The Brush Off*** E4 5c
[Multiple choice: Is Fiend: 1) Shitting himself; 2) Cacking himself; 3) Bricking himself; on The Brush Off??, 2 kb]10m.

Rockfax Description
The slabby left arete is sweetly delicate and remains effectively unprotected - a couple of dubious small cams are available but you wouldn't want to trust them! Despite being low in the grade, it was a superb effort for its day and still requires a cool head. © ROCKFAX

FA. Pete Crew 1963

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50, ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500, Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, World Graded List, Peak Rock/9/Gritstone in the Sixties.

Photo: Multiple choice: Is Fiend: 1) Shitting himself; 2) Cacking himself; 3) Bricking himself; on The Brush Off?? © Photo: Salamanda
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mark4344 - TR - 11/Aug/15 with Dave Rich

After a few headpoints this was an awesome solo!
GDun98 - Solo RP - 02/Aug/15 with Kev

after backing off before
harry_lewis - Lead G/U - 09/Jun/15 with Kavi, Sam McCarthy, Zoe, Tom Bennell

Sam McCarthy - 2nd rpt - 09/Jun/15

Strong onsite from jim.
Mattlamb90 - Lead β - 07/Jun/15 with jimbonfire, GDun98, Ryan

jimbonfire - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15 with Ryan Mcconnell

spidey - Lead β - 07/Jun/15 with Jimmy broomhead, mat lamb

Nick_Merriman - TR O/S - 06/Jun/15 with Lewis Neve

gritnit - TR - 06/Jun/15

dom94 - Lead O/S - 31/May/15 with Leo Hawthorne

Neal Jobling - TR O/S - 30/May/15 with Andy Burr

all toproped
rurp - 25/May/15 with Mailee, emma rowland, ben rowland

Hidden - Lead RP - 20/May/15

Sam McCarthy - 2nd O/S - 16/May/15 with Micky, Fran

very happy to do this after eyeing it up for a while.
Nick1812P - Solo O/S - 16/May/15 with Micki, Fran

Pretty chuffed to have done this, will now avoid it at all cost... Thought it was all pretty straight forward for 5c until the very last break, where I took ages to commit to what I though was the hardest move.
MSchobitz - Lead O/S - 16/May/15 with USMC, Fran Hammond

Back to lead it sometime colder
Gambit - TR rpt - 16/Apr/15 with Alone

Almost dark. 5 mins later and definitely wouldn't have done it.. One small cam 2/5 of the way up, prob OK though. Good to get it done on my first day on rock this year
morganator - Lead - 15/Apr/15 with Mark Whitworth

Nice evening. First wed evening outside of the 2015 season.
Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo - 15/Apr/15

MysteriousCeorl - TR - 20/Mar/15

onsight on a gri gri then soloed a sweet route
Luke Dawson - Solo RP - 06/Feb/15

phil64 - 2015

Beautiful climbing, not brave enough to lead it
rurp - TR O/S - 27/Oct/14

sopaz - 2nd - 26/Oct/14

Great, would be easier to solo - the gear didn't inspire much confidence.
theomoore - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/14 with Roisin

C May - TR O/S - 13/Sep/14

daveagriff - TR - 09/Sep/14 with Stuart Hossack

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/14

MrBIond - 2nd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Ed Teale

mrteale - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/14 with MrBlond

WillDoyle - Solo - 14/Apr/14

Was feeling quite good about this until i got to the gear at half height an saw how poor it is, i tried to place 3 differnt cams only to watch them slide down the rope of their own accord, which put me right off me stride! Managed to back climb slightly and drop onto the grass round the arete, think next time i would just go for the solo, less distractions.
Bloke on a Rope - Lead dnf - 29/Mar/14 with Matt

ashtond6 - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/14

amccann - Solo rpt - 16/Mar/14

franhammond92 - 2nd - 16/Mar/14 with Alex McCann

mike mo - 2nd - 2014

Hidden - TR O/S - 29/Dec/13

Got just beyond the gear and my hands were too cold and I'd lost psyche, so I backed off.
Teappleby - Lead dnf - 11/Dec/13 with Matt Ferrier

