Rockfax Description
The once-pegged crack feels like a refugee from Millstone. The crux is at an awkward height off the ground, with tricky-to-place wires, just before the flat holds start to arrive and things ease. © Rockfax

FA. Steve Bancroft 1974. Aid climbed by Nat Allen in 1952.

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, Peak Rock/12/The New Golden Age, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Top 50 Peak Cracks.

markfairbank 08/Oct Lead dog
with Ray Sharples
Adam Long 14/Aug Solo
Adam Long 12/Aug 2nd

Eases with height

with Char Williams
James Oakes 15/Jul Lead O/S
will9911 21/May Lead O/S
with Tony Madden
bryce.dorin 07/May 2nd O/S
with Will, Felix
WilliamRupp 07/May Lead dog

put gear in holds

with felix
FelixJT 07/May 2nd
Sophie Nunn 02/Apr Lead dog
with Ian L, Dan B
andy jennings 02/Apr 2nd O/S
with Mr. Lovatt
islandlynx 18/Feb Lead dog
TomRiddelsdell 18/Feb 2nd dog
Hidden ??/2017 -
Ids1165 ??/2017 Lead
Rory_Cummings_NI 28/Nov/16 Lead O/S
Ewan Russell 02/Nov/16 Lead O/S
PaddyFreer 29/Oct/16 TR
with freec
freec 29/Oct/16 TR O/S

Lovely climb. Decided not to lead as quite damp and didn't fancy breaking anything on my birthday. Technical fingerlocking / laybacking moves. Will come back to lead.

phil64 26/Oct/16 Lead

up and down twice then manned up.... great moves.

with mike cox
Neil McA 09/Oct/16 2nd rpt
with Andy Perkins
JOHNB-W 08/Oct/16 TR
with adam mitchell
Andy Peak 1 30/Sep/16 Lead rpt
Hidden 17/Sep/16 TR
Hidden 16/Sep/16 TR O/S
manbat 16/Sep/16 TR rpt

Came off first go. Got it second time. Tricky!

with Laura Packford, Tom Palmer
SamP88 13/Aug/16 TR RP

Try to lead it, backed off and decided to TR it

with Jonny Walker
Dan Vaj 29/Jul/16 TR dog
Andrew Sloan 15/Jul/16 TR dnf

Tried to toprope, got about 6ft off the ground before being spat off.

with pete
Mark Stevenson 22/May/16 Lead dog

1 fall.

with OUMC Members
Ardo 20/Mar/16 2nd dog
ferdia 20/Mar/16 Lead O/S
Andy Moles 20/Mar/16 2nd
with Ferdia
Mike Roger ??/2016 -
Hidden 18/Oct/15 Lead
Hidden 18/Oct/15 2nd
Roberttaylor 13/Oct/15 Lead O/S
EllieWoods 04/Oct/15 TR O/S
with Dave C
Danhan 04/Oct/15 TR dog
jacob shieldhouse hadley 03/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with paddy
griffithpatrick 03/Oct/15 Lead dnf

Passed the crux then slipped! I rubbed against the rope on my way down and it melted my trousers. Eeek! First proper experience with finger jamming

griffithpatrick 03/Oct/15 2nd RP

Seconded fairly easily after slipping (not falling) off (after the crux) on lead.

Hidden 06/Sep/15 2nd
pearson9596 23/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Mark Condon
Hidden 08/Aug/15 Lead O/S
climberchristy 18/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Great route. Lovely!

with bencole
M_Robinson 29/May/15 TR dog

Fell off leading, went to top rope to rescue gear and fluffed my feet

with Ian Robinson
harry_lewis 16/May/15 Lead O/S
Cake 30/Apr/15 2nd O/S

Don't think I'd have led it clean

with Ian Murray, John Cooper
MSchobitz 28/Apr/15 Lead dnf

Fell off about half way, then placed a 'bomber' nut instead of the cam I fell onto to gain another hold, went to be lowered off to try it again and ripped the nut as I was coming down...? That awkward moment when you've decked off of one of the safest routes in Froggatt....

