Rockfax Description
Climb the left-hand arete of the central cave to ledges, then the thin crack (poor small wires) to a bolder exit. Finish easily. © Rockfax

FA. Dave Mithen 1976

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Top 20 ticked Stanage starred E1s.

dewiturton 28/Aug/17 2nd
with keitht
keitht 28/Aug/17 Lead
The Reaper 20/Jul/17 Lead rpt
Hidden 19/Apr/17 2nd
Alex Hyde 02/Apr/17 Lead dog

Slipped while moving though the crux, fortunately had a solid wire placement so the fall wasn't so bad, but great climb

with Sam
Droyd 09/Mar/17 Lead O/S

Soft if you have micros (which I did), probably terrifying if not

with Theo
mat cooper ??/2017 Lead O/S
Markheighton 25/Nov/16 2nd
Alex_Derbyshire 25/Nov/16 Lead O/S
Hannes B 02/Oct/16 2nd
with Aidan
Hidden 17/Jul/16 2nd O/S
Mowglee 17/Jul/16 Lead dnf

Sneaked off from the crux to escape up the chimney on the left. Crux felt a bit too bold and reachy today.

with Huw
Pete Wimbush 15/May/16 Lead
with Richard Williams
PeteWilson 06/May/16 2nd O/S
Hillson 06/May/16 Lead O/S
Si ?/Oct/15 Lead
Hidden 13/Sep/15 2nd β
Hidden 04/Sep/15 Lead β
No? Yes! 04/Sep/15 Lead

Very hard to protect crux ! Matt then led it

augustus trout 28/Aug/15 2nd
with Dave H
Tim_C7 19/Jul/15 Lead

Relearning how to climb grit, good fun

with Luke Williams
London Luke 19/Jul/15 2nd
DanChad 30/May/15 Lead O/S
Chris Murray 30/May/15 2nd

Dan got 2 small normal wires in the crack. Both looked sound when I took them out. Micro's not required.

AJ007 20/May/15 Solo O/S
TobyA 17/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with Tom R
ralphio 08/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Got three micro's in the crack. Only one of them would have held a fall. Crux move felt soft 5b.

with Ade, Nik
tebs 07/Apr/15 Lead rpt
with Aidan
Canyak ??/2015 -
Hidden 02/Dec/14 Lead O/S
cookie-doo 02/Dec/14 2nd
Hidden 12/Oct/14 2nd
Paul ablitt 12/Oct/14 Lead O/S
with Sarah
Gudge 02/Oct/14 2nd rpt
Lenny 02/Oct/14 Lead G/U

Ground Up

with Chris
Hardcore Pat 04/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Chris Vanderz
ashtond6 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Jun/14 2nd
Hidden 06/Jun/14 -
dannyboy83 06/Jun/14 Solo O/S
Gudge 14/May/14 Lead O/S

Solid enough wires (micros help) - laced crack. Nice route!

sianais 05/May/14 2nd
climberchristy 03/May/14 Lead O/S

More like top end of HVS if you've got microcams or micro wires. Nice little climb.

with bencole
Haydn Jones 28/Apr/14 2nd O/S
with neil jobling
bencole ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden ?/Apr/14 2nd
the power 03/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Andy
Andy Peak 1 03/Mar/14 Lead
with phill ukc
mike mo ??/2014 -
Ben Bransby ??/2014 Lead
Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Hidden 10/Jul/13 -
cobweb 15/Sep/12 Lead rpt

i seconded it previously when it was very hot , much easier when a bit cooler

jshields 29/Jul/12 Lead
with Ruth Gordon
max_chan 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Nice route. HVS in BMC guide, which seems correct.

with Steve Carty
will_benfold 10/Jun/12 Lead rpt
with Caroline Culwick
Hidden 10/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Helen Gibson 22/May/12 Lead
Hidden 22/May/12 Lead
chrisbussell 22/May/12 2nd
with Tim O'Neill
nigel pearson 20/May/12 2nd O/S
with Robin
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead
cem 01/Apr/12 Lead rpt
Kirill 01/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Steve Waters, Mynydd 31/Mar/12 2nd

