Rockfax Description
Devious but worthwhile - double ropes are sensible and may even be essential! Climb the ramp then traverse round the arete to access the upper section of Chequers Crack (p.401 ). © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown 1949

Ticklists: Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Eastern Grit 2 star plus (HVS/VS/HS).

Peter Goulding 12/Nov/17 2nd

load of fucking wank

with Skel
TobyA 30/Aug/17 Lead O/S

Proper tough going!

with Dave
JGriffiths 23/Jul/17 2nd O/S
with Dan E
danieleaston 23/Jul/17 Lead O/S

Excellent. Hard. Impossible ropework. cowered under the overhang traverse for a while, then blasted up the crack.

with Jake
James Oakes 15/Jul/17 Lead O/S
Ban1 09/Jul/17 2nd O/S

Fuck that again

with Mark
mikkistorey 03/Jun/17 Lead
with steve
Pixie-Andy 13/May/17 Lead O/S

VS 5a! But only for the final crack! Rope drag barely noticeable, with thoughtful ropework. ;-) But easy to get that wrong on this route.

olddirtydoggy 06/May/17 Lead O/S

a 4c hs? Really? The route is ok until the last pumpy crack and then the burning starts. Rope drag is an issue but can be managed well. Feet on the layback were nearly touching my hands but fortunately the holds are big.

with LAJJ
ZoeP ?/May/17 -
Andy Moles 07/Mar/17 Solo
harry.morrish 24/Feb/17 2nd O/S
with dom94
greed178 ??/2017 Lead
akhughes ??/2017 -
cragtyke 14/Sep/16 2nd
with Jamie
SamP88 13/Aug/16 2nd O/S
with Jonny Walker
NeilHowarth 31/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Abi Marchent
Hidden 30/Jul/16 2nd O/S
dangerousoldfool 13/Jul/16 2nd dog

What a sandbag. HVS surely. Scary fall swing potential on the traverse followed by that crack. My big hands just made for a bigger loss of skin. Gnarly.

with Mike O
DavidR 03/Jul/16 2nd O/S
caradoc 29/May/16 2nd O/S

Tough! It needs good rope management and the continuation of Chequers Crack is pretty brutal (5a)

with emma v.
samkat 22/May/16 Lead
with mike
Flavio 14/May/16 Solo O/S
lusonavigator 30/Apr/16 Lead β

First partner did epic effort to dog up to top but last move. Lead with preplaced gear. Placed last cam at the end of very strenuous upper section. Move from first section to edge also commiting. Very very troublesome ropework. Also had second bail fearing swing. There must be a cleverer way to protect throughout

with Aiora Zabala, Mladen
Maz J 30/Apr/16 Lead
with Simon Jones
aio 30/Apr/16 2nd
David_Gledson 19/Oct/15 2nd O/S
with Alan
Hidden 22/Sep/15 2nd
amccann 22/Sep/15 Lead β

Traverse was the only new bit of climbing to me. Had to be taken off belay on one of the ropes when I got tothe bottom of the crack.

Keenb 19/Sep/15 Lead dnf
cameron_hall 23/Aug/15 Lead dog

The first half was awkward and the upper crack was much steeper and harder than it looked from the ground! I came off above my gear trying to get my weight up over the bulge in the upper crack - my first trad lead fall in years.

with Pete Cawley
samkat 12/Aug/15 Lead dog
with katie, Bex
Hidden 03/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/May/15 2nd dnf
acollins615 23/May/15 Lead dog
Hidden 20/Apr/15 Lead dog
cdpuk 20/Apr/15 2nd O/S
alicethwaites 02/Apr/15 -

Tom took big lead fall. I attempted to second but didn't get far.

with Tom Geliot
Hidden ??/2015 -
The Grist 10/Nov/14 Lead O/S
with Tom Doldon
Hidden 12/Oct/14 2nd
Hidden 12/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Pete_Frost 12/Oct/14 2nd O/S

No pushover. Harder than Chequers Buttress IMHO.

with Alex Nicholson
edwards_nicholas 22/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Hard VS. Found myself stuck under the roof crawling to get to the crack. Not very stylish. Second did a lot of complaining about ropes.

PenJD 20/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Pat Dawson
splat2million 15/Jul/14 Lead dnf

Got round the traverse (scary) but too pumped to get on to the crack on the top part and fell then lowered. Too tired to get up it even on second afterwards.

