Rockfax Description
The clean slab/wall left of Caerfai Crack has some testing moves. Climb the wall, moving gradually leftwards to gain the horizontal break. Finish more easily. © Rockfax

Robrossmills 05/Nov/16 Lead O/S
harrybeadle 05/Nov/16 2nd O/S
Christabel Goode 05/Nov/16 Lead
g.chalker 16/Sep/16 Lead O/S
Nigel Coe 02/Sep/16 Lead
with Pete Kelly
Hidden 01/Sep/16 2nd O/S
Marq 01/Sep/16 Lead rpt
suds_01 31/Aug/16 Lead
with Kate murphy
foostu4 31/Aug/16 Lead rpt
stephheeley 31/Aug/16 2nd
GLO 30/Aug/16 2nd
EeFu 29/Aug/16 Lead rpt
with Sam
cem 28/Aug/16 2nd rpt
pingora 28/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Charles
Trace 28/Aug/16 Lead
FLHgirl 23/Aug/16 2nd
Tim Sparrow ?/Aug/16 Lead
with Catrin, Luke
Hidden 29/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Lewis Price 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Ffyona
Ffyona 23/Jul/16 2nd O/S
Sam Hunt 09/Jun/16 2nd O/S
Stepanek 09/Jun/16 Lead
Hidden 07/Jun/16 Lead
DanielBryan 07/Jun/16 Lead
with Charlie
gtaylor997 06/Jun/16 Lead O/S
elewis96 ?/Jun/16 Lead O/S
with Jack Turner, koharuurawa
rurp 31/May/16 -
with emma rowland, ben rowland
ipegg 29/May/16 Lead O/S
with John Andrews
markfromstoke 07/May/16 Lead
with Steve S
Darrell Read 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S
JamesBurton 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Charlotte
davidclare 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Gemma Carey, Alastair Everett
spenser 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Mike Hayes
Just_Waltr 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Connor Laye
Dan Hostford 29/Apr/16 Lead
deklan 14/Apr/16 Solo
deklan 25/Mar/16 Solo
Hidden 03/Feb/16 2nd
scorpia97 03/Feb/16 Lead
with Caspian
Mark Young ??/2016 Lead
with Helen
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Hidden 28/Oct/15 Lead
richy85 10/Oct/15 2nd
with George
cdpuk 27/Sep/15 2nd O/S
JulianB 27/Sep/15 Lead
Eagertom 08/Sep/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Sep/15 -
Jenny Monkey 30/Aug/15 2nd
with kev, Luke Mansfield
Lukem6 30/Aug/15 2nd O/S
with Kev, Jenny Monkey
StevieLee 30/Aug/15 Lead O/S
knighty 30/Aug/15 2nd O/S
Michael Bortoluzzi 29/Aug/15 2nd O/S
with Geoff Hannis (WCC)
Somerset swede basher 18/Aug/15 Solo O/S
Doug miller 15/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Andy Hardy 07/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Side runner in caerfai crack low down

Jenny Hall 29/Jul/15 2nd
with Louis
Hidden 17/Jul/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Jul/15 2nd rpt
Hidden 10/Jul/15 2nd
Hidden 03/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jul/15 2nd
Joe Brooke ?/Jul/15 AltLd
with Justin, Lee, Rich
Hidden 22/Jun/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Antony Mariani 22/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Jo P
mjeffery 18/Jun/15 Lead rpt
with Steve
Hidden 16/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Nevil 24/May/15 Lead
with Vince
Julian Prieto 24/May/15 Lead O/S
with Anne-Marie Shepherd, Alan Blanchflower
Vincej 24/May/15 2nd
with Nevil
Bob M 24/May/15 Lead
Monkey_Alan 24/May/15 2nd
with Anne-Marie Shepherd, Julian Prieto
Norman_P_W 24/May/15 2nd
with Bob M
Hidden 09/May/15 2nd O/S
Steve Wakeford 04/May/15 2nd
with Dan Commander
Dan Hostford 02/May/15 Solo rpt
jonnyboy 01/May/15 Lead O/S
Happeuss 15/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Hulda 07/Apr/15 Lead
with Andi
Andrew1 07/Apr/15 Lead
with Hulda
Neal Jobling 04/Apr/15 Lead rpt
with Robin
Hidden 03/Apr/15 Lead O/S
spearing05 03/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with Andrew
Dizz 03/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with Dave Frost
Jack2222 ??/2015 -
luke glaister 30/Dec/14 2nd O/S

Hard vs at most. But it looks good on the log book... lovely route.

casey johns 30/Dec/14 Lead O/S

Run out at the start but not hard climbing then 3 great bits of gear to start moving left. Vs 4c

