The Grist 19/Feb AltLd O/S
with Dan Metcalfe
Rory Bascombe 03/Jan AltLd O/S

Lead pitches 3 & 4 and did 5 & 6 in the dark!

with Ben
Ben Russell 03/Jan AltLd O/S

Led p1, 2, 5 & 6. A good mini adventure! Was very cold today and some patchy wettness only added to the spiceness. Overall very happy to have ticked this route, a great way to start 2017.

with Rory Basscombe
Climbingspike ??/2017 -
Hidden 29/Dec/16 AltLd
Hidden 29/Dec/16 AltLd O/S
hpm2105 26/Dec/16 AltLd

A much anticipated Boxing Day excursion. Nice weather, only cold when seconding, leading was fine. I led 1,4. P Welford led 2,3,5. Everything was going swimmingly until P Welford took a head down ~20m screamer just as he topped out into the sunshine (ripping gear and landing halfway down pitch 4). First pitch a bit long and muddy/polished. Shield was enjoyable. Final pitch was horrid and chossy hence massive whipper. In hindsight we probably went the wrong way up the crack rather than diagonally right. A Boxing Day Bruiser.

EllieWoods 06/Nov/16 AltLd O/S

Led 4c pitches. Rained on 4th pitch but Jon soldiered through. 5th pitch in the dark. Great route😃

jon_gill1 06/Nov/16 AltLd O/S

Ellie P1 and P5, me P2,P3,P4. It started to rain quite heavily whilst i was on P4 which was quite interesting, especially as it was about to get dark!climbed final pitch in the pitch black! Fantastic route and as good as i was lead to believe, if not better!

Adam Hill 01/Nov/16 AltLd
Rhys Deane 29/Oct/16 AltLd dog
with Sam Russel
bede.west 22/Oct/16 AltLd O/S

Lead P2 5b, P3 5a (shield), P4 5b and P5 4b (in the dark...) Everything its reputation precedes, "that was an episode" as Callan said topping out, absolutely mega! Great for Callan to get his hardest trad lead to date too on the 50m 4c to start! (better than cenotaph corner dare I say it!?)

with Callan
timdi 22/Oct/16 Lead O/S

Pure dead mental. It just goes on and on and on. Nowhere desperate always steep and exposed. Intimidating. Cold. Very pleased to have reached the top. Led all pitches.

with Ang the redonculous
Alasdair88 21/Oct/16 Lead O/S
KDhruev 21/Oct/16 AltLd O/S
with andy
andrewmc 21/Oct/16 AltLd O/S

Led pitch 1&2 (combined), 4 (Shield) and 6. Actually didn't the shield was that hard (maybe still actually 5a) with feet nearly all the way across, but then I am good at fitting into small spaces and the weird leg-over move is fun :) NOTE - guide shows the route breaking to the right from the final belay before the final pitch. I did this, going round one more arete than seems initially sensible. The top is then on clean, solid rock as I remember, with a nice view over a horrible skanky gully to the left. Read your guidebook!

rholdswo 08/Oct/16 AltLd

Made a right meal of the traverse pitch. Felt way harder than 5a...

phillipwright 08/Oct/16 Lead O/S

Great climb, very nice mid section with a traverse followed by a great crack / corner

with Dom Joyce
aiyer 06/Oct/16 AltLd

Lead P2, P3 and P4 (assuming the 4c/4b are linked as the guide book only shows this as one pitch). So pleased to have got the 5b moves and lead the traverse.

tobydunford 02/Oct/16 AltLd O/S

Yes, no man with clip board was going to stop me this year. My partner got caught out by the clipboard with no membership two years in a row.Not this year, was worth waiting for. Lead pitches 2,3 and 4. Topped out in the sunset/ dark for a lovely torchlit walk back down. I certainly got the best pitches, great rock, gear and climbing. Appears to be a new peg in good condition on the 3rd belay.

with Harry Martin
ericinbristol 02/Oct/16 AltLd rpt

I led pitches 2, 3, 4 and 5 (with 4 and 5 run together as a single pitch). Gorgeous sunny, warm, still day and loads of good climbing on P2-4. Shiny stainless peg on the belay at the end of P4 to back up the wobbly block. A bit vegetated on P1 and P5 and care needed with occasional bits of rock but neither was a significant issue. I fancy doing this again soon!

with Simon
eddy-on-the-rocks 02/Oct/16 Lead rpt

Head torch ascent. Started a 8pm back at the car just gone midnight. Wicked fun.

with max
ricci.andrea86 ?/Oct/16 -
Circus 14/Mar/16 Lead dnf

Only as far as the niche belay. Had a cup of tea then ran away as Will was freezing. Made for a cracking 45m VS in it's own right though.

with Will Russell
steve-grigg 12/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Lead all but pitch 1, what a route!!!! Did it in 5 hours on the dot

David Maddison 12/Mar/16 AltLd dog

An amazing route with lots of good gear. Unfortunately I took an unexpected fall on the first pitch.

td72 08/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
pdrums777 06/Mar/16 AltLd O/S

Cold climb with moments of numb fingers and toes but bearable! First 5 pitch multi route. Took us 5 hours. I led p1,3,5. Trev built the belay for p5 a bit too early which led to an interesting/sketchy/hanging change over. belay at p4 is Uncomfortable and exposed. didn't use the block just prayed the 3 pitons were bomber :/ run it out on p5 exciiting. Our second E1 multipitch. spoiled abit by all the boyracers but otherwise a beautiful enviroment. first time we been called 'Proffesional Climbers' thanks to the bus tour fella on the microphone.

