Grotto Direct** HVS 5a
[Grotto Direct Pitch 2, 3 kb]45m, 2 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.

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This climb is in 122 logbooks, and on 3 wishlists.

Terrifying HVS pitch on second, gear seemed rubbish
nich959 - AltLd O/S - Sep/15

martinlevya82 - AltLd - 17/Aug/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/15

Lead the 5a pitch, bold at the beginning but good fun higher up.
static266 - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/15

jalqazzaz - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/15 with Jacob Richmond

dkd - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/15 with Al

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/15

guy757 - 04/Jul/15 with Vic

I couldn't see where to step left on the VS so carried on with what I think is the Direct. Correct me if I'm wrong..
caradoc - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Matt H.

Lead P1
dean79 - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/15

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/15 with Andrew Bevan

pete johnson - 2nd rpt - 04/May/15 with Paul Drew

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/15

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Apr/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/15

Nice climb. Technical, slabby crack on P1 needs patience, but isn't strenuous. Top pitch is poorly protected but the rock is fantastic. Well worth seeking out.
Pete_Frost - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/15 with Jeannie Sherwood

KeenClimber - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/15 with Ron

pie_eater_pete - AltLd O/S - 26/Mar/15 with bwestwood

bwestwood - AltLd - 26/Mar/15

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/15

mynyddresident - AltLd - 2015 with KP

Ian craigie - AltLd - 2015 with Niels Ernst williams

P2. P1 is pretty good.
jezb1 - AltLd - 24/Nov/14

Lovely climb
rurp - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/14 with bill farmer

jon22 - AltLd - 15/Aug/14 with Dave Holland

BTphonehome - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/14 with Kasha

kasha_gregson - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/14 with Bram

mynyddresident - 2nd - 27/Jul/14 with KP

Wayne S - 2nd - 26/Jul/14 with Louise, Jon Croxford

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14

dig - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/14

robman - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/14

a superb climb, surprising its not considered a classic.
1-2-3-40 - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/14

adamre12 - AltLd O/S - 30/May/14 with JamesWilliams

Pitch 1. Excellent climbing up the first pitch technical and varied with a slightly bold start. second pitch is an easy slab and arÍte solo effectivly
JamesWilliams - AltLd O/S - 30/May/14 with Adam Revill

Jay.Carr - Solo - 18/Apr/14

Si - 2014

Abi Chard - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Alex Nicholson

roberts1234567890 - AltLd - 16/Sep/13 with matt hawkins, Rebecca Murray

kabutsu - AltLd - 19/Aug/13

BRoe - AltLd O/S - 16/Aug/13 with Rob L

Pitch 1. Awesome route, requires some thought lower down. Moves at the end of pitch 1 were brilliant. Gear on pitch 2 is dodgy but climbing is simple. 4b? Worth doing the Micah start to CC to get to the ledge in 1 pitch.
woody0606 - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/13 with Kyle Williamson

Kyle87 - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/13

Led p1
cem - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/13 with Pero Kalugerovich

Hidden - AltLd β - 03/Jun/13

Pero - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/13

Ray Sparks - AltLd O/S - 22/May/13 with mike b

P1 - Me, P2 - John
tsjx - AltLd - 06/May/13 with John Mc

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/13

Chris Wright - Lead - 27/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Feb/13

Logging the alt leads is a bit cheeky, as the first two pitches are part of Christmas Curry and the final pitch should have been HVS4c but we misread the guide book and again climbed Christmas Curry on the final pitch, The two 5a pitches I seconded were steep and thin (at my limit)
Simon Cahill - AltLd - 02/Aug/12 with Paul & Garat

Gerallt Owain - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/12 with Simon Cahill, Paul Davies

mynyddresident - Lead rpt - 28/Jul/12 with joe

Dunx - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Joe M

Rocks being wet, holds, particularly foot holds, were very insecure...
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/12 with Lee Barra, Lee P

Hidden - 30/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 12/May/12

Did P3 the 5a pitch,very interesting indeed.
ritchierich - AltLd O/S - 12/May/12 with Sera Roberts

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/May/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/May/12

keith leonard - AltLd - 06/May/12

Jacob Forshaw - 2nd O/S - 06/May/12

Previously 2nded
Ollie B - Lead β - 21/Apr/12 with G.Lancashire

led main pitch.. unsung gem on quality rock with great moves around the roof.
wolf.leeb - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/12 with nic

mynyddresident - 2nd rpt - 15/Apr/12 with wolf

James led the alternate start to CC up to the belay in a single pitch. The topo for both Grotto & Grotto Direct is slightly wrong in the new guide. The shared start is very bold, but the climbing is steady.
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12 with J-Ro

M,D,M,D with first two pitches of Christmas Curry
Marq - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/12 with Dave P LMC

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Nov/11

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Oct/11

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/11

dan ely - AltLd O/S - 05/Aug/11 with terry

harold walmsley - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/11 with Colin Struthers

mr mills - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/11 with chris and richard (visitor)

quarrtman1 - 2nd - 03/Jun/11 with mills

Set off to climb Grotto, but decided to climb the direct route on inspection. I led the very enjoyable 5a pitch with Ben Graham. Ben went slightly off route on top pitch.
carlh - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/11

Bob Windsor - 2nd - Jun/11 with paul trower

Hidden - AltLd - 02/May/11

I led the 5a pitch.
Katex - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Simon Edwards

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11

Micah Start pitch to avoid crowds. May have finished up Christmas Curry final pitch after the easy 5a pitch
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/11 with Czech Georg

Led pitch one. Si led pitch two and the first 2 pitches of the Curry to get to the start of the climb. Very nice
Katex - AltLd O/S - 2011 with Simon Edwards

Hidden - 2011

Rory Shaw - 2011

HeatherF - Lead O/S - 27/Nov/10 with Bubbles

top pitch. Felt bold as first runner from spike is fair way off and he rest of the route was a bit damp :)
The Green Giant - Lead O/S - 19/Nov/10

dan-8990 - AltLd O/S - 19/Nov/10 with AO

Forgot I'd done it years ago,very worthwile done in 1 pitch from the flake.
mynyddresident - 2nd - 12/Oct/10 with Ewan

benchwarmer - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with nick

Hidden - Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/10

simeclimb68 - 2010

Hidden - 07/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/09

Managed to drop 5 of Andy's nuts into the undergrowth from the last pitch. An expensive climb!
cliffy - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/09 with Andrew Combes

Class route. 3 stars deffo. Much better than "One Step"
Conan - AltLd O/S - 23/May/09 with Philippa Reader

LRB - 2nd - 07/May/09 with Garry Smith, Mike Gray

cleaning for festival. pretty nice route.
adam06 - AltLd - 18/Apr/09 with Adam L

Dave Rumney - AltLd - 01/Mar/09 with Tanya Milner

mr mills - AltLd - 24/Dec/08 with rhys & joe

mr mills - Lead O/S - 29/Nov/08 with Gareth

Hidden - 2nd dog - 31/Oct/08

lead first 2 pitches
pimpy - AltLd - Mar/08 with francis hepburne scott

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 27/Jan/08 with Tom

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Jan/08

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/07 with John Nesbitt

Hidden - Lead - 29/Oct/01

Did it in two LONG pitches, running out of gear on both!
chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/01 with Mark Gill

mikej - Lead - 08/Jul/98 with R

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/98

Hidden - 1997

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Sep/93

About 1980, last time with John Woodhead in 2005?
uphillnow - Lead - 1980

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jul/66

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