A polished ledge-shuffle covered in bird poo and rubbish, deserving of exactly none of the above superlatives. Thankfully not 'one of the finest climbs in Yorkshire', or even Ilkley, or I would probably never visit again. OK I'm done now :)
Andy Moles - Solo O/S - 05/Oct/14 with Ferdia
A bit of an adventure! I lead the chiseler as P1 which was effectively a solo. Mark then lead round into the cave, where he spent 10 minutes getting his ropes twisted and failing to extend any of his gear. He eventually made it under the arete, where he untied one rope and threw it to me to remove some of the knitting. Crawling under the overhang, he then set up a belay at the bottom of the flakes on the other side. I then lead through, climbing the flakes, traverse and final grovelly groove which is poorly protected and and awkward struggle. Mark then succeeded in getting his finger stuck in a crack for 20 minutes while seconding the final pitch. A good "traditional" experience, but probably not /really/ 3*. There is quite a bit of pigeon crap about, and rubbish in the final crack, but the climbing itself is fun.
gav - AltLd O/S - 28/Sep/14 with Mark
Jacob Forshaw - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/14
Lead Second Pitch
poigol5043 - AltLd - 11/Sep/14
Wizzy - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14
A for arse I presume. From green slime into pigeon poo and upwards to a grovelling finishing crack... Had to use a Tactical Knee.
Alex the Alex - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/14
Cow Udder into the top of this, dirty...
papashango - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/14 with Luke Dyer
nick ferro - 23/Aug/14 with Sonam Norbu
Ed lead p1, I ran p2&3 together.
thomaspomfrett - AltLd rpt - 30/Jul/14 with Ed Poulter
Night solo in approach shoes. Slightly awkward positioning.
shah - Solo β - 20/Jul/14
Covered in what can only be called bird-shit. Awkward positions for tall people. Seconded in boots.
shah - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/14
SafeNath - 2nd β - 03/May/14 with ao
Tried this last year when it was spitting with rain and did not have the balls to complete the step across the chimney as described in rockfax guide. Glad I went back to it, great little climb.
jonnysims - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/14 with Andy Laing, andy knight
John Brayshaw - AltLd rpt - 08/Apr/14 with Keith Roberts
guisboro andy - AltLd - Apr/14
Nez - 2014
metcalfe1990 - Lead - 2014
Whitty2012 - AltLd - 16/Nov/13 with Tom Whitford
Hidden - AltLd - 28/Sep/13
Lead repeat. Brothers on the Cow... superb. No idea why Rockfax tried to change such a sublime route, probably because the move into that cave in front of the chockstone is trad hard. To miss out on the undercling trav and picnic ledge beneath the overhang would detract massively from the atmosphere. Such a class belay.
jimorothy - Lead - 26/Sep/13 with Rory McKeating
Covered in poo.
K Mckay - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/13 with Rich Pooley
Matt Cooke - AltLd rpt - 14/Sep/13 with Andrew Cooke
SPD224 - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/13 with Rhiannon Lawrence-Francis
Hidden - 2nd - 10/Sep/13
Hidden - 13/Aug/13
Hollywood - 13/Aug/13 with karly54
BnB - 30/Jul/13
Very dirty. The last 5 or so meters is the dictionary definition of thrutching!
blue_sundown - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with Greg
GAshby - 2nd O/S - 16/Jul/13
Just as far as the belay then carried on to do the ferdinand hand travere. Seconded p2
adamwesthead - AltLd rpt - 11/Jul/13 with Zeb
zebster - AltLd rpt - 11/Jul/13 with Adam
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/13
tobyk - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/13 with Emma Akam
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/May/13
Hidden - 19/May/13
Hidden - 2nd - 07/May/13
First led Sept.'94 with Sarah.
jshields - 2nd - 05/May/13 with Jonathan Harrison, Ed James
scrambler8848 - Lead O/S - May/13 with dom mckensie
rfdl100 - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/13 with Rikki
Montecore - 2nd - 13/Apr/13 with Richard Lizzimore
ERH - 2013
Seymore Butt - 2013
mikecollins - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Laura D
Led 2. Brilliant route, great exposure and sense of scale for a relatively short route. Loads of variety and some great, and worrying moves. Rockfax route suggests you belay on top of the flake which seems like a really bad / difficult idea. Got led into this and had all sorts of problems, ending in a hanging belay! A true epic with a finish in the dark!
mattwilk - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/12 with Rich
Night time dash up the final pitch. Fun first multi.
rich.wy - 04/Sep/12 with matt
Tenko - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Neil Ashcroft, Matthew Diggle
matt.budge - Aug/12
David Cowley - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Liam Martin
Very awkward and unnatural climb. dirty with glass bottles behind the flake and in the exit crack. dont know why this gets 3* in the guide book.