with Gareth (trev)
Hidden 27/Feb/16 AltLd
Hidden ??/2016 AltLd
patrickcd 15/Nov/15 AltLd rpt
with Yura
Avon Man 25/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 3 and 5+6. Definitely lived up to its reputation - the groove and crack climbing on pitch 5 is superb.

with Derek
patrickcd 25/Oct/15 AltLd
with Alec, Andy
Luuuuuke 20/Oct/15 AltLd
with Max
LJC 20/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

P2,3 &5. Cleaned most of the old tat off the route apart from p1 belay. Contrary to previous comments all peg belays can be backed up and are acceptable. Large loose block on belay after shield pitch.

andycash 20/Oct/15 AltLd O/S
with Luca Celano
Legs 20/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

I think we had the true Coronation street experience from reading previous posts. We started late due to climbing traffic. Got held up by faffing climbers running out of quickdraws in the first pitch and having to do it as two! This was a brutish climb at times, with an abundance of polish to add to the situation. The hanging belay after the shield was uncomfortable beyond belief and slightly suspect (when will that block be pulled off?). We then topped out as the sunset and had an adventure finding the way back down. On reflection today I think I enjoyed myself! We lead all pitches clean. Me: Pitch 1,3,5. Luke pitch 2+4.

jim jones 13/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Don't keep a logbook but felt I should add a comment about the belay after the Shield pitch. The pegs are in a poor condition, and the block on the small ledge moves with little effort. As this is the belay for the crux pitch (as per our guide), I felt it safer to opt for a full hanging stance at the start of the crack. Take care with the block, it may have been that unsafe for 50 years as I hadn't climbed the route before so I wouldn't know. It's not necessary to use anyway but it looks very like gear has been placed in cracks around it.

Dave Rumney 13/Oct/15 AltLd

Steep, burly, polished, memorable. An enjoyable afternoon climbing between increasing exposed belays, topping out at sunset. Boy racers provided the additional entertainment.

Hidden 11/Oct/15 AltLd dnf
youwillfindjimbo 09/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Epic, just purely epic climbing throughout, glad I've finally done the most beautiful line in Cheddar.

cheeky 08/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Pleased to get the clean on sight, was absolutely exhausted at the top. Despite the loose block after the shield pitch there are other good placements for the belay. I wish that I had used the pegs to the left too as this would have made the belay allot more comfortable.

mark4344 07/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Amazing climb.joined pitch 1+2 and 5+6. Dry conditions,but some mud on first pitch.some polish,but not too bad. I led both 5 b pitches,first one felt ok, strenuous at bulge,but good pro. Matt did the shield pitch.great lead,but no points for style. Found second 5 b pitch the crux,as strenuous and technical. Good jams higher up. Last pitch easy, but on jelly arms. Decent path obvious,but slippery. Climbing took 4.5 hours

with Matt Payne
hutchay 03/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 1, 3 and 5.

FlavioL1989 03/Oct/15 AltLd O/S
Adam Hill 02/Oct/15 2nd dog

Topped out as the sun dipped below the reservoir. Great climb.

with Simon
Paul Baller 02/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with matt stevens
Gibbo 01/Oct/15 AltLd

Edd led everything other than the first pitch.

with Ed Wright
Cheese Monkey 01/Oct/15 Lead O/S

Absolutely fantastic. Led p2, 4&5 in one. p4 was tough! Mental exposure the whole way. Brilliant

with Patrick
patrickcd 01/Oct/15 AltLd
with Ben
David Clover 01/Oct/15 AltLd β
jackgriffiths ?/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Better than I expected. A quality route.

Hidden ?/Oct/15 -
jamieevans ?/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Led 5b pitches, a hearty route

james1978 14/Mar/15 AltLd
with Justin
Jus 14/Mar/15 AltLd
Kemics 12/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Had to delay our start by an hour so Tory MP could finish his photoshoot abseil which had cordoned off the entire area. Managed to complete second crux pitch with dying light, dan seconded in total darkness. About 4 hours total. Felt really tough but well protected.

DanHB 12/Mar/15 AltLd O/S

Arrived to find some local MP had whole area shut off to do an abseil - to promote climbing in the gorge - doh! Waited over an hour and finally started 3.15pm Route was in great condition, just a couple of moist pockets. Alternated leads, I did the 1st, the Shield and the last. Topped out at 7.30pm Coming up as 2nd on penultimate pitch was by head torch which was super fun… leading last pitch in complete dark by head torch was fine as it's easy. My first E1… recommend it. Shield pitch was brilliant…. don't stop and faff putting in gear as you go across, the hand holds are superb so get round the corner and place gear. Will have to come back to do it on the alternate leads!

with Caleb
nickstephens 08/Feb/15 AltLd O/S
with Darcan
darcan 08/Feb/15 AltLd
with nick
druss 24/Jan/15 AltLd dog

Led p1 and 2 together then it all went downhill from there. Got pumped out on the polished hold on p3. Peter had to end up leading the rest of the pitches.

poeter210 24/Jan/15 AltLd dog

One fall on the very last section of the second 5b pitch, miffed but had a cracking day out.

