Rockfax Description
The clean-cut corner crack is a VS with attitude. With gear placed as high as possible, layback and jam with conviction and try not to pump out before the sanctuary of the horizontal break. A 'go for it' approach is a poor idea here. Move right a short distance and belly-flop over the top. For those who are not pumped senseless a direct exit is not much harder. © Rockfax

FA. Dick Brown late 1940s

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, 100 More Classic British VS Climbs, Eastern Grit Jamming, Northern Grit 100 VD - VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, UK Classic Corners, Tick List for 2015/2016, Do you climb Very Severe?.

g1m147 22/Nov Lead
with SCrossley, Mick.
cookie-doo 22/Oct 2nd dog

Did the lay back with no problems but when I got near the top the pump set in. Quick rest and onwards to the belly flop.

BDC 22/Oct Lead O/S
with ed, Anna
robertmichaeladams 17/Oct 2nd
with Mark C
Becks87 10/Oct 2nd rpt

Finished to the left. Dogged my way up a year ago (as 2nd), felt good this time round.

with Adam L
atom 10/Oct Lead O/S

Wonderful laybacking crack all the way with a couple of good rests. Finished right

Hidden 23/Sep 2nd
Hidden 05/Sep -
Hidden 05/Sep 2nd O/S
Matt Groom 12/Aug Lead
with Nina
db79 11/Jul 2nd O/S
Neal Jobling 24/Jun 2nd rpt
with Tony Flint
planetmarshall 21/Jun Lead O/S

So much fun - hard VS with a small 'h'.

with Clive Betteridge
K Farrell 07/Jun 2nd dog

Rested on the top section. Laybacking was hard, had to get into the groove. Not my kinda route. Harder than VS 4c, really sustained.

with Crazy Neil, Rob, K McKay
K Mckay 07/Jun Lead dnf

F***ing hard. My first route on grit after 1 year...what was I thinking.

with Crazy Neil, Crazy Rob, K Farrell
Hidden 06/Jun 2nd rpt
kermit_uk 06/Jun Lead O/S
with Michelle
Tom Redmond 23/May Lead O/S
with joe cossey, luke dudhil
Joey C 22/May 2nd
The Reaper 21/May Lead O/S

Start of my quest to tick all the notorious VSs in the Eastern Peak. Found this one easy.

Sam McCarthy 16/May 2nd O/S
with Micky, Fran
MSchobitz 16/May Lead dog

This went about as badly as it could have.

with USMC, Fran Hammond
hotfeet 16/May 2nd
Hidden 10/May 2nd
Hidden 10/May 2nd O/S
Jmpollard 10/May Lead O/S
tomB 09/May Lead O/S
Hidden 04/May 2nd
afearn91 02/May Lead G/U

SPA assessment route.

john lynch 26/Apr Lead rpt
with esther
Mowglee 23/Apr Lead rpt
with Louise
apw 23/Apr 2nd
with Francis
Karlos 11/Apr Lead dog

A classic. I was gutted to have rested on a nut just before the final move.

with Adam B
Hidden 11/Apr 2nd
OliverRoss 06/Apr Lead O/S
with Ryan Baird
cem 28/Mar 2nd rpt
Kirill 28/Mar Lead rpt
andybirtwistle 25/Mar Lead
with Steve Clegg, Keith Lonsdale
jonhowson 07/Mar 2nd O/S

Easy enough on second, will have to lead it for the full effect.

with Olly
Hidden 07/Mar Lead O/S
gravity 07/Mar 2nd
with David
robblowen 28/Feb Lead O/S

Not VS but an awesome route and walking in for.

with Jonny
ashtond6 28/Feb 2nd rpt

As yosemite practise so only jamming. Ring locks and finger stacks make this alot harder and good

stev1e.wilso 08/Feb 2nd
with Simon
Andy Peak 1 07/Feb Lead rpt

Ha vs my ass

Palmer 07/Feb Lead
brownie mike 18/Jan Lead O/S
bantamdave 11/Jan Lead rpt

This time last year I seconded Altar Crack. I said then I could not imagine ever leading it. Today I did. I am blown away.

with Tony Maden, Will
theomoore 10/Jan Lead O/S
with Roisin
jayray ??/2015 -
Hidden 30/Nov/14 Lead
georgenvk 01/Nov/14 Lead O/S
with Becks87
Becks87 01/Nov/14 2nd dog
with George
PeteWilson 26/Oct/14 Lead O/S

great route, pumpy but ok as long as you keep moving, no single hard move on it

with Andrew Graham
gavinpeach 25/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Great line. Didn't step right. First lead in two months due to injured foot.

with Max Pendleton
giuly 19/Oct/14 2nd
with Chris Saunders
thetradlad 18/Oct/14 2nd dog
yarrow 18/Oct/14 Lead O/S
daftendirekt 05/Oct/14 2nd O/S
RosieLynch 05/Oct/14 2nd rpt
with Ester Knowles, Anthony King
john lynch 05/Oct/14 Lead
with chris jackson, Bethan D, esther, Dave Barber
livinginapear 05/Oct/14 TR β

Cracktastic, a struggle to BREEEATHE

Hidden 05/Oct/14 TR O/S
aking12 05/Oct/14 Lead rpt
with Ester Knowles, Rosie Lynch
dom94 22/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Clement
Matt Harmon 09/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Nick1812P 09/Sep/14 2nd rpt
with Matt H
sting 30/Aug/14 2nd
with kwaidy
Hidden 30/Aug/14 Lead rpt
ChrisVickers 16/Aug/14 2nd O/S
David Mayers 16/Aug/14 2nd
with Stuart Howard
Jam_sandwich 09/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Alex Thompson 09/Aug/14 2nd O/S

