Rockfax Description
14m. The steep crack near the left-hand side of the face leads to bulges, zig-zag left then right and finally left again. Amazingly the steep initial crack was first climbed before 1906! © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
From the recess 2 metres left of 'Central Climb', make hard moves up and left to a large ledge. Then move right to the large crack that goes up and right, follow this till it is possible to finish leftwards. First bit had been climbed pre-1906!!

Arthur Dolphin. 1940

Ticklists: A day out with Dolphin, The Complete Dolphin Collection, ARD Yorkshire Grit, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Almscliff VS Challenge.

ClimberDateStyleNotes & Partners
Nigel Bond 11/Oct -
Colin Hutton
robertmctague 01/Oct Lead O/S
GrantB 30/Sep 2nd
jkarran 30/Sep Lead

16/20 The wide bit never gets any easier but at least it's short lived

poigol5043 20/Sep 2nd
Matt Elliott
Hidden 24/Aug -
GPN 23/Aug 2nd
redshapedfriday 23/Aug Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Aug 2nd O/S
KeenClimber 12/Jul Lead O/S
foostu4 04/Jul Lead O/S
Jamesmoly 03/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jul 2nd
tim newton 30/Jun 2nd O/S
DavidR 30/Jun Lead rpt

So hot, and so sweaty!

Rachel Slater 30/Jun Lead O/S

Tough for VS, lovely route though :)

Dave Mayes 07/Jun Lead O/S

Done easier 7b's

danm ?/Jun 2nd
DPaul 13/May Lead O/S
jon22 04/May 2nd
si frost
frost 04/May Lead O/S
John Sealy
Hidden 21/Apr Lead O/S
BLodge 16/Apr 2nd
markalmack 25/Mar 2nd O/S
sam farnsworth
Richard Goodey ??/2015 Lead
Ozzyt109 ??/2015 TR dnf
James Szeplaki
Leo Choi 17/Nov/14 Lead

Pigeon poop everywhere, slime on the top out

Lewis Grey
ruairidhwad 04/Oct/14 Lead
Morgan plain
CallumSmith 18/Sep/14 2nd
PeteWilson 08/Sep/14 2nd O/S

I think the saying is 'Good Value'

John P, Dave
Mike Todd 07/Sep/14 Lead rpt

Can't believe I screwed this up the first time.

bantamdave 31/Aug/14 Lead dnf
Tony Maden
bantamdave 31/Aug/14 2nd dog
Tony Maden
Hidden 20/Aug/14 Lead dog
Calum Wadsworth 07/Aug/14 Lead rpt

Great route, another almsclif VS...

Teappleby 07/Aug/14 2nd
Matthew Ferrier 07/Aug/14 2nd
scarmichael 05/Aug/14 Lead dog

get your jamming in order before this

jonhowson 30/Jul/14 Lead dnf

Some awkward stances to place gear. Faffed placing too much gear, ended up too pumped to hold on and lowered off. Disappointing.

Johnathon Ayrton
jonhowson 30/Jul/14 2nd dog
Johnathon Ayrton
Hidden 24/Jul/14 Lead
rich_hw 21/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/14 Lead
Mike Todd 08/Jul/14 Lead dog
Harrogate MC
Olli-C 01/Jul/14 2nd

Nails going into the crack, nails slab. Nails.

Will Points, Chris Waddle
Hidden 15/Jun/14 2nd
alp79 14/Jun/14 TR

Not sure I really followed the line of this route, TR as jonny led Z climb eliminate and I went up the easier route.

jbb 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Wow. What a route. Hard for VS even by Almscliff standards.

