Rockfax Description
The imposing corner-crack can be laybacked or thrutched, although hidden holds (and big cams) help. At the top, exit right up the wall. Hard work and high in the grade. The wall under the slanting groove up and left gives an extension at E2 5c. © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown 1950

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, 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.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
petellis 10/Oct 2nd O/S
Phil Layton 25/Jul Lead dnf

Too fat and not strong enough. Fell off after left foot skidded off lichen trying to get past the beginning layback crack. Almost made it.

Phil Laxton
Hidden 08/Jun Lead
BnB 05/Jun -
mattlyons 04/Jun Lead dog
Le Chevalier Mal Fet 27/May Lead

Great route. Got a friend 4 then a friend 2.5 in the back of the wide crack so decided to go for it. Finished up the steep wall 1/2 way along the ledge, which provided an exciting finish when I carelessly kicked out the no. 2 nut moving up.

DanChad 27/May 2nd O/S
TobyA 16/May Lead O/S
Hidden 16/May Lead O/S
AnniH 16/May 2nd β

As my friend Toby said, 'beefy' moves. Keep the eyes at the back of your head open. Both cruxy laybacks can be helped with bridgy drop-knees using nice ledges.

lost.arrow 09/Apr -
Sam McCarthy 10/Mar Lead O/S
Kirill 07/Mar Lead O/S

Contemplated finishing up the wall but in the end decided against it and scrambled off to the right via Stepped Crack (Diff)

pimpy 07/Mar 2nd
Hidden ??/2015 -
Deezel65 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Very green, made for some nervous smearing

cragtyke 27/Sep/14 2nd

Fairly green

dannyboy83 27/Sep/14 Solo O/S
Hoyes 01/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Jules Lane 01/Jul/14 2nd dog

Foot slipped off the start. Twice ! Not 4c.

Mr. K 17/May/14 Lead O/S
fathobbit 17/May/14 2nd
ClareSenny 05/May/14 2nd dog
GLO 04/May/14 Lead β
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd O/S
Lazytraveller 13/Apr/14 Lead RP

fell before the break, foot slipped on the green. Lead clean after.

AshBash 13/Apr/14 2nd dog
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead G/U
hipyhop 13/Apr/14 Lead β

beta being someone else's gear

Hidden 09/Mar/14 2nd
Hidden 09/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Jonathan Hall 09/Mar/14 Lead
beneole ?/Dec/13 Lead O/S
Martin Bagshaw 04/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Jamie Vince, Richard Apthorp
Hidden 04/Aug/13 2nd O/S
rich_hw 11/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/13 2nd
john_ni 11/Jun/13 2nd
DeanD 08/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Jun/13 Lead rpt
jimbonfire 26/May/13 -
Col Kingshott 26/May/13 2nd
Marti999 16/Apr/13 Lead O/S
debbie roberts 16/Apr/13 2nd
dr_botnik 06/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Joe Brown route, says it all really.

gavinpeach 02/Mar/13 2nd dog
Max Pendleton
Hidden 23/Feb/13 Lead O/S
sting 23/Feb/13 TR dog

Slipped on the slime but made it in the end, No sign of them hidden holds. Good Lead from the Gas Man.

Gudge ?/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/12 2nd
Hidden ?/Sep/12 Lead
TimKnight 22/Jul/12 Lead
Richard Howard
Fragmod 23/May/12 2nd
Morwood 01/Apr/12 2nd
HB1 01/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 10/Mar/12 Lead dnf
john lynch 26/Feb/12 2nd O/S
Neil Elmore
PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden 22/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Oct/11 Lead dog
stuaart 07/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Finished up the steep wall, not the Diff.

Sandra McCabe, Neil Redgrave
Hidden 02/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Andrew Sloan 15/Jul/11 2nd O/S

A sandbag at VS. Steve took a total of 3 falls, including a 10 footer. He did well to get up it.

Steve Grove
jkarran 19/Jun/11 Lead

Quite tough exiting the groove

Steven Andrews 15/May/11 Lead O/S
Ben, Rachel Berkowitz
geddicakes 30/Apr/11 Lead O/S
James Restorick
Roberttaylor 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Done as two pitches, I led both. Decided against the E1 variation. Not too green.

Rose Tupling and Sebastian Schwabl
Harry Holmes 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/Apr/11 Lead O/S
shafiq lalloo 15/Apr/11 -


lozowen 15/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
cem 06/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 27/Jan/11 Lead dnf
GuyM ??/2011 -
Hidden 16/Sep/10 2nd
madasten 05/Sep/10 2nd
payeo20 29/Aug/10 Lead

high before getting in first piece of gear. gymnastic climb, very good! shame you have to finish on a vdiff

simeclimb68 29/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Tala M 29/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 25/Aug/10 Lead
Nick1812P 03/Jul/10 Lead O/S
JamieSparkes 02/Jul/10 2nd O/S

nice, hard for vs but nice climbing. finished direct up steep jugs above the ledge

squidgebob 02/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Nick, jamie
Ander 04/Jun/10 Lead

Nails. Even the unusually warm day didn't justify the sweat poring from my brow, that damped the t-shirt on my back, and, more crucially, greased the skin of my fingers and palms. Trying to move from the midway respite, the idea I'd bitten off more than I could chew was difficult to ignore. Finally summoning the courage to advance, kicking loose my no 11 offset in inadvertent homage to Brown, the feint of boldness paid off, strong pulls on the corner crack and smears against the smooth lichen covered wall, purchased a grasp on the final set of horizontal cracks, an almost half decent smear for the right foot. Well above the last runner now, more desperate pulls, a foot on the ledge on the right, then panting hard, refuge is found at last. Dripping, between gasps, Kris learns of my relief. Nails.

