Rockfax Description
12m. A couple of pulls on cruel jams leads to a ledge for a breather, then an easier layback to finish. VS 4c for grit gurus. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Famous for its ability to chew up unsuspecting hands. On the overhanging side of Cubic Block is a short crack and a wide corner above and right, follow these to the top and you have done well.

Allan Austin, Brian Fuller. 26/Oct/1957

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TomatoPro 16/Dec/17 Sent dnf

Bouldered the first jam crack. Such an awesome hand mangler. Really glad to be able to get off the ground this time and stoked to both send it

with Joe
JoeFoster59 16/Dec/17 Sent x

Just the starting crack to the break. With Crack Gloves. Utterly life changing things means I can try properly hard and improve my jamming. Desperate slippery jams amazing finally cracking this nut. Will return for the route when the top crack isn't dripping

with Freddie
david morse 09/Dec/17 Sent x

To the ledge. Savage

with 1poundSOCKS, KT, josh
Flavio 26/Nov/17 Lead O/S
JendeHoxar 26/Nov/17 2nd O/S
with Flavio
Hidden 19/Nov/17 Lead G/U
Tom.Priestley 31/Oct/17 2nd O/S

Had to jump to get the good jams at the start, easy after that.

Hidden 31/Oct/17 Lead G/U
freudy_love 17/Oct/17 2nd dog

A few attempts at the first move or two off the deck, slipping out of the jams before getting it right and finishing cleanly to the top after that.

Captain Solo 17/Oct/17 Lead
Hidden 15/Oct/17 Lead Ī²
Hidden 28/Aug/17 Lead dog
Keith Swainson 03/Jul/16 Lead G/U

Finally. 3 visits and Dave's beta later can put it to bed! Satisfying! Hardest I've had to work on HVS to date I think (apart from the Baluster Crack failure)

with Dave Crofts
AC1 ??/2016 -
Rachel Slater 10/Oct/15 Lead O/S

Fell off on my first attempt from 6 inches off the ground so gonna be cheeky and still taken the OS.

tim newton 10/Oct/15 2nd β
nick ferro 05/Sep/15 Lead O/S

Really pleased to get this clean

with Oli Birkill
jess bt 04/Aug/15 Sent

Polished crack

lcullum7 23/Jun/15 2nd
kyaizawa 23/Jun/15 Lead RP

Had a couple of goes on the start above pads, before roping up for the lead. The second half wasn't as easy as expected...

jkarran 12/May/15 Lead RP

15 odd years of on and off attempts plus 15 odd tries and a slump tonight. Finally the beast can torment me no more, I need never even look at it again. I can't think of a harder route I've done anywhere, ever, if the first few moves to gain the shelf were the last few it'd get E3 not HVS.

with Grant
Hidden 03/Oct/14 Lead
Hidden 03/Oct/14 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Sep/14 Lead O/S
ian d f 22/Aug/14 Lead O/S
pearson9596 22/Aug/14 2nd O/S
onlyfoddington 22/Aug/14 2nd dnf

Did not start in truth. On occasion I got one or perhaps two moves from the floor. Brutal.

with Michael, Ian
Calum Wadsworth 20/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Bloody hard for HVS would go as far as the hardest HVS I have done. Worked out the start with a pad then strapped on for the lead.

with S.O.C
Nez ??/2014 -
Dino Dave 05/Oct/13 Lead O/S
with Dad
Hidden 28/Sep/13 Lead O/S
adamwesthead 16/Apr/13 Lead dnf

Couldn't get off the ground this time...will come back will a bouldering mat

with Callum
andi turner ??/2013 -
victim of mathematics 29/Sep/12 2nd β

Utterly, utterly desperate. The top groove is harder than it looks!

with Andy
Hidden 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
GPN 09/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Not really o/s - took quite a few goes to work out the start and then did it ok(ish!)

with Annette
Mattyk 12/May/12 Lead RP

having done boulder problem start before but still had to have a few goes at start before it went

with John Marsham
Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd dog
Richard P Coates 19/Feb/12 2nd dog
elCapitano 19/Feb/12 Lead rpt

This handed my ass to me on my last visit. Went fine today but tough for 5b.

with Coatesy
Hidden 13/Jan/12 Lead
Hidden 13/Jan/12 2nd dog
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Witsend3 ??/2012 Lead
mikekeswick ??/2012 -
Peter Holder 19/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Alex Winter 31/Jul/11 2nd O/S

Good. Although some tosser had left a broken bottle in one of the breaks.

with M. Gibbings
Nickster 29/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 14/Jun/11 2nd dog
Hidden 14/Jun/11 Lead
Tony Holdsworth 09/Jun/11 2nd rpt
with Dan McKinlay
chrishedgehog 25/May/11 Lead O/S

Had bouldered out the start previously. Doff the cap to Al Austin. Good grief.

with Kieran Myles
adamwesthead 21/May/11 Lead dnf

5 falls...

with Forshaw
akhughes 18/Nov/10 Lead O/S
with Steptoe
Jordan B 15/Nov/10 Solo O/S
Dave Warburton 30/Oct/10 Sent O/S


with Rowan, Ewan
Ewan Russell 30/Oct/10 Sent x

Bottom moves took me a go or two, really easy when you work out the beta. The top half was pretty easy too.