Top felt tricky for the grade still.

with Jam
freemanTom 03/Aug/14 Lead

VS? Hmmm ok

with Carol Soc
Anne Gumbley 03/Aug/14 2nd dog
markfairbank 03/Aug/14 Lead O/S
MysteriousCeorl 01/Jun/14 TR dog
Hidden 20/May/14 2nd
Giles1 14/May/14 Lead O/S
with Lucy
mark v 11/May/14 2nd
with Mike Norbury
alooker 20/Apr/14 Lead
with Serena
Serena Lambre 20/Apr/14 2nd dog

If lay-backing is your thing, this will be your dream route! Careful belaying needed due to large rock in potential falling zone.

with alooker
Hidden 13/Apr/14 2nd
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead
bantamdave 12/Apr/14 2nd O/S
with Tony Maden
belay bunny turned bad 11/Apr/14 Lead
with al
Hidden 09/Apr/14 2nd
Hidden 09/Apr/14 -
JoeMortimer 08/Apr/14 Lead

Just as good the second time around.

Hidden 30/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 30/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Stoney Boy 23/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Phil Cundy
Hidden 23/Mar/14 Lead rpt
greenclimb 22/Mar/14 Lead rpt
Matt Cooke 22/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Jack, Sam Taylor
Hidden 16/Mar/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 16/Mar/14 Lead O/S
jimbonfire 16/Mar/14 -
Hidden 09/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/14 2nd
PaulTanton 08/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Great route but getting polished. Need to watch your footwork. It gets easier as you gain hight.

with Rhys McCallister, Bruce Woodley
Hidden 08/Mar/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 02/Mar/14 -
bigbobbyking 01/Mar/14 2nd O/S
with Chris Bull
Paul Hy 22/Feb/14 Lead O/S

My 1000th route in just under 3 years. it was hard but well worth it.

with Rob S
Jackwd 22/Feb/14 2nd O/S
sdixon 16/Jan/14 2nd
JHiley 16/Jan/14 Lead O/S

Found the layback ok and the top really hard. Didn't step right until actually reaching the top though...

with Sarah
manwithacam 05/Jan/14 Lead

Assume the position and sprint for it.

with Alan
adie84 ??/2014 -
dominic lee 28/Dec/13 Solo
drobin 20/Dec/13 2nd
LakesWinter 15/Dec/13 Lead G/U

Excellent route

with Mark R
Hidden ?/Dec/13 Solo O/S
amccann 12/Nov/13 Lead O/S
Teappleby 12/Nov/13 2nd
jamie ward 05/Oct/13 Lead
with Alex Ried
GermanAlex 05/Oct/13 2nd


with Jamie
adam clarke 28/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Felt more strenuous, more harrowing and, well, harder than Croton Oil

with Adam Lynch
rockaddict 28/Sep/13 Lead
Andy Moles 27/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
ferdia 27/Sep/13 2nd
with Andy
Tony Holdsworth 20/Sep/13 Lead rpt
with Peter Harris
Hidden 13/Sep/13 Lead O/S
aking12 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Adam_42 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Alkis Tsapinidis
morganator 01/Sep/13 Solo
Alkis 01/Sep/13 2nd rpt
RosieLynch 01/Sep/13 2nd dog
Tamati 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Jane
JRigby 18/Aug/13 2nd
with Will
JoeMortimer 07/Aug/13 Lead

One of the best VS climbs I have done, a definite must.

Nigel Bond 01/Jul/13 Lead
with Bern Hardman
quickdrawmcraw 01/Jul/13 Lead
with bob
mamboochris 30/Jun/13 Lead
with Andrew
matthew_weightman 16/Jun/13 TR O/S
staceyjg 12/May/13 2nd O/S

Absolutely loved this route, not sure whether I could lead it but loved seconding it! Definitely worth 3 stars

minaturechris 12/May/13 Lead O/S
with Stacey
Bex_M 12/May/13 2nd dog
with Chris Gardner, Stacey Jg
Hidden 05/May/13 Lead O/S
shaunhumphreys 05/May/13 Lead O/S
with Drew
ClemB 05/May/13 Lead
Drew Bennett 05/May/13 2nd
with shaun
ianbowles 04/May/13 Lead dnf

Fell after not making the break, lack of crack skills telling, laybacking not enough, need to jam! Ropeburn, upside down, hate it, will be back...

with Max Bardwell
Hidden 29/Apr/13 TR O/S
Andrew Lodge 29/Apr/13 TR
with Steve
Tony Ryland 29/Apr/13 TR
Fragmod 28/Apr/13 2nd
DanielGyi 28/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with Olli Crudge
Olli-C 28/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Excellent route!

with Dan Gyi
David_Gledson 23/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with Alan
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Lead O/S
MPSBunny 21/Apr/13 Lead dog

Managed to get up the crack to the break but couldn't work out how to get up to an nice jam higher up the crack and after moving up two or three times to try and work up for it I ended up having to rest on the rope. After a bit of a breather on the rope I had another crack on it and used the jam I had to layback up to the nice hold and finished comfortably from there. I will be back for a clean lead!

mariannekhoo 21/Apr/13 Lead dnf

Got spat off halfway up (before the horizontal break) a couple of times. Seconded clean.

Brannock 21/Apr/13 2nd O/S

Soft HVS?

Hidden 07/Apr/13 Lead G/U
Jenny Monkey 07/Apr/13 TR

ran out of steam a couple of times but loads of fun!!

