Williams' Chimney** HVS 5b
[Williams' Chimney, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
Absorbing and varied climbing from beginning to end. Start at a slim corner directly below a narrow chimney in the upper wall.
Climb the line of slim corners past a couple of difficult sections to the overhang. Step right and enter the narrow chimney which leads pleasantly to the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: West Country Climbs.

Photo: Williams' Chimney © Rog Wilko
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This climb is in 178 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead rpt - 03/Oct/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/15

Trace - 2nd O/S - Sep/15 with Steve N

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/15

fancied this but harry beat me to bag the lead. found a reachy move in the middle the crux rather than the move into the chimney, which was straightforward
pebbles - 2nd - 06/Jul/15 with harry

JulesV - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/15 with Shauna

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jul/15

Aimee Louise - TR - 16/Jun/15 with Tom Mather

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/15

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/15 with Kirsty Kerr

Dave Rumney - Lead - 28/May/15 with Tanya Milner

Hidden - 2nd - 22/May/15

rich_hw - Lead O/S - 11/May/15 with Nikki

Stu.Cossey - Lead O/S - May/15

Quite tricky for HVS I thought but maybe just not used to the rock type, a bit polished in places.
Alex Hallam - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/15 with Pete Mack

pete_mack - 2nd - 26/Apr/15 with Alex

Desperate. Scottish 5c on shiny rock. Fucking awful but credit to les Williams for putting it up all those years ago.
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/15 with Robert Durran (aka 'Big Bob')

Very wet but fancied having a go at it so Joel top-roped me. The move to get into the chimney is certainly the challenge but keen to go back on a drier day and have a proper go at it.
simonhammond1966 - TR - 03/Apr/15 with Joel Perkin

RichardN - 2nd dog - 02/Apr/15

fulton333 - Lead - 18/Mar/15

Got half way. Too cold, wet and tired to finish
jmorgan - TR dnf - 06/Mar/15

07hillg - TR O/S - 2015

fulton333 - Lead - 2015

Lovely climb, but I left a sling there!
WilliamD - Lead O/S - 05/Nov/14

Wendy's solid lead, glad she's back on HVS. Had a go on a top-rope of it a year or so back.
JoeCoxson - 2nd rpt - 11/Oct/14 with Wendy Matthews, Alex Randall

Wendy Watthews - Lead rpt - 11/Oct/14 with joe c, arandall

arandall - 2nd rpt - 11/Oct/14 with Joe Coxson, Wendy Matthews

Tom Seccombe - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/14 with Louise Street

Pete Scott - 2nd - 16/Aug/14 with Ben Buckland

mdjb - 24/Jul/14

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

csd23 - 2nd O/S - Jul/14 with Markus Svensen

andork123 - TR O/S - Jul/14 with josh.h

I managed to get a top rope of this in before the rain. It is an AMAZING climb. I couldn't lead this level right now, and I was informed it's 'high in the grade' too. Some amazingly exposed patches, but once you get half way up the chimney, it eases up. There is one loose-ish block on the route, so look out for that.
Cherish - TR O/S - 03/Jun/14 with Caro Moussey

Really nice route, might try and give it a lead when I'm next out
DaveGoesClimbing - TR O/S - 27/May/14

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/14 with Clare

Top roped before
lukegorman - Lead RP - 2014 with Greg Taylor

mauricechetwyndwoods1 - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/13 with andrew collinson

too windy and wet, slippery, only made it half way
olicoz - 2nd dnf - 02/Nov/13

davebrox - 2nd - 12/Oct/13

Hidden - TR O/S - 12/Oct/13

Hidden - TR O/S - 30/Aug/13

guy757 - 19/Aug/13 with cj iles

Christine Iles - 19/Aug/13 with Guy757

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/13

Mike W - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/13

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 25/Jul/13 with Clare

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/13

Some thin crimpy moves to begin with then the pull into the chimney and a nice finish, great route
neilstubbs - 2nd - 25/May/13 with Carl Godfrey

Simon Alden - Lead O/S - 15/May/13 with Richard Wheeldon

Tricky for the grade and not overprotected on the hard moves...
Sean Kelly - TR - 13/May/13 with Alberto Rampini

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/13

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/13

Hidden - 2nd - 02/May/13

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 26/Apr/13 with Chris Nolan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2013

My blood went into this route after holding a few falls. Lovely moves up to the chimney
Cheese Monkey - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Goss

A nice route, better than it looks.
Ricky Rocks - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Jakey

Amazing Climb !!! Tecnicall and varied
robertharris7 - 2nd β - 26/Aug/12 with wayne clark

paddymitton - Lead - Aug/12

tim.fairhall - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Hui

Slippery bugger in the heat.
Tom Last - 2nd rpt - 27/Jul/12 with Billy

Mark Kemball - Lead - 27/Jul/12 with Solly Kemball Dorey

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/12

Thunderthighsontheloose - 2nd - 10/Jul/12 with Mike Hayes

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 08/Jun/12 with Clare

Dave192939 - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Mike Tibbits

antdav - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/12 with Alan Mountford

hotfeet - Lead - 08/Apr/12 with Ant

Hidden - Lead - 07/Apr/12

mattshort - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12 with Phil Porter

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/12 with Sarah

Wendy Watthews - 2nd - 04/Mar/12 with arandall

arandall - Lead O/S - 04/Mar/12 with Wendy Matthews

Nice moves, seems bold. 5a is fair.
Tom Last - 2nd - 15/Feb/12 with Crispin

Very nice granite wall climbing in the bottom half.
andy_pemberton - Lead - 15/Feb/12 with Rik Meek

