35m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
An impeccable and varied climb that takes on the full height of Low Man's central wall. Start 3m right of the base of Raven Gully at a protruding flake in the low line of overhangs. Climb past the flake and follow thin grooves to gain a horizontal break. Make a difficult couple of moves left and then up, to the base of a larger curving groove. Climb the steepening groove then make strenuous moves up left to a rest at its top. Move back right and stand on a small knobbly ledge. Technical moves away from this rightwards are rewarded with easier climbing that leads to the summit. © Rockfax

FFA. M.Fowler 1980

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Will Wykes 12 Jan, 2007 Show βeta
βeta: Best done in two pitches so your second can take photos on the traverse
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βeta: Best done in two pitches so your second can take photos on the traverse
Katya 4 Jul, 2005 Show βeta
βeta: Often green, but amazing when clean. Best done in a single pitch.
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Wil Treasure 27 Aug 2nd
Martin Bagshaw 27 Aug Lead O/S First granite e3 lead. Would say that it is long overdue but honestly don't think I can climb much harder. Probably was on the route for 2 hours.
First granite e3 lead. Would say that it is long overdue but honestly don't think I can climb much harder. Probably was on the route for 2 hours.
Brian H 23 Aug Lead rpt Annual (2019) ascent. Dodgy feet in places cos it was a bit dirty - but felt easier than last year.
Annual (2019) ascent. Dodgy feet in places cos it was a bit dirty - but felt easier than last year.
Tom Seccombe 19 Aug Lead rpt
with Hugh
with Hugh
Lenny 26 Jul 2nd dog Hard
Hard
mshorter 26 Jul Lead O/S
dom94 23 Jul Lead O/S Great climb, should have read the guidebook description properly, thought I was meant to finish direct from the knobbly ledge, got alarmingly high and scared before retreating and getting Eloise to read me the full description.
Great climb, should have read the guidebook description properly, thought I was meant to finish direct from the knobbly ledge, got alarmingly high and scared before retreating and getting Eloise to read me the full description.
Hidden 22 Jul Lead O/S
Sam Husband 7 Jul 2nd O/S Only just! Lots of very dropable moves. Felt like it must have been close to perfect nic, lots of friction.
with Stroppy
Only just! Lots of very dropable moves. Felt like it must have been close to perfect nic, lots of friction.
with Stroppy
Stroppy 7 Jul Lead O/S In one pitch. WOW! This routes packs in a lot, relatively well protect after the reaching the first peg but with some good fall potential in places. Sustained interest all the way through; traverses, flakes, mantels and a few rests to keep you going. Outstanding.
In one pitch. WOW! This routes packs in a lot, relatively well protect after the reaching the first peg but with some good fall potential in places. Sustained interest all the way through; traverses, flakes, mantels and a few rests to keep you going. Outstanding.
Jimbob64 3 Jul Lead dog
alice fuller ?Jul Lead rpt bit sketchy
bit sketchy
Jim blackford 30 Jun 2nd dog
danieljames123 30 Jun Lead dog all clean in one go except for whipping ass-first off the mantel when trying it with the wrong beta
all clean in one go except for whipping ass-first off the mantel when trying it with the wrong beta
Hidden 26 Jun Lead O/S
Hidden 1 Jun Lead
Hidden ?? Lead dnf
Hidden ?? Lead O/S
WilliamRupp 7 Aug, 2018 AltLd
markvaughan 7 Aug, 2018 AltLd O/S
Flavio 25 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
JendeHoxar 25 Jul, 2018 2nd O/S
with Flavio
with Flavio
alice fuller 18 Jul, 2018 Lead rpt
with deema
with deema
Brian H 15 Jul, 2018 Lead rpt 2018 ascent - bit of a battle as usual.
with Sue, Kafoozalem
2018 ascent - bit of a battle as usual.
with Sue, Kafoozalem
Hidden 15 Jul, 2018 2nd rpt
dbrooks 12 Jun, 2018 Lead RP previously dogged a couple of years ago when I wasn't quite ready... what a route, just keeps on going and going! Hard for E3, maybe the hardest E3 I have climbed?
previously dogged a couple of years ago when I wasn't quite ready... what a route, just keeps on going and going! Hard for E3, maybe the hardest E3 I have climbed?
