Rockfax Description
The intimidating wall right of the arete is taken centrally by this much written about top-end VS. Start right of the arete below an orange stain where a block as fallen out. Climb to the niche under an overhang and move right to a slim corner. Move up and then right to another slim corner that is below a thin crack in the upper wall - possible belay. Follow the technical crack to the top. © Rockfax

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Hidden 20 Sep Lead O/S
jack89 24 Aug Lead O/S As one big pitch. Fab climbing.
As one big pitch. Fab climbing.
Hidden 24 Aug 2nd
henrygiles99 8 Aug Lead O/S
with Paul
with Paul
Hidden 13 Jul -
Mick King 7 Jul Lead O/S Great route. Fairly easy going, but good climbing, until you suddenly find yourself much more involved in the last 10 feet or so. Tom got a hands off rest here tho, which I thought was pretty cool! One of the classics I've not done before so really enjoyed it.
with Tom Murray
Great route. Fairly easy going, but good climbing, until you suddenly find yourself much more involved in the last 10 feet or so. Tom got a hands off rest here tho, which I thought was pretty cool! One of the classics I've not done before so really enjoyed it.
with Tom Murray
Muzza0710 7 Jul 2nd O/S Nice climb, hard high crux which I only just made it through.
Nice climb, hard high crux which I only just made it through.
nathanshaw 6 Jul Lead
with Jo
with Jo
scottidog 12 May Lead O/S
with Jermome
with Jermome
Remyveness 4 May AltLd O/S
EihposG 19 Apr 2nd
Hidden 19 Apr Lead O/S
Jaomes 23 Mar AltLd dog Led P1
Led P1
JBassford ?Mar AltLd
with Myers
with Myers
Dave Cundy ?? Lead
with Christine Barbier
with Christine Barbier
Wesley Orvis ?? Lead
JSCB ?Jun, 2018 -
marky 28 May, 2018 Lead
Hidden 28 May, 2018 2nd
Sam Mercer 21 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Tobias Barthelmes 10 May, 2018 2nd
petegunn 10 May, 2018 Lead
Lauradavies23 5 May, 2018 2nd
mikecollins 5 May, 2018 Lead O/S Thin and committing at the top
Thin and committing at the top
OllyD ?Jul, 2017 Lead
john lynch 18 Jun, 2017 2nd O/S great lead by beth.
great lead by beth.
Bethan May Davies 18 Jun, 2017 Lead
Hidden 17 Jun, 2017 AltLd O/S
Hidden 17 Jun, 2017 AltLd O/S
Matt Amos 3 Jun, 2017 Lead O/S
Hidden 30 May, 2017 Lead O/S
benclimbing 26 May, 2017 AltLd dog Second route after Eagle Front. I've no shame in saying I think this is HVS 5a!
Second route after Eagle Front. I've no shame in saying I think this is HVS 5a!
Hidden 26 May, 2017 AltLd O/S
Hidden 23 May, 2017 Lead O/S
Hidden 23 May, 2017 2nd
kelliroberts3 7 May, 2017 AltLd
Pete Rigby 7 May, 2017 AltLd O/S
dkd 1 May, 2017 Lead O/S
with Karl
with Karl
Hidden 1 May, 2017 2nd
manmike 26 Nov, 2016 AltLd Crux soaking due to thawing snow but added to the alpine feel of an awesome day. Plenty of gear on both pitches.
Crux soaking due to thawing snow but added to the alpine feel of an awesome day. Plenty of gear on both pitches.
Hidden 26 Nov, 2016 AltLd
Ste Ridd 26 Nov, 2016 AltLd Suburb finale to a excellent three climb link up.
Suburb finale to a excellent three climb link up.
Doug Sharpe 17 Sep, 2016 AltLd O/S
with Ellie Debenham
with Ellie Debenham
cpforbes 17 Sep, 2016 AltLd O/S
with Frances Coles
with Frances Coles
Hidden 18 Aug, 2016 Lead
y2keable 16 Jul, 2016 2nd O/S John started leading first pitch and decided it would be easier to do it all in one, not sure why the guide suggests 2. Really nice route with beautiful layback crux near the top that's definitely harder than 4c. Exposure is brilliant!
