Rockfax Description
6c, S1. A classic, with a soft landing. From halfway along the approach traverse, climb the slab and then the steep pocketed wall above to a big hole. Swing left and make some final tricky moves onto the top slab. Linking from just below the crux to Herman Borg's Basic Pulley Slippage is Freeborn Borg, 7a+, S1, and continuing direct onto the slab is Freeborn Direct, 7a, S1. © Rockfax

FA. Nick Buckley, Kevin Turner 8.79 Aug/1979

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benkelsey 27/Aug/17 DWS G/U

Led the train and bottled it from the lip - its a good old ride. much easier second time around

harry_lewis 27/Aug/17 DWS β
mrteale 27/Aug/17 DWS β

Did not disappoint!

amccann 27/Aug/17 DWS O/S
rhoslynfrugtniet 19/Aug/17 DWS O/S


with newberry
millsy 31/Jul/17 DWS β

Amazing, sea was pretty choppy, didn't fancy taking the plunge

with James Riley
Hidden 16/Jul/17 DWS G/U
Owen Diba 16/Jul/17 DWS
tclewis 07/Jul/17 DWS dnf

Wrong feet for the move onto the undercling. Reversed to a rest before falling off pumped.

ricci.andrea86 ?/Apr/17 Solo rpt
James Mitchelmore 23/Sep/16 DWS β
tsyrett 29/Aug/16 DWS
Dan 85 29/Aug/16 DWS rpt
with Ed, John Lynch, Liam, Lewi
john lynch 26/Aug/16 DWS O/S

what a stunner!

with Lewis Andrew
quiffhanger 14/Aug/16 Solo rpt
with Ian C, Jacob
i_a_coops 14/Aug/16 -
Owen Diba 13/Aug/16 DWS β
Hidden 13/Aug/16 DWS β
Owen Diba 13/Aug/16 DWS β
thejunglist 31/Jul/16 DWS β

So so so good. Loved it especially rocking over onto slab at the top

with Team
Hidden 31/Jul/16 DWS
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 24/Jul/16 DWS rpt
bede.west 24/Jul/16 DWS O/S

Wooo! birthday warm up onsight. psyched!

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 24/Jul/16 DWS rpt
Mike_Hayes 23/Jul/16 DWS
with Big Team
GraMc 23/Jul/16 DWS O/S
Alex N-R 16/Jul/16 DWS β


will black 16/Jul/16 DWS rpt

First deep water solo of the year!

hankyc 30/May/16 DWS O/S

wanted to do this for a long time, perfect day, so good!

bencoope 07/May/16 DWS O/S
Tom Livingstone 05/May/16 DWS rpt
ricci.andrea86 ??/2016 Solo
burto 30/Aug/15 DWS O/S
with ferdia, hertha
Hidden 29/Aug/15 Solo rpt
Mr Sparkle 29/Aug/15 DWS β

Awesome route - over too quickly though!

Hidden 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
malx 29/Aug/15 Solo
Wood for Trees 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt


Gus 29/Aug/15 DWS
nathanlee 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
with Crew
dswansonlow 29/Aug/15 DWS RP
James Oakes 29/Aug/15 DWS β
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
Mike_Hayes 29/Aug/15 DWS O/S
with Big Team
Ram MkiV 29/Aug/15 DWS rpt
AJ007 29/Aug/15 DWS G/U
will smith11 19/Aug/15 DWS β

Done in the rain and wind. Was keen not to take the plunge.

with Frances
Ramon Marin 17/Jul/15 DWS β
with viki harvey
will black 04/Jul/15 Solo G/U

Fist route and fall of the day! Great fun went 2nd attempt when i knew the way!

AlexD 04/Jul/15 Solo rpt
DorsetGareth 04/Jul/15 DWS β

What a climb! Stoked to send it.

tsyrett 04/Jul/15 DWS

Fell on the rock over on my first attempt. Got it second attempt with a big reach to the better higher hold.

