Rockfax Description
An unrelenting struggle up the wide crack. At least it is protectable nowadays by the biggest cams. The bold (crazy?) can layback the outer edge of the crack but that is rather avoiding the issue. © Rockfax

FA. Don Whillans 1958

Ticklists: Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Wide Cracks, Peak Rock/7/8/Biven-Peck Partnership/1950's a Developing Decade, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Thrutch and Clutch, Ultimate E4 ticklist, WideBoyz Crack School, Addicted to offwidths, Top 50 Peak Cracks.

Hidden 08/May Lead dnf
pearson9596 07/May Lead dog
ian d f 07/May 2nd dog
MichaelGallimore 10/Apr Lead G/U

My first e4 this year... Or was it e5? If E is for effort it was e5, but it felt very safe with big cams. Meltwater dripping down the left arete and the top section was green and slimy but luckily the holds get more useful at that height. Fell off four times then abbed off to strip the gear. Gave up exhausted but after a rest during Andy's attempt my psyche and energy recovered and I got it on my 5th try.

pearson9596 03/Mar Lead dog
with Mel, Pete Hiscox
rajeshwarbisht 26/Sep/15 2nd dnf
with Flavio
FlavioL1989 26/Sep/15 Lead O/S

My 'climb' wasn't nice on the eyes or the ears but I got up it. Good thing I taped the knees, what better way to start 'wide cracks and masochism' weekend

Tom Last 25/Sep/15 Lead dnf

Didn't really try hard enough, still nearly to the ledge, pretty easy up to there - then HARD. Next time maybe.

with Lachlan Bucknall
Neil 25/Aug/15 Lead dnf
Carl Watkins 25/Aug/15 2nd dnf
with Neil
Tophe 12/Jun/15 Lead G/U
with amccann
Hidden ??/2015 Lead
Hidden 27/Oct/14 2nd dog
petegunn 27/Oct/14 Lead
with Davina
JamieSparkes 01/Oct/14 Lead RP

Absolutely brilliant fight. Difficult to decide when to go in and when to leave the main crack at first, found getting stood on the wee foot ledge at half height to be the crux and best tackled with a stiff layback. overjoyed to find a perfect fist jam at the top which I could yard on for the top. 4th go, was nearly 2nd go, but slipped and then got too keen on the 3rd attempt. oops. I found this considerably easier than Right Eliminate.

with Clement Hutin
benkelsey 01/Oct/14 Lead dnf

one go while the gear was in (thanks Jamie and Clement). psyched for an all day sesh soon.

morganator 17/Jul/14 Lead RP

Laybacked it. Definitely 6a, E4 fair enough. Maybe 25 degree heat wasn't ideal but a fun route on my birthday!

soph 17/Jul/14 Lead

Climbed it in crack, second go, super safe with 6cam.

funsized 18/May/14 Lead dnf
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Apr/14 -
with Benno Wagner
Teappleby 19/Mar/14 Lead dnf
LJC 17/Mar/14 Lead dog

Repeatedly spat out at the top chock stone. How this gets only 5c is beyond me!

with George, Little Ben, Tom
davidalcock 15/Dec/13 TR dnf

Beat us up.

Teappleby 30/Nov/13 Lead dnf

Got about 2/3 to 3/4 up and then was just so pumped and fell out and couldn't get back in properly after that. Size 6 cam made if safe as houses.

lcullum7 09/Nov/13 Lead dnf
andi turner 03/Jun/13 Lead

Left side in. Absolutely knackering. Ached like hell next day. Easy to layback, but so is walking around the back.

with Aniseed Dave
sparkass 17/May/13 Lead G/U

Ground up, a serious effort.

brices 13/Jan/13 TR dog

Tried to lead but got to mid height and didnt have any cams so wacked a TR down.Will return to lead when i have a large cam to bolster confidence

with Jamie
andi turner ??/2013 -
stephenhartley 09/Oct/12 2nd dog
with Burns
Apharri 20/Aug/12 Lead RP

First ever offwidth. 4th try ground up

with Marie Richards
Hidden 08/Aug/12 2nd dog
rockaddiction ?/Jun/12 Lead RP
Hidden 01/Apr/12 TR rpt
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Ethan 29/Oct/11 Lead
with Ed Hamer, Sam Hamer
Dirk Uhlig 04/Oct/11 Lead O/S
B-bop 19/Aug/11 Lead dnf
with Juan
lrandall 21/Apr/11 Lead dnf

Overcome by a fit of enthusiasm! Decked it twice (tho not from high) before I walked away. I need to be a little more head strong before I'll commit to those high laybacks.

Hidden 20/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 28/Mar/10 Lead dog
Tony Little 30/Sep/09 Lead rpt

3rd go that day after failing on it the previous week. Did it in slightly better style 15 years ago!

with Ed Brown
Climber1806 16/Sep/09 Lead dnf

Got Halfway!!

with Morgan Preece
MorganPreece 15/Sep/09 Lead β

No way, no way this is 5c! i neally fell of the top i was so tired, took the layback aproach then got a knee bar just before the last moves, was my first really crack climb.

with Jessy and Solo
Harald 03/Mar/09 Lead dog
Hidden ??/2009 Lead dnf
timbanton 14/Mar/07 -
Hidden ?/May/06 Lead RP
Hidden ??/2006 Lead dog
dannyboy83 ?/Dec/05 Lead O/S
with Kathy Morris
shark ?/Mar/05 Lead rpt
with Simon Shaw
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
Jeff25 01/Oct/03 Lead β

Laybacked all the way and found it quite pumpy for such a short route. Id give it about 7a because of this, maybe more. Can't imagine how you'd climb it inside the offwidth!

with Oliver
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead
Hidden 31/Aug/03 Lead
adamwesthead 08/Sep/01 Lead dnf

Fell off 3 times onto the new no.6 friend. Held in place.

with Taylor
Hidden ??/2001 Lead dnf
tuftynick ??/2001 -
WuDavid ??/2000 -
sadams 28/Jun/99 Lead O/S
with Andy Bowie
Dave Musgrove Jnr 18/Apr/99 2nd
with Mike Weeks
Hidden ?/Mar/99 Solo O/S
Dave Musgrove Jnr 18/Jul/98 Lead O/S

brilliant, fell to the ground once

Cowflinger ?/May/92 TR
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
mikej 24/Apr/70 TR dnf
with Mike Browne
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