Matt Amos 04/Jan/15 AltLd O/S

I led from the first 5b pitch onwards. Absolutely absorbing climbing and exposure. As it was sunday the gorge was quiet and we enjoyed the route, and most of the gorge for sometime, all to ourselves. Brilliant brilliant route!!

with Martin P
Deary65 04/Jan/15 AltLd dog

EPIC of a climb! Led 1st 2 pitches in one (45m) Hard, exciting, exhilarating!

with Matt A
Hidden ??/2015 -
danmullett ??/2015 -
thomas108 ??/2015 -
Hidden 09/Nov/14 AltLd
Stuart Johnston 09/Nov/14 AltLd O/S

An impressive route on an impressive crag. Not quite alpine in status, but getting there! Led P 1+2 (together) and 4. Adam ran 5 + 6 together. Peg belays are dire, do not rely on them! Belay after the shield has a loose(ish) block which will take two wires at the top (might even help keep it locked in). Small wires will also go in the crack. Best E1 in England? Not by a long shot. The quality of the climbing just isn't there. A super classic morning out though.4h for the route. Bring belay jacket as it is N face, cold and damp.

adam 24 09/Nov/14 AltLd
shoulders 01/Nov/14 AltLd O/S

Finally THE south west classic ticked. Pitch 1 and the shield. Rich the other 2. 4 hours bottom to top. Marvellous.

richsmithinbristol 01/Nov/14 AltLd rpt

Linking the last two pitches gives a mega pitch! Last climb before fatherhood?!

PalfreyN 28/Oct/14 AltLd O/S
Richezzz 26/Oct/14 AltLd
quiffhanger 25/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Misha 05/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

Good climbing in a great position. Better than I had expected - all dry, no mud and hardly any vegetation en route, even on the first pitch, which looks grotty but is actually fine and quite fun. Ed led P1 (45m as described in the new guide - two pitches in the old), I led P2 and P3 in one and Ed finished by leading P4 and P5 in one. That was a good way of doing it with long pitches, except that the hanging belay at the top of P3 isn't very comfortable and I ended up hanging there for a while (the old pegs and tat definitely need backing up but there aren't many good options apart from the block which feels solid but looks like it's about to fall out - had a nut at the top of it but didn't dare put anything else in around it, definitely no cams! green BD micro cam useful as one of the better back up pieces). There are two cruxes - getting over the bulge a third of the way up P2 and getting over the bulge on P4. There are a few other tricky bits as well but on the whole it isn't particularly sustained at the grade, especially if you can jam! Tried to jam as much as possible to get some practice in before Indian Creek but it was child's play really... Overall, this lacks three star quality for me but it's still a good route. Took about 4.5 hours. The Slowworm Gully descent wasn't too bad in approach shoes but certainly far from pleasant. Would be worth checking out the main path descent to the Visitor Centre.

with Ed
eduardo 05/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

Led P1 (45m) and P4/P5 as single pitch. Misha ran P2&3 together. This worked well, 4hrs 30mins or so for the ascent. I was prepared for an epic, but it seemed straightforward for the grade - except for dropping my belay device at the first belay. Fortunately Misha retreived it and I brought him up on Italian hitches. Bottom pitch was nowhere near as goppingly horrible as I had expected (mostly rock, not much mud/soil/rampant vegetation), crux on P2 was hard 5b, traverse pitch was a little pumpy for a couple of moves with polished smears for footholds, P4 wasn't desperately hard (decent gear, good rests between sequences) and P5 was generally solid rock. Very nice routes, great exposure, varied climbing for what is generally a corner crack.

with Misha
alan rosier 03/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

pitches 3 and 5/6 as one.

Hidden 03/Oct/14 AltLd O/S
Ollie B 03/Oct/14 AltLd O/S


with B.Brewer
alice fuller 02/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

Lead the crux pitch.Gear good..some tough moves to get in balance..bridgeing,shoulder and hip wedges, jamming..made it a good challenge . Amazing climbing from start to finish. Top E1.

kennythescot 02/Oct/14 Lead O/S
with Luke Robinson
felixizzy 01/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

I lead p3,4,6. Bit of cleaning required but what a route! Amazing exposure but never too desperate. Everyone should do this route!

with Mike
Hidden 15/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
Stanners 10/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

A mere 8 hours surely sets us up for the speed record ascent? WHAT A CLIMB. The longest route I've ever done and it really does just keep on coming! Life affirming expedition of adventure! Many thanks to Deepstar for meeting us at the top with tea and flapjack AAGGGGhhhhh…..

Kyle87 10/Mar/14 AltLd dog

fell off, just means I have more of a reason to go back and try again!

wilkinscl 09/Mar/14 AltLd

Much easier than I expected the shield is a riot.

with Ned
gazfellows 08/Mar/14 AltLd

There's only one way to describe this monster of a route!! amazing!! Every climber needs to climb this. It's the best route I've done in ten years. The climbing is sustained on the upper sections but never desperately so and the exposure and positions are out of this world. I took a little fall on the shield pitch but wasn't to disappointed as it just added a little more spice! Go climb it everybody!! We're going back ;)

with Billy
madasten 08/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Wow what an amazing day out! Wet first two pitches bravely led by Gaz, then wonderful climbing to the top. Lead the two 5b pitches. The penultimate pitch up the groove is one of the best pitches I've done - sustained, varied and interesting but with plenty of gear and plenty of rests if you can find them. Also seems to be plenty of insitu gear - at least 2 pegs and 4 jammed wires in that pitch alone! 7 hours total. All made more epic by the time pressure of having to get back to Mansfield in time to pack and head down to Stansted airport for a trip to the Alps :)

with Gaz
jcw ??/2014 -
ejected ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
R2B 08/Dec/13 AltLd O/S

