Rockfax Description
Start just right of the gully and climb boldly rightwards to pass the bulge; continue more easily. Especially hard for the short. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
(Highball V1)

FA. Gilbert Ellis 1950

Ticklists: Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

Hidden 15/Oct Solo O/S
cragsman9000 04/Oct Solo O/S
with Neil
Hidden 15/Jun Solo O/S
Angus Taylor 11/Jun Solo G/U

Down climbed the start once, then got on with It. Hard and bold at the Grade

Hidden 09/Jun Lead O/S
dominic lee 06/Jun Solo
SGD 30/May Solo O/S

Excellent. But its 5b and no gear

Hidden 17/May 2nd
amccann 08/Apr Solo O/S
Hidden 18/Mar Solo O/S
charley 27/Feb Solo O/S

backed off this in the past, happy to have finally committed to it today...

John Higgs 13/Dec/14 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 10/Nov/14 Solo O/S
mikespooner 11/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May/14 Solo O/S
LakesWinter 25/May/14 Lead O/S

Not much gear!

with Cake
Cake 25/May/14 2nd O/S
with Matt
AndyRogers 14/Jan/14 TR RP

Fun times working out the boulder problem start, after that relatively straight forward. another one with no gear tho!

with Nick
JimboWizbo 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Great, hard start.

with Beth
Hidden 01/Sep/13 2nd dog
Hidden 04/Aug/13 2nd
Steve Waters, Mynydd 03/Aug/13 2nd
mtempest 02/Aug/13 Lead
Hidden 02/Jul/13 Solo
domskezz 01/Jun/13 Solo
matt.stevenson ?/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Apr/13 Lead O/S
PeteWilson 07/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 18/Mar/13 2nd
harold walmsley 18/Nov/12 Solo rpt
deacondeacon 13/Nov/12 Solo O/S
adam carless 15/Sep/12 Solo rpt
Lunar25 19/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Phil Marsh
Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
PaulHermes 10/Jun/12 2nd O/S

Desperate if you stay on the left. This should be HVS without doubt

pastep 10/Jun/12 TR

A reachy solo, one small cam placement comes after the crux move.

with Tibor
Jack.H.92 25/May/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/May/12 Solo
Hidden 06/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Mar/12 Solo O/S
Ross.Cooper 25/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Effectively a solo as first piece of gear came a couple of metres from the top!

Nathanie1 25/Feb/12 2nd O/S
kingholmesy ??/2012 Solo O/S
john lynch 22/Dec/11 Solo O/S
with Lewis Andrew, rich armour
sting 30/Nov/11 Solo O/S
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
with serge
mattgrange 27/Aug/11 2nd

Somewhat thuggy start

LardClimber 27/Aug/11 Lead
waynem1985 04/Jun/11 Solo O/S
antdav 04/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Wayne
steve2006 29/May/11 Lead O/S
with andre
disturbed_one51 24/Apr/11 Solo
Hidden 20/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Ollie B 03/Apr/11 Solo O/S
lozowen 11/Feb/11 Solo
Hidden 03/Jan/11 Sent
maxkellock 07/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Aaron Hauptmann 31/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Has a very misleading grade, would expect good gear on a VS 5a, however didn't find a single piece until 6-7 meters off the deck. Essentially a solo with a bit of gear for the last few moves.

with Sophie
tobydunford 10/Oct/10 Solo O/S
Joe Costello 02/Oct/10 Solo O/S
with Ellie, Matt
mattwyles1 02/Oct/10 Solo
with Ellie, Joe
Hidden 25/Sep/10 Lead
Hidden 25/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Sgt. Vest 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with Chris Braine
simeclimb68 30/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Oliver Branagan 29/Aug/10 Solo O/S

Took a few attempts to get pulled on properly, Worth more than 5a I reckon. Not sure what I'd got myself into once I couldn't reserve where I was but really enjoyed the moves.

haydng 22/Aug/10 Lead RP
Richard Gilbert 22/Aug/10 2nd RP

HARD move off the deck for shorties and then a lovely set of delicate moves.

with Haydn Gaukroger
Hidden 16/Aug/10 Solo
Graeme Hammond 12/Aug/10 2nd rpt
with Angus Malcolm
roberto18 07/Aug/10 Solo
JEP 11/Jul/10 Solo O/S
with Kirstin
Kelly D 10/Jul/10 TR β

This was nails, even on a top rope. Managed it cleanly in the end, but needed a bit of beta.

