Promontory Traverse*** E1 5b
[Teamwork on the crux of Promontory Traverse (E2 5b), Black Rocks, Peak District, 2 kb]32m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A classic graunch; well protected and quite bizarre though not too difficult for those used to gritstone weirdness.
1) 5b, 14m. Traverse the lowest break to a vertical slot and wriggle up this with difficulty. Shuffle out to the arete (harassing for the short) to a fine stance and awkward belays.
2) 5b, 14m. Roll off the ledge and use a tiny pocket to lunge for the spike. Continue left then pull up onto a short ramp back to the cliff top. This is the original line. The break in the north wall is sometimes followed all the way to the gully by mistake. © ROCKFAX

FA. Peter Harding, Tony Moulam 1945 16/Jul/1945

Ticklists: Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Hard Grit history, Peak Rock/5/ Always a Little Steeper, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist, The Black Rocks 1949 Guide VS Challenge, Ultimate E1 ticklist.

Photo: Teamwork on the crux of Promontory Traverse (E2 5b), Black Rocks, Peak District © Simon Witcher
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This climb is in 51 logbooks, and on 20 wishlists.

Amazing climbing! The roll is terrifying to second!
ashtond6 - Lead O/S - 01/May/15

Great fun climb
greenclimb - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/15 with Sarah

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/May/14

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/14

thrutch - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Sven

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/13

excellent climb!
markpollak - AltLd O/S - Sep/13 with munir

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/13

seconded cus rob got to cold on a rather brisk day out
whitehouse_rhys - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/13 with Mark Roe

Linked the first pitch with the direct finish up the front of the prom. Felt very out there!
MarkRoe - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13 with Rhys Whitehouse, Robert Law

lead P2 had to jump for the spike, not too hard for e1
tgeh - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/12 with dan geh

Classic. Two very contrasting pitches, Thruchy first pitch and delicate second. More like HVS if you're used to grit.
Dan Geh - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Thomas Geh

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

FANTASTIC!!! led both pitches. Not sure why this is E2 in the new guide book as its closer to HVS. Managed to work out an easy trick of lying on my back going head first onto the ledge before standing up to overcome the 'crack' on the first pitch, the rest of the pitch is about VS. On the 2nd pitch a couple of tricky but not overly hard moves using the pockets gains the spike. Lassoing looked more effort than just climbing to it. After this the climbing is on perfect jams with good gear and about VS all the way to the gully. What a route :)
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 15/May/11 with james pcc

nige - AltLd - 15/May/11 with mark hounslea

stephenhartley - 2nd - 02/Aug/10

Gareth did the 1st pitch clean despite sounding like he was being tortured as he tried to get up the vertical crack. I lead the 2nd pitch which went well untill I accidently tried the E2 5c finish, fell off and went up the right way
mikeyg - AltLd dog - 29/Jun/09 with Gareth Clendinning

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/09 with Mike Gadd

Partner tried to lead the first pitch and unfortunately got his knee stuck in the only vertical crack, and needed a rope from above.
Paz - AltLd dnf - 18/Sep/08 with TS

Hidden - 2008

AntiGrav - 2008

mshorter - AltLd - Nov/07 with nils

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 31/Jul/07

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jun/07

Hidden - 2nd - 2007

Boy - 2006

MeMeMe - Lead O/S - Aug/05

Dave Bond - Lead O/S - 2003 with Simon Wren

Brian Rodgers - AltLd O/S - 2002 with Phil Leng

petekeron - 2nd O/S - 2002 with Jamie Barclay

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd O/S - 29/Apr/01 with Al Willoner

Gus - Lead - 2000 with ben rouse

WuDavid - 2000

Hidden - 2nd - Jul/99

craig h - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/99 with Nez

Dave Musgrove - AltLd O/S - 01/Nov/98 with David

Rich Kirby - AltLd - 08/May/98 with Hugh

phardman - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/97 with Jon Bibby

Hidden - Lead - 11/Apr/95

tlr - AltLd - 22/Apr/94 with Jim

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Jul/93

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - Jun/93

RichardMc - AltLd - 03/May/92 with Jim Fisher

Hidden - 1989

Hammy - 2nd - 11/Jun/88 with Colin Struthers

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/May/87

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Apr/87

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/85

Kev led,but it seemed just as hard to 2nd! Was HVS in old guide and was desperate!
mike bridges - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/79 with Kevin Bridges

Pedro50 - AltLd O/S - 21/May/77 with Robin Miller

petemeads - Lead - 05/Jun/76

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