Rockfax Description
A magical climb with outstanding positions and intricate manoeuvres. Start at the base of the slab that heads up to steeper ground.
1) 4c, 26m. Move up the slab to ledges and gain a small depression up on the right. Pull out steeply left to a corner. Follow this and the wall and slim rib above to The Pasture.
2) 5a, 22m. Head up and rightwards to stand on a small flat-topped pillar. Traverse left to a square-cut open chimney and follow it (good nut) until you can exit left onto a slab. Finish up the slab and corners. © Rockfax

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Great VS Climbs in the Lake District, Select VS Climbs in the Lake District, Lakeland's Best Multi-pitch Routes up to HVS, "High & Wild" Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival 2019 Ticklist, Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Climbs The Lake District

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
John Holden 3 Aug 2nd P1 only, but still very good.
with John Wilson
P1 only, but still very good.
with John Wilson
Hidden 3 Aug AltLd
fceen 3 Aug AltLd
tsl42 21 Jul AltLd O/S Definitely 3 stars. Felt hard at the grade. Led p1.
with Fragmod
Definitely 3 stars. Felt hard at the grade. Led p1.
with Fragmod
Fragmod 21 Jul Lead
Hidden 29 Jun Lead O/S
Hidden 29 Jun 2nd
Hidden 22 Jun AltLd O/S
Hidden 22 Jun AltLd O/S
Jeremy Wilson 24 May AltLd O/S Brilliant climb - good technical climbing with bomber gear when needed. The 'chimney' is more of an open groove and requires a bit of bridging rather than the horrors of chimneying. It's not Deer Bield Crack (RIP)!
with Mark Glaister
Brilliant climb - good technical climbing with bomber gear when needed. The 'chimney' is more of an open groove and requires a bit of bridging rather than the horrors of chimneying. It's not Deer Bield Crack (RIP)!
with Mark Glaister
SOUTHERN GRAY 4 May AltLd
with Tris
with Tris
topsyturvy 4 May AltLd O/S P2. good route. committing climbing out of the chimney on p2. Hard VS?
P2. good route. committing climbing out of the chimney on p2. Hard VS?
Wesley Orvis ?? Lead
Wesley Orvis ?? Lead
Wesley Orvis ?? Lead
ATAE ?? 2nd
Hidden 10 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
HJEdmondson 10 Jul, 2018 2nd
Dave Heaton 18 Jun, 2018 AltLd
with Will Lord
with Will Lord
annastudholme 4 Jun, 2018 2nd
with Sam Marsland, Mark Eddy
with Sam Marsland, Mark Eddy
Mark Eddy 4 Jun, 2018 AltLd Varied, interesting, and hard for the grade. 1st pitch with adequate protection, but not amazing, and some cool moves. 2nd pitch is the crux (Sam led this one) and also spaced gear. Some great moves though. Probs HVS 5a
with Anna S, Sam_Marsland
Varied, interesting, and hard for the grade. 1st pitch with adequate protection, but not amazing, and some cool moves. 2nd pitch is the crux (Sam led this one) and also spaced gear. Some great moves though. Probs HVS 5a
with Anna S, Sam_Marsland
benny_m 5 May, 2018 Lead O/S 1st pitch only
1st pitch only
mila.and 5 Nov, 2017 2nd
OliverRoss 5 Nov, 2017 Lead O/S
Harry Ellis 1 Nov, 2017 AltLd
with Ted Ferguson
with Ted Ferguson
Hidden 17 Sep, 2017 2nd
BareBears 25 Jun, 2017 Lead O/S I lead both pitches. 2nd pitch was very stiff for the grade. But it is an enjoyable route/experience. Both my seconds had to rest and be pulled up on the rope. Not sure they enjoyed it
with Kimmie , Flossykay
I lead both pitches. 2nd pitch was very stiff for the grade. But it is an enjoyable route/experience. Both my seconds had to rest and be pulled up on the rope. Not sure they enjoyed it
with Kimmie , Flossykay
abbeywall 18 Jun, 2017 Lead O/S 2 great varied pitches. The chimney was a bit dry mouth inducing
with K
2 great varied pitches. The chimney was a bit dry mouth inducing
with K
meanderthal 18 Jun, 2017 AltLd
Olli-C 7 May, 2017 AltLd Awesome route, both pitches are amazing. Some amazing moves and positions with just enough gear on brilliant rock.
