Forked Lightning Crack*** E2 5c
[Richard McHardy - Forked Lightning Crack - 1975, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
24m. The striking zig-zag crack is the best known route in the quarry and remains one of Grit's 'big-ticks'. Climb easily to the base of the crack, stuff in some gear and go. Although mighty intimidating, the climbing is a little easier than it appears from below and much of the crack is a useful width. The short horizontal sections offer runners and holds. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, Yorkshire Off Widths, 50 cracks to Squamish.

Photo: Richard McHardy - Forked Lightning Crack - 1975 © Jan Witkowski
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This climb is in 83 logbooks, and on 69 wishlists.

Atmospheric to say the least.. Thunder and lightening all around me and just managed to top out before the heavens opened. Had to rap for the gear and got soaked to the skin. All worth it though - incredible route.
Mike Todd - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/15 with Brian Rodgers

MichaelGallimore - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/15 with jon lawson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/15

What a route! Glad that I brought a somewhat copious amount of big cams.
Rachel Slater - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/15 with Tim Newton

tim newton - 2nd O/S - 08/Apr/15 with rachel slater

will come back for this one, got attacked by owls so had to weight gear after the crux,
fjg123 - Lead - Dec/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/14

Great route, excellent jams higher up. Late evening, still very warm!
Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/14 with Katie Farrell

Quick sojourn to Heptonstall on the way home. Thought I'd give it a go on second. Didn't get very far, struggled to gain the crack. GIVE ME A SLAB.
K Farrell - 2nd dnf - 09/Sep/14 with Dave Warburton

Alice Thompson - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/14 with Max

Fantastic sustained lay-backing up this classic crack line. It took a committed effort from me to get it clean. Well done Alice! esp after the rest of your days climbing!
mcb - 2nd β - 27/Jul/14 with Alice Thompson

Mark1800 - 2nd dog - 20/Jun/14 with Josh Williams

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14

Nez - 2014

Frank the Husky - 2014

Hidden - Lead - 2014

In my onsight attempt I fell off above the horizontal break. After topping out, I climbed on top-rope after Max. At the end of the day, I got on it again and lead cleanly without too much trouble, which was a bit of surprise as I was already tired before starting climbing. I was an inch shorter to climb it easily in 2 places (one of which I fell off at), but it is well manageable with good technique! Fantastic route! E2 5c.
masa-alpin - Lead RP - 30/Sep/13 with Max C

PeteH - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/13 with Brandon, Naomi Hart

petegunn - Lead - 04/Sep/13 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 04/Sep/13

jshields - Lead - 01/Sep/13 with Dave Sargent, Tony Fidler

monkeyman79 - TR O/S - 30/Aug/13 with John Gale, Dan Green, Jon Hubbard

Big cams needed. Nice layback off the crack. lovely climb.
dangmtb - TR O/S - 01/Jul/13 with richnorgate

laybacked rather than off-widthing it so kind of cheating.
MeMeMe - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/13 with Rachel, Paul

lead this route clean after climbing it once on second
John Gale - Lead β - 04/Apr/13

cracking route! pumppy
henry peter jenkins - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/13 with robbie jenkins, paul jones

John Gale - 2nd β - 05/Mar/13

pie_eater_pete - Lead rpt - 22/Jul/12 with bwestwood

bwestwood - Lead - Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12

kjbix - Lead dog - 21/Aug/11 with Dam Armer

Hidden - Lead RP - 14/Jun/11

Steady E2 with a big cam and some jamming skills, reckon it'd feel E3 without. Massive climbing ambition fulfilled to on sight this, and the climbing was as good as it's hyped to be.
Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11 with Si 2

Noodles - 2nd - 31/May/11 with Ben Reinsch

Felt Awesome leading it, would of been nice to have some big cams but stacked hexes worked a treat :D
Bennykr - Lead rpt - 31/May/11 with Noodles

pie_eater_pete - Lead - 27/Mar/11 with Dave Sargent

davewsargent - 2nd dog - 27/Mar/11 with peter sargent

Hidden - 2nd β - 30/Jan/11

markalmack - Lead O/S - 30/Jan/11 with gregg capon

escalade - 2011

Dan Mckinlay - 2011

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Olly

Nicos - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/10 with rich howels

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Oct/10

was a battle
Rowansb - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/10 with Ralph

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jun/10

Boy - Oct/09 with Fiona Fullwood

Tim M - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Emma

climbergg - 2nd - 29/Aug/09 with cheesesarnie

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/09

A Really Amazing climb, recon the lead is on!!
Bennykr - 2nd O/S - 04/Apr/09 with Matt

Hidden - Lead - 04/Apr/09

Awesome route, knee popped out of place mid-crux, then relocated. Took a hang because my leg felt funny, hurts now. Not that hard, more intimidating with a very commiting feel to each move.
Alex Mason - Lead - 22/Mar/09 with Martin Haworth

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Mar/09

pie_eater_pete - TR - 2009

jonnyspencer6 - TR dnf - Nov/08 with Nick

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jun/08

akhughes - Lead O/S - 2008

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

Brown - 2nd O/S - 01/Mar/06 with Henry

shark - Lead - 04/Sep/04 with Karl Walton

nige - 2nd - 10/Oct/03 with mark hounslea

Andy S - TR dog - Aug/01

JSA - Lead β - 2000 with Graham ?

Billg - Lead O/S - 2000

bronsonite - Lead O/S - 20/May/99 with Nathan Lawrence

ChrisJD - 2nd - 15/May/99 with Rod

Roget - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/95 with jon

Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/94 with Matt Podd

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - Jul/93 with Ian Kirby

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/91

craig h - 2nd O/S - 20/May/91 with Duncan Martin

Dave Musgrove - Lead rpt - 02/Sep/90 with David

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1989

Hidden - 2nd dog - Jul/86

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 07/Jun/84 with Andy Wild

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 1984 with Glynne Andrew

TonyF - Lead - Jun/83

D Tempest - 2nd - Jan/78

GeoffG - Lead - 30/Oct/77

Al Evans - 1974

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