John started leading first pitch and decided it would be easier to do it all in one, not sure why the guide suggests 2. Really nice route with beautiful layback crux near the top that's definitely harder than 4c. Exposure is brilliant!
Hidden 7 Jun, 2016 2nd dog
Wizzy 3 Jun, 2016 Solo O/S VS 5a would make sense. Amazing
VS 5a would make sense. Amazing
mark ward 29 May, 2016 AltLd O/S Judith P1, me P2
with Judith KMC
Judith P1, me P2
with Judith KMC
DubyaJamesDubya 7 May, 2016 AltLd O/S A good route but the Guidebook needs to amending to recommend this be done in one pitch.
with Stewart Moody
A good route but the Guidebook needs to amending to recommend this be done in one pitch.
with Stewart Moody
dakidunn 19 Apr, 2016 2nd
topsyturvy 19 Apr, 2016 Lead O/S in 1 pitch
in 1 pitch
Stickle Tarn 10 Apr, 2016 Lead O/S In a really really cold wind !
In a really really cold wind !
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 2nd
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 2nd
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 2nd
judith neaves ?Jan, 2016 -
Hidden ??, 2016 -
Shaw Brown ??, 2016 -
Hidden ??, 2016 -
jack morris 94 ??, 2016 -
Harry Ellis 3 Nov, 2015 AltLd Led p2
with Chris Cox
Led p2
with Chris Cox
smithjmw46 3 Oct, 2015 AltLd O/S
DaveBentley 3 Oct, 2015 AltLd
with Josh Smith
with Josh Smith
Brucemacrosson 3 Oct, 2015 Lead O/S Hard part very short. Great gear.
with Brian Finlayson
Hard part very short. Great gear.
with Brian Finlayson
Hidden 26 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
BLodge 19 Sep, 2015 Lead
Hidden 6 Sep, 2015 2nd
Nick Clement 1 Aug, 2015 Lead
with mandy clement
with mandy clement
Alison Cairns 27 Jun, 2015 AltLd rpt Just a couple of moves on p2 but I think they do deserve to get 5a. We did in 2 pitches but would be a better route done as 1.
Just a couple of moves on p2 but I think they do deserve to get 5a. We did in 2 pitches but would be a better route done as 1.
Hidden 27 Jun, 2015 AltLd dnf
tobydunford 26 May, 2015 Lead O/S
with Kirsty Kerr
with Kirsty Kerr
cpforbes 23 May, 2015 AltLd O/S
Roger Cruse 23 May, 2015 AltLd rpt
with Kris
with Kris
Hidden 23 May, 2015 AltLd
Hidden 4 May, 2015 2nd
Will Hunt 4 May, 2015 Lead O/S Top pitch only.
Top pitch only.
joermann 21 Apr, 2015 2nd
Hidden 8 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S
Max Streeton 5 Apr, 2015 AltLd
Monkey_Alan 5 Apr, 2015 AltLd O/S
DSM 14 Sep, 2014 Lead O/S
with Andy Gittins
with Andy Gittins
andy gittins 14 Sep, 2014 AltLd
with Dave Scott-Maxwell
with Dave Scott-Maxwell
Hidden 6 Sep, 2014 2nd
Hidden 6 Sep, 2014 2nd O/S
JohnMetcalfe 24 Aug, 2014 2nd did as a single pitch - probably a better climb because of it. Defintely 5a move half way up the second pitch, so if you can't do 5a in an exposed location you will be in trouble.
with Peter Metcalfe
did as a single pitch - probably a better climb because of it. Defintely 5a move half way up the second pitch, so if you can't do 5a in an exposed location you will be in trouble.
with Peter Metcalfe
Peter Metcalfe 23 Aug, 2014 Lead
Ian Stirrups 26 Jul, 2014 AltLd Disappointing climb. Contrived line, first pitch about V diff, second has at most two 5a moves and is very short.
with Sue
Disappointing climb. Contrived line, first pitch about V diff, second has at most two 5a moves and is very short.
