Scrattling Crack** VD
[Scorching day on Scrattling Crack., 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
The wide central corner-crack is a popular and very traditional outing, being one of the earliest climbs to be accomplished on a British sea-cliff. Start at the base of the boot-wide crack.
The corner-crack is sustained all the way and needs plenty of big gear. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, West Country Climbs, Unusual and Interesting Routes You Must Do VS- E2, Baggy point road to ruins HVS.

Photo: Scorching day on Scrattling Crack. © deepstar
View all 6 photos or Submit a new photo of this climb.

This climb is in 275 logbooks, and on 48 wishlists.

alisonlea75 - TR - 26/Sep/15 with Stu

Hidden - TR - 26/Sep/15

phil456 - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/15 with Graham M

Rickrick - 04/Sep/15

JackSnowden - 29/Aug/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/15

Placed gear in the first half, but did not have big enough cams with me so the second half turned into soloing apparently.
gabor - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/15

Lovely. Anymore gear and the climb may loose its charisma. Thanks to Chris for the no 6 cam, not really needed in the end but settled the mind.
monkeytennis - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/15 with Nick Every

BStar - Lead - 01/May/15 with Rachael

Rachael88 - 2nd - 01/May/15 with Adam

will484 - Lead - 01/May/15 with jaynie blake

GDS - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/15 with BCC

seanprendiville - TR - 18/Oct/14 with Tessa

TimPerkin - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Richard Harris

first lead on trad in 4 year well happy with myself, actually enjoyed it =]
linal66 - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/14

Didn't use the crack at all, smeared up its left edge. Great little route, enhanced by the rapidly incoming tide.
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/14 with Carmen

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Sep/14

Nice relaxing starter to a day at Baggy. There's plenty of gear opportunities on the first half of the climb in the adjacent crack in the side wall if you have a rack of small-to-medium cams. Gets thinner up top, but the climbing stays easy. Good fun.
chrisweight - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/14

Better climbing that Moonshine, felt safer thought placed many pieces of pro for an anchor. Big pieces/cams required for lead.
bedmaster_3000 - TR O/S - 04/Sep/14 with Robert Terry

we did have a problem and anchore system, didnt feel entirely safe because we had problems finding good spots. but once we started it was a good climb indeed!
unslev - TR O/S - 04/Sep/14 with Ken Hard

RKirke - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/14 with Alex T, Edward Hastrop

Rhi Rhi - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/14 with Michelle

Classic Tilly. Some comedy gear placements and failed to use biggest cam or hex though were useful for belay. To be fair you do need massive gear and I left the size 6 camalot in the van
freemanTom - 2nd - 17/Aug/14 with Amy Till

Very spicy for a VDiff? I know all the comments are saying 'big gear' but unless your rack consists of almost entirely massive, massive, massive cams you will find this almost devoid of gear (a few nut placements here and there and I got one cam deep inside a crack in the crack!). I had a Dragon 6 (equivalent to Tech Friend/Camalot 4) and it was not big enough. Good route but poor gear!
andrewmcleod - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/14 with Jacques Masson

Excellent fun, very easy and a bit like a steep walk, even with 3 bits of gear (smaller gear in the smaller side wall crack) it didn't feel bold.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/14 with Martin Ellis

didn't really have anything big enough for the crack, pretty much a solo.
brew_guru - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14 with henry

BenRyle - 03/Jul/14 with Will Y

beckett45 - 03/Jul/14

georgeevans88 - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14 with Caitlin

mackroyd - Lead - 28/Jun/14 with Chris Henshall

elyben - Lead - 27/Jun/14

j4kub - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14 with claire gibson

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

Could have done with a LOT more big gear!
OllieF - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14 with mpcfowle

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14

Richard Morgan - 2nd - 14/Jun/14 with Toby Kluth

Hidden - TR rpt - 10/Jun/14

dmaldonado - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/14 with Ed Walker

Jack Manfredi - Lead - 27/May/14

Really nice lead, good length and interesting rock all the way up
BStar - Lead - 16/May/14 with Will Dean

Much better rock than moonshot, awesome layback all the way up.
wjcdean - 2nd O/S - 16/May/14 with Adam Bird

Senna - Solo O/S - 04/May/14

BenFord893 - Lead O/S - 23/Apr/14

arandall - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Marcus Hague, Isaac Whitcombe

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

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2014

gateaublaster - Lead O/S - 2014 with ed

jon59 - 2014

Top rope solo. Lovely way to end the trip. Relaxing route. Extremely windy at top though.
JamesColeman - TR O/S - 20/Oct/13

Micros or very large gear needed to climb this crag!
nmott - TR - 27/Aug/13 with Lyndsey Weatherhogg

