Birch Tree Wall Variations** HVS 5a
[Birch Tree Wall Variations (VS 5a) Black Rocks, 3 kb]18m.

Rockfax Description
The left-hand crack leads steeply to a poor rest. Follow the pumpy lowest crack out left to finish passing a useful tree, or easier (4c) step up and foot traverse along the same crack. © ROCKFAX

FA. Ivan Waller 1929

Ticklists: Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, The Black Rocks 1949 Guide VS Challenge.

Photo: Birch Tree Wall Variations (VS 5a) Black Rocks © Chris Craggs
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This climb is in 199 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Cake - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/15 with Matt

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Oct/15

Excellent. Hands in the break for the traverse. There's a couple of no hands rests with knee bars
lukehodson - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/15 with Heidi, Charlotte

I think it's better than the original. One off the Black Rock tick list. One for Paul's come back to list.
mapperley samurai - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/15 with Paul Bojko

Radical-G - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/15

Chris M - AltLd - 02/Jun/15 with Jim Walton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/15

Nick Wallis - Lead O/S - 09/May/15 with James Hall

belay bunny turned bad - Lead O/S - 01/May/15 with Soph

ashtond6 - 2nd O/S - 01/May/15

soph - 2nd - 01/May/15 with Becky Lounds

Did the higher foot traverse.
boulderholder - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/15

had to hang on gear
TP - 02/Apr/15 with Ben H

amccann - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/15 with Nick

Nick1812P - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/15 with speedy

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 21/Mar/15

Jonathan Hall - Lead - 21/Mar/15 with Rob Middleton

4c srood up as it was full of water and green, I will do it again in the summer as the 5a.
heyhoot - Lead - 30/Nov/14 with Sparkdogg

Traversed lowest break.
marclloyd77 - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Juliette

Juliette Edwards - 2nd - 27/Sep/14 with marclloyd77

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead RP - 13/Sep/14

Oliver Houston - 2nd - 13/Sep/14

CharlieMack - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/14 with Dan Peers

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/14

Heggie - Lead - 27/Jul/14 with Pete Brook

also climbed with some pre-placed gear, and found myself stood up in the jamming break before i realised that was the wrong place to be!
Angus Taylor - Lead β - 14/Jul/14 with mark duncan

Did this with some gear already in. I agree with quarryboy. It's far too tempting to just stand up, instead of being exposed to a potential pumpfest.
OliverRoss - Lead β - 02/Jun/14 with Craig Osborne

Bit of a kerfuffle with cams but was all cool in the end, what kind of deranged person would follow the crack line for handholds as opposed to just standing in it?
Quarryboy - Lead β - 26/May/14 with Alkis Tsapanidis

davewsargent - Lead O/S - 07/May/14 with pete bush, andy neath

jwhereat - Lead - 21/Apr/14

Peakphil - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/14 with Gill and Sparrow

Matt Cooke - Lead rpt - 24/Nov/13 with Rosh

torsok - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Dez

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Sep/13

Brannock - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Aug/13

pearson9596 - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Caroline Culwick, Lizzie Culwick

Hidden - Lead - 21/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/13

lead 2nd pitch.
mrteale - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/13

Great climb felt physically easier than Birch Tree Wall, only seconded it but would have to be one of the more dangerous seconds I've done, falling off the foot traverse at the top would not be nice.
matthomas79 - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/13 with Mike_Brookes

Tanner - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/13

andyclimber - TR O/S - 07/May/13

Davebryant - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/13 with Alex Taylor

andybirtwistle - Lead - 20/Apr/13 with Keith Lonsdale

the power - 2nd dnf - 15/Apr/13 with rob

flowed along the start of the traverse on solid jams but for some reason stood up and found the balancy move to reach the tree quite nervy, traverse eased after, but I wish I'd persevered with the jams in break. Polished start.
dr_botnik - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/13 with deacon, Phil Taylor

karol dubas - Lead RP - 07/Apr/13 with Pawel

MarkRoe - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13 with Robert Law

Jake Young - Lead O/S - 02/Dec/12 with Laura

lbarras - 2nd O/S - 02/Dec/12 with jake

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Nov/12

foot traverse
Curly Rich - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/12 with Ollie

