Rockfax Description
Climb the narrow slab passing a small roof with difficulty. Finish up the side of the prow above for extra interest. © Rockfax

Ticklists: All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

chrisdjackson 14/Aug Lead O/S

The move through the roof is just about 5a so long as climbed direct without r or l edges. prow made a hollow noise when I stepped out onto it which added to the fun

with charlotte
awalters 22/Jul 2nd O/S
with mat young, Greg T
jayray 15/Jul Lead
Hidden 12/Jul Solo
tonto169 01/Jul Lead
slab_happy 24/Jun Lead O/S
Andy Fielding 15/Jun Solo
Chris Murray 23/Apr Lead
DanChad 23/Apr 2nd O/S
Matt Shepherd 02/Jan 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Jan 2nd
fuzzysheep01 25/Sep/16 Solo O/S

Top fin is fun. Not sure I'd give it 5a really.

hirving 18/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Woody
Sam Woodward 18/Sep/16 2nd O/S
with HenDog
musicl3e 13/Aug/16 TR
with Tony Etherington, Sarah Brookes, John Brookes
Murdoch112 13/Aug/16 TR
with John Brookes, Elaine Brookes, Sarah Brookes
Hidden 13/Aug/16 TR O/S
James Oakes 10/Aug/16 Solo O/S
jungle 06/Aug/16 Lead
with Paul Mcarthy
joemallia 27/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with Hooshang Amiri, Vic Archer
Ron 19/Jul/16 2nd rpt
with Pete
MikeyP 04/Jun/16 Solo
Graeme Hammond 26/May/16 Solo O/S
stpauliblade 24/Apr/16 Lead
Budge 22/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Ade
rockman 25/Mar/16 Lead O/S
bendevonport 25/Mar/16 AltLd
timcedwards 25/Mar/16 2nd
Hidden 13/Mar/16 2nd O/S
Kinge 13/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with Michael John, CUMS
sopaz 06/Mar/16 Lead
with Phil
MusicalMountaineer 07/Feb/16 2nd O/S

Long reach came seemed alsmost essential for the bold reach over the roof. Nice though.

with Nik
buxtoncoffeelover 07/Feb/16 Lead dnf

Difficulty reaching over the roof (small step/layaway from right), & didn't fancy the topout with cold/numb fingers either!! Must try harder on a nicer day!

with Guy
samdickensuk 23/Jan/16 Solo RP
gaz3212 11/Dec/15 Solo O/S
Jim Malo 20/Aug/15 Lead
with Vix
Vixxm 20/Aug/15 2nd
with Baldy
Angus Taylor 26/Jun/15 Solo O/S
MTL 21/Jun/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/May/15 2nd
Wayne S 15/May/15 Lead
Jeremy Wilton 10/May/15 2nd dnf

Yup went over the lip - but it was the end of a long day - couldn't summon up the vim for the nose at the end - so DNF

with Richard Brown
Hidden 04/May/15 Lead O/S
eliza 04/May/15 2nd
Hidden ?/May/15 Lead O/S
Felix Ottey 18/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Apr/15 Lead
woody99i 07/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Roget 24/Dec/14 Solo O/S
with robin
John Higgs 13/Dec/14 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 10/Nov/14 Solo O/S
loco wilko ?/Oct/14 Solo
tombushell 10/Jun/14 Lead
Sam Husband 10/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Tom
Hidden 08/Jun/14 Lead dnf
Deezel65 05/May/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Apr/14 2nd
jimbonfire 14/Dec/13 -
the power 16/Nov/13 Lead rpt
with deacon
Capricorn One 01/Sep/13 2nd
with Lynsie Whyke, Andy Spacie
shumidrives 01/Sep/13 Lead
froglette 08/Jun/13 2nd
with John Proudfoot
antdav 08/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S
cpoad 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Steve G
Dave Mason 01/May/13 Lead O/S
with Fiona MacDonald
Wayne S 28/Apr/13 Solo
ElBarto 21/Apr/13 Lead RP
with Hannah Saunders
Andy Hudson 07/Apr/13 Lead
with Phil Mercer
Phil Mercer 07/Apr/13 2nd
the power 10/Nov/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Nov/12 2nd
adam carless 15/Sep/12 Solo rpt
steve-grigg 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
David Robinson 24/Aug/12 Lead