Hidden 08/Jun/14 2nd
Dervey 06/Jun/14 Lead dog
Thwaites 06/Jun/14 2nd dog


williap 01/Jun/14 2nd


Oli C, Chris Waddle
rob.grafton 14/May/14 AltLd
Craig, Martin Smith
switch 11/May/14 2nd rpt
Hidden 05/May/14 Lead
andy jennings 28/Apr/14 2nd β
Mr. Lovatt
Graeme Hammond 12/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Ella7 23/Feb/14 Lead dnf
Sam N-e
Joedt ??/2014 Lead O/S
nigel pearson 22/Dec/13 Lead dnf

Not sure if the climb includes the final slab. I avoided the slab today as it was covered in green slimy lichen

richardw87 10/Nov/13 Lead O/S

surprisingly unnerving gaining the 2nd crack from the ledge...excellent climb

K Mckay 07/Nov/13 2nd O/S

Great pull up once you've cocked your right leg up over the overhang!

Tom Fleming
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Hardcore Pat 22/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Chris Vanderz
Headbangerhenry93 10/Sep/13 TR
Hidden 08/Sep/13 Lead
Jono_LS16 08/Sep/13 Lead
smithjmw46 16/Aug/13 Lead β

So nice to come back to cliff and do this with confidence

dainbramaged999 16/Aug/13 2nd dog
egg-man 08/Aug/13 Lead
Peter Loftus
Chris Reid 30/Jul/13 Solo
freemanTom 25/Jul/13 2nd

Backed off this a few weeks ago. Brutal jamming

Callum, Phil Soc
ColinD 16/Jul/13 Lead
keith leonard 16/Jul/13 2nd
Chris Reid 09/Jul/13 Solo
Hidden 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S
papashango 03/Jul/13 2nd
MikeLeeds 11/Jun/13 Lead O/S
LJC 10/Jun/13 Lead
BenedictIEP 05/Jun/13 2nd β

Backed off the lead. Disapointed.

Alex Thompson 05/Jun/13 Lead β

Climbed after Powrie backed off the move from the ledge. Few locals were shouting advice, but the move was pretty obvious. Interesting slab moves at the top.

Matt Rowat 04/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Actually did first pitch of the girdle but it involved all but the final crack of this... the "zag" (4c) felt harder than any other bit of the pitch (5b)...

Hidden 04/Jun/13 2nd rpt
kitkat78 04/Jun/13 2nd O/S
James R, Mark B
Marq 04/Jun/13 Lead O/S

James missed out the final slab!

Palindrome ?/Jun/13 2nd dog
Hidden 20/May/13 Lead dog
Harry Holmes 08/May/13 Lead O/S
Anne Peale
annep11 08/May/13 2nd dog

Learning to fist jam

tommytwotone 03/May/13 Lead O/S
MeMeMe 03/May/13 2nd
Hidden 30/Apr/13 Lead O/S
DavidR 30/Apr/13 2nd rpt
boulderdash 22/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Josh Ratcliffe
Andrew Wilson 13/Apr/13 2nd rpt
j.buckley87 09/Feb/13 Lead O/S
AlanPedrick ??/2013 -
Hidden 10/Sep/12 Lead O/S
cragtyke 01/Sep/12 2nd
john g
Hidden 28/Aug/12 Lead β
belay bunny turned bad 28/Aug/12 2nd
williamsd79 16/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Chubbs 16/Aug/12 2nd
roberto18 09/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Tom Nickols
mattwilk 08/Aug/12 Lead dnf

Properly tough fist jamming to get into the middle section of crack. Bottled it as didn't have by big cam, and fist jamming clearly still needs work!

Connorsgrandad 08/Aug/12 2nd O/S

Great climb.

