Minion's Way*** HVS 5c
[Alan Taylor powering up Minion's Way, Brimham. 1977., 4 kb]11m.

Rockfax Description
12m. A couple of pulls on cruel jams leads to a ledge for a breather, then an easier layback to finish. VS 4c for grit gurus. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Famous for its ability to chew up unsuspecting hands. On the overhanging side of Cubic Block is a short crack and a wide corner above and right, follow these to the top and you have done well.

Allan Austin, Brian Fuller. 26/Oct/1957

Ticklists: Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven.

Photo: Alan Taylor powering up Minion's Way, Brimham. 1977. © Tony Marr
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This climb is in 109 logbooks, and on 12 wishlists.

Polished crack
jess bt - Sent - 04/Aug/15

Had a couple of goes on the start above pads, before roping up for the lead. The second half wasn't as easy as expected...
kyaizawa - Lead RP - 23/Jun/15 with Luke Cullum

lcullum7 - 2nd - 23/Jun/15 with Ky Aizawa

15 odd years of on and off attempts plus 15 odd tries and a slump tonight. Finally the beast can torment me no more, I need never even look at it again. I can't think of a harder route I've done anywhere, ever, if the first few moves to gain the shelf were the last few it'd get E3 not HVS.
jkarran - Lead RP - 12/May/15 with Grant

Harder than I remembered!
petegunn - Lead - 03/Oct/14 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 03/Oct/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/14

ian d f - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/14 with David Brock, Michael P

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 22/Aug/14

pearson9596 - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/14 with Ian Faulkner

Bloody hard for HVS would go as far as the hardest HVS I have done. Worked out the start with a pad then strapped on for the lead.
Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/14 with S.O.C

Nez - 2014

Dino Dave - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/13 with Dad

westaway - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/13

Couldn't get off the ground this time...will come back will a bouldering mat
adamwesthead - Lead dnf - 16/Apr/13 with Callum

andi turner - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/12

Utterly, utterly desperate. The top groove is harder than it looks!
victim of mathematics - 2nd β - 29/Sep/12 with Andy

Not really o/s - took quite a few goes to work out the start and then did it ok(ish!)
GPN - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Annette

having done boulder problem start before but still had to have a few goes at start before it went
Mattyk - Lead RP - 12/May/12 with John Marsham

Hidden - 2nd dog - 18/Mar/12

This handed my ass to me on my last visit. Went fine today but tough for 5b.
ianjfsutcliffe - Lead rpt - 19/Feb/12 with Coatesy

Richard P Coates - 2nd dog - 19/Feb/12 with ianjfsutcliffe

Took several goes to get off the floor!
petegunn - Lead - 13/Jan/12 with Tom, Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 13/Jan/12

Witsend3 - Lead - 2012

mikekeswick - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Peter Holder - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/11

Good. Although some tosser had left a broken bottle in one of the breaks.
Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/11 with M. Gibbings

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

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jun/11

JamieSparkes - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/11 with Ben Finlay, Dafydd Llywelyn

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 09/Jun/11 with Dan McKinlay

Had bouldered out the start previously. Doff the cap to Al Austin. Good grief.
chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 25/May/11 with Kieran Myles

5 falls...
adamwesthead - Lead dnf - 21/May/11 with Forshaw

akhughes - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/10 with Steptoe

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Nov/10

Dave Warburton - Sent O/S - 30/Oct/10 with Rowan, Ewan

Bottom moves took me a go or two, really easy when you work out the beta. The top half was pretty easy too.
Ewan Russell - Sent x - 30/Oct/10 with Rowan, Dave Warburton

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with james pcc, Jim

Tough - 5b/5c moves off the deck.
Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with James Lismore, Graeme Hammond

Jack00 - Lead rpt - 06/Jul/10 with Olly

Bloody hard initial crack.
Tez29 - 2nd β - 26/May/10 with Ivan

simon kimber - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/10

RossG - 2010

philw - 2010

al99 - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Pete Williams

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jul/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/09

Hidden - Lead dog - 21/Mar/09

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - 2nd dog - 23/Aug/08

Woohoo! Jumped off once (on to a mat) from the top of the crack as I got pumped silly placing gear there, then did it clean after that. Also have failed on it twice (falling off from the top of the crack trying to get on the shelf - not sure how) about 2 years ago. Hence RP. Basically felt ok today though, so very pleased. Neil couldnt do it, which doesnt happen very often :)
Si dH - Lead RP - 12/Apr/08 with Neil Furniss

Couldn't get off the ground on this one a year ago. Felt easy today. Shame it doesn't keep going.
joe larner - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/08

Good route. Does seem hard for 5b. Fell off twice at the very start. Then got it. The layback crack above is great!
Jack00 - 2nd RP - 13/Feb/08 with JoeL 90

HVS? Hard work...
Chad123 - Lead dog - 16/Sep/07 with Rik

what a battle!thank god for cams!sure is stiff for 5b!
mikekeswick - Lead dog - 21/Jun/07 with gill

Brown - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/07 with Paul

fifth - 2007

jim robertson - 2006

Karl Bromelow - 2006

lithos - 2nd - Oct/05 with simon (cefs mate)

Nick Beckett - Lead - 2005

pezzerrr - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/04

Hidden - Solo RP - May/04

adamwesthead - 2nd O/S - 28/Sep/03 with Hoult

Tom Vivian - Lead - 2003

Nigel Coe - 24/Aug/02 with Tim Dunsby

Cheated with a bit of aid at the start
cem - 2nd - 30/Jun/02 with Rod Strachan

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/02

adam carless - 2nd O/S - Jun/02 with Nick Smith - UKC

shoulders - Lead O/S - 01/May/02 with joules

whispering nic - Solo - Feb/02

craig h - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Afterwards, James jumped off Cubic Block into a tree - nutter!
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo - 20/Dec/98 with James Ibbertson

craig h - 03/Oct/98 with Jim Mellor

innes - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/98 with CJ

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jan/97

Tom V - 30/Apr/95

Rich Kirby - 2nd - Apr/95

Hidden - Solo rpt - 1995

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/94

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/94

ChrisJD - Lead - 19/Aug/92

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - Lead O/S - 1992 with Paul

Hidden - Lead - 1992

John Southworth - Solo O/S - 24/Nov/91

Roget - Solo O/S - 13/Sep/91 with Jonathan T

rob.grafton - Lead - 23/Jul/91 with Bruce

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 01/Dec/90 with Simon Baker, Alec Burns, Steve Webster

Pete Pozman - Lead rpt - 18/Jul/90 with Cefn Arch

Jon Read - Solo - 1990

Marti999 - Lead - 1990

climbing club
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 03/Jul/89

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 04/Jun/89 with Graham Desroy

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1988

Andy Say - 13/May/86

bullybones - Lead - 1985

circa 1985
Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 1985

Hidden - Solo rpt - Nov/84

Hidden - AltLd - 27/May/82

GeoffG - 2nd - 29/May/77 with tony bowker

mikej - Lead - 11/Jun/73 with Nigel Sumner

rockofades - Solo O/S - 1972

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 15/May/71

Hidden - 2nd - 1970

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