Rockfax Description
One of the UK's most popular 8a routes. Sustained climbing with a draining move to the belay. You only get the full tick if you grab the belay without a quick-draw in place! © Rockfax

FA. Dave Kenyon 1986

Ticklists: THE classic old skool 8a's, World Graded List, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist, Mike and Connors 2 year plan, Yorkshire Limestone Graded List, 28 Decent Sport Routes, UK 8a and up, The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), Northern Limestone for Catalans.

robertmctague 22/Nov/18 Lead RP
with Martin
Hidden 08/Nov/18 Lead RP
Owen Diba 12/Aug/18 Lead dog

Despite being fitter than first session, fared a lot worse. Horrible slimy conditions.

Joe Crolla 12/Aug/18 Lead dog

Got all the moves!! feels quite feasible but need to man up about clipping positions...

Owen Diba 17/Jun/18 Lead dog

Fell just after last bolt before anchor. Despite being fitter than first session, fared a lot worse. Horrible slimy conditions.

with Joe Crolla, Pierre Cadman, Laurence Everitt
chiverstom 14/Jun/18 Lead RP

7-8 sessions... finally!

with Maz J
chiverstom 02/Jun/18 Lead dog

Dropped after last clip... it’ll go!

with Ed Ennis
EzVez 12/May/18 Lead dog
Tom Pillow 05/May/18 Lead RP

Got it done. First 8a, fucking buzzing!!

with Sadie, Jack
GeneralFifi 29/Apr/18 2nd dnf

Had a play to feel what the moves are like. Got to about the third bolt with frequent rests trying different foot beta. Very sequency, glad to know what 8a feels like

khawk 29/Apr/18 Lead dog
John_Beesley 29/Apr/18 Lead dog

Done with 2 rests, but then felt knackered. Not sure i'll come back for it; too polished and slippy for me.

chiverstom 22/Apr/18 TR dog
PeterDawson 15/Apr/18 Lead RP
Hidden 07/Jan/18 TR dog
Hidden 13/Nov/17 Lead dog
Matt Cooke 01/Oct/17 Lead RP
with tsl42
Hidden 22/Sep/17 Lead RP
nathanlee 12/Aug/17 Lead dog

Off windmill move twice and touched chain twice. Nice as its always felt nails in previous years

Mischa2912 08/Aug/17 Lead RP
with Tjebbe Zwart
Tophe 22/Jul/17 Lead RP
with Nina
Leedearden 21/Jul/17 Lead RP
daviesxxx 21/Jul/17 2nd
spidermonkey09 01/Jul/17 Lead RP

After flicking the chain three times this felt pretty sweet! First 8a. Amazing moves.

Hidden 27/Jun/17 Lead RP
funsized 28/May/17 Lead RP

Cracking way to celebrate 12 months in Yorkshire!

with Rich , Charlotte, Embsay Matt, John K, Jim, Tophe, Josh , Rob
Ramon Marin 14/May/17 Lead dog

3 goes over the weekend. Still need to do the top moves.

Hidden 04/May/17 Lead RP
Adam Booth 15/Mar/17 TR dog

2 x TR. Figured it all out, apart from one foot move I'll need to tweak next time. Finger was playing up so didn't get a chance to try linking it which will obviously be the difficulty!

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 15/Mar/17 Lead dog

From the ground to the final bolt + a few other good links. Feeling confident it'll go now.

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 12/Mar/17 Lead dog

Bottom was wet, but managed to link it from the 2nd bolt to the top.

noshjewbold 11/Mar/17 Lead RP

First 8a super stoked on this such a good route and really pleased to tick it.

funsized 14/Feb/17 Lead dog

Account open...this is going to take a while.

with Rob
John Thornton 29/Aug/16 Lead RP
Finley1234 07/Aug/16 Lead dog

Only had a quick look, got all the moves but not all linked.

rhoslynfrugtniet 10/Jul/16 Lead RP
with newberry
jesse rees 16/Apr/16 Lead RP
samrad 10/Apr/16 Lead RP

1st go today. There was a Quickdraw in place but I managed to dodge it.