Lukem6 07/Apr/13 2nd O/S
Jonny Nick 06/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with eleytim
dangmtb 06/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Classic layback... Not much time to place gear, just go for it! Small cam stuck in half way up from someone else's lead helped.

treg 03/Apr/13 2nd
with Dan Osbaldeston
DanOsb 03/Apr/13 Lead
steve prior ?/Apr/13 Lead
with Andy C
Hidden 10/Mar/13 Lead rpt
althesin 05/Mar/13 Lead O/S
althesin 05/Mar/13 2nd rpt
with Reds
Reds 05/Mar/13 Lead β
schristophersmith 05/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Nick Rundall 02/Mar/13 Lead O/S
with Oli Charlesworth, Jon Taylor
nacnud 21/Feb/13 2nd dog
Nick1812P 17/Feb/13 2nd O/S
with Anna
Hidden 17/Feb/13 Lead O/S
john lynch 04/Feb/13 2nd O/S
with Lewis Andrew
Hidden 01/Jan/13 2nd
rlellis1 ??/2013 2nd
Tony Kartawick ??/2013 -
Wyrdwired ??/2013 2nd
Anna duckett ??/2013 Lead
Hidden 02/Dec/12 Lead O/S
Jake Young 28/Nov/12 Lead rpt
with Laura
lbarras 28/Nov/12 2nd
with jake
Hidden 24/Nov/12 Lead dog
ashtond6 24/Nov/12 Lead
Dave 88 24/Nov/12 2nd dog

Too pumped. I hate laybacking!

Hardcore Pat 18/Nov/12 Lead β
with Sir William of pettitsmith
Hidden 11/Nov/12 Lead dnf
Babika 10/Nov/12 2nd dog

had to hang on the rop mid crack. Desparately tried to jam it but gave up in the end and went for a scrabbling layback. Awesome route

with Charles Leek
Hidden 03/Nov/12 Lead O/S
climbingpixie 03/Nov/12 2nd rpt

Amazing as always!

with Andy
dr_botnik 03/Nov/12 Lead dog
with Chris Daly-Roy
MoWalker3 03/Nov/12 -
with chrissy
Hidden 27/Oct/12 2nd
Hidden 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S
thomaspomfrett 21/Oct/12 Lead dog

Made it to the breaks, slapped a cam in pumped out and rested then finished. Tough at VS!

with Joe Callaghan, Will Morgan
deacondeacon 13/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 13/Oct/12 Lead rpt
with Ewan
riddle 13/Oct/12 2nd O/S
with Ted Rogers
callaghanjoe 12/Oct/12 2nd
stingray_tara 06/Oct/12 Lead dnf

Bad Leader fall - 3m. Hit head/back. Foot slipped above cam - cam held

with Roger Hamilton-Smith
stingray_tara 06/Oct/12 2nd rpt
with Roger Hamilton-Smith
riddle 06/Oct/12 Lead O/S

A hard route, RTFM!

with Tara
Hidden 30/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Cake 29/Sep/12 2nd rpt

Good work, John

Will Gordon 14/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Sep/12 2nd
Nevil ?/Sep/12 2nd
with Mike
Hidden ?/Sep/12 Lead
Hidden 22/Jul/12 TR β
Hidden 14/Jul/12 Lead dog
jon59 18/Jun/12 2nd
Voltemands 17/Jun/12 Lead dnf

What can I say, I saw that it was going to be a pump fest. The guide book even warns of it. Got the gear as high as possible - tick. Went for it, hung around for too long. Got pumped, the anxiety kicked in and I cleanly down climbed from the crux - further than if I'd just carried on through it! Fun none the less. I shall be back!

Voltemands 17/Jun/12 2nd rpt

Went on to second the route after a DNF on lead.

Hidden 12/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/May/12 Lead
nrhardy 24/May/12 2nd

Started lead, but pumped, so clean downclimb and seconded Paul.

Hidden 13/May/12 Lead
Carter 05/May/12 Lead dog
Andy Peak 1 04/May/12 -

A very fitting neighbor for nonsuch!

with H washbrook
tomthecoolperson 03/May/12 2nd
with Andrew
Sam Simpson 02/May/12 Lead O/S
Tom Doldon 02/May/12 2nd O/S

one of best vs

Hidden ?/May/12 2nd
ldadams ?/May/12 2nd
Falko 16/Apr/12 Lead O/S

It's a cracker . . .

with Al W.
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 15/Apr/12 2nd RP
Bry 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Paul
chrishedgehog 14/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Kieran Myles
lizzyb 08/Apr/12 2nd dog

Should be E for energetic, not technical just bloody pumpy hard work. Definately felt harder than a few hvs' i've climbed. High in the grade on pure work levels. I'm no good at jamming and couldn't keep pushing with one of my feet to maintain the pressure of layback while moving hands up and fell a couple of times. Was exhausted by the finish. Will have to come back for a clean attack when i'm in better climbing shape.

vix 08/Apr/12 Lead dnf

Got too pumped, first lead fall. Must go back for a rematch

with Alex
martin one 07/Apr/12 Lead rpt
with Chris day
sopaz 06/Apr/12 2nd
Kirill 06/Apr/12 Lead rpt

Finally did it cleanly, finished left. Should be graded HVS 5b in my opinion.

