14m.

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

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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)

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GermanAlex 21 May Show βeta
βeta: Currently (21/05/19) two bird's nests en route, the top one will probably require removal from the top before the route is climbable again. On the positive side, the fragrant sheep's carcass I discovered here last year is now reduced to bleached bones.
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βeta: Currently (21/05/19) two bird's nests en route, the top one will probably require removal from the top before the route is climbable again. On the positive side, the fragrant sheep's carcass I discovered here last year is now reduced to bleached bones.
Rushy 22 Apr, 2007 Show βeta
βeta: Disagree with thuggery - bold lay backing unless you've got big friends. I didn't and it felt v bold for VS. A good route.
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βeta: Disagree with thuggery - bold lay backing unless you've got big friends. I didn't and it felt v bold for VS. A good route.
sheffieldchris 23 Jun, 2006 Show βeta
βeta: animals only need aply for this climb forget style tecnique finess just thug your way through all the hard bits. that must have been the way Joe Brown originaly did it not my idea of VS
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βeta: animals only need aply for this climb forget style tecnique finess just thug your way through all the hard bits. that must have been the way Joe Brown originaly did it not my idea of VS
curly8 6 May, 2006 Show βeta
βeta: Very good indeed - the crux (I think) is higher than I thought, though the lower wide crack feels pokey as well! Good gear though, and best done after a dry spell...
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βeta: Very good indeed - the crux (I think) is higher than I thought, though the lower wide crack feels pokey as well! Good gear though, and best done after a dry spell...
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ssutton 18 Aug Lead O/S Too green at the moment to be good. Can understand it's strenuous, add a layer of lichen and it's very strenuous
Too green at the moment to be good. Can understand it's strenuous, add a layer of lichen and it's very strenuous
dr_botnik 4 Oct, 2018 Lead rpt
mrphilipoldham 4 Oct, 2018 2nd O/S Could do with a good clean, very hard in it’s current state. Come on Sheffield climbers, keep your routes in order! Ended up with green shoes from foot jamming the big crack all the way up the first bit!
Could do with a good clean, very hard in it’s current state. Come on Sheffield climbers, keep your routes in order! Ended up with green shoes from foot jamming the big crack all the way up the first bit!
Andrew Barker 1 Oct, 2018 Solo O/S
Gordon W 4 Aug, 2018 Lead O/S really nice sequence through the first roof
with starkie
really nice sequence through the first roof
with starkie
bryan61 3 Aug, 2018 2nd O/S
keitht 21 Jun, 2018 Lead What a bag of .... Green and slimey after weeks of warm dry weather. Sustained and poorly protected at the start. And the finish up the wall is awful, best to walk off on the big ledge. Overated at **.
with Dave Lomas
What a bag of .... Green and slimey after weeks of warm dry weather. Sustained and poorly protected at the start. And the finish up the wall is awful, best to walk off on the big ledge. Overated at **.
with Dave Lomas
amccann 20 Aug, 2017 Solo O/S I've certainly made better life choices than soloing this...
I've certainly made better life choices than soloing this...
smoreda 18 Jun, 2017 Lead
buxtoncoffeelover 18 Jun, 2017 2nd Quite stiff (strenuous, sustained, & slippery feet). Bring big cam (minimum Camalot 4) to protect bottom section
with smoreda
Quite stiff (strenuous, sustained, & slippery feet). Bring big cam (minimum Camalot 4) to protect bottom section
with smoreda
nuts and bolts ??, 2017 -
Tom Bennell 24 Sep, 2016 2nd Interesting climb, seconded wizzy up it after he managed to fall, breaking a rock off. Good fun
with wizzy
Interesting climb, seconded wizzy up it after he managed to fall, breaking a rock off. Good fun
with wizzy
jackob 24 Sep, 2016 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
Found it very difficult for a VS, attempted to lead it but was scared to commit, large cams would be useful at the start
Wizzy 24 Sep, 2016 Lead
Circus 14 Aug, 2016 Lead O/S
with Nicky , Bobb
with Nicky , Bobb
Andy Moles 5 May, 2016 Solo
JasonK 5 May, 2016 Lead
with Glen
with Glen
Flavio 22 Apr, 2016 Solo O/S
petellis 10 Oct, 2015 2nd O/S
with GrantB
with GrantB
Phil Layton 25 Jul, 2015 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
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 8 Jun, 2015 Lead
BnB 5 Jun, 2015 -
mattlyons 4 Jun, 2015 Lead dog
Chris Murray 27 May, 2015 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.
with DMC
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.
