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.

Photo: Alan James climbing Rocky Variations at Harpur Hill. © UKC News
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This climb is in 159 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

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

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

Tradical - TR O/S - 12/Apr/14 with John, Joe

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

eel - 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.
jeffsheard - 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

Val belays only
steveb2006 - Lead - 12/Jul/09 with Valerie Partington

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

The darkening clouds start to rain before I am up - thread the belay quickly and lower off. Everything soaking now so Roland cannot do it nor can Paul Eastwood who has just turned up having driven from Nottingham!
steveb2006 - Lead - 30/Jul/03 with Roland Smith

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

Duncan I - Jul/03 with Goi Ashmore

Hidden - 2002

Billy Mckee also seconds
steveb2006 - Lead - 01/Jul/01 with Pete Carter

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

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Gary Coggon, Boulderdaz, Jack Whiteley, tom3667, marcduhig, jamesgodwin64, dashitboarder, AndyM-LVB

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