Rockfax Description
Start below the centre of the slab and take the right-trending line of polished holds that steepen as they rise. Escape off right under the Bel Ami tower. Originally the route finished up the groove left of the tower (about 4b ) but this contains a suspect flake and is best avoided. © Rockfax

FA. Chuck Cook 1948

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS.

mattx1123 05/Nov/17 Solo O/S

in trainers

Alex Hyde 27/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with Izzy AP
Hidden 06/Sep/17 Lead O/S
jshields 26/Jul/17 Solo
Hidden 26/Jul/17 Lead O/S
Andypeak 02/Jul/17 Solo
gaz3212 02/Jul/17 Solo O/S
loonylovegood93 21/May/17 Lead O/S
Bradbury 19/Feb/17 Lead O/S
with Luke Evans
James Oakes 06/Oct/16 Solo O/S
andork123 29/Sep/16 Lead O/S

lovely climb, looks more like a mod but defiantly felt severe

Durkules 08/Sep/16 Lead
Hidden 04/Sep/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/16 Lead O/S
Calum Wadsworth 14/Aug/16 Solo O/S
madguernseyboy 05/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Aug/16 2nd β
Gerlach 31/Jul/16 Lead
FreyaM 31/Jul/16 TR RP

Bit of coaching up and weighted the rope a couple of times, but went back to each part

jayray 30/Jul/16 Lead
Vicky m 23/Jul/16 Lead

lead bottom section, attempted top section but backed off and went right.

with dan and mike
oli5896 03/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with James
jtwigg 03/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with oli5896
andyclimber 30/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Turned it into a multi-pitch by doing the upper part of Bel Ami as a second pitch.

amccann 24/May/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 22/May/16 Solo rpt
Hidden 16/May/16 Lead
Moritz L 14/May/16 2nd
with Max L
Chris Murray 14/May/16 2nd

Rockfax has this route terminating at the ledge, but comments on here seem to indicate that it continues up the loose corner left of Bel Ami. The loose flake is now lying at the bottom of the crag.

DanChad 14/May/16 Lead O/S
pawel suhy 24/Apr/16 Lead O/S

Escape off left because I couldn't protect suspect flake

with Geoff
Hidden 23/Apr/16 Lead O/S
Paul Hy 19/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Jack C
saffy 19/Apr/16 2nd
with Paul Hy
Andy Moles 17/Apr/16 Solo
Hidden 05/Apr/16 Lead O/S
Amy Sears 20/Mar/16 Lead
matt.stevenson 20/Mar/16 2nd
Hidden 17/Oct/15 Solo rpt
Gympaul ?/Oct/15 Solo
TobyA 11/Sep/15 Solo O/S

The "suspect flake" is indeed now a bit of rubble on the ledge. The moves up the groove felt both too hard for severe and on suspect rock. Down climbed to ledge and exited on the left.

matt.stevenson ?/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Amy Sears ?/Sep/15 2nd
Hidden 09/Aug/15 Solo
dpovey 02/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Katie Smith
mjackson 17/Jul/15 Solo
Graham Westbrook 17/Jul/15 Solo
Hidden 29/Jun/15 2nd
Rich Wain-Hobson 21/Jun/15 Lead

CWH and SO

Andy Morley 20/Jun/15 2nd O/S
with Luke Green
Neilaw 07/Jun/15 Solo
dougdeboys 23/May/15 Lead

The "suspect flake" on the top pitch seems to have fallen off (looks quite recent). We escaped left from the ledge.

babelmonk 23/May/15 2nd dog

Aborted at the ledge due to uncertain route beyond. Found the bottom quite difficult - with requirement to palm and lift over the top slab before the ledge. Didn't enjoy this one!

with Doug Deboys
kelliroberts3 02/May/15 2nd
clams ?/May/15 2nd
CatMc ?/May/15 Lead
with clams
Ade in Sheffield 26/Apr/15 Lead
with Emma C
Hidden 25/Apr/15 Lead
will_benfold 25/Apr/15 2nd O/S
91dave 25/Apr/15 Lead O/S
althesin 19/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Reds 19/Apr/15 2nd O/S
schristophersmith 19/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Durkules 10/Apr/15 Lead
Robin Nichols 04/Mar/15 Solo O/S
with Jemma
JennieSkeoch 25/Oct/14 2nd

Somehow, we turned this into a multi pitch and took four people up it - interesting!

