Rockfax Description
The wide, overhanging crack-system sprouting from the left side of Cow Cave. Start on the left of the cave entrance.
Head for the narrowing funnel. Squeeze up the funnel and onwards to the roof. Spectacular moves utilising the crack on the left side of the roof gain the top. © Rockfax

FA. N.Hannaby 1960

Ticklists: West Country Climbs, Thrutch and Clutch, UK road to wide crack mastery.

alan rosier 18/Sep/16 2nd O/S

Hilarious watching Steve thrutching his way up this one. Then it was my turn! Could just as easily be graded E2 5b.

with steve pack
AndyMorrall 12/Sep/16 2nd
Ed Hastings 03/Sep/16 Lead O/S
stuartf 24/Aug/16 Lead O/S
timreynolds 24/Aug/16 Lead
Hidden 24/Aug/16 2nd dog
LDJ 30/Jun/16 Lead
with Lou
sinbad 16/Jun/16 Lead
with Pete
Alex_RhodesUK 16/Apr/16 Lead O/S

Hurt like a b**ch, but did it in the end.

with Sam de Belder
Hidden 30/Mar/16 2nd rpt
mark schramm 30/Mar/16 Lead rpt
Hidden ?/Mar/16 Lead β
Hidden 30/Sep/15 TR
ferdia 10/May/15 2nd
with Andy
Andy Moles 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
eddy-on-the-rocks 04/May/15 Lead O/S

Climbed in the pouring rain and it was still bone dry.

with max
Phil79 06/Apr/15 Lead dog

After thrashing about in the chimney it all went wrong. One to come back for.

with Steve H
Hidden ??/2015 -
Tom Seccombe 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with max goodman, Harvey
Hidden 26/Aug/14 2nd
Hidden 23/Aug/14 2nd O/S
petegunn 23/Aug/14 Lead
with Davina
Ben Russell 26/May/14 Lead O/S

Defiantly HVS 5a! Only placed three pieces of gear. Nary climbing in the crack, once out of the dank corner the route lets up some big reaching moves over the lip.

with Tom Newberry
darcan 24/Apr/14 Lead
Lee_Meaden 15/Apr/14 TR O/S
with Luke Robinson
Chris Ebbutt 28/Aug/13 Lead dog

Thrashed and burned under roof.

with Ben
Chris dyer 02/Aug/13 TR dnf
with Jack Hunter, Josh sims
josh.sims 02/Aug/13 TR
leo-z-g 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Webster 02/Jun/13 2nd dog

really hard on a hot day, I hate limestone!

Hidden 02/May/13 Lead dnf
kennythescot 02/May/13 2nd
with Markwww
Hidden 06/Feb/13 TR dnf
Nick Biven ??/2013 -
timorme ?/Jun/12 TR dog
with Alex Frosty
burto 08/May/12 Lead O/S
with tom powell
Hidden 21/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Chris Ebbutt 13/Apr/12 Lead dog

To much time on climbing walls, more real rock required.

with Dave R.
Okecroak 13/Apr/12 2nd
with C. Ebbutt, W. Frost
mark schramm 12/Apr/12 Lead rpt
Davebryant 21/Feb/12 AltLd
sam.hann 21/Feb/12 AltLd
BelayBunney 06/Oct/11 Lead dog

Hard work! Got tired and sat in on the last move up the funnel out of the roof - so annoyed with myself!! Will do it clean next time...

francois 06/Oct/11 2nd O/S

Awkward with a stiff finish. I couldn't turn my head while in the crack, it was that narrow. Hard for the grade when you're not used to the style!

with Chris
Toby Dunn 05/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Sophie Nunn
Sophie Nunn 05/Oct/11 2nd dog
with Toby
DOVEY 29/Aug/11 Lead
with Liza
mark schramm 11/May/11 Lead rpt
with emma
Hidden 11/May/11 2nd
Frostie 04/May/11 Lead

Very poliished lower part. A hard climb for its grade.

with Steve Ashworth
DOVEY 01/May/11 Lead β

Wet at the end

with Laura & Harry
Hidden 09/Apr/11 2nd rpt
abicampbell ?/Apr/11 TR dnf
nickdonohue ?/Apr/11 Lead
with Dave Coley
mrstarwarsman 06/Feb/11 2nd
with sarp
loz901 06/Feb/11 2nd
John Tanner 05/Feb/11 Lead dog

Such a funny route. Awkward but well protected, and entertaining. Fell on a nut under the roof, which now remains in situ.

Marti999 06/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Mick Ward
mark schramm 29/Aug/10 Lead
with tom m
tommoulds 29/Aug/10 2nd β
with Schramm
Hidden 22/Aug/10 TR O/S
Tom D 22/Aug/10 TR

Lead the first time (i would not recomend a helmet as mine got jammed in the first crack not fun!!) top roped with darren! much better as a lead!

Hidden 08/Aug/10 Lead O/S
raku 01/May/10 Lead O/S

aproximate date

with Paul Thomson
jmhood ??/2010 -
tommoulds 22/Aug/09 2nd dog

Mental climb. Was raining so coming out from under the roof was nuts.

with Schramm
mark schramm 22/Aug/09 Lead

Had to hang on the gear on the last move - drats!

with tom m
tom169 23/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Stu
misterb 02/Apr/09 Lead O/S

wanted to do this 4 ages , lived up to expectations ,brilliant climb

with simon
mike88 20/Feb/09 Lead O/S

brutal! and mildly moist

with JAmes Codner
Jack_F ??/2009 -
Hidden ?/Jul/08 TR dnf
Steerpike 03/Apr/08 Lead O/S
with Huw
daraghpoynter 09/Feb/08 TR O/S
with meghann weiss
tumbling wizard 03/Feb/08 2nd
dewrats ??/2008 Lead O/S
ijd201 ??/2008 -
Justin T 13/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Andy
Dave Searle 31/Jul/07 Lead
AJH 18/Jul/07 Lead dnf

Got up to the roof and chickened out.

with Crispin
WLNesfield 24/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Mark Dormon
climber sim ??/2007 -
OliBoyes ??/2007 -
with Oli Boyes, Nick Baron, Dave Searle
Jon_Warner ??/2006 TR rpt
with Jack M
Hidden 15/Jun/05 Lead O/S
snowy white 24/Aug/04 AltLd
Ben1983 ?/Jul/03 Lead O/S
CraigMac1 ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 -
Hidden 21/Feb/99 Lead dog
Hidden ?/Sep/97 Lead G/U
leadmat ?/Jul/95 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/90 Lead O/S
Mark Kemball ??/1990 Lead
Mickdenali ??/1990 Lead
Hidden ??/1987 2nd
Hidden 07/Aug/84 Lead O/S
jcw ?/May/83 -
with Mike Harrop
Nevil ??/1981 -

Do not know year

Steve Bell ??/1979 -
Simon cook ??/1978 -
Simon cook ??/1974 -
Woolly ??/1972 2nd
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