Praise be for Wild Country Superlight Rocks !!! 3 bombers in the crack. The move up above to the break was thin. My foot skittered but I managed to slap and hold on.

mtempest 31/Mar/12 Lead
with Steve Waters, Mynydd
will_benfold 25/Mar/12 2nd O/S
mes32 25/Mar/12 2nd O/S
theotherpetehill 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Dibdawg 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with Mark Sheridan
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
mark20 19/Nov/11 Lead O/S
bigdrew 19/Nov/11 2nd O/S
with Mark R
Hidden 18/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Dave Foster 18/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Si 2
tebs 09/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Jon
Graeme Hammond 19/Jun/11 2nd rpt
with Jim
Jim Slater 19/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/11 2nd β
belay bunny turned bad 11/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with loundsy
AMarchant 28/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Mar/11 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Had some bomber micro wires so soft E1, must feel bold and certainly E1 without. Nice climb :)

with Becky E
Becky E 26/Mar/11 2nd O/S
nadeem 18/Jan/11 Lead O/S
with Sophie Miller
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
Hidden ??/2011 -
Oliver Houston 24/Oct/10 Lead rpt
Martin Haworth 17/Oct/10 Lead rpt

You can get a good wire in before the crux, but it is only a micro.

with Pete Harris
Tony Holdsworth 13/Oct/10 Lead O/S

A mean difficult to protect route.

with Peter Harris
eduardo 05/Sep/10 Lead O/S

OK-ish nuts in the crack, easy once reached the break above.

with Brian R
Hidden 05/Sep/10 2nd
Oliver Houston 11/Jul/10 Lead dog

slipped off sweaty slopers... onto a very nice brass offset :)

Hidden 02/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Tez29 31/May/10 2nd O/S
with Mousey
Hidden 31/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/May/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/May/10 2nd O/S
Pilch 07/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Went for it after a bit of hesitation.

with Graham
buxtoncoffeelover ??/2010 2nd
Hidden ?/Dec/09 -
Boy ?/Nov/09 -
with Fiona Fullwood
thomasadixon 18/Oct/09 2nd O/S
with Lisa, andy
BeccaSnowden 18/Oct/09 2nd O/S

V good route

with Andy
Neil McA 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Andrew James, martin cooper
sadams 10/Oct/09 Lead
with Ed Brown
perfectlynormalbeast 04/Oct/09 2nd dog

One stupid fall, the key move is actually quite easy. Trying to speed up before the rain came down.

with Rich Lines
Dom Whillans 20/Sep/09 -
with a.crook
RCrockford 19/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Felt like HVS - good gear where it counts, crux move went fairly easily (being tall helps).

with Mark D
Diggler 19/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 19/Aug/09 Lead
highrepute 08/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Ben Sidsaph 25/May/09 2nd O/S
with Guy Buckingham
Hidden 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
rd2904 15/Apr/09 Lead
with Darren Southcott
Hidden 15/Apr/09 Lead O/S
cem 29/Mar/09 2nd
Si dH 21/Feb/09 Lead O/S

Thought this was HVS, please to see it gets E1 in rockfax but dont really agree. Micro wires help though.

with Neil Furniss
Hidden 21/Feb/09 2nd O/S
simonp ?/Feb/09 Lead O/S
reg_measures ??/2009 2nd
with neil and claire
Hidden 09/Dec/08 Solo O/S
PenJD 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Nick Willis
Hidden 27/Sep/08 Lead O/S
lowersharpnose 25/Sep/08 2nd
with MarkWesterman
Hidden 25/Sep/08 Lead rpt
darren1 13/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Andrew Doney
Mark_RMC 24/Aug/08 Lead

After a month without climbing, I decided to warm up on an E1, becuase it looked like a great line. It was. A delicate crux section above a "bomber microwire!" . Reaaly pleased with the lead.

with Alex Ford
SR1970 ?/Aug/08 Lead O/S
TomHaigh 15/Jul/08 2nd O/S
adam carless 29/Jun/08 2nd O/S

Definitely not fun for the short - a couple of pretty sketchy moves needed before the "smile" comes within reach. Good enough gear though if you don't mind tiny nuts.

