Rockfax Description
The long slanting crack is stormed on solid jams and jugs (once aided on wood wedges) to its end and a swinging escape right. A great pitch, worth seeking out. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Eastern Grit Jamming, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, The Froggatt to Black Rocks into E2 smile list.

shaunhumphreys 20/Aug/17 Lead O/S

bloody hell! fine till that last traverse, even after a rest it felt hard. Basically slapping across sloping ledges with crap feet, not a good warm up!

with Alex M
amccann 20/Aug/17 2nd O/S
with Shaun H
Andypeak 09/Jul/17 Lead

That was bloody hard.

Hidden ?/May/17 -
tebs 08/Apr/17 2nd rpt
with Steve
melv 26/Mar/17 Lead O/S
with Fi
Flavio 29/Oct/16 Solo O/S
with Paddy McBoulderface
Stroppy 22/Oct/16 2nd O/S

Traverse was pretty testing

RKirke 22/Oct/16 Lead O/S

So that's why this HVS warmup felt hard.

john lynch 14/Aug/16 Lead O/S

pretty goee but good fun

with Lewis Andrew
hutchay 13/Aug/16 2nd O/S

So pumped removing gear. Fun climbing though.

Dave Mayes 07/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Totally desperate

with Emily
crossleysm 30/Jul/16 2nd rpt
with rosh3000
Ed Babs 23/Jul/16 Lead β

On Alex' gear up to the traverse.

with AlexD
AlexD 23/Jul/16 2nd

couldn't conceive the finishing traverse, just about managed on second with Ed's beta but still nails, and even scarier than on lead with a swing into the ledge awaiting a slip!

with Ed
ian d f 08/May/16 2nd O/S
pearson9596 08/May/16 Lead O/S
Jonathan Hall 24/Apr/16 Lead
RM199 24/Apr/16 2nd dog
xiangoh 19/Sep/15 Lead O/S
bigdrew 30/May/15 Lead O/S
with Joe Bawden
ben.phillips 18/Apr/15 2nd dog
dannyboy83 25/Nov/14 Lead O/S
with Stuart
cem 19/Oct/14 2nd rpt
Kirill 19/Oct/14 Lead dog

Got too pumped to be able to do the traverse. What I need is some kind of endurance training.

babymoac 19/Oct/14 2nd

ran out of steam on traverse at the end!

benkelsey 30/Sep/14 Lead dnf

"climb this one fast ben" - top advice from Nick. on the route for about half an hour - stamina deamon.. then too pumped to move. not a good warm up. abbed for gear

Senna 27/Sep/14 Lead dog
MatthewH 07/Sep/14 Lead dnf

Absolutely nails. Fell off the traverse twice and couldn't even dog it I was so pumped.

Nick1812P 09/Aug/14 Solo O/S
clairejane ?/Jun/14 Lead dog

Team ascent. Brilliant choice for cam testing on a sweaty midgey day. Stam Veins after four feet...

with Tessa Teapot
James Oswald 17/May/14 Lead dog

Totally desperate. I was utterly spanked by it, super pumpy.

with John Bramwell
pie_eater_pete 05/May/14 Lead O/S
bwestwood 05/May/14 2nd
Hidden 03/May/14 2nd
AshBash 13/Apr/14 Lead dnf
switch 12/Apr/14 Lead O/S
riddle 12/Apr/14 Lead dog
with Tom Elliot
Ahab ??/2014 Lead rpt

clean repeat

mike mo ??/2014 -
sgl0jd 17/Nov/13 -

Massive holds. Good job coz it's pretty steep!

farkas.time 01/Sep/13 Lead dog

harder than it looks. good holds up to the sloping ledge traverse, but slightly overhung and right-trending, so getting pitched off the whole time.

with Andy Burgess
Hidden 02/Jun/13 2nd dog
Hidden 02/Jun/13 Lead dog
Fran S8 28/Apr/13 Lead
dr_botnik 06/Mar/13 2nd dnf

Really pumpy, sustained. Maybe it was at the end of a long day, but I felt this deserves E1 5c.

with deacon
deacondeacon 05/Mar/13 Lead O/S

HVS haha? If you can climb this clean you're more than ready to get stuck into some E2's. really shows how far the grade of HVS can go and must be one of the hardest on grit.

