Rockfax Description
6m. Enter the groove by frustrating moves and balance up it delicately. Pretty much all over after the first couple of moves, though oddly the starting moves would get 6a were they at the top! © Rockfax

FA. Andrew Woodward 1977

Ticklists: The Roaches - Routes Graded List, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, The Roaches Skyline 'E' challenge, Roaches HVS Challenge.

Robin Nichols 19/Nov Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Jul Sent
FlavioL1989 07/Jun 2nd β

Roaches HVS Challenge #28

MichaelGallimore 07/Jun Lead O/S

Part of the Roaches HVS challenge. We got the silver medal, then it went dark on us after skyline. All routes attempted on-sight. Fun day! Thanks Dan and Flavio!

with Flavio
Chris_barr 10/May Solo β
with Gus
Andy Peak 1 06/Apr Lead O/S

Find the start hard

with Andrew Deckon
deacondeacon 06/Apr Lead

Supersport on Andys gear

Tom McCabe 24/Mar Lead G/U

Bouldered through the start after a couple of attempts, and unexpectedly found myself on the slab above so had a rope and some wires passed up. After that fairly pleasant.

with Rob Law, Joe Jones
JRJones 24/Mar 2nd
Hidden 22/Mar Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2015 Lead dnf
Will Hunt 06/Dec/14 Sent O/S
with The Nichols Roaches Gathering 2014, Conor Cussell, Gareth Uglow, Ben Finley, Bert Bridges
sam corbett ?/Dec/14 Solo
al123 03/Aug/14 Solo
with Henry
Stefan_Morris 18/May/14 Lead O/S
Ed morris 18/May/14 2nd O/S
with stefan
Cake 24/Apr/14 Lead rpt
with Matt
Hidden 22/Feb/14 Solo
Duncan Campbell 22/Feb/14 Sent

Really hard (reachy) 1st move. Top groove is great and really steady. If you are tall first move is 5c but for shorties, maybe 6a?

Ed Booth 22/Feb/14 Solo β
with Duncan, Bubbles, Nathan Lee, Benno Wagner, Rob Greenwood, Fennerz
ashtond6 22/Feb/14 Sent O/S

E1 without the wire

nathanlee 22/Feb/14 Sent rpt
with Duncan Campbell, Rob Greenwood, Ben Norman, Emlyn James
soph 22/Feb/14 Sent rpt
with Kook newstead
BenNorman 22/Feb/14 Solo O/S
fennerz 22/Feb/14 Solo β
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 22/Feb/14 Solo
robertmctague ??/2014 Solo
sam corbett ??/2014 Solo
markalmack 29/Dec/13 Sent O/S
Hidden 30/Nov/13 Lead dnf
Jonathan Hall 30/Nov/13 Solo
disturbed_one51 15/Oct/13 Solo

Climbed it by myself in the rain - what an idiot.

stvey 22/Sep/13 Sent x

Probably one of best climbs I have done! Felt great topping out after commiting to the top moves :-)

with Richard Cope
Dale ?/Sep/13 Solo O/S

Took me lots of attempts to get threw the roof had to dino. Was happy when I finally got to the top great route.

Hidden 22/Aug/13 Sent
Ewano 22/Aug/13 Sent O/S

More like 5b.

rob 528 ?/Aug/13 Solo O/S
RichyBOYY 09/Jul/13 Solo

E1 i think... really good moves and pretty scary

Hidden 09/Jul/13 TR
PeteWilson 25/Jun/13 Solo

fell off soloing this a long time ago! committed to trying it again and it was easy! gotta be E1.

WillDoyle 01/Jun/13 Solo O/S
pipof747 10/May/13 Lead β
Hidden 08/Apr/13 2nd O/S
ianstevens 08/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Ky 08/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Will Davies
CSI Will 08/Apr/13 2nd rpt
Hidden 08/Apr/13 Lead
Darcy Turner 05/Apr/13 Solo
Ky 04/Apr/13 TR O/S

While tied on to the working rope for jaws

with Stevie Hammond
Climbster 21/Mar/13 Lead O/S
with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 21/Mar/13 Lead O/S
with Matt
C coldwell-storry 17/Feb/13 Solo β
with rob lay
Andrew Jennings 02/Feb/13 Sent
with Dan Mcmanus, Andy Reeve
Mike W 12/Jan/13 Solo RP
Ky 09/Jan/13 Solo O/S
with Danny T
Hidden 18/Nov/12 Solo O/S
LakesWinter 18/Nov/12 Lead β

Start took a few goes.

