Countess Buttress* VS 4c
[Countess Buttress through the holly tree., 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
Climb diagonally right all the way out to the arete and finish up this in a fine position. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Stanage 100 VD - VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Stanage for Crack Apprentices.

Photo: Countess Buttress through the holly tree. © keitht
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This climb is in 67 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Quite nice. One tricky step up over space, but protected.
Ian Hylands - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/15 with Helen

keitht - 2nd - 12/Jul/15 with Dewi Turton

dewiturton - Lead - 12/Jul/15 with keitht

ColdAndWet - Lead - 30/May/15 with Joe Farnell

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

soph - Solo O/S - 25/Apr/15 with Tony Stone

cem - Lead rpt - 05/Oct/14 with Mike Eldred

Backed off getting out of the break. Will go back but it still felt all there at VS 4c.
eldre070 - Lead dnf - 05/Oct/14 with Cem

Good fun and loads of friction. Takes a quite exciting line, but faith in the VS-grade is rewarded by sequences of good holds.
djones66 - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/14 with Stve mc D

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 06/Jun/14

john max - Lead - 31/May/14 with John Bayliss

john_ni - 2nd - 31/May/14 with John Maxfield (PCC)

JasonK - 2nd - 15/May/14

Hidden - 2014

Dan Arkle - 2014

john_ni - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/13 with David Brown (PCC)

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13

pog100 - 2nd - 21/Oct/12 with Reaver2k

jshields - Lead - 05/Aug/12 with Mike Dowsett

davewsargent - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/12

MikeDowsett - 2nd - 05/Aug/12 with Dave Sargent, jshields

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jun/12

buxtoncoffeelover - Lead - 25/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead - 20/Nov/11

A prickly adventure, well worth it so please do not cut down or excessively garden this beautiful holly tree that adds to the authenticity and excitement of this rather secluded climb. If you don't want to get pricked don't climb it.
mountaingoatgirl - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/11 with Nick Bean

Hidden gem
mark20 - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/11

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Aug/11

Fat Tim - Lead O/S - 02/May/11 with Sarah Rolfe

brynmays - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/11 with Kye Brooks

kyebrooks - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/11 with bryn mays

A giveaway at VS 4b - really well protected and only one tricky move with good gear at your waist
Rob84 - Lead O/S - 29/Jan/11 with Chris Ashton

Hidden - 2011

jaimer - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Phil, Dave Hall

max_chan - 2nd O/S - 01/Aug/10 with Steve Carty

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10

bridget143 - 2nd O/S - 31/Oct/09 with Duncan Frisch

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Aug/09

PenJD - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Duz Walker

bullwinkle - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/09 with Bruce

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/09 with Alan Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Mar/09

The crux is getting to the slanting crack without getting eaten by the holly. Excellent climbing once you get there.
victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/08 with Simon

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Oct/08

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/08 with Tom Skelhon

mikej - 2nd - 26/Aug/08 with Rick Naylor

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08

alek - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Phill Cunnington

Stig - 2nd O/S - 18/May/08 with Jonathan Teale

Hidden - 2nd - 18/May/08

cem - 2nd - 10/Feb/08 with Graham Dolman

Hidden - 2008

Si dH - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/07 with Neil Furniss

Hidden - Solo - 15/Sep/07

The holly could do with a good pruning, you now have to go further up the grotty chimney than you used to (if old guidebook editions are to be believed). Super route, VS 4b probably about right in hindsight, though it felt much harder at the time!
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/07 with Carmen

craig matheson - Solo - Apr/07

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

Hidden - Lead - 24/May/04

Hidden - Lead - 03/Aug/03

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/03

Hidden - 2000

Andy Say - Solo - 07/Mar/88

Tom V - Lead - 25/Apr/85 with Howie Darwin

babymoac - 2nd - 22/Apr/84

Nigel Bond - Lead - 07/Sep/80 with Pete

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jun/77

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/77

rogerskews - 1975

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