Twisted Smile*** HVS 5a

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).

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This climb is in 59 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

bigdrew - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/15 with Dunc, Eve

R0bbie - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/15 with Taba

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/15

DubyaJamesDubya - 2015

markfairbank - 2nd - 27/Jul/14 with Calum Wadsworth, Ray Sharples

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Richard Williams

rich_hw - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Jim Slater

MrBIond - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14 with Ed Teale

mrteale - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/14 with MrBlond

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.
gavinpeach - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14 with David Shelmerdine

David Shelmerdine - 2nd - 22/Jun/14 with Gavin Peach

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/14

Hidden - Lead - 21/Jul/13

Albachoss - 2nd - 14/Jul/13 with Ben

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.
Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Bob Larkin

The best route on Gritstone? ....maybe
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 16/Jun/13 with Viv

kermit_uk - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Neil

Frank the Husky - 2013

Hidden - 2nd - 2013

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Manbeast

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Sep/12

Climbster - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Ian

Bloke on a Rope - 2nd β - 09/Sep/12 with Matt

andybirtwistle - Lead - 06/Sep/12 with Keith Lonsdale

Boy - Solo - 22/Jul/12 with Nathan Lee

Outstanding climb! Couple of moves really give pause for thought. Must lead this one day, well worth the epic walk-in.
George Nichols - 2nd - 21/May/11 with Andy Worster

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/11

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.
skittles - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11 with Ali Mckay

alasdair19 - 2011

What a fantastic route with a distinct beginning, middle and end.....Not often that a second feels as good as a lead. Not 5a.
Duck Egg - 2nd β - 11/Jul/10 with Tim Higgins, Jon Stewart

Lovely climb with a reachy finnish......or use the pebbles.
Steven Andrews - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/10

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with CUMC folk

chrisbussell - 2nd - 06/Jul/10 with Tim O'Neill

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.
Pete Nugent - TR - 03/Jul/10 with Steve Crossley

mjeffery - 2nd O/S - 03/Jul/10

Chris led to half-height, backed off, I led on his gear. Pretty dirty, would be really good if clean.
theotherpetehill - Lead β - 26/Jun/10

chrisallan - Lead dnf - 26/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/10

Amazing climbing, and not at all polished, proberbly due to the 1 hour+ walk in, reachy but good moves. A rarely climbed classic.
Dan Lane - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with Martin Kocsis

gazfellows - 2nd - 22/May/10 with shaun d

Nigel Coe - 2nd - 12/Sep/09 with Andy March

Ketu - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Graeme H

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Rob

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

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Sep/07

Got gripped early on and was a bit too scared to really enjoy it. Felt really necky despite the fact I placed 7 cams
Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/07 with Martin K

nige - Lead - 26/Aug/07 with sven rowan

bullwinkle - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/07 with John, Paul

andi turner - Lead - 05/Jun/06 with Mark Sharratt

Airy and reachy. A good end to a good day. Climbing doesn't get much better than this.
shark - Solo O/S - 04/Sep/05

cem - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/04 with Rod Strachan

Phil West - 2nd β - 27/Jul/02 with Chris Tan

Urgles - Lead O/S - 2001

chris sm - Lead rpt - 01/Aug/99 with Pippa Froggatt

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/99

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Aug/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/97

Roget - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/95 with baccy, jon

Gamba led
Chris Ellis - 2nd - 03/Aug/95 with Gamba, Andy Barker

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
ned_85, sting, Urgles, Alex.M-M., Steve Waters, Mynydd, Dan Lane, djdf

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