15m.

Rockfax Description
14m. Gain the hanging rib direct (chipped holds) and climb to the break. The upper arete feels bold, especially as the top approaches and the runners recede. Not bad for its day. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Classic and underrated - quintessential grit climbing with steady smearing but a massive runout from good gear in the break. A bit like a mirror image of Back Bowden's "On The Verge" - the possible escape of jumping left would not be recommended.

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UserDateStyleNotes & Partners
Tom Fullen 17 Sep, 2018 Lead dnf ...
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Gordon W 7 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S Pretty much what everyone says, fairly steady, but you wouldn't want to test the fall
with ben C
Pretty much what everyone says, fairly steady, but you wouldn't want to test the fall
with ben C
Ben Costello 7 Jul, 2017 2nd O/S
Jono_1989 1 Jul, 2017 Solo O/S
bencole 25 Mar, 2017 Lead O/S Pretty steady moves once you commit. It's all in the head. :-) Gear in the break is good enough but you wouldn't want to take the fall. Felt more like E2 too me, but only once you've topped out.
Pretty steady moves once you commit. It's all in the head. :-) Gear in the break is good enough but you wouldn't want to take the fall. Felt more like E2 too me, but only once you've topped out.
Ben C ??, 2017 2nd
Buxy ??, 2017 TR
Will Hunt 6 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S Have wanted to get round to doing this for ages. Quite disappointed at how the top of Sinister Cracks comes so easily into reach for the top move. Really ruins the line. Thought it fair at E3.
with AndyMay
Have wanted to get round to doing this for ages. Quite disappointed at how the top of Sinister Cracks comes so easily into reach for the top move. Really ruins the line. Thought it fair at E3.
with AndyMay
AndyMay 6 Sep, 2016 2nd
JamesTurnbull97 11 Mar, 2016 Lead β Dave TR'ed it and turn out it wasn't to dirty so went for it. Really enjoyed smearing and padding up the arete.
Dave TR'ed it and turn out it wasn't to dirty so went for it. Really enjoyed smearing and padding up the arete.
Dave Turnbull 11 Mar, 2016 TR
OllieF 19 Sep, 2014 Lead RP First E3 :) scary run out from the break to the top! Top roped it clean before leading.
First E3 :) scary run out from the break to the top! Top roped it clean before leading.
emmswhit 19 Sep, 2014 TR
adamwesthead 4 May, 2014 TR rpt Shunt
Shunt
adamwesthead 2 May, 2014 TR O/S Shunt
Shunt
Lloyders ??, 2014 Lead O/S
with Pete
with Pete
dazwan 28 Aug, 2013 2nd
with pastep
with pastep
pastep 28 Aug, 2013 Lead
with dazwan
with dazwan
Will242 28 Aug, 2013 2nd
with ebf
with ebf
ebf 28 Aug, 2013 Lead
with Will242
with Will242
BnB 30 Jul, 2013 -
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH 30 Jun, 2013 Lead O/S
Hidden 5 May, 2013 Lead
lcullum7 5 May, 2013 2nd O/S
kyaizawa 5 May, 2013 Lead O/S Soft for the grade..?? Not got a lot to compare it to, but didn't feel like 5b. Got some helpful gear info/encouragement from the guys who climbed it before me (thanks a lot!!), but did the moves o/s.
Soft for the grade..?? Not got a lot to compare it to, but didn't feel like 5b. Got some helpful gear info/encouragement from the guys who climbed it before me (thanks a lot!!), but did the moves o/s.
