65m, 4 pitches.

Rockfax Description
65m. A great horizontal outing. Start up Z Climb and follow the horizontal line of cracks and breaks. Stances are available in Parson's Chimney, on the Pulpit, and either in Long Chimney, or (uncomfortably) on the pedestal of Great Western. Mega-classic! © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
Enjoyable route covering most of the North West Face. Start as for Z Climb, follow the rightwards rising crack onto Central Climb. Climb down Central Climb to a triangular niche and then hand traverse right to belay on the ledge of Parson's Chimney. From the belay move up the right wall of Parson's Chimney and traverse the high break right beneath the overhang of Big Greeny. Climb onto Frankland's Green Crack before a long stride from small but positive footholds leads onto The Pulpit. Belay. It is possible to keep going up Frankland's and to take a belay at the top of Long Chimney beneath the capping block instead of the long step onto The Pulpit. Make a long step (reminiscent of Piggot's Stride) from the top of The Pulpit to join Long Chimney. Climb this to beneath the capping block then make the crux traverse across the top of Wall of Horrors to take a cramped belay on the Pinnacle of Great Western. Reverse this to Crack of Doom and finish up this. Smoke a pipe and give yourself a pat on the back! 4 pitches: 5a,5b,5b,5a.

Arthur Dolphin, John Cook, John Ball. 14/May/1944

Ticklists: Hard Rock, The Complete Dolphin Collection, ARD Yorkshire Grit, The 3 star way to yorkshire gritstone's heaven, The All New 3 Star Way to Yorkshire Gritstone Heaven..

FlavioL1989 11/Jun AltLd O/S

Like a pair of bumblies on holiday. Climbing is pointless but this really takes the piss especially when your rope coils never leave the ground. Really good fun and so windy I could hardly breathe.

with Jenny
JendeHoxar 11/Jun AltLd O/S
ned_85 13/May AltLd dnf
with Scott Marc Berry
scarmichael 05/May AltLd dnf

pitch 1 and 2 this time, progress this year! bloody hard work

with Steve Wooton
southern_smit 25/Mar AltLd

great route and adventurous route for a small crag, went a bit low on the on the final traverse taking a little slip and popped a runner, climbed back up and took a higher line into the final ledge.

j.buckley87 ?/Mar AltLd O/S
Hidden 31/Jul/16 AltLd O/S
will9911 07/Jul/16 Lead O/S

Nice, takes some impressive ground , felt a bit soft, pumpy on places. Done on a nice summer evening with nobody else at the crag. Where were they? There's no way pitch 3 is the crux. The moves to the end of pitch 2 are probably the crux. Full of pigeon crap in the expected places. Down climbing and reversing great western is strange but lovely

with Neil
scarmichael 13/Mar/16 -

Very green and caked in bird crap, bailed for health reasons after pitch 1! Avoid for a good while!

with Steve Wooton
Hidden ??/2016 AltLd
eduardo 11/Oct/15 AltLd
with Misha
Misha 11/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Great fun. Lots of jamming and some slopey breaks. Birdy on the belays and in a couple of the breaks but that doesn't really detract. Followed the classic line as per Rockfax on P1-3, then reversed the traverse on Great Western on P4 as per YMC. P1 had lots of good jamming. P2 was airy and tricky to start, then easy, then the crux of the route - a balancey step across to get onto the Pedestal. That took both of us a while to figure out and commit to. P3 featured an entertaining lean/fall across a chimney and back and footing above, then another break traverse to get to a cramped stance in the niche on GW. Taking the higher traverse line above the Pedestal would avoid the tricky step across and the chimney. Seconding P4 was exciting as Ed placed the first piece of gear some way across on the GW traverse. Not that hard as there were jugs and good jams but did some monkeying around with high feet in the break. Led P1 and P3.

with Ed
Nigel Bond 11/Oct/15 -
with Colin Hutton
Climbster 10/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

