Rockfax Description
Excellent technical face climbing on the lower section with a shoulder-wrenching finale through the bulge and crack above. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Interesting and varied climbing. Start by making an awkward and delicate move onto the first break and gain small positive holds on the main wall. Use these carefully to reach the welcome juggy break below the overhang. Make a hard steep overhanging move to gain the ledge above and finish up the jamming crack. A Bowles Classic!

M Boysen 1960

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Southern Sandstone apprenticeship., Tonbridge School Sandstone Graded List, Starred Southern Sandstone 6a's, Southern Sandstone Rockfax Top 50

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UserDateStyleNotes & Partners
davidrblakeman 9 Jun TR rpt
with Graham Caption Top Rope
with Graham Caption Top Rope
Hidden 9 Jun TR dnf
ChrisLeigh19 6 Jun TR Most frustrating route to date, really earns the name! Took 3 separate outings in order to complete, including the last being solely dedicated to this one climb. Probably the hardest route I've climbed to date, finally managed the technical and hard finish-could do the beginning very quickly by then! Extremely relieved to have finally completed this route, a real Bowels classic, despite the grazed arms. Extremely mentally and physically challenging for me, but very happy got it done! No partner selected as was given belays by many different people. Kinda learnt to love it (maybe just because I finished it) but definitely a high quality route (for sandstone). Defiantly going to be one I will remember. Note: John has still not climbed to date
Most frustrating route to date, really earns the name! Took 3 separate outings in order to complete, including the last being solely dedicated to this one climb. Probably the hardest route I've climbed to date, finally managed the technical and hard finish-could do the beginning very quickly by then! Extremely relieved to have finally completed this route, a real Bowels classic, despite the grazed arms. Extremely mentally and physically challenging for me, but very happy got it done! No partner selected as was given belays by many different people. Kinda learnt to love it (maybe just because I finished it) but definitely a high quality route (for sandstone). Defiantly going to be one I will remember. Note: John has still not climbed to date
Martin Bagshaw 2 Jun TR rpt
with AJ
with AJ
James_Fletcher 12 May TR Finally climbed Hate clean after 2 years of trying - So hyped!!!
with Graham C, Derek
Finally climbed Hate clean after 2 years of trying - So hyped!!!
with Graham C, Derek
Hidden 6 May TR dog
td72 30 Mar TR rpt
td72 30 Mar TR rpt
with katie93
with katie93
sethprice 22 Feb -
sethprice 22 Feb -
ClemB 17 Feb TR dog
srudge ?? Sent
Hidden ?Dec, 2018 TR
khalidq 17 Oct, 2018 TR dnf Next time maybe...
with Holly Peristiani
Next time maybe...
with Holly Peristiani
Dohnny_Jawes 18 Aug, 2018 TR
Hidden 18 Aug, 2018 TR rpt
Hidden 18 Aug, 2018 TR rpt
ssutton 11 Aug, 2018 TR dog Fluffed the top crack, next time.
Fluffed the top crack, next time.
ZacMoss 12 Jul, 2018 TR dnf
dripdry1 4 Jul, 2018 TR Absolutely amazing climb!!! What a battle though, first and second try from the ground got to the crack but couldn't move past it ! Managed to get it clean ground up third go with some help from a kneebar and some painful armbars !
with Dad
Absolutely amazing climb!!! What a battle though, first and second try from the ground got to the crack but couldn't move past it ! Managed to get it clean ground up third go with some help from a kneebar and some painful armbars !
with Dad
elyben 3 Jul, 2018 TR dnf
Martin Bagshaw 19 Jun, 2018 TR β
with AJ
with AJ
willpitt07 3 May, 2018 TR
with John, grant
with John, grant
td72 26 Mar, 2018 TR O/S
with bryan61
with bryan61
bryan61 26 Mar, 2018 TR rpt
with td72
with td72
rowland penty 17 Feb, 2018 TR RP
Hidden ??, 2018 -
Rob Houston ??, 2018 -
hervenuttall ?Oct, 2017 TR O/S
with Doug
with Doug
cpowell 23 Aug, 2017 TR
rumblesan 2 Jul, 2017 TR dnf Lovely moves on the lower half. Got shutdown at the overhang. Should go when fresh.
Lovely moves on the lower half. Got shutdown at the overhang. Should go when fresh.
