Rockfax Description
Gain the crack in the south-facing side-wall from the right by a short traverse along the horizontal break. Once entered it gives classic jamming. A Direct Start is HVS 5c and a Left-hand Finish is a good solid HVS 5a, combine them for a good trip. © Rockfax

FA. Eric Byne 1932-33

Ticklists: Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Eastern Grit Jamming, Stanage 100 VD - VS, Stanage VS Challenge (1989 Guide), Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Stanage for Crack Apprentices, 3 Star Stanage, To Goliath's Groove and beyond.

PeteMc 20/Dec/16 2nd
Hidden 20/Dec/16 Lead O/S
Tony Holdsworth 18/Sep/16 Lead rpt
with Nick Mitchell
Vilius A. 17/Sep/16 AltLd O/S
with Rob Powell
ChrisBrooke 08/Sep/16 Lead rpt

Brilliant VS. Perfect hand/fist crack with lots of good bridging for feet. Makes you work but provides bounteous, unfalloffable jams. Wind was absolutely howling last night so after a couple of routes we retreated to the boulders.

with Duncan Bell
Dan Vaj 30/Aug/16 Lead rpt
with Khalid
khalidq 30/Aug/16 2nd rpt
Dave Mahon 29/Aug/16 Lead

Felt hard. Brought big cams, would have had a wobble without them!

with Brian Mead
Hidden 24/Aug/16 2nd β
Hidden 24/Aug/16 Lead
George Killaspy 13/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Looks evil, but is in fact delightful!

with Dylan Brown
Hidden 17/Jul/16 2nd rpt
Hidden 17/Jul/16 Lead O/S
druss 17/Jul/16 2nd O/S
poeter210 17/Jul/16 Lead G/U
charley 14/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Ange
valentinesbabe 14/Jul/16 2nd

What a gorgeous climb....way way way nicer than it looked once you get across the traverse in which is just a little dubious :D

Andy Peak 1 07/Jul/16 Solo

Love it

ned_85 03/Jul/16 2nd
kermit_uk 03/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Senna 03/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Ned
Dan Vaj 28/May/16 Lead O/S

Easier if you move to the left low down

with Khalid
khalidq 28/May/16 2nd O/S
MSchobitz 16/May/16 Lead rpt
rich_hw 15/May/16 Lead rpt
with Pete
Pete Wimbush 15/May/16 2nd
with Richard Williams
Cake 12/May/16 Lead O/S

Fist jamming classic

with Ian Murray, Matt
Hidden 12/May/16 2nd
Tim Rodgers 09/May/16 2nd
PeteWilson 06/May/16 2nd O/S

very good route! favourite of the day

Hillson 06/May/16 Lead O/S
Andy Moles 03/May/16 Lead O/S

After backing off Count's Buttress. A flimsy day.

with Ferdia
Hidden 10/Apr/16 2nd O/S
superturbo 25/Mar/16 2nd
Hidden 25/Mar/16 Lead β
Twisty 25/Mar/16 2nd rpt
with Andrew Bishop
Hidden 22/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
MischaHY 21/Mar/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Mar/16 Lead rpt
Jake Young 13/Mar/16 2nd O/S

Stanage VS Challenge 29 out of 36.

admackie 16/Jan/16 Lead

cool shame its not twice as long

Palmer 16/Jan/16 2nd
Palmer 16/Jan/16 2nd
vinnie ??/2016 -
Hidden 01/Nov/15 Lead O/S
Nick1812P 25/Oct/15 Lead rpt
with Tom A
Teappleby 25/Oct/15 2nd
Jim Slater 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with Maia
Hidden 11/Oct/15 2nd dog
silviac 03/Oct/15 2nd O/S
with David Coley
Hidden 22/Sep/15 Solo O/S
Lenny 05/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Gayle
planetmarshall 30/Aug/15 Lead O/S


with Steve Ashton
augustus trout 28/Aug/15 Lead
with Dave H
Andrew Abraham 23/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Ceara
Montecore 22/Aug/15 Lead dog