Really enjoyed this, nice way to finish the day.
Alex Parker - 2nd - 11/Aug/13 with laura parker

Hidden - 11/Aug/13

martin one - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Dave Potter

Nice route take some cams BIG cams! Great place for lunch on the small ledges with a cracking view!
rustyfishhook - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Simon Fowler

Trippinjester - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Jamie Knight

mky77 - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13

MarkCunnington - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Anna Morris

Relaxing pootle to finish off the day.
Laura Parker - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Alex Parker

Anna Morris - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Mark Cunnington

madguernseyboy - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Russell

davepotter2011 - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Martin Lennon

Bit harder than I expected for a VDiff but not hard if you've got the technique down. Takes big gear (bigger than I had) or smaller gear if you look around a bit.
ElBarto - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Vicky Hayes

Wildstyle - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/13 with Caroline 2010

Caroline 2010 - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/13 with lgp81

What an interesting day... My first ever lead on a sea cliff climb!! It's a really nice climb if you can smear, you just walk your feet up the slab! But you need lots if big gear! I made the mistake of using all my big gear near the bottom of the climb! So the top of the climb was very run out! Although I did manage to get a good hex in near the top! I would say that it was the most committed climb I've done so far!
Chris dyer - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/13 with chris ayles, Josh sims

peter.ravenscroft27 - 2nd - 22/Jul/13 with Fiona Ravenscroft

pretty easy climb... really good holds and walked my feet up the slab but its quite bold and has a big runout (10m+) from about half way. was so glad to get a cam in just before the top
Danbow73 - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Annaliese

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jul/13

A great climb. Nice end to a long day. Can imagine it's scary for a vdiff leader... and the person on the first Ascent. More arete than crack.
Kate Edhouse - 2nd - 29/Jun/13 with gerwen

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jun/13

fun VD crack climb. looks wet but good grip and holds
darren hudson - 2nd O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Dave Wynne jones

Nick Biven - 2013

Hidden - 2013

rockpool - 2nd rpt - Oct/12 with jarod bishop

Graham Westbrook - 2nd - 12/Sep/12

nickevens - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/12 with Tom downes

Tom Downes - 2nd - 07/Sep/12 with nick evens

10029759 - Lead - 01/Sep/12

hairy51 - AltLd O/S - Sep/12 with Joe Andrews

Joris.Roulleau - Solo O/S - 12/Aug/12

mky77 - 2nd - 11/Aug/12

Reds - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Skip

Skip - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/12 with Reds

shelagh23 - Lead - 27/Jul/12

First lead in 1898! Fair play as there isn't a whole lot of gear there.
Matt Smith - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Lewis Aburrow

Very nice climb, great place to learn gear placement and abseiling
lewisea - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Emily Smith, Matt Smith

MGrock - Lead - 29/May/12

TomBaker - Lead O/S - 19/May/12 with Tim Culmer

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/May/12

First sea cliff climb.
Nick Ashwood - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/12 with Adam Silvester, Phil Kingston

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/12

l0ngb0ardl0ser - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/12

HansUDes - 2nd O/S - 17/Mar/12 with JA Thomson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/12

pasbury - 2012

alan moore - 2012

alan moore - 2012

jack243 - 2nd O/S - 22/Oct/11 with Rob H

Great atmosphere and lovely easy-but-consistent moves - climbs more like a slabby arete than a crack. Not much gear - the runouts are fairly thought-provoking for a VDiff leader.
Ramblin dave - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/11 with Alison

chiverstom - 2nd O/S - 23/Sep/11 with Sam Keyne

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11

Had to do this one really just for its history: (possibly the first sea cliff climb in Britten F.A Tom Longstaff 1898)Strangely its quite bold because the only place which you can put gear in is the crack and beyond the halfway point it becomes too wide to put any gear in (Even massive hexes)
Quarryboy - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/11 with Molly Bradbrook, David Bradbrook

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

H led afterwards.
DaNo123 - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/11 with Hannah, NICK

bullybones - Solo - 13/Aug/11

First proper sea-cliff climb. Fun route, if you can get to it!
antmorgan1991 - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/11 with Ross Monaghan

MD - 2nd - 02/Jul/11 with Richard H, Donna

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jul/11

climbingxcat - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Brian

hangon - 2nd - 02/Jul/11 with Jo

Happy Wanderer - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Ken T

Rhys Jones - Solo - 05/Jun/11 with CalshotDave

Down climbed and then climbed back up! Top roped and downclimbed due to inexperienced second who hadn't belayed before.
James Moyle - TR O/S - 29/May/11

MinHazeldine - Lead O/S - 21/May/11

kdalzell - Lead - 25/Apr/11 with Liam Fleming

Liam FLeming - Lead - 25/Apr/11

Craig Geddes - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/11 with George Porter

