Rockfax Description
10m. The well-scoured and kinked crack is an archetypal grit trip - get thrashing. © Rockfax

pre 1894

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, The Almscliff pre 1912 Challenge.

Hidden 28/Dec/17 Lead
jamesnchlsn 11/Nov/17 Lead O/S
with Jessie Leong, Adam Collins, Roy Middup
jamesnchlsn 11/Nov/17 Lead O/S
with Jessie Leong, Adam Collins, Roy Middup
Hidden 11/Nov/17 2nd
Hidden 01/Oct/17 2nd
Callum Smith 01/Oct/17 Lead
with Fergus
Mark Stevenson 15/Aug/17 Solo
Teappleby 12/Aug/17 Solo rpt

Bottom crack only. What lovely polished fun.

Wizzy 30/May/17 Solo O/S
Hidden 26/May/17 Lead
Jmpollard 26/May/17 2nd rpt
sting 21/May/17 Lead O/S
with kwaidy
kwaidy 21/May/17 2nd
with sting
robbjackson 15/Feb/17 2nd O/S
with Harry , Ben Sansom, George Lovett
George.Lovett 15/Feb/17 Lead β
robbjackson ??/2017 Solo β
with Harry
Ryder 15/Nov/16 TR
Flavio 15/Oct/16 Solo O/S
SteveM 14/Sep/16 Lead

Good gear, but I still forgot the correct cam size for the final placement

with Rachael
spragglerocks 14/Sep/16 2nd rpt
with Steve M
SteveM 05/Sep/16 Solo
roym ?/Sep/16 2nd
Robin Nichols 27/Jul/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/16 Lead
henryspurr 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Mitch Ainsworth
Christian_S85 19/Jul/16 Lead
Hidden 13/Jul/16 -
shaun hunt 13/Jul/16 -
Ste Ridd 13/Jul/16 Lead
mikecollins 13/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Jun/16 2nd
Hidden 21/Jun/16 Lead O/S
SteveM 20/Jun/16 Lead
SteveM 03/Jun/16 Sent
Jmpollard 05/May/16 Lead O/S
with Ben Jones
Anti-faff 10/Apr/16 Lead O/S

Thrutchy and hard HS. lovely. Second despised it with every inch of his being, he's from Stockton though so what do you expect?

with Mike
Nez 20/Mar/16 AltLd
with Dan D
Daniel Duerden ??/2016 -
Hidden 21/Nov/15 Lead O/S
JessWilliams 21/Nov/15 2nd
bobpilgrem 12/Oct/15 2nd rpt
with Matthew
1poundSOCKS 12/Oct/15 Lead rpt

Smashed it.

robertmctague 29/Sep/15 Solo O/S


with Myself
broganhume 18/Sep/15 TR
lewisg 27/Aug/15 2nd O/S

Went direct over the bulge rather than wedging in.

with Wayne
Hidden 27/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Seymore Butt 26/Jun/15 -
jonnysims 16/Jun/15 Lead O/S

Thanks god for BIG Cams!

guisboro andy 16/Jun/15 AltLd


sarah hawker ?/Jun/15 2nd O/S
with bob
Gordon W 05/Apr/15 Lead
David_Gledson 23/Mar/15 Solo rpt
David_Gledson 04/Jan/15 Solo rpt
Calum Wadsworth 09/Nov/14 Lead rpt


with Uni Lot
Alex Hallam 26/Sep/14 Solo O/S
LanceSolf 11/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Will7777 ?/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Jul/14 2nd
Andrew23 21/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Mikey Walker, Emma Bush
EmmaRoseT 21/Jul/14 2nd
Hidden 16/Jul/14 Lead O/S
mol 29/Jun/14 2nd
with Jesse
Cyriaque 15/May/14 2nd O/S

Pumpy, lovely cracks and superb jamming

pjames87 ?/May/14 Lead O/S
SafeNath 27/Apr/14 2nd RP
with ao
ruairidhwad 09/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Burnes
Hidden 08/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Tithe Technique 23/Mar/14 2nd O/S
charley 23/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Fantastic, 3 stars experience - loved it all the way up. The start is quite polished and the gear isn't great but once you're in you can wack a chicken wing in. Was quite a tight squeeze at the top but got through in the end.

with Ange, Kev
valentinesbabe 23/Mar/14 2nd O/S

Oh my goodness!!! Great fun and really worthwhile if you do it in the intended traditional style all the way up instead of climbing the faces as I saw some people doing. For the correct route check out the Yorkshire Grit guide as the Rockfax one doesn't tell you much at all (but follow the line on the topo and all will be well)- it's like being born all over again at the top. If you haven't thrutched and udged your way up and out and damn near given yourself a hernia then you probably haven't done the route :D Because of the polish at the start I'd definitely give this at least hard HS and probably lean towards VS as unless you have some big cams the start is unprotected.

alexm198 19/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Great fun - bit of a battle with the offwidth start and then it took a while to figure out how to come out from under the roofy bit, but otherwise great.

with Kieran Hogan, Eva Herbst, Tommy Ogden
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead
K Mckay 05/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Difficulty getting into initial crack.

