Rockfax Description
Climb onto the chock then continue up the gully (more of a groove really) to a tricky final couple of moves. © Rockfax

FA. Eric Byne early 1930s

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

timreynolds 23/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with Ben Stainfield
Richard L 27/Aug/17 Lead O/S
with Tanya, Jeff Driscoll
keitht 15/Aug/17 Solo
gaz3212 06/Aug/17 Lead O/S
Marl 16/Jul/17 Solo O/S
Theeni 25/Jun/17 Solo O/S
manosand 24/Jun/17 Lead


with Chris KM
Andyjharper 07/May/17 Lead O/S
with Chris delaney
richardbaxter 30/Apr/17 Lead O/S
with Daniel Marsden, Cooper
kermit_uk 27/Apr/17 Solo O/S
James Oakes 04/Apr/17 Solo O/S
with Dan Middleton, Georgia Townend
Rob_Morris1996 02/Apr/17 2nd O/S
with Jenni L
Hidden 02/Apr/17 Solo
Hidden 21/Dec/16 Lead
Hidden 21/Dec/16 2nd
zimpara 10/Dec/16 2nd O/S

Unremarkable and tricky

with Rich
RWB1986 10/Dec/16 Lead O/S
with zimpara
Flavio 29/Oct/16 Solo O/S
PeteH 30/Sep/16 Solo O/S
galyer895 19/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Gaz
Ron 14/Aug/16 2nd O/S
with Steve A, Dawn
admcne 06/Aug/16 Lead O/S
lewis_james84 06/Aug/16 2nd
with admcne
Capricorn One 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Jul/16 Lead O/S
simeclimb68 20/Jun/16 Solo rpt
papasmurf 09/May/16 2nd
with Simon Stokes
JessWilliams 17/Apr/16 Lead
with Mum, Dad
AndrewCArmstrong 25/Mar/16 2nd
Hidden 25/Mar/16 TR
Stroppy 13/Mar/16 Solo O/S
the power 28/Jan/16 Solo
Hidden ??/2016 -
Hidden 20/Dec/15 2nd
PEccleston 08/Nov/15 Lead

Felt sketchy in the wet, bailed off last move and went up Emma's Dilemma as feet were a little too slippy.

avmpsycho 25/Oct/15 2nd
with Che
Lindsey Goodrum 11/Oct/15 TR dnf

Made it to the last 2 metres.

Hidden 06/Oct/15 TR
JamesW2015 27/Jul/15 Lead
with Martin Harrell
buxtoncoffeelover 04/Jun/15 Solo
rohai545 30/May/15 Lead
with Helen
ht543 30/May/15 2nd
with Krish
SuperstarDJ 26/May/15 Lead dnf

Tried this after pumping out and downclimbing Victory Crack. Oh dear. Climbed up to the crux but couldn't see any gear to place from where I was comfortable and was already a bit too run out for comfort. Still tired and a bit stressed from my failure a few moments before, I binned this too and downclimbed/traversed off the whole section. Oh dear. Felt hard. Maybe it was just me.

csd23 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Richard Dodds
SuperLee1985 26/Apr/15 Lead O/S
SuperLee1985 26/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Ron 26/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Clive
Subwaycups 26/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Hannah C
Hidden 19/Apr/15 2nd O/S
bantamdave 19/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Mentoring DH and Paul K

TraverseKing 19/Apr/15 2nd
craghunter 15/Apr/15 2nd

si was abit faffy :P

with si
simonscubadiver 15/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Jonny Ramsey
royle883 14/Apr/15 Lead O/S
amccann 08/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 12/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Maddi Stewart ?/Mar/15 2nd

Meg's first S lead.

the power 08/Feb/15 Solo
Hidden ??/2015 Lead
John Higgs 09/Dec/14 Solo O/S
with Caitlin Bell
lena.drapella 23/Sep/14 Solo O/S
RichardLeggett 12/Jul/14 2nd
philmitch 06/Jul/14 -
althesin 29/Jun/14 Solo O/S
migs493 27/Apr/14 Solo rpt
traineed 21/Apr/14 Lead β