Paul Baxter 06/Apr/12 2nd
with Kirill
Hidden 31/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden 31/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Marq 28/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Mar/12 Lead
andybirtwistle 27/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Tough for the grade

with Keith Lonsdale
JPGR 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S
albt 24/Mar/12 2nd O/S
MartinWilliams87 17/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Mar/12 Lead
Guy Wilson ?/Mar/12 -
with Plum
Hidden ?/Mar/12 2nd rpt
Hidden 26/Feb/12 TR O/S
Chad123 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S

A hood honest VS as they say - quite full value but not too bad if you just layback quickly to the good bridging rest - far easier than the "HVS" to the right! An excellent and memorable climb anyway.

with Emily
CraigJ 26/Feb/12 2nd dog
with Matt Atkinson
andyjirvin 25/Feb/12 2nd O/S

Awesome route. Sustained laybacking - can't think of too many routes where you just keep hauling up such a clean natural line - great fun! Complete contrast to all the balancey stuff we'd just been doing. Want to come back and lead for the full experience!

gingerwolf 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Lead on Glenn's gear

Kirill 19/Feb/12 Lead dog

still as weak as 3 years ago

Hidden 19/Feb/12 2nd
Double Knee Bar 19/Feb/12 Lead dog

Rested on gear at the break. Well pumped.

with TomBond
stevorobs3 18/Feb/12 Lead O/S


with Xandra
missxandrabee 18/Feb/12 2nd dog

The One With the Pumpy Layback (and like, nothing else).

with Boston Michael, Steve
stuaart 29/Jan/12 Lead

Err... rested a couple of moves below the horizontal break. Well pumped.

with Ben, Neil Redgrave
Blisco 28/Jan/12 2nd dnf

Dogged to the break before being lowered off. Not the best warm-up!

with Matt Downes
Hidden 22/Jan/12 TR
fatbuoybazza 22/Jan/12 Lead rpt

Still hard..

with jim
Jim Malo 22/Jan/12 2nd dog
with Barry
the power 22/Jan/12 TR
cem 08/Jan/12 2nd rpt
Charlie Zephyr Booth 07/Jan/12 Lead O/S

nice layback moves and tricky finish!

samfayers 06/Jan/12 Lead
with sars
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
AlanPedrick ??/2012 -
admackie ??/2012 -
cragtyke 30/Nov/11 Lead
Jim Malo 19/Nov/11 Lead dnf

Unable to continue

with Mark
victim of mathematics 18/Nov/11 Lead O/S

Bloody hell!

James Oswald 18/Nov/11 Lead O/S

Lead on Colin's gear for fun. Felt much easier than last time! Ace

with Colin Angus
melonmike 12/Nov/11 Lead O/S
with Nick
nic42 12/Nov/11 2nd O/S
with mike
wirralclimber1984 03/Nov/11 TR O/S
JamieSparkes 29/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Mark
Hidden 28/Oct/11 Lead dog
pie_eater_pete 24/Oct/11 2nd rpt
davewsargent 24/Oct/11 Lead O/S
cobweb 22/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Come on ! It's never vs ; it's great though , HVS 5a , as a route it's harder than' fringe benefits'

with martyn hopson
Lumbering Oaf 07/Oct/11 2nd dog
hotfeet 07/Oct/11 Lead
with Matthew
Helen Gibson 04/Oct/11 Lead

packs it in..

Hidden 02/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Sidekick 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
shouter 24/Sep/11 Lead
mark4344 20/Sep/11 Lead O/S

Thuggy laybacking, but great route.

with Dan, Matt Payne
cheeky 20/Sep/11 2nd dog
JonnoP 10/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Paul Burke
Hidden 03/Sep/11 2nd rpt
Tom Campbell 29/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Chris Craggs 28/Aug/11 2nd

Gets harder as the years roll by!

with Graham Parkes
lithos 15/Aug/11 Lead O/S

quality climbing, quite tricky at the top which i wasn't expecting

with George Wright
pebbles 15/Aug/11 2nd

excellent lead by rob, one piece of gear then went for it

with george, rob
DerwentDiluted 09/Aug/11 Lead
with Nicola Pettit
martin one 07/Aug/11 Lead rpt
with joel
ChrisBrooke 07/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Andy Houseman, Duncan Bell
Hidden ?/Aug/11 Lead
CurlyStevo ?/Aug/11 2nd

After seconding this clean I don't see why this route wouldn't get HVS 4c it's way more pumpy than many HVS routes and many a HVS leader would struggle on this (me for starters)

with Kenny
Dave Foster 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Si
ojp 30/Jul/11 2nd β

Nice pumpy warm up...

with Dave
Katie S 09/Jul/11 Lead
Oliver Houston 15/Jun/11 Lead rpt

2nded a couple of times before, felt much harder on lead!

BeccaSnowden 15/Jun/11 2nd rpt
thomasadixon 15/Jun/11 2nd rpt
with Becca, Ollie
Jonni ?/Jun/11 2nd
Cake 29/May/11 Lead O/S

A gem

Will Hunt 29/May/11 2nd O/S
with Matt Robinson
Mowglee 29/May/11 2nd O/S
with Tom Nichols
Matt_L_Robinson 29/May/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/May/11 2nd rpt
busdriver 29/May/11 2nd
with Chris
Simon_Letman 29/May/11 Lead O/S
krikoman 29/May/11 2nd dog

Hard work, glad I wasn't leading. Pumpy as you like completely ran out of steam.

with 1_Rich Brown, Kev Gibbs
Hidden 24/May/11 Lead rpt
Deezel65 16/May/11 Lead O/S

This is a VS not for the faint hearted, really hard work and commiting

jon_gill1 15/May/11 Lead O/S
Duck Egg 15/May/11 Lead O/S


with Jon Stewart
Hidden 15/May/11 2nd O/S
Bry 14/May/11 2nd β
with Simon, Jim
migs493 01/May/11 2nd β
with LO
lozowen 01/May/11 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/11 Lead O/S
Amy Kilpin 30/Apr/11 2nd
Jim Brownlow 16/Apr/11 2nd dog
geddicakes 14/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Anthony Dixon 13/Apr/11 Lead
TomPR 12/Apr/11 Lead
chrisallan 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
will_benfold 09/Apr/11 Lead β

Belaying Henry and having his first three bits of gear ready to clip probably counts as beta.

liamoloughlin 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Jimbo C 07/Apr/11 Lead O/S

I was very intimidated by this route's reputation, but once at the base of the crack I felt calm. Not as hard as I thought it would be but it doesn't half get you pumped.

with Pete
Hidden 06/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Dave Gilling 05/Apr/11 2nd
with Jamie Lilleman
WalnutHorse 26/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Robin Warden 20/Mar/11 -

Proper ard stuff!

