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Parson's Chimney*** HS 4b

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[Parson's Chimney, 3 kb]17m. The rift in the centre of the face is a classic two pitch battle. The lower squeeze can be avoided by starting up Overhanging Groove - a cop-out - and helmets jam in the final narrow section. © ROCKFAX
Start right of Overhanging Groove in the 'V' recess and climb to the cave, where a belay is possible. From the cave climb up and out to finish with exposure on the left rib.
William Parsons, circa 1900

Ticklists: Classic Rock, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, 50 Best HS Routes in the UK..

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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 283 logbooks, and on 42 wishlists.

Keith Swainson - AltLd - 27/Jul/14 with James Turner, david stevens

David Stevens - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/14 with James Turner, Keith

Slimey with pigeon shit, not a great route
Mickdenali - Solo O/S - 07/Jul/14

Extreapigeons since previously done adding to traditional character of route
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - 2nd - 12/Jun/14 with Rory SOC

ruairidhwad - Lead β - Jun/14 with SOC

ColinD - Lead - 17/May/14 with Craig

Hidden - 2nd β - 23/Mar/14

muppett - 2014

GrahamUney - 2014

Ginger_Dave - 2nd - 29/Dec/13 with Alistair matheson

Hs my arse
Al_Matheson - Lead RP - 29/Dec/13

John HW - 22/Sep/13 with Cath

Cath HW - Lead - 22/Sep/13 with John HW

Quite a thrutch.did in 1 pitch. Sadly most of climb covered in pigeon shit.
mark4344 - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/13

ash longreach - Lead - Aug/13 with jim

Not sure thi still deserves a classic rock tick..
ClareM.123 - 2nd - 26/Jul/13 with Joe McCarty

joem - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/13 with clure

ColinD - Lead - 16/Jul/13 with Keith

nick ferro - 09/Jul/13 with toolboxtim

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Jul/13

Big guy swinging below me! Yeah ha! Superb. Chatting to a guy who remembered the late great Arthur Dolphin climbing this route up & down 20 times in a day....lovely stuff.
beds74 - Lead - 05/Jul/13 with Craig Hartley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/13

Great route. Shamefully had to rest on top section due to complete lack of route fitness and pumping out on the biggest jugs ever. Definitely up for a return.
mattwilk - 2nd dog - 04/Jul/13 with Mark

Dam good value at the grade
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Lead - 25/Jun/13 with Keith CMC

2nd ascent of the evening after Everet's retreat
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - 2nd rpt - 25/Jun/13 with Andy Lang

Anne Gumbley - 2nd - 12/Jun/13 with Mark Fairbank

markfairbank - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/13 with Anne Gumbley

Classic! Definitely type 2 fun. Led in two pitches.
Darrell Read - Lead - 09/Jun/13 with Ian Johnson

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jun/13

Very traditional!!
Shaw Brown - Lead - 26/May/13 with Judith Neaves

Hidden - Lead - 22/May/13

Wouldn't have liked leading this. Climbed it in two pitches. The second pitch being very exposed. Once I'd worked out the sequence it felt pretty secure.
ralphio - 2nd - 30/Apr/13

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

Calum Wadsworth - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13 with Harrogate club

HAHA, ha... ha
jacobjacob - Solo O/S - 20/Apr/13

chris ginge - Lead - 2013

Hidden - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

AlanPedrick - 2013

very narrow, don't take much gear up or wear a helmet or might get stuck
weekendwarrior92 - Lead - 2013 with Zoe Logan

Exit was exciting at HS!
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Freshers

Memorable. 3 stars because it definitely gives you something to talk about... I led P1.
Mr Fuller - AltLd O/S - 20/Oct/12 with Sam Houlkner

SPD224 - 2nd - 23/Aug/12 with Martin Smith

Robin Nichols - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/12

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 02/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12

j.buckley87 - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/12

petegunn - Lead - 12/Jul/12 with Davina

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 10/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 10/Jun/12

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

Hidden - Lead rpt - 25/May/12

Had a go two years ago... but didn't really get anywhere. Cracking good squirming fun!
Dafydd Llywelyn - Lead O/S - 08/May/12 with Ed Hutchings

