Lancet Crack** VS 5a
["Is this really a VS?"  Tim Fryer on Lancet Crack., 2 kb]12m.

Rockfax Description
12m. Facing the southern entrance to the cleft is a fine climb up the thin crack and through the bulges above. Easier than it looks, apart from the start. It is often green. © ROCKFAX

A. Austin, B. Evans. 24/Apr/1958

Ticklists: Allan Austin Classics.

Photo: "Is this really a VS?" Tim Fryer on Lancet Crack. © John Hunt
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This climb is in 133 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

dakidunn - 2nd dnf - 13/Sep/15 with Tris, Michael Ludwig McCorkindale

Topsy Turvy - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/15 with Sciguy, dakidunn

challenging, way above my zone if I was leading.
Sciguy - 2nd dog - 13/Sep/15 with tris, Mark

nick ferro - 2nd rpt - 05/Sep/15 with Oli Birkill

CharRowley - Lead - 17/Aug/15

markfairbank - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/15 with Anne Gumbley

Hidden - Lead dog - 29/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/15

SteveJCox - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/15

SteveM - 2nd - 10/May/15 with Dave Clarke

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/May/15

Hidden - Lead dnf - 02/May/15

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 21/Feb/15

Tom_Shill - Lead dog - 27/Sep/14

SPD224 - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/14 with Martin Smith

jeddb - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/14

1 rest - good fun though.
nick ferro - Lead - 09/Aug/14 with Sonam Norbu

What a brilliant route.
Olli-C - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with Chris Waddle

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

Jono_LS16 - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

Whoop de whoop, what a route! Epic "out there" moves so uncommon on a small gritstone route. I loved it to bits, but it's more like HVS/5a as even with the perfect finger locks in the crack to pull over the bulge and the lovely bridging, the gear isn't easy to place and it's quite run out above the bulge. Approach with caution and you'll enjoy it. Probably.
ebf - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/14 with Will Poulter, Paul Stephenson

Think there is something in Chimney specialists suiting it.The sun entered the cleft then left during leader's ordeal. Felt HVS to me, even getting the sequence perfect with big chimneying/bridging moves. should be 3* though. Simultaneous opposed abseil descent was novel!
jimorothy - 2nd - 10/Nov/13 with Scott Barnett

FragOcon - Lead - 30/Oct/13

Hadn't climbed outside for a while conditions were wet and mingy on top out but crack and roof dry. Fell quite a few times sorting out top sequence after boxing myself out. Good route.
RUDIN.J.D.H - Lead dog - 13/Oct/13

Hidden - 2nd dog - 12/Oct/13

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/13 with Harrogate club

petellis - Lead rpt - 07/Jul/13 with Cleric James Koran

Brain in neutral, feet not following body I nearly fell out of this.
jkarran - 07/Jul/13 with Pete

mark sadler - Lead - 2013 with rob

RyMole - Lead dog - 03/Nov/12 with John Puddephatt

GAshby - Nov/12

Hidden - Solo - 27/Oct/12

Just as hard as 2 or 3 years ago! Quite glad I didn't have to lead it again. Cracking route though
stewart100 - 2nd O/S - 21/Oct/12 with Keith Lauder

petegunn - Lead - 07/Oct/12 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Oct/12

luke321 - Lead - 14/Sep/12 with Matt Cooke

Matt Cooke - 2nd β - 14/Sep/12 with Luke Dyer

samthom - 2nd - 16/Jul/12 with Fergus

Paul Figg - Lead - 20/Jun/12

Paul Figg - Lead - 20/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Jun/12

Charlie Zephyr Booth - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/12 with michael kirby

Good route, old birds nest could do with removing (it's disentegrating). Definately not harder than 5a (if you find the perfect finger locks to pull over the bulge) but a fair bit of it on the route and placing gear in a very strenuous position make this low in the grade HVS IMO.
CurlyStevo - Lead - Jun/12 with Kevin

Hidden - 02/Oct/11

Nickster - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/11 with alan Purgues

Looks easier than it is, got stuck again and pumped. Couldn't get over bulge had to use gear to get up. So annoyed.
Connorsgrandad - 2nd dog - 13/Jul/11 with Tim, William Jackson

really good
Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 06/Jun/11 with Myself!

