Rockfax Description
The main groove is taken on excellent jams to the overhang and an awkward rest. Ape leftward (the tall can bridge it) to gain a square-cut groove. Up this to finish. © Rockfax

FA. Keith Axon 1949

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, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
Wizzy 28/Sep Solo O/S
tom0129 20/Sep Lead β
alaster tonge 19/Sep Solo O/S
Hidden 29/Jul 2nd
Hidden 29/Jul Lead
Calder 25/Jul Lead O/S
andyob 25/Jul 2nd O/S
samdickensuk 05/Jul 2nd O/S
kermit_uk 25/Jun Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Jun Solo O/S
Hidden 18/Jun Solo O/S
rohai545 11/Jun 2nd
Jonny Holmes
cmars89 07/Jun Lead
Tcampbell390 07/Jun 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/May 2nd
Jen Mason 17/May Lead O/S
P Rogers 12/May Lead rpt
eliza 04/May 2nd
alan.phobos 04/May 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/May Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May 2nd O/S
Felix Ottey 18/Apr 2nd
amccann 08/Apr Solo O/S
Matt Harmon 08/Apr Lead O/S
woody99i 07/Apr Solo O/S
Rebs 07/Mar Lead O/S
PEccleston 07/Mar 2nd
duncanedgley 07/Mar 2nd
Martin, Ben Leslie
laurence_falconer 07/Mar -
DoMakeSayThink 07/Mar Lead O/S

First ever trad lead. Amazing fun!

Zolly Whitaker 07/Mar Lead O/S
m_andersson 07/Mar 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 Lead O/S
mky77 01/Nov/14 2nd
pfoulger 01/Nov/14 Lead O/S
loco wilko ?/Oct/14 Solo
nation1 27/Aug/14 2nd
OllyT 27/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/14 Lead
mph040272 21/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Nick Cunild
robblowen 12/Jun/14 Lead O/S
JoeWakefield 12/Jun/14 2nd
Hidden 04/May/14 Lead dnf
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd
Hidden ?/May/14 Solo
fatbuoybazza 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Jonny M 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Nick Pearson, Karen Chalmers
Hidden 21/Apr/14 2nd O/S
jamesclimbing 19/Apr/14 2nd
Hidden 15/Apr/14 TR
Blueso 13/Apr/14 2nd
B4tgirl 13/Apr/14 Lead O/S
fuzzysheep01 05/Apr/14 2nd rpt
Adam Hughes, Karl Stewart
Karlos 05/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Jhancox 05/Apr/14 Lead O/S
SVBiggin 05/Apr/14 Lead rpt
fuzzysheep01 08/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Graham Perry
the power 16/Nov/13 2nd
deacondeacon 16/Nov/13 Lead O/S

Nice route, bit of a bugger for a severe though.

TCarrick 10/Nov/13 Lead
Hidden 29/Sep/13 Lead
eburki1 28/Sep/13 Lead O/S
SuperLee1985 28/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Excellent climb, very enjoyable. some nice moves and a scary moment stepping out of the over hang. Dont go too high or you get stuck Under the overhang like I did lol.

simon gale
Nick F Smith 05/Sep/13 Lead O/S
alexrankine30 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S
tiga271 01/Sep/13 2nd
Steve, alex
GregBristol 01/Sep/13 Lead
Lynsie Whyke, Andy Spacie
shumidrives 01/Sep/13 2nd
embob 25/Aug/13 2nd

Superb little route, even better than it looked. My hip is still hurting from bridging! Looking forward to returning and doing Nelson's Nemesis as well.

Hidden 25/Aug/13 Lead
P Rogers 18/Aug/13 TR

C'Rats day out, cracking line, will have to get mack and lead it.

