40m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
Another classic, taking a long diagonal line and giving strenuous but well-protected climbing with good rests.
1) 5a, 25m. From a large tree in the gully, trend left to reach the base of the crack (junction with George) then climb it as it leans over. Traverse right and climb up to a tiny stance.
2) 5a, 25m. Continue in the same line to where the mighty yew used to be, and finish leftwards to the ridge or abseil from the fixed gear attached to the tree's remains. © Rockfax

FA. Pete (Trog) WIlliams, John (who peeled) Amies 1964

Ticklists: Classic Rock Climbs In Northern England by Bill Birket, World Graded List, Peak Rock/10/White Life, Ultimate HVS ticklist.

Mike505 18/Aug/17 2nd O/S

Only the first pitch, seconded Neil right after a few heavy showers, not quite an onsight as my foot popped on one of the first slimy wet holds landing me in a bed of nettles.

Stroppy 27/May/17 2nd

Good lead from Fi to ab of the old yew tree, cracking pitch with an adventurous feel.

slowmotion 27/May/17 Lead O/S
PaulTanton 30/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
with Bruce Woodley
ned_85 02/Oct/16 Lead
with Robert Adie
adie84 02/Oct/16 -
Pete Wimbush 18/Jun/16 AltLd
with Richard Williams
superturbo 27/Mar/16 2nd

First pitch completed amid darkening clouds. Temperature promptly dropped ten degrees and heavens opened with a torrential rain/hail storm. Lowered off from the first anchor. Better rock than expected

with Tom
Gympaul 04/Oct/15 Lead
sopaz 19/Sep/15 2nd
with Mackie
admackie 19/Sep/15 Lead RP

a beast! started up george took a whipper lowered back to the tree. Chris took a long penduluming fall on second paul was the only person who got up it clean. real good climb tho

Palmer 19/Sep/15 2nd
brolte 13/Sep/15 Lead dnf

Note to self - having not climbed outside for close to a year..start on something easy to warm up! Start was full of nettles and other greenery, so started by the base of Yew Tree Wall and took a long traverse left. Should have gone straight up the start of George, but that was also looking like a shrubbery. By the time I made it to the point where the JP fault line breaks back right, I was completely spent and feeling very exposed (far too little time on rock this year). After much talking to, I made a very ugly retreat sacrificing gear in a bomber placement as a lone bit of security.

with Ian Fergusson
harry_lewis 12/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
amccann 12/Aug/15 AltLd O/S
BTphonehome 19/Jul/15 Lead O/S
with Kasha
kasha_gregson 18/Jul/15 2nd
with Bram
Hidden 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S
spidey 30/May/15 AltLd

tricky move at the start, long right leg is helpful!

with Jimmy
jimbonfire 30/May/15 -
jmills94 28/May/15 2nd O/S

quite full on for hvs but defo not e1. Couple of hard sections and the foot holds can be hard to spot which caused me to get unnecessarily pumped. hard for 5a but not quite 5b.

with Neil McCallister
Kevster 24/May/15 2nd

Didn't feel this one all that much.

with jon C
Compo 24/May/15 Lead O/S

Chossy Start

with Kev Faux
davewsargent 16/May/15 2nd
jshields 16/May/15 Lead

Repeat lead, early '90s.

Kirill 25/Oct/14 Lead β

Started via George as the traverse start looked a bit chossy. Reading other people's comments it seems to be the common way of doing it. The guidebook description refers to a large tree in the gully. We couldn't find it. It's gone presumably.

cem 25/Oct/14 2nd rpt

With a direct start via George (George Peel, HVS 5b?). I needed a very tight rope in places on the lower section as the rain had by then begun to set in and make the rock very slippery.

gripped01 28/Sep/14 Lead
with Merlin
Merlin 28/Sep/14 2nd dog
with Jonathon Percival, Dave Tait
Fragmod 01/Jul/14 2nd
Tim Rodgers 30/Jun/14 Lead
DanielGyi 26/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 06/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Jun/14 2nd
JasTaplin 01/Jun/14 2nd
J.Wells 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
ColinD 31/May/14 Lead
with Craig
madasten 31/May/14 2nd rpt

I lead this with Mike about 10 years ago. Still feels as hard as I remembered it, even seconding.

with Gaz
john lynch 29/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Lewis Andrew
Hidden ??/2014 -
j.buckley87 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Andrew Sloan 10/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Harder than Brutus.Abbed off at lower off.