Dexter JW 12 Jun, 2018 2nd dnf Finished up rhinoceros? after swinging off the bulge at the top. Few falls below. Hard!
Finished up rhinoceros? after swinging off the bulge at the top. Few falls below. Hard!
robgixer 5 May, 2018 2nd
felixwilkins 5 May, 2018 Lead O/S
James Oakes 29 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S
Ram MkiV 29 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S
Dale Comley 28 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S Did it as one big pitch. Nice techy moves
Did it as one big pitch. Nice techy moves
ricci.andrea86 26 Aug, 2017 Lead O/S
Will Collett 25 Aug, 2017 Lead dog new to uk trad climbing but this line was staring at us and too appealing to pass up. gave it a go just as the sun was setting on dartmoor. stunning! was terrified the whole way up as well as sitting at my belay at the top. luckily felix didn't test my anchor too much when following. will have to go back to this and climb it with some balls.
with Xelif
new to uk trad climbing but this line was staring at us and too appealing to pass up. gave it a go just as the sun was setting on dartmoor. stunning! was terrified the whole way up as well as sitting at my belay at the top. luckily felix didn't test my anchor too much when following. will have to go back to this and climb it with some balls.
with Xelif
Xelif 25 Aug, 2017 2nd
Marl 13 Aug, 2017 TR O/S Wanted to lead but no partner today so climbed on mini traction on fixed rope
Wanted to lead but no partner today so climbed on mini traction on fixed rope
hornbywill 9 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S Brilliant climbing good gear and steady
Brilliant climbing good gear and steady
Brian H 2 Jul, 2017 Lead rpt Annual, 2017, ascent after cleaning and having a good look on abseil. Still superb.
Annual, 2017, ascent after cleaning and having a good look on abseil. Still superb.
Bettymolly 1 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S
alice fuller ?Jul, 2017 Lead RP seconded both beasts in 2015. Lead it proper now
seconded both beasts in 2015. Lead it proper now
gem_stone12 17 Apr, 2017 2nd O/S
m.powell02 17 Apr, 2017 2nd β
Paul Baller 9 Apr, 2017 TR O/S Shunt
Shunt
nimajneb ?Apr, 2017 Lead G/U Rushed it and fell off the traverse. Second go. Very good.
Rushed it and fell off the traverse. Second go. Very good.
gem_stone12 ?Mar, 2017 2nd O/S
Jackislav 22 Dec, 2016 2nd
Alex moore 22 Dec, 2016 Lead O/S stunner, despite the cold mid December wind...
stunner, despite the cold mid December wind...
Thumbspragger 29 Aug, 2016 Lead dog 1 fall on first traverse section, then completed climb
1 fall on first traverse section, then completed climb
Hidden 6 Aug, 2016 Lead dnf
Brian H 21 Jul, 2016 Lead rpt Pete and I both led on our traditional annual ascents. Not getting any easier!
Pete and I both led on our traditional annual ascents. Not getting any easier!
shoulders 5 Jun, 2016 2nd O/S
crag_monster 5 Jun, 2016 2nd
richsmithinbristol 5 Jun, 2016 Lead O/S
dbrooks 25 May, 2016 Lead dog
John Tanner 25 May, 2016 2nd β
with dbrooks
with dbrooks
waydan 12 Apr, 2016 TR
with Rich, El Swiftos!
with Rich, El Swiftos!