I led pitches 1,2 and 4. Bottom was soaked but main pitches were dry. Great day out. The shield put a big smile on my face.

with Luke
Hidden 24/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
Dizz 23/Nov/13 AltLd

Excellent climbing ... I need to go to jamming school!

with Tom
Tubs 23/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
with Liz F
Jevans ?/Nov/13 AltLd
Hidden ?/Nov/13 Lead dog
mes32 30/Oct/13 AltLd

Brilliant! Led P1+2 (45m) together, and final pitch. 6.5 hrs in a three.

with Simon Allcock, Wilki
Simon Allcock 30/Oct/13 AltLd O/S

led pitch 4 (shield)

with Mary, Wilki
Matthew Martin Wsm 09/Oct/13 2nd

7 hours 30 mins, long hard and sustained, what a battle, epic day out, terrific exposure, classic climb but was pleased to pull the final few moves over the top!

with dave kenyon
Hooo 06/Oct/13 AltLd O/S

A big exciting day. 6 hours and exposed the whole way. Base jumper opened up right in front of me and landed in the road. Made Chris lead the two 5b pitches, and I did the rest. P1 was filthy, made it pretty tough for 4c. Shield pitch was scary, feet popped just before the shield but I clung on and wriggled onto the top, no points for style. Chris took a good fall on the second 5b, I found it very strenuous even on 2nd.

Chris Sieradzki 06/Oct/13 AltLd

Led P3 and P5. One proper fall. P3 is a bit polished and I found it as a crux of the whole route. SHIELD pitch is overrated, P5 top class climb. Tough in grade - hard 5b moves on both pitches. Gear placement is good but definitely E1 for steepness and exposure and poor belays.

with Hooo
red_rhodesha 05/Oct/13 2nd

Epic adventure... linked pitches 1 & 2, hanging belay, difficult roof with little gear on pitch 3, the Shield was terrifying but one cam in crack, and good nut at the top of the crack, one large nut in the roof on the right hand side and large cam on the left hand side before good hands but smears for feet to belay. Pitch 5 was technical but good bridging, 2 in situe runners, final pitch some high steps but good gear and holds.

with Matt Elphick
Mike Goldthorp 01/Oct/13 AltLd O/S

What a route, 1st October its gotta be done! Blissful exposure and really continuously good climbing, technical grooves, roofs, cracks, amazing exposed traverse, bit of everything, just an epic route! About 3 hours I think (quite pleased with that since reading some of the other ascents...)

with Gav Sitlaw
BeccaSnowden 09/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Led pitch 1&2, 4, and 6. Totally draining! A battle to get to the top but very memorable. Amazing climbing - just a bit too terrifying to enjoy properly at the time!

with Tom
thomasadixon 09/Mar/13 AltLd rpt

Awesome route. Pitch 3 still felt hard, if only for a few moves. Pitch 5 steady and sustained with very good jamming. Tip - get some sleep the night before!

with Becca
Aaron Lines ?/Mar/13 AltLd O/S

Climbed the whole route in the dark, topped out around midnight.

with frank
stuart34 16/Feb/13 2nd
with duncan
sparkass 16/Feb/13 AltLd O/S

A proper trad route - a great day out.

Will Sheaff ??/2013 2nd
with Martin
kingholmesy ??/2013 -

It took quite a bit of arm twisting before I agreed to climb this on a cold December day, but glad I did. Russ ran the wet and muddy P1 & P2 together, I got P3, Russ the Shield, and then I ran P5 & P6 together. Just over 5 hrs.

tskelhon ??/2013 Lead O/S
Albachoss 01/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

Lead 1,3. My best climbing experience to date! Exactly what it says on the tin, exciting, exposed, steep and jam-tastic! Thrilling belays too. Drifting cars, dive-bombing birds and screaming goats adding to the fun.

with Ben
nimajneb 01/Dec/12 AltLd
Luxulyan 18/Nov/12 Lead O/S

Scary, tough, cold, great positions and boy racers to cheer you on. Brilliant.

with Tess Lyons, Tom Murrell
danJBA 29/Oct/12 AltLd O/S

Pitches 2,3 & 5

Kayan 29/Oct/12 AltLd O/S

P1 + 4

onlyfoddington 20/Oct/12 2nd dnf

Lead a long first pitch very slowly. No stamina, got as far as the end of the shield.

Neil Morbey 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S

fantastic old-school adventure. Passed a slower party by joining pitches 1+2 and 4+5.

with Simon Clarke
Hidden 14/Oct/12 AltLd dnf
duncan 13/Oct/12 AltLd rpt

As part of the SW Hard Rock IAD challenge. Got dark on the crux pitch: good training for Yosemite.

Jack_F 07/Oct/12 AltLd O/S

Absolute epic. Best part of 5 hours worth of fannying around. Lead Pitches 2,3 and 4. What a route!

with Dave Clover
Nick Russell 06/Oct/12 Lead O/S

The first pitch (as in the Cheddar gorge guide) was a bit of a jungle - a wet jungle - but it was dry higher up despite heavy rain the previous night (and week, and "summer"). I found every pitch hard for the given grade and the whole thing pretty serious for E1. Still, a great adventure! Highlights were multiple instances of faffing for hours in a strenuous position only to do a few more moves to a rest, and swinging a leg up onto a jug at the end of the traverse - in Steve's words "the least elegant climbing I've seen you do for a while"

SJS 06/Oct/12 2nd
with Nick
David Clover 01/Oct/12 Lead O/S

damp conditions made it a bit of an epic adventure! glad i had a mate with me to support through the harder sections as my head was out of its comfort zone. left a hex by accident like a noob but well worth the adventure

suds_01 27/Jun/12 AltLd
with Tom glendinnig
Ed Babs 15/Mar/12 AltLd O/S

Thanks Iain. P1, 2, 3 + 5. Great fun.

