Rockfax Description
10m. Interesting; this variation avoids the crux of the regular route by some speleological lunacy. Climb towards the slot beneath the boulders then get squirming. Helmet, harness and runners will all impede your progress on what is Western Grit's answer to Helfenstein's Struggle. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Through Routes!, The troglodyte squeeze specials.

SamN 25/Oct Lead β

Much squirming and swearing.

adamre12 25/Oct Solo
KatOstrich 17/Oct Solo O/S
zcsharp 17/Oct Solo O/S
katiep 08/Aug Solo O/S

Night time ascent. Requires good squirming technique

with Sion, Amy Horton, Alex Banks, Ben
Jake Young 08/Aug Solo O/S

Almost forgot about this, think i had a large mug.

Amy Horton 08/Aug Solo
embob 03/Aug Lead dnf

Epic fail. Couldn't get any further than head and shoulders through the tunnel so slunk off left!

with Alex
Andy Morley 04/Jul Solo β
WeeLee 28/Jun Solo O/S

Brilliant and weird, easier than it first looks!

Tom.Priestley 06/Jun Solo O/S

Best done solo without a helmet if you don't want to get stuck

bloc 06/Jun Solo O/S
bloc 06/Jun Solo O/S
MichaelGallimore 30/May Solo rpt
Somerset swede basher 26/May Solo O/S
hirving 26/Apr 2nd O/S

Possibly one of the most unpleasant climbs I've ever done. worst than any caving i've done. got my knot stuck around bottom of chock then had to wriggle so hard to get out...should of just soloed it

Hidden 26/Apr Solo O/S
Mike.Kinge 18/Apr Lead dnf

Ridiculous climbing, couldn't get through the hole, even with a substantial amount of thrutching.

with Rob
Wolfy1987 NEWMC 11/Apr Lead
i_a_coops 07/Mar Solo O/S

by headtorch. Turns out it can be a bit of a wind tunnel

Andrew Wright 15/Feb Lead O/S
with Josh Veasey, Anthony Sheard
Shannyb 15/Feb 2nd

Was worried I would get stuck like the boys. Turns out I was much more at risk of falling out of the route than getting stuck. Fun :) !

Jmpollard 14/Feb Solo
thisisbethevans 14/Feb Solo RP

Heavily assisted, drunken, nighttime solo. Dan helped drag me over the boulder bit

Morgan P 14/Feb Solo

At night after beers in trainers - great fun!

Gentleman Joe 07/Feb Lead O/S

Had to take harness off as nuts placed themselves

rashwell ?/Dec/14 Solo
leoch01 18/Oct/14 Solo O/S
Theeni 20/Sep/14 Solo O/S
craggybear 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Rosie Henstock 07/Sep/14 Solo O/S

1pt of aid (Toms head)

TGreen 07/Sep/14 Solo rpt
MattKettle 07/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Pete Nielsen
Hidden 05/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Albachoss 17/Aug/14 Solo rpt
with Monia
Hidden 15/Aug/14 Solo β
TGreen 30/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Madden 26/Jul/14 Solo O/S

Note to self; wear t-shirt next time. So much grit rash.

sgl0jd ?/May/14 Solo

barefoot struggling

TheaSmea 15/Apr/14 Solo O/S
with James
WhipperSnapper 14/Apr/14 Solo O/S
with Maxie
Stopsy 12/Apr/14 Solo rpt
Teappleby 30/Mar/14 Solo

Group ascent.

Tophe 29/Mar/14 Solo rpt

Love this route!!!

with Ben Ochner
Drew Bennett 29/Mar/14 Solo
amccann 29/Mar/14 Solo
Teappleby 29/Mar/14 Lead

Sarah 'you choose which way to go', so of course we did the inside route!

sibluer 21/Mar/14 Lead
knighty 16/Mar/14 Lead dnf

Couldn't fit through the hole with jackets and harness and gear. I'll try again solo in the future!

