Sentinel Crack*** E3 5c
[Ron Fawcett on the 5th ascent of Sentinel Crack, 2 kb]17m.

Rockfax Description
An awesome roof-crack; a desperate struggle for most. Climb an awkward groove to a poor rest and then undercut out left. The struggle to finger-jam past the lip is memorable and will leave its mark one way or another. Once past the lip easy jamming remains, if you have any steam left. E2? I don't think so. © ROCKFAX

FA. Don Whillans 1959

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Wide Cracks, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, World Graded List, Peak Rock/7/8/Biven-Peck Partnership/1950's a Developing Decade, Cracks And Corners To Greatness, 50 of the Best, WideBoyz Crack School.

Photo: Ron Fawcett on the 5th ascent of Sentinel Crack © Al Evans
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This climb is in 39 logbooks, and on 23 wishlists.

Previously failed to finish. Fantastic to get the jam in the final crack, and found an E2 sequence too. So intimidating but not as bad as it looks or its reputation.
Graeme Hammond - Lead rpt - 17/Aug/15

jamesturnbull - Lead - 03/Aug/15

soph - Lead β - 05/Jun/15 with Tony Stone

phil64 - 2015

Hard as hell, at one point i had a over head heal hook
Andy Peak 1 - Lead RP - 22/Aug/13 with Tom Martin

timmyhobby - Lead dnf - 30/Jun/13

sentinel & emerald no probs. sentinel harder
rocksol - 2013

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/May/11

Trying this after doing Emerald Crack earlier was ambitious but at least I now don't have to go back to Chatsworth for a few years! Would be nice to go back and do them both clean though. Tricky to the rest, hard to place gear on the undercut, crucial cam #4 below the lip, could actually hold that position ok but found moving up to the good jam very hard. In the end it was a case of sorting out the hand sequence: L on the good hold on the lip then pull through with R into the jam. Had to have five goes. Got to the jam on the 4th go but somehow blew it and had a decent fall into space. That was fun but left its mark on RH. Excellent grit bruiser, harder than Emerald Crack.
Misha - Lead dog - 21/May/11 with Ian W, Brian

Tough moves around the bulge. Good route.
thomasadixon - Lead dog - 29/Apr/11 with Mike, Becca

walts4 - 2011

mwatson - 2011

walts4 - 2011

Hidden - Lead dog - 18/Jun/10

TonyF - 2010

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/Oct/09

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09 with michael porter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09

Boy - Sep/09 with Ted Kingsnorth

keith leonard - 2nd - 2009

fell but pulled ropes and done clean in the end
jamesturnbull - Lead - 10/Jun/08 with aiden

all strength sapped whilst trying to hold on forever whilst removing a stuck cam. finished the route albeit with many rests. brutal!
HamishD - 2nd dog - 10/May/08

Toby Dunn - Lead - 30/Aug/07 with Ruth

Hidden - Lead rpt - 04/Jul/06

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2005

outrageous! (was graded E2)
nickdonohue - Lead dnf - Jun/03 with Jim Barradale

tuftynick - 2001

Hidden - 25/Jun/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/98

1 rest
Roget - Lead dog - 31/May/97 with jon

After about 12 tries!
charlesmfrench - Lead RP - 12/Sep/91 with Ian Milne

partner started up it but backed off at the start of the traverse. I climbed up with the rope through his gear and led the traverse and top section
uphillnow - Lead - Sep/90

This route had a reputation but much easier than expected.
stp - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/85

Bloody hell! Exhausting and desperate.
William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1984 with Ian Timm

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Aug/71

mikej - 2nd dnf - 28/Feb/70 with Pete Boardman

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