Rockfax Description
Start below the centre of the slab and take the right-trending line of polished holds that steepen as they rise. Escape off right under the Bel Ami tower. Originally the route finished up the groove left of the tower (about 4b ) but this contains a suspect flake and is best avoided. © Rockfax

FA. Chuck Cook 1948

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS.

Hidden 17/Oct Solo rpt
Gympaul ?/Oct Solo
TobyA 11/Sep Solo O/S

The "suspect flake" is indeed now a bit of rubble on the ledge. The moves up the groove felt both too hard for severe and on suspect rock. Down climbed to ledge and exited on the left.

matt.stevenson ?/Sep Lead O/S
Amy Sears ?/Sep 2nd
Hidden 09/Aug Solo
dpovey 02/Aug Lead O/S
Graham Westbrook 17/Jul Solo
mjackson 17/Jul Solo
danm 29/Jun 2nd
with Heliya B
Rich Wain-Hobson 21/Jun Lead

CWH and SO

Andy Morley 20/Jun 2nd O/S
with Luke Green
dougdeboys 23/May Lead

The "suspect flake" on the top pitch seems to have fallen off (looks quite recent). We escaped left from the ledge.

babelmonk 23/May 2nd dog

Aborted at the ledge due to uncertain route beyond. Found the bottom quite difficult - with requirement to palm and lift over the top slab before the ledge. Didn't enjoy this one!

with Doug Deboys
kelliroberts3 02/May 2nd
clams ?/May 2nd
CatMc ?/May Lead
with clams
Ade in Sheffield 26/Apr Lead
with Emma C
will_benfold 25/Apr 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Apr Lead
91dave 25/Apr Lead O/S
althesin 19/Apr 2nd O/S
Reds 19/Apr 2nd O/S
schristophersmith 19/Apr Lead O/S
Durkules 10/Apr Lead
Robin Nichols 04/Mar Solo O/S
with Jemma
JennieSkeoch 25/Oct/14 2nd

Somehow, we turned this into a multi pitch and took four people up it - interesting!

with James
Matt Harmon 05/Oct/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Oct/14 Solo rpt
JamieSparkes 26/Sep/14 Solo O/S

Pleasant and easy on the lower half, vd? Upper section nice moves and exposed but harder than severe, closer to VS?

Emily93Mobley 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with James Mcdonald
Emily93Mobley 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with James Mcdonald
bendevonport 05/Sep/14 Solo O/S
puppythedog 02/Sep/14 Lead O/S

As part of Jemma's 30 Birthday I took Jemma, Nicky and Zoe out for a day's bolding and climbing. We used this as the climb. I later escaped off left rather than up the tower because I had lowered the Girls off from the terrace and I was either soloing or leaving gear behind to get out. I enjoyed this, I found there was a crux section on the first pitch which felt tough for severe on the day. Nice climb none the less. I found a million billion flying ants at the top of the slab pitch.

FlavioL1989 30/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/14 2nd
ipblake 12/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Second tier has sandy rock and loose flakes - felt exposed! finished up bel ami for a satisfying topout

with gaz, Beth, Jim
Lukem6 06/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with dionne di Voyage, Diane Blything, Jenny Monkey
Hidden 06/Jul/14 TR dog
Jenny Monkey 06/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Adamski1986 28/Jun/14 Lead

Exited left after seeing how loose the loose flake actually is.

with David Anderson
Tim Rodgers 28/Jun/14 Lead
with David Anderson
Nick1812P 05/Jun/14 Solo O/S
with Dom
Hidden 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/May/14 Solo
AshBash 24/Apr/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/14 Solo O/S
rohai545 19/Apr/14 Lead
with Neil Henson
Neil Henson 19/Apr/14 2nd
with Krish
martinbettridge06 ?/Apr/14 2nd
david harvey ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with martin
Ian Saxton ?/Apr/14 2nd
with martin, dave
LJC 24/Mar/14 Lead rpt
with George
JakeWShaw 12/Mar/14 Solo O/S
with Carla
MSchobitz 12/Mar/14 Solo O/S
with USMC
CarlaJG 12/Mar/14 Lead
with Jake
Ewano 08/Mar/14 Solo O/S

In approach boots.

Emily93Mobley ??/2014 Lead O/S
with James Mcdonald
Hidden 04/Nov/13 Solo rpt
eburki1 26/Oct/13 Lead O/S
mevanssmith 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Lovely climb, easy start with an airy finish.