First Proper Lead for years

dk247 21/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Jam - Tastic

with Andy Clarke
Charlotte Nelson 18/Apr/14 2nd
rohai545 04/Apr/14 Lead
with Helen
ht543 04/Apr/14 2nd
with Krish
Hidden 22/Mar/14 2nd
david harvey ?/Mar/14 Lead O/S
with Ian
Ian Saxton ?/Mar/14 2nd
with dave
MikeDowsett ??/2014 Lead
DaveB61 ??/2014 2nd
DaveB61 10/Dec/13 2nd
Hidden 17/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/13 Lead
Dave Mason 04/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Darren Belfield
prwalker 30/Aug/13 2nd
with Rhys Williams, Mark Fisher
Hidden 11/Aug/13 TR
Nick F Smith 28/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Sam Brown
David Robinson 20/Jul/13 Lead
with Rachel Sheperd
fabricio 29/Jun/13 Lead O/S


benny_m 22/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Richard Hemes
Hidden 20/Jun/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Jun/13 2nd O/S
rohai545 10/Jun/13 Lead
with Ross Morton
Dimart 10/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Dave, Mike, Ben
Ejminee 02/Jun/13 2nd
LovelyMrTom 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Jonny M 27/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/May/13 2nd O/S
Tithe Technique 20/May/13 2nd rpt
valentinesbabe 20/May/13 Lead O/S

Much much nicer than it looks even when it is seeping a bit on a humid and slimy day it was worth doing.

Paul Hy 28/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Rich A
Mrabey 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/13 2nd
ju59 14/Apr/13 2nd
with Andrew
rohai545 07/Apr/13 2nd
with Ian Copestake
ajc 16/Feb/13 Lead rpt
with Mel
Hidden ??/2013 -
AlanPedrick ??/2013 -
Dave Turnbull, BMC 23/Nov/12 Solo
Hidden 14/Oct/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Sep/12 2nd
Dan818 30/Aug/12 Lead O/S
SattyA 11/Aug/12 TR O/S
with Jun Aizawa, Ky Aizawa
JamieForman 10/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Jim
Hidden 07/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Jake Young 06/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Jim Slater 24/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
deacondeacon 12/Jun/12 Solo
Hidden 02/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Dirty Knees 02/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Mike_Hayes 19/May/12 Solo
RichardMc 19/May/12 Lead
with Brad Jackson
marcoleptic 12/Mar/12 Solo dnf
migs493 03/Mar/12 Solo O/S
with RS
robinmuzette 25/Feb/12 2nd
with Jenna Mckeer, Adam Jordan
AMJ098 25/Feb/12 Lead O/S
with Jenna mckeer, Robin Wilson
jennamsmile 25/Feb/12 TR
with Adam Jordan, Robin Wilson
Morwood 14/Jan/12 2nd
robblowen 06/Jan/12 Solo O/S

Roped Solo

Arkel ??/2012 Lead

Had a problem getting stuck under the overhang

with Ian
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
David Qualtrough ??/2012 -
Hidden 26/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Keenb 02/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Steve Rogers
adam carless 01/Oct/11 Solo rpt
Hidden 25/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
with serge
agolay 11/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Karen Jenkins, John H, Heather Vernon
lozowen 19/Aug/11 Solo
Brown 16/Aug/11 Solo
with Solo
babymoac 04/Jun/11 -
with MayaJoy
MayaJoy 04/Jun/11 -

to the block, then traverse into cave half-way up Victory Crack

with Andy
99bolivar 10/May/11 2nd
with Chris Fitzhugh
papalazarou 01/May/11 Solo O/S

LLovely fun little route

murrayd 29/Apr/11 Lead O/S
jasoncash 29/Apr/11 2nd O/S
ian2707 25/Apr/11 TR
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Apr/11 2nd
Steve Palmer 08/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Andy T, Brian K
MPSBunny 02/Apr/11 Lead

Ended up out to the right of the gully and had to use face a little bit to avoid banging my head on a low roof.

