Bachelor's Climb*** VS 4c
[bachelor's climb, 4 kb]28m.

Rockfax Description
28m. Another great route. Climb the steep bulging crack left of the arete on jams to a ledge, then continue by more jamming to a good stance on The Pulpit. Step back down, traverse left to the bulging crack and storm this by more glorious jamming. © ROCKFAX

FA. (pitch 2) Joe Brown 1952 (before this it finished up Great Chimney)

Ticklists: The 100 Best UK VS routes?, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Western Peak Grit 100 VD - VS, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, 100 Western Grit Stars, Staffordshire Grit Challenge - Brown-Whillans Day Out.

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This climb is in 271 logbooks, and on 36 wishlists.

thrutch - AltLd - 03/Oct/15 with Sven

Hidden - Lead - 03/Oct/15

StefanP - 2nd - Oct/15

Magnificent - but quite a stern examination of ones jamming skills. Almost ran out of time working out my answer to the question posed by the first bulge! One pitch, LH finish.
Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/15 with sk1nfl1nt

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/15

v.tough at VS. hard jams
mark4344 - Lead - 27/Sep/15 with Michel

Matthew Glenn - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/15 with Sam Pollitt

Rob Royle - AltLd - 30/Aug/15 with Gav

old route
gavster - AltLd - 30/Aug/15

A Gritstone education.
planetmarshall - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/15 with Ned

ned_85 - 2nd - 29/Aug/15 with Andrew Marshall

Defeated by another crack on a VS. More tape and more practice required
gpcomps - Lead dnf - 11/Aug/15 with Mark L

Dan Vaj - Lead dog - 12/Jul/15 with Matt taylor

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/15

certainly not a soft touch, lost some skin jamming. Left hand finish (in one pitch).
john_ni - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/15 with John Maxfield (PCC)

Bernie L - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/15 with RobScarisbrick

john max - 2nd - 11/Jul/15 with John Bayliss

hthom - Lead - 11/Jul/15

RobScarisbrick - 2nd O/S - 11/Jul/15 with Bernie

Original right hand finish into Chimney, save the left hand finish for Bachelors left hand on another day.
Peakphil - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Gill and Sparrow

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

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

Coel Hellier - Lead - 18/Apr/15

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/15 with Will, Henry

Hidden - Lead - 10/Nov/14

bullybones - Lead - 02/Oct/14 with Neil

brian watson - 2nd - 28/Sep/14 with gary watson

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Sep/14

Andy Hardy - Lead rpt - 21/Sep/14

the leader decided to head to the chimney
Martin Bagshaw - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Ed Green, Chris CMC

Davidchatterton - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/14 with heyhoot

heyhoot - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/14

Matt Harmon - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Alex McCann

amccann - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Matt H

andybirtwistle - Lead - 27/Jul/14 with Keith Lonsdale

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

23/31. They're all merging into one now. I remember struggling to remove at least 3 cams?
Nick Russell - 2nd - 21/Jul/14 with Alex Winter

23 on Staffordshire nose. Full body cramps.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Nick

Paul Hy - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/14 with Dave L

soph - 2nd - 15/Jul/14 with Lindy Smith

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 29/Jun/14

dan gibson - 29/Jun/14 with michael porter

Finished up the chimney, still a hard solo at vs though.
gregoritos - Solo O/S - 21/May/14

Tough to get started, and then moving up after the traverse. Good climb
Andy Chubb - Lead - 04/May/14 with Steve Goodman

pipof747 - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - May/14

Surprisingly brutal jams were exhausting.
WhipperSnapper - AltLd - 13/Apr/14 with Maxie

soph - 2nd O/S - 30/Mar/14 with Lindy Smith

gavster - TR - 09/Mar/14 with rob

Rob Royle - 2nd - 09/Mar/14 with Gav

Hidden - 2014

msoldn - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/13 with Richard Nadin

Chimney finish
rd20 - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/13 with Kim

Hard jamming. Only lost a bit of skin. Tape gloves might have made first jam crack easier, though I found a good jam in the end. Led climb up to bottom of top crack. Too much rope drag (did I not extend on purpose?!), wind, lack of cams, dampness, and generally not liking the look of it, make me put in an belay. Partner didn't like the look of it either, and so led out up the original finish. I would have tried with more cams, but of course at that point, I was holding all the rope over my anchor ropes, and it would have been so much work to led out then, what a shame! ;-)
kim.mulji - Lead dnf - 20/Oct/13 with PgClimbs