MrWiggles - Lead - 2012 with Ben Darby

Hidden - Lead - 06/Nov/11

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Oct/11

mark sharples - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Andy Benham

PeteBall - 2nd rpt - 30/Aug/11 with Carl

Ceridwen - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/11 with Uber Mike

gowla - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/11 with will kumar

Graham Booth - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/11

Justin T - 2nd - 02/Jul/11 with Cherry

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11

Didn't want to commit to the move below the chimney due to the poor gear situation. 5b? Probably not, but definitely not well protected.
stuaart - Lead dnf - 26/Jun/11 with Emily Ward

PastyBoy84 - TR β - 04/Jun/11 with Ben Mayo

leerybunny - Lead O/S - 31/May/11 with Stan

SamChessell - Lead rpt - 26/May/11 with Dave Grant

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/11

SamChessell - 2nd O/S - 15/May/11 with George King

James Mitchelmore - Lead O/S - 14/May/11

gingerking - Lead O/S - May/11 with Sam Chessell

Dave89 - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with Laura

Good HVS,thought it was a 5b move through the thin section.Only place 5 bits of gear.Rack up every thing you might need on the left before the chimney.
Popkids - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Nolan

Will bravely attempted to lead it, but gave up after taking his first leader falls at the crux (great effort!). I then lead it, using the gear left by him.
masa-alpin - Lead β - 24/Apr/11 with Will M

Very nice, fell off the move into the chimney due to too much faffing, actually fairly easy once I got on with it!
Dizz - Lead - 23/Apr/11 with David B

mark20 - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/11

Jez - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/11 with NJSharp

carlgodfrey - Lead RP - 12/Apr/11

PeteBall - 2nd dog - 12/Apr/11 with Carl

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Apr/11

Master Chief - TR rpt - 07/Apr/11 with Moe Heffer, jgclimb

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 2011

Hidden - 2nd RP - 2011

Kim Middlebrook - 06/Nov/10

Hidden - TR - 21/Oct/10

Tough HVS. Took a good fall from the crux and started again and did it clean. Some very polished holds but satisfying, especially the moves before and into the chimney.
royal - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/10 with rob

Good route
andrea83 - 2nd O/S - 08/Oct/10 with Matt Fry

Slightly harder than it looks.
Matt Fry - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/10 with Andrea Hayslop

Hidden - Sep/10

carlgodfrey - TR RP - 07/Aug/10

jakenichol - Lead - 14/Jun/10

joese7en - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10

Don Jebus - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10 with James

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 13/Apr/10 with Clare

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/10 with Not Dave

cem - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/10 with Graham Dolman

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/10 with Dan

arthurbeer - 2nd - 27/Feb/10

redshapedfriday - Lead RP - 27/Feb/10

Probably less worrying without the nice ledge at the crux being a tad on the damp side! Nice route though!
nickstephens - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/10 with Alex the king

JerryD - 2010

gg4419 - 2nd rpt - Oct/09

mbradberry2008 - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Alex Sanders-Page

1651SP - 2nd - 13/Sep/09 with Matt Bradberry

gg4419 - AltLd O/S - Sep/09

Followed Claire up this - fine to start up a sries of flakes, followed by a hard move to gain the chimney.
Mark_RMC - 2nd - 21/Aug/09 with Claire Smart

petegruf - Lead rpt - 17/Jul/09 with bridget c

Marti999 - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/09 with Mark Glaister

briar4012 - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/09 with Mark Glaister

Done this a few times now and it always makes me smile
andybenham - 2nd rpt - 03/May/09 with jeremy dugan

Rowansb - 2009

vertically_challenged - TR O/S - 20/Nov/08

vertically_challenged - TR O/S - 20/Nov/08

Master Chief - Lead rpt - 24/Oct/08 with Nick

Rusty2406 - 2nd O/S - 24/Oct/08 with Tom

Master Chief - 2nd rpt - 03/Oct/08 with Jeremy

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 01/Aug/08 with Clare

Master Chief - TR O/S - 21/May/08 with Jeremy and Moe

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/08 with Charlie Jeynes

pmoody - Lead - 2008 with Daniel Campbell

pmoody - 2nd - 2008 with Jowan Phillips

Tom Styles - TR O/S - 19/Oct/07 with Matthew Neighbour

midgelt - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/07 with Oli

emdiesse - TR O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Alfie

mattshort - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Alfie

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Matt Short

pmoody - TR O/S - 26/Feb/07 with Darren Cox

rob_lee - TR O/S - 26/Feb/07

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - Lead - 2007

AngelaC - 2nd - 02/Aug/06 with Dieter Cole

Mark Kemball - TR - 21/Jul/06

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 20/Jul/06 with Clare & Adrian

colin milton - Lead - 14/Apr/06 with ian dunbar

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 31/Jul/05 with Clare

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/May/05

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/04

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 05/Aug/03 with Clare

Alaric - TR - 27/Jun/03 with Karen B

Hidden - TR - 2003

Getting dark.
bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 24/Aug/02 with Clare

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Apr/02

bpmclimb - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/01 with Clare

jfletcher - Lead - 15/Jul/01 with Charlotte Fletcher

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jun/01

hayleylouise - TR - 15/Apr/00

bpmclimb - Lead O/S - Aug/99

nickdonohue - Lead - 31/Jan/99 with Ashley Hold

nacnud - 2nd - 06/Apr/96

Ashley Hold - Lead - 27/Aug/95

kp64zl - 2nd - Apr/92 with Keith, Jason M

tlr - 2nd - 09/Apr/90 with Fin

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
DaveGoesClimbing, AJH

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