Rockfax Description
Haul through the crack in the tip of the overhang. . © Rockfax

FA. Howie Darwin 1989

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Stanage for Crack Apprentices, 'Soft' Peak HVSs..

jwdickinson25 25/Nov/17 Lead O/S

In the snow and freezing wind. Short and sharp

with Jenwood
Jenwood 25/Nov/17 2nd
Sam Huguet 11/Nov/17 Lead O/S
with Hazza
Hidden 28/Oct/17 Lead O/S
Michael Morrell 27/Oct/17 2nd dog

Still cant do roofs

Hidden 25/Oct/17 Solo
Felix la shat 25/Oct/17 Solo O/S
kingborris 17/Sep/17 2nd O/S
with Simon
Hidden 02/Sep/17 Lead rpt
tprebs 16/Jun/17 Solo O/S
ChrisBrooke 14/Jun/17 Solo

Nice solo got the blood pumping.

with Duncan Bell
Ben Bransby 08/Jun/17 Solo
Hidden 03/Jun/17 Solo rpt
keitht 10/May/17 Lead
dewiturton 10/May/17 2nd
with keitht
rtdennison 06/May/17 2nd

You can really see why the guidebook describes it as 'hauling ass'

with Alex H
Ian Saxton 06/May/17 2nd dog
Alex Hyde 06/May/17 Lead O/S

Was sick, grew some chest hair in the process and a developed a pump

Col Kingshott 06/May/17 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Apr/17 Solo rpt
Steve Wootton 31/Mar/17 Lead rpt
Hidden 26/Mar/17 TR dog
Harrywhelan 25/Mar/17 TR β
bleddynmawr ??/2017 Solo O/S
bleddynmawr ??/2017 -
M.hoffmann 18/Dec/16 Lead O/S

Shaky start with some faffing with placements, cut loose on the big move up from the overhang, absolutely bricking it all the way!

Hidden 20/Oct/16 Lead rpt
sparkybatteryboy 19/Oct/16 Lead G/U
Hidden 08/Oct/16 Solo rpt
Hidden 17/Sep/16 Solo rpt
nick ferro 11/Sep/16 Lead O/S
tommccluskey 10/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Kipper-Phil Smith 05/Aug/16 Solo
rajeshwarbisht 19/Jun/16 2nd dnf
with Flavio
Flavio 19/Jun/16 Lead G/U

Wet, ground-up describes it well. Forgot helmet in bag, took a nasty ground fall on the head. Ended up with a squashed head and unsquashed sandwiches.

jamesnorton 17/Jun/16 TR
with Chris
chriswood96 17/Jun/16 TR RP

Very wet

ehole 24/May/16 Solo
Andy Moles 12/May/16 Solo
db79 08/May/16 Lead G/U

Nice bouldery problem. Fell off the first move first time because I didn't use the undercut. Once I'd worked out what hold to use, it's pretty straightforward and fun. A nice gold DMM offset is absolutely bomber in the low hanging crack.

Andy Peak 1 09/Apr/16 Solo
MrFantastic 23/Feb/16 Solo O/S
KamilJ ??/2016 TR O/S
Robin Nichols 25/Nov/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 17/Oct/15 2nd
Wizzy 22/Sep/15 Solo O/S
Steve Wootton 09/Aug/15 Solo rpt
mrteale 12/Jul/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/15 2nd O/S
samkat 30/May/15 2nd
with ian
Ian Hylands 30/May/15 Lead O/S

Bouldery start - a little reachy but protectable from the floor. Nice for regaining some confidence.

with Sumir Bhat
Hidden 24/May/15 Solo rpt
Dan Hostford 23/May/15 Solo O/S
cragsman9000 21/May/15 Lead O/S
with Neil
bob_cbr 12/May/15 2nd O/S
LDudill 02/May/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/May/15 2nd β
Angus Taylor 14/Apr/15 Solo rpt
super/frets 25/Mar/15 Lead O/S
TonyF ??/2015 -
Hidden 08/Dec/14 Solo O/S
bencole ?/Dec/14 Solo O/S
with Dad
WillDoyle 05/Nov/14 Solo O/S
Angus Taylor 18/Oct/14 2nd RP
petewebb 18/Oct/14 Lead G/U
with Angus Taylor
EmilyJoy 11/Oct/14 Lead O/S
TedT 11/Oct/14 Lead RP

First trad lead! Using gear placed by Dave before hand. Puntered off after doing the hard bit on the first go, got it the second.

robblowen 24/Sep/14 TR O/S

Top rope solo.