Felt really hard but then I don't like jamming and laybacked the main crack after sitting on the gear

with Ben Whittaker
Hidden 16/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/15 AltLd
Ropeboy 03/Aug/15 Lead
nick244 01/Aug/15 -
keitht 23/Jul/15 Lead

Hard move to get established in the crack but then more intimidating than hard. Great line.

dewiturton 23/Jul/15 2nd
with keitht
tebs 18/Jul/15 Lead rpt
with Tim
HimTiggins 18/Jul/15 2nd rpt
with Bart
jonhowson 07/Jun/15 Lead dog

Found the first jamming crack hard work

with Mark
Hidden 05/Jun/15 Lead O/S
amccann 03/Jun/15 Lead O/S
MSchobitz 03/Jun/15 2nd O/S
Calum Wadsworth 03/Jun/15 Lead O/S

Lovely route.

with micki
DanChad 30/May/15 Lead O/S

Tricky offwidth crux.

Le Chevalier Mal Fet 30/May/15 2nd

Great route. Awkward offwidth crux.

Hidden 28/May/15 Lead
dj_brigham05 27/May/15 Lead O/S
with Grant Harris
Hidden 24/May/15 Lead
ChrisBrooke 23/May/15 2nd
with Duncan Bell
soph 21/May/15 Solo rpt
morganator 21/May/15 Solo O/S
AJ007 20/May/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/May/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/May/15 AltLd
Hidden 10/May/15 2nd
john max 10/May/15 Lead
with Mick Sissons
georgenvk 04/May/15 Lead RP
GAHarris ?/May/15 2nd
morganator 23/Apr/15 Solo
soph 23/Apr/15 Solo rpt
TobyA 17/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Nice little route.

with Tom R
ralphio 08/Apr/15 2nd


with Ade, Nik
buxtoncoffeelover 08/Apr/15 Lead
with Ralph
tebs 07/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Aidan
Ian Stirrups 04/Apr/15 Lead dnf

Sue retieved gear on top rope

with Sue
Freshprintce ?/Apr/15 AltLd
Derek Furze 07/Mar/15 2nd
with Paul Mitchell
Hidden ??/2015 -
Canyak ??/2015 -
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2015 -
sikcby 02/Dec/14 Lead O/S


Colin Scotchford 09/Nov/14 2nd
Mike_Hayes 01/Nov/14 AltLd
with Mike Lea
Hidden 21/Sep/14 Lead RP
vanderz 04/Sep/14 Lead O/S
robblowen 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Jonny
ashtond6 31/Aug/14 2nd O/S
mike bridges 30/Aug/14 2nd O/S

Rob had a left hand jamming glove,so we used it! Ha ha. Great route!

Hidden 24/Aug/14 Lead
Boy 19/Aug/14 Solo
Droyd 17/Aug/14 Lead dog

Great route, gnarly start. Section after the traverse is hard unless you have outrageously large hands.

with Joe Mortimer, Nathan Magnall
namagnall 17/Aug/14 2nd
djones66 09/Aug/14 2nd O/S

I don't like this climb! Am a small chap with small hands, and this is a good route for big people with big hands. Don't plan on leading this....ever.

with Stve mc D
Joris.Roulleau 21/Jun/14 2nd β
dannyboy83 06/Jun/14 Solo O/S
FlavioL1989 25/May/14 Lead G/U
Jamie Everitt 25/May/14 2nd dog

Rest in the crack.

marshallb93 18/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/14 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/14 2nd
bencole ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Dad
Palmer 30/Mar/14 Lead β
atthedropofahat 30/Mar/14 Lead dnf

