Rockfax Description
The roof crack to the right is a battle. The use of knees, and loss of chunks of flesh, are pretty much par for the course. © Rockfax

FA. Don Whillans 1956

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
shaunhumphreys 22/Sep Lead O/S

Ace route, sinker fist jam in the roof!

climberchristy 18/Jul Lead rpt

A pumpy little tussle. First led in 2011.

Ben Cole
DBoothroyd 29/Jun Lead G/U
Will, Chris
Sam McCarthy 06/Jun Lead dnf
Matt Shepherd 16/May Lead rpt
Joedt 16/May Lead O/S
Hidden 16/May 2nd
ben.phillips 16/May 2nd β
FlavioL1989 16/May Lead O/S

Fantastic roof crack, almost felt sick at the top but great fun.

phildawson 02/May Lead dnf

took plenty of falls trying to get through the roof but didn't manage it beore the rain got to everything. Then aided it to get the gear back. Hard work and educational (not to mention damp).

Zheylo Vasilev, Jake Jones, Michael Finegan
CharlieMack 16/Apr Lead rpt

Repeat to collect gear after Andy had a valiant effort.

Nick1812P 11/Apr 2nd O/S
Jake Young 11/Apr Lead O/S
AsleepOnBelay 11/Apr 2nd dog
gazfellows 22/Mar Lead

A right foot jam and a hand jam over the lip! Happy dayz ;)

Sam Simpson 10/Nov/14 Lead O/S
Mark Grist 10/Nov/14 Lead RP
harry_lewis 01/Nov/14 Lead dog
Kirill 26/Oct/14 Lead RP

Finally managed to get up this.

Ricardo Da Silva
fjg123 26/Oct/14 Lead
Mark Grist 18/Oct/14 Lead dog
Tom Doldon
Rachel Slater 21/Sep/14 2nd rpt
tim newton 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S
pete1993 21/Sep/14 2nd
Calum Wadsworth 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S

On Toms gear.

Teappleby 21/Sep/14 Lead

really fun climbing, I found it to be like one step up from roof route at Rivelin, but one step easier than the unprintable at Stanage.

mark4344 13/Sep/14 Lead rpt

finally got this clean. pumpy route.

Dan Vaj, Matt Payne
Stroppy 20/Jul/14 Lead dog

Got over the lip but pumped out getting the next cam in. Very gutting, great fun and impressive for 5b!

Steve McClure
Brannock 12/Jul/14 Lead

Hard, tried out jamming gloves for the first time, big help on the roof section probably riding help after pulling round the roof. Quality struggle.

MPSBunny 12/Jul/14 2nd dog

John smashed this out with his funky homemade jamming gloves though had to take a couple of rests (swings) on gear. The ropes got stuck as he got near the top and he contemplated untying (I think he might have from one from one rope) due to the rope drag around the lip. Before seconding I abbed down to reclip the blue rope because I didn't want to take a massive swing. Upon climbing up to the roof crack I decided that I wasn't up for the second as I was convinced I would hit the floor if I fell off despite Robby's claim that it would be fine. The solution to this was to untie from one rope clip some gear to it and see how close it swung to the ground. After this experiment proved that I probably wouldn't hit the ground I tied in and on the demands that if I did hit the ground I expected 10 drinks from both Robby and Brannock I jumped off and took massive swing whilst screaming "fuck" in as high a pitch as I could manage!! Upon actually trying the route it turns out it is three big hand jams followed by a pull around on the lip.

stuart34 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
admackie 31/May/14 -
deacondeacon 31/May/14 Lead

Tried a couple of times before. went ok today

jwpil 31/May/14 2nd O/S
Chriswallis2 16/Apr/14 Lead RP

Made it too hard for myself. Lowered off, clean 2nd go with the roof cams clipped.

Climbster 01/Apr/14 2nd dnf

Got a foot trapped in the roof crack on second, v. off-putting.

Bloke on a Rope 01/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Kiss the guns:>D! Just managed the on-sight after climbing for the last 11 days.

Mr Wild 01/Apr/14 Lead O/S
CharlieMack 19/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Jen Maxfield
mike mo ??/2014 -
Cake 05/Oct/13 Lead O/S

First time I've done a horizontal foot-jam. Rope got completely stuck between two lobes on a cam before second could come up. Great fun for me though

Julesthe1st 07/Sep/13 Lead rpt
Andy Borne
elbeanio 07/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/13 Lead O/S
hlegge 14/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Awesome imposing line, bit easier than expected from looking at it from bellow

Gareth Hooson
Fragmod 14/Aug/13 Lead
Chris Redding 08/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Hard work.. but fun :D

Jack93 08/Aug/13 Lead RP

Fell off the first time coming out around the lip but everything went smoothly on the second attempt. Awesomely fun route; I kind of wish the roof bit was longer!