Olli-C 20/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Chris Waddle
JFORDE 17/Sep/14 Solo rpt
NickNixon 02/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/14 Solo
samt 26/Aug/14 Lead
with Nic Kidd
rpinto 18/Aug/14 TR O/S 17/Aug/14 TR O/S

A wet and windy day!

with Robin Edwards
JohnBotham ?/Aug/14 2nd
scarmichael ?/Aug/14 Lead O/S

looks more intimidating that it actually is, confident opening moves to good holds

alooker 28/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Puma 23/Jul/14 2nd dnf

There should be a did not start option. After watching robs valiant efforts come to nothing I thought better of trying this route and w moved onto Plate Glass.

lithos 22/Jul/14 Lead dnf

took for ever to work out gear (or rather get it in) then messed about and got too wasted :-(

jamesnorton 20/Jun/14 TR O/S
with Barry
Matthew Ferrier 13/Jun/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jun/14 2nd
jwpil 14/May/14 Lead O/S
with Deacon
Lawrence Beesley-Peck 14/May/14 Solo
Lawrence Beesley-Peck 14/May/14 Solo
ralphio 14/May/14 2nd

Bit of a heave over the lip but the holds are all there.

with Andrew
Hidden 09/May/14 Solo
marcduhig 03/May/14 Solo O/S
Derek Furze 23/Apr/14 2nd
with Paul Mitchell
simontyrrell 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/14 TR O/S
Ablewings 16/Apr/14 TR rpt
Hidden 14/Apr/14 TR
tebs 12/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Very trad. Managed to avoid use of a knee. Britches and beards very much obligatoire. Stiff warm up!

with Adam
Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Allan Watson 22/Sep/13 Lead
with Conrad
grakgrak 14/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with nicktong
Nick1812P 19/Aug/13 Sent β
with Jamie
Hidden 19/Aug/13 Solo rpt
Andy Peak 1 19/Aug/13 Solo

Fell of this a few years ago on second:-)

Hidden 16/Aug/13 TR
BJP001 04/Aug/13 Lead dnf

looked fine and was keen to go for it but could not get the gear in.

with Simon Woodcock
jedster1111 ?/Aug/13 2nd
harry_lewis ?/Aug/13 Lead dog
with Jed
James Oakes 30/Jul/13 Sent
Hidden 29/Jul/13 Lead O/S
rich_hw 30/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with gavin_pcc
hamishjoe 18/Jun/13 Lead
adam carless 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S

counting this as onsight because I had no memory of having done it before (seems I led it 5 years ago and found it a git then too).

JFORDE 06/Apr/13 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2013 -
deacondeacon 12/Dec/12 Lead O/S
riven 11/Nov/12 Lead O/S
with James
riddle 07/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Tara
Birdo 08/Sep/12 Lead
with Robb the Sweet Prince
Tom Campbell 28/Aug/12 Lead O/S
barni 28/Aug/12 Solo rpt
with Ami
Keith Swainson 22/Aug/12 Solo
Hidden 08/Aug/12 TR dnf
Hidden 26/Jul/12 Lead β
Hidden 26/Jul/12 2nd dnf
migs493 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S

HVS Challenge

with LO
dannyboy83 14/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Hannes B 12/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 29/Jun/12 Lead O/S
mwatson 12/Jun/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/May/12 Solo
Ewan Russell 22/Apr/12 Sent x
with Huw
Macleod 14/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Mehmet
Hidden 25/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Tom Seccombe 12/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Falko 06/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Thanks to Chris for the a-cheval advice (left knee around the prow).

with Les Deakin, Chris Plant, Steve M
Les Deakin 06/Mar/12 2nd
with Falko Rech
Sean Kelly ??/2012 -
admackie ??/2012 -
Tithe Technique 06/Nov/11 TR O/S
valentinesbabe 06/Nov/11 2nd dog

Charley's lead.Bit of a struggle for me and my pathetically weak upper body especially having wasted all my energies on Gashed Crack before this but got there on second go.

Hidden 06/Nov/11 Lead
charley 06/Nov/11 Lead RP

Maybe shouldn't of left it to the end of the day as it required more strength then I thought. Ran out of umph on the first try and had to drop down onto the gear (luckily the nut which didn't look too great, turned out to be bomber). Managed to get it second go by ignoring the flat hold on the left and using the jamming crack instead (although I laybacked it).

with Ange, Kev
Hidden 30/Oct/11 Sent O/S
Hidden 16/Oct/11 Solo rpt
Benn A ?/Oct/11 Lead
andybirtwistle 29/Sep/11 2nd
tommo1664 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S
treg 23/Sep/11 Lead dog

Took a few falls. Was about to give up, so traversed in above the crux and put in some high gear, then did it with ease. How frustrating I didn't just pull the same move out when I was on lead.

