Rockfax Description
The imposing corner-crack can be laybacked or thrutched, although hidden holds (and big cams) help. At the top, exit right up the wall. Hard work and high in the grade. The wall under the slanting groove up and left gives an extension at E2 5c. © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown 1950

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, 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).

amccann 20/Aug/17 Solo O/S

I've certainly made better life choices than soloing this...

smoreda 18/Jun/17 Lead
buxtoncoffeelover 18/Jun/17 2nd

Quite stiff (strenuous, sustained, & slippery feet). Bring big cam (minimum Camalot 4) to protect bottom section

with Silve
nuts and bolts ??/2017 -
Tom Bennell 24/Sep/16 2nd

Interesting climb, seconded wizzy up it after he managed to fall, breaking a rock off. Good fun

with wizzy
jackob 24/Sep/16 TR

Found it very difficult for a VS, attempted to lead it but was scared to commit, large cams would be useful at the start

with Tom
Wizzy 24/Sep/16 Lead
Circus 14/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Nicky , Seren
Andy Moles 05/May/16 Solo
JasonK 05/May/16 Lead
with Glen
Flavio 22/Apr/16 Solo O/S
petellis 10/Oct/15 2nd O/S
Phil Layton 25/Jul/15 Lead dnf

Too fat and not strong enough. Fell off after left foot skidded off lichen trying to get past the beginning layback crack. Almost made it.

with Phil Laxton
Hidden 08/Jun/15 Lead
BnB 05/Jun/15 -
mattlyons 04/Jun/15 Lead dog
Chris Murray 27/May/15 Lead

Great route. Got a friend 4 then a friend 2.5 in the back of the wide crack so decided to go for it. Finished up the steep wall 1/2 way along the ledge, which provided an exciting finish when I carelessly kicked out the no. 2 nut moving up.

DanChad 27/May/15 2nd O/S
AnniH 16/May/15 2nd β

As my friend Toby said, 'beefy' moves. Keep the eyes at the back of your head open. Both cruxy laybacks can be helped with bridgy drop-knees using nice ledges.

with Toby
Hidden 16/May/15 Lead O/S
TobyA 16/May/15 Lead O/S
with Anni
lost.arrow 09/Apr/15 -
Sam McCarthy 10/Mar/15 Lead O/S
pimpy 07/Mar/15 2nd
with Kirill
Kirill 07/Mar/15 Lead O/S

Contemplated finishing up the wall but in the end decided against it and scrambled off to the right via Stepped Crack (Diff)

Hidden ??/2015 -
Deezel65 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Very green, made for some nervous smearing

cragtyke 27/Sep/14 2nd

Fairly green

with Ross
dannyboy83 27/Sep/14 Solo O/S
Hoyes 01/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Jules L
Jules Lane 01/Jul/14 2nd dog

Foot slipped off the start. Twice ! Not 4c.

Chris_Mullaney 17/May/14 2nd
with Mr. K
Mr. K 17/May/14 Lead O/S
ClareSenny 05/May/14 2nd dog
GLO 04/May/14 Lead β
with Keith P
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead β
AshBash 13/Apr/14 2nd dog
with Mike
Lazytraveller 13/Apr/14 Lead RP

fell before the break, foot slipped on the green. Lead clean after.

with Mike cheque, Chloe Mead, Cherrelle, Tom Luff
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead G/U
RM199 09/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/14 2nd
Jonathan Hall 09/Mar/14 Lead
beneole ?/Dec/13 Lead O/S
Martin Bagshaw 04/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Jamie Vince, Richard Apthorp
Hidden 04/Aug/13 2nd O/S
rich_hw 11/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/13 2nd
john_ni 11/Jun/13 2nd
DeanD 08/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Jun/13 Lead rpt
crossleysm ?/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Col Kingshott 26/May/13 2nd
jimbonfire 26/May/13 -
Marti999 16/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Debbie
debbie roberts 16/Apr/13 2nd
dr_botnik 06/Mar/13 Lead O/S

Joe Brown route, says it all really.

