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The Rat's Tail* VS 4c

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[Gaby Masini fist jamming on The Rat's Tail, Higgar Tor, 3 kb]8m. The hand-crack in a shallow groove gives good jamming. The least brutal pitch on this part of the cliff but still a battle. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500, Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, Northern Grit 100 VD - VS.

Photo: Gaby Masini fist jamming on The Rat's Tail, Higgar Tor © stow
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 199 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

mol - 2nd - 18/Apr/14 with Jesse

switch - Lead rpt - 05/Apr/14 with Sion

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - 03/Mar/14

Will Sheaff - Lead O/S - 13/Nov/13 with Neil Colquhoun

j.buckley87 - Lead O/S - 10/Nov/13

bwestwood - 2nd - 20/Oct/13

MSchobitz - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/13

kermit_uk - Lead β - 05/Oct/13 with Steve Woolass

Peter Reynolds - Lead O/S - Oct/13 with ben westwood

Awkward more than difficult
edmitchell - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/13 with Emma Rowe

emmarowe - 2nd - 28/Sep/13 with ed mitchell

Lukem6 - Lead rpt - 07/Sep/13 with Jenny Monkey

VS when you can get the good jams in at the top.
AielSavage - Lead - 20/Aug/13

Type 2 fun. Awkward to get solid jams in the top.
franhammond92 - 2nd - 20/Aug/13

single fall near top, then cruised climb, will repeat
Lukem6 - Lead dog - 14/Aug/13 with Darren

Hidden - Lead rpt - 03/Aug/13

Rested at the top a couple of times as there was not much to top-out on except a brutal jamming crack, but plenty of protection at least. Not bad for my second VS though! Even Matt said it was really hard
inspiration_needed - Lead dog - 14/Jul/13 with Mat Cooper

Felt this was a HVS 5a. Very difficult. Managed it though.
andy.smythe - Lead - 08/Jul/13

soph - Lead - 03/Jul/13 with Lee Cooper

dionisys - 2nd - Jul/13 with andy smythe, barry vanderhoven

Colin Scotchford - Lead - 16/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13

ashtond6 - Lead O/S - 03/May/13

Nasty thrutchy crack pain
alp79 - 2nd dog - 03/May/13 with Jonny Ashton

sazmaz - Lead O/S - 06/Jan/13 with Dan Lanchester-Wright

dav - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/12 with Gill B

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Nov/12

failed on final crack. Easy climb until the top
eburki1 - Lead dnf - 07/Oct/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 22/Sep/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Sep/12

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/12 with Sarah

Steven Andrews - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Zeb

Jim Malo - 2nd dog - 11/Aug/12 with Barry, Deborah

fatbuoybazza - 2nd rpt - 11/Aug/12 with jim, deborah

Hidden - Lead - 11/Aug/12

jshields - 2nd - 08/Aug/12 with Roman Jivkov

davewsargent - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/12 with mike dowsett

WillDoyle - Lead dog - 08/Aug/12

Packs a punch...!
jack89 - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/12 with Brian

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Jun/12

Pythonist - Solo O/S - 27/Jun/12

RichyBOYY - Lead - 26/Jun/12 with Arthur parker

Hidden - Lead dog - 21/Jun/12

quickdrawmcraw - 2nd - 21/Jun/12 with steve

kermit_uk - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Steve Woolass

Helen backed off the top out then I lead with most gear in place. Perfect fist jam at the top then a difficult spicy top out.
climbinmunkey - Lead β - 10/Jun/12 with Helen

Tried to lead first and got psyched out trying to do top move - a bit damp and greasy - second went OK.
helenstuart - 2nd RP - 10/Jun/12 with Mike

At last, I topped out on my nemesis route. Twice before I have grovelled and slipped out of the crack. Don't believe the guide book write up about this route not being brutal - it is. Felt harder than The File for me.
Jimbo C - Lead β - 29/May/12 with Chris

Morwood - 2nd - 28/May/12 with gillywillyhoo

gillywillyhoo - Lead - 28/May/12 with James Morwood

tomthecoolperson - Lead O/S - 28/May/12 with Andrew

Vs 4c???? And definitely not the easiest climb on that section
Deezel65 - Lead dog - 24/May/12

cragtyke - 2nd - 24/May/12 with Ross

Really enjoyed it, dirt gives it character. Top moves were really fun, easy if you can jam (bomber fist jams). Even better was watching Adam attempt it, priceless. lol
Dan Geh - Lead O/S - 23/May/12 with Adam Jordan

AMJ098 - 2nd O/S - 23/May/12 with Dan Geh

moberg - 2nd rpt - 13/May/12

masa-alpin - 2nd rpt - 15/Apr/12 with Doug S

Hidden - 2nd β - 15/Apr/12

This and 'The File' were desperate. Harder than any of the HVS/E1 routes I've led. Maybe, when the grit is cooler it'll seem easier.
gavinpeach - 2nd dog - 27/Mar/12 with Andrew Deacon

lead with most gear already in place.
deacondeacon - Lead - 27/Mar/12

Daniel Heath - Solo β - 24/Mar/12 with Mike Smith

easy climbing until the top crack. VS if you can jam, if you cant it feels very bold pulling over the top!
ben1987 - Lead O/S - Jan/12