Crack above horizontal break was too off width for me with my 'limestone' jamming ability. Came down to be told the 'secret', there is a convenient pocket located outside the crack. Back next time

soph 09/Mar/14 2nd
with Megan Freeth
Andy Peak 1 03/Mar/14 Lead

Bril fun climbing

with phill ukc
Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Lotoni ?/Dec/13 Lead

diret start, normal finish. fell twice begining

with kuz
Matt Cooke 30/Nov/13 Lead O/S
with Scott, Sam Taylor
scott452 30/Nov/13 2nd
with Sam Taylor, Matt Cooke
georgenvk 10/Nov/13 Lead dnf
bantamdave 29/Sep/13 Lead dog
with Ken
dr_botnik 10/Sep/13 Lead rpt
with Mackie
Hidden 03/Aug/13 Lead O/S
caradoc 25/May/13 Lead O/S

A bit of a culture shock, I haven't climbed on grit for a year.

with Becky
Phil Layton 11/May/13 Lead dnf

So windy I couldn't get established.

with Phil Laxton
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/May/13 Lead
with Benno Wagner
Graeme Hammond 24/Apr/13 Solo rpt

Also 2nd earlier in the evening also with Richard

hotfeet 20/Apr/13 Lead
Blue68 20/Apr/13 2nd O/S

Enjoyed this one

Hidden ??/2013 2nd dog
Hidden 14/Oct/12 Lead
dr_botnik 08/Oct/12 2nd O/S
with Joe, Graham
AlexRenshaw 06/Oct/12 2nd
with Tim Raffle, Mike Dawes
RM199 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
MikeLeeds 08/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with John McMahon
RichardMc 08/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Dave Langmead
Alex@home 05/Sep/12 2nd O/S
gritstone ryan 12/Aug/12 2nd

vs 4c. i started this roite got about half way. lw left first piece of gear in and carried on up the route. superb route.

LeeWithers1987 ?/Aug/12 Lead
jshields 29/Jul/12 Lead
with Ruth Gordon
Hidden 29/Jul/12 2nd O/S
DaveB61 29/Jul/12 2nd
MikeDowsett 29/Jul/12 Lead
with Dave Bankart, John Harrison
max_chan 15/Jul/12 2nd O/S
with Steve Carty
Hidden 15/Jul/12 AltLd rpt
Ben Wolstenholme ?/Jul/12 -
will_benfold 10/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Most of the jamming is avoidable.

with Caroline Culwick
Hidden 10/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/May/12 2nd
chrisbussell 22/May/12 Lead
with Tim O'Neill
Helen Gibson 22/May/12 Lead
nigel pearson 20/May/12 Lead O/S

full on from start, but if you trust the jams it all works.

with Robin
Hidden 12/May/12 2nd
pie_eater_pete 30/Apr/12 Lead O/S
Kirill 01/Apr/12 Lead O/S
cem 01/Apr/12 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Sean Kelly ??/2012 -
adie84 ??/2012 -
Nevil ??/2012 2nd
with Mike
Hidden ??/2012 Lead
mark20 19/Nov/11 2nd O/S
bigdrew 19/Nov/11 Lead O/S
with Mark R
Hidden 30/Oct/11 Solo O/S
Alex Winter 16/Sep/11 2nd O/S

Did the direct start. Climbs far better than it looks.

with Doug
Douglas 16/Sep/11 Lead dog
chrism225 15/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with jonny
JRae 15/Sep/11 2nd
MPSBunny 29/Aug/11 Lead

I think this is like my fourth or fifth VS. Very pleased with this lead, was very hard though a nice rest in the middle was very much appreciated. On topping out I felt a little cheer was called for. John did the direct start.

b.hayley 19/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with alfredo
Hidden 09/Jul/11 Lead
howlingbaboon 02/Jul/11 2nd rpt

Direct start. Wow! never thought of a campus fist jam until today.

with Rob
Hidden 11/Jun/11 Lead O/S
belay bunny turned bad 11/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with loundsy
stephenhartley 10/Jun/11 2nd

