Rockfax Description
One of the finest grit experiences. A tricky start gains a flake in the arete. This leads to a break, which needs packing with cams, before the tasty finishing moves. Well worth attempting as a true ground-up, on-sight since commitment on the final moves will be rewarded with either success or flight-time. © Rockfax

FA. John Allen 1976

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 50, ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Good E4s, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, The Peak: Past and Present, World Graded List, Peak Rock/12/The New Golden Age, 50 of the Best, Ultimate E4 ticklist, James' Winter Grit ticklist, The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), Rockfax Eastern Grit (2015) Top 50, The Froggatt to Black Rocks 3 Star Pilgrimage, Definitive *** Peak Grit.

Gabe Oliver 01/Jul Lead RP

2nd E4 and first bit of headpointing on Grit. 2nd attempt after taking the whipper first time. Really good fun and happy to nab this one :)

JCAshman 06/Mar Lead G/U

Amazing, best grit route so far....and biggest fall too, thanks ben from keeping me off the ground!

Louishmouis 17/Dec/16 -
with Felix la shat, ben
JamesTurnbull97 02/Dec/16 Lead O/S

Very much a classic route. Safe but committing. Was less run out than I was expecting!

with Flo
FloTilley 02/Dec/16 Lead RP

First time I have headpointed. Great fun!

with James
James Oswald 04/Oct/16 Lead O/S

Amazing route. Wanted to do this for a while. Hard start then good gear for the technical crux. Placed a cam in the break on the left before the rock over making the crux super safe.

with Alan saul
phil64 23/Sep/16 2nd rpt

Great route..

with Andy Bowman
MichaelGallimore 09/Aug/16 Lead O/S
JenShelley 09/Aug/16 2nd dog
with Mike
DubyaJamesDubya 05/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Never thought I'd do it (several times during the ascent!) but I made it. So pleased. It really is as good as the guide books say.

with Andrew Bevan
David Roscoe 29/May/16 Lead RP

A lovely, lovely route! A tad (!!!) scary at the top ... knuckle down and DO THAT MOVE!!

with Pete Lancaster
w-watson 15/May/16 2nd
FlavioL1989 15/May/16 Lead RP

Got the air time 'reward' on the onsight attempt. Second go clean. Another example of why grit is God's own rock.

Kipper-Phil Smith 15/May/16 Lead RP

One of the great gritstone E4s so pleased to get it done!!!

with Roscoe
bigdrew 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S
soph 03/Apr/16 Lead G/U
WB 25/Mar/16 Lead G/U
ferdia 25/Mar/16 Lead β

led on andy's gear

markalmack 25/Mar/16 Lead O/S

Found this pretty straight forward. Was expecting to find this a fully desperate sandbag like the rest of the crag, but the gear was good, easy to place, and the moves were not thuggy and strenuous. Maybe not 6a for the tall. Good!

Andy Moles 25/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with Ferdia
Neal Jobling 21/Mar/16 TR
with John Rensten
deacondeacon 20/Mar/16 Lead G/U

Fell off this last year but went fine today. Didn't have any gear left for the final little wall after the crux, which felt a little worrying but luckily it wasn't as hard as it first appeared.

Hidden 28/Feb/16 Lead O/S
Andrew Abraham 31/Oct/15 2nd O/S
with Andi T, Pete Bridgewood
dominic lee 25/Oct/15 Lead rpt
with Pete O'Donnovan
harry_lewis 13/Sep/15 Lead G/U

Second go, left the gear in

harry_lewis 13/Sep/15 2nd rpt
with Fabrizio
Louishmouis 30/May/15 Lead O/S
with Felix
will9911 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Neil
will9911 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Neil
climberchristy 18/Apr/15 Lead RP

Fell off this trying onsight two weeks ago. Led clean ground up today after working out the crux moves. Went really smoothly once I'd unlocked the sequence for the top. What a great line!

with bencole
bencole 18/Apr/15 Lead RP

Wanted to tick this for ages. Great line.

sopaz 01/Mar/15 TR
jacobjacob 12/Feb/15 Lead G/U

Good to finish this off after taking a huge lob from the top 4 years ago

robertmctague 12/Feb/15 Lead O/S
with Jacob
phil64 ??/2015 -
Felix la shat ??/2015 TR dog
with Louis
Hidden 01/Nov/14 TR O/S
nathanlee 31/Oct/14 2nd

So good

with Dom Lee
dominic lee 31/Oct/14 Lead rpt
dom94 05/Oct/14 Lead O/S

What a route!!

