Rockfax Description
The final cleft in the cliff is polished and awkward. Heading left at half-height is South Gully Rib, HS 4b. © Rockfax

FA. John Laycock 1913

Ticklists: Black Rocks Gullies and Chimneys.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
Polnedrane 05/Sep Lead O/S

Came out of the chimney feeling grated. Great climbing.

alaster tonge 05/Jul Solo O/S
Henry.Todman 09/Jun -
Tom Gale 21/May 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/May Lead
Ben Griffiths 18/Apr Lead
Andy Barrow, Will Drake
Hidden 18/Apr 2nd O/S
Rachel Slater 25/Sep/14 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 18/Sep/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 12/Jul/14 2nd dnf
nation1 30/Jun/14 TR

Horrible climb, I wouldn't bother with it again

Hidden 25/Jun/14 Solo rpt
HassenBali 25/May/14 Lead O/S
Mr Noble 25/May/14 TR O/S
Hidden 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Apr/14 Solo rpt
Hidden 08/Apr/14 Solo
Hidden ?/Apr/14 TR β
Hidden 16/Mar/14 Lead O/S
westaway 03/Jan/14 Solo
Hidden 11/Dec/13 2nd rpt
jwhereat 01/Dec/13 Lead

polish? nah just wriggle up it chimney style.

Rockafella 24/Nov/13 2nd O/S
TJ Mather 16/Nov/13 Lead dog
Dom Bloomfield 16/Nov/13 2nd dog
Oo 10/Nov/13 2nd
Don Jebus 27/Oct/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 29/Sep/13 2nd
dsgarner 10/Jul/13 TR O/S

Very polished!

Jade N
robblowen 01/Jun/13 2nd rpt
munch88 01/Jun/13 2nd β
Hidden 01/Jun/13 2nd O/S
chris wyatt 07/Nov/12 Solo O/S

I thought it S (polished like a bandsmans button)

pete_naylor 17/Oct/12 Lead O/S
jacobrumsey 17/Oct/12 2nd O/S
Dan818 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Dan818 14/Sep/12 TR O/S
mapperley samurai 30/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Good footholds for the first rise but generally well polished. Ended up shunting up the chimney. Long sleeves would have been advised.

Ben Moss
lukerockwalker 16/Aug/12 Lead O/S

A full body work out

Christina Turtle
str1nger 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Good chimney start - gets much easier after this.

David Kingaby
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 21/Jul/12 Solo O/S
D.Andrew 26/Jun/12 Lead O/S
edordead ?/Jun/12 Lead
nickmattia 22/May/12 Solo O/S
Neil D 06/May/12 2nd
Nadeem Rahim, Beth Hodgett
MoWalker3 30/Mar/12 -
Craig, Cormac
Brown 06/Nov/11 Solo
Lily, John
Exodus 06/Nov/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/11 2nd
Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead
Dirk Uhlig 04/Oct/11 Solo O/S
j.townley 14/Aug/11 TR
robblowen 05/Aug/11 2nd rpt
schristophersmith 02/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Reds 02/Jul/11 2nd O/S
nick_curtis01 29/Apr/11 2nd dnf

very polished crucial move... did not feel comfortable so did not finish.

Ian Bailey
eeonz 29/Apr/11 Lead
papalazarou 20/Apr/11 Solo O/S
AndyPagett 14/Apr/11 TR
Ben Laverick, Adam Mitchell
J25 24/Mar/11 Lead

Awkward yes certainly.

Tim Harper 24/Mar/11 2nd RP
squicky 05/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Apparently it's minging when dry. When wet it's horrendous. Good for practising gear placements though.

rg1976 05/Mar/11 2nd O/S
tinyali 20/Nov/10 Lead


scott.hill 20/Nov/10 2nd
JenDear ?/Oct/10 2nd O/S
bavarianGaz 19/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Tom Lee-Field 19/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Onion magnet 24/Jul/10 2nd O/S
batterj2 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S
katyc 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jul/10 2nd
AndyPagett 23/Jun/10 Solo
Phil Bentley, John Buckle, Adam Mitchell
Will Hunt 20/Jun/10 Solo O/S

Out for a walk with the girlfriend and her parents. Nipped up this when backs were turned.