Hidden - Lead rpt - Apr/12

Lead out of the cave
Matt Cooke - AltLd O/S - 28/Mar/12 with Andrew Cooke

Theeni - Lead - 17/Mar/12

Graham Westbrook - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/12

Running_Board - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/12 with Josh Neve

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Witsend3 - Lead - 2012

keith leonard - Lead - 2012 with wife

goadventure1 - 2012

JonG - 2012

JonG - 2012

ERH - 2012

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 01/Dec/11

Awesome climb - will wear my tweeds and some kneepads next time. Finish is great.
stev1e.wilso - 2nd - 30/Nov/11 with Simon

simon1985 - Lead - 30/Nov/11 with Steve Wilson

TRFrost - 2nd O/S - 01/Nov/11 with D. Gledson

andysroom - 2nd rpt - 02/Sep/11 with Paul, Lizzie

jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/11 with Glenn, Jonny

Left hand start rather than the chimney. Found this tricky as head not in the right place having not lead for a while. Slow but steady after that.
pwilkie - Lead dog - 02/Sep/11

wayne higgins leeds uk - Lead - 15/Aug/11

Dave Musgrove - 13/Aug/11 with Bob Larkin

Paul Eckton - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/11 with steve read

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

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jul/11

Darrell Read - Lead dnf - 25/Jun/11 with Jon Rogerson

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/May/11

Horrific but worthwhile - a true clasic.
moose ridd - Lead - 25/May/11 with Jason

nick ferro - 24/May/11

mrplastique - AltLd O/S - 21/May/11 with helixmh

helixmh - AltLd O/S - 21/May/11 with lee.sutcliffe

Never again. Wimped out of leading the second bit. I think Steve said he hated me "11" on a scale of 1 to 10...sorry! Nearly got benighted.
spragglerocks - AltLd - 11/May/11 with Steve M

Led thru the top half after Rach stopped in the cave. Had to evict the woodpigeons who were settling in for the night. So glad I brought a headtorch, we were the last cars left :-)
SteveM - AltLd - 11/May/11 with Rachael

Jack00 - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/11 with Hannah Hunt

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Feb/11

JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/11 with Ben Finlay

nich0las - Lead O/S - 2011 with Ewan P

jon59 - 2011

Jim Walton - 2011

PAJames - 2011

David Smith - 2011

Swirly - 2011

Ben C - 2011

bullybones - 2011

wahniel - Lead O/S - 2011 with Hugh Squire, Stewart McConnell

adie84 - 2011

Teappleby - AltLd - 2011 with max

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 21/Sep/10

excellent fun :D
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with Becky E

Becky E - 2nd - 18/Sep/10 with Graeme Hammond

colin milton - Lead - 04/Sep/10 with Sari Nevala

3D climbing fun :)
A Crook - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/10 with Neil Griffiths

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Sep/10

great fun
NeilGriffiths - 2nd - 04/Sep/10 with Adam

sten - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/10 with Amy Gustin

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

simon kimber - Lead - 16/Aug/10 with Rob Sandercock

Anthony Dixon - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/10

Hidden - Solo - 25/Jul/10

ayuplass - 2nd - 21/Jun/10 with miles

rtatham - Jun/10

chrishedgehog - Lead rpt - 27/May/10 with Jamie Van A

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/10

al jackson - Lead O/S - Apr/10

povrs50 - Lead dnf - 2010

ross hold - Lead O/S - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 30/Oct/09

timmsy - 2nd - 30/Oct/09 with David_Gledson

Fairly sure Tom and Ewan wanted to kill me...
Dave Warburton - Solo O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Huw, Peter, Tom and Ewan

lead the second part after jim couldn't do it. What a route.
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/09 with Jim

madagascar - 2nd - 19/Sep/09 with andrew300169

horrendous but brilliant. Excellent finish. Seems hard for the grade
andrew300169 - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/09 with Judy

carl_123 - Lead - 05/Sep/09

Rowansb - Lead O/S - Sep/09

Horrific and worthwhile.
lucasp - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/09 with Kieran (LMC)

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 18/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Aug/09

