Rockfax Description
A bruising battle for most. From a big thread, hand traverse the greasy flange and finger-jam the roof-crack. Once established on the front face things ease instantly. A VS from when grades were random, and upgraded (yet again) by popular demand! © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown 1950

Ticklists: Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Wide Cracks, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Joe Brown's Three-Star Grit-List, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes.

AsleepOnBelay 11/Apr 2nd dnf
with ian
Haydn Jones 31/Mar Lead O/S
Andy Peak 1 30/Mar 2nd rpt

very very good

with Hayden Jones
Hannes B 05/Nov/14 Lead G/U

g-up 1 fall

with Neil C
morganator 02/Nov/14 2nd
with Stuart Johnson, Ross Mckerchar
adam 24 02/Nov/14 Lead dog

Brutal, got boxed placing the gear, mate swapped in to finish the lead then i did it on second.

Stuart Johnston 02/Nov/14 Lead O/S

Quality. Physical.

JamieSparkes 01/Nov/14 2nd rpt
with Clement Hutin, Claire Holland
Hidden 28/Oct/14 2nd dog
petegunn 28/Oct/14 Lead
with Davina
Nick Russell 25/Oct/14 Lead dog

Brutal. Aided through the roof.

with Jamie
zcsharp 25/Oct/14 2nd

What a beast of a route.

harry_lewis 19/Oct/14 Lead G/U
robgixer 12/Oct/14 Lead dog
Rachel Slater 21/Sep/14 Lead β

Belayed Tim on it first but had to race through the crux. Easier for the small which makes a nice change on the grit.

tim newton 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S
mike.rigby 27/Jul/14 2nd
with Rob Edwards
French Erick 26/Jul/14 Lead β

Fell on the crux. Pulled ropes went back for a full blown tussle!

with Alex Heude
Matt Cooke 01/Dec/13 Lead O/S
with Scott, Sam Taylor
Joel_e 28/Apr/13 TR dnf

Made it to the edge of the cave roof but could not get out of the cave on to the outside crack.

bclifton ??/2013 Lead
andi turner ??/2013 -
Hidden 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Sep/12 Lead
littleluke 16/Sep/12 2nd β
pie_eater_pete 14/Aug/12 Lead
Hidden 18/May/12 Lead dog
Andy Peak 1 18/Mar/12 Lead

Hardest lead to date very pleased to get it first go

with random
Pete Graham 06/Mar/12 Lead
with Luke Porter
maddy.c ??/2012 -
tuftynick 16/Oct/11 Lead
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Oct/11 AltLd
with Tufty
Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
tonanf ?/Aug/11 -
with Phil L
JamieSparkes 02/Jul/11 Lead β

something of a fight, even with a big cam in the roof!

Nick1812P 02/Jul/11 2nd dog
with Jamie
Graeme Hammond 06/Jun/11 Lead rpt

Classic Stuff!!! So close a few weeks ago, clean today, trashed and bleeding hands were worthwhile :)

Jonathan Hall 16/Apr/11 Lead

Felt geasier than a McDonalds, one rest under the roof then arm jammed away. Surprised how little jamming there was really.

tuftynick 06/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 06/Apr/11 Lead
Brown 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Oska
thomasadixon 23/Mar/11 Lead dog

One rest under the roof...shouldn't have really just wussed out. Managed it tho an for someone who can't jam that's enough!

with Becca
BeccaSnowden 23/Mar/11 2nd dog

Suprisingly fun!

with Tom
Euan Strachan 20/Mar/11 Lead dnf

Backed off. Will come back with a cam of the right size!

JamieSparkes 19/Mar/11 Lead dnf

ouch - will be back with two jammable hands

llamaglama 19/Mar/11 2nd
with Jam
highlux 09/Jan/11 -


with Martin Veale
mwatson ??/2011 -
walts4 ??/2011 -
Cragrat Rich 28/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Another stella crack-a-thon. Some wild contortions required.. Surprisingly, I managed to stay in reasonable control? Kind of felt like a dog that was constantly barking but never bit!

Hidden 28/Oct/10 Lead O/S
AsleepOnBelay 28/Oct/10 2nd dog

Superb, as much fun as it is brutal, I've got jamming grazes on my back and head to prove it. Slithered off doing the moves to get round on to the face. Coming back to lead this sometime.

with Rich G
freddieneame10 ?/Sep/10 Lead dnf

Nails! the start is well strenous and fairly technical. Can't wait to give it another go when i'm fresh

with jonathan jones
Hidden 01/Aug/10 Lead
James Oakes 24/Apr/10 Lead RP

First E3, got it second go!

gregoritos 23/Apr/10 Lead O/S

dont need to jam the roof despite guidebook description. E2 or E1 with big cam in roof.

Drew M ??/2010 Lead
Hidden 05/Dec/09 Lead
feilx 31/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with james d
dannyboy83 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden 12/Sep/09 2nd
Cat G ?/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 23/Aug/09 Lead RP
mel holmes 08/Apr/09 Lead dog
with Alex@home
Hidden 15/Mar/09 Lead
Nicos 10/Jan/09 Lead O/S
with john crook
chris sm 25/Oct/08 Lead dnf
with Pippa Froggatt
tumbling wizard ?/Oct/08 -
datoon 13/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with S
WB 13/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with Jim
Hidden 26/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Oceanic ?/May/07 -
Hidden 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S
climbingrick ?/Apr/07 Lead dnf

Errr nearly died!

jonnyboy 17/Mar/07 Lead O/S
robman 17/Mar/07 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
tumbling wizard 16/Oct/06 Lead dog
Castleclimber ?/Sep/06 Lead dog
with Fred Lyon
John Kettle 30/Jul/06 Lead O/S
UndercoverElephant ?/May/06 Lead dog

Damn, had to fail sometime. Cleaning the shoes after leaving the mud of the cave is a hard move. Doomed to failure thereafter. Practice those knee-holds, and bring along your big friends to fight this one.

with S
Daniel Armitage 06/Mar/06 Lead RP
Boy ??/2006 -
dan gibson ??/2006 -
Hidden ?/Aug/05 Lead dog
shark 03/Jan/05 Lead O/S
with Mark Hundleby
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
Hidden ??/2000 -
Hidden 12/Jul/99 2nd
ste_d 18/Jul/96 Lead O/S
with mik
mikedelderfield 11/Mar/94 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1992 Lead
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead RP

Just the once - that was enough!

FATBOYFAT ??/1972 -
uphillnow ??/1970 -
mikej 06/May/68 TR dnf
with Graham Evans
mikej 17/Jul/66 2nd dnf
with Keith Gregson
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