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[The end of the day at Stanage, 2 kb]14m. Take the lowest possible line up the edge of the face on sloping footholds and then move around onto the exposed face where mild but bold moves up the rib reach superb finishing jugs. As easy as it ever was but completely lacking in protection. © ROCKFAX
FA. Ron Townsend 1949

Ticklists: Stanage Routes Graded List, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Peak Rock/5/ Always a Little Steeper.

Photo: The end of the day at Stanage © Matt Johnson
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 197 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

More of a solo than a lead
Ash Sayers - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14

Nice moves. Holds are clean though the face is green
rurp - TR O/S - 27/Aug/14

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/14

Jenni Lees - 2nd O/S - 21/Aug/14 with Lee

whitehouse_rhys - Solo O/S - 30/Jul/14

Got spooked on the arete below the top! But got it done still
Cheese Monkey - Solo O/S - 09/Jul/14

bwestwood - Solo - 08/Jul/14

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Myself!

Rachel Slater - Solo O/S - 14/Jun/14

john lynch - Solo O/S - 13/Jun/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 11/Jun/14

Previous lead early 90's.
jshields - Lead - 11/Jun/14 with Ed James

Senna - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/14

jazzyjeff - 2nd - 02/Jun/14 with Sean

David_Gledson - Solo O/S - 06/May/14

Dan Vaj - TR O/S - 03/May/14 with Howie Bartrip

WillDoyle - Solo - 02/May/14

Brown - Solo - 24/Apr/14 with Lily

Dafydd Llywelyn - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/14

RKernan - Solo - 15/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/14

fjg123 - Mar/14

Wolfy1987 NEWMC - Lead - Mar/14

Sidekick - Solo O/S - 23/Nov/13

Hidden - Solo - 26/Sep/13

alaster tonge - Solo - 20/Sep/13

There's no gear on this whats so ever!!
Paul Hy - TR O/S - 05/Sep/13 with Ken

Hardcore Pat - Solo O/S - 04/Sep/13

hazeysunshine - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Hilary

Jim Slater - Solo rpt - 11/Aug/13

James Oakes - Solo O/S - 01/Aug/13 with Hamish Legge, Gareth Hooson

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jun/13

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 03/Jun/13

Steady, just a bit of a headgame. Cracking position!
Dafydd Llywelyn - Solo O/S - 02/May/13 with Alec Smith

Stanage HVS
migs493 - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/13 with LO

pie_eater_pete - Solo O/S - 03/Mar/13 with bwestwood

bwestwood - Solo - 03/Mar/13 with pete sargeant

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/12

Practically a solo. A little green and a bit crap.
thetradlad - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Harry Thorpe

Harry Thorpe - 2nd O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Jake Lodge

Mike W - Solo O/S - 04/Oct/12

Jordan - Solo O/S - 17/Sep/12

bit sketchy in the strong wind, but still did it twice for photos
Graeme Hammond - Solo rpt - 11/Sep/12

harold walmsley - Solo rpt - 30/Aug/12

deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/12

Gudge - 2nd O/S - Aug/12 with Andrew Deacon

Olli-C - Solo O/S - 30/Jun/12 with Andrea, Rachel Slater

Ian JL - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/12

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 23/May/12

bwestwood - Solo - 21/May/12

very very good! climbed up to fast and didnt give my self enough time to adjust to the exposure!
Andy Peak 1 - Solo - 06/May/12

disturbed_one51 - Lead - 20/Apr/12 with Juliet Bate

JJB - 2nd - 20/Apr/12 with Mark Williams

Smithy Smith - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Dan Mckinlay - 2012

PAJames - 2012

akhughes - Solo O/S - 2012

Hidden - TR dog - 06/Nov/11

Hidden - Solo - 25/Oct/11

Goose4 - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/11 with Euan McKendrick

McKEuan - 2nd - 20/Oct/11 with Angus Mckendrick

barni - 04/Oct/11

hailtryfan - 2nd O/S - Oct/11 with AJ Bowley

No gear until right at the top!
shed_hed - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/11 with Duncan Bottrill

ian d f - Solo O/S - 26/Sep/11

al123 - Solo - 24/Aug/11

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 09/Aug/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 14/Jul/11

benwhit - Lead - 11/May/11

w.pettet-smith - Solo - May/11

Jonathan Hall - Solo - 14/Apr/11

Stig - Solo rpt - 22/Mar/11

harold walmsley - Solo rpt - 14/Mar/11

David Smith - 2011

Hidden - Dec/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Aug/10

Not much you can do with this one other than solo it!
Jim Slater - Solo O/S - 10/Aug/10

JamieSparkes - Solo O/S - 29/Jul/10 with Nick, Claire

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Jun/10

Hidden - Solo rpt - 11/Jun/10

no gear small enough, so ended up as solo!
Tom Redmond - Solo - 19/May/10 with Rian Whitham

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 18/May/10

Jim Malo - 2nd - 11/Apr/10

rockjedi - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/10

Rhythm24 - Solo - 10/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Mar/10

easy climbing
hilty - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/10

easy climbing
hilty - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/10

No proper gear, moves up the aerete very insecure, geranlly horrible route.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/10 with Annette

Seymore Butt - 2010

peter myers - 2010

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Nov/09

Pete Graham - Solo - 07/Sep/09

Hidden - Solo - Sep/09

Bernie Wylde - Lead - 16/Aug/09

Shad - 2nd - Aug/09

Surprisingly scary once you pull round the corner.
Andrew Barker - Solo O/S - 23/Jul/09 with Jack Symmons