Liam Martin - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12 with David Cowley
Harry Holmes - Solo O/S - 15/Jul/12 with Joanna
Dino Dave - AltLd rpt - 14/Jul/12 with Fergus, Sam
samthom - AltLd - 14/Jul/12 with Fergus, Dave
mzchambers - Solo O/S - 25/May/12
Led pitch 2, an absolute beaute!
Mr Fuller - AltLd O/S - 23/May/12 with Ben Lewis
bigredsquirrel - AltLd O/S - 23/May/12 with Mr Fuller
Hidden - AltLd rpt - 13/May/12
John Brayshaw - AltLd rpt - 07/May/12 with Josh
jcurrie93 - AltLd - 07/May/12 with john brayshaw
clint87 - Lead - 06/May/12
alias dave - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with Sam.EB
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12 with Christian Turford
Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/12
I found this quite scary. Thanks to Simon for leading all the pitches. A great route but shame about all the pigeon poo. Climbed in three pitches starting up chiseller.
stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 26/Feb/12 with Simon
simon1985 - Lead - 26/Feb/12 with Steve Wilson
Tricky with the layer of Pigeon Poo!
petegunn - AltLd - 24/Feb/12 with Davina
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Feb/12
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012
Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 2012 with Christian Turford
Hidden - AltLd - 2012
enjoyed so much the first time but disappointed when i came back. Far too much pigeon crap and litter everywhere unfortunately.
thetradlad - Lead rpt - 03/Dec/11 with Faith, Louise Hall
Louise Hall - 2nd O/S - 03/Dec/11 with Jake Lodge
lead all the pitches, very good route. Last pitch in the dark and i used the big cam on the belay ledge, awkward scary top out.
Boj S - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11
aJmes1 - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11 with bojan sretovic
1 and 3
kitkat78 - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11 with SteveM
SteveM - AltLd - 29/Aug/11 with Kat
Steve Lenartowicz - Lead - 21/Aug/11 with Clare
dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 21/Aug/11
stewart100 - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/11 with Adam Jordan
AMJ098 - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/11 with Stewart Jordan
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/11
spragglerocks - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/11 with Steve M
SteveM - AltLd - 09/Jun/11 with Rachael
as one pitch, very extended runners so no rope drag
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 30/May/11 with Becky E
Becky E - 2nd - 30/May/11 with Graeme Hammond
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/May/11
munch88 - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/11 with dan sutcliffe
succa89 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/11 with munch88
Tom Keaveny - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/11 with Luke Harper
luke harper - 2nd O/S - 24/Mar/11 with tom keaveny
Scottish78 - 2011
SteveM - AltLd - 2011 with Kat
Started on chiseller, nice moves around the bulge and into the overhang, set up another belay because of rope drag. The last pitch to the top was covered in bird s*** and the last moves to the top were an awkward struggle. Good mini adventure, maybe not 3***...
David Kay - Lead - 14/Nov/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Oct/10
jonny taylor - 2nd - 17/Sep/10 with James
Jimmy O - AltLd O/S - 17/Sep/10 with Jonny Taylor
Chris Ellis - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Louise Pellett
Hidden - 2nd - 02/Sep/10
zeb took the second pitch
adamwesthead - AltLd β - 24/Aug/10 with Zeb
zebster - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/10 with Adam
dazwan - 2nd - 11/Aug/10 with Woody
farmus21 - 2nd - 08/Aug/10 with Jo
farmus21 - Solo - 08/Aug/10 with Jo
Hidden - AltLd - 02/Aug/10
ankyo - Aug/10
1918hasti - AltLd - 31/Jul/10
djprepie - 2nd - 29/Jul/10 with Lee
yatess79 - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/10
First pitch by the original start - having done them both a couple of times, I think it's better than Chiseller and more in keeping with the rest of the route - just make sure you back-and-foot the right hand chimney, rather than walking up the broken rocks to the left! Not sure if the move right into the cave is more awkward with feet on the ledge (from Chiseller) or hands (from the chimney) - both are rather unnerving!
Finished via Ferdinand.
Simon Caldwell - Lead rpt - 29/Jun/10 with Carmen
took ages as had to wait half an hour at the first belay for the extremely slow team ahead of us then another half hour at the second belay. But worth gritting our teeth and waiting to complete it - a unique route and a real giggle. donal p1, p3, me p2.
Followed gritstone guide and did the slab start rather than the chimney start - improbable and fun move round the giant chockstone, then did second belay at the niche to avoid rope drag. follwed top of flake rather than hanging off underside - both seemed equally possible. Cunningly offloaded dangling gear to donal at the top before getting stuck into final offwidth!