Dr Toph 25/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Nice finger slots

with Emily
salix 18/Apr/15 Lead

Left a lot of blood on this one. Too hot, not my own rack - excuses excuses! Probably just need to get better but felt like a lot of 5c finger locking to me...

with Isaac, Caitlin
OliverRoss 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Alasdair Dickinson
Nick1812P 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Jake
Jake Young 11/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with Nick
bigdrew 05/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with Dunc Frish, Ian Milward
Hidden 02/Apr/15 2nd rpt
Haydn Jones 31/Mar/15 2nd O/S
Andy Peak 1 30/Mar/15 Lead β

Had tried previously and had my arse handed to me

with Hayden Jones
adam 24 02/Nov/14 Lead RP

Fell at the crux then lowered to the ground. Led to the top with gear still in place

Stuart Johnston 02/Nov/14 2nd dog

Don't focus too much on the crack, there are good edges on the face when the going gets tough!

Hidden 02/Nov/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Nov/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Nov/14 Lead O/S
ashtond6 19/Oct/14 2nd rpt
John Brayshaw 05/Oct/14 Lead dnf
with Erica
John Brayshaw 05/Oct/14 TR dog
with Simon Burn, Erica
erica 05/Oct/14 TR dog
with John
Calum Wadsworth 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Awkward and really pumpy especially in the searing heat.

Hidden 29/Aug/14 AltLd
Hidden 04/Aug/14 Lead β
ashtond6 04/Aug/14 Lead rpt

My favourite route a Froggatt, great locks awful feet

kyaizawa 29/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Emma Reynolds 29/Jul/14 2nd
JBO 09/Jul/14 Lead O/S
ned_85 30/Jun/14 2nd dog
Jack Loftus 30/Jun/14 Lead dog
with Ned
drysori 05/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Chriswallis2 16/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Al Breen
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead O/S
WillDoyle 01/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Matt Cooke 23/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Sam Taylor
mike mo ??/2014 -
Rob Adie ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
Stefan_Morris 24/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with jenny
alp79 07/Sep/13 2nd

Enjoyed this route, challenging and pumpy, good lead from Jonny ..."that nut..."

ashtond6 07/Sep/13 Lead

Silly pop on crux

Hidden 29/Jul/13 2nd rpt
emily_allen 26/Jul/13 2nd β
ian storey 04/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with jake galley
Wizzy ?/Jul/13 2nd O/S
benkelsey 15/Jun/13 2nd O/S

awkward and pumpy

PeteH 12/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Feb/13 2nd β
Nick Sillem ??/2013 Lead O/S
bede.west 18/Nov/12 2nd dog

2 rests on second

victim of mathematics 26/Oct/12 2nd dog

Pulled on a nut when, after using up all of my try getting through the crux, I found the upper crack was lovely and damp. Nice moves, but tenuous and hard!

James Oswald 26/Oct/12 Lead O/S

Almost fell off twice placing gear. Shame the gear is slightly awkward. Ace route, had some fun with the wet pockets. Really lovely

with Colin Angus
eel 20/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Jun/12 2nd dog
Jim Slater 24/May/12 2nd dog
Graeme Hammond 24/May/12 Lead rpt

After sitting around for most of the evening moping because it was too hot, it cooled down just enough though was still very warm just before it got dark... Good to do this clean after a previous doged lead earlier in the week in sweating conditions. A great climb :)

with Jim
phardman 06/May/12 Lead dog

First route of day. Got flash pump on crux.

with Jon Bibby
Hidden 19/Feb/12 2nd rpt
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Somerset swede basher 18/Dec/11 Lead O/S
with John Sargeant
Tony Holdsworth 12/Nov/11 2nd O/S

Fine lead by Martin. Both had previously failed to lead in the past. Found it steady as a second.

with Martin Haworth
Reedymc 12/Nov/11 2nd dog
Martin Haworth 12/Nov/11 Lead O/S

Committing move half way up. (Had been on this before but still basically an on sight).

with Tony
Hidden 21/Oct/11 Lead O/S
JRae 19/Oct/11 2nd
mwatson 19/Oct/11 -
Woodiee 16/Oct/11 TR β

after getting spat off on lead, me and oli decided to improve our crack climbing with gear retrieval - turns out E2 5c cracks are hard! - thin gear where you want your hands and minimal feet!

tuftynick 16/Oct/11 Lead
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Oct/11 AltLd
with Tufty
andysroom 15/Oct/11 Lead dog
with Lizzie
pie_eater_pete 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Dan Lane 17/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Didn't think this was particularly hard for E2, but i've not done enough to know really. good climbing with gear better than the guidebook suggests. Nice fingerlocks and two finger pockets.

