Western Front*** E3 5c
[Duncan on Western Front, Almscliff - 1991, 3 kb]13m.

Rockfax Description
18m. A butch outing that is 'only E2' for those who have done it a few times. From the sloping ledge in the corner, pull through the initial bulges (hard for the short) and hand traverse left to the point where strenuous moves up the inverted Y gain the jamming crack; sprint up this to the pedestal. Finish up the short crack above, or more fittingly out right in a glorious position. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
"A butch outing where the guidebook writers need to learn that they're grading for the onsight and comments like "only E2 if you've done it a few times" are irrelevant nonsense." 11-08-14

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, Very good routes in the UK, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, Allan Austin Classics, Peak Rock/9/Gritstone in the Sixties.

Photo: Duncan on Western Front, Almscliff - 1991 © craig h
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This climb is in 207 logbooks, and on 69 wishlists.

Oh for god's sake.
Alex Winter - Lead G/U - 26/Sep/15 with Jake, Chris, Nat, Matthew, and Alison

PeteH - Lead rpt - 18/Jul/15 with Rob Boyle

Jamming!! Dont jam..lay back.
robman - 2nd dog - 18/Jul/15

Fell off at the top of the triangle first time up. Managed to fluke it second go, just
david morse - Lead RP - 09/Jul/15 with Dragon

Jono_LS16 - Lead - 13/May/15

Hidden - Lead G/U - 21/Apr/15

Followed Mills up it after his near death fall. Gear everywhere!
willackers - 2nd β - 21/Apr/15 with Tom Mills

farmus21 - 2nd - 27/Mar/15 with Sam Radcliffe

Last of the three. some of the best on grit. Arms were feeling the steepness. Didn't help that i was hanging about trying to do the crux reach wrong until a helpful chap who was walking past yelled up some beta. cheers.
samrad - Lead β - 27/Mar/15 with james G

phil64 - 2015

second go
Ed carrigan - Lead - 12/Oct/14

Never thought I would solo this when I first lead it 2 years ago, amazing how much easier it is when you know how to jam!
jacobjacob - Solo rpt - 01/Oct/14

Proper buzzing! 1 down 2 to go.
Olli-C - Lead RP - 27/Aug/14 with Chris Waddle

Hidden - 24/Aug/14

***king had it mate!! right hand came out too early, tool! nice lob, great classic.. thanx for the belay!
Hannes B - Lead dnf - 22/Aug/14 with Dan S

easy when you've seen it climbed!
ian d f - 2nd β - 20/Aug/14 with Michael P

pearson9596 - Lead dog - 20/Aug/14 with Ian Faulkner

PaulTanton - Lead rpt - 03/Jul/14 with Connor Shepherd

Hidden - Lead dog - 14/Jun/14

ashtond6 - 2nd - 14/Jun/14

Olli-C - 2nd rpt - 12/Jun/14 with Pete Harris, Swanny

Had to rest under the move. Lost the onsight but now i can just have lead attempts until its ticked. Brilliant route.
Olli-C - 2nd dog - 14/May/14 with Swanny

one rest again in the same place!
Phill Mitch - 2nd dog - 14/May/14 with mick

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/May/14

Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/14

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Apr/14

Nez - 2014

Ground up, second go.
robertmctague - Lead G/U - 2014

Dan-Cheetham - 2014

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2014

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/13

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

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd rpt - 25/Sep/13 with Dan McKinlay

This is so good.
PaulTanton - 2nd rpt - 21/Sep/13 with Rhys McCallister

Hidden - Lead dog - 15/Sep/13

Apharri - Lead β - 08/Sep/13 with Jim Gayler

westaway - Lead - 07/Sep/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 31/Aug/13

GPN - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13 with Neil Harvey

Couldn't get to the good jam from the top of the 'Y'. Or maybe I should have been able to jam the flare... Need more practice!
Nick Russell - Lead dnf - 17/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 15/Aug/13

oread - 2nd dog - 13/Aug/13

feilx - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13 with Floris

dannyboy83 - Lead RP - 11/Aug/13 with Sophie

Sophie Nunn - 2nd dog - 11/Aug/13 with Dan B

Pleased to lead this clean after a few previous attempts in recent weeks. Crux is very reachy for the relatively short like me. More like 6a. Totally safe route though and totally briliant! 4 stars!!
climberchristy - Lead rpt - 21/Jul/13 with Keith Swainson