Hidden 02/Mar/13 2nd dog
kwaidy 23/Feb/13 Lead O/S

found the start tough on this one.

with sting
sting 23/Feb/13 TR dog

Slipped on the slime but made it in the end, No sign of them hidden holds. Good Lead from the Gas Man.

with kwaidy
Gudge ?/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/12 2nd
Hidden ?/Sep/12 Lead
TimKnight 22/Jul/12 Lead
with Richard Howard
Fragmod 23/May/12 2nd
Morwood 01/Apr/12 2nd
Hidden 01/Apr/12 2nd O/S
garethb 10/Mar/12 2nd
with cheque
Hidden 10/Mar/12 Lead dnf
john lynch 26/Feb/12 2nd O/S
with Neil Elmore
PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden 22/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Oct/11 Lead dog
stuaart 07/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Finished up the steep wall, not the Diff.

with Sandra McCabe, Neil Redgrave
Hidden 02/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Andrew Sloan 15/Jul/11 2nd O/S

A sandbag at VS. Steve took a total of 3 falls, including a 10 footer. He did well to get up it.

with Steve Grove
jkarran 19/Jun/11 Lead

Quite tough exiting the groove

with Simon
Steven Andrews 15/May/11 Lead O/S
with Ben, Rachel Berkowitz
geddicakes 30/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with James Restorick
Hidden 23/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Roberttaylor 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Done as two pitches, I led both. Decided against the E1 variation. Not too green.

with Rose Tupling and Sebastian Schwabl
Harry Holmes 23/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Clement
Hidden 17/Apr/11 Lead O/S
lozowen 15/Apr/11 Lead O/S
shafiq lalloo 15/Apr/11 -


with szelest
Hidden 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
cem 06/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 27/Jan/11 Lead dnf
GuyM ??/2011 -
Hidden 16/Sep/10 2nd
madasten 05/Sep/10 2nd
with Rich
payeo20 29/Aug/10 Lead

high before getting in first piece of gear. gymnastic climb, very good! shame you have to finish on a vdiff

Tala A 29/Aug/10 2nd
simeclimb68 29/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/10 Lead
Nick1812P 03/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Jamie
squidgebob 02/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Nick, jamie
Hidden 02/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Ander 04/Jun/10 Lead

Nails. Even the unusually warm day didn't justify the sweat poring from my brow, that damped the t-shirt on my back, and, more crucially, greased the skin of my fingers and palms. Trying to move from the midway respite, the idea I'd bitten off more than I could chew was difficult to ignore. Finally summoning the courage to advance, kicking loose my no 11 offset in inadvertent homage to Brown, the feint of boldness paid off, strong pulls on the corner crack and smears against the smooth lichen covered wall, purchased a grasp on the final set of horizontal cracks, an almost half decent smear for the right foot. Well above the last runner now, more desperate pulls, a foot on the ledge on the right, then panting hard, refuge is found at last. Dripping, between gasps, Kris learns of my relief. Nails.

John Pickles 25/May/10 Lead O/S
with Kieran Hodgson
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead O/S
colkurtz 22/May/10 2nd
with Robb
Hidden 22/May/10 Lead
petegruf 22/May/10 Lead
with brad j
Hidden 15/May/10 Lead O/S
Budge 13/May/10 2nd O/S
Shauna 04/May/10 2nd O/S
with john and chris
manwithacam 02/May/10 Lead

Quite exciting! Couldnt protect bottom section but got a smaller cam up in the crack which gave me confidence but fell out just as I reached the rest. The wall was green and rubbish for smearing. Think this could be my 3rd and a half Joe Brown route (only did bottom half of Valkyrie Direct)

with Sarah
pabbage 17/Apr/10 -
Hidden 14/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Mar/10 2nd
nickcanute ??/2010 -
lithos 04/Oct/09 2nd
with cookie
Jim Walton 26/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Sep/09 2nd dnf
SteveM 14/Jun/09 Lead
with Catt
catt 14/Jun/09 2nd O/S

Absolutely brilliant, and well tough for VS.

with Steve M
Jimbo C 28/May/09 Lead O/S

Very enjoyable and hard work.