with Ruth Taylor, Andy Turner
Hidden 14/Aug/11 2nd
Hidden 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/11 2nd dog
leon 23/Jul/11 Lead dnf

too intimidated to do the crux. top roped it clean to retrieve gear, still felt intimidated on a top rope!! i'll have to come back and do this clean one day.

w.pettet-smith 09/Jun/11 Lead O/S

gear ok- placing too much of it gets you a wee bit pumped though. lovely climbing all the way.

with claire jane carter
Hidden 09/Jun/11 2nd rpt
London Luke ?/Jun/11 Lead
JRae 22/May/11 2nd
thomasadixon 22/May/11 Lead O/S

Got up to the crux, it started raining - cue downclimb. Did it again a second time. Third time it only drizzled!

with Johnny
keith leonard 04/May/11 AltLd
Tony Holdsworth 14/Apr/11 Lead dnf
with Pete Nugent
steve_yo 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
datoon 27/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with K
khawk 27/Mar/11 Lead dog
with DT
Ed morris 20/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Jack
Aaron Hauptmann 30/Jan/11 Lead dnf

Took my first lead fall on it, then got back on and got spanked. couldn't commit to a layback move higher over my gear than i had just fallen. Gutted.

with Mungo
cymjt ??/2011 -
GuyM ??/2011 -
robinsi197 30/Oct/10 2nd

Fell off trying to lead it, then again seconding, but got to the top eventually

with Nick
Hidden 30/Oct/10 Lead dnf
Hidden 29/Oct/10 2nd O/S
3 Names 02/Oct/10 Lead dog
Misha 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Had been meaning to do this one for a while. Enjoyable finger torquing and monoing, shame it's over so quickly. Very different to most other routes at Froggatt, aptly described in PGE as a refuge from Milstone (which is why I liked it!).

Hidden 02/Oct/10 2nd dog
Hidden 31/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Marti999 19/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with Anna
chris sm 24/Jul/10 Lead rpt
Hidden 03/Jul/10 TR O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/10 Lead dog
Tez29 15/May/10 Lead O/S
with Mousey
Hidden 15/May/10 2nd
Martin Cooper 13/May/10 2nd
with Andy Benson
Audrey Seguy ?/May/10 Lead O/S
vanderz 25/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Otfink 25/Apr/10 2nd β
Hidden 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
irish paul 24/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Dave R + Mike D
Hidden 24/Apr/10 2nd
DuncanR 23/Apr/10 Lead
with Scott Mckenzie
mattyork2 05/Apr/10 Lead O/S
jkarran 05/Apr/10 2nd

Tough but fair. gear is better than the guide suggests

with Matt
Mike Goldthorp 13/Mar/10 Lead

ground up after one cheeky little fall.

Ed Booth 31/Jan/10 Lead O/S
kingholmesy ??/2010 2nd O/S
with Andy S
katyvose1 ??/2010 -
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
scott gibson ??/2010 -
Hidden 15/Nov/09 2nd dog
Lev 15/Nov/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Oct/09 Lead rpt
dannyboy83 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Dad
smudge 14/Oct/09 2nd O/S
with Tom Stewart
CharlieMack 23/Sep/09 Lead O/S

found lots of nice rests, and placed a good racks worth of gear haha! some sharp fingerlocks were pretty uncomfortable to hang around on.

with mgeek
Tithe Technique 13/Sep/09 TR
with Geoff Burrows, Peter Ziak, Steve Fletcher, Angela Paul
chumleywarner 13/Sep/09 TR dnf
valentinesbabe 13/Sep/09 TR dnf

What a bugger of a climb!!! Even on a toprope!

with Peter Ziak, Geoff Burrows, Kevin Tithe
chris sm 31/Aug/09 Lead dog

Not sure how i fell off this. Much easier then i thought it was going to be. Gear on the whole is quite good too.

with Pippa Froggatt
Hidden 12/Aug/09 Lead dnf
Hidden 18/Jul/09 Lead RP
Hidden 16/May/09 2nd O/S
Ram MkiV 09/May/09 Lead O/S