with Sue
hiyaneil 5 Jul, 2014 AltLd
with maria85
with maria85
maria85 5 Jul, 2014 AltLd O/S
asmith37 21 Jun, 2014 Lead O/S
Marq 31 May, 2014 AltLd O/S KM
with Keefus
KM
with Keefus
RM199 3 May, 2014 Lead O/S
Jonathan Hall 3 May, 2014 2nd
with Hugh, RM199
with Hugh, RM199
Hidden 3 May, 2014 2nd O/S
benw681 19 Apr, 2014 Lead
BTphonehome 19 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
kasha_gregson 19 Apr, 2014 2nd O/S
Hidden 16 Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
ipegg 16 Apr, 2014 2nd
philmcf ?Apr, 2014 Lead O/S
nickcj ??, 2014 -
chris74 3 Aug, 2013 AltLd O/S I lead 2nd pitch
with sjbrook
I lead 2nd pitch
with sjbrook
sjbrook 3 Aug, 2013 AltLd O/S Lead first pitch. Belay, roomy ledge? Second pitch felt hard in the grade.
with chris74, PMC
Lead first pitch. Belay, roomy ledge? Second pitch felt hard in the grade.
with chris74, PMC
Hidden 21 Jul, 2013 AltLd
Hidden 20 Jul, 2013 AltLd
Big Lee 20 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S Led pitch 1. Good climbing on both pithes.
Led pitch 1. Good climbing on both pithes.
Hidden 15 Jul, 2013 2nd O/S
mcglenr25 15 Jul, 2013 Lead O/S Really enjoyable route. Both pitches.
Really enjoyable route. Both pitches.
alpinismo.uk 5 Jul, 2013 -
alpinismo.uk 18 Jun, 2013 AltLd dnf Linked with Oxford and Cambridge Route
Linked with Oxford and Cambridge Route
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead
Hidden ??, 2013 -
chris smith 9 Aug, 2012 Lead
Hewitt 9 Aug, 2012 2nd O/S
Hidden 4 Jun, 2012 AltLd O/S
J1PEF 28 May, 2012 AltLd
with Dave sharpe
with Dave sharpe
Krystalli 24 Mar, 2012 -
with Andy W
with Andy W
Ste Ridd 11 Mar, 2012 2nd dnf Damp so checked out the route for return trip.
with manmike
Damp so checked out the route for return trip.
with manmike
jason 11 Mar, 2012 AltLd dnf
with moose ridd, manmike
with moose ridd, manmike
manmike 11 Mar, 2012 AltLd dnf not a good route for a damp day
with jason
not a good route for a damp day
with jason
Ian Hinkins ??, 2012 -
gingermike1 ??, 2012 -
Simonfarfaraway 6 Nov, 2011 AltLd
with loz
with loz
Andrew1 5 Aug, 2011 Lead
Mark Eddy ?Jul, 2011 Lead Loved it, especially the top pitch, difficult but very well protected
Loved it, especially the top pitch, difficult but very well protected
tom heaney 4 Jun, 2011 -
with tom hull
with tom hull
Hidden 4 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S
nick ferro 4 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S Pitch 1 flowed nicely. Led the steeper pitch 2.
with pwilkie
Pitch 1 flowed nicely. Led the steeper pitch 2.
with pwilkie
pwilkie 4 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S
tomhull 4 Jun, 2011 AltLd O/S
e.sunnyside ?Jun, 2011 2nd
John Pickles 4 May, 2011 AltLd O/S
with >mortz<
with >mortz<
Becky E 29 Apr, 2011 2nd
Graeme Hammond 29 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
with Becky E
with Becky E
mark v 24 Apr, 2011 2nd
with Mike Norbury
with Mike Norbury
rgd1977 24 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
beckybray1 24 Apr, 2011 2nd O/S
Hidden 24 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
iwebster59017 10 Feb, 2011 AltLd O/S led first pitch second was very cold, couldn't feel my hands.
led first pitch second was very cold, couldn't feel my hands.
mksmith35 10 Feb, 2011 AltLd dog Led 2nd pitch.
Led 2nd pitch.
