Rockfax Description
The sustained and awkward rift left of the imposing hanging arete has good gear throughout. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs.

jungle 15/Oct Lead O/S
with Chris Braund
Sam Husband 14/Oct 2nd O/S
with Hana Mabb
awalters 27/Aug 2nd
with Greg T
ian d f 21/Aug Solo O/S
CraigPerl 13/Aug Lead O/S


with trisvye
Hidden 12/Aug 2nd
Cheet 05/Aug Lead O/S
with Mary
StuA 29/Jul Lead

Wet, green and unpleasant. Wouldn't recommend.

mattlyons 09/Jun Solo O/S
Hidden 24/May Solo O/S
Hidden 03/May Solo
MSchobitz 30/Apr Solo O/S
Hidden 09/Apr Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Apr Lead
JOHNB-W 07/Apr Lead
besiix 07/Apr 2nd
with John
Nick1812P 05/Apr Solo O/S

in trainers on the way out, felt hard.

Mark Stevenson 03/Apr Solo
Andy Moles 12/Mar Solo
Hidden 09/Oct/16 Solo O/S
Ian.ch 17/Sep/16 Lead rpt
with Lydia
Vert 17/Sep/16 2nd rpt
with Ian
Durkules 16/Sep/16 2nd
alexjf 16/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Awkward! and tough!

with Andy
Ian.ch 11/Sep/16 Lead
with Gabor
royle883 11/Sep/16 Lead O/S
Harry Hall 16/Aug/16 -
Schmalex 13/Aug/16 2nd O/S
with Guy
rumblesan 13/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Christ, what the hell was this. Thrutchiest route of the day. Suspect my chimneying technique needs work.

Mike Turner 30/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with Joshua Turner
mattsnow 24/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with daviemj
daviemj 24/Jul/16 Lead O/S

A good climb. You have to work with the chimney all the way up, having ot get your body into weird positions. I disagree with the jamming icon in the Rockfax 2015 guide, hving maybe used one foot jam. However, this probably means I made the climb more difficult for myself through my ignorance of how to jam (the vast majority of my climbing has been indoors, with a fair amount of sport climbing as well)

Si_De 17/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with Johnathan Austin
Ian.ch 11/Jun/16 TR O/S

Thoroughly enjoyable. Must come back and lead/solo.

Paul Baxter 11/Jun/16 TR O/S


w-watson 28/May/16 Solo
Dan Wilcox 07/May/16 Lead
LucyL 23/Apr/16 Lead dog
with Eliot
vicky lacey 19/Apr/16 2nd
Allanfairfechan ??/2016 Solo
John Higgs 23/Dec/15 Solo O/S
gd303uk 16/Nov/15 Lead O/S
CraigOsborne 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
TommyWoodcock95 05/Oct/15 TR
brader-brader 01/Oct/15 Solo
Hidden 27/Sep/15 Lead
AlexHewitt90 09/Aug/15 2nd O/S
Felicityleigh-hudson 08/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Aug/15 2nd
DavidWilby 02/Aug/15 Lead dog
with Anna
SenzuBean 01/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Started to rain, slippery, jacket got all up in my face and couldn't see where to put feet just before the top - did an unconventional move and then managed to finish.

Mike Bayley 25/Jul/15 2nd dog
with Adrian Fagg
Hidden 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/May/15 2nd
Matt Groom 10/May/15 Solo
vinni 10/May/15 Lead O/S
amccann 10/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Flavio 09/Apr/15 Solo O/S
James Lowe ??/2015 Lead G/U
joe1joe1joe2 ?/Oct/14 Solo O/S
with Sam Garland, Dominic Joyce
Hidden ?/Oct/14 Solo O/S
dom_joyce265 ?/Oct/14 Solo O/S
JudithE 24/Aug/14 2nd
Clama 24/Aug/14 2nd
Becky E 24/Aug/14 Lead

Thought provoking, as promised by the guidebook, with no let up until the end.

with Claudia, Dad, Mum
Nigel Bond 16/Jul/14 Solo
Hardcore Pat 04/Jul/14 Solo β
Hidden 01/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/14 Solo
leggy118 26/May/14 2nd O/S