Enjoyable peg pocketeering. Decent footholds so didn't struggle as much as I thought I might.

with Guy & Oli
riddle 03/May/09 Lead dog

Excellent climbing.

with Yasmina
Hidden 02/May/09 Lead dog
Dr Caterpillar 02/May/09 2nd dog
Hidden 18/Mar/09 2nd rpt
porridgefan 06/Jan/09 TR O/S
with Sam Edwards
Hidden ??/2009 Lead dnf
Hidden ?/Dec/08 Lead O/S
feilx 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with jon brown
JLS 12/Oct/08 Lead dnf

harder that I expected... a new ground up project

with Jacqui
tommytwotone 20/Sep/08 2nd
with Matt Pidgen
BenJacobs 15/Sep/08 2nd dog
with Oli
Hidden 15/Sep/08 Lead RP
Andrew Sloan 22/Jun/08 Lead dog
with Steve Grove
Andrew Sloan 15/Jun/08 Lead dog

Dogged again.

morganator 27/May/08 Lead O/S
Castleclimber 25/May/08 Lead dog
Julian Mowbray 25/May/08 2nd O/S
with Richard
Ian Broome 09/Mar/08 Lead rpt
with Matt
Hidden 27/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Will Jung 27/Feb/08 Lead dog
with Andy Bramal
Jim Slater 17/Feb/08 2nd dog
Hidden 17/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Mike W 06/Jan/08 Lead dog
Hidden 06/Jan/08 2nd
Hidden ?/Jan/08 Lead O/S
jugglingeek ??/2008 2nd dog

A beautiful climb that was just a little bit too hard for me. I finished it but with two or three falls.

with Ralph
Jim Walton ??/2008 -
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
Hidden 16/Nov/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Nov/07 Lead dnf
Mr Wild 13/Nov/07 Lead dnf
nacnud 04/Nov/07 Lead
Rich Kirby 27/Oct/07 Lead rpt
Hidden 23/Sep/07 Lead dog
Apharri ?/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Andre Hedger
Hidden 24/Jul/07 Lead rpt
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 20/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Mar/07 Lead RP
Toby Dunn 08/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with Ruth
Ally Smith ??/2007 Lead O/S

Date a guess

with Al Royale
Hidden ??/2007 -
Alex Mason ??/2007 Lead O/S

Dont know how i missed this out, cracking route, very goey.

Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
givemetea 09/Jul/06 TR dog
with Tim
alaan 29/Jan/06 Lead O/S

The gears all excellent, despite what the guide book says, very sustained but fantastic climb!

with Matt
dan gibson ??/2006 -
Boy ??/2006 -
oldmanrivers ??/2006 Lead
mattyork2 ?/Oct/05 2nd
Ian Broome 11/May/05 Lead dog
with Spence
Hidden ?/May/05 2nd dog
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
brownie mike ??/2005 -
Hidden 12/Jun/04 Lead
sadams 12/Oct/03 -
with Eric Hildrew
Ben1983 ?/Sep/03 Lead dog
Hidden 27/May/03 Lead
ArnaudG ?/May/03 Lead rpt
with Dunc
ArnaudG ?/Mar/03 2nd β
with Jon
fellgazelle ??/2003 2nd
with George brimlow
Hidden 22/Apr/02 Lead
Hidden 24/Mar/02 Lead O/S
shoulders 08/Dec/01 Lead
Hidden 31/Oct/01 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Aug/01 Lead
kp64zl ?/Jun/01 TR
with Philip S
Hidden ??/2001 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/May/00 Lead
tuftynick ??/2000 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 -
marcoleptic ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 10/Jun/99 Lead
Rich Kirby 06/Apr/99 2nd
Hidden 28/Jun/98 Lead
Hidden 01/May/98 TR
Davros the Psyched ??/1998 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1998 TR
goi.ashmore 12/Apr/97 Lead O/S
with Dave Banham-Hughes
uphillnow ??/1997 Lead

john started but backed off from low down. i finished it having had the bennefit of some early pro in place

with john stanger
JDC 03/Aug/96 Lead O/S
Neil R 14/Oct/95 2nd
with Ian
andrew300169 22/Jul/95 Lead dog

