Rockfax Description
One of the great Cromlech extremes.
1) 20m. As for Spiral Stairs.
2) 6a, 35m. The striking thin crack to the right of Sabre Cut is followed to some exciting finishing moves. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Great Wall Climbs of the UK, North Wales Rock Graded List, North Wales E3's, Trad climbs for sport climbers, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, Ultimate E3 ticklist, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, Alex's Wales ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, Fast & Free: Pete Livesay's Top 30 British Classics.

James Oswald 02/Sep/17 -

Such a good route.

DanOsb 02/Sep/17 2nd O/S

Mega. One to go back for the lead.

benkelsey 02/Sep/17 Lead O/S

One of the best routes I've ever done. Last move is perfect and not the crux.

Tom Seccombe 28/Aug/17 Lead O/S
with Ian Grebowski
Hidden 25/Jul/17 Lead dog
Duncan Campbell 16/Jul/17 2nd rpt
with Gus
Gus 16/Jul/17 Lead O/S
Lenny 09/Jul/17 2nd rpt
with Hidden
Hidden 09/Jul/17 Lead dog
Butel 08/Jul/17 Lead O/S

Amazing. Climbing was positive and technical. Got pumped half way only because I was pissing about placing gear every 2 inches. Lots of gear. Managed to keep it together despite also dropping a set of nuts. Super good route.

with Em Twiddles
wynaptomos 20/Jun/17 2nd dog
Hidden 18/May/17 AltLd O/S
LDudill 09/May/17 2nd O/S

I did first pitch the e1? thats leads up to it. Sam did the foil pitch. Got up clean, would like to go back and lead, tricky and sustained but good gear.

with Farnsworth
Hidden 09/May/17 Lead
Tom Livingstone 23/Apr/17 2nd rpt
beni 09/Apr/17 Lead β
Hidden ??/2017 -
Andrew Nelson ??/2017 -
beagly77 ??/2017 -
beagly77 ??/2017 -
Hidden 20/Sep/16 Lead O/S
khalidq 20/Sep/16 2nd O/S
with Ian Lau
Ian Broome 01/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Surprisingly pumpy, drizzle and wind at the top didn't help

with Oli
eel ?/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Johnathon, Will
Mike_Hayes 29/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Traversed off into Sabre Cut earlier in the day as it was wet up top. Better when dry. Well protected.

Adam24B 23/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Super happy with this, last move felt epic, great gear but hard climbing. Wet in places but luckily not too bad, it looked worse than it was.

Lenny 06/Aug/16 Lead

top out is a heart braker

with Hidden
Hidden 23/Jul/16 2nd
Sophie Nunn 18/Jun/16 Lead O/S
with Chloe
Christina 04/Jun/16 AltLd dog

; ) admittedly, I only led the first pitch, made harder by doing P1 of Dives/Better Things instead of the first pitch of Spiral Stairs. I could barely stick a single move on the actual P2 tbh. The rope was snug, to say the least (thanks for holding on, Paul).

with Paul Clarkson
Hidden ?/Jun/16 Lead
Pete_Frost 16/May/16 2nd dog

Followed Stuart Lade. Got all the moves but it took a while to get the first crux at half height. Top out isn't too bad - needs a bit of a jump for good holds. Second crux for me was a bit lower down. Will be back to lead this when I've developed a bit more power endurance.

will9911 15/May/16 2nd O/S
Dave Turnbull, BMC 05/May/16 Lead rpt

hungover, hard

with Snort
w.pettet-smith ?/May/16 -
with andy west
AMY l3 22/Mar/16 2nd
mcgovern 22/Mar/16 Lead
with AMY l3
Hidden ??/2016 -
Mark Stevenson 03/Oct/15 Lead rpt
Dizz 03/Oct/15 2nd
with Mark Stevenson
breed 07/Sep/15 2nd rpt
mynyddresident 17/Aug/15 Lead rpt

Agree with person below in that the moves seemed harder than any on resurrection or right wall although haven't completed the latter . Was damp with a greasy final few metres,hard.

soph 16/Aug/15 Lead rpt
with Pablo Martin
Ramon Marin 15/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Also a great route

with ciaran tracey
James Marshall 10/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Really hard ! Should have placed way less gear.

with Pete Shepherd
alice fuller 04/Jul/15 2nd O/S

Excellent climb.

