Hedgehog Crack** VS 4c
[Hedgehog crack, 4 kb]10m.

Rockfax Description
10m. The crack widens gradually from finger locks to good hand-jams to plain awkward. The finish is wide and perplexing. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Western Peak Grit 100 VD - VS, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, The Pearson-Tanner Roaches Expedition.

Photo: Hedgehog crack © gazfellows
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This climb is in 133 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

DanChad - 2nd O/S - 12/May/15 with Paul Deane, Chris Murray

Great climb. Warnings of no gear above 3m are incorrect. It's well protected with a normal rack although a friend 4(+) or two adds a bit more security.
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - 12/May/15 with Paul Deane, Dan Chadfield

andyclimber - 2nd O/S - 22/Apr/15

Fantastic and not as much jamming as you might think looking at it.
jonhowson - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/15 with Pete, Chris

Nigel Bond - 2nd - 03/Oct/14 with Coel

Coel Hellier - Lead - 03/Oct/14

brian watson - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/14 with gary watson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/14

Good route, nice jams and then a thrutch
MTL - 2nd O/S - 07/Sep/14 with Donnie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14

$b in my older Staffs guide actually approaching 5a a lot harder than Batchelors!
andybirtwistle - Lead - 27/Jul/14 with Keith Lonsdale

25 on Staffordshire nose. Climbed in mistake for Slimline. Tits.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Nick

25/31. Climbed in mistake for Slimline. Bollocks. Thought it was implausibly easy for E1.
Nick Russell - 2nd - 21/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

ADConway - Lead dog - 13/Jun/14 with Amy Sidderley

snowfluke - 2nd dnf - 13/Jun/14 with Alex Conway

gavster - Lead - 01/Jun/14 with ruth

Definitely coming back to this one after some first jamming practise! :)
Ruthie - 2nd dog - 01/Jun/14 with Gavin

This is not an easy climb to solo! Very good though.
gregoritos - Solo O/S - 21/May/14

cem - Lead O/S - 05/May/14 with Chris Smith

Tony fell on lead. Nut was wedged. Needed holding on rope to fight it out. Final climb of day. Hard work, needed a tight rope.
sc4660 - 2nd dog - 04/May/14

Hidden - Lead - 01/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead - 31/Aug/13

dan_blair87 - 2nd dog - 03/Jul/13

dan_blair87 - 2nd RP - 03/Jul/13

dan_blair87 - 2nd RP - 03/Jul/13

bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/13 with Dennis

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jun/13

sputnik - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with Mark

Chris Sansum - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Phil Gibson

This is a vs with attitude. Should be 5a ??? Awsome crack/squirmy climbing tho !!!
gazfellows - AltLd - 06/Apr/13 with Billy

Bottled the lead about half-way up as I couldn't see any gear after the half-way point (it does exist, just very well hidden from below). Seconded Gaz up it instead and of course wished I hadn't been such a wuss as it's a great route!
madasten - 2nd - 06/Apr/13 with Nicola, Gaz

Hannes B - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/13 with Debbie B

Nigel Bond - Lead - 09/Oct/12 with Dave Dewhurst

Hidden - 09/Oct/12

Nice jamming at the bottom if a bit off balance. Horrible at the top!
Batt - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/12 with rachael spraggs

Epic and evil. Run out at the top.
spragglerocks - Lead dog - 15/Sep/12 with Rachel Batt

Rained half way up, the top was wet, green and slippy
pauldr - 12/Aug/12

Quality route. Gear up to about 3m, so a long way to the top before without any palcement
Daymo - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Len Oakes

