Rockfax Description
One of the best 8a's in the Peak with a powerful start, a tricky technical crux and a beautiful upper wall. The crux is height-dependant - there is no one-size-fits-all solution here though and knee pads are pretty much essential. There is a bolted direct version which is still a project.
Powerpants, 8a - After the crux of PP, move right into DA. © Rockfax

FA. Chris Plant 1988

Ticklists: Classic Hard Peak Limestone, THE classic old skool 8a's, Peak District Limestone top 50 sport up to 8a+, Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, World Graded List, Peak Rock/15/The Dawn of Sport:A Bolt From the Blue, Peak limestone north graded list - sport, UK 8a and up.

robin richmond 02/Sep Lead RP

4th session

with Alex
thejunglist 29/Aug Lead RP


with Timmy G
Matt Cooke 06/Aug Lead RP
with Rob , Dave, Rosh
Haydn Jones 14/May Lead rpt

Found it really hard today. Can't wait for finger to be better...

Hidden 26/Apr TR dog
Joe Lawson 14/Aug/16 Lead RP
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 09/Aug/16 Lead RP

I have no idea how I climbed this so quickly or why I found it so straightforward...

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 07/Aug/16 Lead dog

Made some good links considering it was the first session, looking forward to getting back on it.

with Tom Adams
Hidden 06/Aug/16 Lead dog
brices 06/Aug/16 Lead dog

sorted out the crux sequence, but top of wall condensating badly so no redpoint goes

with Remus
Fraser13 ?/Aug/16 Lead RP
Hidden 10/Jun/16 TR dog
Hidden 16/Mar/16 Sent
Matt Groom 17/Oct/15 TR dnf
harry_lewis 16/Oct/15 Lead dog

pretty hard, managed all the moves but not sure if the whole thing'll go before it gets wet

JM 10/Oct/15 Lead RP

Bogey 8a finally ticked!

with Pino
Alex Norman 09/Oct/15 Lead RP


with Ian
Wood for Trees 04/Oct/15 Lead RP

Strange feeling

with Jo Stadden
Haydn Jones 11/Sep/15 Lead rpt

No knee bars this time for some good skin friendly training

with Keith sharples
drcorbasisgod ?/Sep/15 Lead RP

3rd session, first 8a! Right knee bar at the crux, slight shake out above by matching the flake. Upper wall right on the limit - big scream. A climbing dream realised!

nathanlee 15/Aug/15 Lead RP

1st go of second session this year, have dabbled in the past. Fantastic route, good to feel so solid on it. Tried k3 after, still nails.

with Dom Lee
brices 15/Aug/15 Lead dog

Good set of moves, powerful and technical. One to come back to

with Llinos
Wood for Trees 13/Aug/15 Lead dog

update: 6th time on the route, good overlapping links but getting really frustrated with poor redpoints. Easy to blame conditions and sweat but ultimately I just need to execute the crux. Took two left shoes to the crag on tuesday, not very pro.

malx 11/Aug/15 Lead RP

Finally! After many, many sessions. Felt like an absolute path in the end.

Hidden 11/Aug/15 Lead RP
peaches69 10/Aug/15 Lead RP

2nd redpoint, no knee bars, quality route

with luke
Hidden 06/Aug/15 Lead dnf
shaunhumphreys 05/Aug/15 Lead dnf

couldnt get a sequence that worked at the undercuts! using kneepad helped abit, top section feels like it would be hard when boxed too!

Hidden 02/Aug/15 Lead dog
drcorbasisgod ?/Aug/15 Lead dog

So close, all the moves in 2 section

with Scott Walter
Hidden 30/Jul/15 Lead dog
Hidden 25/Jul/15 Lead dog
Haydn Jones 23/Jul/15 Lead rpt

×2 laps, one in dark with head torch for training!

Hidden 23/Jul/15 Lead dog
Wood for Trees 19/Jul/15 Lead dog

All moves done and redpoint falling moving through right knee bar. Feel confident about it

with chris barr
quiffhanger 18/Jul/15 Lead RP

Woohoo. First 8a this year. V fun route - suited me quite well I think. Spent weekend before figuring out a sequence so 3rd day on it, ~7th RP.

with Johaness, Rachel
BillyRidal 17/Jul/15 Lead RP

Probably the best I have done in the peaks. Second redpoint.

