The Asp*** E3 6a
[Steven McIntosh The Asp E3 6a, 2 kb]12m.

Rockfax Description
A fine and tenuous finger-crack. Gain the base of the crack from the left via the big pocket or (harder) from below. Perfect wires protect thin layback moves at two-thirds height and the awkward finishing crack which is less bold than it used to be. © ROCKFAX

FA. Ed Drummond 1975

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Hardish grit routes that have good gear but aren't staminafests, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, World Graded List, Peak Rock/12/The New Golden Age, Stanage for Crack Apprentices, WideBoyz Crack School, Sweet-Ass Stanage E3's.

Photo: Steven McIntosh The Asp E3 6a © SMc
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This climb is in 223 logbooks, and on 80 wishlists.

Following Rory, done clean.
Tom.Priestley - 2nd rpt - 03/Oct/15

James Oakes - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/15 with Gareth Hooson

HaddRoots - Lead G/U - 22/Sep/15 with Kai

Amazed to get this clean after having a mare on Desperation, maybe should have led it? :P
mikespooner - 2nd β - 16/Aug/15 with Roger Kirke

john lynch - 2nd - 09/Jun/15 with Dylan, Lewis Andrew

Amazing little climb, non stop climbing!
phil64 - Lead rpt - 04/Jun/15 with dave

BRoe - Lead O/S - 21/May/15 with Will Lord, Millard

Mike W - 2nd - 12/May/15

Fantastick got everything rite today
Andy Peak 1 - Lead rpt - 01/May/15 with Jone nuttal

foot popped on the first attempt but got it 2nd time round. Dubious of the 6a element!
Alistair Corbett - Lead - May/15 with Mike

Louishmouis - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/15 with Felix

preplaced the friend in the big pocket from my mates shoulders didn't want to fluff the little jump which was actually easy when I went, good climbing shame its so short
scott quinn - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/15 with Tom Priestley

Not strong enough to hang on, did all the moves tho.
Tom.Priestley - 2nd dog - 24/Apr/15 with Scott Quinn

drysori - TR - 20/Apr/15

Kevster - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15 with Lizzie

Compo - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15

grp - Lead G/U - 22/Mar/15

fuzzysheep01 - TR dog - 21/Mar/15 with Pierce Ferris

AdrianP - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/15

Hidden - Lead - 2015

Had a quick look on abseil, then go it on the second attempt. A 5c move into a 6a move into a rest into another 6a move then your pretty much at the top. Short and sharp.
MarkRoe - Lead G/U - 05/Nov/14 with Hugh Wood

harry_lewis - Lead dnf - 02/Nov/14 with Alex McCann

Oddjob - 2nd β - 10/Oct/14 with Tom

Richard Hession - 2nd β - 19/Aug/14 with Greg C

climb the peak - Lead RP - 12/Jul/14

Hidden - TR RP - 03/Jul/14

thought the 1st couple of moves were the hardest bit
robman - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/14

peter.ravenscroft27 - 2nd - 23/Jun/14 with Tim Exley

fell at the crux then finished off, will be back! Superb.
mrteale - Lead dog - 17/Jun/14 with MrBlond

Luxulyan - 2nd - 12/Jun/14 with Tom Murrell

Came off on crux after spending too long sorting gear. Crack also a bit damp. Finished. Ben seconded to strip gear then I re-led ground-up clean. Fab route. So much cleaner and better than it looks from below.
climberchristy - Lead G/U - 03/May/14 with Ben Cole

Hidden - TR O/S - May/14

way too hot to try this. felt like I had heat stroke after!
tprebs - Lead dog - 18/Apr/14 with Conor Cadden

cjcuni - 2nd dog - Apr/14 with Thomas Prebble

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/14

Dan Arkle - 2014

Lotoni - TR - Dec/13 with kuz

clean second. difficult start - long reach to the pocket.
DaveMo - 2nd O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Joe Chambers, Jan

slipped off first go, lowered, pulled ropes, steady second go. The hardest move is the first getting to the pocket
tim newton - Lead G/U - 05/Oct/13 with will goldsmith

kiks - Lead - 29/Sep/13 with Joe

Hidden - 2nd dog - 29/Sep/13

ChrisBrooke - 2nd - 03/Aug/13 with Dan McManus

emily_allen - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/13

Too scared to commit to the starting move, hence the top-rope
MikeLeeds - TR - 21/Jul/13 with John McMahon

Got about 2/3 the way up. Didn't read the route description before hand and so didn't realise that I was at a key layback move. tried to fingerlock, came off.
tsjx - TR dnf - 21/Jul/13

not a true onsight as I had some beta shouted up to me which really helped. wouldn't have got up it clean otherwise.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/13

Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 17/Jul/13 with Andrew Deckon

Michael Allday - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13

Really nice finger crack
Wizzy - 2nd β - Jul/13

marcduhig - Lead RP - 29/Jun/13 with Iain G

oodie72 - 2nd dnf - 29/Jun/13 with Marc Duhig

w.pettet-smith - Lead - 16/Jun/13 with claire jane carter

not a great warm up after being sat in a car for 2 hours. lovely climbing though.
DanOsb - 2nd - 16/Jun/13 with w.pettet-smith

Great Protection, with 2 small nuts in the middle and a cam in the pocket. Beautiful Sunset to boot.
Welly Matt - Lead RP - 04/Jun/13

shouter - TR - 04/Jun/13

Wanted to do this for years, but every time I felt up to it it was wet! Good climbing, shame it isn't 3 times as long. Not as hard as I expected and the gear is perfect.
drysori - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Ali

Pippa - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Jamie Thornley

mountain_jay - 2nd - 26/May/13 with Pippa Froggatt

One for another day!
Dibdawg - Lead dnf - 25/May/13 with Morna Middleton

slipped off initial moves, got 2nd go- great route!
john lynch - Lead - 22/May/13

Damn hard. Well above my current ability, did maybe 3 moves then gave up.
Voltemands - TR dnf - 04/May/13 with Matt Crack

mattcrack - TR O/S - 04/May/13 with Ben Walton

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/13

Brown - Lead - 28/Aug/12 with John

redjerry - TR O/S - 12/Aug/12

Happy with this! Alun pointed out a couple of vital holds which allowed me to get up clean, otherwise I'd have probably pumped out figuring out the moves.
shed_hed - 2nd β - 28/Jul/12 with Alun Freem

sketched at the top
WB - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Guy

Jacob Bloodworth - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/12

Dean177 - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Lottie Faulkner

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/12

my 3rd and defiantly best E3 so far. hard climbing but with great gear, fell on the first atempt at midday due to sweaty fingers, got it clean just before dark, love it!
timmyhobby - Lead RP - 24/Mar/12

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead rpt - 20/Mar/12

Hidden - TR O/S - 20/Mar/12

Wet and Green
Chi Cheng - Lead dnf - 11/Mar/12 with Liam Brown

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Little Chris

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/11

barni - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/11 with Ami

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/11

natalietanzer - 2nd - 10/Jul/11 with nacnud

nacnud - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Natalie Tanzer

One fall more than half way up....gutted!
Fran S8 - Lead dog - 05/Jul/11

Owain Llewelyn - Lead - 26/Jun/11 with Doddy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/11

geddicakes - 2nd - 25/May/11 with Mike Hayes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/May/11

morganator - Lead O/S - 05/May/11 with Stan Halstead

Tough tenuous move.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with Mike

Dagash - TR dog - 18/Apr/11

Brilliant but I wish it was longer..
billb - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/11 with Mark Warnet

Kyuzo - 02/Apr/11 with Joe Prinold

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/11

morganator - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/11 with Stan Halstead

steve_yo - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/11 with smacks

too short for 3 stars!
markalmack - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/11 with andy graham, simon bulmer

GPN - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/11

Andy Graham - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/11 with Mark Almack

Hidden - Lead - 2011

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - Dec/10

Froze my fingers so downclimbed to ground with one runner in, then sent it clean. Classic but all over too quickly!
highlux - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/10

Chris Ellis - 2nd dog - 17/Oct/10 with Mark Watson

Hidden - 2nd dog - 22/Aug/10

After dad lead it, I followed up! Didn't get to feel the true authenticity of the route whilst placing gear (as seconding), so didn't really appreciate the difficulty - easy on second, but lovely climb! Will return to lead myself for sure!
rubben - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Marcus O'Leary, roland o'leary

Marcus - Lead - 22/Aug/10 with Roland O'Leary

fell of first go, got it from the ground with the gear in the next
dave o - Lead - 19/Aug/10 with Julia H

FlorianCastagne - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/10 with Nathan Rosenfeld

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Jun/10

Skipped the first move by ascending, then shunted throught the crack..culd not work out how to start, very difficult,will definately come back and work at it
Sam Simpson - TR dnf - 18/May/10

jowgli - Lead RP - 17/May/10 with will kelsall

chrisclimber_1986 - 2nd dog - 17/May/10 with William Kelsall

Hidden - Lead β - May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/10

Liam Ingram - 2nd dog - 24/Apr/10 with David

Hidden - Lead - 23/Apr/10

aahhhhhh what a climb
jon clayton - Lead - 21/Apr/10 with alex orr

gingerwolf - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/10

burto - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with fergus

Fergus Cuthill - 2nd O/S - 17/Apr/10

Hidden - TR dog - 15/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead RP - Apr/10

