Don's Crack* E1 5b
[Ted Kingsnorth on Don's Crack (HVS haha), 3 kb]10m.

Rockfax Description
10m. Not unexpectedly, the right-hand crack is thuggish. Fortunately it is well-protected and the difficulties are soon over. Thought by many to be a harder proposition than Brown's! © ROCKFAX

FA. Don Whillans 1950s 1955

Ticklists: The Roaches - Routes Graded List, 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: Ted Kingsnorth on Don's Crack (HVS haha) © Guy Maddox
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This climb is in 86 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

John Higgs - Solo rpt - 04/Jul/15

Sam Simpson - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/15 with Tom Doldon

John Higgs - Solo O/S - 06/Jun/15

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

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

Pretty happy with this, quite good.
Jake Young - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/15 with Huw

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Apr/15

hard! fell off this one, really reachy
PeteWilson - 2nd - 07/Apr/15 with John P, Andi T

Hidden - Lead - 10/Nov/14

2nd go. Just needed a little more ggrrrr to get the jams in :)
Climbster - Lead G/U - 27/Jul/14 with Ian

Got it 2nd go, on my 1st go i trapped a nerve in my hand on a pebble while jamming, after the feeling returned to my fingers i got it next try.
Bloke on a Rope - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/14 with Vic, Matt

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

4/31. Felt harder than last time.
Nick Russell - 2nd - 20/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

4 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 - 02/Jun/14

MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 15/May/14 with Miles

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

Not the most inspiring of lines to look at, but a few great moves. Heel hooking with fist jams and unusual combination
monsteratt - Lead O/S - 08/Dec/13 with Nick Whimster, Andrew Abraham

Mint route, tough though
Andrew Abraham - 2nd dog - 08/Dec/13 with Nick Whimster, Clement Attwood

Back of the crack in the small niche was damp and I couldn't get the jam to stick. I'll be back!
Mr. K - Lead dnf - 03/Aug/13 with Adam Radcliff

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

not too bad for hvs bomber jams the whole way and a knee bar
tgeh - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with imogene, dan geh

Number Five of the attempt on the Staffordshire Nose15.07.12
Brown - 2nd - 22/Sep/12 with Andy R

All a bit brutal, classic Whillans! This one should stay a HVS sandbag in my opinion, makes it more fun!
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Neil Mackie

Only took two people and 20 minutes to get Ralph's cam out of the crack
Thinker01 - 2nd RP - 26/Jul/12 with Ralph Wilkinson

RFWilkie - Lead dog - 26/Jul/12

Brown - Lead - 15/Jul/12 with Lily

Might of had a rest/haul on the super wet greasy middle section
Maken - 2nd - 10/Jun/12 with Tom Allsop

1 fall, soaking wet, mingin, brutal and fuckin brilliant! Cant wait to get on Browns effort next time!
tallsop - 10/Jun/12 with Chris

Hard but over quickly and well protected, stiff HVS. Had to retreat after the first few attempts at the crux to tape up
Nick Russell - Lead RP - 27/May/12 with Steve Shenton

Wham jam, thank you ma'am!
Souljah - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Andi, Dave and SAS Bob!

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

Hidden - Lead - 25/Feb/12

JamieSparkes - 2nd O/S - 25/Feb/12 with alex minshall, Huw

Hidden - 2012

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

quality route well worth 2 stars even if it is all over a bit too soon. Found very straight forward perfect jams and a lay back exit. Those with out some oomph and jamming skills probably find it much harder though.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Jim

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

Dave Mason - 2nd dnf - 18/Oct/11 with Adam Gill, Trev Tatler

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

Pretty straightforward jamming fest. Shortlived, I used jams in the back of the crack and some good holds arrived
Cragrat Rich - Solo O/S - 26/Jul/11

Soooo hard but possibly 'cause I'm short.. Had to pop for a jam!
BeccaSnowden - Lead dog - 23/Jul/11 with Tom

JRae - Lead - 23/Jul/11 with A Saul

Takes a long reach but isn't too bad, probs fair at HVS.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Becca

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

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

Hidden - Lead dog - May/11

jmjw - Lead β - 25/Apr/11 with Dan P

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

Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10 with J. Iles-Smith

Bloody nails!
odox - 2nd dnf - 27/Jun/10 with Andrew Birtwistle

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

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09

Hidden - 20/Mar/09

switch - Lead O/S - 2009 with Nickie

snakebite - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/08 with Matt Reynolds

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

Pete Graham - 2nd - 31/May/08 with Luke Porter

Rich Kirby - 2nd - 03/May/08 with Ash

Hidden - 2nd - 03/May/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/07

simoncov - TR dog - 08/Sep/07 with Simon Chetwynd

Jon Read - Solo O/S - 03/Sep/07 with andi turner

nige - Lead - 20/Aug/07 with mark hounslea

Lawrence Eccles - Lead O/S - Aug/07 with A. Crook

Hard, with brutal jamming, and sloping. Undergaded, but worthwile. Not seconded
Steve Banham - Lead dog - 14/Mar/07 with Phil R

Rob Kennard - 2007

kato'sdad - Lead - 05/Mar/06 with Rob Simpson

RobSimmo - 2nd O/S - 05/Mar/06 with Jon Berry

Hidden - Lead - Sep/05

Hidden - 2005

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

sadams - Lead dnf - 02/May/04 with Tom Briggs

ASchwirtz - TR O/S - 27/Jul/03 with Mike Todd

Hidden - 2003

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

Gus - Lead - 2002

Roget - Solo rpt - 10/May/01

Roget - Lead O/S - 03/May/01

Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 16/May/98 with Dave Hassall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jul/96

Ken Taylor - TR - 15/Jun/82

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