with DMC
DMC 27 May, 2015 2nd O/S
AnniH 16 May, 2015 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 TobyA
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 TobyA
Hidden 16 May, 2015 Lead O/S
TobyA 16 May, 2015 Lead O/S
with Anni
with Anni
lost.arrow 9 Apr, 2015 -
Sam McCarthy 10 Mar, 2015 Lead O/S
pimpy 7 Mar, 2015 2nd
with Kirill
with Kirill
Kirill 7 Mar, 2015 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)
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, 2014 Lead O/S Very green, made for some nervous smearing
Very green, made for some nervous smearing
cragtyke 27 Sep, 2014 2nd Fairly green
Fairly green
dannyboy83 27 Sep, 2014 Solo O/S
Hoyes 1 Jul, 2014 Lead O/S
Jules Lane 1 Jul, 2014 2nd dog Foot slipped off the start. Twice ! Not 4c.
with Hoyes
Foot slipped off the start. Twice ! Not 4c.
with Hoyes
Chris_Mullaney 17 May, 2014 2nd
with Mr. K
with Mr. K
Mr. K 17 May, 2014 Lead O/S
ClareSenny 5 May, 2014 2nd dog
GLO 4 May, 2014 Lead β
with KASP82
with KASP82
Hidden 3 May, 2014 2nd O/S
Hidden 13 Apr, 2014 Lead β
AshBash 13 Apr, 2014 2nd dog
with cheque
with cheque
Lazytraveller 13 Apr, 2014 Lead RP fell before the break, foot slipped on the green. Lead clean after.
with cheque, Chlo-mead, Cherrelle, hipyhop
fell before the break, foot slipped on the green. Lead clean after.
with cheque, Chlo-mead, Cherrelle, hipyhop
Hidden 13 Apr, 2014 Lead G/U
RM199 9 Mar, 2014 2nd O/S
Hidden 9 Mar, 2014 2nd
Jonathan Hall 9 Mar, 2014 Lead
with RM199
with RM199
beneole ?Dec, 2013 Lead O/S
Martin Bagshaw 4 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
with Jamie Vince, Richard Apthorp
with Jamie Vince, Richard Apthorp
Hidden 4 Aug, 2013 2nd O/S
rich_hw 11 Jul, 2013 Lead O/S
with john_ni
with john_ni
Hidden 2 Jul, 2013 2nd
john_ni 11 Jun, 2013 2nd
with rich_hw
with rich_hw
DeanD 8 Jun, 2013 2nd O/S
Hidden 2 Jun, 2013 Lead rpt
crossleysm ?Jun, 2013 Lead rpt
Col Kingshott 26 May, 2013 2nd
jimbonfire 26 May, 2013 -
Marti999 16 Apr, 2013 Lead O/S
debbie roberts 16 Apr, 2013 2nd
dr_botnik 6 Mar, 2013 Lead O/S Joe Brown route, says it all really.
Joe Brown route, says it all really.
Hidden 2 Mar, 2013 2nd dog
Quaidy Quaid 23 Feb, 2013 Lead O/S found the start tough on this one.
with RayG
found the start tough on this one.
with RayG
RayG 23 Feb, 2013 TR dog Slipped on the slime but made it in the end, No sign of them hidden holds. Good Lead from the Gas Man.
Slipped on the slime but made it in the end, No sign of them hidden holds. Good Lead from the Gas Man.
Gudge ?Sep, 2012 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Sep, 2012 2nd
Hidden ?Sep, 2012 Lead
TimKnight 22 Jul, 2012 Lead
with Richard Howard
with Richard Howard
Fragmod 23 May, 2012 2nd
Morwood 1 Apr, 2012 2nd
HB1 1 Apr, 2012 2nd O/S
with KB
with KB
garethb 10 Mar, 2012 2nd
with cheque
with cheque
Hidden 10 Mar, 2012 Lead dnf
john lynch 26 Feb, 2012 2nd O/S
with Neil Elmore
with Neil Elmore
PAJames ??, 2012 -
Hidden 22 Oct, 2011 2nd O/S
Will Beaumont 1 Oct, 2011 Lead dog Hard for VS!