Hidden 10/Apr/16 TR dog
sharklet 01/Apr/16 Lead RP
Hidden 31/Mar/16 Lead dnf
DorsetGareth 25/Mar/16 TR dog

First session on it - got all the moves.

with Mike Lloyd
penny.orr 24/Mar/16 2nd dog
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 24/Mar/16 Lead dog

Didn't feel great today, as the weather (cold/wet) and (recently sprained) ankle held back further progress. Still, good to be back on it after a few weeks of injury.

OERees 16/Mar/16 Lead dog
Hidden 06/Mar/16 Lead dog
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 06/Mar/16 Lead dog

Managed to link through to the fourth bolt, then had a total power-out. Happy with that though, especially as there were a few wet holds lower down that didn't make things any easier!

with Phil Gwyther
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing 05/Mar/16 Lead dog

Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Great moves, great rock, and - at least in my opinion - not at all spoilt by the polish. Look forward to getting back on it.

with James McHaffie
awsomal 03/Mar/16 Lead RP

With Ian

OERees 04/Nov/15 Lead dog
Hidden 01/Nov/15 Lead dog
OERees 31/Oct/15 Lead dog
JM 24/Oct/15 Lead
with Anna Reiners
badwithnames 13/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Albert Exley 23/Aug/15 Lead dnf
Ed Booth 19/Aug/15 Lead dog

First proper session after a quick play a few years back. Did from bolt 1 to chain in one on TR then had shit lead attempt.

with Rob Ireson, Adam Booth
Hidden 06/Aug/15 TR dog
Hidden 05/Aug/15 TR dog
Hidden 04/Aug/15 TR dog
Hidden 29/Jul/15 TR dog
Hidden 28/Jul/15 TR dog
3 Names 25/May/15 TR dog
Hidden 23/May/15 Lead dog
Hidden 22/May/15 Lead RP
bigie bob 21/May/15 Lead RP
Luke Dawson 10/May/15 Lead RP

great resi climbing

Gus 04/May/15 Lead dog
EllaRus 26/Apr/15 Lead RP


OERees 14/Mar/15 Lead dog
np134 01/Mar/15 Lead RP
with W. Kelsall, TRFrost
OERees 28/Feb/15 Lead dog
OERees 06/Dec/14 Lead dog
Jonny_86 05/Nov/14 Lead RP

yyfy!! Best ever day at work lol

with Connor Sheppard
emily_allen 25/Oct/14 Lead
wintermute 11/Oct/14 Lead RP

Apparently I need to develop a celebratory gesture, akin to the Freeman fist-pump

mark20 22/Aug/14 Lead RP
Haydn Jones 19/Aug/14 Lead RP

didn't think it was 3 stars.

with Duncan O'Sullivan
Hidden 31/Jul/14 TR dnf
Bennykr 12/Jun/14 Lead RP

1st 8a. Really fun moves.

with Chris Sykes, Dan Green
TRFrost 08/Jun/14 Lead RP
with np134
Hidden 04/Jun/14 Lead RP
Hidden 26/May/14 Lead RP
ejected 11/May/14 Lead RP
Hidden 05/May/14 Lead dog
Hidden 09/Apr/14 Lead RP
thebigfriendlymoose 29/Mar/14 Lead RP

If you can't be good, be persistent: even gravity can be moved to pity (or get bored).

with Marc Pontin
nickmoulden 04/Mar/14 Lead RP
with zoe bidula
Hidden 09/Oct/13 TR dog
Hidden 07/Oct/13 TR dog
Hidden 01/Oct/13 TR dog
innes 14/Sep/13 Lead RP

My old nemesis route. There might have been a wee bit of shouting at the chains...

with Anna
will smith11 25/Jun/13 Lead RP

Fuck me, about time. Hard for me. Must be good if its only 12m long, pretty much vert and I still enjoy it.

Ethan 03/Jun/13 Lead
with Don Walker
Hidden 05/May/13 Lead dog
Hidden 04/May/13 Lead dog
C coldwell-storry 27/Apr/13 Lead RP
Hidden 09/Mar/13 TR dog
Hidden 02/Mar/13 TR
Hidden 28/Feb/13 TR dog
Hidden 09/Feb/13 TR dog
Hidden 21/Sep/12 TR dog
Ed Booth 17/Jun/12 TR dog

account open.

TCCB 16/Jun/12 Lead RP

Great route!

Tom Briggs 16/Jun/12 Lead RP
with Eric Hildrew
alaan 13/Jun/12 Lead dog

Ahem, not quite in a session...

with Karl
bustermartin 02/Jun/12 -

so sick!