Hidden 08/Mar/14 Sent rpt
Caitlin 08/Mar/14 Lead
Hidden 22/Feb/14 2nd dnf
Roo123 ??/2014 Solo
Hidden ??/2014 2nd
Hidden 23/Nov/13 2nd
Louvet 23/Nov/13 Lead

Got through the hole but much squirming, excellent fun but definitely only for small people with lots of determination!

with Tarquin
Anne Gumbley 23/Nov/13 Lead dnf
with David Cross
dave4430 23/Nov/13 Lead dnf

couldn't squeeze through

CLyus 03/Nov/13 Lead O/S
with alex belfield, matthias lepape
Siobhan McGowan 06/Oct/13 Solo

Plus uber old-school trad. Wimped out of the traverse and ended up tying rope around waist.

lost.arrow 29/Sep/13 -
with Emma Veitch
Hidden 21/Sep/13 Solo O/S
jack 9895 20/Sep/13 Solo
lewis_james84 ?/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Chris Dovey 27/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Wriggers 27/Aug/13 2nd rpt

With Eddie and chris

with Chris dovey, Eddie Roebuck
ERH 26/Aug/13 Solo rpt
with Sarah R
Hidden 03/Aug/13 Solo
Albachoss 03/Aug/13 Solo rpt
RichardLeggett 14/Jul/13 2nd
Hidden 05/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Jul/13 Lead
Stopsy 01/Jul/13 Solo O/S
with Stu, Henry
Killianmurphy 21/Jun/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 11/Jun/13 Solo O/S
jjclarke70 05/Jun/13 Solo O/S
Dan Geh 26/May/13 Solo rpt
HazelMacLean 26/May/13 Lead β

Wriggle through a tiny space- Johnny got stuck seconding. Everyone else soloed up behind for moral support.

Indy92 26/May/13 Solo
Hidden 06/May/13 Lead O/S
jwhereat 04/Apr/13 2nd O/S
jack 9895 13/Mar/13 Solo O/S

just wriggle

dsgarner 03/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 -
nic_andrews ?/Mar/13 Solo
Zara_92 24/Feb/13 Lead dog

got stuck and put on top rope for slot

Sam Husband 18/Feb/13 Solo O/S

I have seen a succession of 6ft, 80kg + blokes climb this today (including myself), there is no excuse!

RKirke 17/Feb/13 Solo
Hidden 17/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Albachoss 17/Feb/13 Solo rpt

Will Hunt 17/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Stroppy 17/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Sophieeee 17/Feb/13 Solo
owb106 17/Feb/13 Solo β
Tophe 16/Feb/13 Solo O/S
with Prem
jacobjacob 16/Feb/13 Solo β

In the dark, unpleasant but satisfying. Type 2 fun.

CragDog 16/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Joshh ?/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Sam Melville 09/Oct/12 Solo O/S

funny, but a bit awkward!

BeckyBrown1989 09/Oct/12 Lead
with Helen Roberts
MichaelGallimore 01/Sep/12 Solo RP

Second attempt. First time the harness and helmet got in the way. Still a very tight squeeze! Highly recommended!

PeteArcher 04/Aug/12 AltLd O/S

Krista led second pitch through the cave

with Krista
Krista 04/Aug/12 2nd
Stuart_Burbidge 21/Jul/12 Solo rpt
j.townley 21/Jul/12 Solo dnf

Wouldnt fit

whitehouse_rhys 08/Jul/12 Solo O/S

fun little solo in walking boots (cleaned of course), ended up finishing with my shorts around my ankles and a loss of all dignity but fun

Nick Russell 08/Jul/12 Solo O/S

I think my training as a swimmer helped with this one

iallaway 01/Jul/12 Solo RP
ScottyD 10/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Alex179 13/May/12 Lead
RichardN 13/May/12 2nd O/S
mattshort 12/May/12 Solo
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead dnf
scotty h 28/Apr/12 Solo rpt

Helped Susie with a lot of combined climbing tactics.

with Suzie
Dan Geh 15/Apr/12 Solo O/S

was tight!

p_won 07/Apr/12 Lead O/S

wet and couldnt commit to crux on siftas quid. Rubbish!

with Ollie Knowles, ric eliot
Hidden 29/Mar/12 TR
MichaelGallimore ?/Mar/12 2nd dnf

Didn't get through, and I'm quite small!

