The Armchair* HVS 5a

Rockfax Description
The huge left-leaning corner is a fantastic line. The initial wall is hard and committing. Start on a block at the left side of a black wall that leads up into the base of the corner.
From the block, step onto the black wall and climb it on diminishing holds to eventually enter the base of the main corner. Climb the excellent corner-line all the way to an easing near the top and finish up the steep black corner on good holds. This pitch can easily be split at a good stance (the 'Armchair') midway up the main corner. © ROCKFAX

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jonleighton - 2nd O/S - 17/Aug/15

miriamclaire - Lead dog - 15/Aug/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/15

Led as 1 pitch. Nice climb, but I didn't feel I climbed it that well. It also started raining, meaning the whole 2nd pitch was slippery and less pleasant than it should have been.
manbat - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/15 with Luke Randall

In one pitch
Robin Brooke - Lead - Jul/15 with Paula Ryan

Pryan - 2nd - Jul/15 with Robin Brooke

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/15

twill - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/15 with Tom Hubje

Great route, no idea why it gets 1*!
Jackislav - Lead O/S - 23/May/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/15

London Luke - Lead O/S - 23/May/15 with Emma

supersouthward - 16/May/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/May/15

Ollie T - 2nd - 12/May/15 with Wendy Matthews, Jake Bailey

Set up a belay at in what I think was the arm chair as I was running out of quick draws
Wendy Watthews - Lead rpt - 12/May/15 with Jake Bailey, cuc

A bit wet, with birds, easy to protect
lukegorman - Lead O/S - 12/May/15 with aidanchitty

really good route
fulton333 - Lead - 11/May/15 with Charlie Edwards

Hidden - 2nd β - 21/Mar/15

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/14

Just could not make myself take my left hand off to reach the big hold at the top of the slab!
jhb0510 - Lead dnf - 11/Sep/14 with Luke Randall

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Aug/14

david morse - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/14 with KT

Hidden - 2nd β - 17/Aug/14

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

Mark Kemball - Lead - 05/Jul/14 with Solly Kemball Dorey

lots of balance, bridge moves not recommended if slightly wet as quite polished in places
dready - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/14 with whiteexplorer

polished in places
whiteexplorer - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/14 with joe

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/14

gowla - Lead - 08/Apr/14 with Max

Hidden - 2nd dog - 21/Mar/14

very wet
ian d f - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/14 with David Brock, Steve Robinson

stevorobs3 - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/14 with David Brock, Ian Faulkner

jcw - 2014

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Hidden - Lead - 2014

mike.moss - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/13 with Chris Ackroyd

PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/13 with Ted Roggers

Ian JL - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/13

Hidden - 2nd β - 30/May/13

Knackered! The bottom section of Beaker Route followed by the top section of The Armchair.
jhb0510 - 2nd O/S - 28/May/13 with Steve Seale

oakapple - Lead O/S - 13/May/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 2013

Nick Biven - 2013

Nice, but wet
fraserbarrett - Lead O/S - 30/Dec/12

Really nice route that just keeps going. The crack was a bit wet in places
katiep - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Alex Banks

Great climb with a technical but enjoyable start.
Albachoss - 2nd O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Katie Preston

Got through the polished stuff at the bottom and then a stupid slip. Gear is good from the 'beaker' onwards and its a great climb.
Dilwat - Lead dog - 21/Sep/12 with Pete

without wires!
gowla - Lead rpt - 14/Sep/12 with Keith Mitchell

tim.fairhall - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/12 with Elliott

Bex_M - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/12 with Duncan Dunbar

carlgodfrey - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12

a little wet in places. exit involved humping a brain-shaped shrubbery
jon_ridley - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/12 with Geoff Pyatt, Gavin Oliver

groliver26 - 2nd - 06/Jun/12 with Jon Ridley

quite wet, felt sustained and difficult, took a long time, bold at the start
Stewart Armstrong - Lead - 03/Jun/12 with Steve Westwood

Dripping wet in the middle section. Also birds nest with eggs in the armchair.
arandall - Lead O/S - 06/May/12 with Wendy Matthews

was a little wet and dripping :)
Wendy Watthews - 2nd dog - 06/May/12 with arandall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/11

gowla - Lead β - 13/Sep/11 with tom maunder

Dave Heaton - Lead - 23/Jun/11 with Jake Nichol

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

oooeese - 2nd O/S - Jun/11 with josh daymond

ben bowry - 2nd O/S - Jun/11 with Matthew Murphy

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/11

lead 1st pitch! good route!
Master Chief - AltLd O/S - 25/May/11 with Jeremy

Hidden - Lead - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Apr/11

It was a bit greasy.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/11 with Tony H