Hidden 15/Mar/12 AltLd rpt
Tim Sparrow 11/Mar/12 AltLd

Very traditional climbing, steep and strenuous, a bit of mud and damp. Fantastic adventure. Disconcertingly discovered that one rope only threaded through leg loops - half way up pitch 4! Check, check and check again!

with Piers Nesbitt
msoldn 26/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

as good as the first time round, if not better! in 4 pitches, lead pitches 3,5,6, having lead the other pitches 5 years ago. p5 definitely felt like a technical pump fest this early in the season.

with Ceri
Andrew Sloan 26/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Tremendous route, even better than I was anticipating. A bit muddy lower down. I led pitches 2 and 4. I thought shield traverse was tough, more like 5b.Did as 5 pitches, last 2 done as 1. Took 5 hours.

Martin Haworth 26/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

Absolute classic, fantastic route.

with Andy
Ceridwen 26/Feb/12 AltLd O/S

me P1and 2 together, and P4 . Amazing route! Got to go back and lead the other pitches. I thought this was hard for E1, sustained climbing towards the top. Don't underestimate the start either! People round these parts are obviously tough as old boots!

with Uber Mike
lewiz 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Lead all pitches. Eight hours total. Descent in darkness. Second took a swing toward the end of the traverse... anchor held :) Awesome climbing throughout.

mattshort 18/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
Andy Peak 1 13/Jan/12 Lead

Wet cold and totaly awsome

with Scott Bentley
jon_ridley 08/Jan/12 AltLd O/S

Led P1/3/5 (as five pitches, first two strung). great fun, steep and pumpy in places. p1 is a bit minging.

grp 08/Jan/12 AltLd rpt
Hidden ?/Jan/12 AltLd
matt perks ??/2012 -
matt perks ??/2012 -
peterbeaumont ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -

cool autumn day

with James Thomas
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
DanH9883 ??/2012 Lead
with Lee, Ed
Tophe 27/Nov/11 AltLd O/S
Darrell Read 27/Nov/11 AltLd O/S

Led P2,4,6. Ollie Led P1,3,5. Fantastic day out. Not sure I did pitch 3 using the standard moves!

31770 27/Nov/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 20/Nov/11 AltLd O/S
grp 13/Nov/11 AltLd O/S
Cornish Cream 13/Nov/11 AltLd

5 pitches, I took 2 and 4. Great day.

with Geoff
Graham Westbrook 12/Nov/11 AltLd O/S

Amazing climb! 5th pitch felt hard as it was still wet from heavy rain the previous day - slimy hand jams! We had the route to ourselves! 4.5 hours.

JRae 05/Nov/11 AltLd
with Arthur
Nick1812P 05/Nov/11 AltLd O/S
with Jem, Jake
JemG 05/Nov/11 2nd

fell off on 5th pitch, twice. finished in dark apart from that sound first multipitch!

Jake Young 05/Nov/11 AltLd O/S

Awesome Day

with Jem, Nick
M_W_Court 05/Nov/11 Lead O/S

LLed all pitches, bottom was damp, but gleaming all the way up. Fantastic climbing.

BelayBunney 23/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Awesome climb that feels really exposed! I lead P1,3 and 5. Francois lead P2 and 4.

francois 23/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Amazing climb with great positions and varied moves: bridging,jamming and laybacking. I led P2-4 (crux) and Chris led P1-3-5. Chris cut loose with his feet on the shield traverse and did with a nice leg throw onto the shield to gain an "a cheval" position on the block!

with Chris
dan ely 19/Oct/11 Lead dog

we had 3 showers which made it scairy. Belay pegs are all in bad cond after the sheild, I had to go up into the corner- climbing as a team of 3 would be a nightmare!

with jim
J1_TOV 19/Oct/11 Lead

Wet, scared.

Goose4 15/Oct/11 AltLd

INSANE!! Awesome route, great moves, great pitches! Solid climb Ed, nice one buddy :D

with Ed (Andrew Adwards)
Hidden 15/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
A-dog 08/Oct/11 Lead O/S

2nd ever trad lead! had a very persuasive partner. led pitches 1,3,6

with max b
Hidden 08/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
cat22 03/Oct/11 2nd
with Mike
crossdressingrodney 02/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Glorious weather. I led 1st, 3rd, 5th pitches. Took 6.5 hours. Apologies if we put off the pair waiting below. 1st pitch is very vegetated. I cleaned what I could, but didn't fancy pulling out huge clumps of nettles (they mostly don't sting by October anyway). Some good Samaritan with secateurs is needed! Pitches 2-4 were already in pristine condition. Cleaned out placements on 5th pitch, which full of mud. Oh yes, and the route is awesome!

