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.

david harvey 08/Aug Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Jun Lead
hotfeet 16/May AltLd
Sophie Nunn 02/May Lead O/S
with Floris
Neal Jobling 25/Apr AltLd O/S
with Tracy
Hidden 11/Apr TR O/S
Karlos 11/Apr 2nd O/S

Final traverse quite hard. Lots of rope drag if done in one.

with Adam B
Hidden 11/Apr Lead O/S
rd20 21/Mar 2nd dnf

Split pitch, tried hand traverse but didn't like it so came back.

with Gary
garywong 21/Mar Lead dnf

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.

al123 17/Feb Solo
with Dunc, Mr Mubenga, Crew
cem 06/Dec/14 2nd rpt

Second pitch only.

Kirill 06/Dec/14 Lead β

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.

tsjx 31/Oct/14 2nd
with John Mc
gavinpeach 25/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Rope drag issues. Would be better to do as 2 pitches or perhaps miss out the first section.

with Max Pendleton
Hidden 17/Sep/14 Lead dog
nick ferro 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Andrew Edwards, Oli Birkill
jbb 10/Sep/14 2nd

Lots of 'fun' with the ropes!

Charley17 13/Jun/14 2nd
with roisin
Climbster 29/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

Solo to the picnic ledge, 2nd to the top.

with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 29/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Soloed 1st pitch and lead the 2nd

with Matt
Hidden 16/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
rich_hw 16/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
with Maia
Hidden 09/Mar/14 AltLd O/S
GLO 09/Mar/14 AltLd
James Jackson ??/2014 -
dominic lee 28/Dec/13 Solo
quickdrawmcraw 01/Jul/13 Lead
with bob
ashmellor 09/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
Nigel Bond 23/Apr/13 2nd
with Bern Hardman
althesin 05/Mar/13 Lead O/S
with Reds
Reds 05/Mar/13 2nd rpt
schristophersmith 05/Mar/13 2nd dnf

Getting dark so bottled out and let others finish from second belay ledge

deacondeacon 07/Feb/13 Lead O/S


the power 07/Feb/13 2nd

if your a vs leader get on croton oil.this route is poo

with deacon, ken
SteveM 02/Feb/13 2nd
with Rachael
spragglerocks 02/Feb/13 Lead rpt
with Steve M
Hidden 11/Nov/12 2nd
MikeDowsett 11/Nov/12 AltLd
with Pete Scott
rustaldo 04/Nov/12 2nd O/S

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 **

Hidden 27/Oct/12 2nd
Andrew Sloan 18/Oct/12 Lead rpt

A bit contrived but a brilliant route. Rebelayed on midway ledge, still ended up with rope jamming when taking in from the top.

with Steve Grove
Hidden 18/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 17/Sep/12 2nd rpt

Andy led both pitches as I'd led both previously

kfowler141 11/Aug/12 Lead
Hidden 19/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
adi bryant 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Liz
Hidden 01/Apr/12 AltLd rpt
JamesP ??/2012 -
Lumbering Oaf 07/Oct/11 2nd RP

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!

hotfeet 07/Oct/11 AltLd

did as 2 pitches, still had bad rope drag on 2nd pitch.

with Matthew
valentinesbabe 19/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

I led P1 Charley led P2 . Nuch nicer route than it looks. Needs care with rope work on P2 though.

charley 19/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

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...

with Ange
Hidden 24/Jul/11 Lead dnf
Brown 31/May/11 Solo
with Gabriel
Hidden 26/May/11 AltLd
Deezel65 13/May/11 Lead O/S
Harry Thorpe 15/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Sarah Rixham
Hidden 02/Apr/11 Solo O/S
harold walmsley 22/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Led p1

with Colin Struthers
timofy 18/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Ollie B 03/Feb/11 AltLd O/S
with P.Murdy
pmurdy 03/Feb/11 Lead O/S
CurlyStevo ??/2011 Lead

A good route quite hard in the grade but never HVS or 5a

with Kenny
Oceanic 20/Nov/10 -
Neil R 03/Oct/10 2nd
with James
James Oswald 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S

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.

with Neil R
Hidden 25/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Jonathan Hall 28/May/10 Lead
John Tourle 28/May/10 2nd
with Jonathan Hall
Rachel Slater 28/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Chi Cheng 28/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Did as 2 pitches. lead both

mark20 20/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/10 Lead rpt
Hidden 10/Mar/10 2nd O/S
ig248 ?/Feb/10 Lead O/S
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
Hidden 25/Oct/09 2nd O/S
Laurence Everitt 23/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Rosie Henstock 23/Sep/09 2nd
Irn Bruce 05/Sep/09 Lead rpt

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!

Hidden 09/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/09 Lead O/S
howlingbaboon 22/May/09 Lead O/S

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.

Hidden 12/May/09 2nd O/S
CliffSurtees ??/2009 Lead
Hidden 11/Oct/08 AltLd O/S
JackMountains 17/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with James Fleming
Hidden 17/Jun/08 Lead rpt
morganator 25/May/08 Solo
alaan 31/Mar/08 Solo O/S

And down again...obviously.

Hidden 29/Mar/08 2nd O/S
Anna Horrox 11/Feb/08 2nd
clive-greenwood 11/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Anna
Kirill 12/Jan/08 AltLd dnf

Dislocated left shoulder

roberto18 ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 2nd
Andrew Sloan 23/Dec/07 Lead dog

Pretty tough for VS.

