Tower Chimney*** E1 5b
[Malcom on tower chimney, 2 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
The soaring chimney is usually avoided! The bell-shaped upper section is the crux. Good gear is available in the depths of the rift, though it is hard to place, especially with a helmet on! © ROCKFAX

FA. Eric Byne 1933

Ticklists: Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Stanage for Crack Apprentices, Enigmatic Affection: The Dark Art of Chimneying.

Photo: Malcom on tower chimney © JRae
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This climb is in 93 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Fell after being lured into the back by the promise of good jams and getting thoroughly worked trying to move up from the narrowing!
Neil - Lead dog - 24/Aug/15

Carl Watkins - 2nd dog - 24/Aug/15 with Neil

Lovely route. Safe as houses and a bit brutal. Fantastic fun! Started facing left and then turned to face right once I'd gotten to the bomber jams.
gavinpeach - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/15 with Hellen

Wow! Hard work. Spent a while in the back looking for protection I could reach, but there wasn't any so started back and footing up. Reached a dodgy big cam, then a dodgy blue can, and finally a bomb-proof yellow. Hard work getting high enough to reach any hand-holds and feet nearly slipped off the green - had to retreat for a rest just below and try again. Grabbed the break and had a breather. Bloodied elbows! Oh yeah - first 'real' E1 lead!!
Ian Hylands - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/15 with Adam Griffin

Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 05/Aug/15 with Pete o Donovan

tomwright1509 - 2nd O/S - 08/Jul/15

dirty off width
joedean - Lead - Jul/15

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

boulderholder - 2nd dog - 30/May/15

absolutely amazing! grazed knees, wear jeans...
ashtond6 - Lead O/S - 10/May/15

Canyak - 2015

Unique climb! Moves are slightly harder than Strapiombo in Tremadog, but a lot shorter. I wish it would be longer.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Tony H

The hardest chimney I've done for a while !! Definitely worth all of E1 5b. Proper old school class. X
gazfellows - Lead - 09/Jul/14 with Nic

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 15/May/14 with Alex Hallam

Face right, wear trousers. Brilliant.
Alex Hallam - 2nd O/S - 15/May/14 with Dan Barbour

soph - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/14 with Andy Reeve

Haydn Jones - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/14 with andy gardner

Brilliant fight up the crack
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 04/Mar/14 with Hayden Jones

Climbed way back on day 2 of 100
andi turner - 2014 with Adam Long

Dan Arkle - 2014

felt steady but a lot of blood came out for some reason
admackie - 22/Dec/13 with paul renwick

Really hot day, proper battle.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13

I lost so much skin trying to place gear at the back of the chimney
Jack93 - Lead dog - 03/Jun/13 with Brad Staniforth

cpt_crunch - 2nd β - 03/Jun/13 with Jack Knight

Hard bloody work.
joe1joe1joe2 - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Phillip Wright

Hidden - 2nd dog - 10/May/13

Lead through on Nick's gear. hard work!
JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/12 with Nick

after backing off
Nick1812P - 2nd rpt - 28/Aug/12 with Jamie

Alex@home - 2nd rpt - 14/May/12 with The Doctor

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - 29/Sep/11

nige - Lead - 03/Sep/11 with colin struthers, mark hounslea

Brown - Lead - 09/Aug/11 with James T

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

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jun/11

CRiddiford - 2nd - 03/Jun/11 with Paul L

Hidden - Lead dnf - 01/May/11

M_W_Court - 2nd dog - 09/Apr/11 with ian sutcliffe

ianjfsutcliffe - Lead dog - 09/Apr/11

Kyuzo - 20/Mar/11

uphillnow - 2011

walts4 - 2011

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead - 17/Oct/10

tlmarjot - 2nd O/S - 17/Oct/10 with Chris Todd, Ben Lea

faced right, good old fashioned back and foot climbing EXCELLENT!!
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/10 with andrea83

Excellent. Nice chimney climb. Easier to second without gear around harness.
andrea83 - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/10 with Graeme Hammond

TonyF - 2010

Hidden - Dec/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09

Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/09 with helen gibson

great, to lead sometime.
Helen Gibson - 2nd - 14/Sep/09 with dan

Full value
sparkass - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Pete Dolman

Hidden - 13/Sep/09

Mr Sparkle - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Mike Hayes

Boy - Sep/09 with Nige Kershaw

Roughly the Date
Mr Wild - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/09

with Al on his Stag
switch - 2nd rpt - 02/May/09

If peapod, goliath's groove and the trident are HVS, then so should this be. Or are they all E1? I don't think so, they are all safe as houses.
wahniel - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Gerd Heinz Bentheim

joshwales - Lead rpt - 24/Aug/08 with andy bowman, rebecca bowman

mel holmes - Lead - 30/Jul/08 with Alex@home

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/08

DannyK - 2nd O/S - 03/May/08 with pep

jamesturnbull - Lead - May/08 with aiden

Dan 85 - 2nd O/S - 26/Feb/08 with Nicos

Andrew Sloan - Lead rpt - 17/Feb/08 with Martin Haworth

Hidden - 2008

nacnud - 2nd - 20/Oct/07

Nicos - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/07 with dan woolnough

Duncan I - 2007

Andrew Sloan - Lead dnf - 27/Dec/06

Tom led as his first E1! Awesome route, quite hard work, although not so bad as I'd expected - I learnt how to chimey a bit :) Was chuffed to make it up clean.
Si dH - 2nd O/S - 05/Nov/06 with Neil Furniss/Tom Lambert

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/06

what a fight, made about one metre of upward progress in 15minutes an absolute battle.
Alex Mason - Lead - 16/Jul/06 with Steve Ramsden

Stig - 2nd dog - 04/May/06 with Chris

King Rat - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - 2002

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Aug/99

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/99

Simon Pearce - 1999

craig h - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/98 with Luke Steer

Dave Musgrove - Lead - Apr/98 with David

Hidden - Lead - 1995

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Apr/93

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Hammy - 2nd - 20/Jun/81 with Rob Lawson

Andy Say - Lead - 20/Sep/79

mikej - Lead - 05/Oct/69 with E

mikej - 2nd - 28/Apr/68 with Geoff Williams

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/66

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/May/65

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