Bow Wall*** E2 5b
[Bow Wall - first pitch, 3 kb]Bosigran's most celebrated Extreme, and one of its most exciting. Start by scrambling up a corner and crack to a stance under the leaning light brown wall.. 1) 5b, 26m. Follow a line of surprisingly good holds out rightwards across the impressive wall to a small spike. Continue up a crack, past a horizontal crack with what looks like a pancake of rock sandwiched in it, to a traverse-line slightly higher. Strenuous moves rightwards lead immediately into more technical ground that gains a cramped slab under an overhang. Move right and pull through the overhang to a belay just above.. 2) 5b, 26m. Make an exposed traverse left along the lip of the overhang to meet a diagonal break that leads more easily back rightwards to the top of the crag. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Hard Rock, West Country Climbs, Rockfax West Country top 50, Ultimate E2 ticklist.

Photo: Bow Wall - first pitch © Brian H
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Led both pitches. It is a confused climber that gives the first pitch 5b!
Ed morris - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/14 with Colin

tskelhon - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with Charlotte

well I got up it.... few good falls at the crux. Felt more like 5c and pretty hard for E2!
alastairbegley - Lead - 27/Sep/14 with Richard Nicholson

Slick - 2nd - 27/Sep/14 with Alastair Begley

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/14

shocking effort - the sun didn't help..
bigdrew - AltLd dog - 19/Sep/14 with Eve

Spearos - AltLd rpt - 06/Sep/14 with Riggo

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/14

Led p1. Another amazing Bosigran classic
david morse - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/14 with chris todd

Tom Seccombe - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/14 with Louise Street

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/14

lead p2
markalmack - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/14 with gwen, james marjot

Practicing going quick for alps. One for shorties - bloody insecure and awkward crux on P1.
quiffhanger - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/14 with Peter Hill

theotherpetehill - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/14 with Ross McKerchar

Rich led P1, I led P2. Class route, but the tech grades are all wrong, P1 is 5c (5b doesn't make me feel sick), P2 is 4c (you can't bump it up for exposure!!!).
1poundSOCKS - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/14

Lead pitch 1, tough for the grade.
richiebongo - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/14 with Mat Coburn

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/14

Found it hard to start with was pumped down climbed got back on it and it didn't seem to bad
hornbywill - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/14

Brian H - AltLd - 27/Jul/14 with Will Hornby

1st
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/14 with Tom Nichols

Amazing route. Really pumpy pulling sideways through to the belay on the 1st pitch. Awkward pulling off the belay at start of second pitch.
Ally Baba - AltLd - 08/Jul/14 with Gav Swinton

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 05/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jul/14

Good Job Tim for smashing this Cracking route. holds seem to magicaly appear as you climb.
peter.ravenscroft27 - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Tim Exley

Had led the crux on the International Meet the previous year. Sue had done it before as well but hadn't led the crux and fancied giving it a go so we did it as the last route of the day. Think I found the crux shuffle underneath the roof easier on lead! P2 was enjoyable, mostly fairly easy but airy climbing with a couple of exciting moves on the initial traverse leftwards.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/14 with Sue

Hidden - Lead β - 05/Jul/14

tim newton - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/14 with jon stewart

Hinchrn - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with Johny Logan

Sat on rope at the crux. Pumpy
Joris.Roulleau - AltLd dog - 03/May/14 with Dan Metcalfe

Delighted to climb this route. Unfortunately unable to clean red Friend from under roof. If anyone can retrieve it either keep the booty or even nicer, let me know, was first cam I bought. Thanks.
manwithacam - AltLd - 03/May/14 with Joris

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/14

Hidden - Lead dnf - 09/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Mar/14

Led P1
ian d f - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/14 with David Brock, Steve Robinson

Led P2
stevorobs3 - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/14 with David Brock, Ian Faulkner

Frank the Husky - 2014

Neil - Lead O/S - 2014

mike mo - 2014

nickstephens - AltLd dog - 12/Oct/13 with Gareth Greeves

Mini epic with night approaching, standard day out!
gg4419 - AltLd dog - 12/Oct/13 with Nick Stephens

Only P1. I lead it clean, just, but partner didn't make it up. Will be back for the second pitch.
adam 24 - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/13 with Lee Harrison

The big flake at the start of the route is loose. This is the flake that the first piece of gear is placed behind. I'm not sure how stable it is. Totally nailed by this on second. Massively pumped out on the cracks leading to the roof and needed to be lowered off. A first...
Big Lee - 2nd dnf - 12/Oct/13 with Adam Ryan

