Rockfax Description
18m. A great climb in a sunnier setting than most around here and one of the most popular outings on the cliff. A recent rockfall has changed the route a little but it is still well worth doing. Start on the right and climb the left-hand of a pair of clean cracks until a resting ledge on the left can be reached. Step back right and climb the continuation crack then progress by a couple of classical mantelshelf moves. Finish easily. Photo on page 251. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, Classic County.

watson.b 26/Sep 2nd rpt
with matty
wnlwy 19/Sep Lead
Debs 19/Sep Lead β
with Karl
UnkArl 19/Sep 2nd O/S
with Debbie
smithjmw46 08/Sep Lead rpt
steely 08/Sep Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Sep 2nd O/S
owain-1978 08/Sep 2nd
sarah hawker 30/Aug Lead rpt
with bob
dakidunn 16/Aug 2nd
with Tris
Topsy Turvy 16/Aug Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Aug Lead O/S
MBarraclough 08/Aug Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug 2nd O/S
petegunn 05/Aug Lead
with Stu Steel, Davina
y2keable 03/Aug 2nd rpt
with Kelly, John
garyb1442 23/Jul Lead
Adamski1986 23/Jul 2nd
Georgie25 05/Jul Lead
Andysomething 30/Jun Lead rpt

Had a whoops on the top crux but held on before I needed the rope

with Bruce Perry, Colin Binks
Hidden 11/Jun Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun 2nd
Hidden 30/May 2nd dog
Alpenglow 30/May 2nd rpt
ruairidhwad 30/May -
with Malibu Dan, Ian B
odox 30/May Lead
oli2wd 27/May -
ChrisRich 23/May 2nd O/S
SomeClimbingGuy 22/May Lead O/S

Amazing route, loved every move. Well protected (Mainly with cams)

peterhubbard 02/May 2nd
with Neil Stutchbury
smithjmw46 20/Apr Lead rpt
Hidden 06/Apr Lead O/S
jonnybmac 22/Mar 2nd
Russell Lovett ??/2015 Solo O/S

Not sure of date climb was first done.

with alone
Hidden 11/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Sep/14 Lead O/S
smithjmw46 22/Sep/14 2nd rpt
with Andreas Moritz
charley 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Mark Anstiss
Mike-W-99 31/Aug/14 2nd
abbeywall 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Classic struggle

with Mike
8633brown 30/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Aug/14 Lead
Hidden 05/Aug/14 Lead O/S
williap ?/Aug/14 2nd
with Juilette
Hidden 24/Jul/14 2nd
DanChad 21/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Le Chevalier Mal Fet 21/Jul/14 Lead

Felt 4c to me. Maybe I did it wrong.

Sciguy 21/Jul/14 2nd O/S

not sure if I went off route by sliding around to the left.

Gabe Oliver 12/Jul/14 Lead O/S

A good climb but not sure it's worthy of the title "Classic"

robahalliday 05/Jul/14 -

Excellent climb. Worth the stars. Perhaps a HS given boldness. Crux is well protected. Going right to do the first mantel is preferable to going left!

y2keable 03/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Pretty straightforward climb though some very polished holds.

with Simon
Hidden 18/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Andysomething 01/Jun/14 Lead rpt

Crux moves high up, well protected

with Peter McGarry
Hidden 18/May/14 Lead
ClimbingGlen 17/May/14 Lead O/S
with Ana Piris, Teresa Torrents
K Wall 17/May/14 Lead
with Martin
Hidden 17/May/14 2nd O/S
David Cowley 06/May/14 2nd rpt
Bruce Kerr 03/May/14 Lead
with Jenny Kerr
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead O/S
BenBrotherton 16/Nov/13 Lead
peterhubbard 30/Oct/13 2nd
with Conrad
RUDIN.J.D.H 26/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Nice climbing, Helps if you've got a big reach

with Kathrin Marie
Tom McCabe 26/Oct/13 2nd β
Hidden 01/Oct/13 Lead
Hidden 01/Oct/13 Lead
Metalbear 28/Sep/13 2nd
Hidden 26/Sep/13 Lead rpt
petegunn 26/Sep/13 2nd
with Davina
Rob84 08/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Mel
stouffer 26/Aug/13 Lead
Hidden 26/Aug/13 -
MikeLell 20/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Wendy
Andy Moles 14/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
ferdia 14/Aug/13 2nd
with Andy
Hidden 06/Aug/13 Lead
peter.ravenscroft27 30/Jun/13 2nd

WOW! What a awesome climb.