Albachoss 04/Jul/15 DWS rpt
Caspian Johnson 04/Jul/15 DWS β
with brices
feilx 04/Jul/15 DWS rpt
dswansonlow 04/Jul/15 DWS rpt
with Alex Banks
JCAshman ?/Jul/15 DWS β
Chubbard 16/Jun/15 DWS rpt

Still scary. I'd forgotten how good the moves were.

with Ollie
ollie_e 16/Jun/15 DWS β

Superb! Fantastic climbing right to the very end.

with Charlie
AaronBosley 10/Jun/15 Solo dnf

Definitely one I want to go back and try again!

pearson9596 07/Jun/15 DWS dnf
quiffhanger 07/Jun/15 DWS rpt
Stuart Johnston 21/Sep/14 Solo β

Very very good

Cheese Monkey 21/Sep/14 Solo β

By the skin of my teeth! Epic!

with Charlie, Rich R
Andrew Barker 16/Sep/14 Solo β

Saw a couple of people climb it on Saturday but didn't like the swell. No problems today. What a great route.

Hidden 13/Sep/14 DWS O/S
Hidden 07/Sep/14 Solo rpt
blaza1 30/Aug/14 Solo β
markalmack 24/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with gwen, james marjot
alexjz 24/Aug/14 Solo β

Woop! incredible route, scary at the top.

Gus 23/Aug/14 Solo
with chris barr, bob hickish
tim newton 23/Aug/14 DWS rpt
Dhonny_Jaws 23/Aug/14 DWS β
James Oswald 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S

Really good, the move up into the undercut is powerful and requires commitment. But the traverse of the lip is fine and the rockover's really good. F6b+?

Duncan Campbell 23/Aug/14 Solo β

Had watched a load of people on it. Pretty steady except for the move into the undercut near the top. Absolutely brilliant. Got very heavily heckled whilst on it - which made it seem less serious.

with Rach
Llinos C 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with Cailean Harker, Gav Simmons, Simon Brice
Wood for Trees 23/Aug/14 DWS β

bring the heck!

with Andre Heckler et al
BenNorman 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S

Always good

Alex moore 23/Aug/14 Solo
J.Wells 23/Aug/14 DWS O/S
with lots
Dan 85 23/Aug/14 Solo β
highrepute 23/Aug/14 Solo β
morganator 23/Aug/14 Solo rpt

A cast of thousands and nobody binned it as far as I noticed

with Dan Arkle
brices 23/Aug/14 DWS β
Adam Booth 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S

Retro flash

NDD 23/Aug/14 Solo β
with sam harvie
Albachoss 23/Aug/14 Solo β
Adam Booth 23/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Ellis Bird ?/Aug/14 DWS
hervenuttall ?/Aug/14 Solo O/S

soft. the move coming around the arete on the conger is harder than any move on Freeborn Man

with calum
theotherpetehill 27/Jul/14 Solo β
with Ross McKerchar
quiffhanger 27/Jul/14 Solo rpt
with Matt
Rupey 12/Jul/14 Solo

First go this year

Coops_13 12/Jul/14 DWS RP

Straight forward after a shunt like a wetter

Sophie Nunn 10/Jul/14 DWS G/U

Long overdue, got it first attempt of the year!

with Ed B, Alex
adam 24 06/Jul/14 Solo β

Exciting route! Very pleased to do this and not get wet!

Smelly Fox 30/Jun/14 DWS β

I'm having the retro flash! Tried 10 years ago but fell off the crux. Didn't get wet this time. Awesome route!

paultaylor 25/Jun/14 Solo
AlexD 21/Jun/14 Solo
with Sue
ian d f 17/Jun/14 TR O/S
with Paul K
sarpedon 16/May/14 Solo rpt
BenL 15/May/14 Solo β
with Sarp
funsized 15/Mar/14 Solo rpt

I'm claiming first send of 2014 whoop!

with Fi
mileshill540 ??/2014 DWS
Sophie Nunn 05/Sep/13 Solo dnf
Alex More ?/Sep/13 Solo
KDhruev 27/Aug/13 Solo RP
kieranrex 25/Aug/13 -

So pleased I plucked up the courage for this one. Had a really good day with the Boosh Crew send train. Jumped off the top in celebration. Dispatchio Soup!

with Boosh Crew
luke384 25/Aug/13 Solo β

Mega climb an a right of passage to the area! As awesome as it looks. Steady all the way with good holds!

with Boosh crew
spidey 25/Aug/13 Solo β
with mark reily, mat lamb, luke clarke, luke owens
Sophie Nunn 24/Aug/13 Solo dnf
AlexD 11/Aug/13 Solo dnf
with Richard
feilx 07/Aug/13 Solo rpt
with Andy L
Kopinski 24/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Oddjob 21/Jul/13 DWS β

