Rockfax Description
10m. The centre of the face has a polished and perplexing start. It is pleasant above though the gear does not inspire. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Twelve fine routes in the lower grades at the Roaches, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Western Peak Grit 100 VD - VS, Roaches VDiff's.

Flavio 08/Sep/17 Solo O/S
simeclimb68 26/Aug/17 2nd rpt
with Heather Lewis
Lottie T 12/Aug/17 2nd O/S
with Camilla
Hidden 12/Aug/17 Lead O/S
Jack J Keogan 12/Aug/17 Solo O/S
Rob Laird 07/Aug/17 Solo O/S
mr random 07/Aug/17 Solo
Simon Caldwell 23/Jul/17 2nd O/S

Unprotected start was a bit desperate (greeen wet and slimy), after that was OK at the grade though quite bold.

with Annie, Carmen
Jamie Brown 23/Jul/17 2nd O/S
with Pete Bradshaw, Dave D
Hidden 23/Jul/17 Lead O/S
mmmhumous 26/Jun/17 Lead O/S
with Tom
gaz3212 06/Mar/17 Solo O/S
edhawk21 11/Dec/16 Lead O/S

easy lead if not a bit cold and green

with Peter Knight
Theeni 25/Nov/16 2nd O/S
with Joseph
jrccrosby 25/Nov/16 Lead O/S
adamre12 13/Nov/16 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 13/Nov/16 Solo rpt
Bradbury 13/Nov/16 Lead O/S
lost.arrow 09/Oct/16 2nd
Chris1234H 08/Oct/16 Lead O/S
Kinge 17/Sep/16 Solo O/S
stevethomas 29/Aug/16 2nd
with Chris Smith
stonejumper 29/Aug/16 Lead
Paul Hy 23/Aug/16 Lead rpt
with Phil O
mrphilipoldham 23/Aug/16 2nd O/S
IainMay 07/Aug/16 Lead O/S
Zoe Arschavir 07/Aug/16 2nd
with IainMay
David Walker 30/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Not much gear for a VD. Nice fun easy climbing though.

cpoad 30/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Clare F
rig 30/Jul/16 2nd
CathS 17/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with John Rowlands
John Brayshaw 17/Jul/16 2nd O/S
stev1e.wilso 17/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Leleanor93 17/Jun/16 2nd O/S
BenedictIEP 17/Jun/16 Lead O/S
stevethomas 04/Jun/16 Lead
with Heather
dantheoptimist 14/May/16 2nd O/S
bsparky 14/May/16 Lead O/S
with Claire Franklin, Caroline Barker, Daniel Peters
jakenichol 08/May/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Apr/16 Lead O/S
Steve Clegg 22/Mar/16 Lead O/S
with Clare
Robin Nichols 14/Feb/16 Solo O/S
with Roger
rockman 15/Sep/15 Lead O/S
timcedwards 15/Sep/15 2nd
Fiskavaig 12/Jul/15 Lead

Nice climb, would be nicer if you could get gear in to protect first few moves.

with Bill
Hidden 21/Jun/15 2nd O/S
superturbo 30/May/15 Solo
Hidden 18/Apr/15 2nd
Rob Gillespie ??/2015 Solo O/S
s1362083 30/Nov/14 Lead
Andy Hudson 18/Oct/14 TR
with Adrian Carter
Hidden ?/Oct/14 -
Finn Curry 27/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Tim Akast
Stephen Halliday 27/Sep/14 Lead
with John Wilshaw
Hidden 21/Sep/14 Lead O/S
John Holden 13/Sep/14 2nd
with Chris Lovewell, Helen Costelloe
SGD 24/Aug/14 Solo
Dale ?/Aug/14 Solo
dpiddock 22/Jun/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Andrew Abraham 01/Jun/14 2nd
with Ceara
Ceara 01/Jun/14 Lead
with Andrew
JonBlundell 21/May/14 2nd dog
with Pat Buntam
Jayster329 21/May/14 Lead O/S

fairly straight forward climb but hardly anywhere for gear placement making it a bit scarier.

