Rockfax Description
The wide crack in the buttress leads to a good ledge below the summit, passing the jutting flake. The crack of Giant's Staircase can be used to reach the summit, at a higher grade. © Rockfax

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS.

TacticalKnee 28/May Lead
thomas.veness 08/May 2nd O/S
with Andy Howell
Andy Moles 05/May Solo
Hidden 05/May Lead
Browny 05/May Lead O/S
Capricorn One 05/May 2nd
FlavioL1989 22/Apr Solo O/S

There were two miniscule bats sleeping in the upper crack when I climbed past. Go have a look! But watch out where you put your gear trad people.

Dave Mason 16/Apr 2nd O/S
with Darren Belfield
Hidden 10/Apr -
Hidden 10/Apr -
Hidden 26/Mar 2nd
pingora 25/Mar Lead O/S
buxtoncoffeelover 13/Mar 2nd

with Hannah - her hardest lead to date (til NMC Crack an hour later)

Becks87 27/Feb Solo O/S
atom 27/Feb Solo O/S
ajk-log ??/2016 Lead
Hidden ??/2016 -
orge ??/2016 -
cbonner 29/Dec/15 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 10/Oct/15 2nd O/S
with Dan
yossarian714 19/Sep/15 Solo O/S
Rob84 19/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with Mel
col3 18/Jul/15 2nd O/S

Meant to do VS but ended up climbing VDiff... enjoyable, but awkward in places.

with Steve Simpson, Dad, Paul
ipblake 18/Jul/15 Lead
KatieSzkornik 09/Jul/15 Lead

My first lead climb! Nice, friendly route for first lead....

Gerlach 09/Jul/15 Lead
with Rachel
SuperstarDJ 09/Jul/15 2nd rpt

Great first lead from Katie.

with Katie Szkornik, Rachel Partington
riff156 07/Jun/15 2nd rpt
with Alex Falconer
Chris Sansum 07/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Really nice route .

wyzfen 06/Jun/15 TR O/S
Hidden 26/May/15 2nd O/S
Fellmonkey 28/Apr/15 Lead
David_Gledson 08/Apr/15 Solo O/S
SDM 07/Feb/15 Solo O/S

Finished up Giant's Staircase

with Michael
Hidden ??/2015 -
dan_o_b ??/2015 Lead O/S
RosieLynch 26/Oct/14 Lead O/S
aking12 26/Oct/14 2nd O/S
JamieSparkes 21/Sep/14 Solo rpt
with solo
Hidden ?/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Aug/14 Lead O/S
KamilJ 09/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Yasmin
Vanessa Simmons 23/Jul/14 2nd
with Pete
matt.stevenson 04/Jul/14 2nd
rohai545 04/Jun/14 2nd
with Chris Cope
Hidden 05/May/14 Solo
55pete55 05/May/14 Lead
Charles Kinniburgh 22/Apr/14 2nd
with Pat
Lazytraveller 13/Apr/14 Solo O/S
AshBash 13/Apr/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Solo O/S
chrissyboy 05/Apr/14 2nd
with Gary Smith
Hidden ?/Mar/14 Lead
Hidden 22/Feb/14 2nd
Hidden 22/Feb/14 Lead
IanGilbertJones ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 Solo
Lukem6 19/Dec/13 2nd rpt
with sam d
sgl0jd 17/Nov/13 -
Hidden 16/Nov/13 Solo O/S
Paul Hy 04/Nov/13 2nd O/S
Knot-Paul 04/Nov/13 Lead
with Paul HY
Stone Muppet 07/Oct/13 Solo

on a walk

Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead
sims 21/Sep/13 2nd O/S
with Nick
Hidden 02/Sep/13 Solo
Andysomething 30/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Bruce Perry, Norman Bennett
Hidden 30/Aug/13 Lead O/S
riff156 04/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Jo Smith
EddieA 21/Jul/13 Solo O/S
James Oakes 14/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Legs 14/Jul/13 Solo O/S
JenEvans 13/Jul/13 Lead
Ade in Sheffield 13/Jul/13 -
with Chris Saywell, JenEvans
rohai545 05/Jul/13 2nd
with Helen
ht543 05/Jul/13 Lead
with Krish
Phil_hood ?/Jul/13 Lead
hazeysunshine 09/Jun/13 2nd rpt
with Claire
ayuplass 09/Jun/13 Lead
with Joan, hazel
Tala M 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S
mapperley samurai 08/Jun/13 Solo
with Ben Moss
Hidden 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S
valentinesbabe 22/May/13 Lead O/S

Nice for a VDiff.