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 12/Aug/09

christensena - 2nd - Aug/09

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Jul/09

monstermunch - AltLd dog - 02/Jul/09 with Chris Adams

Contender for most polished climb at Almscliff. Having said that, what an adventurous route. Start is hard, middle is awkward and the end involves a wild swing on hugely exposed mega-jugs way above good gear. Top end HS for me.
Dave Foster - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/09 with Andy

Hidden - Lead β - Jun/09

MeMeMe - Lead rpt - 26/May/09 with Andy

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

al99 - Lead O/S - 03/May/09 with Martina Zandonella

martinazando - 2nd O/S - 03/May/09 with Al Benson

Fitzy - Lead O/S - May/09

Went much more smoothly (ie quickly) this time. A great route.
Simon Caldwell - Lead rpt - 29/Apr/09 with Carmen

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2009

Wet Some tight squeezes
Rich Thornton - TR O/S - Dec/08 with Fiona Mingay, Sam Davison-Webb, James Harland

Led 2nd pitch from cave. Full of poo but great top moves.
Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - 15/Nov/08 with Tom Nichols

jonka - Lead - Sep/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/08

jason - Lead β - 31/Aug/08 with manmike

Brilliant route and great to finally do it. Did it as one pitch with the original start. No points for style, I faffed with gear for far too long, but I was surprised to find none of the moves were too awkward and the finish is superb.
Will Smith - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/08 with Rob

lithos - 2nd - 20/Aug/08

Awesome. One pitch with the proper start, none of this pansying about outside the chimney nonsense. The upper chimney is amazing. A size 6 camalot made it feel a bit safer :)
victim of mathematics - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/08 with Lizzie

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 16/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/08

Interesting route finding and a bold move to get out of the cave. Fun but almighty amounts of faff!
tash - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/08 with Matty K

kato'sdad - Lead - 20/Jul/08 with Steve Goodens, Rob Simpson

RobSimmo - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/08 with Steve Goodens, Jon Berry

sparra - 2nd - 24/Jun/08 with Ian

Bowland Polkadot - 2nd - 15/Jun/08 with punky and the butcher

Hidden - 2nd dog - 14/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jun/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/May/08

Hidden - Lead - 02/May/08

Hidden - Lead - 25/Apr/08

Left hand start. Chimneyed 'Allan Austin's fat man's alternative' outer part of chimney. Absolutely awesome. Thanks to whoever delivered that jumper, twas freezing belaying second.
jimorothy - Lead O/S - Apr/08 with Rachel Crolla

The top of this route is something else at the grade. We both ended up almost horizontal o na big jug, which felt more like 4c/5a than 4b, and with gear below feet for Neil leading. IS it really HS? We have both always been crap at chimneys :)
Si dH - 2nd O/S - 30/Mar/08 with Neil, Mark, Rich

Hidden - Lead - 01/Feb/08

AndrewJenkins - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Adam1973 - 2nd O/S - 03/Nov/07 with philnorv

innes - Lead O/S - Nov/07 with Ruth

Sarah R - 2nd - 31/Oct/07 with Steve Sharland and Greg Grace

ollyroberts - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/07 with Ben

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/07

The only climb which I have actually managed to vomit on...
Babika - 2nd - 27/Aug/07 with Dusan Antosik

twodada - 2nd - 26/Aug/07 with Rosi

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Aug/07

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/07

andysroom - Lead O/S - Apr/07

deanj - Mar/07

nick ferro - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

fifth - 2007

cursing chimneys!!!!!!
robman - 2nd O/S - 03/Dec/06 with stu

Northen Vince - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/06 with Oliver

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Sep/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/06

Lots of fun once I'd figured out how to make upward progress in the chimney section!
Caralynh - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/06 with Lizzie (Flicka)

Hidden - 2nd - 30/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/06

Elsier - 2nd dnf - Jun/06 with Ian

Hidden - Lead - May/06

markalmack - Lead - 2006

Hidden - 2006

Steve Lenartowicz - 31/Dec/05 with Clare

Right hand start. Much faffing and dithering involved, especially at the top, but I eventually made it, without cheating! Of course it was almost dark by then, which pleased my partner no end...
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/05 with Carmen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/05