Had a cheeky abbsail down the route and found one good pice of gear and two poor pieces, a littel regret i just didnt solo it! But i am still in one pice:-)
Andy Peak 1 - Lead β - 03/Dec/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - Dec/13

Warm up. Sweet. Was climbing pretty balls-out at the top.
Matthew Ferrier - Lead O/S - 13/Nov/13 with Calum Wadsworth, Tom Appleby, Alex McCann

amccann - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/13

Teappleby - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/13 with Alex McCann

Kim M - 2nd O/S - 01/Oct/13 with Nige

2x toprope then led. One good-ish cam at half height.
Andy Moles - Lead RP - 27/Sep/13 with Ferdia

ferdia - TR O/S - 27/Sep/13 with Andy

mikealexpayne - TR - 08/Sep/13

No head to lead it, but the moves felt steady. Maybe in a few years...
Alkis - TR O/S - 01/Sep/13 with Adam Butterworth

thetradlad - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/13 with Harry Thorpe

Harry Thorpe - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/13 with Jake Lodge

Felt high and I didnt find any gear :( Climbing isnt too difficult though....
Lunar25 - Lead O/S - 19/May/13 with Phil Marsh

Top roped easily clean a few times. Much easier than expected so went for the solo which was more gripping but OK. Better to do it this way than to never doing it at all or should I have "manned up" for the on-sight solo.
Graeme Hammond - Solo RP - 30/Apr/13 with Richard Williams

Hidden - TR O/S - 15/Apr/13

Done in the dark, a great climb on a top rope and all the moves go OK but absolutely no gear.
Andrew Lodge - TR O/S - 15/Apr/13 with Bob, Steve

really easy and steady to the very last move. couldn't see the move at all! downclimbed from two foot from the top back to the ground. surely that is harder than finishing it?! oops. no mats, friends, harness.
benkelsey - Solo dnf - 13/Apr/13 with HPC

2 pads and a mate
Hannes B - Solo O/S - 09/Apr/13 with Debbie B

Fantastic route,but didnt really get any gear that would have caught a whipper so just had to hold my head and climb it!first ever E4 on lead and never managed an E3 so quite a jump from 2 to 4!
jon_gill1 - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/13 with ross garfoot

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Feb/13

Some near-disastrous route reading error near the top (swung round onto the steep face) but otherwise very straightforward.
Daniel Heath - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/13 with Remus

spitfirerick - TR - 23/Nov/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/12

the power - TR O/S - 03/Nov/12 with paul29uk

Hidden - TR O/S - 03/Nov/12

Felt fine having backed off the start a year or two ago. Really enjoyable and airy.
Andrew Barker - Solo - Oct/12 with Cat Black

Hidden - TR rpt - 22/Sep/12

Was eyeing it up all day, decided to go for it and was so glad i did! Woop!!
geoff.comley - Solo O/S - 13/Sep/12 with Vic Paterson

Nice and steady, delicate all the way. Didnt feel too hard tho, guess its just my kind of route..
Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 08/Sep/12

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/12

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/12 with Bryony Weathers

Bry - 2nd β - 15/Apr/12 with Paul

chrishedgehog - TR O/S - 14/Apr/12

Easy 5c .... with the rope in front of me, not trailing uselessly behind!
Tim Sparrow - TR - 10/Apr/12 with Geoff Thomas

clmbr - TR - 07/Apr/12 with mr g walters

barni - Solo β - 05/Apr/12 with Ami

Hidden - TR - 27/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd β - 26/Mar/12

Ground up, second go after a silly slip low down.
belay bunny turned bad - Lead RP - 26/Mar/12 with loundsy

torin_123 - TR - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Not as precarious as I was expecting.
kingholmesy - Solo O/S - 2012

Jim Malo - TR O/S - 27/Nov/11 with Putt

Steady away
davesykes - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/11 with Stan

