Carls Wark Crack** E2 5c
[Carls Wark Crack, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
Start in the pit. After the slippery start, this gives great, sustained crack-climbing on knobbly jams. Not too polished, not too desperate and entertaining for spectators.
Historical note: under the base of the crack is a cave that was once used to park carriages in. After a body was found there it became used as a rubbish dump. Eventually the ground reached its current level. © ROCKFAX

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Ticklists: 50 cracks to Squamish, Peak Rock/10/White Life.

Photo: Carls Wark Crack © Joe Shaw
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This climb is in 167 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Stiff as f**k, steep, sustained.
fuzzysheep01 - 2nd dog - 05/Sep/15 with James Walker

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/15 with Joe Norris

Pumped out first try! Clean and steady from the ground second try
Andy Peak 1 - Lead rpt - 31/Jul/15 with Rob smith

Angus Taylor - 2nd dog - 21/Jul/15 with josh willet, Oliver Ross

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/15

Surely this is HVS, a pathway of jamming. 5.8 max.
dan gibson - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Mark Stevenson

markalmack - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/15 with will

WB - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15 with Mark

Good lead Tom
Sam Simpson - 2nd O/S - 19/Jun/15 with Tom Doldon

nai - 2nd - 16/Jun/15 with Andrew

LRob - Lead G/U - 31/May/15

Stoney Boy - Lead rpt - 12/Apr/15 with Nick Conway

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/15

Canyak - 2015

Jesus! This is a hard E2! Bloody good lead from Rach, finally a route not in the sun!
Duncan Campbell - 2nd - 22/Jul/14 with Rach

That was a close one!
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/14 with Duncan Campbell

Still felt ferly hard on second:-)
Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 22/Jun/14 with Andrew Deckon

Hard work. Climbed up, sorted a bit of gear, climbed down for a rest then smashed it. By 'smashed it' I obviously mean just scraped over the top pumped to buggery.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14

the horror, the horror
GuyVG - 2nd dog - 05/Jun/14 with DJ Malx

Finally dragged my self up this(and in shocking conditions)
bigdrew - Lead rpt - 01/Jun/14 with Dan

dr_botnik - 2nd dog - 19/May/14 with Andy

Had one rest on it a few days ago went back and lead clean
Andy Peak 1 - Lead RP - 19/May/14 with Rob stokes

Got unbelievably pumped on the first half so ended up falling after i'd done all the hard climbing. A bit frustrating. A great route though, if a bit desperate.
phildawson - 2nd dog - 05/May/14 with Tim Newton

loved this, because I found it hard. In fact I was far more pumped on this than bitterfingers earlier on in the day, though I'm not good at resting on jams and I mainly got pumped from the start section, it eases off fortunately...or unfortunately?
tim newton - Lead O/S - 05/May/14 with phil dawson

Feet popped on the bottom polished section. Upper section sustained but class.
DanielGyi - Lead dog - 30/Mar/14 with Dom Pearce

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/14

Rockwarrior - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/13 with Matthew Crowford

Felt confident after cruising dead banana crack. Jumped on this and got absolutely spanked.
Chriswallis2 - Lead dnf - 30/Jun/13 with Jenny

Haydn Jones - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/13

samt - 2013

Seymore Butt - 2013

Chris Wright - Lead - 28/Oct/12

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Rosh

Hannes B - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/12 with Francis

Hidden - Lead rpt - Aug/12

Seemed soft for E2 on solid jams and not that pumpy really enjoyed this :)
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Richard Williams

Hidden - 2nd dog - 26/May/12

steep, not very well, Pete cruised it, after a rethink, of course
lithos - 2nd - 29/Mar/12 with tony holdsworth, pete harris

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 29/Mar/12 with Rob Stone, Peter Harris

timmyhobby - Lead dog - 21/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Oct/11

Brian Rodgers - 2nd O/S - 22/Oct/11 with Phil Leng

Excellent jamming crack with 'thank god' face holds. The hardest bit is straight off the deck, after that it's sustained 5b but with good jamming rests and then easier towards the top. Paul belayed but couldn't get beyond the first few moves so Brian seconded to get the gear out. Last route of the day before going to Leamington via Brian's to go to Budapest with Holly in the morning.
Misha - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/11 with Brian, Paul

davesykes - 2nd - 29/Aug/11 with willy

One rest at about half height between the two wider sections. Got a move wrong, had to reverse it then was totally boxed. Bit gutted as after that move there was a recovery position and then it eased off a bit :oS
Si dH - Lead dog - 21/Aug/11 with Alison Ingleby

bigdrew - Lead dog - 07/Aug/11 with Ian Milward

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/11 with Gary Jackson

drcorbasisgod - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/11 with Charles Moreton

2 rests: first climb of the day & I could have done with a warm up route beforehand
cem - 2nd dog - 24/Jul/11 with Chris Parson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/11

Mega heavy lead... Got trapped by the sun and had to strip off 2 layers Houdini stylie, from a reasonably bad position. Required swift/solid pro sorting and plenty of gumption to get between the various R&R spots!
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/11

DaveFidler - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/11

just not fit enough
Tony Holdsworth - Lead dnf - 24/May/11

Matt Fry - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/11 with Garry Jackson

Feels very top end E2, in other words Stoney E2!
smudge - Lead rpt - 11/Apr/11 with Will Kelsall

Wicked. Toughest E2 at stoney?
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/11 with Becca

