Rockfax Description
A popular highball up the bulging wall just right of the arete. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A great problem with steady climbing but plenty of commitment needed. Climb the wall just right of the arete on mostly reasonable holds, and it's not over until beached on top.

Ticklists: County Classics - 7a - 7c+, County Classic and Hidden Gems in the 7's.

Hidden 01/Jan Sent x
Hidden 26/Nov/17 Sent x
Ben Grounsell 15/Oct/17 Sent x
with Callum Smith, Chris Collinson, Will Stokes, Sam Marks
92stokesw 15/Oct/17 Sent x
Louise Hall 14/Oct/17 Sent x

Excellent moves. Big psyche. Fell from hands over the top twice before committing to the slopey top out.

with LUUMC
Callum Smith 14/Oct/17 Sent

very niiice. been on my radar since my very first trip to bowden watching the older members doing it.

Hidden 14/Oct/17 -
Hidden 14/Oct/17 Sent x
Sam Marks 14/Oct/17 Sent x
with LUUMC
Hidden 14/Oct/17 Sent x
Stingraypoindex 30/Sep/17 -
klimber 24/Sep/17 Sent x

glad to finally knock this one off the list. Lovely climb

Hidden 24/Sep/17 -
Simon_Letman 08/Sep/17 Sent x
with Mark gillanders, Tim
Iain.J.Brown 28/Aug/17 Sent x
BobbyG 26/Aug/17 Sent
with spiderz, jen
James Oakes 19/Aug/17 Sent x
ukb & bmc shark 08/Aug/17 Sent dnf

Slipped off comedy sandy top out. Twice

with Ben & Tom
Hidden 17/Apr/17 Sent x
HaddRoots 13/Apr/17 Sent x
Soundwave_666 25/Mar/17 Sent x
JoshRawson 25/Mar/17 Sent x
Hidden 06/Mar/17 Sent
sergiorast 02/Mar/17 -
Dogwood 21/Feb/17 Sent x

Sweet thought it was a 6C so maybe I'm stronger than I thought!

Hidden 04/Feb/17 Sent x
Ursula 04/Feb/17 Sent

A quick but fairly scruffy ascent with Flip and Luz

Hidden ??/2017 -
Hidden 10/Dec/16 Sent O/S
Hugobristol 02/Nov/16 Sent x

Bit soft for 7a, top out not too bad or high either!? Great route nonetheless. Two pads, no spotters.

Nick Brown - UKC 10/Oct/16 Sent O/S
Rocky 08/Oct/16 Sent x
Hidden 25/Sep/16 -
Bloke on a Rope 17/Sep/16 Sent x

Just my style this nice and technical and not too thuggy, took about 5/6 goes to get my sequence down then it works perfectly, cool as fudge!

with Vic, Matt
Hidden 17/Sep/16 Sent
AxelC 05/Aug/16 Sent
with PhilipA
Thomnomnom 08/Jul/16 Sent x

Sketched the top out above one pad and a tiny spotter! Completely brilliant but soft for 7a?

with Cat
Tim Blake ?/Jun/16 Sent x
Goose U 26/Mar/16 Sent x
DJ Nelson 25/Mar/16 Sent x
with Steve Blake, Micaela Langellotti
BewareOfFallingClimbers 27/Feb/16 Sent dnf

Did all the moves but dropped off rather than top out because I couldn't hack the slopers up top. Sad me.

Hidden 18/Feb/16 Sent
Hidden 18/Feb/16 Sent
Hidden ??/2016 -
pezzerrr 16/Oct/15 Sent O/S
Andrew Jennings 15/Aug/15 Sent rpt
with Emma Harris, Rachel Boyd, Nick Bradley, Lee Barnes, Rob Lonsdale, Lee Cooper, James Renardson
spiderz 11/Jul/15 Sent x

Felt much more comfortable/confident with the spot (Thank You Ian Murray)

with Liz Archer, James Hunter, Laura
Andrew Jennings 25/May/15 Sent rpt
with Emma Harris, Rachel Boyd, Lee Barnes
Murray64 23/Feb/15 Sent β
with Dad
sduke85 ?/Feb/15 -
Don Jebus 27/Jan/15 Sent x

Two pads, no spotters, very windy, made for an exciting top out!

