Bachelor's Buttress** HVS 4c
[Caralynr on Bachelor's Buttress (HVS 4c) Roaches Upper Tier., 2 kb]18m. Low in the grade but serious and with a bold finale. Once thought "only suitable for married men and others accustomed to taking risks". Climb the slab to the left edge of the overhang; move up then trend back right crossing the side-wall on polished holds to the airy arete and a finish up a short crack. It is also possible to climb the side-wall direct until an awkward move reaches holds and gear at a more consistent HVS. © ROCKFAX
FA. Fred Pigott 1913

Ticklists: The Roaches - Routes Graded List, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, Peak Rock/3/ A Decade of Expansion.

Photo: Caralynr on Bachelor's Buttress (HVS 4c) Roaches Upper Tier. © captainH
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Hidden - 2nd - 27/Oct/14

Julesthe1st - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Laura, Paul Wolf

cragsman9000 - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/14 with Neil

bob_cbr - 2nd O/S - 25/Sep/14 with cragsman9000

asmith37 - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Bex Leigh

Barry led but only got half way. Free climbed to top then set up top rope. I went up on top rope but didn't like the traverse, so went direct
Dimart - TR - 08/Sep/14 with Barry

First HVS second, or second VS second if it's a VS! Really nice climb.
beeney - 2nd - 07/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/14

aidanb - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/14

Lukem6 - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with Kev

Joris.Roulleau - 2nd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Jonathan

Alex Whittaker - 2nd - 14/Jun/14

WillDoyle - Lead O/S - Jun/14

Nice climb. went out left.
hirving - TR O/S - 18/May/14 with sam giles

jack 9895 - Lead O/S - 18/May/14

Hidden - TR O/S - 18/May/14

quinn sorabjee - TR O/S - 18/May/14 with J Golding

Hidden - TR O/S - 18/May/14

Hidden - 2nd - 18/May/14

matt8hew88 - TR O/S - 18/May/14

fuzzysheep01 - Lead O/S - 17/May/14 with Vicki Cox

Hidden - 2nd β - 17/May/14

ColinD - 2nd - 15/May/14 with Craig

cjmorrow - 2nd O/S - 15/May/14

Paul Hy - TR O/S - 05/May/14 with Dave W

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 03/May/14

no way HVS, bold-ish VS 4b?
GermanAlex - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Jes B.

Bryan Maloney - 2nd - May/14

Much easier prospect as a second, nice moves
tom bre - 2nd O/S - 27/Apr/14 with Paul Deane

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/14

guschuck - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/14

td72 - 14/Apr/14

ClemB - 2nd - 29/Mar/14

Hidden - 09/Mar/14

Dave Rumney - 09/Mar/14 with Tanya Milner

adie84 - 2014

Hidden - 2014

FrankBooth - 2nd - 08/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/13

oodie72 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Alex Pond

chancer - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Iain Gray

jamesgodwin64 - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/13 with Chiris Fox

David Kay - 2nd - 11/Aug/13 with Jules Lane

Strange route I thought as the bottom half was really easy and being right next to the descent path felt contrived. The top half was harder (but more 4b than 4c) and certainly bold, with only one slightly balancy move.
Jules Lane - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Mynydd Dave K

orb - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Simon Fairman

Hidden - Solo O/S - Aug/13

rob.grafton - 27/Jul/13

claregardiner - Lead - 25/Jul/13

Tala M - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/13 with Mike Brookes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jul/13

This isn't an HVS. Try Saul's Crack, then this one, and they are at least a grade apart, possibly more.Having said that, this one's a bit bold. ood moves in good positions. You get good gear when you get to the arete on P2.
djones66 - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/13 with Stve mc D

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/13

gavster - Lead - 26/Jun/13 with rob

Rob Royle - 2nd - 26/Jun/13 with Gav

spidermonkey09 - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13 with Ben Tanner

mrobinson81568 - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/13

Hidden - TR - 16/Feb/13

quinn sorabjee - TR - 16/Feb/13

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

rd20 - Lead O/S - 23/Dec/12 with David P

dprctr - 2nd β - 23/Dec/12 with Robert Dufton

Two pieces of gear.
Sam Cooke - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Tom Adams

Alex.M-M. - 2nd rpt - 08/Sep/12 with Colin Horne

Whitters - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/12

Darrell Read - Lead - 02/Sep/12 with Oliver Mentz

PeteWilson - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/12 with Matt Wilson

Hillson - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/12 with Pete Wilson

Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 12/Jul/12

Strachan - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/12 with davidclare