Hidden ??, 2011 -
Paul Boggis ??, 2011 Lead
Hidden 4 Sep, 2010 2nd
Peter Metcalfe 4 Sep, 2010 Lead As one pitch: some hard moves halfway up the crack on the guidebook second pitch but protection OK.
As one pitch: some hard moves halfway up the crack on the guidebook second pitch but protection OK.
Adi Hooper 15 Aug, 2010 Lead
with Dave Rogers
with Dave Rogers
furry 3 Jul, 2010 Lead O/S
with LMC
with LMC
CathS 3 Jul, 2010 AltLd Led P1 - very steep but well protected. Messed up my positioning and came off on my first attempt to make the crux (5a?) move seconding P2.
with Dave Clark
Led P1 - very steep but well protected. Messed up my positioning and came off on my first attempt to make the crux (5a?) move seconding P2.
with Dave Clark
christensena 3 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S Led the second pitch
with Kev B
Led the second pitch
with Kev B
Hidden 25 Jun, 2010 2nd
rockrat 25 Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
with Hemi!
with Hemi!
Chris L Hill 18 Jun, 2010 2nd O/S
with Simon Pearce
with Simon Pearce
jl 3 Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
with pennyb
with pennyb
Dave Almond 2 Jun, 2010 Lead sore wrist
sore wrist
Nicole Almond 2 Jun, 2010 2nd O/S
Tom Briggs 23 May, 2010 Lead O/S In reality only 2 stars and definitely not 5a! Superb day though.
with Rachel Hassall
In reality only 2 stars and definitely not 5a! Superb day though.
with Rachel Hassall
Hidden 22 Apr, 2010 Lead
Hidden 22 Apr, 2010 2nd
sass ??, 2010 -
Hidden ??, 2010 -
Dizz 12 Sep, 2009 2nd
with manfred
with manfred
Hidden 9 Sep, 2009 AltLd
joe king 14 Jun, 2009 Lead O/S a slight wobble at the top, now 5a
with helen lambert
a slight wobble at the top, now 5a
with helen lambert
cheeky 7 Jun, 2009 2nd O/S
mark4344 7 Jun, 2009 Lead O/S fantastic route, worth the walk in. great open climbing and good pro.
with Matt Payne
fantastic route, worth the walk in. great open climbing and good pro.
with Matt Payne
Hidden 1 Jun, 2009 2nd
niallk 24 May, 2009 AltLd Led 1st pitch
with Ben RMC
Led 1st pitch
with Ben RMC
Jack Shepherd 10 May, 2009 AltLd O/S
with Dog Holden
with Dog Holden
Hidden 2 May, 2009 2nd
Leelogs 11 Apr, 2009 2nd
with Matt
with Matt
Hidden 6 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
Tarquin ??, 2009 2nd
RCrockford 28 Sep, 2008 Lead O/S Lead in one pitch.
with Andy G
Lead in one pitch.
with Andy G
Hidden 20 Sep, 2008 AltLd O/S
DavidEvans 20 Sep, 2008 Lead O/S
with Helen Garrett
with Helen Garrett
victim of mathematics 4 Aug, 2008 AltLd O/S
crossdressingrodney 4 Aug, 2008 AltLd O/S
jon thompson27 ?Aug, 2008 AltLd
with simon mayell
with simon mayell
Hidden 8 Jun, 2008 Lead
cat22 ?Jun, 2008 2nd O/S
nakedave ?Jun, 2008 -
Hidden 5 May, 2008 AltLd dog
Swotson 5 May, 2008 AltLd O/S
with Ian Athroll
with Ian Athroll
Dave Wearing 5 May, 2008 AltLd
with Bedspring.
with Bedspring.
