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Josephine Super Direct** VS 4b

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[josephine super direct  4b, 3 kb]15m. Climb the twin cracks (awkward to start) then continue to the bird-limed cave. Finish up the bulging groove directly above. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: A day out with Dolphin, The Complete Dolphin Collection, ARD Yorkshire Grit, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs.

Photo: josephine super direct 4b © philb
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 331 logbooks, and on 8 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jul/14

Lebowski - 2nd - 16/Jun/14

Luke Jones - 2nd - 06/Jun/14 with maria, Will

maria85 - Lead rpt - 06/Jun/14 with Will S, Luke

Self-belay. Nice route, aside from the bird excrement.
shah - TR β - Jun/14

spragglerocks - 2nd rpt - 15/May/14 with Steve M

SteveM - Lead - 15/May/14 with Rachael

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Apr/14

Really enjoyed, nice back and footing at the start and a good finish despite having to dodge the poo in the middle.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 01/Mar/14 with Richard Williams

metcalfe1990 - Lead - 2014

Lots of bird droppings. Had to retreat due to slightly more difficult finish. Nice parallel cracks at start, though hard to down-climb.
shah - Solo dnf - 2014

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Dec/13

Whitty2012 - 2nd - 16/Nov/13 with Tom Whitford

petegunn - 2nd - 14/Nov/13 with Davina

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

Hidden - TR O/S - 12/Nov/13

The key is to imagine you're Arthur Dolphin. Then it all falls into place. Great route.
Pike - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/13 with Matt Wilkinson

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/13 with Andrew Cooke

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Sep/13

erica - 2nd - 16/Aug/13 with John

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/13 with Erica

Mr Fuller - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Katie McKay

Major gear faff at start.
K Mckay - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Matt Fuller

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/13

ERH - 2nd - Aug/13 with Ben Finley

BnB - 30/Jul/13

SteveM - Lead - 27/Jul/13 with Kat

Tired...
kitkat78 - 2nd dog - 27/Jul/13 with SteveM

Jimmy1976 - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Simon

Simonj - 2nd O/S - 16/Jul/13 with jim

GAshby - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/13

Andrew82Leeds - Lead β - 06/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jun/13

sparra - 2nd - 19/Jun/13

wanted to lead the HVS but with tired arms wasn't happy with the jamming so climbed back down and Ange went up this instead. Really enjoyed it, and much nicer then it looks.
charley - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Ange, Kev

Excellent climb. Jumped on it after Charley backed off the start to Cherry Valley Rib. I offered to multipitch as I liked the look of the cracks but not the scary top bit. He declined so I decided to complete Super Direct. Great climb regardless of the polish if you like cracks. Loved it.
valentinesbabe - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Charley Fell, Kevin Tithe

Tithe Technique - TR O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Angela Paul, Charley Fell

Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Richard

Paul Figg - Solo - 31/May/13

kyaizawa - Lead O/S - 05/May/13 with Alex Mathie

alexm198 - 2nd O/S - 05/May/13 with Ky Aizawa

SPD224 - 2nd - 23/Apr/13 with Jo Sunderland, Martin Smith

yorkshiresherpa - 2nd - 17/Apr/13 with Tommaso D'Odorico

Tricky start for me, and felt surprisingly confident after the poo.
tom.dodo - Lead RP - 17/Apr/13 with John

Montecore - 2nd - 13/Apr/13 with Richard Lizzimore

betamonkey - Lead dnf - 09/Apr/13 with Rob Armitstead

stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 09/Apr/13 with Phil Mercer

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 09/Apr/13 with Erica

Phil Mercer - Lead - 09/Apr/13 with Steve Wilson

Tom Dent - TR O/S - 2013

Tenko - 2013

Seymore Butt - 2013

tobyk - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/12 with simon

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 18/Aug/12 with Jo Midgley, Phil

Phil Mercer - 2nd - 18/Aug/12 with John Brayshaw

Laramadness - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with RF

1poundSOCKS - 2nd - 12/Jul/12

a13x - 2nd O/S - 26/May/12 with Henry Hakkinen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/12

jacktomlinson - Lead O/S - 21/Mar/12 with Holder, Nick Michel

Hidden - TR - 11/Mar/12

Lovely climbing. lots of pigeon poo to throw at your belayer. I didn't bridge or layback for the start- just jammed toes into each crack and tackled it face on.
MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12 with AUfton

