Rockfax Description
12m. Climb the roof crack strenuously then amble to the top. © Rockfax

FA. Joe Brown 1954

Ticklists: The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Western Peak Grit 100 VD - VS, Staffordshire Grit Challenge - Brown-Whillans Day Out.

Paul Hy 16/Aug Lead rpt
with Mike R
Matadoors 01/Aug 2nd
jon bradley 24/Jun Lead dog
with Tim Styles, Huw Howells
timstyles 24/Jun 2nd β

Jon led

with Huw Howells, Jon Bradley
dantheoptimist 24/Jun Lead O/S
with Tom Mills
dczach 03/Jun 2nd
Connor170 03/Jun Lead
mrphilipoldham 24/May Lead O/S
Paul Hy 24/May 2nd rpt
with Phil O
Hidden 21/May 2nd
WilliamRupp 11/May Solo O/S
Rob_Morris1996 03/May Lead O/S
themattyshep 03/May Lead O/S
with Rob M
alanblyth 03/May 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/May 2nd O/S
Stukaill 02/May 2nd
Chris Ebbutt 29/Apr Lead
with Seb
keepguessing 29/Apr 2nd
with Chris
Flossykay 23/Apr Lead O/S
with Dan jackson
rtdennison 26/Mar Lead

One move wonder, but what a pleasant move it is

with Holly
Holly Mckenzie-Barnes 26/Mar 2nd
D Berry 21/Jan 2nd rpt
with Wayne S
Wayne S 21/Jan Lead O/S
with Dale
WillRhodes ??/2017 Lead O/S
Jonny Holmes 16/Oct/16 AltLd O/S
with Bex Hedderick
Graeme Hammond 15/Oct/16 Lead O/S
with Alastair Atkinson
Fiona Hughes 09/Oct/16 2nd
with SP
Hidden 09/Oct/16 Lead
TheSingularity 08/Oct/16 Lead dog
rurp 11/Sep/16 Lead
Hidden 17/Aug/16 2nd
Dale Comley 07/Aug/16 AltLd O/S
with Ollie Torr
cpoad 30/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Clare F
rob.swifty 22/Jun/16 2nd O/S
with Nik Morgan
jack_44 16/May/16 Lead
Hidden 19/Apr/16 Lead O/S
Rob Gillespie 03/Apr/16 Lead rpt
Hidden 20/Mar/16 2nd O/S
markK6 20/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with Simon
MusicalMountaineer 19/Mar/16 Lead O/S

First JB tick. Really enjoyed it. Maybe a touch soft.

with Gloria
Gloria 19/Mar/16 2nd
Hidden ??/2016 -
M60OON ??/2016 2nd
with rob 528
tom bre 14/Oct/15 Lead rpt

Some ace moves with great gear where its needed

ADConway 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with Wrekin MC
Hidden 04/Oct/15 TR
TomOliver 04/Oct/15 Lead O/S
petern 04/Oct/15 2nd O/S
with jane gilmour
Andy Clarke 25/Sep/15 Sent rpt

A highball repeat in memory of my good friend & climbing partner Ralph, who died of a brain tumour exactly a year ago today. This was one of the routes we did the first time we ever climbed together, 15 years ago. Here's to Absent Friends. (2 mats, no spotter; seconded 10/9/2000.)

mjeffery 05/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with J
Séjeffery 05/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with Dad
largejason 05/Sep/15 Lead
royle883 11/Aug/15 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 09/Aug/15 Solo O/S
Peakphil 15/Jun/15 Lead O/S
with Charlie
FlavioL1989 06/Jun/15 Solo O/S
Ram MkiV 26/May/15 Lead O/S
with noaks
James Oakes 26/May/15 2nd O/S
marclloyd77 23/May/15 2nd
Allan Watson 23/May/15 Lead
with Marc Lloyd
Paul Hy 13/May/15 Lead rpt
with Daz J
dazz5866 13/May/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 26/Apr/15 2nd
fuzzysheep01 24/Apr/15 Solo O/S
PeteWilson 17/Apr/15 Solo O/S
with Dave
shell145 15/Apr/15 TR dog
with Ursula
JCresswell 11/Apr/15 2nd
BareBears 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S
with Kay
Hidden 07/Mar/15 2nd O/S
jack_44 07/Mar/15 Lead
Rob Gillespie ?/Mar/15 Lead O/S
Mike W ??/2015 Lead
Hidden ??/2015 Lead
MBano 05/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Oct/14 2nd
Ragnaar 03/Oct/14 Lead O/S

