Hercules* E1 5a
[Crofty laybacking Hercules, Curbar., 2 kb]11m.

Rockfax Description
The wide crack is a good warm-up for the Eliminates if you squirm it, and it might just make you change your plan for the day. The bold (reckless?) can layback it instead. A short continuation pitch (VS 5a ) is available up and left. © ROCKFAX

FA. Chuck Cooke 1949

Ticklists: Wide Cracks, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Thrutch and Clutch.

Photo: Crofty laybacking Hercules, Curbar. © Crofty
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This climb is in 52 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

E1 5a hahahaha! Brilliant route.
Dan Mckinlay - 2nd - Sep/15

Slipped off. Ended up laybacking it. Good but tough for the grade. Same difficulty as left eliminate?
deacondeacon - Lead RP - 05/Oct/14

Hard work! had a rest on rope at chockstone and after that found the layback sequence which is probably 5a if you're fresh!
dr_botnik - Lead dog - 05/Oct/14 with deacon

To f...ing hard at 5a! Although I don't think my off width climbing is as good as I thought. I'll be fricking back. Arrrrrggghhh.
gazfellows - Lead - 27/Sep/14 with Nic

Struggled trying to lassoo chock stone in wind for ages but couldn't. Writhed further up, pumped out of my mind, my whole body screaming, and tickled the chockstone. Poor crimp, heart in mouth cut loose as the chockstone rotated then rockover to arrange first pro, but by then it was all over. Now I know how a chimney can be e1. I thought they were all easy before.
MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/14 with Jared Kitchen

Will be back to lead, not bad for a first off-width, just fell out at the bulge with a slipping foot. Felt sick at the end with the effort of the upper section. Awesome.
Alex Hallam - 2nd dog - 16/Feb/14 with Dan Barbour

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/14 with Alex Hallam

admackie - Lead O/S - 04/Dec/13 with chris palmer

Used 2 mats and Friend No.6, which fit (only just) - HVS 5a with the gear. A bit of reminiscent of Strapiombo in Tremadog. Good climb!
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Rob G

robgixer - 2nd - 29/Sep/13

Worked on lead.
Jim Slater - 2nd rpt - 26/Aug/12 with Graeme Hammond

Obviously not an offwidth hero as this seemed nails for 5a. Eventually managed to get it after several goes.
Graeme Hammond - Lead RP - 26/Aug/12 with Pete Wimbush, Jim

A rite buger of a climbe
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 14/Aug/12

Lovely off-widthing.
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Adam Jordan, Thomas Geh

only hvs with a big cam
tgeh - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/12 with adam jordan, dan geh

AMJ098 - 28/Jul/12 with Dan Geh

alexjz - 2nd dog - 16/Apr/12 with Matt Burdekin

Couldnt lead it without a sneaky pull on the #6! Top roped it to try and learn the art...
david morse - TR - 19/Feb/12 with tlmarjot, Vi

Route 200 (that have been logged)
tlmarjot - 2nd O/S - 19/Feb/12 with Dave Morse

i_a_coops - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11

Offwidths 2 - Calder 0. :(
Calder - Lead dnf - 02/Apr/11 with Mark

Boy - Solo - 22/Mar/11

Quite scary, but felt solid on it. Had no gear that would fit it except for a very crap cam in the shallow break. Solo really.
highlux - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/11 with Pete Hart

A very bold layback - might try squirming it next time.
PeteH - 2nd O/S - 08/Mar/11 with Mark Watson, Alex, Chris Fox

TomPR - Solo - 24/Feb/11

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 20/Nov/10

practising offwidthing. did not happen. no idea what grade it was.. bloody hard work! watched Remus' fantastic attempt and failure.
benkelsey - Lead dnf - 20/Nov/10 with Allun, Remus Knowles

feilx - Lead O/S - 13/Nov/10 with Floris

laybacked it after getting nowhere in crack. Unless you've got a big cam no pro until its all over.
nickwhimster - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Matt B

Bit thrutchy & Squirmy! :)
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/10

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jan/10

colkurtz - 2nd - 24/Jan/10 with Robb

Hidden - Lead β - Sep/09

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 21/Mar/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/08

Hidden - Lead dog - 14/Jun/08

duzinga - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/08 with Jim and Ewan

Nicos - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/08 with james tunbull

laybacked all the way, strenuously!
Milne - TR O/S - 28/Jan/08 with keith milne

Hidden - Lead - Jul/07

Stig - TR O/S - 03/Mar/06 with Chris

Not really a Severe.
chrishedgehog - TR - 01/Mar/06 with James

Andy Chubb - 2nd - 10/Apr/05 with Steve Goodman

shark - Lead rpt - 30/Aug/04 with Gav Pike

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/04

Hidden - 2000

marcoleptic - Lead O/S - 2000

uphillnow - 1980

This was Severe in the old Paul Nunn guide, but if it really was E1 that makes it my first extreme lead!
Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 1976 with Nicola Davies

Hidden - Solo - 30/Apr/67

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