Jayster329 21/May/14 2nd O/S

feels so much easier seconding up after, much more comfortable.

iskra2000 05/May/14 Lead
with Clare Downie
stevo smith 04/May/14 Lead O/S
with Chris Britton
Hidden 04/May/14 2nd
simeclimb68 04/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd O/S
SHONAJONES 03/May/14 Lead O/S

Not much gear - but good gear

markK6 03/May/14 Lead O/S

I almost claimed a Solo ascent on this one having placed my only gear about 1.5 metres from the ground. Perhaps I should have hunted further afield for runner placements. Start not so polished for a Limestone climber

with Simon
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd O/S
dale.reynolds 13/Apr/14 TR O/S
with Birmingham County Scouts Mountaineering Unit
karlb 12/Apr/14 2nd
Smeghead 12/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Karl bamford
Matt_C9716 12/Mar/14 Lead O/S
chikadi 15/Dec/13 Lead O/S

windy, damp ascent but nice hvd (in guidebook)

philhilo 26/Oct/13 Solo O/S

In approach shoes, in the wet, in a gale....maybe not so wise.

benny_m 05/Oct/13 2nd rpt
with Su
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead
Bullybones 28/Sep/13 Sent
Hidden 22/Sep/13 Lead O/S
DanChad 14/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Chris Murray 14/Aug/13 Lead

Easy but not a lot of gear. Not sure why this is recommended in the BMC guide as a suitable beginners lead as it's pretty much a solo until just before the top (the gear scarred flake on the right at half height is loose, so don't rely on it, peeps)

kermit_uk 29/Jun/13 2nd O/S
RM199 16/Jun/13 Solo O/S
MikeDowsett 09/Jun/13 Lead
with Colin Harper, Robin Stiffin
csh.1000 09/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Mike
Hidden 09/Jun/13 Solo O/S
Laramadness 19/May/13 Solo O/S
kez1 07/May/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 06/May/13 Lead
Hidden 01/May/13 Lead O/S
Paul Hy 13/Apr/13 Lead rpt
with Dave S, Umer, Dave W
mrs catt 13/Apr/13 2nd O/S
with Iain
catt 13/Apr/13 Lead O/S

Fairly pish and basically a solo.

with Amy
mevanssmith 07/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Paul Hy 06/Apr/13 Lead rpt
with Umer
PeteWilson 27/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 17/Feb/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Nov/12 Solo O/S
Stone Muppet 20/Oct/12 Solo
riff156 14/Oct/12 Solo O/S
lukebowman551 22/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Craig Shelley, Duncan Bourne
Hidden 09/Sep/12 2nd
dbm 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S
carl_123 07/Sep/12 Solo O/S
augustus trout 14/Aug/12 -

self belay practice

davemcummings 05/Aug/12 Lead
LiniebarClimb 05/Aug/12 2nd
markblair 25/Jul/12 2nd O/S

Nice warm up.

with Alison Dixon
Ala the 'cat' Piatkowska ?/Jul/12 Lead dnf
with Stuart
Ala the 'cat' Piatkowska ?/Jul/12 2nd
with Stuart
rockmaverick ?/Jul/12 Lead
with Ala 'the Cat' Piatkowska
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/May/12 Solo O/S
Rhythm24 20/May/12 Solo O/S
gingerwolf 28/Mar/12 Lead O/S
lizzyb 28/Mar/12 Lead O/S

Very polished start could be off putting to a Vdiff climber (not kidding when it says perplexing), but much nicer above where less feet have clearly climbed and worth continuing to!

beth_may 17/Mar/12 2nd
becoming-stranger 17/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with Beth Mc
mtempest 11/Mar/12 Solo
PAJames ??/2012 -
Jonny M 04/Dec/11 Lead O/S
jaimer 04/Dec/11 2nd
Hidden 06/Nov/11 Solo
mark20 06/Nov/11 Solo O/S
Derek Furze 28/Oct/11 Solo
sgl 26/Oct/11 Solo O/S
tebs 26/Oct/11 Solo O/S
ImogenJones 16/Oct/11 -
lewismansell 28/Sep/11 Lead O/S
scotty h 28/Sep/11 2nd rpt

in trainers

with Lewis Mansell
Double Knee Bar 18/Sep/11 Lead O/S
valentinesbabe 04/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Tithe Technique 04/Sep/11 Lead O/S
katyc 21/Aug/11 2nd
eeonz 20/Aug/11 2nd
tompilgrem 19/Aug/11 2nd O/S
with Nick/D
Boran 16/Aug/11 2nd
Hidden 14/Aug/11 2nd O/S
kirsty52 14/Aug/11 TR

fell off the start but did it. Was cold hands and rock so not nice as there are no really good holds below 2 metres and I'm a bit short! (my excuse)

with christine, Steve, Mike
Paul Hy 24/Jul/11 Lead rpt

No gear until near the top.

with Ian
mes32 23/Jul/11 Lead O/S
cragant 09/Jul/11 Lead
swoollock 09/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 02/Jul/11 Lead
Hidden 02/Jul/11 2nd
Becky E 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Bold but pleasant.