Max Harman 4 Jun, 2017 TR
Katsmiff 14 May, 2017 TR dnf Can do the moves just need the energy to do them all in one go
Can do the moves just need the energy to do them all in one go
Rafal Malczyk 14 May, 2017 TR
jotunscope 9 Apr, 2017 TR dnf
with Paul
with Paul
Hidden 8 Apr, 2017 TR dog
Nina Rogers 25 Feb, 2017 TR
with Martin Leonard
with Martin Leonard
Jake88 29 Dec, 2016 TR
Dohnny_Jawes 30 Oct, 2016 TR O/S
Hidden 30 Oct, 2016 TR rpt
Rob892 29 Oct, 2016 -
hfotheri 18 Sep, 2016 TR dog
naylers 4 Sep, 2016 TR dnf
James_Fletcher 27 Aug, 2016 TR dnf Made progress on Hate. Definitely a climb I want in the bag. Only a matter of time.
with Derek
Made progress on Hate. Definitely a climb I want in the bag. Only a matter of time.
with Derek
Munch 31 Jul, 2016 - Fell once low done, then again from the top jamming crack, got it third time, nice route.
Fell once low done, then again from the top jamming crack, got it third time, nice route.
Hidden 2 Jun, 2016 TR
cdpuk 19 May, 2016 TR O/S
Flavio 17 Apr, 2016 TR RP
with Mr Shunt
with Mr Shunt
td72 17 Apr, 2016 TR O/S climbed in the most awfull manor possible. ended up lying down in the crack the wrong way round
with katie93
climbed in the most awfull manor possible. ended up lying down in the crack the wrong way round
with katie93
DampRice 12 Apr, 2016 TR dnf Still cant figure out how to get stood up over the roof.... knee bar does not seem to want to fit.
Still cant figure out how to get stood up over the roof.... knee bar does not seem to want to fit.
DampRice 2 Apr, 2016 TR dnf Foot popped trying to get established on the roof, lowered off to try again next time.
Foot popped trying to get established on the roof, lowered off to try again next time.
Hidden 25 Mar, 2016 TR dnf
bigbobbyking ??, 2016 TR dnf Couldn't do the last over hang
Couldn't do the last over hang
td72 4 Dec, 2015 TR rpt Great climb, done with slightly more finesse this time
Great climb, done with slightly more finesse this time
SJPowderham1 27 Oct, 2015 Lead O/S
seanbastard 29 Aug, 2015 TR O/S
Hidden 8 Aug, 2015 TR RP
Hidden 1 Aug, 2015 TR dog
Hidden ?Aug, 2015 TR dnf
Hidden 4 Jul, 2015 TR dog
jsmcfarland 18 Jun, 2015 TR dog 2x attempts at this, first try ended too pumped to attempt to get up the roof, second with heelhook over the lip but then far too pumped to make the mantle (+ anchor off to the side...freaky). Reckon it will go next time. Thumbs are key on the sidepull pinch holds
2x attempts at this, first try ended too pumped to attempt to get up the roof, second with heelhook over the lip but then far too pumped to make the mantle (+ anchor off to the side...freaky). Reckon it will go next time. Thumbs are key on the sidepull pinch holds
alanblyth 18 Jun, 2015 TR
CallumSturgeon ?Jun, 2015 -
Ian Bell 10 May, 2015 TR dnf Not this time, did the Slab but fell off going for the crack above.
with Tania T
Not this time, did the Slab but fell off going for the crack above.
with Tania T
Guy Atkinson 14 Apr, 2015 TR dnf failed yet again..
with Adrian
failed yet again..
with Adrian
maybe_si 20 Mar, 2015 TR RP
ASchwirtz 22 Feb, 2015 TR RP 2nd go
2nd go
Russtygibbons 22 Feb, 2015 TR dnf
Hidden 17 Feb, 2015 TR RP
Laramadness 5 Oct, 2014 TR O/S
with OutdoorGirl, Mike F
with OutdoorGirl, Mike F
Guy Atkinson 20 Sep, 2014 TR dnf Damn.
