Tower Face*** VS 5a
[Tower Face, Laddow - belayed by author/friend Steve Dean, 2 kb]18m.

Rockfax Description
18m. A great route, the crag is worth the visit just for this route. From the cave pull onto the face (massive thread and just about worth 5a) then climb the centre of the face trending slightly left until it is possible to step back right to the well positioned final crack. © ROCKFAX

FA. Harry Kelly c.1916

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, The 100 Best UK VS routes?, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Peak Rock/2/ The Search For Difficulty Begins..

Photo: Tower Face, Laddow - belayed by author/friend Steve Dean © John Beatty
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This climb is in 126 logbooks, and on 26 wishlists.

Climbster - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/15 with Vick

Found the crux (straight off the deck) rather hard, a boulder problem for sure. Enjoyable climbing follows, not sure about 3*.
GermanAlex - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/15 with Arno

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Aug/15

Hidden - Lead - 12/Aug/15

bryce.dorin - Lead G/U - 25/Jul/15 with OliWoolland

JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/15 with Jake Young

Jake Young - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/15 with JamieSparkes

OliWoolland - 2nd dog - Jul/15 with bryce.dorin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14

Filed on overhang, came in from L, which was still 4c
Ian Stirrups - Lead - 23/Aug/14 with Sue

georgenvk - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Becks87

Becks87 - 2nd - 16/Aug/14 with George

Really good route! Interesting slant to the rock makes the middle section feel pretty out there for a VS.
Guy Atkinson - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Adam Lindley

atom - 2nd - 16/Aug/14 with Guy Atkinson

jimbonfire - 27/Jul/14

Brilliant! Lovely moves after the initial trick start. Pack your small wires and plug away. :-)
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/14 with Chris Tan

Hidden - TR - 21/Jun/14

TraverseKing - 2nd - 21/Jun/14

Should have used the 'massive thread' ;)
sting - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with kwaidy

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Aug/13

saxonzulu - 2nd - 12/Jul/13

Bry - 2nd β - 09/Jun/13 with Chris Hind

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13

j.buckley87 - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/13

John Nuttall - Lead - 06/May/13 with Sharon

towdman - Lead O/S - 06/May/13 with Sue Armitage, Graham Armitage

Hidden - 2013

Frank the Husky - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

augustus trout - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Phil Jarvis

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Sep/12

Hidden - Lead - 09/Sep/12

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Chris Hindley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

Not bad, wasn't as blown away as guide book had me to believe i would be.
Ewano - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

mjeffery - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Mar/12

Entertaining bottom, almost too many hand holds to work it out! High right foot lob and pull. Rest is lovely.
Batt - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/12 with James Hoyes

Hoyes - 2nd O/S - 25/Mar/12 with Rachel B

miles01 - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/12

Palindrome - 2nd O/S - Mar/12

JonG - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

gazfellows - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/11 with shaun d

Great climb, start easier than it looks
cjc2001 - 2nd - 24/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jul/11

lithos - 2nd - 26/Jun/11 with carmen

Carmen led. This time I started up the left arete, which was good but would be too bold to lead. Sooner or later I'll manage the proper start!
Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 26/Jun/11 with Rob, Carmen

Sean Kelly - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/10

quality, bouldery start then sustained interest but never hard and good gear.
lithos - Lead - 03/Jul/10

pebbles - 2nd - 03/Jul/10 with rob

Hard start indeed! Al made short work of it, I fell off a couple of times. Also struggled carrying the 16 pieces of gear Al laced the route with :-) Really really nice route.
embob - 2nd - 22/May/10 with Alex

Hidden - Lead - 22/May/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/May/10

Best VS i have ever done
Sam Simpson - Lead O/S - 04/May/10 with JNewbiggin

awesome climb despite bouncing hail
atom - Lead O/S - 03/May/10 with Lee Parker

Jethro - 2nd - May/10 with Adam Lindley

cooper leek - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with trigg, donk

donkster - 2nd rpt - 18/Apr/10 with trigg, ben

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Darren McMaster

shed_hed - 2nd - 12/Sep/09 with Graeme Hammond

cem - Lead rpt - 09/Aug/09 with John Evans

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jul/09

jshields - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Ed James

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/09

Si dH - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/09 with Chris Foster

VS 5a, with Dom and Helen Oughton, Rucksack Meet
HansUDes - 2nd RP - 01/Jul/09 with Dom Oughton

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/09

Bill got a bit pissy although if he had fallen off hed have hit the deck from 5 meters up
Quarryboy - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Molly Bradbrook, Bill Crawley, David Bradbrook

Daniel Armitage - Lead - 26/Sep/08

towdman - Lead β - 26/Sep/08 with Graham Armitage

Graham Armitage - 2nd - 26/Sep/08 with towdman

adi bryant - AltLd O/S - 16/Sep/08 with Ben

jonka - Lead - Sep/08 with gareth

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/08

Mancunianimport - 2008

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Hidden - Solo O/S - 11/Sep/07

BallsofBritishSteel - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/07 with Kirill

beautiful, shame it was Rob's turn to lead
Kirill - 2nd - 28/Jul/07 with Rob Truckle

Hidden - Lead β - 23/Jun/07

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/07 with Martin Hore & Aaron Willis

Hidden - Lead - 14/Apr/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/06

Hidden - Lead - 16/Jul/06

Hard starting move leads to a great upper section. As with all this crag, best done when completely dry. Could do with lots more traffic to clean it up. Worth the walk in on a nice day.
russonly - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/06 with PeteS

FrankW - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/06 with Joe

The stuff of legend. Quite sustained in the middle stretch.
alan moore - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/05

mol - 2nd - 02/Oct/05 with Haggis

donkster - Lead rpt - Sep/05 with den steve

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/05 with Jen Dargue

snowy owl - 2nd - 09/Apr/05 with Chris Harrison

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/04

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - Jun/04 with Richard Bower

The wind was a little un-nerving on the final bit.
Michael Brown - Lead O/S - 15/May/04 with Nick Mcmillan

best ever vs on grit??
jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 2004 with Lucie Hallas

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Aug/03

Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/03 with Carmen

PenJD - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/02 with Jon Ascroft

IanGilbertJones - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/02

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Mar/02

Urgles - Lead - Aug/01 with Laura

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jun/01

Urgles - Lead O/S - 2001 with Laura

cem - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/00 with Graham Dolman

snowy_woodruff - Lead - 30/Apr/00 with Mem

bullybones - 2000

Ian Archer - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/96 with James Leavy

Hidden - Solo - 09/Apr/95

Peter Harding was in his early 70s. He had first done the climb about 55 years before.
Gordon Stainforth - Lead - 06/Aug/94 with Steve Dean, Peter Harding, John Lumb

A truly great route.
Iain Thow - Lead - 30/Aug/93 with Christine King

Roget - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/91 with chris jones

ste_d - Lead O/S - 18/May/91 with mik

Rog Wilko - Lead - Jul/90 with Debbie Wilkinson

babymoac - Lead - 13/Jul/86 with MTW

Nigel Bond - Lead - 04/Apr/81 with Martin Crosby

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jun/76

probably with Al Bennett
uphillnow - Lead - 1976

Falko - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/75 with Al W.

I believe it was only Hard Severe in the guidebook we had at the time. Don't remember anything special about it so surprised to see it gets such a hyped write up in Over the Moors?
Dave Musgrove - 07/Oct/73

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