Graeme Hammond 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S
Jim Slater 12/Sep/10 2nd O/S

Tough - 5b/5c moves off the deck.

Jack00 06/Jul/10 Lead rpt
with Olly
Tez29 26/May/10 2nd β

Bloody hard initial crack.

with Ivan
simon kimber 24/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Apr/10 Lead O/S
philw ??/2010 -
RossG ??/2010 -
al99 11/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jul/09 2nd
Hidden 21/Mar/09 Lead dog
Hidden 21/Mar/09 2nd O/S
Seymore Butt ??/2009 -
mike fenwick ?/Sep/08 Lead
with Rich johnson
Hidden 23/Aug/08 2nd dog
Si dH 12/Apr/08 Lead RP

Woohoo! Jumped off once (on to a mat) from the top of the crack as I got pumped silly placing gear there, then did it clean after that. Also have failed on it twice (falling off from the top of the crack trying to get on the shelf - not sure how) about 2 years ago. Hence RP. Basically felt ok today though, so very pleased. Neil couldnt do it, which doesnt happen very often :)

with Neil Furniss
joe larner 13/Feb/08 Lead O/S

Couldn't get off the ground on this one a year ago. Felt easy today. Shame it doesn't keep going.

Jack00 13/Feb/08 2nd RP

Good route. Does seem hard for 5b. Fell off twice at the very start. Then got it. The layback crack above is great!

with JoeL 90
Chad123 16/Sep/07 Lead dog

HVS? Hard work...

with Rik
mikekeswick 21/Jun/07 Lead dog

what a battle!thank god for cams!sure is stiff for 5b!

with gill
Brown 06/Jan/07 Lead O/S
with Paul
Scott Anderson ??/2007 -
jim robertson ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
lithos ?/Oct/05 2nd
with simon (cefs mate)
Nick Beckett ??/2005 Lead
pezzerrr 06/Jul/04 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/04 Solo RP
adamwesthead 28/Sep/03 2nd O/S
with Hoult
Tom Vivian ??/2003 Lead
Nigel Coe 24/Aug/02 -
with Tim Dunsby
cem 30/Jun/02 2nd

Cheated with a bit of aid at the start

with Rod Strachan
adam carless ?/Jun/02 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jun/02 Lead O/S
shoulders 01/May/02 Lead O/S
with joules
whispering nic ?/Feb/02 Solo
craig h ??/2000 -
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove Jnr 20/Dec/98 Solo

Afterwards, James jumped off Cubic Block into a tree - nutter!

craig h 03/Oct/98 -
with Jim Mellor
innes 01/Feb/98 Lead O/S


with CJ
SR1970 ?/Jan/97 Lead O/S
Tom V 30/Apr/95 -
Rich Kirby ?/Apr/95 2nd
duncan ??/1995 Solo rpt

Date approximate, partner probable

with Neil Buttle?
Hidden 24/Jul/94 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/94 Lead O/S
crossleysm ??/1993 Solo
Hidden 19/Aug/92 Lead
Paul Clarke ??/1992 Lead
with Unsure
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC ??/1992 Lead O/S
with Paul
John Southworth 24/Nov/91 Solo O/S
Roget 13/Sep/91 Solo O/S
with Jonathan T
rob.grafton 23/Jul/91 Lead
with Bruce
richiebongo 23/Dec/90 Sent O/S

Done ages ago.

Dave Musgrove 01/Dec/90 Solo
with Simon Baker, Alec Burns, Steve Webster
Pete Pozman 18/Jul/90 Lead rpt
with Cefn Arch
Jon Read ??/1990 Solo
Marti999 ??/1990 Lead
Chris Ebbutt ??/1990 Lead
Dave Musgrove Jnr 03/Jul/89 Lead

climbing club

Dave Musgrove 04/Jun/89 Solo
with Graham Desroy
duncan ??/1988 Solo O/S
with Neil Buttle?
Andy Say 13/May/86 -
Bullybones ??/1985 Lead
Steve Crowe ??/1985 Lead O/S

circa 1985

Hidden ?/Nov/84 Solo rpt
Neil McA 07/Oct/84 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/May/82 AltLd
uphillnow ??/1979 Solo

on a day out with al bennett late 1970's. Thought I would just boulder on the start but found I had done this. More worried on the finish. Much easier then, now polished.

GeoffG 29/May/77 2nd
with tony bowker
mikej 11/Jun/73 Lead
with Nigel Sumner
rockofades ??/1972 Solo O/S
clanger ??/1972 -
Dave Musgrove 15/May/71 Lead
Hidden ??/1970 2nd
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