Hard for VS!
stuaart 7 Aug, 2011 Lead O/S Finished up the steep wall, not the Diff.
with Sandra McCabe, Neil Redgrave
Finished up the steep wall, not the Diff.
with Sandra McCabe, Neil Redgrave
Hidden 2 Aug, 2011 2nd O/S
Hidden 2 Aug, 2011 Lead O/S
Andrew Sloan 15 Jul, 2011 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
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, 2011 Lead Quite tough exiting the groove
with Simon
Quite tough exiting the groove
with Simon
Steven Andrews 15 May, 2011 Lead O/S
with Ben, Rachel Berkowitz
with Ben, Rachel Berkowitz
geddicakes 30 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
with James Restorick
with James Restorick
Hidden 23 Apr, 2011 2nd O/S
Roberttaylor 23 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S Done as two pitches, I led both. Decided against the E1 variation. Not too green.
with Rose Tupling and Sebastian Schwabl
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, 2011 Lead O/S
with Clement
with Clement
Hidden 17 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
lozowen 15 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
shafiq lalloo 15 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S Slimy¬!
with szelest
Slimy¬!
with szelest
Hidden 26 Mar, 2011 Lead O/S
cem 6 Mar, 2011 2nd
with GrahamD
with GrahamD
Hidden 27 Jan, 2011 Lead dnf
GuyM ??, 2011 -
Hidden 16 Sep, 2010 2nd
madasten 5 Sep, 2010 2nd
with Rich
with Rich
payeo20 29 Aug, 2010 Lead high before getting in first piece of gear. gymnastic climb, very good! shame you have to finish on a vdiff
high before getting in first piece of gear. gymnastic climb, very good! shame you have to finish on a vdiff
Tala A 29 Aug, 2010 2nd
simeclimb68 29 Aug, 2010 Solo O/S
jlismore 25 Aug, 2010 Lead
with David Castle
with David Castle
Nick1812P 3 Jul, 2010 Lead O/S
squidgebob 2 Jul, 2010 2nd O/S
with Nick, JamieSparkes
with Nick, JamieSparkes
Hidden 2 Jul, 2010 2nd O/S
Ander 4 Jun, 2010 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.
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, 2010 Lead O/S
with Kieran Hodgson
with Kieran Hodgson
Hidden 23 May, 2010 Lead O/S
colkurtz 22 May, 2010 2nd
with Robb
with Robb
Hidden 22 May, 2010 Lead
petegruf 22 May, 2010 Lead
with brad j
with brad j
Hidden 15 May, 2010 Lead O/S
Budge 13 May, 2010 2nd O/S
with tempeh
with tempeh
Hidden 4 May, 2010 2nd O/S
manwithacam 2 May, 2010 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
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, 2010 -
Hidden 14 Mar, 2010 Lead O/S
neilmackie 14 Mar, 2010 2nd
nickcanute ??, 2010 -
lithos 4 Oct, 2009 2nd
with cookie
with cookie
Jim Walton 26 Sep, 2009 Lead O/S
Hidden 26 Sep, 2009 2nd O/S
Hidden 16 Sep, 2009 2nd dnf
SteveM 14 Jun, 2009 Lead
with catt
with catt
Hidden 14 Jun, 2009 2nd O/S
Jimbo C 28 May, 2009 Lead O/S Very enjoyable and hard work.
Very enjoyable and hard work.
Guy ?May, 2009 2nd
Hidden 26 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
davidwright 25 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
mtempest 21 Apr, 2009 2nd
with Steve Waters, Mynydd
with Steve Waters, Mynydd
Steve Waters, Mynydd 21 Apr, 2009 Lead
Bradbury 18 Apr, 2009 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 18 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
tommytwotone 5 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
with Nigel
with Nigel
tskelhon 27 Aug, 2008 Lead O/S
with ollie keeler
with ollie keeler
Another James 10 Aug, 2008 2nd
with Jamie T
with Jamie T
Pilch 24 May, 2008 Lead O/S An excellent route, big cam useful for first moves. final wall is fun too
with Graham
An excellent route, big cam useful for first moves. final wall is fun too
with Graham
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 26 Apr, 2008 Lead O/S
with boxj
with boxj
daveagriff ??, 2008 Lead
Hidden ??, 2008 -
The old James turnbull ??, 2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??, 2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??, 2008 Lead
SecretSquirrel 6 Oct, 2007 2nd
with jon_nz
with jon_nz
OffshoreAndy 6 Oct, 2007 2nd
with NCC Kelvin
with NCC Kelvin
rayash 27 Aug, 2007 Lead O/S
with fenclimb
with fenclimb
Hidden 27 Aug, 2007 2nd O/S
jonka ?Aug, 2007 Lead
with duz n sean
with duz n sean
Hidden 21 Apr, 2007 Lead
kitkat78 21 Apr, 2007 Lead O/S Never mind Layback Crack, this is how laybacking should feel!
with Alastair H
Never mind Layback Crack, this is how laybacking should feel!