PS the slab start is miles better than the poxy gully aka chimney
pebbles - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/10 with donal
Did original start up the gully as freaked out on chiseller certain I was going to fall to my death so down climbed (chipped holds VERY polished!). Then did Ferdinand Hand Traverse to finish - fecking solid!
samcook - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Damian
Lead 2nd and 3rd Pitch. AMAZING!
thetradlad - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/10 with Dan Tyas
Jonny M - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/10 with Andre Knirsch
Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jun/10
daprince - Jun/10
I took the first, Vince the finale...
cjbaker - AltLd O/S - 28/May/10 with Jack Sage
I lead the second pitch. Somewhat underwhelming. Scary exposure but the moves are lame. Don't believe the hype.
vincentchopper - AltLd O/S - 28/May/10 with Chris Baker
I lead pitches 1 and 3
Andrew Wilson - AltLd O/S - 14/May/10 with John Brayshaw
John Brayshaw - AltLd rpt - 14/May/10 with Andy Wilson
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/10
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/10
Very good climb, watch out for rope drag!
spannard - Lead O/S - 12/Feb/10
Nice climbing. No need to do it in three pitches though, just run the last two togethor.
lrandall - AltLd O/S - 03/Oct/09 with Andy C
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/09 with Tom postgrad
Bird S**t paradise!!
reubensampson - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/09 with Gareth Threlfall
David_Gledson - Lead - 20/Sep/09 with Andy Quinn, Mike Quinn
MikeDowsett - AltLd - 06/Sep/09 with John Harrison, Pete Scott
rob led the first pitch and i led the rest in one push
raptorheli - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/09 with rob
robblowen - 2nd β - 12/Aug/09 with Simon
Mark Salter - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/09 with Gareth Lewis
Good trad style climbing. Wall climbers will hate it! We had a mini-epic but got there in the end
stevevoidstar - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Scott Chafer
shugsan - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/09
duzinga - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09 with Omer
Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/09
timbo58 - Lead - Jul/09
al jackson - Lead - Jun/09
What a let down. Green and covered in bird shit, a truly disgusting experience. Smelled as though someone had vomited down the last crack and it was full of glass bottles and beer cans.
Dave Foster - 2nd O/S - 23/May/09 with Andy
Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/09
adamwesthead - Lead O/S - 09/May/09 with Forshaw
willworkforfoodjnr - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/09 with J Airey
Daniel Sutherland - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/09 with Chris
I think we finished it this time but my notes say not! This route gives me the willies!
good_value - 2nd dnf - 21/Mar/09 with Rob S
First multi pitch. Cold and damp. Rob lost bottle. One for next time. Exposed.
good_value - 2nd dnf - 01/Mar/09 with Rob S
Climbed in Mountain Boots. Probably one of the best 25m that I have ever done. What variety!
TerryB - 2nd O/S - 2009
Teappleby - Lead - 2009 with max
Done in one pitch. Hard crux.
kitch22 - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Adam Maybury
lankystreakof - 2nd - 01/Jul/08 with John Walsh
Truly one of the finest short climbs I have come across. Having visited the crag my whole life, it was a major surprise to find such a large shelf in the centre of the Cow - you could have a picnic at the second belay!... perhaps.
jimorothy - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/08 with Rachel Crolla
cyril - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08
John Brayshaw - AltLd rpt - 06/Jun/08 with Mark Kitching
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/08
cat22 - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/08 with Andy B
Super polished and exposed, got a shock! Student was parping it.
Zoomer - Lead - 02/Jun/08 with A Student
Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/May/08
Started from the cave after climbing Chiseller. Bit bold for me. glad I wasn't attempting to lead it.
Rawstron1 - 2nd O/S - 15/May/08 with Tim
Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/08
led pitch 2
GrandmaOfShoes - AltLd O/S - 11/May/08 with Sam Cartright
lead pitches 2+3 as one. covered in guano and cider...
joe_alexander - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/08 with Henry Castle
JdotP - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/08 with Bjarte Grytli Seim
AndrewJenkins - 2008
daveagriff - Lead - 2008
JSA - 2008
Gully start this time.
Will Hunt - AltLd rpt - 24/Oct/07 with Steve Sharland
A great climb that let me touch the Cow. Really traditional in nature and a pleasant surprise to have 2 pitches on a grit route. Lead both pitches.
Will Hunt - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/07 with Annie
Massive faff, great fun.
net - AltLd - 01/Sep/07 with Neil & Tanya
Neil Pacey - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/07
Hidden - AltLd - 09/Aug/07
connor - Lead - 20/Jul/07 with simon holdsworth
Led pitches 1 and 3. Pitch 2 is definitely the most interesting, but they are all very varied and give a good climb overall.
