Rockfax Description
Excellent; sustained and varied despite its ugly appearance. Start right of the corner of Pothole Wall and trend right then left to reach a vague crack (the same point can be reached from further right as well). Climb the crack up black rock studded with minerals then traverse right across the slab above, stepping down at its end and finishing up a steep groove. © Rockfax

FA. Doug Scott, Steve Read (some aid) 1964

Ticklists: Rockfax Peak Limestone Top 50, Ultimate HVS ticklist, The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet).

daveclarke5 09/Oct/16 2nd
with Stephen
thrutch 11/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Sven
Ahab 25/Aug/16 Lead O/S
ralphio 24/Aug/16 2nd
with John work
gritstone7 03/Aug/16 Lead
with HB
Sankey 21/Jul/16 Lead rpt
with Ed
Wayne S 14/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Really good route. One of the best HVS routes I have done, a bit of everything.

Hidden 14/Jul/16 2nd dog
Graeme Hammond 06/Jul/16 2nd rpt

Felt hard work at times, a missed warning sign that I was burning out and should not have attempted anything harder afterwards.

Hidden 06/Jul/16 Lead O/S
the power 06/Jun/16 Lead
Dave Almond 06/Jun/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/May/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/May/16 Lead O/S
DubyaJamesDubya 24/Oct/15 Lead rpt
with Joe Harris
DubyaJamesDubya 06/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Trevor Stevens, Paul Hennelly
RM199 22/Aug/15 2nd O/S
Jonathan Hall 22/Aug/15 Lead
adam clarke 08/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Great climbing, sustained at 4c/5a all the way, but no 5b move/s? Long and pumpy, with just enough average rest positions to keep going! Great protection all the way after first 4m.

with James Hulme
Paul Hy 04/Aug/15 2nd

could never stop doing this route. fantastic.

with Harry G
Hidden 16/Jul/15 Lead rpt
Alan James - UKC and UKH 28/Jun/15 Lead
jon_gill1 23/Jun/15 2nd rpt
with jim braithwaite, chris Lyness
the power 21/Jun/15 2nd rpt
with Andy
Andy Peak 1 21/Jun/15 Lead rpt


with phill ukc
dr_botnik 09/Jun/15 Lead β

Supersported it on phils gear. Looks shit but it climbs so good.

the power 09/Jun/15 Lead rpt
with rob
the power 24/Apr/15 Lead rpt


with neil
Ardo 24/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Matt Fry 05/Apr/15 2nd O/S

Superb route!

with Dylan
Hidden ??/2015 -
nai 30/Sep/14 2nd rpt
with Andrew
SGD 06/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Excellent, very well protected after the start.

AmyAmy 31/Aug/14 2nd
with Tom riddlesdell, islandlynx
TomRiddelsdell 30/Aug/14 2nd β
islandlynx 30/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Didn't feel 5b. The most relaxed I've felt on an Hvs

FlavioL1989 09/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with NLMC
deacondeacon 26/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Great route. Looks a bit poo poo from the deck but has lovely climbing. Description says something about a step down at the end of the slab but I defo didn't do that.

the power 26/Jul/14 2nd rpt
with deacon
nige pacer 20/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Mike Lea, Chris Coleman
andyclimber 17/Jul/14 2nd O/S
masa-alpin 17/Jul/14 Lead RP

I found it to be rather hard. Once seconded a few years ago.

with Andy P, Ian S
The Reaper 10/Jul/14 Lead O/S
admackie 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with mark
Hardcore Pat 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Dr Julie
sishaw 02/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Very good absorbing and sustained climbing with excellent gear after first 4 meters!

with James
Stig 02/Jul/14 Lead O/S

On Simon's gear.

Hidden 22/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Paul Hy 17/Jun/14 Lead O/S

fantastic, my best ever lead!! top 50 for sure!

the power 17/Jun/14 Lead β

Lead clipping pauls insitu gear quality route and awesome onsite by paul

Hidden 14/Jun/14 Lead O/S
john lynch 12/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Lewis Andrew
marconi ?/Jun/14 2nd
with Mackie
Robb Bert 17/May/14 -
robgixer ??/2014 Lead O/S
jshields 01/Aug/13 Lead


tatz45 18/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Excellent route, varied and interesting.