Hidden 29/Jun/08 Lead
feilx 11/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/May/08 TR
Stig 18/May/08 Lead rpt

Hard for the short and then more like E1.

with Jonathan Teale
Hidden 10/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/May/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/May/08 Lead O/S
Martin Haworth 17/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Andy
Andrew Sloan 17/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Ian Parnell ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Jon Winter
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
Hidden 12/Oct/07 Lead rpt
Hidden 06/Oct/07 2nd O/S
jimdanson 27/Sep/07 2nd
with Martin Ibbotson
NeilGriffiths 09/Sep/07 -
with Simon Frost
Mattyk 08/Sep/07 Lead O/S

One move at the top really.. plenty of gear in crack, none of it bomber but maybe one piece would hold?

Hidden ?/Sep/07 Lead
Hidden 03/Jun/07 2nd rpt
A Crook 24/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with Matt
Joe Costello 21/Oct/06 Lead O/S
dangerousoldfool ?/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with WimC
Hidden 16/Jul/06 TR
Hidden 16/Apr/06 Lead
Owen W-G 09/Apr/06 Lead O/S

Did this as a less scary-looking alternative to the main target of Counts Buttress. Found the crux moves pretty hard and the highest nuts not quite as good as I'd have liked them to be. Surprised to see it given HVS in some guides.

Jack Symmons ?/Feb/06 Lead

Bloody pumpy

with Chris T
ArnaudG ??/2006 -
Hidden ?/Dec/05 2nd
Hidden ?/Dec/05 2nd
Hidden 13/Nov/05 Lead
Hidden 29/Oct/05 Lead O/S
david morse ?/Oct/05 2nd
with chris todd
Hidden 20/Mar/05 2nd
Gus 01/Nov/04 Lead
Smelly Fox ?/Oct/04 2nd
Stig 16/Jul/04 2nd O/S

I backed off this on the day.

with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Ken Taylor 01/Jun/04 TR
with Gerry Dunford
Ben1983 ??/2004 Lead O/S
Ropeboy 05/Oct/03 Lead
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 20/Sep/03 Solo O/S
andybirtwistle 20/Sep/03 -
Hidden 23/Jun/03 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/03 2nd O/S
Chris the Tall ?/Aug/02 Lead

Not sure about the date

Trobbo 20/Apr/02 2nd
with mike sissons
Hidden ??/2002 -
Strong Steve 13/May/01 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/May/01 Lead
Hidden 13/May/01 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/May/01 2nd
The Reaper 13/May/00 2nd rpt
Hidden 13/Jun/99 Lead
Coel Hellier ??/1999 Lead
Roget 26/Jan/97 Lead O/S
with jon
Hidden ??/1997 Lead
Podling 05/May/96 Lead
The Reaper 23/Jun/94 TR O/S


crater 29/May/94 TR
Martin Bennett 03/Oct/93 -
with MT, SF
Stoney Boy 28/Apr/91 Lead O/S
with Colin Hughes
Chris Ellis 24/Mar/91 2nd
with Andy Barker
Hidden 27/May/90 2nd
Hidden 03/Aug/89 Lead
Andy Say 01/Jan/89 Solo
goi.ashmore 05/Jun/88 Lead O/S
with Dave Forster
craig h 22/May/88 Lead O/S

My first route at Stanage

with Charlie and Matt (Stalybridge)
BRUCESTRAC ??/1988 -
with Chris Cracknell,Various
Hidden 22/Aug/85 2nd
Hidden ??/1985 Lead
mark-abz 15/Nov/84 TR
Hidden 25/Feb/84 Lead
andy gittins ??/1982 -
Hidden 24/May/81 2nd
Hidden 15/May/65 Solo
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