Cioch Crack** HVS 5a
[It doesn't get any easier with age! Climber topping out on Cioch Crack., 4 kb]11m.

Rockfax Description
A good physical pitch. Jam the widening crack on the right - tricky to start - to reach ledges. Squirm up the wide chimney/crack to easier ground then mantel between 'the paps', or escape off right for an easier time. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Eastern Grit Jamming, Wide Cracks, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Thrutch and Clutch.

Photo: It doesn't get any easier with age! Climber topping out on Cioch Crack. © Mr. K
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This climb is in 131 logbooks, and on 16 wishlists.

andy.smythe - Lead - 17/Aug/15

Hard start - impossible exit!
Chris Craggs - 2nd - 02/Aug/15 with Graham Parkes

No bellyflop
poeter210 - Lead β - 02/Aug/15 with adrian voss

What a 'mare on lead. Struggled to find the beta for getting off the ground and then so pumped when finally got it. Swapped leads and still struggled on second. Bottom definitely the crux and felt hard for 4c, but I did the belly flop as a consolation! :)
druss - 2nd dog - 02/Aug/15 with Peter Ocampo

Too knackered to get off the ground :(
Phil Layton - Lead dnf - 07/Jun/15 with Phil Laxton

Hidden - Solo O/S - 23/May/15

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd - 04/May/15 with Soph, CJC

soph - Lead O/S - 04/May/15 with Clare Jane carter, Becky Lounds

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/May/15

clairejane - 2nd - May/15 with Sophie

Hidden - 2nd O/S - May/15

morganator - Solo - 26/Apr/15

Underestimated the start and messed up the first go, panicked and came down. Manned up and lead it second go, though I was really scared getting up the first crack! Loved the route and did the mantle finish (after a lot of faffing around!)
Heather Osborne - Lead G/U - 08/Apr/15 with Mike Nolan

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

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Oct/14

PeteH - 2nd O/S - 24/Sep/14 with Chris Fox

chris fox - Lead O/S - Sep/14 with Pete Hart

The jamming crack was greasy, steep and desperate. Did the paps mantel. Fierce.
Jimbo C - Lead O/S - 24/Aug/14 with Chris, Spiros

Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with ifletcher, Adam Jordan, Thomas Geh

tgeh - 2nd rpt - 29/Jun/14 with imogene, adam jordan, dan geh

AMJ098 - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/14

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 01/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/14

HVS 5a with the mantle. infact HVS 5a for the starting crack too.
deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 22/May/14

chickened out of the top mantel as per guide
john_ni - Lead O/S - 27/Apr/14 with Richard Williams (PCC)

Tim tried starting moves, I took over...
Oliver Houston - Lead β - Apr/14

tried to lead it. failed miserably, then 2nd oli up it
TimG - 2nd β - 29/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/14

lukimotaka - 2nd O/S - 16/Feb/14 with Josh

DaveFidler - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/14 with Swiss Chloé

lukimotaka - 2nd O/S - Jan/14 with Josh

Hidden - 2014

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/13

tgeh - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/13 with Liam

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Oct/13

Dan Vaj - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/13 with Dave Chidgey

HVS 5a in the guide, which seems more reasonable.
Harri777 - 2nd - 06/May/13 with Simon H

Hidden - Lead dog - 06/May/13

m675bowsl - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/13 with Andy Kirby

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/12

Sam Simpson - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Tom Doldon

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Oct/12

patsaunders - Lead - Oct/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/12

TRFrost - Lead β - 16/Sep/12 with W. Hooke

Wil.Hooke - Lead β - 16/Sep/12 with Frost

Epic fail. Struggled to get off the ground. I've not climbed enough 5a to know but certainly much harder than 4b. Won't be trying it again in a hurry. Looks a fine route though!
SuperstarDJ - 2nd dnf - 09/Sep/12 with Kenny Watson

Surely no more than VS 4c for the start - there are harder 4c jam cracks around!, but worth a comedy HVS 5a for the final mantel!
Just Another Dave - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Ian Lau