EBailey 18/Oct/14 Sent x
Hidden 28/Sep/14 Sent x
EBailey 23/Aug/14 Solo dnf
cliffrad 29/Jun/14 Sent
Siobhann 31/May/14 Sent dnf
salix 18/May/14 Solo dnf

Exciting leap from the top slopers - just when i thought it was all over, pretty gutted couldn't get back to my high point.

with Neus, Topher
Dr Toph 18/May/14 Sent x

Nice, with some beta from will, found the way through the slopers at the top.

with Will
ferdia 03/May/14 Sent x


with Anne Peale, Natalie Berry, Randoms
Siobhann 11/Apr/14 Sent dnf
Siobhann 09/Mar/14 Sent dnf
with Jason
Ian Paterson 05/Mar/14 Sent O/S
Joe Lawson ??/2014 Sent x

2nd go, sandy as hell at the top.

Matt Harle 03/Nov/13 Sent β
Madden 30/Oct/13 Sent x
with Dave Mason
masonwoods101 29/Oct/13 Sent x
danjimwill 28/Oct/13 -
nai 28/Oct/13 Sent dnf
with Tom2t
Hidden 12/Sep/13 Sent
Adrianw 07/Aug/13 Sent dnf
Hidden 03/Aug/13 Sent dnf
crazy crane 06/Jul/13 Sent
pete42mail 30/Jun/13 -
loonyclimber 26/May/13 Sent rpt

Repeat Ascent, even though it was drizzing it felt in great nick.

with Andy Jennnings
Rob Grant 04/May/13 -
Timothy Graham Peck 06/Apr/13 Sent x

great problem and a sandy topout crux!

with Laura, kieran, Charly, mikey G, Alex Mason
charlietorrance 04/Apr/13 Sent x

scary top out!

Alex Mason 04/Apr/13 Sent x

Awesome insecure topout.

Hidden 05/Mar/13 Sent x
Mike Goldthorp ?/Mar/13 Sent
Darboak42 17/Feb/13 Sent
KristopherHall 06/Jan/13 Sent dnf

so close to topping out but was really sandy

Hidden 05/Jan/13 Sent dnf
iamstebarker ??/2013 Sent
robertmctague ??/2013 Sent

above 1 mat.

tom rookes ??/2013 -
ChrisCSC89 24/Nov/12 Sent x
with Jamie, Euan, Nic
Hidden 22/Oct/12 Sent dnf
RossKirtley 22/Oct/12 Sent dnf
with Richard Fletcher
GPN 06/Oct/12 Sent
with Annette
soph 29/Sep/12 Sent
with big team
Andrew Jennings 29/Sep/12 Sent
with Megan Freeth, Sophie Whyte, Lindy Smith, Suzi Lamb, Rob Lonsdale, Lee Cooper, Tim Heaton, Brian McAlinden, Andy Reeve
wookie667 03/Sep/12 Sent x
The Big Sender 28/Aug/12 Sent

went quicker than expected, half an hour to work out the feet then second go. classic technical problem. (scary with no spotters!)

Hidden 26/Aug/12 Sent dnf
Harry Holmes 20/Aug/12 Sent x
with Joanna
John 'B' Hutchinson 18/Aug/12 Sent x

Did this pretty quickly then did it twice more it climbs so well! Deserves its classic status.

with Johnny, Pete, Ally, Frenchy
Hamfunk 18/Aug/12 Sent x

Commiting on sandy slopers!

with Keith, Andy
TonyThePrawn 18/Aug/12 Sent dnf
chrismoore ?/Aug/12 -
frenchpeter 28/Jul/12 Sent x
frasermcilwraith 25/Jul/12 Sent x


Richard Hession 12/May/12 Sent x

Sandy slopes. Lovely climb.

Cassidy 04/Apr/12 Sent x
Jonathan Bean 31/Mar/12 Sent
with Psyched Pete
loonyclimber 31/Mar/12 Sent

Good to get back and tick this classic now it's not 25 degrees.

with Lee
jimmyrua 31/Mar/12 Sent x
with Peter Pan's birthday crew
gaz.marshall 18/Mar/12 Sent x
mantle87 19/Feb/12 -
with Graham Reed
Gus 22/Jan/12 Sent rpt
Souljah 21/Jan/12 Sent O/S


with Andi and Gus
le t 14/Jan/12 Sent x
arrang ??/2012 Sent x
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden 02/Dec/11 Sent x
f_grant111 01/Dec/11 -
NDD 19/Nov/11 -
MDowson 19/Nov/11 Sent x

Very good climbing, and yes,the top did get my heart racing.

with sam webb
Fraser 19/Nov/11 Sent dnf

Felt a lot easier than in the past but *still* couldn't top out.

with Rich, Burnsie, Pete Roy
Hidden 19/Nov/11 Sent β
Hidden 19/Nov/11 Sent x
jonb23 19/Nov/11 Sent
JLS 01/Oct/11 Sent x

Sent after nearly five years of trying but not before another heel bruising fall from the top.

xican 01/Oct/11 Sent x
dwisniewski 01/Oct/11 Sent x
Hidden 25/Sep/11 Sent
JLS 24/Sep/11 Sent dnf

Very close but no cigar...

with Sven J., Jacqui
nai 30/Aug/11 Sent dnf

had the top a few times, 4yr old spotter didn't inspire confidence.