Tithe Technique 22/May/13 2nd O/S
nogoodgrice 19/May/13 TR rpt
Reds 06/May/13 2nd rpt
althesin 06/May/13 2nd O/S
schristophersmith 06/May/13 Lead O/S
giuly 06/May/13 Lead
with Neil Shephard, Chris Saunders
Hidden 06/May/13 2nd rpt
helios 02/May/13 Lead
with Katy Coutts
theandthem 28/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/13 2nd
Hidden 24/Apr/13 2nd
ju59 24/Apr/13 2nd
with Nigel
Babika 20/Apr/13 2nd

last route of a fine long day climbing

with Kiwi Pete
cem 13/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Feb/13 Solo β
sting 23/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Jenny Monkey 17/Feb/13 Lead O/S

fun first lead of the year

Lukem6 17/Feb/13 2nd rpt

seconded for Jen

braddle 21/Oct/12 2nd rpt

First time seconding a trad route

bsparky 21/Oct/12 2nd
StefanieG 21/Oct/12 Lead O/S
teamrob 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Chris
Mike Bayley 14/Oct/12 2nd rpt
with Lee Attwater & Neil Armstrong
AndyPagett 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/12 2nd rpt
Jake Young 02/Sep/12 Solo O/S
Mike Bayley 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with John Sellars
Dan Vaj 05/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Jonathon Clark
Hidden 27/Jul/12 Lead
Lukem6 27/Jul/12 2nd O/S
Dafydd Llywelyn 20/Jun/12 Solo O/S
cookacat 20/Jun/12 Solo O/S

Did the top few moves of Apple Arete.

with jamie s, Dafydd
Hidden 27/May/12 2nd
Hidden 05/May/12 Lead O/S
tinyali 07/Jan/12 2nd O/S
scott.hill 07/Jan/12 Lead
with Alisa
Hidden ??/2012 -
Brown 27/Nov/11 Solo
with Solo
PieMan 23/Oct/11 2nd rpt
with Bill, Jim
hazeysunshine 16/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with GT
Hidden 02/Oct/11 Lead β
Hidden 02/Oct/11 2nd
joemallia 24/Sep/11 Solo O/S

On the 9 Edges Challenge

charley 24/Sep/11 Solo O/S
mountaingoatgirl 24/Sep/11 Solo O/S

The Nine Edges

Mark Salter 09/Sep/11 2nd
sam coward 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Helen
jumpingjimminy 02/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Ellie
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S
daharro1 21/Jun/11 Lead O/S
daharro 21/Jun/11 Lead
Hidden 21/Jun/11 Lead
Steven Andrews 19/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Marco
jmr 19/Jun/11 Lead
with Andy Graham
Brannock 01/Jun/11 Solo O/S
Ewano 25/May/11 Solo O/S
Adrian Daniels 01/May/11 2nd
with John Parrott
geddicakes 30/Apr/11 Solo
with James Restorick
Roberttaylor 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S


with Rose Tupling and Sebastian Schwabl
Harry Holmes 23/Apr/11 Solo O/S
with Clement
Hidden 19/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 11/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Feb/11 2nd
PAJames ??/2011 -
madguernseyboy 31/Oct/10 Lead O/S
martin one 31/Oct/10 2nd rpt
with lucy and brendon
Wildstyle 31/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Wildstyle 31/Oct/10 Lead dnf
RachaelB 09/Oct/10 Lead
with Beatriz
bvilsue 09/Oct/10 2nd

RachaelB - Lead - 09/Oct/10 with Beatriz

barney@helmshore 25/Sep/10 Lead
with simon
Hidden 25/Sep/10 Solo rpt
Ollie B 21/Sep/10 Solo O/S
DaNo123 06/Sep/10 Solo
payeo20 29/Aug/10 Solo

first climb of the day

simeclimb68 29/Aug/10 Solo rpt
Savlon 29/Aug/10 2nd

Tez's first outdoor lead

with Terry Gilbert
Hidden 28/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Peakology 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with cat
Chalky Cat 16/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with Dom
Peakology 11/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with John S, alan
ajc 08/Aug/10 2nd O/S
ayuplass 29/Jul/10 2nd
with miles
Conor1 24/Jul/10 2nd β

