Mortuary Steps** HVS 5b

Rockfax Description
The prominent groove gives a fine climb, though the approach has its fair share of dodgy rock. It may have a peg in it, but it doesn't need one. The main groove is pumpy fun. © ROCKFAX

FA. Barry Webb, C.Curtis 1961

Ticklists: Peak Rock/10/White Life.

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This climb is in 94 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Contrary to the opinions of many here I thought this was a good route, bit of loose rock down low but plenty of nice/airy climbing above to make up for it. Plus, it gets the last of the evening sun (and was Penny's first HVS lead)
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/15 with Penny Orr

My first HVS lead. Was very scary due to loose rock but very fun up high - cool and committing moves to get into the groove. Beautiful view from the top too!
penny.orr - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/15 with rob greenwood

nice techy direct start, some dodgy rock then a very nice thuggy crack to finish with good hand jams.
JonesE - 2nd β - 19/Jul/15 with jim jarvis

rich_hw - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/15 with gavin_pcc

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Jun/15

Hannes B - 2nd - 15/May/15 with Neil C

Canyak - 2015

bottom bit is not grate but the top is fine and steday 5b
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 03/Aug/14

derekb - 2nd - 03/Aug/14 with Andrew gardner

Just shite s h I t e
the power - Lead dnf - 03/Aug/14 with rob

Jono_LS16 - Lead O/S - Aug/14

admackie - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/14 with paul renwick

sopaz - 2nd - 08/Jun/14

Pumpy in the top groove!
Duncan Campbell - 2nd - 13/Apr/14 with Bubbles

Derek Furze - AltLd - 19/Mar/14 with Paul Mitchell

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/13

J.Wells - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/13 with Ima Nahumury

Nick Wallis - Lead - Jul/13 with Simon Cooke, Martin Cooper

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead - 07/Mar/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Mar/13

Dreadful. 20m of dangerous walking on loose rock for 5m of reasonable climbing. Not worth the risk and not HVS.
jkarran - 2nd - 01/Sep/12 with Grant

It's got a nice little section entering the groove, but apart from that, it's a truly dreadful route. Don't bother.
GrantB - Lead - 01/Sep/12 with James

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/12

better route than in looks from below, stiff for the grade
Joughton - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/12

Howard Lawledge - 2nd - 14/May/12 with Jack

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/12

Good route, tough moves pulling into the grove, lower section bit lose and indistinct.
Brannock - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/11

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/11 with Phil Lee

A bit on the loose side - maybe the description should be amended to reflect this.
Andrew Barker - 2nd - 31/Jul/11 with Cat Black

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/11

davewsargent - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/11 with andy

kingholmesy - 2nd O/S - 2011 with OffshoreAndy

Matt Fry - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Andy Janezko

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Matt Fry

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/10 with Rob Gray

Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/Jun/10

Great positions in the upper part, but got quite pumped and thought I might peel, having probably not recovered from the first route of the evening! We took the scenic route down as it was getting very dark via Eyam... don't ask :o
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/10 with Rob

Ketu - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/10 with Graeme H

Loose rock on the lower section, fine if you handle with care. Top section is great and quite airy, very good climb.
smudge - Lead O/S - 12/May/10 with Joe Shaw

Rich lead P2 with a hang - followed with cold hands grateful not to be leading.
Tony Holdsworth - AltLd rpt - 09/May/10 with Richard White

Hidden - Lead - 09/May/10

Alot of loose rock on the lower section. A major hold fell off on the top section, was a bit freaked out by then so ended up taking lots of rests. Got up it in the end though. Really hard!
BeccaSnowden - Lead dog - 07/May/10

Nails! Loose as hell on the lower bit and the top bit was harder than E2s I'd done here earlier that day...
thomasadixon - 2nd O/S - 07/May/10 with Becca

bit of an adventure...
mark20 - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10

markfairbank - 2nd - 21/Mar/10 with Ian Moore

Hidden - 2010

Lou Kennedy - Lead - 02/Jul/09

Adam Potter - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/09

thebigfriendlymoose - 2nd β - 05/May/09 with Stephen

metal arms - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09

2nd J Crook 07.06.08
Brown - Lead rpt - 31/Mar/09 with Henry

Wasn't sure of the correct line up to the groove, but tackled the lower wall as directly as I could, The groove got quite pumpy with no decent rests, an exciting route.
Pilch - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/08 with Ed

EdShep - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/08 with Pilch

roberto18 - AltLd - 20/Jul/08 with Dad (Mike Bridges)

Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 14/May/08 with Phil Leng

jamesturnbull - Lead - May/08 with aiden

Andrew Sloan - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/08 with Martin Haworth

Al Evans - 2008

Sankey - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with Luke

Nicos - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with rich howels

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/07

colin milton - Lead - 08/Jul/06 with fenclimb

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Jul/06

Hidden - Aug/02

Hidden - Lead - 28/Mar/02

Hidden - 2nd β - 2001

Roget - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/00 with jon

nickcanute - Lead O/S - 2000

Stoney Boy - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/93 with Bob Marks

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Aug/90

Hidden - Lead - 19/Dec/87

Hidden - 1987

sadams - 2nd - 13/Jul/85 with Kevin Edwards

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Jun/85

sadams - Lead - 20/May/85 with John from London

sadams - Lead - 19/May/85 with John from London

sadams - Lead - 06/Apr/85

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 20/Nov/83

andy gittins - 1983

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/82

nbotting - Lead - 1982

Mark Kemball - Lead - 10/Oct/81 with John Jefferies

uphillnow - 23/Aug/81 with Richard Griffiths, Mark Gray

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jun/81

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Apr/81

Ian Jones - 1981 with Rich Lewis, Dave Greenald, Paul Mitchell, Derek Hersey

tapley - Lead - 19/Apr/80 with Alison Tapley

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 03/Apr/80 with Dave Page

mitch1960 - Lead - 1980

jcw - 10/Jun/79 with Martin Harris

mikej - Lead - 19/May/77 with Mike Byles

Derek Ryden - 2nd O/S - 1976 with Glynne Andrew

petemeads - Lead - 1975

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