Rockfax Description
The gully with a jammed boulder at 3m is a fight. The technical grade is a guesstimate - how else do you grade struggles? The upper part is easy romping. © Rockfax

Ticklists: All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

Keith Swainson 13/Jan Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Nov/17 Solo O/S
dansimkin 12/Nov/17 Solo O/S
ashtond6 05/Nov/17 Solo
tom.wp6 08/Oct/17 Solo O/S
LDJ 23/Sep/17 2nd
with Dave Coley
JM0rrison 23/Sep/17 Lead
charvey 25/Aug/17 Solo O/S
keitht 16/Jul/17 Solo
manosand 24/Jun/17 2nd
with Chris KM
Hidden 24/Jun/17 Solo O/S
Theeni 21/Jun/17 Solo O/S
Mikethe boar 18/Jun/17 Lead O/S
with rebecca
jcdavy 03/Jun/17 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/May/17 Solo O/S
Wendy Watthews 27/May/17 Solo
Lizard Ollie 27/May/17 Solo O/S
aiyer 27/May/17 Solo
Jacob Goodenough 19/Feb/17 Solo dnf
Rob Moorcroft 09/Nov/16 Lead
with Jo Zanker
suddy 22/Oct/16 2nd O/S
lukevf 22/Oct/16 Lead rpt
with suddy
Ben Turner 11/Oct/16 Lead O/S
Jim blackford 09/Oct/16 Solo
Remyveness 08/Oct/16 Lead O/S
NatalieB96 08/Oct/16 2nd
alex_richmond98 08/Oct/16 2nd O/S

Seconded with Paddy Steed as lead. Tricky start!

Vert 26/Sep/16 2nd
with Ian 26/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Enjoyed the start

with Lydia
fuzzysheep01 25/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/16 2nd
James Oakes 10/Aug/16 Solo O/S
powelli 07/Aug/16 Lead O/S

The puzzle at the start is fun and as the guidebook says - pragmatic thuggery. Managed it clean but it got the better of others including Sam on 2nd who had to aid. Think a bit of flexibility helps.

Christabel Goode 23/Jul/16 2nd O/S
Derek Robinson 08/Jul/16 2nd dog
simeclimb68 20/Jun/16 Solo O/S
Nathanhelstrip18 29/May/16 Lead O/S
with Wilkie
Pixie-Andy 20/Mar/16 Lead dog

Struggled for ages, eventually so damn cold i pulled on my gear to reach first decent hand hold. Not to be underestimated. Maybe it was the cold but i'd say the first move is 4c and i've done lots of much easier 4c's! I did this as the start for Powder Monkey Parade.

with Simon Crossley
Hidden 19/Mar/16 Solo O/S
adam.wood 28/Feb/16 Solo O/S
with Sam Hunt, UBMC
Sam Hunt 28/Feb/16 2nd O/S
with Adam Wood, Robyn Little
Hidden 25/Feb/16 Solo O/S
Ardo 07/Feb/16 Solo O/S
the power 07/Feb/16 Solo
with neil
Hidden ??/2016 -
George Reeder ??/2016 -
John Higgs 11/Dec/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Nov/15 Solo rpt
Flavio 18/Oct/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Oct/15 Solo O/S
philhayes 01/Oct/15 Lead
Hidden 19/Sep/15 Lead O/S
rock hobbit 123 19/Sep/15 2nd dog
th0ma5_ander50n 19/Sep/15 2nd O/S
xiangoh 16/Aug/15 Solo G/U
Hidden 02/Aug/15 2nd rpt
NOG ?/Aug/15 Solo O/S
rohai545 30/Jul/15 2nd
with Helen
ht543 30/Jul/15 Lead
with Krish
harrison 25/Jul/15 TR
with Sarah
pingora 12/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Gatley 03/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Jun/15 Solo O/S
Tcampbell390 07/Jun/15 2nd O/S
cmars89 07/Jun/15 Lead
SGD 30/May/15 Solo O/S

