The Cracks** S
[The Cracks., 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
30m. The wall just left of the through cave. Climb cracks in the wall to a triangular niche (historical belay). Move right out of this and follow more cracks to the top. Photo on page 213. © ROCKFAX

FA. L.Noble 31.12.68 31/Dec/1968

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, Best Multi-pitch Severe and Hard Severe.

Photo: The Cracks. © Mr. K
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This climb is in 210 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/15

matt.woodfield - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/15

Wouldn't say is a Severe. Some hard moves at the beginning. The crag at the top is worth giving it a go instead of exiting on the right where seems everyone goes as the rock is worn out.
PilarMartinez - 08/Sep/14 with TheCherokee

brian watson - AltLd - 08/Sep/14 with bob mott

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Sep/14

AdamCB - Lead - 19/Aug/14

I'd say this is worth VS. It's only 4b climbing but in a serious situation and could blow the mind of a severe leader. Great route though.
Andy Chubb - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/14 with Nick Gregory

i guess i should have expected some hand jamming...
leon - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/14 with fabricio

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Aug/14

JClimb - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/14 with Rick Sewards

Richard P Coates - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with ianjfsutcliffe

HassenBali - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/14 with Eoin Parker

Eoinparker - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/14 with Hassen Bali

erica - 2nd - 11/Jul/14 with John

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 11/Jul/14 with Erica

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/14

Spillers - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/14 with Nathan Kitcher

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/14

CameronH - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Phil Glass

Helen Gibson - Lead - 19/Jun/14

mossrug - 09/Jun/14 with tony penning

Dan Geh - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/14 with Paddy, Will

Hidden - 2nd - 30/May/14

John Pickles - Lead O/S - 30/May/14 with Diane Alger

I'd give this HS 4b.
AndrewP - 2nd O/S - 27/May/14 with FelixPeterken

Definitely harder than s, some awkward jamming moves lower down
FelixPeterken - Lead O/S - 27/May/14 with Andrew Peterken

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/14

John Brayshaw - Lead O/S - 02/May/14 with Erica

erica - 2nd - 02/May/14 with John

An entertaining route. Borderline HS/VS.
Nick Russell - 2nd - 12/Apr/14 with Steve Shenton

SJS - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/14 with Nick

Drenched through whilst belaying..
Roo123 - 2nd - 09/Apr/14

AnnMarie3 - AltLd - 24/Sep/13

Big thank you to the guys who chucked me a rope after Rich broke his ankle - I really didn't fancy prussicking out!
Calder - 2nd - 20/Sep/13

Pero - Lead - 11/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/13

Severe. Err no. Harder than diedre sud to name but one example
Wilbur - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/13 with Paul Winder

Elliott90 - 2nd - Sep/13 with Rhys Treharne

AMJ098 - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Fran coles

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead - 26/Aug/13

Did this after doing Sea Groove nearby, which is a VS 4b. This route is harder than that and should be graded as such. The twin cracks near the bottom are quite stiff for any Severe leader. Once you have abseiled down to do it you need to be able to climb back out or you are in for a swim, so I would recommend only for those confident at HS 4b or above. Absolutely great route though, the moves out of the niche had me laughing out loud to myself, great fun.
jsw1 - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Steve Lyon

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/13

UnkArl - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/13 with Matt

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Aug/13

m675bowsl - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/13 with Sian Davies

SianD - 2nd - 09/Aug/13 with Matt Bowsley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/13

Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 26/Jun/13

KDhruev - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/13 with Katie

Julie Carroll - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/13 with Sol Fernandez

Tightsgirl - 2nd - 23/Apr/13 with Ali Rose

Had to go back up for the other rope! Great route
arose - Lead - 23/Apr/13 with Hannah Francis

Hidden - Lead - 05/Apr/13

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Apr/13

jcw - 2013

Alex179 - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/12

One of the toughest and best severes I've ever done. Surely worth more than one star?
gjd - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/12 with Mark V

Stefan_Morris - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/12 with Dickon Morris

