Rockfax Description
18m. The narrow rift is a well-scoured and impressive. The exposed outside exit is best and may be worth an extra star. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Also known as 'Great Chimney'. The very prominent chimney down left from Great Western. Good protection, poished. Exit out left at the top for maximum value.

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven.

Nigel Bond 11/Oct -
with Colin Hutton
robertmctague 22/Sep Solo O/S
with Myself
Hidden 30/Aug Lead O/S
David_Gledson 29/Aug 2nd rpt
with Andy Quinn
Simon Caldwell 11/Aug Lead rpt

outside finish. the whole route was covered in pigeon shit.

with Carmen
Hidden 11/Aug 2nd
Hidden 04/Aug 2nd O/S
Edwin Han 02/Aug Lead O/S

Loads of bird poo along the whole length of the route. Very green. Don't wear your favourite clothes to climb.

derekwwl 02/Aug TR
Hidden 02/Aug 2nd O/S
Morgan P 15/Jun Lead O/S

Polished but actually doesn't impact on the quality of the climb

Hidden 11/Jun -
Hidden 10/Jun Lead
tgeh 06/Jun Lead O/S
with imogene
ifletcher 06/Jun 2nd O/S
with tgeh
David_Gledson 23/Mar Solo rpt
Seymore Butt ??/2015 -
AndyRogers 13/Aug/14 Solo O/S

Follow the polish and wedge in the crack how can you fall?!

LanceSolf 11/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Will7777 ?/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Mickdenali 07/Jul/14 Solo
Emily93Mobley 23/Feb/14 Lead O/S

Very fun despite the bird poo.

with James
Dan Geh 23/Nov/13 Lead rpt

Covered in poo, just how I like them...

with Izzy
Hidden 07/Nov/13 2nd
K Mckay 07/Nov/13 Lead O/S

Don't wear your best soft shell as it will get covered in pigeon shit and green crap!

with Tom Fleming
Hidden 19/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/13 Lead O/S
DinoGator 21/Aug/13 2nd O/S
vix 09/Jul/13 Lead rpt
K Farrell 29/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Andy Parsons
Anne Gumbley 12/Jun/13 Lead
Hidden 11/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hollywood 11/Jun/13 2nd
with Ahogg16
Hidden 10/Jun/13 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Jun/13 2nd
ERH ?/May/13 -
MichaelGallimore 21/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Green and pooy, but still great fun! Disturbed pigeons scared me to death half way up.

with Sasha Taylor, Seb
David_Gledson 15/Nov/12 Solo rpt
coulson84 08/Nov/12 Lead O/S
Dan Geh 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Freshers
chappers909 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S


with freshers
tobyk 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Stew
stewart100 20/Oct/12 2nd O/S
with Toby Knights
Tom Folley 15/Sep/12 Lead
georgedunton 15/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Sep/12 2nd O/S
jennifers87 06/Sep/12 2nd O/S

Followed Marissa up this green bird shit stained route. No real hand holds really just wedged myself in and slid up using my back, very graceful. Enjoyed the airy top out, had to climb without a helmet as you wouldn't fit through gap at top otherwise.

leeds_belle 06/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Not a massive fan of gritstone chimneys. Probably climbed the chimney too high because it was awkward to come into the "exposed outside exit" described in Rockfax. My head kept getting stuck so I had to ditch my helmet before topping out. Great last move.

TRFrost 30/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with D. Gledson
Hidden 28/Aug/12 Lead O/S
belay bunny turned bad 28/Aug/12 2nd
with loundsy
Hidden 20/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 08/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Aug/12 2nd rpt
stephen Rowley 05/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with Marc Colbeck
khalidq 31/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Liked the slightly bold move out at the top. Don't know how "in" the chimney the real route goes.

cameronmcloughlin 31/Jul/12 2nd
lilliyan 29/Jul/12 2nd
with Ewan
nick ferro 26/Jul/12 -
rich.wy 25/Jul/12 TR O/S

banck and foot? Followed Mark.