Missed top bit

cem 05/Aug/12 Solo rpt
JenDear ?/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
Ander 11/Jul/12 Lead
Sparrowmonkey 11/Jul/12 2nd
Vnockles 17/Jun/12 Lead
will_benfold 17/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/May/12 Solo O/S
GermanAlex 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S

bottom: meh, top: yeah! (prow's finish) EDIT: WHAT! HS? VS 5a any day if you actually follow the line; keep your fingers off that VDiff

with Dan
armouredego 18/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with Peter Elliott
disturbed_one51 01/Mar/12 Lead
Hidden 25/Feb/12 Lead O/S
Coops_13 25/Feb/12 2nd O/S
PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Nordie_matt 28/Dec/11 Lead O/S
Matt JM Stevens 28/Dec/11 2nd
TDSvejstrup 02/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Oct/11 Solo O/S
belay bunny turned bad 14/Oct/11 Sent
with loundsy
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
with serge
BethM 15/Sep/11 Lead

VS 5a in guidebook.

with Tom Wilson, Charley Smallwood
spacey 10/Sep/11 Solo
with jo macey
Mark Salter 08/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Mike Bayley 10/Jul/11 TR O/S
with John Sellars & Cathy Burgess
Ellen Cobby 26/Jun/11 2nd
Adam Booth 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S
waynem1985 04/Jun/11 2nd
antdav 04/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Wayne
Hidden 03/Jun/11 Lead
mattgrange 29/May/11 Lead

The prow finish is definitely worth the excitement

Eddie Shelbourne 15/May/11 Lead
emmarowe 02/May/11 2nd O/S
edmitchell 02/May/11 Lead O/S
chris warner 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
LizBull 02/Apr/11 2nd O/S
charley 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S

If you climb this blinkered then I feel it's more 4c-5a-ish

with Ange
valentinesbabe 19/Mar/11 2nd O/S
gingerdave13 31/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with stefan
tiga271 30/Oct/10 Lead dnf

Couldn't get over roof without going left into hanging gardens or right onto Vdiff :-( felt tough for 4b !!

with Chrissy
Marq 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S
mattwyles1 02/Oct/10 Solo
with Ellie, Joe
Hidden 02/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Gazleah ?/Sep/10 Solo O/S
with dprctr
Tithe Technique 28/Aug/10 TR O/S
with Luke Paul, Peter Ziak, Angela Paul
eel 19/Aug/10 Solo O/S
jtree03 22/Jul/10 Lead
with Brother Al
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 18/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Rosa Vilaseca
howlingbaboon 29/Jun/10 Solo O/S
peteJ23 20/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/May/10 2nd O/S
garethb 09/May/10 Lead
with cheque
jmjw 09/May/10 Solo O/S

Finishing up the prow was pretty scary (but made it worth some stars), felt harder than 4c and there didn't seem to be a whole lot of gear to protect the move over the roof

Pilch 08/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Graham
Ky 05/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Crucko
donkster 05/Apr/10 2nd rpt
with ki, crooko
ill_bill 04/Apr/10 2nd
Ander 27/Mar/10 Lead
with Deadahead
mic_b 27/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 29/Jan/10 Lead O/S
Richard Holowka 05/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Ricky Martin 05/Sep/09 2nd
markytaylor 31/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Jul/09 2nd O/S
cooper leek 08/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with water rat
dave_whale 03/Jul/09 Lead dog

Found the roof to be a real pain, not the cleanest of climb's, left some skin up there.

with Beverley Whale
Goose4 30/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Lucy Barker
vvanhinsbergh 31/May/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/May/09 2nd O/S
Jeronimo 18/Mar/09 Solo O/S
paul.valentine 17/Jan/09 2nd
with Graham Jones
Sidekick ??/2009 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
tommo1664 29/Dec/08 -
victim of mathematics 18/Oct/08 2nd O/S

Tricky through the roof, but not too bad as long as you don't have tiny arms!

matsavage 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/08 Lead
adam carless 10/May/08 Solo O/S
unfit 09/May/08 Lead O/S
with matt w
Chris wilson 01/Apr/08 2nd
with Ryan, John F
mulletcocktail2000 01/Apr/08 Lead O/S
with john and chris
john lynch 09/Mar/08 Lead
with rich armour, Bo Robertson
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
alek 02/Mar/08 2nd O/S
Powder Puff Girl 16/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Ben H
popebenedictus 16/Feb/08 Lead rpt
edd rab 16/Feb/08 TR O/S
Hidden ?/Feb/08 Lead O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
VS4b 17/Nov/07 Lead O/S

'kin hard for 4b!! resorted to some use of the right edge to make progress. Harder than 4b without it

with paul
naughtybadboy 04/Nov/07 2nd
gibbo38 04/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with gibbo21
Milne 03/Nov/07 2nd O/S