Will Smith - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/07 with Richard Storrie
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/07
Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Jun/07
Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/07
Hidden - 2007
Hidden - Lead - 2007
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2007
Hidden - Lead - 2007
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Dec/06
Ropes and clothes needed a wash after leading the pigeon-infested second pitch
jonny taylor - AltLd O/S - 02/Dec/06 with Flicka
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Oct/06
mje1398 - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/06 with John M
Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/06
Benwa - 2nd O/S - Sep/06
dellboy - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/06 with Stuart Heald
Stuie - AltLd - 21/Jul/06 with James Dell
Cletus the rock climbing cowboy - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/06 with Rob
Dax H - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/06 with Marcus Evans
Hidden - Lead - 09/Jul/06
robman - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/06 with Craig
Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jun/06
Birdie - 2nd - 19/Mar/06 with Matt K
Birdie - 2nd - 19/Mar/06 with Matt K
attitudeclimber - TR β - 2006 with paul gibson
pnorth - TR dnf - Dec/05 with Tim Ewington
penrithblencathra - Lead - 26/Nov/05 with Ed or Jon
erica - 2nd - 14/Sep/05 with John
John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 14/Sep/05 with Erica
Previous ascent I took the original start, so this was my first ascent of Chiseller
Simon Caldwell - Lead rpt - 28/Jun/05 with Carmen
Alternate leads with Mike.
clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 2005 with Mike Nuttall
MikeLeeds - 2nd - 2005 with Clive Greenwood
Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/04
Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Jul/04
DavidR - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/04 with Aidan McGuffie
Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/04
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/04 with John Kilner
Hidden - Lead - Jan/04
Nobby - 2nd - 2004
Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/03
Phil West - AltLd O/S - 23/Nov/03 with Chris Tan & Shaun Walby
Hidden - AltLd - 16/Oct/03
Hidden - Lead - 13/Oct/03
Mark Collins - AltLd O/S - 24/May/03 with Neil Henson
Neil Henson - AltLd - 24/May/03 with Mark Collins
Hidden - 2003
Stone Muppet - 2003
sdht - 2003
Hidden - AltLd - Sep/02
Hidden - AltLd - 21/Aug/02
Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/02
Reapeted wi Art.smith (Lead all, Art. 2nd)
stevo smith - AltLd O/S - 06/May/02 with Mark Hargreaves
Pylon King Against Capit@lism - Lead O/S - May/02 with Fiend
Hidden - Solo - May/02
Just Another Dave - Solo O/S - 28/Mar/02
Whealiebob - 2001 with Robin
John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 12/Sep/00 with Andy Ellwood
smudge - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/00
jim_randell - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/00 with SL, RL
Alaric - 2nd O/S - 31/May/00 with Syd F
alan moore - 2000
Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000
John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 24/Sep/99 with John Kennedy, Martin Cooper
John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 07/Jul/99 with Chris
Hidden - Lead dnf - 16/May/99
MartinN - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/99
Roget - Solo O/S - 1999
Hidden - Lead - 1998
OriginalGeckoboy - 1998
chrishedgehog - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/97 with Mark Gill and Pammy
Neil Conway - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/97
Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/97
Hidden - AltLd - 1996
Siderunner - AltLd O/S - 1995 with Andrew D
thinair48 - Lead O/S - 1995
John Brayshaw - Lead rpt - 29/Jul/94 with Richard Spryut
crater - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/93
Rampikino - 2nd - 16/Apr/93
John Brayshaw - AltLd rpt - 20/Sep/92 with Andy Farley
tapley - Lead - 19/May/92 with Alison Tapley
Year is a guess! Took the original start. Can't remember whether we went up the left or the right side of the flake, just that it was a desperate struggle!
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 1992 with Martin
Paul Clarke - 1992
steve prior - AltLd - Sep/91 with Paul B
Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/91
PaulHermes - 1991
Hidden - Solo O/S - 1988
rob.grafton - AltLd - 1987 with barry maybank
Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/86
Tim Bateman - Lead - 30/Sep/85
Pete Pozman - 2nd rpt - 29/Apr/85 with Mark Walker
Tim Bateman - Lead - 08/Mar/85
bullybones - Lead - 1985
Hidden - AltLd - 06/Oct/84
Pete Pozman - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/84 with Dev
99bolivar - 2nd - 1984
hazeysunshine - Lead O/S - Jul/83
John Brayshaw - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/81 with Shaun
John Marsland - Lead - 1979 with Ken
Hidden - AltLd - 1979
John Marsland - 2nd - 1978 with Cliff Barker
Hidden - Solo - 12/Apr/77
Tom V - 1972
Howard Dixon - Lead - 1971 with Martin Dixon
mikej - Lead - 25/Aug/68 with Bill Lawrenson, Dave Williams, Nigel Sumner
greenbuoy - Lead - 12/Apr/68 with G Habergam
mikej - Lead - 18/Feb/68 with Bob Elsom, Robin Hudson
RichardMc - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/67 with DUMC Freshers
Dave Musgrove - 1965