Rockfax Description
The classic of the quarry. From Falling Crack, swing right to the thin seam in the smooth face and climb this with difficulty as it develops into a shallow groove, then to ledges and an easy escape. The Direct Start is also 6a and adds to the pump. © Rockfax

FA. Ken Powell 1964 FFA. Hank Pasquill 1969

Ticklists: Lancashire's Finest, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, World Graded List, Ultimate E3 ticklist, Wilton wanderers.

Flavio 02/Sep/17 Lead O/S
khawk 02/Sep/17 Lead dog
with DT&MJ
Hidden 26/Aug/17 TR
Martin Haworth 29/Jul/17 Lead O/S
Brannock 29/Jul/17 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 25/Oct/16 Lead O/S

Pleased to get this fairly easily, felt 5c

with Andy G
Andy Peak 1 25/Oct/16 2nd
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH 24/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Andy
Andy Peak 1 23/Sep/16 Lead

On Theo's gear

samrad 17/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Dominique
pie_eater_pete 16/Sep/16 Lead
Longsufferingropeholder 23/Jul/16 Lead rpt
pie_eater_pete 18/Jul/16 -
JendeHoxar 14/Jul/16 Lead RP
with Tony
Dave Warburton 26/Sep/15 Lead O/S
JendeHoxar 10/Sep/15 2nd dog
with John
JendeHoxar 05/Sep/15 2nd dog
with John
GPN 05/Sep/15 Lead β


with Gavin, Graham Hadaway
MichaelGallimore 05/Sep/15 Lead rpt
gav 05/Sep/15 2nd β

Having seen a few people do the crux, it went quite smoothly for me.

Hidden 05/Sep/15 TR O/S
Derek Furze 27/Aug/15 2nd

Tough and brilliant

with Duncan Parker
Longsufferingropeholder 08/Aug/15 Lead G/U

Ran out of beans and took a huge fall last year. Went much better this time. Best just to get on with it.

with C May
C May 08/Aug/15 2nd dog
with Tim
JendeHoxar 11/Jun/15 2nd dog
MichaelGallimore 11/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Jenny
Jonny Nick 06/Jun/15 2nd O/S
mattnuttall 05/Apr/15 Lead rpt

Always good... Bit stiff for a first route of the morning early season. Dave noticed that flake jug below overlap - corner very creaky... Probably going to snap on someone soon.

Chris Reid 12/Aug/14 Lead rpt
with Nick Meek
switch 12/Jul/14 TR O/S

Shunted. Via direct start.

John Gale 14/Apr/14 2nd β
dyno_king ??/2014 2nd O/S
cooperman 25/Jun/13 Lead O/S

tough move to stand on the flat hold. v good gear

with Greg Foster
Hidden 22/May/13 TR
khawk 07/Jul/12 Lead dog
with DT
Diggler 25/Jun/12 Lead rpt

Got it second go should have had the onsight

with Calder
Calder 25/Jun/12 2nd
with Mark
will9911 29/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/May/12 Lead O/S
nick bamber 05/May/12 Lead O/S
with mike entwistle
efrance24234 30/Apr/12 Lead rpt
Hidden 01/Dec/11 Lead
Hidden 01/Dec/11 2nd
lancashirelass 01/Sep/11 2nd
with kjbix
kjbix 01/Sep/11 Lead
James Oswald 09/Aug/11 2nd O/S

Really good. Took a rest as I couldn't read the crux. Should've got it clean! Awesome lower and upper crux.

with Greg
gregoritos 09/Aug/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 28/Jun/11 Lead
Rich Guest 28/Jun/11 Lead

Wow, just realised it's seven years since I naively attempted this! So here I was again, 2011, with a much better concept of how to go about placing solid pro and steaming into cunning 6a manoevers above it! Wicked! :)

Rob Davies 28/Jun/11 2nd dog

Several thin moves

with Rich
JasRY 26/Jun/11 Lead dog

A superb route, will be back to lead again at some point!

with Paul Coxon
akhughes 14/Jun/11 Lead O/S

good route, but never E3 or 6a. standard E2 5c

stevebarratt 03/May/11 Lead O/S
with Thomas Mills Richmond
Simon Rackley ?/May/11 Lead

stunnning line, 3 good rests with lots of gear.

with macca pacca
Hidden 21/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Simon Rackley ??/2011 -
Hidden 30/Aug/10 Lead
JulesV 21/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Direct start

with Shauna Cunningham
ojp 07/Aug/10 2nd

did the direct start, couldnt manage the mantle

with Si
Hidden 07/Aug/10 Lead O/S
techcs 22/Jul/10 TR rpt

1st climb, difficult, 2nd OK, 3rd easy.

