Rockfax Description
The superb finger- and hand-crack that splits the centre of the wall is an essential Peak tick! The knuckle-cracking start is well protected and leads to easier but excellent climbing above. © Rockfax

FA. Pete Brown 1971

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+.

cragsman9000 20/Sep Lead O/S
with Neil
nick ferro 16/Aug Lead O/S
with Oli Birkill
Nye Meerkat 16/Jul Lead O/S

Popped of first move with muddy boots, so not sparkling clean... Slightly smudged on sight. Amazing stuff

Babika 21/Jun 2nd

Great lead by Julian.....rather a lot of hanging on the rope from me. First 4m is fiendish.

SGD 21/Jun Lead

Felt really easy today. I remember this being quite hard so it felt good being so comfortable.

JulianB 21/Jun Lead O/S

Lovely route. Sustained, poorly protected start. Top is a succession of hard moves with rest points.

with Babika
Jackwd 20/Jun Lead O/S

Less than ideal conditions, drizzly, humid, slimy, midgey, muddy and wet. Probably solid HVS in nice conditions and when it's not slimy. Felt hard for the grade today.

charley 20/Jun 2nd RP

Nice lead by Jack! Conditions were really piss poor - really humid, midgey, the face was wet and the crack was slimy & muddy through the crux.. Didn't climb it well on my first attempt, was trying to rush it too much to miss out moves. Got to the section where the uniform sized crack is but was way to slimy to get a solid jam, don't think it helped much that there was a cam in the way. Got lowered down so Kev could have a go. Took my time on my 2nd go and climbed it properly, still felt a bit desperate getting past the really slimy section. Couldn't get a jam to stick, so ended up doing a dyno jam higher up. Worthy of it's stars though as enjoyed it even though we really shouldn't of in those conditions...

with JackD, Kev
Tithe Technique 20/Jun Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Jun Lead O/S
codenamel 07/Jun Lead O/S

More sustained than it looks.

Hidden 06/Jun Lead dog
mattgrange 06/Jun Lead RP

Top roped first for fun, decided it would go, led it. Utterly superb route.

Hidden 03/Jun Lead
MikeDowsett 17/May 2nd
with John Harrison
DaveB61 17/May 2nd
with Tony Fidler
TonyF 17/May Lead O/S
with Dave Bankart
deacondeacon 16/May Lead O/S

Well cool! Great route

Robin Nichols 16/May Lead O/S
with Jim
Roget 16/May Solo rpt
with robin, jim
nrhardy 16/May 2nd O/S
jamespilgrim 16/May 2nd RP

The crux is all about the feet

Hidden 16/May 2nd O/S
admackie 26/Apr Lead O/S

first go at aid, route looked good

Palmer 26/Apr Lead

Fell off the bottom twice. easy once you have it figured out though

with Sarah
franhammond92 22/Apr Lead G/U

slipped of the first move,

with Dawn
Dawn_K_B 22/Apr 2nd
Calum Wadsworth 17/Apr Lead O/S

Really good climbing all the way. Worthy of its stars.

with Emma
max_chan 16/Apr 2nd RP
JHiley 16/Apr Lead rpt

A bit dryer than last time. I don't think its harder than 5a.

with PCC
Hidden 11/Apr 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr Solo O/S
amccann 22/Mar Lead O/S
with Matt G
Jimbo C 21/Mar 2nd

Excellent, but I got so pumped. Must get fitter and lead it one day.

with Chris
Wizzy 07/Mar Lead O/S

Nice route but never 3 stars

philhilo 02/Mar Lead

Aid lead in 14 mins.

with Helen E
philhilo 03/Nov/14 TR rpt

Top rope solo on aid.

Hidden 04/Oct/14 Lead O/S
robblowen 11/Sep/14 TR O/S

Top rope solo. Awesome route. Crux not as hard as expected felt like hard 5aish.