Hidden 02/Oct/11 AltLd rpt
j miller 01/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
with duncan
Chris Sansum 01/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Climbed with 3 friends in 2 pairs as the first ascent of the new season. Extremely lucky to have the hottest October day on record and no other parties on the route! Bone dry, if a little vegetated in places (did a bit of gardening). What a route! Chakrit did a direct finish up a crack rather than doing the normal rightward finish up broken rock (which seemed less good quality). Seemed harder than the rest of the route - quite physical laybacking. Chakrit P1 & 2 linked, Chris P3 & 4, Chakrit P5 & 6 linked.

Kris suriyo 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Chris
Howard Lawledge ?/Oct/11 -

Dont know why i didnt do it sooner!

with Pete Graham
Anthony Allsopp 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Sandy pitch 1 and 2. Me pitch 3 through 6

with Sandy Holford
Hidden 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Sandy Holford 06/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Emmabush 05/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 05/Mar/11 Lead
Jim Tan ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Chris Sansum 22/Jan/11 AltLd dnf

Led p1. Gary backed off p2 roof due to a crucial foothold being too wet, and we were also freezing, so abbed down. We'll be back! Not too bothered as it doesn't look like the route gets many Jan ascents. PS if anyone fancies reuniteing us with the nut & quickdraw he left up there we'd be very grateful. Think he left a snapgate on a peg too.

with Gary Lewin
Chubbard 02/Jan/11 AltLd rpt


with Ray
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
Hidden 06/Nov/10 AltLd
petecallaghan 17/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Started at 9am (in the cold), finished at 15:30 (in the sun). Chris led the first two pitches as one (150 ft). I led the next (5b) pitch and then the shield pitch (5a). Chris lead the following monster pitch (5b) - exhausting all body jamming for what felt like 100 ft. I led the final pitch into the sun.

Chris Ebbutt 17/Oct/10 AltLd
Kevster 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Nel Tindale 16/Oct/10 2nd dog
with Jim Jarvis
andy dunn 16/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Lead P 2&4 (in new guide)

with J
benkelsey 11/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Lead Pitches two four and five. great gear except at the belay stations. Traverse pitch was awesome!! such a great position from the pedestal onwards, first pitch a little disappointing. 4th pitch felt steeper than it should have done. Biggest trad route I've done so far.

with Chris Kelsey
Hidden 10/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
duncan 10/Oct/10 AltLd rpt

1 hour 55 minutes

with Dan Donovan
irish paul 10/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Not as good as it's reputation, solid enough E1

with Dave Ripley
Didymus 09/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

8.15am start, led p1 & p5. First was damp muddy and unpleasant, rest much better. Tat and pegs on the belay stations have all seen better days. 6 hrs, very memorable.

with Rich
Tom D 09/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Sustained and enjoyabal the whole way. came accros the jamed nut from the previous asent its definatly in situe now! the travers pitch was a litle disapionting to be honest dunno what evryone raves on about it for?

richiebongo 09/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
with Jon Didymus
ian d f 07/Oct/10 AltLd O/S

Lead pitches 1, 3, 4 and 5. Quite a nice route, a little overgrown but not too bad.

with Mark
markfromstoke 07/Oct/10 AltLd
with Ian
Hidden 16/May/10 Lead β
thomb 13/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Ben Vieyra 13/Mar/10 -

Lead on the traverse (famous pitch). Exposed stance (hanging belay) at the end of the third pitch. More quality climbing in an exposed position above pitch 3. Take trainers for the descent next time!!!

with Dan Walker
pedropierre 12/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Cold - long and hard

with Rob the Doc
Hidden 12/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 20/Feb/10 AltLd O/S
Bobby Gilbert 20/Feb/10 Lead O/S

Icicles on the first pitch!

with Gary Burgess
owenrhyswilliams 13/Feb/10 2nd O/S
with Jhonny, Mathew Maynard
mattyork2 13/Feb/10 2nd

1st pitch only - out of time and capacity

with Owen Williams, Johnny Richard
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
tom harrison ??/2010 -
Aaron Lines ??/2010 -
Bobby Gilbert 28/Dec/09 Lead dnf

Only got up to the shield then abbed off as it was getting late. Very cold day.

katherinesydney 28/Dec/09 2nd dnf

oh my goodness it was cold! retreated from the pedestal belay before hypothermia / darkness set in... will be back...

w.pettet-smith 25/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

very nice route, mud and polish all part of the fun. groove above the shield has soem lovely steep jamming, top pitch a little dissapointing but the appearance of the view acroos the levels makes up for it.took about 3hrs.

with steve
chris j 19/Oct/09 AltLd
with Ben Bradford
sparbus 19/Oct/09 AltLd
with mike b
timharrison 17/Oct/09 AltLd
Hidden 17/Oct/09 AltLd O/S
Twisty 10/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

Lead P1&2 linked, then the shield and the final slab. Great effort from Byron on the crux pitches. Funny because we spent the whole ascent making up songs to the theme tune of what we thought was Coronation Street, but found out (on the last pitch) was the Eastenders theme! Classic!

with Byron Buck
Mr Tickle 10/Oct/09 AltLd

Led pitches 3,4,5,6. Best pitch was the traverse, didn't really rate the rest of it though, a little dissapointed but glad we did it.

with davenev
Byronius Maximus 10/Oct/09 AltLd

What an incredible route! Lead crux pitches by accident in a way, and was quite glad I didn't have to lead the shield pitch.

davenev 10/Oct/09 AltLd

Led p1 & p2 linked, then got pumped on p3, scared on p4 and just about survived through p5. Once again awesome effort Luke.

