Rockfax Description
Climb the slabby lower wall trending right - bold - to the base of a groove (possible belay). Enter and climb the groove to a choice of finishes, direct is harder, stepping left onto the arete is more exposed - both are excellent. © Rockfax

FA. Slim Sorrell late 1940s 1947

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Chatsworth to Bamford.

fuzzysheep01 30/Aug Lead O/S

Midges and flying ants everywhere - horrendous. Ruined what was actually a decent route.

with Noemie Ajenjo
Hidden 25/May Solo O/S
amccann 25/May Solo O/S
MSchobitz 25/May Lead O/S
Nick1812P 25/May 2nd rpt
with Micki
JasonK 14/May 2nd
Ian Hylands 14/May Lead O/S


with Graham
Hidden 04/May Lead O/S
Oliver Houston ?/May Lead

On Johns gear

sarahsuth ?/May 2nd
jimbonfire ??/2015 -
Wayne S 26/Oct/14 2nd O/S

Serious on either end of the rope, initial traverse a bit gritty and damp making it extra worrying.

with Dale
D Berry 26/Oct/14 Lead RP

After comming off very early, had a talk with myself and placed a couple of pieces of small gear for the traverse, the piece nearer the difficult step up being better. Carried on up in one pitch. Finished on the arete, but went over higher than described. Given the gritiness of the best holds and dirt on all the rest, if you have any nervous feelings once safety at the end of the traverse is reached, taking a belay could well be sensible, even if leading the whole route.

with Wayne S
tsjx 05/Oct/14 Lead
with Dave C, John Mc
Fentonio 28/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Didn't do the traversey bit at the start (potential pendulum)

RosieLynch 28/Sep/14 2nd dog
aking12 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Adam Fenton, Rosie Lynch
Babika 07/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Great route - superb contrasting pitches. First pitch is not for the fainthearted!

with Charles Leek
hipyhop 07/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Cherelle
Hidden 07/Sep/14 Lead O/S
AshBash 07/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Mike
bendevonport 05/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Started on oblongata, and finished up the groove of the brain. All one pitch.

with Matt lanny
Hidden 31/Aug/14 2nd O/S
GermanAlex 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S

bold slab, bit of crack and then out to that magnificently positioned arete via a funky move. 3*!

with Robby
Deezel65 31/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Did the ArÍte finish as I'm sure most do now, fantastic position.

cragtyke 31/Jul/14 2nd
with Ross
Nick1812P 05/Jun/14 Solo O/S
with Dom
dannyboy83 31/May/14 Lead O/S
with Floris
Hidden 31/May/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/May/14 Lead O/S
john max 27/Apr/14 Lead
with Jen Maxfield
john_ni 27/Apr/14 Lead O/S
max_chan 24/Apr/14 2nd rpt
with Andy Jobling
Hidden 12/Nov/13 2nd
gavinpeach 26/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Started on Oblongata as the slab was soaking wet. Finished as per The Brain.

with Max Pendleton
tomthecoolperson 01/Aug/13 2nd
with Andrew
victim of mathematics 24/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Brilliant moves up the arete at the top.

with Adam
adam carless 24/Jun/13 2nd rpt

soloed the traverse because, well, it's a solo. Then tied in and seconded the last bit.

Jake Young 25/May/13 Lead O/S
with Jack
jwpil 25/May/13 2nd O/S
with Jake
Harri777 06/May/13 2nd
with Matt Kingsley
Hidden 06/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/May/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/13 2nd
nick ferro 06/Apr/13 -
Hidden 06/Apr/13 2nd
AlanPedrick ??/2013 -
Steven Andrews 10/Nov/12 2nd O/S
with Lawrence
Hidden 29/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29/Sep/12 Lead rpt
john_ni 09/Aug/12 2nd

delicate & bold low traverse

with Nick Read
StewartBradshaw 22/Jul/12 2nd O/S
stuaart 21/Jul/12 2nd

Neil led as one pitch. Bottom is surprisingly bold for VS even though the moves are no more than 4c.

