Rockfax Description
12m. The flake in the right-hand wall of the chimney leads to the overhangs. Shuffle left on flutings around into the chimney then escape out right for the best finish. © Rockfax

pre 1912

Ticklists: The Almscliff pre 1912 Challenge.

BillyR 02/Dec/16 TR rpt
robbjackson 27/Nov/16 Solo O/S
robbjackson 27/Nov/16 Sent
Chris Hannaby 12/Nov/16 Lead dog

The traverse by head torch was a character building experience...

with James Perry
FlavioL1989 15/Oct/16 Solo O/S
Matt17 15/Oct/16 Lead O/S
with Andrena
Smeagol 15/Sep/16 2nd
with Henry
BillyR 12/Sep/16 TR

Top rope solo

David Wynne 05/Aug/16 Lead
with Simon Burn, Tony Womersley
Robin Nichols 27/Jul/16 Solo O/S
henryspurr 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Mitch Ainsworth
Roget 17/Jul/16 Solo O/S
with robin, jim
Mr Spoons 17/Jul/16 Lead
with Gilly
Hidden 13/Jul/16 Lead rpt
Ste Ridd 13/Jul/16 Lead
shaun hunt 13/Jul/16 -
emc110502 13/Jul/16 2nd O/S
Mike Turner 10/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Caryn Lofthouse, Paul Humphries, John Burns
philmitch 26/Jun/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/16 2nd
Anne Gumbley 08/Jun/16 Lead
nelstrop 05/Jun/16 Lead rpt

This is still a horrible route. Nice climbing up to the ledge but then traversed accross fairly low down, sticking the arse out and scratching the shins to keep feet on the low ledge. Still not entirely sure of the actual route for this climb but thanks for the guys encouraging me along and pointing out holds!

with Chris Adams
pedrosanpb 24/May/16 AltLd
with Tony Ryland
Tony Ryland 24/May/16 2nd

Led up to the ledge but didn't fancy the traverse left so let Pete do it

with Pete Brown
btpalmer 14/May/16 Lead O/S
with Jake
garyb1442 10/Apr/16 Lead O/S

Did not enjoy this. Wasn't climbing well and struggled.

Nez 20/Mar/16 AltLd
with Dan D
Daniel Duerden ??/2016 -
AlistairBerridge 22/Nov/15 Lead O/S
with Bradley Gram-Hansen
Hidden 21/Nov/15 Lead O/S
JessWilliams 21/Nov/15 2nd
Hidden 14/Oct/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 03/Oct/15 Lead
sdht 03/Oct/15 2nd
David Wynne 02/Oct/15 Lead dnf

Failed Again!!

with Tony Womersley, John Brayshaw
James Coulson 19/Sep/15 Lead
Manchi 29/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with tim_mcd
tim_mcd 29/Aug/15 2nd
with Manchi
Marq 12/Aug/15 Lead rpt
Hidden 12/Aug/15 2nd dog
Marq 11/Aug/15 2nd rpt
SteveM 11/Aug/15 Lead
with Marq
Hidden 14/Jul/15 2nd O/S
Harri777 04/Jul/15 2nd
with Dale, Yvonne
Georgie25 30/Jun/15 Lead
tim newton 24/Jun/15 Solo O/S
jonnysims 16/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

Andy struggled with the top section - I came up and finished it

guisboro andy 16/Jun/15 AltLd
lewisg 12/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Wayne
Hidden 12/Jun/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/May/15 2nd
Unknownbiker 12/May/15 Lead
with Dave Hunter
dakidunn 10/May/15 Lead
Hidden 04/May/15 Lead O/S
ebf 23/Apr/15 Solo

Dave led this and I soloed up after him to clear up. Are you supposed to go straight up or traverse direct from the ledge? Not clear. We went straight up.