Hidden 26/Oct/12 Lead
clmbr 21/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with mr g walters
Matt JM Stevens 06/Oct/12 2nd
Hidden 06/Oct/12 Lead
Ahab 05/Aug/12 Lead dog
tebs 11/Mar/12 Lead dnf

Nice to start the season with a full on body pump, swinging fall from, as usual, the last holds, and a bruised bottom. All the training has made me weak and unfit.

with Jon
timmyhobby 29/Jan/12 2nd

wouldnt have liked to lead, every move felt realy hard, e1 5c i reacon

with Tony
jack adams 02/Oct/11 2nd
with andy
andrew hammond 02/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Friend placed most of the gear and pumped out... i lead it 'new school trad' on his gear...

Calder 02/Sep/11 2nd

Hard. Very hard. Someone was having a laugh grading this HVS, no?

with Mike B
RalphC 30/Jul/11 TR dog
with Ali
allyrocke 23/Apr/11 Lead dog

Pumpy, took before committing to the traverse, easier to stay low on it.

Liam Ingram 23/Apr/11 2nd

Excellent but E1 for sure!

Hidden 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
belay bunny turned bad 09/Apr/11 2nd
with loundsy
chrisbussell 05/Apr/11 2nd
with Tim O'Neill
mwatson ??/2011 -
Hidden 16/Sep/10 Lead
BrettB 17/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with tomas
Daniel Wicks 27/Jun/10 2nd O/S
Graeme Hammond 03/Jun/10 2nd rpt
with Steve, Jim
Jim Slater 03/Jun/10 2nd dog

well almost...dropped on to rope on the last move.

Hidden 21/Apr/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Apr/10 2nd dnf
Pown 13/Apr/10 2nd O/S
stuart34 28/Mar/10 2nd dog
with James Monypenny
Graeme Hammond 28/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Looking down from the top the amount of overhang looks massive, no wonder this is the biggest pumpfest of your life EVER!!! I only JUST made the traverse to easy ground. Probably the hardest HVS i've done in the peak (felt E1 as per new BMC guide). If you're into this kind of thing its worth 2 stars if you're not you probably fell off or pumped out. Walked up to belay from the top of the buttress to protect the 2nd on the traverse.

with Charles
cem 28/Mar/10 2nd
simonp ?/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Jake Morgan
nickcanute ??/2010 -
matthewjames 26/Sep/09 Lead dnf

Had an absolute epic on this climb. The steepness really killed me. I guess I've always been used to having most of my weight on my legs whilst placing gear so I can do it in a more relaxed way. Near the top I threw a nut in above my head and gave it a good tug so I thought it was stuck but when I fell on it, it slid down the crack and ended up camming in the most unlikely way possible, some how it held as I was lowered down. Afterwards Alan lead it and just tapped the nut and it fell out. Scary stuff. I'm glad everyone seems to think this is hard for HVS as I was starting to think I wasn't ready for HVS yet.

with Rob
matthewjames 26/Sep/09 2nd dnf

I found seconding this even harder than the lead, although much less scary. I felt too knackered to try the traverse since a fall there would've been even worse than on lead as I'd have slammed into the wall on the right.

Hidden 24/May/09 2nd O/S
Kyuzo ?/May/09 -

Very hard HVS!

stephenhartley ??/2009 2nd
Hidden 11/Oct/08 Lead
Andrew Sloan 10/Aug/08 Lead dog
Jim Slater 26/Jul/08 Lead dnf

More like a seige than climb. Extremely steep, an unrelenting battle. This certainly takes the title hardest HVS in the Peak. Swapped leads half way up.

with Tim Pearson
Ropeboy 23/Apr/08 Lead

Very very pumpy!

alaan 09/Feb/08 Lead O/S

Hardest HVS ever!! I've felt less exhausted at the top of E4's!

with Grant
Alex Mason 30/Dec/07 Lead O/S

Intended to do perfect day, hands became frozen in seconds, but following a pig-headed debate over how my hands would be fine and wouldnt get cold i had no choice but to remain on the wall somehow. Finally finished the route after almost removing the chock, and got my first taste of chill-vains.

malc 28/Apr/07 2nd dnf
with Paul S
Hidden ?/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/02 Lead
Roget 05/Jul/95 Lead O/S
with jon
goi.ashmore 10/Dec/93 Lead O/S
with Simon Coles
charlesmfrench 12/Aug/91 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1984 Lead O/S
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead
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