Rockfax Description
A direct assault on the overhanging crack system above the first pitch of The Gordian Knot proves to be a fantastic pitch. Good protection. Start as for The Gordian Knot.
1) 4b, 22m. Climb the wall and groove to a ledge and belay below the overhang.
2) 5c, 30m. Climb the overhanging crack-line to the traverse of Haste Not. Pull over the overhang above the traverse at a crack and follow it a short distance to ledges. Finish up the easier slabby wall above. © Rockfax

Al Evans,Dave Parker,Graham Miller 09/May/1971

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User Date Style Notes & Partners
Malcolm Bass 21 Sep Lead dog
with Simon Yearsley
with Simon Yearsley
Simon Yearsley 21 Sep - Rested seconding.
Rested seconding.
Jus 7 Sep Lead O/S the crack has really bad feet and is quite bouldery. pumpy!
the crack has really bad feet and is quite bouldery. pumpy!
GeorgT 7 Jul AltLd dog Lead P1 and slab of P3. Had to rest at the bottom of P2 due to sheer position and lack of ability to find best position/jams!
Lead P1 and slab of P3. Had to rest at the bottom of P2 due to sheer position and lack of ability to find best position/jams!
shaunhumphreys 7 Jul AltLd O/S Unbelievably good! Did 5c and b pitches in one but belayed about 10m shy of the top by mistake thinking there was loads left, nice top section too!
with GeorgT
Unbelievably good! Did 5c and b pitches in one but belayed about 10m shy of the top by mistake thinking there was loads left, nice top section too!
with GeorgT
Hidden 30 Jun -
K Mckay 14 May AltLd O/S P1 and P3. Very good lead by Joe on P2!
with joe.91
P1 and P3. Very good lead by Joe on P2!
with joe.91
joe.91 14 May AltLd O/S P2, not done enough 6a’s to comment but felt a lot harder than any 5c I’ve done. Good effort by Katie on P3 that crack is awkward!
with K Mckay
P2, not done enough 6a’s to comment but felt a lot harder than any 5c I’ve done. Good effort by Katie on P3 that crack is awkward!
with K Mckay
Robbie Blease 26 Feb AltLd O/S Fantastic! Led crux pitch, first E2 onsight!!
Fantastic! Led crux pitch, first E2 onsight!!
lanky ?Aug, 2018 AltLd Did p2 and 3 in one. Had a rest on p2
Did p2 and 3 in one. Had a rest on p2
ndraper1 25 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
with Tom Allan
with Tom Allan
Mark Stevenson 1 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
dan gibson 1 Jul, 2018 AltLd O/S
Stuart Walker 3 Jun, 2018 AltLd O/S dad did p1 and p2 together. Awesome climbing up the crack, felt pretty juggy for E2. Great route.
dad did p1 and p2 together. Awesome climbing up the crack, felt pretty juggy for E2. Great route.
soph 26 May, 2018 Lead O/S
with Anna Gilyeat
with Anna Gilyeat
Hidden 26 May, 2018 AltLd O/S
Lakesben 7 May, 2018 2nd
with Matt
with Matt
john lynch 2 Jul, 2017 Lead O/S great steep climbing with hard moves through the initial crack
with dave woods
great steep climbing with hard moves through the initial crack
with dave woods
Sloth Chops 2 Jul, 2017 AltLd dog Flailed around trying to retrieve an old Knut successfully and then attempted to translate desire into action ineffectively. Absolutely nails.
Flailed around trying to retrieve an old Knut successfully and then attempted to translate desire into action ineffectively. Absolutely nails.
Hidden 27 May, 2017 AltLd dnf
joe_lancs 27 May, 2017 Lead rpt
Hidden 21 May, 2017 Lead O/S
Mike_Hayes 11 Sep, 2016 Lead O/S
with Liam
with Liam
ferdia 16 Jul, 2016 AltLd O/S
pie_eater_pete 18 Jun, 2016 -
bwestwood 18 Jun, 2016 AltLd
Lakesben 28 May, 2016 Lead rpt
with Rich
with Rich
r_o_b_h2 12 May, 2016 AltLd O/S led 2+3 in one, tough but safe moves, had to rearrange the gear to make the crux moves! stunning golden light in the valley
with Chris Moore
led 2+3 in one, tough but safe moves, had to rearrange the gear to make the crux moves! stunning golden light in the valley
with Chris Moore
CMoore 12 May, 2016 2nd
with Rob Howell
with Rob Howell
DavidR 8 May, 2016 AltLd O/S Hol - pitch 1 & 3; Me - pitch 2.
