Ackit** HVS 5b
[Ackit, 2 kb]14m.

Rockfax Description
14m. Follow the right-trending flake by awkward laybacking (good gear is available but it is tricky to place) to bulges, which are crossed by a steep pull and an exit out left. A good line. © ROCKFAX

FA. Don Whillans 1958 Direct Finish Tony Barley 1967

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

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This climb is in 138 logbooks, and on 21 wishlists.

The first part is a slab without footholds that requires faith in friction, and high feet got me past the crux.
Tall Gecko Hands - 2nd - 03/Oct/15

xiangoh - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/15

Layback crack is delightful but top section is tricky to work out, got it second go. First route on grit in 20 odd degree heat which wasn't helpful!
Nath93 - TR dog - 12/Aug/15

Will Murphy - Lead - 10/Jun/15 with Cal, Andy

Callum van Werkhoven - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/15 with Will Murphy

Ace, lower crack was easier than expected, top was quite awkward and committing but with good gear. Good 2nd by Bex
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Becky E

Roaches HVS Challenge #2
FlavioL1989 - 2nd O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Mike Gallimore

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!
MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Flavio

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

Ram MkiV - 2nd O/S - 26/May/15 with noaks

Hidden - 16/May/15

Will Murphy - 2nd - 14/May/15 with Andy

Andy Myers - Lead O/S - 14/May/15 with willmurphy

It took me about a hour to get up it, made the mistake of thinking it would be easier the second time
Andrew Abraham - Lead rpt - 01/May/15 with Ky

alias dave - Lead dog - 18/Apr/15 with Dan Allen

Daniel Allen - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/15 with Christian Turford

John Higgs - Lead dnf - 21/Mar/15 with Allan Watson

Theeni - 2nd O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Joseph

My first successful HVS lead! Some serious fridge hugging at the top, from the ground I thought it was going to be over by that point!
jrccrosby - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Henry Crosby

67hours - 2nd dog - 26/Jul/14 with Matt Cookie

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with George Cave

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

13/31. A bit of a wobble on the upper bulge.
Nick Russell - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

13 on Staffordshire nose.
Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Nick

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 29/Jun/14

dan gibson - 29/Jun/14 with michael porter

Stupid rain stopped play after 1 route
Andrew Abraham - 2nd rpt - 14/Jun/14 with Chris Wallis

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Andy Stoke

Absorbing and satisfying, the top crux feels more like 5c. Very upper reaches of HVS.
Goodstuff - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/14 with Jared

morganator - Lead O/S - 26/May/14 with Sophie Whyte

Morris123 - Lead - 18/May/14

switch - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/14 with Tim H

Hidden - Lead - 13/Apr/14

Tophe - 2nd β - 29/Mar/14 with Ben Ochner

soph - 2nd O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Lindy Smith

fell on crux twice finished on redpoint without being lowered off
friendzone1234 - Lead - Mar/14

Hidden - 2014

Strong but well protected
mop449 - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/13 with Sara Sha'ath

Climbster - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/13 with Ian

Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/13 with Matt

PeteWilson - 2nd - 28/Aug/13 with Andrew Graham

Hidden - Lead - 26/Aug/13

Mike W - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/13

Alistair Corbett - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/13 with Mike

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

Fantastic HVS!
Stuart_Burbidge - Lead rpt - 05/Jul/13 with Henry Francis

HAJ Francis - Lead β - 04/Jul/13

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/13 with Mike

ran out of the gear size I needed for the very last part of the route and dint fancy risking it, great route though , i will be back!
pete_naylor - Lead dnf - 02/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Oct/12

Brown - Lead - 22/Sep/12 with Andy R

Foot slip. How irritating.
Ben1983 - Lead dog - Sep/12

Hidden - 2nd dog - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12

Took a fall about half way up, just after the crack changes angle.
will_benfold - Lead dog - 28/Jul/12 with Cameron

cameron_hall - 2nd dog - 28/Jul/12 with Will Benfold

g1m147 - 2nd - 18/May/12 with Mick.

