Rockfax Description
22m. Follow the strenuous thin crack in the wall to a possible stance and block belay. Pull boldly over a bulge and climb a groove and follow this to a capping roof, which is climbed on 'surprising' holds. Save some big gear for the final section. © Rockfax

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List.

therat 14/May -

Lead p1

stratandrew 14/May AltLd

James p1. Me p2

with James Hall
rajeshwarbisht 14/May Lead O/S
with Sam, Kane
rob.swifty 11/May 2nd O/S
Stroppy 08/May Lead O/S

Felt hard at the grade?

with Janne
Heather Osborne 23/Apr Lead O/S

Really good route! Fave grit VS for a while! Surprising holds at the finish is the perfect description! Led in one pitch.

with Greg Joyner
Andrew Abraham 13/Apr 2nd rpt
with Ky
Andyjharper 02/Apr Lead O/S

Big Fall on last move, Cam05 in gap

Ky ?/Apr Lead
with Wales
Lenny 15/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with Chris
Gudge 15/Oct/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
Dan Vaj 26/Sep/15 Lead O/S
mark4344 26/Sep/15 2nd
with Dan Vaj
Hidden 25/Jul/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/15 Lead O/S
watson.b 23/Jul/15 2nd O/S

Fun finish

with Mark
augustus trout 22/Jul/15 AltLd
Mike Turner 21/Jun/15 Lead dnf

Got to the exit crack on 2nd pitch but it was blocked by a top-ropers rope, so down-climbed to the belay and escaped right (I may just be using that as an excuse as the exit looked very awkward)

with Steve Mace, Robert Ellam
stevemace85 21/Jun/15 2nd O/S
with Rob E, Mike Turner
FlavioL1989 06/Jun/15 Solo O/S
Steve Andrews 30/May/15 Lead O/S

1st crack was a bit wet, wondering route- wish I didn't only have a single rope as the drag mean't I had to pull loads of slack before tackling the final overhang!!! The hidden hold is a huge pocket hole on under-left-side of final crack and reach for jugs on top. Take a 240cm sling for boulder belay

Hidden 30/May/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/15 Lead
GStone 18/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Steve Gladstone
foostu4 13/Apr/15 Lead O/S
jonnie3430 04/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Welsh Tom
Paul Hy 19/Mar/15 AltLd O/S


with Lee W
lee1234 19/Mar/15 AltLd O/S
with Paul Hy
jamesb101 07/Mar/15 Lead O/S
rob 528 ??/2015 Lead O/S
Henry.Todman 11/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Ran out the first half a bit far for my liking and wish I kept some bigger gear for the top, but a lovely traverse and finish through the roof crack. The massive hold hidden in the crack was a nice surprise.

Hidden 11/Oct/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Sep/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 06/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/14 TR O/S
StaffsAndy 09/Jul/14 2nd dnf

Came off the overhang and couldn't get back on correct route.

planetmarshall 09/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Jul/14 AltLd
cdpuk 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Andrew Gilmartin
Hidden 05/Jul/14 Lead
Derek Furze 18/Jun/14 Lead
with Paul Wheeler
alaster tonge 16/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Assad Lahlou
Hidden 14/Jun/14 Lead RP
Pike 14/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Davey Mac
Ade in Sheffield 31/May/14 Lead
with Tom Hughes
Hidden 26/May/14 2nd
JimboWizbo 26/May/14 Lead O/S

Tough VS. Finished with a steep mantle on jugs, think I missed the 'hidden hold' in the crack. Nearly lost a cam to it but thankfully Emily saved it. Shame about the muddy bit in the middle.

with gaz
stevelismore 26/May/14 2nd O/S

Pretty strenuous, particularly as the last climb of the day!

with Trevor PCC
Hidden 17/May/14 Lead rpt
georgec 17/May/14 Lead dnf

Had no gear big enough to protect the final wide crack so opted to traverse off to the left.