Really, really classy.

with Rosie
quiffhanger 21/Jul/13 Solo rpt

Twice, once to try figure out the top of Herman Borg.

jonleighton 21/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Perryman 20/Jul/13 Solo
with Paolita
Luxulyan 20/Jul/13 Solo β
with Tom Murrell
paultaylor 15/Jul/13 Solo β
Hidden 14/Jul/13 Solo
Boy 13/Jul/13 Solo O/S
with Emlyn James, Nathan Lee, Rhys Crabtree, Kim Tompson
nathanlee 13/Jul/13 Solo β

Sketchy rockover at the top, harder than I was expecting!

with DWS Crew
BenNorman 11/Jul/13 Solo β

Little beta from the flanks in a couple places but pretty much onsight, pretty scared near the top. Amazing roue and good to feel like im climbing well again.

Sophie Nunn 06/Jul/13 Solo dnf
Glyn 06/Jul/13 Solo β
jonleighton 06/Jul/13 Solo rpt
jacobjlloyd 21/Jun/13 Solo rpt
Tom Livingstone 21/Jun/13 Solo rpt
Gus 02/Jun/13 Solo
with simon "the horse" wilson
Hidden 02/Jun/13 DWS β
Sophie Nunn 01/Jun/13 Solo dnf
Stroppy 01/Jun/13 Solo β
owb106 01/Jun/13 Solo β

Made a hash of the traverse. Great route.

with Ed Hastrop, Josh Bamsey, Benjamin Corbey, Matt Smith
quiffhanger 01/Jun/13 Solo rpt
quiffhanger 01/Jun/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 16/May/13 Solo O/S
feeko ??/2013 -
Rupey 22/Sep/12 Solo dnf
with alan
Bristoldave 15/Sep/12 Solo β
with LukeW
Tom Livingstone 08/Sep/12 Solo O/S

well psyched, awesome route!

Patrick Hill 07/Sep/12 Solo RP
with Mark Chevassut, olly12344
oliver.ghill91 07/Sep/12 Solo O/S
Sophie Nunn 07/Sep/12 Solo dnf
Sophie Nunn 06/Sep/12 Solo dnf
Jeronimo 02/Sep/12 Solo rpt

Pure grease and a cold grey day. Did the jump from Rio Point with the young Cook brothers, the highlight of the day. Jumping with a wetsuit makes a big difference!

quiffhanger 01/Sep/12 Solo rpt

Twice, after god knows how many ascents I'm finally getting some consistent beta.

with Dan
Sophie Nunn 26/Aug/12 Solo dnf
quiffhanger 19/Aug/12 Solo dnf

I fell in! Good chalkbag, trousers, good shoes :( Luckily I wasn't quite so cocky that I left my expensive sunglasses on. Pinged off the under-cling at the start of final traverse. Totally relaxed, no warning - I was underwater before I knew what had happened.

with Jacob
quiffhanger 19/Aug/12 Solo rpt

A little more cautious this time round :)

with Jacob
jacobjacob 19/Aug/12 Solo rpt

Haha Ross fell in!

Hidden 11/Aug/12 DWS O/S
BeccaSnowden 26/Jul/12 Solo dnf

2 awesome big falls from the crux. Got to get back on it!

Jake Young 26/Jul/12 Solo dnf

fell below the undercut psyched to give it a proper go

rustaldo 30/Jun/12 Solo RP

No dramas today, cruised it until the last move pulling onto the slab when I nearly blew it! Swell was major! Uber scary for a few moments..

quiffhanger 04/Jun/12 Solo rpt
with Jake
jacobjlloyd 04/Jun/12 Solo rpt
quiffhanger 02/Jun/12 Solo rpt
with Jake
jacobjlloyd 02/Jun/12 Solo rpt
with Ross
mwatson ?/Jun/12 Solo O/S
funsized ?/Jun/12 Solo rpt
quiffhanger 12/May/12 Solo rpt
with Jake
jacobjlloyd 12/May/12 Solo rpt
with Sophie, Ross
jacobjlloyd 31/Mar/12 Solo rpt

Couldn't walk by without romping up it. Done it enough times now that it feels like HVS!

with Ross
quiffhanger 31/Mar/12 Solo RP
with Jake
feilx 28/Jan/12 Solo rpt
jacobjlloyd 28/Jan/12 Solo rpt
with Felix
kateb-oxf 15/Oct/11 Solo β
Hidden 02/Oct/11 Solo dnf
halfdan 02/Oct/11 Solo dnf

Didn't have the bottle to continue past 2/3 of the way up. One day!

with Danny Sutton, Marc Baldwin
quiffhanger 01/Oct/11 Solo rpt

2 times, wobbly on first but solid repeat with improved beta.