Hidden 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Batt 12/Mar/11 2nd O/S

I will not be leading this!! You can at least rest at the top of the crack but it's not all over!

Lumbering Oaf 12/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Got mega pumped on this one: laybacking back down after getting cold feet when above my gear didn't help - first outing this year though. Worth the stars.

Hidden 12/Mar/11 TR dog
jimshrimp 11/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jan/11 Lead dog
fatbuoybazza 22/Jan/11 Lead dog

Funny how many folks vote hard for V.S, thats HVS then!!, good route, bit stiff for first day out on grit in a while..

Hidden ??/2011 Lead
mwatson ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
the power ??/2011 -
ash longreach ??/2011 2nd
Hidden ??/2011 -
cymjt ??/2011 Lead O/S
ianjfsutcliffe 12/Dec/10 Lead dog

Happy to dog this as dogged it last time too so not worth pulling til I puke for a clean ascent...

with Coatesy
Richard P Coates 12/Dec/10 2nd dog
drysori 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S
with Jon
Jake Young 30/Oct/10 2nd O/S
with Bertie
odox 30/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Jake
Guy Atkinson 28/Oct/10 Lead RP

Hampered by rain and the fact that it's flippin' nails! nice one

treg 28/Oct/10 2nd

Get's the same grade as Jonathan's Chimney, but it's like the crux of JC times 20. 4c, but super sustained.

James Oswald 14/Oct/10 Lead O/S

This is one of my favourite VS's. Awesome. Placed a couple of bits of bomber, high gear. Came down for a rest and then went for it! One must climb quickly! Had enough strength left to place a cam in the break and then a nut. Big slap for the top! AWESOME! :)

with Michael Fallon
philb 10/Oct/10 2nd O/S

with mark laybacking with an interesting twist sustained

AlexxelA ?/Oct/10 2nd O/S


with Alex Williams
dannygiblin ?/Oct/10 Lead
BeccaSnowden 30/Sep/10 Lead RP

Fell off this a year ago. Really hard, loads of gear but only if you're not too pumped to place it!! Relieved to have done it now! :) HVS!!

with Tom
pog100 26/Sep/10 2nd
with Meirion, Cath Walton
Dan Lane 25/Sep/10 Lead O/S

awesome route, proper laybacking, hard work.

with Dad
Hidden 25/Sep/10 2nd
Jon_Warner 24/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Lead up after Ahmad's fine effort. Great route. 3* Direct finish at the end is well worth doing, which if it's done towards the left is more like HVS

with Ahmed
nick ferro 12/Sep/10 -

Powerful layback on good holds. Can't hang around too long putting in gear.

pwilkie 12/Sep/10 Lead dog
with nick ferro
Hidden 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Andy Hardy 05/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Irn Bruce 04/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Good laybacking, minimal protection (it's overrated!). Doesn't quite compare to the challenge of the Crank at Ramshaw Rocks which is at the same grade though.

with Mark J, Ian Jenkins
Hidden 04/Sep/10 Lead
Jules Lane ?/Sep/10 2nd dog
with Dan
J.Wells 28/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Alkis 14/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with Chris Nawrat
JRae 05/Aug/10 Lead O/S


with Oli H
Oliver Houston 05/Aug/10 2nd
drewish 04/Jul/10 Lead O/S


with SteveE9
ben_250 23/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Great lead!

with Tom
tomthecoolperson 23/Jun/10 2nd
with Ben 250
Hidden 19/Jun/10 Lead
TimKnight 18/Jun/10 2nd
Joemanglerocks 18/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 12/Jun/10 2nd
nai 04/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Mel
Hidden 22/May/10 Lead O/S
Michael Ryan 17/May/10 Lead
Hidden 17/May/10 2nd
Shauna 15/May/10 Lead rpt
with Sari
Hidden 15/May/10 2nd
sopaz 15/May/10 TR O/S

So good I did it twice.

climbinmunkey 09/May/10 Lead O/S

OMG this climb should be on the top 50 list in Rockfax and is an absolute must for anyone learning to climb on grit. Bomber gear, jamming to get into the crack two more solid runners then textbook laybacking(my first)up to the horizontal breaks. Manged to place gear while laybacking and got a good rest at the top break before taking the left hand exit. Pumped but delighted!

with Helen
nacnud 07/May/10 2nd
natalietanzer 07/May/10 Lead O/S
with Duncan
pabbage 04/May/10 Lead O/S
Andy Peak 1 03/May/10 Lead
with H washbrook
schaff 01/May/10 Lead O/S
with Tim
Birdo ?/May/10 -
with Daniel Wicks
fionaholt ?/May/10 2nd
with jonny
DanH9883 28/Apr/10 Lead
with Lee
peggy_on_the_rocks 28/Apr/10 2nd dog
Hidden 23/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 22/Apr/10 2nd
jwpil 11/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Gordon
gordonday 11/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 06/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Apr/10 -
Mike Soulby 04/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Sam
disturbed_one51 01/Apr/10 Lead
with Wee man
Jonathan Hall 01/Apr/10 2nd
adamscottthomas 28/Mar/10 Lead dog

