2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
The counter-line to Aviation is a fine but difficult proposition that is high in the grade. Start right of a blank wall below the narrowest point of the overhang.
1) 5c, 14m. Climb to the band of overhangs and use thin flakes to pull onto the wall and then move left to the hanging belay of Aviation.
2) 5c, 22m. Reverse the traverse of Aviation and take the flake at its end to the next bulge. Move right for 3m and make a very hard move up the bulging wall on tiny crystals. Easier climbing above gains the summit of Low Man. © Rockfax

FA. P.Littlejohn 1971

Ticklists: Littlejohn South West Climbs, West Country Climbs.


ClimberDateStyle
Marl 13/Aug TR O/S

On mini traction

Euan Todd 13/Aug 2nd dnf

Dred lead the first pitch, I followed. So far, so good. Wouldn't normally log a 2nd dnf for the other pitch, except this was quite an experience. After a wee fall on the traverse early on, Dred powered up the groove and stepped back right. On the last hard moves, a tenuous rockover, he popped off and took a tumble down the bulge. In the course of this fall, a brand new half rope got ripped down to the core! Lowered Dred off then abbed myself. A reminder to be careful around sharp rocks!

brian watson 23/Jun Lead dnf

struggle a first hard bit then rained off. Previously fell off from somewhere near the top, not logged probably 2010 ish.

with Mike Hawkins
Hidden 23/Apr AltLd O/S
m.powell02 23/Apr AltLd

Lead P2. Found the crux moves much easier this time round!

gem_stone12 17/Apr 2nd O/S
with Matty P
m.powell02 17/Apr Lead dnf

Dropped the crux on P1 twice. Fought on into P2 and the upper crux. Popped off pulling onto the slab and took all the gear in the break under my feet with me. Pulled back on with better gear but couldn't pull through the slab. I will return!

nimajneb ?/Apr Lead O/S

Matt had a REALLY good go at this but was using wrong/hard beta for the top. His first E2 attempt and first fall on trad. I lead on his gear. Had previously done both link ups so not really an OS.

Laurence Mitchell 25/Mar 2nd
Hidden 25/Mar Lead dog
gem_stone12 ?/Mar 2nd O/S
Alex the Alex 30/Aug/16 AltLd O/S

Lead P1 which was really good! Found the second pitch crux much harder. Great lead by Rog. Then watched Dan lead it in a oner which almost looked a better option.

with Rog
RKirke 29/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
with Alex T
Rob Moorcroft 17/Jun/16 2nd
with Richard Ive
AlexD 28/May/16 AltLd O/S
with Ed
Ed Babs 28/May/16 AltLd O/S

P1. Cool.

with AlexD
David Clover ?/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Joe Costello 09/Jul/15 AltLd O/S

Evening epic! Surprisingly scrittly for a classic on a popular crag. Mostly HVS climbing with about 4 hard moves in total but the hard moves are all above ledges so it is all too easy to stand there and ponder commitment...

R2B 09/Jul/15 AltLd O/S

P.1. Very good.

Hidden 31/May/15 2nd
Mr Tickle 26/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

Led P1 then went onto 2nd pitch of Aviation.

Dan0Me 13/Apr/15 2nd O/S

Combined this and aviation into one pitch, nice route

with Geoff P
Tom Seccombe 08/Sep/14 Lead

bailed the hard move at the top traversed to aviation, then back on to the route.

with James Arding
Hidden 30/Jul/14 Lead dog
climbhannahclimb 30/Jul/14 2nd O/S

climbed pitch 2 direct from belay

nickstephens 30/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Jay Jackson, Hanna Philips
James Oswald 14/Apr/14 Lead dnf

Mixed and matched with aviation. Totally ace climbing. Fell off the crux on the first pitch twice and then lead the rest of aviation. Then did aviation's first pitch and struggled massively worth the second crux of rhino, couldn't use the footholds to pull over the lip onto the slab. I fell off twice and a pebble slowly broke in my hand..

with lex
kingholmesy ??/2014 Lead O/S
with Colin
hornbywill 23/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
tim exley 23/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

3 pitches because Will has commitment issues

alice fuller 26/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Sean Kelly 19/Jun/13 Lead dnf

Failed on the first O/H as I got the small flake with the wrong hand and then sliced the tip of my index finger on a sharp crystal on the flake! Will try again when finger is OK.

with Harry Pearce
andy_pemberton 29/Apr/13 Lead dnf

P1 felt strenuous until I worked out which way to put my hands! P2 cocked up the ropes and had mega drag. Then pulled a crystal off the top slab and thus thoroughly freaked out in the cold and oncoming gloom I lowered off (into old age?).

with Steve Gibson
hornbywill ??/2013 AltLd O/S

Commitment issues

willhornby ??/2013 -
Mike Goldthorp 29/Nov/12 Lead O/S

Sublime route, 2 hard cruxes at start and finish, both felt pretty 6a to me, and quality steady climbing in between. Moors grades feel hard, but my god they are good!

with Andy
AJM 29/Nov/12 2nd β

Burly at the bottom with solid gear. Flake after Aviation traverse a bit lichenous and insecure. Nails move at the top, and the gear albeit good isn't as high as you'd like for a move that hard! Good fun!

burto 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with chris wall
mark schramm 06/May/12 AltLd O/S

1st pitch only. Then finished up aviation

with Anthony
El3ctroFuzz 11/Mar/12 AltLd

George did P1, I did P2. Well protected throughout, no harder than E2 5c.

with George Coiley
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 28/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Dad
mikespooner 20/Mar/11 2nd dnf
with Sarp Ackay
sarpedon ?/Mar/11 Lead dog

One fall on Pitch 1, onsight pitch 2.

Toby Dunn 26/Jul/10 Lead
with Andy Reeve
Justin T 16/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Stonking. Attempted to gain the top slab too far right, desperately scraped around for 20 minutes trying to mantel onto nothing using crystals that aren't there, reversed, went back a few feet, then used the holds instead which worked much better. Re the comment below the gear on the first pitch is in no way "thin" - plenty there and you can pretty much see it all from the ground. The only problem being the obvious one of hanging on to place it!

with Crispin
Hidden ??/2010 -
Steerpike ?/Sep/09 Lead β

First pitch done before. Second pitch onsight. Tom got very cold waiting for me to do the crux!

with Tommo
Steerpike 11/Jun/09 Lead dog

1st pitch and 2nd pitch of Aviation, all in one pitch. Superb.

with Huw
Jack_F 31/May/09 Lead dog
with sam farnsworth
Hidden ??/2008 -
Dave Searle 29/Jul/07 Lead
climber sim ??/2007 -
eddy-on-the-rocks ??/2007 Lead O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
Hidden ?/May/06 AltLd
Steve Bell ??/2005 -
Rob Pitt ??/2003 -
Marti999 ??/2000 -
andy_pemberton ??/2000 Lead
with Steve Gooberman Hill
Hidden ??/2000 -
Derek Ryden ??/1996 2nd O/S
leadmat ?/Jun/93 Lead

Very Strenuous and on first pitch thin gear through and past the bulge, commiting until you arrive on aviation. Second pitch is fingery to get through the bulge - palm down!

with Chris Hingston
Nick Biven ??/1990 Lead
Billg 08/Aug/87 2nd
with Keith Sharples
clark alston ?/Jun/87 Lead O/S
with Alan Pow
Hidden 18/May/85 Lead O/S
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