Direct start

with ryan jones
kitkat78 02/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Steve C, Graham P
Steve13 28/May/11 2nd β
Brown 19/Mar/11 Solo O/S
with Solo
howlingbaboon ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Awesome Route! - Scott beasted the direct start.

with Scott
Scott Anderson ?/Mar/11 2nd
uphillnow ??/2011 -
Hidden 06/Nov/10 2nd O/S
tlmarjot 06/Nov/10 Lead O/S
with Chris Todd, Ben Lea
Hidden 06/Nov/10 2nd
Jonathan Hall 24/Oct/10 2nd
disturbed_one51 24/Oct/10 Lead

direct start. HVS 5c. brilliant jam and jug fest.

with Wee man
Andrew Sloan 24/Oct/10 2nd O/S

Did left hand finish.

mountaingoatgirl 19/Oct/10 Lead β

What a struggle :( 1 year later I find out why, ripped the tendon in right shoulder, from slipping on wet grass in climbing shoes at bottom of climb. Boo Hoo!

with Nick Bean
TerryLines 18/Sep/10 2nd O/S
theotherpetehill 28/Aug/10 2nd
chrisallan 28/Aug/10 Lead rpt
masa-alpin 15/Aug/10 2nd β

I thought it was pretty hard, even the starting move, which is supposed to be Diff.

with Gordon
Pete Nugent 08/Jul/10 2nd

Excellent route

with Richard Toon
keefe 13/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 11/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Nick1812P 11/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Jamie
remus 21/May/10 Solo O/S

With the direct start. Cool jamming.

smudge 20/May/10 Lead O/S

Direct 5c start, brilliant climb

with Phil
Phil1967 20/May/10 2nd dog
with Dan
mikej 27/Apr/10 2nd
with Rick Naylor
Hidden 18/Apr/10 2nd dog
Hidden 17/Apr/10 2nd RP
Hidden 17/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Anthony Dixon 11/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 -
philw ??/2010 -
Hidden ?/Dec/09 -
RCrockford 19/Sep/09 Lead dog
with Mark D
Diggler 19/Sep/09 2nd
titchbach 11/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 07/Sep/09 Solo
Hidden 19/Aug/09 2nd
teflonpete 16/Aug/09 2nd β

Good route, jams in the bottom crack are more like arm bars. Bit green though.

with Dave M
andyebbens 22/Jun/09 2nd
with Paul
Hidden 14/Jun/09 Lead
Hidden 14/Jun/09 Lead
Hidden 13/Jun/09 Lead O/S
sgl0jd 08/Jun/09 2nd
with Lizzie
Hidden 08/Jun/09 Lead O/S
HimTiggins 25/May/09 Lead O/S
daveclarke5 19/Apr/09 2nd O/S
with Marcus
Si dH 21/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Neil Furniss
Hidden 21/Feb/09 2nd rpt
ukb shark 31/Jan/09 Solo
Ram MkiV 31/Jan/09 Solo O/S

direct start

reg_measures ??/2009 Lead
with neil and claire
Hidden ??/2009 Lead
Hidden ??/2009 Lead
PenJD 18/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Jackie Bernardi
Hidden 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
greenclimb 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Sarah
lowersharpnose 25/Sep/08 2nd
with MarkWesterman
Hidden 25/Sep/08 Lead O/S
deacondeacon 20/Jul/08 Lead O/S

Direct start HVS 5c (Rockfax Eastern Grit) Although I did the direct start found the jamming crack most difficult.