with Alastair H
Hidden ?Mar, 2007 2nd
MNA123 ??, 2007 Lead
Hidden 19 Sep, 2006 TR
BazVee 12 Aug, 2006 2nd
with David & Martin
with David & Martin
KristianBirchall 17 Jun, 2006 Lead O/S
with Claire Chadderton
with Claire Chadderton
John Lisle ??, 2006 -
John Lisle ??, 2006 -
samwelli ?Apr, 2005 Lead O/S
with Reuben Brown, Clare Dunkley and Gemma Heaton
with Reuben Brown, Clare Dunkley and Gemma Heaton
Hidden 19 Jun, 2004 2nd O/S
Hidden 6 Jun, 2004 2nd O/S
bigphil 6 Jun, 2004 Lead O/S
with Nick
with Nick
mikej 27 May, 2004 2nd
with Rick Naylor
with Rick Naylor
Ropeboy 21 Sep, 2003 Solo
Chris Ellis 13 Jul, 2003 2nd
with Nige Shaw
with Nige Shaw
lithos 29 Jun, 2003 Lead
andybirtwistle 29 Jun, 2003 2nd
with lithos
with lithos
Mark Stevenson 20 Apr, 2002 Solo rpt
Hidden ??, 2002 2nd O/S
Hidden ?Sep, 2000 Lead
Rich Malcolm 21 May, 2000 2nd O/S
with Matt Brennan
with Matt Brennan
marcoleptic ??, 2000 Lead
andybuckley 28 Jul, 1999 Lead
Hidden ??, 1999 -
Hidden 16 Aug, 1998 2nd O/S
nickdonohue 26 Jul, 1998 Lead
with Chris ?, Richard Jasicki, Kim Clark
with Chris ?, Richard Jasicki, Kim Clark
Hidden 10 May, 1998 2nd O/S
Mark Stevenson 8 Feb, 1998 2nd
with Pete Kirkham
with Pete Kirkham
Budge ?Aug, 1997 Lead O/S
with Adrian Fox
with Adrian Fox
Mick King 10 Oct, 1996 Lead O/S
with Karl Lunt
with Karl Lunt
Martin Bennett 1 Sep, 1996 -
with MT
with MT
Hidden 14 Aug, 1995 Lead
Gordon Stainforth 13 Aug, 1995 2nd
with Mick --, John Cutcliffe, Katrina
with Mick --, John Cutcliffe, Katrina
colin milton 4 May, 1995 Lead
with eric milton
with eric milton
Hidden 14 May, 1994 Lead
Laramadness 24 Jun, 1993 Lead rpt
roncaves 28 Jul, 1992 Lead
with James Thomas
with James Thomas
Roget 27 Jun, 1992 Solo O/S
Andy Say 1 Jun, 1991 Solo
Laramadness 10 Apr, 1991 2nd β
Tony Buckley ?Jun, 1990 -
with Robert Clark
with Robert Clark
GuyC 15 Jul, 1989 Lead O/S
with Clare
with Clare
Hidden ?Jul, 1989 2nd
Rob Davies ??, 1989 Lead
with Mick Moss
with Mick Moss
Pete Pozman ?Aug, 1988 Lead O/S
with John Byrne
with John Byrne
Hammy 10 Jun, 1988 Lead
with Colin Struthers
with Colin Struthers
babymoac 29 May, 1988 Lead
with MTW
with MTW
J R R Hartley ?May, 1987 Lead O/S
with Dez Barnett
with Dez Barnett
Hidden ?Apr, 1987 Lead O/S
Stoney Boy ??, 1986 Lead O/S
with Phil Cundy
with Phil Cundy
UKB Shark 11 May, 1984 2nd O/S
with Phill Dickens
with Phill Dickens
mark-abz 15 Aug, 1983 TR
tapley 7 Nov, 1982 2nd
with Chris Seymour
with Chris Seymour
Neil McA 18 Jun, 1981 Solo O/S
with Dean, Flog
with Dean, Flog
Brian Wilderspin 6 Jun, 1981 Lead O/S
paul__in_sheffield ??, 1980 Lead
Nigel Bond 2 Jul, 1979 Lead
with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
with Tony Cuddy, Martin Crosby
Hidden 16 Jun, 1979 Solo
Rob Davies ?Sep, 1978 Lead
with Angus McLean
with Angus McLean
Hidden 29 Oct, 1977 2nd O/S
Hidden 29 Oct, 1977 Lead
RichardMc 6 Jul, 1975 Lead
with Ken Salter
with Ken Salter
Dave Musgrove 5 May, 1968 -
with Dennis Gray
with Dennis Gray
mikej 4 Mar, 1967 Lead
with Steve Radford, Nigel Sumner
with Steve Radford, Nigel Sumner
mikej 9 Oct, 1966 2nd
with Keith Gregson
with Keith Gregson
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