Didymus 29/Sep/12 Solo O/S
danp 29/Sep/12 Solo
richiebongo 29/Sep/12 Solo O/S

What a line!

with Dan Perrot, Jon Didymus
Dan Geh 09/Aug/12 Solo O/S

Did the start dynamically, didn't feel too hard for 5c. Still a few precarious moves up the groove, probably E1 without a pile of mats and spotters.

Hidden 12/Jul/12 Sent dnf
Hidden 26/May/12 Lead O/S
Alistair Corbett 13/May/12 Solo

with pads

with Al
jacobjacob 26/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Feb/12 Solo O/S
JamieSparkes 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S
with alex minshall, Ben Finlay
Ian Broome 14/Jan/12 Sent O/S
Matt Harle 30/Dec/11 Lead O/S
with Tom Pilgrim
jack1996 04/Dec/11 Solo

Got 2nd go as i bailed trying to whale up of the jug and crimp at start!

with tom s
mark20 30/Nov/11 Lead O/S
Cake 30/Nov/11 2nd β

No way HVS. Hard 5c move, then another tricky one after the gear. It took me 4 or 5 tries on the crux. Great route though

will randall 27/Nov/11 Lead O/S
masonwoods101 23/Oct/11 Solo O/S

the start ruins the last move which was fun

Hidden 15/Oct/11 Solo rpt
gingerwolf 01/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/11 Solo O/S
al123 11/Jun/11 Solo O/S

fun, deserves E1 i think as there isnt much gear to place and a 5a/b move left after the start.

galpinos 01/May/11 Sent x
with Sam
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
CharlieMack 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
shafiq lalloo 10/Apr/11 Lead dnf

Hard start!

rikbattye 10/Apr/11 Lead rpt
nickwhimster 01/Apr/11 Lead O/S
ed woods 16/Mar/11 Lead β
Hidden 13/Mar/11 Solo rpt
Hidden 12/Feb/11 Solo dnf
James Oakes 29/Jan/11 Solo O/S
Ram MkiV 29/Jan/11 Solo O/S
with Guy & Oaks
GuyVG 29/Jan/11 Solo β

steve had gone first

with noaks and stephen
gaz.marshall 02/Jan/11 Sent x
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
ollie_e ??/2011 Solo O/S
with Loz
Hidden 23/Nov/10 Solo rpt
Mr Wild 14/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Souljah 14/Nov/10 Solo O/S

Great moves

with John, Tom, Adam
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 24/Oct/10 Solo rpt
with Rachel Briggs
Richard Hall 24/Oct/10 Solo O/S
thrutch 17/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Sven
Hidden 09/Oct/10 Lead RP
Hidden 09/Oct/10 Solo
Ky 02/Oct/10 Lead dnf

caught the start but couldnt pull through as a bit too pumped. Powerful start!!

with Donk
dominic lee 25/Sep/10 Solo rpt
nathanlee 25/Sep/10 Solo O/S
with Dom Lee
donkster 22/Sep/10 Lead rpt
with pete buswell, crooko
tigertim 08/Sep/10 Solo
Simon_Letman 06/Sep/10 Solo
sgl0jd 01/Sep/10 2nd
simeclimb68 01/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Spidermunkie 19/Jul/10 Solo RP

Grit is really grippy, so smearing is bomber!

saalty 19/Jul/10 Solo RP
with colin
Hidden 03/Jul/10 Solo
jowgli 26/May/10 Solo O/S
with Dan Smith
smudge 26/May/10 Solo rpt
with Joe Shaw
Glyn Davidson 23/May/10 Solo dnf

Second time and found the right crimp to be useless. I found I had more power this year and latched the far left hold with ease but still couldn't move. Unfinished business!

