Rockfax Description
One of the very best HVS routes in the Peak, its remoteness adding to its cachet. Climb the centre of the front of the buttress passing a vertical crack to a fine and lonely finish. © Rockfax

FA. John Gosling 1972

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit: Top 50, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors), Over the Moors 3 Star Magical Mystery Tour, Definitive *** Peak Grit.

adie84 26/Aug/17 -
Droyd 26/Aug/17 Lead O/S

Not quite the best HVS on grit, but utterly superb - if tough for both HVS and 5a. Abbed to retrieve the gear so gave some of the holds a brush for whoever does it next, but - while it's pretty green - most of the holds are grippy enough that it doesn't particularly matter.

with Megan
onlyfoddington 17/Sep/16 Lead O/S

Much more gear than I expected, and less sustained.

with Tim
TimCul 17/Sep/16 2nd O/S
Ahab 07/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Very dirty, but still fun

Hidden 07/May/16 2nd
R0bbie 08/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Taba
eel 08/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Duncan, Andy J
bigdrew 08/Aug/15 2nd O/S
with Dunc Frish, Eve
markfairbank 27/Jul/14 2nd
with Calum Wadsworth, Ray Sharples
rich_hw 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Jim Slater 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S
mrteale 13/Jul/14 2nd O/S
with MrBlond
MrBIond 13/Jul/14 Lead O/S
David Shelmerdine 22/Jun/14 2nd
with Gavin Peach
Hidden 22/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Jun/14 Lead
Hidden 21/Jul/13 Lead
nimajneb 14/Jul/13 Lead
Albachoss 14/Jul/13 2nd
with Ben
Dave Musgrove 10/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Very good. The start is a bit intimidating but the upper wall is excellent. Not quite enough variety to put it at the top of my all time HVS list though.

with Bob Larkin
Hidden ?/Jul/13 2nd
bencole ?/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Dad
Dave Musgrove Jnr 16/Jun/13 Lead

The best route on Gritstone? ....maybe

with Viv
kermit_uk 09/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Neil
Frank the Husky ??/2013 -
Rich Kirby 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S


with Manbeast
Bloke on a Rope 09/Sep/12 2nd β
with Matt
Hidden 09/Sep/12 2nd
Climbster 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Ian
andybirtwistle 06/Sep/12 Lead
keith Lonsdale 06/Sep/12 2nd
Boy 22/Jul/12 Solo
with Nathan Lee
George Nichols 21/May/11 2nd

Outstanding climb! Couple of moves really give pause for thought. Must lead this one day, well worth the epic walk-in.

with Andy Worster
Hidden 05/May/11 Lead O/S
skittles 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Great route, quite pumpy, with a great finish and an interesting knee-bar rest 2/3s of the way up which came as a pleasant surprise.

with Ali Mckay
alasdair19 ??/2011 -
Duck Egg 11/Jul/10 2nd β

What a fantastic route with a distinct beginning, middle and end.....Not often that a second feels as good as a lead. Not 5a.

with Tim Higgins, Jon Stewart
Ewan Russell 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with CUMC folk
Steven Andrews 10/Jul/10 2nd O/S

Lovely climb with a reachy finnish......or use the pebbles.

chrisbussell 06/Jul/10 2nd
with Tim O'Neill
Hidden 03/Jul/10 TR
mjeffery 03/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Pete Nugent 03/Jul/10 TR

Backed off at 1/3 height, as I didn,t fancy the moves over the roof on marginal gear. Climbed o.k. on tope rope but tough for the grade.

chrisallan 26/Jun/10 Lead dnf
theotherpetehill 26/Jun/10 Lead β

Chris led to half-height, backed off, I led on his gear. Pretty dirty, would be really good if clean.

Rob Davies 26/Jun/10 Lead

Excellent - came in from R at start

with Phil Ashton
Hidden 23/May/10 Lead O/S
gazfellows 22/May/10 2nd
with shaun d
Dan Lane 22/May/10 Lead O/S

Amazing climbing, and not at all polished, proberbly due to the 1 hour+ walk in, reachy but good moves. A rarely climbed classic.

with Martin Kocsis
Nigel Coe 12/Sep/09 2nd
with Amnon
Ketu 25/Jul/09 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Rob
Hidden 26/Jul/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Sep/07 Solo O/S
Chris the Tall 01/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Got gripped early on and was a bit too scared to really enjoy it. Felt really necky despite the fact I placed 7 cams

with Martin K
nige 26/Aug/07 Lead
with sven rowan
HimTiggins 11/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with John, Paul
andi turner 05/Jun/06 Lead
with Mark Sharratt
ukb & bmc shark 04/Sep/05 Solo O/S

Airy and reachy. A good end to a good day. Climbing doesn't get much better than this.

cem 06/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with Rod Strachan
Phil West 27/Jul/02 2nd β
with Chris Tan
DubyaJamesDubya ??/2001 -
Mark Davies PK ??/2001 Lead O/S
chris sm 01/Aug/99 Lead rpt
with Pippa Froggatt
Chris Reid 10/Jul/99 Lead O/S
Martin Bennett 26/Jun/99 -
with Phil
Hidden 09/Aug/98 2nd
Hidden 16/Aug/97 Lead O/S
Roget 20/Aug/95 Lead O/S
with baccy, jon
Chris Ellis 03/Aug/95 2nd

Gamba led

with Gamba, Andy Barker
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