Brian H 03/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Excellent. Not as hard as it looks and there are wires on demand.

with Alice
Hidden 23/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Mar/15 2nd
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 Lead
wolf.leeb 02/Oct/14 Lead O/S
with nic
mynyddresident 02/Oct/14 2nd
with wolf
bigdrew 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Cam
markalmack 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Felt harder than right wall and resurrection. Maybe I was more tired...

with Richard
kermit_uk 13/Sep/14 2nd dog

I lead 1st pitch of spectre then andy lead foil. Was numb cold when left the ledge to second and pumped out at final moves. Next go back I'll be warm and leading.

Julie Carroll 10/Sep/14 2nd

Fell off at last move!

with Steve Gorton
guy757 10/Sep/14 -
mikeyjbs 07/Sep/14 Lead rpt
with Steve Gorton
KKilroy 04/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with james hales
ferdia 16/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
Andrew Wilson 16/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
with Ferdia
Uisdean hawthorn 21/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/14 2nd
Rachel Slater 01/Jul/14 2nd O/S
James Oswald 01/Jul/14 Lead

Narrowly onsighted, tough upper section and I spent too long hanging around. Great technical climbing at the top of the grade.excellent route but far too hard to warm up on...

Ben Briggs ?/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Abs
Hidden 30/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Pippa 28/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Fabulous, last move needs some working out.

mountain_jay 28/Jun/14 2nd O/S

Really really nice climb. Resty bit, tricky bit, Resty bit, tricky bit... A sting in the tail.

pete johnson 22/Jun/14 2nd rpt
geoff b 22/Jun/14 Lead

fell off towards the top as I got the sequence completely wrong & pumped out: took a huge fall but only because I pulled Pete off the belay!

Sarah Black 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S
The Grist 14/Jun/14 Lead dog

Foiled by the finish. Got pumped, placed a cam where my hand needed to be then rested on gear. After a quick rest I was able to finish. One to come back to.

PaulTanton 14/Jun/14 2nd rpt
Luxulyan 18/May/14 Lead O/S
with Tom Murrell
Hidden 12/Mar/14 Lead O/S
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Allanfairfechan ??/2014 2nd
with Dave Woodcock
Hidden ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
tim newton 22/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with gwen lancashire
shed_hed 03/Sep/13 Lead rpt

Couldn't remember much about the route but felt much easier on lead to when I seconded it.

dswansonlow 03/Sep/13 2nd rpt
Hidden 01/Sep/13 2nd β
BenNorman 30/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Had to battle on this, pretty tricky and quite sustained, pleased to onsight.

brices 30/Aug/13 2nd β

A tough one for the end of the day, good fight by Ben getting up this

Adam Booth 08/Aug/13 2nd rpt
Dan724 20/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Mike Davies
Wil Treasure 18/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/13 2nd
Keendan 08/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Really nice route, small positive holds and interesting moves.

with Brad
Dave Parton 07/Jul/13 Lead
with Adam Ellwood
Mike W 18/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Andy Peak 1 18/Jun/13 2nd O/S

A Grate lead by Mike, i almost fluffed it on second by blocking a gear placement with my finger

with Mike w
Nifec14 07/Jun/13 2nd
with Elf yn jones
frank ramsay 03/Jun/13 Lead
with Aaron
Aaron Lines 03/Jun/13 2nd
guy757 02/Jun/13 -
pete johnson 02/Jun/13 -
with MikePycroft, Derek Ryden
Derek Ryden 01/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Pete Johnson
Hidden ?/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Michael Allday 26/May/13 AltLd O/S
nathanlee 26/May/13 2nd
with Dom Lee
dominic lee 26/May/13 Lead O/S
shed_hed 02/May/13 2nd O/S

Cool route. Felt pretty steady but can imagine it feeling desperate if you get pumped.

dswansonlow 02/May/13 Lead O/S

Felt really steady up this and got tons of great gear. The end felt fine, I thought it felt trickier near the middle.