a pathetic effort

with Sarah
Roget 18/Jun/95 Lead rpt
with jon
Hidden ?/Jun/95 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/May/95 Lead RP
John Southworth ?/May/95 Lead O/S
WB ??/1995 Lead O/S
with Guy
Hidden ??/1995 2nd
Hidden 21/Aug/94 Lead dog
Hidden ?/Aug/94 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/94 2nd
Hidden 14/Jun/94 Lead
Hidden 18/May/94 2nd
Hidden ?/May/94 Lead O/S
Roget 22/Jan/94 Lead dog
with Jonathan T
crossleysm ??/1994 Lead O/S
OMSKB ??/1994 TR

done in the lashing rain

with Richard Winfield
andybirtwistle 03/Oct/93 2nd
with Steve Brewis
Martin Bennett 15/Aug/93 TR
nokishatov 01/May/93 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/93 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Mar/93 Lead O/S
IanD353 ?/Mar/93 Lead O/S
craig d ??/1993 -
whispering nic ?/Nov/92 Solo
with slow hand nick
NickJH ?/Oct/92 Lead O/S
ste_d 01/Sep/92 Lead O/S
with mik
Steve Crowe 10/May/92 Lead G/U

1 fall

with KM
rob.grafton 16/Mar/92 Lead
with Bruce
Hidden ??/1992 Lead
Rob Davies 11/Aug/91 TR
Hidden ??/1991 -
Chris Ellis 27/Aug/89 2nd
with Andy Barker
J R R Hartley ?/Jun/89 2nd O/S
with Pete Beasley
phardman 05/May/89 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/89 2nd
Eduardo Martinez 16/Apr/89 Lead O/S
Rich Kirby ??/1989 Lead O/S
with The General (P.Henderson)
Hidden ??/1989 -
Hidden 14/Aug/88 Lead
tapley 08/Apr/88 2nd
Neil R 20/Sep/87 2nd
with Ian
Billg 14/Mar/87 Lead O/S
with Dave Gregory
Sean Kelly ??/1987 2nd
with Duncan Lee
Carl Hamer ??/1987 TR O/S
Hidden ??/1987 Lead O/S
Bruce Kerr 27/Sep/86 Lead
with Paul Dunkley
John Marsland 12/Apr/86 2nd
with Dave Mould
Tom V ??/1986 -
Hidden ??/1986 Lead
Bullybones ??/1986 Lead O/S
Mike Owen 10/Nov/85 Solo rpt
with Joe Picalli
clark alston ?/Sep/85 Lead G/U
Rob Seymour 28/Aug/85 Lead O/S
with Joe Corcos
ukb & bmc shark 14/Jun/85 Lead
with Seb Grieve
daviesxxx ??/1985 Lead

Same day as less wellrotected routes. Glad of the runners

Hidden ??/1985 Lead
charlesmfrench 04/Nov/84 2nd O/S
with Alan Bennett
sadams 26/Jun/84 Lead
with Pete Herrod
Steve Lewis 27/May/84 Solo O/S
Mike Owen 01/Apr/84 Solo rpt
Mike Owen 01/Apr/84 Lead O/S

soloed afterwards

with John Peake
Andy Stephenson ??/1984 2nd

Found it desperate all the way and almost fell off

with Alan Dance
andy tetsill ?/Aug/83 TR
with Joy
stp 19/Mar/83 Lead

Tried to solo since but psyched out coz of hearing about Andy Pollitt falling off.

Hidden 26/Jan/83 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1983 Lead
Andy Nicholson ?/May/82 Solo rpt
Andy Nicholson ?/May/82 Lead O/S
with Spike, Chez
Hammy 30/Jan/82 TR
with Rob Beaumont
mark-abz 22/Nov/81 Lead
with Walter P
TonyF 01/Jun/80 Lead O/S
with Dave McDowel
Mark Kemball 16/Mar/80 Lead
Paul Clarke ??/1980 Lead
with FMC
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Dave Musgrove ??/1980 Lead
with Kim Greenald
Chris Terrey ?/Apr/79 Lead
with Mike O'Brien
duncan ??/1979 Lead
andy gittins ??/1978 -
Mark Kemball 23/Oct/77 Lead dnf

2 falls.

Steve Lewis 12/Aug/77 Lead O/S
with sharpie
Andy Edgar ??/1976 Lead O/S
with Mick Hardwick
FATBOYFAT ??/1972 -
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