Rockfax Description
Climb the slab left of the shallow groove then step left and make a fierce, fingery mantelshelf to better holds and an uphill finger-traverse to ledges. One more scary move remains. A super-technical left-hand start is around f7A+. © Rockfax

FA. Pete Livesey 1977

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Best slab climbs of the UK, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, World Graded List, Peak Rock/14/Gritstone After the Gold Rush, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Fast & Free: Pete Livesay's Top 30 British Classics, Ultimate E4 ticklist.

Hidden 25/Oct Solo rpt
jon_gill1 20/Sep TR RP

3rd go ground up

with martin johnson, rosie hawker, anthony smith
AJ374 ?/Sep TR dog
Michael Hellyer 05/Jul TR dnf

Westway Climbing Weekend

ellis 13/May Sent β
BenjaminLinneRyn 11/May Solo O/S
Tom.Priestley 10/May TR dog

Crux is hard for the short, and hard for 6a

tcn_2002 19/Apr TR
Hidden 06/Apr TR RP
Morgan P 07/Mar TR dog

Only one fall at the same point as normal. Got that move second attempt. So close to getting this clean now.

Andy Peak 1 10/Feb TR

The move left is hard but starting to get essayer

with shunt
bwestwood 02/Feb Sent x
Hidden 04/Jan Solo RP
Maddie 04/Jan TR dog

Can definitely get it TR. Just need a few more goes. The crux needs a super high rockover to make the reach

with Alun, remus, Dennis999
M_Robinson 25/Dec/14 TR dog
with Ian Robinson
Hidden ?/Dec/14 TR RP
petegunn 28/Oct/14 TR
with Davina
rurp 27/Oct/14 TR dog

Failed onsight on mantle

rurp 27/Oct/14 TR rpt
Morgan P 26/Oct/14 TR dog

Finally did all the moves with only one section needing to be tried a few times! Sweet. Why am I tempted to do this on 'lead'..

Hidden 12/Oct/14 TR dnf
Hidden 12/Oct/14 TR O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/14 Lead RP
kyaizawa 29/Jul/14 TR RP

Got it clean second go; would probably want a couple more goes on a slack top rope before committing to the solo!! Traverse section feels very fluffable.

Emma Reynolds 29/Jul/14 TR dnf

Did awkward traverse at start, then started to move up but didn't have the strength after the thumb mantle before the flakes

Hidden 10/Jun/14 Solo
dannyboy83 05/Jun/14 Solo O/S

Found the start very hard, then easy but lovely climbing to the top

Hidden 01/Jun/14 TR dnf
lloydrees91 ?/Jun/14 TR RP
[]ł//ō| 06/May/14 TR RP

Great line - now to do it one handed...

with Jayboy
haggisthebadger 20/Apr/14 TR dnf

Damn hard - got 2 moves in and fell several times. did not finish.

JHC 18/Apr/14 TR dnf

Had to go before finished

whitehouse_rhys 02/Jan/14 Solo O/S

such a cool line and a plesure to do ... maby a touch herder than E4 tho?

with Rob law
kabutsu ??/2014 TR

Shoes left at the bottom. Tenaya Ra, any info would be great I can drive to pick them up! Thanks :)

mike mo ??/2014 2nd
mileshill540 ??/2014 TR
Ram MkiV 28/Dec/13 Solo rpt

shut down on direct start though

with noaks, Guy
Matthew Ferrier 04/Dec/13 Solo O/S

No pads. The finger-mantel is really cool, and the exposure higher up is great.

Hidden ?/Nov/13 2nd
DeanD 06/Jun/13 TR RP
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 19/May/13 Solo RP
Hidden 05/May/13 TR O/S
Hidden 05/May/13 TR dog
sgl0jd 15/Apr/13 Solo
Hidden 14/Apr/13 TR dnf
sparkass 07/Apr/13 Solo O/S

Have looked at this for years, was never sure I'd ever actually try it. Really happy that I have, a proper milestone for me.

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Mar/13 Solo O/S
with Tim Hill, Katy Whittaker
w.pettet-smith ?/Feb/13 Sent

with pads, crux safe. top wonderful. phew

Hidden ??/2013 Solo
Hidden 28/Nov/12 Solo O/S
LJC 11/Nov/12 TR

Fine on top rope, one to solo next time.

with Theo, Tom
Guy Atkinson 30/Oct/12 TR dnf

It was pretty grim so we didn't fancy leading anything, nobody was around so I had a play on this.

with Ben Silvestre
davemcummings 20/Oct/12 TR dnf

Could not get past crux finger mantle move.

