Rockfax Description
Climb a tricky thin crack to a rest at a flake below the roof. Traverse away right and finish up the side-wall. © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown early 1950s 1952

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
luke glaister 11/Oct Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep 2nd O/S
andyman666999 19/Sep Lead O/S

Nice route.

danm 10/Sep Lead

Bold but easy up onto the ledge and gear. Great techy moves out right using some positive crimps with smears for feet, feels easier if you stay low before moving up for the obvious good hold. Balancy rockover around the arete with an easy finish.

Dan Arkle
NickJH 15/Aug Lead rpt
P Stridgen
Montecore 06/Aug 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Jul 2nd
tallginge 23/Jun Lead O/S
Palmer 07/Jun Lead
bullwinkle 07/Jun 2nd rpt
lost.arrow 23/May Lead
Stu Sherwood
spenser 10/May Lead O/S

Made the error of wearing a helmet for this one, made getting established on the traverse pretty difficult as there isn't a great deal of space between the foot holds and the roof! Coming around the arete felt harder than anything on Tower Face direct which I had climbed earlier in the day!

Jo Trendell
scottcoates 04/May Lead O/S
mattleepianist ?/May Lead O/S
Chris M 24/Apr AltLd
islandlynx 18/Apr Lead O/S
theomoore 17/Apr Solo O/S

got scared but pressed on.

Hidden 14/Apr 2nd
Hidden 22/Mar Solo O/S
Tom Keaveny 18/Jan Lead O/S
Canyak ??/2015 -
knighty 09/Nov/14 Lead O/S

I found this climb easier than I was expecting to. Fantastic moves.

Dan Roberts
Binder 18/Oct/14 Lead dog

Came off just before the traverse. Annoying though quite strenuous.

Dave M
the power 12/Oct/14 2nd rpt
pebbles 12/Oct/14 Lead

right bugger to reach the crimps in the corner but eventuallt managed it. bomber gear all the way so happy as larry.

steve jenkins
Hidden 12/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Rich Kirby 27/Sep/14 2nd rpt
Pauline & Andy, Helen
Mowglee 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Sep/14 2nd
Hidden 31/Aug/14 2nd
rurp 26/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Nice challenging route

bill farmer
ashtond6 24/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Not 5a

ashtond6 24/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Not 5a

alp79 24/Aug/14 2nd dnf

Couldn't do the move up to the jug so couldn't get on to the traverse.

RichardLeggett 23/Aug/14 TR dog

Tough first 2/3. Reachy.

Hidden 27/Jul/14 Lead
sjbrook 05/Jun/14 2nd O/S
PCC, Tim
charley 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Nicer & tricker then it looks...

Tithe Technique 01/Jun/14 2nd dog
valentinesbabe 01/Jun/14 TR dog

Third up. Gutted not to get this clean as had worked the moves out but just slipped off the crimps as I went to move across under the roof.

gavinpeach 26/May/14 Lead O/S

Nice climb. Quite tricky stepping out on to the traverse; certainly an interesting sequence.

andy.smythe 26/May/14 2nd
GazzerM54 17/May/14 Lead
Ronnie Wriggs
Radical-G 06/May/14 2nd β
dr_botnik 28/Apr/14 2nd O/S
the power 28/Apr/14 Lead rpt
paul79 27/Apr/14 Lead
Batt 27/Apr/14 2nd rpt
admackie 14/Apr/14 -
the power 14/Apr/14 2nd rpt
ralphio 13/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Didn't find any of the individual moves too hard but the route as a whole was pretty strenuous. There's gear where its needed.

Hidden 10/Apr/14 Lead O/S
WillDoyle 24/Mar/14 2nd
Goodstuff 24/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Good route, spoilt by strong winds- the gusts seemed to read my mind, picking up whenever I was about to commit to a move.