Hidden 29/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Anne Gumbley 26/May/13 Lead
with Harry Middleton, Mark Fairbank
RoscoJB 26/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May/13 2nd
jogh 19/May/13 2nd
with Vincent
pete_naylor 19/May/13 Lead O/S
with Jody
palmer.jody 19/May/13 2nd β

Think I climbed clean, but not sure.

vinni 19/May/13 Lead O/S

Solo'd the first half, then continued the left side of the tower and can confirm the very dodgy flake! I tried to miss out the flake completely and made it a hard but clean finish.

with James
Hidden 02/May/13 2nd
Lancer 02/May/13 2nd
Dan Vaj 25/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Tom Campbell 14/Apr/13 Solo
Lyndsay Superclimber 07/Apr/13 Lead dog

One rest before crux to check gear ok.

with Karen
Hidden 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
bencoope 02/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Feb/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/Nov/12 Solo rpt
LJC 27/Oct/12 Solo O/S
ben.richards 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Matt Groom 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Oct/12 Solo
oddtoast 04/Oct/12 2nd RP

Top left flake felt dodgy, didn't see BMC guide warning until afterwards. Annoyingly fell off near the end, finish felt pretty hard for me.

with lithos
lithos 04/Oct/12 Lead

including the top crack with the dodgy flake - which the BMC definitive claims is/was HVS 5a (it's not, maybe 4b ?) but advises against

Hidden 08/Sep/12 Lead O/S
PieMan 02/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Jaz, Jim
Graeme Hammond 26/Aug/12 Solo rpt

Thought I might have done this before. I don't think I finished up the groove left of the Bel Ami tower which seemed very solid unlike the guide suggested before though.

mattpw 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
ieuanr 11/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Felt pretty easy. Not a great deal of protection though

with Sam
sjr 11/Jul/12 2nd

One handed! (left)

with Ieuan
cheeky 26/Jun/12 Solo
illwizod 17/Jun/12 Lead rpt
with Dave Raymen
Alaina 14/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead
bobstones 01/Jun/12 Lead
hotfeet 01/Jun/12 2nd
with Austen Moulding, Kent
waynem1985 01/Jun/12 Solo
Peakology 24/May/12 Lead O/S
with Chalkycat
Chalky Cat 24/May/12 2nd O/S
with Dom
Martin Bagshaw 13/May/12 2nd O/S
with Gavin Phillips, Ian Pegg
ipegg 13/May/12 Lead
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead
charley 03/May/12 Solo rpt

Finished up the groove/flake on the tower..

Hidden 01/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/12 2nd
RiverRoam 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Moving flake, beware!!

with AJ
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden 27/Nov/11 Solo rpt
ernie27uk 29/Oct/11 Lead O/S
pog100 15/Oct/11 Lead

I led second pitch up wall behind, quite tricky, loose feeling flake

with Richard, Cath Walton
Alistair Corbett 28/Sep/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Sep/11 2nd dog
kp64zl ?/Sep/11 2nd
with Keith
Palindrome ?/Aug/11 2nd O/S
matthomas79 26/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Montecore 23/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Richard Lizzimore
rfdl100 23/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Rikki
jmr 19/Jun/11 Lead
with Andy Graham
al123 13/Jun/11 Solo O/S

also did Peter Rabbit HVS 4C just to the left, nice.

psychicbread 15/May/11 Solo O/S
with Max
rich_hw 28/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Dan Lane 19/Apr/11 Solo O/S
with Martin Kocsis
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Apr/11 Solo rpt
andy_e 07/Mar/11 Solo O/S
cymjt ??/2011 -
Ceridwen 14/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/Oct/10 2nd
tobydunford 10/Oct/10 Solo O/S
Paul Eckton 10/Oct/10 2nd O/S
with steve read
Hidden 26/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
shafiq lalloo 26/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/10 Solo O/S
BlueJohn 21/Aug/10 Lead
with Helen
Wee Helen 21/Aug/10 2nd
with John
CedricVonTwitch 21/Aug/10 2nd
valentinesbabe 21/Aug/10 2nd O/S

Charley led. Lovely climb, nice simple slab to start which I wouldn't give a severe, maybe HVD, but 2nd pitch had a tricky move which I would give HS and bump up to 4b if you don't have a long reach.

with Luke, Charley Fell, Peter Ziak, Kevin Tithe
Tithe Technique 21/Aug/10 TR O/S
charley 21/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Lovely route. The first part was enjoyable but straight forward . The second bit, going up the tower was great fun, with an awkward-ish move getting from the groove to the flake...

with Luke, Steve Fletcher, Ange, Peter, Kev
chumleywarner 21/Aug/10 TR O/S

Great moves, very elegant climbing.

Hidden 15/Aug/10 Lead
Col Kingshott 10/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/10 Lead O/S
ScottyD 07/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Not nice!

victim of mathematics 27/Jul/10 Lead rpt
with Jaime
Hidden 25/Jul/10 Lead O/S
ajc 18/Jul/10 2nd O/S
idiotproof (Buxton MC) 25/May/10 Lead

first bit then walked off left

Hidden 23/May/10 2nd dog
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead O/S
Mr. K 23/May/10 Solo O/S

Soloed the slab to the ledge, took and look at the unstable flake above and escaped off left instead.