with Gethin
Guy ?/May/09 2nd
Hidden 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
davidwright 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Sam
mtempest 21/Apr/09 2nd
with Steve Waters, Mynydd
Steve Waters, Mynydd 21/Apr/09 Lead
Bradbury 18/Apr/09 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 18/Apr/09 Lead O/S
tommytwotone 05/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Nigel
tskelhon 27/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with ollie keeler
Another James 10/Aug/08 2nd
with Jamie T
Pilch 24/May/08 Lead O/S

An excellent route, big cam useful for first moves. final wall is fun too

with Graham
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
with Jon Box
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
SecretSquirrel 06/Oct/07 2nd
with Jon_nz
OffshoreAndy 06/Oct/07 2nd
with NCC Kelvin
rayash 27/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with fenclimb
Hidden 27/Aug/07 2nd O/S
jonka ?/Aug/07 Lead
with duz n sean
kitkat78 21/Apr/07 Lead O/S

Never mind Layback Crack, this is how laybacking should feel!

with Alastair H
Hidden ?/Mar/07 2nd
MNA123 ??/2007 Lead
Hidden 19/Sep/06 TR
BazVee 12/Aug/06 2nd
with David & Martin
John Lisle ??/2006 -
John Lisle ??/2006 -
Nicos 12/Nov/05 Lead O/S
samwelli ?/Apr/05 Lead O/S
with Reuben Brown, Clare Dunkley and Gemma Heaton
Macca_7 19/Jun/04 2nd O/S

Nice route

with Ann Fisher
Hidden 06/Jun/04 2nd O/S
bigphil 06/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Nick
mikej 27/May/04 2nd
with Rick Naylor
Ropeboy 21/Sep/03 Solo
Chris Ellis 13/Jul/03 2nd
with Nige Shaw
lithos 29/Jun/03 Lead
andybirtwistle 29/Jun/03 2nd
Mark Stevenson 20/Apr/02 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/2002 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/00 Lead
Rich Malcolm 21/May/00 2nd O/S
with Matt Brennan
marcoleptic ??/2000 Lead
Hidden 16/Aug/98 2nd O/S
nickdonohue 26/Jul/98 Lead
with Chris ?, Richard Jasicki, Kim Clark
Hidden 10/May/98 2nd O/S
Mark Stevenson 08/Feb/98 2nd
with Pete Kirkham
Budge ?/Aug/97 Lead O/S
with Adrian Fox
Martin Bennett 01/Sep/96 -
with MT
Hidden 14/Aug/95 Lead
Gordon Stainforth 13/Aug/95 2nd
with Mick --, John Cutcliffe, Katrina
colin milton 04/May/95 Lead
with eric milton
Hidden 14/May/94 Lead
Laramadness 24/Jun/93 Lead rpt
roncaves 28/Jul/92 Lead
with James Thomas
Roget 27/Jun/92 Solo O/S
Andy Say 01/Jun/91 Solo
Laramadness 10/Apr/91 2nd β
Tony Buckley ?/Jun/90 -
with Robert Clark
Hidden ?/Jul/89 2nd
Rob Davies ??/1989 Lead
with Mick Moss
Pete Pozman ?/Aug/88 Lead O/S
with John Byrne
Hammy 10/Jun/88 Lead
with Colin Struthers
babymoac 29/May/88 Lead
with MTW
J R R Hartley ?/May/87 Lead O/S
with Dez Barnett
Hidden ?/Apr/87 Lead O/S
Stoney Boy ??/1986 Lead O/S
with Phil Cundy
ukb & bmc shark 11/May/84 2nd O/S
with Phill Dickens
mark-abz 15/Aug/83 TR
tapley 07/Nov/82 2nd
with Chris Seymour
Neil McA 18/Jun/81 Solo O/S
with Dean, Flog
Brian Wilderspin 06/Jun/81 Lead O/S
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Nigel Bond 02/Jul/79 Lead
with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
Hidden 16/Jun/79 Solo
Rob Davies ?/Sep/78 Lead
with Angus McLean
Hidden 29/Oct/77 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Oct/77 Lead
RichardMc 06/Jul/75 Lead
with Ken Salter
Dave Musgrove 05/May/68 -
with Dennis Gray
mikej 04/Mar/67 Lead
with Steve Radford, Nigel Sumner
mikej 09/Oct/66 2nd
with Keith Gregson
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