Hidden 27/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
ashtond6 27/Jul/13 Lead O/S

thanks to Sam for donating the three star pitch ad taking the choss !!

alp79 27/Jul/13 2nd

Fell off at the start of the traverse, swung a good 6m. Good fun, but meant I didn't get to finish the route.

Hidden 19/Jun/13 Lead O/S
tatz45 27/May/13 Lead O/S

1st pitch only. The start ramp is overgrown so started direct (as for George) this is possibly 5b. Parts of the traverse are full on for HVS, but not E1!

odox 06/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

SW P1 - I did P2 (went totally wrong way and had a loose epic)

with Sam Webb
GrantB 07/Sep/12 Lead

Started up George and linked into one pitch.

JEP 18/Aug/12 2nd rpt
Batt 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Started up George. Pretty strenuous but v good. Remember to move up at the end!

with Dan
stemill 28/Jul/12 Lead dnf

Abbed off after first pitch. Must not have found those good rests as I was pumped to buggery!

Chris Manasseh 28/Jul/12 2nd

P1 only

with Ste Millington
Pixie-Andy 15/Jul/12 2nd dog

Difficult but enjoyable but only reached first belay point, due to sunset. I found entering Crag from the far right hand side was the easiest method and no barbed wire from that angle either.

with Masa
masa-alpin 15/Jul/12 Lead rpt

Aimed for George, but could not find where to establish its headwall (we later found the topo in RockFax new Peak Limestone guidebook was very wrong!), hence finished on this route (P1), and abbed off. Added a sling for the ab anchors. Judging from the overgrown ground, I guess there was not much traffic in this area lately.

with Lee P, Andy Rich
Alex@home 22/May/12 Lead O/S

I did the start of George which made it feel quite hard for HVS. Great route though

with The Doctor
Dan Lane 15/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Grand of route, felt pretty hard but i htink i just did half of the moves completely wrong! The yew tree is in a dire state...i climbed up about 4 metres above the yew to a tree which looked vaguely alive. What a pile of crap on that belay! cut all the tat off and get rid of the manky old wires, double bolt belay anyone?

with Martin Kocsis
Martin Haworth 10/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Brannock 10/Mar/12 2nd rpt
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
cymjt ??/2012 -
Hidden 23/Oct/11 2nd
climbinmunkey 02/Oct/11 -

Just climbed up to the in situ gear and lowered cause it was raining. Superb climb, nice exposure and good gear. Approach is pretty rotten but work it.

with Ken, Helen
garethb 01/Oct/11 2nd
with cheque
Hidden 01/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Chris Plant ?/Oct/11 Lead
Stoney Boy 06/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
with Nick Conway
marcoleptic 30/Jun/11 Lead O/S
bigdrew 05/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Mark R
mark20 05/Jun/11 2nd O/S
victim of mathematics 25/May/11 2nd O/S

Might have started up George, which felt quite hard!

with Dom
biobuild 23/May/11 2nd O/S
Dizz 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with David B
Tim Brookes 10/Apr/11 Lead
Ahab 02/Oct/10 2nd
Graeme Hammond 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Brannock 15/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Wil Treasure 15/Aug/10 2nd
with brannock
Hidden 26/Jun/10 Lead
caradoc 19/Jun/10 2nd

It felt exposed, seconding

with john b
natalie28 19/May/10 2nd

Did "george" start and joined John Peel at the part where it crosses over.

with Rik
rikbattye 19/May/10 Lead O/S
richardhopton 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S

went up, came back down, went up again. Awesome climbing, abbed of the yew tree.

with Matt Thombs
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead
Hidden 12/Sep/09 AltLd
jimdanson 12/Sep/09 AltLd

The final scramble is pretty loose and overgrown. Better to make use of the in situ lower offs.

with dan middleton
Misha 05/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Delicately does it - wasn't strenuous but had to get the feet right. Stopped at the first stance on the traverse as forgot that the pitch actually carried on for another 5 metres to the yew tree stump. Interesting ropework.

metal arms 22/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Brown 22/Aug/09 2nd O/S
with James T
Hidden 31/May/09 2nd O/S
Jim Slater 31/May/09 Lead O/S

Long sustained 5a climbing, excellent but tough going.

odox 24/May/09 Lead
with Andy Birtwistle
Hidden 10/May/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/09 Lead O/S
cem 24/Aug/08 2nd rpt
BallsofBritishSteel 24/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with Charles
mark s 02/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with jon read andi t
masa-alpin 28/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Brian Q
Hidden 11/Jun/08 2nd
philhilo 11/Jun/08 Lead
Hidden 21/May/08 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
juza 18/Jul/07 Lead O/S
with John P
Ropeboy 15/Apr/07 Lead
Si dH 18/Nov/06 2nd dog

baltic :( Not a good day for climbing, couldnt feel anything. Neil had to come down from crux once too.

