Took my ever first lead fall at the overhang but had already clipped the thread. Proceeded to take an ungodly amount of time to get through the tunnel, fitting required dumping gear and copious amounts of "encouragement" from sam and gen. Not really enjoyable.
Keelan McNulty - Lead dog - 28/Sep/14 with Callum Jepps
Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14
Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 28/Sep/14 with Linus Whitmarsh
It was a squeeze, David and Elli were fine.
steve2006 - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14 with david moore
This should have at least 2 stars just for the originality/ banterous nature of it, thought it was pretty tight even by caving standards.
Quarryboy - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14 with Martin Bazley
c jepps - 2nd O/S - Sep/14
Mike Hood - Lead - 07/Aug/14 with Cora
cmjones2 - 2nd - 07/Aug/14 with Mike
Hilarious climb! Unfortunately laughing so much hurt once stuck...
stujamac - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/14 with Jenny Yate
However skinny you are, your bum WILL look big in this.
JClimb - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/14 with Stuart MacLachlin
4a? Not really - thought the overhang should be worth 4b? Was close to giving up on the squeeze, but onlookers from above sucessfully provided encouragement. Fun? Not sure.
pheotleyr - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Mike
Couldn't get out of the upper section, tried a few options, just got stuck.
Mayaculpa - 2nd dnf - 14/Jun/14 with Peter
andrewmcleod - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Chris Sergent, Rosa Williams, David Amundsen
Chris Homewood (Swindon MC) - 2nd β - 14/Jun/14 with Bernard Stricker
Steve Bartle - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/14
Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/14
silviac - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14 with Jamie Trump
So much fun! Don't believe the hype, cave is spacious if you take minimal gear :)
Jamiet297 - Lead β - 17/May/14 with Silvia Candia
What a squeeze!
helen.baldwin - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14
Took several goes to get through first part of cave, resulting in bruised chest and damaged t-shirt. John managed to get through after several goes. Sam didn't make it so was lowered.
Neil Rigiani - Lead O/S - 17/May/14 with John Sheenam, Sam Bugller
Laughed as I bruised through, finally. Breath in and your tightly wedged; breath out and you're still tightly wedged!
John Sheehan - 2nd - 17/May/14 with Neil Rigiani
Cheekie Selfie in the tunnel!
Sutherland J - 2nd O/S - 17/May/14 with Huw Mithan, Helen Baldwin
Last climb of the day, tide coming in to add a bit of pressure, a few tense moments in the squeeze. A very fine caving climb!
LovelyMrTom - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Joe
VS 4B in selected rock climbs guide. First half was good, it then got damp, then it got very very tight! And I mean very tight! 32" waist medium build with no rack on my harness and I only just got through!
BStar - 2nd O/S - 03/May/14 with Phil?
Henry Brown - Lead - 03/May/14
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/May/14
partz - Lead O/S - 03/May/14
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/May/14
mrobinson81568 - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14
Jo sumner - Lead - 18/Apr/14 with Chris Andrews
chris687 - 2nd - 18/Apr/14 with Jo Sumner
Dylantl - 2nd rpt - Apr/14
Carodashes - 2014
Carodashes - 2014
DaveFidler - 2nd O/S - 05/Oct/13
edjenkins - Lead - 05/Oct/13
couldn't fit though, no matter which way I turned myself!
Dr Toph - Solo dnf - 10/Sep/13
Real struggle to control claustrophobia. Took helmet off and felt much better.
stonemikey - Lead - 01/Sep/13 with Mark Ward
Hidden - Lead - 03/Aug/13
Hidden - 2nd rpt - 10/Jul/13
Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13
Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/13
David Walker - 2nd dnf - 22/Jun/13 with James Carpenter
James led but didn't fit through the squeeze so lowered off. I seconded up to the threads and then led from there. Very tight squeeze, with a fair amount of guano, but good fun nonetheless. Jon seconded as the only person willing and able to follow!
MariaT - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/13 with Jonathan Whiting, James Carpenter, David Walker
whiting.jp - 2nd - 22/Jun/13 with MariaT
JamesBurton - 2nd - 02/Jun/13 with Corinne, Alistair Everett
Nigel R Lewis - Lead - 27/Apr/13 with Christian
Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/13
partz - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Tom Dudley
Alex Wade - Lead rpt - 02/Mar/13 with Zeanne Thomas
Hidden - 2nd β - 02/Mar/13
pearson9596 - 2nd O/S - 24/Feb/13 with James Cowley
The cave is a squash!
JHC - Lead - 24/Feb/13
mauricechetwyndwoods1 - 2nd O/S - 16/Feb/13 with Leo Grabowski
leo-z-g - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/13
clarky_two - 2013
justaddpowder - Lead - 2013
Huw Mithan - Lead - 22/Sep/12 with Hannah Scott, Olivier Goury
maddy92 - Lead - 22/Sep/12
ejohnson - 2nd - 22/Sep/12
Hannahjscott - 2nd - 22/Sep/12 with Huw Mithan
i.fish2000 - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/12
ejohnson - 2nd - 20/Sep/12
lloyd - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/12
was wet, found the gear, left it there incase someone needed to ab off if they don't fit...
Matthew Edwards - 2nd rpt - 26/Jul/12 with Dave Sperring
Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/12
Hidden - Solo - 22/Jul/12
toriwest - Jul/12
partz - 2nd rpt - 27/May/12 with Ed
Managed to do it a lot quicker this time, was bone dry, finally done it clean!