Cake 09/Mar/14 2nd O/S
the power 04/Feb/14 Lead O/S


Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Hidden 30/Nov/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Nov/13 Lead O/S
apw 05/Oct/13 Lead
Jim Slater
leon 28/Sep/13 Lead rpt

I said to fab it must have been 10 years (looks like 9) since I was last on this route & that mr wright had been boozing (and hence fell off) before seconding me.

cameron_hall 08/Sep/13 Lead dnf

Couldn't convince myself to try and move up to the huge flake.

leeoftroy ?/Sep/13 Lead dnf

tired and psyched out after climbing tower crack. Gave up and climbed left and up before the crux move. Slightly annoyed with myself!

Hidden 16/Aug/13 Lead O/S
pete1993 19/Jun/13 2nd O/S
benkelsey 19/Jun/13 Lead O/S

to finish. cool for grit.

Dawn_K_B 19/Jun/13 2nd
Reedymc 16/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Tony Holdsworth 16/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Tom Reed
David_Gledson 05/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Alex Thompson 01/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Took a moment to commit to the crux move, nice.

BenedictIEP 01/Jun/13 2nd dog
crispycodd 06/May/13 2nd O/S

Dave went up left to get under the roof. I went up right, which I think was easier. But Dave hadn't put in any gear under the roof except on the far right, so felt a bit like a lead!

Dptidman 06/May/13 Lead O/S

Great moves from the rest under the roof

natalio 20/Apr/13 Lead dog

Great climb, and a great challenge. Had to rest when getting under the overhang due to wrong moves. Very enjoyable and happy, even though I rested/ had to downclimb -in a non elegant way- a bit. But enjoyed it a lot. My first HVS.

Alex S
Hidden 20/Apr/13 2nd
Hidden 20/Apr/13 Lead
pelvoux 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Tricky traverse that needs commitment as there is no way back

Paul M
Hidden ??/2013 -
tomwheeler 21/Oct/12 Lead
andysroom 21/Oct/12 Lead dog
i.fish2000 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Oct/12 Lead dnf
Hidden 06/Oct/12 2nd O/S
spragglerocks 06/Oct/12 Lead rpt
Phil Shaw
Kayan 06/Oct/12 Lead O/S
towdman 15/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Julesthe1st 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Richard Morgan
torsok 09/Sep/12 2nd O/S
djones66 01/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Packs a lot into a short space, in best gritstone style. For me, felt hard for 5a. Traverse seemed okay - hardest bit is starting it from the ledge & flake.

Stve mc D
Nickster 21/Jul/12 Lead
Pilch 11/Jul/12 2nd dog
Sebastien Gastaud 18/Jun/12 2nd O/S
tigertim 18/Jun/12 Lead
David Kay 23/May/12 Lead O/S
Hoyes 23/May/12 2nd rpt
Steve Waters, Mynydd 20/May/12 Lead

A cracking climb. After trying a few permutations at the crux, I cracked it by putting my left foot high in the crack, laybacking the flake then putting my right foot onto the ledge behind my left leg. Mike was expecting me to plunge off in a death spiral but it worked well. I took the high road on the traverse starting on a pair of small crimps. The final section was a joyful romp.

mtempest 20/May/12 2nd
kirsten 12/May/12 2nd

absolutely lovely, once i'd figured out the move on the ledge and the move back off it. glad I didn't give up!

caradoc 12/May/12 Lead O/S

Quite easy compared to other HVSs at Stanage.

john b
Andy Hardy 12/May/12 Lead O/S
John Nuttall 12/May/12 Lead
gb05 06/May/12 Lead O/S
phardman 05/May/12 2nd rpt
Hidden 01/Apr/12 2nd
Fragmod 01/Apr/12 Lead
Fragmod 25/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden 21/Mar/12 2nd
tsjx 18/Mar/12 Lead
John Mc, Bruce
Dave Rumney 11/Mar/12 2nd
Sean Roberts
melonmike 05/Mar/12 Lead O/S

First trad route for a long while. Commitment and confidence were necessary. Psyched.

freemanTom 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Well chuffed with this for first Trad route of 2012. Excellent Route.