petegunn 5 Apr, 2016 TR
ewalker278 24 Oct, 2015 Lead Great route, first E3. Was freezing at the top!! Retrieved a nut from the final thuggy section shortly before the rock-over/ mantle If this is yours, drop me a message, tell me the size and the tape you've marked it with (and your address, obviously!) and i'll post it back. Happy tradding :)
Great route, first E3. Was freezing at the top!! Retrieved a nut from the final thuggy section shortly before the rock-over/ mantle If this is yours, drop me a message, tell me the size and the tape you've marked it with (and your address, obviously!) and i'll post it back. Happy tradding :)
tcn_2002 27 Sep, 2015 TR
kennythescot ?Sep, 2015 TR RP
Hidden 8 Aug, 2015 Lead O/S
LRob 1 Aug, 2015 Lead O/S
Matt77 20 Jun, 2015 2nd Shane's first E3 onsight. Well done that man!
with Shane
Shane's first E3 onsight. Well done that man!
with Shane
islandlynx 20 Jun, 2015 Lead O/S First e3 onsight (thanks matt) and amazingly it went smoothly. Great route with some varied climbing. Struggled with the mantle for a couple of attempts then did some weird frog move to get up it.
with Matt77
First e3 onsight (thanks matt) and amazingly it went smoothly. Great route with some varied climbing. Struggled with the mantle for a couple of attempts then did some weird frog move to get up it.
with Matt77
Brian H 10 Jun, 2015 Lead rpt Annual ascent. Felt hard this year. Wonder what next year will feel like.
Annual ascent. Felt hard this year. Wonder what next year will feel like.
Jackislav 25 May, 2015 Lead dog Got myself too strecthed out on the tricky traverse past the dodgey peg! Laughing as i came off at my mistake and then got annoyed because i lost the on-sight! Rested on the rope and finished clean with horrendous rope drag... whoops. Absolutely stunning route
Got myself too strecthed out on the tricky traverse past the dodgey peg! Laughing as i came off at my mistake and then got annoyed because i lost the on-sight! Rested on the rope and finished clean with horrendous rope drag... whoops. Absolutely stunning route
Andy Moles 5 Apr, 2015 AltLd O/S
with ferdia
with ferdia
ferdia 5 Apr, 2015 AltLd O/S led pitch 1. excellent.
led pitch 1. excellent.
Hidden ??, 2015 -
mike mo ??, 2015 -
Rory Bascombe 27 Sep, 2014 2nd O/S
with Tom Newberry
with Tom Newberry
ptrickey 3 Aug, 2014 Lead dog Went for lead on single rope with one set of nuts, a single cam and not many quickdraws... and ran it into a single pitch.... not my best decision ever.
with Anyela Camargo Rodriguez
Went for lead on single rope with one set of nuts, a single cam and not many quickdraws... and ran it into a single pitch.... not my best decision ever.
with Anyela Camargo Rodriguez
Brian H 20 Jun, 2014 Lead rpt Stripped gear on abseil and Pete then led. Best route on Dartmoor.
Stripped gear on abseil and Pete then led. Best route on Dartmoor.
Hidden 17 May, 2014 2nd
Mike Goldthorp 22 Sep, 2013 Lead O/S Incredible climb, just immense! So varied, sustained but with definite crux sections, awesome gear placements, and desperate finish (I think I went too direct and ended up on this really thin slab way above my gear pulling on tiny crystals and flakes into a mossy groove, should have been further right) But yeah, one of the best trad routes I've ever done!
with Henry, Tara, Paul_southgate68
Incredible climb, just immense! So varied, sustained but with definite crux sections, awesome gear placements, and desperate finish (I think I went too direct and ended up on this really thin slab way above my gear pulling on tiny crystals and flakes into a mossy groove, should have been further right) But yeah, one of the best trad routes I've ever done!
with Henry, Tara, Paul_southgate68
Paul_southgate68 22 Sep, 2013 2nd
Hidden 22 Sep, 2013 2nd
burto 14 Sep, 2013 Lead rpt
with jack, jerome
with jack, jerome
Luke Dawson 13 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
with Chas
with Chas
Ed morris 6 May, 2013 Lead One fall at the crux from missing the big foot hold. One rest at the overhang working out where to go. Incredible varied route.