Ashers 18/Apr/15 Lead

Last climb of the day. Bit nervy round the traverse, but not too bad once you commit.

with Matt Diggle
Pigpen 18/Apr/15 2nd
with Neil
David_Gledson 23/Mar/15 Solo rpt
Montecore 15/Nov/14 Lead dog

Traverse horrible and greasy - eventually pulled on a cam to get past it. Probably should have gone straight up

with Ben Simpkins
Hidden 07/Oct/14 TR O/S
jon3163 14/Sep/14 Lead dog
Hidden 01/Sep/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Sep/14 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 30/Aug/14 2nd rpt
with Tom, Lloyd
lloydrees91 30/Aug/14 Lead
jon3163 16/Aug/14 TR O/S

commit, commit, trust them feet, Go!!

freemanTom 31/Jul/14 Lead

Lot of faff trying low traverse, was fine when went straight up after crack

with York MC
Luke Jones 23/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with LMC
Hidden 18/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden 12/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Jimbo C 12/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Bold start with nice moves but interest fades higher up.

Mickdenali 07/Jul/14 Solo
BnB 17/Jun/14 -
dakidunn 17/Jun/14 Lead
williap 16/Jun/14 Lead
Paul Clarke 18/May/14 -
with Alone
frano81 17/May/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/May/14 Solo rpt
1poundSOCKS 11/May/14 Lead rpt
Steve Hill 11/May/14 Lead dnf
with Jules Vine
Steve Hill 11/May/14 2nd rpt
pjames87 ?/May/14 Lead O/S
charley 01/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Ange, Kev
Tithe Technique 01/Apr/14 2nd O/S
valentinesbabe 01/Apr/14 2nd O/S

I really thought I wasn't going to manage the move left as Charley had managed to reach a hold that was a mile away! Got there somehow though.

Teappleby 16/Jan/14 Solo
with max
JenB6 ??/2014 2nd
kyaizawa 19/Oct/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Oct/13 Lead dog
David_Gledson 18/Oct/13 Solo rpt
petekeron 13/Oct/13 Solo O/S
with Solo
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead
splat2million 26/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/13 2nd
BnB 08/Sep/13 -
Hidden 20/Aug/13 2nd rpt
SteveM 06/Aug/13 2nd
with Kat
kitkat78 06/Aug/13 Lead O/S

With a lot of dithering and fuss!

with SteveM
K Mckay 06/Aug/13 Lead
with Rich Pooley
Hidden 03/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Calum Wadsworth 26/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Craig D
James Oakes 04/Jul/13 2nd O/S
braders94 04/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Marq 17/Jun/13 Lead O/S
MikeLeeds 17/Jun/13 2nd rpt
with Marq
LJC 10/Jun/13 Lead
with Theo
thomaspomfrett 03/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Ed Poulter
John HW 02/Jun/13 -
with Ben HW, Cath
Ben HW 02/Jun/13 -
with John HW
Simonpeel 26/May/13 2nd O/S
Mr Fuller 01/May/13 Lead O/S

Not too bad once you find the holds. Took me ages.

bigredsquirrel 01/May/13 2nd
davebrox ?/May/13 Lead
with Fiona
Hidden 30/Apr/13 Lead O/S
yorkshiresherpa 05/Mar/13 2nd
with Ralph
ralphio 05/Mar/13 Lead

Solid layback onto ledge. dodgy gear to protect the step up onto the traverse but once you work out the right sequence its fairly easy.

with John
kenneM 03/Jan/13 Lead
with Davey Luke
Theeni 03/Jan/13 Lead O/S
with Ian Sutcliffe, Mike Kennedy
Wizzy ??/2013 Solo O/S
David_Gledson 15/Nov/12 Solo rpt
petekeron 17/Jul/12 Lead O/S
TRFrost 15/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with D. Gledson
bigredsquirrel 15/Jul/12 2nd
horsefeathers 14/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Lukas
Harry Holmes 25/Jun/12 Solo O/S
Bertbee 24/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Nice layback to start, but quite exposed moved around the bulge. Perhaps I should have gone up the flutes before moving around the bulge?

