13

CC p1,3 TB p2,4. The polish made things spicy at times.
birthers - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/13 with Caroline C

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/13

P1 me, P2-3 Stu, P4 me.
stonemikey - AltLd - 31/Aug/13

Pitches 1, 3 & 4 of the original route, Pitch 2 by HS variation.
Jen Mason - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Richard, Julia

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Aug/13

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Aug/13

birge55 - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/13

P1 felt hard, steep and bouldery (4c??), P2 felt like trying to climb on glass. P3 and 4 were pleasant. Enjoyable route, but stiff for the grade.
kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/13 with Jun Aizawa

CLyus - Lead - 19/Jun/13 with Meinertzhagen

Did the 2nd pitch of the HS variation
jonnyblindsign - AltLd - 08/Jun/13 with oldbastard

johancilliers - AltLd O/S - 18/May/13 with Matt Edge

Done in three pitches, I took the first two and Chris the final one.
Mr. K - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with Chris Mullaney

ben.phillips - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with Mike Rigby

Lead P1 and P4. Ben did P2 & P3 together.
mike.rigby - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13 with Ben Phillips

ben.phillips - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13 with Mike Rigby

maddy92 - Lead - 16/Feb/13

Alex Cole - 2nd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with David Maddison

mauricechetwyndwoods1 - AltLd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with Leo Grabowski

Hidden - 2013

brad8563 - AltLd O/S - 2013 with Chris Phelps

Roger Kirke - AltLd O/S - 11/Nov/12

Climbed in dark with head torches, stormy weather, showers, waves crashing over the 2nd belay!! Great fun! The pint afterwards felt well earned.
TimBoothby - Lead dog - 17/Oct/12 with Stephen

Daymo - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Rob, Len Oakes, Andy

Andy Merrick - 2nd - 29/Sep/12

deejmonkey - AltLd - 29/Sep/12 with Tom, matt

tomparrott - AltLd - 29/Sep/12 with DJ

terragait - AltLd - 29/Sep/12 with Len, Andy M, Erb

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Sep/12

steve-grigg - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/12

Was aiming to do the easier variation but followed the polish and am pretty sure we did this. The grade seems more accurate too although the difficulties were brief and escapable.
gethin_allen - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/12

2nd pitch variation very polished at crucial foot placements , felt more like VS 4c BUT the more exposed easier arete is where the 3 stars are.
joe gallacher - Lead - 04/Jun/12 with Mary Eggins

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jun/12

Huw lead P1 & P2 after I tried leading P2 and lowered off the crux. I led P3+4 as one.
timstyles - AltLd O/S - 19/May/12 with Huw Howells

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/May/12

Pete Randall - AltLd - 19/May/12 with John H

First and third pitches were enoyable (clean OS), but the second pitch is like climbing glass (thus the dogged). Would recommend switching to the more exposed arÍte route for the second pitch. Not worth the stars due to polish.
andyevans - 2nd dog - 19/May/12

Led P1, P3. Fun bouldery start. Rob D slipped off on P2, I caught him a couple feet short of the ground - slippery for feet. Got hailstones on P3! Looks like a better route than the vdiff variation, so should get a couple of stars.
Poco Loco - AltLd O/S - 21/Apr/12 with Robert, R. Horler

Unpleasantly suprised by polish on P2, took a fall after reading the route wrong and muffing the crux up. Nice to have a sharp belayer!
Bobling - AltLd - 21/Apr/12 with Rob H, James P

Slick - AltLd - 21/Apr/12 with Isabel Evans

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Apr/12

nath_casper - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/12 with Adam A Wheeler, Montse Shelb

jon_ridley - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/11 with Emily Cropton

Emily Cropton - AltLd - 02/Oct/11 with Jon Ridley

Pitches 3 and 4.
Voltemands - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Carlene HIll

MD - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/11 with Donna, Su

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Aug/11

climbingxcat - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/11 with Brian

btc - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Bob Workman

M.P L.P Trad HS,4b Did it in three pitches - running the last two together
OERees - AltLd O/S - 17/Aug/11

Danny Crump - Lead - 13/Aug/11 with Sarah Pentelow

Convinced mass GMC party to do Ridge after day climbing at 3 cliffs. Ropes and people all over it. We had well earned beer and food at Oxwich Hotel after. Ran 1st 2 pitches together. Mark did rest to top.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - AltLd - 16/Jul/11 with Richard Whitaker, Mark Diplock

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/11

JCookie - 2nd - 19/Jun/11 with Richard Plater

ThinkI did some of the variations.
chris wyatt - Solo - 30/Apr/11

led p1, 2 & 4
Matthew Edwards - AltLd rpt - 19/Apr/11 with Jamie Short

J.Short - AltLd - 19/Apr/11 with Ed

joem - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/11

JG - 2011

beakerburgess - AltLd O/S - 2011 with Joe Mccarty

East Ridge Variations first pitch, original East Ridge second pitch.
Steve Hill - AltLd rpt - 31/Aug/10 with Melinda Morrell

minda_kat - AltLd - 31/Aug/10 with Steve Hill

Ram MkiV - Solo O/S - 18/Aug/10 with dan stead

Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/10

1st pitch quite a warm up early in the morning. Only just seconded without falling off. Had to downclimb some of the 2nd pitch and rest as was still pumped from the 1st pitch. Pleasant finish.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - AltLd - 15/Aug/10 with Genna Morrow