Led first two pitches (CC guide) together, rope drag was epic round the roof!
smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/13

Great route! Dave lead the first scrambling bit and I lead the rest. I almost blew as I misread the sequence at the P2 crux. Each individual move is 5b, but when they are one after another in the overhanging terrain, there is not margin for the mistake!
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/13 with Dave W-J

Matthew Robinson - AltLd - 09/Aug/13 with David

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 23/Jun/13

P2, found the traverse on P1 desperate bunched, balls-out thrutching but the rest was very pleasant.
Justin T - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with John Mcshea

Brilliant! Pleasant VS climbing to start with, then it picks up the pace but there's a half decent rest under the roof. The way onwards is intimidating, you have to commit but it's not that hard (there's even another rest - if you have stamina!) and pretty well protected. Great stance at the end of P1 and very happy to get there! Davor led P2 & 3 in one. Some good moves tip toeing cross the slab. With Davor on the BMC international meet.
Misha - AltLd O/S - 15/May/13 with Davor

Hidden - 2nd - 13/May/13

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

drysori - AltLd - 13/May/13 with Viktor

Pumpy
morganator - AltLd - 13/May/13 with International Meet Guest

Pieterjan De Roo - AltLd O/S - 13/May/13

Ed Booth - 2nd rpt - 11/May/13 with Benno Wagner, Rob Greenwood

led first pitch, disappointed the climbing didn't get easier and easier as expected but then I should have read the guidebook. great second pitch.
mike lawrence? - AltLd - 03/May/13 with FatRob

Nick Wallis - AltLd - May/13 with BMC international meet

Hidden - Apr/13

Davebryant - AltLd O/S - 19/Feb/13 with Sam Hann

sam.hann - AltLd - 19/Feb/13 with Davebryant

andybirtwistle - 2013

David Sherratt - 2013

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 13/Oct/12

The hardest E2 i have ever done. Period. Easy up to the traverse, hard 5c leads right to cramped slab, another move further gains a good rest below the belay.
El3ctroFuzz - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Paul Roberts

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/12

Fell at the slab after the strenuous traverse.
Martin Haworth - AltLd dog - 05/Sep/12 with Chris Gooder

Spearos - AltLd - 01/Sep/12 with Riggo

Nick Wallis - AltLd - Sep/12 with Martin Cooper

P1. A superb pitch.
Ed Babs - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Lee Mercer

clipskipper - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Ed Babington

Led p2. Had attempted route in 2008 and got v confused but turns out Id got to first stance and attempted to keep on going for some reason, ended up aborting onto doorpost. Think I can still claim onsight, having led both pitches in entirety, if 4ys apart.
Owen W-G - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Jim

Hidden - AltLd dog - 26/Aug/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/12

Mike W - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/12 with bigrob

mjeffery - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/12

tgeh - AltLd dog - 22/Jun/12 with Ed

Mr Powly - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Ian B

burto - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with tom powell, calum

spectacular route, a great line forced through demanding terrain, sadly had to retreat just short of the belay, one to come back for, might keep me awake at night for awhile.
rustaldo - Lead dnf - 06/May/12 with Si

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Apr/12

Dale Turrell - 2nd dog - 08/Apr/12 with Jerome

Was soaking wet, fell off the crux!
JeromeT - Lead dog - 08/Apr/12

Ended up on Bow Wall after misreading route for Doorpost! D'oh! Tried crux of pitch 2, but was a bit tough so backed off.
BelayBunney - Lead dnf - 24/Mar/12 with Catherine

Pete Graham - AltLd - 27/Feb/12 with Ben Silvestre

Done in 2 pitches, led 1st pitch. Traverse was pumpy as hell but gear was solid throughout. Not bad for January?
jakenichol - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Dave Heaton

Dave Heaton - AltLd - 28/Jan/12 with Jake Nichol

Tony Kartawick - 2012

matt perks - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Still not feeling 100% after being ill got on route anyway. Tim had the frist 5b pitch, and what a pitch. The start was graesy and thought the move after the traverse onto the slab was hard for 5b more like 5c, We did grendal the next day E2 5c I thought that was easier me and tim both agreed that was top end E2. I would of fell off here if leading slumped onto rope o well strugged to get gear out. The next pitch only few moves of 5b but the space walking is also great fun.
Dale - AltLd O/S - Oct/11 with Tim

Led P2
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/11

soph - AltLd O/S - Sep/11 with Helena Robinson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/11

