The Night Watch*** VS 4b
[The Night Watch, 1 kb]The classic corner crack with a truly epic feel to it. Probably the best single pitch VS in the country.
Terry Sullivan and Andrew Marr 1960

Ticklists: The 100 Best UK VS routes?, Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, NYMoors Classics, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, CLIMB Mag's Top 100 routes in Britain, UK Classic Corners.

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This climb is in 167 logbooks, and on 64 wishlists.

I can see the appeal to the adventurous types. But this climb was not my cup of tea. This is not rock climbing - it's sandstone-flakes-held-together-with-dirt... climbing. Not worth a star. Not safe.
Kyle87 - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/14

A very nice route, long and some interesting moves through the bulging flux. Made more interesting by having three bulges to move through. Plenty of gear and good holds. Too many to choose from!
Puma - Lead - 20/Aug/14 with Dave Wiffen - YAC

Finally came back to lead this. What a superb climb. The gear is plentiful but not always obvious because of the weird rock. Made more interesting by the film crew for "Secret Britain" getting set up to film Franco Cookson leading it, seconded by the two presenters!
Will Smith - Lead rpt - 04/Aug/14 with Tom

This is an amazing climb and brilliantly led by Will! We had to work quickly as the BBC were there filming Franco Cookson.
Tom Smith - 2nd O/S - 04/Aug/14 with Will Smith

guisboro andy - Lead - Aug/14

David Stevens - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/14 with Keith

Keith Swainson - Lead - 15/Jul/14 with david stevens

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 08/Jul/14 with Carmen

Hidden - Lead rpt - 08/Jul/14

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/May/14

freemanTom - 2nd - 20/May/14 with Chris Coapes

John Lavelle - 2nd O/S - 03/May/14 with Corey, Scott

scott1895 - Lead O/S - 03/May/14

WNW - 2nd - 11/Apr/14 with Rudi Feldtman

Jenny Hall - Solo O/S - 09/Mar/14 with Louis

chris skipton - 2014 with alec

Hidden - Lead RP - Nov/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/13

Calum Wadsworth - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/13 with Emma

Smooth lead by the Tillster
freemanTom - 2nd rpt - 06/Aug/13 with Amy Till

nice climb - good gear - feels exposed in places
jonnysims - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/13 with Matt Bello

Tilt - Lead - Aug/13 with Tom

good route, little dirty.
FragOcon - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Jul/13

Al_Matheson - TR O/S - Jul/13

BAdhoc - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/13

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/13 with Carmen

so nice - again (midges came out to play )
lithos - Lead - 25/Jun/13 with ccc

Hidden - Lead rpt - 25/Jun/13

Great route. No hard moves really, it just keeps going, but good gear and plenty of oppertunities to rest. Pretty sound rock too. Can't wait to get back and lead it.
Jamie Brown - 2nd O/S - 25/Jun/13 with Pete

Good route, but not as good as I was expecting - a little dirty. Maybe I had hyped it up a lot in my head...
blue_sundown - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/13 with Mark, Ruairidh

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

mcondon - 2nd - Jun/13

freemanTom - 2nd - 28/May/13 with Peter CMC

Climbster - 2nd β - 26/May/13 with Ian

Decided to start working through the '100 best' list in Climb and this was the first , what a excellent route ! only 99 left !
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Matt

Birds are nesting on this route at the moment so we did something else.
Puma - Lead dnf - 21/May/13 with Jamie Brown

Hidden - TR O/S - May/13

Terrific. Plenty of jugs and gear all the way up, fantastic positions as well.
Matthew Ferrier - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/13 with Sam Marks

Hidden - 2013

Can definitely see the potential, need to repeat in positve temps and without a pack on!
kirsten - 2nd - 01/Dec/12 with lewis thompson

Very cold hands
lewiz - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/12 with Kirsten Donovan

