The Spiral Route** VS 4c
[Rivelin Needle - photo credit to Chris Clements, 2 kb]22m.

Rockfax Description
A tough little expedition - the easiest way to the summit, but not that easy. Follow Croton Oil then move right to a crack, which leads to escapable ledges behind the tower. From the right end of these, hand traverse the break strenuously out right (crux) to the rickety flake to finish. Potential for rope-work nightmares! © ROCKFAX

FA. Don Wooller 1950

Ticklists: Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans.

Photo: Rivelin Needle - photo credit to Chris Clements © milus
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This climb is in 194 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

Hidden - Lead - 16/Jun/15

hotfeet - AltLd - 16/May/15 with jason smeeth

Sophie Nunn - Lead O/S - 02/May/15 with Floris

Neal Jobling - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/15 with Tracy

Hidden - TR O/S - 11/Apr/15

Final traverse quite hard. Lots of rope drag if done in one.
Karlos - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Adam B

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/15

Split pitch, tried hand traverse but didn't like it so came back.
rd20 - 2nd dnf - 21/Mar/15 with Gary

Bold start and tricky moves before a few attempts at the hand traverse. Rope drag is terrible too; can't see how this can be done in a single pitch.
garywong - Lead dnf - 21/Mar/15 with Robert Dufton

al123 - Solo - 17/Feb/15 with Dunc, Mr Mubenga, Crew

DubyaJamesDubya - 2015

Second pitch only.
cem - 2nd rpt - 06/Dec/14 with Kirill Spiridonov

Successful lead, but felt a bit nervous on the move that landed me in A&E 7 years ago. This particular demon has been put to bed. Twisted ankle earlier in unrelated incident. A little sore but didn't seem to affect climbing.
Kirill - Lead β - 06/Dec/14 with Charles Moreton

tsjx - 2nd - 31/Oct/14 with John Mc

Rope drag issues. Would be better to do as 2 pitches or perhaps miss out the first section.
gavinpeach - Lead O/S - 25/Oct/14 with Max Pendleton

Hidden - Lead dog - 17/Sep/14

nick ferro - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Andrew Edwards, Oli Birkill

Lots of 'fun' with the ropes!
jbb - 2nd - 10/Sep/14

Charley17 - 2nd - 13/Jun/14 with roisin

Solo to the picnic ledge, 2nd to the top.
Climbster - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Ian

Soloed 1st pitch and lead the 2nd
Bloke on a Rope - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/14 with Matt

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/14

rich_hw - AltLd O/S - 16/Mar/14 with Maia

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/14

GLO - AltLd - 09/Mar/14 with Steve O'Rourke

James Jackson - 2014

dominic lee - Solo - 28/Dec/13 with nathan lee

quickdrawmcraw - Lead - 01/Jul/13 with bob

ashmellor - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with dan fawley

Nigel Bond - 2nd - 23/Apr/13 with Bern Hardman

althesin - Lead O/S - 05/Mar/13 with Reds

Reds - 2nd rpt - 05/Mar/13 with Althesin, schristophersmith

Getting dark so bottled out and let others finish from second belay ledge
schristophersmith - 2nd dnf - 05/Mar/13 with silas feaver, Ian Redfern

deacondeacon - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/13

if your a vs leader get on croton oil.this route is poo
the power - 2nd - 07/Feb/13 with deacon, ken

SteveM - 2nd - 02/Feb/13 with Rachael

spragglerocks - Lead rpt - 02/Feb/13 with Steve M

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Nov/12

MikeDowsett - AltLd - 11/Nov/12 with Pete Scott

A good adventurous route, quite physical for the grade, maybe worth soft HVS. shame about the rope drag, although hard to avoid it. maybe worth another star. VS 4c **
rustaldo - 2nd O/S - 04/Nov/12 with Aimee, Alex, Kit Perry

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Oct/12

A bit contrived but a brilliant route. Rebelayed on midway ledge, still ended up with rope jamming when taking in from the top.
Andrew Sloan - Lead rpt - 18/Oct/12 with Steve Grove

