Brown's Crack** E2 5c
[Brown and Whillans day out - Route 1, 3 kb]14m.

Rockfax Description
14m. The central crack leads awkwardly to the capping overhang which provides the main meat of the route. An awkward accursed struggle for most, prepare to be mauled! 'Technically by far the most difficult route here', 1973 guide. © ROCKFAX

FA. Joe Brown 1950s 1955

Ticklists: BMC staffordshire "crackers dozen" crack school, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, Staffordshire Grit Challenge - Brown-Whillans Day Out, Peak Rock/7/8/Biven-Peck Partnership/1950's a Developing Decade.

Photo: Brown and Whillans day out - Route 1 © Niall Grimes
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This climb is in 76 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Did it after a few falls on gear. Mega
drewish - Lead dog - 31/Jul/15 with SteveE9

James Oakes - 2nd O/S - 26/May/15 with Steve Ramsden

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 26/May/15 with noaks

Done again as I decided i quite liked the moves through the roof and having now put gaffa tape on my hands it seemed a shame not to use them. Really good.
Jake Young - Lead rpt - 24/May/15 with Ben

second go on Ben/Jakes gear! was pretty brutal and ended up using my face! just lowered back to the slab after the first go as there wasn't much point going right back down to the ground!
shaunhumphreys - Lead G/U - 23/May/15 with Jake Young, Dawn, benkelsey

Painful fist. Did all the moves except the last one
benkelsey - Lead dnf - 23/May/15 with Jake Young

fell of the first couple of attempts then figured out a really good sequence that just seemed to work. good battle up this, wish i taped up before this attempt.
Jake Young - Lead G/U - 23/May/15 with Ben

on john's gear , well pleased to get this first go! :)
PeteWilson - Lead β - 07/Apr/15 with John P, Andi T

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 2015

Hidden - Lead - 10/Nov/14

Lenny - Lead dnf - 27/Sep/14 with Phil .N

soph - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/14 with Lindy Smith

6/31. Not so bad when you know how. Good beta from Alex.
Nick Russell - 2nd - 20/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

6 on Staffordshire nose.
Alex Winter - Lead rpt - 20/Jul/14 with Nick

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 29/Jun/14

dan gibson - 29/Jun/14 with michael porter

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Jun/14

soph - Lead β - 24/Apr/14 with Lindy Smith

Wearing George's jamming gloves! Bit of a thrash, but not as tricky as I was expecting.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/14 with George

NAILS! Hard as! Couldn't finish it on the top rope. Full man points to Monty for leading when green and slimy
Andrew Abraham - 2nd dnf - 08/Dec/13 with Ceara, Nick Whimster, Clement Attwood

What a fight! One fall trying to get jam in upper crack. Got it second go from the ledge. Woop woop.
monsteratt - Lead dog - 07/Dec/13 with Nick Whimster, Andrew Abraham

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

Amazing route, so good to finally do it. Surprisingly sequency for a jamming crack! Made the tactical error of wearing a beater, forearms are a mess now!
Dan Geh - Lead G/U - 16/Jul/13 with Thomas Geh

only hvs
tgeh - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with imogene, dan geh

andi turner - 2013

had a real and prolonged battle at the crux, but finally managed to top out cleanly. I almost could not believe it... Tremendous experience!
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/12 with Mitch

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

Fairly clean sequence with high left foot, but still painful fists.
Daniel Heath - Lead β - 05/Sep/12 with Eszter

Attempted on Marks gear, couldn't work out how to get into the upper crack on this, desperate.
RFWilkie - Lead dnf - 26/Jul/12 with Mark

Still have the scars from attempting this.
WillDoyle - Lead dnf - 25/Jun/12

still easier than don's crack
Alex@home - 2nd rpt - 30/May/12 with The Doctor

Plain hard! but well protected, a few fat fists and a bit of gusto help you on your way... quality :)
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Richard Williams

Matt Harle - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/12 with Tom Pilgrim

cleanest E2 so far, felt really good on the way up, feels painful now
timmyhobby - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/12

CragDog - Lead O/S - 25/Feb/12

Hidden - 2012

cat22 - 2nd dnf - 06/Nov/11 with Mike

Hidden - Lead RP - 07/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead - 30/Jul/11

(Ground up) Very hard! Got it clean on 6th attempt - yes!
BeccaSnowden - Lead RP - 23/Jul/11 with Tom

Nearly! Made it to left hand in the top crack plenty times but just couldn't uncontort myself to get through. Ill be back for a rematch with more use of knees. Wear an old jumper, my arms are wrecked!
JRae - Lead dnf - 23/Jul/11 with A Saul

Tough, sustained jamming. Only just made it!
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Becca

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd - 26/Jun/11 with loundsy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 11/Jun/11

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

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Mar/11

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

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/11

switch - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/11 with Nickie

Bloody hell thats hard Brown 1 - 0 Rhodes will be going back for a rematch
Peakpdr - Lead dnf - 19/Aug/10 with P. Mitchell

Jimbo_28 - Lead rpt - 06/Jul/10

Had a good go, but this is hard. No way you'd fall off, my problem was that I couldn't make any upward progress - nearly there but bailed from the very last udge!
Tom Last - Lead dnf - 16/Jun/10 with mkean

DanT - TR dnf - 29/May/10 with Jon Aston

Boy - 17/Apr/10 with Adam , Nige Kershaw

Hidden - Lead - 2010

nickcanute - Lead O/S - 2010

dannyboy83 - 2nd - Oct/09 with Floris

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

jcurley - 2nd dnf - 10/Jun/08 with Mike Buddle

Pete Graham - Lead - 31/May/08 with Luke Porter

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 03/May/08 with Ash

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 03/May/08

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/07

Mr Wild - Lead dnf - 07/Jun/07 with Greg

Hidden - 2005

Hidden - Lead - 22/Sep/02

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/02 with Duncan Irving

Roget - Lead O/S - 2002 with jon

Gus - Lead - 2002

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jul/01

Hidden - Lead dog - 1999

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/96

WB - Lead O/S - 1996 with Guy

ian caton - 1995 with Martin

Hidden - Lead - 14/Oct/84

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