with Neil Redgrave
tiga271 01/Jun/12 Lead
with Dave
Monkey_Alan 20/May/12 2nd

Bold start on either end of the rope! Great position and moves on the arete.

tomshanti 20/May/12 2nd β

soloed the slabby wall to start,Max led the route.lovely finish up the arete

Hidden 13/May/12 Lead O/S
charley 12/May/12 Lead O/S

Finished on the arete

chumleywarner 12/May/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 17/Mar/12 Lead rpt

finished on the arÍte this time, Excellent! Still found the slab bold.

with Jim
harold walmsley 06/Mar/12 2nd rpt
with Colin Struthers
Robin Nichols 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S
ushi ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
spragglerocks 29/Oct/11 2nd O/S
SteveM 29/Oct/11 2nd
with Matt Box, Rachael
Lumbering Oaf 29/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Lots of fun, great route, and worth a couple of stars

thomasaneurinsmith 15/Oct/11 2nd O/S

Just did the top pitch

with Stuart Reeves
stuaart 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Led only top pitch due to deciding against Birthday Crack.

g1m147 15/Oct/11 Lead
marcoleptic 13/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Posted an RP2 through a thin slot & turned it side on half way across traverse. Finished up arete.

with Tommo
shafiq lalloo 03/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Pete Nugent 23/Sep/11 2nd

Fell off from the start of the slab & offered RT the lead. I found the slab to be tough with no meaningful protection. We belayed half way to avoid rope drag and RT led to the top via the aret finish - excellent. Worth doing just for the top crack.

with Richard Toon
Hidden 18/Sep/11 2nd
Hidden 20/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Aug/11 Lead O/S
DaveFidler 17/Aug/11 2nd O/S
davewsargent 17/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with dave pellat
Hidden 17/Aug/11 2nd
wahniel 13/Aug/11 2nd O/S

Olli did well to lead this - the start is quite bold. Smears, no gears...Glad I wasn't leading. Gets HVS in my book for this reason.

with olliver hoffmann
Hidden 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
andybirtwistle 02/Aug/11 Lead
with Keith Lonsdale
Hidden 03/Jul/11 2nd
TerryLines 02/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 01/Jul/11 2nd
cragtyke 11/Jun/11 2nd
Katya 05/Jun/11 2nd
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 05/Jun/11 Lead O/S
SteveM 23/Apr/11 2nd
with Kat
kitkat78 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with SteveM
Tony Holdsworth 03/Apr/11 2nd rpt

Rain stopped play - Ian's shoulder problem

with Ian Holtby
asmith37 02/Apr/11 2nd O/S

The slab feels just as bold on second as it would be on lead, good footholds but nothing for your hands.

Hidden 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Apr/11 2nd O/S
SteWatkins ?/Apr/11 -
Jonathan Hall 26/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 06/Mar/11 Lead rpt
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
richardr ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
GuyM ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
dangerousoldfool ??/2011 Lead O/S
with Budge
Hidden 13/Nov/10 2nd O/S
pimpy 13/Nov/10 Lead
with clare muir
mark20 07/Nov/10 2nd O/S
James Oswald 07/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Really really good. Worth three stars and the exposure up the arete is fantastic! Brilliant and varied.

melonmike 07/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Delightful balancy slab to begin, with little/no protection, and a juggy exposed arete finish made this a really pleasant route- a lovely way to finish a day. An unusual lack of gear at times for a VS but it would be a remarkably soft HVS, the current grade is probably fair.

with Bart Harris, Fran Pickerill
Hidden 30/Oct/10 Lead dnf
Hidden 30/Oct/10 2nd
Steven Andrews 24/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Fantastic winding route through the Brain

Hidden 24/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Jimbo C 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Led as one pitch. Traverse at the start is very balancy. Moved out to the arete near the top.

with Pete, Gethin
popebenedictus 09/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Lead the bold first pitch. Some of the flakes looked really dubious and theres no gear. Started pitch 2, got out to flake on the arete, placed dodgy weigted sling just as gear in the corner pulled out. Found my self 15m up with only a weighted down sling for pro. Got scared, reversed to the ledge and let Edd do the top pitch. Top end VS i'd say.

with Edd Rab
edd rab 09/Sep/10 AltLd O/S

Lead 2nd pitch moving out to the arete half way up.

