Rockfax Description
The wide corner is a titanic struggle for most, wedging-a-way up is the only option, though macho-men with strong arms and little imagination can layback - though they may well end up regretting it as the top approaches. Said by some to make Freddie's Finale look like a soft touch and another ancient HVS!
Green Streak, HVS 5a - For those who haven't had enough make a hand-traverse right to reach the hanging crack - adds half a star. © Rockfax

FA. Don Whillans 1948/Steve Bancroft 1973

Ticklists: Gritstone's finest gruesome and damaging struggles, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, Wide Cracks, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Peak Rock/6/ The Emergence of Joe Brown and Don Whillans, Thrutch and Clutch, WideBoyz Crack School, UK road to wide crack mastery.

George Frisby 18/Jun TR dnf

Only managed to climb the layback sequence in the lower half of the route. As the crack widens I couldn't make any progress. Hopefully cleaned it a little by climbing it.

with Phil
mrphilipoldham 18/Jun 2nd dog

In a vain attempt to clean it for the lead. It was filthy and took one rest. Will probably go on the sharp end despite the scrittishness. Easier and more actual 'climbing' than The Trident.

Hidden 11/Sep/16 2nd O/S
Stroppy 11/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Another classic struggle!

soph 09/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Chicken wing tastic - probably the hardest of the three classic hvs's

morganator 09/Sep/16 2nd
ferdia 15/Aug/16 2nd
Andy Moles 15/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Not as desperate as the Rockfax description makes out, about the same as Freddie's Finale and Trident.

with Ferdia
FlavioL1989 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S

No pain - no vertical gain! Leave your fancy goretex home and go old school corduroy on this one.

w-watson 23/Jul/16 2nd
jon22 03/Oct/15 Lead dog
with si witcher
switch 03/Oct/15 2nd O/S

Sustained laybacking, made harder by the lichen still being a little damp. Could do with a good scrub down.

with John S
Hidden 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S
andi turner ??/2013 -
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
Jim Slater 24/Mar/12 2nd O/S

Absolutely exhausting and lost a fair amount of blood in the process. Never again.

Graeme Hammond 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with Jim
Hidden 17/Apr/11 Lead dnf
walts4 ??/2011 -
Pete Graham 11/May/08 Lead
with James Fleming
Hidden ?/Sep/03 Lead RP
charlesmfrench 13/Jul/02 Lead
goi.ashmore 06/May/95 Lead O/S
with Matt Hirst
crossleysm ??/1995 2nd
ste_d 25/Aug/93 2nd O/S
with mik
Hidden 27/Aug/90 2nd
uphillnow ??/1984 2nd
Sean Kelly ?/Jun/75 Lead

E1!!!! This was good old VS in the original Chew guide when I did this in the early 70's.

with Graham Thompson & Steve Berisford
clanger ??/1972 -
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