Jon Proudfoot
Hidden 26/Feb/12 2nd
Hidden ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
keith leonard ??/2012 -
Hidden 18/Nov/11 2nd O/S
tompilgrem 12/Nov/11 2nd O/S
bobpilgrem 12/Nov/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Nov/11 Solo dnf
mikeshewring 22/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Tobias at Home 15/Oct/11 -
SteveM 15/Oct/11 2nd
odox 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/11 2nd
Hidden 15/Oct/11 2nd
pearson9596 28/Sep/11 Lead β
msoldn 25/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Excitig, due to slightly greasy holds on the jams below the roof.

Pete Millner
buxtoncoffeelover 16/Sep/11 Lead
Nigel Bond 31/Aug/11 Lead
Bern Hardman
tgeh 17/Aug/11 Lead O/S

no way hvs more like vs

dan geh
Dan Geh 17/Aug/11 2nd O/S

very easy for the grade

Hidden 09/Aug/11 Lead
SteWatkins ?/Aug/11 -
Jim Slater 12/Jul/11 2nd rpt
max_chan 12/Jul/11 Lead O/S
James PCC, Jim Slater
boulderholder 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Seemed initially tough for the grade, however every move has a reasonable rest point and turned out to be a great climb with memorable moves.

dj_brigham05 26/Jun/11 Solo O/S
mikehenesy 11/Jun/11 2nd

Very enjoyable, nice one Tim.

Tim Reynolds
timreynolds 11/Jun/11 Lead O/S
eduardo 05/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Really nice route, crux was getting off the first little ledge up to the crack to the left of the roof, nice move to the roof, getting into traverse was awkward as I was hunched up, actual traverse and top was fine.

Roger F
JRae 27/May/11 Lead
spragglerocks 21/May/11 Lead O/S
Lumbering Oaf 21/May/11 2nd rpt
antdav 21/May/11 2nd O/S
hotfeet 21/May/11 Lead O/S
waynem1985 21/May/11 2nd O/S
JamieSparkes 18/May/11 2nd O/S
Nick1812P 18/May/11 Lead O/S
Neil R 05/May/11 Lead
will randall 30/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 10/Apr/11 2nd
Bargate_Champ 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
RFWilkie 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 07/Mar/11 Lead
Will Hunt 12/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Feb/11 2nd O/S
Mowglee 12/Feb/11 2nd O/S
Tom Nichols
Brown 29/Jan/11 Solo O/S
Aaron Hauptmann 29/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Cornish Cream ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
patsaunders ??/2011 2nd
nic42 14/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Lumbering Oaf 06/Nov/10 2nd rpt
James Oswald 06/Nov/10 2nd O/S

Very good. Quite delicate and a bit pumpy.

mark20 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Hoyes 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S
lrandall 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Nice climbing. One insecure feeling move above adequate gear low down. The traverse is brilliant fun.

Andy C
Hidden 30/Oct/10 Lead β
Batt 30/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Nice. Move up as high as poss before stepping left to ledge

Lumbering Oaf 30/Oct/10 2nd O/S

Nice route. Crux for me was getting established under the roof. Worth a star or two

Hidden 24/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Oct/10 Lead
Hidden 16/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/10 -
holters 23/Aug/10 Lead
Chris Craggs 22/Aug/10 2nd

One of my earliest HVS routes (1970). Wonder what gear we used?

Colin Binks
pebbles 22/Aug/10 2nd dnf

bailed off this as found it awkward, reachy, strenuous and not enjoyable climbing

fireman ian, guido
dan gibson 03/Aug/10 Solo rpt
Hidden 29/Jul/10 Solo O/S
Jonathan Hall 25/Jul/10 2nd
Jim Slater 22/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Paul PCC
Podling 22/Jul/10 Lead
ollieben 10/Jul/10 Lead dnf
harry henson
hazza 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Adrian Daniels 02/Jul/10 2nd
Steve Webster
hobblingfool 26/Jun/10 Lead O/S
SteveMyatt 20/Jun/10 Lead dog
Mark Fairbank
markfairbank 19/Jun/10 Lead dnf

Thought this was v.hard at the grade. Fell on the traverse taking abit of a swing. Decided not to try again!