with Colin
One fall at the crux from missing the big foot hold. One rest at the overhang working out where to go. Incredible varied route.
with Colin
Johnny Baker ??, 2013 -
kingholmesy ??, 2013 Lead O/S Well worth its 3 stars.
with Colin
Well worth its 3 stars.
with Colin
Ed Babs 19 Aug, 2012 Lead O/S A bit mossy but very good. Felt bold moving up to the horizontal break above the first peg.
with Mike Hawkins
A bit mossy but very good. Felt bold moving up to the horizontal break above the first peg.
with Mike Hawkins
Justin T 11 Aug, 2012 Lead Onsight bar having photographed others on it, no discernibly useful beta gained! Massively tired before I started, felt right at my limit all the way, 3 hour epic involving traversing to the raven belay to pull up more gear before spending a *long* time committing to the final headwall.
with Cusco
Onsight bar having photographed others on it, no discernibly useful beta gained! Massively tired before I started, felt right at my limit all the way, 3 hour epic involving traversing to the raven belay to pull up more gear before spending a *long* time committing to the final headwall.
with Cusco
Brian H 19 Jul, 2012 Lead rpt
with Andy Pemberton
with Andy Pemberton
andy_pemberton 19 Jul, 2012 2nd Glad to second this one! Felt hard for E3. Continuous, sustained dificulties. I thought the crux was the initial wall. Brian led it in one pitch.
with Brian Hannon
Glad to second this one! Felt hard for E3. Continuous, sustained dificulties. I thought the crux was the initial wall. Brian led it in one pitch.
with Brian Hannon
Hidden 12 May, 2012 Lead O/S
Jordon Fleming 9 Apr, 2012 2nd O/S is a lovely route :) matt did it in one pitch and the climbing is great and pritty hard with to hard thin moves.
with matt
is a lovely route :) matt did it in one pitch and the climbing is great and pritty hard with to hard thin moves.
with matt
rustaldo 8 Apr, 2012 Lead dog An awesome route - my first 6a trad lead. Found it hard going, did it in onepitch and suffered with rope drag. Climbing is all well protected if you have faith in pegs. Have to come back and lead it clean. E3 6a ***
An awesome route - my first 6a trad lead. Found it hard going, did it in onepitch and suffered with rope drag. Climbing is all well protected if you have faith in pegs. Have to come back and lead it clean. E3 6a ***
burto 24 Mar, 2012 Lead dnf
with tom powell
with tom powell
Hidden ??, 2012 -
nathanlee 15 Oct, 2011 2nd
dominic lee 15 Oct, 2011 Lead O/S
Jonathan Emett 3 Oct, 2011 2nd dog freaked out in a feeble manner on the traverse to the 1st belay.
freaked out in a feeble manner on the traverse to the 1st belay.
Stone Muppet 1 Oct, 2011 TR dog I'm told conditions were a bit greasy, but this was desperate - not sure how it's E3 yet!
with Fatboy1000, md
I'm told conditions were a bit greasy, but this was desperate - not sure how it's E3 yet!
with Fatboy1000, md
Chad123 9 Aug, 2011 AltLd dog Well I tried! Got to the thin move left before falling off (after very tough starting wall) and then had a few more rests before taking a good lob off the awkward move standing on the block. Thin runout finish too, overall very tough for E3 but I might just be rusty.....great climb though just wish I'd got it clean!
with Emily
Well I tried! Got to the thin move left before falling off (after very tough starting wall) and then had a few more rests before taking a good lob off the awkward move standing on the block. Thin runout finish too, overall very tough for E3 but I might just be rusty.....great climb though just wish I'd got it clean!
with Emily
i_a_coops 8 Aug, 2011 Lead O/S Totally brilliant, totally covered in lichen.