Hidden 30/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 08/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Andrew Sloan 01/Aug/10 2nd rpt
with Tony Holdsworth
Tony Holdsworth 01/Aug/10 2nd rpt
with Martin Haworth
Martin Haworth 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with Tony, Andy
JamieSparkes 31/Jul/10 Lead O/S
squidgebob 31/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with jamie
ajc 17/Jul/10 Lead O/S
stephenhartley ?/Jul/10 2nd
with Burns
Rachel Slater 22/May/10 Lead O/S
Chi Cheng 22/May/10 2nd O/S
Budge 06/May/10 2nd rpt
Graeme Hammond 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S

lower slab was harder than it looked, but still nice, and the corner above was excellent

with Tony
Fergus Cuthill 15/Apr/10 Lead O/S
JRae 04/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with L Campbell
IAmAStone 28/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Charlie Jefferson
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
Hidden 26/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Pete Graham 26/Oct/09 Solo
MD 10/Oct/09 Lead
with Ian W, Misha
mlmatt 10/Oct/09 2nd
with Dan Masterman
snakebite 10/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Ketu 16/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Nigel
tri-nitro-toulumne 16/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Rob Truckle
Oceanic 30/Aug/09 -
Marti999 22/Jul/09 Lead O/S
briar4012 22/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Marti
bullwinkle 23/May/09 Lead rpt
with John
liamoloughlin 09/May/09 Solo O/S
Adam1973 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Big Ian
Hidden 08/Apr/09 Solo O/S
DavidEvans 04/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Helen Garrett
Hidden 03/Apr/09 2nd
Hidden 21/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Jim Slater 15/Mar/09 AltLd O/S

Split into two pitches, led second.

with Mark Mercer
Tom Last 28/Feb/09 Lead O/S

Is this ripe for the upgrade or is it just Curbar? Hmm, I think maybe the former. The 'Brain' slab has nothing but very poor psychological protection and the rock is crumbly. The upper groove is amazing, but the whole route is very insecure at the grade and very runout at the bottom. Lots of 4c moves + crap gear = HVS 4c?

with Denise
Hidden ??/2009 -
keith leonard ??/2009 -
drysori ??/2009 Lead
drysori ??/2009 Lead
drysori ??/2009 Lead
drysori ??/2009 Lead
Hidden 06/Dec/08 Lead O/S
alimckay ?/Nov/08 2nd O/S
with vardy
metal arms 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S

Finished up the arete. Felt exposed!

smudge 11/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Will G
Simon Caldwell 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Finished up the groove - excellent line, and saves the hardest climbing till last.

with Carmen
Hidden 23/Aug/08 Solo
Phil Jennings 03/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Anna Jennings
flat eric 19/Apr/08 Lead O/S

Weird but fun start. Got a bit stuck in the groove on the second half, so I plumped for the arete instead, with poor style.

Hidden 19/Apr/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Feb/08 Lead O/S
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
AndrewJenkins ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
Different Steve 03/Nov/07 2nd rpt
PanzerHanzler 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S

What a fantastic little gem of climb and what contrast - ballet like tip toeing across a slab, thrusting up the corner to stepping out onto an arete, this climb has it all - 3 stars definately.

Phil Jennings 28/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Chris the Tall 21/Oct/07 Solo rpt


Barry D 18/Oct/07 Lead
with Dick Williams
jimbonfire 15/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Andrew Sloan 01/Sep/07 2nd rpt
with Steve Grove
AngelaC 02/Jun/07 Lead
gazfellows ?/May/07 2nd
Hidden 29/Apr/07 2nd rpt
rob wmc 29/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Alan
Andrew Sloan 15/Apr/07 Lead rpt
with scott
Adam Potter 02/Apr/07 2nd
Hidden 04/Feb/07 Solo O/S
climbingpixie 04/Feb/07 2nd