Fell off moving off rest.
The Green Giant - Lead dnf - Apr/10 with Jon

Seymore Butt - 2010

RossG - 2010

Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/09 with Matt Burdican

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/Sep/09

Totally superb and definitive E3 6a. Provaricated half way up for a while in search of a solid way to do the crux. Still ended up feeling tenuous but great moves.
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/09 with Al

what an ace route, just out of my comfort zone, felt myself well pushin on this
anguskille - Lead β - 25/Aug/09 with Tom Fenwick

SMc - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Anne

fennerz - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/09 with Dan Lane

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead - 13/Apr/09

Dan 85 - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/09 with Rich

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/09

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Geoff

Pete Graham - Lead - Apr/09 with Rick Graham

cramp in forearms halfway up the route, awesome
Flash29 - 2nd - 14/Oct/08 with Irish

foot popped, beautiful route
irish paul - Lead - 14/Oct/08 with Dave Roberts

joe c ook - Lead O/S - Sep/08 with Nate

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/08

steve_biczyk - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/08 with Emma Curry

Felt alot harder than last time, fell once, but not on the crux, wasnt paying attention to relaxed with the great gear!!
IanJackson - Lead - 30/Jun/08 with Adam1973

Nicos - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/08 with rich howels

craig d - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Simon Kincaid

Beautiful technical moves, can't wait til I am confident enough to lead this.
Julia Chatterton - TR - 24/May/08 with Will

Awesome, my brother led it too for his first E3 o.s, wickid!
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/08

Not sure were the E3 bit was, or the 6a bit! : Glad i didnt solo it thou, (thanks for the climb Adam and Ed)
IanJackson - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/08 with Adam Booth

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/08 with Ed Booth

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Some nuts were preplaced from when Ally did Boc No Buttress.
Oli - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/07 with Ally

MYSSAK - Solo O/S - 07/Oct/07

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07

sparkass - Lead RP - Oct/07 with Mike Shorter

good route sustained but easy 6a
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/07 with Vash

willackers - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07 with Dan Walker

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - 2nd rpt - 09/Jun/07 with John Nightingale

mbutton - Lead O/S - May/07 with Alex Adgar

Hidden - TR dog - 27/Mar/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

mshorter - Lead - 2007 with dunc

jamesturnbull - Lead - 2007 with john w

Hidden - TR dog - 08/Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/06

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/06 with helen gibson

Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - Jul/05 with Phil Leng

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/04

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/03 with John Nightingale

ian bryant - Lead rpt - 07/Jun/03 with rod

First E3 of the year and early too.
DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/03 with John Bunny

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 29/Mar/03

Hidden - TR - 08/Aug/02

james wardle - 2nd O/S - Jul/02 with Henrey Leavy (RIP)

Hidden - 2nd dog - 04/May/02

Nick got halfway and placed some gear then gave up, I lead it finishing it off.
Obi-Wan is lost... - Lead - 04/May/02 with Nick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2002

Jon Greengrass - 2nd dog - 2002 with Rich

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/01

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Jun/01

Boy - Oct/00

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Sep/00

Hidden - TR - 19/Jul/00

Mark Riley - Lead rpt - May/00 with Richard Ibberson

nickdonohue - 2nd - 26/Mar/00 with David ?, Sue Pinner

Hidden - 2000

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

nige - 2000

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 23/Jul/99 with Andy Benson, tim russon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/99

ste_d - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/97 with mik

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Jun/97

Hidden - TR - 21/May/95

Hidden - Lead - 27/Apr/95

Hidden - 27/Apr/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/95

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jul/94

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/94 with Dee Herbert

John Southworth - Lead RP - Jul/94

Hidden - TR - 29/Jun/94

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/94

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/93 with Phil

mikedelderfield - Lead O/S - 01/May/93 with Steven Delderfield

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jun/92

Craig Barton - Lead O/S - 1992

Hidden - Lead dog - 22/Oct/91

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/91

AB1965 - Lead - 09/Apr/90

Hidden - 1990

1 fall ripping F0.5
phardman - Lead - 24/Jun/88

shark - Lead - 27/Sep/87 with Seb Grieve

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 13/Jul/87 with Colin Gilchrist

Mike Owen - 18/May/87 with Elaine Owen

Billg - Lead O/S - 09/May/87 with Dave Gregory

1 fall
sadams - Lead - 06/Oct/85 with Aylesbury CC

Hidden - Lead - 1983

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/81

Mark Kemball - Lead - 24/May/80 with Steve Finch

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Canyak - 1973

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