Rockfax Description
16m. One of the very best HVS routes in the Peak, its remoteness adding to its cachet. Climb the centre of the front face passing a vertical crack to a fine finish up the upper face. © Rockfax

FA. John Gosling 1972

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors).

bigdrew 08/Aug 2nd O/S
with Dunc, Eve
R0bbie 08/Aug Lead O/S
with Taba
Hidden 08/Aug Lead O/S
markfairbank 27/Jul/14 2nd
with Calum Wadsworth, Ray Sharples
Jim Slater 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
rich_hw 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
MrBIond 13/Jul/14 Lead O/S
mrteale 13/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with MrBlond
gavinpeach 22/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Nice route. Although I wouldn't rank it the best HVS on grit as it probably isn't varied enough. I wouldn't say it was hard HVS 5a either; Jester Cracks is trickier.

David Shelmerdine 22/Jun/14 2nd
with Gavin Peach
Hidden 13/Jun/14 Lead
Hidden 21/Jul/13 Lead
Albachoss 14/Jul/13 2nd
with Ben
Dave Musgrove 10/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Very good. The start is a bit intimidating but the upper wall is excellent. Not quite enough variety to put it at the top of my all time HVS list though.

with Bob Larkin
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Jun/13 Lead

The best route on Gritstone? ....maybe

with Viv
kermit_uk 09/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Neil
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 2nd
Rich Kirby 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S


with Manbeast
Hidden 09/Sep/12 2nd
Climbster 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 09/Sep/12 2nd β
with Matt
andybirtwistle 06/Sep/12 Lead
with Keith Lonsdale
Boy 22/Jul/12 Solo
with Nathan Lee
George Nichols 21/May/11 2nd

Outstanding climb! Couple of moves really give pause for thought. Must lead this one day, well worth the epic walk-in.

with Andy Worster
Hidden 05/May/11 Lead O/S
skittles 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Great route, quite pumpy, with a great finish and an interesting knee-bar rest 2/3s of the way up which came as a pleasant surprise.

with Ali Mckay
alasdair19 ??/2011 -
Duck Egg 11/Jul/10 2nd β

What a fantastic route with a distinct beginning, middle and end.....Not often that a second feels as good as a lead. Not 5a.

with Tim Higgins, Jon Stewart
Steven Andrews 10/Jul/10 2nd O/S

Lovely climb with a reachy finnish......or use the pebbles.

Ewan Russell 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with CUMC folk
chrisbussell 06/Jul/10 2nd
with Tim O'Neill
Pete Nugent 03/Jul/10 TR

Backed off at 1/3 height, as I didn,t fancy the moves over the roof on marginal gear. Climbed o.k. on tope rope but tough for the grade.

mjeffery 03/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/Jul/10 TR
theotherpetehill 26/Jun/10 Lead β

Chris led to half-height, backed off, I led on his gear. Pretty dirty, would be really good if clean.

chrisallan 26/Jun/10 Lead dnf
Rob Davies ?/Jun/10 Lead


with Phil Ashton
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead O/S
Dan Lane 22/May/10 Lead O/S

Amazing climbing, and not at all polished, proberbly due to the 1 hour+ walk in, reachy but good moves. A rarely climbed classic.

with Martin Kocsis
gazfellows 22/May/10 2nd
with shaun d
Nigel Coe 12/Sep/09 2nd
with Amnon
Ketu 25/Jul/09 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Rob
Hidden 26/Jul/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Sep/07 Solo O/S
Chris the Tall 01/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Got gripped early on and was a bit too scared to really enjoy it. Felt really necky despite the fact I placed 7 cams

with Martin K
nige 26/Aug/07 Lead
with sven rowan
bullwinkle 11/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with John, Paul
andi turner 05/Jun/06 Lead
with Mark Sharratt
shark 04/Sep/05 Solo O/S

Airy and reachy. A good end to a good day. Climbing doesn't get much better than this.

cem 06/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Rod Strachan
Phil West 27/Jul/02 2nd β
with Chris Tan
Urgles ??/2001 Lead O/S
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2001 -
chris sm 01/Aug/99 Lead rpt
with Pippa Froggatt
Chris Reid 10/Jul/99 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/98 2nd
Hidden 16/Aug/97 Lead O/S
Roget 20/Aug/95 Lead O/S
with baccy, jon
Chris Ellis 03/Aug/95 2nd

Gamba led

with Gamba, Andy Barker
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