Rockfax Description
As good an E2 as you will find anywhere with a hard start and a 'go for it' finish. Climb steeply up into the corner (hard) and follow it to moves out right. Easier climbing leads up to the roof then steep moves up the groove gain some breaks. Pause only briefly before moving left and aiming for the fence posts that stick out over the top of the cliff. © Rockfax

FA. Robin Barley, Dennis Gray 1964

Ticklists: Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist.

oread 10/May Lead O/S
williap 07/May 2nd dog
with Oli read
switch 07/May Lead rpt

foot slipped off the glassy foothold at the start

with John S
jon22 07/May 2nd
with switch, si witcher
sparkass 05/May Lead O/S

Felt slippy. Fairly varied climbing. Some shocking moments that turn out to be fine and some smashing moves up high. The ironmongery relics provide a pleasant history lesson.

petegunn 05/May 2nd

Very good, sustained climbing with a few rest spots in between.

with Duncan
noshjewbold 23/Apr 2nd O/S
Gregory 25/Mar Lead rpt
with Andrew James
Hidden 10/Oct/15 Lead O/S
Steve Andrews 10/Oct/15 2nd

Epic climb

robertmichaeladams 27/Sep/15 Lead

very nice, quite tough

with Caroline M, Patrick G, Sarah, Mark C
Graeme Hammond 15/Aug/15 Lead O/S


with Becky E
Owen W-G 05/Aug/15 Lead dnf

Fell off moving up from the top crimps after 80mins on route and about 40mins beneath and on crux. Rose bush in upper corner unhelpful. Still pumped the next morning.

MichaelGallimore 20/May/15 Lead O/S

felt good at the start, gripped near the end but climbed clean. Very pleased getting this done with limited time after work.

with Andy Cmc
spragglerocks 17/May/15 2nd
with Andy
Luke Brooks 07/May/15 Lead
ASchwirtz 04/May/15 Lead O/S
Mike Todd 04/May/15 2nd rpt
with anothony schwirtz
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Dave Rumney ??/2015 -
Jono_LS16 ?/Sep/14 Lead
Mike Todd 23/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Wow! Brilliant route. Top of the grade and pumpy as it gets.

mattnuttall 29/Jun/14 Lead
with Andy Wilson
rob.grafton 17/Jun/14 2nd dog
with Phil Evans
Hidden 08/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/14 Lead dog
Bob ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
odox 31/Aug/13 2nd dog

Start is very polished but after the first 5m gets a lot better. Fantastic route but wasted a lot of energy on stuck nuts.

with Sam Webb
Mark Grist 03/Aug/13 Lead β

Took a small fall at the start when my foot slipped in 2005. Went back in 2013 and tried to warm up on it. All going well until the last move when I got a flash pump and took a really big fall. At third time of asking I led it clean. Great route but polished at the start.

Hidden 16/Jul/13 Lead O/S
markalmack 16/Jul/13 2nd rpt
Paul Figg 15/Jun/13 Lead
Nick Clement 15/Jun/13 2nd
with Paul Figg
Nick Clement 15/Jun/13 2nd
with Paul Figg
Kevster 04/May/13 Lead O/S

Well protected all the way, and maintains interest. Definitely deserves to be on the hit list.

Hidden 11/Aug/12 2nd
WB 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S

first bit was not that hard, but the top... exciting!

with Chris
Rachel Slater 24/Jul/12 2nd O/S

A hard start then very nice climbing.

Chi Cheng 24/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Dave Foster 10/Jun/12 Lead dnf

Found start ok. Slapped for the top and took a monster. Ripped gear, smacked arse, belayer nearly unconscious and bleeding after tonking his head on the wall. Epic.

with Si 2
Mike_Hayes 27/May/12 2nd
Mr Sparkle 27/May/12 Lead dog

Found the final move tough, until I found the crimper. Excellent route!

gforce 15/Apr/12 Lead

Tip top (Graham). Impossible (Emma).

with Emma
greenroom 01/Apr/12 2nd dog

An amazing climb. Fell off the start when a foot popped (polish).

with Matt F
Dave Turnbull, BMC 12/Mar/12 Lead dog

Feeling unfit, start footholds polished.

