Rockfax Description
The dark rift in traditional style to an awkward narrowing exit. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Stanage; Diffs on the cliffs, Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Stanage for Crack Apprentices, Thrutch and Clutch.

the power 17/Oct Solo
Hidden 17/Oct Lead O/S
static266 12/Oct Lead O/S
TomatoPro 10/Oct Solo O/S

This was a lot of fun

Hidden 03/Oct Solo O/S
Jonathan Hall 03/Oct Solo
Technoguile 03/Oct Lead
the power 20/Aug Solo
dr_botnik 20/Aug Solo
Hidden 23/Jul Lead
Hidden 11/Jul Lead O/S
jonathan_doyle 10/Jul Solo O/S
M_Robinson 03/Jun Solo O/S
SEDaniels 03/Jun 2nd O/S
with Jack Helliwell
Dorte 30/May 2nd dog
with Nick E.
PLM 26/May Solo O/S


Chris Oldfield 23/May Solo rpt
with Corin
Felicityleigh-hudson 23/May 2nd O/S
Chris Oldfield 12/May Solo rpt

really love the thrutchy struggle to get through the back

with Katherine Oldfield
Chris Oldfield 02/May Solo O/S

set off on lead, had to reverse and remove my harness, helmet and most of my clothes in order to squeeze through the top. Hardest vdiff ever?

with Francis Warrick
MSchobitz 18/Apr Solo O/S
Hidden 07/Apr 2nd
FlavioL1989 05/Apr Solo O/S
dansimkin 03/Apr Lead O/S
with Kira Roberts
suds_01 ??/2015 -
suds_01 ??/2015 -
suds_01 ??/2015 -
Chrissy202 02/Nov/14 Lead O/S
with Jack
Simon Caldwell 05/Oct/14 Solo O/S

Took the squeeze exit at the back, more like caving than climbing. Ended up removing my helmet, harness, and eventually glasses, in order to fit through the final squeeze. A classic!

noteviljoe 28/Sep/14 Solo

35 climbs into attempted 100 Solo's (M-VD) in a day, this was my favourite of the whole day. Maybe I went in too deep but found it the most ridiculously narrow climb ever!

sparkass 13/Sep/14 Solo rpt

100 IAD No. 70

smoreda 02/Sep/14 Lead
stp 07/Aug/14 Solo
Hidden 04/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Duncan Campbell 14/Jul/14 Solo O/S
with Bubbles
Hjort 05/Jul/14 Solo rpt
Ron 01/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Steve G
Polnedrane 30/Jun/14 -
JamieSparkes 28/Jun/14 2nd rpt
MichaelGallimore 22/Jun/14 Lead rpt

Done in error whilst on the 100 stanage stars day. Oops! Great route!

with Ben Philips
mrteale 17/Jun/14 Solo O/S
MrBIond 17/Jun/14 Solo
Hidden 26/May/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/May/14 Lead O/S
Deezel65 03/May/14 Solo rpt
Tightsgirl 19/Apr/14 Lead
with Matthew Cooksey, Yvonne Markwick, Alex Hockin, Rachel Clutterbuck, Tom Lawson
Matt Marsh 15/Apr/14 Solo
with Aiden Gandy
Matt Boyd 14/Apr/14 Solo O/S
tprebs 13/Apr/14 Solo O/S
Eireannach 13/Apr/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Apr/14 Solo dnf
cjcuni ?/Apr/14 Solo O/S
minus8 ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
ThomasO'Hagan ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Eva Kocickova
Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Goodstuff 21/Dec/13 2nd O/S

Route 9 of the Stanage Winter challenge. Nice variety of climbing with some good exposure at the top.

with Mike Gallimore
MichaelGallimore 21/Dec/13 Lead O/S

Done as part of the first successful completion of the stanage winter challenge, in a time of 7hrs. Cheers for an amazing day James :)

alexm198 09/Nov/13 Lead O/S
with Kieran Hogan, Tommy Ogden
Andy Moles 30/Sep/13 Solo O/S
with -
Hidden 09/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Foxy1984 09/Sep/13 Lead O/S
pheotleyr 10/Aug/13 Solo dnf

Didn't seem to fit through the very finish...