Graeme Hammond 26/Jun/11 2nd O/S

also 2nd with Andy Winter 13-11-16 (later soloed that day)

with Becky E
hazeysunshine 23/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with GT
terri mc 04/Jun/11 Lead β
with Nicola Pledger, Andy Shardlow
Paul Hy 21/May/11 2nd O/S
with Tony
OMSKB 17/May/11 Lead
with Richard Winfield
Hidden 17/Apr/11 Lead O/S
alias dave 10/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Sam.EB
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Killianmurphy 02/Apr/11 Solo O/S
antonymcphillips ?/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 27/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Kingsjester 14/Nov/10 Lead O/S

Didnt place any gear until 3/4 of the way up as there wasnt really any.

Paul C F 14/Nov/10 2nd


with GILL
matthomas79 24/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Oct/10 2nd rpt
benny_m 10/Oct/10 Lead rpt
Mark Salter 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
DanT 07/Aug/10 Solo rpt
Hidden 02/Aug/10 2nd
Alex Winter 23/Jul/10 Solo O/S
eonuk 27/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Another climb with no useful gear till right near top. Easy climbing though.

with Wayne
Hidden 27/Jun/10 2nd O/S
kiwi boy 12/Jun/10 2nd O/S

No gear until the 1 metre from top

with keith pascoe, Richard Fox
staceyjg 12/Jun/10 2nd O/S

Very little protection on this for a VD

with Emma, Katie, Chris Gardner
Hidden 31/May/10 Lead O/S
Jim Malo 31/May/10 2nd O/S
fatbuoybazza 31/May/10 2nd O/S
tomboyle 03/May/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/May/10 Lead
scotty h 18/Apr/10 Lead rpt
with Ceara Mallaghan
Stuart William 18/Apr/10 Solo rpt
minirollsrule 18/Apr/10 Lead O/S

my first lead, placed 3 bits of gear, one of which was bad

drcorbasisgod 18/Apr/10 Solo O/S
John Foster 15/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Isobel
Hidden 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S
cooper leek 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S

great vd. deserves its star.

with dawn
CharlieMack 11/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Rob Davies 07/Mar/10 Solo
scotty h 07/Feb/10 2nd β
Stuart William 07/Feb/10 Lead O/S

Sod all gear placements, didn't trust most of what i did place

Rich Kay ??/2010 2nd
Dux 23/Oct/09 Solo
Hidden 23/Oct/09 Solo O/S
lukebowman551 17/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Jeff Escosio
Ian Archer 26/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Alan Hardie
RichardMc 06/Sep/09 2nd
with Richard Ashton
Rick Ashton 06/Sep/09 Lead
with Richard McElligot
Russell Lovett 23/Aug/09 Solo O/S
with alan taylor
AlastairB 22/Aug/09 Lead O/S

Nice little problem start. Pro is a bit thin for the grade - small cams are very useful.

fordie77 22/Aug/09 2nd
JamesBurton 08/Aug/09 Lead
Darrell Read 08/Aug/09 2nd
Stevie_R 07/Aug/09 Lead

First lead after five year break from climbing

with dan brown
Mike_Hayes 02/Aug/09 Solo
SGD 02/Aug/09 Lead
RCrockford 02/Aug/09 2nd
with Charlie
Tanya Savage 05/Jul/09 Lead

gibbering start with dodgy gear, pretty much over in the first 5 metres.

Neil Pacey 05/Jul/09 2nd O/S
bavarianGaz 13/Jun/09 2nd O/S
with Andy and Dan
A Downing 13/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Gaz
Hidden 30/May/09 2nd
Hidden ?/May/09 Lead
Hidden 10/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 29/Mar/09 Solo O/S
Dan 85 29/Mar/09 Solo O/S
with Mark
Martyn ??/2009 TR
Hidden 30/Dec/08 2nd O/S
benny_m 30/Dec/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Dec/08 Lead O/S
donkster 28/Dec/08 2nd rpt
with DaveNW
sarah87 18/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Chris Jones
ASchwirtz 18/Oct/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 12/Oct/08 Lead O/S
asmith37 12/Oct/08 TR
Hidden 13/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Sep/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 06/Sep/08 Lead
tanssop 30/Jul/08 Lead β
with Wayne
Yanis Nayu 30/Jul/08 Lead dnf

Lack of gear and sandbag grade caused a humiliating down-climb!

with Phil Lucas
Yanis Nayu 30/Jul/08 2nd β
with Phil Lucas
Hidden 29/Jul/08 Lead
Rob Messenger 26/Jul/08 2nd

