Rockfax Description
An awesome roof-crack; a desperate struggle for most. Climb an awkward groove to a poor rest and then undercut out left. The struggle to finger-jam past the lip is memorable and will leave its mark one way or another. Once past the lip easy jamming remains, if you have any steam left. E2? I don't think so. © Rockfax

FA. Don Whillans 1959

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Hidden 01/Sep/17 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Jun/17 2nd
Flavio 26/Mar/17 Lead O/S

Wanted to do this and Emerald for so long. Heel over head jamming fun/horror, then off to Gardoms for Grovelfest part 2. Grit is awesome.

Andy Moles 06/Oct/16 Lead O/S
with James Oswald
James Oswald 06/Oct/16 2nd O/S

Hard! The approach to the crux isn't too hard but is a little pumpy. For the crux I just managed it using a combination of heel-toe cams in the crack and knee jams. It's worth taping up and wearing socks for this one. Hard E3.

with Andy Moles
tebs 11/Aug/16 2nd dog

Training for the alps

with Adam
Hidden 08/May/16 2nd dog
Graeme Hammond 17/Aug/15 Lead rpt

Previously failed to finish. Fantastic to get the jam in the final crack, and found an E2 sequence too. So intimidating but not as bad as it looks or its reputation. No need for tape

The old James turnbull 03/Aug/15 Lead
soph 05/Jun/15 Lead β
with Tony Stone
phil64 ??/2015 -
Andy Peak 1 22/Aug/13 Lead RP

Hard as hell, at one point i had a over head heal hook

with Tom Martin
timmyhobby 30/Jun/13 Lead dnf
rocksol ??/2013 -

sentinel & emerald no probs. sentinel harder

Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Hidden 28/May/11 Lead RP
Misha 21/May/11 Lead dog

Trying this after doing Emerald Crack earlier was ambitious but at least I now don't have to go back to Chatsworth for a few years! Would be nice to go back and do them both clean though. Tricky to the rest, hard to place gear on the undercut, crucial cam #4 below the lip, could actually hold that position ok but found moving up to the good jam very hard. In the end it was a case of sorting out the hand sequence: L on the good hold on the lip then pull through with R into the jam. Had to have five goes. Got to the jam on the 4th go but somehow blew it and had a decent fall into space. That was fun but left its mark on RH. Excellent grit bruiser, harder than Emerald Crack.

with Ian W, Brian
thomasadixon 29/Apr/11 Lead dog

Tough moves around the bulge. Good route.

with Mike, Becca
walts4 ??/2011 -
mwatson ??/2011 -
walts4 ??/2011 -
Hidden 18/Jun/10 Lead dog
TonyF ??/2010 -
dan gibson 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with michael porter
Hidden 17/Oct/09 Lead dog
Hidden 13/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Boy ?/Sep/09 -
with Ted Kingsnorth
keith leonard ??/2009 2nd
The old James turnbull 10/Jun/08 Lead

fell but pulled ropes and done clean in the end

with aiden
hamish2016 10/May/08 2nd dog

all strength sapped whilst trying to hold on forever whilst removing a stuck cam. finished the route albeit with many rests. brutal!

Toby Dunn 30/Aug/07 Lead
with Ruth
Hidden 04/Jul/06 Lead rpt
JulesV ??/2005 Lead O/S
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 -
nickdonohue ?/Jun/03 Lead dnf

outrageous! (was graded E2)

with Jim Barradale
tuftynick ??/2001 -
Hidden 25/Jun/99 -
Hidden 17/Jul/98 Lead O/S
Roget 31/May/97 Lead dog

1 rest

with jon
crossleysm ??/1995 Lead O/S
charlesmfrench 12/Sep/91 Lead RP

After about 12 tries!

with Ian Milne
uphillnow ?/Sep/90 Lead

partner started up it but backed off at the start of the traverse. I climbed up with the rope through his gear and led the traverse and top section

stp 23/Aug/85 Lead O/S

This route had a reputation but much easier than expected.

William Robertson ??/1984 Lead O/S

Bloody hell! Exhausting and desperate.

with Ian Timm
Andy Nicholson ?/Jul/83 Lead rpt
with Chez
Hidden 12/Nov/82 Lead
Hidden ?/May/81 Lead
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead
clanger ??/1972 -
Hidden 29/Aug/71 Lead dnf
mikej 28/Feb/70 Lead dnf
with Pete Boardman
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