Martin Haworth ?/Dec/07 AltLd
with Andy
sstanier 10/Nov/07 2nd dnf

Traverse is nasty if you dont trust friction and get moving quickly....i just pumped myself out messing around!

with Sam Clarke
Sam Clarke 10/Nov/07 Lead dog
with Sam Stanier
KeithW 03/Nov/07 2nd dog

I was rubbish on this. Failed on the traverse.

with Ian Bentley
Hidden 13/Oct/07 2nd dog
MikeLeeds 13/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Mira Slavova
Graeme Hammond 22/Sep/07 Lead O/S

led both pitches

with Pete aka Dad
Hidden 15/Sep/07 2nd dnf
dhdaveuk 01/Sep/07 2nd RP
with Leo
scarybiker 01/Jul/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/07 Lead
Sgt. Vest 20/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Chris Braine
Matt - BodyPoint 05/May/07 2nd dog
malc 05/May/07 Lead rpt
with Boomer
dan gibson 27/Apr/07 Solo rpt
with AJ
Hidden 25/Mar/07 Lead
roberto18 10/Mar/07 AltLd
with Dad (Mike Bridges)
mike bridges 10/Mar/07 AltLd O/S

I led the 1st pitch,Rob led to the summit.

John Marsland 18/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
Nicos 09/Dec/06 Lead O/S
SteveM 30/Sep/06 Lead
with Tobs
victim of mathematics 11/Sep/06 2nd O/S
crossdressingrodney 11/Sep/06 Lead O/S
madaxeman 09/May/06 2nd
markbenton 09/May/06 Lead dog

great night

with madaxeman
DerwentDiluted 09/May/06 Lead
with Laurie Smith
Mutl3y 02/May/06 AltLd

I led the final pitch.

with Iggy
Lev 29/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Apr/06 2nd O/S
annakyn 01/Apr/06 Lead
with Dave Williams
Si dH 11/Jan/06 Lead O/S

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.

with Neil Furniss
Sankey 03/Jun/05 AltLd O/S

Second pitch traverse is pumpy and quite hard

with Andy E
Hidden 21/Feb/05 Lead O/S
LakesWinter ?/Aug/04 AltLd
with Cake
Stig ?/Aug/04 2nd O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Cake ?/Aug/04 AltLd O/S
with Matt
peter myers ?/May/04 Lead

My first VS lead

with Sion
thetourist 11/Apr/04 Lead O/S
cem 22/Feb/04 2nd
Phil West 04/Jan/04 Lead dnf
with Shaun Walby
Neil Henson ?/Dec/03 AltLd

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)

with Andy Tims
Simon Caldwell 26/Oct/03 Lead dog

Lots of rests on pitch 2

with Carmen
Hidden 28/Sep/03 Lead
Hidden 07/Jan/03 Solo
Hidden ??/2003 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2003 2nd rpt
Budge 07/Aug/02 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/02 2nd
DubyaJamesDubya ?/Jun/02 Lead O/S
with Martin Flint
Reds 15/Apr/02 Lead dog
with Andy
willackers ??/2002 2nd β
with Mark Shore
benjih2o ??/2002 Lead
with dai ozatti
Hidden 28/Oct/01 2nd O/S
Hidden 27/May/01 Lead rpt
99bolivar 27/Jun/00 -
with Lewis Bowman
tlr ??/2000 Solo
Simon Pearce ??/2000 -

university years

tuftynick ??/2000 Lead
Hidden ?/Dec/99 2nd
Hidden 31/Oct/99 Lead
five ?/Jul/99 Lead O/S
with SH
Brian Rodgers ??/1998 -
with Paul Hennelly
Hidden ??/1998 2nd rpt
Hidden 18/Jun/97 Lead
Ropeboy 29/Mar/97 Lead
Hidden ??/1997 2nd O/S
BruceW ??/1997 AltLd O/S
with Keith S.
crater 15/Sep/96 2nd
Hidden ?/Sep/96 Lead O/S
Neil Conway 07/Mar/96 2nd O/S
with Steve Hardy
mikedelderfield 01/Jun/95 Solo O/S
ste_d 01/Jun/95 Lead O/S
with mik
colin milton 08/May/95 2nd
with eric milton
IanGilbertJones 11/Jan/95 Solo O/S
astrecks 03/Jun/94 Lead O/S
with Rod
jim_randell 04/Jun/93 2nd O/S
with LS, MB, MS
Hidden 18/Oct/92 Solo
Hidden 17/Jun/92 2nd O/S
Roget 28/May/90 Lead O/S
with jim
NickJH ?/May/90 2nd
with D Townsend
leathers ??/1990 -
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
goi.ashmore 06/Mar/88 Lead O/S
with Ric Marchant
Pete Pozman 03/Mar/88 2nd rpt
with John Byrne
GordonHart ??/1986 Lead O/S
malc 22/Jul/84 Lead O/S
mikej 04/Jun/83 Lead
with Mike Byles
babymoac 08/Jun/81 Lead
with MTW
Chris Ellis 24/Jul/80 2nd
with Martin Veale
Andy Say ?/May/79 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove 25/Aug/76 Lead
with Jim Worthington
Hidden 24/Apr/76 AltLd
greenbuoy 28/Nov/71 2nd
with Bob Lister
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