with James
Hidden 05/Oct/14 Solo rpt
Matt Harmon 05/Oct/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/14 Solo O/S
Emily93Mobley 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with James Mcdonald
Emily93Mobley 14/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with James Mcdonald
bendevonport 05/Sep/14 Solo O/S
puppythedog 02/Sep/14 Lead O/S

As part of Jemma's 30 Birthday I took Jemma, Nicky and Zoe out for a day's bolding and climbing. We used this as the climb. I later escaped off left rather than up the tower because I had lowered the Girls off from the terrace and I was either soloing or leaving gear behind to get out. I enjoyed this, I found there was a crux section on the first pitch which felt tough for severe on the day. Nice climb none the less. I found a million billion flying ants at the top of the slab pitch.

Flavio 30/Aug/14 Solo O/S
ipblake 12/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Second tier has sandy rock and loose flakes - felt exposed! finished up bel ami for a satisfying topout

with gaz, Jim
Hidden 12/Jul/14 2nd
Hidden 06/Jul/14 TR dog
Jenny Monkey 06/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Lukem6 06/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with dionne di Voyage, Diane Blything, Jenny Monkey
Adamski1986 28/Jun/14 Lead

Exited left after seeing how loose the loose flake actually is.

with David Anderson
Tim Rodgers 28/Jun/14 Lead
with David Anderson
Nick1812P 05/Jun/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/14 2nd O/S
duncan 18/May/14 Solo
Hidden 24/Apr/14 Solo O/S
AshBash 24/Apr/14 Solo O/S
rohai545 19/Apr/14 Lead
with Neil Henson
Neil Henson 19/Apr/14 2nd
with Krish
Ian Saxton ?/Apr/14 2nd
with martin, dave
martinbettridge06 ?/Apr/14 2nd
david harvey ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with martin
LJC 24/Mar/14 Lead rpt
with George
CarlaJG 12/Mar/14 Lead
with Jake
MSchobitz 12/Mar/14 Solo O/S
with USMC
JakeWShaw 12/Mar/14 Solo O/S
with Carla
Ewano 08/Mar/14 Solo O/S

In approach boots.

Emily93Mobley ??/2014 Lead O/S
with James Mcdonald
Hidden 04/Nov/13 Solo rpt
eburki1 26/Oct/13 Lead O/S
mevanssmith 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Lovely climb, easy start with an airy finish.

Hidden 29/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Sep/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 26/May/13 2nd
RoscoJB 26/May/13 Lead O/S
Anne Gumbley 26/May/13 Lead
with Harry Middleton, Mark Fairbank
Jody Palmer 19/May/13 2nd β

Think I climbed clean, but not sure.

Hidden 19/May/13 Lead O/S
jogh 19/May/13 2nd
with Vincent
vinni 19/May/13 Lead O/S

Solo'd the first half, then continued the left side of the tower and can confirm the very dodgy flake! I tried to miss out the flake completely and made it a hard but clean finish.

with James
Hidden 02/May/13 2nd
Lancer 02/May/13 2nd
Dan Vaj 25/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Dave Chidgey
Tom Campbell 14/Apr/13 Solo
Hidden 07/Apr/13 Lead dog
Hidden 16/Feb/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Feb/13 2nd O/S
bencoope 02/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 03/Nov/12 Solo rpt
LJC 27/Oct/12 Solo O/S
ben.richards 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Matt Groom 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Oct/12 Solo
oddtoast 04/Oct/12 2nd RP

Top left flake felt dodgy, didn't see BMC guide warning until afterwards. Annoyingly fell off near the end, finish felt pretty hard for me.

with lithos
lithos 04/Oct/12 Lead

including the top crack with the dodgy flake - which the BMC definitive claims is/was HVS 5a (it's not, maybe 4b ?) but advises against

Hidden 08/Sep/12 Lead O/S
PieMan 02/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Jaz, Jim
Graeme Hammond 26/Aug/12 Solo rpt

Thought I might have done this before. I don't think I finished up the groove left of the Bel Ami tower which seemed very solid unlike the guide suggested before though.

mattpw 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
ieuanr 11/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Felt pretty easy. Not a great deal of protection though

with Sam
sjr 11/Jul/12 2nd

One handed! (left)

with Ieuan
cheeky 26/Jun/12 Solo
illwizod 17/Jun/12 Lead rpt
with Dave Raymen
Alaina 14/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead
bobstones 01/Jun/12 Lead
hotfeet 01/Jun/12 2nd
with Austen Moulding, Kent
waynem1985 01/Jun/12 Solo
Chalky Cat 24/May/12 2nd O/S
with Dom
Peakology 24/May/12 Lead O/S
with Chalkycat
ipegg 13/May/12 Lead
Martin Bagshaw 13/May/12 2nd O/S
with Gavin Phillips, Ian Pegg
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead
charley 03/May/12 Solo rpt

Finished up the groove/flake on the tower..

