Insanity*** E2 5c
[Insanity. His favourite climb., 2 kb]9m.

Rockfax Description
Classic grit E2. Scuttle up the thin leaning crack by a tottering layback, especially where the side-wall disappears. Easier for the short-legged but always manages to feel a desperate struggle. © ROCKFAX

FA. Hugh Banner 1958

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, 50 cracks to Squamish, Ultimate E2 ticklist, Cracks And Corners To Greatness.

Photo: Insanity. His favourite climb. © Mike Meysner
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This climb is in 197 logbooks, and on 47 wishlists.

Failed on lead, second of shame
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 03/Oct/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/15

John Higgs - Lead dnf - 08/Sep/15 with Tim Larrad

Andrew171 - TR O/S - 02/Sep/15

Another good fight!
morganator - Lead rpt - 17/Jul/15 with James Hall

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Jun/15

Had to rest on the rope to remove a stuck cam but managed to get the sequence clean. Layback at the top. Tough.
gavinpeach - 2nd dog - 30/May/15 with Max Pendleton

Blaming already tired arms, and the sun.. Felt easy after a quick rest.. should have just got on with it :(
bigdrew - Lead dog - 19/Apr/15 with Dunc, Ian Milward

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/15 with Banksy

Rested Once
marcduhig - Lead dog - 02/Jan/15 with Iain Grey

Hidden - 2015

Hidden - Lead G/U - 2015

deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/14

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/14

soph - Lead rpt - 09/Sep/14 with Will Treasure

drysori - Lead dog - 09/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd dog - 01/Sep/14

barn door...
WB - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Guy

Dog dog dog damn shoulder! Hard!
ashtond6 - 2nd - 27/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/14

Pretty desperate.
RFWilkie - Lead dog - 28/Jun/14 with Mark

Hard work!
Thinker01 - 2nd dog - 28/Jun/14 with RFWilkie

nai - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/14 with Simon Shaw

Nick1812P - Lead dog - 05/Jun/14 with Dom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/May/14

ianjfsutcliffe - 06/May/14 with Jonny

Hard work.
LJC - Lead dog - 24/Mar/14 with George

Fell off at crux, pumped. Finished route after resting. Will return to get clean.
MichaelGallimore - Lead dog - 23/Mar/14 with Jared Kitchen

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Mar/14

Chris M - AltLd - 2014 with John B

Frank the Husky - 2014

Hidden - 2014

w.pettet-smith - 2014

disturbed_one51 - 2nd - 23/Nov/13 with Wee man

Felt well hard and I made a right meal out of it. Fun to try though and good to get up it eventually.
Jonathan Hall - Lead - 23/Nov/13 with Mark Williams

Fell off with my hands on the top. So pumped. Bit greasy up most of the crack due to earlier rain holding on in the lichen I think.
Si dH - Lead dnf - 20/Oct/13 with Tom Lambert

full layback. nice, but hard to place gear i imagine
farkas.time - TR O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Mo Muschick, Aaron Comeault

With one fall...
masa-alpin - Lead dog - 29/Sep/13 with Charline H

Simon Davis - Lead - 27/Aug/13 with Tim P

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/13

Not as bad as I expected, cool route.
Olli-C - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/13 with Rachel Slater, chi

Description said nails but I found it pretty easy. Probably because I'm short and love high feet.
Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/13 with Olli Crudge, Chi Huo Cheng

Chi Cheng - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13 with Olli Crudge, Rachel Stater

Slipped off the bloody thing whilst fiddling cams out.
quiffhanger - 2nd dog - 20/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Oct/12

soph - 2nd - 20/Oct/12 with John McCune

A poor attempt. Need to either climb more quickly or get more out of the jams lower down. I'll be back.
James Oswald - Lead dnf - 03/Oct/12 with deacon

MartinWilliams87 - Lead dnf - 22/Sep/12 with Richard Williams

JRae - Lead - 02/Sep/12 with C Middleton

chrism225 - 2nd dog - 02/Sep/12 with jonny

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 08/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 08/Aug/12

ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Courty

M_W_Court - Lead - 21/Jul/12 with Dave Luke, ian sutcliffe

Hidden - 2nd β - 18/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Jun/12

Tough, thought it looked ok, felt confident on bottom section, but then declined very rapidly towards crux.
manwithacam - Lead dnf - 09/Jun/12 with Alan

switch - Lead rpt - 21/Apr/12

Matt Cooke - Lead rpt - 24/Mar/12 with Rosh

Hannes B - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/12 with Tom

Hard. Steep on thin jams even for me, fell trying to get into the layback from the rest in L'horla. Will be back when i'm more of a grit Jedi.
Duncan Campbell - Lead dnf - 01/Mar/12 with Josh Marshall, Dave Morse

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/12

barrowclough - 2nd dog - 05/Jan/12

Tony Kartawick - 2012

fell a few times on my first attempt then stripped it and did it clean five minutes later after some of Pauls famous lentils..
henry peter jenkins - Lead RP - Nov/11 with paul jones

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Oct/11

Best lead to date very pleased
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 30/Oct/11 with mark longrige

Tried to avoid laybacking by jamming and bridging but that proved desperate so took a small fall. Started laybacking at the earliest opportunity on the second go and it turned out to be ok - not easy but was able to take a hand off to shake out several times. Annoying that I got it wrong first go! Last gear was a cam about a foot below the in situ cam (didn't clip that), so a bit of a run out to the top. Could have placed more but didn't have any cams 0.75 or 1 left! On the way up Ed had an Elbow album playing in the car and there was a song with the line 'you made a beautiful hole in my heart'. How appropriate... This was the third day and the second time out climbing after coming back from Budapest with Holly and driving back home alone... :-(
Misha - Lead dog - 30/Oct/11 with Piers, Ed

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 23/Oct/11 with Mark R

Proper hard, one fall then topped rope. Great hard climbing
simon1965 - Lead dnf - 20/Oct/11 with paul

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd O/S - 16/Oct/11 with loundsy

Jim Slater - 2nd dog - 23/Aug/11 with Trevor Wilson

Matt Cooke - Lead dnf - 20/Aug/11 with Tom Jagger

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/11

Jack Loftus - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/11 with Nick

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 04/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd dog - 02/Jul/11

geddicakes - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/11

Easy when you know how (dogged lead earlier in the night) crushed it easily the 2nd time. (abseiled for gear between attempts) Amazing climbing and line, well worth 3 stars
Graeme Hammond - Lead rpt - 01/Jun/11 with james pcc

Gazleah - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with henry jenkins

Fran S8 - Lead β - 09/Apr/11

Dave Turnbull, BMC - Lead rpt - 03/Apr/11 with Neil Foster

Good to get this clean after careless mistake last time. Still felt tough - just have to keep going...
PeteH - Lead RP - 08/Mar/11 with Mark Watson, Alex, Chris Fox

chris fox - 2nd β - 08/Mar/11 with Pete Hart

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 22/Jan/11

one fall at the very start, poor foot work, good at the top
joese7en - Lead dog - 16/Nov/10

James Oakes - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/10 with Rob Cooper, Brad Cowley

Never seen a 5c move in it's life?
Oli - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Tats

foot slipped and i thought it was over, recovered and blasted my way to the top..hooray for me
simeclimb68 - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10

Second go. Anna came to the crag.
DaveFidler - Lead RP - 30/Sep/10

Pown - 2nd rpt - 22/Sep/10

Tried to jam it like an idiot. No idea why. Had to rest on gear, then did it okay once I actually laybacked it. Still hard though!
PeteH - Lead dog - 21/Sep/10 with Mike Grant

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 12/Sep/10 with Richard Heap

Peakpdr - 2nd dnf - 09/Sep/10 with P. Mitchell

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/10

Nice laybacking. Over all too quickly though!
highlux - Lead O/S - Sep/10

2 rests
drcorbasisgod - Lead dog - 08/Aug/10 with Mark O'Neill

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/10

Dogmusher - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/10 with chris parson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10

Hidden - TR RP - 25/Jul/10

Jon Dittman - 2nd - 11/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/10

still felt knackered from L'Horla, lots of rests :o
Graeme Hammond - 2nd dog - 24/Apr/10 with Tony

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/Apr/10

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2nd - 27/Mar/10 with Jeff Hollenbaugh