The crack claimed another sacrifice! Complete lack of stamina and commitment on my part.

with Richard Draisy
bridget143 28/Mar/10 Lead dog
with Ben Salussolia
westaway 14/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Mar/10 Lead O/S
pedro.silva 10/Mar/10 2nd dog

As the description says, a route from when men were men. Pumped out very soon, proper laybacking here

alisonsmigova 07/Mar/10 2nd dog
alisonsmigova 07/Mar/10 2nd
jack89 02/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Superb climb, loved every minute.

with Oliver
Oliver Houston 02/Mar/10 2nd
masa-alpin 06/Feb/10 Lead dog

Luke first attempted to lead, but finally gave up and was lowered off after several pieces of gear were placed. Then I took over using the same rope end with those gear already clipped. I found myself to be airborne before I noticed and even before I reached Luke's high point (namely in practically the top-rope section)... Wet rocks are to blame? Nevertheless I was terribly annoyed with my own performance!

with P Luke
Steven Andrews 30/Jan/10 2nd O/S

Laybacked all the way up.....fantastic!

with Steve
colin milton 18/Jan/10 2nd dog
with shaun l
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
katyvose1 ??/2010 -
pie_eater_pete ??/2010 -
ianjfsutcliffe 27/Dec/09 Lead

Stiff warm up on a cold day. Hung a rest at the break before squirming over the piss wrapped final moves.

with Big Frank
Ollie B 09/Dec/09 Lead
Em66 05/Dec/09 2nd
with MUMC
mark20 31/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Good for VS

Jim Slater 18/Oct/09 2nd rpt
with Mark Mercer
cayteye 17/Oct/09 2nd
with Paul Highams
tradguy 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S
feilx 11/Oct/09 Solo rpt
decs 05/Oct/09 AltLd
with Tom
Conor1 03/Oct/09 2nd dog

Very good, and obviously pumpy. Didnt make the most of the rest at the top of the crack, then muffed the next move and had to sit on the rope (twice:() Poor form; great route. Get those feet high, and don't stop (till you get enough..)

with Danny Carden
christianevensen ?/Oct/09 Lead dog

Shit, I was pumped (which I was told not to be)...

Rosie Henstock 23/Sep/09 2nd
Laurence Everitt 23/Sep/09 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Chris Havill
AsleepOnBelay 29/Aug/09 Lead O/S

Lots of effort required, very pleased to onsight.

with Sarah Davis
Hidden 29/Aug/09 2nd
Brown 23/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Evan
metal arms 23/Aug/09 Lead
ungracefulathlete 02/Jun/09 2nd dog

horrible, horrible horrible. fell and almost couldnt climb anymore. tried to layback the whole crack. STOOOPID.

with Tim
andybuckley 31/May/09 Lead dnf

Started with tired arms after Roof Route and Groove Route: not a good idea! Layback was nice, but the fingers weren't working by the time I got the the break... bit of a downclimb and undignified drop followed. Oh well, to be expected if I will start already tired... shouldn't be a problem when fresh.

with Dave Williams
Hidden 12/May/09 Lead O/S
Dan 85 09/May/09 Lead O/S
with Alan
Reaver2k 09/May/09 2nd O/S

I thought pretty hard for VS! Good bomber gear, but inorder to stop and place it you have to be in a strenuous layback position or stood on poor smears, bar the first piece. The top was also suprisingly difficult, the move getting from the first break to stood on the ledge above.

Hidden 09/May/09 2nd rpt
danm 07/May/09 Lead
Hidden 01/May/09 Lead O/S
tommytwotone 24/Apr/09 Lead rpt
with Nigel
tomthecoolperson 23/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Andrew
Hidden 23/Apr/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 10/Apr/09 Lead dnf
Hidden 10/Apr/09 2nd
Alfredo 03/Apr/09 Lead
with Tim
deklan 01/Apr/09 Lead
with mike, paul
paul1234 01/Apr/09 2nd
with eggs in any form
Mick r 29/Mar/09 2nd O/S
with big Rob
mol 22/Mar/09 2nd
with Jesse
Jesse Dufton 22/Mar/09 Lead
swoosh 21/Mar/09 Lead
with Pat Dawson
Hidden 09/Mar/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 06/Mar/09 2nd rpt
richardhopton 06/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Madmats
gethin_allen ?/Mar/09 Lead O/S
smokeyj ?/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Rachel
Kirill 31/Jan/09 Lead dog
cem 31/Jan/09 2nd rpt
Hannah Moulton ??/2009 2nd
with AD
keith leonard ??/2009 -
stephenhartley ??/2009 Lead O/S
chrisallan ??/2009 Lead O/S
jimsrankin ?/Dec/08 Lead
with Andy
thomasadixon 28/Nov/08 Lead O/S

Good pumpy route but with more decent bridging rests than I'd expected.

with Ollie
embob 22/Nov/08 2nd

Good work Al. Three falls for me. Pitiful.

with Alex
Hidden 22/Nov/08 2nd dog
Hidden 22/Nov/08 Lead
bridget143 01/Nov/08 Lead dnf
with Mike Pike
Jim Slater 19/Oct/08 2nd O/S
davidwright 19/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Sam
Hidden 19/Oct/08 2nd
TomHaigh 07/Oct/08 Lead RP
with Phil Parker
TomHaigh ?/Oct/08 Lead rpt
with Phil Parker
Creep_pea 27/Sep/08 2nd O/S

Walsh lead but had a couple of rests on the rope but it was still a good lead! Hard for the grade.