Paul Eckton - Lead O/S - Mar/11 with steve read

nickledlie - Lead - 22/Jan/11 with Dave Radley

djromberg - 2011

r.greaves - TR - 01/Nov/10 with Gaz Hughes

Straightforward VD in superb position
rockman - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/10 with Tim Edwards

timcedwards - 2nd - 27/Oct/10 with Geoff Mee

rfdl100 - Lead O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Stu Barclay, Simon Waters

twodada - 2nd - 12/Sep/10 with Seb Fisher Green, Cory Hughes

Hidden - Lead - 31/Aug/10

jtree03 - Lead - 30/Aug/10 with Susan

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/10

3kidsandanorton - 2nd - 11/Jul/10 with Catherine, Kay

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd β - Jun/10

Hidden - Lead β - Jun/10

Rhys Jones - Lead - 24/Apr/10

jockbmx666 - TR O/S - Mar/10

Hidden - 2nd - 13/Feb/10

MGrock - 2010

jcook1980 - Lead - 2010 with Luke Holmes

mike.moss - Lead O/S - 2010

culmclimberRob - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/09 with mike hoole

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Sep/09

paulerussell - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/09 with Jamie Lewis

JCookie - 2nd - 20/Sep/09 with John Stibbard, Richard Plater

RiPomc - Lead - 20/Sep/09 with Julie Cooke

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/09

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead - 16/Aug/09

great fun. kept feet out of the crack. ab straight down route at high tide - interesting :)
lithos - 2nd - 16/Aug/09

paulh1967 - 2009

Not a bad climb, same move all the way up though. Pro placement is interesting
chriswitts1 - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Neil Christie

Fell over the overhang and hurt ankle, but made it out, just a little sore. Note to self - remember to be cautious when descending on climbing rope.
LongJohns84 - 2nd - 17/Sep/08 with Nikki King

MoWalker3 - 13/Sep/08 with Cormac

nikinko - Lead rpt - 07/Sep/08 with Laura J

existing debt - Lead - 08/Aug/08 with Iain a

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/08

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jul/08

daviesp2 - 2nd - 19/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead - 19/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/May/08

erica - Lead O/S - 09/May/08 with John

John Brayshaw - 2nd O/S - 09/May/08 with Erica

swmackey - Lead - May/08 with TJ

csd23 - TR O/S - Jan/08

existing debt - 2008

lazydaizy24 - 2008

John Lisle - 2008

Neil Adams - 2nd O/S - 10/Nov/07 with Cider Nut

fishinwater - 2nd - Oct/07 with Helen

Hidden - Lead - 22/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/07

Blisco - 2nd - 09/Sep/07 with Paul Crafter

Mega, got to the bottom as the tide was coming in, exciting! Really nice climbing but you need big gear.
Zoomer - 2nd - 30/Aug/07 with Julia Bloomer

Jules 210681 - Lead - 30/Aug/07 with glenn bloomer

Really great climb for first climb.
ramblecote - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/07 with Adrian, Emma, and Lev

Lev - TR O/S - 26/Aug/07 with Emma Ross

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/07

Hidden - Lead - 04/Aug/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/07

Had the rope we abbed in on right next to us.
thomasadixon - Solo O/S - 14/Jul/07 with Christian

Two rules about abseiling into sea cliffs. Rule One: Don't forget your rock shoes. Rule Two: Make sure that your partners know that they need to bring the ropes down. Lovely route though, and it goes in trainers too ;o)
freelancer_85 - 2nd O/S - 14/Jul/07 with Cas and Nikki

Caz led the route, Josh and I seconded. Did it as a layback this time.
nikinko - 2nd rpt - 14/Jul/07 with freelancer_85

Didn't get any gear in top half! Great climb.
cas smerdon - Lead - 14/Jul/07 with Josh and Nikki

jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/07 with Sharon R

Dan Shirley - Solo O/S - 26/May/07

Needed more big gear! Dropped down over the ridge to belay.
nikinko - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/07 with Rob Greenwood

awesome fun. very sparse pro towards the top. had a good bit of run out....!
Nix Ward - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/07 with 184Dave

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 10/Mar/07

DDDD - 2007

climber sim - 2007

John Lisle - 2007

Dave Latimer - 2nd - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/06

Justin T - 2nd O/S - 29/Oct/06 with Wifey

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Oct/06

CJE - 2nd O/S - 10/Sep/06 with Chris Haynes

sgl - Solo - 29/Aug/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Aug/06

rig - 2nd O/S - 27/Aug/06 with Dave Melotte

tumbling wizard - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/06

victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/06 with crossdressingrodney

Excellent line. Can be done as a delicate slab or a thuggy jamming crack.
crossdressingrodney - 2nd O/S - 06/Aug/06 with victim of mathematics