Pown - 2nd - 23/Mar/10

mattyork2 - Lead dnf - 07/Mar/10 with Miles Gibson

TonyF - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 28/Oct/09

Tricky trick tricky. Lots of heels and trickery just about kept me in contact with this.
jkarran - 2nd - 18/Oct/09 with Aly

Barn doored off the crux a few times, but cracked it eventually.
GrantB - 2nd - 12/Sep/09

Got scared and took a sit. Ran out of cams but out of my depth on this at the moment and found it challenging. Will be back.
mattyork2 - Lead dog - 12/Sep/09 with Grant Brewer

Boy - Sep/09 with Nige Kershaw

Pumpy layback
Cat G - 2nd - Sep/09

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/09

Kyuzo - May/09

Fell on second!
DavidEvans - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/09 with Jules Vulliamy

Pete Graham - Lead - 31/Mar/09 with Malcolm Scott

Hidden - Lead - 14/Mar/09

eddy-on-the-rocks - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/09 with Dan

keith leonard - 2nd - 2009

Dan 85 - Lead dog - 12/Oct/08 with Tats

tried lead twice and failed
Mr Wild - 2nd dog - 28/Sep/08

Brian Rodgers - Lead - 16/Aug/08 with Mike Todd

Toby Dunn - Lead rpt - Aug/08 with Tom Randall

HughM - 2nd dog - Aug/08 with David Barlow

Brown - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/08 with Henry

one rest.
Chazz - 2nd dog - 17/Feb/08 with Dave Naylor

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/07 with reeve's b'day crowd

jimbonfire - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead β - 11/Aug/07

lukea - Lead RP - 11/Aug/07 with Rich

Hidden - Lead dog - 31/Jul/07

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2nd - 20/Jun/07 with Andy Benson

Apharri - Lead O/S - Apr/07 with Andre Hedger

Rob Kennard - 2007

Hidden - Lead dog - 2007

one fall, got out of balance just after starting the proper layback. Almost ran out of steam at the top, it's hard work all the way.
adam carless - 2nd dog - 07/Nov/06 with Fiend

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/06

dan gibson - 2006

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2006 with nigel

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/04

1 rest
shark - Lead dog - 30/Aug/04 with Gav Pike

Fell off from the crux layback move.
SteveM - Lead dnf - 18/Jul/04 with Adam

shark - Lead - 25/Jan/04 with Seb Grieve

Dave Bond - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/03 with Rich Hatton

mel holmes - 2nd - 26/Jun/03

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/03

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/03 with Iain Fisher

tuftynick - 2003

marcoleptic - 2nd - 2003 with Darryl

well ard
Russell Flynn - 2nd dnf - 22/Jul/02 with mark

Nearly barn-doored off.
DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - Jun/02

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Apr/02

sadams - 2nd - 09/Sep/01 with Eric Hildrew

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Jun/01

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/00

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Hardest e2 ive done and it was my first
Tom Doldon - Lead O/S - 2000 with John Doldon

Tim M - Lead O/S - 2000 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 2000 with cheesesarnie

Jon Read - Aug/99

CrashMat Rob - TR dog - 11/Jul/99 with Nicky

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jul/98

ChrisJD - Lead - 06/Jul/98 with AlB

Billg - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/98 with Paul Guttridge

sadams - Lead - 01/Nov/97 with Team Midlands

craig d - 1997

ste_d - Lead O/S - 16/May/96 with mik

mikedelderfield - 2nd O/S - 16/May/96 with Steven Delderfield

robtrooper - 1996

Roget - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/95

michael burrows - 2nd - 09/Jul/94 with andy boorman

Hidden - TR dnf - 16/Aug/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/91

whispering nic - 1991

Hidden - 1990

Hidden - 1990

Sean Kelly - May/89 with John Hynes

Backinthegame - 2nd - 09/Apr/89

shark - Lead - 1988

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/87

thank god for friends
uphillnow - Lead - Jun/86

Mike Owen - 19/Mar/86 with Elaine Owen

Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/84 with Kim Greenald

Hidden - Lead - 1982

Mark Kemball - Lead - 16/Aug/80

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/80

paul__in_sheffield - Lead - 1980

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Jul/69

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