StefanieG 20/Oct/12 TR dog
UnkArl 20/Oct/12 TR O/S
dantheoptimist 20/Oct/12 TR dnf
Debs 20/Oct/12 TR
with Karl
Hidden 07/Oct/12 Solo dnf
barrowclough 19/May/12 TR RP
with Spod
Hidden 06/May/12 TR dog
clmbr 20/Mar/12 TR O/S
with mr g walters
Hidden 11/Mar/12 TR
Hidden 05/Mar/12 Solo rpt
thefuturesmiles ?/Mar/12 TR RP

wish i had the guts to solo this! amazing slab.

antdav ??/2012 TR dog

Put up a top rope to see how far away i am from climbing something like this, a long way it seems.

with Bob
Tom Keaveny 11/Nov/11 TR dnf
with mfisher
jamesgodwin64 21/Oct/11 TR RP
with Chiris Fox
Ed morris 16/Oct/11 TR β


with ewan
Woodiee 16/Oct/11 TR O/S

felt good to get this one clean 1st time, just need to go back with a couple of pads and get it done properly! - hard start, tho eases towards the top

with Kris Moeckell
Hidden 28/Sep/11 TR dnf
Hidden 14/Sep/11 Solo dnf
M_W_Court 25/Aug/11 TR dog
with Stuart Cartwright
Hidden ?/Aug/11 TR
jwpil 16/Jun/11 TR dog
with Gordon
gordonday 16/Jun/11 TR dog
chrisdavies 11/Jun/11 TR
Hidden 05/Jun/11 TR dnf
chrishedgehog 25/Apr/11 2nd dog
with S. Hunt
goddamm7 23/Apr/11 Lead
with karen hallam
Hidden 02/Apr/11 TR
harvie 14/Mar/11 Solo O/S
Aaron Hauptmann 30/Jan/11 TR RP
with Mungo
archiecb 30/Jan/11 TR β

Vaguely watched a few people attempt it, then flashed it on top rope. This would no doubt be a bold solo. It does ease out up top so if you can get the crux you should be more than capable of finishing it.

Cornish Cream 30/Jan/11 -
Ram MkiV 27/Jan/11 Solo O/S

for years this struck fear into my heart. turns out it's not so bad. Had downclimbed from crux previously but fired it off first pop today.

with sam & ed
Ed Booth 23/Jan/11 Solo O/S
grady ?/Jan/11 Solo
Aaron Hauptmann 30/Oct/10 TR dog

most beautiful thing i've ever climbed, tried to do it clean after a little rest, but 5 attempts at the crux, I kept getting the hold and popping straight off. Very bold climb to solo.

with Danny Salvadori
phildavies84 30/Oct/10 TR dog

Comeback to get clean. And then???????/

dominic lee 16/Oct/10 Solo
pie_eater_pete 05/Sep/10 TR
davewsargent 05/Sep/10 TR dnf
gingerwolf 10/Aug/10 TR RP
dan gibson 19/Jul/10 Solo O/S

finally plucked up the courage for the onsight solo, it was as exhilarating as I expected. Took a while to think about the top move.

CrashMat Rob 01/Jun/10 TR

With Colin and Nicky

with Nicky
M_Robinson ?/Jun/10 TR dog
with Ian Robinson
Lawrie Brand 14/Apr/10 TR RP

Superb climbing, clean second go on the old top rope, would be exciting solo

spam 17/Mar/10 Solo RP
with will wilson, cal coldwell-story, rob lay
Mike Goldthorp 13/Mar/10 Solo O/S

jumped off the crux a couple of times, no pads and it was chiller. fantastic problem! tenuous

C coldwell-storry 10/Mar/10 Solo O/S
with rob lay
Dhcol 01/Jan/10 TR dnf

Seriously hard climb I got pulled up half way :-) hats off to all who have lead this climb. I don't think it's one I'll be finishing in my lifetime!!

Andrew Barker 28/Oct/09 Solo β

Pure class. Tried about a week and a half ago but did my usual trick of getting really scared and downclimbing and leaving it for a while. No problems today - managed to enjoy it rather than being gripped. A bit borderline as an onsight as I spotted Skippy on it previously but I ended up doing pretty much all the lower moves completely differently and couldn't see how he did the top! No pads used.

with Phil Applegate
Boy ?/Sep/09 -
GeorgeArmstrong 30/Aug/09 TR dog
with Jamie
Hidden 05/Apr/09 TR
sean0386 ?/Mar/09 TR
jimbonfire ??/2009 -
DaveFidler ??/2009 TR dnf
Dave Bond 09/Dec/08 Solo β

above pads

timbanton 09/Dec/08 Solo
Hidden 06/Dec/08 TR dnf
Hidden 06/Dec/08 TR dog
Phil Jennings 16/Aug/08 Solo dnf
Joe Dove 24/Jun/08 2nd
with paul
MYSSAK 05/Apr/08 Solo rpt
PaulWillis1973 ??/2008 TR
PaulWillis1973 ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 Lead
Hidden 06/Nov/07 Solo O/S
MYSSAK 04/Nov/07 Solo rpt
DavidEvans 23/Oct/07 Solo