Totally brilliant, totally covered in lichen.
richiebongo 3 Aug, 2011 Lead dog I came, i climbed, i dogged. Worse, i stood on the ledge pumped to oblivion and a bit scared asked for a top rope. The shame.
with Gwen Thomson, Jon Didymus
I came, i climbed, i dogged. Worse, i stood on the ledge pumped to oblivion and a bit scared asked for a top rope. The shame.
with Gwen Thomson, Jon Didymus
dannyboy83 28 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S
with Dad
with Dad
Mike_Hayes 21 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S
with Sarah Marks
with Sarah Marks
Hidden 21 Jul, 2011 2nd O/S
Lloyders ?Jul, 2011 2nd O/S
msoldn 16 May, 2011 AltLd dog lead p1. maybe a bit early in the day, but got thoroughly pumped and fell on crux. stunning climbing with great gear throughout.
with Sam
lead p1. maybe a bit early in the day, but got thoroughly pumped and fell on crux. stunning climbing with great gear throughout.
with Sam
Liam FLeming 27 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
adam cooper*super* 20 Mar, 2011 Lead O/S Ahhh wicked route! Did both pitchs
with dazza
Ahhh wicked route! Did both pitchs
with dazza
Hidden 20 Mar, 2011 2nd dog
Dave Searle ??, 2011 -
jacobjlloyd 30 Sep, 2010 Lead Ground up, second go - fell at the first peg trying to go too direct, lowered off then got right back on it. Should have warmed up. Crux felt 6a to me, but it was a bit greasy. Had to belay off to the left before going through the overlap due to lack of draws and serious drag. Was a good call - the belay at the top is further off right and would have made it sketch to belay the second well through the balancy moves and traverses. Excellent climbing all through! Quality route.
Ground up, second go - fell at the first peg trying to go too direct, lowered off then got right back on it. Should have warmed up. Crux felt 6a to me, but it was a bit greasy. Had to belay off to the left before going through the overlap due to lack of draws and serious drag. Was a good call - the belay at the top is further off right and would have made it sketch to belay the second well through the balancy moves and traverses. Excellent climbing all through! Quality route.
dswansonlow 30 Sep, 2010 2nd O/S
Bristoldave 26 Sep, 2010 Lead O/S In one pitch. One of the best single pitch trad routes I've done - quite a journey!
with nick
In one pitch. One of the best single pitch trad routes I've done - quite a journey!
with nick
Hidden 31 Aug, 2010 Lead O/S
Popkids 28 Jul, 2010 2nd O/S Climbed the origial route, E3 5b/c. Not the 6a start.
with Kafoozalem
Climbed the origial route, E3 5b/c. Not the 6a start.
with Kafoozalem
Toby Dunn 26 Jul, 2010 Lead
with Andy Reeve
with Andy Reeve
Hidden 18 Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
John Mcshea 6 Jun, 2010 2nd rpt
with Ben Bradford
with Ben Bradford
alaan 14 Feb, 2010 Lead O/S
mattyork2 14 Feb, 2010 2nd Found it really hard. Lovely to see good old Al though and bump into Crispin ( :
with alaan
Found it really hard. Lovely to see good old Al though and bump into Crispin ( :
with alaan
eddy-on-the-rocks 10 Oct, 2009 Lead O/S It isn't limestone!
with Geoff
It isn't limestone!
with Geoff
Steerpike ?Oct, 2009 Lead dog First pitch only.
with Tommo
First pitch only.
with Tommo
Rob Pitt 18 Aug, 2009 Lead O/S
JimR 14 Jun, 2009 -
Chubbard 14 Jun, 2009 Lead dnf Bugger,bugger, bugger ... awesome route though.
with JimR
Bugger,bugger, bugger ... awesome route though.
with JimR
Hidden 20 Jul, 2008 Lead O/S
Brian Rodgers 13 Jul, 2008 Lead O/S Did as a single pitch. Pleasant climbing.