Hidden 25/Jul/12 Lead O/S
mattwilk 24/Jul/12 2nd O/S

Wish I'd been leading it, really nice climb, amazing exposed juggy finish

with Mark
petegunn 12/Jul/12 2nd
with Davina
Hidden 12/Jul/12 Lead O/S
budchawla ?/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Bertbee 10/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Green and covered in shit. Underwhelming. Outside finish feels bold for the grade.

with Ben
Hidden 10/Jun/12 2nd
Hidden 10/Jun/12 Lead
kitch22 05/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Rob Bell
vix 24/May/12 Lead O/S

How did I manage to find the one wet climb in such a heat wave. Did the RH exit

with Liam, Chuck
stev1e.wilso 20/May/12 2nd
with Simon
simon1985 20/May/12 Lead
Hidden 16/May/12 Lead
Hidden 16/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/12 TR O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/12 2nd
bengeldeard 25/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Green and covered in Pigeon Sh*t

johnkevan 11/Mar/12 Lead dnf

First lead in three years. Very green!

with Julie Hayes
nakedave 18/Feb/12 Lead
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
Witsend3 ??/2012 Lead
Mr Fuller 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/11 2nd O/S
jonnie3430 02/Sep/11 2nd
with Jonny
Hidden 24/Aug/11 Lead O/S
mountain man ed 21/Jul/11 Lead O/S
RuthC 13/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Pigeon attack, bird poo, green, not nice. Good climb though!

Pete Scott 09/Jun/11 2nd
David Kay 07/Jun/11 2nd
with Jamie Sparks
JamieSparkes 07/Jun/11 Lead O/S
fast eddie ?/Jun/11 2nd O/S

Not much between this and Parsons!

Tenko ?/Jun/11 -
munch88 21/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Jack00 21/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Hannah Hunt
succa89 21/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with munch88
markhammonds 13/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Great traditional route. Did the outside finish. (Climbed after backing off the start of Parson's Chimney.)

with Claire Tunaley
Hidden 11/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Spence22 18/Mar/11 Solo O/S
ruairidhwad ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Calum Wadsworth
nich0las ??/2011 Lead O/S
with Ewan P
rumtramp ??/2011 Lead
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden 30/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Oct/10 Lead O/S
mike bridges 17/Oct/10 2nd O/S

Green and full of bird cack! Geoff was in his element! ha ha. It was actually a LOT better than i`d expected,proper "old school" back and footing.old clothes essential!

with Geoff Nichols
Hidden ?/Oct/10 2nd
Hidden 21/Sep/10 2nd
Graeme Hammond 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S

excellent, classic of the genre, did the outside exit

with Becky E
Becky E 18/Sep/10 2nd

Green, and entertaining. Good value.

simon kimber 26/Jul/10 Solo O/S


wilkie14c 08/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Dave Clarke
rtatham ?/Jun/10 -
Hidden 28/May/10 Lead dnf
AntieJ 19/May/10 2nd O/S

Horrible! Very green and covered in bird poo. I'd rather check it out in winter.

with Laura McCarthy
povrs50 ??/2010 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2010 -
pratty25 ??/2010 -
Peter Holder ??/2010 Lead
with Dad
Ewan Russell 28/Oct/09 Solo O/S
with Myself!
jimorothy 01/Sep/09 Lead

Outside finish is dramatic at VD. Love that it used to be a dif. Smelt pretty bad, covered in poo but loved it.

with Rachel Crolla
David Wynne 27/Aug/09 2nd

Started as leader but backed off and then followed Andy up as second. Stiff for an HVD

with Andy Blakely
Kirk 22/Aug/09 2nd
with Skenders
Dave Marshall 03/Aug/09 TR RP
David_Gledson 27/Jul/09 Lead
with Mike Quinn
Hidden 10/Jul/09 Lead
Hidden 08/Jul/09 Lead O/S
hoyle118 08/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Kieran
PaulHermes 05/Jul/09 2nd
with Paul VCCC
Hidden 03/Jul/09 2nd
lucasp 16/Jun/09 Lead O/S

lots of pidgeon poo but good route.