Stuart Johnston 25/May/13 Lead dog

One fall at the lip. Second go easy once knew the beta.

Sadie Renwick
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 19/May/13 Lead O/S
RFWilkie 27/Apr/13 Lead dog

A right struggle!

Thinker01 27/Apr/13 2nd dog

God that was awkward, hard work

Jonathan Hall 20/Apr/13 Lead

What a mother this is. So close but slumped onto my jammed hand which stayed jammed. Ouch.

mark4344 20/Apr/13 Lead dog

needed a rest before topping out. so pumpy for a short climb.

Matt Payne
cem 14/Apr/13 Lead dnf

Failed again!

andi turner ??/2013 -
TM_Horton 06/Oct/12 Lead O/S

brutal fun ! had an awesome time on this buttress today :)

Albachoss 06/Oct/12 2nd

Just epic! a great tussle made easier for me with fluttery foot-jams. Now to lead...

Hidden 03/Oct/12 2nd dnf
Ross.Cooper 06/Sep/12 Lead dnf

Couldn't get the thin hand jams to stick above roof :(

Rachel Slater 09/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Fantastic route!! Easier than it looks (if you are short..). Definitely a lot easier than the Mincer.

Olli-C 09/Aug/12 2nd dog

Aided, pretty damn hard. No idea what to do with my feet.

ianjfsutcliffe 22/Jul/12 Lead O/S
M_W_Court 22/Jul/12 -
gazfellows 20/May/12 Lead dnf

back in 2 weeks ..arrrhhh

Billy nic, steff
masa-alpin 13/May/12 Lead O/S

Excellent climb! I think it was the first time for me that my feet went cut loose thoroughly relying on jamming even for a fraction of a second. Very committing. Cams placed on the roof crack were pushed and moved by the rope drag, but my second managed to retrieve them.

minaturechris 13/May/12 2nd dog

I need to improve my jamming technique!

Lee Parsons, Masa
robgixer 13/May/12 2nd
Karl Wooffindin 12/May/12 Lead RP

Climbed it previously on 2nd with a friend. Still doesn't take it away from this climb. Stunning.

Nick D
Hidden 12/May/12 2nd dog
Hidden 06/May/12 Lead O/S
Andy Peak 1 18/Mar/12 Lead

very easy for E1

Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd
Kirill 18/Mar/12 Lead dnf

Could not do it on top rope either, but will come back.

Elise Belle, Graham Dolman
Alex@home 11/Mar/12 Lead rpt
The Doctor
Elise2977 ?/Mar/12 TR dog
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
JamieSparkes 27/Nov/11 Lead O/S

a bit of a fight.

Andy, Mental nick, Dafydd Llywelyn
tonanf ?/Nov/11 AltLd
cem 30/Oct/11 Lead dnf

'Did not finish' not an accurate summary as I barely started it (was just curious to see what the start was like). There goes the onsight but will be back when feeling less knackered

mark20 21/Oct/11 Lead O/S
tuftynick 16/Oct/11 2nd
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Oct/11 AltLd
Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead β
Matt Cooke 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S
w.pettet-smith 22/Sep/11 Lead

good wholesome fun. not as bad as it looks

ben, guy
Guy Atkinson 18/Sep/11 Lead dnf

Out of practice and weak, my left hand just wasn't jamming properly! Gave it a fair few goes and then rain started pouring down the crack.

Chris Swift
Chi Cheng 13/Sep/11 Lead RP
Hidden 21/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Dan Lane 17/Aug/11 2nd

Horrendous, nuff said. not my sort of thing at all!

Ruth Taylor, Andy Turner
tonanf ?/Aug/11 -
Phil L
Barry D 12/Jul/11 2nd

Phil and Andy

Hidden 28/Jun/11 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/May/11 Lead O/S
belay bunny turned bad 24/May/11 Lead dog
JRae 22/May/11 Lead
thomasadixon 22/May/11 Lead O/S

No need to jam until you've passed the roof! Class route.