Quite polished on the first initial moves

andyclimber 27/Apr/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/14 Lead O/S
RichardLeggett 12/Apr/14 Lead dog

Rests but pushed through. Good gear!

with Ellie Keighly
Triggy Pop 21/Mar/14 2nd
with Andy Turner
Calum Wadsworth 19/Mar/14 Solo O/S
with Uni Lot
David_Gledson 09/Mar/14 Solo O/S
bencaley 10/Nov/13 Lead O/S
with Ashley Hall, Bethany Deadman
Markheighton ?/Oct/13 TR
Alex_Derbyshire ?/Oct/13 TR

With Uni top rope day!

Mike Soulby 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Dom McKee
Hidden 17/Sep/13 TR O/S
marzi 04/Sep/13 Lead

strong climb, lots of muscle involved, hvd in the rockfax

with caroline hill
ewan.davies 08/Aug/13 2nd
with Rosy
rosyvivien 08/Aug/13 Lead
Hidden 20/Jul/13 Lead
Ali Mortazavi 20/Jul/13 2nd β
with Rita
Hidden 30/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Jun/13 Lead O/S
gsavell 02/Jun/13 Lead
with Sarah Knight
Danbow73 19/May/13 2nd O/S

in trail shoes

Hidden 04/May/13 2nd
Paul Eckton 03/May/13 2nd
with steve read
Marder20 30/Apr/13 Lead
ju59 21/Apr/13 -
with Paul
Hidden 21/Apr/13 TR
Hidden 11/Nov/12 Lead O/S
Alpenglow 14/Oct/12 Lead O/S

HVD in Rockfax, a little awkward but good end to the day

with NUMC
deacondeacon 05/Oct/12 Solo O/S
yarrow 17/Jun/12 Solo O/S
JDDD 17/Jun/12 Lead

Really enjoyed this climb. 1st move is very hard for the grade but once done, the climb doesn't let up until you get to the top. Tip top enjoyment (for this sort of climb at this crag) all the way up. Lycra clad technicians need not apply. Bring roll-ups and hemp rope.

Jake Young 25/May/12 Solo O/S
josephgrimwade 18/May/12 Lead O/S
with Laura Kirk
Hidden 13/May/12 -
Clee 13/May/12 Lead
with Gary
Gary A S 13/May/12 2nd O/S
with Clio
AndrewJamesCherry 05/May/12 Lead O/S
jvarmstrong 21/Apr/12 Lead
99bolivar 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Richard Smith
JamesKing817 28/Mar/12 2nd
Claire Sephton 28/Mar/12 2nd
with David Guthrie
Michael Aylen 23/Mar/12 2nd
Mike Hatherly 24/Nov/11 2nd O/S
barni 29/Sep/11 -
with Ami
Hidden 10/Sep/11 Solo rpt
eel 15/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Mike Bayley 09/Jul/11 Lead dog
with John Sellars & Cathy Burgess
Bernie Wylde 06/Jul/11 2nd
with sp
Steve J P 06/Jul/11 Lead
with BW
rw7399 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Viki S
Alex.M-M. 21/Jun/11 Solo O/S
rustaldo 12/Jun/11 Solo O/S

no such thing as a "clean" ascent where this routes concerned.

with Alex
Andy Peak 1 05/Jun/11 Solo
Hidden 21/May/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/May/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Apr/11 2nd O/S
stevo smith 27/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Pam
Chris Manasseh 19/Mar/11 Lead
joem 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S
dan_o_b ??/2011 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Dizz 24/Oct/10 Lead

finished up this from ledge on Now or Never as dark! Green, slimy, awkwardness. But strangely welcoming at that point :)