Hidden 12/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Nevil 05/Aug/14 Lead
with Mike
Peakphil 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Bernie
gavinpeach 15/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Straight forward with bomber jams and good rests. Felt HVS 5a to me. Nice route.

with Scott
Chris M 13/Apr/14 AltLd
with Dan G
Powney 13/Apr/14 2nd
with Drew
fifth ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Gav
WillDoyle 19/Mar/14 2nd
Goodstuff 19/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Lovely jamming!

mol 15/Mar/14 2nd
with Jesse
dannyboy83 25/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Nice route, would be fantastic if in better condition!

mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2014 -
JHiley 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Not as hard as I was expecting. Crux at the start but the sequence is obvious and it was the driest part of the route. Good climbing all the way.

with Drew, Emma
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead
Hidden 05/Oct/13 2nd
Hidden 01/Oct/13 2nd
Hidden 01/Oct/13 Lead
Hidden 29/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Jack93 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
drysori 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
aking12 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Adam Fenton, Rosie Lynch
RosieLynch 01/Sep/13 2nd O/S
RosieLynch 01/Sep/13 2nd rpt
john lynch 31/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with rosie
Hidden 14/Jul/13 Lead
sputnik 14/Jul/13 TR O/S
Jake Young 11/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Quick post instructing climb

with Ed
vassy05 ?/Jul/13 TR
timmyhobby 30/Jun/13 Lead RP
Steve Waters, Mynydd 22/May/13 Lead
mtempest 22/May/13 Lead
ashtond6 11/May/13 Lead rpt

incredible climbing!!!

alp79 11/May/13 2nd O/S

Great route, would like to lead it one day!

with Sam Fletcher, Jonny Ashton
Hidden 07/May/13 Lead O/S
giuly 07/May/13 TR dog
with Neil Shephard
Louise Hall 23/Apr/13 TR β

Brilliant climb, changed my view on crack climbing

with Nick, Tina Gargett
Hidden 15/Apr/13 Lead O/S
jamie ward 07/Apr/13 TR dog

Hmmm not ready to lead this one yet - Comeback later this year

with Steve Smith
Hidden 23/Mar/13 2nd
cem 03/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
OliverIF ??/2013 Lead O/S
Mr. K 18/Nov/12 Lead dnf

Found the initial finger crack tough but steady, but from the handjams upwards was full of green slime and I couldn't get the hands to stick long enough to pull up. Great route though, will be back in the Summer when it's dried out!

lithos 29/Sep/12 Lead

damp, slimey start was hard and took a few goes, dirty and damp higher up but great climbing. one to redo in the dry

with pete harris
Hidden 16/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Martin Davies 15/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/12 2nd
gazfellows 06/Sep/12 Lead

Top class route! Exellent jamming, well sustained, 5 stars !!

with Nic
ashtond6 04/Aug/12 Lead dnf

Too muddy

Oceanic 01/Jul/12 -
Alex.M-M. 01/Jul/12 Lead O/S
adam carless 01/Jul/12 Lead rpt

a bit soggy and dirty, no surprise there! Still a good route though

SecretSquirrel 30/Jun/12 2nd rpt

still love this route!

Hidden 21/Jun/12 2nd rpt
pebbles 28/May/12 2nd
with alastair, dave shield
SPD224 01/Apr/12 -
with Martin Smith
Hidden 31/Mar/12 Lead
Andy Peak 1 25/Feb/12 Lead
with H washbrook
JamieSparkes 08/Jan/12 2nd O/S
with Nick
Nick1812P 08/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with Jamie
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Hidden 06/Nov/11 Lead RP
Curly Rich 06/Nov/11 2nd O/S

damp and greasy slipped off the first move,then clean ground up. tough start then hardwork.

with GMC JohnP
Alan100 15/Oct/11 Lead

Had a quick boulder on the first move before the lead and that was enough to make me decide it was going to be a cracking route. Great moves, plenty of gear and some good rest points for grinning at your belayer.

Helen Gibson 05/Oct/11 Lead

the start is all good jams but the hard bit is letting go to place the gear.