Hidden 05/Oct/13 2nd
elCapitano 12/Sep/13 Solo rpt
smithjmw46 16/Aug/13 Solo
tommytwotone 10/Aug/13 Solo
Hidden 06/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Matt Smyth 06/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Dervey 24/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Rich
Richard Alderton 24/Jul/13 2nd dog

Awkward and highly polished.

with Liam
coulson84 08/Jul/13 Lead
with Cyriaque Lajoine
Hidden 01/Jul/13 Lead O/S
LJC 10/Jun/13 2nd
with Theo
theocelano 10/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with luca
Alpenglow 17/Mar/13 2nd O/S
with Owen
maumau 02/Feb/13 Lead O/S
David_Gledson 15/Nov/12 Solo rpt
Graeme Hammond 11/Nov/12 Solo O/S
coulson84 08/Nov/12 Lead O/S
with Simon Weeds
Dan Geh 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S

excellent fun wriggling along the top break

with Freshers
Mr Fuller 20/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Oct/12 Solo O/S
yorkshiresherpa 09/Oct/12 Solo O/S
belay bunny turned bad 28/Aug/12 2nd
with loundsy
Hidden 28/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Crowley6969 22/Aug/12 2nd dog
with callum wadsworth
Calum Wadsworth 22/Aug/12 Lead O/S
petekeron 17/Jul/12 Lead O/S
lithos 07/Jul/12 2nd
with Peri
pebbles 07/Jul/12 Lead rpt
with rob
aJmes1 19/Jun/12 2nd O/S
with Paul Gibbison
ayoungblakelock 19/Jun/12 Sent O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
1poundSOCKS 04/Jun/12 2nd
Hidden 29/May/12 Lead
spragglerocks 29/May/12 2nd rpt
alias dave 06/May/12 2nd O/S
with Sam.EB
Hidden 06/May/12 Lead O/S
ecromwell 11/Mar/12 Lead
with Ben Barnard
Hidden 11/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Daniels735 17/Jan/12 2nd O/S
with Chris Waters
Hidden ??/2012 -
ERH ??/2012 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
akhughes ??/2012 -
dainbramaged999 30/Oct/11 Lead O/S
jacobjlloyd 30/Oct/11 Solo O/S


funsized 30/Oct/11 Solo O/S
David Cowley 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with Malcolm Watson
Hidden 29/Sep/11 Lead
mattwilk 28/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Terrifying thrutch!

with Dave Falcus
Hidden 20/Aug/11 Lead dnf
andysroom 24/Jul/11 2nd rpt
with Lizzie
wayne higgins leeds uk 11/Jul/11 Lead O/S
spragglerocks 11/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Steve M
SteveM 11/Jul/11 Lead
with Rachael
Hidden 06/Jul/11 2nd
chris.mcmorris 02/Jul/11 TR
Hidden 29/Jun/11 Solo rpt
Hidden 16/Jun/11 2nd O/S
smithjmw46 02/May/11 Lead β
with Tim Dixon
Peter Holder 18/Apr/11 Lead
with paul Blurton
Hidden 18/Apr/11 2nd
David_Gledson 07/Apr/11 2nd
timmsy 07/Apr/11 Lead
Hidden 27/Mar/11 Solo
robblowen 23/Mar/11 2nd β
with Munch
munch88 23/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with rob
succa89 23/Mar/11 2nd O/S
with Mark Smith
Palindrome ?/Mar/11 2nd
David Kay 12/Feb/11 Lead O/S
Sam Marks 06/Feb/11 Lead O/S

interesting body jamming at the start! great route! with the added interest of 60mph winds.