My partner led Oblongata and I soled up the VS to meet up with it and clean the gear. I was a lot more nervous than I thought on the start but the rest of the route was a breeze and really good fun, especially stepping out onto the arete!

with Owen
dustynet 04/Feb/07 -
with jules
steve taylor ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 2nd
John Lisle ??/2007 -
Different Steve 25/Jun/06 Lead rpt
with Mike Bayley
Hidden ?/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Tobias at Home 05/Feb/06 2nd rpt
with SteveM
SteveM 05/Feb/06 AltLd O/S
with Tobs
Si dH 21/Jan/06 Lead O/S

A very nice surprise - gorgeous route and worth 3 stars. The top pitch up the arete was especially nice.

with Stephen
dan gibson ??/2006 -
Jon Greengrass ??/2006 2nd O/S
clintos ??/2006 Lead O/S
with jonny green
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden 10/Dec/05 2nd
catt 10/Dec/05 2nd O/S
with Toby
Tobias at Home 10/Dec/05 Lead O/S

Green, slippery but highly enojyable. finished up the arete for a better finish

with catt
fizzy_elephant ?/Oct/05 Lead O/S
with stu
John Pickles 08/Aug/05 AltLd O/S
with Zac Poulton/Kieran Hodgson
LakesWinter 04/Jun/05 AltLd

I led the crux slab

Hidden 03/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/05 2nd
frost ?/May/05 Solo
shaun walby 24/Apr/05 Lead O/S
with Phil West
Phil West 23/Apr/05 2nd rpt
with Shaun Walby
Hidden 10/Apr/05 Lead
Hidden ??/2005 -
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 05/Dec/04 2nd O/S
with Chris
Hidden 13/Nov/04 Solo rpt
Marq 28/Aug/04 2nd O/S
with Daniel Dennehy
Hidden 01/Aug/04 2nd O/S
kp64zl ?/Jul/04 Lead
with Keith
Brown 29/Jun/04 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/04 Lead O/S
Theeni ?/Jun/04 Lead
Stig 17/May/04 AltLd O/S

Led P2

with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Budge 29/Apr/04 Lead O/S

Bottom Section Wet

with Mike Oates
Hidden 28/Sep/03 2nd
Hidden 24/Jun/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May/03 Solo O/S
nickdonohue 10/May/03 Lead
Hidden 31/Mar/03 AltLd
Norman_P_W 31/Mar/03 AltLd
with Bob M
reg_measures 21/Feb/03 2nd O/S
with hugh thomas
Hidden ??/2003 Lead O/S
Phil West 28/Sep/02 AltLd rpt

I led first pitch.

with Chris Tan & Joanne ?
PenJD 19/May/02 Lead O/S
Ben1983 ?/May/02 Lead O/S
DerwentDiluted 11/Apr/02 Lead
with Laurie Smith
Stone Muppet ??/2002 -
Urgles ??/2002 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/01 Lead O/S
Different Steve ?/Jul/01 Lead O/S

what a hoot!

with Rupert Holbrook
Ropeboy 10/Jun/01 Lead
Hidden ??/2001 -
Hidden ?/Sep/00 Lead
Hidden 17/Aug/00 Lead O/S
cem 20/May/00 AltLd O/S

Split it into 2: led p1

with Judy Renshaw, James Gregory
Rich Malcolm 04/Mar/00 Lead β
Hidden ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 Solo
rlrs ??/2000 2nd
Ian Archer 09/Sep/99 2nd O/S
with Jon Bursnall
Hidden 26/Jul/99 Solo
Rich Malcolm 06/Jul/99 Lead β
with Emma Pilkington
paul birch 23/May/99 -
Jamie B ?/May/99 Lead
with Anthony Celli
five ?/Jul/98 Lead O/S
Billg 21/Jun/98 Lead O/S
with Lucy
Phil West 20/Jun/98 AltLd rpt

I led 2nd pitch.

with David Atherton
Rich Malcolm 30/May/98 Lead O/S
with Rich Hewitt
RobSimmo 17/Feb/98 Lead dnf

Fell off first pitch and pulled gear. Stopped inches from the deck! Did top pitch after Oblongata.

