Rockfax Description
14m. To the right of the chimney is a narrow ramp on the wall. Climb this and traverse out left onto the arete. Trend right up the slab and step round the corner then climb a short exposed crack through the bulges until a swing right leads to an easy finish. © Rockfax

pre 1923

Ticklists: Almscliff VS Challenge, The All New 3 Star Way to Yorkshire Gritstone Heaven..

Dan Mckinlay 06/Nov/17 Lead
Hidden 04/Nov/17 Lead
Bedford 29/Oct/17 Lead dnf
with Gazelle
Wendy Watthews 25/Sep/17 Lead O/S

Bit damp

with Will Smith
williap 20/Jul/17 Lead rpt
Rib1356 09/Jul/17 Lead
James Oakes 07/Jul/17 Lead O/S
soph_klein 07/Jul/17 2nd
Hidden 01/Jun/17 2nd
spidermonkey09 31/May/17 Solo O/S

Great route, not an easy mantel though.

Hidden 13/May/17 Lead
Smelly Fox 20/Apr/17 Lead O/S
Sam Mills 09/Apr/17 Lead O/S
with Ellie Leigh
Hidden 25/Mar/17 2nd
RM199 25/Mar/17 Lead O/S
ArranLaird 02/Jan/17 -
nuts and bolts ??/2017 -
Flavio 15/Oct/16 Solo O/S
HenryMeier 09/Oct/16 Lead O/S
j.kirby 09/Oct/16 Lead
with Henry
Yinners 01/Oct/16 2nd dnf

Slightly tricky start to get past the arete. Interesting step up from there. Peeked head over the bulge before the last piece of gear, lost balance and foot slipped, took an embarrassing fall and dangled for a bit.

with David
onlyfoddington 01/Oct/16 Lead O/S

Really good climb, quite exposed and exhilarating. Will also remember for the fun had belaying.

with Yinners
Anti-faff 20/Sep/16 2nd
with Nick
tinab 11/Sep/16 Lead O/S
guisboro andy 21/Aug/16 -
Hidden 21/Aug/16 2nd
Hidden 13/Aug/16 Lead
jammy4536 23/Jul/16 Solo O/S

Certainly airy without gear, and can totally imagine still feeling that way with gear in. Good fun though

Luke Jones 19/Jul/16 2nd
with LMC
nathanhesslewood 19/Jul/16 2nd
with swoosh
Hidden 18/Jul/16 Lead
timrooker 16/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Absolutely terrifying, welcome to Almscliff. Felt steep at VS 4c, from the slippery technical start to ground fall potential slab and exposed top out after the pull around the overhang! All in all, great fun haha.

with Carla
G-VideoDie 16/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with Andy Swan
CarlaJG 16/Jul/16 2nd
nathanhesslewood 03/Jul/16 2nd
BnB 01/Jul/16 -
Hidden 30/Jun/16 2nd
btpalmer 27/Jun/16 2nd O/S
with Laren, Jake
Kelsey 23/Jun/16 Lead O/S
with James
Luke Jones 13/May/16 2nd

Started at South Chimney layback for an extended traverse.

with Paul Cookson
scarmichael 09/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Steve Wooton
jeddb 12/Mar/16 Lead RP

Had previously tried Birdlime Traverse which shares the same start

robertmctague 13/Feb/16 Lead O/S


with Marika
Steve Wootton ??/2016 Lead G/U
Jackwd 03/Oct/15 2nd O/S
with Guy Chater
GrantB 30/Sep/15 2nd
with James
jkarran 30/Sep/15 Lead

2/20 Great exposed climbing, one of the best

with Grant
cragtyke 16/Sep/15 2nd
with Chris
Hidden 16/Sep/15 Lead O/S
jkarran 24/Aug/15 2nd
with Grant
DaveHo ?/Jul/15 Lead O/S
with Charlie T, Janet G
Hidden 29/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Georgie25 23/Jun/15 2nd
John sealey 04/May/15 2nd
with si frost
frost 04/May/15 Lead O/S
with John Sealy
Karl_Harrison ?/May/15 Lead dog
oread 08/Apr/15 Solo
Hidden 20/Mar/15 Solo O/S
Dan Mckinlay ??/2015 -
Hidden 04/Dec/14 Solo O/S
Hanky 05/Oct/14 2nd

