Rockfax Description
Climb the crack to the right of the holly then move out right to reach the arete, which is climbed with difficulty. © Rockfax

FA. Al Parker 1959

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

Robin Nichols 01/Nov Lead O/S
with Roger
Hidden 14/Oct 2nd O/S
Gambit 08/Oct 2nd rpt
with Royston, Mark Leicester
dom94 03/Oct Solo O/S

Mental and physical warm up to calvary

with Eloise
Eloise_SW 03/Oct 2nd O/S
with Dom
rurp 29/Sep Lead O/S

Excellent moves in balance with good gear

with bill farmer
Nick Wallis 25/Sep Lead O/S

harder for short

with James Hall, Tom Holdsworth
jacob shieldhouse hadley 20/Sep Lead O/S
with dad
eduardo 13/Sep Lead O/S

Easy if you are tall!

with Richard Hemes, Mark H
danm 10/Sep Lead
with Dan Arkle
sopaz 07/Jun 2nd
bullwinkle 07/Jun Lead O/S
with Chris
Hidden 04/May Lead O/S
dr_botnik 24/Apr Lead O/S
with mike, derek
derekb 24/Apr 2nd
shaunhumphreys 15/Apr Lead O/S
with pete
pete1993 15/Apr 2nd O/S
with Shaun
Teappleby 15/Apr Lead

nice bit climbing

Hidden 15/Apr 2nd
luke glaister 22/Mar Lead O/S

Nice route. A big reach helps. Good gear in the break.

Hidden 22/Mar Lead
RobinJones 22/Mar 2nd O/S
ralphio 03/Dec/14 Lead O/S

One move of interest. VS 5a.

with Simon
DannyH001 09/Nov/14 2nd
jshields 09/Nov/14 Lead


with Danny Hoyle, Mike Lea
ian d f 12/Oct/14 Lead O/S
with Liz F, Pete H
Dizz 12/Oct/14 2nd O/S
with Ian F
JasonK 27/Sep/14 Lead
with Neil Redgrave
Hidden 27/Jul/14 Lead
tom_lewis89 12/Jun/14 TR
DavidR 08/Jun/14 Lead O/S
rich_hw 05/Jun/14 Lead rpt
john max 05/Jun/14 2nd
with Richard Williams
helin 26/May/14 2nd
with matt
ashtond6 05/May/14 Lead rpt
ashtond6 26/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Petar Samkov 08/Apr/14 Lead O/S
marconi 29/Mar/14 2nd
with Chris
Palmer 29/Mar/14 Lead β
Charlotteking 07/Mar/14 2nd O/S
MYox 22/Feb/14 Lead

Lead after Rich backed off. Lots of wind. Made unnecessary precarious rockover after crux (which felt morpho).

Alfie Conn ??/2014 -
apw 05/Oct/13 Lead
with Jim Slater
buxtoncoffeelover 29/Sep/13 Lead
with Vicar
Hidden 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Sep/13 2nd
simon1965 27/Sep/13 Lead
Hidden ?/Sep/13 2nd
Hidden 16/Aug/13 2nd O/S
mtempest 09/Aug/13 Lead
Steve Waters, Mynydd 09/Aug/13 2nd

Still found the crux move hard and tried 3 different approaches before finally cracking it. The secret is getting some momentum going. A fine route.

Keith Swainson 14/Jul/13 Lead O/S
the power 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with deacon
Hidden 10/Jul/13 -
Hidden 09/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/13 -
masonwoods101 30/Apr/13 Solo rpt
alastairbegley 20/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with David West
Hidden 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S
kabutsu ??/2013 -
ChrisBrooke 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Monika Inkpen
harold walmsley 13/Sep/12 Solo rpt
Wayne S 05/Sep/12 2nd O/S
jwpil 24/Jun/12 2nd O/S
with Deacon
deacondeacon 24/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/May/12 Lead O/S
hailtryfan ?/May/12 Lead O/S
tallsop 02/Apr/12 Lead