kato'sdad 17/Feb/98 2nd
Dave Musgrove Jnr 25/Jan/98 2nd
with Chris Ranner, Al Willoner
Hidden 07/Jul/97 Lead
Roget 20/Apr/97 Solo rpt
Hidden 12/Apr/97 Lead O/S
craig d ??/1997 -
Hidden 03/Nov/96 2nd
andrewbooth1000 27/Jul/96 Lead
Hidden 22/Jun/96 Lead O/S
colin milton 16/May/96 Lead
with eric milton
Phil West 12/May/96 Lead rpt

I led 1st pitch.

with David Atherton
Hidden 05/May/96 Lead
craig h 21/Apr/96 2nd O/S
with Janet Hannah, Jim Mellor
BruceW ??/1996 AltLd O/S
with Julian
Tim Bateman 20/Aug/95 AltLd
Hidden ?/May/95 Lead O/S
Phil West 28/Aug/94 AltLd O/S

I led 1st pitch.

with Steve Wild
PaulTanton ?/Mar/94 Lead O/S
with Smokin Dick
Hidden 26/Jul/93 AltLd
Mick King 17/Jul/93 TR
Rog Wilko ?/Jun/93 Lead
with ??
Laramadness 30/Apr/93 Lead O/S
daprince ??/1993 -
charlesmfrench 04/Aug/92 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/92 Lead
Chris the Tall ?/May/92 Lead O/S
with Colin
Rob Davies 19/Apr/92 Lead
with Angus McLean
WB ??/1992 Lead O/S
philhc ??/1992 -
Hidden ??/1992 Lead
malc 19/Sep/91 Lead O/S
Gordon Stainforth 07/Jul/91 AltLd
with Mark --?
Chris Ellis 06/May/91 Lead
with Andy Barker
Hidden ?/Apr/91 Lead
Hidden 17/Jun/90 2nd
Hidden 18/Mar/90 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
gordonday ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
J R R Hartley 05/Nov/89 2nd O/S
with Kev Turner
tapley 25/Jun/89 Lead
with Tony Raphael
Roget 01/May/89 Lead O/S
with jim
Hidden 15/Jan/89 2nd
NeilGriffiths ??/1989 -
J R R Hartley ?/Jun/88 Lead O/S
with Andy White
Iain Thow 25/May/88 Lead
with Helen Jones, Simon Lee
andy tetsill ?/Aug/87 Lead
with Joy
Stoney Boy ?/Mar/87 Solo O/S
shark 11/Oct/86 Solo O/S
RichardMc 20/Jul/86 Lead O/S
with Pete Stokes
sadams 05/Jul/86 Solo
steve prior ?/Jun/86 Lead O/S
with Chris S
uphillnow 26/Jan/86 Lead

had done before but no recorded dates

Tom V ??/1986 -
Hidden 27/Jul/85 Lead
Billg 24/Jun/85 Lead O/S
with Nigel Slater
Hidden ?/Jun/85 AltLd O/S
Hidden 31/Mar/85 Lead
Hidden ??/1985 -
Hidden ??/1984 -
Mark Kemball 11/Feb/83 Lead
with Sarah Clarke, Derek Hersey
Mike Owen 14/Feb/82 -


Mark Kemball 13/Feb/82 2nd
with Dave Abbey
Hidden ?/Aug/80 Solo O/S
babymoac 01/Jun/80 Solo
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Andy Say 13/May/79 Lead
Nigel Bond 04/Jun/78 Lead
with Tony Cuddy
Hidden 09/Apr/78 Lead
Hidden 03/Jul/77 2nd
Hidden 03/Jul/77 Lead O/S
beaumap ?/Jun/77 2nd
with Bernie Green
Bolt Phobia 18/May/77 2nd
Mark Kemball 09/Feb/75 AltLd
with Charlie Cook
rogerskews ??/1971 -
Dave Musgrove 20/Apr/69 Solo
with Dez Hadlum
mikej 19/Oct/68 AltLd
with Wil Hurford
Hidden 26/May/68 AltLd
mikej 01/Sep/67 Lead
with John Lee
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