with Ben
alexm198 19/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Jun/12 2nd rpt
Hidden 10/Jun/12 Lead
Hidden 09/Jun/12 Lead O/S
1poundSOCKS 04/Jun/12 2nd
BaildonBanker 04/Jun/12 Lead β
with club
Steven Andrews 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Arjan
Hidden 04/Jun/12 2nd β
Dafydd Llywelyn 30/Apr/12 Solo rpt
John Brayshaw 06/Apr/12 Lead rpt
SarahA 11/Mar/12 Lead
Jonny Fart-Pants 11/Mar/12 Lead
with Adam Milward
Tom Keaveny 15/Feb/12 Solo O/S
Daniels735 17/Jan/12 Lead O/S
with Chris Waters
keith leonard ??/2012 Lead
with wife
akhughes ??/2012 -
Hidden 18/Nov/11 Lead O/S
matty123 18/Nov/11 2nd
Leonie 05/Nov/11 2nd O/S
funsized 30/Oct/11 Solo O/S
jacobjlloyd 30/Oct/11 Solo O/S
mikestr555 04/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Higher Primate 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S


with Cam Stephen
Hidden 04/Sep/11 2nd
Hidden 03/Sep/11 Lead
sdht 03/Sep/11 2nd
Didymus 19/Aug/11 Solo O/S
sam@work 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with tom
lewisg 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Needed to reach high near the flutes to get round

with Nat
Paul Eckton 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with steve read
Hidden 09/Aug/11 Solo dnf
Hannahbond ?/Aug/11 TR O/S
Klingon 31/Jul/11 2nd
with Clyde
Hidden 21/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 21/Jul/11 Lead
SteveM 11/Jul/11 Lead
with Rachael
spragglerocks 11/Jul/11 2nd rpt
with Steve M
Darrell Read 25/Jun/11 2nd
with Jon Rogerson
vix 20/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Liam, Chuck
Liam_Peoples 20/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with Vicky
wayne higgins leeds uk 20/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Jimmy1976 07/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Simon
Simonj 07/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with jim
Hidden 19/May/11 Lead O/S
Bisteris 01/May/11 Lead RP
dainbramaged999 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Joshh 09/Apr/11 2nd O/S
smithjmw46 09/Apr/11 2nd O/S
John Brayshaw 08/Apr/11 Lead rpt
with Erica
erica 08/Apr/11 2nd dog
with John
Hidden 07/Apr/11 Lead O/S
David_Gledson 07/Apr/11 Lead
timmsy 07/Apr/11 2nd
David Kay 06/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Aaron O'Leary
AMJ098 ?/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with louise cowie
robblowen 23/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Munch
munch88 23/Mar/11 2nd β
with rob
Tom_Jermy 19/Mar/11 Lead O/S
cookacat 19/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with tom
LouiseCowie ?/Mar/11 Lead dog
with Adam Jordan
PeteH 24/Jan/11 Solo O/S
wahniel ??/2011 Lead O/S
with Hugh Squire, Stewart McConnell
BethM ??/2011 -
danny33 ??/2011 Lead
KevB 21/Nov/10 Lead
Batt 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Oct/10 2nd β
esther ?/Oct/10 Lead
joe_lancs 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
maggie505 10/Sep/10 2nd
with Cliff Lowther
Hidden 09/Sep/10 2nd
Hidden 09/Sep/10 Lead
mfisher 27/Aug/10 Lead O/S

hugged the bulge instead of doing the pinch on the traverse

Anthony Dixon 10/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jul/10 AltLd
Andrew Wilson 19/Jun/10 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 19/Jun/10 2nd rpt
petellis 09/Jun/10 2nd rpt
The Mountain Goat 05/Jun/10 Lead O/S
rtatham ?/Jun/10 -
Hidden 31/May/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/May/10 Lead
Dafydd Llywelyn 09/May/10 Lead
APRS 09/May/10 Lead
Hidden 03/May/10 2nd
Hidden 28/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Ewan Russell 22/Apr/10 Solo
with Connor
Hidden 10/Apr/10 Lead
David Bulley 10/Apr/10 2nd O/S
the_keef 10/Apr/10 2nd β
with Rob Ford
Hidden 09/Apr/10 2nd rpt
tony wood 03/Apr/10 2nd
with Sarah P, Danny Crump
LiL Saz 03/Apr/10 2nd
Danny Crump 03/Apr/10 Lead O/S
AJ007 03/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 03/Apr/10 2nd
hailtryfan ?/Apr/10 Lead O/S
simon kimber ?/Apr/10 Solo O/S
h-hewlett ?/Apr/10 Lead
cjbaker 23/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Scary traverse, far from bomb proof nut didn't help either

spragglerocks 21/Mar/10 2nd RP
Lumbering Oaf 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Boj S ?/Mar/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S
slik tommy ??/2010 Lead O/S

nice an easy. polished start.