Matthew Edwards - Lead rpt - 27/May/12 with Matt Everett
Couldn't squeeze my rib cage through the tunnel entrance, so sacrificed gear and lowered off. :( Also, did the crux move onto the overhang with only a couple of dodgy wires below me - couldn't find the thread (which I'm sure used to be a really obvious bit of conglomerate at the overhang) - has it fallen off or am I going blind?
Steve Hill - Lead dnf - 27/May/12 with Melinda Hill, Liz Corcoran
twodada - Lead - 20/May/12 with Paul O-T
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/May/12
Pete Randall - Lead O/S - 19/May/12 with John H
Hidden - 2nd - 06/May/12
Strictly speaking this is a repeat, but it must be more than 20 years since I last did it. I didn't recognise the start point, and the tunnel was narrower and longer than anything I remember. It's a route with great character, I'm delighted that the new guidebook has given it a star and I love the extra detail and biting humour of the updated description.
For the record - I'm never doing this route again, ever. It reminded me of why I never got into caving.
Sarah Welsh - Lead O/S - 06/May/12 with Emma Grant
Ana Broad - 2nd - 06/May/12 with Sarah Welsh, Emma
Well, led until the squeeze but was too fat to get through so lowered off
steveprice.exmouth - Lead O/S - 05/May/12 with Eike Mueller
Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Apr/12
Hidden - 2nd - 24/Mar/12
wont forget this anytime soon. had to move my gear around my harness a bit, but got through in the end
steve-grigg - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/12
Ana Broad - 2012
Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11
Alex Wade - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/11 with Gregory Jones
Nickfoulds - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11
matt.woodfield - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11
Rick Ashton - Lead - 27/Aug/11 with Fiona Dalton
Tighter and longer than I was expecting - don't take loads of gear!
UnkArl - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/11 with Ali
I am not a big person but it was a squeeze.
steve2006 - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with david moore(13)
Ali - 2nd - Aug/11 with Karl
josh1905 - Lead O/S - Jul/11
Hidden - 2011
SianR - 2nd - 25/Jul/10 with Cora & Simon
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/10
Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/10
Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/10
at the thread, couldn't work out where to go, and got tired so rested there, cntinued up, hard getting through the narrow part at the start of the cave, spent an age moving an inch at a time, fun, would like to do it again! Hopefully when a bit dryer!
Matthew Edwards - Lead dog - 21/May/10 with Matt Everett
partz - 2nd O/S - 21/May/10 with Ed
Climbed the wet slab alright, got into the cave alright, got stuck. Load of rubbish.
JamieGreig - Lead dnf - 21/May/10
eclipse - Lead dog - 15/May/10 with David Beynon
Couldn't get my shoulders through the tunnel at the top, so I was forced to retreat.
davidbeynon - 2nd dnf - 15/May/10 with Tim
With a bit of an audience below! Initial slab is straightforward with good gear. Tricky move is getting into the cave, which again is well protected. Great route overall
TomWebber - Lead - 17/Apr/10 with Hannah Buckland
tdudley - Lead O/S - 31/Jan/10 with Tom Webber
mattshort - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/09 with Tash
Brilliant climb, makes Lockwood's Chimney and Avernus seem spacious!
Monkey_Alan - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Jeff Escosio, Craig Shelley
Hidden - Jun/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/09
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/May/09
Steve Hill - 2nd O/S - 10/May/09 with Hywel Edwards
eagleopus - Lead O/S - 10/May/09 with Steve Hill
dave657 - 2nd rpt - 10/May/09 with Alys
Ewan Richards - Lead rpt - 22/Feb/09 with Owen
owenrhyswilliams - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/09 with Ewan, Gareth Protheroe
An amazing route
Browny - Lead dog - 01/Feb/09
jbutler - Lead O/S - 2009
summo - 2009
Ewan Richards - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/08 with Conor
Woohooo! This is the best route I've ever done! Really good fun VS with interesting overhang as you head up into the blackness! Excellent gear - superb threads!First bit of the tunnel is the narrowest - I got someone to lower a rope to haul up the excess gear, chalk bag etc. Quite a long session of wriggling before I broke through to daylight again.
SianR - Lead - 20/Jul/08 with Tara
Hidden - Lead O/S - May/08
Sgt. Vest - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/08
Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/07
Hidden - Lead - 26/Aug/07
jon clayton - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/07 with cherry
Fantastic route (if you're thin enough!). New guide gives it VS 4a. Move over the overlap is a bit tricky for 4a I think though. First VS, maybe given because of the dire consequences of getting stuck in the tunnel!
Cardi - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/06 with Pete D
Hidden - Lead - Jul/06
Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/06
irish paul - Lead O/S - Jun/05 with Mel,Mike,ffitch
best route on the crag!
dave657 - Lead O/S - Oct/04
Alan thought he was too big to fit through the hole, I just thought it was too manky, so we backed off
Howard J - 2nd dnf - 30/May/04 with Alan Kemp
Climbed to the entrance, assessed, downclimbed, ditched the harness and gear and went with a sling-harness, re-climbed to the entrance and did the worm until back in the sunlight. Adventurous and very cosy. 3*.
Will Gordon - Lead O/S - May/02 with Rob Gleeson
goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/02 with Roy Thomas
Gilgar - Lead O/S - 1999 with Andy Freem
Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/Aug/98
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/98
NeilGriffiths - 01/May/93
turl - 1992
don't carry a big rack - you will get stuck !
andrewlegg - Lead O/S - 1988
Removed harness and pushed it in front of me to exit hole.
RichardMc - Lead O/S - 1984 with Rupert Hoare