P 2&4 Nice :)

with Ian
Bloke on a Rope 10/Oct/15 AltLd O/S

Managed to get this done without pissing too many people off, lead pitch 1@3 the stance on Great Western is super uncomfortable !

with Matt
bwestwood 06/Sep/15 AltLd
WB 27/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

Literally a shitty route. Good fun climbing though.

markalmack 27/Aug/15 AltLd O/S

Mutchos birdos pooos

phil64 ??/2015 Lead
Hidden ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
James Thacker ??/2014 -
Nez ??/2014 -
petekeron 09/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Led p2 & p4. Blummin hard work!

with Steve Brock
Bertbee 30/Jun/13 AltLd dnf

Ouch! Took a massive whipper on the crux traverse on Pitch 3 - popped nut resulted in a pendulum straight into the side of the pulpit. Battered wrist and written off helmet, but walked to tell the tale! There is a good pocket for a narrow-headed cam on the face of wall of horrors, which you could place just before having to commit to the traverse. It would make it a lot bloody safer - and it's what I'll being using next time!

with Duncan
David_Gledson 25/Jun/13 AltLd O/S

Lead p1 and 3. Picht 1 is fantastic. Pitch 2 we didn't step onto pulpit, kept going on the break, which felt hard. Pitch 3 "crux" is certainly not the crux, pretty easy, then it gets harder. Pitch 4 great as expected.

with Alan
Matt Rowat 04/Jun/13 Lead dnf

Lead first pitch then ptr refused to continue after seconding. Pumpy!

with Ross
belay bunny turned bad 28/Aug/12 AltLd
with loundsy
Hidden 28/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
Mattyk 25/Jul/12 AltLd

Fell on pitch 3. got myself back to the pulpit and did it fine. Absolutely brilliant. Almscliff has so much more to give. Go do it!

robin_hackney 29/Mar/12 AltLd O/S

P2, P4. Quality outing, did it on a single 30m which worked well. Forgot my pipe though, so can't claim the full tick.

with Si
Hidden 29/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
JonG ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
JonG ??/2012 -
Hidden 30/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
Ewan Russell 30/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

did full girdle see there for description

with Gareth, Tom Nichols
timmsy 29/Oct/11 AltLd

Lead 2nd and 4th pitch with Martin Howarth. No drama's Martin set off in drizzle but neither of us mentioned it and by the time i reached 1st belay rain had stopped. Lot easier than expected. HVS all day.

with martin howarth YC's
Martin Haworth 29/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
with Richard Timms
simon kimber 03/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
with Ben Hirst
simon kimber 03/Jul/11 Solo
with Ben Hirst
Hidden 22/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
ollyroberts 22/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
with Ben
MeMeMe 18/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
with Pete
Dan Mckinlay ??/2011 -
rurp ??/2011 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
Glenn Sutcliffe ??/2011 -
ed edwards ?/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Not sure i should tick this one. From the pulpit headed into and up the v-diff chimney prior to the final traverse. Headed back down to half height due to the weight of bird poo in the top traverse line. Traversed at next break down across then up wall of horrors backono to route. Less bird poo.

adi bryant 06/Jul/10 Lead O/S

Finished up great western as lee was a bit knackered

with Lee
brockers 02/Jul/10 AltLd

Fantastic! Probably the best route I've done at 'the Cliff'. Led P1 and P3. Found the crux step underneath Wall of Horrors to be quite bold and committing. Superb expedition!

with Nibbs
roberto18 20/Jun/10 AltLd
with Sean Jacobs, Tom Nickols
Will Hunt 31/May/10 AltLd O/S

Led pitches 1 and 3. Excellent climb. Felt more like 4 HVSs back to back with a couple of tough spots. The hanging belay at Great Western is uncomfortable! This climb epitomises Almscliff. Do it.

with Jonny Aylwin
Hidden 31/May/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 01/May/10 AltLd rpt
Jack00 09/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Rob
Kirks01 09/Mar/10 AltLd O/S
with Rob
adi bryant ?/Jan/10 Lead
with Lee
adi bryant ?/Jan/10 Lead
with Lee
adi bryant ?/Jan/10 Lead
with Lee
leegodson1989 ??/2010 2nd β

