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Snakes Alive*** VS 4c

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24m. The soaring groove is the main feature of this side of The Church. Bridge up it, passing the bulge on the left, to reach ledges complete with belay/abseil pegs. © ROCKFAX
FA. Pete Williams, John Amies 1963

Ticklists: Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, Peak Rock/10/White Life.

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This climb is in 63 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Nice adventure, with a ford and everything. Probably not worth Top 50 though, 2* I'd say; a strangely Gritstone-esque climb.(did some gardening as well, climb is currently very clean!)
GermanAlex - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Brannock

Brannock - 2nd O/S - 04/May/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/13

Hannes B - 2nd - 27/Jul/13 with Danny

Whealiebob - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Terry

Entertaining, not sure about top 50 though.
Milne - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Dave

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13

Not really a 'soaring grove'more a grotty corner. Impossible to bridge before half way, mostly damp and mostly vegetated. Stung by bastard nettles on the ab down. As a result most definitely NOT top 50 for me. Still a fun expedition into the dark heart of the dale and certainly memorable.
Julian Lane - 2nd O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Mynydd James

Somewhat vegetated, would benefit from more traffic.
Hoyes - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Julian L

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 16/Oct/11

Carmen led, then I led on her gear (supplemented with some extra placements as I wasn't feeling as bold as she was!). A brilliant, varied route, reminiscent of Bramble Crack at Baildon. The start is hard for the short. No 5a moves but lots of 4c!
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11 with Carmen

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

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

Awesome!
victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 25/May/11 with Dom

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11 with Anna

Kirill - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/10 with Gerard Thornley

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Aug/10

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10 with Graeme

very hard start and tough crux, hard for VS and worth 5a, an unusual approach :)
Graeme Hammond - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/10 with Jim

Good route, take a machete or get stung by nettles on the approach. Church is awesome, I'll be back.
jayrenegade - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10 with Luke

lukas richardo - 2nd - Jul/10 with jamie

mark20 - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/10

bigdrew - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Mark R

Hidden - 2nd O/S - May/10

Hidden - Lead - 2010

porridgefan - 2nd - 27/Jun/09 with Niall Francis

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/09

Proper classic vs,,
gazfellows - Lead - 24/Jun/09 with shaun d

gazfellows - Lead - 24/Jun/09 with shaun d

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/08

Excellent climb, bold for a VS though well-protected, and a very adventurous approach! (Hint - take some flip-flops and prepare to get wet).
AndyM-LVB - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/08 with Richard Hopton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/08

3 Stars, awesome climb
JDSwain - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/08 with Ian Jackson

cem - 2nd - 08/Jun/08 with Graham Dolman

Cameron13 - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/06 with jules

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jul/06

samwelli - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/06 with Reuben Brown

Ybot Htulk - 2nd - May/06 with Pete

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - Jun/05 with Richard Bower

Budge - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/04 with Mike Oates, Martin Gillie

nickdonohue - Lead - Jun/04 with Jim Barradale

sims - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/02 with Nick

Different Steve - Lead O/S - 2002 with Rupert Holbrook

Dave Bond - Lead O/S - 2002 with Simon Wren

colin milton - Lead - Jul/01 with eric milton

Rich Malcolm - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/99 with Adrian Perry, Chris Clark

FrankW - 2nd - 31/Aug/98 with Joe

Mike & Gloria? 1998?
Gary Coggon - Lead O/S - 1998 with Mike Block

Hidden - 2nd β - 04/Jul/95

nai - Lead - 1992

marcoleptic - Lead O/S - 1992 with Banjo

Hidden - 1992

A very memorable route.
Rog Wilko - Lead - May/91 with Debbie Wilkinson

babymoac - Lead - 11/Jun/89 with Dave P, Vic L

andy@ark - 2nd O/S - Jun/89 with Quentin Heliwell

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/85

Gezzer - Lead O/S - 1983 with Merv Dudley

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 04/Apr/82 with Charlie Leverton

mikej - Lead - 20/May/77 with Mike Byles

Nigel Bond - Lead - 10/Jun/76 with Andy Brown

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Voting
Total votes cast 66
hard HVS0 of 23
HVS0 of 23
easy HVS1 of 23
hard VS10 of 23
VS12 of 23
easy VS0 of 23
hard HS0 of 23
HS0 of 23
easy HS0 of 23
hard 5a0 of 23
5a1 of 23
easy 5a0 of 23
hard 4c11 of 23
4c11 of 23
easy 4c0 of 23
hard 4b0 of 23
4b0 of 23
easy 4b0 of 23
3 Stars15 of 20
2 Stars4 of 20
1 Star1 of 20
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Style of ascent

Lead39 of 63 (61.9%)
Followed21 of 63 (33.3%)
Alt Leads1 of 63 (1.6%)
Unknown2 of 63 (3.2%)

'Climbed'21 of 63 (33.3%)
clean O/S40 of 63 (63.5%)
clean β1 of 63 (1.6%)
clean rpt1 of 63 (1.6%)