Awesome route, both pitches are amazing. Some amazing moves and positions with just enough gear on brilliant rock.
fweatherall1 22 Apr, 2017 Lead
GStone 8 Apr, 2017 Lead O/S
with Gordon
with Gordon
GavinHamilton78 8 Apr, 2017 AltLd I Led 1st pitch, Merlin Led 2nd pitch.
with clams
I Led 1st pitch, Merlin Led 2nd pitch.
with clams
clams ?Apr, 2017 AltLd VS/HVS 4c/5a hmmm, don't miss the crucial nut runner in the chimney
VS/HVS 4c/5a hmmm, don't miss the crucial nut runner in the chimney
nickcj ??, 2017 AltLd
Hidden 21 Oct, 2016 AltLd
Hidden 23 Sep, 2016 AltLd
Hidden 26 Aug, 2016 AltLd
mussonlr 17 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
foostu4 17 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
with mjpr
with mjpr
smithjmw46 17 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17 Mar, 2016 AltLd O/S
John HW 9 Sep, 2015 -
with Cath
with Cath
joermann 19 Jun, 2015 AltLd
Hidden 24 May, 2015 Lead
Colin Dyer 16 May, 2015 AltLd Pitch 2 a bit of a sandbag for a new VS leader I would have said. Entering and exiting the chimney HVS moves and gear.
Pitch 2 a bit of a sandbag for a new VS leader I would have said. Entering and exiting the chimney HVS moves and gear.
Hidden 6 Apr, 2015 AltLd dnf
Hidden 6 Apr, 2015 AltLd dnf
Foghbags ?Jul, 2014 AltLd O/S
adam 24 29 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S
Binder 29 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S I led p1. Lovely.
with adam 24
I led p1. Lovely.
with adam 24
dkd 21 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S
with AnneFreund, Ed (Lincoln)
with AnneFreund, Ed (Lincoln)
eburki1 21 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S
Clevelandclimber 6 Jun, 2014 Lead
with Lis Robinson
with Lis Robinson
jbb 1 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S led p1, seconded p2. Felt high in the grade/hard for the grade.
led p1, seconded p2. Felt high in the grade/hard for the grade.
samrad 14 May, 2014 Solo up to just past the crux corner on the 2nd pitch but it was wet at the top and so i downclimbed.
up to just past the crux corner on the 2nd pitch but it was wet at the top and so i downclimbed.
Peter Metcalfe 3 May, 2014 Lead Quite tough for VS, wouldn't have argued with low HVS. Gear poor in chimney but you can some reasonable small gear at its top (assuming you're tall enough)
Quite tough for VS, wouldn't have argued with low HVS. Gear poor in chimney but you can some reasonable small gear at its top (assuming you're tall enough)
Hidden 3 May, 2014 2nd
Hidden 18 Apr, 2014 2nd O/S
Danny Crump 18 Apr, 2014 Lead
with Neil Passmore
with Neil Passmore
Martin Bagshaw 18 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
with Catherine O' Connor
with Catherine O' Connor
chubbyclimber 17 Apr, 2014 2nd
Mark Young ?Aug, 2013 Lead O/S
with Helen
with Helen
Hidden 8 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
petegunn 7 Jul, 2013 AltLd
Colin Scotchford 29 Jun, 2013 AltLd
Bruce Kerr 2 Jun, 2013 AltLd
with Roger Benton
with Roger Benton
gavster2405 25 May, 2013 AltLd
with ipegg
with ipegg
ipegg 25 May, 2013 AltLd O/S Gavin lead 1st pitch, probably 5a rather than 4c
Gavin lead 1st pitch, probably 5a rather than 4c
mr random 25 May, 2013 Lead Tough for a vs but a fantastic climb. Difficult move getting out of the chimney but exhilarating.
with Steve Pryer
Tough for a vs but a fantastic climb. Difficult move getting out of the chimney but exhilarating.
with Steve Pryer
Danny Crump 25 May, 2013 Lead
with LiL Saz
with LiL Saz
John Kelly 21 May, 2013 2nd
with MB
with MB
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead
Hidden ??, 2013 -
John Holden 7 Oct, 2012 Lead β Just did P1, a pleasant slab to start, great moves out of the cave. took quite a while on the crux step right, a great end to a brilliant day.
with Dawn Lamb
Just did P1, a pleasant slab to start, great moves out of the cave. took quite a while on the crux step right, a great end to a brilliant day.
with Dawn Lamb
KristianBirchall 4 Jun, 2012 Lead O/S
with Claire Chadderton
with Claire Chadderton
Hidden 18 Mar, 2012 Lead O/S
Ian Hinkins ??, 2012 -
gingermike1 ??, 2012 -
Stone Idle ??, 2012 -
Iain Brown 30 Sep, 2011 -
with Ricardo
with Ricardo
Hidden 5 Aug, 2011 AltLd
john lynch 26 Jul, 2011 2nd O/S
with mike lynch
with mike lynch
Hidden 24 Jul, 2011 Lead
Hidden 22 Jul, 2011 AltLd
Martin Bennett 17 Apr, 2011 -
with Trobbo
with Trobbo
Trobbo 17 Apr, 2011 2nd Great route, but a bit of a sandbag. Hopefully it will be regraded in the new guidebook. The first pitch is certainly 4c not 4b, and the top pitch is 5a (and scary!)
with martin bennett
Great route, but a bit of a sandbag. Hopefully it will be regraded in the new guidebook. The first pitch is certainly 4c not 4b, and the top pitch is 5a (and scary!)