MilesMcgennity ??/2010 Lead O/S

was really easy.

with Mikey B
pie_eater_pete ??/2010 -
RossG ??/2010 -
Teappleby ??/2010 Lead
with max
John Pickles 15/Nov/09 Lead O/S
with Andrew Morton
Hidden 01/Nov/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 31/Aug/09 Lead O/S
tobydunford 25/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 22/Aug/09 2nd rpt
pebbles 22/Aug/09 Lead O/S

seemed to do this all wrong and as a result found it rather exciting

David Wynne 12/Aug/09 Lead dnf

Desperate for HS. Thanks to Dave for help and support on route.

with Dick Winslow
Kirk 11/Aug/09 2nd
with Skenders
Mark Salter 08/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Simonj 04/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Andy
Hidden 22/Jul/09 2nd O/S
LiamAD 22/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with JonL
Hidden 18/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Jul/09 2nd rpt
lucasp 08/Jul/09 Lead O/S

Used knees on traverse. Not good.

with Kieran (LMC)
hoyle118 08/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Kieran
timbo58 30/Jun/09 Lead
Hidden 23/Jun/09 2nd O/S
adamwesthead 07/Jun/09 Lead O/S


with Zeb
zebster 07/Jun/09 2nd O/S
with Jim, Adam
stoat 27/May/09 Lead
with andy
v man 25/May/09 Lead O/S

Me in pic

with Kat
MD 02/May/09 2nd
with Rob T
Johnny B Diggerman 21/Apr/09 TR O/S

Good climb tricky traverse enjoyable

with Reese
gonzo_ls9 ?/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with gem
Blisco 22/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Mat Mitchell
andybuckley 15/Mar/09 2nd

The top traverse is a bit worrying on second, if your leader (understandably) doesn't place anything: you could whip round the corner and into the chimney if it goes wrong!

with Dave Williams
prwalker 28/Feb/09 2nd
with Dan Currie
buddha1369 17/Feb/09 2nd
figfour 07/Feb/09 Solo O/S
Nicos 24/Jan/09 Solo O/S
with ryan
bpmclimb 02/Jan/09 Lead O/S
with Clare
Hidden ??/2009 -
ekaterina sigida ??/2009 2nd

Had to jam my elbow in the break when travercing first time i ever used my elbow to jam.

with Lewis Vaughan
Hidden 07/Sep/08 Lead
Simonj 07/Sep/08 2nd rpt
with Andy
harryt 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Hannah
Hidden 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S
Simon Caldwell 12/Aug/08 Lead rpt

In a brief dry spell between thunderstorms. Much easier than the first time!

with Carmen
heidavey 08/Aug/08 2nd rpt
with Susi
red.stiletto 08/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with heidavey
Claire S-J ?/Jul/08 Lead
Hidden 29/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Jack00 18/May/08 2nd rpt
with Olly
ollyroberts 18/May/08 Lead O/S
with Jack
KeithW 07/May/08 -

Might just be getting my mojo back...

with Si Lambert
Mountain Llama 04/Apr/08 Lead
with Mark F
Hidden ?/Apr/08 Lead
Jack00 09/Mar/08 Lead O/S

By headtorch.

with Chris Bradley
Hidden 10/Feb/08 Lead O/S
tallan9 ??/2008 Lead
heidavey 31/Dec/07 Lead O/S
with Susi
red.stiletto 31/Dec/07 2nd dog
with heidavey
Adam1973 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with philnorv
Hidden 31/Oct/07 Lead O/S
timreynolds 06/Oct/07 Lead
dazbarker 26/Sep/07 Lead rpt
freerangecat 15/Sep/07 2nd
with Chris
no_more_scotch_eggs 09/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Andy Millward, loudfish
Hidden 09/Sep/07 2nd O/S
Pete Randall 26/Aug/07 2nd dog
with Paul
jacurutu 17/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Mike B
Hidden 09/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Adam Greenwood 11/Jul/07 Lead O/S

Not sure I did this right - should have gone further up before going left.