Gatley 30/Jun/13 Lead
Jamie Brown 29/Jun/13 Lead rpt
with Simon Caldwell
Simon Caldwell 29/Jun/13 2nd rpt

Jamie's lead. I went a bit strange near the top and ended up round the corner on the left, having to make a precarious traverse back right. Not sure how that happened!

with Jamie
Hidden 29/Jun/13 2nd dnf
Matt Poole 25/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Paulina Pilarska
David Cowley 25/Jun/13 Lead rpt
KevB 08/Jun/13 Lead
with Carl Sunley
ali newman ukc 04/Jun/13 Lead
with goose, lew
Alpenglow 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Great route, well protected.

with Katie, Owen
kyaizawa 27/May/13 2nd O/S

Awkward in places and reachy (especially the start, which succumbed to laybacking, due to inability to reach shelf)

lcullum7 27/May/13 Lead O/S
munch88 16/May/13 Lead O/S
with rob
robblowen 16/May/13 2nd β
with Munch
Stamford Raffles 07/May/13 Lead O/S

Having gotten scared I was pleased to learn from another climbing pair it was an HS not S nowadays.

with Duncan
Aaron.robson94 06/May/13 Lead O/S

Some pretty bold moves but nice climbing overall

08nbrierley 06/May/13 Lead O/S
with sophie
Hidden 06/May/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 06/May/13 Lead β
Hidden 06/May/13 2nd
Hidden 30/Apr/13 2nd dnf
Hidden 30/Apr/13 Lead O/S
matt.budge ??/2013 -
smithjmw46 07/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Sopping wet and slightly scary but great protection. Would love to repeat in conditions that allow for this 3 star climb to be properly enjoyed

Richard Alderton 10/Aug/12 2nd
with Liam
Dervey 10/Aug/12 Lead
with Rich
Hidden 08/Aug/12 2nd
mjackson 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Lawrie Brand 14/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Sarah Laing
Hidden 14/Jul/12 2nd O/S
David Cowley 12/Jul/12 Lead rpt
Hidden 30/Jun/12 AltLd
Ste Ridd 30/Jun/12 AltLd
Richard Alderton 14/Jun/12 Lead
Beronj 14/Jun/12 2nd

Nice buttress. Awkward start and some cheeky moves higher up.

Liam Martin 12/Jun/12 Lead rpt
smileyinc 04/Jun/12 Lead

My partner left a brand new quick draw on the in-situ friend!

mikehike 03/Jun/12 2nd β
with Paul Heti
Hidden 03/Jun/12 Lead O/S
jac.c123 28/May/12 2nd
keithlambley 28/May/12 Lead
with Ken M
Hidden 24/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/May/12 Lead
vertigo 20/May/12 Lead O/S

Excellent route!

with Dash
IanHope 20/May/12 2nd O/S
with Tim
Puma 20/May/12 Lead
Jamie Brown 20/May/12 2nd O/S
ecromwell 12/May/12 2nd
with Andy Anderson
Hidden 01/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/12 Lead O/S
kemprix 26/Mar/12 2nd

Will lead next visit

NiccyMac 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/12 Lead
georgedunton 26/Jan/12 Lead O/S
Tom Folley 26/Jan/12 2nd O/S
cballard ??/2012 -
cpforbes ??/2012 -
Hidden 20/Nov/11 2nd dog
adamjc13 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Paolo Thige
Hidden 28/Sep/11 Lead O/S
T Break 28/Sep/11 2nd β
rgd1977 21/Aug/11 2nd O/S
samoliver01 20/Aug/11 Lead O/S
joem 15/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Mountain Llama 31/Jul/11 2nd
with Paul S
Hidden 30/Jul/11 Solo O/S
MoWalker3 30/Jul/11 -