Steve Hickie 16/Jul/15 Lead RP
Hidden 16/Jul/15 Lead dog
Hidden 11/Jul/15 Lead dog
Hidden 09/Jul/15 Lead dog
Tophe 05/Jul/15 Lead RP
Hidden 04/Jul/15 Lead dog
Hidden 30/Jun/15 Lead dog
Luke Dawson 24/Aug/14 Lead RP
highrepute 29/Jul/14 Lead RP
bfreeman 27/Jul/14 Lead RP
with Jon Freeman
Haydn Jones 24/Jul/14 Lead RP
with tony bishop
jfreeman 05/Jul/14 Lead RP
with Nathan Lee, Nic Duboust
PeterDawson 28/Jun/14 Lead O/S
AlistairB 21/Jun/14 Lead RP

YYFY! Rain stopped play last year when I was getting close, went on a speculative Cornice visit yesterday, scrubbed the route down then did it 2nd RP. What an absolute classic, so happy.

with Lisa
Hidden 26/Jul/13 Lead RP
will smith11 26/Jul/13 Lead RP

Found this quite hard. All came down to just one move at the crux for me and the rest was fairly steady once worked out. Couldnt get kneebar to work.

Hidden 21/Jul/13 Lead dnf
Hidden 19/Jul/13 Lead RP
emily_allen 17/Jul/13 Lead dog
Toby Dunn 14/Jul/13 Lead RP
with Tom Smart
Kris suriyo 08/Aug/12 Lead RP

Amazing route

mic_b 25/Oct/11 Lead RP

Well chuffed!

with Mark
Hidden 11/Sep/11 Lead RP
Ally Smith ?/Aug/11 Lead RP
with Will K
alaan 13/Jul/11 Lead RP

First 8a.

with Steve F
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead RP
alaan 25/Jun/11 Lead dog

Soaked. Still managed to refine top and crux sequence, so I suppose it's not all time wasted!

Hidden 23/Jun/11 Lead RP
TomPR 09/Jun/11 Lead
Ally Smith 05/Jun/11 Lead dog

Worked out a viable sequence with knee bar pads on, then split a tip so didn't get the redpoint

with Naomi
Ally Smith 23/Apr/11 Lead dog
with GrantB
steve_yo ?/Apr/11 Lead dog
Hidden 06/Sep/10 Lead RP
Apharri 11/Aug/10 Lead RP
with Marie Richards
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead RP
marcpontin ?/Aug/10 Lead RP

six sessions, seventh redpoint attempt. great to make the magical grade a reality!!!

with huw
NDD 20/Jul/10 Lead

Took lots of tries and also fell of after the crux! Good route.

sadams 18/Jul/10 Lead RP
with Ed Brown
Stewart B 07/Jul/10 Lead RP

Almost first redpoint but not quite. Smashin' route.

with Nick Deboost, Dave Redpath
Hidden 02/Jul/10 Lead
Hidden 01/Jul/10 Lead RP
Ethan 29/Jun/10 Lead
with Jon Clark
AdamjBailes 28/Jun/10 Lead RP
Adam Lincoln 21/Jun/10 Lead
with Jordan Buys
kristian 10/Jun/10 Lead RP
Hidden 05/Jun/10 Lead RP
uptown 03/Jun/10 Lead RP
Gus ?/Jun/10 Lead RP
marcpontin ?/Jun/10 TR dog
with huw
Dave Bond 27/May/10 Lead RP
bigie bob 23/May/10 Lead RP
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead RP
jondude 16/May/10 Lead RP
with Pete Clark
lx 28/Apr/07 Lead

1st redpoint. Awesome!

with fat boy
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe 09/Sep/06 Lead RP

1st redpoint. Worked two weekends ago. 24 moves.

with Andy Benson
Boy ??/2006 -
Simon Davis ??/2006 -
with Bourney
Hidden 16/Aug/05 Lead RP
realbobsmith ??/2005 Lead RP
with Rob Smith
nige 20/Sep/03 Lead RP
with nick colton
Hidden ??/2003 -
Cassidy 03/Sep/01 Lead RP

First 8a :-)

with Simon Wilson
Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/Jul/01 Lead RP

3rd RP, excellent

with James Ibbertson, Joe le Sage, Mike Weeks
ukb & bmc shark ??/2001 Lead RP

Think I did it this year

craig d ??/2000 -
Mike Owen 13/Jul/94 Lead RP
with Elaine Owen
Seb Grieve ??/1990 Lead RP

1st 8a. It took a while, actually along time.... Oh how people laughed at my kneepads but know they are de rigueur.

Hidden 05/Aug/88 Lead RP
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