Rockfax Description
This is the eastern descent or escape route taking the chimney corner at the right-hand end of the ledge to the top of The Pedestal, then easy ground. Polished at the base. © Rockfax

Ticklists: subluminal A to Z .....almost, Swanage Green Spots.

Hidden 22/Jan Solo
Hidden 24/Sep/16 Solo
Hidden 24/Sep/16 Lead O/S
Michael Bortoluzzi 24/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Maz (WCC)
Calum M 06/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 22/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Ross Spours 21/Aug/16 2nd rpt
with Robert de Costa
rjnato 21/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Ross
Cyborg 13/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Anthony Skilton
matteo_8 11/Aug/16 Lead O/S
dave_is 31/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Polished base, no real need for gear until the top of the pedestal.

Craig Hiscock 30/Jul/16 Solo
el_monty 24/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Paddy
E Moss 24/Jul/16 Solo

Scramble up after the weather deteriorated and rock started getting slippery.

Louise Brickell 17/Jul/16 2nd

1st trad climb. Nice climb, polished at base. Attempted to carry on straight up from pedestal for more challenging route, failed after several attempts. Easier finish to the left.

Ross Spours 30/Jun/16 Lead O/S
with Calum Fredericks
Hidden 18/Jun/16 2nd
Hidden 18/Jun/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Jun/16 Lead
Jerome Carson 08/Jun/16 Lead O/S
SixOne 25/May/16 2nd O/S
with ilch
SixOne 25/May/16 Lead rpt
with ilch
ilch 25/May/16 Lead
with Tim
RM199 11/May/16 Solo O/S


Hidden 08/May/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/May/16 Solo
Mayaculpa 01/May/16 Lead
with Jason
Echna 01/May/16 Lead rpt

First ever climb by Ali. Well done!

with Alison, Rich
TNrOne 01/May/16 2nd O/S

Scared to death! But I did it clean!!

with Echna, Rich
jayyaj 01/May/16 Lead O/S

Climbed multiple times throughout the day. The start is pretty interesting for a D.

mattprince 17/Apr/16 -
with Matt Willett, Sophie Gough
Mattless 21/Mar/16 Lead O/S

Ascended to gain access to cliff top, found start awkward, especially if short. Belayed from top of pedestal them again from top. Also completed solo when assessing routes round the corner alone. Comfortable to climb carrying gear. Weather sunny and wind steady, sheltered at bottom.

with Suzi Pritchard
Aidanrobinson1995 08/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with lilli
Hidden 06/Mar/16 Solo
Alex179 27/Feb/16 Lead
Abigail Sanderson 27/Feb/16 2nd O/S
eoinb 21/Feb/16 Lead
Phil Anderson ??/2016 Lead
viv sherry ??/2016 -
ChrisH_273 12/Sep/15 Solo
BurnerOfBiggerThings 09/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/15 Lead G/U
jamesking2 14/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Jun/15 2nd
Michael Bortoluzzi 13/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Geoff Hannis (WCC)
Buccaneerbilly 11/Jun/15 Lead

Taken as an easy way out to get a clear route away from the chaps on Freda

with Daz Lunn
TillyGriffiths 08/Jun/15 2nd O/S


mattprince 08/Jun/15 Lead
Hidden 27/May/15 Solo
Hidden 27/May/15 Solo
ejellard 19/Apr/15 2nd
BRoe ?/Apr/15 Solo O/S
with Seamus, Will Lord, Millard, DanG
Hidden 01/Mar/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Feb/15 Solo rpt
m_harbour 31/Jan/15 Lead O/S
jamesthegardner 31/Jan/15 2nd
cbonner 18/Jan/15 Lead rpt
Rickrick 17/Jan/15 -
euge74 ??/2015 Lead O/S
Russell Lovett ??/2015 Solo O/S

Sometime in the 1980, not sure of date.

with unknown
Wendy Watthews 06/Dec/14 Lead rpt
Max 15 01/Nov/14 TR O/S

Climb rated as Diff but first 10 feet was hard and ended up being top-roped to get started! The climb was really easy after that.

with Phil. C
Chubbs 27/Oct/14 Lead
flannery 05/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Lewis201 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Mark Stitson (ULGMC) 21/Sep/14 Lead

Topped out straight above the pedestal to make it more interesting.