Hidden 01/Oct/11 Solo β
rustaldo 01/Oct/11 Solo dnf

what a route! couldnt have tried any harded.. will get it next time. superb.

Jon_Warner 01/Oct/11 Solo dnf

Probably easier when not heavily hung over. Brilliant route. Next time!

tim newton 28/Aug/11 DWS O/S
dswansonlow 25/Aug/11 DWS rpt
with Dan Barbour
Alex More 10/Aug/11 Solo dnf

was able to count to 5 on the way down, good fall...

jonleighton 06/Aug/11 Solo β
JKinsella 06/Aug/11 DWS β


Harry Martin 06/Aug/11 Solo RP

What a climb! Screwed it up the first time by ignoring lots of holds. Love a good bath anyway.

with joe kinsella
andi turner 06/Aug/11 Solo

Great. Late in the evening it added some a bit special.

with Eddie, Gus & Simon Wilson
jacobjlloyd 06/Aug/11 Solo rpt
with Joe Kinsella, Jon Leighton, Harry Martin
Hidden 03/Aug/11 Solo β
alaan 01/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Bargate_Champ 30/Jul/11 DWS O/S
La Mont 13/Jul/11 -
feilx 13/Jul/11 Solo rpt
sarpedon 02/Jul/11 Solo rpt
Matt Smith 01/Jul/11 DWS dnf

Got up the slab and fell going for the high left hold under the undercling. Such a cool route and pretty intimidating.

John Tanner 27/Jun/11 Solo β
feilx 26/Jun/11 Solo rpt
feilx 23/Jun/11 Solo rpt

done as a linkup from the jugs on troubled waters

funsized 04/Jun/11 Solo rpt
dswansonlow 04/Jun/11 DWS RP
jacobjlloyd 04/Jun/11 Solo RP

Finally! Missed the os by falling off it a week earlier, hungover in my jeans in the wet. Feels pretty fair in the dry, and the sequence flows so unbelievably naturally!

with amy horton, Dougie, Felix
dswansonlow 03/Jun/11 DWS dnf
feilx 26/May/11 Solo rpt
tom106 25/May/11 Solo rpt
sarpedon 25/May/11 Solo β

A little beta, which I mostly disregarded.

La Mont 21/May/11 -
funsized 18/May/11 Solo β
tom106 18/May/11 Solo RP
with felix jonnyp
feilx 18/May/11 Solo rpt
feilx 09/Apr/11 Solo rpt
harvie ??/2011 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
ellis 28/Aug/10 Solo rpt
morganator 28/Aug/10 Solo O/S
with Tom Bridgeland, Blonde Tom, Andy Benson
Mike Goldthorp 16/Aug/10 Solo O/S

Superb! Lovely pocket holds and a spicy move into the undercut. Top rockover is exciting too (but not hard if you keep your whits). F6c/+

jacobjacob 08/Aug/10 Solo O/S

did it twice. The first time felt very scary but by the end of a day of soloing it felt a whole lot more relaxed.

ThomasB ?/Aug/10 DWS O/S
slav ?/Aug/10 Solo O/S
quiffhanger ?/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Ed Babs 29/Jul/10 DWS O/S
JulesV 25/Jul/10 Solo
sparkass 24/Jul/10 Solo β
Chubbard 24/Jul/10 Solo rpt
with Harvey
RobRock84 12/Jul/10 TR dog
mgeek ?/Jul/10 Solo O/S
with ally swinton, Tony Stone
Ed Booth 29/Jun/10 Solo dnf

Wet today, took the ride.

Ceridwen 27/Jun/10 Solo dnf
al99 26/Jun/10 DWS O/S
feilx 12/Jun/10 Solo rpt
Martin Krasnansky 12/Jun/10 Solo β
gnc760 05/Jun/10 Solo rpt
Hidden 05/Jun/10 DWS β
Hidden 23/May/10 Solo rpt
jld579 ??/2010 Solo
brian watson 13/Sep/09 Solo β
Hidden 13/Sep/09 Solo
gnc760 06/Sep/09 Solo RP


Dale Comley ?/Sep/09 Solo β


liamoloughlin 29/Aug/09 Solo O/S

Once committed at the crux the top falls in to place...