with luke
gripped01 ?/Oct/09 AltLd O/S

Led 2nd and 4/5th pitches.

with Rimon Than, Alex Tomczynski, Dave Tait
Steerpike ?/Oct/09 AltLd O/S
with Tommo
remus ?/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Got to the end of the third pitch thinking i was still on spectre, found out id actually just done the first 5b pitch talking to a couple of ppl at the stance. Thought we might as well finish it off while we were there.

with Issac Whitcombe
Hidden 05/Jul/09 Lead O/S
jon thompson27 04/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
with simon mayell
Hidden ??/2009 -
ericinbristol ??/2009 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 3, and 5 (Barry ran P1 and P2 together, requiring a bit of simul climbing).

with Barry Durston
Hidden 18/Oct/08 AltLd O/S
TonyF 11/Oct/08 AltLd O/S
with Paul Threthewey
eddy-on-the-rocks ?/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Rich
sebrider ?/Oct/08 AltLd O/S

really really nice route, special :)

with Roby Rodolf
Shaw Brown 24/Feb/08 AltLd

For me it was the best route I have done in England, the bus tours with commentary about your climbing is a bit off putting though!

with Loz
Hidden ??/2008 AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/07 AltLd O/S
Neil Adams 15/Dec/07 AltLd O/S

Great day out - had the gorge to ourselves.

with Tom L
Bristoldave 27/Nov/07 AltLd O/S

Lead P1,2,3 & 5. Greasy.

with Joe
Hidden 17/Nov/07 AltLd O/S
DannyK 16/Nov/07 AltLd O/S
with pep
Somerset swede basher 15/Nov/07 AltLd O/S

Lead pitches 1, 3 and 5.

with Tom Dixon
thomasadixon 15/Nov/07 AltLd O/S

So cold! Did the easy pitches (2,4,6), thought the 3rd pitch was the hardest. The traverse out was awesome (as was the rest of the climb!).

with Dom Sellers
Justin T 29/Oct/07 AltLd O/S

P3&5. Monster!

with Crispin
Owen W-G 25/Oct/07 Lead O/S

Long but happy 1 day return mission, drizzly but had crag to ourselves. Jim not done trad for 2ys so I led all pitches, altogether v butch. 5hs up incl buggreing about switching ropes at belays.

with Jim
Hidden 25/Oct/07 2nd
TimPerkin 14/Oct/07 Lead O/S

Best lead to-date. Led first 2 pitches in one (bit slippery and muddy). First 5b pich has small overhang, then its ok. The 5a pitch has an scary leftward traverse with not much for feet. Pitch no 5 (5b) is quite solid, but no great difficulty. Last pitch is of a different character up a slabby finish.

with Dave Gale
thrutch 07/Oct/07 Lead O/S

led all the way so difficult changeovers. Height got to me a bit.

with mel and chris
upontop ?/Oct/07 2nd

Struggled on P5&6,knackered, but one of the best days ever.Thank goodness for Tim the patient one !!!

with Tim
Hidden 13/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
Rich Mayfield 13/Jul/07 AltLd

the start of 5 looong weeks

TonyF ?/May/07 Lead O/S
with Paul Threthewey
sdi 08/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

It was a bit damp, so the first two pitches were mainly chimneying up mud slopes...

with Tom I
Hidden 08/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
Phil PBC ?/Mar/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2007 AltLd O/S
Ally Smith ??/2007 Lead O/S

As part of the first "Cheddar man" spectacular, whenever that was. I know we got to climb it out of season :-)

Hidden 18/Nov/06 AltLd
maresia 14/Oct/06 AltLd dog

Took my first proper lead fall on the traverse to land back at the belay. Turned out I'd actually broken my wrist in the process. Still finished it and will be back to do it clean once I heal.

with Rob Scheichl
gonggashan 01/Oct/06 AltLd
with Dan Perrott
Hidden ?/Oct/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/06 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/06 AltLd O/S
beardy mike ??/2006 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2006 -
oldmanrivers ??/2006 AltLd
with Al
Marti999 ??/2006 Lead
chris wyatt ??/2006 AltLd O/S
with PAul O'neal
Mickdenali ??/2006 Lead
with Clare Girling
Spacetourist ??/2006 2nd O/S
with Ed Heslam
simon kimber ??/2006 AltLd
with Nick Ingram
Macca_7 27/Nov/05 Lead O/S

As good as A Dream and that is saying something what a route what a day out

with Oli Raymond-Barker
Hidden 20/Nov/05 AltLd dog
Hidden 03/Sep/05 AltLd O/S
mike lawrence? 01/Jun/05 -
Mark Kemball ?/Feb/05 AltLd


with Nic Dill
Jason Gotel ?/Feb/05 Lead

Night, Hypothermia

with Pippa Lansdown
alasdair19 ?/Feb/05 -

with Alys best route in england?