with Sarah Yoga
al123 24/Aug/11 Solo
Hidden 22/Jul/11 Solo O/S
jw231 04/Jun/11 Solo O/S
with Alex Skew
Mike_Hayes 02/Jun/11 Solo O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 02/Jun/11 Solo rpt
john lynch 17/May/11 Solo O/S
with kela
gingerwolf 30/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/11 Solo
trevor macalonan 02/Apr/11 Lead RP
with Richy
Hidden 02/Apr/11 2nd dog
r_o_b_h2 28/Mar/11 2nd dog

got it wrong first time and wasted energy trying to remove the wire steve had hung on. Got it second time with style and panache

with steve tree
Jonathan Hall 22/Mar/11 Solo
disturbed_one51 22/Mar/11 Solo
ChrisBrooke 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Duncan Bell
lozowen 08/Feb/11 Solo
Andy Peak 1 23/Jan/11 2nd
with kenney
thekendo 23/Jan/11 Lead β
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
uphillnow ??/2011 -
Dan Mckinlay ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 Lead
mwatson ??/2011 -
Hidden ?/Dec/10 -
tim exley 27/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with alice
madasten 06/Oct/10 Solo O/S
with Ethan
jade ?/Oct/10 2nd
with andy
ciaran1999 24/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with tom, shafman
Hidden 30/Aug/10 Lead RP
inuklm 29/Aug/10 2nd
maybe_si 19/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Sent rpt
Andrew Barker 31/Jul/10 Solo O/S

Reachy and awkward first move.

Mike_Hayes 27/Jul/10 Lead
geddicakes 27/Jul/10 Solo O/S
drcorbasisgod 13/Jun/10 Solo O/S
masa-alpin 13/Jun/10 Lead G/U

I have once tried this on 03/Sep/2005, but failed. This time I managed cleanly, however I had to use toe-hook at head-height together with small finger edge to get over the crux -- solid 6a move, perhaps because of my very short reach. Involving a 6a crux, this is one of the hardest HVSs I have ever climbed. Still a ground-up ascent!

with Andy Rail
Hidden 11/Jun/10 Solo rpt
Hartz ?/Jun/10 TR dnf
James_D 09/May/10 Lead O/S
with Rach
Hidden 27/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Matt Bennett 07/Mar/10 Solo O/S
with Sam Corbett, Lewis Grey
sam corbett ?/Mar/10 Solo
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
Ram MkiV 08/Sep/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Sep/09 Lead RP
Mark D 05/Sep/09 2nd O/S
climbing_rocks1983 16/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Petey
Kyle Rance 02/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Chris Cracknell
Hidden ?/Aug/09 Solo
Mr Wild 27/Jul/09 Solo
Benn A ?/Jul/09 TR
Hidden 25/Apr/09 2nd
Hidden 20/Apr/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 06/Apr/09 Lead dog
Alan James - UKC and UKH 15/Mar/09 Solo
BRUCESTRAC ??/2009 -
Lex Wilkinson 29/Dec/08 Solo
tallsop ?/Dec/08 Lead
with Sam T
Graeme Hammond 28/Sep/08 Lead rpt
with Barra
Brown 08/Sep/08 Solo O/S
craig d 30/Aug/08 Solo
Matt Fry 26/Aug/08 Solo O/S
Oceanic 17/Aug/08 -
JDDD 17/Aug/08 Lead
markbenton 02/Aug/08 2nd
Shad ?/Aug/08 Lead
Franco Cookson OLD 16/Jul/08 Solo O/S

sketchy!!! involving the odd heelhook.

adam carless 05/Jul/08 Lead O/S

good honest struggle

with some lass called Louisa
johniebriggs ?/Jul/08 TR
Tommy G 28/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Mark Riley 28/Jun/08 Solo
mikeryder 11/Jun/08 TR
with ben quarmby
Creep_pea 18/May/08 Lead RP

Took my first lead fall on this, did it clean on the repeat attempt.

with Walsh
jasoncanjuggle 07/May/08 TR O/S
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
LoopyLou ??/2008 2nd
Hidden ??/2008 -
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
TrollJester ??/2008 AltLd O/S
with VARIOUS Throughout 80's+90's
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
LankyPaddy 06/Oct/07 Solo O/S
gareth scott borthwick 06/Sep/07 Lead dog
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 04/Aug/07 Solo rpt
Hidden 12/Jul/07 Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 28/Jun/07 Solo O/S
Jim Vach 11/May/07 Solo O/S
Rosie Henstock 10/Apr/07 2nd
Merlin 06/Feb/07 TR O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
Wil Treasure ??/2007 -
colin177 ?/Sep/06 TR
howlingbaboon ?/Jun/06 TR O/S
with Rob
Hidden 23/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Apr/06 Lead dnf
mikecopp 04/Apr/06 Solo
Hidden 04/Apr/06 Lead dnf
jamiev 29/Jan/06 Solo O/S
dan gibson ??/2006 -
Tobias at Home ??/2006 -
Hidden 22/Oct/05 2nd
ASchwirtz 25/Sep/05 Lead O/S
masa-alpin 03/Sep/05 Lead dnf

