Rockfax Description
The reachy left arete of the smart slab, with gear in the low break. Hard for the short. A fair intro to harder gritstone aretes. © Rockfax

FA. Graham Hoey 1986

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

Hidden 22/Sep Lead RP
PLM 17/May Lead O/S
with Ruairi
Gambit 04/May Lead O/S
with Giles, Cheryl, Jason, Paula
AsleepOnBelay 11/Apr 2nd
with ian
bigdrew 06/Apr 2nd O/S

Wimped out of the lead and Dunc took over.. Next time!

with Dunc
Bloke on a Rope 10/Oct/14 Solo O/S

Very on-sightable only really one hard move, good route though.

DaveB61 05/Oct/14 2nd
jshields 05/Oct/14 Lead
BRoe 20/Aug/14 Solo RP

Rather soft, as a result of top roping benign

with Millard, whitehouse_rhys
andy28th 20/Aug/14 TR O/S
jamiev 05/Jun/14 TR O/S
with Tim Parkinson
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead
WillDoyle 30/Mar/14 Solo
robw007 17/Mar/14 Lead O/S

The E grade is probably height dependent - cool moves though.

ashtond6 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Mar/14 Lead β
danm 09/Mar/14 2nd
with grimer
Hidden 01/Dec/13 Lead RP
Hidden 25/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/May/13 Lead RP
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Apr/13 2nd rpt
deacondeacon 09/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Lovely couple of moves.

Ethan 23/Feb/13 Lead
with Sam Hamer
ashtond6 02/Feb/13 Lead dnf
Hannahjscott 11/Sep/12 2nd
with Owen Smith
Cake 11/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Nice. Don't see why this is E3. Didn't think it would have deck-out possiblity until it' easy

with Hannah
Jake Young 01/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Nick
Nick1812P 01/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Jake
thrutch 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Sven
Ram MkiV 20/Dec/11 Solo rpt
disturbed_one51 02/Dec/11 Lead
J.Wells 21/Oct/11 Lead O/S
tuftynick 16/Oct/11 Lead
Ed morris 16/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with ewan
ewanthomson 16/Oct/11 2nd dog
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Oct/11 AltLd
with Tufty
Hidden 14/Aug/11 2nd dog
Hidden 30/Jul/11 TR RP
Hidden 24/May/11 Lead β
belay bunny turned bad 24/May/11 Lead O/S
with loundsy
highlux 25/Feb/11 Lead O/S

all in the feet. quite straightforward... V nice climb.

GuyVG 12/Feb/11 Lead dnf

spooked out having to place gear blindly leaning down with oaks and billy telling me if it was alright, felt like pat sharpe's fun house so down climbed from the smears and sacked it for a more serious effort

adie84 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Nov/10 Lead β
B-bop 26/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Lovely, delicate smears see you to saftey. Just keep your head!

with Juan
mark20 07/Nov/10 Lead O/S
James Oswald 07/Nov/10 2nd O/S

A scary lead from Mark. An awesome couple of moves. Awesome route. Technical, balancey moves. Brilliant

clintos 24/Oct/10 Lead
with jonny green
dominic lee 12/Oct/10 Solo O/S
nathanlee 12/Oct/10 Solo O/S
with Dom Lee
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S
chris sm 24/Jul/10 2nd O/S

Chicken out of the lead.

Hidden 24/Jul/10 Lead
JPGR 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Yvette
Ollie B 15/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with M.Sharpe
sharpie530 15/Mar/10 2nd
with ollie b
Hidden 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Somerset swede basher 25/Jul/09 Lead β
with Katharine, Rich, John and Wicks
Hidden 26/May/09 2nd rpt
jchenoweth 03/May/09 Lead O/S
with Charlie Jeynes
Jez ?/May/09 Lead O/S
with NJSharp
Andrew Barker 22/Feb/09 Lead O/S

All over in about 10 seconds. Sweet.

with Skippy
net 22/Feb/09 2nd

Made a bit of a mess of the last proper move.

with George
GPN 22/Feb/09 Lead rpt
with Annette
Hidden 22/Feb/09 2nd
Pete Graham 28/Nov/08 Lead
with Luke Porter
tom.e 17/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Claire
Hidden 06/Oct/08 Solo O/S
tommytwotone 20/Sep/08 Lead RP