Hidden - 05/Oct/13

Lead to pulpit, both too knackered to finish. Lower-off didn't go as planned, got free helicopter ride.
StaffsAndy - Lead dnf - 01/Oct/13

egg-man - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/13 with John Pickles

Climbster - 2nd β - 31/Aug/13 with Ian

What a route! Spot on pro and really nice moves all the way, always a pleasure never a chore!
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13 with Matt

Really tough jammy start. Finished up great chimney which was actually quite fun. Quite a pumpy route.
wishicud climbHVS - Lead - 28/Aug/13 with Big Fat Dan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13

UnkArl - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/13 with Lee

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

quickdrawmcraw - 2nd - 13/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/13

Lead excellent bottom pitch.
bobpilgrem - AltLd - 21/Jun/13 with Dennis

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13

Hidden - 04/Jun/13

ranga - 2nd - 01/Jun/13

vassy05 - Jun/13

Jonathan Hall - AltLd - 05/May/13 with Ian Peachy

Anne Gumbley - 2nd - 05/May/13 with Phil Wadsworth

farmerwad - Lead - 05/May/13 with S.O.C.

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13

With lh finish.
Double Knee Bar - Lead O/S - 03/May/13

g1m147 - 2nd - 28/Apr/13 with Mick.

fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/13 with liv_the_div

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

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Apr/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/13

mchonofsky - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead - 28/Feb/13

Hidden - 2013

Andy Chadwick - 2013

Hidden - 2013

saffy - Lead O/S - 2013

Right hand start
sputnik - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Mrs Z

Three stars. Loved this climb. Jammy. Met a rambling club at the top who were scrutinising my belay anchors.
MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/12 with Andy Hawkins

Number nine of the attempt on the Staffordshire Nose
Brown - Lead - 22/Sep/12 with Andy R

Darrell Read - Lead - 01/Sep/12 with Oliver Mentz

Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 19/Aug/12 with Steve Lunt

Dogged like a muppet. Need more jamming practice.
demarcation86 - AltLd dog - 27/Jul/12 with Paul

Dan Geh - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/12 with Thomas Geh

tgeh - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12 with dan geh

Rich Kirby - 2nd - 12/Jul/12 with Ruth

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

stuaart - 2nd - 04/Jun/12 with Neil Redgrave

TimKnight - 2nd - 26/May/12 with Paul Anker

Joemanglerocks - Lead - 26/May/12 with Emily Venables

Ross.Cooper - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/12 with Harry Yarrow

Done in two pitches (awful belay on the pulpit!)
yarrow - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/12 with Ross.Cooper

Killianmurphy - 2nd - 15/Jan/12 with Matt reynolds

alternative top section up great chimney due to being a wuss and punting on hand jams...
Don Jebus - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/12 with James

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - Jan/12

alan moore - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 2012 with Andrew Bevan

bigdrew - 2nd O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Mark R

mark20 - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11

Joey C - 2nd O/S - 02/Oct/11

really good climb, great to practice jamming so much, a good fight!
Tom Redmond - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11 with joe

Led P1. Did original finish up Great Chimney
marcoleptic - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/11 with max

tim.fairhall - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/11 with Matt

We did this in 2 pitches. Ken led up the first part and across to under the final crack. Not easy, this. I made use of Ken's shoulder to start the final crack and found the final moves "challenging".
Allan FW - AltLd - 03/Sep/11 with Ken

Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Aug/11

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 02/Aug/11 with Clare

jamtastic..hard getting over the initial bulge
mol - 2nd - 31/Jul/11 with Jesse

Did this as a last climb of the evening and what a climb! Jamming all the way, few holds, no foot holds, need lots of cams. I almost burnt myself out on the first jam and fell on my gear with exhaustion! Got into the swing of it and struggled my way to the top. A real workout.
Johnny B Diggerman - Lead RP - 27/Jul/11 with Dan L

stronglikebear - 2nd - 27/Jul/11 with Johnny B Diggerman

Laurence Everitt - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Mark D, Tom Green

Mark D - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Tom Green, Laurence Everitt

Mike Tutt - Lead - 28/May/11

SteveM - Lead - 22/Apr/11 with Kat

After downclimbing from first few moves on lead.
kitkat78 - 2nd β - 22/Apr/11 with SteveM

Went up with no cams so got scared and finished up the chimney
p_won - Lead - Apr/11 with johnny walker