Up and down to and from the chock under the watchful eye/guidance/smile of Chris Fitzhugh. Proper olde school. I gurned up it, Chris made it look artistic.

maumau 25/May/15 Solo O/S
jing 17/May/15 Solo
chris fox 16/May/15 Lead
rockjedi 09/May/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/May/15 Lead O/S
seanlikeskites 02/May/15 2nd O/S
the power 30/Apr/15 Solo
with rob
dr_botnik 30/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Subwaycups 26/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Naomi.P 13/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Struggled up the first section

with Quentin
MLH 11/Apr/15 Lead rpt
with J Palmer
rockafunked ?/Apr/15 Lead RP

Jam your foot in as deep in you can and chicken wing.

the power 10/Mar/15 Solo O/S
with Billy
Hidden 02/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 09/Feb/15 Solo O/S
bigbear86 ??/2015 Lead
Lukem6 24/Dec/14 Solo
johngriffin 01/Oct/14 2nd
Hidden 27/Sep/14 Solo rpt
Hidden 31/Aug/14 2nd O/S
will_benfold 24/Aug/14 Solo O/S
will_benfold 24/Aug/14 Solo rpt

Again, but without using the chockstone

Pintsize 24/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Mike Soulby 03/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Jodie
Albachoss 26/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/Jul/14 Solo O/S
MLH 09/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Andy L-H
benlatham07 26/Jun/14 Solo β
jshields 25/Jun/14 Solo
peter.ravenscroft27 24/Jun/14 Solo
Hardcore Pat 08/Jun/14 Solo rpt
with Dr Julie
Calum Wadsworth 17/May/14 Solo O/S
Teappleby 17/May/14 Solo
Angus Taylor 05/May/14 Solo rpt
Jhancox 05/Apr/14 Lead rpt
mrj_langley ?/Apr/14 Lead O/S
popebenedictus 13/Mar/14 Solo rpt
with Soloed
Marzy95 ?/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Chris Sansum 23/Feb/14 2nd O/S

Steve intended to climb the HVS on the left, but I think we ended up on this instead!

with Steve
riff156 23/Feb/14 Lead
thetradlad 16/Feb/14 Solo O/S
AndyRogers 14/Jan/14 Solo O/S

Having udged up past the chock for powder monkey why not?

lloydellis93 ?/Jan/14 Lead
lloydellis93 ?/Jan/14 Solo
Stroppy 12/Oct/13 2nd O/S

In grim rain was a good struggle

tombushell 12/Oct/13 Lead
with Ed
Russ 01/Oct/13 Solo β

very nice, start and finish (looks more difficult than it is)

Hidden 14/Sep/13 Solo
johngriffin 08/Aug/13 Lead O/S
mitch 01/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Dave Hollins
Benn A 08/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Danbow73 16/Jun/13 Solo O/S
Ben_Megson 26/May/13 2nd
Lukem6 25/May/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/May/13 Lead O/S
funkyvin1 30/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Apr/13 Solo
ChrisBrooke 02/Mar/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 24/Feb/13 Solo O/S
ajc 21/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Jimbo C 16/Feb/13 Solo rpt

Several times, with and without the chockstone

Hidden 01/Jan/13 Lead O/S
thedreadedchris ??/2013 Lead
kcollender 18/Nov/12 Lead
ashtond6 07/Oct/12 Lead

fun start!

deacondeacon 01/Oct/12 Solo
Mr Fuller 29/Sep/12 Solo O/S

Having pussied out of Powder Monkey Parade

gronbech 09/Sep/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Sep/12 Solo O/S
adam carless 19/Aug/12 Solo rpt
Robb.Haze 16/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Ben Shortt 16/Aug/12 2nd
with Robb Haze
dannyboy83 12/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Jake Young 06/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Blurgy319 05/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Dan Vaj 27/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with L Vajzovic
Phil_hood 21/Jul/12 Lead β
Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
robblowen 17/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Wayne
climbingrev 12/Jul/12 2nd O/S

Crazy start, but great route. Probably only Diff after start

Jimbo C 01/Jul/12 Solo O/S

Fun squirming

Hidden 24/Jun/12 Solo
Hidden 10/Jun/12 Solo
mike_hough_uk 03/Jun/12 Lead

Finally worked this one out, as a result far easier than the previous times I climbed PMP.

chri55ie 02/Jun/12 2nd
ju59 23/May/12 -
Hidden 23/May/12 -
gb05 07/May/12 Solo O/S
Snorfalorpagus 07/May/12 Solo O/S

Climbed with ease, but height is very much a factor!

