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[Z Climb Eliminate, E1
Almscliff, 3 kb]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
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.

Photo: Z Climb Eliminate, E1 Almscliff © johnb22
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 289 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead dnf - 30/Jul/14

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead - 24/Jul/14

rich_hw - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Nikki

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jul/14

toddm - Lead dog - 08/Jul/14 with Harrogate MC

Nails going into the crack, nails slab. Nails.
Olli-C - 2nd - 01/Jul/14 with Will Points, Chris Waddle

Leeds Andy - 2nd - 15/Jun/14

Not sure I really followed the line of this route, TR as jonny led Z climb eliminate and I went up the easier route.
alp79 - TR - 14/Jun/14 with Jonny Ashton

Wow. What a route. Hard for VS even by Almscliff standards.
jbb - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/14

SarahJ88 - 2nd - 08/Jun/14 with Russ Walker

Dervey - Lead dog - 06/Jun/14

Jams!
Thwaites - 2nd dog - 06/Jun/14

Nails
williap - 2nd - 01/Jun/14 with Oli C, Chris Waddle

rob.grafton - AltLd - 14/May/14 with Craig, Martin Smith

switch - 2nd rpt - 11/May/14 with Leanne

Hidden - Lead - 05/May/14

andy jennings - 2nd β - 28/Apr/14 with Mr. Lovatt

Ellie Fuller - Lead dnf - 23/Feb/14 with Sam N-e

madtoclimb - Lead O/S - 2014

Not sure if the climb includes the final slab. I avoided the slab today as it was covered in green slimy lichen
nigel pearson - Lead dnf - 22/Dec/13 with Robin

surprisingly unnerving gaining the 2nd crack from the ledge...excellent climb
richardw87 - Lead O/S - 10/Nov/13 with Tom

Great pull up once you've cocked your right leg up over the overhang!
K Mckay - 2nd O/S - 07/Nov/13 with Tom Fleming

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/13

Hardcore Pat - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/13 with Chris Vanderz

Headbangerhenry93 - TR - 10/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead - 08/Sep/13

So nice to come back to cliff and do this with confidence
smithjmw46 - Lead β - 16/Aug/13 with Nick Fry

dainbramaged999 - 2nd dog - 16/Aug/13 with Josh Smith

egg-man - Lead - 08/Aug/13 with Peter Loftus

Hidden - Solo - 30/Jul/13

Backed off this a few weeks ago. Brutal jamming
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - 2nd - 25/Jul/13 with Callum, Phil Soc

ColinD - Lead - 16/Jul/13 with Keith

keith leonard - 2nd - 16/Jul/13

Hidden - Solo - 09/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Jul/13

MikeLeeds - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/13 with Clive Greenwood

LJC - Lead - 10/Jun/13 with Theo

Backed off the lead. Disapointed.
BenedictIEP - 2nd β - 05/Jun/13 with Alex Thompson

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.
Alex Thompson - Lead β - 05/Jun/13 with Ben Powrie

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)...
Matt Rowat - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/13 with Ross

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 04/Jun/13

kitkat78 - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/13 with James R, Mark B

James missed out the final slab!
Marq - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/13 with Kat Adam, James Rowe

Palindrome - 2nd dog - Jun/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 20/May/13

Harry Holmes - Lead O/S - 08/May/13 with Anne Peale

Learning to fist jam
annep11 - 2nd dog - 08/May/13 with Harry Holmes

tommytwotone - Lead O/S - 03/May/13 with Mike

MeMeMe - 2nd - 03/May/13 with Tom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13

DavidR - 2nd rpt - 30/Apr/13 with Kevin Bowser, Holly Adamthwaite

boulderdash - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/13 with Josh Ratcliffe

Andrew Wilson - 2nd rpt - 13/Apr/13 with jon stewart

j.buckley87 - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/13

AlanPedrick - 2013

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/12

cragtyke - 2nd - 01/Sep/12 with john g

Hidden - Lead β - 28/Aug/12

belay bunny turned bad - 2nd - 28/Aug/12 with loundsy

williamsd79 - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/12

roberto18 - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/12 with Tom Nickols

