The Crank** VS 4c
[Matt on the crank vs 5a, 3 kb]8m. Crank on those classic jams up the handle-shaped crack to a trickier finish. Short but oh so sweet, and 5a for wall-rats! © ROCKFAX
FA. Joe Brown 1950s 1955

Ticklists: BMC staffordshire "crackers dozen" crack school, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Western Peak Grit 100 VD - VS, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, 50 cracks to Squamish, Staffordshire Grit Challenge - Brown-Whillans Day Out.

Photo: Matt on the crank vs 5a © stanoslav
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This climb is in 296 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

switch - 2nd - 27/Sep/14 with Leanne

jon22 - Lead - 27/Sep/14 with manxclare

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14

Lenny - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Phil .N

thetradlad - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14 with Megan

Rosie Henstock - 2nd dog - 06/Sep/14 with Tom Green

TGreen - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Rosie Henstock

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Ruth Buckberry

Classic VS, cracking. Freeman had the worst of it mind, but I thought it was brilliant!
Alex Hallam - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/14 with Ben Freeman

Hidden - Lead rpt - 27/Jul/14

soph - 2nd - 23/Jul/14 with Lindy Smith

perfect jams but I managed to puff and blow a lot - as well as rest once in the middle :((
Babika - TR - 20/Jul/14

3/31. Went smoothly.
Nick Russell - Lead rpt - 20/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

3 on Staffordshire nose
Alex Winter - 2nd rpt - 20/Jul/14 with Nick

MaccMark - Lead - 02/Jul/14 with Helen Boothman

Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Jun/14

dan gibson - 29/Jun/14 with michael porter

fatbuoybazza - 2nd rpt - 22/Jun/14 with deborah

Jonny M - 2nd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Deborah Cole, Barry McRobb

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jun/14

Hahahahaha!
PeteWilson - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/14 with Dave

morganator - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/14 with Lindy Smith, Sophie Whyte

FlavioL1989 - Lead dnf - 31/May/14 with Michael Gallimore

Ouch, my hands hurt after this. Harder than The File, but shorter and not quite as good (still VS 4c, of course). Still a really great route though, the quick thrutch at the top is awesome.
Jimbo C - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Chris

Definitely hard VS, if not HVS. Tough to get off the ground, but then great jams lead to a break, and getting past that to the finishing holds is not easy.
Andy Chubb - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Steve Goodman

ldadams - Lead β - 02/May/14

soph - 2nd - 24/Apr/14 with Lindy Smith

Not a VS, massively over graded just like every other route at this extremely green crag. Good protection options though for when you inevitably slip off
cmars89 - Lead dnf - 13/Apr/14

Kyrros - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/14

g1m147 - 2nd - 16/Mar/14 with SCrossley

Joey C - 2nd O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Irish Matt

This did no good for my hangover.
Alex Winter - 2nd rpt - 14/Mar/14 with George

georgeevans88 - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/14 with Alex Winter

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 08/Mar/14 with Little Chris

Such a fun route. Took my first trad fall on this from half height. A shame cause it was an unexpected foot slip wile placing the next cam. Gear held. So I lowered off for round 2 and got it clean. Great little route.
luke glaister - Lead RP - 02/Feb/14 with casey johns

haha fancied this unti i got on it. seconded it and rested but enjoyed the climb
casey johns - Lead dnf - 02/Feb/14 with luke glaister

disturbed_one51 - 2nd - 24/Nov/13 with Rob Middleton

Hidden - Lead dog - 24/Nov/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/13

CragDog - Lead β - 21/Sep/13

Sophieeee - 2nd - 21/Sep/13

Hannes B - Solo O/S - 02/Sep/13

Climbster - 2nd β - 01/Sep/13 with Ian

Another top route, put a hex in from the ground then went straight to the top break and banged in a cam, job jobbed!
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/13 with Matt

total nightmare...couldn't find a jam
rockmaverick - 2nd dog - Sep/13 with Ian Ackerley

Lukem6 - Lead RP - 26/Aug/13 with Darren, Jenny Monkey

andybirtwistle - Lead - 03/Aug/13 with Keith Lonsdale

andi turner - AltLd - 22/Jul/13 with pete bridgwood

Excellent Jamming crack. Taped up for this and very glad of it
stratandrew - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Mark Pilling

MaccMark - 2nd - 10/Jul/13 with Andy Stratton

galpinos - Lead RP - 19/Jun/13 with Sam

Mike W - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/13

augustus trout - Lead rpt - 11/Jun/13 with Mike Whitehurst

Stopsy - Lead dnf - 09/Jun/13 with townley

j.townley - TR O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Stops!

g1m147 - Lead - 28/Apr/13 with Mick.