Steve J T 05/May/12 2nd

Seconded dan

Hidden 15/Apr/12 Solo
Claire Sephton 27/Mar/12 2nd
with David Guthrie
Montecore 25/Mar/12 Lead dog

Horrible struggle. Chucked a sling round the chock and pulled up on it.

BenLarby 25/Mar/12 2nd
JonnyW 18/Mar/12 Lead
with Richard Ashworth
Hidden 16/Mar/12 Solo O/S
Andy Moles 12/Mar/12 Solo O/S
with -
Colin3859 11/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Allen3859 11/Mar/12 2nd β

quoting paul "just get angry at it"

cactus111 ?/Mar/12 2nd
hfac 25/Feb/12 Lead
with Jonny F
hfac 25/Feb/12 Lead
with Jonny F
bikergirl88 02/Dec/11 Lead

Climb with steve

Hidden 24/Sep/11 Solo O/S
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
with serge
treg 09/Sep/11 Solo
with Beka
Becky H 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Adrian Hampshire
danny269 03/Sep/11 Solo

guided by Chris ('The Old Fella') to use right angle arm lock with right arm (facing left)to start - then turning slightly right/centre place left foot up at back of crack and then shimmy up using 'arm & foot' - only climbed as far as chockstone this time

Hidden 26/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Sam Cooke 24/Jul/11 Solo
with Robert Chynoweth
-Deej-1 24/Jul/11 2nd
KiddaValue 24/Jul/11 Lead

Second lead. Real ungraceful struggle by boulder

Hidden 23/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 20/Jul/11 Solo O/S
adamwesthead 19/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Eddie Shelbourne 13/Jun/11 Lead
with Terry harris-ellis
chrisanderson 04/Jun/11 Lead
elCapitano 15/May/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/May/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/May/11 Solo O/S
Jim Brownlow 06/May/11 Solo
stpauliblade 26/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Lev 12/Apr/11 Solo O/S
le_grimpeur 02/Apr/11 2nd
with Paul L
DGY 02/Apr/11 Lead
with Barbara
Hidden 30/Mar/11 Lead
frankcp87 26/Mar/11 2nd
with Ian Holbrook
Hidden 17/Mar/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 06/Mar/11 Solo β
Pilch 23/Jan/11 Solo rpt
edd rab 01/Sep/10 Solo O/S
Denatone 25/Aug/10 2nd

Shorts and a vest were a bad choice of clothing for this one

eel 19/Aug/10 Solo O/S
chris.mac 15/Aug/10 -
with rick
andycash 31/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with charlie o'brian
Guy 28/Jul/10 Solo
Hidden 24/Jul/10 Lead
NB Pixel 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Some found this difficult to start- perhaps easiest for the small?

with DizLiz, JT
Hidden 10/Jul/10 2nd
petzl 10/Jul/10 Lead
with Tom Richards, Ben Ormerod
Hidden 30/Jun/10 Solo O/S
colin milton 09/Apr/10 Solo
The Bad Cough 27/Mar/10 Solo O/S
with Christian Minett
Hidden 14/Mar/10 Solo β
Matthew Edwards 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S
TomWebber 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with SUMC
partz 13/Mar/10 2nd O/S
with Dan Smart, Tim Clark
willreddin ??/2010 -
Hidden 12/Dec/09 Lead
chumleywarner 08/Nov/09 TR O/S
valentinesbabe 08/Nov/09 2nd O/S