William Jackson
DavidR 24/Jul/12 Lead rpt
Hidden 22/Jul/12 Lead
Hidden 22/Jul/12 2nd
petekeron 17/Jul/12 Lead O/S
horsefeathers 14/Jul/12 2nd O/S
pastep 08/Jul/12 2nd
TRFrost 07/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jul/12 2nd
crag_hopper_Jay 01/Jul/12 Lead O/S
sunshine.hannah 01/Jul/12 2nd
Rockwarrior ?/Jul/12 Lead
Adam Laver 20/Jun/12 2nd O/S
MartinJWood 19/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Awkward jamming moves. I'd say 5a!

akhughes 10/Jun/12 Solo O/S
Nickster 09/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/12 Lead
minT(HUN) ?/Jun/12 Lead
Paul Stephenson
MeMeMe 30/May/12 Lead
Mark Grist 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Lee Hamilton
nakedave 18/Feb/12 -
mooneyj 29/Jan/12 2nd dog

My first climb at Almscliffe, a great start!

Witsend3 ??/2012 Lead
JonG ??/2012 -
ERH ??/2012 -
Hidden 19/Oct/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 30/Sep/11 -
cobweb 10/Sep/11 Lead
martyn hopson
Dino Dave 04/Sep/11 Lead dog

Had to rest on gear annoyingly, lovely route though!

Calum Wadsworth 02/Sep/11 Lead dog
Ruairidh Wadsworth
RyMole 20/Aug/11 Lead dnf

Not the easiest for your first attempts at jamming!

Hidden 14/Aug/11 Lead
petekeron ?/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hugh Bradley
dazwan 27/Jul/11 2nd dog

Horrible! Slid out of the crack off the ledge but got it 2nd time.

Andy Graham ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Richard Goodey
31770 25/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Propper battle and not often you do moves off two fist jams!

Ian Johnson
Hidden 17/Jun/11 Solo rpt
iwebster59017 15/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Matt_L_Robinson 02/Jun/11 Lead O/S

jamming essential, tricky finishing move.

Hidden 21/May/11 TR
gmatthew 16/May/11 Lead O/S
mattnuttall 27/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Alan Holden
mr spoon 25/Apr/11 Lead dnf

failed. There's grit stone then there Armscliff! tough route but I'll be back

Hidden 10/Apr/11 Solo rpt
dainbramaged999 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Much harder than other VS 4c's, like Central Climb!

Hidden 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
smithjmw46 09/Apr/11 2nd β
PAJames ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
Steff007 ??/2011 2nd dog
danny33 ??/2011 Lead
danny33 ??/2011 Lead
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
robman ??/2011 Lead
Hidden 30/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Oct/10 Lead
pebbles 10/Oct/10 Lead RP

had climbed this on top rope and then led on preplaced gear a few weeks ago. still almost cocked up the final slab due to rope drag - got part way up slab then was unable to move amd had to untie from one rope, then haul like a bastard to get enough slack on the other to finish - scary. Lesson - however much you think youve extended further down, extend it more!

Andrew Wilson 22/Sep/10 Lead O/S

should have got up z climb eliminate. . .who was i kidding!

Tony Womersley
nick ferro 03/Sep/10 -

Really great climb! Jamming heaven! Must lead it again - this time I'll remember to keep the small cams for the top!! ;) ps - cheers to Jonny for the belay and for the cams!

jshields 22/Aug/10 Lead
Jonathan Harrison
middlevern 09/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Martin Haworth 30/Jun/10 Lead O/S
richard white
James Oakes 28/Jun/10 Lead O/S
braders94 28/Jun/10 2nd RP
WB 22/Jun/10 Lead O/S

unbelievably i'd never done this before!

Hidden 15/Jun/10 Lead O/S
andrew300169 02/Jun/10 2nd O/S
DavidR 01/Jun/10 Lead O/S
clive-greenwood 25/May/10 Lead rpt
simon kimber 24/May/10 Lead O/S
Monster 23/May/10 TR
Rob Jarvis
chrishedgehog 18/May/10 Lead rpt

Slid out of the main crack 10 years ago on lead but not this time!