Tom Livingstone 02/Mar/13 2nd rpt
with Gwen Lancashire
morganator 08/Sep/12 2nd
Ed Babs 08/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

P1 to forest from left wall.

soph 08/Sep/12 Lead

Pretty darn hard at the top if you are 5'2" !

with Helena Robinson, jon morgan
Hidden 08/Sep/12 Lead
Hidden 08/Sep/12 Lead O/S
mark20 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Si dH 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S


with Neil Furniss
JRae 11/Aug/12 2nd

Awesome climbing

with B Silvestre
Duncan Campbell 20/Jun/12 2nd

One hang to try and remove a wire low-down, but I couldn't get the bugger out even with two hands! Brilliant climbing interspersed with good rest points. Quite fierce but lots of gear.

Sardien 30/May/12 2nd dog

Helena nailed it, i came off a few times. Amazing moves, made me psyched to train properly for a bit more stamina so i can do it properly soon

with Helena Robinson
Rob Pitt 29/May/12 Lead rpt
with Jon Ratcliffe
dan ely 27/May/12 2nd rpt
with crispin
Speeddemonsi 27/May/12 Lead O/S
Stone Muppet 27/May/12 Lead O/S

Silly me put in 2x as much gear as necessary including a nut right where my fingers should have gone on the crux. Six or so knackering attempts at the move later, finally got it... just!.. and held it together to the top. Great route :)

with dan ely
Huw Cropper 23/May/12 2nd O/S
with Dylan
willoates 28/Mar/12 Lead rpt

Fell off the last move last summer, boxed out of my mind. pissed it this time, easy.

with Jo P
Bob ??/2012 -
Adam Booth 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Awesome. Sustained top half!

Tom Livingstone 29/Sep/11 Lead RP

Silly mistake yesterday meant the I fluffed the onsight, back today with great success. A fantastic route! Lesson learnt.

wi11 28/Sep/11 2nd β
with Tom
gregoritos 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S


Ewan Russell 30/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Ralph
Hidden 26/Jul/11 2nd dnf
richiebongo 14/Jul/11 Lead O/S

I felt it was a little harder than Resurrection.

with Jon Didymus
Didymus 14/Jul/11 2nd dnf

Soooo tired

with Rich
dan ely 30/Jun/11 Lead rpt

the loose hold part in middle nearly snapped in 3 although mate did not notice. Watch out peps!

with terry
Hidden 30/Jun/11 2nd rpt
AdrianP 28/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Wet... Surprised that hold at mid height didn't come off after hanging around on it. Watch out!

with Olli
Hidden 24/Jun/11 Lead
halfmanhalfbiscuit ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Easy for E3 if you've got any sport fitness, felt like E2 6a.

zero six ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S
david morse 27/Apr/11 Lead O/S

An amazing line, as much kit as you can hold on to place. Controversially thought the crux was in the middle of the wall, not the top. Placed about 16 wires!

with katie
Katy Nelson 27/Apr/11 AltLd


with Dave Morse
dan ely 09/Apr/11 Lead dog


with tony (army)
Hidden ??/2011 -
centurion05 ??/2011 -
phil64 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 16/Oct/10 Lead dog
robin_hackney 16/Oct/10 2nd dog

So this is what E3 feels like... Big respect for a clean lead of this. My favourite belay of the year - Si climbed 13m, down-climbed back to the belay, returned to the crux and took 4 big whippers before topping out. Epic.

with Si
samrad 12/Oct/10 Lead O/S

just keeps on gettin better the higher you get. really well protected as well, which is a bonus :)

with ben otta
barni 11/Oct/10 2nd rpt
mikeyjbs 28/Jun/10 Lead dog
with christopher glasson
sam820 22/Jun/10 2nd
with Rich
Hidden 20/Jun/10 Lead rpt
Ri 15/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Anja Jones
Bristoldave 14/Jun/10 Lead O/S
CarolineH 14/Jun/10 2nd dog
with Dave
Hidden 31/May/10 Lead O/S
dan gibson 31/May/10 2nd rpt
with michael porter
SiW 31/May/10 2nd
with Bri
dan ely 21/May/10 2nd dog

so pumped i had to dino twice

with rich
richardr 21/May/10 Lead O/S

Got on this without too much expectation at the end of the day and held the pump in check from about halfway. Technical smooth and fingery climbing. Utterly superb!

Hidden 15/May/10 2nd dog
jacobjacob 15/May/10 Lead RP

The first time I have fallen onto trad gear, very exciting. Got it next go.