Andy Graham ?/Feb/11 Lead O/S
with Emily Harriss
PeteH 24/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Unexpectedly pleasant and delicate (the way I did it anyway - I like to avoid thrutching on solo...)

wahniel ??/2011 Lead O/S
with Hugh Squire, Stewart McConnell
PAJames ??/2011 -
danny33 ??/2011 Solo
odox 21/Nov/10 Solo
James Oswald 16/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Mr. K 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/10 2nd
bencole ?/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Dad
APRS 25/Sep/10 Lead
with Rozzy Pedder
Haighy 09/Sep/10 2nd O/S
phleppy 09/Sep/10 Lead


Hidden 26/Aug/10 2nd
jshields 22/Aug/10 Lead
with Jonathan Harrison
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead
J25 03/Jun/10 Lead

Polished start takes a few different approaches until you find the right one.

vix 03/Jun/10 2nd RP

Very polished. Easier to climb not using the obvious holds. Needed to work out a short person method off the ground, figured it eventually. Ther reast pretty easy

with Jonny
rtatham ?/Jun/10 -
Hidden 28/May/10 2nd
richie88 28/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/May/10 Solo
Rowansb 09/May/10 Solo O/S
with me
stormingspiderman 25/Apr/10 TR O/S

flashed in a rush before getting soaked ... Oh how the heavens opened

with daz the hulk walker
Hidden 15/Apr/10 Lead O/S
roberto18 15/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 10/Apr/10 2nd
the_keef 10/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Rob Ford
Hidden 10/Apr/10 Lead
Hidden 09/Apr/10 Lead O/S
dan gibson 03/Apr/10 Lead
with michael porter
tony wood 03/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Sarah P, Danny Crump
Danny Crump 03/Apr/10 2nd O/S
AJ007 03/Apr/10 Lead
LiL Saz 03/Apr/10 2nd
hailtryfan ?/Apr/10 2nd O/S
simon kimber ?/Apr/10 Solo
al jackson ?/Apr/10 Lead
vincentchopper 23/Mar/10 2nd O/S
with Bojan Sretovic
shouter 14/Mar/10 Lead
Boj S ?/Mar/10 Lead O/S
freddieneame10 ??/2010 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2010 -
RossG ??/2010 -
philw ??/2010 -
Hidden 05/Nov/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/Oct/09 Lead O/S
willworkforfoodjnr 31/Oct/09 2nd O/S
Dave Warburton 04/Oct/09 Solo O/S
with Huw, Peter, Tom and Ewan
Ewan Russell 04/Oct/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 17/Sep/09 Lead O/S
petellis 17/Sep/09 Lead dnf
petellis 17/Sep/09 2nd rpt
with Jim
mikeyg 29/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with John Baston
Kirk 18/Aug/09 2nd
with Skenders
Hidden 05/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/09 2nd O/S
sam_owen41 23/Jun/09 TR O/S
adamwesthead 07/Jun/09 2nd O/S


with Zeb
zebster 07/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Jim, Adam
pebbles 22/Apr/09 Lead

unexpectedly tricky

Johnny B Diggerman 21/Apr/09 TR O/S

Horrible start scrappy and wriggly, route improved further along

with Reese
gonzo_ls9 ?/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with d
Nicos 24/Jan/09 Solo O/S
with ryan
Hidden ??/2009 2nd
Teappleby ??/2009 Lead
with dad, max
Hidden 12/Dec/08 2nd
Mr. K 12/Dec/08 Lead O/S
shouter ?/Nov/08 Lead
karly54 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
kickaha4 12/Oct/08 2nd
Simonj 07/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Andy
Rich Clague ?/Sep/08 TR
Hidden 16/Aug/08 2nd
heidavey 15/Aug/08 Lead rpt
with Susi
kitch22 12/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Paul Pack
heidavey 01/Jul/08 2nd rpt
with Susi
red.stiletto 01/Jul/08 Lead RP
with heidavey
Jack00 20/May/08 2nd rpt
with Olly
ollyroberts 18/May/08 Lead O/S
with Jack
Jack00 18/May/08 Lead O/S
with Olly & Tim
wanderso 08/May/08 Lead dnf

Couldn't get into off width crack, lacking the necessary drive and inclination for what is a horrible off-width crack, surprised I even tried to do it, waste of time.

with David Anderson, Andrew Green
heidavey 05/May/08 Lead rpt
with Susi
heidavey 06/Apr/08 Lead rpt
with Susi
Stuie 12/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Nick Lambert
perfectlynormalbeast 10/Feb/08 Lead O/S

Easy route apart from a step up near the top, my personal crux.

with JD
heidavey 09/Feb/08 Lead O/S
with Susi
JdotP 09/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with Bjarte Grytli Seim
red.stiletto 09/Feb/08 2nd O/S
with heidavey
FrankKeogh 31/Oct/07 2nd O/S
with Pete Davies
Will Hunt 28/Oct/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Oct/07 Lead O/S
Lumbering Oaf 13/Oct/07 Lead β
with Ian Kane
Joe Miller 07/Oct/07 2nd O/S
with Phil Wilkinson
Lumbering Oaf 22/Sep/07 2nd β