Good, couple of cruxy pulls.

with Oliver
oliccm 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Climbed with Conor (Conor1)

with Conor
Sylvi 11/Jul/10 Lead
with Roger
Nick1812P 03/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Jamie
squidgebob 02/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with jamie, Nick
Hidden 13/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/May/10 Solo O/S
mattyork2 23/May/10 2nd
with Johnny Richard
Graeme Hammond 16/May/10 Solo rpt
rfdl100 15/May/10 Solo O/S
danleyden 15/May/10 Lead O/S
with Alison Stanley
electriclinz 06/May/10 Lead
with Robert
adam clarke 24/Apr/10 2nd
with James Hulme
thekendo 24/Apr/10 Lead
with PMDC
Ann S 22/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Most enjoyable

with Chris Tan
migs493 17/Apr/10 Solo O/S
with LO
Hidden 17/Apr/10 2nd O/S
ptigga 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S
graphiclunarkid 17/Apr/10 2nd O/S

Warm-up. Pleasant enough.

with ptigga
Hidden 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/10 Solo rpt
RANGITOTO 13/Apr/10 2nd
with Steve Thompson
Hidden 11/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Oliver Houston 21/Mar/10 Solo
powellj69 21/Mar/10 Lead
stefie c 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S
JHiley 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S

First lead!

BicepAndrews 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S
with James Maddison
nickcanute ??/2010 -
rich_hw ??/2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Nov/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Nov/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Nov/09 Lead
Hidden 21/Nov/09 2nd dog
Hidden 17/Oct/09 2nd O/S
staceyjg 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S
lithos 04/Oct/09 Solo
SteWatkins ?/Oct/09 -
Reds 28/Sep/09 Solo rpt
simon mitchie 25/Sep/09 Lead O/S
fatbuoybazza 21/Sep/09 2nd O/S
maxkellock 20/Sep/09 Lead O/S

nice warm up route

Hidden 10/Sep/09 Solo O/S
Alkis 05/Sep/09 Lead O/S
chrisclimber_1986 05/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with alkis
Karlos 11/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/May/09 -
PieMan 10/May/09 Lead O/S

Tasty layback move early on, no problems after this.

with Jim
Hidden 02/May/09 Solo rpt
Hidden 02/May/09 2nd O/S
Jon Dittman 22/Apr/09 Solo
Hidden 18/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Irn Bruce 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S

First lead climb - a bit of a ladder to be honest but perfect for the first lead as there are loads of gear placements which can be placed from comfortable postions

heavy Belay 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S

First ever trad lead....

Alfredo 17/Mar/09 Solo
AJ007 13/Mar/09 Solo
petellis 22/Feb/09 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2009 Lead
paul birch ??/2009 -
keith leonard ??/2009 -
Hidden 29/Dec/08 2nd
D Berry 01/Nov/08 Solo O/S
Dinger 20/Sep/08 2nd O/S
with Pete and Kat
tskelhon 27/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Lauren Foster
SuperstarDJ 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Really nice route. The moves are more about strength than technique with big juggy holds letting you really pull and smear and the gear can be placed above your head from a comfortable rest in most cases so it feels really safe. I really got my confidence back from cruising this on lead. Good one for inexperienced leaders.

mungo 23/Aug/08 2nd β

Good route in a great positon,Quite reachy for the short but otherwise very enjoyable.

tanssop 17/Aug/08 2nd
with Wayne
Yanis Nayu 17/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Phil Lucas
mintcake 24/Jul/08 2nd
with John Kelly
Hidden ?/Jul/08 -
Hidden 27/Jun/08 Lead O/S
donkster 25/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/08 2nd
markbenton 24/Jun/08 Solo
bridget143 23/Jun/08 Solo O/S
with Brown
Grimbough 14/Jun/08 Lead
Hidden 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
ellentaylor 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
with Foxy
Graeme Hammond 31/May/08 Lead O/S
howlingbaboon 24/May/08 Lead rpt
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 26/Apr/08 Solo O/S
Ropeboy 23/Apr/08 Solo
timbanton ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden 01/Nov/07 Lead
Hidden 01/Nov/07 Solo
FrankW 23/Sep/07 2nd rpt
with Giles H
Hidden 16/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Sep/07 Lead O/S
erica 16/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Bun
Hidden 16/Sep/07 2nd
Pilch 15/Sep/07 Solo