Led P1 and P2; notgnarly led P3 as it started to go dark. Slumped on P2 on the crux. Got it next go: very, very annoyed. It's a beautiful route.
jelaby - AltLd dog - 28/Aug/11 with notgnarly

Led throughout, which just about works ok. Crux is classic JB, but I found it fairly steady along the traverse with just a stiff pull required at end. Great, great climb of classic status!
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/11

Matthew Robinson - Lead dnf - 22/Aug/11 with Jon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/11

pezzerrr - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/11

CRiddiford - 2nd - 23/Jun/11 with Mike

Fantastic route. Great belay stance.
BeccaSnowden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/11 with Tom

Pumpy as hell! Totally sandbagged by Mike saying it was easy! Great climb, esp the first pitch.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/11 with Becca

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/11 with Harry Thorpe

stunning main pitch, was so close to coming off the final traverse, so pumped!
Harry Thorpe - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/11 with Laurence Everitt

datoon - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/11 with K

HamishD - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with Oliver Hill

miastacey - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with Katherine Sellers

Fell off the crux on P1. Felt hard for 5b.
Adam Booth - AltLd - 27/May/11 with Ed Booth

led top pitch.
Ed Booth - AltLd O/S - 27/May/11

billb - AltLd - May/11 with Rich Smith

drcorbasisgod - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Charles Moreton

Led pitch 1 (or p1 + p2 as described in the guidebook). Good to get it done after a previous abortive attempt seven years earlier.
cem - AltLd β - 30/Apr/11 with Chris Parson

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Apr/11

ellis - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/11 with Tom Bridgeland

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11

Quality - Lead P1 and P3
Jez - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11 with NJSharp

_m.cox_ - Lead O/S - 22/Jan/11 with Jason Williams

olly12344 - AltLd O/S - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Rory Shaw - 2011

Glenn Sutcliffe - 2011

Johnny Baker - 2011 with Nigel Birtwell

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - 2011

p1 only
Bristoldave - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/10 with CarolineH

lead 2nd pitch.
Matt Fry - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Scott Titt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/10

Jack_F - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with mike waller, adam cooper* super*

feels alot harder then 5b, maybe strong 5c/6a
adam cooper*super* - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with jack folland

tommytuffa - 2nd dog - 13/Aug/10 with ollie b

Neil led first pitch, I led second pitch. Brilliant route, one of the best I've done. Second pitch surprisingly good although obviously first is the meat of the route.
Si dH - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/10 with Tom Lambert, Neil Furniss

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Aug/10

Brown - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/10 with Ben Lepesant

lukea - Lead β - 10/Jul/10 with Al

Jennyvs - 2nd - 01/Jul/10 with Dan Walker

lead the middle pitch, was a shaking wreck by the end of it.
jacobjacob - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/10

With Simon from France on BMC international meet. Ran pitches 2 and 3 together. Nearly pulled me off the traverse by pulling rope tight at wrong moment. Had to hang on halfway across for a minute or two while the message was relayed up the crag that I needed slack. It was good to finally complete the traverse!
Bobby Gilbert - 2nd rpt - 15/May/10 with Simon from France

Hidden - AltLd - 11/May/10

Led top pitch
Different Steve - AltLd rpt - 10/May/10 with Mick Walsh

Hidden - 2nd - 08/May/10

benkelsey - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/10 with Alex Randall, Remus Knowles

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/10

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 08/Apr/10 with michael porter

Mark did pitch 1, I did 2nd & 3rd
nickdonohue - AltLd - Mar/10 with Mark McCarthy

JerryD - Lead - 2010

Seymore Butt - 2010

Luke Brooks - AltLd O/S - 19/Sep/09

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Aug/09

central traverse pitch definitely warrants 5c. superb route.
Dan_Carroll - Lead rpt - 28/Aug/09 with Rebecca Holland

Beckholland - 2nd dog - 28/Aug/09 with Dan_Carroll

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/09

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 02/Jul/09

Climbed with Dave Wag. He took flight from the 1st pitch crux but finally made it, much to my appreciation...because one more fall and it would have been my go!
shane54 - AltLd dog - Jul/09

Bern - AltLd rpt - 23/May/09 with Andy Mos

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 04/May/09 with Shane

Felt harder than Beowolf - a bit of a pumper! There is a hands off rest just before the crux but the traverse is hard the way I did it... Top pitch is brilliant airy and delicate climbing though much easier...Not worth belaying after 4c pitch, run 1 and 2 together.
Chad123 - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/08 with Jonny M