Didymus 04/Aug/13 Solo O/S
kfowler141 26/Jul/13 Lead
ju59 14/Jul/13 2nd
with Helen
Hidden 13/Jul/13 Lead
Hidden 11/Jul/13 Solo O/S
victim of mathematics 01/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Mayaculpa 06/Jun/13 Lead dnf

too fat to get through the gap, though looking at others comments, may have to try harder.

with Paul Bonson
Mark Grist 04/Jun/13 Solo O/S
mapperley samurai 25/May/13 Lead O/S

A textbook chimney. Don't get lured in too deep -unless you're under 5, or anorexic there will be no escape at the top.

with Ben Moss
gsavell 19/May/13 Lead dnf

Didn't fit up the back, and the front end was a little scary for feat route of the day. Try again sometime.

with Sarah Knight
brownie mike 02/May/13 Lead
papashango 13/Jan/13 Solo
with Stu
Hidden 13/Jan/13 Solo
drsdave ??/2013 -
with Mat
AlanPedrick ??/2013 -
Hidden 29/Nov/12 Solo
Hidden 07/Oct/12 Solo O/S
Dan Geh 06/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Freshers
Private Flounder 27/Sep/12 Solo
LakesWinter 22/Sep/12 Lead

Good chimney action.

with Dave
valentinesbabe 02/Sep/12 Solo O/S

Not had so much fun in a long time...spent most of my time on this route laughing my socks off. I'm a fairly buxom size 12 and believe me it's a bit of a squeeze exiting this one, had to manually manouever parts of my body to get through and had to use every bit of chimneying technique to work it all out. Excellent climb :-)

Jackwd 02/Sep/12 Solo
Charley Carpenter ?/Sep/12 -
with Amy prosser
Hidden 26/Aug/12 Lead O/S
BeckyPayne 23/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with John Proctor
gpcomps 16/Aug/12 Solo dnf

Couldn't get my shoulders through the exit, not a route for the fat and the trickiest Diff I've climbed

with Steve Kinsley
hainesck100 11/Aug/12 Lead dnf
with Phil Jones
Phil_Hall_97 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S

very tight squeeze through the back of the chimney. probably not the way to go!

with Phil Jones
Deezel65 06/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Wendy Watthews 06/Aug/12 Solo O/S

its a good job i'm no bigger then a size 10 :)

missxandrabee 31/Jul/12 Lead dnf

Utterly nasty. Still unconvinced that I even fit in it.

with Steve
deacondeacon 26/Jul/12 Solo
shed_hed 21/Jul/12 Solo O/S
with Alun Freem
Stanners 10/Jul/12 Solo O/S

The worlds hardest (and best) route ever!!!!!!!! No man belongs "in" that route! Fair play to martin for getting in this first! Christ!

with James Rich, Martin Stanfield, Jack Bradbrook
Quarryboy 10/Jul/12 Solo O/S

This route really does take the cake for the best route that you are guaranteed struggle on graded less than severe. One of the few things where factors such as dampness, shoes, and gear make little or no difference whatsoever. In order to do it you need to relatively skinny and on the crux turn your head sideways as well as hold your breath in order to squeeze through the tiny gap inch by inch. The route is also entertaining especially for any climbing parters you may be with and as each of us did it the rest of us stood at the top looking down the chimney mainly laughing. Memorable quotes include "Can you drizzle some lube down" and "its a boy" upon success.

Stanley 10/Jul/12 Solo O/S
with James Rich, Stanners, Jack Bradbrook
gavinpeach 30/May/12 Solo O/S
buxtoncoffeelover 29/May/12 Solo
antdav 13/May/12 Lead O/S
with John, Dan
Jimbo C 06/May/12 Solo O/S

Awesome body camming finish - move into a horizontal position and feed yourself through the slot.

with Chris
robthered 10/Apr/12 Solo O/S
sgl 23/Mar/12 Solo O/S
rooftops ?/Mar/12 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 -
J.Atkins 24/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Sep/11 2nd
victim of mathematics 15/Sep/11 Solo rpt
ceri's 14/Aug/11 Lead dnf