Hidden 30/May/10 2nd β
mhawk 29/May/10 Lead O/S
bennevis 12/May/10 2nd

Warm up route

arunthomas 09/Apr/10 2nd O/S

Slippery and crazy, good for warm up.

Pierce Ferris
LoneBoulderer 21/Mar/10 2nd
LivinITlarge 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S


Hidden 31/Jan/10 2nd O/S
Rhythm24 31/Jan/10 Lead O/S

Chucked a hex in the first crack and went for it.

Danny Crump 10/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Dave Delarre
charley 20/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Tithe Technique 20/Sep/09 2nd
Peter Ziak, Ange, Steve Fletcher, Charley
valentinesbabe 20/Sep/09 2nd O/S

Hahahah...did the wriggly worm on this one :D VDiff???? I think not!

chumleywarner 20/Sep/09 Lead O/S
MorganPreece 17/Sep/09 Solo O/S
Morgan Preece (ME)
Chewie 23/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Michelle_250 13/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/09 Lead O/S
robblowen 20/Jun/09 2nd β
Hidden 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/09 2nd O/S
bobbarnes00 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S

A nice way to start the day.

Richard Roberts
oi_now 19/Apr/09 -
Pilch 18/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jan/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/08 2nd O/S
Jamie Buxton 26/Aug/08 2nd
KarlH 26/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Aug/08 Lead O/S
KillingtonT 24/Jun/08 Lead O/S
boomerang 24/Jun/08 2nd
Matt Fry 02/May/08 Solo O/S

Utter sh!t

Ali Scott
Hidden 24/Mar/08 Lead dnf
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
brew_guru ?/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Warren Earle 10/Feb/08 Lead O/S
thrutch ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2008 TR O/S
lenn1346 15/Sep/07 2nd rpt

polished and awkward is the biggest understatement ever!

clintos 04/Sep/07 Solo
Alfredo ?/Sep/07 Solo
Graeme Hammond 22/Jul/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 03/Jul/07 Lead O/S
fruitcake72 22/May/07 2nd dnf
vvanhinsbergh 06/May/07 Lead O/S

Insanely awkward and polished

Will Payling
Somerset swede basher 11/Sep/06 Solo O/S
SuperstarDJ 17/May/06 2nd

Very polished at the bottom. Got very cramped up trying to bridge up the polished bit. Not a classic route.

Steve Watkins
Si dH 14/May/06 2nd O/S
Tom Lambert
mungo 11/May/06 2nd β

A squash and a squeeze !!!

Steve watkins
Hidden 30/Mar/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Sep/05 Solo
Hidden 15/Dec/04 2nd O/S
SteveM 09/Jul/04 Lead
hedgehog77 05/Sep/03 Lead
Rammo 23/Mar/03 Lead

First ever lead

SteveM 01/Feb/03 Lead dog

The start of mortality. Pulling on a sling to get up a Diff chimney whilst the object of attention for loads of school kids. What a great 30th birthday weekend!

DerwentDiluted 08/Sep/01 Solo
Budge 06/Sep/01 Solo
Laramadness 30/Apr/00 Solo O/S
Rampikino 21/Aug/99 Lead
Hidden ?/May/99 Solo
CrashMat Rob 26/Dec/97 Solo
EddieA 08/Nov/97 Lead O/S

wet day

Simon W
Hidden 02/Nov/96 2nd
Ian Archer 06/Mar/95 Lead O/S
Robert Mirfin
Hidden 08/Apr/89 Solo
Iain Thow 16/Jul/88 Solo
Hidden ?/May/87 Solo
Chris the Tall ?/Oct/86 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1985 Lead
John Brayshaw 15/May/83 2nd O/S
Alfreton MC
charlesmfrench 02/May/82 Solo O/S
Andy Say ??/1972 Solo
mikej 03/May/69 Solo
Mike Browne, John Bickerdyke, Geoff Williams
High S
Mid S
Low S
High HVD
High VD
Mid VD
Low VD
Votes cast 16
High 4b
Mid 4b
Low 4b
High 4a
Mid 4a
Low 4a
High 3c
Mid 3c
Low 3c
Votes cast 15
Votes cast 15
Style of ascent
Not Set
Flashed (β)
Not Set