TRFrost - 2nd - 02/Mar/12 with W. Hooke

Wil.Hooke - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/12 with Frost

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

JonG - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Teappleby - Lead - 2012 with Dave, max

bobstones - 2nd O/S - 29/Dec/11 with Wayne Murphy

stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 27/Nov/11 with Simon

simon1985 - Lead - 27/Nov/11 with Steve Wilson

nick ferro - 06/Nov/11 with Jo Alexander

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Oct/11

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

Will Hunt - 2nd rpt - 01/Oct/11 with Duncan MacNeil

csw - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Avalanche Nick

Bex_M - 2nd O/S - 18/Sep/11 with Duncan Dunbar

spitfirerick - 2nd - Sep/11

pie_eater_pete - Lead rpt - 30/Aug/11

hotfeet - Lead - 29/Aug/11 with Mac

waynem1985 - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Bob Stones

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Aug/11

kitkat78 - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/11 with SteveM

SteveM - Lead - 23/Aug/11 with Kat

Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 21/Aug/11 with Clare

will_benfold - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/11 with Mike L

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 21/Aug/11

Rob84 - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/11 with Flash

Flash29 - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/11 with Rob

and Shirley and Stewart
erica - 2nd - 03/Aug/11 with John

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/11

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 03/Aug/11 with Shirley, Erica

stewart100 - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/11 with Adam Jordan

AMJ098 - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/11 with Stewart Jordan

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Jul/11

Pete Scott - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Nick Loader

adamwesthead - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/11 with Marcin, Zeb

zebster - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Adam

mfisher - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/11 with Olly Roberts

chris smith - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/11

BethanWhite - 2nd - 04/Jun/11 with Matt Greenwood

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Apr/11

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 12/Apr/11 with Pete Corrigan, Shirley

seconded Josephine Direct before
dainbramaged999 - Lead β - 08/Apr/11 with Josh Smith

smithjmw46 - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/11 with Nick Fry

Palindrome - 2nd - Apr/11

Tom Keaveny - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/11 with Luke Harper

luke harper - 2nd O/S - 24/Mar/11 with tom keaveny

mataius - 14/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Scottish78 - 2011

danny33 - Lead - 2011

keith leonard - 2011

Hidden - TR - 23/Nov/10

griffithsa - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/10

First VS lead!
Montecore - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/10

rfdl100 - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/10 with Rikki

johnpuddephatt - TR O/S - 10/Oct/10

BenLarby - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/10 with Rikki Price

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 03/Sep/10 with Erica

erica - 2nd - 03/Sep/10 with John

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/10

kieranlivett - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/10 with nick valente

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/10

with simon
philb - TR - 11/Aug/10

a good route if you like bird crap, that really let the route down but what can you do.
smeaton - TR - 11/Aug/10 with phil

knicos - Lead - 09/Aug/10 with Erin Dunn, Matt Metcalfe

J1PEF - Lead - 01/Aug/10

mrplastique - TR O/S - Aug/10 with helixmh, JD84

adamwesthead - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/10 with Zeb

zebster - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/10 with Adam

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jul/10

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

the trick is bridging as soon as possible in the upper part. then it's 4b.
pnorth - Lead - 30/May/10 with Tim Ewington

Good climb, 1st half however very polished
cjbaker - Lead O/S - 28/May/10 with Jack Sage

Nicer than it looks.
vincentchopper - 2nd O/S - 28/May/10 with Chris Baker

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 07/May/10 with Tim

venture10 - Lead O/S - 03/May/10 with RC

Hidden - Lead dog - 23/Apr/10

erica - 2nd - 16/Apr/10 with John and Andy W

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 16/Apr/10 with Andy Wilson, Erica

Andrew Wilson - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/10 with Erica Berry, John Brayshaw

Hidden - TR O/S - 10/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead - Apr/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 14/Mar/10

Cold, wet and covered in bird poo.
lrandall - Lead rpt - 07/Nov/09 with Dan telescope man

Nice little route but not VS. I'd buy MVS as in Musgrove's 'Yorkshire Grit'.
lrandall - Solo O/S - 14/Oct/09

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/09 with Tom postgrad

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/09

JdotP - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/09 with Fergus Cullen, Richard Andrews

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/09

Very polished but interesting start, back and foot up a chimney of sorts
gilbert - TR O/S - 18/Aug/09 with Danny Claricoates

mark sadler - Lead - Aug/09 with gareth

ebf - 2nd rpt - 22/Jul/09 with Woody

duzinga - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09 with Omer

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/09

timbo58 - Lead - Jul/09

spragglerocks - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/09

seemed easier than VS for the most part. but very nice climb, if a bit short.
JonathanJones - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/09 with Neil

Hidden - Lead rpt - 10/Jun/09

Hidden - 10/Jun/09

Kirsty McGhie-Fraser - Lead - 01/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead - 31/May/09

The twin cracks are polished and tricky to start especially wearing old training shoes! All the rest of the holds are all there. Great climb.
Johnny B Diggerman - TR O/S - 22/Apr/09 with Reese

