Rockfax Description
Do this and Great Slab (in a pair of pumps!) on the same day to get a measure of the skill of the Master. An exhausting struggle on which upward progress is always too tenuous. The rotating chockstones that used to both help and hinder have now gone. © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown 1951

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Wide Cracks, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, World Graded List, Unusual and Interesting Routes You Must Do VS- E2, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Joe Brown's Three-Star Grit-List, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Ultimate E3 ticklist, Thrutch and Clutch, WideBoyz Crack School, Addicted to offwidths.

FlavioL1989 23/Aug Lead O/S

Bruised, clothes shredded and still a bit queasy, feels like I just fought a bear. I dragged up the only useful cam I had but left it halfway when it no longer fit and had to ranout the 'swim' to the top. Very traditional.

rajeshwarbisht 23/Aug 2nd dnf
with Flavio
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 21/Jul Lead G/U

Tried it years ago: desperate. Tried it 10 years later: still desperate.

with Fat Boy
morganator 17/Jul Lead O/S

A good fight. Great fun with slowly rising difficulty and effort the higher you go. Used a cam 4, 4.5, 5 then 6 for the top. You'd probably be fine with just a 5 and a 6

with James Hall
dan ely 27/Jun Lead dog

lost balance and fell twice about 1 foot. Didnt rest on gear. great route! funny enough i found using the small footholds the hardest which made it not to pumpy as theres rests on it

Tophe 19/Jun Lead O/S
with Nick P
Nick1812P 19/Jun Lead dnf
with Chris S
jacobjacob 12/Feb Lead O/S

Nearly threw up at the top of this, must. learn. to. offwidth!

phil64 ??/2015 -
pearson9596 06/Dec/14 Lead O/S
ian d f 06/Dec/14 2nd O/S

Cool route!

Andy Peak 1 05/Oct/14 Lead rpt

lots of difrent jams lots of face holds just amazing

soph 05/Oct/14 Lead O/S
with Tony Stone
JamieSparkes 26/Sep/14 Lead RP

Third go today, knee too wide to fit into the crack above overlap, top section desperate, couldn't get anything to fit so resorted to almighty cranking on some awful holds for what was thankfully a bucket at the top.

with Clement Hutin, Claire Holland
andi turner 03/Aug/14 Lead

Last route of day 100 :)

with Aniseed Dave
Albachoss 27/Jul/14 TR β

Lead to the crux by Josh with only stacked hexes and a monkey fist, tr'd it in the end. So exhausted at the top i nearly became a skeleton-chockstone.

with josh
Dan Geh 29/Jun/14 Lead dog

Finally just went for it. A few falls. So sustained! Nice butterfly jams on the crux.

tgeh 29/Jun/14 2nd dog
with adam jordan, dan geh
AMJ098 29/Jun/14 2nd dnf
funsized 16/May/14 Lead dnf
with Alex Halllam, Danny Boy
LJC 24/Mar/14 Lead dnf


with George
Hidden ??/2014 -
Andy Peak 1 05/Oct/13 Lead

One rest, will climb again very soon

Apharri 09/Sep/13 Lead RP

Fell twice before sending

with Jim Gayler
Simon Davis 27/Aug/13 2nd dog

Jamming fine. Upwards progress not fine. Need to engage that outside leg.

with Tim P
Tubs 19/Jun/13 Lead dnf

Got mangled but will be back. The hand/fist stack method worked fine but just couldn't muster enough udge to get my legs through the overlap. No sign of a chockstone at the moment.

with AJM
quiffhanger 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Pretty pleased to get up this - had low expectations but determination won over. Never climbed anything like it.

dannyboy83 14/Oct/12 Lead RP

Fell off this repeatedly years ago, 1st time today, almost cried at the frustration of trying to make upwards progress!

with Floris
Adam Booth 28/Oct/11 Lead dog

Brilliant fun. Writing this the day after doing it... I feel completely beaten up! Will go back and lead it clean but after the second fall from the crux I couldn't be arsed to lower back down again.

Ed Booth 28/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Thrutch scenes!

Hidden 14/Jul/11 2nd
JamieSparkes 11/Jul/11 Lead dnf

hmmm, hard work....

with Nick
markalmack 21/May/11 Lead O/S
with james marjot
Pete Graham 19/Mar/11 Lead

Climbed after minimal sleep and maximum alcohol for maximum grimness. I highly recommend this technique. It was ace.

bigie bob 01/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 2nd
Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor ??/2011 -
GeoffG ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
tonanf ??/2011 TR
walts4 ??/2011 -
tallsop 08/Aug/10 Lead dnf

Got beasted by this badboy!

with Dave Saxby
Hidden ?/Jul/10 2nd β
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 27/Mar/10 2nd
with Jeff Hollenbaugh
Dave Turnbull, BMC 07/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Tough struggle, harder to get up than many E4s, some E5 and alot of 7a+'s.

with Ian Carr
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
TonyF ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Alex Mason 31/Oct/09 Lead

What a tussle, climbed with shoulder in the crack method, turning the lip is strenuous. got stood on the chock then reversed 2m to bring the cam up for the top then fell on it less than a foot from the top, pulled back on and finished it. Savage.greasy.

Hidden 18/Oct/09 Lead
stevebarratt ?/Oct/09 Lead O/S

No laybacking

with Cliff
Hidden 15/Apr/09 2nd dog
DavidEvans 05/Apr/09 Lead dnf
with Helen Garrett
Nicos 31/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with nick willis, ryan edwards
eddy-on-the-rocks 21/Feb/09 Lead dog

More than one friend 5 would be handy and the getting through the overlap requires a bit of laybacking facing right.

with Dan
Hidden 16/Nov/08 Lead dog
Toby Dunn 30/Aug/08 Lead
with JulesV
jcurley 24/Aug/08 2nd dnf

Climbed to the crux, butterfly jams ????

IanJackson 01/Jul/08 Lead dnf

What a fight!!!!

with Adam1973
Nicos 09/Apr/08 Lead dnf
Brown ??/2008 2nd O/S
with Henry
tuftynick ??/2008 -
JulesV ??/2008 Lead O/S
joe larner 17/Nov/07 2nd
angleseykayaker 01/May/07 Lead
with Sean Malone
feilx 14/Oct/06 Lead dog

I'll be back

Boy ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Nov/05 Lead dnf

Well...at least I tried!

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
shark 30/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with Gav Pike
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead
Hidden 21/Apr/02 Lead
Hidden ??/2002 Lead rpt
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/1995 -
with keefe
Dave Musgrove Jnr 04/Jul/94 Lead O/S

no big cam. Absorbing!

with Jon Sykes
Hidden 24/Aug/93 Lead O/S
Chris Ellis 15/Jun/93 2nd
with Martin Veale
Nick Rundall ??/1990 2nd
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Dave Musgrove 13/Sep/81 -
uphillnow ?/Aug/81 2nd

John lead it easily without the use of modern pro, almost no pro in fact!

with john stanger
Ian Jones ??/1979 2nd O/S
with Dave Greenald
Andy Say ??/1972 2nd
mikej 28/Jun/69 Lead
with Mike Browne
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