Didn't fancy going up through the back, and not brave enough to step out onto the face so I retreated gracefully whilst retrieving my gear.

with Charles
Dugg 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Mick Loughran 23/Jul/11 -

Don't get sucked into the crack

Hidden 23/Jul/11 Solo O/S
UnkArl 09/Jul/11 Solo β

Debbie got 'stuck' so I had to go up to retrieve the gear. I'm pretty skinny but it was a real struggle getting up there. Seems like the size of your waist is the deciding factor on this not your technique/thrutchiness.

with Debbie
Debs 09/Jul/11 Lead dnf
with Karl
tlmarjot 24/Jun/11 Solo O/S
antmorgan1991 02/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Confusing route, that I found hard for the given grade of H. Diff.

with Ross Monaghan
Hidden 16/May/11 Solo
johnpuddephatt 14/May/11 Solo O/S
David Bird 03/May/11 Lead O/S
with AliB
alisterrobbird 02/May/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/11 Solo O/S
rustaldo 19/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Anna Hammond ?/Jan/11 2nd
Hidden ??/2011 -
uphillnow ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ?/Dec/10 -
kitkat78 ?/Oct/10 2nd
with SteveM
Tony Mustow 21/Sep/10 Solo O/S
thoabb 04/Sep/10 2nd O/S

?Devil's Crack

with sophie
Hidden 04/Sep/10 Lead
Nick1812P 19/Aug/10 Solo O/S
with Jamie
JamieSparkes 10/Aug/10 Solo O/S
llamaglama 10/Aug/10 Solo
with Jam
Hidden 09/Jul/10 Lead rpt
Hidden 06/Jul/10 Lead dog
Hidden 02/Jun/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 31/May/10 Solo dnf
MichJ 24/Apr/10 -
Hidden 18/Apr/10 Solo O/S
AMarchant 14/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/10 Solo O/S
andrew sandercock 07/Mar/10 Solo O/S
mountaingoatgirl ??/2010 Solo
Cardi 17/Oct/09 Solo O/S

Tricked Lucy into going first!

with Lucy R
Adam Potter 17/Oct/09 Solo O/S
howlingbaboon 16/Oct/09 Solo O/S

A swine of a squeeze and quite a puzzle. I'm surprised anyone's ever made it through with a harness on.

SteveM 10/Oct/09 Lead rpt
with Andy
Alpandy 10/Oct/09 2nd O/S
with Steve
Hidden 04/Oct/09 Solo O/S
katyc 04/Oct/09 Solo
Hidden 19/Sep/09 Solo rpt
bobbarnes00 18/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Tom Large
Murr64 27/Aug/09 2nd
with John Riddell
Pilch 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S

Got stuck, so had to rope up and finish on the outside

with Graham
mic_b 27/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Jun/09 Solo
Graeme Hammond 12/Jun/09 Solo O/S

very tigt exit right at the back of the chimney, what a grovel!!

colin milton 06/Jun/09 Solo
Hidden 04/May/09 TR dnf
Mindy 04/May/09 Lead rpt

My first proper lead!

with Nick and Mark
Hidden 26/Apr/09 Solo O/S
popebenedictus 14/Apr/09 Solo rpt
with Soloed
Brown 01/Apr/09 Solo O/S
with Solo
BRUCESTRAC ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
craig cameron ??/2009 Lead O/S

tricky for big people with long legs, but was a fun climb.

Stig 06/Dec/08 Solo O/S
Monkey_Alan 18/Oct/08 2nd
sparkass 27/Sep/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Sep/08 Solo O/S
whiting.jp 27/Sep/08 Solo rpt
popebenedictus 18/Sep/08 Solo O/S
with Soloed
Hjort 16/Aug/08 Solo O/S
Sardien 16/Aug/08 Solo
dannyboy83 ?/Jun/08 Solo O/S
whiting.jp 24/May/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 18/May/08 2nd
Hidden 08/May/08 Solo rpt
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
Lev 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Nicki & Suvi
Lev 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Suvi, Nicki
nicki_2712 20/Oct/07 2nd
with Lev
Hidden 19/Oct/07 Lead O/S
lizzie789 19/Oct/07 2nd
with Emma
tobydunford 02/Sep/07 Solo O/S
seanmalone 17/Aug/07 Solo O/S
with owen barnicott
whiting.jp 12/Aug/07 Solo

A ludicrously tight exit, highly amusing and suitably deviant.