The move is a bit like Topsail - nice route and minimal gear all the way up

with martin hirons
jrccrosby 21/Sep/14 Lead
Hidden 21/Sep/14 Lead
Theeni 21/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Joseph
Andrew Abraham 14/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Paul Sherman, Ceara
philhilo 14/Sep/14 2nd rpt
with Helen E
Prof. Outdoors 26/Jul/14 2nd
with Wendy
soph 23/Jul/14 Lead rpt
with Lindy Smith
Alex Winter 21/Jul/14 Lead O/S

8 on Staffordshire nose. 6:20am.

with Nick
Nick Russell 21/Jul/14 2nd rpt

8/31. Good warm-up for the second day.

BB95 09/Jul/14 Lead
with Jay Ibrahim
daveclarke5 06/Jul/14 2nd
with Stephen
mapperley samurai 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Fun moves getting past the roof. Easy but well run out in the upper section.

with Michael H
Michael-H 05/Jul/14 2nd
dan gibson 29/Jun/14 -
with michael porter
Hidden 29/Jun/14 Lead O/S
cameron_hall 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/14 2nd
Ceara 27/May/14 2nd O/S
with Andrew
Andrew Abraham 27/May/14 Lead O/S
with Ceara
morganator 26/May/14 Solo
soph 26/May/14 Solo
Paul Hy 05/May/14 Lead rpt
with Dave W
mattgrange 03/May/14 Lead O/S

One move wonder once I'd stopped bothering to look for gear

morganator 11/Apr/14 2nd O/S
soph 11/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Nick Russell 01/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Bit of a one-move-wonder. Nice enough for that move, but a path after. Soft for the grade.

Hidden 01/Apr/14 Lead β
warrygallace ?/Apr/14 2nd
with ben edwin
TJ Mather 16/Mar/14 TR dnf

Just climbed over the overhang then lowered off (after this it's just a scramble so didn't bother to continue)

Chris Murray 11/Mar/14 Lead

Not done this for over 10 years. Really nice route.

DanChad 11/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Climbster 30/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 30/Aug/13 2nd β
with Matt
wishicud climbHVS 28/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Paul Hy 28/Aug/13 Lead rpt
with Dave E
theboghopper 25/Aug/13 2nd
pheotleyr 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Getting over the initial overhang with (in my case) 2 OK wires was good fun and suprisingly easy in the end, the rest of the climb sadly is without any interest though.

with Mike
asmith37 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Aug/13 2nd
Hidden 17/Aug/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 27/Jul/13 Lead O/S
mky77 27/Jul/13 2nd dog
Hidden 25/Jul/13 Solo O/S
andi turner 22/Jul/13 AltLd
with pete bridgwood
Katya 14/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Charlie Staincliffe 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Stuart Myatt
Paul Hy 03/Jul/13 Lead rpt

the lower bit was green as well as the crux!

with Damon H
Ben Hollands 06/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Ben T@ylor 19/Feb/13 Lead O/S

Tough move over the roof. Place a number 3 Rock sideways in the small gully in the top right corner below the roof for the only decent placement. You wont need gear after the roof...just as well as there isnt much

with Alex wright
MJS ??/2013 -
MJS ??/2013 -
AlexxelA 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Was quite wet and green, made the crack rather unpleasant "all a bit gynacological" as Paul said.

Psych ?/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hannes B 14/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Mark H
Adrianw 05/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Natalie Wilson
Bede 28/Jul/12 2nd
MarkCunnington 28/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Davey569 17/Jun/12 TR O/S
gingerwolf 30/May/12 Lead O/S
with Sean
swhitley 29/May/12 2nd
Fiskavaig 27/May/12 Lead

Have waited a long time to lead this climb, having backed off it a number of times before, well chuffed.

with Nic P
Laura-lou 27/May/12 2nd
with Toaf
Hidden 23/May/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/May/12 Lead O/S
Will Caesar 22/May/12 2nd O/S
RichyBOYY 22/May/12 Lead
paulharmer 21/May/12 2nd

My first Joe Brown Route really pleased!

with Vernon Bayliss
Steve J P 20/May/12 2nd
with BW
Bernie Wylde 20/May/12 Lead
with sp
terri mc 17/May/12 Lead O/S
with Andy Shardlow
Hidden 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S
saalty 27/Mar/12 2nd O/S
with Andy S, Jim
harold walmsley 15/Mar/12 2nd rpt

Foggy, cold, dirty and a bit damp. Felt hard but how much was the conditions? Off East to escape the fog.

with Colin Struthers
robinmuzette 15/Jan/12 2nd
Coops_13 15/Jan/12 Lead O/S

Didn't put cam in over-head so very bold move, great fun!