Hidden ?/May/10 -
Hidden 27/Apr/10 Lead
centurion05 24/Apr/10 2nd
with patch
Hidden 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/10 2nd dog
eddy-on-the-rocks 15/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Terry
barni 10/Apr/10 2nd rpt
with luke
Luke Brooks 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S
farmus21 02/Mar/10 2nd

Nice route

with Alex Mason
Alex Mason 02/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Cool route, sustained,with a 'crux' at the top. was wet in the crack but still very climbable. Quite the testpiece. way harder than cream.

with James Grey
Hidden ??/2010 -
mr mills ??/2010 -
with ioan d
Jus 25/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Glyn 17/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Great route! Been on the tick list for a while

with Tony Stone
Hidden 12/Sep/09 2nd O/S
DavidR 12/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Awesome route. Have wanted this for a very long time, so utterly thrilled to get the lead onsight. Roared when I topped out!

billb ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Jus
simonp ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Annelies Sarrazyn
beci tointen ?/Jul/09 Lead RP
with my uncle carl
mux 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S

Fandabbydosy .. cold when I left the ground, sun came out on the crux, down climbed to a good rest and took my jacket off... top move is a gem

with Simon Frost ,
frost 14/Jun/09 2nd
with D Garry
Rob Grant 13/Jun/09 Lead
with Lindy
mattyork2 05/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Johnny Richard
Hidden ?/May/09 Lead β
Hidden 20/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 20/Mar/09 -
nicolat ??/2009 2nd
datoon 27/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with K
feilx 20/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Heather
dan gibson 22/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with sam read
Danos 14/Jun/08 2nd dog
with Ben
barni 08/Jun/08 Lead dog
with Oli
The old James turnbull ?/Jun/08 Lead
with aiden
davebrox ?/Jun/08 2nd


Hidden 15/May/08 2nd O/S
Mark Stevenson 12/May/08 2nd rpt
with Herrie Heckman
Hidden 11/May/08 2nd
Mark Warnett ?/May/08 Lead O/S

Amazing route. hard moves but bomber gear, so good E3 if (like i was) you are fit but not that bold!

Marcus ??/2008 -
Al Evans ??/2008 -
Ed Booth ??/2008 -
kingholmesy ??/2008 Lead O/S


with Sarah
Hidden ??/2008 2nd O/S
Hjort 09/Sep/07 2nd dnf
jambomotamops 09/Sep/07 Lead dnf
Hidden 23/Aug/07 2nd
pete johnson 23/Aug/07 Lead rpt
ksjs 05/May/07 Lead O/S

been on my ticklist for so long and it didnt disappoint. immaculate climbing with perfect gear. sustained, technical and engaging. total classic!

Toby Dunn 28/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Ruth
Morgan Woods 05/Apr/07 Lead RP

Took over from Gareth's high point.....but would have loved to have OS'd this one. access tip - do the first 10m of memory lane (nice 5b fingercrack) then step easily left and belay from a big spike (big blue sling 'round it currently)

with Gareth
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ??/2007 Lead O/S
with Claire Tetley
Hidden 08/Sep/06 Lead dog
a_radiohead_fan ?/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Ed Booth 03/Aug/06 Lead dog


with will sim
Hidden 28/Jul/06 Lead O/S
Ram MkiV 27/Jul/06 Lead O/S
with Alex Mason
Adam Ellwood 15/Jul/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/06 Lead O/S
lx ?/May/06 Lead O/S


Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
ukb & bmc shark 16/Jul/05 Lead O/S
with John Codling
Mark Stevenson 11/Jun/05 Lead RP
with Rich Mayfield
Hidden 13/Sep/03 2nd
jamiev 30/Aug/03 Lead O/S
with Adrian Berry
Mark Stevenson 14/Sep/02 Lead dog
with Dave Marsh
Dave Rumney 01/Jul/01 2nd
with Sean Roberts
DubyaJamesDubya ?/Jun/01 Lead O/S
sadams 30/Jul/00 2nd
with Eric Hildrew
clark alston ?/Jul/00 Lead O/S

Overdue classic ticking in Llanberis!

with Steven Martin
Paul Clarke ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Andy Kassyk
Jon Garside ??/2000 Lead O/S

One of my favourite all time routes. Dunno exactly when I first did it.

Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
DJonsight ??/2000 -
Rich Kirby 04/May/99 Lead O/S
with Hugh
Steve Crowe ??/1999 Lead
Bruce Kerr 03/Jul/98 2nd
with Robert Durran
Roget 30/May/98 Lead rpt
with jon
ellis ?/Mar/98 2nd O/S
Ched ??/1998 Lead dog

Came off very last move - Got pumped at the very last mantleshelf to the stance - Gutted. More Airmiles though :)

with Grant Farqhuar
Si Clapham ??/1998 2nd
with Alun Richardson
Hidden ??/1998 2nd
Hidden 25/May/97 Lead O/S
switch ??/1997 Lead O/S
pete johnson 21/Sep/96 Lead O/S
with Bob Allen
ste_d 01/Sep/96 2nd O/S
with mik
nokishatov 01/Sep/96 Lead
Hidden ?/Aug/96 AltLd
BenTiffin ?/Apr/96 TR
with Andy Bissell
GuyM ??/1996 -
WB ??/1996 Lead O/S
with Guy
Nifec14 ?/Jul/95 Lead β

Superb if only for the fact that John Arran soloed it as I was about to set off anf for his solo of True Grip and down solo of Left Wall about half an hour later, cool.

with Tom Tomos, Mike pycroft
Cog ?/May/95 -
michael burrows 09/Apr/95 2nd
with phil jones
wynaptomos ?/Aug/94 Lead rpt
Cowflinger 16/Oct/93 Lead O/S
with John Harwood
Hidden 23/Jun/93 2nd
Hidden ??/1993 Lead
PaulTanton ?/Jul/92 Lead O/S
with Smokin Dick
nuts and bolts ?/May/92 -
g1m147 08/Sep/91 Lead O/S
with Mick.
Alan James - UKC and UKH 24/Aug/91 2nd
with Paul Dearden
Hidden ?/Aug/91 2nd
Chris Wright 30/May/91 Lead O/S
whispering nic 26/May/91 -
with Graham Iles
Roget 20/May/91 2nd O/S
with colin
jfletcher 12/Sep/90 Lead O/S
with Tim Newton
Jelly Mould Surfer 15/Jul/90 2nd O/S

Ran out of steam as we did this before breadfast (to beat the "queues")

uphillnow ?/May/90 Lead dog

Rested just short of top

NickJH ?/May/90 2nd dog
with D Picker
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
andy gittins ??/1990 -
nigehughes ?/Sep/89 2nd
with Malcolm Boater
Hidden ?/Aug/89 Lead O/S
Alan James - UKC and UKH 23/Jul/89 2nd
wynaptomos ?/Jul/89 2nd O/S
phardman 18/Jun/89 Lead O/S
sadams ?/May/89 Lead O/S
with Andy Mitchell
craig d ??/1989 -
rob.grafton ??/1989 -
with Bruce Perry, barry maybank
Paula Hamilton-Gibson 07/Aug/88 2nd
with Bill Williamson
Hidden 21/May/88 2nd
Hidden 21/May/88 Lead
robyn1 ??/1988 -
Alan James - UKC and UKH 30/Aug/87 2nd
amstel ?/Aug/87 Lead
with Niff
Hidden 05/Jul/87 2nd
Eduardo Martinez 25/May/87 Lead O/S
mark mcgowan01 ??/1987 -
Hidden 09/Jul/86 2nd O/S
keefe 02/Jun/85 -
with Johnny Adams
Andy Nicholson ?/May/85 2nd O/S
with KIm Greenald
Gezzer ??/1985 2nd O/S
with Andy Towne
Seymore Butt ??/1985 Lead
with Ian Fenton
Hidden ??/1985 -
Melok ??/1985 2nd

Tom tomos, lead

Steve Bell ??/1985 -
Dave Turnbull ?/May/84 Lead
Neil McA 30/Jul/83 Lead O/S
Mark Kemball 07/Jul/83 2nd
with Paul Clark
Hidden 11/Sep/82 Lead
Hidden 05/Sep/82 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/82 2nd
Hidden ?/May/81 -
daviesxxx ??/1980 Lead
Hidden ??/1980 Lead
Mike Owen 08/Jul/79 Lead O/S
with Gavin Peat
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