PeteH 24/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Awesome. Glad I didn't fluff it, it was pretty close!

with Chris Fox
lena.drapella 15/Jul/14 2nd dog
with Benjamin Ochner, dannyboy
jamiev 03/Jun/14 TR RP
with Tim Parkinson
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
w.pettet-smith ??/2014 -
Andy Peak 1 27/Dec/13 Lead dnf

Stay left on the crimps, must finish before i go back to work

with H washbrook
pie_eater_pete 25/Nov/13 Lead O/S
Jackwd 05/Oct/13 TR dog

Worth a quick play on toprope, can't imagine how scary that top move is. Still some way to go for this to be on the cards.

quiffhanger 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Not as bad as I was expecting - though was very psyched...

Jay C 06/Apr/13 Lead dnf
Hidden 20/Feb/13 Lead
Hidden 13/Jan/13 2nd dog
drysori 05/Jan/13 Lead
with Andy Gray
nai 29/Nov/12 Lead dnf

foot skidded standing up at the top, absolutely gutted

with Andrew
phil64 19/Oct/12 2nd

tough warm up!!

with tim neill
esther ?/Oct/12 Lead
will9911 15/Sep/12 2nd

fell off leading , seconded clean after tony did the seqence differently to how i was trying..

will9911 15/Sep/12 Lead dnf
mark20 18/Mar/12 Lead G/U

Fell off reaching pocket, felt steady second go. Quality route.

Hidden 05/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden 05/Mar/12 Lead O/S
ghisino 23/Feb/12 Lead RP
clmbr 29/Jan/12 Lead rpt
with mr g walters
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
maddy.c ??/2012 Lead
Jack00 03/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hannes B 15/Jun/11 Lead dnf
with Sandra & Pascal
Cossar 25/May/11 TR
with Si
peaches69 25/May/11 TR rpt
with adam, sarah
Mr. K 10/May/11 2nd dog
B-bop 26/Apr/11 2nd dnf

What a climb! (That pocket was just a little too far away - mabye without a cold/fever it'll feel closer).

with Ed Bulman
alaan 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Ed
peaches69 20/Apr/11 Lead RP
will randall 17/Apr/11 TR O/S
with simon
peaches69 17/Apr/11 TR rpt

bottled it on the crux on the lead, sweating and slidding off sloppers going up for the pocket. top roped clean on 1st go, come back and lead earlyer in the day if warm and sunny

with matt
Joe Grondowski 02/Apr/11 2nd
with Ian Turton
Hidden 02/Apr/11 Lead
ali_robb ?/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Lewis Andrew ?/Apr/11 Lead

fell on the onsight. sent next go

Jonas Paulsson 06/Mar/11 2nd dog

Tricky one!

with Oskar Alexandersson
Mike Goldthorp 01/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Got a sneaky rest before final pockety crux. Great moves, feels airy above those cams, definitely no soft touch at E4.

C coldwell-storry 26/Feb/11 Lead β
with rob lay, Mike Thomas
James Oakes 28/Jan/11 Lead dnf

Couldn't reach the first pocket after the second break, downclimbed.

bigie bob 24/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Nov/10 Lead O/S
crispyboy 14/Nov/10 Lead dog

first attempt at an e4. shit my pants but looking forward to trying it again, brilliant fun route

with inchley
stuart34 14/Nov/10 2nd dog


Hidden 07/Nov/10 Lead O/S
melonmike 07/Nov/10 2nd dog

Came off reaching for the pocket, need to remember to work out moves and not just freestyle it

with Nick, Jack Metcalfe
nic42 07/Nov/10 2nd dog
with mike, Jack
hamish2016 06/Nov/10 Lead

Fell off from pocket, pulled ropes and lead it clean. Awesome route.

with Beth UNUMC
frost 24/Oct/10 Lead dnf

fell off after the pockets, with hands on the slopers and nearly decked. easy on TR after.

with Adam
A Crook 24/Oct/10 TR
Joe Costello 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Alec, James
highrepute 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S

on joe's gear

Hidden 04/Oct/10 Lead O/S
FlorianCastagne 26/Sep/10 Lead β


with Nathan Rosenfeld
Hidden 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Stephen Horne - Rockfax 02/Jul/10 Lead O/S
burto 15/Apr/10 Lead dnf
with lyndsey
Hidden 12/Mar/10 Lead O/S
dodfoster ?/Feb/10 Lead O/S
with mark
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
mattyork2 15/Nov/09 Lead O/S

1st E4 onsight on grit.