Hidden 20/May/12 TR dog
highrepute 13/May/12 Lead RP
mikenty 11/May/12 Lead RP
coula1 11/May/12 Lead RP

Two sessions, classic PE if a bit polished. Happy not to have taken the fall going for the chain.

barni 26/Apr/12 -
with Bob, Tapper, Luke Brooks
Henners 24/Mar/12 Lead RP

A polished classic, pleasant holds for a change to the usual filth. Happy days!

with boost
jacobjacob 27/Nov/11 Lead RP
Sut 28/Oct/11 Lead
Dirk Uhlig 12/Oct/11 Lead RP
Hidden ?/Oct/11 Lead dog
jfreeman 04/Sep/11 Lead RP
with Dave Nicholl
craig matheson 16/Aug/11 Lead RP

Fantastic moves, nail biting last move for the chain. Video on YouTube.

andyb12354 10/Jun/11 Lead RP
Hidden 22/May/11 Lead dog
Hidden 22/May/11 TR dog
Hidden 01/May/11 TR dog
Hidden 01/May/11 TR dog
Adam Lincoln ??/2011 Lead
Toby Dunn 31/Oct/10 Lead RP
with James T
uptown 28/Jul/10 Lead RP
with Sean_J
Hidden 11/Jul/10 TR dog
NDD 25/Jun/10 Lead

Woop finally stopped falling off the top. Good to get it done and good fun!

spunkymonkey 24/Jun/10 TR dnf

Very nice to third bolt

andyinnes 21/Apr/10 Lead O/S
derico 16/Apr/10 Lead RP

So pleased to finally climb an 8a, gave up waiting for it to dry so did lower bit with wet holds.. sweet!

with Cal
Apharri 25/Mar/10 Lead RP
with Marie Richards
marcpontin ?/Mar/10 Lead dog

5 sessions during march/april. good progress but not quite enough top end PE. learnt a lot!

with steve
Hidden 01/Jan/10 -
steve_biczyk 25/Oct/09 Lead RP

7 session altogether. Didn't find the polish too bad. End of season tick?

with Keith, Mark and Simon Lee
Hidden 01/Sep/09 Lead RP
Hidden ?/Sep/09 Lead RP
Stewart B 13/Aug/09 Lead RP


with Dave Redpath
will9911 10/Aug/09 Lead dog
Hidden 18/Jul/09 Lead dog
Hidden ?/Jul/09 -
hamer89 07/Jun/09 Lead RP
Jon Garside ?/May/09 Lead RP
Hidden 25/Apr/09 Lead RP
Hidden 30/Mar/09 TR dog
Hidden 22/Mar/09 TR dog
figfour 21/Mar/09 Lead dog
with beth
mbutton ?/Oct/08 Lead RP
with John Cooke
Hidden 11/Sep/08 Lead dog
Hidden 19/Aug/08 Lead dog
Hidden 14/Aug/08 Lead dog
Hidden 14/Aug/08 Lead dog
Hidden 14/Aug/08 Lead dog
andy gravestock 18/Jun/08 Lead RP

The best route i have ever done. Every move was amazing, spend the first day working it then went for the 1st redpoint fell above 3rd bolt then came back the next day and did it my first 8a done on second redpoinT. (HAPPY DAYS)

with steve
hutch 08/May/08 Lead RP
Hidden 04/Mar/08 TR dog
mgeek ?/Mar/08 Lead RP
with Neill Busby
Hidden 14/Feb/08 Lead RP
Oliver Wright ??/2008 Lead
Hidden 17/Nov/07 Lead RP
Ally Smith 23/Oct/07 Lead RP
with alaan
Hidden 11/Oct/07 Lead RP
Ram MkiV 31/Aug/07 Lead RP

First 8a. 8th time on the route, 2nd rp today. Brilliant feeling grabbing that chain and not taking the all too familiar plummet!

with mike b, aidy, ruth
Rich Kirby 17/May/07 Lead RP

Despite appearances, not a bad route.

with Jenny Woodward
Hidden 25/Mar/07 Lead RP
Hidden 24/Mar/07 Lead RP
Hidden 19/Nov/06 Lead dog
lx 08/Oct/06 Lead

two days, 8th try.