Laurence Everitt 24/Apr/11 Lead dnf
markalmack 17/Apr/11 2nd O/S

what a beast. Wish the roof crack was longer.

james marjot
steve_yo 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
highlux 09/Jan/11 -
Martin Veale
walts4 ??/2011 -
cymjt ??/2011 -
Graeme Hammond 09/Oct/10 Lead O/S

excellent fun and not that hard if you get the jams right just a bit bunched at the corner

Pete aka Dad
Hidden 26/Sep/10 Lead O/S
sam820 26/Sep/10 Lead β

Gear in-situ (rope got stuck so lead instead of seconding)

Matt Roper, Terry
sparkass 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Didn't jam once

Emerson Clark
natalietanzer 29/Aug/10 Lead O/S


MikeLeeds 15/Aug/10 Lead

Went up to the crack several times trying to figure out the best way to do it, eventually decided you needed two hands jammed in the crack and to control the swing of your legs from left to right, got jams in, left hand fist jam absolutely solid, swing right foot to small lips on right face, knee contact is inevitable, take right hand out, desperately grope for good hand hold on right lip, pull yourself up, left elbow on ledge, toes in little foothold, wang a nut in, take five minutes to get you breath back. Hand jams are solid, lost very little skin, well chuffed :-) ( One rope got jammed though while going up final slab and had to untie it with one hand, glad it was a bowline )

Kevin Bowser
Oceanic 07/Aug/10 -
Hidden 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Speeddemonsi 07/Jul/10 Lead
Andrew1 28/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/10 Lead RP
Hidden 18/Jun/10 Lead dog
vark 04/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Chi Cheng 22/May/10 Lead dnf
Hidden 16/May/10 Lead
Hidden 15/May/10 Lead O/S
andrew sandercock 14/Mar/10 Lead RP

took 2 falls that i shouldn't have, lowered, replaced gear and lead clean. really annoyed about blowing the onsight, great route.

Gazzawatson ??/2010 2nd
Drew M ??/2010 Lead
Hidden ??/2010 Lead
JulesV 20/Oct/09 Lead O/S
dave evans
Hidden 20/Sep/09 Lead
Hidden 19/Sep/09 Lead β
Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) 19/Sep/09 Lead RP
James Kay
Don Jebus 15/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Sep/09 Lead
Hidden 12/Sep/09 Lead O/S
James Oakes 06/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Bill Lawrence 06/Sep/09 Lead O/S

proved my manhood on this beast of a climb!

alex mason, oaksi2
Hidden 23/Aug/09 Lead O/S
DavidR 13/Jun/09 Lead dog

Fell off the crux. Got is second go.

Hidden 13/Jun/09 2nd RP
Dave Warburton 31/May/09 Lead dog

Gutted! Thought i'd nailed it but on the top crack a sweaty jam slid down onto the cam below crushing my thumb, which is still numb! I grabbed the cam to take the weight off. Proper sad :-(

Franco, Luke and Twigg
Dr Caterpillar 02/May/09 2nd dog


Hidden 02/May/09 Lead O/S
DanH9883 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Kenny D
mlmatt 25/Apr/09 Lead
Dan Masterman
mel holmes 08/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Ian Parnell ?/Apr/09 Lead
Jon Winter
Hidden 15/Mar/09 Lead
nige 15/Mar/09 Lead
mark hounslea
Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) 31/Jan/09 Lead dnf
andy jennings ??/2009 2nd β
Tez29 19/Oct/08 Lead dog
Hidden 18/Oct/08 2nd
Stig 17/Sep/08 Lead dog

Had done the hard bit but pumped out in the crag. Pathetic lack of commitment and really pissed off.

Charlie Reade-Jahn
Hidden 10/Aug/08 2nd dnf
datoon 13/Jul/08 Lead dog
Hidden 28/Jun/08 Lead O/S
joe larner 20/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Nice route. quite comfy jams. pulled my slipper off in a foot jam and had to put heel back in once i got to the lip.

Hidden 24/May/08 2nd dog
jamesturnbull ??/2008 Lead
Andrew Barker ??/2008 Lead

Fell off on first try after missing a really obvious foothold. Led ground-up.

Cragrat Rich 30/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Big sloth-like struggle. Almost forgot there was a foothold on the lower edge until I was nearly off! One of the hardest earned onsights I can remember

Hidden 30/Sep/07 Lead O/S
jonnyboy 22/Sep/07 Lead O/S
OffshoreAndy 15/Sep/07 Lead O/S
gb83 11/Aug/07 2nd dog

took an almighty whipper on this one, came pretty close to decking. thought hands were good, moved feet into the crack then off i pop ;-) had to prussik to get back on route so not the full tick

Joe Dove 28/Jul/07 2nd
Alex Mason 05/Jul/07 Lead O/S

Good route and not that thrutchy!

v.jester ?/Jul/07 2nd
Hidden 10/Jun/07 Lead RP
jchenoweth 10/Jun/07 2nd dog
Hidden 20/May/07 Lead
Hidden 19/May/07 Lead rpt
robman 15/Apr/07 Lead dnf


doug s 17/Mar/07 Lead
Hidden 14/Mar/07 Lead dog
alicia 14/Mar/07 2nd

Something that is easier for the short, for once! Quite enjoyed that.