lukehodson 01/May/10 Lead O/S

Great climbing, shame it's so short

Graeme Hammond 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S

found the start easy, thought the rock up on the pocket to reach the holds was the crux, Jools belayed and Lauren followed comically with the aid of a shoulder!

with Lauren Foster/Keeler
Hidden 14/Mar/10 Sent O/S
dmoir 12/Oct/09 Solo O/S
Lloyders 29/Aug/09 Solo RP
with Paddy
SGD 02/Aug/09 Lead

had to use a 'mobile climbing hold' for the start

Rob Davies 03/Jun/09 Solo dnf

As on previous attempts, unable to do the initial heave

grady ?/Jun/09 2nd
dannyboy83 11/May/09 Solo O/S
Glyn Davidson 10/May/09 Solo dnf

E1? Wouldn't this be better with a V grade? Beta: Tried going from the large pocket up to the high crimp on the left. Managed to consistently stick it but couldn't do anything from there. I'm told the way to do it is an easy reach to a crimp on the right which I hadn't noticed :S Next time! :)

with Osian
Hidden 10/May/09 Solo O/S
garburn 25/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Alex Winter 11/Apr/09 Solo O/S
jiles 11/Apr/09 Solo
NDD 04/Apr/09 Solo
cornishben 21/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Marc Elliot
Adam Moroz 31/Jan/09 Solo

Done as a highball above mats.

northy1983 ??/2009 Solo

hvs more like i, but still goes for e1 in the guide

Hidden 25/Nov/08 Lead
Oli 25/Nov/08 Lead O/S

On Dave's gear.

with Dave
Mike W 03/Nov/08 Lead O/S
with cat
Hidden 17/Sep/08 Solo
Bristoldave 30/Aug/08 Solo O/S
Birdo 09/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Jon Read 12/Jan/08 Solo rpt
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
donkster 25/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with crooko
Jus 28/Sep/07 Solo
Jack Symmons 16/Sep/07 Lead
with Chris T
Hidden 09/Sep/07 Solo O/S
sam8oy 08/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with John
Somerset swede basher 10/Mar/07 Solo O/S
Jus 18/Feb/07 Lead O/S
mattyork2 05/Feb/07 Solo
Ben1983 04/Feb/07 Solo O/S
Steve Banham 04/Feb/07 Solo rpt

It's aright. Just do it when it's dry

Hidden ??/2007 -
Birdo ??/2007 -
with Dave Bird
John Sergeant ??/2007 -
Owen W-G 04/Nov/06 Solo O/S
with Robin
maffujones 23/Feb/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 29/Jan/06 TR O/S
Laramadness 24/Apr/05 Solo
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
Hidden ??/2005 Solo
Hidden ?/Apr/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2004 -
Hidden 22/Feb/03 Solo RP
Andrew Abraham 16/Feb/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Sep/02 Solo
Hidden 12/May/02 Solo
Gus 03/Jul/01 Lead
Hidden ?/Jan/01 Solo
sadams 26/Feb/00 Solo
with John Boyle
tlr ??/2000 Solo
nige ??/2000 Solo
Dave Musgrove Jnr 20/Sep/98 Solo
with tim lowe
Hidden 20/Jul/98 Solo O/S
Hidden 22/Mar/98 Solo
smudge 14/Sep/97 Lead O/S
with Rob
Hidden 01/Sep/96 Solo
robtrooper ??/1996 -
alan moore ??/1996 -

Quite shocked to get up a 5c move. Ultimate rock quality.

ste_d 18/May/95 Solo O/S
nai ??/1995 Lead
D Tempest 09/Oct/94 Solo
with Rick
OMSKB 24/Jun/91 Solo
channinga ??/1991 -
Rich Kirby 04/Nov/90 Solo
with Joanne Jowett
Roget 21/Apr/90 Solo O/S
goi.ashmore 01/May/88 Solo β
goi.ashmore 01/May/88 Solo β
Michael Hood 08/Apr/88 Solo

Given E1 5c at the time.

Hidden 23/Jul/87 Solo
bullybones ??/1987 -
Hidden 21/Jul/84 Solo
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