Hidden ??/2012 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 -
David Chaytor 15/Oct/11 TR O/S
Keendan 15/Oct/11 TR O/S
Hixmclix 23/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with tim price
victim of mathematics 13/Aug/11 2nd O/S

One 4b move with overhead gear - HS, surely?

with Simon
Hidden 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Aug/11 2nd O/S
hotfeet 06/Aug/11 Lead
with Mac
littleluke ?/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Matt Bill Platypus 30/Jul/11 2nd
with Angela
valentinesbabe 30/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Nice start to the route, but a one move wonder really. Exposed top section but very easy moves.

Paul Hy 27/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Mike R, Ian
Hidden 24/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 29/Jun/11 Lead O/S
claregardiner 29/Apr/11 2nd
richyg 28/Apr/11 -
matty123 27/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Bob Oldale
mcglenr25 27/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Kirsty810202 27/Apr/11 2nd rpt
mksmith35 27/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Col Kingshott 25/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Kirsty810202 24/Apr/11 2nd O/S
iwebster59017 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
John Elliott 20/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Doug Allen
with andy
Andy DJ 10/Apr/11 Lead
Rock Zigger 08/Apr/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 13/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Mar/11 Lead
buxtoncoffeelover 07/Mar/11 2nd
Hidden 03/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Pete Nugent 03/Mar/11 2nd
John Mckeating ??/2011 -
HowieB ??/2011 Lead
Hidden ??/2011 -
Emma-Louise Anderson 31/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Amazing roof. Took a while to work out what I was going to do. A second cam gave me the confidence to do it. No gear and lots of vegetation on the top made it an exciting finish.

mick1jones 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Easy climbing but little pro on upper section

with Ralph Atkinson
Steven Andrews 16/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Richard Lines
Rick Ashton 10/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with andy gibb
Hidden 11/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 11/Aug/10 Lead O/S
j4kub 01/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with claire gibson
paulharmer 29/Jul/10 2nd dnf

My first attempt at a Joe Brown route ended in failure kept falling at the crux "i'll be back"

with Vernon Bayliss
Pete Randall 17/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Charles
Hidden 17/Jul/10 Lead
Hidden 17/Jul/10 2nd β
Hidden 17/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Martin Cleaver 16/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S
hazeysunshine 11/Jun/10 2nd
with Dave
mmalbon 31/May/10 TR

Great climb, really enjoyable first move over the overhang - i.e. not too hard!

with Dave Lowndes, Mick
Jonny M 30/May/10 Lead O/S
Purple Roni 15/May/10 Lead
with Roger F
keith Lonsdale 07/May/10 2nd
andybirtwistle 07/May/10 Lead
ianslade ?/May/10 Lead β
with Tim Price
duncan 10/Apr/10 2nd O/S
dishevelled ?/Apr/10 2nd O/S
R77 ??/2010 TR
with Mark
SHCS ??/2010 -
Cat Hendrie ??/2010 Lead O/S
keith leonard ??/2010 -
GF ??/2010 -
ozbaker ??/2010 Lead O/S
Allan Watson 25/Oct/09 2nd
with Simon Whitehead
simonw1 ?/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Allan Watson
Hidden 29/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/09 Lead rpt
dja 20/Jul/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 20/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Jul/09 2nd O/S
cooper leek 12/Jul/09 Lead rpt
with dave nw
Hidden 05/Jul/09 Lead RP
JDDD 28/Jun/09 Solo
Rob Davies 18/Jun/09 Lead
with Mark ?, Jonah Jones
jcurley 08/Jun/09 Lead O/S
stump ?/Jun/09 -
Richard_D 31/May/09 2nd O/S
DanT 30/May/09 Lead dog
with Hana White, Junaid White
Mr. K 23/May/09 Lead dnf
with Bryn Wood
donkster 13/May/09 Lead rpt
with ben
cooper leek 13/May/09 2nd rpt
with donk
fizzychewitt 10/May/09 2nd
with Steve
stevemcg 10/May/09 Lead
with Liz
Jim Slater 09/May/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/May/09 Lead O/S
catblack 02/May/09 2nd
with Dan O'Flynn
danoflynn 02/May/09 Lead O/S
with Cat Black
Hidden 26/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
DanT 28/Sep/08 Lead O/S
ollycreedy 28/Sep/08 2nd O/S
with Dan Towns
Hidden 14/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/08 Lead β
mmalbon 03/Aug/08 2nd