Started up Telli but bottled it and finished up this

with terry
Hidden 01/Apr/12 2nd
Hidden 29/Mar/12 Lead O/S
derekb 26/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with John hutchinson
Hidden 26/Mar/12 2nd
fatbuoybazza 17/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Ollie B 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S
with S.Bennett
PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden 12/Nov/11 2nd O/S
victim of mathematics 12/Nov/11 2nd rpt

A bit damp.

with J-Ro, Simon
pie_eater_pete 23/Sep/11 Lead O/S
jonleighton 21/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Went straight up which was slightly terrifying as I would have hit the ground if I messed up the move between the two breaks.

tompilgrem 18/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Dad
bobpilgrem 18/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Lovely route

with Bob/Tom
timreynolds 11/Jun/11 2nd β
with Elle Macpherson, Mike Henesy
JEP 07/Jun/11 2nd rpt
victim of mathematics 27/May/11 Lead O/S

Didn't find any 5b. Nice moves though.

with Jaime
Stefan Gallagher 24/May/11 Lead rpt
JamieSparkes 18/May/11 2nd O/S

really nice route actually, despite the bushy appearance.

with Nick
Nick1812P 18/May/11 Lead O/S
with Jamie
Hidden 11/Apr/11 2nd
Sam Marks 11/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Superb route! Possibly my favourite route of the trip :)

madasten 12/Mar/11 Lead

Started up Telli, ended up doing this instead! Still, a surprisingly good route.

with Miquel
Hidden 07/Mar/11 Lead
Hidden 07/Mar/11 2nd
JulesV 06/Mar/11 2nd
Mike Goldthorp 02/Mar/11 Solo O/S

pleasant enough

Hidden ??/2011 Lead
masonwoods101 ??/2011 -
mikehenesy ??/2011 2nd O/S

Me and Tim Followed Ellie up after considerable debate and to where the route went, the chucking up of additional gear and so Holly tree (Ilex aquafolium) assisted rests! Ably belayed by route consultand and meet organiser Jim Ashton, a grand team effort!

with Ellie
Brannock 13/Nov/10 Lead O/S
HamishD 13/Nov/10 2nd O/S
with John Brannock
James Oswald 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Not too hard with a sidepull for the crux. Would be a fair bit harder without. Very nice.

mark20 06/Nov/10 2nd O/S
Sam1991 06/Nov/10 2nd

Watch your arse on the holly bush

with Andy J
bigdrew 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S
LakesWinter 30/Oct/10 2nd rpt
with James, gustav
Gustav 30/Oct/10 Lead rpt

The wind made the crux move very precarious

with James H, Matt G
alexrankine30 25/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Dad
thomasadixon 10/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Direct up the arete below the crux...E1ish?

with Becca
Hidden 02/Oct/10 2nd
Hidden 25/Sep/10 2nd O/S
mark4344 25/Sep/10 Lead O/S

easy for grade, essentially a couuple of boulder problems half way up.

with Michel
highrepute 05/Sep/10 2nd
geddicakes 30/Aug/10 2nd
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Aug/10 2nd
bullwinkle 01/Aug/10 2nd rpt
with Jamie, John
Alex@home ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S


with Mel Holmes
disturbed_one51 25/Jul/10 2nd
with Wee man
Jonathan Hall 25/Jul/10 Lead
Dave Foster 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Bland ledge shuffling.

with Si 2
Hidden 24/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Ed morris 11/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with -martin
Hidden 01/Jul/10 2nd O/S
mtempest 19/Jun/10 2nd
with Steve Waters, Mynydd
Steve Waters, Mynydd 19/Jun/10 Lead

Fell on the crux but had 2 good cams at my feet. Made it second time. A worthwhile route with enjoyable moves.

Hidden 25/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/May/10 Lead
Hidden 11/May/10 Lead O/S
Jim Slater 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Angus Malcolm
climberjames 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Well protected, crux is getting past the holly bush lol!!

