Rockfax Description
A great little outing with an exposed finale. Climb the slab then flop onto a ledge on the left (possible thread belay in the corner to cut down rope drag). Climb the groove to ledges then move out to an exposed finish up the very arete. © Rockfax

FA. Les Ainsworth 1966

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List.

benrhyd 18/Oct Lead
with Joe Barlow
Matt Reed 13/Aug Lead rpt
with Valia
Rory Southworth 01/Aug TR rpt

Birthday 25

Hidden 24/Jul 2nd
Chris Hatton 06/Jul 2nd O/S
with Steve Swift
Artur Romancov 21/Jun Lead
Hidden 04/Jun Solo O/S
FlavioL1989 13/May Solo O/S
Nathanwigg 03/May 2nd O/S
Trev speariett 03/May Lead
Leithcampbell 03/May -
Hidden 20/Apr Lead dnf
Basiljrn 06/Apr TR O/S
with TommyD
Tom Davies ??/2017 -
maumau 11/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Mattskeet1982 LC&CC 23/Aug/16 Lead O/S
james5810 18/Aug/16 Lead O/S
JustLukeJohnson 18/Aug/16 2nd β
Hidden 19/Jul/16 TR
Mairi.Olivier 14/Jul/16 TR O/S
radddogg 21/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Got the pulse racing for a warm up VD. Pretty hairy. The only gear is behind a creaking flake. From the arete I was able to jam a 0.4 camalot in above my head. I wouldn't advise this until you are leading HS+

with Nicolas Wang
yossarian714 27/May/16 Solo O/S
GeorgeR 07/May/16 2nd
Matt Reed 04/May/16 -
Hidden 04/May/16 2nd
sprout3099 03/May/16 -
with Freeman
MartF 03/May/16 Lead O/S

Nice route. Interesting step across to the arête on very little protection. Bomber placement for a #3 Friend low down, not much else in the way of gear though.

with Ash
Mark Collins 25/Apr/16 Lead rpt


with Derek Robinson
Derek Robinson 25/Apr/16 2nd rpt
Hidden 27/Aug/15 2nd
HaveYouSeenDean 16/Aug/15 TR O/S

Nice and easy.

jak.kelly 16/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Lynnette Evans
bennidavies90 10/Aug/15 Lead
Nigel Bond 10/May/15 Lead
with Colin Hutton
mmmhumous ??/2015 Lead
Climbster 24/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 24/Aug/14 Solo O/S
with Matt
bantamdave 15/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Excelant route

with Swifty
Hidden 08/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Dan Kennedy 26/Mar/14 Lead O/S
zojo91 26/Mar/14 2nd O/S
stevorobs3 09/Mar/14 2nd O/S
leeoftroy ?/Mar/14 Lead O/S
rocktraveller ??/2014 -
Chris Manasseh 30/Nov/13 Lead
with Joe Roberts
Fulchy 07/Aug/13 TR
RM199 06/Aug/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/13 Solo O/S
noah 09/Jul/13 2nd
with P Swire
Billy 07/Jul/13 Lead
Connolly8684 27/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Partner: Slim VDiff

Hidden 06/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/13 2nd
D.botts87 25/May/13 Lead O/S
Danny Crump 22/May/13 Lead
with Richard Vaughan
Hidden 22/May/13 2nd rpt
Cruty Rammers 22/May/13 2nd rpt

Could relax and enjoy it a bit more since I wasn't leading this time!

with mattius
ElliottB 08/May/13 2nd O/S
jsw1 30/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with Paul Allsop
Hidden ?/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Cragstrong 28/Feb/13 Lead O/S

Its one of those "YOLO" climbs even if your used to harder climbs, a must do (for its comedy)! protection high up after the first ledge but basically soloing until you reach it. Awesome exposure

with Paul Taylor
Hidden ??/2013 Solo
TallPaulT ??/2013 Lead O/S
Martin Imms 06/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/12 2nd
paulerussell 16/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with Jason, JamesCa
J25 03/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Lucy Porter
howlingbaboon 27/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Scott
Scott Anderson 27/Jul/12 2nd
Roget 15/Jul/12 Solo O/S
Mark Collins 15/Jul/12 Solo rpt
Cruty Rammers 11/Jul/12 Lead O/S

Bottom is pretty easy but zero protection. A couple of not-great bits half way up before stepping onto the exposed arete. Might have got something in there, but elected to run out to the top rather than faffing around. Scary, Brilliant.

with mattius
Stefan Trebicki 08/Jul/12 Lead

First 3* classic lead. Very green.

