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Emerald Crack*** E3 6a

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[Emerald Crack (Chatsworth E3 5C), 3 kb]14m. The superb leaning crack is easy enough to two-thirds height, and then it turns mean. Long reaches, thin jams and a tricky exit all add up to make an arduous outing. © ROCKFAX
FA. Joe Brown (1 pt) 1957. FFA. Jim Campbell 1967

Ticklists: Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Peak Rock/7/8/Biven-Peck Partnership/1950's a Developing Decade, Joe Brown's Three-Star Grit-List, Cracks And Corners To Greatness.

Photo: Emerald Crack (Chatsworth E3 5C) © Peakology
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This climb is in 47 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Hmmm... fun!
Rachel Slater - 2nd dog - 18/Sep/14 with Tim Newton

tim newton - Lead dog - 18/Sep/14 with rachel slater

This was Eszter's idea and I went along with it as wanted to find out if I'd be able to do it clean this time. Should have remembered that summer grit = midges! It turned out to be a midgefest from hell! Warm, humid, no wind, lots of vegetation, should have known better!!! Climbing was fine actually and belaying was just about bearable but unpleasant, even with a spare top covering the head, neck and most of the face! As for the route... Went up on Eszter's gear to the crux, a nice enough E1 to that point. The crux completely threw me again. Must have had 6 or 7 goes before getting the sequence right. Annoyingly, when I finally managed it, it felt pretty straightforward. Same hand sequence as last time except using a jam rather than a pinch R but the real issue was getting the feet high enough to get the finger jam in the short horizontal bit of the crack and then higher again to get the good jam. The finishing jamming section was quite pleasant. Ran away to Stoney afterwards as the midges were getting worse.
Misha - Lead dog - 19/Jun/14 with Eszter

with Robin and Sheila
phil64 - 2nd O/S - 16/May/14

Super dooper hard :-)
Andy Peak 1 - Lead dog - 22/Aug/13 with Tom Martin

andi turner - 2013

Cleaned the last holds from the top as suggested by the current definitive guidebook. I fell off and dogged over a dozen, maybe 20, times. But surprisingly I finally made to the top in my last attempt! Extremely satisfying and memorable experience! I haven't found a knee-bar - however, for me the section before was the definite crux.
masa-alpin - Lead dog - 28/Jul/12 with Simon P

Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/May/11

A classic grit bruiser. Enjoyable climbing on hidden holds up to the ledge. We all thought the crux was getting to the finishing jams. Had to have three goes at it, starting from the ledge each time. The key for me was getting the hand sequence right: good hold on arete L, pinch R, crimp L, pull up to jam R. The actual jamming wasn't too hard but felt hard after doing the crux! Brian and Ian both struggled so can't have been easy...
Misha - Lead dog - 21/May/11 with Ian W, Brian

Clearly need to learn to fist jam... Bottom section a path compared to the top.
thomasadixon - Lead dog - 02/May/11 with Mike

IAmAStone - Lead dnf - 02/Apr/11 with Charlie Jefferson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11

mwatson - 2011

walts4 - 2011

nice jamming route, just get your hands right way round.. loads of red herring holds chalked either side of crack, but each to their own.
nickcanute - Lead - Sep/10 with alan taylor

jamesturnbull - Lead O/S - Aug/10 with aiden

TonyF - 2010

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Oct/09

dan gibson - Lead RP - 17/Oct/09 with michael porter

gordonday - TR dog - 13/Sep/09 with clive

Boy - Sep/09 with Ted Kingsnorth

Actionflack - TR - Sep/09

What a battle. Was nearly sick on top. Will return to lead clean. Brilliant
craig d - Lead dog - 29/Aug/09 with Simon Kincaid

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/May/09

did the crux then to the top after fraiser backed off it.
OffshoreAndy - Lead dog - 24/May/08 with Works Frasier

Nicos - Lead O/S - 09/Nov/07 with rich mansfield

Hidden - Lead dog - Nov/07

Toby Dunn - Lead - 29/Apr/07 with John

An exhausting fight as the flare and crack was wet
shark - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/06 with Rayash

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Hidden - 18/Jul/00

Rich Kirby - Lead dog - 19/May/99 with Hugh

ste_d - Lead dog - 12/Jul/98 with mik

mikedelderfield - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/98 with Steven Delderfield

goi.ashmore - Lead RP - 08/Aug/97 with James Tracey

sadams - Lead dnf - 13/May/97 with Hugh Cottom

FELL OF ON CRUX
Rich Kirby - Lead - 1997

Hidden - May/96

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/95

Hidden - 22/Sep/95

Ovenpaa - Lead - May/93

NickJH - 2nd dog - Apr/91 with N Hancock

Hidden - 1989

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/85

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1984 with Ian Timm

Fell off a few times at the top. Lowered to ground. Done when this was given E2. Thrutchy finish more like awkward 5c.
stp - Lead rpt - 20/Mar/83

The top is indeed hard...
petemeads - Lead - 1978

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hard E40 of 11
E40 of 11
easy E40 of 11
hard E38 of 11
E32 of 11
easy E31 of 11
hard E20 of 11
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hard 6b0 of 10
6b0 of 10
easy 6b0 of 10
hard 6a8 of 10
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Style of ascent

Lead30 of 47 (63.8%)
Followed5 of 47 (10.6%)
Toproped2 of 47 (4.3%)
Unknown10 of 47 (21.3%)

'Climbed'17 of 47 (36.2%)
clean O/S9 of 47 (19.1%)
clean rpt2 of 47 (4.3%)
clean RP2 of 47 (4.3%)
dogged15 of 47 (31.9%)
dnf2 of 47 (4.3%)