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Swastika Crack* S 4a

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[Severe my arse ;o) Anth Quinn starting Swastika Crack, Simonside North Side, 2 kb]8m. Directly under Swastika Chimney is a short hanging groove. Gain this directly (steep) and continue to a rest in the chimney. Finish up the well positioned arete on the right. © ROCKFAX

Photo: Severe my arse ;o) Anth Quinn starting Swastika Crack, Simonside North Side © Sue Lyth
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Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Jul/14

nice top arete
Gabe Oliver - Solo O/S - 09/Jul/14

Gave up on the start. Last climb too tired.
Klingon - Lead - 17/May/14 with Nimble

Typical County Sandbag at Severe
Climbster - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Julia

Hidden - 2nd dog - 26/Aug/13

Pretty wet, but even in the dry start must be harder than severe. HS
TimG - 2nd dog - 24/Aug/13 with Paul

08nbrierley - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/13 with connal

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/13

Nasty awkward start
pebblespanker - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Mark Powell

vertigo - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12 with Cari Hook

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/12

08nbrierley - 2nd dog - 17/Jul/12 with Richard Fletcher

fell on the start with no gear in
Richard Fletcher - Lead dog - 17/Jul/12 with Nicky Brierley

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jan/12

sarah hawker - TR O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Pete (Ben's friend), Ben (Ponty)

andy_e - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11

petegunn - 2nd - 02/Jun/11 with Davina, Owain

owain-1978 - Lead - 02/Jun/11 with Pete, davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/11

chris smith - Lead O/S - 21/May/11

andy_e - Lead O/S - 04/May/11

Am not going to claim the clean onsight because I traversed in from the right (route felt about S 4a this way). Direct start was too difficult for me (and Khalid): surely not Severe...
markhammonds - Lead dog - 18/Jul/10 with Khalid Abdulla

mastiffmat - 27/Jun/10

Daniel Sutherland - Lead dog - 23/May/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Mar/10

ewan i - Lead - 2010

arrang - Lead - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/09

Absolute sandbag of a start, but doable none the less!
Ardginny - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Christine Hall

echoes - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09

Nick1981 - 2nd - 26/Sep/09

the start of this is hard
Andy DB - 2nd RP - 02/Jun/09 with rob

Andy Moles - Solo O/S - 25/Apr/09 with -

Fergus Cuthill - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/09 with Robert Taylor

Tried to lead this but kept failing at the first move. Fergus led and I seconded, still far from easy.
Roberttaylor - 2nd dog - 25/Apr/09 with Fergus Cuthill

burto - Solo O/S - 25/Apr/09

ferdia - Solo - 25/Apr/09

daWalt - TR RP - 05/Apr/09 with Sam

Brutal. Repeatedly tried the beginning, got nearly up fully onto the slab, kept failing. Tom finished it off :)
stuaart - Lead RP - 21/Mar/09 with Thomas Smith

Severe!!!! Your having a laugh right?
KragKing - Lead O/S - 2009

tom heaney - 2009

j0shwyatt000 - Lead dog - 2009

Hidden - Lead - 03/Aug/08

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/08

Gandy - Lead O/S - Jun/08

snowy owl - Lead - 19/Apr/08 with Brian Quinn

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/07

duzinga - 2nd O/S - 2007 with Martina

JiveWeasel - Lead - Jun/94 with Rusty

beaumap - AltLd - 24/Aug/91 with Tim Waddington

I'll put clean onsight solo because I did all the route, then was blown off-balance as I mantled/stood up on the very top of the arete. It was a wild, blustery day, all scudding clouds and laughing gales. I fell the full length of the route onto the boulders below. Knocked completely unconscious, I was amazingly lucky to walk away with only bruising, cracked ribs, badly gashed head, smashed teeth and severe concussion. Lucky, because of where I landed, and the fact there was nobody else on the crag at all. A night in the RVI in Newcastle and I was discharged. I have a photo taken from the top, looking down, from a later visit when I soloed up and down it twice, to subdue my demons. I ought to have died that day.
BrianT - Solo O/S - Jun/81

Hidden - 1981

2nd: Malcolm
Gary Coggon - Lead O/S - 1980

Lord of Starkness - Solo - 1971

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 1971 with Geoff Leach

Hidden - AltLd - Apr/65

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Style of ascent

Soloed8 of 58 (13.8%)
Lead29 of 58 (50.0%)
Followed13 of 58 (22.4%)
Toproped2 of 58 (3.4%)
Alt Leads2 of 58 (3.4%)
Unknown4 of 58 (6.9%)

'Climbed'20 of 58 (34.5%)
clean O/S26 of 58 (44.8%)
clean rpt1 of 58 (1.7%)
clean RP3 of 58 (5.2%)
dogged8 of 58 (13.8%)