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Illegitimate Crack*** VS 4c

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[andrew on the second, 3 kb]Gain the flake from the left and enter a shallow corner via a short hand crack. Leaving the corner provides the crux. Quality climb for the grade but a bit of trek to get there.

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven.

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This climb is in 122 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

Well named.. tough for VS but very good.
toddm - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/14 with jhardwick

Got my head stuck, then my shoulder stuck, then my knee stuck. Thrutchy.
1poundSOCKS - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/14

Hidden - 2nd β - 10/Jul/14

Superb!
Cyriaque - 2nd O/S - 23/Jun/14

Thought the crux was fine, the stuff below seemed tough.
jimorothy - 2nd - 01/Jun/14 with Scott Barnett

Nez - 2014

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/13

Great route. Got full-on exhausted in the chimney - perhaps not best to try to rest in it.
Mr Fuller - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Katie McKay

Don't faff on the crux or you'll get pumped.
K Mckay - 2nd O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Matt Fuller

Backed off in hailstorm a few days earlier (my son wasn't enjoying the belaying) and then abbed off the top to pick up my gear, so I'd inspected the line a little before having a second go in better weather. First grit VS for 10 years and a good reintroduction to jamming.
EddieA - Lead β - 06/Aug/13 with Joe A

SPD224 - 2nd - 30/Jul/13 with Martin Smith

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jul/13

nick ferro - 20/Jul/13 with Sonam Norbu

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead β - 17/Jul/13

Actually found the crux getting in to the jamming crack, not out of it! Lovely route.
maria85 - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/13 with Jules

Fluffed the crux slightly, very Yorkshire VS.
Pike - Lead - 25/Jun/13 with Matt Wilkinson

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Jun/13

Julie - TR - 05/Jun/13 with Jason

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Sep/12

mikecollins - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Laura D

riven - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12 with Mick

papashango - Lead - 24/Jul/12 with Ed

Well named but excellent.
Becky E - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Graeme Hammond

Brilliant from start to finish with lovely jams and good gear.
Graeme Hammond - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Becky E

Soloed twice... once to get stuck gear as had forgotten the nut key first go, and a 2nd time to look for a crab that seemed to disappear of one of Becky's quick draws. No hardship though when the route is so good :)
Graeme Hammond - Solo rpt - 22/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jul/12

mountain man ed - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12

Brilliant jamming, lovely awkward thrutchy bit. Fab. Good lead from Vicky. Bit of a trek to get there? My arse it is, try a Chew valley walk in!
thedatastream - 2nd O/S - 28/May/12 with Vix

Amazing thrutchfest
vix - Lead O/S - 28/May/12 with JP

J25 - 2nd O/S - 28/May/12 with Vicky Jennings

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

stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 07/May/12 with Simon

simon1985 - Lead - 07/May/12 with Steve Wilson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/May/12

To green, after week of rain = nowhere to put feet. Lowered off just below the crux, cleaned shoes, and started again to get it clean. Lots of jamming!
tsjx - Lead - 16/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Sep/11

robman - 2nd rpt - 24/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11

Kevster - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jul/11

dkd - TR dog - 19/Jul/11 with Shirley (CMC)

JamieSparkes - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/11 with Rozzy

very green in places but when dry still gripy.
mr spoon - Lead O/S - 30/May/11

MikeLeeds - Lead rpt - 18/May/11 with Maya

Beasty middle section, lots of grunting!
mrplastique - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11 with helixmh

beds74 - Lead - 20/Apr/11 with Craig Hartley

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/11

helixmh - 2nd O/S - 2011

Steff007 - Lead O/S - 2011 with Rob

pie_eater_pete - Lead - 14/Oct/10

kitch22 - Lead rpt - 05/Sep/10 with Marc Wise

Trainers.
petellis - 2nd rpt - 16/Aug/10 with Sloth

hellorichie - 2nd - 29/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/10

Dave Lacey - 2nd rpt - 29/Jun/10 with jak.kelly

Anthony Dixon - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10

petegunn - Lead - 18/Mar/10 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Mar/10

hellorichie - 2nd - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 20/Sep/09

nick ferro - 06/Sep/09

jonka - 2nd - Sep/09 with sean

jamtastic
adamwesthead - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/09 with Zeb

zebster - 2nd O/S - 27/Jul/09 with Adam

nice route, perfect jamming, perfect cams, slightly miffed pigeon
lithos - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/09