with Paul
TomHaigh 15/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Nicos 15/Jul/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 07/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/08 -
Hidden 17/Jun/08 TR
Hidden 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
alek 14/Jun/08 Lead O/S
feilx 11/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/08 -
Stig 18/May/08 2nd rpt
with Jonathan Teale
Rob84 10/May/08 Lead O/S
with Dave Ripley
Hidden 10/May/08 2nd
Hidden 05/May/08 Lead O/S
Ian Parnell ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Jon Winter
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
jimdanson 27/Sep/07 2nd
with Martin Ibbotson
Jimbo C 08/Sep/07 2nd
with Gethin
Hidden ?/Sep/07 2nd
craig d 04/Aug/07 2nd
with Simon Kincaid
Hidden 21/Jun/07 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 10/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Twisty 10/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Graeme Hammond
Hidden 03/Jun/07 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Jun/07 Lead
Hidden 26/May/07 2nd
Hidden 04/Feb/07 Lead
Steve Banham 14/Jan/07 Lead O/S

Sustained last section Jamming is the key

with Layla
Duncan I ??/2007 -
gethin_allen ??/2007 Lead

hard for VS, notched up my first lead fall, and then struggled to get my 7 hex back out.

with Jimbo.
colin milton 14/Jul/06 Lead

fantastic route

with fenclimb
Hidden 14/Jul/06 2nd O/S
MeMeMe 22/Apr/06 2nd
with Nick
Smelly Fox ?/Oct/04 Lead O/S
Smeegan ?/Sep/04 Lead O/S
with Dale
Stig 16/Jul/04 2nd O/S
with Charlie Reade-Jahn
Ken Taylor 01/Jun/04 Lead
with Gerry Dunford
Blod 27/Sep/03 Lead O/S
with Kevin N
andybirtwistle 20/Sep/03 -
Hidden 03/Aug/03 2nd
Hidden 14/Jun/03 Solo O/S
aged_ape ?/May/02 Lead O/S
with KC
BenTiffin ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Various
Hidden ??/2002 -
Roget 27/Oct/01 Solo O/S
kp64zl ?/Oct/01 Lead
with Paddy B
nigehughes ?/Jul/01 Lead
with Conor Cairns
Hidden 19/May/01 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/May/01 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/May/01 Lead
Hidden 13/May/01 Lead
Alastair Hudson 02/Dec/00 Lead O/S
with Mariano Kalfors
Hidden 27/Aug/00 Lead O/S
The Reaper 13/May/00 Lead rpt
fellgazelle ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Alan Haigh
goi.ashmore 10/Oct/98 Lead β
with James Tracey
Hidden 08/Aug/98 Lead O/S
cem 25/Apr/98 2nd dog
Dave Mountford ?/Jul/97 Lead
with Damon Heath
Dave Mountford ??/1997 Lead

estimated date

with Damon Heath
RossG123 ??/1997 Solo
Hidden ?/Oct/96 Lead O/S
Chris Ellis 16/Jul/94 Lead
with Gamba
tompercy 15/May/94 2nd
with Martin Beale
Laramadness ??/1994 2nd
Hidden 14/Aug/93 Lead
ste_d 21/May/93 2nd O/S
with mik
Stoney Boy 28/Apr/91 2nd O/S
with Colin Hughes
Martin Bennett 24/Mar/91 -
with Jerry Evans, MT
Hidden 26/Jun/90 Lead
Hidden 27/May/90 2nd
steve prior ?/May/90 Lead
with Rob W
Andy Say 01/Jan/89 Solo
BRUCESTRAC ??/1988 -
with Chris Cracknell,Various
Chris Ellis 20/Sep/87 2nd
with Simon Barnaby
charlesmfrench 04/Jul/87 Solo O/S
Rob Davies ?/Jun/87 2nd
with Mick Moss
Dave Musgrove 29/Nov/86 -
with Kim Greenald
Hidden 06/Jul/86 Lead
mark-abz 15/Nov/84 TR
Hidden 25/Feb/84 2nd
Hidden ??/1982 2nd
Nigel Bond 07/Sep/80 Lead
with Pete
The Reaper 03/Aug/80 2nd O/S
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Solo
clanger ??/1972 -
Gordon Stainforth 05/Jul/70 2nd

I find it very hard.

with John Stainforth
mikej 22/Mar/70 Lead
with E
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