Sorry chrissy, bad choice for a warm up!

with chrissy
Hidden 25/Jul/11 2nd
Simnel 15/Jun/11 Lead

Felt more like HS rather than Severe with one awkward move. Good protection and a class route.

with Tony S
Anthony1 15/Jun/11 2nd
with John L
Hidden 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/11 TR O/S
davewsargent 21/May/11 Lead
jshields 21/May/11 Lead
Hidden 21/May/11 Lead
graphiclunarkid 30/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Delightful. Harder for the short of stature, I reckon!

with Huw
Hidden 21/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Adrianw 10/Apr/11 Lead rpt
sarah hawker 10/Apr/11 2nd O/S
MDowson ?/Mar/11 Lead
with Jonathon Powell
Ben lad ??/2011 -
with chrissie andy rasputan, rambo and justin
alan1234 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Julian Laidler 28/Oct/10 Lead O/S

a nice climb, requires boldness to complete crux.

Paul_Hardy 28/Oct/10 2nd O/S

Hard for the grade I reckon

Whitty2012 10/Oct/10 2nd
whity4420 10/Oct/10 Lead
andybroadway 16/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with Matt Schurch
qwidge 05/Sep/10 TR
Simnel 31/Aug/10 2nd
with Alan, Andy T
Anthony1 31/Aug/10 TR
with Andy T, Alan, John L
Wayne A 30/Aug/10 2nd
with Karen Pickering
Hidden 25/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
JohnTheMountainGoat 16/Aug/10 2nd
AndyT1151 08/Aug/10 Lead
jonny taylor 29/Jun/10 2nd

Start was harder than I remembered!

with Andy B
ablackett 29/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Had to give one of the moves near the top a lot of thought, either I did it wrong or this is harder than a lot of VS I have done!

with Jonny
brayg01 24/Jun/10 2nd rpt
with Fergus
Simon Caldwell 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S

A brilliant route, one of the best VS 4c's I've done! The start was tough 4c, the section near the top wasn't much easier, and the bits in between were no pushover. Miles harder than Raven's Tower which gets MVS 4b. P.S. One of the stuck cams has gone but the other one's still there (and wouldn't budge), the nut too (but looking corroded so I didn't clip it).

with Carmen
jonb23 17/Jun/10 2nd
with Louis Wallace
stouffer 03/Jun/10 Lead
Adamski1986 ?/May/10 Lead O/S
with Kev Murley
Hidden 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
David Bulley 24/Apr/10 2nd rpt
Falko 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Enjoyable climb with three bits of gear jammed in situ - two Friends and a wire. Almost a 'Sport' route!

with Matthew Rech
clairepoppett 24/Apr/10 2nd
with James R
odox 21/Apr/10 2nd

Need to go back and remove the old gear - getting a bit silly - please be careful with your cam placements people!!

Woodiee 21/Apr/10 Lead rpt

almost enough insitu gear to be a sport route!

buddha1369 20/Apr/10 Lead O/S
David Bulley 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Some sucker has left a nut, and two cams...plonker! Nice climb tho

Hidden 11/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Chriswallis2 07/Mar/10 Lead rpt
with Anna
Hidden ??/2010 2nd
Topsy Turvy ??/2010 Lead O/S

Date approximate

with Dan Hattle
stuaart 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Brutal first move.