Matt Cooke - 2nd β - 13/Oct/12 with Rosh

dannyevos - TR O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Steve Swanborough, Rick Clapham

Steve Swanborough - TR O/S - 01/Sep/12 with Danny Evans, Rick Clapham

tgeh - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12 with dan geh

Dan Geh - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Thomas Geh

gingerwolf - 2nd O/S - 01/Jul/12

MikeDowsett - 2nd - 16/May/12 with John Harrison

Alex.M-M. - Lead O/S - 05/May/12

Variation just as good as the original, thought it was at best a VS although I used the crack for my feet. Maybe I did it wrong?
mikehenesy - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Paul Smith

LukeyG - Lead - 06/Mar/12

matthewpjgrant - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/12

kabutsu - 2012

whitehouse_rhys - Lead O/S - 2012

Hands in crack, great climb!
mbradberry2008 - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/11 with Alex French

flyinfrenchy - 2nd O/S - 30/Nov/11 with Matt Bradberry

Brown - Solo - 06/Nov/11 with Lily, John

Exodus - Solo O/S - 06/Nov/11

Brilliant climb. Mags' first hard lead on p2.
jonnybull - AltLd O/S - Nov/11 with Mags

Magie1981 - AltLd - 16/Oct/11 with Jonathan Bull

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/11

MartinWilliams87 - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/11 with Richard Williams

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/11

Hidden - Lead RP - Aug/11

Gambit - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11 with Barney

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/11

Did half a hand traverse followed by half foot traverse - thanks Bruce!
spragglerocks - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Bruce LMC

Dan724 - Lead O/S - 31/May/11 with Raji Salan

shouter - Lead - 24/Apr/11

colin milton - Lead - 23/Apr/11 with martin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/11

good route, pumped quite quickly
bigdan050 - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/11 with Tosh

fingery start leading to amazing hand jam traverse over the tree. found it quite hard even as a 2nd.
wishicud climbHVS - 2nd - 08/Apr/11 with Big Fat Dan

Dirk Uhlig - Lead O/S - 2011

climb the peak - AltLd O/S - 2011

ollie_e - 2011

Exciting traverse past the tree!
migs493 - Solo O/S - 22/Oct/10

Awesome. Delicate, balancey start. Did not realise the climb went up from the crux, spent ages trying to do a jamming traverse. Rested on my cam and then saw the jugs above me! Commiting traverse to the birch tree. Loved it.
Emma-Louise Anderson - Lead dog - 20/Oct/10 with Wez Inskip, Adam Simms

Hand traverse this time.
Jim Slater - 2nd rpt - 17/Oct/10 with Graeme Hammond

nice, I did a variation on this once going up at the tree, with a rest I think
Graeme Hammond - Lead rpt - 17/Oct/10 with Jim

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Oct/10

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10

ben_250 - 2nd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Tom

tomthecoolperson - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Ben 250

started on Birch Tree Wall and traversed left under the flake to Birch Tree Wall Variations, super climb *** for sure!!!
joese7en - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/10

grp - Lead dog - 02/Sep/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/10

FlorianCastagne - Lead β - Aug/10

thomb - Lead - 17/Jul/10 with Maddy

bennevis - TR - 12/May/10 with Jon

Andy Peak 1 - 2nd - 10/May/10 with pabage

pabbage - Lead O/S - 10/May/10

Jethro - Lead - Apr/10 with Richard Sharpe

Hidden - Lead β - 01/Feb/10

M_Bell - 2nd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Alun Freem

nia - Lead - 2010 with Fred Mainwaring

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

drysori - Lead - 2010

Originally started doing Birch Tree Wall (VS) from the left hand crack, had a look and a tentative go at the traverse and decided the HVS (variations) actually looked easier...unfortunately ran out of steam real quick so lowered off
valentinesbabe - Lead dnf - 20/Sep/09 with Steven Fletcher

chumleywarner - TR β - 20/Sep/09 with Angela Paul

Great route, found the best rest point ever next to the tree, foot jam and then let go!
MorganPreece - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/09 with Jessy

