Rockfax Description
One of the best hard routes in the country with a technical crux, a bold groove and a sting in the tail. Although the crux is well protected, there is a big run-out on only marginally easier territory with ground-fall potential. Scramble up easy rock to a belay under the groove. Climb the wall past two bolts into the capped groove. Climb the groove (heart in mouth, runners in mind) to small wire placements on the right and a peg. Move left with hands above the overhang to a rest on the Decadence belay. Make more great moves up the pocketed wall above past bolts until a final swing leftwards gains Flaky Wall. Finish as for this. © Rockfax

FFA. Andy Brown, Jerry Peel 1979. The hard start had been freed by American Mike Graham in 1977 but he didnt lead the full route in one push, he still renamed it Basteal though! FA.Brian Moore, D.Land 1963. Aid reduced to 1pt Pete Livesey, Jill Lawrence 1

Ticklists: Extreme Rock, The High Tor Top Ten, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, World Graded List, Peak Rock/13/The Limestone Revolution, A lifetimes worth of inspiration, The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

Tom Livingstone 06/Aug/17 Lead O/S
NDD 14/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Oli, sam harvie
markalmack 11/Apr/15 Lead RP
rocksol ??/2015 -
dominic lee 02/Jul/14 Lead rpt

Last this way one cold October morning in 1981 after getting the bus down from Sheffield. Still intimidating, still superb. Spotted The lorry park quarry from that bus.

GeoffG ??/2011 -
craig d ?/May/07 TR RP

Really good, worked once then top-roped clean. Keen to go back and lead.

with Mark Bridgman-Smith
Hidden 04/Sep/05 Lead O/S
Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 Lead O/S
with Dave Ferguson
Dave Musgrove Jnr ?/May/01 Lead O/S

superb and pretty tough. One very hard and blind move low down.

with Al Willoner
ellis ??/1998 2nd O/S
switch ??/1997 Lead O/S
Eduardo Martinez 08/May/94 Lead O/S
Steve Walker ??/1993 Lead

first ascent by Pete Livesy in a pair of EB's. Not bad!

with stuart muir
Hidden 05/Sep/92 Lead O/S
Chris Wright 01/Oct/91 Lead O/S
ukb & bmc shark 29/Sep/87 Lead
with Seb Grieve
Seb Grieve 22/Sep/87 Lead
with Simon Lee
William Robertson ??/1987 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
keefe 02/Aug/86 -
with Johnny Adams
Hidden ?/Sep/84 Lead
Dave Turnbull ?/May/84 2nd
with Paul Greenland
Mike Owen 20/Mar/83 2nd rpt
with Joe Healey
Mike Owen 13/Mar/83 Lead RP

Tried earlier with Tom Jones.

with Elaine Owen
mitch1960 ??/1982 Lead
with Dave Fernig, Howard tingle
Chris Craggs ??/1980 2nd
with Graham Parkes
Hidden ??/1973 -
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