Paul Hy - 2nd - 07/Apr/13 with Jack C

Hidden - 2nd dog - 17/Feb/13

alooker - Lead - Feb/13

saffy - Lead O/S - 2013

Chris Hind - Lead O/S - 2013 with JIM

What a lovely crack. Wanted to rest, but didn't.
thomasaneurinsmith - 2nd - 14/Oct/12 with Stuart Reeves

Brutal
stuaart - Lead dog - 14/Oct/12 with Thomas Smith

Hidden - Lead - 06/Oct/12

A fight.
Sam Cooke - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Mark Challoner

Jay C - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Matt B

Number Three of the attempt on the Staffordshire Nose
Brown - Lead - 22/Sep/12 with Andy R

Jamming practice. Ground up!
Adam Booth - TR RP - 09/Sep/12 with Ed Booth, Ellen Cobby

Ellen Cobby - 2nd dog - 09/Sep/12 with Ed Booth, Adam Booth

auld al - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/12

bibster1989 - 2nd - 01/Sep/12

HIGHTOWER - Lead dog - 05/Aug/12 with Tom Hansford

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead dog - 28/Jul/12

Narrowly missed being hit in the face by a large falling cam. Cheers Mark!
Neil Henson - 2nd - 25/Jul/12 with Mark Collins

At last, I did the Crank! Not before dropping a big cam which narrowly missed my belayer, oops sorry Neil.
Mark Collins - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Neil Henson

Shame it doesn't go on for longer, I was just getting into the jamming
Nick Russell - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/12

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/12

TommityP - 2nd β - 24/Jun/12

EmilyElouise - 2nd dog - 24/Jun/12

Never a chore.
Alex Winter - 2nd rpt - 21/May/12 with C. Prescott

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/May/12

Always a pleasure.
Alex Winter - Lead rpt - 13/May/12 with Jake and Niels

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/May/12

rich_hw - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Graeme Hammond

Graeme Hammond - 2nd rpt - 15/Apr/12 with Richard Williams

MaxR - 2nd - 12/Apr/12 with Toby

tobyk - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/12 with Max Rayner

LeeWithers1987 - Lead RP - Apr/12

mark20 - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Mar/12

TM_Horton - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/12

thefuturesmiles - 2nd O/S - Mar/12 with Phil Ball, Ian Hawley

The crack contains 2 cans and a sandwich box. Fortunately, these are too far back to affect the climbing.
cookacat - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/12 with huw

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 25/Feb/12

Kyrros - TR - 15/Feb/12

PAJames - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - TR RP - 20/Nov/11

MJP - TR dog - 20/Nov/11

cat22 - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Mike

Hidden - Lead O/S - Nov/11

Graeme Hammond - Solo rpt - 29/Oct/11 with Jim

That was a scary solo.
Jim Slater - Solo O/S - 29/Oct/11

timmyhobby - Lead - 29/Oct/11

Got the hang of jamming towards the end! Great fun.
Roonix - 2nd dog - 29/Oct/11

kipman725 - Lead dog - 29/Oct/11

Fuck me.
The Green Giant - Lead dog - 22/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/11

andrew hammond - 2nd - 22/Oct/11 with Phil Davies

phildavies84 - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/11 with Andrew

Dave Mason - 2nd dog - 18/Oct/11 with Adam Gill

learning to jamm hurts... that is all :) mannaged to concure this beast with one rest however !!! loved it. starting to become a crack addict !
TM_Horton - Lead dog - 22/Sep/11 with LOTTIE, macky

Hidden - Lead - 20/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 07/Aug/11

TerryLines - Lead - 07/Aug/11

krispy_fish2000 - 2nd dog - 07/Aug/11 with TERRY LINES

Hidden - Lead - 07/Aug/11

Stevepg - TR dog - 06/Aug/11 with Olly, Simon

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/11

Simon_Letman - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/11

Jim Malo - 2nd O/S - 01/Aug/11 with Barry

Frickin ace, its jammable all the way even with fat hands..so no need fur laybacks..
fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/11 with jim

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/Jul/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/Jul/11

Still nails!
BeccaSnowden - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/11 with Tom

JRae - 2nd - 23/Jul/11 with A Saul

Hidden - Solo O/S - 23/Jul/11

bomber jams/gear
benkelsey - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Remus Knowles