Damn.
pete_fewings 14 Sep, 2014 TR O/S
daviesp2 16 Aug, 2014 TR dnf got to first break
got to first break
theandthem 1 Jul, 2014 TR β finally...
finally...
loplop 21 Jun, 2014 TR dog
with Laura, Adrian, Jim
with Laura, Adrian, Jim
Hidden 14 May, 2014 TR
CurlyStevo 23 Apr, 2014 TR dnf Got all the way to the heel hook move but with rests after each major section, didn't realise till later you need to get your knee in the niche. Might actually work all the moves/sections next time probably still a way off doing it.
Got all the way to the heel hook move but with rests after each major section, didn't realise till later you need to get your knee in the niche. Might actually work all the moves/sections next time probably still a way off doing it.
kylo-342 ?Apr, 2014 TR dnf
matt.jj 8 Mar, 2014 TR dnf
with Dave Mahon
with Dave Mahon
Penfold Merton ??, 2014 TR dog
Hidden 10 Oct, 2013 TR β
duncandarnell 28 Aug, 2013 TR
Hidden ?Jul, 2013 -
Eoinparker 27 Jun, 2013 TR dog
Guy Atkinson 25 Jun, 2013 TR dnf Tried it twice as it was getting dark, first time got my leg over the bulge but couldn't do more, second time couldn't get established in the crack after the bulge. Know i can do it though.
with Zara
Tried it twice as it was getting dark, first time got my leg over the bulge but couldn't do more, second time couldn't get established in the crack after the bulge. Know i can do it though.
with Zara
Hidden 15 Jun, 2013 TR
lukehodson 1 Jun, 2013 TR rpt
with Steve, Mel, thinbean
with Steve, Mel, thinbean
HassenBali 6 May, 2013 TR dnf
mrteale ?May, 2013 TR
Steve Dunton ??, 2013 -
Ewan Russell 4 Sep, 2012 TR O/S
with Mike(Dad)
with Mike(Dad)
cameronmcloughlin 7 Aug, 2012 TR rpt
adam 24 28 Jul, 2012 TR O/S
Stewart Armstrong 28 Jul, 2012 TR dnf got very close to doing the first difficult bit
got very close to doing the first difficult bit
Hidden 28 Jul, 2012 TR
grakgrak 25 Jul, 2012 TR dog
with duncan
with duncan
Jevans ?Jul, 2012 TR RP
BarefootCeds 26 Jun, 2012 TR dnf Very awkward to put that knee in the niche... Good core exercise ! Managed it but then was too knackered for the final move... Pleasant route.
with Dave Mahon
Very awkward to put that knee in the niche... Good core exercise ! Managed it but then was too knackered for the final move... Pleasant route.
with Dave Mahon
elyben 24 May, 2012 -
Graham C 13 Apr, 2012 TR rpt
with Derek
with Derek
tunaficiency 8 Apr, 2012 TR β
with kate surry
with kate surry
matt.jj 27 Mar, 2012 TR dnf
Hidden 26 Feb, 2012 2nd RP
IanMulvany 26 Feb, 2012 TR β
olllie26 14 Jan, 2012 TR dnf
Cat G ??, 2012 TR
Hidden ??, 2012 -
whitehouse_rhys ??, 2012 TR
Hidden 27 Nov, 2011 TR dnf
Ian Bell 26 Nov, 2011 TR dog Excellent. nice contrast between the delicate bottom and thuggy top.
with Tania T
Excellent. nice contrast between the delicate bottom and thuggy top.
with Tania T
hailtryfan ?Nov, 2011 TR rpt
with AJ007
with AJ007
AJ007 ?Nov, 2011 TR
kiks 1 Oct, 2011 TR O/S
Henry.Todman ?Sep, 2011 TR RP
tradguy 11 Aug, 2011 TR rpt
Jon Read 2 Jul, 2011 TR
with Matt Gallagher
with Matt Gallagher
Jon Read 2 Jul, 2011 TR
with Matt Gallagher
with Matt Gallagher
patsaunders ?Jul, 2011 TR
Hidden 21 Jun, 2011 TR dog
wi11 6 Jun, 2011 TR β
with Marcus, natalietanzer
with Marcus, natalietanzer
birchboy13 4 Jun, 2011 TR
Hidden 29 May, 2011 TR dog
Hidden 22 May, 2011 TR
Ceridwen 15 May, 2011 TR dnf got to the first over hang, and nearly got over it, but not quite. good route, worth another try or ten!
got to the first over hang, and nearly got over it, but not quite. good route, worth another try or ten!
