42m, 2 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A classic struggle that is a serious undertaking. Start below the wider of the two face cracks. Tackle the first half of the wide and polished crack either by wedging your way straight up or via the tricky right wall (a very large cam will protect both methods - the climbing is extremely bold without). Continue up the easier crack above to the top. Abseil off or continue up The Buttonhook Route. © Rockfax

O G Jones, H C Bowen 28/Apr/1897

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David Cowley 25 Aug 2nd O/S
chris smith 25 Aug Lead
Ted F 2 Aug 2nd
Harry Ellis 2 Aug Lead
with Ted F
with Ted F
Robbie Blease 2 Aug 2nd O/S
with Ted F
with Ted F
lanky 3 Jul Lead
with Del
with Del
Joshcastril 26 Jun Lead O/S
Brian Pollock 23 Jun Lead O/S Fun. Take slings.
with Simon
Fun. Take slings.
with Simon
Hidden 19 Jun 2nd
Hidden 30 Apr Lead O/S
JoeCoxson 30 Apr 2nd O/S Shame that you never have to get fully involved in the depths of the chimney
Shame that you never have to get fully involved in the depths of the chimney
Wendy Watthews 30 Apr 2nd
Ginopereira 23 Feb -
with Jason wood
with Jason wood
Chelsey Robinson 18 Oct, 2018 2nd O/S
Steven Carter 18 Jul, 2018 Lead O/S
Hidden 24 Jun, 2018 2nd
Adamski1986 29 Apr, 2018 2nd
CMoore 14 Apr, 2018 Lead Green
with Ed Newcombe
Green
with Ed Newcombe
smelliedebs ?Apr, 2018 Lead Hail!
Hail!
Jeremy Wilson 25 May, 2017 2nd rpt Paul led and chimney crack looked a real protectionless struggle so he did the wall climb on the right. Rock 1 gear was behind a loose flake and only other gear was a half decent micro. HVS 4C more than justified as in new guide. If someone said E1 5a, I would not complain....
with Paul Cox
Paul led and chimney crack looked a real protectionless struggle so he did the wall climb on the right. Rock 1 gear was behind a loose flake and only other gear was a half decent micro. HVS 4C more than justified as in new guide. If someone said E1 5a, I would not complain....
with Paul Cox
mike lawrence? 24 May, 2017 Lead
with Javi
with Javi
LucaC 21 Jul, 2016 Lead O/S
theocelano 21 Jul, 2016 2nd
with LucaC
with LucaC
mikecollins 16 Jul, 2016 Lead O/S
Lauradavies23 16 Jul, 2016 2nd
rholdswo ?Jul, 2016 Lead
Hidden 6 Jun, 2016 2nd O/S
joermann 6 Jun, 2016 Lead
ned_85 5 Jun, 2016 2nd
with Tom Mackenzie, Joe White
with Tom Mackenzie, Joe White
aking12 4 Jun, 2016 Lead O/S
john lynch 4 Jun, 2016 2nd O/S
with Ant King
with Ant King
steely 1 Jun, 2016 2nd O/S
with clams
with clams
clams ?Jun, 2016 Lead Used Friend 5 - bold without this
with Iain
Used Friend 5 - bold without this
with Iain
Hidden 14 May, 2016 Lead
joe hallam 14 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S
with andrew senior, Andrew Duncan
with andrew senior, Andrew Duncan
Andrew Duncan 14 Mar, 2016 2nd
with andrew Senior, joe hallam
with andrew Senior, joe hallam
Climbingspike ??, 2016 -
55pete55 19 Sep, 2015 2nd
Hidden 25 Jul, 2015 Lead
eburki1 27 Jun, 2015 2nd O/S
Hidden 27 Jun, 2015 Lead O/S
elliptic 18 Jun, 2015 2nd In big boots, for historical bonus points.
with Tom R.
In big boots, for historical bonus points.
with Tom R.