KateBolton 13/Jun/10 2nd dog

A brilliant start which saw me pull off the move of the weekend with a cracking heel hook - reachey they say! However, the hand traverse proved too much for my weary arms and I came off and was most peeved. A great route once I got back on and one that I intend to complete next time!

Piers Harley 05/Jun/10 Lead dnf
Jeremy Windsor
Piers Harley 05/Jun/10 2nd
Jeremy Windsor
WillCass 03/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Excellent route, good gear but bold traverse.

Hidden 03/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/May/10 Lead dog
Ketu 23/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/May/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 25/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Oct/09 2nd
Graeme Hammond 31/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Great route, nice moves upto and under the roof. Thought 5b in BMC guide was fair. Another Stanage unsung gem!

mike_clayton 17/Oct/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 04/Oct/09 2nd
cliffy 19/Sep/09 Lead O/S
PilarMartinez 19/Sep/09 2nd dog
Ian Clifford
Hidden 31/Aug/09 Solo
Hidden 22/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Duncan Skelton 15/Aug/09 Lead β
Jason Parker
craig d 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
penny longstaff
charlesmfrench 05/Jul/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/09 Solo O/S
gregoritos 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jun/09 2nd O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 31/May/09 2nd rpt
Alan James - UKC and UKH 30/May/09 Solo
mark4344 09/May/09 2nd
Hidden 09/May/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Apr/09 Lead
Adam Booth 22/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Mike Whiteside
Chris the Tall 21/Apr/09 Lead rpt

Easier than I remember, possibly because I traversed lower ?

rd2904 14/Apr/09 Lead
Darren Southcott
Hidden 14/Apr/09 Lead
PenJD 29/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Heather Swift
d_meacher 15/Mar/09 Lead O/S
grumpyoldjanner 15/Mar/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Adam1973 01/Mar/09 Lead O/S
galpinos 21/Feb/09 Lead rpt
Nicos 11/Dec/08 Lead O/S
john crook
bridget143 06/Dec/08 2nd O/S
Jack Symmons
Dan 85 26/Oct/08 Lead O/S
John Rous
Hidden 12/Oct/08 2nd
Gustav 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
deacondeacon 27/Sep/08 Lead
Si dH 21/Sep/08 2nd O/S
Neil Furniss
Hidden 24/Aug/08 2nd O/S
Shauna 22/Aug/08 Lead rpt
LoopyLou ?/Aug/08 Lead
Helen Lear
Shauna 21/Jul/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/08 2nd O/S
Andrew Sloan 25/May/08 Lead O/S
Steve Grove
Guy Wilson 21/May/08 Lead O/S
Gavin Moy
Eccentric 10/May/08 2nd O/S
Mark Walter 10/May/08 Lead O/S
darren1 10/May/08 -
Paulww 26/Apr/08 Lead
Hidden 26/Apr/08 2nd
Creep_pea 09/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Terry Jim & Tom
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
jamesturnbull ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
bullybones ??/2008 -
feilx 21/Oct/07 Solo O/S
williap 06/Oct/07 2nd

Nice route, did the roof no problems (apparently under here is the crux), but then messed up the final move! One for the lead wishlist of the future