Stefan Trebicki 08/Jul/12 2nd
Matthew Cunningham 08/Jul/12 2nd
Hidden 01/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Dave Richards 12/Jun/12 2nd rpt
with Tom Rodgers
pffft 28/May/12 Lead O/S

Worth it for the top 5 metres, best exposure ever. Bottom half could be better.

Hidden 28/May/12 2nd
ColClayton 23/May/12 Lead
Smiffy91 23/May/12 2nd
with Colin Clayton
Hidden 16/May/12 TR
Scott Anderson ??/2012 -
erbridger 13/Nov/11 Lead
colinw 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S

great airy move with good finish

with Tina
RagingSphere 17/Aug/11 2nd rpt
with Josh
Hidden 03/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/11 2nd rpt
Derek Robinson 13/Jul/11 TR O/S
with Guy Ainsworth, Caroline Gillett, Mark Collins
Martin Imms 14/Jun/11 2nd O/S
Dave Richards 09/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with sjbrook
sjbrook 09/Jun/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 05/Jun/11 TR O/S
Allanfairfechan ?/May/11 Lead
with Phil Earl
happy_c 15/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Willie Eckerslike ??/2011 -
jonwright 09/Oct/10 2nd
with peter
ajclarke 01/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Lead this with virtually no difficulty, though the lack of protection around the bottom made for a bit of a need to swallow and keep a clear head. Lovely route.

with Laurie Needham
joe.91 24/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Did in the wet!! Super nice route though, also you gotta love it when your gear is only a No. 2 IMP!

with Marita Kirkham, David Kirkham
kev82 15/Aug/10 Lead dnf

Got onto the second ledge, still didn't have any gear in, freaked a bit, but couldn't find any gear. Climbed up a bit further, put some gear in and abseiled down.

roryifinlay 04/Aug/10 Lead O/S
stevepotter 01/Aug/10 Lead
with ken
jonwright 01/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with peter
Marti999 22/Jun/10 Solo O/S
with Anna
jtjenkins 19/Jun/10 2nd
RagingSphere 16/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Very nice climb providing you are willing to commit without much protection

with Stephanie, Josh
wilkie14c 15/Jun/10 Lead rpt
with Dave Clarke
Hidden 10/Jun/10 Lead O/S
1markpne ?/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 11/May/10 Lead O/S
ayuplass 09/May/10 2nd O/S
with miles
Hidden ?/May/10 2nd
ChrisGreen 19/Apr/10 Lead rpt
with John W
wheelo 19/Apr/10 2nd
with chris g
Hidden 17/Apr/10 2nd O/S
mick grim ??/2010 -
Hidden 30/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jul/09 Solo O/S
ChrisGreen 06/Jul/09 2nd rpt
with John W
wheelo 06/Jul/09 Lead
with chris g
Brendan H 24/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with paul
wilkie14c 24/Jun/09 2nd rpt
with Brenden
andrewinglis 04/Jun/09 2nd
ratm 02/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with David Docherty
carl_123 24/May/09 Lead O/S
wheelo 12/May/09 2nd
with foggy
Martin Bennett 07/May/09 -
with Georgina aspirant FMC member, Nick aspirant FMC member
nia 26/Apr/09 Solo
Mikelo 01/Apr/09 Lead

bomber tri-cam placement

with adam
adam06 01/Apr/09 2nd
Hidden 21/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 21/Mar/09 2nd
kjbix 08/Aug/08 Lead
lancashirelass 08/Aug/08 2nd
with kjbix
Hidden 28/Jul/08 2nd O/S
quirky 21/Jul/08 2nd

Nice route, bags of exposure for grade.