Hidden 24/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Oct/10 Lead
Harri777 24/Oct/10 2nd
with Liz
francesanncavanagh 13/Oct/10 2nd
with Haven Banks
parksy986 05/Aug/10 Solo O/S
with martin hill
Nicholas Livesey 27/Jun/10 2nd
with Lucie Sedlarova
jjclarke70 13/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Will P
williap 13/Jun/10 2nd
with JJ
Hidden 12/Jun/10 2nd
mpsJonny 23/May/10 Lead O/S
with greg martin
stevechaps1 17/May/10 Lead
Gerallt Owain 17/May/10 2nd O/S
RobSimmo 09/May/10 Lead O/S
with Will Slater
geddicakes 24/Apr/10 Lead
with Fraser
alun1111 18/Apr/10 Lead
catty_9 19/Mar/10 TR

Snow on ground

with Watford Explorers
NCorbett 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S

COLD - snow on slopes at bottom, and some unpleasant ash remains half way up!

with Christel Corbett
itsgarb ??/2010 Lead
Hidden 10/Dec/09 Solo
Matt Bennett 10/Oct/09 Solo O/S
with Luke Copley, Lewis Grey
Liam42 30/Aug/09 AltLd RP
with Peak Mountaineering
Craig Geddes 27/Aug/09 2nd
with Admiral
Hidden 16/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/09 2nd O/S
Pilch 18/Jul/09 Solo
jumpingjimminy 11/Jul/09 Lead dnf
with Ellie
sadsetts 13/Jun/09 2nd O/S
with Al and Ronny
Hidden 09/Jun/09 Lead O/S
maybe_si 05/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 31/May/09 Lead dog
r.greaves 25/May/09 2nd
with Natalie Davies
mark stones 09/May/09 Lead
valentinesbabe 09/May/09 2nd O/S
Rob Barthorpe 21/Apr/09 2nd
with Karo
Hidden 21/Apr/09 Lead
Hidden 19/Apr/09 2nd
Mr. K 14/Apr/09 Lead O/S
JWB 11/Apr/09 2nd O/S
ripper 11/Apr/09 Lead

Last route of a long first day outdoors. Escaped up here after bottling the top section of Now or Never, E1 5B. Comng back for that one...

with JWB
phill bentham 04/Apr/09 Lead O/S
treeminkies 14/Mar/09 Lead
with allen
Hidden 01/Mar/09 Lead
mattwyles1 ??/2009 Solo
aldred 18/Oct/08 Solo O/S
KieranT 10/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Hannah Buckingham
climbingrev 20/Sep/08 Lead O/S

Tim's daughter, Megan, said "that looks horrible" when we arrived at the crag. She was right!

daviesp2 19/Sep/08 Lead
with Trish
maria.handley 31/Aug/08 Lead
treeminkies 31/Aug/08 TR
with carole,leon and neil
Lenny 30/Aug/08 -
Neil Metcalfe101 30/Aug/08 Lead
with Leon,Carole & John
Hidden 25/Aug/08 2nd O/S
tobydunford 17/Aug/08 Solo O/S
fizzy_elephant 15/Aug/08 Solo O/S
vard 22/Jul/08 Lead O/S
Shandy 22/Jul/08 2nd O/S

I felt like thriowing up when I finally topped out! This is HVD in Rockfax, and well deserved - pretty damn green.

tomcoomber 22/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jun/08 2nd
Brown 09/Jun/08 Solo O/S
with Bridget
Adam Potter 01/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/08 2nd
craig matheson ?/Apr/08 Solo
matsavage 09/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Browny 13/Feb/08 2nd O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
dannyboy83 20/Oct/07 Solo O/S
popebenedictus 02/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Edd Rab
edd rab 02/Oct/07 2nd O/S
FrankW 25/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with Laura
adam carless 25/Aug/07 Solo rpt

good value VDiff chimney, awkward and squirmy, but good fun.