Fell off reaching for the jug, pulled the rope with the cam still in and led it.

with Matt Pidgen
mshorter 20/Jul/08 -
Oddjob 20/Jul/08 Lead rpt
with Duncan
sparkass 20/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Mike Shorter and Alex Woods
alaan 13/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Jenny
joe larner 20/Jun/08 Lead β

Scary reach for the flake.

lowersharpnose 12/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Short, sweet and possibly safe.

with Danger
Hidden 04/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Oli 31/May/08 Lead O/S
with Stu
Mr Powly 27/Jan/08 Lead O/S
jamesturnbull ??/2008 Lead
Rjukan ??/2008 Lead O/S
with Tom P
Hidden ??/2008 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Dec/07 Lead O/S
Dan 85 11/Nov/07 2nd dog
with John
nacnud 03/Nov/07 Lead
Owen W-G 06/Oct/07 Lead O/S

My second E3 having had a tip that this was easiest one in peak. All over in less than 2 mins, seemed very straightforward.

with Max
Hidden 11/Aug/07 Lead β
Alex Mason 05/Jul/07 Lead O/S

good moves with a nevre-racking reach for the flake jug.

with Vash
v.jester ?/Jul/07 Lead β
with alex
jchenoweth 10/Jun/07 2nd dog
with Fat Alan
Nick Taylor 19/May/07 Lead O/S
Coel Hellier 05/May/07 Lead
maybe_si 04/May/07 Lead O/S
with james
james.f.williamson 03/May/07 2nd
chrisclimber_1986 08/Apr/07 2nd dog
with William Kelsall
Hidden ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Oddjob 25/Feb/07 2nd β
with Andre
Joe Marsh 25/Feb/07 2nd β
with Andre
drysori 18/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
ewen 09/Nov/06 Lead O/S
with dave best
Hidden 05/Nov/06 Solo O/S
Col Allott 13/Oct/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Mar/06 Solo O/S
IOAN D 28/Jan/06 Lead O/S
with rhys
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
mattwyles1 ??/2006 Lead

Mini epic.

BruceW ?/Nov/05 Lead O/S

First E3 onsite

with Al. W.
Ram MkiV ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S

really good fun leading this route. Had a bit of a wobble and couldn't quite reach flake. thought i was going to have to slap at one stage but sorted right foot out and grasped flake with satisfaction and relative control. memorable chiefly 'cos i nearly muffed it.

with Alex Mason
Chris the Tall 14/May/05 Lead O/S

First E3 lead. Motivation provided by Sloper saying it was only HVS

with Duncan
fizzy_elephant ?/May/05 Lead β
with Rob Williams
Andy Clarke 23/Jan/05 Lead rpt

My first E3. Got it 3rd attempt, ground up. Fell off twice, so can vouch for the gear in the break being just enough to prevent serious damage. Weirdly, a guy bouldering nearby who saw me fall introduced himself as a chiropractor and insisted on manipulating the ankle I'd landed awkwardly on. Must have worked as I got it next go! Felt no pain until limping out of The Grouse later after a couple of celebratory pints. Quite a day.

with DaveR
Mr Pink 2 ??/2005 -
Daniel Armitage 04/Dec/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 08/Aug/04 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden 15/Feb/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2004 -
Hidden ??/2004 -
feilx ??/2004 -
Ropeboy 23/Nov/03 Lead
Monk ?/Nov/03 Lead O/S
GPN ?/Nov/03 2nd
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead
Brian Rodgers ??/2003 Lead O/S

I've done harder E1's.

Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/Jun/02 Lead
Rock Fairy ?/May/01 2nd
with david
Hidden 24/Jun/00 Lead RP
Hidden 17/Apr/94 -
Dave Pritchard ?/Jun/92 Lead O/S

Did it when it was given HVS 4c in guide, and looking for easy HVS for Girlfriend (now wife) to do.

with Kate Greig
Jon Read ?/Jan/92 Solo RP
with Louise B.
Michael Hood 27/Mar/88 Lead

Given HVS 4c at the time!

mark-abz 01/Sep/87 TR
with Andy W
tapley 30/Aug/87 2nd
Chris Wright 14/Apr/87 Solo O/S
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