buxtoncoffeelover 15/May/14 2nd
with Ralph
ralphio 15/May/14 Lead O/S

One of the best VS's I've done on grit. Had a bit of everything. Felt a bit harrowing climbing upto the overhang.

with Nik
Hidden 04/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/May/14 2nd
chrisbussell 08/Apr/14 Lead
with Tim O'Neill
will_benfold 29/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Tor Nockles, Jez Gittins
Vnockles 29/Mar/14 2nd
miles01 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Sally Byrne
DaveB61 12/Mar/14 Lead
MikeDowsett 12/Mar/14 2nd
Hidden 09/Mar/14 Lead O/S
chris fox 03/Mar/14 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
KTC ??/2014 -

Tom made unplanned use of belay ledge, and continued on to finish. Wind was howling and final crack was making alarming noises. I found hidden pocket, Tom didn't. Impressed.

twildingsteele ?/Dec/13 2nd β
OliverRoss 30/Nov/13 Lead O/S

Brilliant climb! Definitely ask for beta if new to VS. Chris gave me it in the pub, but he'd forgotten the name of the climb. I only realised after the climb.

with Tom Wilding-Steele, Alistair Dean
Jeester 30/Nov/13 2nd β
with Tom Wilding-Steele, Oliver Ross
guschuck 24/Nov/13 Lead
danJBA 10/Nov/13 Lead O/S
Unknownbiker 06/Oct/13 Lead
with Simon Burn
strudles 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Oct/13 2nd
AndrewP 29/Sep/13 Lead

The finishing move over the overhang is never HS - very committing and powerful, even allowing for the horrible rope drag I created.

FelixPeterken 29/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Amber Chaloner 28/Sep/13 2nd dog

Definitely wouldn't have wanted to face the final overhang as an HS lead (it has the same finish as Crack and Corner).

with Tim Popplestone
Hidden 27/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/13 Lead dog
MYox 21/Sep/13 2nd
with Maia
Hidden 14/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
hotfeet 14/Sep/13 Lead
with James, David Hammond
adamashcroft 02/Sep/13 Lead O/S
MazElden 31/Aug/13 Lead
Karl Wooffindin 26/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
with Andrew Deacon
oodie72 25/Aug/13 Lead dnf
chancer 25/Aug/13 2nd O/S
pheotleyr 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Very good route. Awkward, well-protected start. Getting over the bulge a bit higher up is a bit annoying due to the certain prospect of hitting the big ledge below in case of a fall. The diagonal corner above and the finish are both awesome. Be sure to keep some really big gear until last, for nothing else will go...

with Mike
Mayaculpa 18/Aug/13 2nd

last route of the day no energy for the strenuous crack. escaped left and up, traversed back for the gear, then completed route

with Peter
thomaspomfrett 15/Jul/13 Lead

SPA Training

Robnort 12/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with jim cochayne
Andrew Abraham ?/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Good holds, with an dd top out onto the ledge. Classic climbing for the 2nd pitch!

with Paul Sherman
Neil Henson 19/Jun/13 2nd
with Graham Robinson
Hidden 06/May/13 AltLd
sara n 06/May/13 AltLd rpt
Guy Wilson 19/Apr/13 -
with Plum
Will Hunt 17/Feb/13 2nd O/S
TiffTiff 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
JenDurden 16/Feb/13 2nd
Hidden ??/2013 -
HarryB 18/Nov/12 2nd O/S
with Al
Thinker01 18/Nov/12 2nd O/S
Sam Cooke 27/Oct/12 2nd O/S
with Tom Adams
Hidden 14/Oct/12 Lead O/S
beth.westonhoward 30/Sep/12 2nd
with Lizzie
Hardcore Pat 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Chris Vanderz
centurion05 15/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Ian Llewellyn
Tala M 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Sep/12 2nd
Hidden 09/Sep/12 Lead
daviesp2 09/Sep/12 2nd
Matt10 09/Sep/12 2nd
with ldadams
bullybones 05/Sep/12 Lead
with Neil, Dave Garnett
nic42 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with josh
Hidden 11/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
Andy Hardy 24/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Mike Turner 22/Jul/12 Lead O/S