Route Adjuster 13 Jun, 2015 Lead With Mark C
With Mark C
DanielBryan 7 Jun, 2015 2nd
with AndrewP
with AndrewP
AndrewP 7 Jun, 2015 Lead O/S
Scooter Young 31 May, 2015 2nd
Georgie25 23 May, 2015 2nd
Keith Swainson 23 May, 2015 Lead O/S
with Matt Levick, Dan Jackson, Georgie
with Matt Levick, Dan Jackson, Georgie
John Kelly 17 Apr, 2015 Lead dnf scary
with MB
scary
with MB
Hidden 5 Apr, 2015 Lead O/S
DubyaJamesDubya ??, 2015 -
Hidden ??, 2015 -
FraserMcClennan 13 Sep, 2014 Lead O/S
Alex Thomson 9 Aug, 2014 Lead
with jenpen
with jenpen
Hidden 9 Aug, 2014 2nd
duncana 15 Jun, 2014 2nd Good line, tackled smooth sided sentry box by wall climbing on the right, tricky getting back across
with Pippa Archer
Good line, tackled smooth sided sentry box by wall climbing on the right, tricky getting back across
with Pippa Archer
Em66 ?Jun, 2014 -
with Rosie, Freg1
with Rosie, Freg1
James Oswald 31 May, 2014 Lead O/S Fun. Not as difficult as it looks.
Fun. Not as difficult as it looks.
Hidden 31 May, 2014 2nd
hotfeet 17 May, 2014 Lead O/S
with Blue68
with Blue68
Blue68 17 May, 2014 2nd O/S 3 Days after Knee opp so only seconded
with hotfeet
3 Days after Knee opp so only seconded
with hotfeet
JanBella 13 May, 2014 2nd O/S
with frazer
with frazer
climbalive 12 Mar, 2014 Lead O/S
with Chris Hill
with Chris Hill
stevo smith 26 Aug, 2013 Lead O/S A good old crack climbing struggle! enjoyed! :) As Rob 2nd'd he dropped a piece of gear. has i rigged it up to abseil. Using the tat what was there and backing it up with a friend behind. And using another to deviate the ropes to above the crack. The deviation popped out and miraculously unclipped from the rope? Which went sailing past to the ground aswell. finally getting down after messing around with the ropes. lol now! I found all the gear plus another piece he forgot? So it was well worth the abseil, then climbed the route again on top-rope...
with Rob hall patch
A good old crack climbing struggle! enjoyed! :) As Rob 2nd'd he dropped a piece of gear. has i rigged it up to abseil. Using the tat what was there and backing it up with a friend behind. And using another to deviate the ropes to above the crack. The deviation popped out and miraculously unclipped from the rope? Which went sailing past to the ground aswell. finally getting down after messing around with the ropes. lol now! I found all the gear plus another piece he forgot? So it was well worth the abseil, then climbed the route again on top-rope...
with Rob hall patch
jimorothy 24 Jul, 2013 Lead Wonderful. Exiting sentry box is very scary and very committing with slings well below. Stayed direct with crack: tried not to bite down on the heart in my mouth! Fantastic.
with Rachel Crolla
Wonderful. Exiting sentry box is very scary and very committing with slings well below. Stayed direct with crack: tried not to bite down on the heart in my mouth! Fantastic.
with Rachel Crolla
martrin 7 May, 2013 Lead
with Sarah Kekus
with Sarah Kekus
Hidden ?May, 2013 2nd
Hidden ??, 2013 Lead
Hidden ??, 2013 -
Klingon 22 Sep, 2012 Lead
with Nimble
with Nimble
Ste Ridd 11 Aug, 2012 Lead
with manmike
with manmike
Hidden 11 Aug, 2012 2nd
manmike 11 Aug, 2012 2nd O/S
Hidden 14 Jul, 2012 2nd
Simon Caldwell 14 Jul, 2012 2nd O/S Took the wall option from the sentry box - tough 4c climbing with so-so gear a few feet below, a great lead by Carmen. Next time we'll take a no 4 Camalot and stick to the crack! A great route, harder than it looks - miles harder than Innominate!
with Lemming
Took the wall option from the sentry box - tough 4c climbing with so-so gear a few feet below, a great lead by Carmen. Next time we'll take a no 4 Camalot and stick to the crack! A great route, harder than it looks - miles harder than Innominate!