Graham Westbrook - 2nd - 03/Sep/12

top rope solo
JamesColeman - TR O/S - Sep/12

stephenarnold - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jul/12

The_Boy_ODwyer - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/12 with Colin Harvey

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jul/12

BenedictIEP - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/12 with Dan Lane, Alex Thompson

Severe my arse! This felt harder than the VS to the left!
Dan Lane - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/12 with Ben Powrie, Alex Thompson

Fairly tough for the grade. Dan faffed for ages...
Alex Thompson - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/12 with Brizzle Brian, Dan Lane, Ben Powrie

Brian Moseley - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/12

Alex Munnery - 2nd O/S - 23/May/12 with NathanW

erbridger - Lead - 22/May/12

paul horabin - AltLd O/S - 16/May/12

steven - AltLd O/S - 16/May/12 with Paul Horabin

Hardest Severe ever. Rachel lead the VS for the second pitch, this was much nicer and much easier.
Olli-C - AltLd - 04/May/12 with Rachel Slater

lead p2 but accidently strayed onto the vs to the left.
Rachel Slater - AltLd O/S - 04/May/12 with Olli Crudge

NathanW - Lead O/S - May/12 with Alex Munnery

andy dunn - 2nd - 07/Apr/12 with Big Ben

Rhydian Evans - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/12

ben1987 - Apr/12 with Adam Coles

Adam Coles - Lead O/S - 2012 with ben park

RosiePalmer - 2nd O/S - 13/Dec/11

chris687 - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/11 with Gareth Steel

garethsteel - 2nd O/S - 18/Oct/11 with chris687

Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/11 with Ellen Cobby

Ellen Cobby - 2nd dog - 23/Sep/11 with Adam Booth

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/11

fathobbit - Lead dog - Sep/11

The longest belay of my life. Ever. But Chris got it eventually! Keeping to the right hand crack is nice and feels about VS.
James Oswald - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with Chris Mullaney, Kyle Wood

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Aug/11

Mr Sparkle - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Liam Byrne

Stone Muppet - 2nd - 28/Aug/11

Mr. K - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/11 with James Oswald, Chris Mullaney

fathobbit - Lead - 28/Aug/11 with Mr. K

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Aug/11

Agree with others that this isn't Severe. Pretty steep stuff in the lower half by the hand jams. I would give VS 4b myself.
Babika - 2nd - 14/Aug/11 with Charles Leek

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with james pcc

Phil PBC - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/11 with henry castle

was chucking it down, however a truely amazing climb
dj hannaford - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/11 with pablo thourne, Tom colquhoun

tim20 - Lead - 09/Jun/11 with pabs

Stiff for the grade. Felt like HS. Seconded in trainers.
johnpuddephatt - 2nd O/S - 01/May/11 with Will Hunt

Will Hunt - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with John Puddephatt

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Apr/11

Pumpy but brilliant route.
prwalker - Lead - 24/Apr/11 with Ali Hutton

EmilyElouise - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/11

Hidden - 2011

mwatson - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/10

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/10

ksjs - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/10 with phil

ezclimber - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/10 with matthew ch

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/10

Alasdair88 - Solo O/S - 22/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/10

Leelogs - 2nd O/S - 14/Aug/10 with SCC

ben47h - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/10

done in 2 pitches bommers gear
john_ohlsson - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/10

Macca9999 - Lead - 10/Aug/10

cool line on steeper ground than you'd usually expect given the grade.
andy dunn - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10 with Alan

john_ohlsson - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/10

Macca9999 - 2nd - 04/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/10

very big rocks need seagul bashers (hex's) and plenty of slings.
siwclimber - 2nd - 28/Jul/10 with Rachel

