12m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
An extremely fine and challenging pitch that doesn't let up from the very start. Start below the hand-crack of Oesophagus.
Move up twin thin cracks to the overhang and boldly swing up and right along a flake to the arete. Move up the arete, peg on the right, before traversing a short way left to the foot of a wide crack. Power up the crack and headwall past a thread to positive holds and a bolted belay above. Abseil off or finish up easy ground above (as for pitch 2 of Combined Ops). © Rockfax

FA. P.Littlejohn 1971

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs, Ultimate E3 ticklist, The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

hornbywill 28/Aug/17 Lead O/S

A bit of faff at the start then committed

with Adrian Parsons
felixwilkins 10/May/17 Lead O/S
i_a_coops 23/Oct/16 Lead O/S
with Mark
petecallaghan 22/Aug/16 TR dnf

Made the traverse from the start of Oesophagus OK: heel hook to keep control moving onto the flake. Desperate swinging on the flake get onto the arete. Didn't have the power above the wide crack, but found a knee bar rest

andy_pemberton 22/Jun/16 Lead

So good. Only been 19 years since I last tried it, when I didn't get past the big flake at the start. No really hard moves, but it does keep on coming!

Lee_Meaden 22/Apr/16 2nd rpt
Stuckey 21/Apr/16 Lead
Brian H 06/Mar/16 TR rpt
alice fuller 10/Jun/15 TR O/S


Hidden 29/May/15 Lead dog
Hidden 27/Apr/15 Lead O/S
ferdia 07/Mar/15 2nd
Andy Moles 07/Mar/15 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
dbrooks 01/Feb/15 Lead dnf

side runner in oesophagus... made it to the flake, got scared and backed off!

with Alex
FATBOYFAT ??/2015 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2015 -
edinbed 01/Nov/14 Lead O/S

A southern version of the The Vikings

Lee_Meaden 15/Aug/14 Lead RP

Would make a tough and daunting onsight. Solo'd until joining Combined Ops as wasn't sure runners in Osesophagus were in/ would provide protection. Pumpy & sequency in and out of top groove

with Luke Robinson
lawsy_boy1 ?/Aug/14 Lead
kennythescot ?/Aug/14 Lead RP
Derek Ryden ?/Apr/13 Lead dog

Got foot stuck in niche and had to hang to get it out!

with David Coley
kingholmesy ??/2013 Lead O/S
with Colin
Nick Biven ??/2013 -
rustaldo 25/Jun/12 Lead dnf


John Mcshea 03/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Would be a lot easier second time round......

burto 22/Mar/12 Lead β
with tom powell
Mr Powly 22/Mar/12 2nd dog
with Ian B
Toby Dunn 05/Oct/11 Lead

checked the peg on abseil after an ascent 27/11/11; it is not reliable: bends and creaks alarmingly with significantly less than body weight (a good tug) Go carefully!

with Sophie Nunn
Sophie Nunn 05/Oct/11 2nd dog
with Toby
Bristoldave 22/Jul/11 Lead RP

Fell off top section about 9 months back. Felt fine today.

with nick
richardr 11/Jun/11 Lead dog

1 fall at crux, missed obvious foothold. Gutted!

Duncan Turner 11/Jun/11 2nd

Painful start but fun!

Hidden 05/Jun/11 Lead RP
Macca_7 30/May/11 Lead β

So pleased to do after my last effort and after doing The Spy just before. Very good route with 2 tricky sections the bold move around the flake at the bottom and the pumpy exit from the pod! Suberp!

Ed Babs 28/May/11 Lead RP

Missed a jug near top. 2nd go.

Hidden 28/May/11 2nd
jameshiggins 26/May/11 Lead dog

One rest at the thread. Shame. Pumpy.

with Neil Adams
Neil Adams 26/May/11 2nd dog


feilx 21/May/11 Lead rpt
with Heather
AlexD 21/May/11 2nd dog
Legs ?/May/11 2nd dog
with Macca
Hidden 09/Jan/11 Lead O/S
adam cooper*super* 08/Dec/10 Lead β
Bristoldave 18/Sep/10 Lead dog
with nick
mark schramm 08/Sep/10 TR dog
with Dave C
Bobby Gilbert 07/Aug/10 Lead dog

Two falls. Strenuous crux.

nick arding 15/May/10 Lead rpt
Hidden ?/May/10 Lead RP
Popkids 27/Mar/10 TR dog
with Nolan
Hidden 28/Oct/09 2nd O/S
pezzerrr 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S
chris j 08/Oct/09 Lead rpt
with Ben Bradford
Jack_F 20/Aug/09 Lead RP
with Adam copper *super*
tom169 09/Jun/09 TR rpt
with Laura
climber sim ??/2009 -
Justin T 01/Sep/08 Lead RP

Oh yes!

alaan 25/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Aly
Justin T 08/Aug/08 Lead dog
with Crispin
eddy-on-the-rocks ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Mark Stevenson 16/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with not seconded
chris j 17/Oct/07 Lead RP
with Jerome
Hidden 11/Jul/07 Lead O/S
sebrider ??/2007 2nd
with Roby Rudolf
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
feilx 12/Nov/06 Lead O/S
with Seb
bronsonite 02/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Alex Cannon
Marti999 ??/2006 Lead
Ben1983 ?/Jun/04 Lead dog
Hidden 21/May/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 -
sadams 20/Jun/98 Lead
with Andy Long
Mark Kemball 04/May/98 2nd
with Jason Lloyd
Roget 04/May/96 Lead O/S
with jon
leadmat ?/Jul/95 Lead
tuftynick ??/1995 Lead
with ben winston
kristian 27/Feb/94 -
pmot ??/1994 TR O/S
Chris Ebbutt ??/1990 2nd
with Rob H.
Derek Ryden 26/Nov/89 Lead β
with Ewan, Mark Lee
Hidden ?/May/86 Lead G/U
Hidden 13/Jun/85 Lead β
Steve Bell ??/1979 -
Simon cook ??/1978 -
Simon cook ??/1974 -
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