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Bull's Crack HVS 5a ***

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[Bull's Crack, Heptonstall Quarry Lancs, 3 kb]A fine climb up a great line; the soaring corner bounding Yellow Wall. Layback and jam the corner passing the jutting nose with difficulty. The shelf of Rabbit Ledge offers a lie-down rest (and a possible belay). Once recovered, step left into the continuation chimney and wriggle up this to the top. Photo on page 53. © ROCKFAX

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

Photo: Bull's Crack, Heptonstall Quarry Lancs © Jan Witkowski
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 234 logbooks, and on 25 wishlists.

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/14

wrapped in bacon - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/14 with Chris

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

Dave Rumney - 26/May/14

Amazing pull up over the overhang! The secret for me was a fist jam with my left hand then one mega pull with my right. Not much for the feet until your over the bulge.
K Mckay - Lead O/S - 15/May/14 with Katie Farrell

andysroom - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Dave Gent

davidgent - 2nd O/S - 04/May/14 with Andy Parsons

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 03/May/14

Great chimney
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - 2nd - 16/Mar/14 with Nick, Jason Wood

Only to the ledge
markfairbank - Lead rpt - 09/Mar/14 with Anne Gumbley

Anne Gumbley - 2nd - 09/Mar/14 with Mark Fairbank

Hidden - Lead - Mar/14

Nez - 2014

g1m147 - Lead - 24/Nov/13 with Mick.

Varied, with a move that feels committed (though well protected). Great route.
masa-alpin - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/13 with Max C

mrplastique - 2nd - 28/Sep/13 with John Hunt

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

PeteH - 2nd O/S - 23/Sep/13 with Brandon, Naomi Hart

jshields - Lead - 01/Sep/13 with Dave Sargent

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/13

stuart34 - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/13 with kirsty

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/13

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

Climbster - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/13 with Ian

Bloke on a Rope - 2nd β - 03/Aug/13 with Matt

Running_Board - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/13 with Will Warrington

Julie - 2nd - 20/Jul/13 with Jason

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/13

jonathandavey - Lead dnf - 20/Jun/13 with Wilf Sargeant

MeMeMe - 2nd - 05/Jun/13 with Rachel

Finished on Rabbit Ledge
Phil West - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Chris Tan

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 26/May/13

1poundSOCKS - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

Fragmod - Lead - 22/May/13

jon_gill1 - Lead β - 22/May/13 with Gemma Gill

jamie d - Lead - 21/Apr/13

Bowzle - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/13

John Gale - Lead β - 04/Apr/13

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

Tony Kartawick - 2013

Rachel Somerville - Lead rpt - 14/Nov/12 with Nik, Ali Wood

lanky and weak - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/12 with Kirsty Atkinson, Ryan Conroy

dangmtb - Lead O/S - Aug/12

mataius - 2nd - 30/Jul/12

keith leonard - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/12

djelkin1992 - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/12

Harry Holmes - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with sarah lund

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 11/Jun/12

JonnoP - 2nd - 29/May/12 with Mo

really enjoyed these few special moves that made this climb! the first over hang was fun to negotiate then on the ledge for belay then up in to the chimney managed to get a quick draw wedged in to the inner flake while squirming up then it stopped me I had to de clip as it was bomber :/ then up and out with a bit of a reach move to the main face very fun indeed ....
Reedymc - Lead O/S - 23/Mar/12 with Tony Holdsworth

Fllowed a chap called Phil who's mate couldn't follow him.
Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 23/Mar/12

Tom's lead this time!
Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 23/Mar/12 with Tom Reed

Jim Brownlow - 2nd dog - 11/Mar/12 with Mike Hayes

wolverine - Lead O/S - 11/Mar/12 with Jim Brownlowe

jacobjacob - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jan/12

climbingpixie - 2nd O/S - 14/Jan/12 with Andy

SuperMike64 - Lead β - 13/Jan/12

Hidden - Lead - 27/Nov/11

TRFrost - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/11 with A. Hughes, R. Timms

timmsy - 2nd - 21/Sep/11 with Adam Hughes

steady on the roof, scary getting into the chimney.
icklejason - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/11 with Neil HA

Excellent except for the thrutchy chimney at the top.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/11 with Becky E

Clean (surprisingly) until the chimney, when I tried to go up the outside.
Becky E - 2nd - 10/Sep/11 with Graeme Hammond

bwestwood - Solo - 01/Jul/11

bigbirdflying - Lead - 24/Jun/11 with Ed Bailey

steven - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/11 with Ade, Emma Woods