climbed during 9 edges challenge

with Graham and Ed
EdShep 15/Sep/07 Solo O/S
with Pilch and the Family Guy!
Chris Ellis 05/Sep/07 Lead
with Helen Odwell
Sidekick 10/Jul/07 Solo O/S
capuchinster 03/Jun/07 2nd
with Russ
Jay1403 02/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Colin Matheson
Colin Matheson 02/Jun/07 2nd
with Jason UKC
TobyA 02/May/07 Solo rpt
steve.aisthorpe ?/May/07 Lead O/S
with myles plant
Hidden ?/May/07 2nd
pzkeeper 22/Apr/07 2nd
with Phil
Hidden 20/Apr/07 Lead O/S
howlingbaboon 08/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Ruthy, Rob, Mark, Maggie
dannyboy83 06/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Tobias at Home 28/Jan/07 Solo rpt
steve taylor ??/2007 -
Gustav ??/2007 2nd O/S
with David KISC
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Nov/06 2nd
Mattyk 07/Oct/06 Solo O/S
Ron ?/Sep/06 Lead β
with Chris
Hidden 31/Aug/06 Lead O/S
david morse ?/Jun/06 Solo
tobydunford 11/May/06 Solo O/S
FrankW 30/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with Joe
FrankW 30/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Joe
baldcoder 16/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Little Old Lady
Hidden 09/Apr/06 Solo
Ronnie Concave ?/Apr/06 Lead

A scenic place and an easy climb

with M.Borglewood
John Lisle ??/2006 -
John Lisle ??/2006 -
mr bounce ??/2006 -
Alex Mason 18/Dec/05 Solo

in wellies putrell style was awesome

Ram MkiV 18/Dec/05 Solo O/S

in trainers to warm up, went ok but then attempted NMC crack.........(!)

with Alex Mason
Xav 02/Oct/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/05 Lead
victim of mathematics 14/May/05 2nd O/S
Cornish Merlin 14/May/05 Lead
Caralynh 01/May/05 2nd
Hidden 01/May/05 Lead O/S
Alfredo ?/May/05 Lead
Hidden 19/Feb/05 Lead
platt2000 ??/2005 Lead
rob k 14/Nov/04 2nd O/S
Nicos 07/Sep/04 Solo O/S
with mark richardson
krikoman 05/Sep/04 Lead O/S

Nice, if only it went to the top.

Whealiebob 06/Jun/04 Solo
with Ste and Chris
Hidden ?/Jun/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/May/04 2nd
mikej 18/May/04 Solo
with Rick Naylor
rob k 20/Sep/03 2nd
Phil West 24/Aug/03 2nd rpt
with Captain Paranoia
Hidden ?/Jul/03 Solo rpt
Chris Davids ?/Jul/03 Solo O/S
with Reuben
rob wmc 14/Jun/03 2nd O/S
with Pete & Jamie
snowy owl ?/May/03 2nd
Phil West 19/Apr/03 2nd rpt
with David Atherton
angleseykayaker 10/Apr/03 Lead O/S
with Paul Griffiths
tradguy 30/Mar/03 Lead O/S
with Phil Loasby
Hidden ??/2003 Lead O/S
VS4b ??/2003 Lead
Hidden ??/2003 Lead
Sankey 08/Dec/02 Lead
with Andy E
julian allen 27/Aug/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/02 Lead
Hidden 20/Aug/02 Lead
philboy 23/Jul/02 2nd
with matt g
DerwentDiluted 12/May/02 Solo
Simon Caldwell ??/2002 2nd O/S
with Carmen
JuneBob ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Alison
Hidden ??/2002 Lead O/S
Dave Bond ?/Jun/01 Solo
chrishedgehog 18/Jul/00 Lead O/S
with Joe Thompson
John Marsland 09/Apr/00 Solo
Steve Pardoe 09/Apr/00 2nd

