Rockfax Description
12m. From the blocky rift, gain the face on the right using the pockets then continue up and right to finish. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs, The V.S.+ Ticklist.

Rob Jarratt 16/Jul/17 2nd

VS 5a my arse. Very nice route though. Tony led it.

with Henry Tindell, Tony Sawyer
mattcyp88 08/Jul/17 Lead
Anne Gumbley 28/May/17 2nd dog
markfairbank 28/May/17 Lead rpt
mikecollins 06/May/17 Lead
Flavio 06/May/17 Solo O/S
Lauradavies23 06/May/17 2nd
bobpilgrem 02/May/17 2nd dog

Found start very difficult.Given HVS in latest definitive-and hard at that.

with Matthew
1poundSOCKS 02/May/17 Lead β

Hard start, then gets a lot easier. Managed to protect the traverse adequately with a Totem Basic in the first pocket (okay), and a Camelot #2 in the big pocket on the right of the slab (bomber, and protects the hard move onto the ledge).

WillDoyle 30/Apr/17 Lead O/S
SteveM 23/Apr/17 2nd
with Huw
Hidden 23/Apr/17 Lead O/S
Paul Figg 08/Apr/17 2nd
with Rachel Antill
JamesTurnbull97 05/Jan/17 Solo O/S
with Flo
Tom.Priestley 10/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Cmdr Kelly
Scott Quinn 10/Apr/16 Solo O/S
K Mckay 10/Oct/15 2nd O/S

Definitely a HVS

Neil R 27/Sep/15 Lead
with George
georgenvk 27/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with Neil R
CharRowley 11/Aug/15 Lead
Simonpeel 30/Jul/15 -
Wizzy 19/Jul/15 Solo O/S
samrad 04/May/15 Solo O/S
dmoir 18/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/15 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S
cjbaker 06/Apr/15 Sent O/S
Hidden 06/Apr/15 Solo O/S
DavidEvans 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Helen Garrett
Hidden 11/Sep/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 31/May/14 Lead
dpovey 31/May/14 TR
jimbonfire 06/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/14 Lead rpt
Mike Todd 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/14 Lead
Hidden 05/Sep/13 2nd
Alex Thomson 05/Sep/13 Lead
nick ferro 06/Jul/13 -
Hidden 06/Jul/13 TR
SteveM 16/Jun/13 Lead
with Kat
MikeLeeds 16/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Keith W
kitkat78 16/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with SteveM
Nigel Bond 05/Jun/13 TR
Hidden 25/May/13 Lead O/S
maumau 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S
robertmctague ??/2013 Lead O/S
fatbuoybazza 15/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with R.L.S, liv_the_div
Hidden 01/Sep/12 Lead
Hidden 12/Jun/12 Lead
MeMeMe 12/May/12 Lead
with Josh
kyaizawa 28/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Exposed traverse on good-ish pockets, then step up to the breaks for the first real gear placement (by which time all the hard moves have been done). Nevertheless an enjoyable (if a little nervy) route.

petekeron ?/Apr/12 Lead O/S
R Spisser 17/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Oct/11 2nd
Andy Hudson 22/Oct/11 2nd
John Brayshaw 22/Oct/11 Lead dog
sjbrook 01/Oct/11 TR O/S
with Dave Richards, PMC
mol 10/Jul/11 Lead
with Jesse
Hidden 03/Jul/11 -
Hidden 30/May/11 Lead
Hidden 03/May/11 Solo O/S
joshen 09/Apr/11 2nd rpt
hellboundblr 12/Sep/10 Lead
with LCCC
SteWatkins ?/Sep/10 -
Rob Davies 22/Aug/10 Lead
with Phil Ashton
Chriswallis2 05/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with Pete
petellis 04/Aug/10 Lead O/S