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Aug/08

centurion05 - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/08

Matt Bennett - Lead RP - 22/Jun/08

Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 10/May/08 with George Taylor

holy sh*t! fell off, didn't finish
Stone Muppet - Lead dnf - 2008

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 16/Aug/07

Rich Mayfield - AltLd - 16/Jul/07 with Mark Stevenson

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/07 with Ruth

Rob Kennard - 2007

climber sim - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - AltLd - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Ram MkiV - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/06 with Mike Grant

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/06

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 01/May/06 with Sinbad

Bern - 2006

wojt - Lead - 2006

gr8
centurion05 - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/05 with Dan Carroll

Tim Steward - Lead - 28/May/05 with Jame Wasiak

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/05

Andy2 - 2005

feilx - AltLd - 2005 with Ben Darvill

fifth - 2nd - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/04

Stupid choice for the end of the day when we were both knackered. Got to the first belay not cleanly) but then had to ab off before it got dark
cem - AltLd dnf - 09/Apr/04 with Graham Dolman

pitch 1 and 2 completed then escaped due to nasty shower. came back for pitch 3 on another date. Brilliant.
leadmat - Lead - Jan/04 with Dr James Armstrong

Hidden - Lead - 20/Sep/03

lukea - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/03 with Al

Hidden - Lead RP - 20/Aug/03

Hidden - Lead - Jun/03

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Apr/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/02 with Paul Tanton

PaulTanton - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/02 with Chris Reid

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/02

jfletcher - AltLd - 27/Aug/00

peterbeaumont - Lead - Jul/00

Hidden - 03/Jun/00

Marti999 - Lead - 2000

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/99 with Iain Fisher

hard but awesome route
WB - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/99 with Guy

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Apr/99

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Apr/99

Si Clapham - AltLd - 1998 with Alun & Moggs

ChrisJD - Lead - 1998 with Helen Coley

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 1998 with Tim Dunsby

phardman - 20/Jul/97

belay bunny turned bad - 1997

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/96

Hidden - AltLd - 1996

Dave Musgrove - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/95 with David

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd - 06/Jul/95 with Dad

frost - May/95

Two excellent pitches. The 'big pitch' is brilliant - the higher you get, the better the gear gets...and the harder it gets. Top pitch is not to be sneezed at; just not nearly as memorable as the one before.
djones66 - Lead O/S - Jun/94 with Mark Jones

Roget - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/93 with jon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/92

Got pumped after following the false trail :-)
Nick Biven - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/91 with Rich Whitwell

whispering nic - AltLd - 31/Mar/91 with Graham Iles

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Mar/91

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/90

philhilo - 1990

philhilo - 1990

Hidden - 1990

andy gittins - 1990

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 12/Jul/89 with Keith Turton

Loved it though living in Cornwall meant I'd listened to details about the route first. First pitch was easy but basically worthless gear which unnerved you cos you thought the crux was going to be the same sort of pro :-) Amazing position hand jamming the quartz pocket before attempting the (slippery) traverse (that day anyway!). WAY too much rope drag however having done pitch one and two together. Couldn't get over the is it a slab is it an overhang sort of feeling ! :-)
properjob - Lead O/S - 1989 with Simon Davies

Hidden - Lead - 1989

scree - May/88 with Dave H

Billg - AltLd - 09/Aug/87 with Keith Sharples

sadams - Lead - 26/Jul/86 with Kevin Edwards

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1986 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

Richard Weller - AltLd dog - 03/Aug/85 with john sanders

Hidden - AltLd - May/85

jasper11 - Lead - 1985

keefe - 22/Aug/84

Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - Aug/84 with Eric Marsden

malc - AltLd dog - 11/Apr/84 with JW

Brilliant holds up the steep wall lead to a tricky step right on rounded holds. Good position.
KRB - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/83 with Mike Bridges

2,L,2.
charlesmfrench - AltLd O/S - 02/Sep/82 with Alan Bennett

Hidden - AltLd - 1982

Mark Kemball - Lead - 20/Apr/81 with Bill McKee

GeoffG - AltLd - Apr/80

Paul Clarke - 1980 with Others, FMC

Did the 2nd 5b pitch
David Smith - AltLd - 31/Oct/79 with Al Bennett

Mike Owen - 29/Jul/79 with Elaine Watson

Desperate at the time.
William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1979

Ian Jones - 2nd β - 1978 with Dave Greenald

steve L - AltLd - 27/Oct/76 with sharpie

Falko - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/76 with Alan Taylor, Chris Plant

Marcus - 1976

petemeads - Lead - 1974

Tony Holdsworth - 01/Jan/70

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