Cleaned the route because his partner did not want to climb it

with ?
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH 14/Aug/14 Solo O/S

pretty silly.

williap ?/Aug/14 Lead
David Stevens 27/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with James Turner, Keith
tsjx 25/Jun/14 Lead

Great upper section.

with Jen
Wizzy 24/Jun/14 Lead O/S
watson.b 14/Jun/14 Lead dog
with matty
Olli-C 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Space walking.

with Swanny
ColinD 17/May/14 Lead
with Craig
switch 11/May/14 Lead rpt
with Leanne
oread 28/Apr/14 2nd
Jonathan Richardson 11/Apr/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 11/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Apr/14 2nd
Hollywood 11/Mar/14 2nd dog
with karly54
robertmichaellovell 09/Mar/14 Lead
with Bex
Hidden 30/Nov/13 Lead rpt
Jono_LS16 30/Nov/13 Lead
Mike Todd 17/Nov/13 Lead O/S
with Kevin
the power 26/Oct/13 Lead dnf

shit it

with deacon
Hardcore Pat 22/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Chris Vanderz
PeteH 18/Sep/13 Solo O/S
ralphio 14/Sep/13 2nd

Would have been a nervy lead up the slab. Fairly technical moves to get to final crack but holds all good.

maumau 14/Sep/13 Lead dog
Paul ablitt 14/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Sarah
Scott Quinn 08/Sep/13 2nd
Tom.Priestley 08/Sep/13 Lead O/S

Tricky Lower down, Steep higher up

Hidden 28/Aug/13 Lead O/S
odox 11/Aug/13 2nd
with Sam Webb
Mike_Hayes 28/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Jul/13 Lead
RalphC 10/Jul/13 2nd
with Ali
elCapitano 05/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Jonny
Calum Wadsworth 13/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Harrogate club
RagingPuffin 01/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Mike
braders94 23/May/13 2nd O/S
with Rob Cooper
Rob Davies 25/Apr/13 Lead dnf

Didn't get past start which is very polished

Mike Tutt 07/Apr/13 2nd

Slippery polished start, then excellent, nice exposed finish

peteJ23 06/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with Mike McEwan, Simon Kimber
Dave Musgrove 05/Mar/13 -
with Nigel Baker
Hidden 03/Mar/13 Lead
Seymore Butt ??/2013 -
rob.grafton 30/Nov/12 2nd
with chris pugh
Harry Thorpe 27/Oct/12 2nd O/S
thetradlad 27/Oct/12 Lead O/S
victim of mathematics 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Climbed like an imbecile. The start is shiny and hard, but above it's steady and airy and ace.

with Andy
Hidden 29/Sep/12 2nd O/S
petekeron 21/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Katrina Adam
kitkat78 21/Aug/12 2nd
with Pete K
horsefeathers 14/Jul/12 Lead dog

had a toprope for the top out

with Harry
Hidden 27/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Harry Holmes 19/Jun/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Jun/12 2nd
Hidden 08/Jun/12 2nd O/S
mikeyg 05/May/12 Lead O/S
Andrew Wilson 06/Apr/12 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 06/Apr/12 2nd rpt
TRFrost 12/Mar/12 2nd O/S
with D. Armstrong
robertmichaellovell 10/Mar/12 2nd
with Sam, Clare
akhughes ??/2012 -
Adam_42 03/Dec/11 Lead O/S

Bloody brilliant. Excellent bouldery moves at the start, followed by a delicate pad up the arete and scary moves to finish. One of the best I've done.

with Elliot, Ben
engybengy3 03/Dec/11 2nd
Becky E 12/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 12/Nov/11 Lead O/S

hard start 5a? which is almost the crux of The Birdlime Traverse too.

with Becky E
Dino Dave 06/Nov/11 Lead O/S
with Dad
David Cowley 30/Sep/11 2nd O/S
with Malcolm Watson
Hidden 30/Sep/11 -
benchwarmer 24/Sep/11 Lead O/S
with andy
andysroom 09/Sep/11 2nd O/S
with Lizzie
waynem1985 28/Aug/11 2nd O/S
hotfeet 28/Aug/11 Lead

I had a TR to first runner - a committing start.