Polished and lots of poo!
Vikki Haydock - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/09 with Martin Roberts

benchwarmer - Lead O/S - 31/Jan/09 with Justin Hughes, Sean Barron Malone

Renegade_Pony - 2nd - 31/Jan/09 with Ewan Brown

brockers - 2009

vertical worm - Lead - 2009

ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/08 with Jeff

Climb up the twin cracks to a ledge and then through the bulge above via a crack. Polished at the start of the cracks, but worthwhile.
Mark_RMC - Lead - 12/Oct/08 with Michelle

erica - 2nd - 18/Sep/08 with John

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 18/Sep/08 with Erica

Polished but still fun.
JWB - 2nd O/S - 14/Sep/08 with Dave Button

Matthew Coleman - 2nd β - 09/Sep/08 with David Brown / John Haggart

Hidden - Lead dog - 03/Aug/08

stewart100 - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/08 with Adam Jordan

Perfect wires all the way up the twin cracks
mikekeswick - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/08 with gill

brilliant route shame about the glass polish!
gilldando - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Mike

lucasp - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Bruce

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 24/Jun/08

nicely led by will, the bottom has apparently been polished by Kim and Aggie
pebbles - 2nd - 18/Jun/08 with will smith

Definitely one of my best leads to date. Exciting all the way up, but always really well protected. Pumpy, but not enough that you think you're going to fall off. The exposure on the last moves over the bulge is brilliant. The climb was made even more exciting by a pigeon almost taking my head off as I hauled myself onto the mid-height ledge.
Will Smith - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/08 with Peri

riven - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/08 with Alisdar Breen

chris2451 - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/08 with Ed Jones

Enjoyable climbing up twin cracks. Shame about putting my hand in freshly lain pigeon shite at the ledge!!!
Rawstron1 - 2nd O/S - 15/May/08 with Tim

Hidden - Solo O/S - May/08

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/08 with Olly

Uber-polish at the start. Got to just keep moving!
Si dH - 2nd O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Chris James

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/08

So Smooth and green
Booey - TR O/S - 10/Feb/08

Mr.Billiams - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Lyndsey

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Feb/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 03/Feb/08

tomhull - Feb/08 with dave thornley

joe larner - Lead O/S - 26/Jan/08

Hidden - 2008

fifth - 2008

Nice moves and exceptionally well protected at the crux.
Will Hunt - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/07 with Dave Smith

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Oct/07

RedFox - 2nd - 21/Oct/07 with Andy

maria85 - 2nd - 21/Oct/07 with Andy C

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 21/Oct/07 with Erica

erica - 2nd - 20/Oct/07 with John

Polished start. Lots of pigeon droppings at the top of the twin cracks. Failed to get over the bulge and lowered off.
jacurutu - Lead dnf - 17/Sep/07 with Ed W & Steve M

Made it eventually. Gutted I was so close to good holds when I backed off from leading it. Fantastic climb though!
jacurutu - 2nd dog - 17/Sep/07 with Ed W & Steve M

SteveM - Lead rpt - 17/Sep/07 with Ed & Kevin

djking1983 - Solo - 09/Sep/07

Gooc climb bit lots of pigeon crap!
pdisney - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/07 with Neil

betamonkey - 2nd - Aug/07 with Jim Cruickshank

connor - Lead - 20/Jul/07 with simon holdsworth

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 10/Jul/07 with Carmen

alaan - Solo rpt - 10/Jun/07

munchkins - 2nd β - 26/May/07 with Em, Rob and Ed

Really interesting climb with an unusual traverse without hand hold. Thanks Steve, for getting the gear out under the hail storm!
munchkins - 2nd dog - 20/May/07 with Em, Steve and James

Monk - Lead O/S - 07/May/07 with Andy A and Bethan

mullermn - 2nd - 07/May/07 with Bethan, Monkey

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/07

adi bryant - Lead O/S - May/07 with Ian

MeMeMe - Lead - 29/Apr/07 with Simon

HC~R - 2nd - 15/Apr/07 with John Rushby

Sylvi - Lead - 10/Apr/07 with Glen

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Apr/07

furry - Lead - 04/Apr/07 with SteveM

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/06

debbien1 - 2nd O/S - 13/Oct/06 with Robin

andy mcc - Lead O/S - Oct/06 with Jason King

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 29/Sep/06 with Ed Drake

Hidden - Lead - 15/Jun/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/06

Xav - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/06

sharky91 - TR - Mar/06 with Howard Lund & ACF

First MVS lead
erica - Lead rpt - 21/Sep/05 with John

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 21/Sep/05 with Erica

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 15/Aug/05 with Chris

AlanDavis - TR O/S - 31/Jul/05 with Howie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/05