Hidden 22/Aug/11 Sent dnf
Kris Devlin 28/Jun/11 Sent

Shat my pants at the top!... Not recommended in 20'C heat. Sweat + sandy slopers = scary times. Awesome problem though!!

with Pierre
Hidden 31/May/11 Sent dnf
Maragmhòraix 16/Apr/11 Sent x
Hidden 29/Mar/11 Sent x
Keith-Getoutadventures 23/Mar/11 Sent dnf

interesting problem.

with janey
Hidden 23/Mar/11 Sent dnf
cheesequestion 27/Feb/11 Sent dnf
with Andy Mitchell
Hidden 10/Feb/11 Sent x
backpack ??/2011 -
willackers 07/Nov/10 Sent x
with lots of scottish people
duncman 16/Oct/10 Sent x

Technical at the bottom, committing at the top...loved it. First 7a.

with Matt Dowson
ferdia 02/Oct/10 Sent dnf
Chris J Houston 26/Sep/10 Sent x
with martha, alex, stb, blez, ina, nat
Andy Moles 21/Sep/10 Sent x

classy problem - came off the top a couple of times before sorting it out.

Mike Mullins 10/Sep/10 Sent x
with Sam Clarke, Andy Latta
peterp 05/Sep/10 Sent x


with Nat, Sully
PaulOgden 05/Sep/10 Sent x
jim.macp ?/Sep/10 Sent
Hidden 22/Aug/10 Sent x
Sean Bell 04/Aug/10 Sent

Second session on this so stoked to get it.Had good beta and good spotters though, which helped me commit to the sandy slopey top out.superb problem.

Beardyman 04/Aug/10 Sent
Hidden 04/Aug/10 Sent x
beegsyboy 15/May/10 Sent x

Tried this on so many occasions, did it first go today, total path! Definitely in the zone :-)

Hidden 21/Mar/10 Sent x
JLS 30/Jan/10 Sent dnf
with large team
Beardyman 01/Jan/10 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
gypsy3006 ??/2010 Lead O/S
regular ??/2010 -
gambit247 07/Oct/09 Sent x

superb, it's all in the feet..

DJayB 04/Oct/09 Sent x
Hidden 04/Oct/09 Sent x
benj_d 19/Sep/09 Sent x

eventually! quite a scary slopey finish!

Reaver2k 20/Jul/09 TR dnf

Could only figure out the first couple of moves, gave up eventually!

with Michael Watson
JLS 21/Mar/09 Sent dnf
with Pete R. & Steven I.
invisibleandy ??/2009 -
JLS 30/Dec/08 Sent dnf
stato ?/Oct/08 Solo β
JLS 14/Sep/08 Sent dnf

top too damp to climb on

with Pete R. & Mike B.
JLS 16/Jan/08 Sent dnf
JLS 03/Nov/07 Sent dnf

Fell from top-out twice. Next time...

Hidden ?/Mar/07 Sent
CBA ??/2007 -
Steve Crowe 17/Dec/06 Sent rpt

Big squad with lots of mats trying it today. They asked me for some beta so we repeated it.

Boy ??/2006 -
Boy ??/2006 -
Andrew Jennings ??/2004 Sent
Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/Oct/02 Sent
with Nick Ashton
Hidden ?/Apr/02 Sent
Dave Douglas ?/Jan/01 Sent O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Sent x
Hidden ??/1999 -
John Pickles ??/1998 Sent x
sadams 15/Nov/97 Solo
with Team Midlands
whispering nic ??/1995 Solo
Hidden ??/1995 -
Steve Crowe 15/Jun/94 Sent
whispering nic ?/Apr/94 Solo
gme 01/Jan/90 Sent
gme 01/Jan/90 -
rbruce ??/1989 -
andybirtwistle 28/May/86 Solo
Bruce Kerr 27/Oct/84 Solo
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