Rockfax Description
A remote route that takes a looping line across the hanging wall above the sea cave, then back across the capping white wall. Start at the right-hand end of the sea cave overhangs.
1) 5b, 42m. Move onto a ledge and pull up a short, steep wall to a slab on the right. Move steeply up left to a crack-line and jugs. Traverse left to a tiny short corner and rest ledge at its top. Move left to a short right-facing corner, then traverse left once again to the base of a corner/groove line. Climb this past the mid-height fault-line to a belay on ledges above.
2) 5b, 25m. From the right-hand end of the ledge move up a flake, and into a shallow groove on the left. Make a tricky move to a good horizontal crack above, then traverse rightwards to a narrow ledge. Move right along the ledge to a blocky corner and climb this with care to the top. Belay on fence posts. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs, Ultimate E2 ticklist, SW Climbs - Swanage.

FlavioL1989 14/Oct Lead O/S
with Jenny
JendeHoxar 14/Oct 2nd O/S
marcduhig 08/Oct AltLd O/S
with pep
Andrew Sloan 23/Sep AltLd O/S

Led second pitch.

Martin Haworth 23/Sep AltLd O/S
with Andy
NuclearNev ??/2017 -
Ellis Bird ??/2017 AltLd O/S
mike.moss 11/Dec/16 2nd dog
Kirill 11/Dec/16 Lead
Matt77 24/Sep/16 Lead G/U
with Alex Horton
Neil McA 24/Sep/16 2nd O/S

felt hard! would not have been comfortable leading this on the day.

with Jon Morgan
Horton 24/Sep/16 2nd O/S

Above my pay grade. Almost peeled off the traverse a couple of times and was pumped as hell afterwards. Great adventure, though

with Matt77
eel ?/Sep/16 AltLd O/S
with Caff, Jack
Jack Geldard ?/Sep/16 AltLd
LJC 31/Aug/16 AltLd O/S


with George
ian d f 07/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Geras 07/Aug/16 2nd

First E2 in a long while and 1st 5B of the year. Found getting established in the crack of the first pitch hard due to rope drag. Found hold to the right of the bucket which allowed me to get my feet up without the rope drag, but took 3/4 attempts. The long reach on the second pitch I cracked by pulling on the white crystals on the wall to the right. This allowed me to get my left foot up and reach for the break. Fantastic but very sustained. Needed a couple of rests, especially to get some of the gear out.

with Chris P
cdpuk 07/Aug/16 Lead dog

Very dusty start. Poor ropework caused mega drag, requiring some rests. P2 was fine.

onlyfoddington 07/Aug/16 2nd O/S

First pitch not too bad, and Ian teased out a stuck nut.

with Ian
ricci.andrea86 ??/2016 -
Hidden 07/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
bryan61 01/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

1st on it after bird ban, brilliant climbing

with m meaney
adam 24 21/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Cool roue. Led P1, very dusty

with Paul Clarkson
Hidden 18/Sep/14 Lead
andycash 06/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Ash
Ash Sayers 06/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Beautiful first pitch. Reachy steep second pitch, short but felt more like 5c. Had to rest on gear.

Rachel Slater 24/Aug/14 AltLd

Slipped off leading pitch 2 which was quite a funny surprise! Lowered down then did it clean from the belay.

Duncan Campbell 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Led P1. Brilliant Sandy climbing. Nowhere desperate but the quality of the rock and or gear keeps it interesting.

with Rach
Monkey_Alan 16/Nov/13 AltLd O/S

Led P1. First "Proper" E2. Nearly went too far along the traverse, but got corrected by Lawrence. Good and pumpy, not too technical.

Sophie Nunn 01/Aug/13 2nd rpt
with Richard
Luxulyan 01/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Sophie
ianto ??/2013 -
Hidden 14/Oct/12 Lead
AlexD 30/Sep/12 AltLd β

Led p1, awesome adventure! epic pump, routefinding and drag. V happy to make the belay! First swanage e2 :)

with Ed
tonevert 30/Sep/12 2nd
Kevster 30/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Owen W-G 28/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

Led P1, took ages, but it is more complicated than difficult. Route finding not obvious, but basic plan is to stay as low as possible along traverse. Foolishly deviated from ropework plan mid-pitch and suffered hellish drag.

with Ryan
Graham Westbrook 28/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
Bristoldave 15/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

Dusty start and the finish of both pitches is loose. Worth 1* I reckon

with LukeW
London Luke 15/Sep/12 AltLd
with David R
Hidden 15/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
quiffhanger 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Complicated little thing with some nice technical climbing.