Peter Holder 11/May/10 2nd
Daz Graham, Nick Valente
Hidden 11/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/May/10 Lead
Rowansb 09/May/10 Solo O/S
Anthony Dixon 04/May/10 Lead dog
Hanski ?/May/10 2nd
al jackson ?/Apr/10 2nd
Ewan Russell 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2010 Lead O/S
RossG ??/2010 -
Mike Hewitt ??/2010 Lead dog

Back off first attempt. Made it second go, but pumped out of my mind.

jkarran 25/Sep/09 Lead

Fantastic sandbag! Steep and shiny start, awkward steep jamming then that sting in the tail slab above the knobbly ankle wrecking ledge to finish. Quite a fight.

GrantB 25/Sep/09 2nd
andrew sandercock 13/Sep/09 Lead O/S

awesome climb, just what i came to almscliff for.

robert sandercock
David Wynne 27/Aug/09 2nd
Andy Blakely
Hidden 16/Aug/09 2nd dog
Hidden 16/Aug/09 Lead O/S
briar4012 08/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Rob Embry
adamwesthead 31/Jul/09 Lead dnf

Need to get better at jamming.

zebster 31/Jul/09 Lead dnf
David_Gledson 27/Jul/09 Lead
Mike Quinn
PaulHermes 05/Jul/09 2nd
Steve John B 01/Jul/09 2nd dnf

Couldn't get past the initial overhang. Technique needs a lot of work!

Jack00 01/Jul/09 Lead O/S
v man 24/Jun/09 Lead O/S

Moving into the crack from the large ledge was trial. In the end a jam and layback/undercut combination worked nicely. Thanks to some nearby unknown climbers from the VCCC for the moral support!

KeithW 23/Jun/09 2nd dog

Couldn't get the jams to move out right from the ledge.

Dave Clark
mack1 18/Jun/09 2nd O/S
monstermunch 11/Jun/09 2nd O/S
Ed & Chris
Dave Foster 06/Jun/09 Lead O/S

Old school VS, great jamming but feels committing getting started on the crack.

rob1 03/Jun/09 Lead
Toby Dunn 21/May/09 Solo
Toby Dunn 17/May/09 Solo
Hidden 07/May/09 Lead dog
Hidden 04/May/09 2nd O/S
Fitzy ?/May/09 Lead O/S
gonzo_ls9 ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
dan gibson 19/Mar/09 2nd O/S
AJ007 ?/Mar/09 Lead

Avoided final slab by traversing left 2m from very top due to poor conditions.

kitana ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
Seymore Butt ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
CragDog ??/2009 2nd
climbingste 27/Sep/08 Lead O/S
rich.lambert 26/Sep/08 2nd O/S
jonka ?/Sep/08 2nd
givemetea 24/Aug/08 2nd dog

arms too tired from climbing beeline the day before

Craig Jenkins
Hidden 10/Aug/08 Lead dog
John Pickles 10/Aug/08 2nd
Si dH 03/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Neil Furniss
Will Hunt 20/May/08 2nd O/S
Sam Leach
joeoutdoors 12/May/08 -
Joemanglerocks ?/May/08 2nd
Lucy Griffiths
OffshoreAndy 29/Apr/08 Lead O/S
UKC Rich
decs 10/Feb/08 Lead dog

A couple of cheeky rests.

Hidden 10/Feb/08 2nd
Hidden ??/2008 -
RedFox 20/Oct/07 2nd
Hidden 07/Sep/07 Lead
Hidden 23/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/07 2nd
adi bryant ?/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Jul/07 2nd O/S
sandy 28/Jun/07 -
Hidden 23/Jun/07 Lead O/S
mje1398 24/May/07 2nd dog
Miles87 17/May/07 2nd O/S
Will Maxwell
Xav 02/May/07 Lead O/S
paul t
MeMeMe 26/Apr/07 Lead rpt

Still as hard as ever!