Stig - Solo rpt - 16/Jul/09 with Charlie Reade-Jahn

Hidden - Solo - 10/Jul/09

willoates - Solo O/S - Jul/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Apr/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/Apr/09

Belayed Tom on it and he went up without finding a single gear placement so I didn't tie in.
Oliver Branagan - Solo O/S - 18/Apr/09

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 02/Apr/09

A bit of gear at 2.5m then nothing until the last move onto the ledge - interesting!
Bob - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/09 with M. Bullough & S. Brock

An amazing climb. Got a couple of psychological pieces of gear in, but the climbing is never hard hard. Started wondering what might happen if I did fall off. Never a good idea!
Jon Dittman - Lead - 29/Mar/09

craig d - Solo - 30/Aug/08

inuklm - Solo - 26/Jul/08 with Dave Gent

no protection at all! Exposed around the arete.
Jeronimo - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/08 with Ben Johnson

took the rope up but couldnt find any gear!
Benrj - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/08 with jay mowat

Very satsfying solo, nicely exposed but never dodgy!
Mattyk - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/08

maybe_si - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/08

maybe_si - Solo O/S - 14/Jul/08

davidgent - Solo O/S - Jul/08 with Kunal

Mike W - Solo - Jun/08

The guide wasn't wrong when it said "completely unprotected"!
fizzy_elephant - Lead O/S - 07/May/08 with Amy Baker

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Apr/08

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 17/Feb/08

Andrew1 - Solo - 06/Feb/08 with Charlie HW

IanJackson - Solo O/S - Feb/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - Solo - 05/Oct/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead - Sep/07

Apharri - Solo O/S - Sep/07 with Dave Wharton

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 27/Aug/07

Pythonist - Solo O/S - 25/Aug/07

Hidden - TR - 22/Jul/07

climbingrick - Solo O/S - 28/Apr/07

Ben1983 - Solo O/S - 14/Apr/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Apr/07

feilx - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/07

Oceanic - Apr/07

Fantastic!! about the last route of the day (60+) with the beach boys playing on the ipod in the evening sun, long will this memory last (Aug 2010)
Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/07

Hidden - 2007

chrissloan84 - Solo O/S - 19/Aug/06

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - Jun/06

Jus - Solo - May/06

Chris the Tall - Solo rpt - 27/Apr/06

Nicos - Solo O/S - 04/Apr/06 with solo

shark - Solo - 29/Mar/06

John Lisle - 2006

ArnaudG - 2006

Tobias at Home - 2006

shark - Solo rpt - 29/Oct/05

reg_measures - Solo O/S - Oct/05

Si dH - Solo O/S - 23/Jul/05

Stig - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/05 with Charlie Reade-Jahn

Steve Whaley - TR O/S - 18/Jun/05 with Paul Craft

absolutely no gear
madaxeman - TR - 29/Apr/05 with Dave Potts

jamiev - Solo O/S - 19/Feb/05

Chris the Tall - 19/Feb/05

Adam Potter - Solo O/S - 05/Sep/04

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/May/04

LankyPaddy - Solo O/S - 01/May/04

drysori - 2004

Hidden - Lead - 2004

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Jun/03

Paz - Lead - Apr/03 with MH

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Mar/03

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2003

Trobbo - Lead - 23/Sep/00 with mike sissons

tlr - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2000

The Pylon King - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - Solo RP - 2000

Gilgar - 2nd - 1999 with Ryan Edwards, Duncan Barrack

Chris Ellis - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/97 with Martin Veale

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 20/Sep/97

Iain Thow - 2nd - 24/Jun/97 with Paul Eastwood

Rich Kirby - Solo - 05/Jun/95

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jun/94

Hidden - Solo O/S - 13/May/94

K1 - Jul/92

Chris the Tall - Solo O/S - Jul/91

Roget - Solo O/S - 25/Jun/91

mattnuttall - Solo O/S - 22/Jun/91 with Alan Holden

leathers - 1991

mattnuttall - 2nd - 12/May/90 with Alan Holden

mik1miller - Solo - 1990

Tom V - Lead - 17/May/89 with Glenn Watson

Hidden - Solo - 03/May/89

Dave Musgrove Jnr - 08/Feb/89 with Dad

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Oct/88

Andy Say - Solo - 02/Oct/88

stp - Solo O/S - 17/Mar/88

steve taylor - 1987

Dave Musgrove - 02/Apr/86

Mark Kemball - Solo - 12/May/82

Hidden - Solo rpt - Nov/79

andy gittins - 1979

Hidden - Lead - Oct/78

mikej - TR - 22/Oct/67 with Alan Couper

mikej - Solo - 18/May/67 with Chris Bridge

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Voting
Total votes cast 76
hard E10 of 26
E10 of 26
easy E11 of 26
hard HVS2 of 26
HVS15 of 26
easy HVS6 of 26
hard VS2 of 26
VS0 of 26
easy VS0 of 26
hard 5a0 of 26
5a0 of 26
easy 5a0 of 26
hard 4c3 of 26
4c17 of 26
easy 4c3 of 26
hard 4b2 of 26
4b1 of 26
easy 4b0 of 26
3 Stars4 of 24
2 Stars16 of 24
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Style of ascent

Soloed115 of 197 (58.4%)
Lead30 of 197 (15.2%)
Followed18 of 197 (9.1%)
Toproped8 of 197 (4.1%)
Alt Leads1 of 197 (0.5%)
Unknown25 of 197 (12.7%)

'Climbed'84 of 197 (42.6%)
clean O/S94 of 197 (47.7%)
clean rpt17 of 197 (8.6%)
clean RP1 of 197 (0.5%)
dogged1 of 197 (0.5%)