Rockfax Description
14m. A great climb linking a series of features up the right-hand edge of the smoothest rock - a true Northumbrian classic. Climb the groove in the right-hand edge of the face then move right to access a thin crack. Up this until forced out right to a ledge hidden just around the arete. Finish up the overhanging groove. Photo on page 269. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, Classic County.

SPD224 30/Aug 2nd
with Martin Smith
Hidden 30/Aug 2nd
Hidden 20/Aug Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Aug 2nd dog
stub1990 09/Jun Lead rpt
Hidden 30/May 2nd O/S
D.Russell 30/May 2nd O/S
stuart34 30/May Lead O/S
with Doug the thug, Adam Russel
cpforbes 25/May Lead β

Tjanks to Gabe and Fraser for the encouragement!

Topsy Turvy 23/May Lead rpt
with John Wilson
Climbster 02/May Lead O/S

Lovely climb, great variety of techniques required for such a short route. Shame we got rained off.

with Vick, Ian
Tim Rodgers 22/Apr Lead
with Rob Adams, Chris Down
y2keable 21/Apr 2nd rpt
with John
Matt_L_Robinson 07/Oct/14 Lead O/S
charley 16/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Fantastic route, maybe shouldn't of jumped straight on it without warming up though - got pumped quite early on & the rock felt a bit greasy/damp in places but managed to fight it to the top. A proper HVS all the way up...

with Ange, Kev
valentinesbabe 16/Sep/14 2nd dnf

Really please to manage the first moves to the ledge but just couldn't get off it! Couldn't reach the good finger lock no matter what I did and couldn't hold the rubbish lower one with just finger ends long enough to gain height. Gutted as it looks like a great climb. Awesome lead by Charley.

Tithe Technique 16/Sep/14 2nd O/S
08nbrierley 26/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with rachael
kyaizawa 24/Jul/14 Lead O/S
RUDIN.J.D.H 24/Jul/14 2nd dog
chris smith 01/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Gabe Oliver 25/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Good pumpy fun

stub1990 25/Jun/14 2nd O/S
robertmichaeladams 16/Jun/14 2nd
with Richard Gage, Chris Down
smithjmw46 30/Oct/13 Lead dnf

Sustained 5b

jonny taylor 29/Sep/13 Lead rpt

Still a fantastic climb

with James
Jimmy O 29/Sep/13 2nd dnf
MikeLell 21/Aug/13 Lead dnf

All going OK until the traverse right, with a foot high up in a horizontal crack. Wasn't feeling it so lowered off. Then had lots of fun abseiling to retrieve size 2 Camalot, penduluming and getting skin caught in belay device!

with Emma Parkinson
Andy Moles 12/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
ferdia 12/Aug/13 2nd
with Andy
peter.ravenscroft27 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S

SWEET Climb.

Gatley 06/Jul/13 2nd
Adamski1986 19/Jun/13 2nd
with Richard Gage
RUDIN.J.D.H 08/Jun/13 2nd dog

Pumpy. . . but great fun

with Mike Mason
duzinga 06/Jun/13 2nd O/S

OK climb. Harder than Rake's Crack.

Lunar25 06/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Tuze
Alpenglow 26/May/13 2nd O/S

Very pumpy!

ruairidhwad 26/May/13 Lead O/S
with Malibu Dan
robertmichaeladams 06/May/13 Lead
with Bex
wence 27/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Surprisingly awkward low down

with Andy H
a_hein 27/Apr/13 2nd
freemanTom 09/Sep/12 Lead dog

1 fall from first layback moves. Foot slipped. Tired from bouldering exploits during the week. Super pumped on finish, nearly fell again.

with Phil Soc
Calum Wadsworth 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Ray Sharples
farmerwad 09/Sep/12 2nd
with tom
Antd 08/Sep/12 Lead RP
stugreen75 08/Sep/12 2nd O/S

Felt a bit hard for HVS.

with Ant, dominic jeff
RossKirtley 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Adrianw 30/Jul/12 2nd dnf

Fell off crux after removing high cam and somehow tweaked elbow assiging me to belay duty for rest of the evening. Oops. Then it started to rain!

with Nick Sillem, Sarah Follmann
yarbles 28/Jul/12 Lead
with Jo
fatbuoybazza 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Jon
Jonny M 04/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Antd 27/May/12 TR RP
Macleod 27/May/12 Lead
with anthony
y2keable 22/May/12 2nd rpt
with John
cballard ??/2012 -
malteserEd 22/Sep/11 Lead
cat22 04/Sep/11 2nd O/S


with Mike
tmawer 21/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Very good, well protected and fun.

with Jaime Robertson
dave o 20/Aug/11 Lead O/S

tricky and v good. felt stiff with jumbo digits like mine!

with Julia H
duncman 19/Aug/11 Lead

Fell at the top a couple of time's. Really struggled to get my fat fingers in the crack. Awesome route, will return to do it clean at some point.

David Bulley 31/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Awesome climbing, tempted for the direct version.

MoWalker3 30/Jul/11 -

hard finger jamming and high step crux

IanHope 14/Jul/11 TR dog
Anthony1 14/Jul/11 TR
with Ian Hope, Tim, John L
PiotrB 09/Jul/11 Lead rpt
ianjfsutcliffe 03/Jul/11 Lead

Awesome route.

with Drew
Higher Primate 03/Jul/11 2nd dog
y2keable 28/Jun/11 2nd dog

bad footwork made me fall from the crux, lucky I was on the second. Altogether a rather hard climb for HVS, I've lead E1's with less of a struggle.