Mark Davies PK ?/Dec/03 AltLd O/S

last pitch led in dark with no head torch

with David Elder
fellgazelle 25/Oct/03 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/Oct/03 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Mar/03 2nd O/S
just one more 05/Oct/02 Lead
with Svenn G
Paz ?/Mar/02 Lead O/S

7 hours. Topped out to see the sun go down - not quite a benightment.

with CC
simon kimber ??/2002 Lead dnf

jemma had a migraine - abbed off after pitch 3

with Jemma Berry
dan gibson ?/Nov/01 Lead O/S
with anthony prior
markpollak ??/2001 -
Stone Muppet ??/2001 -
philhilo ??/2001 AltLd O/S
climbtim ?/Nov/00 AltLd

Epic, had to go off route due to slow party moved onto Sceptre - V loose

with ghost
KRB 05/Oct/00 Lead O/S

Good route steeped in tradition. Requires a degree of stamina

with Ken Padgett
rc ??/2000 -
Tim M ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Oct/99 Lead O/S
Roget 16/Oct/99 Lead O/S
with jon
Hidden ?/Oct/99 AltLd
Hidden ?/Nov/98 AltLd
Hidden 11/Oct/98 AltLd O/S
Chad123 ?/Mar/98 AltLd O/S

Classic big route with lots of airy pitches. Lard took a nice swinger on the traverse pitch which made it all the more exciting!

with Lard
Dave Musgrove Jnr 07/Feb/98 AltLd O/S
with Muir Morton
markpollak ??/1998 Lead O/S
with suzanne mcfadzean
mikej 19/Oct/97 AltLd dnf
with Nick Salmon
babymoac 18/Oct/97 AltLd
phardman 20/Jul/97 -
colin milton 06/Oct/96 AltLd

i lead the shield pitch, eric did the 5b

with eric milton
Mathias Willerup 15/Oct/95 AltLd O/S

with Fred Willerup
phardman 14/Oct/95 AltLd

Quite vegetated in lower parts

Hidden ??/1995 AltLd
leadmat ?/Nov/93 Lead O/S
with Graham Fleury
charlesmfrench 27/Oct/92 Lead O/S

And again 25/10/03 with Ian Haigh.

Hidden 14/Oct/92 Lead O/S
AndySL 12/Oct/92 AltLd O/S

Alternate leads. I did the odds, Mark did the evens, which mean't I got to do the shield and Mark had to do the hard ones.

with Mark
neilh ??/1992 -
with Neil Smith
rogerskews 27/Oct/91 -

Good job I had a gritstone jamming apprenticeship! Fabulous route and company !

with Bryn Roberts & Chris Schiller
Hidden 24/Mar/91 Lead rpt
Hidden 12/Jan/91 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/1991 AltLd
MikeYouCanClimb 11/Nov/90 AltLd
with Rod
mark-abz 04/Nov/90 AltLd
with Dan W
Hidden 25/Mar/90 AltLd O/S
RichardMc 17/Mar/90 AltLd O/S
with Dayle Millcott
daviesxxx ??/1990 -
Robmwatt ??/1990 AltLd

Date could be out !

frank ramsay ?/Nov/89 AltLd

At night

with Dave Turnbull
The Reaper 28/Oct/89 AltLd rpt

Damp but climbable up to the final 4c pitch which we thought better of when the rain returned. Epic abseil descent again.

The Reaper 27/Oct/89 AltLd dnf

Pouring with rain. Got past the shield but the upper walls were just too wet to continue. Abseil retreat.

michael burrows 07/Oct/89 AltLd O/S
with brian jones
Hidden 22/Dec/88 AltLd
Hidden 11/Oct/86 Lead
scree ?/Oct/86 -
with Dave H
Hidden ?/Oct/86 Lead O/S
DDDD ??/1986 AltLd O/S
with Chris Brown
William Robertson ??/1986 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Hidden 31/Oct/85 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/1985 2nd
guy xavier percival ??/1985 AltLd O/S
with graham
Richard Weller 13/Oct/84 AltLd

Backed off the pull over the first roof the weekend before. Spent hte whole week back in London psyching myself up for it. Returned and cruised up.

with Rory O'Connor
Eduardo Martinez ?/Oct/84 AltLd O/S

Dave soles

Nevil ??/1984 AltLd
with Jon
Ena ?/Oct/83 AltLd O/S

Mart led both crux pitches

with Martin Trouse
steveboote ?/Aug/83 AltLd

Completely unaware of ban we bunked out of Glastonbury to do the route from memory after having seen photo in Hard Rock

Nigel Bond 28/Oct/82 AltLd
with Charlie Leverton
Mike Owen 07/Apr/82 -
with Phil Ralph
Brian Wilderspin 27/Mar/82 AltLd
Steve Clegg 27/Mar/82 AltLd
with Brian W
Steve Bell ??/1982 -
Hidden 22/Oct/81 AltLd
Paul Clarke ??/1981 Lead
with .
tapley 11/Oct/80 AltLd
with John Sumner
uphillnow ?/Oct/80 AltLd

Steve did pitch across the shield and took an intermediate belay.I did all the other pitches including crux. Whilst I was on top pitch it started to rain and I finished in cloudburst. Mates below abd off.

with Steve Beever
duncan ?/Mar/80 AltLd O/S
Nevil ?/Mar/80 AltLd
with Nick
robinsi197 ??/1980 -
with Barbara
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead
Andy Edgar ??/1980 Lead
Chris Terrey 29/Sep/79 AltLd
with Pete Hevezi, Mike O'Brien
GeoffG ?/Jun/78 AltLd
with tony bowker
Andy Chubb 06/May/76 AltLd
with Pete Coghill
Marcus ??/1976 -
petemeads 11/Dec/75 AltLd O/S

A classic route, and hardest where we didn't expect it.

Falko 17/Nov/74 AltLd O/S

Have marked my 30p 'Climbers Guide to Cheddar Gorge' (Dearman & Riley 1970) with the comment 'Absolutely brilliant'.

with Peter Brashaw
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