GF - 2nd - 10/Jun/12

davidclare - Lead O/S - Jun/12 with Strachan McCormick

The Bad Cough - Lead O/S - 29/May/12 with Nigel Murphy

ranga - Lead - 29/May/12

terri mc - Lead O/S - 22/May/12 with Andy Shardlow

Mark Collins - 2nd O/S - 04/May/12 with puppythedog

Lovely route, I took the straight up the face (more like an HVS according to the book). Really enjoyed myself and felt comfortable.
puppythedog - Lead O/S - 04/May/12 with Mark A Hoy

pritty green
timmyhobby - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/12

woody8 - 2nd - 07/Apr/12 with tim

very damp shelves
saffy - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/12

saffy - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/12

Jim Malo - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/12 with Dave W, Barry

fatbuoybazza - 2nd O/S - 03/Mar/12 with jim, daveyw

Jenny Clarke - 2nd - Mar/12 with dave

Hidden - 2012

benny_m - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/11 with Su

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Nov/11

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Nov/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Oct/11

sgl - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/11 with tim, Bart

Hidden - Lead - 16/Oct/11

Maybe I'm not too good at mantelshelves but the crux seemed a bit too bold (didn't fancy the swing and bounce off the ledge).
GC - Lead dnf - 15/Oct/11 with Peter Williams

Seconded after I climbed down from the first piece of gear (10m). Will go back for the lead another time.
GC - 2nd - 15/Oct/11 with Peter Williams

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Oct/11

Very straightforward.
Alex Winter - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/11 with J. Iles-Smith

Amy Kilpin - 2nd - 03/Sep/11

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

hotfeet - Lead - 06/Aug/11 with Mac

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Jul/11

Mike Turner - TR - 16/Jul/11 with Bob Butcher

Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Sally Dipple

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Anna

Easy climbing with a long run out.
NearlyDutchDan - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/11 with Andreea

JaseSSDD - 2nd - 30/Jun/11 with Ian Barker

probably just worth HVS- very runout but climbing is always straightforward and route obvious.
bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Bob/Nic

Defo not HVS. Solid VS exposure with easy moves.
Double Knee Bar - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/11 with TomBond

gingerwolf - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Glenn

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

Hidden - TR - 26/Jun/11

simone.lombardi - 2nd - 20/Jun/11 with Mark Ward

felt very bold!
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11

Bold route, not any gear till half way up. Easy enough moves though.
gavinpeach - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11 with John

Did direct finish - on cusp of VS/HVS as very airy fairy, especially with the wind blowing! Great route though!!
gingerwolf - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/11

stvey - Lead β - 05/Jun/11 with chris stepanek

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jun/11

Rich Malcolm - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/11 with Mick Brohan, Matt Brennan

Run out with some delicate mantel shelves but good fun.
mcglenr25 - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/11 with Nick Michel

Very poor technique on this one, at least 3 knees down! Grade seems about right, but that's probably just my ego needing a massage.
Mark Collins - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/11 with Neil Henson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Jun/11

AMJ098 - 2nd O/S - Jun/11 with Dan Geh

Jonathan Hall - 2nd - 31/May/11 with Rob Middleton

Tom Stoddart - 2nd - 14/May/11 with Iain Leverett, Dave Battley

Marvino - Lead - 06/May/11 with Martin

Sidekick - Solo O/S - 04/May/11

simonward - Lead O/S - 01/May/11

Hidden - 2nd - May/11

stoo2k - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/11

Definitely not HVS I'm afraid, but well worth while. Not sure that one of the photos is correct, either...
Rob Exile Ward - Lead - 22/Apr/11 with Sam Ward

MaccMark - Lead - 21/Apr/11 with Simon Brown

Enjoyable second on a direct line.
ColinD - 2nd - 19/Apr/11

VS at most. The moves are not hard at all, just a little bold, with gear just after where you would want it.
tasmat - Lead - 18/Apr/11 with Steph

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Mar/11

Hardcore Pat - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11 with Chris Vanderz

Ollie B - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/11 with S.Bennett

Highly enjoyable
johnpuddephatt - 2nd O/S - 13/Mar/11 with Jamie Sparkes

JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/11 with johnpuddephatt

JohnHutch - 2nd - 07/Mar/11 with Frank R, Nik H

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - 07/Mar/11

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

Dux - 2nd O/S - 03/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

John Mckeating - 2011

nice climb,good on top rope but looking at leading this soon
ragabond007 - TR - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