with Laura Wright
Hidden 01/Oct/09 2nd O/S
hawkins321 27/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with rosie atkinson
chrism225 20/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with polly, dave
NaomiHart 12/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Tom McNally
WendyT 06/Sep/09 2nd dog
with James Marsh
Hidden ?/Sep/09 -
timcussins 30/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Kiri
SianR 06/Aug/09 Lead
with Ewie & Bryn
djbeaumont 05/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Trace
andyhutch77 04/Jul/09 Lead
with Marc Tomlinson
Hidden 02/Jul/09 2nd O/S
Ardginny 30/Jun/09 Lead O/S
stukent 30/Jun/09 2nd rpt
petegunn 21/Jun/09 Lead
with Davina & Steve
stimpey 21/Jun/09 2nd O/S
with Pete, Davina
Hidden 21/Jun/09 2nd O/S
David Cowley 13/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Stew Cowley
Daniel Sutherland 12/Jun/09 2nd rpt
with Mal
benchwarmer 06/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Jamie
Boxy 28/May/09 Lead
oliwarlow 25/May/09 Lead
with Leonie
Liam Martin 11/May/09 Lead O/S
gazb 11/May/09 2nd
with liam martin
alifin 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Great route! Would have felt easier if I had more than 2 cams!

with Andrew Finlay
Hidden 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
arctic_jen 25/Apr/09 2nd
with Dan
BruceW 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Great route. Went left then right where block was (HS?).

with Becca
Hidden 31/Mar/09 Solo O/S
chrissylee 19/Mar/09 2nd
with Ryan Perry
odox ??/2009 Lead O/S
with Kat Petit
Simnel ??/2009 2nd
Simnel ??/2009 2nd
with Mads
Phill_ Thompson ??/2009 Lead
John Haxon 23/Dec/08 2nd O/S
with David ???
Hidden 29/Oct/08 Lead O/S
dazbarker 24/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Pete Davis
Andy DB 18/Sep/08 Lead O/S

The first move took some doing

with Ash
Daniel Sutherland 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Chris
stimpey 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Tom
Timpy1584 23/Aug/08 2nd
with Steve
petellis 27/Jul/08 Lead O/S

great route but really stiff for the grade. one of those severes thats more of a VS....

brayg01 26/Jul/08 Lead O/S
annaEM 15/Jul/08 Lead dog
Andysomething 13/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Bruce Perry
topsafari 12/Jun/08 Lead O/S

beautiful climb made harder by recent rock fall.

with Keith Carlton
daveagriff 07/Jun/08 Lead
with Brett Healey
Adrianw 04/Jun/08 2nd
with Neil Cranston
john_boy_scottie1985 04/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Taff
andyandy 04/Jun/08 Lead
with Peter
AMarchant 11/May/08 2nd O/S

Tricky first few moves but enjoyable.

with Jonny
shouter ??/2008 Lead
thomaspassmore 03/Nov/07 2nd O/S
with Dave Jones
Hidden 20/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Will Hunt 14/Oct/07 Lead O/S

Grade needs an update. Not technically easy enough to be S. Excellent protection throughout makes it HS.

with Matt Ringrose & Ed Pattison
MDowson 01/Oct/07 2nd
with polly
Hidden ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Adam1973 08/Sep/07 2nd rpt
with Big Ian
tomcorley55 07/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Mark Duggan
Mark D 07/Sep/07 2nd O/S
victim of mathematics 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Not even nearly VS. Might deserve HS at a push, but really it's just a fairly steep, intimidating Severe. It's really well protected. Maybe S 4b?

crossdressingrodney 27/Aug/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/07 2nd
jonny taylor 08/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Chris S
alberttcone 08/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with cfai
joeoutdoors 08/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Giles Chater
MG50 29/Jul/07 2nd
with Keith
Adam1973 10/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with Flicka
Hidden 10/Jul/07 2nd
duzinga 09/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Martina
Rosie11 07/Jun/07 TR
with Dusagg
le_grimpeur 07/Jun/07 TR
storky 20/May/07 2nd
with Stephen Welch
Woodiee 05/May/07 Lead O/S