Well pleased. Warmed up by soloing a few of the other slabs.

with Jules Vulliamy
Somerset swede basher 18/Oct/07 Solo O/S
thrutch 09/Sep/07 TR

Felt much hardwer than Heartless Hare. Must be getting tired

with helen
DrGav 26/Aug/07 TR dog

Great fingery moves. Not sure if i'd ever dare lead it..

with Adam
Toby Dunn 08/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with Ruth
Hidden 20/Dec/06 Solo O/S
alaan 26/Jun/06 Lead RP

Lead with side runner placed on lead.

with Dave
gb83 06/Jun/06 TR

no fingers or toes left after this, crimp-tastic! :-)

bronsonite 28/May/06 Solo
nathanmanc ?/Apr/06 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden 18/Jul/05 TR dog
Dave Mason ?/Jun/05 TR RP
with Trev Tatler
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
ali_robb ?/Jul/04 Solo O/S
Ropeboy 13/Mar/04 Solo
clive-greenwood 16/Nov/03 TR dnf
Hidden 21/Apr/03 AltLd
willackers ??/2003 Solo RP
with Mark Shore
CrashMat Rob 12/Jan/02 TR
with Sahra, Miles, simon?, Martin Whelan, Nicky
CrashMat Rob 08/Jan/00 TR
with Martin Whelan, Brian, Nicky
tlr ??/2000 2nd
tuftynick ??/2000 Lead
marcoleptic ??/2000 TR
with Sion
CrashMat Rob 20/Nov/99 TR
with Nicky
CrashMat Rob 20/Sep/98 TR
with Nicky
Hidden 01/May/98 TR
CrashMat Rob 21/Mar/98 TR

top roped 3 times 3rd time without rest

with Nicky
Dave Musgrove Jnr 24/Jan/98 Solo O/S
with Chris Ranner
Hidden ??/1998 TR
D Tempest ??/1998 Solo O/S
DavidEvans 25/Oct/97 TR
Hidden 24/Jun/97 Solo
Hidden 16/May/97 TR
CrashMat Rob 01/Aug/96 TR
switch ??/1996 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Aug/95 TR RP
Hidden ??/1995 TR
richiebongo ??/1995 Solo O/S
leadmat ?/Oct/94 Lead
Hidden 21/May/94 TR O/S
mattnuttall 10/Mar/94 Solo O/S
adi bryant ?/Jun/93 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1993 TR O/S
craig d ??/1993 -
Craig Barton ??/1993 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/92 TR
Cowflinger ?/Aug/92 TR
Cowflinger ?/Jun/92 TR
nai ??/1992 TR
Gordon Stainforth 14/Apr/91 2nd dnf
with David BA Jones
Sean Kelly ?/Apr/91 -

I actually have a poor photo (mostly of his backside) of Pete Livesey doing the first ascent of this climb!

with John Hynes
AB1965 10/Sep/90 Lead
Hidden 18/Mar/90 TR
andy farnell ??/1990 Solo O/S

Date a rough guess

gordonday ??/1990 TR O/S
Hidden ??/1989 -
phardman 11/Aug/88 TR O/S
AB1965 09/May/88 Solo
Hidden 29/Mar/88 TR
sadams 03/Aug/87 Solo
with Guy Townsend
Carl Hamer ??/1987 TR dog
Bruce Kerr 27/Sep/86 Solo
Chris Ellis 08/Jun/86 TR
with Andy Barker
uphillnow 14/Feb/86 2nd
mark mcgowan01 ??/1986 -
mark mcgowan01 ??/1986 Solo O/S
Jim Fowler ??/1986 -
Robmwatt ??/1986 -
Dave Musgrove 24/Mar/85 Lead RP
Hidden ??/1985 Solo RP
Hidden ??/1985 Lead
Mike Owen 01/Apr/84 -
with John Peake
Ian Clare ??/1984 -
Gezzer ??/1984 -
Mark Kemball 10/Dec/83 TR
Mark Kemball 29/Aug/82 Lead O/S
with Bill McKee
Hammy 17/Jun/82 2nd
with Fai Kwong, Richard West
Nic Robinson 13/Feb/82 2nd O/S
with (Dirty) Derek Hearsey
Ian Clare ??/1982 -
Hammy 31/Oct/81 TR
with Kate Knight
mark-abz ?/Apr/80 TR
with ?
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead

Low runners in Slab Recess (placed on lead) and in the blocks under LJS.

with Graham Parkes
Chris Craggs ??/1980 -
Hidden ??/1980 Lead
andy gittins ??/1978 Solo
FATBOYFAT ??/1972 -
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