King Kong** E3 6a
[King Kong, 3 kb]12m.

Rockfax Description
Bridge the shallow scoop up to the overhang, and reach over for a good hold. Then flick into the crucial mantelshelf, though the tall will probably just topple over backwards. © ROCKFAX

FA. Al Parker 1978

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This climb is in 105 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

Fail. Adam committed much better to it and took a whipper into the groove. He went up the easy way left and belayed and I scraped up it on top-rope with a bit of resting and messing about...
theotherpetehill - Lead dnf - 09/Aug/15 with Adam Brown

Mantel is utterly nails
adam 24 - Lead dnf - 09/Aug/15

DanOsb - Lead dnf - 25/May/15 with Ed

mrteale - Lead dnf - 21/May/15

Tried it a couple of years ago with some falls before giving up. First go today
tim newton - Lead rpt - 04/May/15 with rachel slater

Rachel Slater - 2nd β - 04/May/15 with Tim Newton

Pretty steady to the jug but by the time i'd hung around figuring out the foot beta to get the the lip i was to tired to actually manage the move. Close though, it'll go next time!
phildawson - Lead dnf - 04/May/15 with Stefanie Pöhlmann

Canyak - 2015

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/14 with Rosh

2nd go
dom94 - Lead RP - 09/Nov/14 with Matt Groom

Hannes B - Lead O/S - 09/Nov/14 with Krissy, Sasha

Matt Groom - Lead - 09/Nov/14

Hidden - Lead dnf - 18/Oct/14

sacked off after the mantle. couldn't let the go of the jug to reach the ledge.
benkelsey - Lead dnf - 18/Oct/14

dswansonlow - Lead dnf - 11/Oct/14

Good move and not too bad for shorties
dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/14 with BenL, Roger Kirke

BenL - 2nd O/S - 11/Oct/14 with SUMC

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Claire Duffield

Hidden - 2nd dog - 29/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead dnf - 11/Aug/13

lukehodson - Lead dnf - 26/May/13 with Charlotte

oldcheese - Lead β - 04/May/13

oldcheese - Lead β - 04/May/13

went for the dead point to slopers and hold on tight method rather than pissing around with a grizzly mantle
w.pettet-smith - Lead - Oct/12 with claire jane carter

Kyle did not finish either. Reachy but fun looking.
freemanTom - 2nd dnf - 22/Sep/12 with Kyle Rance, Ben

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Sep/12

belay bunny turned bad - TR - 04/Sep/12 with loundsy

Ground up. Took some big falls
Simon_Letman - Lead RP - 05/May/12 with olly

Apharri - Lead β - Feb/12 with John Lynch

fp219 - 2nd - Jan/12

Tom Redmond - TR RP - 29/Oct/11 with Josh Willet

Hidden - TR - 29/Oct/11

Mega pull up on slopers! some nice moves :)
Joey C - TR dog - 23/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11

ChrisBrooke - Lead dnf - 14/Aug/11 with Keeley Scholes

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

Fran S8 - 2nd - 10/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 01/Jun/11

Hand came so close, but I don't think I ever fully comitted.Reversed several times. Next time
Exodus - Lead dnf - 30/Apr/11 with Steve A

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with Dad

Took a couple of falls trying to slap up. Got it first go with the mantle.
mark20 - Lead RP - 06/Apr/11

Ben1983 - Lead dnf - 03/Apr/11

John Lewis - 2nd dog - 20/Mar/11 with Tim

took a couple of falls from the crux before giving up. plenty of pro below
tim newton - Lead dnf - 20/Mar/11 with lee leatherbarrow

SteveM - 2nd dog - 30/Sep/10 with Alex

HamishD - Lead dnf - 26/Sep/10 with chris burn

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Sep/10

only one hard move, no2 and 00 cams protect crux perfectly, not that I managed it!
JamieSparkes - Lead dnf - 04/Sep/10 with Nick