Nice line, runs up alongside the ArÍte

with Youarsey / NWF Posse (uk.rec.climbing)
antroy 01/Apr/00 Lead
Marti999 ??/2000 Lead
kevtoo04 ??/2000 2nd
with Ed
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
alan moore ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 -
Reds 03/Oct/99 2nd
with Angela
Hidden 21/Aug/99 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jul/99 Solo
Hidden ?/Jul/99 Solo
rocktigger ??/1999 Lead O/S
with Clare
rlrs ??/1999 Solo
Budge 02/Jul/98 Solo
RobSimmo 18/Feb/98 Solo O/S
kato'sdad 18/Feb/98 Solo
Hidden 08/Feb/98 Solo
Phil West 08/Nov/97 2nd O/S
with David Atherton
Hidden 05/Oct/97 2nd rpt
martroberts 20/Sep/97 Solo O/S
Rampikino 29/Jul/97 Lead
with Kelly Fitzgibbon
jim_randell 25/Jul/97 Lead O/S
with RL, SR
Hidden 19/Jul/97 Lead O/S
chris sm ?/Jul/97 Solo O/S
with Dom Goodridge
craig h 02/Feb/97 Solo O/S
BruceW ??/1997 Lead O/S
Martyn ??/1997 Solo
with Shaun Hodgkins
Tony Buckley ?/Aug/96 -
andy tetsill ?/Aug/96 Lead
Strong Steve 28/Jul/96 Solo O/S
tlr 10/Apr/96 Solo
with Kim
Yourlead 12/Jun/95 Solo
Martin Bennett 01/Jun/95 -
with Paul Ground, Jim Preece
Hidden 08/May/95 Solo
andrewbooth1000 07/May/95 Solo
with Ed Lewis
colin milton 04/May/95 Solo
Hidden 26/Feb/95 2nd
rurp ??/1995 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Jul/94 Lead
Hidden 08/Jun/94 Lead O/S
Laramadness 28/May/94 Solo
djdavies 01/May/94 Lead O/S
with Colin Mackenzie, Richard Garlick
Rog Wilko ?/May/93 2nd
with Debbie Wilkinson
gareth_hull ??/1992 Lead O/S
with Dave
Ian Archer 31/Aug/90 2nd O/S
with Robert Mirfin
Raggar 06/May/90 Lead
with Steve B
Nick Rundall ??/1990 Lead O/S
goi.ashmore 06/Aug/89 Solo O/S
Roget 09/Apr/89 Solo O/S
with jim
Iain Thow 14/Sep/87 Solo
Hidden 29/May/86 Solo
Hidden ??/1986 -
babymoac 24/Aug/85 Solo
malc 20/Jul/85 Solo
charlesmfrench 19/Jul/85 Solo O/S
Nigel Bond 31/Mar/85 Lead
with Charlie Leverton
Hidden ??/1985 Lead
mark-abz 19/Aug/83 Solo
Mark Kemball 08/Jan/83 Solo
Hidden 11/Jul/81 Solo
Rob Davies ?/Sep/80 Solo
andy tetsill ?/May/80 Lead
with Rob Kevan
Hidden ??/1980 -
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Hidden 29/Apr/79 Solo
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1979 Lead
Nigel Bond 20/Nov/77 Lead
with Tony Cuddy
Hidden 29/Oct/77 Solo
Hammy 26/Aug/77 Solo
with Jonathon Stacey
Hidden 03/May/77 Solo
Hidden 24/Aug/75 Solo
tapley 28/May/72 Lead
with Alison Tapley
rogerskews ?/Apr/72 -
with Various
mikej 01/Jan/71 Solo
with Stewart Grant
mikej 26/Oct/69 Solo
with E
mikej 04/May/69 Solo
with Wil Hurford
mikej 26/Jan/69 Solo
with Wil Hurford
mikej 06/Oct/68 Solo
with Des Arnold, Helen Sargent
Dave Musgrove 05/May/68 -
with Dennis Gray
Andy Say ??/1968 Solo
mikej 18/Feb/67 Solo
with Nigel Sumner
mikej 28/Jan/67 Solo
with Nigel Sumner
mikej 16/Jul/66 Solo
with Keith Gregson
mikej 08/May/66 Solo
with Chris Phipps-Jones, Keith Gregson
mikej 25/Sep/65 Solo
with Roy Ecclestone, Ted Markham
mikej 11/Jul/65 Lead
with Ted Markham
mikej 03/Jun/65 Solo
mikej 30/Jan/65 Lead
with Richard Loverock, Paul Richardson
mikej 24/Jan/65 Lead
with Paul Richardson
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