Rockfax Description
Climb the narrow slab passing a small roof with difficulty. Finish up the side of the prow above for extra interest. © Rockfax

Ticklists: All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
Jim Malo 20/Aug Lead
Vixxm 20/Aug 2nd
Angus Taylor 26/Jun Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Jun Solo O/S
Wayne S 15/May Lead
Hidden 15/May 2nd
Jeremy Wilton 10/May 2nd dnf

Yup went over the lip - but it was the end of a long day - couldn't summon up the vim for the nose at the end - so DNF

Richard Brown
Hidden 04/May Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May Lead O/S
Felix Ottey 18/Apr Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Apr Lead
woody99i 07/Apr Solo O/S
Roget 24/Dec/14 Solo O/S
John Higgs 13/Dec/14 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 10/Nov/14 Solo O/S
loco wilko ?/Oct/14 Solo
Sam Husband 10/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Jun/14 Lead dnf
Deezel65 05/May/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/14 2nd
jimbonfire 14/Dec/13 -
the power 16/Nov/13 Lead rpt
GregBristol 01/Sep/13 2nd
Lynsie Whyke, Andy Spacie
shumidrives 01/Sep/13 Lead
antdav 08/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Dave Mason 01/May/13 Lead O/S
Fiona MacDonald
Wayne S 28/Apr/13 Solo
ElBarto 21/Apr/13 Lead RP
Hannah Saunders
Phil Mercer 07/Apr/13 2nd
Andy Hudson 07/Apr/13 Lead
Phil Mercer
the power 10/Nov/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Nov/12 2nd
adam carless 15/Sep/12 Solo rpt
steve-grigg 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
David Robinson 24/Aug/12 Lead

Missed top bit

cem 05/Aug/12 Solo rpt
JenDear ?/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
Ander 11/Jul/12 Lead
Sparrowmonkey 11/Jul/12 2nd
will_benfold 17/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/May/12 Solo O/S
armouredego 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Peter Elliott
GermanAlex 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S

bottom: meh, top: yeah! (prow's finish) EDIT: WHAT! HS? VS 5a any day if you actually follow the line; keep your fingers off that VDiff

disturbed_one51 01/Mar/12 Lead
Nathanie1 25/Feb/12 Lead O/S
Ross.Cooper 25/Feb/12 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden 28/Dec/11 Lead O/S
Matt JM Stevens 28/Dec/11 2nd
TDSvejstrup 02/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Oct/11 Solo O/S
belay bunny turned bad 14/Oct/11 Sent
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
BethM 15/Sep/11 Lead

VS 5a in guidebook.

Tom Wilson, Charley Smallwood
spacey 10/Sep/11 Solo
jo macey
Mark Salter 08/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Gareth Lewis
Mike Bayley 10/Jul/11 TR O/S
John Sellars & Cathy Burgess
Adam Booth 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Ellen Cobby 26/Jun/11 2nd
waynem1985 04/Jun/11 2nd
antdav 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
mattgrange 29/May/11 Lead

The prow finish is definitely worth the excitement

Eddie Shelbourne 15/May/11 Lead
edmitchell 02/May/11 Lead O/S
emmarowe 02/May/11 2nd O/S
chris warner 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
LizBull 02/Apr/11 2nd O/S
valentinesbabe 19/Mar/11 2nd O/S
charley 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S

If you climb this blinkered then I feel it's more 4c-5a-ish

gingerdave13 31/Oct/10 Lead O/S
tiga271 30/Oct/10 Lead dnf

Couldn't get over roof without going left into hanging gardens or right onto Vdiff :-( felt tough for 4b !!

Hidden 02/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Marq 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S
mattwyles1 02/Oct/10 Solo
Ellie, Joe
Gazleah ?/Sep/10 Solo O/S
Tithe Technique 28/Aug/10 TR O/S
Luke Paul, Peter Ziak, Angela Paul
Hidden 19/Aug/10 Solo O/S
jtree03 22/Jul/10 Lead
Brother Al
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 18/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Rosa Vilaseca
howlingbaboon 29/Jun/10 Solo O/S
peteJ23 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S
jmjw 09/May/10 Solo O/S

Finishing up the prow was pretty scary (but made it worth some stars), felt harder than 4c and there didn't seem to be a whole lot of gear to protect the move over the roof

Hidden 09/May/10 2nd O/S
Pilch 08/Apr/10 Lead O/S
donkster 05/Apr/10 2nd rpt
ki, crooko
Ky 05/Apr/10 2nd O/S
ill_bill 04/Apr/10 2nd
mic_b 27/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Ander 27/Mar/10 Lead
Hidden 29/Jan/10 Lead O/S
Richard Holowka 05/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Ricky Martin 05/Sep/09 2nd
markytaylor 31/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Jul/09 2nd O/S
cooper leek 08/Jul/09 Lead O/S
water rat
dave_whale 03/Jul/09 Lead dog

Found the roof to be a real pain, not the cleanest of climb's, left some skin up there.