with John Beardmore
wilchivs 23/Jun/07 2nd O/S
Mark Walter 23/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Eccentric 23/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Bunchuk
Hidden 19/Jun/07 Lead rpt
Hidden ?/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Mtnexploits 17/May/07 Lead O/S
with Spike
mje1398 22/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Duncan B
Hidden 19/Apr/07 Lead O/S
howlingbaboon 15/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Scott
Scott Anderson 15/Apr/07 2nd
mikeyfield 03/Feb/07 Lead O/S

Had a bit of a moment but its all good!

with McKiller
nick ferro ??/2007 -
davetigger ??/2007 -
northernneil ??/2007 -
RossG123 ??/2007 -
Hidden ?/Nov/06 Lead O/S
charlie barnes 20/Oct/06 2nd O/S

got my cam stuck, git!

with chris
Will Smith 14/Oct/06 2nd O/S

Avoided crux by traversing below it.

with Simon
Simon Caldwell 14/Oct/06 Lead O/S

Finally braved it, having backed off twice before

with Will
Harry The Owl 04/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Oct/06 2nd
Hidden 15/Aug/06 Lead
rc 28/Jul/06 AltLd
with Tim Stubley
kwickfit 18/Jul/06 TR O/S

Completed with not difficulties

with Spike
Hidden ?/Jul/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jun/06 2nd O/S
Elsier ?/May/06 2nd
with Ian
Hidden 30/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Oddjob 18/Mar/06 2nd O/S

Asked to retrieve a bit of gear for a friend. Wish I hadn't done it in trainers but still enjoyable.

jchenoweth 18/Mar/06 Lead
maybe_si ?/Mar/06 Lead O/S
with jez
adam carless ??/2006 -
with Pali
andysroom ??/2006 Lead O/S
Xav 22/Oct/05 Lead O/S
clive-greenwood 11/Jul/05 Lead
MikeLeeds 11/Jul/05 2nd
sdht ??/2005 -
barney_edin 15/Nov/04 -
Hidden ?/Jun/04 Solo
Hidden 01/May/04 2nd
antroy 25/Apr/04 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/04 Lead O/S
stewart murray ??/2004 2nd
with Derek Sutton
Brown 11/Oct/03 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Sep/03 Lead
Hidden 15/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jul/03 Lead O/S
kitch22 19/Sep/02 TR
with Daniel Metcalfe
Matt Rowat 16/Sep/02 Lead O/S
Russell Lovett 15/Apr/02 Solo O/S
with alone
dougiestein ?/Apr/02 Lead
Hidden 30/Mar/02 Lead
hdog76 ??/2002 -
Hidden ??/2002 Lead
Hidden 15/Dec/01 2nd
Mattyk 31/Oct/01 Lead O/S
with Anni
ando227 ?/Aug/01 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 24/Sep/00 Lead O/S
with Andy Blakely
Whealiebob ??/2000 -
with Robin
Jonathan Richardson ??/2000 Lead
Bug ??/1999 Lead O/S
with Robert
andrew300169 16/Feb/98 Lead
jfmchivall ??/1998 -
Hidden ?/Aug/97 Lead O/S
chrishedgehog 08/Aug/96 2nd
with Dan Bailey
nickdonohue 25/Feb/95 Lead
nai ??/1995 2nd
rurp ??/1995 Lead O/S
rob.grafton ??/1995 -
dazbarker 25/Jul/94 Solo O/S
John Southworth 21/May/92 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
lithos ??/1990 Lead O/S
Paul Clarke ??/1990 Lead
with .
Pete Pozman 20/Oct/89 Solo rpt
Pete Pozman 16/Oct/89 Solo rpt
duncan ??/1988 Solo O/S
craig h 16/Jul/87 Solo O/S
Tenko 06/Aug/86 Lead O/S
with Jez Wardman
Pete Pozman 17/Nov/85 2nd rpt
with John Byrne
Pete Ford ?/Mar/84 Lead
Andy Say 27/Sep/81 Solo
uphillnow ??/1979 -
Hidden 16/Jan/77 Solo
Hidden 31/Mar/75 2nd
mikej 06/Jun/72 Solo
with Stewart Grant, E
mikej 23/Mar/72 Lead
with Gordon Harris, Stewart Grant
mikej 13/May/71 Solo
Hidden ??/1970 Solo
Dave Musgrove ??/1968 Solo

And probably well over a hundred times since!

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