Nick Smith
steve taylor ??/2007 -
davetigger ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 19/Nov/06 2nd dnf
mattyork2 19/Nov/06 Lead dnf
Martyn ?/Jun/06 Lead dnf
Simon Bayliss
Hidden ?/Apr/06 2nd
ChrisJD 18/Feb/06 Lead
Hidden 18/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
Boy ??/2006 -
dan gibson ??/2006 -
shaunhvs ??/2006 Lead

Could only do it with the use of knees.Rope got stuck in crack as i went over the lip!

Gary Butcher
dannyboy83 ?/Dec/05 Lead O/S
Nicos 20/Nov/05 Lead
Nicos 20/Nov/05 Lead O/S
Oli 19/Nov/05 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Nov/05 Lead rpt
Hidden 12/Nov/05 Lead
ChrisBrooke 12/Nov/05 Lead dog
John Fryer
Pythonist 02/Oct/05 Lead dog

Brutal, but somehow very tempting and encouraging. One rest at the lip before committing to the top section. Possible E2 5c if you layback the whole thing (which I did...)

Hidden 18/Jul/05 2nd dog
Siderunner 03/Jul/05 Lead O/S

Nearly did myself an injury getting my foot on at the end of the roof crack. Watching Ben climb was a privelege.

Ben Heason
SteveM 04/Jul/04 Lead
Hidden 12/Jun/04 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 -
feilx ??/2004 -
Chris Davids ?/Jul/03 2nd dog
Hidden ?/Mar/03 -
Duncan I ??/2002 Lead
Chris Polden
VPJB ??/2002 -
Hidden 21/Aug/01 Lead
frost ?/May/01 Lead O/S
D Garry
tuftynick ??/2000 Lead
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2000 -
ajc 20/Jun/99 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/99 Lead O/S
ChrisJD ?/Mar/99 Lead
Hidden ??/1999 Lead
Hidden 18/Oct/98 2nd β
Stoney Boy 06/Sep/98 2nd O/S
Mark Walker
five ?/Jul/98 Lead dog
Hidden 14/Feb/98 2nd
Hidden 08/Feb/98 Lead O/S
DavidEvans 02/Feb/98 Lead O/S
Chris Gilligan, William Wilson, adam ellwood
Dave Musgrove Jnr 24/Jan/98 Solo
Chris Ranner
WB ??/1998 Lead O/S
goi.ashmore 12/Apr/97 Lead O/S
Dave Banham-Hughes
Chris Reid 28/Sep/96 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/95 Lead
Roget 18/Jun/95 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/95 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1995 -
Chris Ellis 29/May/94 Lead
Martin Veale
Hidden 11/Jul/93 2nd
mikedelderfield 01/May/93 Lead O/S
IanD353 ?/Mar/93 Lead O/S
craig d ??/1993 -
Neil R 20/Apr/92 Lead O/S
Richard W
NickJH ?/May/91 2nd O/S
N Hancock
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
Nick Rundall ??/1990 Lead dnf

spent too much time under the overhang

michael burrows 28/Mar/86 2nd
steve williams
andy tetsill ?/Mar/85 Lead
Manchester Poly
Gezzer ??/1984 -
uphillnow ?/Oct/83 Lead
Mark (sam)
charlesmfrench 08/May/83 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1983 Lead
babymoac ?/Jun/81 Lead
Andy Say 03/May/81 Lead
Hammy 22/Nov/80 Lead
Rob Lawson
Andy Fielding ??/1980 Lead
JEP ??/1980 -
JEP ??/1980 -
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead O/S
Nigel Baker
nbotting ??/1980 -
Mike Owen 14/Apr/79 -
Keith Robertson
Steve Bell ??/1978 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/77 2nd
Mark Kemball 12/Jun/76 Lead
George Mumford
Derek Ryden ?/Oct/75 TR O/S
Andy Douse
rogerskews ??/1973 -
Dane Atkins
mikej 15/Jun/69 Lead
Mike Browne
High E2
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High E1
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High HVS
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High 5c
Mid 5c
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High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
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Style of ascent
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