1st pitch only

lcullum7 15/Jul/12 AltLd O/S
with Dave Lomax
Hidden 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Babika 15/Jul/12 2nd dog

Bit of a nightmare. Struggled on first crack so wimped off to left and failed to find the top hidden hold - nobody told me about it!

with Charles Leek
Hidden ?/Jul/12 Lead dnf
bobpilgrem 12/Jun/12 Lead O/S

.In 2 pitches.The bulge at top of first pitch good 4c if you go direct- and final flake/bulge probably only 4b but with commiting moves may feel harder.

with Bob/Nic
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ?/Jun/12 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jun/12 AltLd
TimKnight 27/May/12 Lead O/S

Led as one pitch. Some procrastination under the roof until 'surprised' by the big jug... still quite an airy finish

Joemanglerocks 27/May/12 2nd
yarrow 12/May/12 AltLd O/S

Great jams at the start. Done in two pitches.

with Mark C
sara n 06/May/12 AltLd O/S
with Andrew Gardiner
ash longreach ?/Feb/12 2nd
with jim
Coops_13 15/Jan/12 Lead dnf

Led as one pitch to roof at top but had run out of big gear so would have been very bold, backed off.

PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
DanChad ??/2012 2nd O/S

Awesome finish!

with Paul Deane, Chris Murray
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ??/2012 Lead
Hidden 20/Nov/11 Lead
Hidden 20/Nov/11 2nd
Hidden 20/Nov/11 2nd rpt
GermanAlex 29/Oct/11 Lead dnf

got too pumped at the start (and from other climbs), couldn't continue. for shame!

gingerwolf 23/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Lead first pitch

with Glenn
Double Knee Bar 23/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Lead 2nd pitch

with TomBond
Hidden 22/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
Daniel Heath 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S

First multi-pitch instructor lead. Finished up Crack and corner.

Hidden 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
fraserbarrett 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/11 TR
Skell 22/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Jules
Hidden 12/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Blurgy319 03/Jul/11 2nd RP

I got to the massive ledge and packed it in walking off the gully to the side then Pete led it, climbing was lovely and flowing but my head-game took me off this route

with Peter Williams
Hidden 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Chris Sansum 02/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Nathaelle Bouttes
Johnny B Diggerman 16/Jun/11 AltLd RP

Started well and made use of the belay stance to reduce drag. Lesson learnt I didn't read guide book and didn't have any big gear for the final move also didn't find the 'surprising hold' until my second pointed it out! a bold finish to say the least, high fall potential but enjoyable. Dan led second pitch.

with Dan L
stronglikebear 16/Jun/11 AltLd
andyjirvin 15/Jun/11 Lead β

Bit of a struggle at the start (maybe 4c) after that all fairly nice and straight forward, good fun up the slanting crack/slab and traverse to just below final moves... then desperate search for the hidden hold begins! Was about to go for it without hold until someone shouted up directions from below! Thanks to that man!

mol 05/Jun/11 AltLd
with Jesse
Dave Mahon ?/May/11 Lead
with Rob Munday
tasmat 23/Apr/11 Lead
with Jay
benwhit 21/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Apr/11 Lead O/S
NB Pixel 19/Apr/11 2nd O/S

JT climbed this in one & did top move without hidden hold & gear by his feet. Route was extremely fun on second, and gibbered not a little on top move.

with JT
Sam Simpson 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
alias dave 09/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Sam.EB
Dan Geh 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Gibbs 12/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Ewan Russell 12/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Paul G
Alistair Bown 07/Mar/11 Lead O/S

VS!!!! The final move was 5a anyday!! Good route worthy of 2 stars.

