Rockfax Description
Although not one of the well known classics of Chair Ladder, this hybrid is a very worthwhile climb that travels across some of the best bits of Bishop's Buttress and finishes up its right arete in a very spectacular position. Start as for Diocese.
1) 4b, 14m. Follow Diocese to the point just before it rejoins the wide corner-crack and pull right around the arete and traverse to the first stance of Bishop's Rib.
2) 5a, 20m. Pull over the overhang and make hard moves up right onto, and up the arete to a wide break. Climb the arete using wide, flared cracks to a good ledge.
3) 20m. Climb easily up and left to the summit of the buttress. © Rockfax

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, CUC Climbing Club, Part 1: The Classics, 100 Best South West Mid Grade Routes.

Gudge 25/Aug/17 AltLd O/S
with Pero Kalugerovich
Pero 25/Aug/17 AltLd

Led P1 & 3. P2 is quite bold.

Phil79 12/Aug/17 AltLd O/S

I did first pitch. Start of 2nd pitch has hard move through overhang with big fall if you don't make it. Feels E1 for that.

with Steve H
Gerben Neven 09/Aug/17 AltLd O/S

Lead p1. Blind move around the arete isn't too bad when you find the handhold. On P2 gaining the overhang is hard work, had a good left hand to get up on, but struggled to find good holds for right when I was trying to get up higher

Cbulman 09/Aug/17 AltLd O/S
Jess Carr 16/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
with Rich Pollard
spidermonkey ??/2017 -

Wonderful place to climb. This one was great fun

Hidden 01/Sep/16 AltLd O/S
cornishben 15/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
with Rich Draisey
NickJH 02/Aug/15 AltLd
with Andy Dunhill
simonhammond1966 30/May/15 Lead

Really good route with a tricky step across move on pitch 2.

Marti999 17/May/15 Lead O/S
with Debbie
Hidden 18/Apr/15 -
K_Maywood 18/Apr/15 AltLd
Ian Miller 10/Oct/14 2nd O/S
Cheese Monkey 10/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Absolutely excellent. Tough crux on p2.

with Ian M
Maz J 13/Jun/14 AltLd

led top pitch

manbat 16/May/14 AltLd O/S

I lead P1. 4b for this route, but 4c for Diocese? The reach-around was quite intimidating! P2 was very naughty indeed! Enjoyed greatly.

with Tom Sparkes
timreynolds 04/May/14 AltLd

Did P2 of Bishops Rib instead of route described

with Simon
Hidden 25/Aug/13 2nd
adie84 ??/2013 -
nick arding 12/May/12 Lead O/S
with jo nosworthy, Philippa Arding
Hidden 12/May/12 2nd O/S
Philippa Arding 12/May/12 2nd
with jo nosworthy, nick arding
Julesthe1st 06/Apr/12 AltLd O/S
with Mike
Paul ablitt 04/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Sarah
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
Country_Boy 26/Jul/11 2nd O/S

P1 only

with Stu Bradbury
dan gibson 26/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
with helen gibson
Ian Jones 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S

A stuck nut on pitch one, a gung ho approach by the seargeant and a fiddly belay ate up time. The Brigadier recovered his shoes from the sea, anyway. Not a great climb. ** in Rockfax guide book.

with Seargeant Serge, Brigadier Sir Roger Benton
sergio46 23/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

I lead first pitch / Ian lead 2nd & 3rd pitch.

with roger benton, Ian Jones
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Hidden 10/Sep/10 AltLd
JerryD ??/2010 -
Hidden 21/Sep/08 Lead O/S
jon clayton ?/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with cherry
Beck Robinson 11/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Dan_Carroll and Jen Oliver
Dan_Carroll 11/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Rebecca Holland, Jen Oliver
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
cem 25/Mar/05 AltLd O/S

Led p2

skygodley 17/Jun/04 Lead O/S

Sarah led pitch 2

with SarahM
leadmat ??/1998 -
Paul Clarke ??/1976 -
with Mike Lynch, FMC
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