Neil Pacey 26 Aug, 2007 Lead O/S Fantastic Second pitch, well protected, but felt a hard 4c
Fantastic Second pitch, well protected, but felt a hard 4c
Blisco 26 Aug, 2007 Lead dog Fell off second pitch.
with Louise Rolland
Fell off second pitch.
with Louise Rolland
OffshoreAndy 17 Aug, 2007 AltLd
with Lancs Pete
with Lancs Pete
Iain Brown 8 Jul, 2007 -
with Ricardo
with Ricardo
Hidden 1 Jun, 2007 2nd
Hidden 1 Jun, 2007 Lead O/S
Hidden 5 May, 2007 Lead O/S
duzinga 28 Apr, 2007 2nd O/S
with Martina
with Martina
Hidden 5 May, 2006 2nd O/S
petegunn 5 May, 2006 Lead
Graham Kennedy 30 Apr, 2006 2nd One of the great climbs of Lakeland.
with Andrew Porter
One of the great climbs of Lakeland.
with Andrew Porter
Hidden 11 Sep, 2005 Lead O/S
Hidden ?Aug, 2005 Lead
markbenton 21 Jun, 2005 AltLd
Howard J 11 Jun, 2005 2nd + Dave Checkley
with John Turner
+ Dave Checkley
with John Turner
ewen ?May, 2005 AltLd O/S
Ian Hinkins ?May, 2005 AltLd
with ewen
with ewen
biggianthead 28 Mar, 2005 -
with T
with T
alan moore ??, 2005 - Very easy, then completely blank on the top 10 feet. Had to traverse right to escape. Wrong line maybe...?
Very easy, then completely blank on the top 10 feet. Had to traverse right to escape. Wrong line maybe...?
Rog Wilko ??, 2005 Lead I must say I have some sympathy for those who say this should be HVS 5a. The crux move on pitch two is hard and committing and I didn't think there was good gear at that point. But I suppose something has to be the hardest VS in the area....
with Debbie Wilkinson
I must say I have some sympathy for those who say this should be HVS 5a. The crux move on pitch two is hard and committing and I didn't think there was good gear at that point. But I suppose something has to be the hardest VS in the area....
with Debbie Wilkinson
Harry Ellis ?Jul, 2004 -
with Trefor Hughes
with Trefor Hughes
John Kettle ??, 2003 AltLd
malc 11 May, 2002 AltLd
with Adele
with Adele
Hidden ?Jun, 2001 -
Hidden 3 Sep, 2000 Lead O/S
steve prior ?Sep, 1999 Lead
with Roz C
with Roz C
Hidden 11 Jul, 1999 AltLd
Hammy 3 Apr, 1999 Lead
with Richard Munro
with Richard Munro
mikej 29 Aug, 1998 AltLd
with Nick Salmon
with Nick Salmon
Bruce Kerr 20 Jun, 1998 Lead
with Jenny Kerr
with Jenny Kerr
Hidden ?Jun, 1997 -
Small and weak ?Mar, 1997 AltLd
Hidden 20 Aug, 1995 -
Steve Lenartowicz ??, 1995 -
biggianthead 9 Oct, 1994 -
with C
with C
Narked4fun 17 Apr, 1994 Lead
with Ed Chicken
with Ed Chicken
p.crooky#1 5 Jul, 1992 AltLd
with Nick Franklin
with Nick Franklin
babymoac 25 Aug, 1991 Lead
with cash, Anne
with cash, Anne
Andy Say 12 Aug, 1991 Solo
andrew300169 7 Jul, 1991 Lead O/S
with nai
with nai
nai 7 Jul, 1991 Lead
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! 25 Aug, 1990 Lead O/S
with athroll
with athroll
stewart murray ?Aug, 1990 2nd O/S
with Nick Murray
with Nick Murray
Tom V ??, 1990 -
EddieA 25 Jul, 1984 Lead
with Jim F
with Jim F
Hidden 29 Mar, 1981 Solo
Hidden ??, 1976 AltLd
Martin Bennett 20 Apr, 1971 -
with JD
with JD
AndyP ??, 0000 Lead O/S Good route in a good location. I finished direct from the groove, I'm not sure if I should have gone right at the very top but finishing direct felt about right for grade (VS+ in the latest FRCC guide) though the gear was not great at this section. Misty and slightly damp.
with Graham
Good route in a good location. I finished direct from the groove, I'm not sure if I should have gone right at the very top but finishing direct felt about right for grade (VS+ in the latest FRCC guide) though the gear was not great at this section. Misty and slightly damp.
with Graham
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