Swian, Alis, Niamh
RachelP - Lead - 28/Jul/10 with AAC

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/10

martinp - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/10 with PaulR

Edd Reed - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/10 with Donna Mawson

cliffy - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10 with Alan Turner

Julian Prieto - Lead O/S - 30/May/10 with Ollie Dorrell

Started off on the lead, but got to the tricky move at the twin cracks below the niche and after trying it a few times I wasn't convinced so pansied out and called for a top rope. (1st time that's happened and a bit embarassing on a Sev!) I'm probably very biased now, but I'd say it's a real sandbag - it was touch and go even with a TR. The rest of the route is fair at the grade and very nice, but that little section is tough!
Rob84 - TR O/S - 03/May/10 with Lou

JonBrown - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with Sion

Helen Gibson - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10 with Richard

Hidden - Apr/10

Hidden - Apr/10

ian d f - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/10 with Grace Chuchla

Macca9999 - Lead - 23/Jan/10

cymjt - 2010

blatantly HS
pembrokeshirecaver - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09 with Edmund Morris

Some exposure near the top. Quite decent for a severe. Plenty enough gear. Not quite a 3 star route to me.
Skinny Kin - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Pete White

Peter White - Lead - 29/Aug/09 with Kin Choi

Peter White - 2nd - 29/Aug/09 with Robin Sillen

AndrewShanks - Lead RP - 29/Aug/09 with Steve Loft

Fat Tim - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/09 with Mark kauntz

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/09

Hidden - Lead - 26/Jul/09

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/09 with arthur

Little AndyH - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09 with maria thorpe

Alan James - UKC and UKH - 2nd - 05/Jun/09 with Mick Ryan

chiverstom - 2nd O/S - 25/May/09 with WIl Treasure

Bux - Lead O/S - 10/May/09 with Ruth Bevan

Used as an escape route when we couldn't get to Rock Idol. Nice route, but more like VS
Chris the Tall - 2nd - 26/Sep/08 with Dom Ske

thomasadixon - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/08 with Toby Kluth

Ybot Htulk - Lead - 31/Aug/08 with Tom Dixon

climber130887 - Lead O/S - 05/May/08

Ben Griffiths - 2nd O/S - 05/May/08 with Jonathan Bull

d_meacher - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/08 with Trisha Murphy

Trisha Murphy - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/08 with d_meacher

Hidden - Lead β - 2008

drysori - Lead - 2008

?what year
Adam Booth - Lead O/S - 2008

Ali3735 - 2nd O/S - Oct/07 with Andy M

Richard - Lead O/S - Sep/07 with Carrie

Bit stiff at this grade, unless we were on a wrong line!!
Ann S - 2nd - 28/Aug/07 with John Carlin

dave657 - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/07 with jon b

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07

chris wyatt - 2007

Stone Muppet - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/06

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/06 with martina

chris j - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/06 with James & Doug

Matty - AltLd O/S - Jun/06 with Carl Reilly

tom_1985 - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Matt Davies

Andy Barwell - Lead - Jun/06

Jules_Robbo - 2nd - Jun/06 with James Cross, Sarah Burkitt

alicia - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/06 with Tim Wilkinson

Tim W - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/06 with alicia

Bern - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

Sam and will - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/05 with Anthony Bennett + Ben Bennett

dicky79 - 2nd O/S - Aug/05 with Vic Odell

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/05

Marq - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/05 with Daniel Dennehy

ferdia - 2nd - 16/Jan/05 with Andrew Wielochowski

cem - 2nd - 28/Aug/04 with Liam Mark

Laramadness - 2nd β - 30/Jul/04

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/03

cornishben - Lead O/S - 2003 with Edouard Vincent

Hidden - 2000

alan moore - 2000

John Southworth - Lead O/S - May/99 with Stone Elworthy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/98

Hidden - Lead - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1997

ChrisJD - Lead - 29/Jun/90

Hidden - 1990

Andy Say - Solo O/S - 31/May/89

Hidden - 2nd - 13/May/89

BigHairyIan - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/88 with Little Dean (Dean Gibbs)

Jelly Mould Surfer - Lead O/S - 1987

hazeysunshine - AltLd O/S - Jun/85 with Jo

mark-abz - 2nd - 08/Nov/80 with ?

Hidden - Solo - 13/Apr/79

steve L - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/78 with Morty

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
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Total votes cast 88
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