with Walsh
highrepute 20/Sep/08 Lead
Sankey 10/Sep/08 2nd O/S
with Michael
Trigoc ?/Sep/08 Lead
Mr Sparkle 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Lindsey Pearson
highrepute 13/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Profile Removed 22 24/Jul/08 2nd dog
with Rich
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 20/Jul/08 Solo O/S
tobydunford 11/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Harry Martin
jl 02/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Penny
pennyb 02/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Jon
Matthallinan 11/Jun/08 2nd
with Ben Carter
morganator 25/May/08 Solo
rogersavery 24/May/08 2nd O/S
with Pete Denver
spqr 24/May/08 2nd O/S
with Ed Shaw
Hidden 15/May/08 Lead O/S
gforce 12/May/08 Lead
with Emma
Hidden 13/Apr/08 2nd
Hidden 08/Apr/08 Lead dnf
Hidden 08/Apr/08 2nd
Hidden 04/Apr/08 Lead dog
Hidden ?/Apr/08 Lead
Sgt. Vest 15/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with emlyn roberts
emlynroberts 15/Mar/08 2nd
with Will Malcolm (BUMS)
Hidden 02/Mar/08 2nd rpt
plastikman 01/Mar/08 2nd dog

Got pumped and died!

with Ian
Ian Broome 01/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with Matt
Rob Davies 01/Mar/08 2nd

Always a good idea to let your mate lead this one!

with Angus McLean
Hidden 16/Feb/08 2nd
MikeLeeds 10/Feb/08 Lead O/S
clive-greenwood 10/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Mattyk 09/Feb/08 Lead O/S

blast through the layback or get pumped and die.. bold is the way to get through this one

with Dom and Jude
Chriswallis2 03/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Jonny
Smeegan ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S


with Owen
TomHaigh ?/Feb/08 Lead dog
with Fraser
Pilch 26/Jan/08 2nd O/S
with Graham
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
nofx ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
DannyK 19/Dec/07 Lead O/S

Strenuous laybacking, thank goodness for the horizontal break!

with pep
feilx 16/Dec/07 Lead O/S
with Phil Davis
Alex Thompson 16/Dec/07 2nd O/S

Almost fell near top!! Laybacking straightforward enough though.

Hardonicus 16/Dec/07 Lead
Hidden 15/Dec/07 -
Andrew Sloan 01/Dec/07 Lead O/S
Andrew Barker ?/Dec/07 2nd O/S
with Chunk
alexharv3y 24/Nov/07 Lead dnf

Raining and cold

alaan 14/Nov/07 Solo rpt
Hidden 10/Nov/07 Lead O/S
Different Steve 10/Nov/07 2nd rpt
with Nick Willis & John Buchan
climbingpixie 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S

Fantastic route but the sort the phrase, 'VS? My arse!' was invented. No hard moves, just hard work. Feels fair at the grade once you've topped out but it's hard not to feel sandbagged when you're pumped stupid halfway up the layback!

with SecretSquirrel
DavidR 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Nov/07 2nd O/S
cem 03/Nov/07 2nd rpt
Hidden 03/Oct/07 Solo
Peakpdr ?/Sep/07 -
with paul
Hidden 25/Aug/07 2nd O/S
curly8 02/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Colossal, made all the sweeter by having walked to the crag from home (took 90 mins though)! A must at the grade...

with stevo
howlingbaboon 28/Jul/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/07 Lead dnf
Hidden 26/May/07 2nd
jimsrankin 26/May/07 Lead rpt
with Mel
climbingrick 20/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/May/07 Lead O/S
c_s_hawkins 29/Apr/07 -
with sarah
baldcoder 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Little Old Lady
Hidden 20/Apr/07 2nd rpt
givemetea 20/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/07 TR
DavidEvans 01/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Ben VK, Phil Woodhead, Jo Owen
OffshoreAndy 25/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with NCC Nic
Hidden 25/Mar/07 2nd
Hidden 22/Mar/07 2nd
Graeme Hammond 17/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with Tom Pascall
Stig 16/Mar/07 2nd O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Hidden 15/Mar/07 2nd dog
david morse 11/Mar/07 2nd
with ric moat
gazfellows ?/Mar/07 2nd
Nicos 27/Feb/07 Solo rpt
with dan woolnough
Benjones45_99 ?/Feb/07 2nd O/S
with Sam Davies
Hidden 13/Jan/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
cat22 ??/2007 2nd O/S
with Mike
Hidden 16/Dec/06 2nd β
JackMountains 14/Dec/06 Lead dog

v.tough for vs. excellent laybacking tho

with David Hakes
petellis 03/Dec/06 Lead O/S
with Alaan
featuresforfeet 19/Nov/06 2nd dog
IanJackson 19/Nov/06 2nd O/S
with Big Ian
cem 05/Nov/06 Lead rpt
with Natasha Geere, Graham Dolman
danm ?/Nov/06 2nd
with Kieran
Hidden 15/Oct/06 2nd rpt
SecretSquirrel 15/Oct/06 Lead

Short fall after failing to commit to the layback but was easy when i actually did the moves properly. (The blood trail is proof that I did get to the top!)

with steve
adam carless 15/Oct/06 Lead O/S

A gem of a route, and the laybacking isn't as hard as it looks.