GethSurf 20/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Sep/14 2nd
David Maddison 14/Sep/14 2nd O/S
stalbot 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with maddy92
Jen Mason 23/Aug/14 2nd O/S
with Martin
smolders 23/Aug/14 Lead

Unable to place any gear on the bottom section so ended up going R onto bottom Caerfai Crack then rejoining the route at the first horizontal break. Seemed harder than VS?

with Jen M
Rob Morgan 22/Aug/14 2nd
Steve Bartle 22/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Woolly 06/Aug/14 Lead
Hidden 06/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/14 Lead
Paula Ryan ?/Aug/14 2nd
with Robin Brooke
DanChad 28/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Le Chevalier Mal Fet 28/Jul/14 Lead

Not a chance this is HVS.

Steveb27 12/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Stanners 08/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Tom Brierley, Shijing, BA, Maria Brierley
Feeling bold 08/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Rob (lead), Rachel
miriamclaire 19/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Radical-G 16/Jun/14 Lead O/S
mclancy50 09/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Jun/14 Lead O/S
UBMC 09/Jun/14 2nd
JoeWilliams 03/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Kate
Hidden 31/May/14 2nd
cameron_hall 31/May/14 Lead rpt
Pintsize 31/May/14 Lead O/S
with Angus McBride
Hidden 18/May/14 TR O/S
fuzzysheep01 04/May/14 2nd O/S
with Graham Perry
Hidden 03/May/14 Lead
Dan Hostford 02/May/14 Solo O/S
bantamdave 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Bold .Very bold 2 pieces of gear half way up then one on the top out ! 80 feet ? Ha just realized my book said VS its HVS That explains it ! grades about right !

with Simon
hutchay 20/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Matt Hutch
hotfeet 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Steveb27 18/Apr/14 Lead
themadbrown 09/Apr/14 -
with Sid, chlo-jo,, james
RM199 18/Mar/14 Lead O/S
guy757 08/Mar/14 -
Alex the Alex 07/Mar/14 Lead O/S
BicycleBradley ??/2014 2nd rpt
khris ??/2014 Lead O/S
with Bradley
Sol Armer 19/Oct/13 TR

Great route. Ascender= no belayer need

Hidden 09/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Oct/13 2nd O/S
cem 05/Oct/13 2nd
EeFu 05/Oct/13 Lead
Steve Lenartowicz 13/Sep/13 Lead
with Clare
Hidden 02/Sep/13 2nd
Hidden ?/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Martin Bagshaw 26/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Bernie
Hidden 25/Aug/13 2nd
Montecore 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S

VS in newer guides, and felt like it

with Ben Simpkins
Skullfire 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Jun Minohara
Hidden 24/Aug/13 2nd
bencole 23/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Nick
dannyboy83 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Sion
JenDurden 16/Aug/13 Lead
cas54321 06/Aug/13 2nd
with Chris
ladymuck 06/Aug/13 TR O/S
with Jill Eccles
LiamAD 01/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Curly Chris
JonathanJones 01/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Scott
themadbrown 26/Jul/13 2nd rpt
with james
Phil Mercer 22/Jul/13 2nd
with erica
John Brayshaw 22/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Chris
erica 22/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Phil
chris skipton 22/Jul/13 2nd
Hidden 13/Jul/13 TR O/S
cpoad 10/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with John S
Matt88 08/Jul/13 2nd

cant find anything that would warrant this hvs 5a

with Alex wade
Alex Wade 08/Jul/13 Lead O/S
cameron_hall 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Jul/13 2nd O/S
leeoftroy ?/Jul/13 2nd O/S
JakeWShaw 13/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Clem
JHiley 13/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Zuzana
Hidden 13/Jun/13 Lead O/S
ClemB 13/Jun/13 2nd
Scott Quinn 05/Jun/13 2nd
Tom.Priestley 05/Jun/13 Lead dog

Foot slipped out of the top of the sentry box and I took my first lead fall. Bit of fun.

mhawk 01/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/May/13 2nd
ashsleight 26/May/13 Lead O/S

VS 4c in the book. Definitely not HVS.

with John Wilkins
coffeepot 25/May/13 2nd β
98%monkey 18/May/13 Lead O/S

Gets VS in guidebook. HVS is next route to the left.

with Nicki
Mistee 18/May/13 2nd O/S
with Phil
Dan Hostford 06/May/13 Lead O/S
jimbonfire 05/May/13 Lead O/S
Maddie 04/May/13 Lead O/S
RFWilkie 04/May/13 2nd O/S

Middling/Easy VS no HVS.

with James
theandthem 04/May/13 Lead O/S
with Ralph
foostu4 04/Mar/13 Lead O/S
djromberg ??/2013 -
gjd 20/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Mark V
Hidden 14/Sep/12 Lead O/S
dale.young 05/Sep/12 TR rpt
Hidden 01/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Sep/12 2nd
Hidden 31/Aug/12 2nd
BicycleBradley 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Easy first official HVS. Only one 5a move, which needed confidence rather than skill, enjoyed regardless.

