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.

Matt Groom 17/Oct TR dnf
harry_lewis 16/Oct Lead dog

pretty hard, managed all the moves but not sure if the whole thing'll go before it gets wet

JM 10/Oct Lead RP

Bogey 8a finally ticked!

with Dave Pinnington
Alex Norman 09/Oct Lead RP


with Ian
GuyVG 04/Oct Lead RP

Strange feeling

with Jo Stadden
Haydn Jones 11/Sep Lead rpt

No knee bars this time for some good skin friendly training

with Keith sharples
drcorbasisgod ?/Sep Lead RP

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!

nathanlee 15/Aug Lead RP

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.

with Dom Lee
brices 15/Aug Lead dog

Good set of moves, powerful and technical. One to come back to

with Llinos
GuyVG 13/Aug Lead dog

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.

Hidden 11/Aug Lead RP
malx 11/Aug Lead RP

Finally! After many, many sessions. Felt like an absolute path in the end.

peaches69 10/Aug Lead RP

2nd redpoint, no knee bars, quality route

with luke
Hidden 06/Aug Lead dnf
shaunhumphreys 05/Aug Lead dnf

couldnt get a sequence that worked at the undercuts! using kneepad helped abit, top section feels like it would be hard when boxed too!

Hidden 02/Aug Lead dog
drcorbasisgod ?/Aug Lead dog

So close, all the moves in 2 section

with Scott Walter
Hidden 30/Jul Lead dog
Hidden 25/Jul Lead dog
Haydn Jones 23/Jul Lead rpt

2 laps, one in dark with head torch for training!

Hidden 23/Jul Lead dog
GuyVG 19/Jul Lead dog

All moves done and redpoint falling moving through right knee bar. Feel confident about it

with chris barr
quiffhanger 18/Jul Lead RP

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.

with Johaness, Rachel
BillyRidal 17/Jul Lead RP

Probably the best I have done in the peaks. Second redpoint.

Steve Hickie 16/Jul Lead RP
Hidden 16/Jul Lead dog
Dave Mayes 15/Jul Lead RP

First of the grade, lovely

with Oli G
Hidden 11/Jul Lead dog
Hidden 09/Jul Lead dog
Tophe 05/Jul Lead RP
Hidden 04/Jul Lead dog
Hidden 30/Jun Lead dog
Luke Dawson 24/Aug/14 Lead RP
highrepute 29/Jul/14 Lead RP
bfreeman 27/Jul/14 Lead RP
with Jon Freeman
Haydn Jones 24/Jul/14 Lead RP
with tony bishop
jfreeman 05/Jul/14 Lead RP
with Nathan Lee, Nic Duboust
PeterDawson 28/Jun/14 Lead O/S
AlistairB 21/Jun/14 Lead RP

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.

with Lisa
Hidden 26/Jul/13 Lead RP
willsm11 26/Jul/13 Lead RP

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.

Hidden 21/Jul/13 Lead dnf
Hidden 19/Jul/13 Lead RP
emily_allen 17/Jul/13 Lead dog
Toby Dunn 14/Jul/13 Lead RP
with Tom Smart
chakrit 08/Aug/12 Lead RP

Amazing route

mic_b 25/Oct/11 Lead RP

Well chuffed!

with Mark
Hidden 11/Sep/11 Lead RP
Hidden ?/Aug/11 Lead RP
alaan 13/Jul/11 Lead RP

First 8a.

with Steve F
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead RP
alaan 25/Jun/11 Lead dog

Soaked. Still managed to refine top and crux sequence, so I suppose it's not all time wasted!

Hidden 23/Jun/11 Lead RP
TomPR 09/Jun/11 Lead
Hidden 05/Jun/11 Lead dog
Hidden 23/Apr/11 Lead dog
steve_yo ?/Apr/11 Lead dog
Apharri 11/Aug/10 Lead RP
with Marie Richards
marcpontin ?/Aug/10 Lead RP

six sessions, seventh redpoint attempt. great to make the magical grade a reality!!!

with huw
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead RP
NDD 20/Jul/10 Lead

Took lots of tries and also fell of after the crux! Good route.

sadams 18/Jul/10 Lead RP
with Ed Brown
Stewart B 07/Jul/10 Lead RP

Almost first redpoint but not quite. Smashin' route.

with Nick Deboost, Dave Redpath
Hidden 02/Jul/10 Lead
Hidden 01/Jul/10 Lead RP
Ethan 29/Jun/10 Lead
with Jon Clark
AdamjBailes 28/Jun/10 Lead RP
Adam Lincoln 21/Jun/10 Lead
with Jordan Buys
kristian 10/Jun/10 Lead RP
dav 05/Jun/10 Lead RP
with Si Davis
uptown 03/Jun/10 Lead RP
marcpontin ?/Jun/10 TR dog
with huw
Gus ?/Jun/10 Lead RP
Dave Bond 27/May/10 Lead RP
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead RP
bigie bob 23/May/10 Lead RP
jondude 16/May/10 -
lx 28/Apr/07 Lead

1st redpoint. Awesome!

with fat boy
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 09/Sep/06 Lead RP

1st redpoint. Worked two weekends ago. 24 moves.

with Andy Benson
Boy ??/2006 -
Simon Davis ??/2006 -
with Bourney
Hidden 16/Aug/05 Lead RP
realbobsmith ??/2005 Lead RP
with Rob Smith
nige 20/Sep/03 Lead RP
with nick colton
Hidden ??/2003 -
Cassidy 03/Sep/01 Lead RP

First 8a :-)

with Simon Wilson
Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/Jul/01 Lead RP

3rd RP, excellent

with James Ibbertson, Joe le Sage, Mike Weeks
shark ??/2001 Lead RP

Think I did it this year

craig d ??/2000 -
WuDavid ??/2000 -
Mike Owen 13/Jul/94 -
with Elaine Owen
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