LakesWinter 02/Oct/11 2nd rpt
with Cake
Cake 02/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Wonderful. Hard because you have to do a couple of hard moves and it was sandy all over the place. It probably always is. Not sure i'll ever come back to the crag though

with Matt
Hidden 25/Sep/11 Lead O/S
odox 22/Sep/11 -
with Keith Lonsdale, Andrew Birtwistle
andybirtwistle 22/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Ian Birtwistle, Keith Lonsdale
Milne 22/Sep/11 2nd rpt
LakesWinter 21/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Quality evening climb. Please with this.

with Mark R
rich_hw 21/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 21/Sep/11 2nd rpt
simeclimb68 19/Aug/11 Lead O/S
sgl0jd 19/Aug/11 -
pie_eater_pete 09/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Jim Slater 09/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Dan Vallin, Alan Smith
Hidden 09/Aug/11 -
Babika 07/Aug/11 2nd dog

Fabulous route - but I need more power before returning! Hand jams midway very comforting - finger jams less so.....

with Peter Neden
morpcat 23/Jul/11 TR
stephenhartley 13/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Burns
Hidden 09/Jul/11 Lead
harold walmsley 30/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Very good.

with Colin Struthers
TRFrost 26/Jun/11 Lead dog
with W. Hooke
philhilo 14/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Haven't done a classic quarried grit crack like this in years. Very very muddy at the bottom adding to the fun of the bottom layback. Very very midgy at the top!

Hidden 14/Jun/11 2nd
Ade7 05/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Marc
marcduhig 05/Jun/11 Lead dnf

Came off. Boo.

with Adrian
marcduhig 05/Jun/11 Lead rpt

Found a left foot and had my hands in a better position. Done.

with Adrian
Chriswallis2 04/Jun/11 Lead β

on pete's gear

with Pete, Jenny
petellis 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Nails start, nailed.

Dibdawg 29/May/11 2nd O/S

Crux is up to the first bit of pro! Still some good moves through the rest of the climb.

with Mark Sheridan
Hidden 29/May/11 Lead O/S
climbing_wiggy 21/May/11 2nd β
with Leon
Lenny 21/May/11 Lead β
with Paul
markfairbank 15/May/11 2nd
with Ian Moore
gpcomps 03/May/11 2nd dog

Quite challenging for the grade

Stoff 03/May/11 Lead dog

Found it very tough as a Lead. Remembered it being easier after the start than I found it this time. Still a great climb with some lovely moves.

pebbles 02/May/11 Lead

slipped at the start but got it right second time. not damp at all - the clean up has rteally done wonders

Hidden 22/Apr/11 Lead dog
Hidden 22/Apr/11 2nd
Graeme Hammond 14/Apr/11 2nd rpt

mark led the left hand start, but I removed the gear then down climbed to do the normal line.

with Mark
Hidden 14/Apr/11 Lead
Wil.Hooke 25/Mar/11 Lead dog
with Olly
jubolo 06/Nov/10 TR dog

Brilliant climbing, fell at the top. This could be my first HVS lead

with mark
Hidden 05/Sep/10 Lead O/S
theotherpetehill 28/Aug/10 2nd

Chris led in the rain, good effort

chrisallan 28/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Andy Hardy 10/Aug/10 Lead O/S
climbtim 05/Aug/10 TR
Hidden 25/Jul/10 -
smokeyj 11/Jul/10 Lead
with Rachel
Spoons 11/Jul/10 2nd
with smokeyj
pabbage 08/Jul/10 Lead O/S

wet...dirty...muddy... But what an awesome route!

hellboundblr 04/Jul/10 2nd
with Tony Madden
PanzerHanzler 30/May/10 Lead dnf

Guns weren't firing, not hnugry enough for it.

DaNo123 30/May/10 2nd
with Hanzler
John Tourle 28/May/10 2nd


with sam stringer
Hidden 27/May/10 2nd O/S
psychomansam 27/May/10 Lead

rested after crux. maybe try left hand next time. awesome climb

joe1979 23/May/10 Lead
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/May/10 Lead rpt
fatbuoybazza 16/May/10 Lead O/S

On fire, brilliant route, 4*'s

jon_gill1 15/May/10 Lead O/S
with mark blackband
Chris M 20/Apr/10 Lead
Climber1806 14/Apr/10 Lead RP

fell off bottom move 3 times then nailed the route. really nice route!