Hidden 13/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Meinertzhagen 13/Aug/12 TR O/S
Mountainman62 13/Aug/12 2nd
with James91
Fiona McFarlane ?/Aug/12 2nd
Rob Hirst 30/Jun/12 Lead rpt
climbingchica 30/Jun/12 2nd
joe king 25/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Rose
HarryB 09/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with John
Katherine Ross 09/Jun/12 Lead O/S

I got 3 pieces of gear, all about mid-height, so HVS is not completely unreasonable. Definitely not 5a, though!

mchandy 09/Jun/12 2nd
Hidden 02/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Chris1234H 02/Jun/12 2nd
Coops_13 02/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Jez
erbridger 23/May/12 Lead
bigglesbutcha 18/May/12 Lead O/S
with rob hunt
wiljones 08/May/12 Lead O/S
benjih2o 08/May/12 Lead O/S
remus 04/May/12 Lead O/S
with LSMC randoms
Hidden ?/May/12 2nd
Hardcore Pat 10/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Chris Vanderz
will9911 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
with John
Hidden 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Clay C 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Jay
Jay C 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Looking in an old guide book I think there's a bit of a confusion. To the left of Caerfai Crack there is a VS 4c (The Byrn) and then to the right of Caerfai Crack in between this route and White Corner there is a delicate slab route (HVS 5a - The Bryn).

with Clay C
teflonpete 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S

The one left of Caerfai crack looking at the crag. Definitely only VS

with Blanchie, rockovamonkey
Hidden 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S
paul horabin 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
steven 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Fiona, Paul Horabin
UnkArl 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S

VS 4c as with most of the routes on this wall the slab by first half is quite run-out (I placed a 00 micro wire that Rik said he wouldn't hang an ActionMan off).

with Lisa, Rik, Debbie
Big Rik 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Debs 08/Apr/12 2nd
with Karl
3kidsandanorton 07/Apr/12 Lead
with Catherine
Different Steve 07/Apr/12 Lead rpt
with Emma Hawkins
Ralphus 07/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Jim Slater 06/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Not much of climb, super easy tick for an HVS.

with Gavin Singleton
fi15 ?/Apr/12 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/12 2nd
funsized ?/Apr/12 Lead O/S


Hidden 05/Mar/12 2nd
dangerousoldfool ?/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with Matt
PAJames ??/2012 -
Tom Wayman ??/2012 Lead
Rob_Webster ??/2012 -
garethsteel 21/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Blisco 28/Aug/11 2nd

Mat finished up Caerfai Crack, I seconded up the correct line.

with Mat Mitchell
Hidden 27/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Karlos 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Ben
Jonny M 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S
fatbuoybazza 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Jim Malo 26/Aug/11 2nd O/S
with Ian, Tim
Hidden 26/Aug/11 Lead O/S
mariannekhoo 24/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Not sure why this is given HVS, it's more VS 4b.

Hidden 11/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/11 Lead
Hidden 02/Aug/11 Lead
tully1987 02/Aug/11 2nd
Rob Hirst ?/Aug/11 TR O/S
Oliver Sherman 29/Jul/11 2nd
with John Eales
jonny taylor 25/Jul/11 Lead rpt
with Andy K
alberttcone 25/Jul/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/11 Lead O/S
adam carless 10/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Andy Sheridan
Hidden 01/Jun/11 2nd
mjeffery 25/May/11 2nd rpt
Matt Smith 14/May/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/May/11 2nd O/S
james rafferty ?/May/11 -
Hidden 08/Apr/11 Lead O/S
coombs 01/Mar/11 Lead O/S
danielskingley ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Jono Graham ??/2011 -
Chris M Thomas 08/Sep/10 TR rpt

Fine sunny afternoon. Climb protected by shunt on double rope.

pelvoux 29/Aug/10 Lead O/S

First gear half way on top of the slab, then 4 gears in a row and up for the top

with Mario
Jim Gaffney 13/Aug/10 TR O/S
jonny taylor 13/Aug/10 Lead rpt
TM_Horton 11/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with will
JoEglington 08/Aug/10 2nd
Nigel R Lewis 01/Aug/10 2nd
with Ian Goudge
Hidden 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
hazeysunshine 01/Aug/10 2nd
with Dave
pie_eater_pete ?/Aug/10 Lead
with Jo
djprepie 10/Jul/10 2nd
with Luis Parsons (aka Hero)
Ed morris 16/Jun/10 Solo O/S