Hidden 10/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Mike Bayley 04/Aug/13 Lead rpt
David Barnes
Pelleas 04/Aug/13 2nd
Mike B.
Paul Hy 15/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Knot-Paul 15/Jul/13 Lead O/S
teamrob 06/Jul/13 2nd
rohai545 02/Jul/13 Lead
Ross Morton
andy.smythe 02/Jul/13 Lead
nation1 02/Jul/13 2nd O/S
adamashcroft 02/Jul/13 2nd
wnlwy 29/Jun/13 Lead
Hidden 29/Jun/13 2nd
antdav 08/Jun/13 2nd O/S
hotfeet 08/Jun/13 Lead
Dan W
Hidden 08/Jun/13 Lead
Hidden 08/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S
freemanTom 31/May/13 Lead
Paul Davies
joscott 31/May/13 2nd O/S
Dan Longster
Dan818 31/May/13 Lead O/S
daviesp2 31/May/13 2nd
Dave Mason 01/May/13 Lead O/S
Fiona MacDonald
davepotter2011 21/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Mat Tebb
Hidden 20/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Eagertom 08/Apr/13 Lead O/S

good route, nice moves, satisfying feeling, excellent warm up.

thomaspomfrett 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
Kirsty Marsden
AlanPedrick ??/2013 -
Hidden 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Oct/12 Lead rpt
AndyPagett 20/Oct/12 2nd β
Legs 23/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Mike Bayley 16/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Lee Attwater & Neil Armstrong
Webster 09/Sep/12 2nd
darrencabowabo 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
gronbech 02/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Tony Kartawick ?/Sep/12 Lead

First climb after falling off bike last climb before sinking into drunken oblivion.

Jan Kartawick
David Robinson 24/Aug/12 Lead
Dan818 24/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Lunar25 19/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Phil Marsh
mapperley samurai 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Ben Moss, John Cook
cem 05/Aug/12 Solo rpt
Hidden 29/Jul/12 2nd
Hidden 28/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
RichyBOYY 11/Jul/12 Lead
Hidden 11/Jul/12 Lead
Hidden 01/Jul/12 2nd
davewsargent ?/Jul/12 2nd
Nick1812P 18/Jun/12 Solo O/S
hazeysunshine 27/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/May/12 Lead O/S
Poco Loco 13/May/12 Lead O/S

The traverse is easier with long legs!

Richard Roberts
Hidden 08/May/12 2nd O/S
kfowler141 06/Apr/12 Lead
Hidden 01/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Matthew Edwards 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S

fine up intil the traverse, spend far too long under the roof with disco leg and no grip strength, finally went for it. Found it hard tho good holds.

Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd
nogoodgrice 11/Mar/12 2nd
AMJ098 25/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Really fun climb!

Jenna mckeer, Robin Wilson
jennamsmile 25/Feb/12 TR
Adam Jordan, Robin Wilson
robinmuzette 25/Feb/12 2nd
Jenna Mckeer, Adam Jordan
jshields 25/Feb/12 2nd

Repeat previous lead.

davewsargent 25/Feb/12 Lead O/S
Andyp89 ?/Jan/12 2nd
will caesar, robcaesar
Will Caesar ??/2012 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Dec/11 2nd
johnji1033 ?/Dec/11 Lead O/S
TCarrick 23/Oct/11 Lead O/S
chris_r 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
chrisanderson 14/Oct/11 Lead
johnji1033 08/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Sep/11 Lead
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
BethM 15/Sep/11 2nd
Tom Wilson, Charley Smallwood
Mark Salter 08/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Gareth Lewis
ggflett 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Adam Harvey
JamieSparkes 19/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Dan Geh 09/Jul/11 2nd O/S
tgeh 09/Jul/11 Lead O/S
dan geh
ronmcdonald ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Adam Booth 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Ellen Cobby 26/Jun/11 2nd
Hidden 13/Jun/11 Solo
ben_250 10/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/May/11 Lead
liamoloughlin 28/May/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 28/May/11 Solo
edmitchell 02/May/11 Lead O/S
emmarowe 02/May/11 2nd O/S
Sam..Oliver 26/Apr/11 2nd

was a difficult climb even to second, wanted to lead it it, but after seeing my mate take a 5-6 foot lead fall on it put me off. Some areas of it polished.

stpauliblade 26/Apr/11 Lead

Fell off just under the roof.

shepman 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
pippa_g 12/Apr/11 Lead rpt

found the traverse move much more sketchy on lead than seconding!

Tru 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
charley 19/Mar/11 2nd rpt

Ange's lead

valentinesbabe 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Nice...hell of a stretch left if you're not lanky tho!!