What a climb!! Campas on the slopers!!!!
Climber1806 - 2nd O/S - 17/Sep/09 with Morgan Preece

mic_b - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/09

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 16/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/May/09

What a great route! Will try to lead it next time.
AndyM-LVB - 2nd dog - 31/Jan/09 with Nicolas Tardy

koopa - 2009

hrgcb - 2009

keith leonard - 2009

barni - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/08 with Dave barry

Pete Graham - Lead - 16/Oct/08 with James Fleming

Alfredo - Lead β - 26/Sep/08 with Ben H

tomB - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08 with Jody

figfour - Solo O/S - 30/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead - 31/Jul/08

Probably the third time I've been on this. At my urging, Tom did the version with the foot-traverse, which I consider to be really lovely.
cmsg - AltLd rpt - 12/Jul/08 with Tom Cattermole

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Alan Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/08

HamishD - Lead O/S - 02/May/08 with chris burn

thrutch - 2008

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

AntiGrav - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/07

thrutch - AltLd O/S - 18/Nov/07 with Matt

Matt Fry - Lead O/S - 11/Nov/07 with Tim Ashcroft

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/07

Budge - 2nd rpt - 30/Aug/07 with Carl Tiivas, Mike Oates

Really good route. I stood up by the tree since it seemed the obviosu thig nt odo, but still had my hands where my feet were when I did the original. The crux in to and starting along the slanting jamming crack were great.
Si dH - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/07 with Neil Furniss

Different start, high (standard finish)
stp - Solo O/S - 17/Apr/07

Found this easier than Birch tree wall - and I seconded that....
SGD - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/07 with Jonathan

Foot-traversed break, above tree. Unseasonably hot day.
Owen W-G - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/07 with Robin, Anthony & Jody

mshorter - 2007

Oli - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/06 with Luke Allen

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Nov/06

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 26/Nov/06

Budge - Lead dog - 21/Sep/06 with Ludovic Laurioux, Mike Oates, Dave Valentine-Hagart

The Mountain Goat - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/06 with Dom Sellers

Traversed high with feet in the break, around Vs 4c like this?
Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/06 with Jon Miles

petellis - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/06 with Aly

b.hayley - Lead - Jun/06

gripped01 - Lead O/S - Apr/06 with Jules Turner

tatz45 - Lead O/S - Mar/06 with Dave Wheeler

Ian McNeill - 2006

chrisrogers - AltLd O/S - Oct/05 with Nic C

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Oct/05

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Sep/05

Hidden - Lead - 09/Oct/04

Hidden - Solo - 01/Sep/04

Took the easier high traverse above the tree.
adam carless - Lead O/S - Jun/04 with Nick Smith - UKC

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/04

Budge - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/04 with Mike Oates

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Mar/04

Hidden - Solo - 22/Aug/03

Hidden - Lead - Jul/03

Budge - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/03 with Mike Oates

Peakology - Lead O/S - 2003 with cat

Chalky Cat - 2nd O/S - 2003 with Dom

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

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/01 with Keith, Otis, Collo for some of it!

Traversed the upper break
Roget - Solo rpt - 29/Apr/00

Traversed the upper break
Roget - Lead O/S - 08/May/98 with jon

Hidden - Solo - 24/Sep/97

CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/97 with Bruce

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jun/96

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jul/95

Hidden - Solo - 11/Apr/95

Chris Ellis - Lead - 03/Aug/93 with Rachel Nicolson

Hidden - Solo - 12/Jul/93

charlesmfrench - Solo O/S - 23/May/93

Hidden - Solo - 19/Apr/92

Hidden - Solo - 06/Sep/91

Hidden - Solo - 08/Nov/86

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 21/Jun/86 with David

eroica64 - Lead O/S - 17/May/85 with Burt Simmons

Hidden - Lead - 28/Feb/85

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 20/Sep/82

RichardMc - 26/Jun/82 with Betty Seifert, Dave Langmead

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 06/Jun/82 with Charlie Leverton

rogerskews - 1976 with CMC Members

Andy Say - Lead - 1973

mikej - Lead - 09/Jul/72 with E

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