Fantastic route. Rock solid jams all the way up. Fancy leading this next time.
Will Smith - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/09 with Rob

Excellent stuff, though the baby pigeon in the nest in the wide crack didn't look too impressed.
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/09 with Carmen

Hidden - Lead rpt - 25/Sep/08

datoon - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/08 with K

khawk - Lead - 14/Sep/08 with DT

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/08

porridgefan - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/08 with Gareth Borthwick

gareth scott borthwick - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/08 with phil and liam

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/08

I'm a bit new to this jam-any-body-part-you-can game...
jonny taylor - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/08 with Cat

cat22 - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/08 with Jonny

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/May/08

Nice route, felt straightforward.
Si dH - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/08 with Chris James

joe_alexander - 2nd β - 17/Feb/08 with Henry Castle

Danny got spanked leading!! I almost got my knee stuck on accent...
Alex Thompson - 2nd O/S - 10/Feb/08 with Danny, Anton & Chris

oops, meant to do the HS next to it - should read the guide before climbing. Absolutely amazing climb though.
heidavey - TR O/S - 03/Feb/08 with Susi

red.stiletto - TR dog - 03/Feb/08 with heidavey

Full body workout
fast eddie - 2008

Hidden - 2008

fifth - 2008

Chazz - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/07 with Duncan

Sean_J - Lead O/S - 2007

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Sep/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 23/Jul/06

nice body jammng gurning crack
robman - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/06 with Paula

Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 2006 with Bryn

deanj - Lead - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/04

DavidR - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/04 with Aidan McGuffie

Monk - Lead O/S - May/04

Hidden - Lead - Apr/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/03

Mattyk - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/03 with Dominick Spracklen

The Pylon King - Lead O/S - May/02 with Fiend

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/02

rlrs - Lead - 2002

Whealiebob - 2001

Alaric - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/00 with Huw F, Syd F

akhughes - Lead O/S - 2000

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/97 with Chaps

Hidden - Lead - 01/Mar/97

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/95

thinair48 - Lead dog - 1995

Art. (lead), I (2nd)
stevo smith - 2nd O/S - Aug/93 with Arthur smith (Dad)

Hidden - 1989

Hidden - Lead - 29/Sep/87

Hidden - Lead - 12/Oct/79

mikej - Lead - 13/Jul/72 with Stewart Grant, E

greenbuoy - Lead - 16/May/71 with A N Other

johnwright - 2nd - Apr/71 with D Campbell

Tom V - 1971

Howard Dixon - Lead O/S - 1971 with Martin Dixon

Dave Musgrove - 1965

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Voting
Total votes cast 53
hard HVS0 of 18
HVS0 of 18
easy HVS0 of 18
hard VS6 of 18
VS9 of 18
easy VS2 of 18
hard HS1 of 18
HS0 of 18
easy HS0 of 18
hard 5a0 of 18
5a1 of 18
easy 5a1 of 18
hard 4c0 of 18
4c14 of 18
easy 4c2 of 18
hard 4b0 of 18
4b0 of 18
easy 4b0 of 18
3 Stars12 of 17
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Style of ascent

Soloed2 of 122 (1.6%)
Lead65 of 122 (53.3%)
Followed41 of 122 (33.6%)
Toproped4 of 122 (3.3%)
Unknown10 of 122 (8.2%)

'Climbed'41 of 122 (33.6%)
clean O/S67 of 122 (54.9%)
clean β4 of 122 (3.3%)
clean rpt7 of 122 (5.7%)
dogged3 of 122 (2.5%)