Hidden 19/Feb/12 -
Hidden 19/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Ross.Cooper 29/Jan/12 2nd O/S

Up to squirm then exit left due to not seeing a way through hole.

yarrow 29/Jan/12 Lead O/S

Got to the squirm and decided I wouldn't fit! Went left to finish.

jack1996 15/Jan/12 Solo rpt

Just because i thought it was fun :)

with tom s
jack1996 15/Jan/12 Solo O/S

Freaking tight, although i did repeat it after cause it was so much fun :)

with tom s
Matt Smith 07/Jan/12 Solo O/S

I may be the largest person ever to fit through the hole, can anyone beat 6'4?

tom106 07/Jan/12 Solo β


funsized 07/Jan/12 Solo O/S


Greg Jones 06/Nov/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Oct/11 Solo O/S
sgl 26/Oct/11 Solo O/S
Mr. K 22/Oct/11 Solo rpt
steve.warrington 22/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Stuart Llewellyn
Hidden 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Brown 14/Aug/11 Solo
with Solo
Hidden 30/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Jonny Nick 14/Jul/11 2nd O/S

What a bloody tight squeeze!

jamests99 02/Jul/11 Solo O/S
with colin, Rob, Jase
Climbfool_88 21/Jun/11 Solo O/S
ross brinson 07/Jun/11 Solo
Hidden 06/Jun/11 Solo dnf
PeteArcher 05/Jun/11 Lead dnf

Got head & shoulders in the cave, but decided I'd never get through with harness & gear so cut left to Captain Lethargy finish

antmorgan1991 05/Jun/11 Lead O/S

One HELL of a fun route! Easy until the ledge, the vertical caving practice was a bugger. The sun was up when I went in, and had set by the time I topped out. Real issue with rope drag through the squeeze. Funniest route imaginable, especially for belayers with the noises made by climbers!

with Dave Southam, Ross Monaghan
Bobling 04/Jun/11 Solo

Good fun, I came out with a full body grit rash and Rob didn't. Please explain?

scotty h 11/May/11 Solo β
kez1 03/May/11 Solo O/S


mcglenr25 25/Apr/11 Lead O/S

A very tight squeeze!

Hidden 25/Apr/11 2nd
Kirsty810202 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
saalty 16/Apr/11 Solo rpt
with eddy
saalty 12/Apr/11 Solo O/S
with Terri, colin
Hidden 11/Apr/11 Lead dnf
Spidermunkie 07/Apr/11 Solo O/S

Excellent fun

Jonathan Spooner ?/Apr/11 Solo O/S
nickwhimster 31/Mar/11 Solo O/S
Duffers 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Nearly got stuck cos i'm a fat ba***d.

with Alex
johnpuddephatt 11/Mar/11 Solo O/S

10pm. Walking boots. T-Shirt. No headtorch.

with Matt Robinson, Jamie Sparkes
JamieSparkes 11/Mar/11 Solo rpt
Matt_L_Robinson 11/Mar/11 Solo

bring lube.

Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 09/Oct/10 TR O/S
geddicakes 25/Sep/10 -
with slim
calephetos 12/Sep/10 -

'Interesting' experience. Got in the hole after three goes, and spent what felt like forever sprawled over the rock in the middle while my feet kicked about feebly below. Wriggled out into perfect warm sunshine at the top.