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/11 with Dave Sargent

davewsargent - 2nd O/S - 24/Oct/11 with peter sargent

Glad I didn't solo or LP this. Still psyched to flash it.
ianjfsutcliffe - 2nd O/S - 23/Sep/11 with Courty

one slip just after the gear, but soughted my life and got it second attempt. First E4.
M_W_Court - Lead RP - 23/Sep/11 with ian sutcliffe

ben_250 - TR O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Tom

wanted to solo this for a while,had a spare half day so went down specialy.Did a few warm ups then tried first few moves 3 times before commiting.Got a bit spooked half way up but managed to keep it together, just.
Phill Mitch - Solo β - 10/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead - 21/May/11

ColinD - TR O/S - 27/Apr/11

alaan - Solo rpt - 23/Apr/11

Found it delicate.
nick ferro - TR O/S - 16/Apr/11 with Jonathan Aylwin

akhughes - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/11

Tony Holdsworth - 2nd O/S - 11/Apr/11 with Adam Hughes

harold walmsley - Solo RP - 22/Mar/11

Found it OK (easier than its namesake at Helsby). Shouldn't have spoiled the onsight
harold walmsley - TR O/S - 08/Mar/11 with Colin Struthers

howlingbaboon - TR O/S - 26/Feb/11

Did this as my first E4 about a week after my first E3 and having never done an E2 looking back on it now i don't know what the hell i was thinking.
mwatson - 2011

Ahab - Lead dnf - Dec/10

harvie - Solo O/S - 13/Nov/10

Briefly unsettling approaching the break. Got 2 pieces in, but one was only on 2 cams and the other dubious also. Fantastic line and climbing though. Just gotta keep calm...
highlux - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/10

derekb - TR O/S - 10/Oct/10 with Steve - PCC

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Oct/10

J.Wells - Solo RP - 25/Sep/10

Essentially a solo. For me the bad cams "protected" the rest of the route just after the crux at half height.
thomasadixon - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/10 with Mike

tomthecoolperson - TR O/S - 03/Sep/10

Hidden - TR O/S - 11/Jul/10

Hidden - TR - 19/Jun/10

Alasdair88 - 2nd O/S - 30/May/10 with Chris, Lev, Tom baines, Liz davies, Emma Ross

lizzie789 - 2nd O/S - 30/May/10 with Lev, Tom Baines, Chris Davies, Emma, Al Franks

Lev - Lead rpt - 30/May/10 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/May/10

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

jwpil - TR O/S - 11/Apr/10 with Gordon

Hidden - TR rpt - 11/Apr/10

gordonday - TR O/S - 11/Apr/10

Shauna - 2nd O/S - 04/Apr/10 with Jules

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Dec/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Nov/09

Matt Bennett - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/09 with Lewis Grey

feilx - Solo O/S - 11/Oct/09

Hidden - TR O/S - 03/Oct/09

mic_b - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/09 with mrsbate

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 11/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/09

Had bad hayfever, and even worse midges. Hastily retreated after this.
Jeronimo - Solo O/S - 21/Jun/09 with sam8oy

sam8oy - Solo O/S - 21/Jun/09 with Jay

Kyuzo - Solo O/S - 13/Apr/09

Hidden - TR - 10/Apr/09

Em66 - TR O/S - 15/Mar/09 with MUMC

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 15/Mar/09 with Katharine and Nick Payne

Theeni - TR O/S - 15/Mar/09 with Jon Leighton

RCrockford - TR - 24/Jan/09 with Mark D

Diggler - TR - 24/Jan/09 with RCrockford

melonmike - TR O/S - 2009

stephenhartley - 2nd - 2009 with Burns

jimsrankin - TR - Dec/08 with Andy

Nicos - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/08 with frazer

Excellent route. A small cam protects the crux at about half height.
Matt Fry - Lead β - 19/Oct/08 with Dafydd Roberts

Hidden - TR rpt - 23/Jul/08

morganator - Solo O/S - 25/May/08

gforce - Lead - 12/May/08 with Emma

Mike Soulby - TR RP - 14/Apr/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Mar/08

Hannah Moulton - TR - 2008 with Spudly, james

Hidden - TR - 2008

Hidden - TR - Dec/07

Seconded some one on this years ago.
alaan - Solo - 14/Nov/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Nov/07

Had bottled it and traversed off into fringe benefit a couple of years ago. Really enjoyed it today, crag to myself.
Ram MkiV - Solo - 05/Oct/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Oct/07