Tithe Technique 19/Mar/11 TR O/S
chumleywarner 19/Mar/11 TR O/S
pippa_g 06/Mar/11 2nd rpt

Really should get round to leading this.....bit of seepage didn't affect the enjoyment of this route, despite the lack of gear put in to protect the traverse

marcoleptic ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S


DerbyLiam ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
mwatson ??/2011 -
gingerdave13 31/Oct/10 2nd O/S
madguernseyboy 30/Oct/10 Lead O/S
martin one 30/Oct/10 2nd
lucy and brendon
Hidden 30/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Wildstyle 30/Oct/10 2nd dnf
hairynortherner 10/Oct/10 Lead β
Tom, Andy
Joe Costello 02/Oct/10 Solo O/S
Ellie, Matt
Sgt. Vest 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Chris Braine
AndyPagett 05/Sep/10 2nd
Kat Shooter, Laura Quinby, Adam Mitchell
chris murnin 03/Sep/10 Lead
andy1975 14/Aug/10 TR
Howard J 03/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Jeff Burgum
Hidden 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
danny269 ?/Aug/10 2nd

1st of 2 climbs after break in day to allow for rain to pass - reaching left edge not easy for a 'shorty' like me and Keir had placed the pro as high up as possible in opposite right hand corner! Not an easy one to kick off with after a 'swift half' either

LivinITlarge 18/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 18/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Rosa Vilaseca
Michelle Piper 19/Jun/10 2nd O/S
pboniface 19/Jun/10 2nd O/S
aldred 19/Jun/10 Lead O/S
pldarch 22/May/10 2nd
sambosanquet101 22/May/10 Lead
Hidden 20/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/May/10 Lead
Hidden 09/May/10 2nd O/S
Dhcol 20/Apr/10 TR O/S

Nice climb

adam clarke 17/Apr/10 2nd
James Hulme
Pilch 08/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Ky 05/Apr/10 2nd O/S
DrJon 02/Apr/10 2nd O/S

Brave lead from Pete

mic_b 27/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Mark D 14/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Tommy B
pippa_g 31/Jan/10 2nd O/S

really nice little route. didn't use a single jam.....also easier to bridge across if you're short, not tall as guidebook states

Hidden ??/2010 Lead
Hidden ??/2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Oct/09 Lead O/S
SuperstarDJ 14/Oct/09 2nd

The bottom section is much harder than the top - managed to pull a muscle bridging across the top bit - must remember Steve is a lot taller than me and not to try the same moves!

Steve Blatherwick
Jonathan Hall 22/Sep/09 Lead
John Tourle 22/Sep/09 2nd
Jonathan Hall
honey_badger 22/Sep/09 TR
Luke Goddard 21/Sep/09 TR
Hidden 20/Sep/09 TR
jumpingjimminy 12/Sep/09 TR O/S
Adam1973 05/Sep/09 Lead O/S
David Wynne 05/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 29/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 29/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Rosa Vilaseca
Mr. K 12/Aug/09 Lead O/S

Night-time headtorch ascent.

Hidden 12/Aug/09 2nd β
Hidden 30/Jul/09 Lead O/S
asmith37 25/Jul/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 25/Jul/09 Lead dog
Hidden 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
D.Andrew 08/Jul/09 Lead
dave_whale 03/Jul/09 2nd O/S

Looks far worse than it is, hand hold's are excelent.

Floss Morgan
Hidden 28/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jun/09 Lead O/S
shed_hed 24/Jun/09 2nd
Andy Winter
Hexman 11/Jun/09 Lead
Hidden 11/Jun/09 2nd O/S
vvanhinsbergh 31/May/09 Solo O/S
Oliver Branagan 30/May/09 Solo O/S

worth it's stars.

Hidden 30/May/09 2nd O/S
Yanis Nayu 09/May/09 Lead dnf


Phil & Andy
Hidden 03/May/09 2nd
martinp 02/May/09 2nd O/S
Ken P
Hidden ?/May/09 2nd
Hidden 25/Apr/09 TR
RichardMc 25/Apr/09 Lead
Mary Sealey
PanzerHanzler 12/Apr/09 2nd O/S
David Rafe
Budge 08/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Mike Oates, Martin Gillie
asmith37 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Lou Kennedy 30/Mar/09 2nd
Jeronimo 18/Mar/09 Solo O/S
sadsetts 16/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Mar/09 Lead O/S
ianjfsutcliffe 25/Jan/09 Lead rpt
Ian McDermott 25/Jan/09 2nd
koopa ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
Wil.Hooke ??/2009 Lead O/S
MikeDowsett ??/2009 Lead
Kris Scheinkonig
jonathan watt 23/Nov/08 Lead
scottski 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
ianjfsutcliffe 04/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Ian McDermott 04/Oct/08 2nd
JonathanJones 03/Oct/08 2nd O/S

said S in Al's book!

