Tower Crack** HVS 5b
[tower crack stanage, 2 kb]24m.

Rockfax Description
A proper full-on jamming pitch. The central section is tough, although bridging helps, and the pull on to the ledge is tricky. Head up the corner on the right and then traverse awkwardly right to a ledge above Tower Face. © ROCKFAX

FA. Joe Brown 1950-51

Ticklists: Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Eastern Grit Jamming, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Stanage for Crack Apprentices.

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This climb is in 103 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Great climbing throughout with a nice combination of bridging and hand jamming followed by a slopey traverse.
gavinpeach - Lead rpt - 23/Aug/15 with Hellen

Jam jam jam
Andy Peak 1 - Lead rpt - 05/Aug/15 with Pete o Donovan

Awkward jams, bridging on smears, steep.
Kirill - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/15 with Kris Doggett, Colomban MacDowall

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15

Robaduck - Lead dog - 23/May/15

Estelles - Lead dog - 23/May/15

ashtond6 - 2nd rpt - 10/May/15

adi bryant - AltLd RP - 07/May/15 with ian Wignall

In the rain, but still felt nails.
salix - 2nd - 02/May/15

Excellent climbing although fell on the crux to the ledge. Traverse above was a bit scarier than expected.
gavinpeach - Lead dog - 24/Apr/15 with Hellen

bigdrew - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/15 with Reuben

Undoubtedly 5b, really awesome moves. Way more thrutchy than it looks and quite sharp
ashtond6 - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/15

Canyak - 2015

a lot wet
Luke Dawson - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/14 with Mike Adams, Peter Dawson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Nov/14

Monkey_Alan - 2nd - 12/Oct/14 with Max Streeton

fifth - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Max

Not one for a hangover. Tasty crack climbing.
Duncan Campbell - 2nd - 09/Aug/14 with Bubbles

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jun/14

Should've tried harder but didn't want to destroy myself before The Strangler.
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - 2nd dog - 03/May/14 with Ash

One of the best hard and safe. The wet foot hold only ads to the fun:-) joe was truly the master:-)1950
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 15/Apr/14 with Andrew Deckon

dr_botnik - 2nd dog - 15/Apr/14 with Andy, deacon

Dan Arkle - 2014

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/13

Really hard work, but somehow got there in the end. Strenuous bridging and difficult to work out what to do.
cameron_hall - 2nd dog - 08/Sep/13 with Lee Hermon

bloody hard and my first lead fall. Nice one Joe!
leeoftroy - Lead dog - Sep/13

Returned to try again. Worked out a way to jam myself in and take a much needed rest before the crux move that pulls you out of the crack. So so happy to get this one clean. The missing skin on my left hand acting as a nice reminder. One of the best! :-)
leeoftroy - Lead RP - Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 10/May/13

Jonathan Hall - Lead - 15/Sep/12 with Will Ward

I had to second this wearing one trainer and one climbing shoe due to a stubbed toe. Nails!
roberto18 - 2nd - 15/Sep/12 with Tom Nickols

Boy - Lead - 09/Sep/12 with Jon Coe

just had to hold onto that wire for a second. nice one.
farkas.time - Lead dog - 29/Jul/12

One of the best routes on stanage awesome bridging awesome jamming!
Sam Simpson - 2nd - 24/May/12 with Tom Doldon

hardest hvs ive ever tried
Tom Doldon - Lead dnf - 24/May/12 with sam simpson 48

thought this was going to be a real struggle but turned out to be mostly very pleasant bridging with one slightly tougher move to exit the crack
Alex@home - Lead O/S - 14/May/12 with The Doctor

..well almost..rested on rope at top of crack.
Jim Slater - Lead dog - 14/Jun/11 with James Lismore

CRiddiford - 2nd - 04/Jun/11 with Paul L

JRae - Lead - 03/Jun/11 with M Scott

Anthony Dixon - Lead - 16/Apr/11

uphillnow - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Good tough HVS crack climbing. Starting the final traverse gives a bit of a sting in the tail too.
Si dH - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Neil Furniss

Fell at the break in the crack on the central section.
clukins - Lead dnf - 05/Sep/10 with Adam Billing, Steve Holland

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 03/Aug/10

brilliant bridging moves followed by some tough jamming to reach the ledge (got to be 5b!), brutal but essential Stanage tick and hard at HVS!
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/10 with andrea83

Absolute hell. Couldn't finish. A mans route for sure. Note to self never try again!
andrea83 - 2nd dnf - 02/Aug/10 with Graeme Hammond

Solid crux
Cake - Lead dnf - 19/Jul/10 with Angus

ed edwards - Lead O/S - May/10

TonyF - 2010

Hidden - Dec/09

Jim Slater - Lead dog - 27/Sep/09 with Eric, Mark Mercer

Highly amusing
goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/09 with Arnaud Garcon

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Guy Reid

yikes. wild. scary. pumpy. fierce. brutal.
nicnic - Lead - 25/May/09 with Jon Youles

Hidden - Lead - 18/Oct/08

Quite thuggy but bridging helped, reachy commiting move to platform, very pleased to get it.
RocknRoll - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/08 with John Rushby

jw231 - 2nd dog - 15/Aug/08 with Al Benson

al99 - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/08 with James Whitlock

My jamming education continues.
Shauna - 2nd dog - 07/Aug/08 with Steve

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/08

feilx - Solo O/S - 11/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/Jun/08

Brown - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/08

who needs skin on their hands anyhow?
gethin_allen - 2nd - Jun/08 with neil

OffshoreAndy - Lead O/S - 18/May/08 with NCC Kelvin

TomHaigh - Lead dnf - 14/May/08 with Doug

Wouldn't usually log dnf, but got all the way up the jamming crack, but couldn't make the rightwards move onto the face due to the gale that was coming from the other side!!
Dan 85 - Lead dnf - 26/Feb/08 with Nicos

jamesturnbull - Lead - 2008

Hidden - Lead dog - 06/Oct/07

shoulders - Lead - 04/Aug/07

JPGR - 2nd - 02/Mar/07 with Daniel

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 02/Mar/07 with jon redshaw

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Duncan I - 2007

Andy Chubb - 2nd - 09/Jun/06 with Steve Goodman

Horrible thing.
Oli - 2nd dog - 28/May/06 with Mark Stevenson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/May/06

ArnaudG - 2006

Pete Graham - Lead - 2006 with Jonny Reay

Nicos - Lead O/S - 18/Dec/05 with rich howels

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/05

Hidden - 2002

kp64zl - 2nd - Jun/01 with Simon M

tlr - 2nd - 2000

dan gibson - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Simon Pearce - 1999

Roget - Lead rpt - 25/Jun/98

timreynolds - Lead O/S - 25/May/97 with Rob Clark

NeilGriffiths - 29/Apr/97 with Kerry

Hidden - Lead - 1995

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 05/Sep/92 with Martin Veale

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Jun/90

surfbish - Lead O/S - Jun/88

BRUCESTRAC - 1988 with Chris Cracknell,Various

Nigel Bond - Solo - 22/Jul/80

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Felt tough, though it was graded VS then. Cold windy day - escaped to the shelter of Stoney.
Dave Musgrove - Lead - 24/Apr/77 with Jim Worthington

mikej - Lead - 07/Jun/69 with Geoff Williams

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