Foot jam central

alexyoung 22/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Body jam tastic. Loved it

seanmalone 11/Sep/07 Solo

panicked a bit and resorted to body jamming just before the top - lol, not exactly trad! ...vertical caving maybe

with steve
jacurutu 05/Sep/07 Lead rpt

Bit of practice required to gain the flared crack. Inelegant approach to rib. Still, at least I made it this time! (Not sure it was worth it though.)

with Ed W
jacurutu 17/Aug/07 Lead dnf

Another Yuk - got off the ground and ran out of ideas.

with Mike B
mje1398 07/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with John M
effectiveape 06/Aug/07 TR O/S
with Rachel
Hidden 03/Jul/07 Lead O/S
Will Smith 03/Jul/07 2nd O/S
with Richard Storrie
Eccentric 23/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Bunchuk
Hidden 23/Jun/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/07 Lead O/S
stevo smith 10/May/07 Lead rpt

Also climbed in 1993 wi Art.smith (dad). Chris B. belayed on 10,5,07.

with Arthur smith (Dad)
robman 05/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with stu
andysroom ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
joe larner 03/Mar/07 Lead O/S
nick ferro ??/2007 -
davetigger ??/2007 -
northernneil ??/2007 -
RossG123 ??/2007 -
Harry The Owl 20/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Oct/06 2nd
howlingbaboon 24/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Rob
Hidden 16/Sep/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Sep/06 Lead O/S
dread-i 15/Aug/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Aug/06 Lead
Hidden 28/Jul/06 AltLd
kwickfit 18/Jul/06 TR O/S

Big hand jamms required

with Spike
clive-greenwood ?/Jul/06 Solo
Elsier ?/Jun/06 2nd
with Ian
mike fenwick ?/Nov/05 Solo
Whitt ?/Nov/05 Lead O/S
with Rob
Strong Steve 21/Aug/05 Lead O/S
BALD EAGLE 01/May/05 Lead
with Richard Williams
mattyork2 ?/Jan/05 2nd
rock ape ??/2005 Lead O/S
with Ian T
Hidden ?/Jun/04 Solo
moreno 25/Apr/04 Lead O/S
with John
pezzerrr 13/Dec/03 2nd O/S
Brown 11/Oct/03 Solo O/S
John Brayshaw 04/Jul/03 Lead rpt
with Richard Tomlinson
Matt Rowat 04/Jun/03 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2003 Lead O/S
Smeegan ?/Aug/02 Lead O/S
with Dale
Mattyk 17/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Dom & Sonny
babymoac 29/Jun/02 2nd
with Grunt
Russell Lovett 15/Apr/02 Solo O/S
with alone
dougiestein ?/Apr/02 2nd
Hidden 30/Mar/02 Lead
Simon Caldwell ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Rich
hdog76 ??/2002 -
chrishedgehog 16/Feb/01 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
John Brayshaw 24/Sep/00 2nd O/S
with Andy Blakely
Hidden 03/Sep/00 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Roget 26/Oct/99 Solo O/S
with jon
migs493 26/Aug/98 Lead O/S
jfmchivall ??/1998 -
lithos ??/1998 -

lots of times with lots of people!

Hidden ??/1997 2nd
Hidden 07/Apr/95 Solo O/S
rob.grafton ??/1995 -
rurp ??/1995 Lead O/S
crater 15/Aug/93 Lead O/S
Hammy 08/Jun/93 2nd
with Pete Smith, Cathy Gregg
PaulHermes ??/1991 -
craig h 13/Jun/90 Solo O/S
Jim Walton ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
Paul Clarke ??/1990 Lead
with Unsure
Dave Musgrove 07/Jan/89 -
with David
Dave Musgrove Jnr 07/Jan/89 -
with Dad
pete johnson ??/1989 -
Tenko 06/Aug/86 Lead O/S
with Jez Wardman
Pete Pozman 20/Jun/85 Lead O/S
with John Byrne
hazeysunshine ??/1984 Lead O/S
Pete Ford ?/Aug/83 Lead
Andy Say 27/Sep/81 Solo
beaumap 22/Jun/79 Lead
with Will Armitage
uphillnow ??/1979 -
Hidden 16/Jan/77 Solo
Hidden 31/Mar/75 Lead
mikej 23/Mar/72 Lead
with Gordon Harris, Stewart Grant
mikej 13/May/71 Solo
greenbuoy 13/May/70 Solo
Hidden ??/1969 Solo
Dave Musgrove 17/Jul/66 -
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