Powerplant*** 8a
[Howard moving through the crux of Powerplant, 4 kb]20m.

Rockfax Description
One of the best 8a's in the Peak with a powerful start, a tricky technical crux and a beautiful upper wall. The crux is height-dependant - there is no one-size-fits-all solution here though and knee pads are pretty much essential. There is a bolted direct version which is still a project.
Powerpants, 8a - After the crux of PP, move right into DA. © ROCKFAX

FA. Chris Plant 1988

Ticklists: Classic Hard Peak Limestone, THE classic old skool 8a's, Peak District Limestone top 50 sport up to 8a+, Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, World Graded List, Peak Rock/15/The Dawn of Sport:A Bolt From the Blue, Peak limestone north graded list - sport.

Photo: Howard moving through the crux of Powerplant © GuyVG
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This climb is in 88 logbooks, and on 31 wishlists.

Alex Norman - Lead RP - 09/Oct/15 with Ian

Strange feeling
GuyVG - Lead RP - 04/Oct/15 with Jo Stadden

No knee bars this time for some good skin friendly training
Haydn Jones - Lead rpt - 11/Sep/15 with Keith sharples

3rd session, first 8a! Right knee bar at the crux, slight shake out above by matching the flake. Upper wall right on the limit - big scream. A climbing dream realised!
drcorbasisgod - Lead RP - Sep/15

1st go of second session this year, have dabbled in the past. Fantastic route, good to feel so solid on it. Tried k3 after, still nails.
nathanlee - Lead RP - 15/Aug/15 with Dom Lee

Good set of moves, powerful and technical. One to come back to
brices - Lead dog - 15/Aug/15 with Llinos

update: 6th time on the route, good overlapping links but getting really frustrated with poor redpoints. Easy to blame conditions and sweat but ultimately I just need to execute the crux. Took two left shoes to the crag on tuesday, not very pro.
GuyVG - Lead dog - 13/Aug/15

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Aug/15

Finally! After many, many sessions. Felt like an absolute path in the end.
malx - Lead RP - 11/Aug/15

2nd redpoint, no knee bars, quality route
peaches69 - Lead RP - 10/Aug/15 with luke

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Aug/15

couldnt get a sequence that worked at the undercuts! using kneepad helped abit, top section feels like it would be hard when boxed too!
shaunhumphreys - Lead dnf - 05/Aug/15 with benkelsey

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Aug/15

So close, all the moves in 2 section
drcorbasisgod - Lead dog - Aug/15 with Scott Walter

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 25/Jul/15

2 laps, one in dark with head torch for training!
Haydn Jones - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 23/Jul/15

All moves done and redpoint falling moving through right knee bar. Feel confident about it
GuyVG - Lead dog - 19/Jul/15 with chris barr

Woohoo. First 8a this year. V fun route - suited me quite well I think. Spent weekend before figuring out a sequence so 3rd day on it, ~7th RP.
quiffhanger - Lead RP - 18/Jul/15 with Johaness, Rachel

Probably the best I have done in the peaks. Second redpoint.
BillyRidal - Lead RP - 17/Jul/15

Steve Hickie - Lead RP - 16/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 16/Jul/15

First of the grade, lovely
Dave Mayes - Lead RP - 15/Jul/15 with Oli G

Hidden - Lead dog - 11/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 09/Jul/15

Tophe - Lead RP - 05/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/Jul/15

Hidden - Lead dog - 30/Jun/15

Luke Dawson - Lead RP - 24/Aug/14 with Charles Dawson

highrepute - Lead RP - 29/Jul/14

bfreeman - Lead RP - 27/Jul/14 with Jon Freeman

Haydn Jones - Lead RP - 24/Jul/14 with tony bishop

jfreeman - Lead RP - 05/Jul/14 with Nathan Lee, Nic Duboust

PeterDawson - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/14

YYFY! Rain stopped play last year when I was getting close, went on a speculative Cornice visit yesterday, scrubbed the route down then did it 2nd RP. What an absolute classic, so happy.
AlistairB - Lead RP - 21/Jun/14 with Lisa

Hidden - Lead RP - 26/Jul/13

Found this quite hard. All came down to just one move at the crux for me and the rest was fairly steady once worked out. Couldnt get kneebar to work.
willsm11 - Lead RP - 26/Jul/13 with Alex Fry

Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 19/Jul/13

emily_allen - Lead dog - 17/Jul/13

Toby Dunn - Lead RP - 14/Jul/13 with Tom Smart

Amazing route
chakrit - Lead RP - 08/Aug/12

Well chuffed!
mic_b - Lead RP - 25/Oct/11 with Mark

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Sep/11

Hidden - Lead RP - Aug/11

First 8a.
alaan - Lead RP - 13/Jul/11 with Steve F

Hidden - Lead RP - 02/Jul/11

Soaked. Still managed to refine top and crux sequence, so I suppose it's not all time wasted!
alaan - Lead dog - 25/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 23/Jun/11

TomPR - Lead - 09/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 05/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 23/Apr/11

steve_yo - Lead dog - Apr/11 with Rick hard Rock

Apharri - Lead RP - 11/Aug/10 with Marie Richards

six sessions, seventh redpoint attempt. great to make the magical grade a reality!!!
marcpontin - Lead RP - Aug/10 with huw

Hidden - Lead RP - Aug/10

Took lots of tries and also fell of after the crux! Good route.
NDD - Lead - 20/Jul/10

sadams - Lead RP - 18/Jul/10 with Ed Brown

Almost first redpoint but not quite. Smashin' route.
Stewart B - Lead RP - 07/Jul/10 with Nick Deboost, Dave Redpath

Hidden - Lead - 02/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Jul/10

Ethan - Lead - 29/Jun/10 with Jon Clark

AdamjBailes - Lead RP - 28/Jun/10

Adam Lincoln - Lead - 21/Jun/10 with Jordan Buys

kristian - Lead RP - 10/Jun/10

dav - Lead RP - 05/Jun/10 with Si Davis

uptown - Lead RP - 03/Jun/10 with Nik Jennings

marcpontin - TR dog - Jun/10 with huw

Gus - Lead RP - Jun/10

Dave Bond - Lead RP - 27/May/10 with Jon Clark

Hidden - Lead RP - 23/May/10

bigie bob - Lead RP - 23/May/10

J_Clark - 16/May/10

1st redpoint. Awesome!
lx - Lead - 28/Apr/07 with fat boy

1st redpoint. Worked two weekends ago. 24 moves.
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead RP - 09/Sep/06 with Andy Benson

Boy - 2006

Simon Davis - 2006 with Bourney

Hidden - Lead RP - 16/Aug/05

realbobsmith - Lead RP - 2005 with Rob Smith

nige - Lead RP - 20/Sep/03 with nick colton

Hidden - 2003

First 8a :-)
Cassidy - Lead RP - 03/Sep/01 with Simon Wilson

3rd RP, excellent
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead RP - Jul/01 with James Ibbertson, Joe le Sage, Mike Weeks

Think I did it this year
shark - Lead RP - 2001

craig d - 2000

WuDavid - 2000

Mike Owen - 13/Jul/94 with Elaine Owen

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