Hol - pitch 1 & 3; Me - pitch 2.
Chris_barr 8 May, 2016 Lead O/S P2
with Jo
P2
with Jo
joe_lancs 7 May, 2016 Lead rpt fell off the crux last time but clean today.
fell off the crux last time but clean today.
Rob Rocket 22 Apr, 2016 2nd
CMoore 15 Mar, 2016 Lead O/S
with GPN
with GPN
GPN 14 Mar, 2016 2nd
with CMoore
with CMoore
Ric2Sagar ??, 2016 -
Tom.Priestley 11 Oct, 2015 AltLd G/U G/U yoyo on the second pitch. Hard for anyone not just the short. E3 6a.
G/U yoyo on the second pitch. Hard for anyone not just the short. E3 6a.
Scott Quinn 11 Oct, 2015 AltLd O/S second pitch has one really hard move on, reach doesn't help we all did it the same way.
second pitch has one really hard move on, reach doesn't help we all did it the same way.
Climbster 29 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S P1+3
P1+3
Bloke on a Rope 29 Jun, 2015 AltLd O/S Lead pitch 2. Found the crux pretty stiff felt more like 6a to me, climbed up and down a few times then went for it and it stuck! Some of the most insecure jams I've come across!
Lead pitch 2. Found the crux pretty stiff felt more like 6a to me, climbed up and down a few times then went for it and it stuck! Some of the most insecure jams I've come across!
Scooter Young 19 Apr, 2015 2nd
centurion05 ??, 2015 -
Hidden ??, 2015 -
Mackinclimb 24 Sep, 2014 Lead O/S
Roberttaylor 19 Sep, 2014 AltLd O/S I led p2. It felt hard.
with Mehmet Karatay
I led p2. It felt hard.
with Mehmet Karatay
bigdrew 29 Jun, 2014 AltLd O/S
Hidden 29 Jun, 2014 Lead O/S
Wil Treasure ?Mar, 2014 Lead O/S
with Malcolm
with Malcolm
cem 13 Oct, 2013 AltLd O/S Led the crux pitch.
with Kirill
Led the crux pitch.
with Kirill
Kirill 13 Oct, 2013 AltLd O/S Led P1, P3. Charles led the 'translating desire into action' pitch. I followed with difficulty.
with cem
Led P1, P3. Charles led the 'translating desire into action' pitch. I followed with difficulty.
with cem
MDowson 29 Sep, 2013 AltLd dog Led p1/p3 clean. Pitch 2 is tough!
with joe spoor
Led p1/p3 clean. Pitch 2 is tough!
with joe spoor
esther ?Sep, 2013 Lead
Andrew1 7 Aug, 2013 AltLd
with Hulda
with Hulda
Hulda 7 Aug, 2013 AltLd
with Andrew1
with Andrew1
GPN 27 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S
with net
with net
net 27 Jul, 2013 AltLd Led p1. Lot of rope assistance on the crux on p2
with GPN
Led p1. Lot of rope assistance on the crux on p2
with GPN
MarkRoe 21 Jul, 2013 AltLd O/S Lead all three pitches. Great route, most of the difficulty is concentrated within about 10 meters of the second pitch.
Lead all three pitches. Great route, most of the difficulty is concentrated within about 10 meters of the second pitch.
DelorieC13 21 Jul, 2013 2nd dog
with MarkRoe
with MarkRoe
Hidden 7 Jul, 2013 AltLd
alpinismo.uk 30 May, 2013 AltLd dnf finished up gordian knot
finished up gordian knot
Hidden 23 May, 2013 2nd dog
Hidden 23 May, 2013 -
Hidden 20 Apr, 2013 Lead RP
Goose4 14 Aug, 2012 Lead RP
with Alex Pokhilko
with Alex Pokhilko
david morse 27 May, 2012 Lead O/S Top end 5c. Difficulties short lived, may get 6a elsewhere, but not in the Lakes!
