Climbs 78
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 376m a.s.l
Faces SW

Thrust, the 4th Cloud. © Paul B

Crag features

Excellent fine-grain grit, often more sheltered than the main Roaches crags. Crabbie's Crack (HVS), Rubberneck (HVS) and Appaloosa Sunset (E3) are the must-do ticks. Also home to some quality, mainly hard bouldering. Must do boulder ticks include The Hard Arete (7a+), Tetris (7c) Milky Buttons (7b) and a more recent additon Super Mario (8a+), which proves to be ones of the hardest lines in the area.

Approach notes

Approach from the main gate, as for the main Roaches crags, then take an immediate left and follow the path to the crags. Occasional bird bans are signed on the approach path.


Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
2Matchbox Arete
V3 18
3Matchbox Slab
V2 20
4Matchbox TraverseV2 2
5Foxy Lady
MVS 4c 8
6Fifth Cloud Eliminate
HVS 5a 23
8Ninesteinf6A *2
9The Darkest Cloudf8A ** 
10The Imperfect Catchf7C+ **1
11Cloud Nine
E2 5b *12
12Ride the Lightningf7B **1
14Fourth Arete
V2 36
15Fourth Arete Right Hand FinishV3 17
16The Hard Arete
f7A+ 117
17Four Lionsf7B *9
18Four Lions Sit Startf7C **1
19Tetrisf7C ***95
20Trustf7A ***143
21Thrustf7A **56
22Sonic Boomf7B **1
23Columnsf7C+ ***4
24Super Mariof8A+ ***1
25The Ugly Brotherf7A+ *10
26StaticV0 3
VD 24
28MeanderVD *77
29Meander VariationE1 5b 5
30StrangleholdE1 5b 2
31SmunVS 4c *75
32Left-hand Block CrackS 4a 49
33Right-hand Block CrackS 4a 27
34Winter in CombatE1 5c  
35The Shining PathE7 6c * 
36Private DisplayE1 5b *27
37Milky Buttonsf7B+ *51
38Boysen's DelightHVS 5c *49
39Mirror, MirrorE5 6b **7
40Mantelshelf RouteD *61
41Chockstone CornerD 38
42Roman CandleHVS 5b *8
43Roman NoseE2 5b *9
45Glass BackVD 21
46Squash BallsVD 8
47Sands of TimeE4 6a * 
48Elastic ArmE1 5b * 
49Wild OptimismVS 4b * 
50Persistencef6A 6a *114
51Who Needs Ready Brek?f7C+ **8
52CloudbustingE4 6b **9
53RubberneckHVS 5a ***383
54Appaloosa SunsetE3 5c ***159
55Eclipsed PeachE4 6a *2
56Laguna SunriseE6 6c **4
57Crabbies Left-hand VariantHVS 4c **39
58Crabbie's CrackHVS 5a ***250
59Flower Power AreteE2 5c **35
60Icarus AllsortsE4 6a **10
61The BenderVS 4b *28
62The Little FlakeHVS 5a 7
63Geordie GirlE3 5b  
64The Big FlakeHS 4b *23
65Pointless Arete
VS 4b 10
67Jimmy CarterS 3c 62
68StalinS 4a *98
69Legends of Lost LeadersE3 5c *7
70LeninVD 78
71Yankee JamHS 5a 31
72Nadin's Secret Fingerf7C * 
73Finger of Fatef6B 6a **75
74KGBHVS 4c 21
75The Outdoor Pursuits CooperativeE1 5a *23
76Communist CrackVS 5a **119
77Marxist Undertones LHV2 2
78Marxist Undertonesf5+ 5c *101
79Marxist Undertones RHV2 4
80Right AreteV2 8
81Stalin's Stretchf6B+ *2

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