After top roping to work it out, Mick lead it very easily and me and Simon seconded reasonably easily.

with Mick and Simon
simonfife 13/Apr/08 2nd O/S
with ali
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
FrankW 04/Nov/07 Lead rpt
with Colin Adams
Simon Caldwell 29/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Managed it at last, having backed off several times before. Quite easy once I'd summoned up the nerve not to put gear in the best handhold! Finished up the tower on the left, which was quite exciting too.

with Carmen
bobpilgrem 12/Jun/07 Lead O/S

excelleny route-a case of balance/technique rather than brute force.

with Bob/Nic

Lovley climb apart from the ants!

with GRAY
Stig 29/May/07 2nd O/S

Not a good route.

with Charlie Reade-Jahn
FrankW 03/Feb/07 Lead rpt
with Laura
Birdo ??/2007 -
with Dave Bird
Hidden 04/Nov/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Sep/06 Lead
tradguy 22/Aug/06 2nd O/S
with Ute Wegenhoff, Mark Hazell
Hidden 25/Jul/06 2nd
Hidden 16/Jul/06 2nd
Hidden 15/Jul/06 Lead O/S
epic ed 02/Jul/06 Lead O/S

Hard move at 3M then v.v. easy.

with Ben
dan gibson 04/Jun/06 Solo rpt
Marvino 25/Apr/06 Lead
with Darren
davidwright 20/Jan/06 Lead rpt
Hidden ??/2006 2nd
dan gibson ??/2006 -
Allan Young 02/Jul/05 2nd rpt
with Jonathan Bode-Hey
Hidden 06/Jun/05 Lead
Hidden 14/May/05 Lead O/S
adam carless 14/May/05 2nd
Irk the Purist ??/2005 Lead O/S

One move wonder.

with Rachel Scott
Hidden 31/Dec/04 TR
donkster ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with trigg
Stevie_R 07/Jun/04 Lead O/S
with rod
Hidden 30/May/04 2nd
Hidden 16/Apr/04 2nd
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
Sankey 31/Aug/03 Lead O/S

Nice juggy moves through overhang

with Rich
Hidden 29/Jun/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 12/Jun/03 Lead
Hidden 05/Jun/03 Lead
Chesh ?/Jun/03 Lead
with Sparky
Neil Curtis 10/May/03 Lead rpt
with Pete Barnes
Allan Young 26/Apr/03 Lead O/S
with Peter Taylor
Digger 18/Apr/03 2nd O/S
with James Latham
Alaric 05/Apr/03 TR O/S
SteveM 16/Mar/03 Lead
Smelly Fox 12/Mar/03 Lead O/S
with Steve Puttick
beermonkey ?/Mar/03 Lead
with mike
Hidden ??/2003 Lead
mark s ??/2003 Solo
Danhan 19/Oct/02 2nd
Hidden 06/Oct/02 Solo
Hidden 28/Sep/02 Lead O/S
five 16/Aug/02 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Aug/02 Lead
D Berry 21/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Claire Berry
Steve Vincent 29/Jun/02 2nd
Steve Vincent 29/Jun/02 2nd
Steve Vincent 29/Jun/02 2nd
Mark Salter 21/Apr/02 2nd
with Chris Shorrock
FrankW 20/Apr/02 2nd rpt
with Joe
andy007 03/Apr/02 Lead O/S

good route

with Jon Humphreys
platt2000 ??/2002 Lead
Gus ??/2002 Lead
with luisa giles
Hedley 26/Aug/01 2nd O/S
with Steve Runnacles
andygreen 30/Jun/01 2nd
Retroman3 23/Jun/01 2nd O/S
with Yan
Retroman3 23/Jun/01 2nd O/S
with Yan
Hidden 18/Jun/01 Lead
adamwesthead 27/Jul/00 Lead O/S