with Max Edwards
MeMeMe 11/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Andy
Hidden 06/Apr/10 2nd RP
Maxim2023 ?/Apr/10 2nd

quality route. hard work for an hvs

with Matt Smith
richardhopton 17/Mar/10 Lead dog

Damn fell twice!! It was so slimey!! Carcking route though

with Matt Thombs
mattyork2 07/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Miles Gibson
Shauna 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Jules
masa-alpin 03/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Brilliant climb! Well worth the three stars!

with Adam W
MRichardson ?/Sep/09 TR dog
Hidden 14/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Jonathan Hall 13/Aug/09 2nd rpt
disturbed_one51 13/Aug/09 Lead
with Wee man
Stoff ?/Aug/09 TR

Fantastic route - a bit green and slimey at the start. Must come back and lead.

with gpcomps
jules699 11/Jul/09 Lead dog

first attempt at a hvs. thought was hard even tho protectable. crux at bottom greasy plus i didnt have outdoor harness with me - had indoor one so all gear on 2 loops - had major gear faff whilst climbing which meant got tired prematurely. will have another stab when possible and try to lead cleanly.

with Rich
Bisteris 11/Jul/09 2nd dog

An epic of a climb!

jeanjacquescarnages 09/Jun/09 TR dog
Jonathan Hall 30/May/09 Lead
disturbed_one51 30/May/09 2nd
with Wee man
Hidden 12/May/09 Lead
Hidden 09/May/09 Lead
jasclimb 09/May/09 Lead rpt
with Mike French
tommytwotone 07/May/09 Lead O/S
with Nigel
nacnud 03/May/09 Lead
with Lou Elstow
Hidden 03/Apr/09 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Tony Holdsworth 29/Mar/09 2nd rpt
with Dave Law
dan gibson 17/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with AJ
Hidden 14/Mar/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 07/Mar/09 2nd
HamishD 22/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Ivo
tom.ireson 10/Jan/09 Lead dog

Slipped off the first move a couple of times then again near the top due to a foothold covered in ice. This is an absolutely brilliant climb though, very physical climbing with sustained difficulty on good jams and laybacks with good gear. Will definitely do this route again some time. Worthy of the 3 stars for sure.

with Andy Townsend
koopa ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 TR RP
SteveM 25/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Tobs
Oceanic 18/Oct/08 -
mel holmes 28/Sep/08 2nd
with Alex@home
jimbonfire 15/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Just danced up with confidence, it was a good day

b.hayley ?/Aug/08 2nd
Hidden 22/Jul/08 2nd rpt
SGD 20/Jul/08 Lead

Great route, forced myself to Jam and Lock :)

with Tom Relf
Whealiebob 15/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Excellent! Couple of determined pulls got me through the crux start. Great climbing throughout!

with Darrel
Milne 15/Jun/08 TR O/S

pleasant, steady on rope, certainly harder to lead.

with Dave
smudge 09/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Will G
Alfredo ?/Jun/08 Lead
with Ben H
Hidden 18/May/08 Lead O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 11/May/08 Lead O/S
Matthallinan 01/May/08 Lead
with Nicky Winn
Hidden 22/Apr/08 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Peakology 08/Sep/07 TR rpt

Forgotten how tricky the bottom was but better than last time

max_chan 08/Sep/07 Lead dog
with Lou
Chalky Cat 08/Sep/07 TR rpt
with Matt lead, Lou 2nd, Dom TR
rayash 27/Aug/07 2nd


with fenclimb
Hidden 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S
EdShep 07/Aug/07 2nd O/S

lovely. a jolly good wheeze!

with Pilch and the Family Guy!
Pilch 07/Aug/07 Lead O/S

First lead this in 1989, followed Graham up a few years a go and really struggled. Pleased with ascent this time, didnt want it to end.

with Graham and Ed
richardr ?/Jul/07 Lead O/S

Really a great little route!