funnel ?/Sep/06 -
Andy Farnell 17/Aug/06 Lead RP

Finally, 15 years after first trying it I get to the belay. Then the heavens opened. Raindogs indeed...

with Ru Davies
Hidden 04/Jun/06 Lead RP
Adam Ellwood 01/May/06 Lead RP
Boy ??/2006 -
Eduardo Martinez 12/Dec/05 Lead RP

In my 30's I could do the throw move in the middle staticly but couldn't do the route; in my 40's I couldn't but could do the route.

ginger 04/Dec/05 -
ginger 04/Dec/05 -
Hidden ?/Oct/05 Lead RP
Hidden 12/Mar/05 Lead RP
Hidden ??/2005 Lead RP
Cassidy 05/Sep/03 Lead RP
with Henners
Hidden ?/Apr/03 Lead RP
Hidden ??/2003 Lead RP
marky ??/2003 Lead RP
Hidden ??/2003 -
nige 17/May/02 Lead RP
with pete chadwick
whispering nic ??/2001 Lead dog
sadams 08/Apr/00 Lead RP

5 days over two years

with Kathryn & Nic
Mike Owen 04/Jul/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 20/Jun/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
UKB Shark 29/May/99 Lead RP
Mike Owen 15/May/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 05/May/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 03/May/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 01/May/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 25/Apr/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 24/Apr/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 27/Mar/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 13/Mar/99 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 19/Sep/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 06/Sep/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 19/Jul/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 31/May/98 Lead rpt
with Ewan McCallum
Mike Owen 28/May/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 25/May/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 28/Mar/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 21/Mar/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 14/Mar/98 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 11/Oct/97 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 04/Oct/97 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 27/Sep/97 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 16/Jul/97 Lead rpt
with Nige Hunt
Mike Owen 29/Jun/97 Lead rpt
with Nige Hunt, Elaine Owen
jfletcher 26/Apr/97 Lead RP
Mike Owen 12/Apr/97 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 15/Mar/97 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 12/Oct/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 06/Oct/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 28/Sep/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 21/Sep/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 01/Sep/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 07/Jul/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 23/Jun/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 22/Jun/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 09/Jun/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 06/Jun/96 Lead rpt
with Dalvinda Sodhi
Mike Owen 02/Jun/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 31/May/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 27/May/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 27/May/96 Lead rpt

Led it placing the draws, lowered down, untied and pulled the rope then led it again straight away.

with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 25/May/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 28/Apr/96 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
robyn1 ??/1996 -
Mike Owen 15/Oct/95 Lead rpt
with John Holmes, Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 01/Oct/95 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 30/Sep/95 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 17/Sep/95 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Dave Douglas 15/Aug/95 Lead RP
Mike Owen 23/Jul/95 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 25/Apr/95 Lead rpt
with Steve Tonks
Hidden 06/Apr/95 Lead RP
Seb Grieve ??/1995 Lead RP
Mike Owen 16/Oct/94 Lead rpt

Just done Conehead. The first time for me placing the draws whilst leading Raindogs.

with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 09/Oct/94 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 08/Oct/94 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 30/Sep/94 Lead rpt
with Alan Price
TCP ?/Aug/94 Lead RP

First 8a - took a fair falls off the top. Just because you get to the last clip quickly does n't mean a lot one of those routes you do well or not at all. Reckon John Sheard contributed to some polish as well as Mike Owen:) for different reasons

Mike Owen 08/Jun/94 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 05/Jun/94 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
CBA ?/Jun/94 Lead RP
Smith42 ??/1994 Lead RP
with George Heydon
Spottykidfromstourbridge ??/1993 Lead dog

was polished to fuck then! in 3 with chain grab was best effort, always found it hard

Mike Owen 11/Oct/92 Lead rpt

3 times that day.

with Dougie Hall
Mike Owen 10/Oct/92 Lead rpt
with Tim Hatch
Mike Owen 04/Oct/92 Lead rpt
with Tim Hatch
Glenn Sutcliffe 06/Sep/92 2nd
with keefe
keefe 06/Sep/92 Lead RP
Mike Owen 21/Apr/91 Lead rpt
with Elaine Owen
Mike Owen 23/Oct/90 Lead RP

Partly my fault why it's so polished, because I did it so many times (usually placing the draws on lead) back in the day!

with Elaine Owen, Phil Davidson
Mick Lovatt ??/1987 -
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