Beverley Whale
Goose4 30/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Lucy Barker
vvanhinsbergh 31/May/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/May/09 2nd O/S
Jeronimo 18/Mar/09 Solo O/S
paul.valentine 17/Jan/09 2nd
Graham Jones
Hidden ??/2009 -
Sidekick ??/2009 Solo O/S
tommo1664 29/Dec/08 -
victim of mathematics 18/Oct/08 2nd O/S

Tricky through the roof, but not too bad as long as you don't have tiny arms!

matsavage 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/08 Lead
adam carless 10/May/08 Solo O/S
unfit 09/May/08 Lead O/S
matt w
mulletcocktail2000 01/Apr/08 Lead O/S
john and chris
Hidden 01/Apr/08 2nd
john lynch 09/Mar/08 Lead
rich armour, Bo Robertson
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
alek 02/Mar/08 2nd O/S
edd rab 16/Feb/08 TR O/S
popebenedictus 16/Feb/08 Lead rpt
Powder Puff Girl 16/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
VS4b 17/Nov/07 Lead O/S

'kin hard for 4b!! resorted to some use of the right edge to make progress. Harder than 4b without it

gibbo38 04/Nov/07 Lead O/S
naughtybadboy 04/Nov/07 2nd
popebenedictus 03/Nov/07 2nd O/S
Whealiebob 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S

Gets VS 5a in all our guidebooks and if you stay blinkered that grade is about right

edd rab 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S
Milne 03/Nov/07 2nd O/S

VS 5a in guides, soft touch, but its not S 4b.

rrrock! 07/Oct/07 2nd
Hidden 18/Aug/07 Solo
Pythonist 13/Aug/07 Solo O/S
Retroman3 21/Jul/07 2nd O/S
Marvino 11/Jul/07 Lead
rachelwheatcroft 11/Jul/07 2nd

Hard reach up.

EdShep 10/May/07 2nd O/S
sam coward 04/Feb/07 2nd O/S
Tim and Em
steve2006 ??/2007 Lead O/S
ebunick 14/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Lizzie + 3 freshers
Hamster 24/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Ian Thurgood
Hidden ?/Sep/06 Lead
Hidden 13/Aug/06 Solo O/S
Jacob Ram 07/Aug/06 Lead O/S
elisa best
AJ007 10/Jul/06 Solo
PanzerHanzler 25/Jun/06 Lead rpt
David Rafe
ChrisBrooke 11/Jun/06 2nd
Caroline Davison
edmitchell ?/May/06 -
jrk2673 ?/May/06 Lead
Hidden 29/Apr/06 2nd O/S
Rampikino 23/Apr/06 Lead
MMC Various
John Lisle ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
MazElden ??/2006 -
Nicos 02/Nov/05 Solo O/S
zcapxa5 15/Oct/05 Lead O/S
Hanneke den Ouden
PanzerHanzler 10/Sep/05 2nd O/S
liamnkaz 01/Sep/05 2nd
Richard L ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Alex Mason ?/Jun/05 Solo


crag_monster ?/May/05 Lead
Neil Henson ??/2005 2nd

Complete sandbag. I thought the 4b move seemed about 5b. Failed to do the crux move on lead and only just managed to do the move when seconding.

Mark Collins
jl 15/Dec/04 Lead O/S
maria85 09/Oct/04 2nd
Andy & Ronnie
Pelleas ?/Oct/04 Lead
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/04 Solo O/S
mooseloose 04/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Geoff & Nina
Hidden ?/Sep/04 2nd
Hidden ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
samwelli 26/Mar/04 Solo O/S
tommy82 19/Nov/03 Lead
APAPAP 19/Aug/03 AltLd
Hidden 21/Jun/03 Solo dnf
Hidden 15/Apr/03 Lead dnf
jamie ward 22/Mar/03 Lead O/S
John Howes
DerwentDiluted 10/Aug/02 Solo
D Berry 30/Jun/02 Lead rpt
Claire Berry
Hidden 30/Jun/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Jun/02 Lead
Hidden 26/May/02 Solo O/S
andygreen 29/Mar/02 2nd
Simon Caldwell ??/2002 Lead O/S

what a rubbish route

Hidden 13/Aug/01 Lead O/S
Neil Curtis 30/Jun/01 Lead O/S
Arthur Austin
ajc 04/Sep/00 Lead O/S
D Berry 16/Apr/00 Lead O/S
Claire Berry
cem 18/Jul/99 2nd
Gordon Carder
rocktigger ?/Jun/99 Solo O/S
ajoliver 29/May/98 Solo O/S
andrewbooth1000 05/Sep/97 Solo
Hidden 15/Feb/97 2nd O/S
tlr 05/May/96 Solo
Pete D
Hidden 21/Oct/95 Lead
tapley ?/Sep/89 Solo
steve prior ?/Jun/88 Solo
Iain Thow 14/Sep/87 Solo
Hidden ??/1987 -
andy tetsill ?/Oct/85 Lead
Hidden 12/Jun/85 Solo
Hidden 01/Oct/82 Solo
CrashMat Rob ??/1980 Lead O/S


RichardMc 25/Apr/76 Solo
petemeads ??/1976 Solo
Nigel Bond 20/Oct/73 Lead
mikej 17/Jan/71 Solo
Andy Say ??/1971 Solo
High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
High HS
Mid HS
Low HS
Votes cast 22
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
High 4b
Mid 4b
Low 4b
Votes cast 38
Votes cast 30
Style of ascent
Alt Leads
Not Set
Not Set