Kirill 25/Apr/10 Lead O/S
cem 25/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 18/Apr/10 2nd
Alex Thompson 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Finished up to the tower on the hallow flakes.

with Danish Kathryn, Danish Anne
dan-8990 03/Feb/10 Solo O/S
The Green Giant 02/Feb/10 Solo
ojp 07/Nov/09 2nd O/S

too cold

with Robin
PanzerHanzler 12/Sep/09 AltLd

Lead the alternative (crumbly) finish.

Pelleas 12/Sep/09 2nd
with Ian, Norman
Joshhardill 10/Sep/09 Solo O/S

start few ideal foot holds are very smooth have to smear

Hidden 16/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Rachel Somerville 16/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Pilch 23/Jul/09 Solo
Marti999 22/Jul/09 Lead O/S
briar4012 22/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Marti
Becky E 28/May/09 Lead

Pretty sure I've done this before.

with PCC newbies
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 28/May/09 2nd O/S


odox 25/May/09 Solo

Solo with rope on shoulder :)

maxkellock 07/May/09 Lead O/S

limited placements low ran out of gear at the top nice route

Hidden 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Adam Potter 31/Mar/09 Solo O/S
Jim Slater 15/Mar/09 2nd O/S
with Mark Mercer
Noodles 14/Mar/09 Lead

Tricky move at the top.

emlynroberts 14/Mar/09 Lead

Very poor protection if you take the corner at the top, and hard for the grade, and the flake is loose. Scary climb, wouldn't do it again!

with Hilary Theaker (BUMS)
Hidden ?/Mar/09 2nd
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
tanssop 06/Dec/08 2nd

with head torch

with Wayne
Yanis Nayu 06/Dec/08 Lead O/S
with Phil Lucas
Hidden 16/Nov/08 2nd
gw66 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/08 2nd dog
Brown 04/Sep/08 Solo O/S
Blisco 31/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Attempted the final bit by the pinnacle but chickened out; still couldn't second it after Mike had led it. Presumably doesn't count as part of the Severe 4a.

with Mike McKenna
Hidden 03/Aug/08 2nd
Hidden 01/Aug/08 Lead O/S
wingalina 01/Jul/08 Lead O/S

First lead after falling off Curving crack at Bamford. Got the fear on the top bit as it was a little commiting for a severe i thought. Easy climbing, though a bit pointless.

with Robert Turnbull
Hidden 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
duzinga 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
with Jim and Ewan
alaan 04/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/May/08 Solo O/S
Tom Last 14/May/08 Solo O/S


Hidden 11/May/08 Lead dnf
dzlhodgson 05/May/08 Lead O/S
with Hannah Yeomans
CharlieC 04/May/08 Lead O/S
with Laura E
Laura89 04/May/08 2nd
with Charlie
gb83 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S

rubbish and creaky flake at top

argyle_dude 26/Apr/08 2nd O/S
sce8 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
with Gemma Fisher
masa-alpin 26/Apr/08 2nd β

Graeme lead.

with Chris (Graeme's pal), Graeme B
Sankey 23/Apr/08 2nd

Top "pitch" seemed hard at Severe and not that good gear (either good placements behind dodgy flakes or poor in good rock!) so sacked it left

with Clare
Phil Jennings 09/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Sarah Rixham, Kieran Smith
Shauna 07/Feb/08 2nd
tommytwotone 07/Feb/08 Lead O/S
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
deacondeacon 22/Oct/07 Lead
with lauren
gilldando 19/Oct/07 2nd O/S

found this tricky- perhaps cos I am small?

with Mike
Graeme Hammond 03/Oct/07 Solo O/S
Twisty 03/Oct/07 Solo O/S
mikekeswick ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with gill
roverhead 29/Sep/07 Lead
with rob aylward
Hidden 29/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Anthony Allsopp 29/Aug/07 2nd O/S


with Clare Curling (My best buddy)
Chris Ellis 01/Aug/07 Lead
with Helen Odwell
Jimbo C 07/Jul/07 2nd
Hidden 07/Jul/07 Solo O/S
popebenedictus 06/May/07 Lead O/S

Couldn't find any gear. Escaped left due to onset of rain

with Edd Rab
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 02/May/07 Solo O/S
climbingpixie 31/Mar/07 Solo
gethin_allen ??/2007 Lead O/S
towdman 23/Sep/06 Solo
ron244 09/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Ali
Reaver2k 29/Apr/06 2nd O/S

First outdoor climb! and Severe second..