Great climb, surely one of the best VS's yorkshire has to offer. After getting to the crux, then downclimbing due to being pumped, nailed the start second time round had a fall through the crux, didn't wait around through, straight back on and made the move second time.
Tom_Jermy - Lead dog - 19/May/11 with Matt_L_Robinson

First Lead fall!! Made the Heart go a little. Wet!!
Michael Whitley - Lead dog - 13/May/11 with Lee Simpson

Peter Smith - 2nd O/S - 23/Apr/11 with Mick Leather

A very spectacular and athletic route!
jonny taylor - 2nd - 02/Apr/11 with James B

Rested on gear after some fun and games with the crux, then found the way. Definitely only VS once you know how.
barney800 - Lead dog - 02/Apr/11 with Jonny Taylor

Tom Keaveny - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/11 with mfisher

Tom Tindale - 2011

Great route. Distinctly "Yorkshire" VS.
petellis - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/10 with Cleric James Koran

Bit of a beast! At least the fingerlocks are perfect.
jkarran - 2nd - 06/Oct/10 with Pete

Tough! Missed the hold under the top crack.
MikeLeeds - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/10 with Clive Greenwood

clive-greenwood - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Mike Nuttall

knicos - Lead - 04/Sep/10 with Erin Dunn

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jul/10

fell twice and rested then carried on - very enjoyable all the same!
gazbonutter - Lead dog - 30/Jul/10 with Pete MacDonald

ollyroberts - Lead rpt - 06/Jul/10 with Jack Colbeck

Jack00 - 2nd rpt - 06/Jul/10 with Olly

fell twice at the Overhang. Found the key to route on the 2nd
ojp - Lead dnf - 12/Jun/10 with Dave

ojp - 2nd - 12/Jun/10 with Dave

Had to take over from Si on the lead. Very tough, even for a Yorkshire VS.
Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10 with Si

pebbles - Lead rpt - 24/Apr/10 with kirk

Cool route. Then a simultaneous abseil off to top!
Jack00 - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/10 with Hannah

buggered up the crux and rested on the gear. then saw the big jug....
pebbles - Lead dog - 14/Apr/10

Must have been cold
PaulTanton - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/10 with John Hardiman

Failed on the leads, tried to step out left, as the roof did not look like 5a! Completed on second, still thought the pull over was more than VS5a!
NorthernRock - 2nd - 01/Mar/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

alasdair19 - 2010

Andy Graham - 2010

John Pickles - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/09 with Andrew Morton

Daniel Sutherland - 2nd dog - 19/Jun/09 with Mal

fun and steep ! Moved left into the large crack after the thin crack as straight up is very licheny and harder (poor holds/gear) and seems out of character, not sure if that's where it goes ! Geting down is 'interesting'
lithos - Lead - 09/Jun/09 with Clare Usher

jonka - Lead - Jun/09 with sean

Adam1973 - 2nd rpt - 02/May/09 with Graeme

first couple of bits of gear in place below the crux crack
Graeme Hammond - Lead β - 02/May/09 with adam

alexyoung - Lead dnf - 19/Apr/09 with Paul "The Dark Side" Giddings

Really rather hard.
victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 22/Feb/09 with Adam

Hidden - TR O/S - 11/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead dog - 03/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead dnf - 23/Aug/08

Simon Caldwell - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/08 with Carmen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/08

stewart100 - Lead - 20/Jun/08 with Adam Jordan

SteveM - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/08 with Bruce

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/Nov/07

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Nov/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Sep/07

jonka - Lead O/S - Jun/07 with degs

steve prior - Lead - May/07 with LCMC

gonzo_ls9 - Lead O/S - 2007 with d

Hidden - Lead dog - Nov/06

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Oct/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/06

joe_alexander - Lead dog - 08/Jul/06 with Stu

tomhull - 2006

chrishedgehog - Lead - 09/Jun/05 with Karl

cem - 2nd - 26/Oct/03 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Oct/03

Hidden - TR - 27/Jul/03

Hidden - Lead - 2003

Shaw Brown - Lead - 30/Sep/02 with David Jones

Dave Douglas - Lead O/S - 2002 with paul smith

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/01

Whealiebob - 2000 with Robin

craig h - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 2000

Roget - Solo O/S - 28/Oct/99

Tenko - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/99 with Andy Ilston

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jan/98

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/95

nickdonohue - Lead dog - 02/Aug/95

nickdonohue - 2nd - 27/Jun/95 with Dave Chapman

Tom V - 30/Apr/95

Mick King - 2nd - 29/Jul/93 with Simon Walsh

Hidden - Lead - 1992

malc - Lead - 25/Aug/91

kato'sdad - Lead - 11/Aug/91 with Jerry Mattinson

Pete Pozman - 1990

Hammy - Lead - 20/Apr/89 with Colin Struthers

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/78 with Keith Peel

Hidden - Lead - 31/Dec/76

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/74

mikej - Lead - 18/Mar/73 with Mike Mason

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 20/Feb/72

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1971

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