Rockfax Description
8m. The crack and widening green groove are classic Ramshaw terrain. One for digging out the bullet-proof clothing maybe? © Rockfax

FA. Pete Harrop 1972

Ticklists: BMC staffordshire "crackers dozen" crack school, UK road to wide crack mastery.

Teappleby 01/Jul/17 Lead β

Massive chockstone hold and some body friction. Almscliff Severe

shaunhumphreys 01/Jul/17 Lead G/U

2nd go not too bad once figured out, amazing climb! What ramshaw is all about!

Mark Collins 27/Jun/17 Lead dnf

Similar experience to last time. Don't mind if I don't ever try this again. Would love to see someone succeed on it though.

with Neil Henson
M60OON 19/Jul/16 2nd
with rob 528
Rob Gillespie 04/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Not too bad once you find the key it all becomes clear, there is even a toe hook hands off rest under the 1st chockstone if you need it.

senior rita 14/Mar/16 Lead dnf

aarrggghh tried real hard and lost

Hidden 19/Sep/15 Lead
SGD 05/Sep/15 2nd

What a BEAST! Hardest thing we did all weekend. To people that climb this with style grace and ease; I salute you!

with Tom Relf
Dale ?/Sep/15 Lead dog

Are you having a laugh VS 5a. Struggled more on this than on traveller in time the E4. I didn't really want to do it, not my thing but Tom persuaded me a good laugh. Unfortunately took one rest on the gear as I couldn't down climb, arms legs body got stuck in the wide crack.

with Tom stu friend
adamre12 04/May/15 Lead dog

Hard. Don't get sucked too deep into the crack!

PeteWilson 21/Mar/15 Lead O/S

HVS 5b in bmc guide, absolutely not VS 5a! tough nut, but great!

with Andrew Graham
John Higgs 20/Mar/15 Solo O/S
with Caitlin Bell
Hidden ??/2015 2nd
tom.88 ??/2015 Lead dnf

Not 5a by any means. reaching up to the top chock stone wasn't too bad but pulling over the top wasn't happing for me.

switch 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Awesome. Looks harmless, but the undercut off-width really entertains.

with Leanne
timjones 16/Jun/14 Lead dog

Close but no cigar ;) Maybe next time?

Alex Winter 14/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Nightmare. Had to come back down to the ground for a half-time breather.

with George
Rob Davies 01/Sep/13 2nd dog

Good effort/thrash from Phil. I needed 3 goes to find a way: climb slopy L arête for a move or two: chockstones obstruct crack.

with Phil Ashton
Hidden 11/Aug/13 Lead dnf
Hidden 08/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Mark Collins 07/Aug/13 Lead dnf

I stood up in the crack again (the same point as last year) and was able to reach the back of the highest chockstone, with the same inexplicable thought. What the hell do I do now?

with Neil Henson
timjones 11/Jul/13 Lead dnf
MaccMark 10/Jul/13 2nd
augustus trout 10/Jul/13 Lead dog

This is as hard as nails!

with Helen Boothman, Mark Pilling
Helen Boothman 10/Jul/13 Lead dnf
detritus 22/May/13 Lead dnf

Not a challenge until the chock stone crux.Then defeated me every time.

Ben T@ylor 22/May/13 Lead dnf

Epic fail! Defeated by the chockstone...

with Alex wright
thomasaneurinsmith 14/Oct/12 Lead dnf

Fell off about 5 times at the 'crux', which turns out is a massively awkward thrutch. Still pretty awesome. But much harder than the grade suggests.

with Stuart Reeves
masa-alpin 14/Oct/12 Lead dog

After 2 falls, I was lowered down. Then after the rest, I flashed it (technically it is in yo-yo style). It is not even remotely close to 5a!

with Mitch
Jay C 29/Sep/12 Lead
with Matt B
Sam Cooke 29/Sep/12 Lead dnf


with Mark Challoner
Dan Geh 01/Sep/12 Lead rpt

Worked out the trick this time, just grovel like hell!

with Neil Mackie
Luuuuuke 28/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with jay
Dan Geh 19/Jun/12 Lead dnf

Got spanked good by this beast. Such a sandbag, brutal!

with Roxy
Hidden ??/2012 -
krispy_fish2000 07/Aug/11 Lead dnf

this crack is a man-eater

TerryLines 07/Aug/11 Lead dnf

Stumped by the wide crack.

Rob Davies 01/Jun/11 Lead dnf

Very green, another failure on this

with Angus McLean
Andrew Abraham 24/Oct/10 Lead β


with Chris
Duffers 09/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Nearly got stuck and fell, but thrutched it and made a meal of it. Alex had rucksack clipped to him after this one!

with Alex
tim123487 16/Apr/10 2nd
with arran fradgely, josh fielden, murray weatherly sinclair
donkster 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with trigg
keithie 27/Sep/09 2nd dog
with Charlie
mark s 27/Sep/09 Lead
with rob,andi,ryan
will6459 29/Aug/09 Lead dog
victim of mathematics 23/Aug/09 Lead β

Led on Alex's gear after he backed off. Bloody hard work!

with Alex
Hidden 23/Aug/09 Lead dnf
monsteratt 30/May/09 Lead β
with Andy Abe and & Co
MattT88 03/May/09 Lead rpt
with Jason Turner
Rob Davies 05/Apr/09 AltLd dnf

1st of several failures on this "VS 5a"

with Neil Hyde, Phil Ashton
MattT88 04/Apr/09 Lead rpt

Still need to lead properly as gear preplaced by Alex

with Alex Flemming
Andrew Abraham ??/2009 2nd dnf

Damn this route!

mark s ??/2005 -
jimshrimp 19/Jul/04 Lead O/S

Typical Ramshaw. Thuggery, hard work, grade correct for Ramshaw, HVS 5b anywhere else. Excellent.

Hidden ??/2003 -
Hidden 29/Mar/02 Lead O/S
Roget ??/2002 Lead O/S
with jon
babymoac 03/Sep/89 Lead
with Sid & Chris B
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