Dave Musgrove 13/Aug/11 -
with Bob Larkin
Paul Eckton 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with steve read
robman 21/Jul/11 Lead
steve_hoey ?/Jul/11 Lead
bencole ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Andy
shaun walby 14/May/11 Lead O/S
with Martin Haworth
Jack00 09/May/11 Lead O/S
with Scott from Reading
jimorothy 03/Apr/11 2nd

If short the traverse left to the nose is significantly harder! Amazing route thereafter.

with Jason, Scott Barnett
rob1 27/Mar/11 2nd
with Simon Lambert
Hidden ??/2011 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
robman ??/2011 Lead O/S
with Steph
Ewan Russell 07/Nov/10 Solo O/S
with Myself!
Mr. K 16/Oct/10 2nd O/S
ollyroberts 15/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Harry
James Oswald 15/Oct/10 Lead O/S

A wonderful lead. Probably felt like HVS as I went too far right and did a horrible sloping mantle...... Awesome

Rowansb 25/Sep/10 Solo O/S
ekaterina sigida 17/Sep/10 2nd O/S

hard for a VS, very polished at the bottom- with a rockover move. Traverce to a mantle and up a slab. out right to the hardest part of the climb at the end.I atempted to lead it first, but gave up.

with Rob Bridges
roberto18 17/Sep/10 Lead O/S
maggie505 10/Sep/10 2nd
with Cliff Lowther
dancey1981 ?/Sep/10 Lead
pwilkie 12/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with nick ferro
nick ferro 12/Aug/10 -

Really worthwhile, fun pulling up onto the bulge.

pebbles 24/Jul/10 2nd

reachy start for shortarses!

with rob
lithos 24/Jul/10 Lead O/S

excellent route, interesting from the slippery start to the reachy crux and delicate finish

chrishedgehog 07/Jul/10 Lead
Hidden 07/Jul/10 2nd O/S
coombsy ?/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with James Clarkson
pastep 19/May/10 Lead
with Rich W
Hidden 06/May/10 Lead rpt
karly54 03/May/10 Lead

And Lucy. It hail stoned as we climbed. Tim slipped on the polished wet rock and pulled his left bicep. My left bicep didn't like it either.

dkd 03/May/10 2nd
with karly54
barni 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S
barni 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S
ebf 30/Jan/10 Lead O/S

Beautiful moves once you're past the stupidly slippery start! Well worth doing and just slightly necky for a VS p1.

pastep 30/Jan/10 2nd
with ebf
willworkforfoodjnr 31/Oct/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Oct/09 Lead O/S
andrew300169 10/Oct/09 Lead rpt

Excellent climb crossing some impressive ground 3*** climbing. Dont remember doing it before??

with Judy
madagascar 10/Oct/09 2nd dog
Tadams 04/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Jonny Schofield
jkarran 17/Sep/09 2nd

As with all these routes, the mirror finish start is the crux.

with Jim
Hidden 17/Sep/09 Lead β
BobPorter 05/Aug/09 Lead β

Slippy as hell start! (That's my excuse for sliding off 1 move up)

with Tuve
duzinga 05/Aug/09 2nd rpt
with Bob
David_Gledson 27/Jul/09 Lead
with Mike Quinn
brockers 27/Jun/09 Lead rpt
with Chris Latz
Hidden 23/Jun/09 Lead O/S
DavidR 23/Jun/09 2nd O/S
rob1 16/Jun/09 Lead
markfairbank 27/May/09 Lead O/S
with Harry Middleton
Chris Craggs 24/May/09 2nd