Hidden 21/Sep/08 2nd O/S
andybeanland 21/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Ing 21/Sep/08 2nd
Hidden 13/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Sep/08 2nd O/S
Philsy 13/Sep/08 Lead
andi taxi 24/Aug/08 2nd

brill little route !! but over far to soon unfortunately in true birchen style..boo

young will fron farndon
benman 15/Aug/08 Lead O/S
roger m
charley 10/Aug/08 2nd rpt
andi taxi 10/Aug/08 Lead
charly fell, laughterton
sammyt 22/Jul/08 2nd
Don Jebus 22/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jun/08 Lead O/S
charley 15/Jun/08 TR O/S
PondLife 15/Jun/08 2nd
andi taxi 15/Jun/08 TR

lovely traverse across to the left at the roof with brilliant holds !!

charly fell, laughterton
andi taxi 15/Jun/08 TR
charly fell, laughterton
Al Davidson 24/May/08 2nd β

damn fine climb

Lisa Woo
unfit 09/May/08 2nd O/S
matt w
Hidden 06/Apr/08 Lead O/S
edd rab 16/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Ruth Harding
popebenedictus 16/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Powder Puff Girl 16/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Powder Puff Girl 16/Feb/08 2nd rpt
Hidden 12/Jan/08 Lead O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
BRYLOWE ??/2008 Lead O/S
chrisallan ??/2008 Lead O/S
adam carless 29/Dec/07 Solo O/S
Graeme Hammond 17/Oct/07 Solo O/S
rrrock! 07/Oct/07 Lead
Chris Harding 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Deserves the two stars nice jamming crack with a great stretchy move under overhang.

Hidden 18/Aug/07 Solo
Pythonist 13/Aug/07 Solo O/S
Oceanic ?/Aug/07 2nd
john power 27/Jul/07 Lead

Elvis Leg on the traverse

PondLife 27/Jul/07 2nd
PondLife 02/Jun/07 2nd
Dan Martyr & Alistair Evans
Hidden 29/May/07 2nd O/S
djbeaumont 29/May/07 Lead O/S
EdShep 10/May/07 Lead O/S

Second Lead... much fannying around before step across from underneath overhang, but otherwise pretty sound.

Hidden 22/Apr/07 TR O/S
BazVee 22/Apr/07 -
martin one 22/Apr/07 2nd
dave knight
madaxeman 21/Apr/07 2nd
Simon (Sam) Garrad
Hidden 15/Apr/07 2nd
Graeme Hammond 21/Mar/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/07 Lead O/S
sam coward 04/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Tim and Em
tiga271 ??/2007 Lead
Adam Moroz ??/2007 Lead
Hidden ??/2007 -
steve2006 ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
rich_greeny 29/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Ollie Keeler, Phil Johnson
spbond 15/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Bobby K
Mark Stitson (ULGMC) 15/Oct/06 Lead
Rob Kerr
ebunick 14/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Lizzie + 3 freshers
Chris the Tall 10/Sep/06 Solo rpt

India's first severe lead, but a bit midgy so I didn't wait for a belay

Hidden 03/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/06 Lead
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 29/Jul/06 Solo O/S
AJ007 10/Jul/06 Solo
Chris the Tall 01/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 31/May/06 2nd O/S
edmitchell ?/May/06 2nd O/S
kai ren
Hidden 29/Apr/06 Lead O/S
baldcoder 25/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Little Old Lady
tallsop 17/Apr/06 Lead