Dizz 26/Aug/12 AltLd
with Hugh T
givemetea 22/Aug/12 AltLd O/S

Led P1

with Ali Taylor
jcook1980 01/Aug/12 2nd
with Dan Moore
Hidden ?/Aug/12 -
jacobjlloyd 22/Jan/12 Lead O/S

Glad to finally do this! Loads of fun. Both pitches were good, but pitch two was perfect. Nothing serious, though i didn't extend a runner on the traverse and paid for it later. Topless trad in january! Got to love Swanage!

with Jenni
Hidden 22/Jan/12 2nd β
manwithacam 21/Jan/12 AltLd

great route, the cliff is really big just here. My second E2 at Swanage. Easier than Gypsy I thought but sustained.

with Mike R
Dan Arkle ??/2012 Lead
Sophie Nunn 04/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Led p2

with Toby
Toby Dunn 04/Oct/11 AltLd
with Sophie Nunn
WB 25/Sep/11 AltLd O/S

good route not that serious

with Guy
Misha 01/Sep/11 AltLd O/S
with Tony
GuyM ?/Sep/11 AltLd
with will
cooperman 13/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Great lead from Greg on P1 - airy and committing, sandy and some suspect rock but never desperate. tough move on P2 to gain horizontal - rested!

with Greg Foster
Hidden 19/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Marcus ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden 25/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
3 Names 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Oct/09 AltLd
brian watson 25/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

Lead P1

clipskipper 02/Aug/09 AltLd O/S

Finally got onto it, and enjoyed it. Second pitch crux sketchy, but it appears I missed a hold :-)

with Ed Babington
Ed Babs 02/Aug/09 AltLd O/S

P1 - fantastic position. And P2 with AlexD 30 Sep 2012. I can't believe the chopping block at the top of Oceanid is still there. There is almost nothing holding it now and it still won't budge.

feilx 31/Jan/09 AltLd rpt
with Tiff
TiffTiff 31/Jan/09 AltLd O/S
with Felix
Jane Weir ??/2009 2nd
Hidden ??/2009 -
Richard Horn 20/Sep/08 AltLd O/S
Different Steve 15/Sep/08 AltLd

Led P1 - great pitch.

with Simon Chandler
dannyboy83 12/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Heather Rogers
tonanf ?/Aug/07 Lead O/S


with Pep
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
haydng ??/2007 AltLd O/S
with Will
The Jazz Butcher ??/2007 -
Hidden ?/Oct/06 AltLd O/S
dan gibson 04/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with jamie evans
Hidden 09/Aug/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Jan/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2006 -
nathanmanc ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Chris Todd
cem 11/Dec/05 Lead O/S

Led both pitches

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Sep/05 AltLd O/S
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Sep/05 AltLd O/S
Ian Jones ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with Andy Reeve
feilx ??/2005 -
Hidden 05/Sep/04 Lead O/S
pezzerrr 25/Aug/03 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2003 Lead O/S
shoulders ??/2001 2nd
ellis ?/Aug/00 AltLd O/S
with Duncan Bull
Tim M ??/2000 -
Marti999 ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 01/Aug/99 AltLd O/S
andyblain ?/Sep/98 AltLd O/S
Roget 01/Aug/98 Lead O/S
with jon
sadams 23/Jun/98 AltLd O/S
with Andy Long
Hidden ??/1997 AltLd
Mark Kemball 22/Aug/96 AltLd
with Lee Bartrop
Hidden ?/Jan/95 AltLd O/S
keefe ??/1995 -
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/1995 -
with keefe
duncan ?/Nov/94 AltLd O/S
with Dan Donovan
Robmwatt ??/1994 -
clark alston ?/Oct/93 AltLd O/S

Classic adventurous Swanage.

Hidden 14/Aug/93 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1993 Lead O/S
steve taylor ?/Aug/90 Lead
with steve kerr
Derek Ryden 14/Jan/90 Lead O/S
with John Hunt
keefe ??/1990 -
Hidden 11/Feb/89 AltLd
Hidden 11/Feb/89 AltLd
Pete Nugent 01/Nov/88 AltLd

I led p1. Was also given E2 in the 1986 CC Guide

with Lionel Edwards, Simon Harry
Dave Musgrove 28/Feb/87 AltLd O/S
with Richard Crewe
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Hidden ??/1987 AltLd O/S
Nigel Coe 22/Feb/86 AltLd dog

Got knackered removing what I found out from Gordon was an in-situ nut.

Chris Terrey ?/Sep/80 2nd
with Mike Quantrell, Mike Morrison
Nigel Coe 06/Jan/80 Lead dnf

Escaped as for Nemesis.

with Alan Walmsley, John Walmsley
Marcus ??/1980 -
Marcus ??/1980 -
barny ??/1980 AltLd

Exciting moment as I was leading the first pitch - bloody great seagull flew out of one of the big cracks/recesses right into my face. Doug led p2. Nice route, great location.

with Wee Dougie
Marcus ??/1980 -
Marcus ??/1980 -
Nigel Coe 07/Oct/79 2nd dog

1 pt aid

with Frank Farrell
Falko ??/1977 Lead O/S

This was the second ascent and was watched by all three first (clean) ascentionist - no pressure there then!

with A N Other
Hidden ??/1973 -
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