As the temperature cooled in the evening ,conditions were perfect
cobweb - 2nd rpt - 16/Jul/13 with Roger Waterworth

MikeLeeds - 2nd dog - 04/Jun/13 with Neil Redgrave

CragDog - Lead rpt - 15/May/13

MeMeMe - Lead - 07/May/13 with Tom

Jams, stamina, quick thinking and strength are useful on this climb.
MichaelGallimore - 2nd dog - 21/Apr/13 with Maria, Stephan

cobweb - Lead - 13/Apr/13 with Roger Waterworth

this was easy where i thought it would be hard and hard where i thought it would be easy(the middle crack gets bear). great climb though. cant wait to go back and climb it again. proper.
henry peter jenkins - Lead dog - 02/Apr/13 with robbie jenkins, paul jones

Had a rest on the rope as i triyed the hard move the rong way by going to far left, now i no all the holds must go back for a clean lead as this is probably the best gritstone climbe iv tried:-)
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 05/Jan/13 with H washbrook

A big move from the top of the Y to the good jams.
petegunn - Lead - 19/Oct/12 with Bob, Owain, Davina

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Oct/12

a13x - 2nd dnf - 14/Oct/12 with Matt Harle, Matthew Gibbings

Matt Harle - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/12 with Matt Gibbs

MeMeMe - Lead - 23/Sep/12 with Amy

Hidden - Lead dog - 15/Sep/12

just as good as i remember it. easy if you know how!
GeoffG - Lead rpt - 04/Sep/12 with tim lowe

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Sep/12

Got to the Y-cracks...placed some gear in the crucial hand-hold...faffed around...rested...faffed around...got pumped...backed off.
DavidR - Lead dnf - 08/Aug/12 with Holly Adamthwaite

cobweb - Lead - 28/Jul/12 with Roger Waterworth

SPD224 - 2nd - 26/Jul/12 with Martin Smith

great stuff
Rockwarrior - Lead - Jul/12

great stuff
Rockwarrior - Lead - Jul/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Jun/12

The 'jug' that you pull up to the jam with felt greasy/warm/polished (insert excuse here). Reckon doing this last meant the wall got warm in the sun. Quick rest on gear, chalk and brush of jug and the move went ok. Didn't actually think this was that good, compared to the other two (sour grapes?). Oh well!
Dave Warburton - Lead dog - 24/Jun/12 with Conor

3rd go - fine once you know the good jam
robertmichaeladams - Lead - 02/Jun/12 with Andy H

a_hein - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/12 with Rob Adams

design crisis - Lead dog - 21/May/12 with Phil

barni - Lead rpt - 16/Mar/12 with Tapper

Second go ground up... Must, learn, to, JAM.
jacobjacob - Lead RP - 29/Feb/12

Absolutely shattered! Couldn't make the big move to the dodgy jam. Blame it on illness?
funsized - 2nd dog - 30/Oct/11 with Jake Lloyd

Loved this route, but the crux is very reachy. Likely tech 6a for the short. Soft touch if you're average height though, and aren't afraid of flared jams. Since when have grit jamming routes been overgraded? Is Yorkshire going soft?
jacobjlloyd - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/11 with Jonny

Hidden - Lead dog - 23/Oct/11

Fell of the jamming crux, then took me a few goes... Good jamming practice.
quiffhanger - Lead dog - 25/Sep/11

Struggled to do crux move and eventually pulled up on cam. Will have to practice left hand jam to be able to do this.
pwilkie - 2nd dog - 24/Sep/11 with Joe Banner

pipof747 - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11

Fell out of the jam crack at my first attempt. Got well pumped trying to figure out how to reach it. Managed to recover enough for a successful go later but with the gear still in place to below the crack.
gforce - Lead - 20/Sep/11 with Dave O

akhughes - Lead β - 15/Sep/11

Got to last crack, and felt weak...lowered. Tricky on sight slopy hand jam upto crack, big move!
beds74 - 2nd - 03/Sep/11 with neil mackay

Hidden - 03/Sep/11

3 ground up goes, made it to the Y each time but found it very difficult to get the jam to stick for the move to the crack. Finally made the move on my 3rd go but fell getting my other hand into the crack through bad footwork. Every bit as good as I expected though, will be back ASAP to finish it off.
AlistairB - Lead dnf - 31/Aug/11 with Lisa

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Aug/11

part of spa training
willbatho - TR - 11/Aug/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 02/Jul/11