Hard!
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Becca

excellent jamming
Dan Geh - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Thomas Geh

nails
tgeh - Lead dog - 13/Jul/11 with dan geh

Brutal but awesome. Almost fell off trying to rest at the ledge. Such a great little route
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/11

pauldr - 2nd - 29/Jun/11 with james

shafiq lalloo - 2nd - 24/Jun/11 with rikbattye

rikbattye - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/11 with shafman

so awesome! jam the fuk out of it!
minirollsrule - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/11

had to hang on jam at top of crack while getting buddy to fetch and throw large cam which I had cunningly decided i didnt need. placed and clipped cam still without incident then - argh - bloody slipped off for no apparent reason. ah well. good route, hardest at the bottom, good gear.
pebbles - Lead - 11/Jun/11 with andrew

perfect jams 4b?
Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 08/Jun/11

simonward - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11

peter myers - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11 with Krissy Humble

thrutch - Lead - 10/Apr/11 with Ryan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11

highfivekrissy - 2nd - Apr/11 with Pete Myers

amy - 2nd dog - Apr/11

bavarianGaz - 2nd dog - 20/Mar/11 with DJ

A Downing - Lead dnf - 20/Mar/11 with Gaz

A Downing - TR rpt - 20/Mar/11 with Gaz

Mark Dennison - Solo O/S - 20/Mar/11

deejmonkey - AltLd - 20/Mar/11 with Andy D

DNF Again :-@
Double Knee Bar - Lead dnf - 19/Mar/11

geddicakes - Lead - 19/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/11

nice
JamieSparkes - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/11

Got David on this, struggled but made it. Then i cruised on awesome jams. So much better this way then my original layback approach!
CharlieMack - 2nd rpt - 11/Mar/11 with David

bigie bob - Solo O/S - 30/Jan/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/11

Hidden - 2011

jammed it
Climbfool_88 - 2nd β - 2011

Hidden - Solo - 2011

djking1983 - 2nd O/S - 13/Dec/10 with Rich Brammall

nickcanute - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/10 with tim parkinson

Went too slow.Lowered off :{
Templeton Adams - Lead dnf - 24/Oct/10 with Darren H

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Oct/10

switch - 2nd - 24/Oct/10 with Nickie

sam820 - 2nd - 24/Oct/10 with Fresher

beta from belaying steve, was expecting harder to be honest, although jamming technique could still be better
willoates - Solo β - 06/Oct/10 with Steve

Hidden - Lead dnf - 02/Oct/10

lukebowman551 - 2nd β - 04/Sep/10 with henry crosby, Duncan Bourne

Spidermunkie - Solo O/S - 02/Sep/10 with Alex

saalty - Lead RP - 02/Sep/10 with andy, colin

ldadams - 2nd - 02/Sep/10

grady - Lead O/S - Sep/10

pauldr - 15/Aug/10

Alex Winter - 2nd rpt - 11/Aug/10 with D. Rylett

rylett - Lead - 11/Aug/10 with Alex Winter

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Aug/10

Pitiful effort
Byronius Maximus - 2nd dog - 08/Aug/10 with Alex Twist

cem - 2nd - 08/Aug/10 with Graham Dolman, Paul Bolton

Irn Bruce - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Ian Jenkins

I love lay backing!
Spidermunkie - Solo O/S - 03/Jul/10

simeclimb68 - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10

Annoyed with myself for hanging on the rope, I had done the hardest bit by then, once you reach the break it is pretty easy. Great jams. Lovely climb.
Rob Jarratt - Lead dog - 24/Jun/10 with Andy Crawley

Hidden - 2nd dog - 24/Jun/10

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/10 with Rob Highland, Ruth Colston, Jimmy Highland

RuthC - 2nd - 21/Jun/10 with Matt Maynard

The Bad Cough - 2nd dog - 15/May/10 with Christian Minett

cooper leek - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10 with ky

Ky - Lead dnf - 14/Apr/10 with Tim

Knees seemed useful for the grovel into the wide upper crack.
alan moore - 2010

Ebarnes - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 03/Oct/09

david morse - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/09 with Lambros

CharlieMack - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Keith Kilcommons

Hidden - Lead RP - 06/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09

Alex Winter - Lead rpt - 25/Aug/09 with J. Iles-Smith, C. Prescott

jiles - 2nd - 25/Aug/09 with Alex Winter, Chris Prescot

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Aug/09

In no way is this 5a. It's much easier than The File, although no less awesome. If only it was several hundred metres longer!
victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/09 with Alex

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/09

mic_b - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/09 with mrsbate

Hidden - 2nd dog - 11/Aug/09

Jesse Dufton - Lead - 09/Aug/09 with Molly Thompson

mol - 2nd - 09/Aug/09 with Jesse

mlmatt - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/09 with chris jones

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 03/Jun/09

nickwhimster - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with monty

monsteratt - 2nd O/S - 30/May/09 with Andy Abe and & Co

Mr. K - Lead dnf - 23/May/09 with Bryn Wood

Peakology - Lead rpt - 08/Apr/09 with cat

Arrgh! Jamming cracks definitely aren't my favorite type of route but I seem to be making progress, slowly... I did actually enjoy it! 5a
BeccaSnowden - Lead dog - 08/Apr/09 with Becki Moore

Great handjams surprisingly shaped to support and grate your hands at the same time, loved it. Winds at the top were a little intimidating!
Chalky Cat - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/09 with Dom