with Fiend
Rampikino 13/Oct/06 Lead
with MMC Various
SteveM 30/Sep/06 Lead
with Tobs
Hidden 18/Jun/06 2nd
Hidden 11/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Ropeboy 28/May/06 Lead
Hidden 19/May/06 2nd
Si Croft 19/May/06 Lead
with JH
Lev 29/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Apr/06 2nd O/S
cornishben 15/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with Edouard Vincent
dan gibson 15/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with helen gibson
chris sm 14/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with Pippa Froggatt
kp64zl ?/Apr/06 Lead
with Mike L
Hidden 26/Mar/06 2nd O/S
jimdanson 22/Jan/06 2nd
with Dan Robinson
Mowglee 22/Jan/06 2nd O/S
with Bob
Hidden 22/Jan/06 Lead
Hidden 15/Jan/06 Lead
Si dH 11/Jan/06 Lead O/S

Was surprised to find the top-out harder than the layback.

with Neil Furniss
Hidden ??/2006 -
jimsrankin ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Gro
Ian Hamer ??/2006 Lead O/S
with Mog
alaan ?/Dec/05 Lead O/S
with Eurodice
peas ?/Dec/05 2nd dog

Very strenuous. Laybacking is really not for my little T-Rex arms. Well led by CF.

with Chris Ford
Nicos 05/Nov/05 Lead O/S
Jack Symmons ?/Oct/05 Lead
with Chris T
Mark Riley ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
Alex Mason ?/Jul/05 Lead O/S

Good route not as tough as i expected

markbenton 10/May/05 -
Hidden 29/Apr/05 TR
Hidden ?/Feb/05 2nd
Hidden ??/2005 2nd
shark 31/Oct/04 2nd
with Jon Winter
Hidden 19/Sep/04 2nd
Phil West 22/May/04 Lead O/S
with Chris Tan
r0b 11/Apr/04 Lead O/S
with Andy Smith
John Brayshaw 09/Apr/04 2nd O/S
with Chris
Smelly Fox ?/Mar/04 Lead O/S
with Luisa Giles
peter myers ?/Mar/04 TR
with ian macintosh
shoulders 07/Dec/03 Lead
mikeshewring ?/Dec/03 2nd
LankyPaddy 24/Nov/03 Lead O/S


with Alistair Ross
Urgles ?/Oct/03 Lead O/S
with Laura
Hidden 31/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Scotsken ??/2003 -
Hidden 06/Oct/02 Lead O/S
Different Steve ?/Sep/02 2nd O/S
with Pete Krug
Blod 24/Jul/02 Lead G/U

Need to rack friends on the right next time.

with Kevin N
Hidden ?/Jun/02 Lead
Hidden ?/Jun/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Apr/02 Solo O/S
John Marsland 16/Feb/02 Lead
with Ant Williams
willackers ??/2002 Lead O/S
with J.Bickerstaff
Hidden 16/Dec/01 2nd
Hidden ?/Dec/01 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Oct/01 2nd O/S
Hidden 27/Oct/01 Solo
Hidden 13/Oct/01 2nd rpt
DubyaJamesDubya ?/Jun/01 -
with Martin Flint
Stone Muppet ??/2001 -
Hidden ??/2001 Lead O/S
tommytwotone 20/Aug/00 2nd O/S
with Richard Hatton
stuart100 10/May/00 Lead O/S
with Claire Graham
cem 16/Jan/00 2nd
tlr ??/2000 Lead
tuftynick ??/2000 Lead
rurp ??/2000 Lead O/S
Rich Malcolm 10/Jul/99 Lead dog
with Andy Perry, Rich Hewitt
Pete Nugent 22/Mar/98 Lead O/S


with Ian Makin
Rog Wilko ?/Mar/98 2nd

Tough, worth HVS to me.

with Adrian Perkin
Hidden ?/Jan/98 Lead O/S
DavidEvans 01/Nov/97 Lead

Good effort!

with Dave Irving, Chris Gilligan
Hidden 08/Jul/97 Solo
Hidden ??/1997 2nd O/S
uphillnow 08/Sep/96 Lead O/S

Pure pleasure, fun, fun, fun. Most recent lead 30/5/2015 seems to have got harder!

with Al Bennett
goi.ashmore 20/May/95 Lead O/S
with Dee Herbert
Hidden 20/May/95 Lead O/S
Daniel Wrightson ??/1995 Lead O/S
with Olivia Horner
Hidden 16/Jul/94 Lead O/S
ste_d 13/Apr/94 Lead O/S
with mik
charlesmfrench 16/Jan/94 Solo O/S
bullybones ??/1994 Lead
Hidden 24/Oct/93 2nd rpt
Hidden 24/Oct/93 Lead
Roget 23/May/93 Solo O/S
babymoac 22/May/93 Lead
with Capesy
Hidden 24/Apr/93 Lead
rob.grafton 10/Apr/92 Lead
with jim h, chris pugh, Bruce
Tony Little 16/Feb/92 Solo β
with Merk and Guy
NickJH ?/Jan/92 2nd O/S
with D Picker
craig h 27/May/91 2nd O/S
with Paul Braithwaite
Chris Ellis 18/May/91 2nd
with Karen Veale, Martin Veale
Stoney Boy 14/Apr/91 2nd O/S
with Colin Hughes
Phil Ingle ?/Oct/90 Solo
Hidden 10/Sep/90 Lead
Dave Musgrove 16/Feb/90 Solo
with Kim Greenald
leathers ??/1990 -
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
Rob Davies ?/Feb/89 2nd
Iain Thow 10/Sep/88 2nd
with Steve di Ponio
Pete Pozman 03/Mar/88 2nd rpt
with John Byrne
Hidden 20/Jun/87 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Feb/87 Lead
malc 07/Aug/83 2nd
mikej 04/Jun/83 2nd
with Mike Byles
mikej 04/Jun/83 Lead dnf
with Mike Byles
Tom V ??/1983 -
Hidden 24/Apr/76 Solo
Hidden ??/1975 2nd
Andy Say ??/1972 2nd
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