with Clive Allen
airborne 12/Mar/12 2nd

Seconded Mr Turnbull 26 years after I first led this. Definitely got harder!

kingholmesy ??/2012 Lead dog

One fall on the last move due to wet holds, weak arms and ineptitude.

with Andy S
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Hidden 07/Aug/11 Lead O/S
akhughes 05/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hardonicus 31/Jul/11 2nd dog

Ahhhhh! So close to getting this clean, just not enough juice to pull through the final crux. Almost popped off the sketchy polished start...

with Aidan Maguire
John Brayshaw 23/Jul/11 2nd dog
with Dan
Adam Lincoln 12/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Mick Lovatt
Hidden 11/Jun/11 2nd dog
markalmack 11/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Si dH 31/May/11 Lead O/S

What a route, stunning. Loved the top section especially.

with Andy
bigdrew 31/May/11 2nd O/S
with Si
Hidden 31/May/11 Lead O/S
Cragrat Rich 31/May/11 Lead O/S

Classy route. About the best that Yorkshire Limestone has offered me so far at the grade. I found the start the hard bit, central section was a fair romp and the top went (in the end of course) way steadier than the impression the guidebook gave.

Phill Mitch 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S


with mick
Hidden 16/Apr/11 2nd dog
Hidden 01/Apr/11 2nd dog
Jack00 28/Jan/11 Lead O/S
with John Walsh
Hidden ??/2011 -
escalade ??/2011 -
Dan Mckinlay ??/2011 -
dave mann ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/10 Lead O/S
robin_hackney 26/Sep/10 2nd O/S

Awesome. Tough first 2 moves. Last couple of moves felt ace (nice and fingery - hard but rewarding route.

with Jim
Hidden 29/Aug/10 Lead rpt
Hidden 02/Aug/10 Lead O/S
JulesV 03/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Shauna Cunningham
Hidden 13/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 30/May/10 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove Jnr 08/May/10 Lead rpt
with Nic Sellars
Phil79 01/May/10 2nd β

Near perfect route.

Hidden 01/May/10 Lead dog
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ?/Sep/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 21/Jun/09 2nd dog
Speeddemonsi ?/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Rob1988 ?/Jun/09 2nd
with Luke Porter
Sankey 03/May/09 2nd dog

One rest at top.

with Luke
thebigfriendlymoose 02/May/09 Lead O/S
with Stephen
lukehunt 13/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Seymore Butt ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
Rich Kirby 13/Sep/08 2nd rpt
with Pete
howlingbaboon 04/Jul/08 2nd dog
with Pete
simonfife 05/Jun/08 2nd dog
with Alex
Dave Bond 18/May/08 Lead O/S
with Andy Price
Hidden ?/May/08 2nd
Al Evans ??/2008 -
Hidden 22/Aug/07 2nd
Alex Mason 19/Jul/07 Lead O/S

woop. top route! good moves all the way, and a sting in the tail, not too bad when you find the holds!

alaan 14/Jul/07 2nd O/S

Look forward to leading this route - sustained and very hard for the grade though, I felt.

with Aly
Hidden 26/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jun/06 Lead rpt
Ram MkiV 06/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Alex
jim robertson ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/05 2nd O/S
Stone Muppet ??/2005 Lead dog
Hidden ??/2004 Lead O/S
Dave Kerr 02/Aug/03 AltLd
with Simon Reid
Hidden 10/May/03 Lead O/S
pezzerrr 30/Mar/03 Lead G/U
Hidden ?/Sep/02 Lead O/S
D Tempest ?/Jul/00 2nd
with Rick
Hidden ?/Sep/98 Lead O/S
nickdonohue 04/Jul/98 2nd

sustained quite delicate too

with Derek Ashworth
nige ?/Jun/98 Lead
with sven rowan
Dave Musgrove 06/Apr/97 Lead rpt
craig matheson ??/1997 Lead
jameshiggins ??/1997 Lead O/S
with Tom Eveleigh
steveb2006 21/Sep/96 2nd