Slippery start. Almost worth ***

with Alan Hinkes
martinazando 03/May/09 2nd O/S
al99 03/May/09 Lead O/S
Stig 18/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Chris
Hidden 15/Mar/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Mar/09 2nd
Hidden 18/Oct/08 Lead O/S
debbien1 18/Oct/08 2nd O/S
with Robin
Hidden ?/Oct/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Sep/08 2nd
JWB 13/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Sep/08 2nd
Shaw Brown 17/Aug/08 Lead
with cliff brown
Hidden 25/Apr/08 Lead
IanJackson 09/Mar/08 Solo rpt
with Robeverybody
alaan 09/Mar/08 Solo
IanJackson 04/Mar/08 Solo rpt
with Peter
duzinga 06/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with Clare
duzinga 06/Nov/07 2nd rpt
with Chuck
Hidden 06/Nov/07 2nd rpt
timreynolds 06/Oct/07 Lead
Hidden 03/Oct/07 Lead
Hidden 03/Oct/07 2nd rpt
Hidden 03/Oct/07 Lead
Hidden 05/Sep/07 Lead
Adam Greenwood 31/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Richard Till
Hidden 11/Aug/07 -
Hidden 01/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/07 Lead
IanJackson 22/Jul/07 Lead

Exposed, one not to solo.

with Big Ian
robman 25/May/07 Lead O/S
with john ayrton
joe larner 03/Mar/07 Lead O/S

Double ropes would have been a better idea. I must have climbed twice the length of the route going back and forth removing protection which would have made rope drag enoumous. Still its a really good route, nice and varied, good pro and nice moves.

Hidden ??/2007 Lead O/S
Chriswallis2 21/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Al
Neal Butterworth 15/Jun/06 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/May/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2006 2nd dog
mike fenwick ?/Nov/05 Solo

back rope solo

MikeLeeds 02/Aug/05 2nd
clive-greenwood 02/Aug/05 Lead O/S
sdht ??/2005 -
Matt Rowat 05/Sep/04 2nd
with Owen
Hidden 05/Sep/04 Lead
Hidden 11/Jul/04 2nd O/S
Brown 11/May/04 Lead O/S
shoulders 09/May/04 -
with nathan
Hidden 12/Sep/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/03 Lead O/S
pezzerrr 21/Nov/02 Lead O/S
five ?/Aug/02 Lead O/S
with JT, PW
dougiestein ?/Apr/02 2nd
Hidden ??/2002 Lead
Mark Davies PK ?/Nov/01 2nd
with Fiend
chrishedgehog 16/Feb/01 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
John Brayshaw 22/Oct/00 2nd rpt
with Chris
John Brayshaw 08/Oct/00 2nd O/S
with Andy Blakely
Hidden 03/Sep/00 Lead O/S
Jonathan Richardson ??/2000 Lead
Roget 26/Oct/99 Solo O/S
with jon
Hidden ?/Aug/99 Lead O/S
Pete Pozman 24/Sep/98 2nd rpt
with John Byrne
Martin Bennett 05/Sep/98 -
with MT
Martin Bennett 05/Sep/98 -
with MT
Phill Mitch ??/1998 Lead O/S
jfmchivall ??/1998 -
Hidden 03/May/97 2nd
andrew300169 ?/Apr/97 Lead O/S
with Pom
Neil R 23/Jul/96 Lead
with John CMC
rob.grafton ??/1995 -
Hidden 07/May/94 Lead
Pete Pozman 29/Feb/92 2nd
with John Byrne
nai ??/1992 Solo
John Southworth 04/Aug/91 Lead O/S
crossleysm ??/1991 Solo

c. 1991

craig h 01/Aug/90 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/90 2nd O/S
craig h ?/Jul/90 Lead
andybirtwistle 12/May/90 Solo
with Steve Brewis
Hidden ??/1990 -
Paul Clarke ??/1990 Lead
with Unsure
Dave Musgrove 07/Jan/89 -
with David
Dave Musgrove Jnr 07/Jan/89 -
with Dad
duncan ??/1988 Solo O/S
Pete Pozman 04/Apr/86 2nd O/S
with Mark Gray
jhardwick ??/1986 Lead O/S
babymoac ??/1983 2nd
with Phil Vince
GaryM ??/1982 Lead O/S
with Dale
charlesmfrench ??/1980 Lead O/S
uphillnow ??/1979 -
mikej 18/Oct/78 TR
with Mike Byles
Hidden 30/Dec/76 Lead
Dave Musgrove 06/Oct/73 Solo
Dave Musgrove 19/May/71 Lead
Hidden ??/1971 Lead O/S
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