RuthC 03/Aug/10 2nd
with Alain
mickJ 03/Jun/10 2nd
with mike b
bencole ?/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Andy
Hidden 04/Apr/10 Lead O/S
ClimberJimmyB 04/Apr/10 2nd
Owen W-G 27/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Rubbish cams after half height and so cold couldn't feel fingers, generally scary

with Gav
Hidden 01/Jan/10 -
markfairbank 17/Oct/09 Lead dog

The bottom bit is hard, no way 5a, but at least its well protected. Thought the top half was really bold, just thin breaks! Sandbag at VS for sure!

with Ian Moore
Charlie Evans 12/Aug/09 TR dog

Pete went first, then Marc, then me. The first time a little pinchy pebble came to my rescue.

with Marc Bromhall, Pete Hansell
Hidden 02/May/09 Lead rpt
Hidden 02/May/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 18/Apr/09 2nd rpt
David Wynne 21/Mar/09 2nd dog

Rob led the direct E1 variant whilst I struggled up the VS route

Seymore Butt ??/2009 Solo
Simon Holden (LCandCC) ?/Oct/08 2nd O/S
with Matt Gordon
Hidden ?/Sep/08 TR
eldre070 26/May/08 2nd O/S
with Adam Burt
Adam1973 26/May/08 Lead
mike fenwick ?/May/08 Solo

back rope solo

adamwesthead 16/Jul/07 TR O/S
with JBA
Hidden 09/Jun/07 2nd
Neil Pacey 02/Jun/07 Lead RP
Hidden 19/May/07 -
catt 31/Mar/07 2nd O/S

Hard for VS. Richie did the direct start.

with Richie
Hidden 04/Oct/06 Solo O/S
@ndyM@rsh@ll 16/Jun/06 Lead O/S
shaun walby 10/Jun/06 Lead O/S

Found it harder than spellbinder graded HVS 5a

with Phil West
Phil West 10/Jun/06 2nd O/S
with Shaun Walby
antroy 18/Sep/05 Lead
Nick Beckett ??/2005 -
Nick Beckett ??/2005 -
Brown 25/Apr/04 Lead O/S
timbo58 ?/Sep/03 TR
Roget 12/May/02 Solo O/S
with jon
Martin Bennett 21/Apr/02 -
with NickH
Hidden 29/Aug/00 Lead O/S
Marti999 ??/2000 Solo
Paul Clarke ??/2000 Lead
chris sm 26/Jul/99 Lead O/S
with Jon Stevens
Hidden 27/Mar/99 Lead
Chris the Tall ?/Jun/98 2nd
with Bill G
Hidden ??/1998 Lead
OriginalGeckoboy ??/1998 -
chrishedgehog 03/Oct/97 Lead O/S
with Mark Gill
craig h 21/Sep/97 2nd rpt
with Janet Hannah
nickdonohue 04/Jun/97 Lead
Martin Bennett 06/Jun/95 -
with MT
leathers 16/Apr/95 Lead O/S
with Charlotte Evans
SR1970 ?/Feb/95 Lead O/S
crater 17/Apr/94 TR
Hidden 12/Jun/93 Solo
John Southworth 04/Apr/92 Solo O/S
Mick King 25/Aug/91 Solo
whispering nic 05/May/91 Solo
with Jerry
Steve Crowe 28/Apr/91 Solo
crossleysm ??/1991 Solo
uphillnow 28/Jun/90 Solo O/S
rob.grafton 12/Jun/90 Lead
with Bruce
Rich Kirby ?/Feb/90 Solo
with Chris wiles
Rich Kirby ?/Feb/90 Solo
with Chris wiles
Hidden ?/Oct/89 Solo
Hidden 23/Jul/89 2nd O/S
craig h 23/Jul/89 Lead
Andy Say 21/May/89 2nd
Chris Ellis 21/May/89 Lead
goi.ashmore 01/Apr/89 Solo O/S
Neil R ??/1988 2nd
Dave Musgrove 31/May/87 Lead
with David
GaryM ??/1985 Solo O/S
with Dale
Nic Robinson ??/1982 -
Andy Say 06/Sep/81 Solo O/S
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