Hidden 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Falko 11/Apr/10 2nd
Mattyk 08/Apr/10 Lead

Was supposed to be doing Telli but climbed Teli too far left... so could recah break really easy. (didn't look at topo) i couldn't live with myself trying to climb telli so just finished up arete and will come back for Telli

with Matt Evans, John Marsham
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
stephenhartley ??/2010 2nd
Shaw Brown 17/Oct/09 2nd
with Simon White
Birdo 16/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Ceri Lewis
Hidden 09/Oct/09 2nd O/S
Matt Bennett 04/Oct/09 2nd O/S
with Lewis Grey
Hidden 04/Oct/09 2nd
Duck Egg 03/Oct/09 Lead β
with Jon Stewart
fennerz 25/Aug/09 2nd O/S

really good route.

anguskille 25/Aug/09 Lead O/S

this got me used to using slopers on grit, pretty cool really

PenJD 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
craig d 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Simon Kincaid
Adam Potter 21/Jun/09 Lead O/S
LakesWinter 11/Jun/09 2nd rpt
with AD
Monk 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S

I reckon this is a fair bit harder (but still HVS 5b) if you are short. Lovely moves.

with Matt Hartgrove
AJ007 20/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 15/Mar/09 Lead O/S
gnc760 15/Mar/09 2nd O/S
with Neil Mackie
Hidden ??/2009 Lead O/S
pabbage ??/2009 Lead β
drysori ??/2009 Lead
drysori ??/2009 Lead
drysori ??/2009 Lead
drysori ??/2009 Lead
richardhopton 10/Dec/08 Lead O/S
with Rayash
rayash 10/Dec/08 2nd
with --
Adam1973 18/Oct/08 2nd
with jonka
LakesWinter 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S

Great, very nice climbing

with AD and Gustav
Gustav 12/Oct/08 2nd O/S
with Matt G
Graeme Hammond 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Sep/08 2nd rpt
Shauna 24/Sep/08 2nd rpt
lowersharpnose 24/Sep/08 Lead
with PeakDJ
richyg 29/Aug/08 Lead O/S
duzinga 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Pete
Hidden 24/Aug/08 2nd
Simon Davenport 17/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Brian and Dave
Hidden 20/Jul/08 Lead
Theeni 13/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Sven Hassel, Matt Kemp
kitkat78 28/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with SteveM and TobyJ
SteveM 28/Jun/08 2nd O/S
with Kat & Tobs
Another James 24/Jun/08 2nd
with Megan F
Matthallinan 20/Jun/08 Lead
with Nicky Winn
Hidden 13/May/08 Lead β
Hidden 11/May/08 Lead dnf
daveclarke5 03/May/08 2nd
with Andy
Rob Davies ?/May/08 Lead
with Phil Ashton
btc 10/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with elliot hunston
Dave Warburton 09/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Franco Cookson OLD 09/Feb/08 Lead

good route.

jamesturnbull ??/2008 Lead
Tobias at Home ??/2008 2nd O/S
with Kat
Hidden ??/2008 -
bullybones ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
joese7en ??/2008 -
Hidden 30/Oct/07 2nd O/S
Owen W-G 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S

Got confused and went for a prickling in the tree before returning back to the arete. Some oldtimer seemed in awe of my trials, commenting that, at HVS, it was the hardest hollybush thrash on the crag. Each to their own.

with Robin
maybe_si 24/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with charlie
chadrads 15/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with adrian berry
Hidden 15/Sep/07 2nd
csd23 ?/Sep/07 2nd rpt
btc 01/Aug/07 2nd
with ian lovatt
dannyboy83 07/Jul/07 2nd O/S
fizzy_elephant 03/May/07 Lead O/S
with Stephen Baker
Will Hunt 01/Apr/07 Lead dnf

Mental! Not as painful as it looks but I made myself acquainted with the holly. Used it as a good foothold. Poor handholds meant I continued traversing to a platform from which descent was easy.

with CheshireClimber
craig matheson ?/Apr/07 Solo
Hidden ??/2007 -
Oli 28/Sep/06 2nd rpt
with Ian Killey
bobette 20/Sep/06 2nd O/S
with paul
Hidden 17/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Gambit 10/Sep/06 Lead rpt
with Barney
jimjimmyjimjim 12/Aug/06 Lead O/S
Si dH 10/Aug/06 Lead O/S

Felt soft for grade. Two 5a moves maybe easy 5b, good gear.