with Taylor
Nigel Coe 10/Jun/00 Lead
with Tim Dunsby
Hidden 30/Apr/00 TR
FrankW 26/Feb/00 Lead O/S
with Jane T
Hidden 13/Jan/00 Lead
rlrs ??/2000 Lead
fellgazelle ??/2000 Lead O/S

and again with Richard Hewitt

with Ian Waterhouse
p.crooky#1 14/Sep/99 Lead
with Gel
Steve Pardoe 17/Jul/99 2nd

Start crux has "pro or hold" choice With Ian Grimsey

with Youarsey / NWF Posse (uk.rec.climbing)
antroy 15/May/99 Lead
petekeron ??/1999 Lead O/S
Martyn ??/1999 -
Mark Stevenson 15/Nov/98 Lead rpt
craig h 08/Oct/98 Solo O/S
with Jamie Lillieman
Howard J 11/Aug/98 2nd
with Aidan Raftery
orb ?/Jun/98 Lead O/S
with ?
Hidden 03/May/98 2nd
cem ?/Mar/98 Lead O/S
with Paul Richardson
Hidden 12/Oct/97 Solo
Hidden 17/Aug/97 2nd
Mark Stevenson 17/Aug/97 Lead O/S
Phil West 19/Jul/97 Lead O/S

32°C. Rock too hot to touch. Could fry an egg.

with David Atherton
chris sm ?/Jul/97 Lead O/S
with Jon Stevens
Chris Murray ?/May/97 Lead
with Richard Bower
Sime64 20/Apr/97 Lead O/S
with Rupert LMC
Martin Bennett 26/Jan/97 -
with MT
Hidden ??/1997 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1997 AltLd
BruceW ??/1997 Lead O/S
smudge 23/Sep/96 Lead O/S
with Alex
Ian Archer 22/Sep/96 2nd O/S
with Danny Hale
Tony Buckley ?/Jul/96 -
Hidden 08/Jun/96 2nd O/S
EddieA 04/May/96 Lead O/S
with NCMC
five ?/May/96 Lead O/S
alan moore ??/1996 -
brady ??/1996 2nd
with John Cameron
michael burrows 27/Jun/95 Solo
Yourlead 11/Jun/95 2nd
with Graham Penny
Rog Wilko ?/Jun/95 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
Duncan Bourne 02/Apr/95 Solo rpt
nai ??/1995 Solo
Hidden ??/1995 Solo rpt
malc 17/Sep/94 Lead
Hidden 30/Jul/94 Lead
stokienomad 12/Jul/94 Lead
Howard J 15/Jun/94 -
SimonN ?/May/94 Lead
andrew300169 30/May/93 Solo
with Pom
andrew300169 16/Apr/93 Solo
SimonN 24/Jun/92 Solo
andrew300169 18/Jun/92 Solo
with Tim Woz
Scott McRae ?/Jun/92 Lead O/S
with Steve Jones
adi bryant 06/Oct/91 2nd
with Clive
Rob Davies ?/May/91 Lead
Hidden 26/Aug/90 Solo
andybirtwistle 25/Jul/90 -
Hidden 15/Jul/90 Lead
Roget 03/May/90 Solo O/S
Raggar 02/Apr/90 Lead
OMSKB ?/Mar/90 Lead
with Dad
andrew300169 ??/1990 -
goi.ashmore 11/Mar/89 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 28/Jun/88 Lead
with Bob Lister
Hidden 08/Jun/88 Solo
Hidden ?/Jun/88 Lead
tlr ?/Jun/88 TR
with Fin and Nick
Hidden ??/1985 Lead
Nigel Bond 31/Jan/82 Lead
with Charlie Leverton
Ghastly Rubberfeet ??/1981 Solo
leland stamper 21/Oct/79 2nd O/S
tapley 28/Mar/76 Lead
with Alison Tapley
rogerskews ??/1976 -
jon 10/Jul/73 Lead
with dave i
mikej 03/May/70 Solo
with E
Hidden 12/Nov/67 Lead
oldmanofmow ??/1960 2nd

Pete Williams tried this for weeks before getting over the overhang and getting me to second him. A pointless climb, difficult start and then nothing.

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