Julesthe1st - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Sean

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Apr/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 23/Oct/11

lost.arrow - 16/Oct/11 with Stu Sherwood

Got stuck on the lead, came down and seconded after Dan
Petarghh - 2nd - 09/Aug/11

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

awesome test of layback ability
minirollsrule - 2nd O/S - 14/Jul/11 with Tim Nixon

JaseSSDD - 2nd - 14/Jul/11 with Ian Barker

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/11 with Rachel Takacs

Hidden - Lead dnf - 02/Jul/11

donkster - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/11 with mudders

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

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 26/Jun/11 with michael porter

pipof747 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/11

Hard, awkward crux! Well protected and memorable.
bnewman - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/11 with Amelia

grp - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11 with mungo nash

Hidden - 2nd dog - Apr/11

John Mckeating - 2011

Steff007 - 2nd O/S - 2011

Hannes B - 2nd - 24/Oct/10 with Neil P

Awesome route, though i foolishly didnt take any gear big enough for the top half, so just had to run it out.
CharlieMack - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/10 with Tom Seabridge

A bit commiting but more straight-forward moves than it looked, just need to commit to the lay-back. For leading one day!
Emma-Louise Anderson - 2nd - 14/Oct/10 with Paul Tattersall

tatz45 - Lead rpt - 14/Oct/10 with Emma Anderson

Awsome route, you need to put the effort in though
Andrew Abraham - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/10 with Clement Attwood

Not too bad to a small foot rail for a rest, but then two awkward and strenuous moves.
monsteratt - 2nd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Andrew Abraham

Hidden - Lead dog - 24/Sep/10

Most gear in-situ from Terry's attempt
sam820 - Lead β - 24/Sep/10 with Matt Roper, Terry

fun, fun, fun
riddle - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Mike Stephenson

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/Jul/10

Bloody hard graft, Emma tried to lead but failed at first bulge so I tried on top rope. The first buldge is tough, after this there is a tough layback move which I did in horrid style. Right hand low, left hand in higher crack to start then bring right hand up and over. There are three good hand holds here but this is blood, sweat and tears!
Hewin - TR dog - 23/Jun/10 with WMC

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/May/10

FrankW - 2nd O/S - 15/May/10 with Andy P, Lee Bonner

Most gear insitu
Garron - Lead β - 15/May/10

The Bad Cough - Lead O/S - 14/May/10 with Christian Minett

PeteH - 2nd O/S - 08/May/10 with Noel Peatfield

ndp - Lead - 08/May/10

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 2010

After my partner backed off the lead, we couldn't resist it. Fantastic route.
ozbaker - TR β - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

Pete Graham - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/09 with Malcolm Scott

schaff - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/09 with Mikkel

AJ007 - Lead - 01/Jun/09 with Dan

dan gibson - 2nd rpt - 01/Jun/09 with AJ

MaccMark - 2nd - 22/May/09 with Philip Jarvis

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/09

highclimber - Aug/08

bullybones - Lead - Jul/08

steveP - Lead dnf - 07/Jun/08 with Dan Towns

Laybacked the start but neither Steve nor I could make the final crux move. Steve's attempt was made on the lead whilst mine was on a top rope.
DanT - TR dnf - 07/Jun/08 with Steve Pettit

I don't like laybacks :(
Howard J - 2nd dog - 06/May/08 with Mark Ford

feilx - Lead O/S - 24/Feb/08 with Ben Harper

dannyboy83 - 2nd O/S - Feb/08 with Andy Webster

Fell 3 bloody times just before the crux, backed off for a teacake then tackled the high foot lay back over gear. Cracking climb, cant wait to lead it again! Half an hour to get the nut out afterwards!
richardhopton - Lead dog - 08/Oct/07 with Matt Thombs

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

Mutl3y - 2nd - 21/Apr/07 with TonyM

nige - Lead - 25/Aug/06 with sven rowan

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/06 with karing

Chesh - Lead - 25/May/06 with Paul Lestor

Highly amusing
goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/06 with John Marsland

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/05

Hidden - 2005

Andy Campbell - 2nd O/S - 2004 with Neil

Gus - Lead - 2003

my first lead. every runner wobbly and phils car broken into after. great being a student
northy1983 - Lead O/S - 2001 with phil palmer tree

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/96

brady - 2nd - 1995 with John Cameron

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 15/Apr/93 with Bill Kemball

Sean Kelly - Lead - Apr/93 with Pete Carmichael

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Jan/93

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jul/92

Hidden - Lead - 05/May/92

Roget - Solo O/S - 16/Sep/91

Hidden - Lead - 16/May/90

andrew300169 - Lead O/S - 1990

Nick Rundall - 2nd O/S - 1990

Tom V - 1986

andy gittins - 1984

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/81

Andy Stephenson - Lead O/S - 1981

Darron - 1977

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