with Neil Furniss
chrishedgehog 11/Oct/05 Lead O/S
with Erwin Bottomley
Chris the Tall 15/Jul/05 AltLd

Done in three pitches - better to ab off

BruceW ?/Aug/04 AltLd O/S

For first pitch, started up George

with Al D.
PenJD 26/Jul/03 Lead O/S
with Tony Heron
nickdonohue ?/Jun/03 2nd

hard 2nd pitch

with Jim Barradale
Chris Murray ?/May/03 AltLd
with Richard Bower
Dave Bond ??/2003 Lead O/S
with gemma
Phill Mitch ??/2003 Lead O/S
with john d
phardman 08/Apr/00 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
cem 04/Sep/99 Lead rpt

P1 only. Also several times since

with John Smith
cem 15/Aug/99 AltLd O/S

Led p2

Hidden 12/Jun/98 AltLd
Hidden ?/Aug/96 Lead O/S
andy_pemberton ?/Oct/95 Lead

In 1995 I thought it "pants"

nuts and bolts ?/Aug/95 -
nickcanute ??/1995 Lead
Hidden 06/Aug/94 Lead O/S
IanGilbertJones 31/Aug/93 Lead dog
leathers 27/Jun/93 Lead O/S
with Burt
Rog Wilko ?/Jun/93 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
roncaves 08/May/93 AltLd
with Steve Leather
Hidden 20/Sep/92 AltLd
Mick King 31/Jul/92 2nd
with Simon Walsh
Roget 21/Mar/92 AltLd O/S
with Jonathan T
Hidden ??/1992 -
andrew300169 ??/1992 Lead O/S
with Pom
nai ??/1992 Lead
tlr 04/Aug/91 Lead
with Pom
Hidden ?/Aug/91 Lead
Ena 21/Jul/91 -
with Martin Trouse
Hidden ??/1991 AltLd O/S
RichardMc 01/Apr/90 Lead O/S
with Dave Cooper
Steve Lenartowicz ??/1990 -
Andy Edgar ??/1990 Lead O/S
with Hugh Woodland
uphillnow 15/Oct/89 2nd

I think Ihad lead it before this

babymoac 11/Jun/89 2nd
with Dave P, Vic L
andy@ark ?/Jun/89 2nd
with Quentin Heliwell
Hidden 10/Apr/89 2nd
John Marsland 30/Aug/87 Lead
with Paul
tapley 08/Jul/87 Lead
with Tony Raphael
Hidden 02/Jul/87 Lead
Martin Bennett 31/Aug/86 -
with MT
Rob Davies ?/Jul/85 2nd
with Mick Moss
TonyF 01/May/85 Lead
with George Fowler
andy gittins ??/1985 -
Hidden 06/Oct/84 AltLd
John Marsland 21/Jul/84 Lead
with Dave Mould
Hidden 16/Jun/84 AltLd
ukb & bmc shark 09/Jun/84 AltLd O/S
with Phill Dickens
Hidden ??/1984 2nd
AlanLittle ??/1984 AltLd
with Carl Blakeley
charlesmfrench 24/Sep/83 AltLd O/S


Neil McA 25/Jul/82 2nd O/S
with Steve Hartland, Bob from Barnsley
Andy Stephenson 24/Apr/82 Lead O/S
with Chris Plant
Hidden ?/Oct/81 Lead O/S
MikeDowsett ??/1981 2nd
Hidden ?/Jul/80 -
Ken Taylor 20/Oct/78 AltLd
with Andy Bond, Neil Williams
duncan ?/Oct/78 Lead O/S
rogerskews 14/Jun/78 AltLd
with John Hall
Rob Davies 07/May/78 2nd
with Andy Draper (CUMC)
GeoffG 09/Oct/77 Lead
with tony bowker
jmr ?/Sep/77 AltLd

Too hard or bad har day. Fell both pitches seconding and leading! but got back on and completed eventually.

with Gerry Ashton
Hidden 18/Sep/76 Lead
Nigel Bond 13/Sep/75 AltLd
with Ben Foord
Derek Ryden ??/1975 AltLd O/S

I lead the first pitch of Black Flip

with Martin Smith
mikej 09/Oct/71 Lead
with E
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