Top end 5c. Difficulties short lived, may get 6a elsewhere, but not in the Lakes!
tlmarjot 27 May, 2012 AltLd dog
with Dave Morse
with Dave Morse
Hannes B 24 May, 2012 AltLd O/S
with John
with John
Hidden 20 May, 2012 Lead
Hidden 12 May, 2012 AltLd
robertmichaellovell 12 May, 2012 AltLd one pitch wonder, still nice
with Dan
one pitch wonder, still nice
with Dan
tjmillen ??, 2012 2nd
with Dave
with Dave
nicolat ?Aug, 2011 AltLd O/S
with James Mitchell
with James Mitchell
Exodus 24 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S Nice
with Tim Newton
Nice
with Tim Newton
tim newton 24 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S
with Exodus
with Exodus
greenroom 23 Jul, 2011 AltLd O/S Lead 1+2. Expected to have to battle but found only one hard move. Had to rearrange the gear to use the hold though!
with Matt Foot
Lead 1+2. Expected to have to battle but found only one hard move. Had to rearrange the gear to use the hold though!
with Matt Foot
harold walmsley 3 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S Ran P2&3 together. Surprised to find nominal crux OK. Fat fingers probably helped in the jam. Found the start to P3 just as hard.
with Colin Struthers
Ran P2&3 together. Surprised to find nominal crux OK. Fat fingers probably helped in the jam. Found the start to P3 just as hard.
with Colin Struthers
steven 2 Jul, 2011 2nd dog Hardest climb to date. Totally blown out on second pitch.
with Will Taylor
Hardest climb to date. Totally blown out on second pitch.
with Will Taylor
will9911 2 Jul, 2011 Lead O/S
with Swifty
with Swifty
middlevern 19 Apr, 2011 Lead O/S
with Mike Blood
with Mike Blood
Hidden ??, 2011 -
Hidden ?Aug, 2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 6 Jul, 2010 Lead O/S
Hidden 6 Jul, 2010 AltLd O/S
simonp ?Jun, 2010 Lead O/S
with Annelies Sarrazyn
with Annelies Sarrazyn
Hidden 31 May, 2010 AltLd O/S
HIGHTOWER 31 May, 2010 AltLd Andy led crux pitch.
Andy led crux pitch.
centurion05 31 May, 2010 AltLd
Hidden 30 May, 2010 AltLd
colesy 9 May, 2010 AltLd β Hard at E2. Al Benson led the crux pitch
Hard at E2. Al Benson led the crux pitch
al99 9 May, 2010 AltLd O/S
with colesy
with colesy
Dave Warburton 7 Mar, 2010 AltLd Fell on the crux - was not what i expected! Almost got it first go was gutted not to have. Got the roof second go from belat - brilliant route E2, yes... 5c?
with Timmy
Fell on the crux - was not what i expected! Almost got it first go was gutted not to have. Got the roof second go from belat - brilliant route E2, yes... 5c?
with Timmy
nicolat ??, 2010 Lead O/S
nakedave 11 Sep, 2009 AltLd dog Led pitches 1 and 3, rested a lot on pitch 2
with tomhull
Led pitches 1 and 3, rested a lot on pitch 2
with tomhull
tomhull 11 Sep, 2009 AltLd dog messed up the first part of the crack and slumped onto the gear, quick rest and shot up it. third time lucky maybe.....
messed up the first part of the crack and slumped onto the gear, quick rest and shot up it. third time lucky maybe.....
Dave Rumney 25 Jul, 2009 AltLd
with Tanya Milner
with Tanya Milner
Small and weak ?Jul, 2009 AltLd ben lead 5c pitch
ben lead 5c pitch
steveb2006 31 May, 2009 Lead Val leads initial pitch - tough main pitch. Another good route
Val leads initial pitch - tough main pitch. Another good route
khawk 25 May, 2009 AltLd O/S
with datoon
with datoon
datoon 25 May, 2009 2nd O/S
with K
with K
jh5638 2 May, 2009 AltLd O/S P1 (4C) and P3 (5A)
with Bristol Dave
P1 (4C) and P3 (5A)
with Bristol Dave
Bristoldave 2 May, 2009 AltLd O/S Led P2
with Jon Hauser
Led P2
with Jon Hauser
Hidden 19 Apr, 2009 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?Apr, 2009 Lead O/S
Hidden ??, 2009 Lead O/S
Chad123 23 Aug, 2008 AltLd O/S Great route, the first pitch is a nice slabby warm up, the second is excellent steep cranking with one harder jamming move (careful where you put the gear!) and the top has a tricky start and then more fun slab work. Great position...
