Rockfax Description
8m. The awkward and often rather green groove is squirmed to a rounded exit. The route is not popular, partly because of where it is and partly because it's hard! Usually feels like E1. © Rockfax

FA. Don Whillans 1958

Ticklists: Staffordshire Grit Challenge - Brown-Whillans Day Out, Roaches HVS Challenge.

steely 12/Oct 2nd O/S
owain-1978 12/Oct Lead O/S
StefanP ?/Oct Lead dnf

Last cam popped out on fall (need to inspect placement better in future). Ricki provided a good catch

Andy Clarke 30/Sep Lead O/S

Green but dry. Felt pretty steady once I abandoned all idea of recreating the Whillans pose in the BMC guide!

bpw666 11/Jul Lead dog
fredallingham 11/Jul Lead O/S

Marvellous route- super dry today

Rebecca North 11/Jul 2nd

Layback the whole crack

with bpw666
Callum van Werkhoven 10/Jun 2nd O/S
with Will Murphy
magicmartin 08/Jun Lead dnf

Couldn't manage the lead, a lot of power is needed for the initial move into the cracks.

magicmartin 08/Jun 2nd β

Didn't manage the lead, fell off twice on 2nd then finally got it from the bottom on the third try. I will come back for the lead. A very strenous climb!

MichaelGallimore 07/Jun 2nd

Part of the Roaches HVS challenge. We got the silver medal, then it went dark on us after skyline. All routes attempted on-sight. Fun day! Thanks Dan and Flavio!

with Flavio
Hidden 07/Jun TR
Graeme Hammond 07/Jun Lead O/S

Excellent little route, do it if it is in condition!

with Becky E
FlavioL1989 07/Jun Lead O/S

Roaches HVS Challenge #1. 6:30am start, bit hard for that time of day without warmup.

James Oakes 26/May 2nd O/S
Ram MkiV 26/May Lead O/S
with noaks
Peakpdr 04/May Lead
Andy Peak 1 06/Apr Lead O/S

Green slippy and classic

with Andrew Deckon
Kassius 19/Mar Lead dnf
Andrew will wilson ??/2015 -
Hidden 03/Nov/14 Lead O/S
Stuart William 11/Oct/14 Lead dog

Very wet and slippery. Good fun though. Top out was a little sketchy. Took one little fall and couldn't be bothered to lower off for a ground-up go since it was so wet in the crack.

with Mark
Andrew Abraham 27/Aug/14 Lead rpt
with Sam Riley, Ceara
Mark Duncan 14/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Quite nice. pretty easy for grade.

James rogers86 14/Aug/14 Solo

Nice crack to solo.

Jon_King 13/Aug/14 Lead O/S
67hours 26/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with Matt Cookie
Matt Cooke 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with George Cave
soph 23/Jul/14 2nd
with Lindy Smith
Nick Russell 21/Jul/14 2nd

12/31. Really enjoyable, a lovely bit of light relief after the crack of gloom.

Alex Winter 21/Jul/14 Lead O/S

12 on Staffordshire nose. Was wearing my comfy shoes, which had big holes in them. Made the laybacking on this feel more precarious than it needed to.

with Nick
Hidden 29/Jun/14 Lead rpt
dan gibson 29/Jun/14 -
with michael porter
Andrew Abraham 12/Jun/14 Lead rpt
Chriswallis2 12/Jun/14 Lead β

On Pete's gear.

Will Murphy 12/Jun/14 Solo O/S
morganator 26/May/14 2nd
soph 26/May/14 Lead O/S
MichaelGallimore 18/May/14 Lead O/S

Inspired by the pic of don whillans in the BMC guide. Didn't manage to find that contorted rest though.

with Brendan
sam corbett ?/May/14 Solo
sam corbett ?/May/14 Solo O/S
Noodles30 16/Apr/14 Lead O/S
switch 09/Mar/14 Lead O/S

slime in the crack. Still great though, especially the finish

with James
Hidden ??/2014 -
Alistair Corbett 30/Sep/13 Solo O/S


mop449 30/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Difficult to place gear, but short enough to not become too tiring

Climbster 04/Sep/13 2nd β
with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 04/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Matt
vinspin 23/Aug/13 -
andi turner 22/Jul/13 AltLd
with pete bridgwood
Hidden 26/Apr/13 Lead O/S
PeteWilson 09/Apr/13 2nd
with Andrew Graham
Hidden 07/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 07/Apr/13 Lead O/S
ianstevens 24/Feb/13 -
Samuel Wainwright 24/Feb/13 Lead O/S
mikedeleyser 24/Feb/13 TR dog

Did fall once, but managed to climb to the top with persistence on the arms. First climbing expedition outdoors.

Brown 22/Sep/12 Lead
with Andy R
Hidden 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/11 2nd O/S
dan gibson 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with michael porter
B-bop 09/Apr/11 Lead dog
with T Max
Rock Zigger 08/Apr/11 Lead dnf

Pulled two friends out on fall. Damaged finger prevented second attempt

Hidden ??/2011 Lead
northy1983 ??/2011 Lead O/S

very wet and dirty

with seb
Andrew Abraham 27/Sep/10 Lead O/S

It sure was slipery for the hands, and rather damp in the cracks but quality rock for the feet to bridge all the way to the top. The Top out was quite exiting on lead, theres not a lot for your hands up there and I wouldn't trust that heather!

monsteratt 26/Sep/10 2nd O/S

A slippery crack tricky bridging and a tricky exit. Good value for its length

alexyoung 10/Jul/10 Lead dnf

Well, it looked in reasonable condition but clearly it wasn't. When does get in condition if not mid July?

with Cockney Andy
Rob Davies ?/Jul/10 Lead

This doesn't get any easier.

with Phil Ashton
Laura-lou 19/Jun/10 Lead
with chris prescott, Chink
Hidden 19/Jun/10 2nd
Spidermunkie 12/Jun/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2010 Lead
willoates ?/Aug/09 Solo O/S

Little wet at the top, but good

Hidden 25/Jul/09 Solo
Hidden 14/Jun/09 Lead β
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden 07/May/07 TR O/S
Birdo ??/2007 -
with Dave Bird
Hidden ??/2005 -
Gus ??/2005 Lead
nai ??/1995 Lead
Tony Little 13/Oct/91 Solo O/S
with Sam
adi bryant 02/Oct/91 Solo O/S
Andy Say 19/Aug/91 Solo
Roget 02/Jul/91 Solo O/S
Rob Davies ?/Sep/90 2nd

Aptly named - Angus slithered off before succeeding. Given VS 4c!

with Angus McLean
Hidden 16/May/90 Lead
Hidden 23/Jun/88 Solo
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