markgscott 21/Jul/08 Lead rpt
with Laura Millichamp
reubensampson 05/Jun/08 2nd
with Phil Buckle
Olivia Ferrari ?/Jun/08 TR O/S
Calder 21/May/08 Lead O/S
with jeffb
jeffb 21/May/08 2nd
with graham
FrankW 15/May/08 Lead β
with Steve Graham
Allan Young 15/May/08 Lead O/S

Good value for VDiff - not a lot of gear

with Jack Turner, Steve Turner
Coups 13/May/08 2nd
with Rachel Bull
leewam121 08/May/08 2nd
with Leigh De Vine
Mr Tea 26/Apr/08 2nd
with Greg
Hidden 17/Apr/08 2nd O/S
Shad ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
Mark Wilson23 14/Sep/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Jul/07 2nd
Hidden 29/Jun/07 -
dja 29/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Paul
kitch01 27/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with terry webb
Neil Conway 06/Jun/07 Lead rpt
with Duncan
rick1fugazi 02/Jun/07 Solo rpt

Self lined

joebo ??/2007 -
Hidden 28/Jul/06 TR O/S
Hidden 03/Jul/06 Lead O/S
Howard J 06/Jun/06 Lead rpt

The top part is sensational, exposed and not especially well protected, and quite technical for a V Diff. Good value!

with Henry Tindell
lithos 04/Jun/06 2nd
with Simon C
Simon Caldwell 04/Jun/06 Lead O/S

Quite pleasant, could have done with a bit more gear where it mattered, but leaving my hexes on my belayer's harness didn't help! Not really a 3-star route though.

with Carmen and Rob
ikl minx ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with jonnyboy
dread-i 31/May/06 Lead O/S
with dave m.
Hidden 16/Apr/06 Lead
AMarchant 08/Feb/06 2nd O/S

Simple climb, over rated in my opinion.

with Rob Park
Simon Holden (LCandCC) ??/2006 Lead
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden 26/Jul/05 Solo
Hidden 27/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Howard J 07/Jun/05 Lead O/S
Taffa ?/Jun/05 TR O/S
with Col Mitchell
Hidden ?/Mar/05 Lead
jonnyboy ??/2005 Lead O/S
Lord of Starkness ??/2005 Lead
with Hazel Stark
Hidden ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/04 TR O/S
rovers777 ?/Jun/04 Lead dog
jsw1 13/Apr/04 Lead O/S
with Heike Funke
Carl Smethurst ??/2004 Solo O/S
with Gareth Mayhead
ChrisGreen 21/Jul/03 TR O/S
cjphillips 03/Jul/03 Lead O/S
A Crook 14/Sep/02 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/02 -
Neil Conway ??/2001 Lead O/S
Trobbo 30/Mar/00 Solo
with martin dale
Hidden 03/Aug/99 -
mcgrathr 01/Jun/96 -
ellie macpherson ?/Sep/95 Lead
with Simon Hargreaves, Neil Macpherson, Graeme Jarvis
Dave Westby ??/1995 Solo
Hammy 28/Aug/94 Lead
with Pete Robinson
Martin Bennett 17/Sep/93 Solo
whispering nic ?/Aug/93 2nd
with Ma
tapley 07/Jun/91 Lead
Hidden 21/May/91 Solo
Hidden ??/1989 -
Hidden 30/Mar/88 TR
BigHairyIan 02/Mar/88 Solo O/S
Hidden 28/Feb/88 TR
Hidden 02/Oct/87 TR
Chris the Tall ?/Jul/87 2nd
with Bernadette
Hidden 01/May/87 Lead
goi.ashmore 16/Aug/86 Solo O/S
Martin Bennett 27/Jan/84 TR
with John G
Hidden ??/1984 2nd
Martin Bennett 12/Aug/83 Solo
Hammy 05/Mar/78 Solo
with Jonathon Stacey
climbing_goose ??/1978 Lead O/S

thanks to sahra for the summit photo

with pete hall
oldmanofmow ?/May/77 Lead

Chris Barber

Derek Ryden ??/1974 -
Paul Clarke ??/1972 AltLd
with FMC
Martin Bennett 06/Aug/71 Solo
Hidden 15/Feb/69 Lead O/S
Martin Bennett 13/Feb/65 -
with Chris Farrell, SGW
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