Tomasz Smith 21/Sep/14 2nd
Stanners 02/Sep/14 Solo O/S

way out, and in!

with Andy G
Pete Sanger 31/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/14 Solo
Alex Hallam 22/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Bit of a non-route.

akhutton88 22/Jul/14 2nd
Johnny Rowland 12/Jul/14 Solo
Hidden 06/Jul/14 2nd O/S
meltdown34 13/Jun/14 Lead O/S
ChrisPaines 13/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Jun/14 Lead O/S
GDS 18/May/14 Lead O/S
with mike
michaelp 18/May/14 2nd O/S
hp8g12 06/May/14 2nd
drgrange 29/Mar/14 Lead
Hidden 16/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Dhonny_Jaws 15/Mar/14 Solo O/S


Echna ??/2014 Lead O/S
with Alex, Rich
Wendy Watthews 01/Dec/13 Lead O/S
with cuc
andork123 01/Dec/13 Lead O/S
with Sam
sam.carr21 01/Dec/13 2nd O/S
with alex
sam.carr21 01/Dec/13 2nd O/S
arandall 30/Nov/13 Solo O/S
Aimee Louise 30/Nov/13 Lead
Dominic Taylor 30/Nov/13 Lead O/S

Solo'd first

Chris Dove 05/Sep/13 Lead β
Hidden 29/Aug/13 TR O/S
jhobbs 26/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Elliott Clark
Hidden 26/Aug/13 Lead rpt
steveprice.exmouth 01/Aug/13 2nd
with David Coley
joshchalke 28/Jul/13 2nd
ngreen 28/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
lukerathmell 22/Jul/13 Lead
with Rachel Bennett
Willbur 02/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Very Easy once established

with James Bridger
Callum Smith ?/Jul/13 Lead
Hidden 15/Jun/13 Lead O/S
rushy11111918 27/May/13 Lead
with Deborah Hoskins, Karl Gregory
RKirke 26/May/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 07/May/13 2nd O/S
MarkCunnington 05/May/13 Solo O/S
with Becky Chadwick, Arul Umapathy
mky77 05/May/13 Lead O/S
Gem_gill 05/May/13 2nd β
with Steve Moore
philmcf ?/May/13 Solo
Pete Randall 20/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with Richard B
Hidden 06/Apr/13 Lead
Hidden 06/Apr/13 2nd rpt
jez_palmer 06/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Jonners 02/Mar/13 2nd O/S
TommyC 02/Mar/13 2nd O/S

Interesting first section for a climb of it's grade. A very narrow chimney, almost offwidth.

with Joe, Jon
callaghanjoe 02/Mar/13 Lead
Sarah Welsh 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
reece.robinson 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
sammycolon 16/Feb/13 -
Gavdee1 16/Feb/13 2nd
Hidden 13/Jan/13 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden 11/Dec/12 Lead dog
johnl 15/Nov/12 2nd rpt
with Andy Dunford
Hidden 30/Sep/12 Lead β
JMoss 18/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Pete Nugent 13/Sep/12 Solo

Used as a descent

with Jill Stevens, Paul Stevens
Rob Laird 26/Aug/12 Solo O/S
uncontrollable 23/Aug/12 Solo rpt


budchawla 18/Aug/12 Solo O/S

Before our first route of the day we free-soloed most of the route while having a look to see if we could get around the pedestal to access Avernus from the Freda ledge. Also downclimbed! Very polished and soapy start.