finchelata 6 May, 2011 TR rpt Attempted a couple of years ago - couldn't get established in the crack. Got it first go this time. Jam.
with mo
Attempted a couple of years ago - couldn't get established in the crack. Got it first go this time. Jam.
with mo
Graham C 19 Apr, 2011 TR rpt
with Nick susx
with Nick susx
Hidden 17 Apr, 2011 -
Hidden 17 Apr, 2011 TR dog
dan gibson 10 Apr, 2011 TR rpt
with anna barnes
with anna barnes
barfani chita 9 Apr, 2011 TR dnf
with Saurus
with Saurus
Guy Atkinson 9 Apr, 2011 TR dnf only had one go on it, up for trying again
with dickie01, Nick Briggs
only had one go on it, up for trying again
with dickie01, Nick Briggs
Hidden 3 Apr, 2011 TR
elbeanio 2 Apr, 2011 TR
steve2006 2 Apr, 2011 TR O/S I'm in shock that I climbed this clean! i've done less than handful of 6a before and this is by far the most interesting. Just be BOLD, ignore you inner thoughts, and flow up it. technical start, leading into solid juggy overhang with a lovely thank-god hand jam crack finish. looking back I just might have been lucky!
I'm in shock that I climbed this clean! i've done less than handful of 6a before and this is by far the most interesting. Just be BOLD, ignore you inner thoughts, and flow up it. technical start, leading into solid juggy overhang with a lovely thank-god hand jam crack finish. looking back I just might have been lucky!
feilx 27 Mar, 2011 TR O/S
barfani chita 13 Mar, 2011 TR dnf
with Saurus
with Saurus
timmyhobby ??, 2011 TR
JIMJIM ??, 2011 TR
james.pilbeam ??, 2011 -
michaelcolledge ??, 2011 TR β
keith leonard ??, 2011 -
climber46 ??, 2011 -
Radical-G 17 Oct, 2010 TR RP
Graham C 2 Sep, 2010 TR rpt easy when you know how!
with Derek
easy when you know how!
with Derek
RFWilkie 3 Aug, 2010 TR rpt
Kevster 3 Aug, 2010 TR
cayteye 3 Aug, 2010 TR dnf
with Kevin Faux
with Kevin Faux
lukehodson 1 Aug, 2010 TR rpt
Danny Crump 26 Jul, 2010 TR dnf
dan gibson 24 May, 2010 TR rpt
tradguy 20 Apr, 2010 TR rpt
Hidden 18 Apr, 2010 TR dnf
Hidden 18 Apr, 2010 TR dnf
Hidden 18 Apr, 2010 TR dog
davidrblakeman 13 Apr, 2010 TR rpt
Simon Bowyer 11 Apr, 2010 TR dnf
with Nik
with Nik
J.Wells ?Apr, 2010 TR O/S Absolute battle, but great fun.
Absolute battle, but great fun.
sachichas ??, 2010 TR RP
Graham C 19 Sep, 2009 TR rpt
with Scott F
with Scott F
dickie01 18 Aug, 2009 TR Love the Hate
Love the Hate
Graham C 6 Jun, 2009 TR rpt With Gresham watching to add a little pressure!
With Gresham watching to add a little pressure!
Monk 6 Jun, 2009 TR O/S
Listy 1 May, 2009 TR RP
with Miles Lister
with Miles Lister
Kyle Rance 26 Apr, 2009 TR
with Sine Rance
with Sine Rance
tradguy 16 Apr, 2009 TR rpt
troutbeck 29 Mar, 2009 TR dnf
with J.G.
with J.G.
riddle 22 Mar, 2009 TR O/S
with miku979
with miku979
mr_cf 15 Mar, 2009 TR RP Lovely side pull route, with nasty over hanging rockover/mantel finish
with Ian ...
Lovely side pull route, with nasty over hanging rockover/mantel finish
with Ian ...
Threesixzero ??, 2009 -
davidrblakeman ??, 2009 -
Hidden ??, 2009 -
davebowes ??, 2009 -
olipab121 ??, 2009 -
Graham C 19 Oct, 2008 TR β At bloody last. Have been trying this for ages, finaly did it clean.
At bloody last. Have been trying this for ages, finaly did it clean.