with Dave C (Lmc)
Dave Foster 07/Jun/09 Lead O/S

Great route. Stepped out left near the top, brilliantly exposed on jugs. Sandra went caving on the right.

with Sandra + Andy
Hidden ?/Jun/09 Solo
Luke Jones 31/May/09 Lead O/S
with Paul
MeMeMe 21/May/09 2nd
with Andy
robman 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with stu
manwithacam 22/Mar/09 Lead

So windy up the chimney it blew me up there!

with Megan
Hidden ?/Feb/09 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
Dino Dave ??/2009 Lead O/S


with Dad
Teappleby ??/2009 Lead
with max
Richard P Coates 07/Dec/08 2nd O/S
with Mac, ianjfsutcliffe
Hidden 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
kickaha4 12/Oct/08 2nd
Hidden 30/Aug/08 2nd
Hidden 30/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Aug/08 Lead O/S
jonny taylor 17/Aug/08 2nd

Tough unless greasy chimneys are your thing

with Chris S
pebbles 12/Aug/08 Lead O/S

apparently an almscliff classic, it was certainly memorable when dripping wet and covered in slimy pigeon droppings. "I'm pooped" has never been meant more literally.

with dave e
johniebriggs ?/Aug/08 Lead
Hidden 24/Jul/08 Lead rpt
Will Hunt 21/Jul/08 Lead O/S

Walking boots.

with Sally Joseph
Hidden 01/Jul/08 2nd
Hidden 29/Jun/08 2nd
Hidden 29/Jun/08 Lead O/S
buzzjen 07/Jun/08 2nd O/S


MeMeMe 06/May/08 Lead rpt
with Bob
andrew300169 03/May/08 Lead O/S

First climb back which was interesting! green and slimey with addded bird poo. It rained as well just to add water to the mixture. Hopefully this wont reflect my uture climbing

Hidden 14/Mar/08 Lead rpt
Hidden 13/Feb/08 Lead O/S
compsci 09/Feb/08 TR O/S
JdotP 09/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Bjarte Grytli Seim
Hidden ?/Feb/08 2nd O/S
John-Luke Casey 24/Nov/07 Lead
williap 07/Oct/07 Lead O/S

A nice route in practice but totally covered in bird poo!!! Didnt do the outside finish and although id like to, i dont ever wanna do the rest of the route again!

with MJ
Alex Thompson 28/Aug/07 Solo O/S

Watch out for all the bird poo if going for an inside finish! ;-)

Hidden 23/Aug/07 Lead O/S
duzinga ?/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with Ems
Marc Murphy ?/Aug/07 -
Neil Mackenzie 08/Jul/07 2nd O/S

Absolute belter!! did outside finish. sandy had bit off episode at top which was a little scary but alls well that ends well!

with Sandy
Rampikino 09/Jun/07 Lead
with Cat
KitCat 09/Jun/07 2nd
with Mat
Ben.hopkinson 04/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Jun/07 2nd
Thomas L 26/May/07 TR O/S
with Gary Sheppard
Simon Caldwell 15/May/07 2nd rpt

Outside finish

with Richard
Will Smith 15/May/07 2nd rpt
with Richard Storrie
Hidden 15/May/07 Lead O/S
Xav 02/May/07 2nd O/S

in approach shoes - nice!

with paul t
no_more_scotch_eggs ?/May/07 Lead O/S

outside finish, worth every one of its three stars...

with Stuart Berry
Aussie Mick 10/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Simon Perry
Simon Perry 10/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Mick Ellerton
Will Smith 27/Mar/07 Lead rpt
with Jonny
JonBrett 27/Mar/07 -
deanj ?/Mar/07 -
nick ferro ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Nov/06 Lead
Will Smith 14/Oct/06 Lead O/S

Loved it, but didn't do the outside finish. Good excuse to come and do it again. Watch out for bird poo.