Steve Hill 12/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with Louise Mulcahy, Melinda Hill
Hidden 11/Aug/12 Solo O/S
hector 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/12 Solo rpt
klo1981 04/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Andrew White
klo1981 04/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with Andrew White
rustyfishhook 19/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Polished ass! Got stuck in the off width greasy wet polished start Funny as fuck! Easy route, bizare climbing up on the pedestal and stepping across the gap. Felt really exposed! Loved it!

djking1983 15/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 30/May/12 Lead
Hidden 30/May/12 2nd
pippa_g 22/May/12 Solo O/S

down climb to reach Avernus. bottom move trickier than I would have liked - harder for shorties like me, had to find a different way of doing the move

Hidden 22/May/12 Solo
pdamann 12/May/12 Solo
Hidden 06/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/May/12 2nd O/S
sjblake 21/Apr/12 2nd

Dougie's first lead of the season. Made a meal of it to be fair. Great location, very average route.

with Douglas Rankin
Benn A ?/Apr/12 Lead
Pegleg 19/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with Paul Jackson
risby 18/Mar/12 Lead rpt
with brian
aj_white 11/Feb/12 -
Hidden 29/Jan/12 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
petecox84 ??/2012 -
Matt Smith 02/Oct/11 Solo O/S

Downclimbed to DWS, climbed out

DigitalSteak 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
jwa 29/Sep/11 2nd
with Rob Smith
Hidden 28/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Sep/11 2nd O/S
rustaldo 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S

sea was very rough!

with Moffatt
cbonner 10/Sep/11 Lead O/S
RaiRai443 04/Sep/11 -
Joe Black 31/Aug/11 2nd
Nevil 20/Aug/11 Lead
joedoherty 04/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Oliver Robinson
stranter 03/Aug/11 Lead O/S

2nd ever trad lead, High Street is much better for the grade. Once past the pedestal its just an easy scramble. Easy but enjoyable.

montymoo ?/Aug/11 -
Hinchrn 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S

very good for first trad climb. even if it more of a scramble.

benren 30/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Tom
jasoncash 10/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Graham Westbrook 30/Jun/11 Lead
funkyvin1 29/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Rich K 01/Jun/11 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/11 Solo O/S
Jo 2483 15/May/11 2nd O/S
with Jon, Scott
JezzaCat ?/May/11 2nd rpt
with Stella
Stella Baylis ?/May/11 Lead O/S
with Jeremy
RandomHero 24/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Jayne Jackson 14/Apr/11 Lead O/S
ian1234567 02/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/11 2nd
RockaJo 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Very nice, easy climb. First part is really easy so just climbed straight through to the first big ledge. (We only had one set of nuts so wanted to save them and the start was easy). Had a plea from my belayer to put some gear in though, aww :)

with Phil Davies
Charlie Evans 07/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Marc Bromhall
Hidden 19/Feb/11 2nd
Andrew Gee 12/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Will Gordon ?/Feb/11 Lead O/S
blakey ??/2011 Solo
oscaig ?/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Mate bailed from leading a nearby route (another tough, steep start for the grade - seem the norm here) so called it a day and took this easy option out.

kim.mulji ?/Nov/10 2nd
tobydunford 25/Oct/10 Solo rpt
gjh 24/Oct/10 Lead O/S
kim.mulji 24/Oct/10 2nd O/S
oscaig 24/Oct/10 Lead
nikinko 17/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with liam
benwhit 04/Oct/10 -
Michael Aylen 04/Oct/10 Lead
wi11 23/Sep/10 Lead rpt
with Sybil
wi11 23/Sep/10 Solo rpt
wi11 23/Sep/10 Solo rpt
tobydunford 12/Sep/10 Solo rpt
bradholmes 04/Sep/10 Lead O/S
leonjones 29/Aug/10 Solo

In descent

Danh89 16/Aug/10 Solo O/S
with LukeyG
Kermi 12/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with Dave (Dad)
Danh89 ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with LukeyG
ciderspider 24/Jul/10 2nd
Ciderslider 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S
chriswitts1 18/Jul/10 Lead rpt

Good climb - interesting traverse from the abseil down High Street...I wouldn't recomend it for beginners. Easy climb, a little polished on the start and therefore a little 'thrutchy' for an inexperienced second.

