Rockfax Description
20m. Western grit's Peapod, a classical struggle but a classic nonetheless. The narrow central section is an uphill battle especially for those who are large in the chest, though once the trident block is grasped things ease and the final section gives glorious jamming. © Rockfax

Fa. Joe Brown 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), Work Hard, Play Hard, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Joe Brown's Three-Star Grit-List.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
switch 03/Oct Lead O/S

Textbook V-groove technique. Bone dry and clean, despite the bright green colour.

jon22 03/Oct 2nd
si witcher
adi bryant 03/Oct Lead G/U

What a climb. Went the wrong way n fell off. Went the right way n fought much harder on it than owt else I've done all year. Only only just.

Andy Peak 1 08/Aug Lead O/S

Good clean fun, use of knees on the wall of the pod make it fairly simpel

Just Another Dave 05/Jul Lead O/S

Nothing like Peapod, actually: Felt very much like Strapiombo at Pant Ifan, but thankfully much shorter! Every single inch of progress is seriously hard work.

sam kendrick
chrishedgehog 24/Jun Lead

OMG! What the ^*$ was that?! Left hand jamming, three flailing limbs. Medium to long run-out up to the block as I couldn't imagine how to let go long enough to put gear in. Prepared to swing down onto a cam below me early on, got wedged above it purely by accident so decided against jumping off, had a rest and then got on with it and did it, so sort of clean onsight...! Humid, midgy, green, bit dank, can't move my arms today. Most effort ever expended to gain 20ft. They didn't have cams in 1948. What a route.

James Rees
Hidden 21/Jun/14 2nd O/S
jshields 18/Aug/13 2nd
Mike Dowsett, Paul Tretheway
MikeDowsett 18/Aug/13 2nd
Paul Tretheway, jshields
Brown 27/Jul/13 Lead
Andy R
thetradlad 29/Jun/13 Lead dog

Fantastic. Josh loved every minute of it too :)

andi turner ??/2013 -
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
jorge1983 ?/Aug/12 Lead dnf
Tony Holdsworth 27/May/12 Lead dnf

Felt the shoulder stating up so gave in

Joanna House
Bob Windsor 26/May/12 AltLd
Rick Graham
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
ryan118116 01/Sep/11 TR
teamrob 23/Jul/11 2nd dnf

Errrrrrr. Not even close to getting up it.

wahniel 23/Jul/11 Lead dog

found it almost impossible. Am wide chested, could not get one arm above the other to jam properly. For me, much harder than peapod at curbar or tower chimney at stanage. HVS 5c in my book.

Robin Hoffmann
TomPR 20/Apr/11 Lead
walts4 ??/2011 -
Alex Thompson 22/Jun/10 2nd O/S

OMG!! F*ck!! Argh! Urmmph!!

Martin K, Kasia Baldwin
Hidden 22/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 19/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Classic traditional battle, but still SO GOOD what a smile on my face as topped out!!! Much harder than the Peapod.

shed_hed 19/Sep/09 2nd dog
mattyork2 13/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Oh my God! Outrageous. 'Fell off' but got stuck in the crack on the way out before the rope took me away - and carried on up in a most desparate desparate fashion. Scars all over. Should have hand jammed front on.

Ben Heason
jonka ?/Sep/09 -
Hidden 13/Jul/08 Lead O/S
tash 11/Jul/08 2nd
Hidden ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jul/07 2nd
gregoritos ?/May/07 Lead O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
babymoac 23/Jul/05 Lead
James Gill
Carl Smethurst 07/Jul/05 Lead dnf

Desparate! Respect to J Brown...

Ian Pickles
sadams 27/Sep/03 Lead O/S
Eric Hildrew
sadams 27/Sep/03 Lead
Eric Hildrew
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead O/S
DubyaJamesDubya 09/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Nik Howard
cem 13/Jul/03 Lead O/S
Jonathan Astin
Ian Jones ??/2000 Lead O/S
John Kirk
Boy ??/2000 -
John Marsland 28/May/94 2nd
Dave Soles
ste_d 25/Aug/93 2nd O/S
mikedelderfield 25/Aug/93 Lead dog
Hidden ??/1993 Lead
Andy Say 10/Jun/92 Lead O/S
Roget 30/Jul/89 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/81 Lead
charlesmfrench 12/Jul/81 Lead
uphillnow ??/1976 Lead

very dry but still dirty

Al Bennett
High E1
Mid E1
Low E1
High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
Votes cast 26
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
Votes cast 26
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Style of ascent
Alt Leads
Not Set
Ground Up
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