Mikey Moran 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Horrible fiddly last bit such a hard gap to squeeze through but well worth it.

kev82 01/Aug/10 Lead dnf

Got halfway in the hole and couldn't pull myself through.

liverpooldave 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
farmus21 23/Jul/10 -

Monstrous fun.

with Frazer Hopwwod
Mike Turner 11/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Joshua Turner
JamieSparkes 01/Jul/10 Solo O/S

good fun

squidgebob 01/Jul/10 Solo O/S
with jamie
richyclimb 19/Jun/10 Lead
sgl0jd 12/Jun/10 -

Did this barefoot. Two bare feet sticking out of the crag must've gotten some strange looks from passersby

Jacqui Parker 12/Jun/10 Lead
with Stu Burbidge, James Dexter
Mitch1990 12/Jun/10 -

what a squeeze its more like caving

gingerwolf 10/Jun/10 Lead O/S

stupid, crazy but fun!

pffft 02/May/10 Solo rpt
mark32 ?/May/10 -
erica 24/Apr/10 2nd

Look - no hands! (or feet). Good for novelty value, not to be repeated! John led Sifta's Quid and I took the 'easy' option.

with John
Andy Merrick 17/Apr/10 Solo O/S

Take your harness off !!!!!

Hidden 09/Apr/10 Lead dnf
heathergotrumbled 14/Mar/10 Lead dnf

Never again!

with ST
s.tietz 14/Mar/10 TR O/S
Duncan Campbell 07/Mar/10 Solo O/S


sleavesley 23/Jan/10 Lead dnf

We both couldn't get through! Maybe when I was 12 I could of done it!

with Nick Scott
georgebe ??/2010 Lead
GF ??/2010 -
philw ??/2010 -
Hidden 28/Nov/09 Solo dnf
uremac83 06/Nov/09 Lead
matt0759 17/Oct/09 Lead
bavarianGaz 26/Sep/09 Solo O/S
dasdo 19/Sep/09 2nd
simeclimb68 15/Sep/09 Solo O/S

hideously mental, but awesome varient

Mr. K 10/Sep/09 Solo O/S
Laura-lou 08/Sep/09 Solo
pffft 25/Jul/09 AltLd O/S

Awesome fun route, Tom lead placing gear every metre or so, including inside the lower tunnel, had to much rope drag so set up belay. I joined him and lead through the top tunnel complete with gear and trying to place it. Got horribly stuck so had to remove helmet and gear while stuck in tunnel, then finally could proceed to finish. Most fun all day :)

PerrinT 25/Jul/09 AltLd

Definitely take less gear next time! also attempting to multi-pitch after the first tunnel was fun - as was protecting the roof of the first tunnel! :)

willoates ?/Jul/09 Solo β

beta = don't ware a harness or anything from guidebook lol

Hidden 10/Jun/09 -
thenewme ?/Jun/09 Lead dnf
with Hobnob
Hixmclix 29/Apr/09 Solo O/S
garburn 25/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Ed Westwood 25/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/09 Solo O/S
SimonBrown 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Dan James
GPN 11/Apr/09 Solo O/S
net 11/Apr/09 Solo rpt

Went under the first set of boulders this time too. Emerged at the top filthy. Awesome route!

with George
Hidden 11/Apr/09 Solo O/S
jepotherepo ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Helen
Hidden 28/Mar/09 Lead O/S
BenJacobs 28/Mar/09 Lead dnf

could not work it out, glad to provide some amusement. Even went out on to Obsession Fatal at one point for some variation, dont think the snow helped much with the friction.

with Bethan
Graeme Hammond 22/Mar/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/09 Lead O/S
dj_brigham05 15/Mar/09 Solo O/S
jonnie3430 15/Mar/09 Solo O/S
with Hannah
Hidden 28/Feb/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Feb/09 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2009 Solo
Hidden ??/2009 -
grady ??/2009 Solo O/S
Guestie9 17/Oct/08 Lead O/S

Good sling placemts on route, good gear placements.last moves of climb atre tricky, wedged in to crack than went up and over.

with Clewer
Killianmurphy 22/Aug/08 2nd dnf

Harness kept me from geting through so after 20 minutes backed down and finished up Captin L,

with Becca Snowden
MattT88 01/Aug/08 Solo O/S
BeccaSnowden 01/Aug/08 Solo O/S

You wriggle this way, you wriggle that way... Very fun!