Hidden 01/Aug/07 2nd O/S
gregarding ?/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Ashley Hutton
Somerset swede basher 28/Jul/07 Solo
howlingbaboon 24/Jul/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/May/07 Solo rpt
Hidden 28/Apr/07 2nd O/S
djbeaumont 28/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Trace
hang_about ?/Apr/07 Lead
Marc Murphy ?/Apr/07 AltLd
dpmUK 24/Mar/07 2nd O/S
adam carless 24/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with dpmuk
Graeme Hammond 15/Feb/07 Solo O/S
MikeDowsett ??/2007 Lead
with Kris Scheinkonig
Si dH 10/Nov/06 Solo O/S
tom.e 07/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Col Kingshott 10/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/06 Lead O/S
andybeanland ?/Aug/06 2nd O/S
with Alyson
Mike Lee 12/Jul/06 Solo
Steve Vincent 25/Jun/06 2nd
David Robinson 25/Jun/06 Lead
practicalcat 17/Jun/06 2nd
with Paul Leader
Mnlovett 17/Jun/06 TR O/S
spyda 17/Jun/06 TR O/S
with Pauline
Paul Leader 17/Jun/06 Lead dnf

hate it

colin milton 15/Jun/06 Solo
gibbo38 04/Jun/06 2nd
with John Shelly
pennyb 03/Jun/06 2nd O/S
with Jon
jl 03/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Penny
Nicos 02/Jan/06 Solo O/S
with solo
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
Hidden ??/2006 -
ASchwirtz 02/Oct/05 Solo O/S
rob wmc 09/Jul/05 2nd O/S
with Pete
Hidden 12/Jun/05 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Rampikino 02/Apr/05 Lead
with Rob Wilson
reg_measures 30/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Sep/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/04 Lead
SteveM 05/Jul/04 Solo
Graeme Hammond 13/Jun/04 TR O/S
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 12/Jun/04 Solo O/S
Outdoorfun37 05/Jun/04 Lead
Hidden ?/Jun/04 Solo O/S
Hidden 17/May/04 Lead
Hidden ?/May/04 Lead
Hidden ??/2004 -
Hidden ??/2004 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2004 -
Hidden 28/Jul/03 Lead
Rampikino 16/Jun/03 Lead
with Liz Hay
DorsetGareth 22/Mar/03 Solo O/S
Mark Stevenson 16/Mar/03 Solo
rocktigger ??/2003 Lead O/S
with Clare
Brazzer ?/Aug/02 2nd O/S
with Ben Tufnell
andy007 04/Jun/01 Solo O/S

Ripped my trousers stretching on this one!

with Ruth
Gambit ??/2001 Lead
Monk ??/2001 Solo O/S
DerwentDiluted 11/Sep/00 Solo
Hidden 01/Jul/00 Solo rpt
Hidden ?/May/00 Solo
Budge 14/Oct/98 Solo
Hidden 31/May/98 Lead O/S
nigehughes ?/May/98 Lead
with Paul Williams
Hidden 22/Mar/98 Lead O/S
bigphil ??/1998 -
Hidden ??/1997 -
Hidden ??/1997 -
Martin Bennett 10/Jun/96 Solo
John Eley ?/Jun/96 Lead O/S
Ian Archer 18/May/96 Lead O/S
with James Leavy
Roget 27/Dec/95 Solo O/S
cragspud ??/1995 Lead
babymoac 11/Oct/92 Solo
roncaves 16/Aug/92 Solo
Hidden 26/Apr/92 Solo
Hidden 24/Mar/91 Solo
Hidden ??/1991 Solo
Hidden ?/Sep/90 -
goi.ashmore 02/Feb/89 Solo O/S
bleddynmawr ?/Oct/87 Solo
Iain Thow 02/Aug/87 Solo
Andy Say 15/Apr/87 Solo
Chris Ellis 09/Jul/86 Solo
RichardMc 05/Jul/86 2nd
with Angel Vila
Hidden ?/Jul/86 Solo
Hidden ?/Aug/85 Solo O/S
Rob Davies 26/May/84 Solo
Anton Eady ??/1983 -
Howard Dixon ??/1981 Solo
Nigel Bond 24/Dec/80 Solo
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1980 Solo
Andy Fielding ??/1978 Solo
MikeDowsett ??/1978 Lead
Nigel Bond 17/Jun/76 Solo
Mark Kemball 29/May/76 Solo
with Ian Grace
mikej 04/Mar/73 Solo
with Geoff Williams
rogerskews ??/1971 Solo
with CMC Members
mikej 13/Oct/68 Solo
with Wil Hurford, Ian Clayton
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