SteveM - Lead - 04/May/05

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 27/Apr/05 with Erica

erica - 2nd - 27/Apr/05 with John

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 19/Apr/05 with Mark Kitching

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/05

VS4b - Lead - 2005

Brown - Lead O/S - 2005 with Unknown

Nick Beckett - Lead - 2005

Nick Taylor - Lead O/S - 2005 with Scott Mackenzie

erica - 2nd - 27/Aug/04 with Chris

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

clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 03/May/04 with Mike Nuttall

MikeLeeds - 2nd - 03/May/04 with Clive Greenwood

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Apr/04

Liam Martin - TR - 31/Mar/04

kitch22 - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/04 with Burt

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2004

christianbreeze - TR O/S - 16/Oct/03 with adibryant

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Oct/03

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 16/Sep/03 with Richard Tomlinson

Ander - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/03 with AMA

Siderunner - 2nd - 15/Jun/03 with Paul G

Simon Caldwell - Lead rpt - 14/May/03

Hidden - 2003

Hidden - Lead - 2003

sdht - 2003

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/02

stevo smith - Lead rpt - 06/May/02 with Mark Hargreaves

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/02

Mattyk - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/02 with Anni

shoulders - Lead - 27/Oct/01 with vic

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 04/Sep/01 with Chris

Hidden - Lead β - Mar/01

Simon Caldwell - 2nd O/S - 2001 with Dave M

Whealiebob - 2001 with Robin

Alaric - 2nd O/S - 31/May/00 with Syd F

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - Solo - 2000

merog - TR - 2000

Roget - Solo O/S - 10/Jul/99

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 07/Jul/99 with Chris

MartinN - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Feb/98

jfmchivall - 1998

OriginalGeckoboy - 1998

chrishedgehog - Lead rpt - 11/Jul/97 with Chaps

Bug - TR - 1997 with Robert

Hidden - Lead - 27/Oct/96

Andy Say - Solo - 21/Jun/96

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 26/Apr/96 with Martin Cooper, Andy Farley

thinair48 - Lead O/S - 1995

John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 29/Jul/94 with Richard Spryut

Adam Greenwood - Lead O/S - 1994

Hammy - Lead - 07/Nov/93 with Alastair Boston, Mark Eccles

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 12/Aug/92 with Andy Farley

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 26/Apr/92 with Chris

malc - Lead - 21/Apr/92

Hidden - 1992

John Southworth - 13/Jan/91

PaulHermes - 1990

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Jul/89

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1989

JSA - Lead - 1988

JSA - Lead - 1988

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1988

rob.grafton - AltLd - 1987 with barry maybank

first ever lead (gear pre-placed)
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 17/Sep/86 with Dad

David's 2nd ever lead!
Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 10/Sep/86 with David

Colin Matheson - 2nd - Aug/86 with Euan Cameron

babymoac - Lead - 03/Oct/85

Tim Bateman - Lead - 08/Sep/85

Tim Bateman - Lead - 11/May/85

Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/85 with Mark Walker

Tim Bateman - 2nd - 24/Mar/85

hazeysunshine - Lead O/S - 1985

John Brayshaw - 2nd O/S - 02/Aug/84

Hidden - Lead - 13/May/84

John Marsland - Lead - 28/Sep/83 with Barry Gray

John Marsland - 2nd - 02/Sep/79 with Cliff Barker

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1975

Hidden - Lead - 11/Sep/73

mikej - 2nd - 19/Jul/72 with Stewart Grant, E

Tom V - 1972

mikej - Solo - 17/Aug/71

Howard Dixon - Lead - 1971 with Martin Dixon

greenbuoy - TR - Apr/68

Dave Musgrove - 1965

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easy HVS0 of 31
hard VS0 of 31
VS21 of 31
easy VS7 of 31
hard HS3 of 31
HS0 of 31
easy HS0 of 31
hard 4c0 of 29
4c0 of 29
easy 4c2 of 29
hard 4b4 of 29
4b23 of 29
easy 4b0 of 29
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easy 4a0 of 29
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Style of ascent

Soloed15 of 331 (4.5%)
Lead162 of 331 (48.9%)
Followed107 of 331 (32.3%)
Toproped21 of 331 (6.3%)
Alt Leads1 of 331 (0.3%)
Unknown25 of 331 (7.6%)

'Climbed'137 of 331 (41.4%)
clean O/S139 of 331 (42.0%)
clean β6 of 331 (1.8%)
clean rpt39 of 331 (11.8%)
clean RP1 of 331 (0.3%)
dogged6 of 331 (1.8%)
dnf3 of 331 (0.9%)