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!
mattwilk - Lead dnf - 08/Aug/12 with Rich

Great climb.
Connorsgrandad - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/12 with William Jackson

DavidR - Lead rpt - 24/Jul/12 with Holly Adamthwaite

Hidden - Lead - 22/Jul/12

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jul/12

petekeron - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/12 with Chris Wright

horsefeathers - 2nd O/S - 14/Jul/12 with Lukas

pastep - 2nd - 08/Jul/12 with Tibor

TRFrost - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/12 with Ali

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Jul/12

crag_hopper_Jay - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/12 with Hannah Renshall

sunshine.hannah - 2nd - 01/Jul/12 with James Sanders

Rockwarrior - Lead - Jul/12

Adam Laver - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/12 with MartinJWood

Awkward jamming moves. I'd say 5a!
MartinJWood - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/12 with Adam Laver

akhughes - Solo O/S - 10/Jun/12

Nickster - 2nd O/S - 09/Jun/12 with alan Purgues

Hidden - Lead - Jun/12

minT(HUN) - Lead - Jun/12 with Paul Stephenson

MeMeMe - Lead - 30/May/12 with control freak

The Grist - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/12 with Lee Hamilton

nakedave - 18/Feb/12

My first climb at Almscliffe, a great start!
mooneyj - 2nd dog - 29/Jan/12

Witsend3 - Lead - 2012

JonG - 2012

ERH - 2012

Hidden - Lead rpt - 19/Oct/11

Hidden - 30/Sep/11

cobweb - Lead - 10/Sep/11 with martyn hopson

Hidden - Lead dog - 04/Sep/11

Calum Wadsworth - Lead dog - 02/Sep/11 with Ruairidh Wadsworth

Not the easiest for your first attempts at jamming!
RyMole - Lead dnf - 20/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead - 14/Aug/11

petekeron - Lead O/S - Aug/11 with Hugh Bradley

Horrible! Slid out of the crack off the ledge but got it 2nd time.
dazwan - 2nd dog - 27/Jul/11 with Paul S

Andy Graham - Lead O/S - Jul/11 with Richard Goodey

Propper battle and not often you do moves off two fist jams!
31770 - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/11 with Ian Johnson

Hidden - Solo rpt - 17/Jun/11

iwebster59017 - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/11 with kirsty Brown

jamming essential, tricky finishing move.
Matt_L_Robinson - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/11

Hidden - TR - 21/May/11

gmatthew - Lead O/S - 16/May/11

mattnuttall - 2nd O/S - 27/Apr/11 with Alan Holden

failed. There's grit stone then there Armscliff! tough route but I'll be back
mr spoon - Lead dnf - 25/Apr/11

Hidden - Solo rpt - 10/Apr/11

Much harder than other VS 4c's, like Central Climb!
dainbramaged999 - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11 with Josh Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/11

smithjmw46 - 2nd β - 09/Apr/11 with Nick Fry

PAJames - 2011

adie84 - 2011

Steff007 - 2nd dog - 2011 with Rob

danny33 - Lead - 2011

danny33 - Lead - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead - 28/Oct/10

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!
pebbles - Lead RP - 10/Oct/10 with dave shield

should have got up z climb eliminate. . .who was i kidding!
Andrew Wilson - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/10 with Tony Womersley

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!
nick ferro - 03/Sep/10

jshields - Lead - 22/Aug/10 with Jonathan Harrison

middlevern - 2nd O/S - 09/Aug/10 with Toby Dunn

Martin Haworth - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/10 with richard white

James Oakes - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/10 with Brad Cowley

braders94 - 2nd RP - 28/Jun/10 with James Oakes

unbelievably i'd never done this before!
WB - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/10 with Jim