with Jen Stiers
Hidden 18/Jul/10 Lead O/S
diamond rib 18/Jul/10 2nd
with Adam Wheeler
Alex 74 15/Jul/10 Lead
with Dave m
Amy Kilpin 06/Jul/10 Lead
Danh89 ?/Jul/10 Lead O/S
jonnyridleylogan ?/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Jun/10 Lead
cas smerdon 12/Jun/10 2nd
with Mark S
Hidden 12/Jun/10 Lead
jifwally 08/May/10 Lead
with scoops
Hidden 03/May/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/10 Lead β
Steven Andrews 07/Mar/10 Solo

not so good a route when downclimbed

Monkey_Alan 31/Jan/10 2nd
tev 31/Jan/10 Solo


with James B, Chris B
wi11 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S

Climbed in the dark didn't realise that is was a route...just the easiest way up!

with Chris Gee
LukeyG ??/2010 -
with Nath
ilch ??/2010 Lead RP
Ken Taylor ??/2010 Solo
Hidden ??/2010 Lead O/S
Ben Watts 12/Dec/09 2nd
with Louise Grimster
Hidden 12/Dec/09 Lead O/S
Mark Stitson (ULGMC) 17/Oct/09 2nd
heathergotrumbled 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Not good in trainers

with RM, RG, MS
taps323 ?/Oct/09 Solo
Hidden 29/Sep/09 Lead O/S
tobydunford 26/Sep/09 Solo rpt
Hidden 17/Sep/09 Solo rpt
Hidden 17/Sep/09 2nd O/S
uncontrollable 05/Sep/09 Solo

the circuit: down climbed Pedestal Crack, linked Pedestal Face and Granpa's Grope on the way up

Richard Gilbert 23/Aug/09 Lead O/S

Second climb of the day. Had to abandon a stuck no. 6 nut at the top of the Pedestal :-(

with Helen
martiny25 25/Jul/09 2nd rpt
with chris stan
kingey 18/Jul/09 Lead
nick hawkins 05/Jul/09 Solo O/S

Had to solo this as Adam abbed in and left our rope on top of the crag

KarlH 04/Jul/09 2nd

Phils first lead.

with Phil and Matt
craig h 24/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Jun/09 Solo
Hidden ?/May/09 Lead
freemanTom 26/Apr/09 Lead

Did direct finish to provide some interest.

with Ian Dixon
Ben Watts 26/Apr/09 Solo
with Brad Reed
homing-penguin 22/Apr/09 Lead
Ed Babs 19/Apr/09 Solo O/S
cksrealm 25/Mar/09 Lead O/S
KarlH 20/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Gemma
Zygoticgema 20/Mar/09 2nd O/S
with KarlH
feilx 15/Mar/09 Solo
pete.hutchings 14/Mar/09 Lead O/S
JezzaCat ?/Mar/09 Lead O/S

Climbed with full rucksack, made the openning moves quite interesting.

with Steve
Hidden 15/Feb/09 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
Rob84 ??/2009 Lead O/S
Alex More ??/2009 Lead O/S
sdht ??/2009 -
paulh1967 ??/2009 -
jdgaventa 31/Dec/08 Lead
with katy
DerwentDiluted 02/Nov/08 Solo
Tom Robinson 29/Sep/08 Lead
with Steve White
Bullybones ?/Sep/08 Solo
Hidden 27/Jul/08 2nd O/S
toddp 27/Jul/08 -
with gowlandr
rig 27/Jul/08 Lead O/S
404.mac 26/Jul/08 Lead
Hidden 22/Jul/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/08 Lead O/S
cherad 29/Jun/08 Lead O/S
aged_ape ?/Jun/08 -
Hidden 04/May/08 Lead O/S
Scouse Phil 03/Apr/08 Solo

First route at Swanage. Pretty easy but still fun

with Rob Kedge
Chris Plewa ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Warren Earle 17/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Nev
manwithacam 05/Jan/08 2nd
with Alex
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Rhys Jones ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 Lead O/S
Browny 24/Nov/07 Lead O/S
tonymw 20/Oct/07 2nd O/S