Hidden 01/Apr/12 Lead O/S
fechtn 21/Mar/12 2nd

Poor footwork at top

with Pete Briggs
RiverRoam 19/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Moving flake, beware!!

with AJ
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden 27/Nov/11 Solo rpt
ernie27uk 29/Oct/11 Lead O/S
pog100 15/Oct/11 Lead

I led second pitch up wall behind, quite tricky, loose feeling flake

with Richard, Cath Walton
Alistair Corbett 28/Sep/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Sep/11 2nd dog
kp64zl ?/Sep/11 2nd
with Keith
Palindrome ?/Aug/11 2nd O/S
matthomas79 26/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Montecore 23/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Richard Lizzimore
rfdl100 23/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Rikki
jmr 19/Jun/11 Lead
with Andy Graham
al123 13/Jun/11 Solo O/S

also did Peter Rabbit HVS 4C just to the left, nice.

psychicbread 15/May/11 Solo O/S
with Max
rich_hw 28/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Dan Lane 19/Apr/11 Solo O/S
with Martin Kocsis
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Apr/11 Solo rpt
andy_e 07/Mar/11 Solo O/S
cymjt ??/2011 -
Ceridwen 14/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/Oct/10 2nd
Paul Eckton 10/Oct/10 2nd O/S
with steve read
tobydunford 10/Oct/10 Solo O/S
shafiq lalloo 26/Sep/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Sep/10 Solo O/S
BlueJohn 21/Aug/10 Lead
with Helen
Wee Helen 21/Aug/10 2nd
with John
chumleywarner 21/Aug/10 TR O/S
Tithe Technique 21/Aug/10 TR O/S
charley 21/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Lovely route. The first part was enjoyable but straight forward . The second bit, going up the tower was great fun, with an awkward-ish move getting from the groove to the flake...

with Luke, Steve Fletcher, Ange, Peter, Kev
CedricVonTwitch 21/Aug/10 2nd
valentinesbabe 21/Aug/10 2nd O/S

Charley led. Lovely climb, nice simple slab to start which I wouldn't give a severe, maybe HVD, but 2nd pitch had a tricky move which I would give HS and bump up to 4b if you don't have a long reach.

with Luke, Charley Fell, Peter Ziak, Kevin Tithe

Great moves, very elegant climbing.

Hidden 15/Aug/10 Lead
Col Kingshott 10/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/10 Lead O/S
ScottyD 07/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Not nice!

victim of mathematics 27/Jul/10 Lead rpt
with Jaime
Hidden 25/Jul/10 Lead O/S
ajc 18/Jul/10 2nd O/S
idiotproof (Buxton MC) 25/May/10 Lead

first bit then walked off left

Mr. K 23/May/10 Solo O/S

Soloed the slab to the ledge, took and look at the unstable flake above and escaped off left instead.

dpmUK 23/May/10 Lead O/S

Snuck off left after the first bit.

with Antwan
Hidden 23/May/10 2nd dog
cem 25/Apr/10 2nd
Kirill 25/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S
dan-8990 03/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Feb/10 Solo
ojp 07/Nov/09 2nd O/S

too cold

with Robin
Pelleas 12/Sep/09 2nd
with Ian, Norman
PanzerHanzler 12/Sep/09 AltLd

Lead the alternative (crumbly) finish.

