Rockfax Description
The fearsome wide crack is traditionally climbed by squirming, though those with huge cams might try laybacking. © Rockfax

FA. Don Whillans 1959

Ticklists: Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, Wide Cracks, Stanage for Crack Apprentices, Thrutch and Clutch, UK road to wide crack mastery, Brown & Whillans Stanage.

Ardo 18/Nov/17 Lead β

Excellent. Supersport that felt like an onsight, as had to move or re-place most of the gear.

admackie 18/Nov/17 Lead
with mark
marconi 18/Nov/17 Lead RP

On Mackie's gear. Fun route!

with Mackie
deacondeacon ?/Nov/17 Lead

Probably tried before

morganator 16/Sep/17 Lead O/S

Memorable. Tough at 5c but fathomed it out!

with Stan Halstead
Ben Bransby 12/Jun/17 Lead
Hidden 23/Apr/17 Lead O/S
Flavio 25/Mar/17 Lead O/S
soph 30/Sep/16 2nd rpt
with Tom Le Fanu
TGreen 17/Sep/16 Lead O/S

After Rosie had a couple of good lead attempts, and some grazey falls!

Rosie Henstock 17/Sep/16 2nd rpt

Tried this twice on lead before tom had a go. Acquired some funky bruises and a ripped tshirt. Definitely felt mangled.

will rivers 08/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Bit of a struggle sticking half my body in a crack and shuffling my way up. Was fun watching Tom deck several times ;)

Tom Pillow 08/Jul/16 Lead G/U

After watching Will doing this onsight (grunting a little bit however) I thought it would be a struggle but not that bad. I was wrong! After having seven falls ( one hitting the ground and one landing upside down) I finally worked out the correct method: jumper off, left half of body in, right arm hug rock and swear or gasp till you top out! A boulderer we met that day said it was inspiring to see someone try so hard and that I was at it for 2 and a half hours. Protected with chock stones as we misplaced all the hexes and cams. Thanks Will for the belaying and encouragement! I topped out bleeding and grazed all over!

with Will Rivers
soph 20/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Brian McAlinden
Hidden 25/Mar/16 Lead G/U
johncoxmysteriously 25/Mar/16 2nd dog

An amusing outing, though my mastery of the relevant techniques left a lot to be desired.

with Sean Kenny
ellis 13/Oct/15 Lead G/U
with Dave Hollinger
Canyak ??/2015 -
Andy Peak 1 02/Oct/14 Lead

Super cool micro route

with phill ukc
Hidden 20/Jul/14 Lead dnf
Alex Hallam 15/May/14 2nd O/S

Top bombing, head jam to remove gear.

dannyboy83 15/May/14 Lead O/S
andi turner ??/2013 -
Bradbury 30/Aug/12 2nd RP
Graeme Hammond 30/Aug/12 Lead rpt
Nick1812P 28/Aug/12 Lead dnf
with Jamie
Hidden 28/Aug/12 Lead dnf
Alex@home 14/May/12 2nd rpt
with The Doctor
Brown 09/Aug/11 Lead
with James T
uphillnow ??/2011 -
walts4 ??/2011 -
Andrew Sloan 24/Oct/10 2nd dog

Had to pull on gear to get into crack. Could be E5 for all the chance I'd have of leading it.

Martin Haworth 24/Oct/10 Lead dog

Bloody hard work.

with Andy
Adam Potter 26/Jun/10 2nd

Hilarious. Don't think this sees much traffic.

Graeme Hammond 19/Aug/09 2nd O/S

found really hard to stand up at the lip, once done it relents some what

Nicos 11/Dec/08 Lead O/S
with john crook
Hidden ??/2002 -
clanger ??/1972 -
mikej 28/Aug/67 Lead dnf
with Dave Williams, Nigel Sumner
Hidden 19/Mar/67 Solo
Hidden 11/Jun/66 Lead
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