John Pickles 25/May/10 Lead O/S
Kieran Hodgson
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/May/10 Lead
petegruf 22/May/10 Lead
brad j
colkurtz 22/May/10 2nd
Hidden 15/May/10 Lead O/S
Budge 13/May/10 2nd O/S
Shauna 04/May/10 2nd O/S
john and chris
manwithacam 02/May/10 Lead

Quite exciting! Couldnt protect bottom section but got a smaller cam up in the crack which gave me confidence but fell out just as I reached the rest. The wall was green and rubbish for smearing. Think this could be my 3rd and a half Joe Brown route (only did bottom half of Valkyrie Direct)

pabbage 17/Apr/10 -
Laurence Everitt 14/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Mar/10 2nd
nickcanute ??/2010 -
lithos 04/Oct/09 2nd
Hidden 26/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Sep/09 2nd dnf
catt 14/Jun/09 2nd O/S

Absolutely brilliant, and well tough for VS.

Jimbo C 28/May/09 Lead O/S

Very enjoyable and hard work.

Guy ?/May/09 2nd
Hidden 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
davidwright 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Steve Waters, Mynydd 21/Apr/09 Lead
mtempest 21/Apr/09 2nd
Steve Waters, Mynydd
Hidden 18/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 18/Apr/09 Lead O/S
tommytwotone 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
tskelhon 27/Aug/08 Lead O/S
ollie keeler
Another James 10/Aug/08 2nd
Jamie T
Pilch 24/May/08 Lead O/S

An excellent route, big cam useful for first moves. final wall is fun too

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
SecretSquirrel 06/Oct/07 2nd
OffshoreAndy 06/Oct/07 2nd
NCC Kelvin
rayash 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/07 2nd O/S
jonka ?/Aug/07 Lead
duz n sean
kitkat78 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S

Never mind Layback Crack, this is how laybacking should feel!

Alastair H
Hidden ?/Mar/07 2nd
Adam Moroz ??/2007 Lead
baldcoder 19/Sep/06 TR

can't remomber why I marked this as TR

BazVee 12/Aug/06 2nd
David & Martin
John Lisle ??/2006 -
John Lisle ??/2006 -
Nicos 12/Nov/05 Lead O/S
samwelli ?/Apr/05 Lead O/S
Reuben Brown, Clare Dunkley and Gemma Heaton
Hidden 19/Jun/04 2nd O/S
bigphil 06/Jun/04 Lead O/S
mikej 27/May/04 2nd
Rick Naylor
Ropeboy 21/Sep/03 Solo
Chris Ellis 13/Jul/03 2nd
Nige Shaw
lithos 29/Jun/03 Lead
Hidden 20/Apr/02 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/2002 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/00 Lead
Rich Malcolm 21/May/00 2nd O/S
Matt Brennan
marcoleptic ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 16/Aug/98 2nd O/S
nickdonohue 26/Jul/98 Lead
Chris ?, Richard Jasicki, Kim Clark
Hidden 10/May/98 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Feb/98 2nd
Budge ?/Aug/97 Lead O/S
Adrian Fox
Hidden 14/Aug/95 Lead
Gordon Stainforth 13/Aug/95 2nd
Mick --, John Cutcliffe, Katrina
colin milton 04/May/95 Lead
eric milton
Hidden 14/May/94 Lead
Laramadness 24/Jun/93 Lead rpt
Roget 27/Jun/92 Solo O/S
Andy Say 01/Jun/91 Solo
Laramadness 10/Apr/91 2nd β
Tony Buckley ?/Jun/90 -
Robert Clark
Hidden ?/Jul/89 2nd
Pete Pozman ?/Aug/88 Lead O/S
John Byrne
Hammy 10/Jun/88 Lead
Colin Struthers
babymoac 29/May/88 Lead
J R R Hartley ?/May/87 Lead O/S
Dez Barnett
Hidden ?/Apr/87 Lead O/S
shark 11/May/84 2nd O/S
Phill Dickens
mark-abz 15/Aug/83 TR
tapley 07/Nov/82 2nd
Chris Seymour
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Nigel Bond 02/Jul/79 Lead
Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
Hidden 29/Oct/77 Lead
Hidden 29/Oct/77 2nd O/S
RichardMc 06/Jul/75 Lead
Ken Salter
Dave Musgrove 05/May/68 -
Dennis Gray
mikej 04/Mar/67 Lead
Steve Radford, Nigel Sumner
mikej 09/Oct/66 2nd
Keith Gregson
High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
High HS
Mid HS
Low HS
Votes cast 61
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
High 4b
Mid 4b
Low 4b
Votes cast 56
Votes cast 53
Style of ascent
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Flashed (β)
Ground Up
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