More polish than an army parade ground! Top route though, even if it was a little tricky. Of special note are the jackdraws who jumped out of the armchair cave where they are nesting and then "escorted" me to the top!
nickstephens - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead - 12/Feb/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Sep/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/10

tommytuffa - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/10 with ollie b

A surprisingly good climb, should be done in one pitch, worth 2 stars and ample gear so no need for the flutter symbol in the new rockfax. Start holds are polished but positive
kevin stephens - Aug/10

Pitch 2
metal arms - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/10

Started to drizzle so ran the two pitches together to get out fast.
Tim M - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/10 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 04/Jul/10 with cheesesarnie

led first pitch to the 'Armchair' - which seemed to be an uncomfortable hanging belay shared with a large plant - more of a hanging basket really.
adamscottthomas - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10 with Kafoozalem

will_benfold - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Maria

d_meacher - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Sarah Joyce

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/10

With Simon from France on BMC international meet.
Bobby Gilbert - 2nd rpt - 15/May/10 with Simon from France

Bobby Gilbert - AltLd O/S - 28/Apr/10 with Paul Abram

top half of pitch was soaking wet, felt like hard E1.
Dan_Carroll - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/10

Did the first pitch.
GarethHall - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/10 with Gary Wong

Led 2nd pitch, which was a wall of water! Thankfully juggy.
garywong - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/10 with Gareth Hall

Seymore Butt - 2010

sparbus - AltLd - 21/Oct/09 with mike b

Bit of a battle! Left cams on the ground so had to have them passed up to me!! Ran out of quickdraws too so had to improvise with a hex! Wet in places.
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/09 with Dom Jeff, Jerome Taylor

Richard Horn - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/09

A slimy, polished and unpleasant, pumpy route. With woodlice!!
Mark_RMC - AltLd - 22/Aug/09 with Rob Smart

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/09 with Kris

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/09

Got stuck on one move near the bottom as didn't see a foothold - otherwise clean.
briar4012 - 2nd dog - 18/Jun/09 with Marti

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/09

mattcyp88 - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/09 with Dave Spencer

Had to ab for some of the gear
Fat Tim - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Sarah Baker

Did 1st picth of beaker route then traversed onto 2nd picth of Armchair...traverse was quite hard!
Mr Tickle - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/09 with davenev

Started leading p2 but got a bit lost!!!! Luke to the rescue once again :)
davenev - 2nd O/S - 10/Apr/09 with luke

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jun/08

bfreeman - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/08 with Ben Lea

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 10/May/08 with Lisa Paling

LiLaMont - 2nd dog - 10/May/08 with Toby Dunford

DeniseWootten - 2nd O/S - May/08 with Paul Hendry

Bob Peters - Lead O/S - 2008

The moves up to the "neck of the beaker" felt insecure and a bit bold. (BTW there's enough gear on P2).
bpmclimb - Lead O/S - 23/Oct/07 with Clare

shoulders - Lead - 09/Aug/07 with dai

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/07

Dave Searle - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/07 with jim

Rob Kennard - 2007

wojt - Lead - 2007

Hedley - 2nd - 24/Aug/06 with Matt Burrows

leadmat - Lead - 2006

Bern - 2006

strenuous 1st pitch, virtually unprotected 2nd pitch
Different Steve - Lead - Sep/05 with Caroline Goldsworthy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Sep/05

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/04

had to have a rest near the top. other than that it was a clean climb. very tiring one.
ghockey4 - TR dog - 01/Aug/04

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Jun/03

Led p1
cem - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/03 with Pete Cleveland

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - Apr/03 with Dan

Steve Vincent - 2nd - 25/Aug/02

alex_th - Lead O/S - Aug/02 with Royston Smith

andy_pemberton - Lead - 2002

rlrs - AltLd - 2001

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/00

Hidden - Jan/00

michael burrows - 2nd - 28/Jul/97 with steve swygart

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/96

start up breaker route
colin milton - Lead dog - 15/Apr/95 with eric milton

NickJH - Lead - Aug/90 with D Townsend

charlesmfrench - Solo O/S - 27/May/90

tapley - 2nd - 23/Oct/89 with John Sumner

Ashley Hold - 2nd - 07/Aug/88

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/May/87

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/87 with Tim Oakes

sadams - 2nd - 28/Jul/86 with Kevin Edwards

DDDD - 1986

keefe - 24/Aug/84

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Aug/84

Gregory - Lead - 1984 with caroline lee

Hammy - Lead - 11/Aug/81 with Rob Lawson

Approx date
Nigel Coe - Lead - 12/Oct/80 with John Walmsley

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/80

Simon cook - 1978

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