with Kiri
popebenedictus 06/Jul/10 Solo rpt
with Soloed
edd rab 06/Jul/10 Solo RP
popebenedictus 01/Jul/10 Solo O/S
with Soloed
Birdo 19/Jun/10 Solo O/S
riddle 22/May/10 Lead O/S
with Mark Lim
Hidden 11/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Somerset swede basher 09/Apr/10 Solo O/S
migs493 04/Apr/10 Solo O/S
mic_b 27/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
joese7en ??/2010 -
Hidden 10/Oct/09 Lead G/U
Hidden 10/Oct/09 2nd
Hidden 27/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/09 Lead
GPN 23/May/09 Solo O/S
Jim Slater 23/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Gavin Singleton
liamoloughlin 01/Mar/09 Solo
Richard P Coates 25/Jan/09 TR RP
with Mac, ianjfsutcliffe
koopa ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
keith leonard ??/2009 Lead
Sidekick ??/2009 Solo O/S
drysori ??/2009 Lead
craig d 12/Oct/08 Solo
jl 14/Sep/08 TR O/S
with A School Group
mshorter ?/Aug/08 -
Oddjob 20/Jul/08 Solo O/S
with Duncan
Hidden 05/Jul/08 Solo O/S
morrisdaboss 05/Jul/08 Solo
with Ste 'O' C
bigbobbyking 03/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
Dunx 11/Nov/07 Lead O/S

Started just left of this route off two pockets, left hand upto arete then big slap up with left again to higher hold. awsome moves and well worth a try just get a good spotter!!!

Matt Schwarz 11/Nov/07 2nd
Pilch 06/Oct/07 Solo

gosh, not done this for a while, steady head needed to finish the route, but it is all there.

adam carless 02/Sep/07 Solo O/S

definitely a few worrying moves for the short. Done with a mat and spotters.

nai 30/Jul/07 Solo O/S
Phil Jennings 22/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with Anna Jennings, Jo Jennings
howlingbaboon 14/Jul/07 Solo O/S
with Stu
jchenoweth 09/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Fat Alan
gibbo21 20/May/07 TR
with John Bishop
gibbo38 20/May/07 TR O/S
with John bishop
Graeme Hammond 07/Mar/07 Solo O/S
Worcester_Ash 04/Feb/07 2nd
with Jo
jw231 04/Feb/07 Lead O/S
nblackbeard 04/Feb/07 2nd
jo86 04/Feb/07 Lead

hard start easier finish, not much gear

Adam Moroz ??/2007 Lead
jamiev 08/Oct/06 Solo O/S
Ben1983 17/Sep/06 Solo O/S
AJ007 10/Jul/06 Solo
John Lisle ??/2006 -
Pythonist 13/Nov/05 Solo O/S
Nicos 09/Nov/05 Solo O/S
with solo
DerwentDiluted 07/Sep/05 Lead
with Nicola Pettit
max_chan ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Lou
robin heath 17/Jun/05 Lead O/S
with Carl Riley
Rampikino 12/Jun/05 2nd
with Mark & Mark
LankyPaddy 01/Apr/05 Solo O/S
Andrew Barker ?/Oct/04 Solo O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/04 Solo O/S
Whealiebob 25/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Jonny
OffshoreAndy 30/May/04 2nd
with Steve Mount
Hidden 30/May/04 Lead
mikej 27/May/04 TR
with Rick Naylor
Hidden ??/2004 -
Hidden 25/Oct/03 Solo rpt
Hidden 14/Oct/03 TR
Hidden 09/May/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 28/Sep/02 Solo O/S
Ropeboy 28/Mar/02 Solo
Hidden 14/Oct/99 Solo
Allan Young 13/Sep/99 TR O/S
Strong Steve 20/May/99 Solo O/S
smudge 05/Jul/98 Lead O/S
with Jeff
rocktigger ?/Jun/98 Solo O/S


paul birch 12/Aug/97 -
Le Chevalier Mal Fet 24/May/97 Solo
crater 24/Oct/96 TR
craig h 15/Jul/96 Lead O/S
with Janet Hannah
andrewbooth1000 10/Oct/95 Solo
Iain Thow 15/Apr/93 Solo
Hidden 15/Aug/92 Solo
Backinthegame ?/Apr/92 Solo
Laramadness 30/Sep/91 Solo O/S
adi bryant 13/Oct/90 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/89 Solo O/S
tapley 08/May/89 Lead
with Alison Tapley
Rob Davies ??/1989 Lead
with Mick Moss
Chris the Tall ?/Apr/88 Solo O/S
Roget ??/1988 Solo O/S
goi.ashmore 24/Oct/87 Solo O/S
Carl Hamer ??/1987 2nd O/S
steve prior ?/Aug/86 Solo
Hidden 09/Jun/85 Solo
Ena ?/Aug/82 TR

Was Severe at the time!

with Martin Trouse
Hidden ?/Aug/80 Solo
mark-abz 03/Apr/80 Solo
CrashMat Rob ??/1980 Lead O/S


Chris Terrey ??/1979 Solo
Nigel Bond 17/May/77 Solo
RichardMc 11/Apr/76 Solo
Mark Kemball 09/Oct/75 Solo
Andy Say ??/1971 Solo
mikej 18/Jul/65 Solo

The original route via the MG Crack start.

with Barry Regan, Ted Markham
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High 5b
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High 5a
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High 4c
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Style of ascent
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