Thought I was on the HS.

with Lee
Jams Crwca 16/Jun/10 Lead β
with Jeff
timofy ?/Jun/10 Lead O/S
themadbrown 21/May/10 2nd O/S
with james
rich_greeny 02/May/10 TR O/S
with Duncan Slater
Aid@n 01/May/10 Lead
Byronius Maximus 01/May/10 2nd
Twisty 01/May/10 Lead O/S
with Byron Buck
Rhydian Evans 14/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Matt Bill Platypus 27/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Zoomer 24/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Jules 210681 24/Sep/09 2nd
jonny taylor 23/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with James
Jimmy O 23/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Sep/09 2nd O/S
mje1398 16/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Steph B
Claire Taylor 18/Aug/09 2nd O/S
with Nick Weston
Hidden 25/Jul/09 TR O/S
Hidden 06/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Leelogs 25/May/09 2nd
with Chris
Hidden 24/May/09 Lead
broc 23/May/09 Lead O/S
with Sarah, Geoff
Hidden 23/May/09 Lead O/S
Blisco 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Definitely not HVS; I thought I was on Caerfai Crack and was quite willing to believe it was VS 4b.

with Chris Townsend
Rog Wilko 11/Apr/09 2nd
with Gerard Conway
Hidden 11/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Feb/09 Lead
scorpia97 18/Feb/09 2nd O/S
with Caspian
Hidden 03/Nov/08 Lead O/S
Rob Hirst 10/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Aug/08 Lead O/S
scorpia97 30/Aug/08 2nd
with Caspian
Howard J 24/Aug/08 2nd O/S
with Ronnie Abrams
sman3333 10/Aug/08 Lead O/S

pretty cool..good photos!

Hidden 10/Aug/08 TR
Hidden 26/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Jun/08 Lead rpt
ASchwirtz 09/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Ian (UBMC)
tomB 24/May/08 Lead O/S
Meg Jones 24/May/08 Lead O/S
with Tim Griffin
jonnyhawkins1 17/May/08 TR O/S
with kat
GeorgeArmstrong 05/May/08 Lead O/S
with Rob Harrison
jamie ward 02/May/08 Lead O/S

Delicate climbing up the white slab, best route here.

with Chris Comrie
Hidden 11/Nov/07 2nd O/S
Chris the Tall 11/Nov/07 Lead O/S

Nice but very easy for the grade Completed just before a heavy shower, but we still got soaked

with Dave J
Hidden 28/Aug/07 TR O/S
Hidden 28/Aug/07 TR
hardoreVdiffBen 06/May/07 Lead O/S
with Ben Freeman
Allan Watson 05/May/07 Lead
with Ian Atkins
bfreeman 05/May/07 Lead O/S
Dave Wearing 06/Apr/07 2nd
with Ken Tebay
Dan Shirley 29/Mar/07 2nd O/S
swmackey ??/2007 Lead
Hidden ?/Aug/06 Lead
crag_monster ?/Jun/06 Lead
Marq 29/May/06 Lead O/S
with Daniel Dennehy
timharrison 07/May/06 Lead O/S
TheNorthernOne 26/Apr/06 Lead

MY FIRST HVS 5a, and it was fooking fantastic!!!

with Dave Steadman
K Wall 15/Apr/06 2nd
with Jonno
Hidden 15/Apr/06 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
jamie ward 29/May/05 2nd O/S
with Tom Skipworth
Rog Wilko ?/Mar/05 Lead

Soft for the grade. VS 4c?

with Debbie Wilkinson
clive-greenwood 06/Apr/04 Lead O/S
with Owen Sudlow
kendogcatchy ??/2004 TR

If this is what I think it is topped a few times.

leon ?/Jul/03 Lead O/S
with Andy Wright
akhughes ?/May/03 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2003 -
Hidden 04/May/02 Lead O/S
Tarquin ??/2002 -
lost.arrow 25/Aug/01 2nd
with Nikki Hawkins
Bry ?/Jul/01 2nd O/S
with Pete Roberts
Hidden 27/May/01 Lead O/S
Tarquin ??/2001 2nd
belay bunny turned bad ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 Solo
Hidden 13/Jun/98 2nd O/S
Paul-Michael 23/May/98 Lead O/S

did not step left but climbed direct.

with Nick Hanie
auld al ?/Apr/97 Lead O/S
sdht ?/Jun/96 -
michael burrows 05/Apr/96 Lead O/S
with richard parry
Andy Say 02/May/94 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
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