Adam Coles 2 Mar, 2013 Lead O/S
with ben1987
with ben1987
ben1987 2 Mar, 2013 2nd O/S
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead O/S
BeckyPayne 18 Jun, 2012 TR O/S
with bustaclimbs, Adam Collinge
with bustaclimbs, Adam Collinge
Will242 23 May, 2012 TR O/S
with pastep
with pastep
pastep 23 May, 2012 TR
with Will242
with Will242
pastep 15 Apr, 2012 TR
with ebf
with ebf
ebf 15 Apr, 2012 TR O/S It's been a couple of years, so decided to top rope it on the way back from Gordale. Easy peasy. It's not really E3...! E2/5b would be fairer. Will lead next time I'm there.
with pastep
It's been a couple of years, so decided to top rope it on the way back from Gordale. Easy peasy. It's not really E3...! E2/5b would be fairer. Will lead next time I'm there.
with pastep
Sean_J 3 Jul, 2010 Lead O/S Where was that awkward top step the guide mentioned?! Over faster than you'd imagine if you just get on with it once you've laced the break.
with Robin
Where was that awkward top step the guide mentioned?! Over faster than you'd imagine if you just get on with it once you've laced the break.
with Robin
hellorichie 29 Jun, 2010 TR
ebf 28 Apr, 2010 Lead RP
with pastep
with pastep
pastep 28 Apr, 2010 Lead rpt
with ebf
with ebf
Hidden 23 Apr, 2010 TR
Flash29 20 Sep, 2009 Lead β
with berrie
with berrie
PaulHermes 19 Aug, 2009 2nd
with Rich
with Rich
ebf 19 Aug, 2009 Lead RP Easy for E3 with delightful smearing up a very easy angled slab (for the grade!) with the arete always handy for keeping you in balance. Good small friends (2 x #1 and 1 x #0) at the 1/3 height break will allow you to make the first moves up the slab and get completely committed for the top moves. Most worrying part is that you'd fall into the gully next to you, full of sharp rocks.
with pastep
Easy for E3 with delightful smearing up a very easy angled slab (for the grade!) with the arete always handy for keeping you in balance. Good small friends (2 x #1 and 1 x #0) at the 1/3 height break will allow you to make the first moves up the slab and get completely committed for the top moves. Most worrying part is that you'd fall into the gully next to you, full of sharp rocks.
with pastep
pastep 19 Aug, 2009 2nd
with ebf
with ebf
Hidden 2 Jul, 2009 TR O/S
Hidden 5 Aug, 2007 -
Hidden 20 Jun, 2007 Lead O/S
alaan 10 Jun, 2007 Lead O/S
with Eurydice
with Eurydice
Hidden ??, 2006 Lead RP
John_Hat 27 Aug, 2005 Lead RP
with Andy
with Andy
Hidden ?Mar, 2004 Solo
Hidden 21 Feb, 2004 Solo O/S
Hidden 14 Feb, 2004 TR O/S
chrishedgehog 26 Jul, 2003 Lead O/S
with Drew
with Drew
nige 28 Sep, 2002 Lead
with john buckley
with john buckley
Mick King 5 Jul, 1998 2nd
with Karl Lunt, Tony Madden
with Karl Lunt, Tony Madden
Andy Say 21 Jun, 1996 Solo
Dave Musgrove 21 Mar, 1994 2nd rpt
Dave Musgrove Jnr 21 Mar, 1994 Lead
Rich Kirby 17 Jun, 1992 Lead O/S
Hidden ??, 1992 -
crossleysm ??, 1991 Solo
Hidden 1 Jul, 1989 TR O/S
goi.ashmore 22 Aug, 1988 Solo O/S
Neil McA 28 Apr, 1987 Lead O/S
with Mark Wilson
with Mark Wilson
rob.grafton ??, 1987 AltLd
with barry maybank
with barry maybank
Hidden 20 Mar, 1982 -
c8 ??, 1979 Solo
charlesmfrench ?Nov, 1978 2nd O/S
with Keith Milne, Ian Milne
with Keith Milne, Ian Milne
Chris Ellis 22 Oct, 1978 TR
with Patrick Meeds
with Patrick Meeds
Hidden 12 Oct, 1977 2nd
Dave Musgrove 8 Jul, 1976 Lead
Howard Dixon ??, 1971 Lead
with Martin Dixon
with Martin Dixon
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