First 'big' lead really, and despite one or two slightly panicky moments I really enjoyed it! Not as loose as I thought it was going to be either which was nice
Jodgson - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/12 with Sam Marks

ruairidhwad - Lead O/S - Jul/12 with Burnes

freemanTom - 2nd - 22/May/12 with Peter CMC

Awesome! A truly lovely route to climb(what else would you do with it?). So so many threads, take as many slings as possible, and a set of wires, thats it(although i did place a number 2 friend, i reckon its probably not needed, cant remember though).
David_Gledson - Lead - 29/Mar/12 with Rich Timms

timmsy - 2nd - 29/Mar/12 with David_Gledson

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/12 with Ruairidh Wadsworth

Narked4fun - 2012

Utterly brilliant! Worth a trip to the crag just for this route!
robin_hackney - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Si

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Oct/11

riven - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/11 with Chriswallis2

Hidden - Lead - 14/Aug/11

Probably the finest route on whitestone and sound rock! despite this being below my limit, this is probably one of my best leads. ive certainly done harder hvs's!
Sam Marks - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/11

ablackett - Lead - 13/Jul/11 with Andy Wallace

Steve Lenartowicz - 10/Jul/11

1st Whitestone route, steady climbing, questionable gear. Superb.
freemanTom - Lead - 29/Jun/11 with Rory & friend SOC

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/11

As good as ever. Is it my imagination or does the rock near the bottom sound hollower than it used to?!
Simon Caldwell - Lead rpt - 28/Jun/11 with Carmen

Hidden - 2nd - 14/May/11

Jenny Hall - 2nd O/S - 14/May/11

wouldn't want to lead it, great pleasure seconding it. BUT it was nails!!
ilona torstensson - 2nd O/S - 04/May/11 with richard coulson

felt harder than last time!!!!! knackered, ilona put me to shame and ran up it!!!
ritid - Lead rpt - 04/May/11 with ilona torstensson

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with Andy Graham

Very good. mentally quite draining because of the odd rock type!
petegunn - Lead - 06/Mar/11 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Mar/11

alkira - 2011

Especially memorable! first outing on whitestone and done in the pitch black!
Sam Marks - 2nd - Dec/10 with Matt Capsey

Hidden - Lead - 09/Oct/10

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Aug/10

manmike - Lead - 04/Aug/10 with mikecollins

mikecollins - 2nd - 04/Aug/10 with moose ridd, manmike

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/10 with Anna

crag to our self on wonderful day, in the shade till late so didnt get fried
lithos - Lead - 22/May/10 with julie

Have waited 20 years since hearing about this climb to finaly get round to doing it.
Russell Lovett - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with alan taylor

melonmike - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/10 with Matt Roper, Franco

Be bold and climb the outside, awesome route!!
alexrafferty1986 - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with David Bishop

waited a year to lead this, windy, a true classic
ritid - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/10 with martin race

Andy Graham - Solo rpt - 2010

Set off about 8pm with head torches - awesome fun. Not too cold either ;)
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 10/Dec/09 with Ian Moore, Mick D

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/09

dan stead - Lead O/S - Aug/09 with Chris

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jul/09

Mountain Llama - 2nd - 15/Jul/09 with Andy & Harry

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 01/Jul/09 with Carmen

On Lewis's stag do. meant to do two days before but forgot guide so went to wrong place. Absolutely superb. In honest opinion a contender for best VS in Yorkshire.
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09 with Dom and Lewis

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jun/09

jonka - 2nd - Jun/09 with sean

jason - 06/May/09 with manmike

manmike - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/09 with Jason

Awesome climb
SidekickDan - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/09 with Tom Hart

Fehkin' Freezing and my rucksack fell the entire cliffe height... Camera and sandwich were OK!
Dave Warburton - 2nd rpt - 16/Nov/08 with Franco Cookson

Has taken me ages to get on this Classic. I made the most of it (in more ways than one) and considered a Solo with Franco, but we had to have someone taking the photos so i decided against it ;-)
Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/08 with Franco Cookson