Chriswallis2 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Jenny
Hidden 13/Jul/13 Lead O/S
alp79 13/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with Sam Fletcher
Hidden 04/Jul/13 2nd
Jenny Clarke ?/Jul/13 2nd
Tony Holdsworth 19/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Ian Holtby
Kirill 15/Jun/13 Lead rpt
with Igor
cem 15/Jun/13 Lead rpt
ig248 15/Jun/13 2nd
with Kirill
EeFu 15/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Jun/13 2nd
ejected ??/2013 -
jwhereat 16/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Mike_Hayes 09/Sep/12 2nd O/S
Jake Young 14/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Andrew
Hoyes 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/12 2nd
Hidden 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Jules Lane 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S

Really great climb, but a grade too hard for me to really enjoy. Very sustained with just 1 proper rest on reaching the ramp. Totally knackered

chrisbussell 07/Aug/12 2nd
with Tim O'Neill
Hidden 05/Aug/12 2nd rpt
Hidden 24/Jul/12 Lead O/S
catblack 29/Jun/12 2nd rpt
with Skippy
Hidden 23/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/12 2nd
Jim Slater 27/May/12 Lead O/S

Much better than it looks from below.

Hidden 27/May/12 2nd rpt
petellis 25/May/12 2nd dnf
with Sloth
Nevil 31/Mar/12 Lead
with Vince
Vincej 31/Mar/12 2nd
with Nevil
crossleysm ??/2012 Lead
Hidden 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Martin Haworth 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Dave Law, Ian Holtby
Hidden 01/Oct/11 2nd
davewsargent 07/Sep/11 Lead O/S

first lead after becoming a daddy!!

with andy neath, paul
Hidden 03/Sep/11 2nd
Stoney Boy 11/Aug/11 2nd O/S
with Nick Conway
masa-alpin 11/Aug/11 2nd β

Barra lead it, belayed by Lee. Slimy due to the dump weather.

with Lee Barra, Lee P
Kirill 06/Aug/11 Lead O/S
cem 06/Aug/11 2nd rpt
catblack 28/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Really nice route - long!. middle section is sustained, but not really sure were the 5b move is, felt more like sustained 5a climbing.

with Dan O'Flynn
danoflynn 28/Jul/11 2nd O/S
with Cat Black
eduardo 11/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Tom Jumar
drcorbasisgod 15/May/11 2nd rpt
cem 15/May/11 Lead rpt
shaun walby 02/May/11 2nd O/S
with Ian Holtby
Hannes B 19/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Tom
jon_gill1 05/Apr/11 Lead O/S

great climb but ran out of the small to medium gear half way up as i was climbing with Charles gear. Made it that bit harder when it was getting dark! It was as close to being benighted as i would like to get!great route!

dangerousoldfool ?/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with Mike O
tallsop 10/Jul/10 Lead dnf

backed off at the top of the amazing crack system pumped outa my mind. still dont trust my gear of the dirty lime. enjoyed what i did though, brilliant slightly technical climbing through the cracks, HVS on polished lime feels sooo much harder than hvs on grit imo

with Dave Saxby
metal arms 04/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Phill Mitch 25/Jun/10 2nd rpt
with gaz
tebs 05/Jun/10 2nd O/S

Really good route. Just as hard as lime street direct, sustained 5a/b all the way.

with Jon
gordonday 15/Apr/10 2nd rpt
holters ??/2010 -
alasdair19 ??/2010 -
Ketu 15/Aug/09 2nd O/S

Second with headtorch

Graeme Hammond 15/Aug/09 Lead O/S

OOPS didn't leave enough daylight for my second, excellent route

with Rob
Hidden 15/Aug/09 Lead O/S
cem 15/Aug/09 2nd rpt
jhardwick ?/Aug/09 2nd β


with rob grafton
mic_b 12/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with mrsbate
Hidden 12/Jul/09 2nd
Hidden 02/Jul/09 2nd
Hidden 01/Jul/09 Lead
Hidden 01/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Jun/09 Lead O/S
gordonday 24/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with clive
Brian Rodgers 13/Jun/09 2nd
philhilo 13/Jun/09 Lead
Ian Broome 23/May/09 Lead O/S
with Bob
Hidden ?/May/09 Lead O/S
Misha 13/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Excellent - three stars!