VS 5a in guides, soft touch, but its not S 4b.

with Dave
Whealiebob 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S

Gets VS 5a in all our guidebooks and if you stay blinkered that grade is about right

with Terry
edd rab 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S
popebenedictus 03/Nov/07 2nd O/S
with Edd Rab
rrrock! 07/Oct/07 2nd
Hidden 18/Aug/07 Solo
Pythonist 13/Aug/07 Solo O/S
Retroman3 21/Jul/07 2nd O/S
with Yan
rachelwheatcroft 11/Jul/07 2nd

Hard reach up.

with Marvino
Marvino 11/Jul/07 Lead
with Rach
EdShep 10/May/07 2nd O/S
with Pilch
sam coward 04/Feb/07 2nd O/S
with Tim and Em
steve2006 ??/2007 Lead O/S
ebunick 14/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with Lizzie + 3 freshers
Hamster 24/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Ian Thurgood
Hidden ?/Sep/06 Lead
Hidden 13/Aug/06 Solo O/S
Jacob Ram 07/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with elisa best
AJ007 10/Jul/06 Solo
PanzerHanzler 25/Jun/06 Lead rpt
with David Rafe
ChrisBrooke 11/Jun/06 2nd
with Caroline Davison
jrk2673 ?/May/06 Lead
edmitchell ?/May/06 -
Hidden 29/Apr/06 2nd O/S
Rampikino 23/Apr/06 Lead
with MMC Various
John Lisle ??/2006 -
MazElden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
Nicos 02/Nov/05 Solo O/S
with solo
zcapxa5 15/Oct/05 Lead O/S
with Hanneke den Ouden
PanzerHanzler 10/Sep/05 2nd O/S
caradoc 03/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with nick yapp
liamnkaz 01/Sep/05 2nd
Richard L ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with Liam
Hidden 04/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Alex Mason ?/Jun/05 Solo


with andy g
crag_monster ?/May/05 Lead
Neil Henson ??/2005 2nd

Complete sandbag. I thought the 4b move seemed about 5b. Failed to do the crux move on lead and only just managed to do the move when seconding.

with Mark Collins
jl 15/Dec/04 Lead O/S
with Cara
maria85 09/Oct/04 2nd
with Andy & Ronnie
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/04 Solo O/S
with SUMC
Pelleas ?/Oct/04 Lead
mooseloose 04/Sep/04 Lead O/S
with Geoff & Nina
Hidden ?/Sep/04 2nd
Hidden ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
samwelli 26/Mar/04 Solo O/S
tommy82 19/Nov/03 Lead
APAPAP 19/Aug/03 AltLd
Hidden 21/Jun/03 Solo dnf
Hidden 15/Apr/03 Lead dnf
jamie ward 22/Mar/03 Lead O/S
with John Howes
runestone 01/Oct/02 Lead O/S
DerwentDiluted 10/Aug/02 Solo
Hidden 30/Jun/02 Lead O/S
D Berry 30/Jun/02 Lead rpt
with Claire Berry
Hidden 16/Jun/02 Lead
Mark Stevenson 26/May/02 Solo O/S
andygreen 29/Mar/02 2nd
Simon Caldwell ??/2002 Lead O/S

what a rubbish route

with Carmen
Hidden 13/Aug/01 Lead O/S
Neil Curtis 30/Jun/01 Lead O/S
with Arthur Austin
ajc 04/Sep/00 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/00 2nd
D Berry 16/Apr/00 Lead O/S
with Claire Berry
cem 18/Jul/99 2nd
with Gordon Carder
rocktigger ?/Jun/99 Solo O/S
ajoliver 29/May/98 Solo O/S
andrewbooth1000 05/Sep/97 Solo
Hidden 15/Feb/97 2nd O/S
tlr 05/May/96 Solo
with Pete D
Hidden 21/Oct/95 Lead
tapley ?/Sep/89 Solo
Hidden ?/Jun/88 Solo
Iain Thow 14/Sep/87 Solo
Hidden ??/1987 -
andy tetsill ?/Oct/85 Lead
Hidden 12/Jun/85 Solo
Hidden 01/Oct/82 Solo
CrashMat Rob ??/1980 Lead O/S


RichardMc 25/Apr/76 Solo
petemeads ??/1976 Solo
Nigel Bond 20/Oct/73 Lead
with John
mikej 17/Jan/71 Solo
with E
Andy Say ??/1971 Solo
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High HVS
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Votes cast 25
High 5b
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High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
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High 4b
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Votes cast 41
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