Had a bash on petes gear at the end of the day. Must come back and have a go when its cooler / i'm fresh. Fun route.
JRae - Lead dnf - 26/Jun/11 with Pete Graham

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jun/11

Just can't do the crux by jamming. So instead, left hand pulling on the top of the left fork, right foot high right, left foot on not great foot hold between the cracks then right hand up to below the jam, twist around into a layback, do something with your feet then left hand up into a secure jam.
MeMeMe - 2nd - 06/Jun/11 with Pete

Pumped out at y,lowered off,pulled ropes, tried again,pumped out, rested on gear, managed crux fresh after a rest on rope. Downer.
Phill Mitch - Lead dog - 25/May/11 with mick

awesome route but i put too much gear in it, had to take a rest before the crux move, even then took lots of moving up having a go then coming down again before i finally got it!
pudding - Lead dog - 24/Apr/11 with john phethean

Hidden - Lead RP - 03/Apr/11

Hidden - Lead dog - 27/Mar/11

Jack Loftus - 2nd dog - 27/Mar/11 with Nick

Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor - 2011

GeoffG - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Steve Crowe - 2011

Dan Mckinlay - 2011

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing - Lead - 2011 with Helen Wise

NaomiHart - 2nd dnf - 17/Oct/10 with Peter Hart

I was expecting sustained steep jamming, so was a bit surprised by the hard, reachy move to gain the decent jams up above the inverted Y. Needed a rest. Bah. Excellent climbing, though.
PeteH - Lead dog - 17/Oct/10 with Ursula Balderson, Naomi Hart

Jon Read - 2nd - 08/Aug/10 with andi turner

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Jul/10

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jul/10

Knackered just before the crack, should go next time.
James Oakes - Lead dnf - 28/Jun/10 with Brad Cowley

Jack00 - Lead - 27/May/10 with Olly

Hidden - 2nd dog - 24/May/10

Hidden - Lead dog - 24/May/10

fell off laybacking the crack. pulled the ropes and got it next go on solid jams
simon kimber - Lead - 24/May/10 with Rob Sandercock

Excellent route, got 2nd go, after nearly flashing it the day before. Tough crux reaching jams.
Tez29 - Lead RP - 24/May/10 with Ivan

Hidden - Lead - 03/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

Hidden - Lead dog - 08/Nov/09

Got told to do this when Lisa couldn't make the move out over the roof, wasn't sure if I could either having witnessed Mikes immense span between the good holds leaving me to use poor ones. Up the corner with ease, a really deep mono lets you switch hands. Turn out right, reach up left as far along the roof flake as you can, and then shuffle it along. Eventually got a decent hold, toe hooked and matched it with my right hand. Cut loose and got my feet back on quickly. Swung along a bit more then heel up into the flake. Reached up up the cracks a bit more but had to rest as was really pumped, about the same stage mike got to. Went a bit further up, tried reaching straight up to the jams in the crack far above - too far. Then got some beta from Mike to get a (excruciating) cammed fist jam in the hold just down left of the jamming crack. Then reach up with that, which allowed me to reach a good jam in the crack, I proceeded to plug up as quickly as I could before I ran out of strength, up into the niche. Then the 5 star finish - brilliant. If I had a lot more stamina I could lead this I think.
Reaver2k - 2nd dog - 12/Aug/09 with Michael Watson

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09

markalmack - Lead rpt - Aug/09 with gregg capon

Hidden - 2nd dog - Aug/09

great climbing through the roof watched allex up to this point then he fell off so had know knolage about the rest off the route but a really good battle...
andy gravestock - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/09 with allex

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jul/09

Fell off three times on three seperate attempts.... oh dear
DavidEvans - Lead dog - Jun/09 with Toby Dunn, John Helme, Jules Vulliamy

Went up and down to the Y a few times then just went for it, easy when you find the jam!
Sean_J - Lead O/S - 01/May/09 with Timmy

Hidden - Lead dog - 25/Apr/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/09

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/09 with AJ

Seymore Butt - 2009

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2009

Toby Dunn - Sep/08

duzinga - 2nd dog - 15/Aug/08 with Pete Harris

Dammit! not my day at all!
dj_brigham05 - Lead dnf - 08/Aug/08 with Chris Thain

MeMeMe - Lead dnf - 29/Jul/08 with Andy

Felt fine today. Much more relaxed than first time so i could enjoy it more.
joe larner - Lead rpt - 09/May/08