Hidden - 2nd dog - 17/Jun/11

Great route, bottom pitch went ok, top chimney is arkward but fun, apart from the stuck cam we retrieved by lowering me
bigglesbutcha - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/11 with Simon Holden

was almost going to back off crux, but so glad I didn't!
Helen Gibson - Lead - 14/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/11

Dave Foster - 2nd rpt - 08/Jun/11 with Si 2

Hidden - Jun/11

Tough!
J25 - Lead dnf - 27/May/11

Just up to rabbit ledge to abseil back for gear after J25 backed off the lead.
Alex Thompson - Lead dnf - 27/May/11 with Vix, JonnyO

vix - 2nd dnf - 27/May/11 with Alex, Jonny

gmatthew - Lead O/S - 16/May/11

antroy - Lead - 09/May/11

Just a bloody good route, will lead this by the end of the summer.
JRClay100 - TR O/S - 04/May/11 with M Denison

mgdenison - 2nd dog - 04/May/11

GuyM - Lead - May/11 with will

climbing_rocks1983 - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/11 with Kieran

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/11

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

davewsargent - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/11 with peter sargent

willworkforfoodjnr - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Kieron

escalade - 2011

escalade - 2011

pie_eater_pete - 2011

Jack00 - 2nd O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Olly

ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10 with Jack Colbeck

John Pickles - 2nd - 12/Oct/10 with Kieran Hodgson

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

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

john.gaffney - 2nd - 26/Sep/10 with dan m

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

Squirmy chimney was the crux for me, great route
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Calum Wadsworth

Rachel Somerville - 2nd - 12/Sep/10 with Ian B

led on crofty's gear as we both wanted to do it! really nice route though took a while to commit to the layback roof.
pebbles - Lead - 12/Sep/10 with crofty

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/10

scorky345 - Lead - 02/Sep/10 with Owen Pearce

hardoreVdiffBen - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/10 with Owen Pearce

petegunn - Lead - 26/Aug/10 with Davina

ben1987 - Aug/10 with Adam Coles

climbing_rocks1983 - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/10 with Kieran

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Ruth Colston

RuthC - 2nd - 03/Jul/10 with Matt Maynard

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

finished at ledge
pog100 - 2nd - 27/Jun/10 with Dave

A striking line with quality climbing to match. The crux is pure joy being eminantly protectable and starting from a great hands free rest. The 'pleasent chimney' to finish rounds it off nicely!
lrandall - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/10 with Sam Cook

Lost my head a bit on this one. Couldn't get over the overhanging bulge but wasn't particularly enjoying the climb before that.
samcook - 2nd dnf - 17/Jun/10 with Luke Randall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/10

Simon Holden (LCandCC) - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/10 with Murray

Rowansb - Solo O/S - 03/Jun/10

ieverett - Lead O/S - Jun/10

DavidR - Lead O/S - 31/May/10 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/May/10

monkeyman79 - 2nd - 28/May/10 with David Edmondson, Mark Pitt

al99 - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with Martina Zandonella

I always find chimneys hard! The rest of the climb was nice with cracks and athmosphere.
martinazando - 2nd O/S - 22/May/10 with Al Benson

Hidden - 2nd - 10/May/10

Dave Thompson - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Dominic Hartin

The first obsticle is a nose shaped rock that is tricky to get past after that theres a 'bunny ears' ledge that provide a welcome rest then its on to a very awkward chimney which takes some wriggling to get through - very slow and scrapey!
agolay - 2nd O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Dave Thompson

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 05/Apr/10 with michael porter

gripped01 - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with Carl Taylor

Marc Murphy - 2nd - Apr/10

Marc Murphy - 2nd - Apr/10

pie_eater_pete - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Nov/09

kjbix - Lead - 20/Sep/09 with Nick Howard, Selma Williams

lancashirelass - 2nd - 20/Sep/09 with nickhoward, kjbix

MikeC_000 - Lead - 16/Aug/09 with Dave Carter

Swotson - Lead rpt - 12/Jul/09 with Tony Madden

sgl - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/09 with Burkey

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/09

adi bryant - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/09 with Lee

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/09

Bennykr - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Huw

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 12/Apr/09

Great route
Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/09 with Alex mason

Hidden - Lead - 22/Mar/09

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Mar/09

pudding - Lead O/S - Mar/09

ianburton - Lead - 2009

ianburton - Lead - 2009

brockers - 2009 with Simon

Seymore Butt - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

bwestwood - Lead O/S - 2009

luke123 - Lead O/S - 2009

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/08

Oh the beautiful crack...
porridgefan - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/08 with Gareth Borthwick

gareth scott borthwick - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/08 with phil

put 5 pieces of gear under the nose, yet still didn't have the balls to commit to it...
duzinga - Lead dnf - 15/Jun/08 with Ewan

so I top roped it...
duzinga - TR O/S - 15/Jun/08 with Ewan

Hidden - Lead - 14/Jun/08

peewee2008 - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/08 with Jamie

John Brayshaw - 2nd rpt - 10/Jun/08 with Dave Collier

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

Hardonicus - 2nd rpt - 17/May/08

Had fun committing to the bulge and squirming up the chimney. Plenty of bird poo on the belay ledge!
Alex Thompson - Lead β - 16/May/08 with Haydn & Nick