LeighAdams 27/Jul/08 Lead
with Eddie Banks
SimonAndersen 19/Jul/08 Solo O/S
with Kevin Belcher
Matthew Coleman 07/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Lesley
Hidden 14/May/08 2nd
Hidden 06/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Mar/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 07/Mar/08 Solo
TiffTiff 24/Feb/08 Solo O/S
net 16/Feb/08 Solo

The most fun I've had in ages.

dan gibson ??/2008 Solo O/S
Lev 04/Nov/07 2nd O/S

Should get a star just for the novelty value of crawling through a hole and getting muddy.

with Rob Horton & Jon Crouch
rh5980 ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S

Worth it for the novelty for sure!

Lev ?/Oct/07 2nd
Hidden 30/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Ben1983 30/Sep/07 Solo O/S
tlmarjot 30/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Ben Lea
Jonny M 02/Sep/07 Lead O/S
nublet 11/Aug/07 Solo O/S

Dont repeat in a t-shirt!

ebunick 04/Aug/07 Solo rpt

bit of fun to play on again

with Joe
ebunick 07/Jul/07 2nd O/S

bloody hilarious!!! great fun and the most recommended climb of the day!

with Jez
Hidden 13/Apr/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Mar/07 Solo
sce8 11/Mar/07 Lead
with gemma
treebadger 10/Mar/07 Lead dnf

i'm not a child; i couldn't fit...

whiting.jp 17/Feb/07 Lead dnf

Utterly rediculous, completely deviant, and not a little foul. Did some mud swimming through the first tunnel, but gave up on the second after scraping out on my first attempt (that and my second wasn't exactly looking happy about the route anymore, not that I blamed him). Maybe, just maybe one for summer, but not for Feburary.

timmy-ts ??/2007 -
Ollie_park ??/2007 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Mr Wild 15/Oct/06 Lead O/S

Tried getting through the second hole, but its impopssible unless your a 7 year old kid

with Mark
Richard Hession 12/Aug/06 Solo O/S

Did the full inside route squirming through the lower hole and then the top one also shaping myself into a boomerang and wriggling upwards to the even smaller exit hole :) Managed to get a full body grit rash!

Hidden 24/Jun/06 Lead O/S
SecretSquirrel 18/Jun/06 -

Best crag comedy I've had in a long time!

featuresforfeet 18/Jun/06 AltLd O/S

Briefly thought of calling the fire brigade but achieved full pelvic dislocation and freed myself.

Tim Sparrow ?/May/06 Solo

Weirdly enjoyable. Even better to watch those of above average girth struggling!

Mat J ??/2006 -
krusty23 ??/2006 -

Completed after doing the 'outside route' it of a squirm, interesting! dont try it with a helmet on!

with MMU Bunch
EAYL 23/Oct/05 2nd

an experience

with Patrick Snow
stevo smith 16/Apr/05 Solo O/S
stevo smith 16/Apr/05 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2005 -
Iain Downie ??/2005 -
Hidden ??/2005 Lead
Gus ??/2005 -

Midnight group solo on the BMC guidebook launch night. Mark didn't fit!

chris murnin 16/Sep/04 Lead
victim of mathematics 12/Jul/04 Solo O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Jun/04 Solo O/S
will_benfold ?/May/04 Solo O/S

Tip: don't wear a harness or chalk bag.

coffeepot ?/Aug/03 2nd
with Romy
Smelly Fox 08/May/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Feb/03 Solo O/S
ed woods ??/2000 Solo O/S
Duncan Bourne 07/May/95 Solo O/S

Climbing or caving?

A Crook 22/Apr/95 Solo O/S

Struggle and twist and shout and fuck I'm stuck

with Pat Boothman
andrew300169 ??/1990 Lead
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