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Hidden - Lead dog - 19/Nov/11

Calder - 2nd - 01/Oct/11 with Mike B, Mark

Diggler - 2nd O/S - 01/Oct/11 with Mike Buddle, Calder

slacky - 2nd rpt - 18/Sep/11 with Andes, Gary

Jack00 - Solo O/S - 02/Sep/11

Initially tried to lead as, not having aguidebook looked easier than the cotter, got to last lift but that was it - couldnt even second it. This seemed harder than the cotter (HVS 5b) next to it. The thing is that the overhang is not obvious from the bottom,
PaulWatson - 2nd dnf - 23/Aug/11 with Paul

This is a tricky bugger
fatbuoybazza - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/11 with Mikael, liv_the_div

andybirtwistle - Lead - 24/Jul/11 with Mark Elwell, Keith Lonsdale

Hidden - Lead rpt - 14/Jul/11

Hidden - Solo dnf - 02/Jun/11

alex thackway - Lead - 21/May/11 with Ian c, Dave m

Bloody hard finish, a beast of a route almost got the better of me :o
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 08/Apr/11 with james pcc

mwatson - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

gazfellows - Lead - 13/Nov/10

hellboundblr - 2nd - 17/Oct/10 with Pete Nugent

Pete Nugent - Lead - 17/Oct/10 with Bryan R

ahhhhh, had a bet to place my whole rack on this route 23 pieces in 8m and took 50 mins well worth it for a free pint, found the top bit well hard, and a sketchy top out with sweaty hands. Dylan couldn't second
Olli-C - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/10 with dylan, chi

Suprisingly awkward!
madasten - 2nd - 13/Oct/10 with Gaz

First route ive needed to use jam's
Souljah - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Andi T

Climber1806 - Lead O/S - 03/Sep/10

Maxim2023 - 2nd - Sep/10 with Kathy Meredith

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Aug/10

Found hard for VS.
frume - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/10 with mark, Ben, Rory Juss

benjizac - 2nd - 22/Aug/10 with Paul Ireland

nice solid jamming, topping out had me stumped initially though
JamieSparkes - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/10 with Liam Ingram

Liam Ingram - 2nd dog - 06/Aug/10 with Jamie Sparkes

Fell from the last move. Gutted not to get the onsight. Ian belayed like a pro, it was his first catch of a leader fall.
ajoliver - Lead dog - 10/Jul/10 with Ian Lett

schaff - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Tim

howlingbaboon - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/10 with Rob

newvena - Lead dnf - 21/May/10 with ben

climbing_rocks1983 - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/10 with Kieran

Ken Taylor - 2010

let my mate lead this one, thank god i did lol
Ewano - 2nd - 2010

the sun was out when i started it but then it snowed and im sure i had frost bite in my fingers. way to cold to finish, plus the top was covered in 6inch of snow. try again when its a bit warmer
davross1986 - Lead dnf - 20/Dec/09 with Dean Dalton

ouch
Pilch - 2nd rpt - 12/Dec/09

a better effort than before, still cant imagine why i had my watch on though
Pilch - Lead O/S - 05/Dec/09 with Ed

Hidden - Lead dnf - 17/Oct/09

colin milton - Lead - 26/Sep/09 with chris orme

Tony Little - 2nd β - 19/Sep/09 with Ed Brown

galpinos - 2nd - 19/Sep/09 with Ben T

tmawer - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09 with tina

Jon Dittman - 2nd - 06/Sep/09

tomthecoolperson - Lead dog - 17/Aug/09 with Andrew

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Aug/09

willjh - 2nd O/S - 17/Aug/09 with David Spencer

mattcyp88 - Lead β - 17/Aug/09 with Will Horton, Jon Pownall, Dave Spencer

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Aug/09

ed woods - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/09 with Tom & Adam

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/09

hate sloppers and hand jams, last move, full fist hand jams followed by mega slopper top out! not nice
axeman - Lead dnf - 02/Aug/09 with grace

The exit is a bit of a grinder!
Chris Craggs - 2nd - 26/Jun/09 with Colin Binks

Rampikino - Lead - 21/Jun/09 with Cat

belly flopped over the top a bit, but it was easier than many other VS routes I've done.
gethin_allen - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/09 with Flicka

Hidden - Lead - Jun/09

Jonathan Hall - 2nd - 28/May/09 with Mark Williams

disturbed_one51 - Lead - 28/May/09 with Wee man

Topping out was the crux which is where I fell off. Would have tried again but was running out of skin. Masa finished it for me after taping up.
lucasp - Lead dnf - 25/Apr/09 with masa

max_chan - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/09 with Lou

Luke tried leading but backed off. Then I finished the route, using the runners Luke had left. First proper jamming route for Bonnie.
masa-alpin - Lead β - 25/Apr/09 with Matt H, Bonnie, P Luke, Andy Rich

sshandy - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/09 with Masa - Avalanche Valley

monsteratt - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Morgan and Maxwell