Excellent Climb, and no polishing for such a classic route
Alaister Nurse - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/06 with renee

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/06

Very exciting vdiff, watch the waves, Nathan got wet feet!
gazbonutter - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/06 with Jo Kennedy + Nathan

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Aug/06

Danhan - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/06 with Cathal

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/06

Hidden - Lead RP - 21/Jun/06

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

BruceW - Solo O/S - Aug/05 with Becca

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/05

naughtybadboy - 2nd - 31/Jul/05 with simon day

Easy climbing but need big gear
Ian Archer - Lead O/S - 29/May/05 with Jodie Munks

Greg M - Lead - 2005 with Kate, Dom

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/04 with Alexa

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Sep/03

sixties - Lead - 15/Sep/03 with scc

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/03 with Ben Smith, Matthew Carey

Hidden - Lead - 03/Sep/03

AngelaC - Lead - 30/Jun/03 with Dieter Cole

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/03

timharrison - Lead O/S - Mar/03

howlers - 2nd - 15/Aug/02

Ian JL - Lead O/S - Jun/02

Stone Muppet - 2002

MartinN - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/01

BALD EAGLE - 2nd - 29/Jul/01 with Karl Rust

timreynolds - Lead - 23/Sep/00 with Paul Bastiaiens

Also with Paul Farmer
John Roe - AltLd - 28/Aug/00 with Nige Hughes

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - 18/Jul/99

NewLeaf - 2nd - Sep/98 with john

Mickdenali - Lead O/S - 1998

babymoac - Lead - 30/Nov/97 with Rob S

cem - 2nd - 29/Nov/97 with Gordon Carder

andy_pemberton - Lead - Oct/97 with Claudia Birmen

colin milton - Lead - 13/Sep/97 with american rich

Adrian Daniels - Lead - 13/Sep/97 with John Parrott

PaulTanton - 2nd O/S - 27/May/96

jim_randell - Lead O/S - 07/May/95 with FW

cornishben - Lead O/S - 1995 with Andy Connor

Derek Ryden - Solo O/S - Aug/94

Raggar - 2nd - 07/Aug/93 with Jon B

crater - Lead - 13/Apr/93

sdht - 1993

Jon Didymus - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/92 with BUMC

nai - Lead - Feb/92 with Roger Devy

Marti999 - Solo - 1992

Iain Thow - 2nd - 24/Oct/90 with Rob Ivens

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1988 with Emily

Tom V - 16/Aug/87 with Howie Darwin

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jul/87

Simon cook - 1987

Nigel Bond - Lead - 11/Oct/86 with Roger Skews

rogerskews - 11/Oct/86 with Nigel Bond

JamieAyres - Lead O/S - Aug/86 with Jude Ayres

mikej - TR - 18/Sep/85 with Mike Byles

tapley - Lead - 09/Sep/84 with Dave Kent

Andy S - TR O/S - Jul/84 with Dad

Richard Weller - Solo - 12/May/84

Mark Kemball - Solo - 19/Jun/83

Ena - 1983

RichardMc - Solo - 18/Sep/82

Hammy - Solo - 19/Aug/81 with Rob Lawson

Nigel Coe - 03/Aug/81 with Pat Stanley, Steve Portnoi, Jackie Coe

Hidden - Solo - May/80

Nigel Coe - 2nd - 09/Sep/78 with John Walmsley

D Tempest - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/78

Mike C - Lead - 14/May/78 with Richard Oxlade

Hidden - Solo - 13/Aug/77

Ken Taylor - Solo O/S - 16/Apr/77

Hidden - 1976

Users with this climb on their wishlist are:
Richard Joy, Roget, shell145, iksander, Ana Broad, jhobbs, Sam Falconer, erbridger, Sol Armer, Larey, Ian Miller, mattrm, Richard Alderton, Tattie, druss, Rassapotimus, jarodbishop, schristophersmith, Log dog, Michael Aylen, benlawlor85, Sam Marks, alexanderpatton, Sparrowmonkey, Aaron Phillips, BB1, Sanger, clobato99, climbingVet, Hartley, Warren Earle, DerwentDiluted, tibetsky, djdf, bluebrad

Total votes cast 72
hard HVD2 of 36
HVD1 of 36
easy HVD3 of 36
hard VD5 of 36
VD15 of 36
easy VD10 of 36
hard HD0 of 36
HD0 of 36
easy HD0 of 36
3 Stars6 of 36
2 Stars20 of 36
1 Star9 of 36
0 Stars1 of 36
Bag of .....0 of 36
Please Login as Existing User to rate this climb.
Style of ascent
Alt Leads
Clean O/S
Clean β
Clean repeat
Clean RP