Alex Winter 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Was wobbling all over the shop when moving out right after the layback - too much studying has jellified my climbing muscles. Great route, packs a lot in.

with Doug
Douglas 26/Jun/11 2nd dnf
alan1234 19/Jun/11 Lead
alan1234 16/Jun/11 Lead dog

Fell once right at the top, but sussed it the second time.

jonny taylor 01/Jun/11 Lead rpt
josephgrimwade 10/May/11 2nd dog
with Peter Stollery
Hidden 29/Mar/11 2nd
arrang ??/2011 Lead rpt
hodge192 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Sep/10 2nd
Alison2 04/Sep/10 2nd O/S
maggie505 12/Aug/10 2nd
with Mark 'epic' Hawkins
Hidden 31/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Em66 31/Jul/10 2nd
Hidden 28/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Chriswallis2 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Anna
sprout3099 ?/Jun/10 -


with Gally
Daniel Sutherland 25/May/10 Lead

lead ground up after one previous attempt

with Mike
KMoeckell 22/May/10 Lead dog

Had a mare, took a couple of falls; enjoyed it once I'd topped out. Don't really know what I was doing wrong.

oliwarlow 18/May/10 Lead
with Polly
j0shwyatt000 18/May/10 Lead O/S
jonny taylor 13/May/10 2nd
with Alasdair
tom.ireson 08/May/10 Lead O/S

Brilliant route! save a bit of juice for the finish...

with Henry Jenkins
clarky 29/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with christine
Nick Sillem 19/Apr/10 Solo β
jonny taylor 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Fantastic route, an absolute pleasure to climb, consistent standard throughout

with Andy B
Ben lad ?/Apr/10 Lead dog

First climb, and first lead in about 2 years... maybe even 3... loved it. Andy backed off it from the top of the mantleshelf I decided to give climbing a come back. haven't looked back since

Ben lad ?/Apr/10 Lead

First climb, and first lead in about 2 years... maybe even 3... loved it. Andy backed off it from the top of the mantleshelf I decided to give climbing a come back. haven't looked back since

with Andy & Rasputan
scott gibson ??/2010 -
TomKingston ??/2010 -
Christopher Roberts ??/2010 Lead
Topsy Turvy ??/2010 Lead O/S

Unlikely to be downgraded.

with Dan Hattle
Hidden 07/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Jul/09 Lead
Daniel Sutherland 16/Jun/09 Lead dnf

Fell from final holds. Didn't have energy too finish. Will be back

with Rob
Trefo 30/May/09 Lead O/S

brilliant, technical, sustained, well protected,classic route, at the upper limit of the grade.

with mav
oliwarlow 12/May/09 2nd
with Polly
odox 03/May/09 Lead O/S
with Nigel Callender
Hidden 25/Apr/09 Lead
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Rachel Hassall
miastacey 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Bob Smith
Hidden 12/Apr/09 Lead dnf
robinsi197 ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Nick
KragKing ??/2009 2nd
tom rookes ??/2009 TR
with nick stewart
mterentiusvarro ??/2009 2nd
with Ash
stimpey 20/Jul/08 2nd
with Pete
petegunn 20/Jul/08 Lead
with Davina & Steve
djbeaumont 16/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with mark
Hidden 15/Jul/08 Lead O/S
burto 29/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with the pimp
pimpy 29/Jun/08 Lead dog
pimpy 29/Jun/08 2nd
pebbles 21/Jun/08 2nd

was absolutely knackered by the top - had to hang from rope to get the last gear out, but suspect I might have done so anyway! very good route.

with rob
lithos 21/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Great route, v. awkward off the first ledge. Well protected throughout

andyhutch77 05/Jun/08 Lead dnf
with Marc Tomlinson
Woodiee ?/Jun/08 Lead O/S

not a lot for your feet until you reach the cresent crack, after that is one to enjoy!

Hidden 21/May/08 Lead dnf
Hidden 14/May/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/May/08 2nd dnf
Hidden ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S
IanJackson 02/Sep/07 2nd O/S
with Big Ian
Sam Judson 08/Aug/07 2nd dog

Very tough for its grade, but with some wonderful moves.

smollett ?/Jul/07 Lead O/S
dj_brigham05 21/Jun/07 Lead β
with Chris Gordon
andymoin 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S

Great climb, with some nice moves. Because of the pain from my fractured rib I aided one move to get out the corner.

with Mark Jarvie
loco_ola ??/2007 Lead O/S
with Ollie
Hidden ?/Jul/06 2nd dog
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
le_grimpeur 19/Sep/05 2nd
with Alison, Welchy
Hidden ?/Sep/05 Lead
Hidden 23/Jun/05 Lead O/S
GPN ?/Aug/04 2nd
Urgles ?/Aug/03 Lead O/S
with Fiend
gypsy3006 ??/2000 -
Hidden 19/May/99 Lead
Russell Lovett 21/Aug/98 Lead O/S

Had lead pitch 1 before but was not able to do second pitch due to it being running with water. This time conditions where spot on.

with tony lickes
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ?/Aug/97 Lead

1st HVS lead. My brother belayed and declined to follow me up.

John Pickles 02/Aug/96 Lead O/S
Chris Reid 28/Oct/95 Lead O/S
akamini ?/Jul/94 Lead
Tony Little 07/Apr/93 Lead O/S
with DK, SG and PL
kato'sdad 07/Jul/91 Lead
with Jerry Mattinson
beaumap ?/Jul/89 AltLd
with Tim Waddington
sdpwilliams 03/May/89 2nd O/S
Steve Crowe 08/Jun/86 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/86 Lead O/S
Neil R 11/May/86 Lead O/S
with David M
andybirtwistle 08/Sep/84 -
telemark ??/1981 Lead
Hidden ??/1980 -
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