Monument Crack*** E1 5b
[Faith (in friction). Ali solo on the rounded finish of Monument Crack (E1 5b), Rylstone, North Yorkshire, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
16m. A fine climb; THE classic of the crag and not too high in the grade for those who relish jamming, though steep and intimidating for those who don't. Climb to the roof and pull over into the right-slanting crack. Follow this, past one wider section, out onto the open slab and an easier finish. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, Allan Austin Classics.

Photo: Faith (in friction). Ali solo on the rounded finish of Monument Crack (E1 5b), Rylstone, North Yorkshire © Jamie Moss
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This climb is in 94 logbooks, and on 11 wishlists.

Robin Nichols - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/15 with Jim, Roger

Roget - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/15 with robin, jim

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

robertmctague - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/14 with Jack

Totally under estimated. Last traverse is ok if you go for it. Tape up hands - oversize jams for me.
DavidEvans - Lead dog - 21/Sep/14 with Helen Garrett

Done as warm up in mizzle and cold wind. Couldn't feel hands and feet! Turns out it was our only route of a wash out day! Hard to judge but seems a good route. Felt steady enough.
climberchristy - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/14 with Ben Cole

Mike Todd - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/14 with Harrogate MC

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 11/Jun/14

SPD224 - 2nd - 11/Jun/14 with Mike Todd

Ace! Much easier than it looks, don't be intimidated
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Vic, Matt

Climbster - 2nd β - 18/Apr/14 with Vick, Ian

Nez - 2014

Still a great climb.
Dave Musgrove - 2nd rpt - 30/Jul/13 with Paul Farrish

cragtyke - 2nd - 27/Jul/13 with john g

Hidden - TR dog - 15/Jun/13

spragglerocks - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Jon Morgan

morganator - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Rachael Spraggs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Oct/12

TRFrost - 2nd O/S - 25/Jul/12 with D. Gledson

Awesome! A really really good route. A bit bold to start, and finish(although a second blue cam would make the final traverse much less runout). Placed a few wires and red, gold and blue cams.
David_Gledson - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/12 with Tom

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/12

1poundSOCKS - Lead dnf - 20/May/12

petekeron - Lead O/S - 16/May/12 with Dickon Morris

Dickon151 - 2nd O/S - 16/May/12 with Peter Keron

Matt Cooke - Lead O/S - 05/Nov/11 with Rosh

robman - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/11

Seconded Jamie on this yeas ago. Brilliant - made more memorable by the fact i forgot to bring my big cams, my only large cam was left as first runner so the traverse was fully run out and forgot belay devices so was being belayed on an italian hitch. It was exciting for a few moments but I really wanted it and definitely didn't want to take the massive lob so manned up. Ace route!
Mattyk - Lead rpt - 03/Jun/11 with Dominick Spracklen

John Lewis - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/11 with Barra

Well protected by about 200 quids worth of camming devices... (current market value). Utterly utterly desperate for the poor and hex uninitiated! Stupid warm-up!
Cragrat Rich - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/10

EXCELLENT, not as steep or as hard as I was expected due plenty of foot holds and surprisingly quite slab like near the vertical crack. After this I didn't have any gear that fitted in the wide crack (would have felt HVS ) but the finish was much easier than the photo of someone soloing makes it look as the jams are perfect.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Pete aka Dad

Hidden - Lead dnf - 15/Aug/10

Hidden - TR β - 15/Aug/10

Superb! Got summit fever a bit early and fell off first go (oops!). Straightforward on the second go.
chris_j_s - Lead RP - 24/Jul/10 with Catherine Speakman

PeteH - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/10 with Naomi Hart

NaomiHart - 2nd O/S - 28/Jun/10 with Peter Hart

We 'Rock paper scissored' over this route, it certainly will be climbed with twin ropes if I ever return due to the fact when Sam took in while belaying, it pulled me off my foothold and the rope scraped along the edge of an overhang as I dropped down a ledge, I could see the core of the rope, was lowered and never did get a chance to lead that day. (Were 'fighting' over who would lead as we'd both looked in the guide and picked the same route, was Sam's first E1.
paulwaterhouse - 2nd dnf - 17/Jun/10

pastep - Lead O/S - 23/May/10 with Martin

Distinctly harder than I recall!
Will Hunt - 2nd rpt - 15/May/10 with Dan Matthewman

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

sten - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/09 with Amy Gustin/Tommy Franzen

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jul/09

had arm jam in horizontal crack but lost my footing and all my weight went onto my arm, heard a crack as my arm broke!
Martin Haworth - Lead dnf - 31/May/09 with Tony

petegunn - Lead - 23/Apr/09 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Apr/09

Will Hunt - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/08 with Simon Lindsell

jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/08 with Daniel Armitage

Great climbing. Didn't place any pro for the roof pull, and then thugged up to the perfect rest. Jammed up the final crack - Gehenna was better and harder ;-)
Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08 with Franco Cookson

Franco Cookson OLD - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08 with David Warburton

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/08 with JoeL 90

joe larner - 2nd - 11/Jun/08

jadm2 - TR dnf - 08/Jun/08

Chriswallis2 - Lead O/S - 03/May/08 with Annie

Hidden - Lead dnf - 03/May/08

joe larner - 2nd - 10/Feb/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

IanJackson - Lead dnf - 25/Nov/07 with FRANCO COOKSON

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Oct/07

design crisis - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/07 with Tom W

JLS - Lead dnf - 10/Oct/07 with Jacqui

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/07

alaan - Lead rpt - 04/May/07 with Jim

Hidden - Lead dnf - 28/Apr/07

Brown - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Aaran

Hidden - Lead - 16/Oct/06

Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/06 with dan, tony, nick

Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Sep/06

Nick Beckett - Lead - 09/Sep/06 with various

John Marsland - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/06 with Goi

ArnaudG - 2nd - 08/Sep/06 with Goi

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/06 with Arnaud Garcon

Neil Ireson - Lead - 03/Jun/06 with Jane

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/06

cem - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/04 with Liam Mark

leathers - 2nd - May/04 with Steve Cross

lithos - 2nd O/S - 27/Sep/03 with Andy Birtwistle

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/02

Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/00

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Sep/99

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Jun/99

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/97

ian caton - Lead O/S - 1994 with donny

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 13/Jun/93 with Phil

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jun/92

rob.grafton - Lead - 13/Aug/91 with Bruce

Tom V - 29/Jun/91

rob.grafton - 2nd - 15/Jul/90 with Bruce

Hidden - 2nd - 13/May/90

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 17/Jul/89 with Dan Morgan

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 02/Nov/88 with Frank Wilkinson

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 17/Apr/88 with Frank Wilkinson

Hidden - Lead - 12/Apr/80

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