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/12

Andy led both pitches as I'd led both previously
Graeme Hammond - 2nd rpt - 17/Sep/12 with Andy Winter

kfowler141 - Lead - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/12

adi bryant - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Liz

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 01/Apr/12

JamesP - 2012

Did this as two pitches. Led first pitch Croton Oil start to ledges at back. Attempted second pitch on hand traverse to notch. Failed. Let Alan lead it!
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd RP - 07/Oct/11 with Alan Mountford

did as 2 pitches, still had bad rope drag on 2nd pitch.
hotfeet - AltLd - 07/Oct/11 with Matthew

I led P1 Charley led P2 . Nuch nicer route than it looks. Needs care with rope work on P2 though.
valentinesbabe - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/11 with Charley Fell

Did P2... So much nicer then how it looks... From the ground it looks like its going to be a battle. So much so that I did Croton Oil first as it looked easier. Turns out, the second you step around the arete, it's a bit of a jug-fest. The only battle was the nightmare rope drag...
charley - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/11 with Ange

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Jul/11

Brown - Solo - 31/May/11 with Gabriel

Hidden - AltLd - 26/May/11

Deezel65 - Lead O/S - 13/May/11 with Gareth Hoosen

Harry Thorpe - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/11 with Sarah Rixham

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Apr/11

Led p1
harold walmsley - AltLd O/S - 22/Mar/11 with Colin Struthers

timofy - Lead O/S - 18/Mar/11

Ollie B - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/11 with P.Murdy

pmurdy - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/11 with Ollie Burrows

A good route quite hard in the grade but never HVS or 5a
CurlyStevo - Lead - 2011 with Kenny

Oceanic - 20/Nov/10

Neil R - 2nd - 03/Oct/10 with James

Nice. A strange route and it's friggin hard not to get bad rope drag! Awesome moves to get up onto the ledge. Felt difficult for VS.
James Oswald - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/10 with Neil R

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

Jonathan Hall - Lead - 28/May/10 with John Tourle

John Tourle - 2nd - 28/May/10 with Jonathan Hall

Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 28/Apr/10 with Chi Huo Cheng

Did as 2 pitches. lead both
Chi Cheng - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/10 with Rachel Stater

mark20 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead rpt - 05/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Mar/10

ig248 - Lead O/S - Feb/10

Seymore Butt - 2010

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 25/Oct/09

Laurence Everitt - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/09 with Rosie Henstock

Rosie Henstock - 2nd - 23/Sep/09 with Laurence

Logistical nightmare for rope drag! Soloed the first half so I could turn the corner without the rope dragging down to protection further down. Fell off after the next swing round though as I didn't see the horizontal crack for feet. Got it right on the second attempt and finished. Granted, I didn't start from the bottom on the second attempt but to be fair, I don't think bit matters for this climb (especially as it was previously soloed ) so ethics police, shut yer lip!
Irn Bruce - Lead rpt - 05/Sep/09 with Ian Jenkins

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

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

Led both pitches. The 1st pitch it worth doing with a good challenge climbing both of the cracks. The traverse on the 2nd pitch was sustained,pumpy and pretty scary. The drizzle didn't help friction matters. Harder than Croton Oil IMHO.
howlingbaboon - Lead O/S - 22/May/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/May/09

CliffSurtees - Lead - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/08

JackMountains - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/08 with James Fleming

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Jun/08

morganator - Solo - 25/May/08

And down again...obviously.
alaan - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/08

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

Anna Horrox - 2nd - 11/Feb/08 with Clive Greenwood

clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 11/Feb/08 with Anna

Dislocated left shoulder
Kirill - AltLd dnf - 12/Jan/08 with Rob Truckle

roberto18 - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Pixie-Andy - 2nd - 2008 with Masa, Silver Surfer

Pretty tough for VS.
Andrew Sloan - Lead dog - 23/Dec/07

Martin Haworth - AltLd - Dec/07 with Andy

Traverse is nasty if you dont trust friction and get moving quickly....i just pumped myself out messing around!
sstanier - 2nd dnf - 10/Nov/07 with Sam Clarke

Sam Clarke - Lead dog - 10/Nov/07 with Sam Stanier

I was rubbish on this. Failed on the traverse.
KeithW - 2nd dog - 03/Nov/07 with Ian Bentley

Hidden - 2nd dog - 13/Oct/07

MikeLeeds - Lead O/S - 13/Oct/07 with Mira Slavova

led both pitches
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/07 with Pete aka Dad

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 15/Sep/07

dhdaveuk - 2nd RP - 01/Sep/07 with Leo

scarybiker - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/07

Hidden - Lead - Jul/07

Sgt. Vest - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/07 with Chris Braine