really, really good

Sam T
howlingbaboon ?/Apr/06 Lead O/S
John Lisle ??/2006 -
mr bounce ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
Nicos 02/Nov/05 Solo O/S
2shortplanks 09/Oct/05 Lead O/S
krikoman 31/Jul/05 Lead O/S
victim of mathematics 09/Jul/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Neil Henson ??/2005 2nd
Mark Collins
MazElden ??/2005 Lead
jl 15/Dec/04 Lead O/S
maria85 09/Oct/04 2nd
Andy & Ronnie
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/04 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/04 2nd
Chris Davids 26/Jul/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/04 Lead
Dux 06/Jun/04 Lead O/S
Clay Lowe & Premal
samwelli 26/Mar/04 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2004 -
Piers Harley ??/2004 Lead β
Ropeboy 28/Dec/03 Solo
tobydunford 17/Aug/03 Solo O/S
Budge 24/Jul/03 Lead O/S
Mike Oates
Hidden 21/Jun/03 Solo
rob k 20/Jun/03 Lead O/S
DerwentDiluted 02/Jun/03 Solo
Hidden 07/Apr/03 TR
Neil Curtis 23/Mar/03 2nd
Arthur Austin
jamie ward 22/Mar/03 Lead O/S
John Howes
SteveM 23/Feb/03 2nd
Ben lad 18/Sep/02 -
Hidden 30/Jun/02 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Jun/02 Lead
Hidden 26/May/02 Solo O/S
Rampikino 18/May/02 Lead
Bob Brown
Simon Caldwell ??/2002 Lead O/S
Hedley ??/2002 Lead O/S
Steve Runnacles
ajc 04/Sep/00 Lead O/S
Reds 03/Oct/99 Lead O/S
cem 18/Jul/99 2nd
Gordon Carder
rocktigger ?/Jun/99 Lead O/S
CrashMat Rob 04/Apr/99 2nd O/S

Nicky lead

Martyn ??/1999 Lead O/S
craig d ??/1999 -
Ian Archer 18/Aug/98 Lead O/S
chris d williams 18/Aug/98 -
ajoliver 20/May/98 Lead
andrewbooth1000 05/Sep/97 Solo
RobSimmo 08/Aug/97 Lead O/S
Steve Goodens, Jon Berry
kato'sdad 08/Aug/97 2nd
Rampikino 19/Apr/97 2nd
Simon Dodsworth
BruceW ??/1997 Lead O/S

Climbed with crutch!

Rog Wilko ?/Jun/96 Lead
Debbie Wilkinson
tlr 05/May/96 Solo
Pete D
andrewbooth1000 31/Mar/96 2nd
rurp ??/1995 -
daprince ??/1994 -
BigHairyIan 03/May/93 2nd O/S
Stuart Murray
Hidden 17/Oct/92 Solo
Hidden 15/Aug/92 Solo
Raggar 21/Mar/92 Lead
Roget 01/Feb/92 Solo O/S
nai ??/1991 Lead
andrew300169 ??/1991 -
Mal Grey ??/1990 Solo O/S
gordonday ??/1990 Solo
tapley ?/Sep/89 Solo
Iain Thow 11/Oct/87 Lead
Simon Lee
steve prior ?/Jun/87 Lead
Paul L
stewart murray ??/1987 Lead
Hidden ??/1987 -
babymoac 03/May/86 -
Hidden 12/Jun/85 Solo
charlesmfrench ?/May/85 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Apr/83 Lead
Hidden 01/Oct/82 Solo
Ena ?/Sep/82 Solo
Martin Trouse
CrashMat Rob ??/1980 Lead O/S


Mark Kemball 26/Nov/78 Solo
Hammy 26/Aug/77 Solo
Jonathan Stacey
RichardMc 07/Nov/76 Solo
Betty Seifert
RichardMc 25/Apr/76 Solo
petemeads ??/1976 Solo
Hidden 09/Sep/74 Lead
Hidden 28/Jul/74 Lead
Hidden 26/Feb/74 Lead
Nigel Bond 20/Oct/73 Lead
rogerskews ??/1971 -
Andy Say ??/1971 Lead
mikej 17/Aug/69 Solo
mikej 03/Apr/66 Lead
Ted Markham, Nigel Sumner
mikej 05/Jun/65 TR
Barry Regan, Ted Markham
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
High HS
Mid HS
Low HS
High S
Mid S
Low S
Votes cast 76
High 4b
Mid 4b
Low 4b
High 4a
Mid 4a
Low 4a
High 3c
Mid 3c
Low 3c
Votes cast 73
Votes cast 71
Style of ascent
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Flashed (β)
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