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jul/12

Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12 with Thomas Geh

tgeh - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/12 with dan geh

gingerwolf - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 30/Jul/11

jamming and thuggery..
mol - 2nd - 30/Jul/11 with Jesse

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Jul/11

deklan - Lead - 02/May/11 with chris, tristan

Starts too thin, ends up too wide. No gear at the top. Done at night with Dave onsight.
Peakology - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/11 with Dave

keith leonard - 2011

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Oct/10

donkster - 2nd rpt - 24/Oct/10 with DaveNW

Andrew Sloan - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10

hotfeet - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Alex Pond

al99 - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Nick Record

Hidden - Lead - 30/Aug/10

rod757 - Lead - Jul/10

thrutch - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/10 with helen

Wouldn't like to have lead as it was another hand jammers heaven. Managed to avoid hand jamming apart from on first move or two.
andrea83 - 2nd O/S - 22/Jun/10 with Buxton MC

good climb.did enjoy it...
miro - Lead O/S - 16/May/10

Hidden - Lead - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

Was grateful to be carrying a Camalot #4 and a pink Tricam; made the route feel well protected. Found the crux to be the slippery fistjam section at mid-height, upper offwith was pretty straighforward. Great fun.
Mr. K - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Sarah Clough

tmawer - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with kevin, John

Mr Wild - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with jon m

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 11/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead - 05/Apr/09

Hidden - 2009

GrantB - Lead - 21/Sep/08 with Phil Bailey

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Sep/08

paul birch - 31/Aug/08

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Rob Smith

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/08

rob wmc - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Alan & Jim

Nick Rundall - Lead O/S - Apr/08 with John Cook

daveagriff - 2nd - 2008

shoulders - Lead - 09/Sep/07

rachelwheatcroft - 2nd - 02/Sep/07 with Marvino and Jamie

Toby Dunn - 2nd - 29/Aug/07 with Tom Randall

MaccMark - 2nd - 18/Aug/07 with Philip Jarvis

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 11/Aug/07 with sam read

Foot slipped from the wet funky crack near the bottom!
PanzerHanzler - 2nd dog - 19/Jul/07 with Tom

MONKEY78 - 2nd - 31/May/07 with adam ellwood

tlr - Lead - 29/Apr/07 with Richard

Steve Banham - Lead - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/06

much easier than it looks. lovely route
Caralynh - 2nd - 08/Aug/06 with Nick Smith

feilx - Solo - 30/Jul/06

Hopevalleypaul - Lead dnf - 29/Jul/06 with Gareth W

bigphil - 2nd - 15/Jul/06 with Toby & Calum

AJ007 - 2nd - 24/Jun/06 with Brian

dan gibson - Lead rpt - 24/Jun/06 with karing

Never Again. Ever. Very scary, and couldn't find any pro after half way. Loads of muscle strain, cramp, and a grazed nose from wiggling up the crack! used a nut for a first bit of pro (6 foot up), and then two cams up to the half way point.
doughboy_swiftandsure - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/06 with Christos Haranzis (HOPS)

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 02/Jun/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/06

Jon Read - Solo β - 25/May/06 with Andi Turner & Mark Sharrat

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 07/Jul/05 with crossdressingrodney

crossdressingrodney - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/05 with cornish merlin, victim of mathematics

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

Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/05

eduardo - Lead O/S - 2005

Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - Nov/04 with Gus Hudgins

donkster - 2nd O/S - Nov/04 with trigg

MeMeMe - Lead O/S - Sep/04

Hopevalleypaul - 2nd - 31/Jul/04 with Mike C

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/03

Budge - 2nd O/S - 08/Jul/03 with Mike Oates

Hidden - Solo - 2003

MontyH - Lead - 11/May/02 with Andy Lawrance

Hidden - 2nd - May/02

MontyH - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/00 with Andy Lawrance

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1997

a real thrutch
brady - 2nd - 01/Sep/96 with John Cameron

Iain Thow - 2nd - 29/Aug/96 with Dave Walch

rough date
Dave Mountford - Lead - 1996 with Damon Heath

Rog Wilko - Lead - Sep/95 with Debbie Wilkinson

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Sep/94

stokienomad - Lead - 16/Apr/94

Roget - Solo rpt - 15/Jul/92

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 21/Jun/92 with Dad

Hidden - Solo rpt - 19/Apr/92

Hidden - Lead - 31/Jul/91

SimonN - Lead - 28/Apr/91

Roget - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/90 with colin

Hidden - 1986

Nigel Coe - 04/Apr/81 with Steve Portnoi

Mark Kemball - 2nd - 1980

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/77 with Ed Heath

Dave Musgrove - 23/May/76

mikej - Solo - 17/Jun/70 with Stewart Grant

tapley - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/69 with Derek Montford

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Total votes cast 102
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