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/10

Hidden - AltLd dog - 17/Jul/10

followed the polish all the way
tdudley - Solo O/S - 24/Jun/10 with Ed Edwards, Tom Webber

wasn't told it was HS! tho didn't really feel like one, more VD or S apart from the 2nd pitch move... we started after the sun went down. good fun turns out only done pitch 2 of the HS variation.
Matthew Edwards - Solo O/S - 24/Jun/10 with Tom Webber, Tom Dudley

TomWebber - Solo - 24/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jun/10

Led pitches 1 and 3. Great position at the top belay.
DKaye - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/10 with dunnyg

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10

Hidden - AltLd - May/10

staying right for the bottom two pitches, second pitch had 1 hard move. otherwise v easy too many short pitches, good intro to multi pitch climbing.
dunky - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10

Chris Sansum - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Toni Luke

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Apr/10

jon clayton - Lead - 10/Apr/10 with Hannah Sinnott

Jules led the first pitch, I led the second, third and fourth, we ran the second and third into one pitch. I did the HS bits, didn't find them that HS apart from the start of the fourth pitch. There are a couple of other hardish looking bits that I'll have to come back another time and do.
mattrm - AltLd - 13/Feb/10 with Jules Vine

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/09

i had 1st go at pitch one got some gear in, ro went up a bit further and got some higher gear in, i then led through and finished the pitch. ro fell on pitch 2 and hurt ankle
ross duffield - AltLd dnf - 29/Aug/09 with row

led 1st pitch and 3rd+4th together. Great fun climbing. 4th pitch is only a scramble though.
joeurwin - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/09 with alex

AlexD - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/09 with joeurwin

fchris - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/09 with Barbara E

Gareth T - 2nd - 31/May/09 with Tom Webber

There are all sorts of options on this climb, some considerably harder than 4b if you seek them out, we had fun with a committing move that involved pulling up on a 2 finger pocket at the back of a little shelf.
The Ivanator - AltLd - 25/May/09 with Rob

Lead pitched 3 and 4, tries pitch 2 it was too polished
eclipse - AltLd O/S - 23/May/09 with Greg Jones

Hidden - AltLd - 23/May/09

bridget143 - Lead O/S - 03/May/09 with SUSS

Hannah Moulton - Lead - 03/May/09 with suss

tweedcore - Lead O/S - 18/Jan/09

Kenemo - 2009

summo - 2009

sebrider - AltLd O/S - 26/Oct/08 with Guy robertson

Top pitch climbed in the dark by head-torch.
Steve Hill - Lead β - 15/Oct/08 with Mark Winder

TomWebber - AltLd - 08/Oct/08 with Sam Watkins

Samo - AltLd - 08/Oct/08 with Tom Webber

tdudley - 2nd dog - Aug/08 with Simon Robinson

simonr - Lead O/S - Aug/08 with Tom Dudley

Chris 1st, 2nd & 3rd pitches, Alys 4th. 2nd pitch was very, very polished and slippery - slipped onto gear at crux...
chrisjones199 - AltLd dog - 26/Jul/08 with Alys Rook

davidgc1 - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/08 with Emily

andy jennings - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Momber

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/07

matt.woodfield - Lead - 11/Mar/07

steve.warrington - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/07 with Matt Woodfiled

Stone Muppet - 2007 with mw

AlexRenshaw - 24/Aug/06 with Thomas Renshaw

John Brayshaw - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/05 with Shirley

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/05

crossdressingrodney - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/05 with gwilym

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 10/May/98

mikej - Lead - 22/Aug/71 with E

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
RamblingRyan, TCarrick, dansmonkeytroubles, tobydunford, Hidden

Voting
Total votes cast 67
hard VS1 of 24
VS0 of 24
easy VS5 of 24
hard HS4 of 24
HS12 of 24
easy HS2 of 24
hard S0 of 24
S0 of 24
easy S0 of 24
hard 4c1 of 22
4c0 of 22
easy 4c16 of 22
hard 4b1 of 22
4b3 of 22
easy 4b1 of 22
hard 4a0 of 22
4a0 of 22
easy 4a0 of 22
3 Stars1 of 21
2 Stars15 of 21
1 Star4 of 21
0 Stars1 of 21
Bag of .....0 of 21
Please Login as Existing User to rate this climb.
Style of ascent

Soloed7 of 119 (5.9%)
Lead25 of 119 (21.0%)
Followed11 of 119 (9.2%)
Toproped1 of 119 (0.8%)
Alt Leads69 of 119 (58.0%)
Unknown6 of 119 (5.0%)

'Climbed'50 of 119 (42.0%)
clean O/S60 of 119 (50.4%)
clean β1 of 119 (0.8%)
clean rpt2 of 119 (1.7%)
dogged5 of 119 (4.2%)
dnf1 of 119 (0.8%)