Joshhardill 10/Sep/09 Solo O/S

start few ideal foot holds are very smooth have to smear

Hidden 16/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Rachel S 16/Aug/09 Lead O/S
mike reed 16/Aug/09 2nd
Hidden 08/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Pilch 23/Jul/09 Solo
briar4012 22/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Marti
Marti999 22/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Becky E 28/May/09 Lead

Pretty sure I've done this before.

with PCC newbies
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 28/May/09 2nd O/S


odox 25/May/09 Solo

Solo with rope on shoulder :)

maxkellock 07/May/09 Lead O/S

limited placements low ran out of gear at the top nice route

Ratfeeder 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Phil
Hidden 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Adam Potter 31/Mar/09 Solo O/S
Jim Slater 15/Mar/09 2nd O/S
with Mark Mercer
emlynroberts 14/Mar/09 Lead

Very poor protection if you take the corner at the top, and hard for the grade, and the flake is loose. Scary climb, wouldn't do it again!

with Hilary Theaker (BUMS)
Noodles 14/Mar/09 Lead

Tricky move at the top.

Hidden ?/Mar/09 2nd
RM199 ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
tanssop 06/Dec/08 2nd

with head torch

with Wayne
Yanis Nayu 06/Dec/08 Lead O/S
with Phil Lucas
Hidden 16/Nov/08 2nd
gw66 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Sep/08 2nd dog
Brown 04/Sep/08 Solo O/S
Blisco 31/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Attempted the final bit by the pinnacle but chickened out; still couldn't second it after Mike had led it. Presumably doesn't count as part of the Severe 4a.

with Mike McKenna
Hidden 03/Aug/08 2nd
Hidden 01/Aug/08 Lead O/S
wingalina 01/Jul/08 Lead O/S

First lead after falling off Curving crack at Bamford. Got the fear on the top bit as it was a little commiting for a severe i thought. Easy climbing, though a bit pointless.

with Robert Turnbull
duzinga 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
with Jim and Ewan
Hidden 14/Jun/08 2nd O/S
alaan 04/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/May/08 Lead dnf
dzlhodgson 05/May/08 Lead O/S
with Hannah Yeomans
Laura89 04/May/08 2nd
with Charlie
CharlieC 04/May/08 Lead O/S
with Laura E
gb83 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S

rubbish and creaky flake at top

sce8 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
with Gemma Fisher
masa-alpin 26/Apr/08 2nd β

Graeme lead.

with Chris (Graeme's pal), Graeme B
argyle_dude 26/Apr/08 2nd O/S
Sankey 23/Apr/08 2nd

Top "pitch" seemed hard at Severe and not that good gear (either good placements behind dodgy flakes or poor in good rock!) so sacked it left

with Clare
Phil Jennings 09/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Sarah Rixham, Kieran Smith
Shauna 07/Feb/08 2nd
tommytwotone 07/Feb/08 Lead O/S
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
deacondeacon 22/Oct/07 Lead
with lauren
gilldando 19/Oct/07 2nd O/S

found this tricky- perhaps cos I am small?

with Mike
Graeme Hammond 03/Oct/07 Solo O/S
Twisty 03/Oct/07 Solo O/S
mikekeswick ?/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with gill
roverhead 29/Sep/07 Lead
with rob aylward
Anthony Allsopp 29/Aug/07 2nd O/S


with Clare Curling (My best buddy)
Hidden 29/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Chris Ellis 01/Aug/07 Lead
with Helen Odwell
Jimbo C 07/Jul/07 2nd
Hidden 07/Jul/07 Solo O/S
popebenedictus 06/May/07 Lead O/S

Couldn't find any gear. Escaped left due to onset of rain

with Edd Rab
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 02/May/07 Solo O/S
climbingpixie 31/Mar/07 Solo
gethin_allen ??/2007 Lead O/S
towdman 23/Sep/06 Solo
ron244 09/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Ali
Reaver2k 29/Apr/06 2nd O/S

First outdoor climb! and Severe second..

with Mike Mortimer
dannyboy83 ?/Apr/06 Solo O/S
Nicos 11/Jan/06 Solo O/S
with solo
rob wmc 12/Nov/05 2nd O/S
with Pete
caradoc 23/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with nick yapp
2RoyalAnglian 14/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with neil
Si dH 03/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Andy Morris
chrissloan84 ?/Aug/05 Solo
Hidden 07/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Owen W-G 30/May/05 Solo O/S
with Colin & Ado
Cornish Merlin 15/May/05 Lead
victim of mathematics 15/May/05 2nd O/S
Alex Mason 30/Jan/05 Solo

was bored

Hidden ?/Sep/04 Lead
Hedley 28/Aug/04 2nd O/S
with Richard Cole
Simon Caldwell 11/Jul/04 Lead O/S