with Ian Bruce
Did as a single pitch. Pleasant climbing.
with Ian Bruce
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ??, 2008 -
OliBoyes ??, 2008 Lead dnf
with Chris Barr
with Chris Barr
richgac 10 Nov, 2007 Lead rpt A rematch after previous defeat. Freezing windy conditions helped the friction but not comfort levels. In a oner - a mega pitch.
with Pete
A rematch after previous defeat. Freezing windy conditions helped the friction but not comfort levels. In a oner - a mega pitch.
with Pete
Dave Searle 17 Apr, 2007 2nd β
with sim
with sim
climber sim ??, 2007 -
Rob Kennard ??, 2007 -
DaveHK 8 Aug, 2006 Lead
with Jill Kerr
with Jill Kerr
Steve Bell ??, 2005 -
Hidden 18 Oct, 2003 2nd O/S
richgac 4 May, 2003 Lead G/U Second pitch only (E1 5b?)
with Nick
Second pitch only (E1 5b?)
with Nick
richgac 6 Apr, 2003 2nd Seconded p1. Attempted p2, got a kneebar stuck, desperate 10 minute struggle to get it out, backed off with tail between legs.
with Adam Ellwood
Seconded p1. Attempted p2, got a kneebar stuck, desperate 10 minute struggle to get it out, backed off with tail between legs.
with Adam Ellwood
Hidden ?Aug, 2001 Lead
Marti999 ??, 2000 -
Hidden ??, 2000 -
CraigMac1 ??, 2000 -
DJonsight ??, 2000 -
Hidden 14 Jun, 1999 AltLd O/S
Mark Kemball 4 May, 1998 2nd
with Jason Lloyd
with Jason Lloyd
Derek Ryden ??, 1998 Lead rpt
with Mark Lee
with Mark Lee
Simon cook ??, 1998 AltLd
Bulls Crack ??, 1998 Lead O/S
with RW
with RW
Mark Kemball 25 Oct, 1997 Lead Pitch 1 only
with Bill McKee
Pitch 1 only
with Bill McKee
Roget 15 Jun, 1997 Lead O/S
with jon
with jon
Hidden ??, 1997 Lead O/S
Greg Cunningham 5 Nov, 1996 Lead Climbed in fading light after a memorable night out at the Lakota in Bristol
with nigel birtwell
Climbed in fading light after a memorable night out at the Lakota in Bristol
with nigel birtwell
Derek Ryden ??, 1996 Lead O/S
Tim M ??, 1996 Lead O/S
with Phil T
with Phil T
FATBOYFAT ??, 1996 Lead O/S
crossleysm ??, 1996 Lead O/S
UKB Shark ?Apr, 1995 Lead O/S
with John Codling
with John Codling
Hidden 5 Sep, 1992 2nd
Cowflinger 21 Apr, 1992 -
with Pete Lewis
with Pete Lewis
Hidden 14 May, 1991 AltLd rpt
Hidden 31 Mar, 1991 Lead O/S
Mark Kemball 4 Sep, 1990 -
Nick Biven ?Aug, 1990 2nd
with Rich Whitwell
with Rich Whitwell
ecowaller ??, 1990 - One of my all time favourite routes
with Wendy Sampson
One of my all time favourite routes
with Wendy Sampson
Bruce Kerr 20 Jul, 1989 AltLd
with Keith Turton
with Keith Turton
Hidden ?Apr, 1988 Lead O/S
Brian Wilderspin 29 Aug, 1987 -
with Perric Crellin
with Perric Crellin
Billg 8 Aug, 1987 Lead O/S
with Keith Sharples
with Keith Sharples
Hidden ??, 1987 AltLd
Hidden 18 May, 1985 Lead β
Mark Kemball 26 Jun, 1983 Lead
with Dave Abbey
with Dave Abbey
mark-abz 20 Jun, 1981 2nd
with Kev H
with Kev H
Hidden ??, 1981 Lead
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