Hidden - 2nd β - 09/Sep/12

5a to get off the ground, graunchy fun thereafter.
victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 02/Sep/12 with J-Ro

did the right hand 5a start and the HVS "hug the paps" finish. Made for quite a soft touch HVS 5a, but great quality,
adam carless - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/12 with victim of mathematics

SecretSquirrel - 2nd - 02/Sep/12 with j-ro

stuaart - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12 with Dave Payne, Neil Redgrave

Hidden - Sent O/S - 18/Jun/12

fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with Mikael

Hard to start but soon eases
harold walmsley - Solo O/S - 22/Mar/12

Graeme Hammond - 2nd rpt - 17/Mar/12 with Jim

Jim Slater - Lead rpt - 17/Mar/12 with Graeme Hammond

john lynch - Lead O/S - 13/Jan/12 with Lewis Andrew

Hidden - 2012

really tough start but then classic gritstone all the way to the top.
Steven Andrews - Lead - 22/Oct/11

Mr. K - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11 with Adam Jennings, Jon Stewart

Tamati - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/11

disturbed_one51 - 2nd - 19/Sep/11 with Will Ward

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Sep/11

On Matt's gear
mark20 - Lead β - 17/Sep/11

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

Oceanic - 13/Aug/11

4b?The route I did had a 5a start!Where does 4b come from? Definitive guide has 4c and Rockfax 5a
andybirtwistle - Lead - 02/Aug/11 with Keith Lonsdale

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/11

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/11 with loundsy

cragtyke - 2nd - 02/May/11 with gareth h, john g

Hidden - 2011

Jonathan Hall - 2nd - 16/Nov/10 with Rob Middleton

hrgcb - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with prinny

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Aug/10

bullwinkle - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/10 with Jamie

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 24/Jun/10 with Graeme Hammond

not much gear but atleast its not hard
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/10 with Jim

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - 2010

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/09

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/09 with Grant Brewer

Definately HVS with the mantel finish.
James_D - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09 with Mel

Mick r - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/09 with Scott, Martin

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

Diggler - 2nd - 09/May/09 with dave connelly

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/May/09

jchenoweth - 2nd O/S - 02/May/09 with Charlie Jeynes

Hidden - Lead rpt - 11/Apr/09

Hard start...... definitly not a 4C start. HVS 5a in my guide book.
JWB - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/09 with Karen

Hidden - 2009

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/08 with Andy

Fell off initial crack!Very tough mantle exit.
Andrew Sloan - 2nd dog - 19/Oct/08

with HVS mantle finish
howlingbaboon - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Chris FitzHugh

not sure what grade this needs to be
Pilch - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/08 with Graham and Ed

EdShep - 2nd O/S - 13/Sep/08 with Pilch and Graham

craig matheson - Solo O/S - Apr/07

John Lisle - 2007

Hidden - Lead - 10/Apr/05

kp64zl - Lead - Jul/04 with Keith

mikej - 2nd - 22/Jun/04 with Rick Naylor

cem - 2nd - 13/Apr/03 with Graham Dolman

PenJD - Lead O/S - 19/May/02 with Arnaud Garcon

Hidden - Solo - 08/May/02

ArnaudG - 2002 with Penny

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/00

Hidden - 2000

Very physical, not a pushover at the grade!
Jamie B - Lead - May/99 with Anthony Celli

Roget - Solo O/S - 09/Oct/98

Hidden - TR - 28/Jun/98

Hidden - 1997

Rog Wilko - Lead - Oct/96 with Debbie Wilkinson

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Jul/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/May/94

Hidden - Solo - 08/Aug/93

Hidden - Lead - Apr/91

Hidden - 1990

Andy Say - Solo - 14/Mar/81

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1980

uphillnow - 1980

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Nigel Bond - Lead - 04/Jun/78 with Tony Cuddy

Hidden - Lead - 29/Apr/78

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Jul/77

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jul/77

Derek Ryden - Solo O/S - 1976

rogerskews - 1971

Hidden - 16/Nov/68

mikej - Lead - 25/Feb/67 with Frank Chester

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