Was touch and go and was no use belaying as the lead couldnt find anywhere to place gear. was more or less spotting to make sure i could step to the side if he fell off ha-ha

with Rob Stordy
dashitboarder 15/Jun/08 Solo
with Dad
john lynch 13/May/08 Solo
with rich armour, mike lynch
DanT 10/May/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 08/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/May/08 Solo O/S
fizzychewitt 26/Apr/08 Lead
with Kat
michael burrows 26/Apr/08 Lead
Kirsty 19/Apr/08 2nd
PaulGreenhead 19/Apr/08 Solo
with Kirsty
goi.ashmore 09/Mar/08 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/08 2nd O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
stordys ??/2008 -
naughtybadboy 07/Oct/07 Lead
rachelwheatcroft 30/Sep/07 Lead
with Jamie
TGreen 04/Sep/07 Solo O/S
donkster ?/Sep/07 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Jul/07 Lead O/S
bobpilgrem 05/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with Bob/Nic
John-Luke Casey 28/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Josh Jones
ungracefulathlete 17/Apr/07 Lead dnf

No protection at all. had to retreat sadly. could have soloed in the end.

with Ben
Mike W 13/Mar/07 Lead O/S
Charles 13/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with Mike WhiteHurst
The Mountain Goat 11/Mar/07 Solo O/S
Alfredo ?/Mar/07 Lead
with Jen
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
LP ??/2007 -
Hidden 17/Sep/06 Solo O/S
adam carless 17/Sep/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Sep/06 Lead
Hidden 15/Sep/06 2nd
eonuk 26/Aug/06 Solo
Stuart S 05/Aug/06 Solo O/S

Went to do Safety Net, but too hot and sweaty again...

gibbo38 25/Jun/06 Lead
with brian
Hidden 24/Jun/06 Lead
Hidden 24/Jun/06 Lead O/S
DanT 17/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Flick Towns
Owen W-G 01/Jun/06 Solo O/S
david the bear 20/May/06 2nd
with Matt S
howlingbaboon ?/May/06 Lead O/S
with Ruthy
mmalbon ??/2006 Lead

May as well have solo'd it, the gear just got in the way and I got no real protection from it.

with Mick, Simon and James
John Eley ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S
ArnaudG ?/Jul/05 Solo
Si dH 22/May/05 Lead O/S
with James
Rachael Barlow 01/May/05 2nd
with Pete Robins
Stig 24/Apr/05 2nd O/S
with Jonathan + Louise Teale
Rampikino 06/Apr/05 Lead
with Bob Brown
Neil Henson ??/2005 Lead O/S

Easy climbing but very little protection and it felt like I was about to get blown off by the wind.

Carl Smethurst 04/Sep/04 Solo O/S
jimshrimp 15/May/04 Lead O/S
mol ?/Apr/04 Solo
Jim Brooke ?/Apr/04 Solo O/S
r0b 28/Mar/04 Solo O/S
nige pacer 01/Nov/03 Solo O/S
Chris Ellis 27/Sep/03 Lead
with Nige Shaw
Hidden 03/Aug/03 Solo
Hidden 20/Jul/03 2nd O/S
DerwentDiluted 04/Jun/03 Solo
Hidden 20/Apr/03 Solo
Hidden 05/Apr/03 Solo
mark s ??/2003 Solo
Hidden ??/2003 Solo
Neil Curtis 21/Sep/02 2nd
with James Tyson
Gus 28/Jun/02 Lead
Sankey 29/Mar/02 2nd
with Andy E
Hammy 27/Mar/02 Solo
9fingerjon ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Adam bro
Stevie_R 22/Aug/01 2nd O/S
with rod
RobSimmo 08/Aug/00 Solo
kato'sdad 08/Aug/00 Solo
Hidden ?/May/00 Solo
alan moore ??/2000 -
chris sm 14/Jul/99 Solo
roncaves 16/May/99 Solo
craig h 08/Oct/98 Solo O/S
with Jamie Lillieman
FrankW 29/Aug/98 Solo O/S
with Joe
Hidden 15/Aug/98 Solo
FrankW ?/Aug/98 Solo
EddieA 23/May/98 Solo O/S
charlesmfrench 24/May/97 Solo O/S
with Ann Fooks, Dave Fooks
craig h 15/Feb/97 Solo O/S
Adrian Daniels 18/Jun/95 2nd
with Dave Nicholson
nai ??/1995 Solo
smudge ??/1993 Solo O/S
Andy Say 20/Aug/91 Solo
andrew300169 ??/1990 -
Iain Thow 17/May/89 Solo
Roget ??/1989 Solo O/S
with jim
tapley 18/Sep/87 Solo
Bullybones ??/1987 -
Martin Bennett 14/Jun/85 Solo
Mark Kemball 13/Mar/84 Solo
Hidden ?/Aug/83 Lead
Nigel Bond 09/Jan/83 Solo
babymoac 29/May/78 -
rogerskews ??/1974 Solo
mikej 25/Apr/71 Lead
with E
Rog Wilko ?/Mar/71 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
mikej 24/Jun/70 Solo
with Nick Taylor, Rosemary Lewis, Pete Williams, Malcolm Eldridge
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