Rockfax Description
Another fine route, tracing the easiest line up the shield. Immaculate rock, good protection, a hands-off rest and some brilliant technical sequences. Start lower than Original Route as for Supersonic (this helps keep the wires on the crux in). Move up left and follow the crack as for Tales until the curving overlap on the right can be gained. Pull out right from this to a rest then climb direct up a peg-scarred crack (polished) to a good hold. Wander more easily rightwards up the dinner-plate flake and finish direct from its end. © Rockfax

FA. Doug Scott, Clive Davies 1961. The upper flake was much more friable making their ascent terrifying. The route was jokingly renamed every time someone removed one of the aid points. Hook-Crook Wall (4 pts) and Bulldog Wall (1 rest) are both previous n

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ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
quiffhanger 12/Sep 2nd β

Almost fell off the traverse, felt as hard as Supersonic.

Pete W, Dan
James Oswald 15/Aug Lead dog

Hard, fell off 3 times. Once trying to reverse back along the traverse and again in the groove. The traverse is scary, hard moves when you are quite a long way to the left and above your gear..

Malcolm Scott
Hidden 16/Jul Lead O/S
ian d f 27/Jun Lead O/S

A fine route. Led with in-situ gear through most of the hard stuff after Mike lowered off. This no doubt helped!

pearson9596 27/Jun Lead dnf
Luke Dawson 10/Jun Lead O/S

not a good hangover cure

Albert Exley 10/Jun 2nd dog
theomoore 06/Jun Lead O/S

Great. Polished in the groove - took a line of flakes slightly right of the crack and joined it at the top, making a bold and difficult move to clip the peg!

Hidden 06/Jun Lead dnf
jshields 15/May 2nd

Oh my!

Paul Tretheway
markalmack 11/Apr 2nd rpt

Found the traverse desperate. Harder than I remember

rocksol ??/2015 -
Hannes B 19/Sep/14 Lead dog

great route - 3 falls

Neil C
Ed morris 17/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Superb. Start to finish.

littleluke 13/Sep/14 2nd β
Ricky Rocks 13/Apr/14 2nd O/S
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 01/Apr/14 2nd
Ben Silvestre
Hidden 09/Mar/14 2nd β
harvie ??/2014 Lead O/S
ejected ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
piken 03/Sep/13 Lead
Adam Booth 01/Aug/13 Lead dnf

Fell off trying to pull through overlap. Think I tried going too high.

nathanlee 17/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Shaky wall, need to do more of this.

w.pettet-smith 09/Jun/13 -
nickdonohue 26/May/13 2nd
Ian Bryant
Ed Booth 25/May/13 2nd O/S
Ed Hamer, Sam Hamer
Hidden 19/May/13 Lead O/S
buzby78 24/Apr/13 2nd
mgeek 24/Apr/13 Lead O/S

hard crux, rest pretty friendly!

Neill Busby
Hidden 01/Feb/13 Lead O/S
ianto ??/2013 -
JRae 11/Nov/12 2nd

Really cool move going for the jug after the peg, (easy to catch if you're falling leftwards). Traverse is much easier if you go right and down an extra move to the good footholds below the big hold rather than try and span.

mwatson 11/Nov/12 Lead rpt


Speeddemonsi 24/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jun/12 2nd
Hidden 10/Jun/12 Lead β
david morse 12/May/12 2nd dog

getting shut down again...

markalmack 12/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Mar/12 Lead
Joughton 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S

First E4! Thought the first traverse along the undercut break was nails, but the rest above was most welcome. The moves on the peg scars felt easier than the traverse, though they are getting a bit polished! Thought the final run out above the flake was a bit scary but that just added to the route.

Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Dave Bond 03/Sep/11 Lead rpt
Brian Rodgers 03/Sep/11 2nd rpt
Dave Turnbull, BMC 04/Jun/11 Lead dog
Adam Long
Hidden 28/Mar/11 Lead O/S
thomasadixon 22/Sep/10 Lead dnf

Tried to lead it (on mike's gear) in darkening light and pumped out after getting to the peg below the jug clean...a rest let me see a foothold which made the move easy. Decided to strip gear, climb back down to peg and ab off. Should go next time!

switch 11/Sep/10 2nd
Martin Cleaver 26/May/10 2nd
Dan Gibson
dan gibson 26/May/10 Lead RP
martin cleaver
bigie bob 21/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
nickcanute ??/2010 Lead
Rich Kirby 18/Oct/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 13/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 11/Sep/09 Lead
James Thacker 15/Aug/09 2nd
philhilo ?/Jul/09 2nd dog

Tried previous year, could not get across to the overlap.Still very hard. Probably good as the rest is even harder. Lots of 6a with the occasional 5c. Shattered at the end.

Cassidy 14/Jun/09 Lead β

Beta = did Reproduction and Supersonic first

Will, Duboust
NDD 14/Jun/09 2nd
Alan, Will
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 23/May/09 Lead O/S
Tuffty Nick
tuftynick 23/May/09 2nd rpt
DavidEvans 23/May/09 Lead β

Had seconded it before. Still well chuffed. Foot slipped on crux and nearly came off.

Pete Graham ?/May/09 Lead
willackers 18/Apr/09 2nd β

Gutted I didn't lead it, quality!