The Bull
C@rwyn 09/Sep/07 TR O/S

Climbed the start of this route, finished direct up the top of crossover

Hidden 26/Aug/07 Lead O/S
cem 12/Aug/07 Lead rpt
David T
Hidden 22/Jul/07 2nd rpt
Duncan Skelton 19/May/07 2nd
Paul O'Toole
Apharri ?/Apr/07 Lead
Andre Hedger
MeMeMe 18/Feb/07 2nd
chrisclimber_1986 02/Feb/07 Lead O/S
William Kelsall
Hidden ?/Feb/07 2nd
Hidden ??/2007 -
Pete Horn ??/2007 2nd
Duncan I ??/2007 -
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Stig 30/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Charlie Reade-Jahn
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 06/Aug/06 Solo O/S
jonlord ?/Aug/06 Lead O/S
colin milton 18/Jul/06 Lead
Hidden 05/May/06 Lead
shaun walby 04/May/06 2nd O/S
ArnaudG ??/2006 -
Hidden 12/Dec/05 Lead O/S
shark 13/Oct/05 Solo O/S
baldcoder 24/Sep/05 Lead O/S
Little Old Lady
cem 14/Aug/05 2nd
Hidden 27/Jul/05 Lead
ChrisBrooke 17/Jul/05 Lead O/S
John Inkpen
ChrisJD 15/May/05 2nd
Hidden 15/May/05 Lead
LankyPaddy 23/Apr/05 2nd O/S
Alistair Ross
SteveM 10/Apr/05 Lead
Stone Muppet ??/2005 -
r0b 13/Nov/04 2nd
Andy Smith
Hidden 09/Oct/04 Lead O/S
nige pacer 03/Oct/04 Lead O/S
Pete Nugent 19/Sep/04 Lead
Tony Mercer
jonnyboy 01/Sep/04 Lead O/S
leon ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S

mr wright followed me up with budweiser in hand!!

Andy Wright
chris sm ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
Pippa Froggatt
Hidden 18/Jul/04 Lead O/S
Carl Smethurst 06/Jun/04 Lead dog
Dave Pemberton
Hidden 25/Apr/04 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 Lead O/S
furry 28/Jun/03 Lead O/S
Phil B
Hidden 23/Jun/03 Solo O/S
John Marsland 19/Apr/03 Lead
Pete Theobald
Ropeboy 12/Apr/03 Lead
cornishben ?/Jan/03 Lead O/S
Phil West 13/Jul/02 2nd β
Chris Tan
Hidden 06/Jul/02 2nd
Hidden ??/2002 -
Hidden 06/May/01 Lead
phardman 03/Sep/00 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Aug/00 Lead
Hidden 19/Mar/00 Lead
dan gibson ??/2000 -
Boy ??/2000 -
BlueJohn 13/Jun/99 2nd
Simon Pearce ??/1999 -
Hidden 29/Aug/98 2nd
Chris the Tall ?/Jun/98 Lead O/S
Bill G
Hidden 22/Mar/98 Lead
martroberts 07/Sep/97 Lead O/S
Reds 30/May/97 2nd O/S
Podling ?/Mar/96 2nd
Daniel Wrightson ?/Oct/95 Lead O/S
Olivia Horner
Hidden 02/Jul/95 Lead
Rich Kirby ?/Mar/95 Lead O/S
bobboulderer ?/Feb/95 2nd β
Chris Jackson Jones
nai ??/1995 Lead
Adam Greenwood ??/1995 Lead O/S
Pete Jeffery
Gordon Stainforth 29/Jun/91 2nd
Bill Wintrip
Roget 23/Jun/91 Solo O/S
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
goi.ashmore 18/Jan/89 Lead O/S
Dave Forster
Hidden 18/Jan/89 2nd
steve prior ?/Nov/88 Lead
Rob W
BRUCESTRAC ??/1988 -
Chris Cracknell,Various
Hidden 09/May/87 -
GordonHart ??/1985 Solo O/S
Mark Kemball 23/Oct/82 Solo
stp 04/Jul/82 Lead O/S

also soloed in Jun 89

Dave Musgrove 05/Apr/80 -
Kim Greenald
Hidden 15/Jul/77 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Oct/76 Lead
rogerskews ??/1973 -
Dane Atkins
mikej 15/Oct/67 2nd
Ian Clayton
mikej 04/May/67 Lead
Geoff Williams
mikej 01/May/66 2nd
Mike Byles
Hidden 08/May/65 TR
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High 4c
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