Catherine got stuck at the top of the pedestal not sure where the route went. I soloed up and pointed the way and she finished leading the climb.

with Catherine Browne
Hidden 03/Sep/07 2nd
gdb4060 ?/Sep/07 Solo
with Steve
MarkRyder 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Alex
plastichead 19/Aug/07 2nd O/S
chriswitts1 ?/Jul/07 Lead O/S

Easy after the First moves

with Jon Smith
Mr Tickle 29/May/07 -
Hidden 05/May/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 30/Apr/07 Solo
merry_tale ?/Apr/07 -
Hidden ?/Mar/07 Lead
Will Homoky 04/Feb/07 Lead O/S
with Nick Ingram
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Nov/06 2nd
boynamedsue 24/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Nix Ward 24/Sep/06 2nd

was meant to be my lead but I found the start too polished and got spat off more times than I care to mention

Seb31 16/Sep/06 AltLd
with Michal
Hidden 15/Aug/06 Lead O/S
lighty 30/Jul/06 Solo
with Robby b
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Outdoorfun37 10/May/06 Lead
with Spitz
trev_f 17/Apr/06 Solo β

Down cimbed

with John Godding
Jonny M 09/Apr/06 Solo O/S
GiveHerHelen 09/Apr/06 Solo O/S
mikelaing ??/2006 -
mikelaing ??/2006 -
mikelaing ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
wren ?/Nov/05 2nd
with OUMC Meet
MagnusL 03/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with My mate Paul
tobydunford 02/Sep/05 Solo O/S
with Ben Smith
Paul Leader 02/Aug/05 Lead
Paul-Michael 23/Jul/05 Solo O/S
thompson1000 10/Jul/05 Lead
Richard Horn ?/Jul/05 Solo O/S
kenneM ?/Jul/05 Lead
with Moony
Hidden 10/Jun/05 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/05 Lead O/S
chrisbevins ??/2005 Solo O/S
jonberry791 ??/2005 Lead O/S
swhite 08/Aug/04 Lead
with David Chadwick
HazelMacLean 25/Apr/04 TR
Hidden ??/2004 -
saintlade ?/Sep/03 Lead O/S
with Pope
ellie macpherson 17/Jul/03 TR
with mike henesey
jl 09/Jun/03 Solo O/S
Marq 05/Apr/03 2nd O/S
with Isabel Kingsmill
Hidden ?/Mar/03 Solo
Hidden 20/Jun/02 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Jun/02 Solo
andybenham ??/2001 -
Marti999 ??/2000 Lead
CraigMac1 ??/2000 -
Ian Jones ??/2000 Solo O/S
with Karen Ghiselli
Jason Gotel ?/Aug/99 Solo
Rob Oram 03/Apr/99 Lead O/S
with John Hardy
FrankW ??/1999 -
Hidden ??/1999 Lead
sixties 29/Aug/98 Lead
with hrd
Roget 27/Jul/98 Solo O/S
with jon
timreynolds 12/May/98 2nd
with Paul Bastiaiens
Gareth 13/Sep/97 2nd O/S
with Hannah
Hidden ??/1997 Lead O/S
iskra2000 29/Jul/95 Solo
with Jane Latham
Guy ??/1995 -
Dringo ??/1995 -
james wardle ?/Jun/93 AltLd
with simon Longley
andyfeds ??/1990 Solo
kp64zl ??/1989 Solo
steve taylor ?/Oct/88 Solo
with mark grover
MoWalker3 04/Sep/88 -
bazzag ??/1988 -
with carl and co.
Moses 26/Oct/86 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1985 Lead O/S
Andy Fielding ??/1982 Solo
Hidden ?/Aug/78 Solo
Nigel Coe ??/1977 Solo

Conservatively assuming 10 visits to Subluminal a year for 20 years, I've descended this at least 600 times - sorry for the polish!

Martin Bennett 31/Aug/71 Solo
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