Marti999 21/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Anna
Andrew1 11/Jun/10 2nd
with Tom N
TomPR ?/May/10 Lead
Toby Dunn ?/May/10 Lead O/S
with Tom Randall
Hidden ?/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Jan/10 -
dave mann ??/2010 Lead rpt
Hidden ??/2010 -
Jacob Bloodworth ??/2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/09 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/09 TR
Fred Sergeant 02/May/09 2nd O/S
with Jim Holmes
kingholmesy ??/2009 Lead O/S
with Brian
sarah13 ??/2009 2nd O/S
with pete40
derico 14/Sep/08 Lead O/S

One of my favourite routes and first onsight of the grade. Perfect crack and face climbing all the way, very pleased to get this!

with Dave Hollows
Hidden 30/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jun/08 2nd
Andrew1 30/Jun/08 Lead O/S
DavidR 31/May/08 Lead O/S

First clean, onsight E3 lead...and first 6a too! Awesome route.

Hidden 31/May/08 Lead rpt
Stig 08/May/08 2nd dog

Had hard time getting foot onto crucial rockover hold

with Chris
chrishedgehog ?/May/08 Lead dog

Led with a fall, not "falls"!

with James
Mad as a Hatter ?/Apr/08 2nd RP

first time outdoors!

gregoritos ?/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with gav ?
Tony Little 21/Apr/07 2nd
with Lucy Ellis
middlevern ??/2007 Lead O/S
with Mike Blood
Hidden ??/2007 -
jonnyboy 27/Sep/06 Lead dog

one rest

Hidden 14/May/05 Lead O/S
datoon 07/Sep/04 Lead O/S
with RT
nige 13/Jul/04 Lead
with mark hounslea
Apharri ?/Jul/04 Lead O/S
with Dave Wharton
Hidden ?/Jul/04 Lead dnf
Adam Lincoln ??/2002 Lead
Carl Smethurst 23/Sep/01 2nd
with Ian Pickles
Chris Reid 15/Sep/01 Lead O/S
with Rob Muirhead
Hidden 23/Jul/01 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/01 Lead O/S
uphillnow 12/Jun/00 -
D Tempest 31/May/99 Lead
with Rick
Carl Smethurst 10/Apr/99 2nd
with Ian Pickles
Roget 08/Apr/96 Lead O/S
goi.ashmore 16/Jun/95 Lead O/S
with Matt Hirst
John Southworth ?/Jun/95 Lead O/S
Hammy 18/Apr/95 2nd
with Colin Struthers
Hidden ??/1995 2nd dog
Hidden User 56 ??/1994 Lead O/S

Date a rough guess. Did the direct version, no harder IMHO. Easy E3

CBA ??/1994 -
mattnuttall 17/Aug/93 2nd rpt
with Alan Holden
Stoney Boy 06/Jun/93 2nd O/S
with Neil McCallum
mattnuttall 11/May/93 Lead O/S
with Alan Holden
Tony Little 06/May/93 Lead O/S
with Merk
Hidden 12/Jul/92 2nd
whispering nic 22/Oct/91 Lead
with slow hand nick
Carl Smethurst 01/Jun/91 2nd
with Ian Pickles
mattnuttall ?/Oct/90 TR
with Alan Holden
Hidden 12/Jul/90 2nd
Hidden ?/Apr/90 Lead
mik1miller ??/1990 Lead O/S
with derek johnson
Hidden 22/Jun/89 2nd
Rich Kirby ??/1989 Lead O/S
Sean Kelly ?/Jun/88 2nd
with Gary Thornhill & Duncan Lee
steve taylor ?/Oct/87 TR
with Nick Smith (BB)
Neil McA 21/Jul/86 Lead O/S
with Tom Lewis
neilh 10/May/86 Lead
with dave marsh
Seymore Butt ??/1985 Lead
with Ian Fenton
tmawer ??/1985 Lead O/S
andybirtwistle 06/Oct/84 2nd
with Mike Arnold
Hidden 26/Sep/84 2nd
Hidden 07/Jun/84 Lead
Martin Bennett 01/Sep/83 -


with Mick Lovatt
Mark Kemball 27/Jun/83 2nd
with Paul Clark
Mark Kemball 09/Apr/83 TR
with Paul Clark
Mark Kemball 21/Aug/80 Lead
with Paul Clark
Mark Kemball 26/Jul/77 Lead dnf
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