Andrew Abraham - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/10 with Chris

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Oct/10

Liam Ingram - 2nd O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Robert Taylor

Nice route. Plenty of reasonable gear, a half size nut low down then one reasonable nut and two cams in pockets just below the difficulties (short lived) easy finish.
Roberttaylor - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Liam Ingram

Direct finish
ig248 - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10

good fun can see why its called bachelor's buttress, as u don't get any bomer gear till the top.
Dale - Lead O/S - Oct/10 with dave, hamish

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 22/Sep/10

tmaciel - 2nd - 17/Sep/10

Wasnt much gear to take out as second
Spidermunkie - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Andy Rushton

Not really any worthwhile gear until reaching the short crack at around 16m, where a size 4 cam comes in handy. Long runouts and exposed, but great climbing.
andrusht84 - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with colin egar

Lead with 1nut and 1cam. Climb itself not to hard but fun none the less
pord - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Justin

Stuart_Burbidge - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Jacqui Parker

Direct finish. Utterly loved this route to bits, but didn't feel like a HVS much as I hate to say it
ClaireS - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Ronnie Kwok

Jacqui Parker - 2nd - 08/Aug/10 with Stu Burbidge

scotty h - TR β - 08/Aug/10 with Claire Sheehan

maybe_si - Solo - 25/Jul/10

Direct finish.
Adam Moroz - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/10 with john (Krank)

Phil Jennings - Lead - 24/Jul/10 with Lizzy

Leelogs - 2nd O/S - 14/Jul/10 with SCC

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/10

Alistair Corbett - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10

drysori - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Jesamine

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Jul/10

Shorty83 - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/10 with Giles

chrisallan - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/10

Fun, but not HVS by Leicester standerds anyway
Garron - Lead O/S - 31/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/May/10

Bernie Wylde - Lead - 23/May/10

Shad - 2nd - 23/May/10

Jon Dittman - 2nd - 23/May/10

michael burrows - 2nd rpt - 22/May/10 with phil biglands

Happy Wanderer - 2nd O/S - 15/May/10 with Mike R, Ken T

I don't think this justifies HVS at all. There's very little gear, but the climbing itself is fairly straightforward. The same grade as Saul's Crack and The Mincer??
steveP - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Joe Sacko

Hidden - Apr/10

Big Steve C - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/10 with Sammi

GF - 2010

Ebarnes - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 2010

Ken Taylor - 2010

donkster - Lead rpt - 23/Oct/09 with crooko

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/09

phja - 2nd O/S - 20/Sep/09 with darren

shed_hed - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09 with James Allen

pretty poor protection - quite intimidating!!
dean79 - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with steve

Mike W - Solo - 22/Aug/09

tomthecoolperson - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/09 with Andrew

cooper leek - Lead rpt - 02/Aug/09 with dawn

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/09

nathanroberts89 - 2nd O/S - Aug/09

donkster - 2nd rpt - 15/Jul/09 with ben

cooper leek - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/09 with donk

Bomber wire in the gully block with a massive extended. WC single wire #3 on traverse and cam to protect second on the finish, huge boulder to stuff with belay gear or just sling it
snakebite - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/09 with Paul Shephard

garywong - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Nick Wright, Mark Shale

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/09

stvey - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/09 with Jay_Kay

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/09

neilpotter - TR O/S - 23/Jun/09

MaccMark - Lead - 04/Jun/09 with Clare Hodgson

RCrockford - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/09 with Andy C

Found this really rather scary, obviously lost my grit leading head a bit after a few months off.
Byronius Maximus - Lead O/S - 31/May/09 with Graeme Hammond

Hadn't done this for many years (it was only hard severe then!). There isn't much more gear than there was forty years ago - where the small wire goes now it used to be possible to fiddle in a Moac (remember those?) sideways on. I never tested the Moac, but I'd be confident of the #3 Rock.
Rog Wilko - Lead - 31/May/09 with Debbie Wilkinson

fresh memory from the previous day
Graeme Hammond - 2nd rpt - 31/May/09 with Byron Buck

missed the nut Rog Wilko showed me the next day so just a runner at the end and the start! carefull but easy climbing
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with Sarah New

danoflynn - 2nd O/S - 02/May/09 with Cat Black

catblack - Lead O/S - 02/May/09 with Dan O'Flynn

Hidden - 2nd - May/09

Frostie - Lead - May/09 with Nick Andrews

Si dH - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/09 with Neil Furniss