with Jo
Great route, the first pitch is a nice slabby warm up, the second is excellent steep cranking with one harder jamming move (careful where you put the gear!) and the top has a tricky start and then more fun slab work. Great position...
with Jo
Ed Babs 25 Jun, 2008 AltLd dog
DavidEvans 15 Jun, 2008 Lead O/S
Will Hunt 1 Sep, 2007 2nd dnf Jesus! What an epic. Did the second pitch with one point of aid before deciding to abb off due to quickly deteriorating weather and bad light. Managed to get out of there and got back to the pub in the pitch dark.
with Rich
Jesus! What an epic. Did the second pitch with one point of aid before deciding to abb off due to quickly deteriorating weather and bad light. Managed to get out of there and got back to the pub in the pitch dark.
with Rich
alaan 23 Jun, 2007 AltLd O/S
with Aly
with Aly
Hidden 17 Apr, 2007 AltLd
Shaw Brown 15 Apr, 2007 AltLd
with David Jones
with David Jones
ewen 11 Apr, 2007 AltLd O/S
John Kettle 11 Apr, 2007 -
tomhull ??, 2007 2nd dog
with aaron nattrass
with aaron nattrass
Hidden 7 Oct, 2006 2nd
Hidden 12 May, 2006 Lead
jim robertson ??, 2006 -
Bella ?Sep, 2005 2nd
with Graham
with Graham
Graham Iles 21 Aug, 2005 Lead
with Carissa Lough
with Carissa Lough
Tom Briggs 14 May, 2005 Lead O/S
with Eric Hildrew
with Eric Hildrew
DaveHK 22 Apr, 2003 AltLd
with Erick Baillot
with Erick Baillot
French Erick 17 Apr, 2003 AltLd O/S
with DaveHK
with DaveHK
tmawer ??, 1999 Lead O/S
p.crooky#1 16 Apr, 1997 AltLd
with Ecca
with Ecca
rob.grafton ??, 1995 -
with Bruce
with Bruce
Hidden ??, 1995 AltLd
Hidden 30 Jul, 1994 AltLd
rob.grafton 29 May, 1994 AltLd
with Bruce
with Bruce
andybirtwistle 9 May, 1993 Lead O/S
with Graham Hindle
with Graham Hindle
NickJH ?May, 1993 Lead
with NBarrowclough
with NBarrowclough
uphillnow 5 Jul, 1991 AltLd O/S I did pitch 2 5c
with Mark Gray
I did pitch 2 5c
with Mark Gray
Hidden 4 Jul, 1991 AltLd O/S
Dave Musgrove 25 May, 1991 AltLd
with Simon Baker
with Simon Baker
andy gittins ??, 1990 -
Eduardo Martinez ??, 1990 Lead O/S
pete johnson ?Sep, 1989 AltLd O/S
with Chris Sloan
with Chris Sloan
Hidden 5 Jun, 1988 AltLd
John H Bull (tcfka Bullybones) ??, 1988 Lead
Bob 27 Apr, 1986 AltLd O/S We were leaving for Gasherbrum IV later in the week
with D. Lampard
We were leaving for Gasherbrum IV later in the week
with D. Lampard
John Marsland 27 Aug, 1984 Lead O/S 1st E2 lead
with Dave Mould
1st E2 lead
with Dave Mould
Bruce Kerr 24 Jun, 1984 Lead
with Dave Dickerson
with Dave Dickerson
Hammy 9 Apr, 1984 Lead
with Jack Roberts
with Jack Roberts
Hidden 11 Jul, 1982 Lead
Hidden 25 Apr, 1982 Lead
Derek Furze ??, 1980 -
Jonathan Lagoe - UKC ?Aug, 1975 AltLd O/S
with Gordon Tinnings
with Gordon Tinnings
Al Evans ??, 1975 Lead
Seymore Butt ??, 1965 2nd
with Pete Heys
with Pete Heys
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