with Mike Mortimer
dannyboy83 ?/Apr/06 Solo O/S
Nicos 11/Jan/06 Solo O/S
with solo
rob wmc 12/Nov/05 2nd O/S
with Pete
2RoyalAnglian 14/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with neil
Si dH 03/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Andy Morris
chrissloan84 ?/Aug/05 Solo
Owen W-G 30/May/05 Solo O/S
with Colin & Ado
victim of mathematics 15/May/05 2nd O/S
Cornish Merlin 15/May/05 Lead
Alex Mason 30/Jan/05 Solo

was bored

LakesWinter ?/Sep/04 Lead
Hedley 28/Aug/04 2nd O/S
with Richard Cole
Simon Caldwell 11/Jul/04 Lead O/S

Backed off from the dodgy flake at the top

with Carmen
Budge 01/Jul/04 Solo O/S
jonnyboy ??/2004 Lead O/S
with Charlie Roland
mikehenesy ?/Nov/03 2nd O/S
with Ellie
Allan Young 04/Oct/03 Lead O/S
with Megan Stanley
Hidden 26/May/03 Solo O/S
Ian Archer 06/Oct/02 Lead O/S
with Mike Kirby
Alaric 30/Jun/02 2nd
Steerpike 29/Mar/02 Lead O/S
with CMC
rocktigger ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Clare
Howard J 03/Jul/01 2nd
with Dave Checkley
Hidden 22/May/01 Lead
DerwentDiluted 12/Feb/01 Solo
CrashMat Rob 27/Dec/00 Solo O/S
with Miles, Martin Whelan, Nicky
chrishedgehog 08/Sep/00 Solo
with Clare Wilkie
tlr ??/2000 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 -
Coel Hellier ??/1999 Lead
paul birch ?/Sep/98 -
Hidden 07/Jul/98 Solo
Phil West 20/Jun/98 Solo O/S
RobSimmo 17/May/97 Lead O/S
kato'sdad 17/May/97 2nd
Hidden 09/Mar/97 Solo
craig d ??/1997 -
Hidden ??/1997 -
dp1 14/May/95 Lead
with chris foster
icescrew ?/May/95 Lead
with Rob Showell
Phil1967 29/Jul/94 Lead O/S
with Ed
Hidden 11/May/94 Solo O/S
crater 23/Aug/93 Solo O/S
Laramadness 10/Sep/92 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/May/90 Solo
Roget 19/May/90 Solo rpt
Hidden 08/Apr/90 Solo
goi.ashmore 03/Sep/89 Solo O/S
craig h ?/Sep/89 -
stp 19/May/89 Solo O/S

soloed down

Roget ?/May/89 2nd O/S
with jim
Chris the Tall ?/Aug/88 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 25/May/88 Solo
Hidden ?/May/87 Solo O/S
Pete Pozman 15/Feb/87 Solo O/S
with Dev
andy tetsill ?/May/85 Lead
malc 11/Aug/83 Lead
Neil R 31/Aug/82 Solo
charlesmfrench 08/Jul/82 Solo O/S
mark-abz 08/Sep/81 Solo
Andy Fielding ??/1981 Solo
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1981 Solo
babymoac 13/Jul/80 Solo
Dave Musgrove 22/Jun/80 Lead
with Kim Greenald
Rob Davies 13/Apr/80 Solo
uphillnow ??/1980 -
MikeDowsett ??/1978 Lead
RichardMc 22/May/77 Solo
with Patrick Radford
paul59 08/Nov/75 Lead
with Nigel Scriven
Nigel Bond 19/Oct/75 Lead
with Andy Brown
Mark Kemball 15/Feb/75 Solo
Hidden 29/Dec/74 Lead
tapley 26/Aug/74 Lead
with Alison Tapley
Andy Say ??/1972 Lead
RichardMc ??/1971 Lead
rogerskews ??/1971 -
bob@daysmill ?/Jun/70 Lead O/S
mikej 02/Nov/69 Solo
with Pete Boardman
mikej 28/Jun/69 Lead
with E
eroica64 10/May/69 Lead
mikej 19/Apr/69 Solo
with Bill Church
mikej 19/Oct/68 Solo
with Wil Hurford
Hidden 14/May/67 2nd
Hidden 30/Apr/67 Lead
mikej 05/Mar/67 Solo
with Nigel Sumner
mikej 11/Jun/66 Solo
with Alan Baker, Ted Markham, Nigel Sumner
mikej 15/May/66 Solo
with Chris Phipps-Jones, Keith Gregson, Mike Byles
mikej 07/Jan/65 Solo
with Barrie Dixon
mikej ?/Jun/64 TR
with Richard Loverock
mikej ?/Jun/64 Solo

After a top-roped ascent.

with Richard Loverock
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