Rockfax Description
12m. The arete is followed past the overlap, then trend left up the slab. Delicate and not too well-protected though low in the grade. © Rockfax

FA. Andrew Woodward 1976

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

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
islandlynx 05/Sep Lead O/S

easy but pretty much unprotected. i put a runner a side runner on the vs nextdoor which made it feel e1 5a

Matt77 05/Sep 2nd
Alex Horton, Tom Riddelsdell, Shane
Louishmouis 09/Aug Lead O/S
Hannes B 04/Nov/14 2nd
Neil C
Hannes B 04/Nov/14 Lead rpt
Neil C
Andrew Abraham 18/May/14 Lead O/S
Chris Wallis, Paul Sherman
hirving 17/May/14 TR O/S

did the straight after the VS

quinn sorabjee 17/May/14 TR O/S
Hidden 17/May/14 TR O/S
matt8hew88 17/May/14 TR β
jordangolding 17/May/14 TR O/S
pjames87 19/Apr/14 TR
Jacob Hodge 95 17/Apr/14 TR RP
peter chapman
friendzone1234 ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
jack 9895 10/Mar/14 2nd O/S
joese7en 10/Nov/13 Lead O/S
harold walmsley 08/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Colin Struthers
Hidden 09/Aug/13 -
Nick Russell 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S

No idea where E2 comes from - it's E1 5a in the definitive and that feels fair. Nice precarious moves on the arete then easy slab above.

sam corbett ?/Jun/13 Solo β
thomaspomfrett 20/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Pat Brien
Hidden 17/Feb/13 TR O/S
Rich Kay 17/Feb/13 TR
Ky ?/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Dave H
Brian Rodgers 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Esther Bott
Ky ??/2012 Lead O/S
Dave H
northy1983 ??/2012 Lead
david h
Dan Lane 16/Nov/11 2nd O/S

Tricky but not too hard, wouldn't like to fall off though!

John Crook
Sam W 24/Jul/11 -
richardr 20/Jul/11 Lead O/S

I thought this was soft at E1. Never E2.

PeteWilson 14/Jul/11 TR O/S

really nice route, would be brilliant solo

Andrew Graham
Graeme Hammond 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S


Becky E 26/Jun/11 2nd
Jon Read 21/Jun/11 Lead
Jonathan Hall 31/May/11 2nd

Bit easy for E2 but it is pretty bold.

frume 29/Apr/11 TR O/S

Top roped this as protection was very far and few between, still would not want to lead for this reason. enjoyed it though.

John Elliott 20/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Doug Allen
jtree03 02/Apr/11 TR
vanderz 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/11 2nd rpt
donkster 19/Mar/11 Lead rpt
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Oct/10 Lead O/S
climbingpixie 24/Oct/10 2nd
Boy 24/Oct/10 Solo
Nige Kershaw
Adam Long 24/Oct/10 Solo
donkster 11/Oct/10 Lead rpt
Ky 02/Oct/10 2nd O/S
donkster 02/Oct/10 Lead rpt
malc, ki, trigg
Alex Winter 21/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Bold but steady. Gear isn't as bomber as you'd hope once you eventually arrive at it.

Hidden 21/Sep/10 2nd
thrutch 16/May/10 Lead O/S
donkster 03/Apr/10 Lead rpt
donkster 21/Mar/10 Lead rpt
pete buswell
donkster 10/Oct/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 10/Oct/09 2nd RP
Chris Craggs 06/Aug/09 TR

Very little gear to be had.

Dave Gregory
craig d 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S


Simon Kincaid
donkster 24/Apr/09 Lead rpt
Mark Dennison 13/Apr/09 2nd
bobpilgrem 12/Apr/09 TR O/S

great climb- would need a staedy head to lead as gear is very spaced and landing horrible!!Felt fine on a top rope !!

tompilgrem 12/Apr/09 TR
Rob Laird 12/Apr/09 TR O/S
mr random 12/Apr/09 TR O/S

Wow hard slaby moves

PaulGreenhead 12/Apr/09 TR O/S
Kirsty 12/Apr/09 TR
DavidEvans 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Helen Garrett
cymjt ??/2009 -
Hidden 18/Oct/08 Lead
steveP 05/Jul/08 TR O/S
Dan Towns
DanT 05/Jul/08 TR O/S
Retroman3 05/Jul/08 TR
Yan, Dan
Hidden 31/May/08 2nd dog
jon bradley 10/May/08 TR rpt
graphiclunarkid 10/May/08 TR β
cooper leek ?/May/08 2nd
Coel Hellier 10/Feb/08 Lead
donkster ??/2008 Lead rpt
daveagriff ??/2008 TR
Hidden ??/2008 -
Stig 11/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Charlie Reade-Jahn
Dave Richards 08/Jul/07 2nd β
Max2559 20/May/07 Lead RP

Easy- ish friction moves up the slab. But protection is non existant until 3/4 way up, with a few delicate moves at half height. Perhaps a soft touch - but deserved of grade due to bad gear and landing.

James Morgan
Si dH 11/Mar/07 2nd O/S
Neil Furniss
Ben1983 04/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Birdo ??/2007 -
Dave Bird
IOAN D 30/Aug/06 Lead O/S
andrew (Tony)
Hidden 30/Apr/06 Lead O/S
John Lisle ??/2006 -
Hidden 06/Aug/05 Lead
Hidden ??/2005 Solo
Apharri ?/May/04 Lead O/S
Dave Wharton
Brown 06/Mar/04 Solo O/S
Leofallon 21/Jun/03 Solo

Bottled out of soloing it, but did so effectively cos the gear is so non existent!

Andy Clarke 22/Mar/03 Lead O/S
Smelly Fox 12/Mar/03 Lead O/S
Steve Puttick
bullybones ??/2002 -
Gus ??/2002 -
nige ??/2001 Lead
mark hounslea
tlr ??/2000 Solo
alan moore ??/2000 -

Saved a dank day.

Laramadness 16/Oct/99 2nd β
Jon Read ?/Aug/99 Lead O/S
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ?/Jul/97 Lead

I led this when it was E2....still claiming the tick!!

Richard Bower
ChrisJD 01/Sep/96 2nd
robtrooper ??/1996 -
shark ??/1995 Solo O/S
nai ??/1995 Lead
John Southworth ?/Nov/94 Lead O/S
OMSKB 05/Sep/93 TR
andrew300169 05/Jul/92 Lead O/S
goi.ashmore 12/Jun/92 Solo O/S
Hidden 03/May/92 Lead
Andy Say 20/Aug/91 Solo

Not E2. And probably not 5b

Rich Kirby 29/Jun/91 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/May/91 TR O/S
Roget 13/Apr/91 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/1991 Lead O/S
andrew300169 ??/1990 -
Gambit 16/Jul/89 Solo O/S
Roget 01/Jul/89 TR O/S
Hidden 07/May/89 Lead
Michael Hood 28/Sep/85 Lead
High E3
Mid E3
Low E3
High E2
Mid E2
Low E2
High E1
Mid E1
Low E1
Votes cast 31
High 5c
Mid 5c
Low 5c
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
Votes cast 26
Votes cast 25
Style of ascent
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