Hidden 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S
joe larner 25/Mar/07 Lead O/S

Must learn to jam. Harder without knowing how.

deanj ?/Mar/07 -
robman ??/2007 Lead O/S
davetigger ??/2007 -
fifth ??/2007 -
mattyork2 18/Nov/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Nov/06 Lead RP
Hidden 05/Aug/06 Lead
Hidden 05/Aug/06 2nd
Hidden 24/May/06 Solo O/S
Mattyk 09/May/06 Lead O/S

Rach broke her ankle bouldering afterwards!

Rach & Rob
shark 11/Feb/06 2nd
Bruce Woodley
ChrisJD 29/Jan/06 2nd
Hidden 29/Jan/06 AltLd
ashleylist ??/2006 -
pw1987 ??/2006 Lead RP
swoosh ??/2006 -
Jamie Armatage
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2006 -
Shaw Brown 09/Sep/05 Lead
David Jones
Birdie ?/Sep/05 2nd
clive-greenwood 27/Jul/05 Lead O/S
MikeLeeds 27/Jul/05 2nd
reg_measures 20/Jun/05 2nd O/S
timmy elson
VS4b ??/2005 2nd
Hidden ??/2005 2nd O/S
sdht ??/2005 -
Hidden 26/Sep/04 Lead dog
WB ?/Jun/04 Lead O/S
antroy 25/Apr/04 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
petellis ??/2004 Lead
Hidden ?/Dec/03 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/03 2nd O/S
Stone Muppet ??/2003 -
wahniel ??/2003 Lead O/S

done several times

Gerd Heinz Bentheim, Hugh Squire, Stewart McConnell
whispering nic ?/Mar/02 Solo
Hidden ??/2002 2nd
shoulders 17/Nov/01 Lead
ando227 ?/Aug/01 Lead O/S
chrishedgehog 21/May/00 Lead dog
Sandra and M. Gill
Paul Figg 19/Feb/00 -
Whealiebob ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Jonathan Richardson ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 16/Jun/99 Lead O/S
ajc 16/May/99 2nd O/S
Tenko 14/Mar/99 Lead O/S
Andy Ilston
innes ?/May/98 Solo
jfmchivall ??/1998 -
jameshiggins ??/1998 -
Hidden 09/Nov/97 Lead
nickdonohue 03/Jun/97 Lead
Charlie Staincliffe ?/May/97 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1997 Lead
tlr 20/Jun/96 2nd
Pete D
Phill Mitch ??/1996 Lead O/S
Roget 27/May/95 Solo O/S
rurp ??/1995 Lead O/S
rob.grafton ??/1995 -
Hidden ?/Oct/94 Lead O/S
adam carless ??/1994 Lead O/S
Mick King 11/Sep/93 Lead
Pete Hankinson
crater 16/Jul/93 Lead
Hidden 03/Jun/93 Lead
Hidden ??/1993 -
John Southworth 15/Aug/92 Lead O/S
nai ??/1992 Solo
Southern Mark Smith ??/1992 -
Hidden ??/1992 Solo
Hidden 11/Aug/90 2nd
craig h ??/1990 Lead O/S
jhardwick ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
lithos ??/1988 Lead
all sorts
Pete Pozman 15/Jun/87 Lead O/S
John Byrne
Steve Crowe 18/May/86 2nd O/S
Andy Say 11/Sep/85 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1985 -
charlesmfrench 27/Feb/82 2nd O/S
Derek Ryden ??/1979 Lead O/S
uphillnow ??/1979 -
mikej 18/Oct/78 Lead
Mike Byles
Hidden 17/May/77 Lead
Dave Musgrove 06/Oct/73 Solo
mikej 12/Aug/72 Lead
Janice Coulton, E, Geoff Williams
greenbuoy 26/Aug/70 Lead
RichardMc ??/1970 Lead
Dave Musgrove 24/Jun/69 Lead
Eric Lillie
Hidden ??/1969 2nd
High HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
High HS
Mid HS
Low HS
Votes cast 51
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
High 4b
Mid 4b
Low 4b
Votes cast 47
Votes cast 45
Style of ascent
Alt Leads
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Flashed (β)
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