SecretSquirrel 19/May/07 Lead O/S
with dpmUK
davek 19/May/07 2nd

Fell near the start

with Shaun L
Graeme Hammond 22/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Creeky
gdb4060 ?/Apr/07 -
with Gareth
Hidden 04/Oct/06 Lead O/S
adam carless 04/Oct/06 2nd rpt

The first finger locks felt a lot harder than I remembered them. But then the route has gathered a fair amount of crud now.

gjw5670 15/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Shazamuffin
bendurance ?/Sep/06 Lead RP

Excellent route, still got the scars from the hand jam at 6m.

with JC
Alex Mason 21/Jun/06 Lead O/S

awesome crack, first appearances are deceptive but this packs in a lot of jamming of a variety of sizes. low crux. 4* in a good position.

gibbo38 06/May/06 2nd
with martin
Hidden ?/May/06 Lead
Hidden 16/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/05 TR
Nicos 27/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with christos liaskos
Stig 02/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Hidden 08/May/05 Solo rpt
mel holmes 10/Apr/05 Lead O/S
Peakology ?/Mar/05 Lead O/S

compelling line

with cat
Chalky Cat ?/Mar/05 2nd O/S
with Dom
Chris M ??/2005 -
Rob Davies 01/Aug/04 Lead

A bit damp. My last climb with Les before he went to Orkney.

with Les Goram
Andrew Martin ?/Aug/04 2nd
rob.grafton 29/Sep/03 Lead
with Simon Wood, Jim, Bruce
Monk ?/Jun/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/May/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/May/02 Solo O/S
Apharri ?/Jul/01 Lead O/S
with Dave Wharton
Budge 28/Jun/01 2nd O/S
colin milton ?/Jun/01 2nd
with eric milton and sean cavangh
John Kettle ??/2001 Lead
Hidden 12/Mar/00 Solo
marcoleptic ??/2000 Lead O/S
Urgles ??/2000 Lead O/S
Roget 11/Oct/98 Lead rpt
Hidden 05/Aug/98 Solo
Phil West 02/Aug/98 Lead dog

2 falls. Greasy, midgy and muddy.

with Steve Wild
Colin Edwards 05/Jul/98 Lead
with Steve Trewella
Hidden ??/1997 Lead
Ropeboy 04/Aug/96 -
Hidden 14/Jul/96 2nd
andy_pemberton ??/1996 Lead
tlr 30/Apr/95 2nd
with Cal
andrew300169 30/Apr/95 Lead O/S

I dont remeber a thing about this route!

with Tim
Hidden 10/Apr/95 Lead
crater 03/Apr/94 TR


Hidden 12/Sep/93 Solo
IanD353 ?/May/93 Solo O/S
StevePr ??/1993 Lead O/S
with Alan
Hidden ??/1993 Lead
Hammy 26/Jul/92 TR
Hidden 23/Jun/92 2nd
Hidden ??/1992 -
NickJH ?/Jun/91 2nd O/S
with N Hancock
Hidden 13/Apr/91 Solo
Hidden ??/1991 Lead O/S
charlesmfrench 29/Apr/90 Lead O/S
John Roe ?/Apr/90 2nd
with Nige Hughes
nigehughes ?/Apr/90 Lead
with John Roe
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
gordonday ??/1990 Lead O/S
Roget 23/Jul/89 2nd O/S
with jim
Hidden 24/Jun/88 Solo
Hidden ??/1988 -
nigehughes ?/Sep/87 Lead
with Jim Clethero
Rob Davies 17/Apr/87 Lead
with Angus McLean
Hidden ??/1987 -
steve prior ?/Sep/86 Lead rpt
with Paul L
TonyF 06/Aug/86 Lead O/S
with Dave McDowel
Dave Musgrove 15/May/86 -
Hidden ??/1986 Lead O/S
babymoac 04/Oct/85 Lead
with MTW
Hidden 18/May/85 Lead
Hidden 11/May/85 Lead
Hidden 27/Apr/85 2nd
andy gittins ??/1985 -
nigehughes ?/Aug/84 Lead
with Jim Kirkham
Hidden 19/Jun/83 Lead
mark-abz 03/Sep/81 Lead
with John S
Rob Davies 16/Jun/81 2nd

Easier LH start. Tony led after I backed off

with Tony Welsh
Mark Kemball 02/Apr/81 Solo
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/79 Lead O/S
Chris Terrey ?/Jun/77 2nd
with Jonathan Lagoe
uphillnow ??/1975 2nd

Seconded, probably John Stanger or Nigel Helliwell. Regular lead since then. Last ascent 2013

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