BALD EAGLE - Lead - 01/May/05 with Christian Darr

Chesh - Lead - May/05 with Lawrence

Peter Smith - Lead - 2005

Hidden - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jun/04

Mattyk - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/04 with Jamie Moss & Alicia

alicia - 2nd - Jun/04 with Matt K

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/04

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Apr/04

Brown - Solo O/S - 29/Mar/04

Hidden - Lead - Mar/04

Hidden - Lead - 2004

petellis - Lead - 2004

Stone Muppet - 2004

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/03

I took over the lead from the cave
cem - AltLd O/S - 01/Jun/03 with Sally Dipple

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

five - Lead O/S - Aug/02 with JT, PW

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Mar/02

Paul Figg - 05/Mar/02

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2002

Climbster - Lead O/S - 25/Nov/01

John Brayshaw - Lead O/S - 22/Oct/00 with Chris

wildrover220 - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/00 with Rob Kennedy

Whealiebob - 2000 with Robin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2000

bullybones - 2000

akhughes - Lead O/S - 2000

alan moore - Solo - 2000

Tenko - Lead O/S - 29/Sep/98 with Mick Bradley

beaumap - AltLd - 08/May/98 with Tim Waddington

jfmchivall - 1998

chrishedgehog - 2nd - 15/Dec/96 with Mark Gill

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/96

tlr - Solo - 20/Jun/96 with Pete D

Trobbo - AltLd - 15/Jun/96 with john blower

Andy S - Lead O/S - Jun/96

rurp - Lead O/S - 1995

rob.grafton - 1995

daprince - 1995

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 11/Jul/94 with Dan Morgan

Hidden - 1993

Hidden - Solo - 1993

mark schramm - 1993

Richard White - 1992

Hidden - Solo - 1992

Roget - Solo O/S - 12/Sep/91 with JT

Hidden - Lead - 1991

John Southworth - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/90

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/90

Hammy - Lead - 15/Aug/90 with Pete Smith

johnkeith - 1990

phardman - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 15/Oct/89 with Dad

Pete Pozman - Lead rpt - 14/Aug/89 with Dave

Charlie Staincliffe - Lead O/S - Apr/89

craig h - Lead - 1989

Hidden - 06/Apr/88

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1988

lithos - Lead - 1988 with all sorts

Moses - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/87

Pete Pozman - Lead rpt - 22/Apr/86 with John Byrne

jhardwick - Lead O/S - 1986

Hidden - Lead - 06/Mar/85

hazeysunshine - Lead O/S - 1985

Pete Ford - Lead - Mar/84

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/82

Nigel Bond - Lead - 17/Apr/82 with Steve

PaulHermes - 1980

Hidden - Lead - 03/Jun/79

mikej - Lead - 05/Apr/72 with Stewart Grant

greenbuoy - 2nd - 07/Jun/69

Hidden - 2nd - 1969

Dave Musgrove - 10/Oct/68 with Tom Morrell

Chris Craggs - 1968

I'd just udged my way up Long Chimney and someone told me this was similar so was expecting another Diff! I remember feeling pretty exposed at the top trailing my rope through no runners at all! I survived to tell the tale.
Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/66

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Voting
Total votes cast 146
hard VS0 of 51
VS1 of 51
easy VS11 of 51
hard HS27 of 51
HS9 of 51
easy HS1 of 51
hard S2 of 51
S0 of 51
easy S0 of 51
hard 4c1 of 47
4c0 of 47
easy 4c1 of 47
hard 4b16 of 47
4b27 of 47
easy 4b0 of 47
hard 4a2 of 47
4a0 of 47
easy 4a0 of 47
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Style of ascent

Soloed11 of 283 (3.9%)
Lead143 of 283 (50.5%)
Followed60 of 283 (21.2%)
Toproped1 of 283 (0.4%)
Alt Leads19 of 283 (6.7%)
Unknown49 of 283 (17.3%)

'Climbed'142 of 283 (50.2%)
clean O/S110 of 283 (38.9%)
clean β4 of 283 (1.4%)
clean rpt14 of 283 (4.9%)
clean RP1 of 283 (0.4%)
dogged4 of 283 (1.4%)
dnf8 of 283 (2.8%)