Calder 22/Jul/07 2nd
Hidden 27/Jun/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Jun/07 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/07 Solo
Hidden 26/May/07 Lead
Hidden 11/May/07 Lead O/S
default_slipper 05/May/07 Solo
Hidden 28/Apr/07 Lead O/S
AJ007 25/Apr/07 Solo
no_more_scotch_eggs ?/Apr/07 2nd O/S
craig matheson ?/Apr/07 Solo
Yellow_trousers ??/2007 Solo O/S
with Tom Sparkes
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
jonnyboy 23/Dec/06 Solo O/S

got stuck at the top,took a lot of squirming to get out, might right a book and cut my arm off...

Hidden 07/Oct/06 2nd
shouter ?/Sep/06 Lead
Hidden 11/Jul/06 Solo rpt
victim of mathematics 01/Jul/06 Solo O/S
crossdressingrodney 01/Jul/06 Solo O/S
Nicos 21/Jan/06 Lead O/S
with mark richardson
Tobias at Home ??/2006 -
howhard 05/Nov/05 Lead O/S

Airy! Thought it was a bit hard for a diff.

with John Macris
Budge 14/Jul/05 Solo O/S
Marc Murphy ?/Jul/05 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/05 Solo O/S
mwh 21/Mar/05 Solo O/S
John Brayshaw 19/Sep/04 Lead O/S
with Chris
Hidden 07/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Aug/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Aug/04 Lead O/S
SteveM 01/Jul/04 Lead
with Regina
Hidden 05/May/04 Lead
SMc ?/May/04 Lead O/S
with Anne
Hidden ?/Jan/04 2nd
drysori ??/2004 -
Hidden ?/Jun/03 Solo rpt
Hidden 31/May/03 Solo
Hidden 25/May/03 Solo O/S
mreynolds 24/May/03 2nd O/S
timreynolds 24/May/03 Lead O/S
with Dan Janman, Matt Reynolds
DerwentDiluted 26/Apr/03 Lead
with A. Murray
DorsetGareth 29/Mar/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Mar/03 Solo O/S
A Crook 04/Jul/02 Solo O/S
with Pat Boothman
John Andrew Simpson ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Martin Hepworth
Roget 08/Sep/01 Solo O/S
Ropeboy 05/Aug/01 Solo
Alastair Hudson 21/Jul/01 Solo
Hidden ?/Jun/01 Lead
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2001 Solo
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/99 Solo
rocktigger ??/1999 Lead O/S
with chopper
Hidden 06/Jul/97 Solo
andy tetsill ?/Jul/97 Solo
DundeeDave 03/Jul/96 Lead
with Ben Hughes
Chris Ellis 22/Jun/96 Lead
with Rachel Nicolson
EddieA 07/Jun/96 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1996 Solo
Adrian Daniels 01/Oct/95 Lead
with Dave Nicholson
skygodley 20/May/95 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1995 TR
iskra2000 15/Oct/94 Solo

With Duncan Leech & Paul Woodcock. Such fun!

charlesmfrench 22/Aug/92 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/May/92 Solo
babymoac 14/Apr/91 Solo
NickJH ?/Mar/91 Solo O/S
tapley 24/May/90 -
steve prior ?/May/90 Solo
Andy Say 04/Sep/87 Solo
Iain Thow 13/Jun/87 Solo
Tom V 18/Apr/87 Solo
Hidden ??/1986 Lead
Mark Kemball 24/Jan/82 Solo
mark-abz 06/Apr/80 Solo
Rob Davies 23/Feb/80 Solo
Andy Fielding ??/1979 Solo
MikeDowsett ??/1978 Lead
Nigel Bond 24/Apr/77 Lead
with Dave
Chris Terrey ??/1977 Solo
Dave Musgrove 20/Mar/76 -
Derek Ryden ??/1975 -
mikej 10/Sep/66 Solo
with Ted Markham, John Lee
Hidden 01/May/65 Lead
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