with martin bennett
Hidden ??, 2011 -
Ross Davidson 1 Sep, 2010 Lead O/S
with Lee Morris, Mike Cross
with Lee Morris, Mike Cross
Adam1973 5 Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
David Wynne 5 Jun, 2010 2nd O/S
Hidden ??, 2010 -
Rog Wilko 6 Aug, 2009 AltLd Doesn't pitch 2 make this into HVS 5a? That chimney is HARD!
with Pete Nugent
Doesn't pitch 2 make this into HVS 5a? That chimney is HARD!
with Pete Nugent
oliverthomp 11 Jul, 2009 AltLd
with Rory O'Donall
with Rory O'Donall
Conan 16 Jun, 2009 Lead O/S Great climb. Good gear and with an exciting crux
with Joanne Larty
Great climb. Good gear and with an exciting crux
with Joanne Larty
Shaw Brown 13 Apr, 2009 Lead
with cliff brown
with cliff brown
Dave Warburton 28 Jul, 2008 Solo O/S Climbed the lower section but had already set up a rope from above to self belay second pitch, i elected not to use it but it was there incase i needed to grab something!
with Flynn
Climbed the lower section but had already set up a rope from above to self belay second pitch, i elected not to use it but it was there incase i needed to grab something!
with Flynn
swmackey ?Jun, 2008 AltLd
with sihills
with sihills
pebbles 5 May, 2008 AltLd did first,easy slab pitch, left the rest to alan!
with alan walmsley
did first,easy slab pitch, left the rest to alan!
with alan walmsley
Hidden 8 Sep, 2007 AltLd
Yellow_trousers 20 May, 2007 Lead O/S roped second pitch, nasty chimely
with George Woolhouse
roped second pitch, nasty chimely
with George Woolhouse
Stephen Shaw 9 May, 2007 AltLd
Hidden 13 Jul, 2006 2nd
MazElden ??, 2006 -
Simon Caldwell 7 Aug, 2004 Lead O/S
with Lemming
with Lemming
Hidden 30 May, 2004 Lead dnf
Hidden 15 May, 2004 Lead O/S
beaumap 24 Apr, 2004 2nd
with Peter Camp
with Peter Camp
Stone Muppet ??, 2004 -
John Pickles 19 Aug, 2003 AltLd O/S
with 8848
with 8848
Hidden 19 Aug, 2003 AltLd
fellgazelle ?Aug, 2003 AltLd O/S
with George brimlow
with George brimlow
Hidden 31 Mar, 2003 AltLd
John Kettle ??, 2003 Lead
biggianthead 7 Apr, 2002 -
with HT
with HT
Lakesben ??, 2002 Lead
Peter Metcalfe ??, 2002 2nd
with Steve Pollington, Rab Cunningham
with Steve Pollington, Rab Cunningham
SimonN 13 May, 2000 AltLd
steve prior ?Apr, 2000 AltLd O/S
with Andy C
with Andy C
Mick King 2 Aug, 1998 2nd
with Adrian Perkin
with Adrian Perkin
Dave Cundy ?Jul, 1998 2nd
Small and weak ?May, 1997 Solo Back rope solo
Back rope solo
Iain Thow 27 Jul, 1996 AltLd Led pitch 3, the chimney. Memorable little slot moving into it that you can have as a hold or a runner but not both!
with Alex Doherty
Led pitch 3, the chimney. Memorable little slot moving into it that you can have as a hold or a runner but not both!
with Alex Doherty
Hidden 8 May, 1996 AltLd O/S
Mick King 25 Jun, 1995 Lead
with Steve Brodie
with Steve Brodie
Steve Lenartowicz ??, 1995 -
Hidden 26 Sep, 1993 AltLd
p.crooky#1 6 May, 1993 Lead
with Nick Franklin
with Nick Franklin
Tony Little ?Jul, 1991 Lead O/S
with PD
with PD
babymoac 27 Oct, 1990 AltLd
with Ken Prandy
with Ken Prandy
Dave Musgrove 28 May, 1989 Solo
Hidden ?Jun, 1986 AltLd
biggianthead 16 Jul, 1983 -
with M
with M
Hammy 5 Aug, 1982 Lead
with Chris Bashforth
with Chris Bashforth
Bob 18 Jul, 1982 Lead O/S
with S. Stean
with S. Stean
Bob 18 Jun, 1982 Solo O/S
Lord of Starkness ??, 1977 -
with Ron Kenyon
with Ron Kenyon
Martin Bennett 29 May, 1974 -
with IW
with IW
Hidden 23 Jun, 1973 Lead
RichardMc 5 May, 1968 Lead O/S
with Dave Lockwood
with Dave Lockwood
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High E1
Mid E1
Low E1
High HVS
Mid HVS
Low HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
Votes cast 27
High 5b
Mid 5b
Low 5b
High 5a
Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
Votes cast 25
Votes cast 22
Style of Ascent
Alt Leads
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Followed
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