Matt - BodyPoint - 2nd dog - 05/May/07 with Malcolm Marshall

malc - Lead rpt - 05/May/07 with Boomer

dan gibson - Solo rpt - 27/Apr/07 with AJ

Hidden - Lead - 25/Mar/07

roberto18 - AltLd - 10/Mar/07 with Dad (Mike Bridges)

I led the 1st pitch,Rob led to the summit.
mike bridges - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/07 with Robert Bridges

John Marsland - Lead O/S - 18/Feb/07 with Arnaud Garcon

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Nicos - Lead O/S - 09/Dec/06 with alex at home

SteveM - Lead - 30/Sep/06 with Tobs

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/06 with crossdressingrodney

crossdressingrodney - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/06 with victim of mathematics

madaxeman - 2nd - 09/May/06

great night
markbenton - Lead dog - 09/May/06 with madaxeman

DerwentDiluted - Lead - 09/May/06 with Laurie Smith

I led the final pitch.
Mutl3y - AltLd - 02/May/06 with Iggy

Lev - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/06 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/06

annakyn - Lead - 01/Apr/06 with Dave Williams

Only second pitch, couldnt be bothered with 2 pitches since time was short and I've done the start before on Croton Oil. Nice route, quite tough for VS I thought.
Si dH - Lead O/S - 11/Jan/06 with Neil Furniss

Second pitch traverse is pumpy and quite hard
Sankey - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/05 with Andy E

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/05

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/04

Stig - 2nd O/S - Aug/04 with Charlie Reade-Jahn

Cake - AltLd O/S - Aug/04 with Matt

My first VS lead
peter myers - Lead - May/04 with Sion

thetourist - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/04

cem - 2nd - 22/Feb/04 with Graham Dolman

Phil West - Lead dnf - 04/Jan/04 with Shaun Walby

Lead first pitch. Traverse was very pumpy. Fell off the traverse and swung round the needle. High in the grade and I thought this route was crap (not just because I failed on it)
Neil Henson - AltLd - Dec/03 with Andy Tims

Lots of rests on pitch 2
Simon Caldwell - Lead dog - 26/Oct/03 with Carmen

Hidden - Lead - 28/Sep/03

Hidden - Solo - 07/Jan/03

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2003

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 2003

Budge - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/02 with Carl Tiivas

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/02

Reds - Lead dog - 15/Apr/02 with Andy

willackers - 2nd β - 2002 with Mark Shore

benjih2o - Lead - 2002 with dai ozatti

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Oct/01

Hidden - Lead rpt - 27/May/01

99bolivar - 27/Jun/00 with Lewis Bowman

tlr - Solo - 2000

university years
Simon Pearce - 2000

tuftynick - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2nd - Dec/99

ChrisJD - Lead - 31/Oct/99 with Clare

five - Lead O/S - Jul/99 with SH

Brian Rodgers - 1998 with Paul Hennelly

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 1998

Hidden - Lead - 18/Jun/97

Ropeboy - Lead - 29/Mar/97

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 1997

BruceW - AltLd O/S - 1997 with Keith S.

crater - 2nd - 15/Sep/96

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/96

Neil Conway - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/96 with Steve Hardy

mikedelderfield - Solo O/S - 01/Jun/95

ste_d - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/95 with mik

colin milton - 2nd - 08/May/95 with eric milton

IanGilbertJones - Solo O/S - 11/Jan/95

astrecks - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/94 with Rod

jim_randell - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/93 with LS, MB, MS

Hidden - Solo - 18/Oct/92

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Jun/92

Roget - Lead O/S - 28/May/90 with jim

NickJH - 2nd - May/90 with D Townsend

leathers - 1990

Marti999 - Lead - 1990

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/88 with Ric Marchant

Pete Pozman - 2nd rpt - 03/Mar/88 with John Byrne

GordonHart - Lead O/S - 1986

malc - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/84

mikej - Lead - 04/Jun/83 with Mike Byles

babymoac - Lead - 08/Jun/81 with MTW

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 24/Jul/80 with Martin Veale

Andy Say - Lead O/S - May/79

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 25/Aug/76 with Jim Worthington

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Apr/76

greenbuoy - 2nd - 28/Nov/71 with Bob Lister

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