with Lemming
Hidden 14 Jul, 2012 Lead O/S
Hidden 26 May, 2012 Lead
jcooper8 26 May, 2012 Lead O/S
Narked4fun ??, 2012 -
JonG ??, 2012 -
Ian Hinkins ??, 2012 -
gingermike1 ??, 2012 -
Hidden 23 Aug, 2011 Lead
Exodus 3 Jun, 2011 Solo
y2keable 2 Jun, 2011 2nd O/S definitely deserves more than 1 star
definitely deserves more than 1 star
Dave Doc ?Jun, 2011 Lead O/S
with samsun
with samsun
craig naylor 19 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
Jack Loftus 19 Apr, 2011 2nd O/S
Graham Iles 10 Apr, 2011 2nd
with Mark Holt
with Mark Holt
Steve Lenartowicz ?Apr, 2011 Lead
with Clare
with Clare
Bob ??, 2011 -
Will Hunt 25 Sep, 2010 2nd O/S
Hidden 25 Sep, 2010 Lead
clive-greenwood 14 Aug, 2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 14 Aug, 2010 AltLd O/S
Hidden 14 Aug, 2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 11 Aug, 2010 TR
HansUDes 11 Aug, 2010 TR O/S top roped using abseil point on top of the Innominate Crack after climbing Kern Knotts Chimney
top roped using abseil point on top of the Innominate Crack after climbing Kern Knotts Chimney
Mike_Hayes 12 Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
with James Graham
with James Graham
Helen Gibson 31 May, 2010 Lead O/S
with Richard
with Richard
Andrew Wilson 11 Apr, 2010 Lead O/S
with ERB
with ERB
Ken Taylor ??, 2010 -
Hidden ??, 2010 -
mic_b 12 Dec, 2009 Lead O/S
with James Blake
with James Blake
RCrockford 17 Oct, 2009 Lead RP Fell out of polished sentry box, almost decked (oops). Lead clean using wall moves on right.
with Jonah
Fell out of polished sentry box, almost decked (oops). Lead clean using wall moves on right.
with Jonah
jl 22 Aug, 2009 Lead O/S
with pennyb
with pennyb
Jack Shepherd 24 Jun, 2009 Lead O/S
with Luke Jones
with Luke Jones
Bob M 24 Apr, 2009 Lead
with riggy
with riggy
John Pickles 18 Apr, 2009 2nd
with 8848
with 8848
Hidden 18 Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
Orlov 14 Apr, 2009 Solo β
with some friendly chaps from classic rock
with some friendly chaps from classic rock
steve prior ?Apr, 2009 Lead
with Roger C
with Roger C
petegunn 19 Mar, 2009 2nd
Hidden 19 Mar, 2009 2nd O/S
Iain Brown 27 Jul, 2008 -
with Ricardo
with Ricardo
Hidden 16 Jun, 2008 2nd
Swotson 14 Jun, 2008 Lead O/S Very cold. Snow shower didn't stop me.
with SteveX
Very cold. Snow shower didn't stop me.
with SteveX
m dunn 14 Jun, 2008 2nd
with Mick
with Mick
Hidden 14 Jun, 2008 2nd O/S
sparkoclimb 7 Jun, 2008 Lead
Dr Rorlasaurus 7 Jun, 2008 2nd
with Tom Sparkes
with Tom Sparkes
perfectlynormalbeast ?Jun, 2008 Lead O/S Tricky middle offwidth section. Fun though, did it with a slight smattering of rain. I think this is harder than its neighbour Innominate Crack.
with Stuart Fox
Tricky middle offwidth section. Fun though, did it with a slight smattering of rain. I think this is harder than its neighbour Innominate Crack.
with Stuart Fox
Jimmy O 18 May, 2008 2nd O/S
jonny taylor 18 May, 2008 Lead O/S
with Jimmy O
with Jimmy O
nakedave ?May, 2008 2nd
with tomhull
with tomhull
tomhull ?May, 2008 Lead
TonyP 19 Feb, 2008 Lead O/S
with KENNY
with KENNY
Ian Parnell 9 Sep, 2007 Lead O/S
with Sandy Ogilvie
with Sandy Ogilvie
ewen 30 Jul, 2007 Lead O/S
Ian Hinkins 30 Jul, 2007 2nd
with ewen
with ewen
Hidden 22 Jul, 2007 Lead
Small and weak ?Jul, 2007 Lead
steveP 5 May, 2007 Lead O/S
andybirtwistle 5 May, 2007 Lead
with Sue Birtwistle
with Sue Birtwistle
joe king 4 May, 2007 AltLd
with steve petit
with steve petit
Johann ??, 2007 Lead O/S
with Darryl Fish
with Darryl Fish
Hidden 22 Jul, 2006 Lead O/S
Hidden 7 Jun, 2006 AltLd O/S