with Miles Gibson
steve_biczyk 01/May/09 2nd
with Emma Curry, Aron Urbanics, Bence Lam
Mick r 26/Apr/09 TR O/S

great route - may have the balls to lead one day

with Martin and Andy
Kyuzo 12/Apr/09 -
with Joe Prinold
Hidden 12/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Apr/09 2nd
nige 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with richard kirby
Rich Kirby 29/Mar/09 2nd rpt
with Nige
Andrew Sloan 26/Mar/09 TR dog
with mick
Hidden 21/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 22/Feb/09 Lead dnf
mattcyp88 22/Feb/09 Lead dnf

Stopped at top move before it went dark.

stevebarratt ??/2009 Lead O/S
Andrew Sloan 16/Nov/08 TR dog
Boy ?/Oct/08 -
Stephen Horne - Rockfax 02/Jul/08 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 24/May/08 Lead O/S
with Floris
Hidden 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Apr/08 Lead O/S
Andrew Barker 28/Feb/08 Lead

Finally lead ground-up over two years after first trying it. An amazing route. The crux went like a dream, no scrabbling feet and no lunging for holds.

with Nick Rabb
The old James turnbull 02/Feb/08 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
willackers 20/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with Chris Cubitt, Dan Walker
Hidden ?/Nov/07 Lead RP
Alex Mason 24/Oct/07 Lead O/S

Third attempt, every other attempt has seen a full reverse to the deck. About as marginal as onsighting gets, had been provided pocket beta although was still undecided as to which hand to go with. nearly fluffed the reach for the small pocket, had to stab for it. Awesome route harder and better than calvary imo.

with Reeves Birthday Crew
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 11/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Absolute corker of a route!

Hidden 04/Aug/07 TR
Oliver Sherman 04/Aug/07 TR dog
with Sophie Whyte
Hidden 23/Jun/07 Lead O/S
craig d ?/Apr/07 TR O/S
with Mark Bridgman-Smith
Hidden 06/Feb/07 Lead β
malx ??/2007 Lead G/U
Hidden ??/2007 -
Ropeboy 29/Oct/06 Lead
Ram MkiV 27/May/06 Lead β

Did it straight after Andy. Used his sequence which worked well - reach big pocket with left hand, gain height, udge left hand up to take big pocket as gaston/side-pull, reach through for positive small pocket with right hand, all over. Sublime. Best tick of an awesome day.

with Reeve and Alex
dan gibson 16/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with AJ
AJ007 16/Apr/06 2nd dog
with Dan
cragdan 16/Apr/06 TR
with Dan Gibson
Dave Bond 19/Feb/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Jan/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
JulesV ??/2005 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/03 Lead
johnboyrevel ?/Apr/03 Lead RP
with Hazel
Gus 13/Apr/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/01 2nd
Dave Musgrove Jnr 28/Dec/00 Lead
with Nick Ashton
Rich Kirby 16/May/99 Lead O/S

Nearly off this one at the top, pumping out, hanging round trying to get a friend...yes a friend 3 in a break round the left of arete...after the crux-doh!

with Hugh Cottam/Tim Bonner
Jon Read ?/Apr/99 Lead O/S
with Dave Edmunds
TBowell nee Holdsworth ??/1999 -
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Aug/98 Lead
with Al Willoner
craig h 21/Mar/97 2nd O/S
with Nick C
Stoney Boy 21/Mar/97 Lead β
with Craig Hannah
nokishatov 16/May/96 2nd O/S
robtrooper ??/1996 2nd
crossleysm ??/1996 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Oct/93 2nd rpt
Roget 03/May/93 Lead O/S
with colin, baccy
PaulTanton ?/Oct/92 Lead O/S
with Smokin Dick
ste_d 15/Sep/92 Lead O/S
with mik
Rob Davies 11/Aug/91 TR dog

Desperate and strenuous. More off than on.

Hidden 30/Jul/91 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
Billg ??/1990 Lead
ukb & bmc shark 07/May/89 Lead O/S
with Stu Bolton
phardman 11/Mar/89 -


with Roger Gibbs
Hidden 29/Oct/88 TR
Bruce Kerr 16/Apr/87 Lead
with Neville Elstone
Hidden 28/Sep/86 TR
Tom V ??/1986 2nd
with Howie Darwin
Hidden ??/1986 Lead
Mike Owen 25/Nov/84 Lead RP
with Steve Foxley, Eric Rooseberry
Steve Lewis 14/Apr/84 Lead O/S
Andy Nicholson ?/Apr/84 Lead O/S
with Spike
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Hidden ??/1980 Lead
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