BeccaSnowden - 2nd dog - 10/Apr/11 with Tom

akhughes - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/11

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 05/Apr/11 with Adam Hughes, Dan McKinlay

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Apr/11

Anthony Dixon - TR - 05/Mar/11

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - Mar/11

alasdair19 - 2011

Rich Kirby - Lead rpt - 31/Jul/10 with Nige

Simon Davis - 2nd - 18/Jul/10 with Toby Denny

Nicos - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Gary Wheeler

Nice and pumpy. Didn't help that I didn't take the right kind of gear.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 26/May/10 with Chunk

duzinga - 2nd dog - 27/Mar/10 with Pete Harris

Felt like an absolute sandbag pump-fest. I had about 4 rests on it as did my second and we would both normally expect to be comfortablish at the grade. It was the end of the day and I can't jam for toffee... but maybe northerners are just made of sterner stuff, eh?
Justin T - Lead dog - 21/Mar/10 with Cherry

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Mar/10

TonyF - Lead - 2010

smudge - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/09 with Phil Baker

Hidden - Lead dog - 12/Sep/09

porridgefan - Lead dog - 12/Aug/09 with Joe Ward

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Aug/09

robin heath - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Rob Cole

Hidden - 20/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jun/09

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/09 with al m & andy g

Blew this about 3yrs ago, still found it pumpier than cabbage crack.
Alex Mason - Lead rpt - 13/Jun/09 with Nick Rabb

tuftynick - 2nd O/S - Jun/09 with niall + jerry

simonp - Lead O/S - Jun/09 with Annelies Sarrazyn

Hidden - Lead - May/09

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/09 with Alex Messenger

duzinga - 2nd dog - 21/Mar/09 with Pete Harris and Stu Bolton

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 19/Mar/09 with Peter Harris

Hidden - 19/Mar/09

Hidden - Lead dog - 18/Oct/08

Hidden - Lead dnf - 01/Aug/08

Ian Parnell - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/08 with Matt Heason

skygodley - Lead O/S - 26/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/08

Al Evans - 2008

Hidden - Lead - 2008

doug s - Lead - 06/Oct/07 with ChrisJ

chris j - 2nd O/S - 06/Oct/07 with Doug

Toby Dunn - Lead rpt - 24/Aug/07 with Ruth

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

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/May/07

Failed on this last tuesday cos it was dark. fluent though-out this time. a pleasant struggle.
Alex Mason - Lead - 19/Apr/07 with Steve Ramsden

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/Mar/07

JulesV - Lead O/S - 05/May/06 with toby dunn

nige - Lead - 21/May/05 with mark hounslea

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/04

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/May/04

Hidden - 2nd - 2004

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 29/Apr/01

nickcanute - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 17/Jul/99

Hidden - 2nd - 12/May/96

Hidden - TR - 04/Jun/95

Hidden - TR - 04/Jun/95

Hidden - TR - 04/Jun/95

Hidden - TR - 31/May/95

Hidden - Lead - 14/May/95

Hidden - Lead - 02/Apr/95

Hidden - Lead - 10/May/94

nai - Lead - 15/Apr/94 with UCL CC

Hidden - TR - 28/Apr/93

Roget - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/93

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Mar/93

steve taylor - TR - Jun/92 with stumpy

Hidden - Lead - 23/Jun/91

keefe - AltLd - 14/Jul/90 with Glenn Sutcliffe

Glenn Sutcliffe - AltLd - 14/Jul/90 with keefe

chrisrogers - 2nd O/S - Jul/90 with Chris J

NickJH - 2nd - Jun/90 with N Smart, D Picker

Hidden - TR - 18/Feb/90

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 15/Apr/89 with Kim Greenald

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 1989 with Will (S. Williamson)

Bulls Crack - 2nd - 1989 with JB

Hidden - 1989

Bruce Kerr - Lead - 12/Nov/88 with Keith Turton

Chris Ellis - TR - 02/Sep/88 with Dave Turner

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jun/88

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/88

surfbish - Lead O/S - Feb/88

Hidden - 1988

Hidden - 20/Apr/87

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/87

Hidden - 1987

simon parish - Lead - 1987 with Andrew Taylor, Adrian Eggleton

keefe - 19/Oct/86

wynaptomos - 2nd dog - Mar/86

John Marsland - Lead dog - 26/Aug/85 with Dave Mould

Neil R - Lead - 24/Jun/85 with Richard W

John Marsland - Lead dnf - 23/Jun/85

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jun/85

sadams - Lead - 17/May/85 with Kevin Edwards

sadams - Lead dnf - 02/Apr/85

neilh - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/84 with simon webster

lead regularly in 80's and 90's. Last lead 26.9.2007 with M Allatt AND G Exley
uphillnow - Lead - 01/Jul/84

Hidden - Lead - 1984

Mark Kemball - Lead - 08/Sep/83 with Dave Abbey

Gezzer - Lead O/S - 1983 with Merv Dudley

Gezzer - 1983

Hidden - Lead - Jun/82

Mike Owen - 21/Jun/81 with Phil Ralph

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/81

Ian Jones - Lead O/S - 1981 with Rich Lewis (a.k.a. 'Dick Hairs')

Andy Stephenson - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/80 with Chris Plant

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 08/Mar/80 with John Jefferies

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

mitch1960 - Lead - 1980

Steve Bell - 1979

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