Hidden 6 May, 2006 Lead O/S
chris m fisher 6 May, 2006 Lead O/S
with Andy
with Andy
karabiner 6 May, 2006 Lead O/S
with Dom
with Dom
alpinismo.uk ??, 2006 Lead
John Kettle ??, 2006 Lead O/S
Hidden 9 Jun, 2005 2nd
nakedave ?Jan, 2005 -
platt2000 ??, 2005 Lead
dave o 14 Aug, 2004 Lead O/S
with JuliaH
with JuliaH
Hidden 14 Aug, 2004 2nd
Hidden 15 Sep, 2002 Lead O/S
Hidden 20 Aug, 2002 Lead O/S
cem 1 Jun, 2002 2nd
with James Gregory
with James Gregory
Lakesben ??, 2002 Lead
Shaw Brown ?Aug, 2001 Lead A lot more serious than Innominate crack
with simon blythe
A lot more serious than Innominate crack
with simon blythe
Hidden 12 Jun, 2001 2nd O/S
chris wyatt ??, 2000 Lead RP FELL OFF THE FIRST TIME - BIT OF A WHIPPER
with TRICOUNIS
FELL OFF THE FIRST TIME - BIT OF A WHIPPER
with TRICOUNIS
Hidden 28 Aug, 1999 Lead O/S
Ben lad ??, 1999 -
with briff
with briff
CHADWICK64 ??, 1999 -
with Phil Barber
with Phil Barber
mikej 9 Aug, 1998 2nd
with Nick Salmon
with Nick Salmon
Martin Bennett 9 Aug, 1998 -
with Simno, Glenn
with Simno, Glenn
Neil Conway 7 Sep, 1996 2nd O/S
with Steve Hardy
with Steve Hardy
MaNimal 10 Jun, 1996 Lead
with Rob Whiteman
with Rob Whiteman
Trobbo 6 May, 1996 2nd
with andy hartley
with andy hartley
roncaves 1 Jul, 1995 Lead
with James Thomas
with James Thomas
ed woods ??, 1995 2nd
with Rob, Claire & Winnick
with Rob, Claire & Winnick
Steve Lenartowicz ??, 1995 -
Hidden 12 Jun, 1994 -
Sean Kelly 11 Jun, 1994 Lead
with Al Metelko
with Al Metelko
biggianthead 1 Apr, 1994 -
with C
with C
EddieA ?Apr, 1994 Lead O/S
with Adrian
with Adrian
Mick King 3 Oct, 1993 Solo
p.crooky#1 24 May, 1992 Lead
with Nick Franklin
with Nick Franklin
Hidden ??, 1992 TR
PeteCheung ??, 1992 Lead
Nickwild ?Jul, 1991 2nd
with Paul Myers
with Paul Myers
John Southworth ?Apr, 1991 Lead O/S
Hidden 21 Jun, 1989 Solo
lithos ?Jun, 1989 Lead O/S
Andy Say 13 Nov, 1988 Solo
stewart murray ?Jun, 1988 2nd O/S
with Alastair Fletcher
with Alastair Fletcher
graham lawrie ??, 1985 Lead O/S
Guy ??, 1985 -
sadams 9 Jul, 1983 Lead
with Steve Newman
with Steve Newman
uphillnow 15 May, 1983 Lead done before
done before
Steve Webster ?Jan, 1983 AltLd
Adrian Daniels ??, 1983 2nd
ill_bill ?Aug, 1982 Lead
with Martin Bown
with Martin Bown
MikeDowsett ??, 1982 Lead
with Andy Lynch
with Andy Lynch
Nic Robinson 3 May, 1980 Lead O/S
Sully 6 Apr, 1980 Lead O/S Pished
with AC
Pished
with AC
Hidden ??, 1980 Solo
Hidden ?Aug, 1979 Lead
nickprior ??, 1979 2nd
with Hugo Iffla
with Hugo Iffla
Hidden 27 Jul, 1978 2nd O/S
DonnyDave 15 Jun, 1978 AltLd
with Steve Holgarth
with Steve Holgarth
greenbuoy ?Oct, 1976 2nd
with Dave D
with Dave D
RichardMc 10 Jul, 1976 Lead
with Brian Cooper, Ken Salter
with Brian Cooper, Ken Salter
Hidden 12 Jul, 1975 TR O/S
Steve Crowe ?Jun, 1973 2nd O/S My first real mountain route.
with Chris Woodall
My first real mountain route.
with Chris Woodall
Hidden ??, 1973 Lead
Hidden 8 Jul, 1972 Lead
Dave Musgrove 4 Jun, 1967 Lead Also did Sepulchre that day. Since fallen down.
with Jim Worthington
Also did Sepulchre that day. Since fallen down.
with Jim Worthington
Seymore Butt ??, 1965 Lead
with John Whitfield
with John Whitfield
Hidden ??, 1957 Solo
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Mid E1
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High HVS
Mid HVS
Low HVS
High VS
Mid VS
Low VS
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Mid 5a
Low 5a
High 4c
Mid 4c
Low 4c
High 4b
Mid 4b
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Votes cast 16
Votes cast 17
Style of Ascent
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