John Mckeating ??/2011 -
adam 24 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
eazyclimbing 26/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
with hoppo
givemetea 30/Oct/10 2nd O/S
smolders 30/Oct/10 Lead O/S

The top bit was easier after I found the 'surprising' hold, but it was still a bit of a struggle.

with Roslyn
epic ed 26/Sep/10 Lead O/S

excellent fun. Found the hidden hole.

with Pete
CharlieMack 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with Stephen Fey
stratandrew 12/Sep/10 Lead dnf
Hidden 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
dja 16/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Alistair Corbett 10/Jul/10 2nd
Ky 26/Jun/10 AltLd O/S

I led first pitch....another ledge tamed!

with Crucko
hellboundblr 23/Jun/10 2nd
john_ni 23/Jun/10 Lead O/S

enjoyable, maybe went too left on bulge

Hidden 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/10 2nd dnf
radioactivekid 19/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Wish I had paid more attention to the guide book. Didn't leave any big cams for the end of the climb. Wouldn't of finished if I hadn't found the secret pocket for the last move. A little scary without protection!

with Katherine
Garron 31/May/10 Lead O/S
kermit_uk 23/May/10 2nd O/S
with Steve Woolass
sgl0jd 22/May/10 Lead
Hidden 22/May/10 Lead O/S
Keenb 15/May/10 Lead dnf

Couldn't get the last move.

Alistair Corbett 05/May/10 Lead O/S

nice route , fun finish

maxkellock 05/May/10 2nd O/S

nice route lots of drag if done in 1 pitch!

Hidden 03/May/10 Lead rpt
rylett 18/Apr/10 Lead
with Adam Ashworth
GF ??/2010 -
Phil PBC ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
Hidden 17/Oct/09 2nd
Hidden ?/Oct/09 Lead O/S
ianjfsutcliffe 25/Sep/09 2nd β
with Smudge
Mike W 22/Aug/09 Solo
Jim Slater 16/Aug/09 2nd rpt
with Trevor Wilson
climbing_wiggy 16/Aug/09 Lead dog

1 fall

with Mary
mary 16/Aug/09 2nd
with Paul
Hidden 05/Jul/09 2nd O/S
stvey 26/Jun/09 Lead dnf
with Jay_Kay
tontopink 20/Jun/09 Lead O/S
SimonBrown 14/Jun/09 Lead β
with Tom Grindey
steveb2006 03/Jun/09 2nd
Hidden 02/Jun/09 Lead
Hidden 30/May/09 Lead O/S
steveb2006 11/Apr/09 2nd
with Paul Eastwood
cooper leek ?/Apr/09 AltLd rpt
with crucko
dannyboy83 ?/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Mr Wild ??/2009 Solo
Col Kingshott ??/2009 Lead
Hidden ??/2009 -
danm 06/Oct/08 Lead
Mr. K 20/Sep/08 AltLd O/S

Lead the first pitch, enjoyed the powerful first moves up the crack. Belayed higher than the guidebook suggested which split the route more evenly. Final moves around the overhanging bulge felt a lot harder than 4b.

springything 20/Sep/08 AltLd O/S
pepperpot 15/Aug/08 AltLd dog
with Ralph Atkinson
mark20 08/Aug/08 AltLd O/S

Led second pitch, only found one jug on the roof bit. Pretty hard.

tiga271 08/Aug/08 AltLd

i led first pitch

with mark20
Neil Henson 30/Jul/08 2nd
with Graham Robinson
Oceanic 26/Apr/08 -
Hidden 24/Mar/08 Lead O/S
igneouscarl 17/Feb/08 Lead dnf

Didn't save any big gear for the top, woops.

with Robert Jones
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Goose4 ??/2008 Lead O/S
Col Kingshott 06/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Sep/07 Lead
pebbles 30/Sep/07 2nd
alanw 15/Sep/07 2nd
with Tom R
Jesse Dufton ?/Sep/07 Lead
with Nick Lambert
ashleylist ?/Aug/07 -
with Tamsin Collins
Richie Rich 09/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Pete Colley
pelvoux 26/May/07 Lead O/S
with Dominique B, Rosalind
Hidden 02/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/May/07 2nd O/S
bob3141 28/Apr/07 Lead
with Oliver Mentz
khawk 21/Apr/07 Lead
with WH
littledave 07/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Ian Parkhouse
Maciek ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with P.J.
Shaw Brown 24/Mar/07 AltLd