Simon Caldwell 14/Oct/06 2nd rpt

Inside finish

with Carmen and Will
Jamie Brown 07/Oct/06 Lead O/S

I hate god damn chimneys, three stars my arse!

with Esther
Outdoorfun37 21/Sep/06 Lead
Hidden ?/Sep/06 2nd
Hidden 24/Aug/06 Lead
Dax H 20/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Marcus Evans
Hidden 28/Jul/06 AltLd
Mutl3y 02/Jul/06 2nd

"I wouldn't have climbed it if I'd have known it was a severe" said Clog...

with Clog
Clog 02/Jul/06 Lead
with Mutl3y
Hidden 22/Jun/06 Lead O/S
alicia 08/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Christine, Helen
Mattyk 28/May/06 Lead O/S
with Kate Halladay and Mike Green
mje1398 04/May/06 Lead
with John M
Neal Butterworth 02/May/06 Lead O/S
Cletus the rock climbing cowboy 22/Apr/06 2nd dog
with Rob
franny ??/2006 2nd
wahniel 09/Nov/05 Lead O/S

half way up seconding this Hugh's phone rang. He answered it as he was suitably wedged and sold his house ! (Fell through though later) Did it again on 16.04.2008. That time, Hugh's lovely rescue Greyhound Misty chased a rabbit over the edge of the little ancient quarry on the other side of the crag and suffered a fatal broken neck.

with Hugh Squire
Simon Caldwell 13/Sep/05 2nd rpt

Outside finish

with Carmen
Birdie ?/Sep/05 2nd
with Daz
Peter Smith 24/Jul/05 Lead
DavidR 08/Jun/05 2nd O/S
with Andy Asaam & Nick Thompson
Hidden ?/Jun/05 2nd
rock ape ??/2005 Lead O/S

Have to do the outside finish.

with Becca D
Hidden 05/May/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/May/04 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
Brown 11/Oct/03 Solo O/S
Phil West 06/Apr/03 Lead O/S
with Shaun Walby
Stone Muppet ??/2003 -
pezzerrr 26/Oct/02 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 13/Sep/02 Lead rpt
with Stuart (CMC)
babymoac 29/Jun/02 2nd
with Grunt
Hidden 21/Apr/02 2nd β
Just Another Dave ??/2002 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/01 2nd
John Brayshaw 05/Jul/00 Lead O/S
with John Kennedy
akhughes ??/2000 Lead O/S
Bug ??/1999 Lead O/S
with Robert
Hidden ??/1999 2nd
brew_guru ?/Nov/98 Lead
John Southworth 01/Jul/98 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/98 Lead dog
jfmchivall ??/1998 -
Charlie Staincliffe ?/May/97 2nd
Christopher Jones ??/1997 2nd
chrishedgehog 03/Oct/96 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
Andy S ?/Jul/96 Lead O/S
tlr 20/Jun/96 Solo
with Pete D
Hidden 07/Apr/95 Solo O/S
rurp ??/1995 Lead O/S
Chris Ellis 10/Jul/94 Lead
with Dan Morgan
Dave Musgrove Jnr 28/May/91 Lead
Russell Lovett 03/Jun/90 Solo O/S
with alone
craig h 27/May/90 Solo
craig h 27/May/90 Lead
with Siobhan
Hidden ??/1990 -
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
lithos ??/1988 Lead
with all sorts
Hidden 08/Jun/86 -
Pete Pozman 16/Mar/85 Lead O/S
with Dave Palmer
bullybones ??/1985 Lead
Pete Ford ?/May/84 Lead
Hidden ??/1984 -
charlesmfrench 27/Feb/82 Solo O/S
99bolivar ??/1980 Lead
jhardwick ??/1980 2nd β
Hidden 03/Jun/79 Lead
uphillnow ??/1979 -
mikej 18/Oct/78 2nd
with Mike Byles
GeoffG 25/Mar/77 Lead
Hidden ??/1968 2nd
Dave Musgrove 13/Feb/66 Lead
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