Backed off from the dodgy flake at the top

with Carmen
Budge 01/Jul/04 Solo O/S
jonnyboy ??/2004 Lead O/S
with Charlie Roland
mikehenesy ?/Nov/03 2nd O/S
with Ellie
Allan Young 04/Oct/03 Lead O/S
with Megan Stanley
Mark Stevenson 26/May/03 Solo O/S
Ian Archer 06/Oct/02 Lead O/S
with Mike Kirby
Hidden 30/Jun/02 2nd
Steerpike 29/Mar/02 Lead O/S
with CMC
rocktigger ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Clare
Howard J 03/Jul/01 2nd
with Dave Checkley
Hidden 22/May/01 Lead
DerwentDiluted 12/Feb/01 Solo
CrashMat Rob 27/Dec/00 Solo O/S
with Miles, Martin Whelan, Nicky
chrishedgehog 08/Sep/00 Solo
with Clare Wilkie
Hidden ??/2000 -
fellgazelle ??/2000 Lead rpt

2nd dad in early 1990s

with Martin Senior
tlr ??/2000 Lead
Coel Hellier ??/1999 Lead
paul birch ?/Sep/98 -
Hidden 07/Jul/98 Solo
Phil West 20/Jun/98 Solo O/S
kato'sdad 17/May/97 2nd
RobSimmo 17/May/97 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/97 Solo
craig d ??/1997 -
Hidden ??/1997 -
dp1 14/May/95 Lead
with chris foster
icescrew ?/May/95 Lead
with Rob Showell
Phil1967 29/Jul/94 Lead O/S
with Ed
Hidden 11/May/94 Solo O/S
roncaves 07/May/94 Solo
crater 23/Aug/93 Solo O/S
Laramadness 10/Sep/92 Solo O/S
roncaves 24/Jul/90 2nd
Hidden 20/May/90 Solo
Roget 19/May/90 Solo rpt
with jim
Hidden 08/Apr/90 Solo
goi.ashmore 03/Sep/89 Solo O/S
craig h ?/Sep/89 -
stp 19/May/89 Solo O/S

soloed down

Roget ?/May/89 2nd O/S
with jim
Chris the Tall ?/Aug/88 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 25/May/88 Solo
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! ?/May/87 Solo O/S
Pete Pozman 15/Feb/87 Solo O/S
with Dev
andy tetsill ?/May/85 Lead
Hidden ??/1984 Solo O/S
malc 11/Aug/83 Lead
Neil R 31/Aug/82 Solo
charlesmfrench 08/Jul/82 Solo O/S
mark-abz 08/Sep/81 Solo
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1981 Solo
Andy Fielding ??/1981 Solo
The Reaper 31/Aug/80 Solo O/S
babymoac 13/Jul/80 Solo
Dave Musgrove 22/Jun/80 Lead
with Kim Greenald
Rob Davies 13/Apr/80 Solo
uphillnow ??/1980 -
Neil McA 28/Apr/79 Solo O/S
MikeDowsett ??/1978 Lead
RichardMc 22/May/77 Solo
with Patrick Radford
paul59 08/Nov/75 Lead
with Nigel Scriven
Nigel Bond 19/Oct/75 Lead
with Andy Brown
Mark Kemball 15/Feb/75 Solo
Hidden 29/Dec/74 Lead
tapley 26/Aug/74 Lead
with Alison Tapley
Hidden 12/Jan/74 Solo
Andy Say ??/1972 Lead
rogerskews ??/1971 -
RichardMc ??/1971 Lead
bob@daysmill ?/Jun/70 Lead O/S
mikej 02/Nov/69 Solo
with Pete Boardman
mikej 28/Jun/69 Lead
with E
eroica64 10/May/69 Lead
mikej 19/Apr/69 Solo
with Bill Church
mikej 19/Oct/68 Solo
with Wil Hurford
Hidden 14/May/67 2nd
Hidden 30/Apr/67 Lead
mikej 05/Mar/67 Solo
with Nigel Sumner
mikej 11/Jun/66 Solo
with Alan Baker, Ted Markham, Nigel Sumner
mikej 15/May/66 Solo
with Chris Phipps-Jones, Keith Gregson, Mike Byles
mikej 07/Jan/65 Solo
with Barrie Dixon
mikej ?/Jun/64 TR
with Richard Loverock
mikej ?/Jun/64 Solo

After a top-roped ascent.

with Richard Loverock
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