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/09

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Apr/09

Danhan - 2009

keith leonard - 2009

Hidden - 2009

Hidden - 2009

Dr Caterpillar - 2nd O/S - 01/Nov/08 with Harry

danm - 2nd - 06/Oct/08

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Angus, Phil

HamishD - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/08 with sergei

Jim Walton - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Mike Owen

richardhopton - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/08 with Matt Thombs

nickwhimster - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08 with Matt Barnet

gazfellows - 2nd - 20/Sep/08 with shaun d

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Sean Kelly - 2008

Goose4 - Lead O/S - 2008

@ndy - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07

OffshoreAndy - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07 with NCC Kelvin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/07

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Aug/07

minaturechris - 2nd - 11/Aug/07 with Barra

JWB - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/07

Alex.M-M. - Lead O/S - Jul/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/07

Really scary. Lives up to its name.
mic_b - Lead O/S - 12/May/07 with fruitcake72

Put brave head on, and found this brilliant
Caralynh - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Lizzie (Flicka)

derico - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/07 with Colin

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Apr/07

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/07 with Rosie Henstock

shit scared for laurences life! He has an inconcievable disreguard for his own life!
Rosie Henstock - 2nd - 11/Apr/07 with Laurence

Birdo - 2007 with Dave Bird

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Sep/06

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/06 with helen gibson

Hidden - Lead - 17/Sep/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Sep/06

jchenoweth - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/06 with Dave Love and Samian

John HW - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/06 with Cath

Alfredo - 2nd - Jun/06 with Steve

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Apr/06

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Sep/05

Delicate, nice heelhook start
Steve Pardoe - 2nd - 08/Jun/05 with John Marsland

Hidden - Lead - 29/Apr/05

mark s - 2005

Andy Clarke - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/04 with Rob

Hidden - Lead - 13/Aug/04

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/04

Chesh - Lead O/S - Jun/04 with Matt

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/04 with Shona D'arcy

Coel Hellier - Lead - 2004

bigphil - 2004

Chris the Tall - Lead O/S - Aug/03 with Alan Selby

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/03

Phil West - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/03 with Shaun Walby

Hidden - Jul/03

Probably the most terrified I've been on a route
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/03 with Carmen

Hidden - 2nd - 2003

mark s - Solo - 2003

petekeron - Lead O/S - 2003

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/02

Mark Salter - AltLd - 21/Apr/02 with Chris Shorrock

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2002 with john d

platt2000 - Lead - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 27/Aug/01

MontyH - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/01 with Andy Lawrance

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/00

Laramadness - Lead - 27/Jun/00

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/00 with Joe Thompson, Drew

ArnaudG - 2000

tlr - Lead - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/99

antroy - Lead - 15/May/99

Hammy - 2nd - 14/Mar/99 with Richard Munro

Hidden - Solo - 12/Oct/97

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/97

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jul/97

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - May/97 with Richard Bower

smudge - Lead - 23/Sep/96 with Alex

EddieA - Lead O/S - 04/May/96 with NCMC

brady - 2nd - 1996 with John Cameron

alan moore - 1996

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Aug/95

michael burrows - Solo - 27/Jun/95

Duncan Bourne - 2nd - 08/Apr/95 with D Jones

jparry75 - 2nd - Aug/94

malc - Lead - 12/Sep/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/May/93

SimonN - Lead - 23/Jun/92

adi bryant - 2nd - 06/Oct/91 with Clive

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/91

Hammy - Lead - 04/Aug/91 with Fai Kwong, Mandy Kwong

Roget - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/91

Nigel Coe - 1991 with Scott Titt

Roget - Solo O/S - 08/Apr/90

Iain Thow - Lead - 04/May/89 with Rob Ivens

charlesmfrench - Solo O/S - 08/Nov/86

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Aug/84

Mark Kemball - Solo - 13/Mar/84

andy gittins - 1984

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Lead - 1981

Nigel Bond - Lead - 08/Mar/80 with Martin Crosby

babymoac - 2nd - 01/Mar/80 with MTW

Hidden - Lead - 23/Apr/78

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 01/May/77 with Dave Langmead

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 22/May/76

Hidden - Lead - 08/May/76

rogerskews - 1976

I can't believe this gets HVS now! It was given HS when I first did it.
Rog Wilko - Lead - Mar/71 with Debbie Wilkinson

mikej - Lead - 03/May/70 with E

mikej - Solo - 03/May/70 with E

Dave Price led
oldmanofmow - 2nd - 1962

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easy HVS23 of 77
hard VS30 of 77
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hard 5a0 of 72
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