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

andrew300169 - 2nd O/S - 02/Jun/10 with Pom

DavidR - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/10 with Holly Adamthwaite

clive-greenwood - Lead rpt - 25/May/10 with Mike Nuttall

simon kimber - Lead O/S - 24/May/10 with Hannah Hunt

Monster - TR - 23/May/10 with Rob Jarvis

Slid out of the main crack 10 years ago on lead but not this time!
chrishedgehog - Lead rpt - 18/May/10 with Holly

Peter Holder - 2nd - 11/May/10 with Daz Graham, Nick Valente

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/10

Hidden - Lead - 11/May/10

Rowansb - Solo O/S - 09/May/10 with me

Anthony Dixon - Lead dog - 04/May/10

Hanski - 2nd - May/10 with Simon Kimber

al jackson - 2nd - Apr/10

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Gareth, Will luumc

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

RossG - 2010

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.
jkarran - Lead - 25/Sep/09 with Grant

GrantB - 2nd - 25/Sep/09 with James

awesome climb, just what i came to almscliff for.
andrew sandercock - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/09 with robert sandercock

David Wynne - 2nd - 27/Aug/09 with Andy Blakely

Hidden - 2nd dog - 16/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/09

briar4012 - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Rob Embry

Need to get better at jamming.
adamwesthead - Lead dnf - 31/Jul/09 with Zeb

zebster - Lead dnf - 31/Jul/09 with Adam

Hidden - Lead - 27/Jul/09

PaulHermes - 2nd - 05/Jul/09 with Paul VCCC

Couldn't get past the initial overhang. Technique needs a lot of work!
Steve John B - 2nd dnf - 01/Jul/09 with Jack00

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/09 with skeev

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!
v man - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/09

Couldn't get the jams to move out right from the ledge.
KeithW - 2nd dog - 23/Jun/09 with Dave Clark

mack1 - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/09 with TIM WIDDOP

monstermunch - 2nd O/S - 11/Jun/09 with Ed & Chris

Old school VS, great jamming but feels committing getting started on the crack.
Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/09 with Andy

rob1 - Lead - 03/Jun/09

Toby Dunn - Solo - 21/May/09

Toby Dunn - Solo - 17/May/09

Hidden - Lead dog - 07/May/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/May/09

Fitzy - Lead O/S - May/09

gonzo_ls9 - Lead O/S - Apr/09 with gem

dan gibson - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/09 with AJ

Hidden - Lead - Mar/09

kitana - 2009

brockers - 2009

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - 2009

CragDog - 2nd - 2009

climbingste - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/08 with Richard Lambert

rich.lambert - 2nd O/S - 26/Sep/08 with Steve Lambert

jonka - 2nd - Sep/08 with mark

arms too tired from climbing beeline the day before
givemetea - 2nd dog - 24/Aug/08 with Craig Jenkins

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/Aug/08

John Pickles - 2nd - 10/Aug/08 with Zac Poulton

Si dH - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/08 with Neil Furniss

Will Hunt - 2nd O/S - 20/May/08 with Sam Leach

joeoutdoors - 12/May/08

Joemanglerocks - 2nd - May/08 with Lucy Griffiths

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/08

A couple of cheeky rests.
decs - Lead dog - 10/Feb/08 with Dan

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Feb/08

Hidden - 2008

RedFox - 2nd - 20/Oct/07 with Sean

Hidden - Lead - 07/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/07

Hidden - 2nd - Aug/07

adi bryant - Lead O/S - Aug/07 with Lee

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/07

sandy - 28/Jun/07 with mike

dave657 - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/07

mje1398 - 2nd dog - 24/May/07 with John M

Miles87 - 2nd O/S - 17/May/07 with Will Maxwell

Xav - Lead O/S - 02/May/07 with paul t

Still as hard as ever!
MeMeMe - Lead rpt - 26/Apr/07 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/07

Must learn to jam. Harder without knowing how.
joe larner - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/07

deanj - Mar/07

robman - Lead O/S - 2007 with Paula

davetigger - 2007

fifth - 2007

mattyork2 - Lead O/S - 18/Nov/06

Hidden - Lead RP - 02/Nov/06

Hidden - Lead - 05/Aug/06

Hidden - 2nd - 05/Aug/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/May/06

