Rockfax Description
14m. Fist jamming at its best (not the contradiction none gritstoner's might imagine) up the bulging crack and curving flake above. Large gear is a must. Climb through the initial overhangs to an uncomfortable niche then fist jam and squirm through the bulges to a final easier section. © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown (& Fred Ashton) 1948

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Joe Brown's Three-Star Grit-List, Joe Browns Shops 50th Anniversary Celebration Routes List, The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

M_Robinson 11/Sep Lead dog

Bloody hell

with Rachel Mackay
Stroppy 11/Sep Lead O/S

Thought this was the easiest of the three HVS - still an absolute struggle though and would have appreciated a big silver cam

Laurabrown 11/Sep TR dnf
Hidden 11/Sep 2nd O/S
soph 09/Sep Lead O/S

Roof was intimidating but quite easy actually- good fist jam for my sized hands- fun!

Andy Moles 15/Aug Lead O/S
with Ferdia
ferdia 15/Aug 2nd
with Andy
Hidden 06/Aug Lead O/S
druss 01/Aug Lead β

Missed the on sight by half an inch. Crucial jam to pull over the lip was just not placed high enough. Great route and highly recommended!

Hidden 01/Aug 2nd dog
FlavioL1989 23/Jul Lead O/S
w-watson 23/Jul 2nd
Duncan Campbell 19/Jul 2nd

Fell off going over the roof a couple of times. Crack was a little wide for someone with small paws like me.

with Robbie
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 19/Jul Lead O/S

Well that was fun...

Hidden 09/May 2nd
Jimbo C 07/May 2nd dog

Climbed only to get Pete's gear out. My goodness what a battle.

with Pete
switch 03/Oct/15 2nd rpt
with John S
jon22 03/Oct/15 Lead
with si witcher
adi bryant 03/Oct/15 Lead O/S


Just Another Dave 05/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Drew a little blood. Felt good. And reasonably straightforward if you can just blank out the pain. As for my second: After several falls just trying to get established, resorted to aiding the entire way with a cam in each hand!

with sam kendrick
JimboWizbo 26/Jul/14 Lead dog


with Beth
Hidden 26/Jul/14 2nd dog
Hidden 21/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Dhonny_Jaws 21/Jun/14 Lead
manwithacam 05/Jun/14 Lead

Delighted to get this, was s******* myself as I knew it would be a battle. Took about 15mins under roof trying to work out what to do, jammed in the end, felt bit desperate but not too bad on reflection. Once in the niche the rest is steady away on lovely jams and great gear. A jamming milestone!

with Mark, Alan
Andy Peak 1 18/May/14 Lead

last route of the chewe chalinge, shold of worn a t shirt!

dominic lee 14/Sep/13 Solo
jshields 18/Aug/13 Lead
with Paul Tretheway
MikeLeeds 18/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Used my camalot 4 in 3 places, and only lost a little blood via my elbow.

CharlieMack 15/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Bicky
Sam Simpson 18/Jun/13 Lead β

Brilliant route, managed to do the start without jamming. Had to jam on the top crack.

The Grist 18/Jun/13 2nd β
andi turner ??/2013 -
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
HarryB 10/Aug/12 Lead dnf

Wasn't the easiest introduction to grit HVS!

with Al
Tony Holdsworth 27/May/12 Lead rpt
with Joanna House, Tom Reed
harold walmsley 05/May/11 Lead O/S

Ranks with The Vice as an iconic grit crack struggle although it seems much less bold with big friends. Done in rain. It stayed dry but the sides felt slippy.

with Colin Struthers
Hidden 17/Apr/11 Lead dnf
TomPR 09/Apr/11 Lead
walts4 ??/2011 -
Graeme Hammond 11/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Excellent, though almost disappointed I didn't really have to try very hard, jamming heaven :D think tough HVS is just fair for this and E1 for The Trident.

with Jools
phil64 28/Jun/10 Lead

awesome... good old fashioned hvs?

Cragrat Rich 21/May/10 Lead O/S

Only proper grit thugs need apply!

Hidden 21/May/10 Lead O/S
mattyork2 13/Sep/09 Lead

Fell of first time - the first of much skin loss today -right cut up now - full body bruising - quality

with Ben Heason
jonka ?/Sep/09 -
with gareth
mattnuttall 03/Jun/09 2nd O/S
with Andy Stewart, Alan Holden
towdman 24/May/09 Lead dog
Graham Armitage 24/May/09 2nd
with towdman
Pete Graham 11/May/08 Lead
with James Fleming
Ian Parnell 01/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with ben bransby
Hidden 23/Aug/07 2nd
Hidden 24/Jul/07 2nd
Brown 03/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with John
nige 21/Apr/07 Lead
with sven rowan
Daniel Armitage 21/Sep/06 Lead rpt
with Paul Armitage
towdman 21/Sep/06 2nd
Hidden 16/Jul/06 Lead rpt
dan_o_b ?/Sep/05 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/05 Lead dog
Hidden 16/Jul/05 Lead
Hidden ?/Jul/05 Lead O/S
rc ??/2005 -
Duncan I ?/Aug/04 Lead dog


Hidden 03/May/04 Lead O/S
mark s ??/2004 Lead O/S
with andi t
sadams 27/Sep/03 Lead O/S
with Eric Hildrew
uphillnow 17/Sep/03 Lead

All about the entry moves

with Mark Gray
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Aug/03 2nd
DubyaJamesDubya 09/Aug/03 Lead O/S

Tough jamming but wonderful.

with Nik Howard
Rob Davies ?/May/03 Lead dnf

Couldn't pass bulge

with Les Goram
Chris Reid 21/Aug/02 Lead O/S
Ian Jones ??/2000 Lead O/S
with John Kirk
Boy ??/2000 -
Dave Musgrove Jnr 28/Aug/99 2nd
with Dad
Dave Musgrove 28/Aug/99 Lead O/S
with David
craig h 11/Jul/99 -
Nigel Coe 26/Jun/99 Lead
with Martin Crocker
Andy Say 14/Jul/89 Solo O/S
charlesmfrench 18/Jul/82 Lead
Seymore Butt ??/1965 -
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