Maxim2023 - Solo O/S - 11/Apr/09

Lewis Andrew - Solo O/S - 02/Apr/09

Hidden - Solo - 08/Feb/09

keith leonard - 2009

Nice and steady up the first part, if you can't jam it might as well be, well very hard!! Took 2 nice flys on this before heaving myself in true style less form on to the top. Hard if jamming ain't your thing easy if it is.
chrisbussell - Lead dog - 08/Oct/08 with Tim O'Neill

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/08

climbingrick - Solo O/S - 13/Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/08

barni - 2nd - 28/Aug/08 with Oli

Stig - 2nd rpt - 07/Aug/08 with Charlie Reade-Jahn

Forearm jamming???
Shauna - 2nd - 06/Aug/08 with Steve

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/08

jcurley - Lead dog - 29/May/08 with James

Stig - 2nd rpt - 29/May/08 with Joe

Hidden - 2nd dog - 13/May/08

Hidden - Lead rpt - 29/Apr/08

Jim Walton - 2008

scullymammoth - Lead dnf - 30/Dec/07 with Dave Lumb

danm - 2nd - Oct/07

slacky - Solo O/S - 12/Sep/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/07

Nick Smith - UKC - 2nd rpt - 26/May/07 with Hazel Robson

SecretSquirrel - Lead O/S - 26/May/07 with Nick Smith

peter myers - 2nd - May/07 with Peter Garlik

Apharri - Solo - Apr/07 with Andre Hedger

Nicos - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/07 with solo

Ian Hamer - Lead O/S - 2007 with Mog

Brutal finish!
220bpm - Lead - 12/Nov/06 with Dave

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/06 with Adam Renshaw

Hidden - TR dog - 28/Jul/06

Pretty tricky I thought - harder than The Reamer. Given my history with this route, I was pleased to get up it without incident!
Nick Smith - UKC - Lead rpt - 16/Jun/06 with Adam Carless

adam carless - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/06 with Nick Smith - UKC

kevp - Lead O/S - Jun/06 with Tom Odling

Hidden - 2nd - 31/May/06

Nicos - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/06 with danny carden

UndercoverElephant - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/05

8mts VS 4c 1star The book says, re jamming, “That this is the least brutal pitch on this part of the rocks!” The start was nice, the middle section good, the top part & top out was…..Mike says….’In need of some jamming’ and in fact was where Mike lost most of his flesh! So much for the ‘least brutal’ pitch!
Mike Lee - Lead O/S - 26/Sep/05 with Jim

MeMeMe - Lead O/S - Aug/05

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 16/Jan/05

Hidden - 2005

JohnHutch - 2nd - 10/Sep/04 with L

Adam Potter - 2nd - 06/Aug/04

Ander - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/04 with Fletch

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/04

Smelly Fox - Lead - Apr/04 with Luisa Giles

Lead after geri backed off.
Stig - Lead dog - 21/Nov/03 with Geraldine Lawless

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/03

Dave Mason - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Trev Tatler

Jon Pilling - 2nd O/S - Apr/03 with steve prescott

Jon Greengrass - 2003

DerwentDiluted - Lead - 10/Sep/02 with A. Murray

Hidden - Lead - 05/Sep/02

dan gibson - Solo - Sep/02

Hidden - Solo rpt - 26/May/02

Nick Smith - UKC - Lead - Aug/01

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/00

Nick Smith - UKC - 2nd - 07/Jul/00 with Mark Stevenson

I rather foolishly tried to lead this, eventually giving up near the top because I couldn't jam. To add insult to injury, when I seconded the climb I had problems getting a wedged bit of gear which flew out suddenly and smashed my glasses to pieces! :(
Nick Smith - UKC - 2nd - Sep/98 with CUMC

CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 17/May/98 with Nicky

Hidden - 2nd β - 18/Oct/97

ChrisJD - Lead - Aug/96 with ChrisC

StevePr - Lead - 1996 with Alan

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 23/Aug/95 with John Cutcliffe

shoulders - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/95 with dai

Hidden - Solo - 19/May/95

Hidden - Lead - 15/Oct/89

mark-abz - Lead - 03/Jun/88 with Andy W

babymoac - 30/Mar/80

Dave Musgrove - 04/Aug/74

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easy HVS9 of 42
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VS5 of 42
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hard 5a0 of 42
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easy 5a23 of 42
hard 4c13 of 42
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Style of ascent

Soloed16 of 199 (8.0%)
Lead105 of 199 (52.8%)
Followed64 of 199 (32.2%)
Toproped1 of 199 (0.5%)
Unknown13 of 199 (6.5%)

'Climbed'73 of 199 (36.7%)
clean O/S74 of 199 (37.2%)
clean β9 of 199 (4.5%)
clean rpt15 of 199 (7.5%)
clean RP1 of 199 (0.5%)
dogged17 of 199 (8.5%)
dnf10 of 199 (5.0%)