FlorianCastagne - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/10

Hidden - TR dog - 22/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead - 31/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead G/U - 06/Jul/10

chris sm - 2nd - 26/Jun/10 with Cheesesarnie

Tim M - Lead dnf - 26/Jun/10 with Chris Sims

Led to roof, placed two larger cams, which were superficila really as would not have held. Then placed two aliens, which seemed pretty good...went over roof and got the good hold, but didn't feel confident enough in my gear this early in my trad climbing history (7th lead ever), reversed, and went up easy hvs to to go back for and just do!
rubben - Lead dnf - 30/May/10 with roland o'leary

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 30/May/10

Retro flash, stiff pull.
Tez29 - Lead β - 16/May/10 with Mousey

Hidden - Lead β - 09/May/10

Still can't do the crux, fell like a sack of spuds and cut myself up a bit
mark20 - Lead dnf - 11/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Apr/10

Ben Vieyra - 2nd - 2010

JPGR - Nov/09

Finished out right
mark20 - 2nd dnf - 17/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead - 17/Oct/09

Hidden - TR O/S - 10/Oct/09

natalietanzer - 2nd - 09/Oct/09

Fell off the mantel a couple of years ago, got it first try today. It's a very cool move.
Andrew Barker - Lead - 07/Sep/09 with John Barker

Almost had it fingers millimeters from safety then slipped from the mantle. Result bruised knee and swollen foot from collision with ledge. Next time!!!!
Diggler - Lead dnf - 05/Sep/09 with RCrockford

Tough groove getting to the ledge, gear ok on the ledge but not guaranteed to protect a ground fall if get beyond the mantle move and fall at/just below the next break/gear. Pumpy hanging around on ledge working out how best to get onto the mantle hold. Once there, foot options not as obvious / nice as you'd like. Deviously difficult and powerful move needed to get into the mantle move itself and upward. Tried (90% effort, 10% held back due to fear of fall)! Managed to retreat back to ledge without falling onto gear and finished up the Severe.
LoopyLou - Lead dnf - 23/Aug/09 with Thea Williams

Billg - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09 with Megan Beaumont

Hidden - Lead dnf - 27/Jun/09

Took a couple of goes!
chris sm - 2nd RP - 14/Jun/09 with Pippa Froggatt

Hidden - Lead dnf - 14/Jun/09

failed on many years ago (2000?)
Toby Dunn - Lead - Aug/08 with Tom Randall

Hidden - Lead G/U - 28/Jun/08

craig d - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Simon Kincaid

Nicos - Lead dnf - 18/May/08 with rich howels

Hidden - TR dnf - 12/May/08

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Dave Ferguson

Failed after 3 falls, need to get back on this. Awesome route.
sasmojo - Lead dnf - 26/Apr/08 with Kev Billings

Got it first time. Failed on previously.
shark - Lead - 22/Jul/07 with Mark Hundleby

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/07

Now that's a move and a half - so tentative you could go either way, luckily I chose up and was rewarded with a handful of dirty sloper. Makes those bouldering sessions worthwhile.
UndercoverElephant - Lead O/S - May/07 with unseconded

shark - Lead dnf - 04/Feb/07 with Keith Sharples

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 03/Feb/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

Daniel Wrightson - Lead dnf - 01/Jul/06 with Olivia Horner

Bern - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Nov/05

Dave Bond - Lead - 19/Oct/03 with Rich Hatton

Very pleased to lead this clean especially as it has a reputation for being hard for the tall and Colin said he'd seen 4-5 people try it but none succeed, found it fine at the grade.
DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/03 with Trevor Stevens, Colin Brearley

lx - Lead - Oct/01

Hidden - Lead - 20/Aug/01

tuftynick - Lead - 2001

Hidden - Lead RP - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 2000

sadams - Lead - May/99

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/98 with Suzy

goi.ashmore - Lead β - 01/Nov/97 with Alice Howe, Roy Thomas

Hidden - Lead rpt - Mar/97

Roget - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/95 with jon

Hidden - Lead β - 21/Jul/92

mark-abz - TR - 21/May/90 with Phil R

GordonHart - TR O/S - 1985 with Kevin

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