Without using the recommended by old fella Chris

with Peter Ziak, Kevin Tithe, Steven Fletcher
Tithe Technique 08/Nov/09 Lead O/S
with Peter Ziak, Ange, Steve Fletcher
disturbed_one51 08/Oct/09 Solo
Jonathan Hall 08/Oct/09 Solo
mrtom 30/Aug/09 Solo O/S
with Mark Lim
simonw1 29/Aug/09 Solo
Hidden 29/Aug/09 Solo β
Hidden 29/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 22/Aug/09 -
JDDD 09/Aug/09 Solo
robjc89 ?/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Tom Houston
Hidden 24/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Benrj 19/Jun/09 Solo
with jay mowat
RiverRoam 14/Jun/09 Solo O/S

Tried to use this route as a down climb decent, after sending Powder monkey.

with Wing & Keith
DaNo123 13/Jun/09 Lead
with cat
howlingbaboon 12/Jun/09 Solo rpt

Ashamed to admit, I used the chockstone

maxkellock 11/May/09 Lead O/S

lacked gear placements tight space hard start

frankcp87 22/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/09 Lead O/S
PondLife 18/Apr/09 Lead β
with Matthew Fletcher
Phil1967 17/Apr/09 Solo O/S

By torch light- Last route and the perfect end to the evening

sean72 21/Mar/09 2nd
with Chadrads
chadrads 21/Mar/09 Lead O/S
charley 22/Feb/09 Solo
Hidden ??/2009 -
RM199 ??/2009 -
Wil Treasure ??/2009 Lead
howlingbaboon 23/Dec/08 Solo rpt
SteveM 19/Oct/08 Solo
with Kat
Hidden 11/Aug/08 Solo O/S
highfivekrissy ?/Aug/08 Lead
howlingbaboon 30/Jun/08 Solo rpt
cannotfindaname 29/Jun/08 Solo
with andy smally
charley 29/Jun/08 Solo O/S
gw66 22/May/08 Lead O/S
with Sami
samir 22/May/08 Solo
jasoncanjuggle 08/May/08 Lead O/S
duncan 03/May/08 Solo O/S
with Hugo Glover
mintcake 03/May/08 Solo
luke13 ?/May/08 2nd O/S
with Mike
aliem 06/Apr/08 Lead
howlingbaboon 24/Mar/08 Solo rpt

no chockstone

stemill 08/Mar/08 Lead O/S
with Graham
Calder 08/Mar/08 2nd
with Ste
Hidden 20/Feb/08 2nd O/S
ug99018 20/Feb/08 Lead O/S
Pilch 03/Feb/08 Solo O/S
ioboy 26/Aug/07 2nd
jdgaventa 26/Aug/07 Solo
kwickfit 23/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Awkward start then doesn't really come to much

with Brian
cem 19/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/07 Lead O/S
popebenedictus 09/Aug/07 Solo O/S
with Soloed
howlingbaboon 18/May/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Mike_Hayes 18/Apr/07 Solo
Graeme Hammond 16/Mar/07 Solo O/S

Also soloed 12/Aug/10

Alfredo ?/Mar/07 Solo
dsh 29/Jan/07 Solo O/S
gdb4060 ?/Jan/07 Solo
Hidden ??/2007 -
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
tiga271 ??/2007 2nd