with Chris Braine
will_benfold 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Pintsize 05/Jul/14 2nd O/S
stuart34 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Loosie
jamesclimbing 14/May/14 Lead dog
James Jackson ??/2014 -
thehugehead 20/Apr/13 -
with kmfj
Neil McA 16/Feb/13 Lead rpt
with Stan, Jake McAdie
the power 11/Jan/13 2nd

well hard

with deacon
deacondeacon 11/Jan/13 Lead O/S
ig248 ??/2013 2nd
dannyboy83 07/Oct/12 Solo O/S
Jake Young 21/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Josh
Becky H 10/Aug/12 Lead dnf
with Adrian Hampshire
Jim Slater 24/May/12 Lead rpt
stefie c 16/May/12 Lead O/S
ipegg 12/May/12 2nd O/S
Martin Bagshaw 12/May/12 Lead O/S

traversed in the crack and rested quite ungracefully in it before finishing

with Gavin Phillips, Ian Pegg
Hidden 21/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden ??/2012 -
Sophie Nunn 03/Dec/11 2nd O/S
with Floris
Jim Slater 22/Oct/11 2nd O/S
with Scooby
Dirk Uhlig 04/Oct/11 Solo O/S
chedder 01/Oct/11 Lead
with luke watts
Rachel Slater 13/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Bart Harris
Hidden 21/Aug/11 2nd O/S
cookacat 21/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with huw
Matt Shepherd 17/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S
David Chaytor 10/Jun/11 TR O/S
AsleepOnBelay 19/May/11 Lead O/S

Used double ropes and still had major rope drag. Ended up untying from the first rope, a bit messy! Pleasant enough route, but I think doing Chequers Crack and Buttress as seperate routes is more enjoyable.

with David PCC
SteveM 13/Nov/10 Lead
with Kat
kitkat78 13/Nov/10 2nd O/S

Fun fun fun :-)

with SteveM
Hidden 18/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Geras 18/Sep/10 -
with Nathan S, Phil Gibson
Hidden 10/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Footy564 18/Jul/10 Lead O/S

sam fell on second, took a swing and cut one of our half ropes :/ . . . . down to outside for a new rope then !

with sam greggory
shed_hed 22/May/10 2nd O/S
Bradbury 22/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/May/10 2nd
GarethHall 27/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Sarah
CGlennie ??/2010 -
Pelleas 13/Sep/09 2nd
with John S., Norman
thecurlyone 23/Aug/09 Lead dog
with Neil D
Neil D 23/Aug/09 2nd O/S
with Ben Ram
mike_hough_uk 08/Aug/09 2nd

Tricky with ropework

chri55ie 08/Aug/09 Lead dog

Found the final crack very hard going - very releived to be able to clip in to some in situ gear (after my nut fell out) and rest on it for a while! Rope drag also might the finish very challenging!

Darrell Read 13/Jun/09 2nd
Chris Plewa ?/May/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/09 2nd
Adam Potter 05/Apr/09 2nd
Hidden 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
OffshoreAndy 24/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Chris
jiles 29/Dec/08 2nd O/S
alicia 10/Oct/08 2nd
with Toby
Mattyk 28/Sep/08 2nd O/S
with Alicia
alicia 28/Sep/08 Lead O/S

epic rope drag...

with Anni
victim of mathematics 17/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Pretty tough. Neither section of the traverse is easy, with a bit of exciting swing potential on both, and the final crack is pretty meaty (even if you like jamming). An excellent route though, with plenty of good, independent climbing.

with Adam
adam carless 17/Aug/08 2nd O/S

a fun expedition with some awkward ropework.

Kev Webster 10/Jan/08 Lead
richyg ??/2008 -
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
Trigoc ??/2008 -
Dan 85 11/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with John
Hidden ?/Sep/07 2nd dog
Twisty 18/Feb/07 2nd O/S

Crappy rope work- massive swing potential!

with Graeme Hammond
Graeme Hammond 18/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
Brown ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 05/Nov/06 TR dnf
Benjones45_99 08/Sep/06 2nd dog
with Rob Embry
Hidden ?/Apr/06 Lead
mikelaing ??/2006 -
1202alarm ??/2006 Lead
ChrisBrooke 12/Nov/05 Lead O/S
with John Inkpen
mattwyles1 ??/2005 Lead O/S
brownie mike ??/2005 -
DerwentDiluted 13/Sep/04 Lead
with Nicola Pettit
Mark Stevenson 12/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Pete Johnson
Budge 20/May/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/03 Lead
zero six ??/2003 Lead O/S
djking1983 24/Aug/02 2nd
Hidden 24/Aug/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Aug/02 2nd
Hidden ??/2002 -
VPJB ??/2002 -
Hidden ?/Sep/01 2nd
Roget 25/Oct/97 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/1997 -
Roget 17/Mar/96 Lead O/S
Adrian Eggleton ??/1995 Lead
with Tim Darlow
charlesmfrench 21/May/92 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1992 Lead
Hidden ??/1989 -
stp 26/Jun/85 Solo rpt

soloed down

Ian Clare ??/1984 -
Hidden 30/Sep/82 Lead
Ian Clare ??/1982 -
ewar woowar ??/1982 -
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1981 Solo
duncan ??/1980 Solo
Paul Clarke ??/1980 Lead
with FMC
Mark Kemball 18/May/75 Lead
rogerskews ??/1973 -
uphillnow ??/1970 -
mikej 04/Oct/69 Lead
with Geoff Williams
Dave Musgrove 16/Jun/68 -
mikej 22/May/68 Lead
with Wil Hurford
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