with Chris Herbert
PAJames ??/2011 -
Ross Young 19/Sep/10 2nd O/S
with Anders HWUMC, Dave HWUMC
Hidden 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
jayray 04/Sep/10 Lead
Denatone 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
eel 19/Aug/10 Solo O/S
Humm1985 08/Aug/10 2nd
Pelleas 08/Aug/10 Lead
with Gill, Norman
Hidden 15/Jun/10 2nd
RichardMc 30/May/10 2nd
with Tony Williams
Jonathan Hall 21/May/10 Solo
Hidden 20/May/10 Lead
charley 21/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Kev
The Bad Cough 04/Apr/10 Solo O/S
with Christian Minett
Ken Taylor ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Steven Andrews 25/Oct/09 Lead O/S
cloneragan ?/Oct/09 Lead O/S
ajc 28/Sep/09 Lead rpt
donkster 19/Sep/09 Solo O/S
robjc89 ?/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Tom Houston
mikej 28/Jul/09 2nd
with Rick Naylor
mattshort 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
ellypryce 25/Jul/09 2nd
with matttshort
ellypryce 25/Jul/09 2nd
with matttshort
Hidden 13/Jul/09 Lead
Jeronimo 19/Jun/09 Solo
Hidden 18/Jun/09 TR
edmitchell 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/09 TR dnf
Hidden 19/Feb/09 2nd O/S
EdShep 03/Jan/09 2nd O/S
with Pilch
Pilch 03/Jan/09 2nd O/S
with Ed
RM199 ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden 28/Dec/08 Solo rpt
prof_vague 14/Sep/08 2nd O/S
with Paul
flyboy86 ?/Sep/08 Lead O/S
FrankW 16/Aug/08 Lead rpt
with Robin H-J
sammyt 22/Jul/08 2nd
with Paul H
Don Jebus 22/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with sammyt
tiga271 20/Jul/08 Lead
with Steve, Alex, Mark20
robjc89 ?/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Simon White
robjc89 ?/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Maria Crisp-Hihn
Hidden 08/Jun/08 Lead
Powder Puff Girl 24/May/08 2nd O/S
with Ben H
popebenedictus 24/May/08 Lead O/S
adrianscott 24/May/08 TR O/S
malc 04/May/08 2nd O/S
with Andy K
heather.deane 03/May/08 2nd
with Andy
Ed Throp ?/May/08 Lead O/S
tiga271 06/Jan/08 Lead
with Mark
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hannah Moulton ??/2008 -
SteveHi ??/2008 Lead O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
john lynch 11/Nov/07 Lead
with Bo Robertson
Hidden 06/Oct/07 2nd dnf
mintcake 06/Oct/07 Lead β
with Jack Gavigan
Somerset swede basher 08/Sep/07 Solo O/S
with Sarah, Abi and Dave
RachelP 02/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/07 2nd
Ronnie Concave ?/May/07 Lead

Good but a little pollished

with M.Borglewood
tallsop 07/Feb/07 2nd
with andy
adam carless 28/Jan/07 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2007 -
steve2006 ??/2007 Lead O/S
timc84 ??/2007 Lead O/S
with Tom Clow
timc84 ??/2007 2nd O/S
with Phill Cunnington
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
Alfredo ?/Nov/06 Lead
AJ007 23/Sep/06 Solo
Pythonist 22/Sep/06 Solo O/S
with JdP
Graeme Hammond 28/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Pete aka Dad
howlingbaboon 16/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Ruthy, Chris
munnsy 04/Aug/06 TR
Katie Weston 09/Jul/06 Lead rpt

Very Hard for the grade, no really easy spots to place gear, certainly not what you'd expect for a Severe!

with Mum
Milne 01/Jul/06 2nd O/S
with Ned
Whealiebob 01/Jul/06 2nd
with Ned
Hidden 01/Jul/06 Lead O/S
aled.sage 24/Jun/06 2nd
with Jonathan Phillips
Andy Fielding 24/Jun/06 Lead
with Jack Fielding
FrankW 14/May/06 Lead O/S
with Laura
paul birch ?/May/06 -
Hidden 14/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Birdie 09/Apr/06 2nd
with Karl
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
John Lisle ??/2006 -
ashleylist ??/2006 -
Nicos 20/Dec/05 Solo O/S
with solo
mol 07/Aug/05 2nd
Epic Ebdon 07/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Molly Thompson
payney1973 ?/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Katex ?/Apr/05 2nd
with Simon Edwards
DerwentDiluted 25/Mar/05 Lead
with Nicola Pettit
Hidden 16/Oct/04 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/04 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/04 2nd
SteveM 11/Oct/03 Lead
with Bekhs
LankyPaddy 19/Sep/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Jun/03 Solo
Hidden 09/May/03 -
reg_measures 22/Mar/03 Lead O/S
with mum & susie
Hidden 07/Dec/02 Lead
climbingrev 25/Aug/02 Lead O/S