Tom Mills
Brown 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Pete Graham ?/Apr/09 Lead
Matt Lloyd
stevebarratt ??/2009 Lead

Had seconded before. Harder on the lead!

morganator 22/Sep/08 Lead O/S
lukehunt 17/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Steve barrat
Paz 15/Sep/08 Lead dnf

Lobbed on a jammed wire by the first hard bit due to cowardice, and abbed off it cunningly a few times. Worked the move out for next time though.

Andrew Barker 26/Jul/08 Lead

Fell of the undercut moves first go, it was the first and only route of the day so my excuse is I wasn't warmed up! Lowered off and did it ground-up next go. Amazing climb, a contender for the best trad route I've ever done.

Hidden ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Somerset swede basher 19/May/08 Lead O/S

Awesome climb, found the traverse in from original route harder than whats supposed to be the crux higher up.

Andy Nicholson
Hidden 10/May/08 Lead O/S
Luke Brooks 06/May/08 Lead O/S
alaan 05/May/08 Lead O/S
mattyork2 05/May/08 2nd

Bloody brilliant, even on second, would love to come back and lead it.

nige 05/May/08 Lead
mark hounslea
Hidden ??/2008 -
robyn1 ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
feilx 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S
shark 28/Jul/07 Lead
John Codling
Alex Mason 05/Jun/07 Lead O/S

Awesome best climbing experience ever i reckon. Did cross through on crux rather that low undercuts! 4*

craig d ?/May/07 Lead
Mark Bridgman-Smith
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 09/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Ram MkiV 24/Aug/06 Lead O/S

Was cutting this fine. Still tired from Kilnsey yesterday, the traverse section out of original route felt tough - only just made it. Everything else on the route went fine though, including the supposed crux.

Bern ??/2006 -
Dave Bond 30/May/04 Lead O/S
Simon Wren
Gus ?/May/04 Lead O/S
simon "the horse" wilson
Hidden 11/Aug/02 Lead dog
tuftynick ??/2001 Lead O/S
Steve Bell ?/Jul/00 Lead O/S
Dave Thomas
Andy Edgar ??/2000 -
craig h 01/Jun/99 Lead O/S
Chris c
Hidden 26/Apr/99 Lead dog
Hidden 10/Jul/98 Lead
ste_d 15/Jun/96 Lead O/S
mikedelderfield 15/Jun/96 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Apr/96 Lead
Hidden ??/1996 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1996 2nd
Dave Musgrove Jnr 07/Aug/95 2nd
Nick Ashton
D Tempest 23/Jul/95 Lead
Roget 01/Aug/93 Lead rpt
Stoney Boy 01/May/93 Lead O/S
Bob Marks, Neil McCallum
mattnuttall 15/Apr/93 Lead O/S
Ian Vickers, Alan Holden
Hidden 17/May/92 Lead dog
uphillnow ??/1992 2nd

The start of Graeme's harder leads.

Graeme Smith
Hidden 27/Sep/91 Lead dog
steve taylor ?/Sep/91 Lead O/S

First proper E4 :¬)

keefe 10/Aug/91 -
whispering nic ?/Aug/91 Lead O/S
Graham Iles
Rich Kirby 07/May/91 Lead O/S
Dave Taylor
Hidden 31/Mar/90 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
Pete Ogden ??/1990 -
Dave Ramsey
rob.grafton ??/1990 -
barry maybank
DDDD ??/1989 -
William Robertson ?/Sep/88 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Jun/88 Lead
shark ??/1988 Lead
Billg ??/1988 Lead O/S
AlexRenshaw 20/Apr/87 Lead
Doré Green
Bruce Kerr 18/Apr/87 Lead
Shamim Velani
keefe 26/Jun/86 -
Johnny Adams
Chris Wright 13/Oct/85 Lead O/S
shark 29/Sep/85 Lead rpt
Paul Hempstock
shark 18/Jun/85 Lead
sadams 08/Jun/85 Lead dnf
Kevin Edwards
Hidden 26/May/85 Lead
Mike Owen 09/Mar/85 Lead rpt
Jim Hewson
Ian Clare ??/1985 -
andy gittins ??/1985 -

finally climbed after a training visit to the Verdon - previous attempt ended below the crux with runners pulling sideways

Dave Musgrove ??/1985 -

I think I just seconded this, can't find record of exact date.

Kim Greenald
AlexRenshaw 01/Jun/84 2nd
Hidden ??/1983 Lead O/S
Ian Jones ??/1983 Lead O/S
John Meyers, John Kirk, Mick Ward, Mick Bailey, Rich Lewis
TonyF ??/1983 2nd O/S
Tony Cox
Ivan Machin 14/Oct/82 -
Jon Mellor
Mike Owen 10/Oct/82 Lead O/S
Elaine Owen
Hidden ??/1982 Lead
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead β

Knocked a day off school! Did Demon Rib in the afternoon.

Jim Rubery
robinsi197 ??/1980 2nd
Hidden ??/1980 AltLd
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
petemeads 25/Jul/78 Lead O/S

Wonderful route, one of my proudest achievements. Mike Hood took photographs (from abseil) covering all the hard climbing and these are a treasured possession (the quality posted at present is very poor, awaiting a slide scanner).

Steve Taylor
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High E3
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High 6b
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High 6a
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High 5c
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