Lead first pitch with one rest on the gear. Planned to do it as two pitches and finish up Bachelor's Left-Hand but found it too hard so did original finish from pulpit onto Great Chimney instead. It's a lot harder than the grade would suggest and you have to be good at jamming!
Tala M - AltLd dog - 24/Mar/11 with Phil Yeomans

Fun day! Instead of doing in one pitch we decided tala would do first pitch and I would do the top half. This didn't happen. Hilarity ensued, and three pitches later (pffft)we got to the top of the easier original finish!
payeo20 - AltLd - 24/Mar/11 with Tala M

Just first pitch cuz top one was Kermit and it was pitch black. Swore a fair bit.
Peakology - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/11 with Dave

Hidden - 2011

John Mckeating - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Took lots of jamming skills - which I didn't have!
hcooper - 2nd - 16/Oct/10 with John Proctor

All went well until the final wide jamming bit right at the top. I got this on my 3rd attempt, it is reassuring to see people's comments on here that it is hard for the grade...
JdotP - Lead dog - 16/Oct/10 with Hereward Cooper

Led it and seconded it afterwards to clean the gear.
lostinmidlands - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10 with troelsS

Some polish at the start
hotfeet - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Alex Pond

JRae - 2nd - 01/Aug/10 with Oli H

Oliver Houston - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/10

rod757 - Lead - Jul/10

LittleClimbingMaria - 29/Jun/10

this was a great route but felt very hard at VS, you really need to know how to jam well on this 1!
jon_gill1 - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/10 with ian, big Si

Andy Hardy - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/10

P2 up great chimney. J decided to do the 'original' (?) finish which heads towards great chimney then discovered there was a birds nest behind a ledge so we split it into 2 pitches to stop the rope running over them!! Must go back and do it properly!
Batt - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/10 with James Hoyes

Enjoyed the route. Nice warm up for the weekend.
matt.jj - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/10

Retreated 3/4 of the way up....... dont know why, head just went...............
Spidermunkie - Lead dnf - 04/Jun/10

Great VS, lovely jams.
Dave Mahon - Lead - Jun/10 with Matt Jackson

bailed out rough onto the chimney
simozzer - 2nd dnf - 16/May/10 with Cass, Matt

Led to pulpit, but finished via easy chimney, rather than the scary crack.
rocklobster - Lead dnf - 16/May/10 with Cass, Simon

Pown - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

Pete Graham - 2nd - 15/May/10 with Dave Pownall

djking1983 - 2nd - 10/Apr/10 with Rich Brammall

Bram - Lead - 10/Apr/10 with Dave King

Ok that's the start of th season, but god that felt hard! I guess it wasn't my day. I took a rest on a nut in the first crack and thought "bollocks, I can't believe I'm dogging a VS". I then traversed to the top left crack and spent ages placing a nut, because of the 2 cams I could have used, I placed one earlier, and dropped the second. Once more or less satisfied with my nut placement, I went for the move, came off, my nut popped out and I tipped upside down before swinging to the right when my next piece of gear in the right-hand crack caught me. I haven't fallen off a 4c for years. This felt desperate. I think I need some jamming advice.
Joris.Roulleau - Lead dnf - 03/Apr/10 with Seth Redmond

GF - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

sgl0jd - 2010

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Alice

Did the left hand finish up Bachelor's Left-hand, hard for VS, Unexpected nice lead after Darren didn't like the jaming and down climbed.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Darren McMaster

shed_hed - Lead dnf - 26/Sep/09 with Graeme Hammond

shed_hed - 2nd - 26/Sep/09 with Graeme Hammond

Hidden - Lead - 20/Sep/09

Noodles30 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09

Hairy, took a couple of falls and struggled with the climb throughout. My first experience with crack climb though and my lack of jamming experience was evident. Need to learn to jam before attempting this again!
Irn Bruce - Lead dog - 02/Aug/09 with Ian Jenkins

jonka - 2nd - Aug/09 with sean

Dave Rumney - 2nd - 18/Jul/09 with Tanya Milner

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

A tough little number! No escaping the jams on this one.
Neil Henson - 2nd - 23/Jun/09 with Graham Robinson

Superb - I managed to preserve my cams for the final crack.
Steve Waters, Mynydd - Lead - 16/Jun/09 with Simon Coldrick

Hidden - Lead dnf - 21/Apr/09

popov86 - Lead - 15/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09

Tried the left hand finish. Down climbed to half way and then lowered off.
Dinger - Lead dnf - 05/Apr/09 with Martin Heaton

keith leonard - 2009

Hidden - 2009

This is a hard climb, great gear though but so have lots of other HVS. I climbed the Rivelin needle last week (HVS)and found this a lot harder. VS seems a bit weak....
richardhopton - Lead O/S - 16/Nov/08 with AndyM-LVB

