Great positions all the way with good climbing make for a real classic. Ed led the first pitch up Aurora, belaying on the arÍte as traversing from there would have caused horrendous rope drag. Would probably be ok if going straight up the HVS on the arÍte but Aurora follows a corner a few metres to the right. I led through to the small airy stance on the Windhover arÍte. A good long pitch with some tricky moves to get to the Our Father cave, then easy but still enjoyable. Led the next two pitches as well (might just about go in one on 60m ropes). P3 is quite short and features what you think is the crux (drop down on jugs into a corner) which is a followed by the actual crux (short traverse across a wall into the next stance). Great belay with space below your feet, cams 1 and 2 useful (the in situ lower off is well dodgy - two rusty pegs). The last pitch is quite long and, similarly to the previous pitch, there is a section where you have to drop down and move round an arÍte and into a corner but this time it's harder and it's the actual crux. After that it's a steady and enjoyable traverse, followed by an easy groove. Four pitches - proper multi pitch! Great fun. No one else on the buttress - just as well!Misha - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/14 with Ed
Fun outing! Lead pitches 2 and 4 (4th was my fave). Easier pitches felt hard for their grades while the 5c pitches felt quite soft.
Rachel Slater - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/14 with Justin Timms
Very cool traverse! Led P1 (nearly self-sandbagged trying to pull up overhanging rubble on left of arete), and P3. Seconding the start of P4 was somewhat thought-provoking...
Justin T - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/14 with Rachel
P2 and P4. The traverse on P1 was hard, enjoyable and fairly sketchy. P2 is described as crumbly but has easy climbing on good holds and plenty of pro. P3 is harder and less well protected. I didn't have quite enough draws on the long P4 so ran it out a bit. Some hard climbing towards the start of the pitch. Really enjoyable climbing overall and a great end to a day of Stoney E2 classics.
ChrisBrooke - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Alan PD
Got it this time. WARNING! back up the pegs on the belay after the flakes as leader took a fall and one of them (the right one) twisted loose. Epic route but might benefit from a bit more traffic.
j.buckley87 - AltLd rpt - 28/Jun/14
Retreated on last pitch due to lack of daylight and frazzled nerves. Great route so far with some tricky moves but not as tricky as I was expecting but we'll have to see what the last half of the last pitch has in store.
j.buckley87 - AltLd dnf - 23/Jun/14
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/14
P1,3. Much better than it looks! Thought I was going to hurt myself when a hold snapped off in my hand on the second crux
ashtond6 - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/14
robw007 - AltLd β - 21/May/14
So close! Started at 6:45ish so it was pretty ambitious thinking we'd finish it. Brannock made a good decision and bailed halfway through last pitch (I was pretty glad of this as I wasn't looking forward to seconding it in the dark) I led P1 from the Aurora belay and P3 brilliant climbing. I'll just have to go back and do it again!
Duncan Campbell - UKC - AltLd dnf - 15/May/14 with Brannock
4.5 out of 5 pitches, bailed due to darkness and fear on my part. Great climbing, masses of rusty iron work, some wonky holds, gear always just about there, topping out through a thorn bush and abseiling off into a stand of nettles, proper adventure! Started up 1st pitch Aurora Arete probably a mistake, would have been easier to do just 2nd pitch of Aurora Arete.
Brannock - AltLd O/S - 15/May/14
Hidden - AltLd dnf - 02/Apr/14
mike mo - 2014
I lead P1 (before the traverse) and P3 (5c), Simon did P2 (till Windhover arete) and P4 (5c). Great line. Simon's first E2 onsight!
masa-alpin - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/13 with Simon P
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/13
M_W_Court - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/13 with ian sutcliffe
Classy summer evening out.
ianjfsutcliffe - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/13 with Courty
Hidden - Apr/13
CharlieMack - AltLd O/S - 01/Mar/13 with Jim Burton
excellent climbing, not too loose , rather frightening positions
cobweb - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Roger Waterworth
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 12/May/12
Tony Kartawick - 2012
Stone Idol - 2012
Hidden - 2012
Tony Kartawick - 2012
p2 and 4 nothing too loose and a great position. Caused myself bad rope dragon the 4th pitch though!
bigdrew - AltLd O/S - 10/Sep/11 with Neil
Led P2 and P4, the chossy ones! Good fun
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/11
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/11
Brilliant route up untill a hold broke off in my hand on the last pitch resulting in a fall, and a broken ankle in 4 places...
But i'll be back.... arrrr.
gazfellows - AltLd - 02/Apr/11 with shaun d
Pete Graham - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/11 with James Monypenny
Glenn Sutcliffe - 2011
Hidden - 2011
robw007 - Lead β - 31/Jul/10
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 25/Jul/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/10
TonyF - 2010
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/09
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/09
Did in six pitches as per the old guide.
Bob - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Steve Brock
Somerset swede basher - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/08 with Jessica Garland
Al Evans - 2008
Brown - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/07 with John
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/07
Rich Mayfield - AltLd - 28/Jul/07 with Mark Stevenson
Hidden - AltLd - 08/Oct/06
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Oct/06
Brian Rodgers - AltLd - 2005 with Phil Leng
GuyM - AltLd - 2005 with will
Hidden - AltLd - 27/Apr/03
WB - Lead O/S - 2002 with Guy
Hidden - 2000
phardman - 20/Jul/97
Hidden - AltLd - May/97
Roget - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/96 with jon
robtrooper - Lead - 1996
Started up Aurora Arete. Led Pitch 1, 3 and 5.
Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 02/May/93 with Neil McCallum
ChrisJD - AltLd - 1993 with Rich
Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jul/91
Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jun/91
philhilo - 1990
philhilo - 1990
Hidden - AltLd dog - 15/Jan/89
Hidden - 1988
Hidden - 1987
shark - AltLd - Nov/86 with Neil McAddy (Captain)
RichardMc - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/86 with Jon Clifford-Smith
MikeYouCanClimb - AltLd - 29/Jun/86 with Adam
John Marsland - AltLd - 08/Jun/86 with Tony Rex
William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1986 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
Hidden - AltLd dog - 10/Aug/85
Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jun/85
sadams - AltLd - 27/Jun/84 with Pete Herrod
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 15/Feb/83 with Paul Clark
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/83 with Nick
Very cold, ice in places on the route
David Smith - AltLd - Jan/83 with charlie french
Gezzer - Lead O/S - 1983 with Merv Dudley
Gezzer - Lead O/S - 1983 with Derek Shaw
andy gittins - 1983
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 1983
Hidden - Lead - Apr/82
Ian Jones - 1981 with Rich Lewis, Dave Greenald, Paul Mitchell, Derek Hersey
Ghastly Rubberfeet - 2nd - 1981
Hidden - Lead - 15/Sep/80
Andy Fielding - 2nd - 06/Sep/80 with Steve Hartland
Nic Robinson - AltLd - 1980
Mark Kemball - AltLd - 27/Oct/79 with Mark Brewster
Hidden - 2nd - Nov/78
GeoffG - AltLd - May/78 with tony bowker
Just the 1st 3 pitches. Late start after several routes in the cold wind on Stanage.
Dave Musgrove - Lead dnf - 24/Apr/77 with Jim Worthington
mikej - AltLd - 17/May/76 with Mike Byles
Marcus - 1976
petemeads - Lead - 1975
Falko - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/74 with Dick Swinden, Al W.