Rocky Variations*** 6b
[Alan James climbing Rocky Variations at Harpur Hill., 3 kb]24m.

Rockfax Description
A great climb with some testing moves through the hanging groove. From a block, step right onto the wall and climb to the groove. Pull out left and head up to a roof, step right to a groove then pull up and back left above the bulge (direct is 6b+ and on the left it is 6b). Finish up the easier grooved arete above. © ROCKFAX

FA. Bill Birch, Sid Siddiqui 1994

Ticklists: Peak District Limestone top 50 sport up to 8a+, Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, Peak limestone north graded list - sport.

Photo: Alan James climbing Rocky Variations at Harpur Hill. © UKC News
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This climb is in 173 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

AdamBrown - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/15 with Chris O

Tried direct through second overhang without success. Went via normal route to top out as freezing and getting dark.
gavinpeach - Lead dog - 03/Sep/15 with David Sherratt

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/15 with Ian Milward

Chris Wright - Lead rpt - 09/Aug/15

Started up the route to the left by mistake, but back on track by the third bolt. 6b version, some nice moves but felt a bit like I was cheating going left.
embob - Lead - 08/Aug/15 with Alex

direct through the bluge, pretty tricky. Not as good overall as Apollo Creed.
Nick Sherring - Lead rpt - 03/Aug/15 with Paul Borland

psborland - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/15 with Nick

Ash Sayers - Lead O/S - Aug/15

Nick1812P - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/15 with Jake

Jake Young - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/15 with Nick

Stickle Tarn - Lead RP - 04/Jul/15

Really annoyed I came off at second roof after i'd done most the hard work. Need to repeat!
tom_lewis89 - Lead dog - 03/Jul/15

going direct is pretty tricky and run out. hung around too long and ran out of juice. Another bolt towards the top would be sensible as you are risking a nasty fall, otherwise a good climb!
Nick Sherring - Lead dog - 27/Jun/15 with MartinPL, Marc Lloyd

dprctr - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/15 with Charlotte Latter, Emilio Bachini

Hidden - Lead β - 10/Jun/15

Maddie - Lead O/S - 25/May/15 with Dan Hostford, Alun

Dan Hostford - Lead dnf - 25/May/15 with Maddie Sweetman, Alun Freem

Hard to onsight the crux. Very windy. Edit: Turns out we were on the adjacent 6c+, that makes more sense
JimboWizbo - Lead dog - 16/May/15 with Mike

AlexRenshaw - Lead - 25/Apr/15 with Jules McKim

Just in time before torrential downpour! Great climbing throughout
julesmckim - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/15 with Alex Renshaw

Tried direct through 2nd overhang at 6b+ but not successful; went right. Normal variation went without error but a massive run out on the top two bolts compared to the rest of the route.
gavinpeach - Lead - 05/Apr/15 with Scott

Gav left his draws in place, made it easier. Run out at the top
fifth - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/15 with Gav

Tommyads - 2015

nickcanute - Lead - 2015

Getting confused with the other routes around.
tom.truhelka - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14

Doubtful for 6b reckon more like 6a. Nearly all the holds are jugs. The difficulty is figuring out where the hell the route meanders to. Not a strong line. Not a fan.
andyman666999 - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14 with Cathryn Johnson

DanielGyi - Lead - 07/Sep/14 with Tim Slater

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14

John Jefferies - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/14 with Tim

DaveMo - Lead β - 03/Aug/14 with Jan

gpcomps - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/14 with Andrew

langirl - 2nd - Jul/14

mrteale - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/14 with MrBlond, alook

MrBIond - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/14

Really nice route, some excellent moves on it
tom3667 - Lead RP - 15/Jun/14 with Andy baguley

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Jun/14

stp - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/14 with Patrick

Hardcore Pat - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/14 with Dr Julie

Tried going right, didn't fany the run out so went direct but fell. Could do with some extra bolts methinks!
Adam_42 - Lead dog - 13/Jun/14 with Joey Capper, Chris Shannon

mbxcs1 - Lead dnf - 13/Jun/14

George.nunn1993 - Lead - Jun/14 with rich man

rich.manterfield - Lead O/S - May/14 with George Nunn

Tommy Moore - TR O/S - 12/Apr/14 with John Lynch, Joe Holden

tmawer - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/13 with Bram

BTphonehome - TR dog - 05/Oct/13 with Tony

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13

Fragmod - Lead - 12/Sep/13

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/13 with Jack ULMC, Chris ULMC

Chris Redding - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/13 with Jack Knight, Dominic Sellers

Jack93 - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/13 with Dominic Sellers, Chris Redding

1 fall at crux
dsgarner - TR dog - 03/Aug/13 with Mike Brookes, Tala M

Hidden - Lead rpt - Aug/13

chrisbussell - 2nd - 16/Jul/13 with Tim O'Neill

Nathanie1 - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Louise Hall

Louise Hall - TR β - 14/Jul/13 with Nathaniel Gjoderum-Symons

Also did the direct start and finish at 6c+ (the direct start is on Ask Mr. T for Tea).
Andrew Barker - Lead rpt - 11/Jul/13 with Dan O'Flynn

danoflynn - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/13 with Andy Barker

M_Robinson - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Richard Hatto, Ian Robinson

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/13 with Anna

Very pleased. Took a while on the route as sequences were hard to read and the route meanders. But climbing slow at present anyway.
DaveMo - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with Will Tarran

