Great Crack*** HVS 5a
[Great Crack, Dukes Quarry, Whatstandwell, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
The superb soaring crack in the left-hand side of the main wall. The start is often damp and the whole thing can be a bit greasy - when bone-dry it might just be VS. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Obvious tall crack on the main wall. Start is often slippery.

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+.

Photo: Great Crack, Dukes Quarry, Whatstandwell © Offwidth
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This climb is in 77 logbooks, and on 31 wishlists.

Banging. Really quite damp and greasy all the way and the odd dry hold was just covered in sand, all added to the experience. Topped out as light was fading from half way up couldn't see my belayer anymore, felt very atmospheric. Great route.
kermit_uk - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/15 with Michelle

Absolutely minging, not in condition at all. Soaking and muddy and wqs cleaning holds as I went. Shame as the route would be incredible at a drier venue
hipyhop - Lead dnf - 29/Aug/15 with Cherelle

Hidden - 2nd RP - 07/Aug/14

Hidden - 2014

tgeh - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with dan geh

Great indeed! Very dirty, with a greasy start. Good to get this one done.
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Thomas Geh

Hidden - 2nd dog - 14/Jul/13

whitehouse_rhys - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with lyra whitehouse

David Sherratt - Lead O/S - 2013

David Sherratt - Lead O/S - 2013

David Sherratt - Lead O/S - 2013

Greasy at the bottom both in the crack and on the face. Found this bit quite tough
harold walmsley - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/12 with Colin Struthers

Hidden - Lead - 24/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Oct/11

Last minute idea on the last day of the Indian Summer. V hot & humid, bottom 4M a bit greasy but then awesome climbing all the way to the top. Possibly the best route this year!
marcoleptic - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/11 with Tommo

Hidden - Lead β - 07/Aug/11

Really hard start. Struggled took an hour and half. Colin started the second but gave up after a few minutes. Rob seconded it in just over 5 minutes.
Ultimo Dyno Boy - Lead dog - 22/Jul/11 with Collin, Rob

Climbed with DHcol and Ultimo Dyno Boy who this time took the sharp end, the start was a little damp with not a lot of fiction hence it seemed like a life time for him to get more than 10 feet off the ground, anyway one and a half hours later it was time for DHcol to clean the route, A unenthusiastic attempt at the start and it was back to the ground, complaining “my hands are cold, my hands are COLD” wot it’s the middle of summer?
CrashMat Rob - 2nd β - 22/Jul/11 with Glynn, Colin

Climbed in a thunderstorm. Was down this way and not likely to drive down for one route so thought I better just man up. Even though it was soaking, it made the starting moves a bit trickier. After that, jugs (jams) away.
akhughes - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/11 with Emma Hughes

jtree03 - Lead - 14/May/11 with dazza, Tony, Brother Al

Excellent route, just wish the whole wall was moved to Millstone. Third visit to do it, dry as a bone!
gordonday - Lead O/S - 04/May/11 with Jack

Dirty and chock-full of esoteric WIN! Really glad to finally get this done. =o)
Mr. K - Lead O/S - 04/May/11 with Pete Dollman

jwpil - 2nd O/S - 04/May/11 with Gordon

Not been doing Trad Stuff for a while so this one was a good one to get me head round leading again. you can see the video here:
CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 02/May/11 with Nicky, Colin

Wow an epic climb for me fell a couple of meters from the start and ended up back on the ground, had a rest then a great battle to get my Lard up it :-) glad I did it tho, it's a stunning line. Nice and dry when we got there.
Dhcol - 2nd dog - 02/May/11 with Niky Willers, Rob Marshall

Definitely a great crack! Hand jams and bomber gear all the way. Admittedly it was uncommonly dry and clean.
adam carless - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with victim of mathematics

Brilliant. In perfect condition at the moment. Almost every hold is a perfect jam. Mmm.
victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with Adam

To retreive Adam's gear.
victim of mathematics - 2nd rpt - 01/May/11 with Adam

bottom section was greasy despite over two weeks of dry weather!
migs493 - 2nd β - 25/Apr/11 with LO

Superb! In great condition due to dry weather. Everybody should do this climb,up there with the best HVS's in the country, must be onsighted to get full impact.
lozowen - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 23/Apr/11

Belay off helpful guy at the crag
Boy - Lead - 23/Apr/11

The damp and greeness made this really hard work and very tenuous.
Jonathan Hall - Lead - 10/Apr/11 with Mark Williams

disturbed_one51 - 2nd - 10/Apr/11 with Wee man

Hidden - Lead - 03/Apr/11

great route, although fairly damp today. lots of jamming.
Dan Lane - 2nd O/S - 29/Oct/10 with Martin Kocsis

Fantastic climb, Hard start, took a bit of working out as it was very slimy slipery to start with. Once past that crux, it was jamming all the way with very nice moves and small ledges just where you want them. Very glad I went out of my way to Duke's Quarry for this climb.
frume - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/10 with Andy Edwards

stephenhartley - 2nd - 02/Aug/10 with Burns

perfect jamming crack! jim slipped and nearly ripped his arm off! can be slippy low down
spidey - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/10 with Jimmy

helios - 2nd - 10/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

cymjt - 2010

EXCELLENT the best jaming route in the peak??
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 03/Oct/09 with Paul Dewey

DerwentDiluted - Lead - 27/Sep/09 with Nicola Pettit

Helen Gibson - 2nd - 24/Sep/09 with Paul

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 13/Sep/09

cem - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with Jenny Andexer, Mark O'Neill, Paul Bolton

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/09 with Sarah

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/09

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

clintos - Lead - 19/Apr/07 with jonny green

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

A must do, superb jams and moves above the slippery start
Sankey - 2nd O/S - 08/Oct/06 with Reuben

billiant jamming crack
Sam and will - Lead O/S - 18/May/05 with Anthony Bennett

abbed off afterwards
nickdonohue - Lead - 11/May/03 with Kath Donohue

Peakology - Lead O/S - 2003 with cat

Chalky Cat - 2nd O/S - 2003 with Dom

Dave Bond - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/01 with Adrian Whitehall

A great, great route!! Did this in the morning, followed by Original Route (High Tor) in the afternoon. A superb day!
Rog Wilko - Lead - Jun/99 with Adrian Perkin

Roget - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/97 with jon

Budge - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/97 with Mike Oates

nickcanute - Lead O/S - 1997

Budge - Lead dog - Aug/96 with Brian Ottewell

Hidden - Lead - 28/Aug/94

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Jul/94

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 05/Sep/91

RichardMc - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/90 with Tony Williams

tapley - Lead - 13/Jun/89 with Tony Raphael

steve prior - Lead - May/88 with Dave T

Hidden - 1987

sadams - 2nd - 04/May/86 with Mark Bonham

Chris Ellis - Lead O/S - 07/Sep/85 with Andy Barker

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1985

mark-abz - 2nd - Jul/82 with Brian W

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

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