'retro onsight' - dogged up it as a hapless second after reeve 6(?) years ago before I could jam or know what i was doing really. Still felt pretty tough today though - must practice jamming!
Ram MkiV - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/08 with Tommy M

Couln't reach the Jam first time. Went for it after a quick rest on the gear and it felt fine. Despite not doing it clean feel alot more confident about trad after hardly doing any for a ages. Awesome jamming. Seconded it to get the gear and felt fine. ill be back.
joe larner - Lead dog - 19/Apr/08

Felt really easy and felt really strong and confident(even in the gale) until... I just couldn't reach the Jam above the inverted Y. Went for a rest. Still couldn't reach it..! Will be interesting to get back on this in a couple of weeks.
IanJackson - Lead dnf - 23/Feb/08 with Big Ian

Hidden - Lead rpt - 2008

Boy - 2008

Thought I was starting up Great Western! Got past the traverse neath the roof and just under the jamming crack beyond that.
Will Hunt - Lead dnf - 28/Oct/07 with Dave Smith

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Oct/07

ali_robb - Lead O/S - Oct/07

Hidden - Lead rpt - 01/Oct/06

Gus - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/06 with andi elizabeth turner

Easy for grade. All time great hand jamming.
shark - Lead rpt - 11/Feb/06 with Bruce Woodley

oldmanrivers - Lead - 2006

Hidden - 2006

WB - Lead β - 01/Aug/05 with Jim

pezzerrr - Lead G/U - 19/May/04

Hidden - Lead RP - 10/Apr/03

Nigel Coe - 22/Aug/02 with Tim Dunsby

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/02

shoulders - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/02 with anna

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/01 with Rob Muirhead

ando227 - 2nd O/S - Aug/01 with pete

Scorching hot day. A hard jam move, the rest is jugs. E2 6a surely?
Ian Jones - Lead O/S - Jul/01 with John Kirk

Bug - 2000

jhardwick - Lead dog - 2000

Tim M - 2000

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Apr/99

GeoffG - Lead - 28/Mar/99

Mike Owen - 13/May/98 with Mark Hounsley

Jon Read - Lead O/S - May/98 with Tanya Holdsworth

jameshiggins - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 23/Sep/97

Hidden - Lead - 05/Jul/97

Laramadness - TR - 01/Jun/97

led the climb variously in 1980's but have one ascent in 1996 which I recorded
uphillnow - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/96

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/96

innes - Lead O/S - Jul/96 with Craig

Nigel led
Dave Musgrove - 2nd rpt - 04/Apr/96 with Andy Wild, Nigel Baker

1 slip at the top!
goi.ashmore - Lead dog - 19/Jun/95 with Matt Hirst

John Southworth - Lead rpt - 18/Jun/95 with Andy MacNae

Hidden - Lead - 09/May/95

craig h - Lead O/S - May/95 with Janet Hannah

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/95

Glenn Sutcliffe - 1995 with keefe

rob.grafton - 1995

With left hand finish
Dave Musgrove - Lead - 30/Aug/93 with Nigel Baker

rob.grafton - Lead - 18/May/93 with Bruce

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Dave Musgrove - Lead rpt - 01/Oct/92 with Nigel Baker

Dave Musgrove - 09/Sep/92 with Nigel Baker

andybirtwistle - Lead - 12/Jul/92 with Steve Brewis

Rich Kirby - Lead dog - 23/Jun/92 with Andy Mackay

rob.grafton - Lead - 20/May/92 with Bruce

nai - Lead - 1992

Hidden - Lead RP - 01/Aug/91

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 29/Jul/91 with Nigel Baker

charlesmfrench - 2nd RP - 07/Jul/91 with Larry Parkes

Dave Musgrove - 2nd - 22/May/90 with David

After a number of previous failures. A major breakthrough
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead - 22/May/90 with Dad

Southern Mark Smith - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 1990

Hidden - Lead - 09/May/89

Short and pumpy with a weird crux move.
Bob - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/88 with P.Cox

William Robertson - Lead O/S - 1987 with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc

MikeYouCanClimb - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/86 with Glyn Appleyard

Hidden - Lead dog - 1986

Pete Pozman - TR dog - 18/Sep/85 with Nigel Baker

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1985

Mark Kemball - Lead - 15/May/83 with Chris Calow

Dave Musgrove - Lead β - 20/Apr/82

Dave Musgrove - Lead β - 13/Jun/81

Dave Musgrove - Lead dog - 04/Aug/79

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1976

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