Rach broke her ankle bouldering afterwards!
Mattyk - Lead O/S - 09/May/06 with Rach & Rob

shark - 2nd - 11/Feb/06 with Bruce Woodley

ChrisJD - 2nd - 29/Jan/06 with rc

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Jan/06

ashleylist - 2006

pw1987 - Lead RP - 2006

swoosh - 2006 with Jamie Armatage

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Shaw Brown - Lead - 09/Sep/05 with David Jones

Birdie - 2nd - Sep/05 with Daz

clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/05 with Mike Nuttall

MikeLeeds - 2nd - 27/Jul/05 with Clive Greenwood

reg_measures - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/05 with timmy elson

VS4b - 2nd - 2005

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2005

sdht - 2005

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Sep/04

WB - Lead O/S - Jun/04 with jenny

antroy - Lead - 25/Apr/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/04

Hidden - Lead - 2004

petellis - Lead - 2004

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Dec/03

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Sep/03

Stone Muppet - 2003

done several times
wahniel - Lead O/S - 2003 with Gerd Heinz Bentheim, Hugh Squire, Stewart McConnell

whispering nic - Solo - Mar/02

shoulders - Lead - 17/Nov/01 with MARTHA, CARLOS

ando227 - Lead O/S - Aug/01

chrishedgehog - Lead dog - 21/May/00 with Sandra and M. Gill

Paul Figg - 19/Feb/00

Whealiebob - 2000 with Robin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

Jonathan Richardson - Lead - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/99

ajc - 2nd O/S - 16/May/99

Tenko - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/99 with Andy Ilston

innes - Solo - May/98

jfmchivall - 1998

jameshiggins - 1998

Hidden - Lead - 09/Nov/97

nickdonohue - Lead - 03/Jun/97

Charlie Staincliffe - Lead O/S - May/97

Hidden - Lead - 1997

tlr - 2nd - 20/Jun/96 with Pete D

Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 1996 with kurt

Roget - Solo O/S - 27/May/95 with jon

rurp - Lead O/S - 1995

rob.grafton - 1995

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/94

adam carless - Lead O/S - 1994

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jun/93

Hidden - 1993

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/92

nai - Solo - 1992

Richard White - 1992

Hidden - Solo - 1992

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Aug/90

craig h - Lead O/S - 1990

jhardwick - Lead O/S - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

lithos - Lead - 1988 with all sorts

Pete Pozman - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/87 with John Byrne

charlesmfrench - 2nd O/S - 27/Feb/82

Derek Ryden - Lead O/S - 1979

mikej - Lead - 18/Oct/78 with Mike Byles

Hidden - Lead - 17/May/77

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 06/Oct/73

mikej - Lead - 12/Aug/72 with Janice Coulton, E, Geoff Williams

greenbuoy - Lead - 26/Aug/70

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 24/Jun/69 with Eric Lillie

Hidden - 2nd - 1969

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hard HVS1 of 40
HVS0 of 40
easy HVS7 of 40
hard VS25 of 40
VS7 of 40
easy VS0 of 40
hard HS0 of 40
HS0 of 40
easy HS0 of 40
hard 5a0 of 37
5a1 of 37
easy 5a10 of 37
hard 4c20 of 37
4c6 of 37
easy 4c0 of 37
hard 4b0 of 37
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easy 4b0 of 37
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2 Stars28 of 36
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Style of ascent

Soloed15 of 289 (5.2%)
Lead154 of 289 (53.3%)
Followed81 of 289 (28.0%)
Toproped4 of 289 (1.4%)
Alt Leads2 of 289 (0.7%)
Unknown33 of 289 (11.4%)

'Climbed'127 of 289 (43.9%)
clean O/S109 of 289 (37.7%)
clean β6 of 289 (2.1%)
clean rpt11 of 289 (3.8%)
clean RP4 of 289 (1.4%)
dogged23 of 289 (8.0%)
dnf9 of 289 (3.1%)