with Neil Furniss
Shad ?/Jul/06 Lead
leon ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Oli 28/May/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/May/06 2nd O/S
shark 29/Apr/06 Solo
with Chris Williams
Jack Symmons ?/Feb/06 Lead
with Andy B
Hidden ??/2006 -
Pete Graham ??/2006 2nd
with James Buckly
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Dec/05 Solo
shark 05/Oct/05 Solo rpt
Alex Mason ?/Oct/05 Solo

failed on telli so did this easy rly

with mark siberia
SMc 01/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Anne
Hidden 26/Jun/05 2nd
Stig 03/May/05 Lead O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Hodge ??/2005 2nd
Andrew Barker ??/2005 2nd O/S
with Jack Symmons
mattyork2 ?/Dec/04 2nd
with Alistair Robertson
r0b ?/Nov/04 2nd
with Andy Smith
Hidden 02/May/04 Lead
Hidden ?/May/04 TR
Hidden ?/Apr/04 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Aug/03 Lead RP
coffeepot 09/Aug/03 2nd
with Sarah Griffin
Mark Collins 13/Apr/03 Lead O/S
with Andrew Eakins
Hidden 21/Jul/02 2nd O/S
Phil West 13/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Chris Tan
DerwentDiluted 19/May/02 Lead
with Laurie Smith
akhughes ??/2002 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2002 -
Ropeboy 02/Dec/01 Lead
Hidden 15/Jul/01 Lead
Hidden 22/May/01 TR
chrisrogers ?/May/01 Lead O/S

Nice delicate run-out after the break

with Steve J
Stone Muppet ??/2001 -
phardman 03/Sep/00 Lead O/S
with Teresa
tlr ??/2000 Solo
Rock Fairy ??/2000 2nd
Coel Hellier ??/1999 -
Hidden ??/1999 TR dnf
Simon Pearce ??/1999 -
Hidden 09/Aug/98 Lead
Chris the Tall ?/Aug/98 Solo rpt
DavidEvans ?/May/98 Lead O/S
with Tim Stallard
NeilGriffiths 19/Apr/97 Lead

Kerry belayed

NeilGriffiths 19/Apr/97 -
with Kerry
Hidden ??/1996 Lead
Laramadness 02/Apr/95 Lead O/S
with RF
Hidden 01/Apr/95 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1995 Lead
Hidden 01/May/94 -
JiveWeasel ?/May/94 2nd
Gordon Stainforth 30/Apr/94 2nd
with Steve Den
Chris the Tall ?/Jun/93 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/92 Lead
Chris Reid ?/Jun/92 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/92 Lead O/S
WB ??/1992 -
Dave Musgrove Jnr 07/Dec/91 Solo
with Dad
Dave Musgrove 07/Dec/91 Solo
with David
Hidden 26/Aug/91 Lead O/S
Roget 23/Jun/91 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/May/91 Solo
Stoney Boy 28/Apr/91 Solo O/S
Rich Kirby ?/Mar/91 2nd
leathers ??/1991 -
whispering nic ?/Aug/90 Solo
with Graham Iles
Hidden ?/Jul/90 Lead O/S
Andy Say 23/Sep/89 Solo
Hidden 21/Sep/89 Solo
stp 09/Jun/89 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/May/89 2nd
surfbish ?/Jun/88 Lead O/S
BRUCESTRAC ??/1988 -
with Chris Cracknell,Various
goi.ashmore 16/Oct/87 Solo O/S
sadams ?/Sep/87 Solo
with Guy Townsend
Hidden 28/Jun/87 Solo
Hidden 09/May/87 Lead
Hidden 26/Jun/86 2nd
steve prior ?/Jun/86 Lead O/S
with Chris S
shark 27/Apr/86 Solo O/S
with Paul Hempstock
Rob Davies ?/Aug/85 Lead
with Tony Welsh
Hidden 13/Jul/85 Solo
GordonHart ??/1985 Lead O/S
mark-abz 03/Oct/82 2nd
with John S
Hidden 25/Sep/82 Solo
andy gittins ??/1982 -
adriandesouza ?/Aug/80 Lead O/S
Chris Ellis 17/Jul/80 2nd
walts4 17/Jul/80 Lead
Hidden 07/Jun/80 Solo
mikej 22/Oct/67 Lead
with Alan Couper
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