Climbs 74
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) and Milky Buttons (7b).

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
3Matchbox Slab
4Matchbox Traversef5+
5Foxy Lady
MVS 4c
6Fifth Cloud Eliminate
HVS 5a
8Ninesteinf6A *
9The Darkest Cloudf8A **
10The Imperfect Catchf7C+ **
11Cloud Nine
E2 5b *
12Ride the Lightningf7B **
14Fourth Arete
15Fourth Arete Right Hand Finishf6A
16The Hard Arete
17Four Lionsf7B *
18Tetrisf7C ***
19Trustf7A ***
20Thrustf7A **
21Sonic Boomf7B **
22Columnsf7C+ ***
23The Ugly Brotherf7A+ *
24Super Mariof8A+ ***
27MeanderVD *
28Meander VariationE1 5b
29StrangleholdE1 5b
30SmunVS 4c *
31Left-hand Block CrackS 4a
32Right-hand Block CrackS 4a
33Winter in CombatE1 5c
34The Shining PathE7 6c *
35Private DisplayE1 5b *
36Milky Buttonsf7B+ *
37Boysen's DelightHVS 5c *
38Mirror, MirrorE5 6b **
39Mantelshelf RouteD *
40Chockstone CornerD
41Roman CandleHVS 5b *
42Roman NoseE2 5b *
44Glass BackVD
45Squash BallsVD
46Sands of TimeE4 6a *
47Elastic ArmE1 5b *
48Wild OptimismVS 4b *
49Persistencef6A 6a *
50Who Needs Ready Brek?f7C+ **
51CloudbustingE4 6b **
52RubberneckHVS 5a ***
53Appaloosa SunsetE3 5c ***
54Eclipsed PeachE4 6a *
55Laguna SunriseE6 6c **
56Crabbies Left-hand VariantHVS 4c **
57Crabbie's CrackHVS 5a ***
58Flower Power AreteE2 5c **
59Icarus AllsortsE4 6a **
60The BenderVS 4b *
61The Little FlakeHVS 5a
62Geordie GirlE3 5b
63The Big FlakeHS 4b *
64Pointless Arete
VS 4b
66Jimmy CarterS 3c
67StalinS 4a *
68Legends of Lost LeadersE3 5c *
70Yankee JamHS 5a
71Nadin's Secret Fingerf7C *
72Finger of Fatef6B 6a **
74The Outdoor Pursuits CooperativeE1 5a *
75Communist CrackVS 5a **
76Marxist Undertonesf5+ 5c *
77Right Aretef5+
78Stalin's Stretchf6B+ *

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