Track of the Cat*** E5 6a
[Graham Parkes on Track of the Cat (E5 6a), Roaches, 1 kb]12m. A powerful start and a technical groove (pull out right as soon as you can) culminate in an insecure and smeary reach for the top. On the final crucial section, the gear is a little too far away for comfort. Low in the grade though harder for the short. © ROCKFAX
FA. Jonny Woodward 1977

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, The Roaches Skyline 'E' challenge, Peak Rock/14/Gritstone After the Gold Rush.

Photo: Graham Parkes on Track of the Cat (E5 6a), Roaches © jfletcher
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al123 - Lead β - 03/Aug/14 with Henry

john lynch - TR O/S - 04/Apr/14 with Lewis Andrew

simonfilson - Lead RP - 25/Nov/13

Mike W - Lead RP - 19/Aug/13

First e5, buzzing! i top roped it quite abit but still well happy!
Alistair Corbett - Lead RP - 19/Aug/13 with Mike

sgl0jd - Solo rpt - 19/Apr/13

didn't have a guide, went the wrong way i think. went right to early, ended up doing some Nature trail /Track link up.
C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/13 with rob lay

Max Lowry - Solo O/S - 2013

Ky - Lead O/S - Oct/12 with Dave H

Ky - 2012

Hidden - Lead rpt - 15/Oct/11

pipof747 - Lead RP - 04/Jun/11

First E5 onsight. Spicy.
drysori - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/11 with Andy Gray

i_a_coops - Lead β - 15/Nov/10 with Jacob

Not bad seconding effort for Rachel @ 5 months pregnant ;-)
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Lead rpt - 24/Oct/10 with Rachel Briggs

Not on sight as topped it last week, but ground up pplacing gear. Very happy man.
thrutch - Lead - 24/Oct/10 with Ryan

david morse - 2nd β - 23/Oct/10 with phil+rory

rory dropped me a cheeky runner to clip for last move!! too scared to commit.... next time- oh well there goes the onsight!
phil64 - 22/Oct/10 with rory shaw, dave morse

thrutch - TR O/S - 17/Oct/10 with Sven

donkster - TR O/S - 26/Sep/10 with jus

nathanlee - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Dom Lee

Cool lead by nat.
dominic lee - Lead rpt - 25/Sep/10 with nathan lee

Bloody fantastic - sneaky crack hold around arete near the top is useful.
tigertim - Lead RP - 22/Sep/10 with Alex Winter

Sketchy!
Spidermunkie - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/10 with Dom

Beautiful warm evening, lots of top rope practice and gear in the holes. Waited to last light for the lead. For me the perfect gritstone experience. BTW 6'3" tall makes the top a little easier!
Gambit - Lead RP - 17/Jun/10 with Barney

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 09/May/10

quiffhanger - Lead β - Apr/10

Boy - Mar/10 with Nige Kershaw

Ebarnes - 2010

very good
northy1983 - Lead - 2010

pretty sure a fairly big hold has gone awol
Col Allott - Solo - 11/Sep/09

Mr Wild - Lead - 04/Jun/09

Thought this was easier than willow farm!
dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 11/May/09

Nicolas Duboust - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Dany

daveagriff - TR - 2008

Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Nov/07

immaculate, sublime, etc. great sequence/moves all the way up from the pockets....
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/07 with reeve

In thick mist in the near dark. Surreal conditions.
Jus - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/07

mark s - Lead rpt - 15/Sep/07 with jon read andi t

Definately come back and lead this one. Its in the bag.
sam8oy - TR O/S - 08/Sep/07 with John

bronsonite - Lead β - 04/Feb/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Nov/06

nathanmanc - Lead RP - 03/Nov/06 with Chris Todd

I found the crux on this harder than the Wings crux but the top move felt easier. It's definitely E5 for the onsight, especially if you don't place the cams in the pocket (which I didn't do as it seemed too far to reach) as the other gear is lower and smaller. The last move is brilliant.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/06 with Luis

The rain was bothersome, but not as bothersome as for the leader! I'll come back for the lead come winter...maybe.
alaan - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/06 with Aly

Hidden - TR O/S - 29/Jan/06

dominic lee - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/05 with daniel lee

Iggy_B - Lead O/S - May/05 with Adam Harrison

Ropeboy - Lead - 20/Feb/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - Solo O/S - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Feb/04

mark s - Solo rpt - 2004

Hidden - TR - 16/Aug/02

nige - Lead β - 2002 with mark hounslea

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/01

Gus - Lead - 03/Jul/01

sadams - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/00 with John Boyle

tlr - 2nd - 2000

Wish I hadn't t-roped it. Moves r easy 6a
Peakology - TR O/S - 2000 with cat

left hand finish
Roget - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/99 with jim, jon

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - TR - Jun/98 with Richard Bower

Davros the Psyched - Solo O/S - 1998

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 16/Sep/96 with Al Willoner

OMSKB - TR - 27/Mar/93 with Richard Winfield

andrew300169 - TR O/S - 05/Jul/92 with Tim

Jon Read - Solo RP - Jul/92 with Roger Peppe

andrew300169 - 1990

Baking hot day!
Sean Kelly - Jul/89 with Ian Patterson

Hidden - TR - 23/Jul/87

mark mcgowan01 - 1986

Mark Kemball - TR - 09/Feb/83 with Paul Clark

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