Neville leads with 1 fall

with Neville Contractor
ste_d 26/Jul/96 Lead O/S
with mik
mikedelderfield 25/Jul/96 Lead O/S
innes ??/1996 -
switch ??/1996 Lead O/S
D Tempest 17/Sep/95 2nd
with Rick
Hidden ?/Jun/95 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Apr/95 2nd
The Jazz Butcher ??/1995 -
steve taylor ??/1995 -
bullybones ??/1995 Lead
with KD
charlesmfrench 12/Aug/94 Lead rpt

Did it earlier with Andy Robinson I think, in 87?

with Cliff
Roget 16/Jul/94 Lead O/S
with jon
Rich Kirby ?/Jul/94 2nd
with Hugh
mattnuttall ?/Aug/93 2nd rpt
with Ian Vickers
Hidden ?/Jun/93 Lead O/S
steveb2006 22/May/93 Lead

Fall off near top. Strenuous

with Mike Pycroft
Mick King 28/Apr/93 Lead
with Steve Hill
Hidden 24/Apr/93 2nd rpt
Dave Musgrove 20/Mar/93 2nd
with David
Graeme Smithy ??/1993 2nd

2nd -seem to remember the top bits hard

Mick King 20/Sep/92 Lead


with Pete Hankinson
Dave Musgrove 17/Jun/92 Lead

Three hard right wing classics climbed on a superb evening after work. Free pie and chips in the Vic as it was quiz night.

with Nigel Baker
crossleysm ??/1992 Lead
Hidden 21/Jul/91 2nd rpt
mattnuttall 30/Jun/91 Lead O/S
with Alan Holden
jcw ??/1991 -
with Martin Harris
Dave Douglas 09/Sep/90 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Aug/90 Lead
rob.grafton 24/Jul/90 Lead
with Bruce
Andy Say 17/Jun/90 Lead
jfletcher 31/Mar/90 Lead O/S
Andy Hyslop ?/Mar/90 -
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ?/Mar/90 -
Hidden ??/1990 -
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/1990 -
with keefe
uphillnow ??/1990 -
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
keefe ??/1990 -
Hidden 17/Sep/89 Lead rpt
Hidden 10/Sep/89 Lead dog
Nigel Coe ?/Jul/89 2nd dog
with Ray Mardon
Stoney Boy 24/Jun/89 AltLd O/S
with Colin Hughes
Hidden 22/Jun/89 Lead
allmag 21/Jun/89 Lead

Hard, polished start then great moves all the way to the top - strenuous by the end and a great route - total classic.

Dave Musgrove 15/Oct/88 -
with Pete Finklaire
Neil R 11/Sep/88 2nd
shark ??/1988 Lead
andy gittins ??/1988 -
William Robertson ??/1988 Lead O/S
with Emily
Hidden ?/Apr/87 Lead
Rich Kirby ?/Oct/86 Lead
with Graham Cairns/Ray Kelly
Steve Crowe 25/Aug/86 Lead O/S
MikeYouCanClimb 27/Jul/86 Lead
with Adam
sadams 12/Jul/86 2nd
with Kevin Edwards
Bruce Kerr 10/May/86 Lead
with Grahame Nicoll
keefe 05/Apr/86 -
andybirtwistle 19/Oct/85 Lead
with Malcolm Lowerson
scree ?/Jul/85 -
Mike Owen 19/May/85 -
with Elaine Owen
Hidden 22/Apr/85 Lead O/S
malc 17/Mar/85 2nd dog
PaulHermes ??/1985 -
stp 09/Aug/83 Lead O/S
andybirtwistle 22/May/82 2nd
with Ian Kyle
Ian Jones ??/1982 Lead rpt
with Mike Wright
Hidden ??/1982 Lead
Nic Robinson 05/Sep/81 Lead rpt
with Dave Oddy
Dave Musgrove 17/May/81 AltLd
with Kim Greenald
Nigel Coe 04/Apr/80 AltLd dnf

Failed on 2nd pitch - seemed hard for HVS...

with Frank Farrell
Hidden 19/May/79 Lead
Steve Bell ??/1979 -
Hidden 22/Oct/77 -
Nic Robinson 19/Jun/77 Lead O/S

When it was HVS

with Paul Greenland
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