Decided i didn't like the look of it - after commiting to the route. Wasn't too bad once i regained my composure.
Brian Rodgers - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/07 with Louise Rodgers

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/07

climbingrick - 2nd O/S - 27/May/07

Oceanic - 2nd - May/07

tatz45 - Lead β - 28/Apr/07 with Lisa Morgan

bronsonite - Solo O/S - 03/Feb/07

BenJacobs - TR RP - 2007 with PeakDJ

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Dec/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Dec/06

Ben1983 - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/06

Brown - Solo O/S - 30/Nov/06 with Solo

Nick Taylor - Lead β - 08/Oct/06 with Chris Handy

Hidden - TR O/S - 19/Jul/06

madaxeman - TR O/S - 09/May/06 with Dave Potts & Mark Benton

markbenton - TR β - 09/May/06

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/06 with helen gibson

Hidden - TR O/S - 19/Feb/06

Boy - 2006

dave top roped it another day and said i could do it! he was right.just one smear move whilst laying away on the arete,next to the only gear,the rest is all in balance.
Phill Mitch - Lead O/S - 2006 with dave

Hidden - Solo O/S - Oct/05

Jim Gayler - Lead - May/05 with Nick Patrick, Matt Parkes, Ben Waller

By myself one night after work
Gambit - Solo RP - 2005

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2005

Hidden - Solo - 19/Sep/04

Lev - 2nd O/S - 02/May/04 with Spen

Smelly Fox - Lead O/S - Mar/04 with Luisa Giles

chris warner - 2nd - May/03

Hidden - AltLd - 19/Mar/03

Hidden - TR O/S - Jun/02

As tenuous as you'd expect
Siderunner - TR β - 25/May/02 with Steve G

Urgles - TR O/S - Apr/01 with Francis Lickerish

ewen - 2001

There was already a rope on it, someone offered me a go, and I was weak enough to accept. That's my excuse anyway.
adam carless - TR O/S - 2001 with someone from CUMC

tuftynick - 2001

stuart100 - TR O/S - 10/May/00 with Claire Graham

tlr - 2nd - 2000

Billg - Lead O/S - 1998

Roget - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/97 with jon

Hidden - TR O/S - 13/Apr/97

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Solo O/S - 28/Mar/97

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 1997

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1997

toproped ok but didn't fancy leading it!
martroberts - TR O/S - 09/Jun/96

craig h - Solo rpt - Feb/96

Hidden - TR O/S - 01/Jul/95

Gordon Stainforth - TR - 28/Jun/95 with Steve Dean, Terry Gifford, Chris Thorp, Pete Sutton

I'm sure that this used to be graded E3?
Sean Kelly - 1995 with Keith Bolton

James Moyle - TR O/S - Aug/94

Hidden - TR - 13/Jul/94

Jez, Ste O Dowd and Ruth were out that day.
mattnuttall - Solo rpt - 15/Jun/94

Chris the Tall - TR - Jun/94

Podling - TR - 1994

mattnuttall - Solo O/S - 16/Oct/93

Hidden - TR - Sep/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

Hidden - Solo rpt - 18/Oct/92

Hidden - TR O/S - 08/Sep/92

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/92

jamiev - TR O/S - 1992 with Rupert Gladstone

NeilGriffiths - Solo O/S - 1992

andy tetsill - TR - Mar/91 with Joy

A great sunny winter's day. 12 routes led or soloed.
Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/90 with Kim Greenald

leathers - 1990

Andy Say - Solo O/S - 17/Oct/89

Hidden - Lead - 13/Aug/89

dominic lee - Solo O/S - 28/Jul/89

Hidden - TR - 06/May/89

uphillnow - TR - 1989

Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/88 with Colin Hughes

Hidden - TR - 13/Sep/87

Billg - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/87 with Dave Gregory

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 01/Apr/86 with Matt Boyer

Hidden - TR - 12/Jun/85

malc - TR - 22/Jul/84

KRB - Solo O/S - 19/Sep/83

Tom V - TR - 1983

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

paul__in_sheffield - Lead - 1980

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1977

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