Hidden 08/Aug/09 Solo
Hidden 01/Aug/09 Solo rpt
Jamie Goodwin ?/Aug/09 Solo β
Jus 04/Jul/09 Solo rpt
feilx 21/Jun/09 Solo rpt
Hidden 20/Jun/09 Solo
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 20/Jun/09 DWS O/S
Jeronimo 16/Jun/09 Solo O/S
with Rob Canavan
gnc760 03/Jun/09 Solo dnf
hippo99 21/May/09 Solo O/S
with bob, joe
feilx 25/Apr/09 Solo rpt
Dhonny_Jaws 23/Aug/08 Solo dnf
with Daniel Gibson, AJ, Michael Porter
AJ007 23/Aug/08 Solo dnf
dan gibson 23/Aug/08 Solo rpt
Ed Booth 17/Aug/08 Solo O/S
adrianjenner 01/Aug/08 Solo dnf
Hidden 26/Jul/08 DWS β
Hidden 14/Jun/08 Solo RP
dmoir 08/Jun/08 Solo O/S
JonBrown ?/Jun/08 Solo dnf
with Felix
feilx 10/May/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 14/Sep/07 Solo rpt
Jus ?/Sep/07 Solo
Ram MkiV 24/Aug/07 Solo O/S
with Dan
Rob Grant ?/Aug/07 Solo
thomb ?/Aug/07 Solo RP

DWS. Incredible.

btc 19/Jul/07 Solo dnf
with keith daly
Brown 16/Jul/07 Solo O/S
with Alex
dannyboy83 11/Jul/07 Solo G/U
dan gibson 10/Jun/07 Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 09/Jun/07 Solo O/S
with George, Linus and Kine
Hidden ??/2007 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Solo O/S
chrisbevins ??/2007 Solo RP
Hidden 15/Sep/06 Solo
Hidden 26/Aug/06 Solo
bronsonite 08/Aug/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/06 Solo β
nathanmanc 08/Aug/06 Solo β
phsharpy 08/Aug/06 Solo O/S
with Alex, Paz, Bethan
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Solo O/S
lx ?/Aug/06 Solo O/S

onsight, (fr6c)

whispering nic 26/Jul/06 Solo O/S
Jane Weir 02/Jul/06 DWS β
Richard Horn 02/Jul/06 Solo β
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Solo
feilx 24/Jun/06 Solo O/S
beanfingers 24/Jun/06 Solo dnf

got half way up when my technique seemingly disappeared resulting in a large splash. next time.

with felix
bfreeman ?/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Jus ?/May/06 Solo rpt
Neil Adams ??/2006 TR dog
feeko ??/2006 -
Pete Scott 20/Aug/05 DWS
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 20/Aug/05 Solo rpt
Pythonist 20/Aug/05 Solo O/S
Mark Stevenson 20/Aug/05 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Aug/05 DWS O/S
ingo ?/Aug/05 Solo β
Mark Riley ?/Aug/05 Solo β


bigie bob ?/Jul/05 Solo O/S
pezzerrr 05/Sep/04 Solo O/S
Ally Smith ?/Aug/04 DWS O/S
NuclearNev ?/Aug/03 DWS β

This thing got E4 6b in my guide when I did it. I remember thinking it was easier than that. Glad to see it is E4 6a now (or 6c DWS).

Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/Aug/03 Solo O/S
tuftynick ?/Aug/03 Solo O/S
with Aide Jebb
simon kimber ?/Jul/03 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/02 Solo
Hidden 01/Sep/02 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Solo
Hidden ??/2000 Solo
Marti999 ??/2000 Solo
Hidden 25/Jul/99 Solo β
Hidden ??/1999 Solo
TBowell nee Holdsworth ??/1999 -
Hidden ??/1998 Lead O/S
Just Another Dave ??/1997 DWS dnf

Failed twice!

Tim M ??/1995 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/92 Solo O/S
steve taylor ?/Aug/91 Solo
with Joff Cook
steve taylor ?/Aug/90 Solo RP

Yellow-point - soloed it after trying on top-rope!

turnerk ??/1979 2nd RP
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