Marti999 26 Sep, 2008 TR RP
lukehodson 12 Sep, 2008 TR awesome route. got it 2nd go
awesome route. got it 2nd go
Al Franks 16 Aug, 2008 TR dnf
with Luke and Nicki
with Luke and Nicki
RagingPuffin 16 Aug, 2008 TR dnf
with Luke hodson
with Luke hodson
Alpinelegend69 3 Jun, 2008 -
Hidden ?Jun, 2008 -
hailtryfan ?Jun, 2008 TR RP
Graham C 21 May, 2008 TR dog project (and has been for ages)
project (and has been for ages)
Hidden 16 Feb, 2008 -
sparkass ?Feb, 2008 TR RP 2nd attempt
with Lewis Allan, Ian Stronghill
2nd attempt
with Lewis Allan, Ian Stronghill
alexharv3y 6 Jan, 2008 TR dnf
strapless ??, 2008 -
jimmay ??, 2008 TR O/S
mrthehud ??, 2008 TR
with Tom Hudson
with Tom Hudson
Nick F Smith ?Oct, 2007 TR O/S
with Andy
with Andy
Piers Harley 30 Sep, 2007 -
tradguy 30 Aug, 2007 TR rpt
Mark Riley 18 Aug, 2007 TR O/S
with Hely
with Hely
Hidden 16 Jul, 2007 TR RP
tradguy 14 Jun, 2007 TR rpt
Matt Tranter 12 Jun, 2007 TR
with Zelda Greyling
with Zelda Greyling
hal 2 Jun, 2007 TR RP Loved it!
with Bernard Lam
Loved it!
with Bernard Lam
Hidden ?Mar, 2007 TR
Marcus ??, 2007 TR Have climbed this about 20 times or so but the last occasion was about 30 years ago. The first bit felt harder but the wall above didn't seem so thin (felt like there was a couple of extra holds) and the top felt much easier. Having chalk and sticky boots probaby helps. Funny that I seemed to do it facing in the opposite direction to how I recollected doing it, which threw me a bit. Remember Gordon deLacey used to solo it - which has always impressed me.
Have climbed this about 20 times or so but the last occasion was about 30 years ago. The first bit felt harder but the wall above didn't seem so thin (felt like there was a couple of extra holds) and the top felt much easier. Having chalk and sticky boots probaby helps. Funny that I seemed to do it facing in the opposite direction to how I recollected doing it, which threw me a bit. Remember Gordon deLacey used to solo it - which has always impressed me.
Kyuzo ??, 2007 -
Hidden ??, 2007 -
Rob Kennard ??, 2007 -
Nathan Kemp ??, 2007 TR
themidnightninja ??, 2007 TR
jimjimmyjimjim 9 Sep, 2006 TR dog
OffshoreAndy 31 Aug, 2006 TR
blahblahblah 20 Aug, 2006 TR dog
with Fabrice Calabrese
with Fabrice Calabrese
Hidden 17 Aug, 2006 TR O/S
tonanf ?Aug, 2006 TR learned a lot here
learned a lot here
Rob Laird 16 Jul, 2006 TR dog
dan gibson 7 May, 2006 TR
with AJ
with AJ
Brown ?Sep, 2005 TR
Rokmunky ??, 2005 TR
Hidden ??, 2004 -
Hidden ??, 2004 TR RP
Rob Davies ?Aug, 2002 TR dnf
tradguy 15 May, 2001 TR RP
Hidden ?Jun, 2000 TR
Lepista 13 Feb, 2000 TR got to overhang...!
got to overhang...!
Hidden ??, 2000 TR
Jon Read ??, 2000 TR
with Matt Gallagher
with Matt Gallagher
ellie macpherson 30 Jun, 1999 TR
with Ian Holmes
with Ian Holmes
Hidden ?Apr, 1999 TR
Hidden 19 May, 1998 TR RP
Hidden ??, 1998 TR rpt
Hidden ??, 1997 -
Hidden ??, 1995 TR RP
andy gittins ??, 1990 -
craig h ??, 1988 TR O/S
with Luke Steer
with Luke Steer
Will Webb ??, 1987 -
Gordon Stainforth 7 Aug, 1983 TR Repeat.
Repeat.
Gordon Stainforth 24 Jul, 1983 TR Technically the hardest thing I've ever done.
Technically the hardest thing I've ever done.
Jules morgan ?Aug, 1979 Solo
Martin Bennett ??, 1972 -
Martin Bennett ??, 1971 -
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