Franco Cookson OLD - Solo - 05/Oct/08 with David Warburton

Hidden - Lead - 28/Sep/08

IanJackson - 2nd - 09/Jul/08 with FRANCO COOKSON

Franco Cookson OLD - Lead - 09/Jul/08 with Ian Jackson

IanJackson - 2nd - 05/Jul/08 with Big Ian

Skinny Kin - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Piotr Bamberski

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jun/08

jonka - 2nd - Jun/08 with degs

As good a route as ever
Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 13/May/08 with Carmen

superb route
pebbles - Lead - 13/May/08 with peter evans

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/07

IanJackson - AltLd rpt - 03/Jun/07 with Robeverybody

As enjoyable as ever
Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 22/May/07 with Carmen

Will Smith - 2nd rpt - 22/May/07 with Peter Evans

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 22/May/07

Brown - Lead O/S - 31/Mar/07 with Beth

Positive holds just where you want them (actually virtually everywhere on the whole climb), goes through steep territory without being pumpy, fantastic location. Top climb.
MeMeMe - 2nd - 27/Aug/06 with Andy

IanJackson - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/06 with Robeverybody

Will Smith - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/06 with Simon and Carmen

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 13/Jun/06 with Carmen and Will

ben lead, took an hour but he hasnt climbed in a while. brilliant climb a true classic
rob askew - 2nd O/S - 03/Jun/06 with ben

Needed to warm up some how..
IanJackson - 2nd β - 03/Jun/06 with Robeverybody

Frist taste of whitestone, and wished i had brought more slings
IanJackson - Lead O/S - 31/May/06 with Luke Hunt

fifth - Lead O/S - 2006

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 26/Jul/05 with Carmen

chrishedgehog - Lead O/S - May/05 with Jen Dargue

snowy owl - 2nd - 02/Apr/05 with Chris Harrison

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

Simon Caldwell - Lead rpt - 14/Jul/04 with Carmen

GPN - 2nd - Jul/04 with Jamie Moss

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/03 with Carmen

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - Jun/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/02

Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 2002

bullybones - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/99

andybirtwistle - Lead - 11/Jul/99

with a ropeman
Pete Pozman - Solo - 18/Oct/98

barryjacks - 2nd - 17/Oct/98 with Andrew Maddison

Roget - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/98 with jim

A 35th birthday present to myself!
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 05/Sep/98

to retrieve gear, as the second couldn't follow
Simon Caldwell - 2nd rpt - 05/Sep/98

the abmmc - 2nd - 1998 with Karl Rowe

Robinl100 - Lead O/S - Aug/96 with Paddy Muir

Hidden - TR rpt - 06/Apr/96

Hidden - 1996

tracyclimber - 2nd - 21/Aug/95

This climb has the sort of holds you think are only found on climbing walls.
charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/94 with Glynis

Backed off from the cave near the bottom
Simon Caldwell - Lead dnf - Jun/93 with Martin

Sensational route.
Rog Wilko - Lead - Aug/92 with Debbie Wilkinson

malc - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/92 with AP

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/91

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 06/May/90 with Betty Cubby

Hidden - Lead - 15/Apr/89

Hidden - Lead - 27/Jul/88

lithos - Lead - 1988 with mark planner, jw + all sorts

Richard White - 1988

kato'sdad - Lead - 1988 with AndyDevine

Moses - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/87

Led this a couple of times before. This time the crag was shrouded in dense mist and, on the upper part of the route, we could have been in the Dolomites - hugely atmospheric. A brilliant route but not for the faint-hearted; certainly not at Hard Severe: definitely feels VS.
allmag - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/87

babymoac - Lead - 20/Apr/87 with MTW

Hidden - Lead - Nov/86

Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/85 with John Byrne

Hidden - 2nd - 1982

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - 2nd - Apr/79

Hidden - Lead - 1976

A bit stiff for Hard Severe
mikej - Lead - 29/Apr/74 with E

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 11/Jul/71

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