with mark

with Dave
Hidden 18/Nov/06 Solo O/S
PanzerHanzler 08/Oct/06 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/06 2nd
Epic Ebdon 23/Sep/06 Solo β
Hidden 08/Sep/06 2nd
AJ007 11/Jul/06 Solo
Fraser Hughes ?/Jun/06 2nd
Joe Marsh 20/May/06 Lead O/S
with Nicola
Hidden 05/May/06 Solo
Hidden 05/May/06 TR
Hidden 04/May/06 Solo rpt
Hidden 23/Mar/06 Solo rpt
Hidden ??/2006 Solo
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
John Lisle ??/2006 -
Hidden 11/Dec/05 Solo O/S
Nicos 09/Nov/05 Solo O/S
with solo
Hidden 21/May/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/May/05 2nd
Hidden 01/Apr/05 Solo
Hidden ?/Apr/05 Solo
Ruth Smith 21/Mar/05 2nd O/S
with ryan timms
Mutl3y ??/2005 Lead
Hidden 06/Oct/04 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/04 Solo O/S
Phil West 28/Aug/04 Solo O/S
Si dH ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with Tim Taylor
Budge 15/Jul/04 Solo O/S
Mark Stevenson 12/Jun/04 Solo rpt
CGlennie 28/May/04 Lead
victim of mathematics 23/Apr/04 Solo rpt
Hidden 04/Apr/04 2nd O/S
pterelaos ?/Apr/04 Lead
with chris
victim of mathematics 08/Feb/04 2nd O/S
crossdressingrodney 08/Feb/04 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2004 -
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 13/Jul/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Jun/03 Solo
Mark Stevenson 24/May/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/May/03 Solo O/S
John Brayshaw 04/May/03 2nd rpt
with Pete Greaves
SteveM 20/Apr/03 Solo
Hidden 22/Mar/03 Lead
Katsmiff 19/Mar/03 Solo O/S
Monk ??/2003 -
rob wmc ?/Nov/02 Lead O/S
with Pete
Rampikino 06/Oct/02 Lead
with Paul Starr
chris warner ?/Oct/02 Lead
Hidden ?/Sep/02 Lead O/S
Ander 22/Jul/02 Lead
with Kev
Hidden 08/May/02 Solo
pete johnson 20/Apr/02 Solo
Steerpike ?/Dec/01 2nd O/S
with CMC
DerwentDiluted 02/Sep/01 Solo
John Roe 02/Jun/01 Lead
with John Dunn
Hidden ?/Aug/00 Solo
Howard J 16/May/00 Lead rpt
Martin Bennett 05/Apr/00 Solo
rocktigger ??/2000 Solo O/S
marcoleptic ??/2000 Solo
simonharpham ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Neil Bowers
Roget 01/Mar/97 Solo O/S
andrewbooth1000 ??/1995 Solo
fellgazelle ??/1994 Solo
adam carless ??/1992 Solo
roncaves 07/Apr/91 Solo
Tony Buckley ?/Jul/90 Solo
Laramadness 10/Jun/89 Solo O/S
climbhigher0 25/Jun/88 Solo O/S
Chris the Tall ?/Jun/87 Solo O/S
babymoac 23/May/87 Solo
Hidden ??/1987 -
Iain Thow 05/Aug/86 Solo
Hidden ?/Aug/86 Solo
Hidden 19/Aug/85 Solo
Chris Ellis 10/Aug/85 Solo
charlesmfrench 11/Jun/83 Solo O/S
John Brayshaw 02/Jun/83 Solo O/S
mark-abz 27/Apr/82 Solo
Hidden 02/Nov/80 Solo
tapley 26/Jan/80 Lead
with Alison Tapley
CrashMat Rob ??/1980 Lead O/S


Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1980 Solo
Hammy 19/Aug/77 Solo
with Jonathon Stacey
RichardMc 17/Jul/77 Solo
RichardMc 17/Jul/77 Solo
RichardMc 21/May/77 Solo
uphillnow ??/1976 Solo
petemeads ??/1976 Solo
Hidden ??/1975 -
mikej 25/Nov/73 Solo
with Janice Williams, E, Geoff Williams
mikej 01/Jan/71 Solo
with Stewart Grant
mikej 31/Aug/70 Solo
with E
mikej 04/May/69 Solo
with Wil Hurford
mikej 31/Mar/68 Solo
Andy Say ??/1968 Solo
mikej 08/Oct/66 Lead
with Steve Radford, Nigel Sumner
mikej 08/Oct/66 -
with Nigel Sumner
mikej ?/Oct/64 Solo
with Clarry May
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