Rockfax Description
8m. The shady, leaning jamming crack is a little gem. As to the grade - one of the last major Yorkshire sandbags gets its come-uppance, perhaps? © Rockfax

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Hidden 27/Aug Lead dnf
Anti-faff 13/Jun Lead dnf

Quite hard.

with Masa
masa-alpin 13/Jun Lead dnf

My second try, and I was still spanked! I just couldn't do one more move. Desperate…

MTL 12/Jul/16 Lead β

Mostly on Daves gear after he backed off at around half height coming over the bulge. Felt about fr 6c? Had a lot of beta. Pleased I emerged with no scratches on the hands.

Dan Mckinlay 17/May/16 -
tim newton 10/Oct/15 Lead dog
Rachel Slater 10/Oct/15 Lead β

Flashed on Tim's gear but only just, felt like one of my hardest flashes ever!

Hidden 04/Sep/15 Lead G/U
Hidden 04/Sep/15 Lead G/U
davebrox 12/May/15 2nd
with Lee
Cake 26/Apr/15 Lead dnf

I was cold, and it was the end of the day, but I'm glad I tried it

with Matt
Graeme Hammond 19/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Brutal but appealing, much skin was worth it, felt solid at E2

with Jim
Alex Hallam 09/Nov/14 TR dog

Two rests on the rope to get the crux in order. No skin and a bit of damp in the upper section prevented the lead attempt. Will be back. Again.

with Rosie Hoare
rustaldo 28/Sep/14 Lead dnf

Not charming - just hard. Got spanked. Al gave it a solid effort.

with Alex
Alex Hallam 28/Sep/14 Lead dnf

Hard. Couldn't work out the crux first go. Will be back due to its alluring masochistic charm.

Calum Wadsworth 26/Aug/14 Lead dog

Bloody hell! Yorkshire grits answer to the vice aka well harder. Placing gear was really strenuous no let ups. Good fun though in a masochistic sort of way and still felt like an achievement topping out regardless of the many rests.

with Martin Smith, Jim H
Jack00 25/Jun/14 Lead RP
with Edd and Rob
Ed carrigan 25/Jun/14 Lead RP
Hidden 31/May/14 Lead dnf
Olli-C 17/May/14 2nd β
with Swanny
robertmctague ??/2014 Lead RP
Hidden 06/Oct/13 2nd dog
petegunn 06/Oct/13 2nd
masa-alpin 08/Sep/13 Lead dnf

I took multiple falls at the crux and in the end gave up. In my last attempt I passed the crux, so next time, hopefully. What a route! E1 5c in the definitive guidebook (2012?), but I felt this was harder than Emerald Crack (Chatsworth) E3 6a!

with David F
Hidden 13/Aug/13 Lead dnf
andi turner ??/2013 -
Hidden 02/Dec/12 2nd dog
petegunn 02/Dec/12 Lead
with Tom, Davina
petegunn 07/Oct/12 Lead

Top a bit green and damp.

with Davina
Hidden 07/Oct/12 2nd
Matt Harle 20/May/12 Lead O/S
Peter Reynolds ?/Apr/12 2nd dog
with matt harle
Hidden 23/Jul/11 Lead dnf
Hidden 24/Jul/10 Lead
colkurtz 24/Jul/10 2nd
with Adam, Robb
petellis 05/Jul/10 Lead dnf

Another spanking :-(

Hidden 04/Jul/10 Lead dnf
petellis 02/Jun/10 Lead dnf

Utter spanking dealt out by a Joe Brown classic. Must come back for more punishment and with more time available.

mattyork2 02/Jun/10 Lead dog


80s pete 04/Oct/09 Lead dog

joe brown is hard as! fell off about three times needless to say i thought it was hard.

petegunn 10/May/09 Lead

Bloodied hands! Superb

with Steve, Cas, Tom, Davina
Hidden 25/Aug/08 Lead dnf
Dan 85 17/Jun/08 Lead dog

Mostly aid tactics to get up in the end

with Phil
joe larner 21/May/08 Lead O/S

Fantastic route. The rockfax grade of e2 5c seems about right.

mikekeswick 18/May/08 Lead dog

don't place gear in the jam's!!clean next time?

with gill
Brown 22/Sep/07 Lead dog
with Tom Bell
MikeLeeds 16/Sep/07 Lead dog

7 to 8 goes to do the first half and get gear in. 4 goes and falls for top half. Didn't pul on gear though :-)

with Matt Hopkinson
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
shoulders 04/May/02 Lead
with mart, dai
Rich Kirby 16/Jul/98 2nd
with Adam Wainwright/Suzy
sadams 20/Sep/97 Lead dnf
with Team Midlands
Steve Crowe 12/Apr/97 Lead O/S
with KM
uphillnow 13/May/96 Lead O/S
with Mark Gray
rob.grafton 07/Jul/92 Lead
with Bruce
Paul Clarke ??/1992 Lead
with Unsure
craig h ?/Oct/91 Lead
allmag 12/Aug/91 Lead dog

One of Joe Brown's forays into Yorkshire. Took 3 visits to crack this one but knowing where the hidden hold is helps - I didn't! My guide book has it as E1 5b - felt more like 6a. It does NOT justify E2: it's too well protected and 5c takes into account it's technicality and strenuosity.

Hidden ??/1991 Lead
Chris Ebbutt ??/1990 Lead dnf
Hidden 12/May/79 Lead
Hidden ??/1976 Solo O/S
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