Well protected. Nice warm up

Hidden 22/Jun/02 2nd O/S
Mark Stevenson 24/May/02 Solo O/S
Budge 23/May/02 Lead O/S
with Mike Oates
pete johnson 20/Apr/02 Solo
gazbonutter 02/Mar/02 2nd
Hidden ?/Mar/02 Lead
Hidden 07/Oct/01 Lead
kp64zl ?/Oct/01 2nd
with Philip S
gripped01 ?/Oct/01 Lead O/S
with Simon and Di
John Brayshaw 10/Sep/00 Lead rpt
with Caroline Young
snowy_woodruff 01/May/00 Solo
Hidden 01/Apr/00 Lead O/S
Dale Berry 26/Feb/00 Lead O/S
with Claire Berry
tompercy ?/Oct/99 Solo
ajc 22/Aug/99 Lead rpt
Katie Weston ?/Aug/99 2nd
Hidden ?/May/99 Lead
Alastair Hudson 10/Apr/99 Solo
roncaves 28/Mar/99 Solo
craig d ??/1999 -
jfmchivall ??/1999 -
jfmchivall ??/1999 -
ajc 08/Nov/98 Solo O/S
Ian Archer 18/Aug/98 2nd O/S
with CDW
chris d williams 18/Aug/98 -
ajoliver 28/Apr/98 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/98 Solo O/S
rocktigger ??/1998 Lead O/S
with Clare
Martin Bennett 13/Apr/97 Solo
Hidden ??/1996 -
Hidden 14/Apr/95 Solo
runestone ??/1995 Lead O/S
GrahamHP ??/1995 Lead O/S
andrewbooth1000 30/Oct/94 2nd
Rampikino 19/Jun/93 Solo
charlesmfrench 28/Jun/92 Solo O/S
Roget 01/Feb/92 Solo O/S
nuts and bolts ?/Jun/91 -
Chris Ellis 19/May/91 Lead
with Mike Guy
Hidden 13/Oct/90 Solo
Laramadness 06/Aug/90 Solo O/S
Tony Buckley ?/Jul/90 -
with Tony Jinks
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
climbhigher0 25/Jun/88 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/88 Lead
tapley ??/1988 Solo
RichardMc 31/Oct/87 Solo
with Jon Clifford-Smith
Iain Thow 14/Sep/87 Solo
RichardMc 05/Apr/87 Lead
with Tim Oakes
Hidden ??/1987 -
Hidden 09/Jun/85 Solo
dodders 27/Mar/85 Lead
with Sandra
Nigel Bond 23/Jun/84 Solo
Ena ?/Sep/82 Solo
with Martin Trouse
John Brayshaw 01/Jul/82 Lead O/S
with Alfreton MC
mark-abz 19/Nov/81 TR
Nigel Bond 04/Mar/81 Solo
Brian Wilderspin 15/Feb/81 Solo O/S
CrashMat Rob ??/1980 Lead O/S


Chris Terrey ??/1979 Solo
Hidden 09/Jul/78 Lead
Mark Kemball 03/Dec/77 Solo
RichardMc 06/Nov/77 Lead
with Martin Stanton
RichardMc 17/Jul/77 Solo
RichardMc 17/Jul/77 Solo
RichardMc 21/May/77 Solo
Nigel Bond 05/Dec/76 Lead
with Tony Cuddy
uphillnow ??/1976 Solo
petemeads ??/1976 Solo
RichardMc 19/Oct/75 Lead
with John Antill
mikej 24/Feb/74 Solo
with John Kendrick, E
mikej 27/May/73 Solo
with E
mikej 13/Dec/69 Solo
with E
mikej 04/May/69 Solo
with Wil Hurford
Andy Say ??/1969 Lead
mikej 06/Oct/68 Solo
mikej 31/Mar/68 Solo
mikej 08/Oct/67 Solo
mikej 02/Oct/66 Lead
with Nigel Sumner
mikej 17/Jul/66 Solo
with Keith Gregson
mikej 27/Dec/65 Solo
with Ted Markham
mikej 10/Oct/65 Solo
with Howard Furguson
mikej 07/Jun/65 Solo
with David Short, Ted Markham
mikej 05/Jun/65 TR
with Barry Regan, Ted Markham
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