Hawkwing Top 50

3 Stars
 E1 5b

Adjacent Routes
<< Battery Crack < Lucas Chimney  |  Carrion > Kestrel Crack >>

22m. An fine route up an elegant buttress. Start at the left arete then spiral up and right following cracks to the opposite arete. Place small wires before following the parallel diagonal cracks to an exposed and awkward finale back on the left-hand arete. Excellent throughout and very varied climbing.
FA. Gary Gibson 1978


Scary traverse back left!!
chris j - 30/Jun/02

Al Simpson did the first ascent of this route.There is a picture in the 1981 guide (rear cover)
DITCHMAN Too - 07/Jul/03

Awesome route, the parallel cracks are very committing and I only realised once I had crossed the buttress that my last bit of gear was 15ft away and only about 3ft below me! Final move a stretch for the short.
Andrew Barker - 01/Dec/04

Really enjoyable, gear spaced but good, traverse is fairly intense with route easing once the final arete is gained.
samwelli - 16/May/05

Decided to do this using one rope, not sure why, but it was a bit more interesting with all the rope drag.
nate - 18/May/05

There is nothing actually hard on this route - probably only just 5b. Just the commitment of the traverse gives it the grade.
GrahamD - 22/Aug/05

Good gear at start of the traverse. Moves on the traverse are very thin for your hands, but with decent feet, just don't lunge for the jug at the end! Tough for the grade, almost worth E2.
gav p - 04/Sep/05

Had got quite green and a bit dirty, but still a classy route. Lower traverse not without interest, but upper traverse is where the real fun lies. Would be an impressive swing if you messed it up!
Paul Evans - 07/Sep/05

This has to be E2 5b? Harder and bolder than Commander Energy. No hard moves, but the traverse left is tricky and commiting
sneaky butcher - 12/Sep/05

much fun! 2 attempts at the traverse before i finally committed to it: quite delicate climbing with a friendly jug at the end. the arete takes a bit of working out - all very satisfying with some good moves throughout.
ksjs - 05/Nov/07

Login to your ROCKFAX account to add your comments - Search for comments.

  • Access Issues for Western Grit

  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 115
    hard E2 0 of 40
    E2 0 of 40
    easy E2 1 of 40
    hard E1 23 of 40
    E1 16 of 40
    easy E1 0 of 40
    hard HVS 0 of 40
    HVS 0 of 40
    easy HVS 0 of 40
    hard 5c 0 of 38
    5c 0 of 38
    easy 5c 0 of 38
    hard 5b 5 of 38
    5b 31 of 38
    easy 5b 2 of 38
    hard 5a 0 of 38
    5a 0 of 38
    easy 5a 0 of 38
    3 Stars 25 of 37
    2 Stars 11 of 37
    1 Star 1 of 37
    0 Stars 0 of 37
    Bag of ..... 0 of 37

    Please Login to your Rockfax account to rate this climb.