Defo. HS but not quite VS,-mantle opposite shelf or bearhug arete and crack to overcome missing block- awesome gear

with Jen Booys
MDowson 05/May/07 Lead O/S
with Tom pitchforth
Em66 10/Apr/07 TR
with John, Jack
jak165 10/Apr/07 TR
with Emily John
telemark ??/2007 Lead
Kevster ??/2007 -
Hidden 22/Jul/06 2nd O/S
Sam Judson 28/Jun/06 Lead O/S

Finally conquered the grand master of the crag. Contains the straightest parrallel crack I've ever seen.

with Caroline Judson
Hidden 28/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Tommy Alsop 24/Jun/06 Lead O/S

Fabulous route with a few special moves, but the main one is three quarters up. Tougher than most (if not all) VSs I've climbed.

with Tim Wallis
Hidden 17/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Colin Matheson 10/Jun/06 Lead

Birthday lead

with Charlie Fisher
Hidden 26/May/06 Lead
Richard 02/May/06 Lead O/S

VS probably right; move is tricky but protection is excellent all the way up. There's a jammed cam (not mine) in there which looks in good nick if anyone fancies a go at getting it out.

with Carrie
Peter Reynolds ?/Mar/06 Lead
Hidden ?/Jan/06 Lead
CurlyStevo ??/2006 Lead

I found the initial layback as hard as anything higher up, HS 4b would seem about right to me. Good gear all the way and some rests and no 4c moves. If it was made VS it would be the easiest one in northumberland ;)

stukent ??/2006 Lead
jimstanton ??/2006 TR
smollett ?/Oct/05 Lead
with channy, oliver
chrishedgehog 24/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Dan Bailey
Allan Young 10/Jul/05 Lead O/S

Climbed not long after the rockfall - definitely harder than Severe

with Bill Sutherland
Hidden ?/Jul/05 Lead
Hidden 22/Jun/05 2nd O/S
Andy Graham ??/2005 Lead O/S
with Steve Anderson
Hidden 25/Nov/04 TR
snowy owl 19/Sep/04 2nd
with Michael Orr
snowy owl 11/Sep/04 Lead
with Mark Hutchinson
snowy owl 24/Aug/04 Lead
with Matt Kilie
Hidden 16/Jun/04 2nd
GPN ?/Jun/04 2nd
Gustav ??/2004 Lead O/S
with James H
Urgles ?/Sep/02 Lead O/S
with Fiend
PenJD 11/Aug/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/02 Lead O/S
gripped01 ?/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Martin Bohl
Hidden ?/Jun/02 Lead O/S
MazElden ??/2002 -
with Jon
Antoine1 17/Jun/00 Lead

Driving to Crag Lough on my birthday, we stopped on an impulse on the A1 to take a flight for 25, then did the climb, and rushed back to Durham where we had a table booked for a birthday meal!

stuart100 ?/Jun/00 Lead O/S
with Claire Graham
steve prior ?/Jun/99 Lead
with Roz C
Hidden 05/Apr/99 2nd
Robinl100 11/Sep/97 Lead O/S
with Jayne Veitch
Robinl100 ?/Jun/97 Lead
with Jayne Veitch
Hammy 29/Apr/95 Lead
biggianthead 08/May/94 -
with HT
kato'sdad 10/Sep/91 Lead
with Jerry Mattinson
malc 05/Jun/91 2nd
stewart murray ??/1991 Lead
with V. Bainbridge
Hidden 17/Jul/90 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
cornishmackem ?/Jul/82 Lead O/S
with Tim Cogdon
andybirtwistle ??/1982 -
Steve Crowe 28/Sep/81 Lead O/S
Gary Coggon 08/Apr/80 Lead O/S

2nd: Malcolm.

Hidden ??/1980 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1980 -
babymoac 27/Jul/79 -
MikeDowsett ??/1979 Lead
with Andy Lynch
beaumap ??/1977 Lead
with Peter Camp
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ??/1973 -
granitbahn ??/1970 AltLd
RichardMc 09/Mar/69 Lead
with Alan Thompson
RichardMc 20/Apr/67 Lead O/S
with Graham Haines
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