Hidden - Lead - 04/Apr/09

Theeni - Lead O/S - Apr/09

leepip - Lead dog - 22/Feb/09 with al mason

Alex Winter - Lead - 16/Feb/09 with C. Prescott

Hidden - Lead - 2009

Sidekick - Lead O/S - 2009

better than the last attempt :)
gradbachmark - 2nd - 29/Nov/08 with peakphil

Hidden - TR O/S - Oct/08

jcurley - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/08 with Mike Buddle

Karlos - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/08 with Ben

love this climb. get the right foot jamming and you're laughing
gb83 - 2nd rpt - 25/Aug/08 with masa

What a route!! Short but superb! I didn't take a rest, but to be fair, the rope was often tight, so it wasn't very fair to claim an onsight.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/08 with Graeme B

OffshoreAndy - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/08 with New Mills Duncan

Jesse Dufton - Lead - 21/Jul/08 with Mike Kean

gradbachmark - 2nd dog - 16/Jun/08 with peakphil

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Found it hardest to start- but once established jammed smartly up-jamming a toe in crack takes some of the weight(pain)of the jams.
bobpilgrem - TR - 02/Oct/07 with Bob/Nic

mark s - Lead - 29/Sep/07 with andi t

simoncov - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/07 with Simon Chetwynd

Jon Read - Solo rpt - 03/Sep/07 with andi turner

tonanf - 2nd - 02/Sep/07 with burt

fell a good few times at the lower section trying to jam it, gave up and laybacked it. jammed the final 2/3rds. great line
gb83 - Lead dog - 31/Jul/07 with chriscopps

chriscopps - 2nd - 31/Jul/07

Laybacked it in style all the way up the vertical crack...then lost all style doing the top section, not sure there is an elegant way to do it though!! Get this route done, its fantastic.
Peakphil - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/07

Pythonist - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/07

Birdo - 2007 with Dave Bird

Hidden - Solo - 2007

deklan - Lead - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/06

Si dH - Lead O/S - 26/Nov/06 with Neil Furniss

Hard when you can't jam
Steve Banham - Lead RP - 21/Nov/06 with Dan M (wig)

Howard J - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/06 with Steve Jolley

Stig - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/06 with Jonathan Teale

Budge - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/06 with Ludovic Laurioux

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/06

Full on gritstone jamming, a classic.
adam carless - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/06 with Nick Smith - UKC

Rampikino - Lead - 30/Jun/06 with Cat

FrankW - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/06 with Iain H

Coel Hellier - Lead - 04/Jun/06

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/06 with Alex

awesome clean cut hand jamming crack, similar to higgar tor the file but better
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/06 with R simpson and J berry

Hidden - 2006

jackiechimp - 2nd dog - 2006

Took one fall, losing a lot of skin to the crack
Andrew Abraham - Lead dog - Jun/05

Chris Davids - 2nd RP - 02/Apr/05 with Reuben

mark s - 2005

Dave Bond - Solo - 09/Dec/04

Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - Oct/04 with Simon Wilson

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/04

ArnaudG - Lead O/S - Jun/04 with Dunc

r0b - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/04 with Andy Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2004

Hidden - 2003

Jon Read - Aug/01

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 13/May/01 with Martin Veale

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/01

kato'sdad - 2nd - 24/Feb/01 with Rob Simpson

RobSimmo - Lead - 24/Feb/01 with Jon Berry

Boy - 2000

marcoleptic - Lead - 2000 with Soldier Chris

Jim Brooke - 2nd RP - 09/May/99 with Rich

petekeron - Lead O/S - 1999

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jul/97

WB - Lead O/S - 1996 with Guy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/95

Stephen needed quite a tight rope to second it ... :)
Gordon Stainforth - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/94 with Stephen Venables

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jun/92

Hidden - Lead RP - 1992

Roget - Solo O/S - 11/Sep/91

Mod led- perfect jams.
Peakology - Lead O/S - 1990 with dom

andrew300169 - 1990

tlr - TR - 29/Dec/89 with Fin

Tim Bateman - 2nd - 18/Apr/85

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 15/Jun/82 with Andy Chadwick

mikej - Lead - 18/Apr/81 with Bob Lewis, Mike Mason

GeoffG - Solo - 30/Jul/75

rogerskews - Solo - 1974

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Voting
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hard HVS1 of 70
HVS0 of 70
easy HVS5 of 70
hard VS34 of 70
VS28 of 70
easy VS2 of 70
hard HS0 of 70
HS0 of 70
easy HS0 of 70
hard 5a1 of 72
5a3 of 72
easy 5a43 of 72
hard 4c11 of 72
4c13 of 72
easy 4c1 of 72
hard 4b0 of 72
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easy 4b0 of 72
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