Fell off and gave up.

with Adam W
Pythonist 30/Aug/05 Solo rpt
with Chris Jennions
JoW 02/Jun/05 2nd

Hard overhanging section

reg_measures 12/May/05 Lead O/S
with Ralph
loonyclimber ?/May/05 Lead O/S
Alan James - UKC and UKH 10/Apr/05 Solo
Hidden 29/Mar/05 Lead
Alex Mason ?/Jan/05 Lead

motored up this felt good about ti quite a taxing few moves

with jools holland
jonnyboy ??/2005 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2005 -
Ollie B ??/2005 Lead O/S
with A. Grindulis
cem 11/Jul/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Apr/04 TR
cpoad 23/Sep/03 TR O/S

Tried leading it but couldn't commit to the main move. Then managed it on top rope

with Marc B
dan gibson 16/Sep/03 Solo rpt
dan gibson 15/Sep/03 Solo rpt
Hidden 29/Jun/03 Solo O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 05/May/03 Solo rpt
rapidrich 29/Mar/03 Lead O/S
with Coni
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 26/Mar/03 2nd O/S
with Jon Box
Hidden 19/Mar/03 TR
Monk ??/2003 -
duncan 06/Nov/02 Solo O/S
with Hugo Glover
dan gibson 11/Sep/02 Solo rpt
DerwentDiluted 29/Aug/02 Lead
with Tim Stain
Mark Stevenson 27/May/02 Solo O/S
Carl Smethurst 16/Feb/02 Lead O/S
with Ian Pickles
Hidden ??/2002 Lead RP
Hidden 11/Sep/01 Lead O/S
RussB 31/May/01 Lead O/S
with Steve Orchard
CrashMat Rob 26/May/01 Solo
with Nicky
Different Steve ?/May/01 Lead O/S
with Rupert Holbrook
Hidden 01/Oct/00 Lead O/S
Martin Bennett 23/Sep/00 -
with MT, MD
Hidden ?/Sep/00 Solo O/S
rocktigger ??/2000 Lead O/S


with chopper
Mark Davies PK ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead
tlr ??/2000 Solo
akhughes ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 Solo O/S
Phill Mitch ??/2000 Lead O/S
with gaz
Hidden ??/2000 -
Hidden 08/Aug/99 Lead
martroberts 11/Jul/99 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Jul/99 Lead
Hidden ?/May/99 TR
Simon Pearce ??/1999 -
CrashMat Rob 19/Sep/98 2nd O/S

Strangers were climbing, I went up second to retrieve gear.

with Dave, Nev, rob?, Nicky
Hidden 27/Jul/97 2nd O/S
Hidden 25/Jan/97 2nd
Strong Steve 07/Sep/96 Lead O/S
John Southworth 16/Jul/95 Solo O/S
IanGilbertJones 16/May/95 Solo O/S
CrashMat Rob ??/1995 Lead O/S
nai ??/1995 Solo
daprince ??/1994 -
D Tempest 31/Oct/93 Solo
with Rick
IanD353 ??/1993 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Oct/91 2nd
Roget 25/Jun/91 Solo O/S
clark alston ?/Jan/91 Solo
with Nick White
Hidden ?/Mar/90 Lead O/S
Andy Say 19/Nov/88 Solo
steve taylor ?/Jun/88 Solo
Hidden 02/Apr/88 Solo
Hidden 21/Feb/88 Lead
Rob Davies 25/Apr/87 Lead
goi.ashmore 01/Jun/86 Solo O/S
Dave Musgrove 02/Apr/86 -
GordonHart ??/1986 Solo O/S
Tom V ??/1986 -
stp 16/Feb/85 Solo O/S
John Marsland 16/Aug/84 Solo
Hidden 04/Jun/83 Solo
johnny20whales 18/Apr/81 Lead
Mark Kemball 22/Aug/79 Solo
mikej 24/Sep/67 TR dnf
with Keith Mcdowel, John Lee
Hidden 03/Oct/65 Solo
Hidden 02/Oct/65 Solo
Hidden 19/Sep/65 Solo
Hidden 29/May/65 Solo
Hidden 04/Apr/65 Solo
Hidden 28/Feb/65 2nd
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