joese7en ??/2009 Lead O/S
Coel Hellier 03/Aug/08 Lead
Hidden 21/May/08 Lead rpt
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
AntiGrav ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
Luke Brooks 09/Sep/07 Lead O/S


Sankey 01/Sep/07 Lead rpt

Nice steady climbing, good gear after the start and a technical interlude on the slab

with Tom
Pilch 21/Aug/07 Lead O/S

Fantastic climb,committing start but steep crack has lots of holds around it, ran out of gear at the top, lots of quickdraws and meduim sized wires needed.

with Brid
Andy Peak 1 13/Jul/07 2nd

Nise traverse on slab below finish

with Vishone set (Mike)
Hidden 02/Jun/07 2nd
Katya 06/May/07 2nd
with Simon Dale
Si dH 03/May/07 Lead O/S

Good route. Pretty intense and sustained up the crack - I need to get fitter!

with Neil and Simon
russonly 11/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with JonH
Sidekick ??/2007 Lead O/S
doughobbs ??/2007 2nd

With Chris Moorcroft

with Chris Moorcroft
Sankey 15/Oct/06 2nd O/S
with Luke
thebigfriendlymoose 15/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with Stephen
Budge 21/Sep/06 Lead rpt
with Ludovic Laurioux, Dave Valentine-Hagart
dangerousoldfool ?/Sep/06 2nd O/S
with Budge
Hidden 16/Aug/06 2nd
colin milton 19/Jul/06 Lead
with pep
Alex Mason 03/Jul/06 Lead O/S

did this too warm up, great route just keeps coming 5a/b all the way just about. i was well warmed up when i'd finished. high in the grade

Martin Bennett 18/Jun/06 -
with SW
Bry ??/2006 AltLd
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
CrashMat Rob 27/Jul/05 Lead
with Nicky
cem 12/Jun/05 Lead O/S

Excellent - far better than it looks. Easy 5b or sustained 5a?

Hidden 21/Jul/04 2nd O/S
Phill Mitch ??/2004 Lead O/S
with john d
nickdonohue ?/Jul/03 2nd
with Jim Barradale
Hidden 12/Apr/03 2nd
unfit 26/Jul/02 -
with beth and graham
Dave Bond ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Adrian Whitehall
Hidden 26/Jul/01 2nd
Hidden 18/May/01 2nd
Hidden ??/2001 Lead
philb ??/2000 2nd
Andy Edgar ??/2000 -
Hidden 06/Aug/99 Lead
Woody63 06/Aug/99 2nd
with Dave W
Hidden 25/Jul/99 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Aug/97 2nd O/S
nickdonohue 02/Aug/97 Lead
chris sm ?/Jun/97 2nd O/S
with Jon Stevens
andrew300169 ?/Jun/97 Lead

A really great route that probably deserves an extra star

with Judy
madagascar ?/Jun/97 2nd
nickdonohue 13/Aug/95 2nd
Chris Ellis 02/Aug/95 Lead
with Louise Pellett
nai ??/1995 Lead
Hidden 09/Jul/93 Lead
Roget 26/Jun/93 Lead O/S
nickcanute ??/1993 Lead
Budge 18/Jul/92 Lead O/S
with Brian Ottewell
marcoleptic ??/1992 Lead O/S
with Moley
Hidden 12/Oct/91 2nd
tlr 20/Jul/91 2nd
with Roger
Hidden 30/May/90 2nd β
Neil R 20/May/90 Lead
with Sharon
Hidden ??/1990 -
Nick Rundall ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/89 2nd
Hidden ??/1989 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Jun/88 2nd
Hidden 18/May/86 Lead
sadams 05/Oct/85 Lead
with Aylesbury CC
Nigel Bond 14/Sep/85 Lead
with Martin Crosby
ukb shark 07/Sep/84 Lead O/S
with Phill Dickens
Hidden 23/Aug/84 AltLd
Martin Bennett 17/Aug/84 -
with Cec
RichardMc 05/Aug/84 Lead
with Tony Williams
charlesmfrench 15/Apr/84 Lead O/S
Ian Clare ??/1984 -
TonyF ??/1983 Lead
with Tony Cox
Hidden ?/May/81 Lead
Mark Kemball 18/Jan/80 2nd
with Bill McKee
uphillnow ??/1980 -

no record of details. Done more recently.

Andy Nicholson ?/Jul/78 Lead O/S
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