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/13

Shit route. Shit crag.
ianjfsutcliffe - Lead dog - 15/Sep/12 with Coatesy

Richard P Coates - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with ianjfsutcliffe

al99 - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Percy

gripped01 - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Al Benson, Dave Tait

mark20 - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12

Gallant - Lead β - 28/Jul/12

Nick Allen - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12

Haydn Jones - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12 with pep

Hidden - TR dog - 21/Jun/12

Sam Simpson - Lead rpt - 12/Jun/12 with Tom Doldon

Tom Doldon - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12 with sam simpson 48

sopaz - 2nd dog - 10/Jun/12

M_W_Court - Lead O/S - 29/May/12 with Stuart Cartwright

Direct variant, was sure I was off. Just managed to stick a last desperation slap. Enjoyed.
Oliver Branagan - Lead β - 27/May/12 with Mick R

wrong sequence and no stamina...
Mick r - Lead dog - 27/May/12 with Olli

Roberto - Lead O/S - 26/May/12

On Robin's QDs. Hard for 6b - harder than Apollo Creed - and surprisingly imposing. Don't reckon it's quite as good as Apollo either.
Dave Foster - Lead β - 11/Mar/12 with Robin

robin_hackney - Lead dog - 11/Mar/12 with Dave Foster

PAJames - 2012

desperate if you try to climb the groove on the L ... About 6c+
justin c - 2012

rob 528 - 2012

steven - Lead dog - 02/Oct/11 with Ade

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/11

BeccaSnowden - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Tom

Hidden - Lead - 02/Sep/11

thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Becca

3 stars???? Come off it. Average climb in a manky quarry.
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/11 with David Rose

Hidden - Lead dog - 06/Aug/11

drcorbasisgod - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with Graham Elliott

Jonathan Hall - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/11 with Jane Rigby

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Jun/11

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/11 with Ruth Buckberry

Hidden - TR dog - 10/May/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 10/May/11

Yowser. Had a bit of a mare around the third clip first time but got it clean second time round. There's a fresh scar there, has a bit come off? Went for the traverse but would like to do the direct version.
AsleepOnBelay - Lead RP - 10/May/11 with Rich G

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/May/11

Technical climbing, really good line. Surprising quality for Harpur Hill ;o) Definitely worth a couple of stars!
smudge - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with Dan Poulter

Hidden - Lead - 21/Apr/11

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11 with bleggs

Didn't enjoy the route, or the style of climbing, and couldn't feel hands. Sacked it after a bit of an epic.
richardr - Lead dnf - 26/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 2011

Can't really call it an onsight as I have climbed apollo creed and the two routes meet near the top. This route was the harder of the two.
R8JimBob88 - Lead β - 04/Sep/10 with Laura

john lynch - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/10 with ian turton

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/10 with John Bramwell, Graeme Hammond

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/10 with john Bramwell, Jim

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Aug/10

natalie28 - 2nd - 30/Jun/10 with Rik

Hidden - 2nd dog - 29/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

annoying! but still not giving up some bloke gave me beta since the O/S is blown :( only hard part for me is second roof the first roof is messy but just keep your eyes on the look out :)
jamesgodwin64 - Lead dog - 02/Jun/10 with R8JimBob88

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 15/May/10

lol went wrong way and couldnt reverse the moves :P
jamesgodwin64 - Lead dnf - 10/Apr/10 with R8JimBob88

One fall foot slipped under roof
Diggler - Lead dog - 17/Oct/09 with Andy o Boy

simon1965 - Lead - 18/Sep/09

Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/09

tedj234 - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/09 with David Liu

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09

Nicos - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/09 with nick willis

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jul/09

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jul/09

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Jul/09

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Jul/09

Coel Hellier - Lead - 05/Jul/09

thrutch - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/09 with Sarah

Sarah Brookes - TR dog - 02/Jul/09 with tim ashcroft

Excellant route, low crux but above it's sustained and quite an intricate line, so thanks to Matt for all the beta
Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/09 with Matt B

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/09

ChrisJD - Lead - 21/Jun/09 with rc

Morgan Woods - Lead O/S - 23/May/09 with Iain

SeanHopkins - 2009

Climbed 6b+ varient
DannyK - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/08 with Katie

Andrew Barker - Lead β - 23/Jun/08 with Wormatron

Joe Dove - Lead - 23/Jun/08 with paul

Sankey - TR O/S - 11/May/08 with Luke

6b+ direct finish
thebigfriendlymoose - Lead O/S - 11/May/08 with Stephen

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - TR β - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/07

Mark A Humphries - Lead β - 24/Jul/07 with dean howard

Nick Taylor - Lead rpt - 16/Jun/07 with Scott Mackenzie

Mick B - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/07 with Dave & Gary

Ian Broome - Lead O/S - 05/May/07 with Matt

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Jul/06

MeMeMe - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/06 with Andy

Stig - Lead dog - 18/Jul/06 with Jonathan Teale

Tom Phillips - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/06 with leo

Attempting the 6b+ direct
Stig - Lead dog - 11/Jun/06 with Maciek

Stone Muppet - 2006

Chesh - Lead O/S - Sep/05 with ScotsPaul

Dave Mason - Lead dog - Sep/05 with Trev Tatler

just one more - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/05 with chris nunn, tim b, Svenn G

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/05

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 2005 with Dickie & co.

Hidden - Lead - 2005

Carl Smethurst - TR - 05/Sep/04 with Ian Pickles

Hidden - Lead - Aug/04

Hidden - Lead RP - Aug/04

Hidden - Lead - 2004

Hidden - Lead - 30/Jul/03

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/03 with Rich Tree

Duncan I - Jul/03 with Goi Ashmore

Hidden - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jul/01

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Aug/00

uphillnow - Lead - May/00

Hidden - Lead - 2000

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Sep/99

D Tempest - Lead - 08/Aug/99 with Rick

Roget - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/99 with jon

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