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/08

Probably 5th time. Great fun as ever. especially the chimney.
joe larner - Lead rpt - 09/Mar/08

akhughes - Lead O/S - 2008

Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 2008 with Bryn

farmus21 - Lead - 2008 with Pete Wilkinson

farmus21 - Lead - 2008 with Pete Wilkinson

Ian Parnell - 2nd - Nov/07 with Jon Winter

Maciek - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/07 with James R.

Stig - 2nd O/S - 21/Oct/07 with Maciek

Really pleasant route.. crux was prob the upper chimney.. some squirm it i think more secure is to swing out on the arete and power your way up into the right hand crack! Excellent stuff!
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/07 with Ali K

mje1398 - 2nd O/S - 06/Oct/07 with John M

Steve Perry - Lead - Sep/07 with Annie

Peter Reynolds - Lead - Sep/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jun/07

Hidden - 2nd - May/07

getting dark, sharon topped out in the dark, oops
jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/07 with Sharon R

steady hvs with a great chimney atop
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/07 with dickie

Hidden - Lead - 2007

joe larner - Lead O/S - Aug/06

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jun/06

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

King Rat - Lead rpt - 2006

nathanmanc - Lead O/S - 2006 with Tom Lawrence

sm1rf - Lead RP - 2006 with Kev and Bradz

babymoac - 2nd - 24/Jul/05 with James Gill

cem - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/05 with Sally Dipple

Hidden - Lead O/S - Nov/04

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

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

kickaha4 - 2nd - 04/Jun/04 with Karl Rowe

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/04

nige - Lead - 18/Oct/03 with mark hounslea

aulda - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/03 with Dave R

Hidden - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/02

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

John Brayshaw - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/01 with John Kennedy

Andy S - Lead O/S - Jul/01

Andy S - Lead O/S - Jul/01

jsw1 - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/01 with Dave Hopkinson

akhughes - Lead - Feb/01 with Emma Hughes

TobyA - Lead O/S - Sep/00 with Stuart Adams

JSA - Solo O/S - 2000

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - 10/Jan/99 with Innes

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Jul/98

bronsonite - Lead O/S - 1997 with Nathan Lawrence

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

WB - Lead O/S - 1995 with Jim, Ross

frost - 2nd - Jun/94

ChrisJD - Lead - 13/May/94 with Alex

Karl Bromelow - Lead O/S - 25/May/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

Ian's second lead!!...... in his short lived climbing career.
Rich Kirby - 2nd - 21/Jun/92 with Ian Kirby

lithos - Lead O/S - Apr/92 with john byrne

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

Tom V - AltLd - 18/May/91 with Glenn Watson

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

Hidden - Lead - 1989

Hammy - Lead - 15/Nov/88 with Rob Lawson

Hidden - Lead - 24/Sep/88

Hidden - 2nd - 01/May/88

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 1986

Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 17/Nov/85 with Mark Gray

Tim Bateman - 2nd - 10/Nov/85

Hidden - Lead - 13/Mar/85

babymoac - Lead - 1985 with MTW

Mark Kemball - Lead - 16/May/82 with Sian Hughes

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 31/Oct/81 with Andy Chadwick

Falko - Lead O/S - 15/Jan/78 with Howard Lancashire

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 20/Jun/77

petemeads - Lead - 31/Oct/74

Al Evans - 1974

greenbuoy - 2nd - 12/Jun/71 with Bob Lister

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Voting
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hard E10 of 33
E10 of 33
easy E10 of 33
hard HVS3 of 33
HVS28 of 33
easy HVS1 of 33
hard VS1 of 33
VS0 of 33
easy VS0 of 33
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Style of ascent

Soloed4 of 234 (1.7%)
Lead145 of 234 (62.0%)
Followed65 of 234 (27.8%)
Toproped2 of 234 (0.9%)
Alt Leads5 of 234 (2.1%)
Unknown13 of 234 (5.6%)

'Climbed'84 of 234 (35.9%)
clean O/S119 of 234 (50.9%)
clean β6 of 234 (2.6%)
clean rpt13 of 234 (5.6%)
clean RP1 of 234 (0.4%)
dogged3 of 234 (1.3%)
dnf8 of 234 (3.4%)