Hard getting off second belay

with simon blythe
SamStrong 11/Mar/07 Lead dnf

Couldn't find the secret hold! Grrrr!!!

with Greg Kieckhefer
richardhopton 06/Mar/07 Lead O/S

Looking around for ages on the last crux movement, then some guy shouted "Big Jug", found it and hauled my self over with some enormous rope drag that nearly pulled me belt off. Sling the flake just before crux for more safety. I didnt!?

with Matt Thombs
deanroberts ??/2007 Lead O/S
Diggler ??/2007 Lead
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
markju 15/Oct/06 Lead O/S

took time to find the secret jug at the top...

with tom
Hidden 15/Sep/06 Solo O/S
ungracefulathlete 05/Sep/06 2nd dog

wet start, a nice climb but trust must be given to the footholds.

with Jamie
Stig 24/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Col Allott 06/Aug/06 Lead
with Alex Sturrock
jchenoweth 23/Jul/06 2nd O/S

Lead by Dave Love

with Dave Love and Samian
Carl Smethurst 28/Jun/06 2nd
with Gareth Mayhead
dan gibson 04/Jun/06 Solo rpt
Graeme Hammond 14/May/06 Lead O/S
with Ross Lambert
Marvino 11/May/06 Lead
with Rach + Darren
rachelwheatcroft ?/Apr/06 2nd

Bit scarey but great climb. Final top out was a bit hairy until you find the big jug!

with Marvino and Darren
dan gibson ??/2006 -
jackiechimp ??/2006 -
John Lisle ??/2006 -
ChrisBrooke 24/Sep/05 2nd
with John Inkpen
dk247 04/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with Neil Gregory
AngelaC 30/Aug/05 Lead
LoopyLou ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Helen Lear
Chris the Tall ?/Jun/05 Lead

Great fun, especially for Al's impression of "The Thing"

with Alan Selby
OffshoreAndy 27/May/05 Lead O/S
with Steve Mount
mark s ??/2005 -
Lev 24/Oct/04 Lead rpt
with Paul Martin
donkster ?/Oct/04 Lead O/S
with trigg
Lev 21/Aug/04 Lead O/S
jimshrimp 04/Jun/04 Lead O/S
Steve Pardoe 03/May/04 2nd

Fierce start, "rolling" exit

ASchwirtz 25/Apr/04 2nd O/S
with Shona D'arcy
Chesh ??/2004 Lead
with Diamond Dave
Hidden 19/Jun/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/03 Lead O/S
Smelly Fox 02/Apr/03 AltLd O/S
with Zeff
Hidden ?/Oct/02 Lead O/S
Andy Clarke 15/May/02 Lead O/S
with PeteD
DerwentDiluted 29/Mar/02 AltLd
with J. Ellson
platt2000 ??/2002 Lead
Gus ??/2002 Lead
Hidden 26/Feb/00 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
antroy 15/May/99 Lead
Hidden 27/Mar/99 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Oct/97 Solo
Martin Bennett 09/Jul/97 -
with John White
adam carless ??/1997 2nd O/S
with uni club
Duncan Bourne 17/Sep/95 Lead O/S
with A Lewington
nai ??/1995 2nd
brady ??/1995 Lead
with John Cameron
Iain Thow 28/Apr/94 Lead
with Rosy Wright
stokienomad 06/Jul/93 Lead
dodders 29/Jun/92 -
Rob Davies 01/May/91 AltLd
Roget 01/May/90 Solo O/S
andrew300169 ??/1990 -
Hidden ??/1986 Lead
leland stamper 13/Jun/81 Lead RP
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1980 Solo
RichardMc 01/May/77 AltLd
with Dave Langmead
rogerskews ??/1976 -
Mark Kemball ??/1975 Solo
Rog Wilko ?/Jun/71 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
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