V. Hard and tiring.

with Adi
RossG ??/2010 -
wahniel 12/Jul/09 AltLd O/S

done on a sunday early morning, without causing too much disruption to other parties. Felt like a long VS dotted with brief "E1 moments". Brilliant fun. Belay on the pulpit is preferable to a the one in long chimney I'd say. Much more comfortable and not set to ruin the next pitch with a bit of care re ropework

with Stewart McConnell
cobweb 11/Jul/09 AltLd
with Roger Waterworth
Toby Dunn 21/May/09 Solo
Sean_J ??/2009 AltLd O/S
with Bert and Tichols
mike fenwick ?/Jun/08 AltLd
with Ben Pearce
Luke Brooks 31/Dec/07 AltLd

Awesome route. E1

ChalkBall 31/Dec/07 AltLd O/S

E1. Great route. Got a few looks belaying 10 feet below the top though :). Lead pitches 2 and 4. We belayed on the plinth at the end of pitch 2, which ended up being much more pleasant than the pidgeon-cack-ridden crack the guidebook suggests!

Rich Mayfield 27/Jul/07 AltLd
Mark Stevenson 27/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
with Rich Mayfield
RossG123 ??/2007 -
Hidden 01/Oct/06 Lead O/S
alicia 31/May/06 2nd

brilliant route!!

with Ali K
Hidden 31/May/06 Lead O/S
Brown 25/May/05 AltLd
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
pezzerrr 09/Nov/02 AltLd O/S
Grezza ?/Jun/02 AltLd O/S

remarkably exposed good climbing

with Andy Kemp
tlr 10/Aug/97 AltLd
with Pom
nai 10/Aug/97 AltLd
with Tim
phardman 20/Jul/97 -
Hidden 05/Jul/97 Lead
rob.grafton ??/1995 -
Hidden ?/Apr/93 AltLd O/S
Ben C ??/1993 -
The Jazz Butcher ??/1992 -
crossleysm ??/1991 AltLd
with Guy Maddox
Rich Kirby ?/Jul/90 AltLd O/S
with Bruce woodley
Pete Pozman 09/May/90 AltLd
with John Byrne
Paul Clarke ??/1990 Lead
with Unsure
PaulHermes ??/1990 -
Eduardo Martinez ??/1990 Lead O/S

Did this twice Once with Neil and once with Dave Soles Led all pitches between them

Dave Musgrove Jnr 18/Aug/89 AltLd
with Dad
Dave Musgrove 18/Aug/89 AltLd
with David
Hidden 15/Jul/89 AltLd O/S
craig h 15/Jul/89 AltLd
Greg Cunningham 01/Jun/89 Lead
Dave Musgrove 23/Jun/88 Lead
with Tony Barley
William Robertson ??/1986 Lead O/S
with Emily, Steve, Shaun etc
andybirtwistle 04/Jul/83 AltLd O/S
with Mike Arnold
charlesmfrench 27/Jul/82 Lead O/S
with Jerremy Wriggley
MikeYouCanClimb ??/1982 2nd

early eighties

with Glyn Appleyard
Martin Bennett 18/Oct/81 -

Fantastic. Trashed hands and a photo to prove it.

with JD
TonyF ?/Jun/80 Lead
with Dave McDowel
Andy Nicholson ?/May/80 Solo rpt

Over and over again....like the back of my hand...

uphillnow ?/Aug/79 AltLd

Always best protection for the leader on all pitches.

with Al Bennett
Hidden 27/Jul/79 Lead
mikej 18/Oct/78 AltLd dnf
with Mike Byles
GeoffG ?/May/78 AltLd
Falko 01/Jun/75 Lead O/S
with Peter Brashaw
Hidden ??/1975 AltLd O/S
Dave Musgrove 29/Jul/69 AltLd
with Rob Wood
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