Great route, BUT NOT VS!
AndyM-LVB - 2nd β - 16/Nov/08 with Richard Hopton

With painfull left hand finish
ClaireS - 2nd - 12/Oct/08 with Matt Reynolds

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/08

Me P1 to pulpit, Adrian P2 up great chimney.
hellboundblr - AltLd - 22/Jun/08 with Adrian Goldstraw

Pete Horn - 31/May/08 with Gerard

cem - 2nd - 31/May/08 with Mark O'Neill

Quality climb.
Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Alan Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08

jeffb - 2nd - 26/Apr/08 with andy c

@ndy - Lead - 26/Apr/08

rob wmc - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Alan & Jim

daveagriff - 2nd - 2008

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/07

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

PanzerHanzler - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/07 with Tom

jasonpm - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/07 with Dave, Dave.

towdman - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/07 with Adam Armitage

Darragh - May/07

Hidden - Lead - 2007

rachelwheatcroft - 2nd - 14/Nov/06 with Marvino

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/06

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

A few hard moves, but I was shattered by the time we got to this. nice route though
Caralynh - 2nd - 08/Aug/06 with Nick Smith

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

Nicos - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/06 with keith leonard

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 02/Jun/06

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

orb - Lead O/S - 05/May/06 with Mojo

Stig - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/05 with Jonathan Teale

OffshoreAndy - 2nd - 29/May/05 with Steve Mount

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/05

Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/05

Hidden - 2005

Danhan - Lead - 09/Sep/04 with Steve

MeMeMe - Lead O/S - Sep/04

Si dH - 2nd O/S - Aug/04 with Kane Chandler

jimshrimp - AltLd - 31/Jul/04

Hidden - Solo rpt - 06/Jun/04

r0b - 2nd - 09/Apr/04 with Mark Humphries

Mark A Humphries - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/04 with Rob Harper

Bothered by a wasp whilst belaying. It seemed to like walking on my shirt.
Alaric - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/03 with Isabel B

IanGilbertJones - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/03

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 15/Jun/03 with Nige Shaw

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/03

Hidden - Lead - 03/May/03

With the chimney finish.
Blod - Lead rpt - 28/Sep/02 with runestone

five - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/02 with JT, TW

Goody - 2nd O/S - 13/Aug/02 with Dave Checkley

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/02

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jul/02

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/02 with Joe Thompson

Alastair Hudson - Lead - 13/Jan/02 with Bob Smith

Brian Rodgers - Lead - 2001 with Emma Jones

MontyH - AltLd O/S - 21/Oct/00 with Andy Lawrance

smudge - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/00 with Pete Ramshaw

Chimney finish
bullybones - 2000

Hidden - 1999

Dom Whillans - 1999

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Mar/98

barney@helmshore - 2nd - 28/Sep/97 with simon

stokienomad - Lead - 11/Jul/97

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - Apr/97

Iain Thow - Lead - 29/Aug/96 with Dave Walch

brady - 2nd - 1996 with John Cameron

rough date
Dave Mountford - 1996 with Damon Heath

Rog Wilko - Lead - Sep/95 with Debbie Wilkinson

colin milton - 2nd - 14/May/95 with eric milton

Hidden - TR - Jul/94

WB - 1992

steve prior - Lead - Jun/91 with Paul L

Raggar - Lead - 28/Jul/90 with Clare M, Steve B

Roget - Solo O/S - 22/May/90

Hidden - Lead - 08/Jun/86

Ian Archer - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/86 with Tony Green

Nigel Bond - Lead - 03/Nov/85 with Bryn Roberts

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/85

Hidden - Lead - 23/Mar/85

Hidden - 2nd - Oct/84

Nigel Bond - Lead - 14/Apr/84 with Charlie Leverton

Babika - 2nd - 10/Jul/83 with Mark Jones

RichardMc - Lead - 09/May/80 with Jim Fisher

Nigel Bond - Lead - 23/Feb/80 with Mark Dixon

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1980

Hammy - AltLd - 09/Jul/79 with Jonathon Stacey

Chris Terrey - Lead - May/78 with Ken Taylor

babymoac - 2nd - 26/Jun/77 with SWH

Mark Kemball - Lead - 04/Jun/77 with Sarah Bridge

RichardMc - Solo - 30/Apr/77

rogerskews - 1976 with John Blackburn

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

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

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