Charming Crack** E2 5c
[Paul Ingham on Charming Crack, Brimham. 1980., 3 kb]9m. The shady, leaning jamming crack is a little gem. As to the grade - one of the last major Yorkshire sandbags gets its come-uppance, perhaps? © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Tom Randall's Classic Hand cracks.

Photo: Paul Ingham on Charming Crack, Brimham. 1980. © Tony Marr
View all 2 photos or

This climb is in 43 logbooks, and on 22 wishlists.

Hard. Couldn't work out the crux first go. Will be back due to its alluring masochistic charm.
Alex Hallam - Lead dnf - 28/Sep/14 with Matt Rust

Bloody hell! Yorkshire grits answer to the vice aka well harder. Placing gear was really strenuous no let ups. Good fun though in a masochistic sort of way and still felt like an achievement topping out regardless of the many rests.
Calum Wadsworth - Lead dog - 26/Aug/14 with Martin Smith, Jim H

Jack00 - Lead RP - 25/Jun/14 with Edd and Rob

Ed carrigan - Lead RP - 25/Jun/14 with jack colbeck

Hidden - Lead dnf - 31/May/14

Olli-C - 2nd β - 17/May/14 with Swanny

robertmctague - Lead RP - 2014

petegunn - 2nd - 06/Oct/13 with Matt Reeve, Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 06/Oct/13

I took multiple falls at the crux and in the end gave up. In my last attempt I passed the crux, so next time, hopefully. What a route! E1 5c in the definitive guidebook (2012?), but I felt this was harder than Emerald Crack (Chatsworth) E3 6a!
masa-alpin - Lead dnf - 08/Sep/13 with David F

Hidden - Lead dnf - 13/Aug/13

andi turner - 2013

petegunn - Lead - 02/Dec/12 with Tom, Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 02/Dec/12

Top a bit green and damp.
petegunn - Lead - 07/Oct/12 with Davina

Matt Harle - Lead O/S - 20/May/12

Peter Reynolds - 2nd dog - Apr/12 with matt harle

Hidden - Lead dnf - 23/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/10

colkurtz - 2nd - 24/Jul/10 with Adam, Robb

Another spanking :-(
petellis - Lead dnf - 05/Jul/10 with Cleric James Koran

Hidden - Lead dnf - 04/Jul/10

Utter spanking dealt out by a Joe Brown classic. Must come back for more punishment and with more time available.
petellis - Lead dnf - 02/Jun/10 with mattyork2

mattyork2 - Lead dog - 02/Jun/10 with Pete Ellis

joe brown is hard as! fell off about three times needless to say i thought it was hard.
80s pete - Lead dog - 04/Oct/09 with jas wood

Bloodied hands! Superb
petegunn - Lead - 10/May/09 with Steve, Cas, Tom, Davina

didn't get off the ground, so the onsight is still there at least. Ouch.
Quiddity - Lead dnf - 25/Aug/08 with Curious Yellow

Mostly aid tactics to get up in the end
Dan 85 - Lead dog - 17/Jun/08 with Phil

Fantastic route. The rockfax grade of e2 5c seems about right.
joe larner - Lead O/S - 21/May/08

don't place gear in the jam's!!clean next time?
mikekeswick - Lead dog - 18/May/08 with gill

Brown - Lead dog - 22/Sep/07 with Tom Bell

7 to 8 goes to do the first half and get gear in. 4 goes and falls for top half. Didn't pul on gear though :-)
MikeLeeds - Lead dog - 16/Sep/07 with Matt Hopkinson

Karl Bromelow - Lead - 2006

shoulders - Lead - 04/May/02 with mart, dai

Rich Kirby - 2nd - 16/Jul/98 with Adam Wainwright/Suzy

sadams - Lead dnf - 20/Sep/97 with Team Midlands

rob.grafton - Lead - 07/Jul/92 with Bruce

Paul Clarke - Lead - 1992 with Various

craig h - Lead - Oct/91

One of Joe Brown's forays into Yorkshire. Took 3 visits to crack this one but knowing where the hidden hold is helps - I didn't! My guide book has it as E1 5b - felt more like 6a.
allmag - Lead dog - 12/Aug/91

ian caton - Lead - 1991 with Matt

Hidden - Lead - 12/May/79

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1976

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Alex Hallam, pebbles, Jonathan Rhoderick, Siderunner, aged novice, richardw87, betamonkey, Simonj, jonnybull, Sam Marks, Dr Caterpillar, vanderz, PanzerHanzler

Total votes cast 18
hard E30 of 4
E30 of 4
easy E31 of 4
hard E21 of 4
E20 of 4
easy E20 of 4
hard E12 of 4
E10 of 4
easy E10 of 4
hard 6a0 of 7
6a0 of 7
easy 6a0 of 7
hard 5c2 of 7
5c4 of 7
easy 5c1 of 7
hard 5b0 of 7
5b0 of 7
easy 5b0 of 7
3 Stars6 of 7
2 Stars1 of 7
1 Star0 of 7
0 Stars0 of 7
Bag of .....0 of 7
Please Login as Existing User to rate this climb.
Style of ascent

Clean O/S
Clean β
Clean RP