Rockfax Description
The widening crack in the right-hand side of the wall. © Rockfax

FA. Alan McHardy 1961

Ticklists: Eastern Grit Jamming, Stanage for Crack Apprentices.

Will Webb 15/Oct Solo
Chris Ellis 24/Sep Lead
with Louise Pellett, Helen Odwell
Hidden 02/Sep Lead O/S
Tony Ryland 28/Aug Lead
with Pete Brown, steveshaking
pedrosanpb 28/Aug 2nd
with Tony Ryland
poeter210 20/Aug Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Aug 2nd O/S
Marti999 31/Jul 2nd O/S
with Shamina
Andy Hardy 16/Jul 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Jul 2nd
Jules Lane 16/Jul Lead O/S
with Mynydd Nikki, Mynydd Paul Justin
paulsross 02/Jul Lead
with Phil Biglands
Oliver Houston ?/Jul Lead
with Sarah
Hidden 28/Jun Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Jun Lead O/S
RagingPuffin 14/Jun Solo G/U

Close to 100th solo on grit and I fall off an HS! Came off at about 4m after fumbling a hand jam. Got it on the second attempt.

keitht 03/Jun 2nd
Alastair Hudson 03/Jun Lead O/S
with keitht
Hidden 21/May 2nd O/S
slab_happy 21/May Lead O/S
with Ellie
Ben Bransby 05/May -
Hidden 29/Apr 2nd
JoeMortimer 23/Apr Lead
Hidden 03/Apr Lead
Hidden 02/Apr 2nd rpt
Keith Swainson 28/Dec/16 2nd β
with Georgie
Georgie25 28/Dec/16 Lead

Laybacked to avoid jamming!

bryce.dorin 02/Oct/16 Lead O/S
with Brett
Luke Jones 17/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Steve Mead
SteveM 17/Sep/16 2nd
with Luke
Rory_Cummings_NI 11/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Amy Drayton 21/Aug/16 Lead dog

awkward, a greasy and green crack on wet day made it harder than expected. Laybacking is easiest way to do bottom bit.

with Mutombi
mutombi 21/Aug/16 2nd
keitht 09/Aug/16 2nd
with Dave Lomas
bobpilgrem 30/Jul/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/16 Lead
Howard J 26/Jul/16 2nd O/S
with Richard Bonheyo
seanlikeskites 24/Jul/16 Lead O/S
with Russell
Stroppy 23/Jul/16 Solo O/S
Rob Davies 11/Jul/16 Lead

Very windy spot!

with Phil Ashton
stacey73 03/Jul/16 2nd
with Emma
cathymiller 04/Jun/16 2nd
with Olly
OllyDewhirst 04/Jun/16 Lead dog
with Cathy
Felix Ottey 14/May/16 2nd dog
Liamg20025 23/Apr/16 Lead O/S
George Killaspy 23/Apr/16 Solo O/S
Ben Grounsell 10/Apr/16 Solo O/S
colin milton 31/Mar/16 Lead
with shaun l
nick ferro 01/Nov/15 2nd O/S
with Oli Birkill
edday26 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
georgenvk 11/Oct/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Oct/15 TR
DanChad 04/Oct/15 2nd O/S
Chris Murray 04/Oct/15 Lead

Easy if you can jam.

Hidden 03/Oct/15 2nd
EllieWoods 03/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with Josey
mark schramm 03/Oct/15 Lead O/S
with emma, Chris E
FlavioL1989 27/Sep/15 Solo O/S
amccann 26/Sep/15 Solo O/S
Mattlamb90 20/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Ad Aus
Hidden 06/Sep/15 2nd O/S
sheelba 05/Sep/15 Lead
Becks87 09/Aug/15 2nd O/S
atom 09/Aug/15 Lead rpt
Matt Harmon 17/Jul/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Jul/15 2nd
djones66 12/Jul/15 2nd O/S

Worth doing if you're in the area.

with Stve mc D
Hidden 10/Jul/15 2nd O/S
bobstones 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Andy Morley 30/May/15 2nd RP
John Higgs 30/May/15 Lead O/S

On some of Andy's gear.

paulwaterhouse 26/May/15 Lead
with Hannah Godden
HannahGo 26/May/15 TR dog
with Paul Waterhouse
Hidden 23/May/15 Lead
Luke90 15/May/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 04/May/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Apr/15 2nd
Hidden 19/Apr/15 2nd
Hidden 19/Apr/15 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/15 AltLd
Hidden 09/Nov/14 2nd rpt
Rich Malcolm 01/Nov/14 2nd O/S
with Matt Brennan
Dan Hostford 18/Oct/14 Solo O/S
Jody 11/Oct/14 2nd
with TobyA
TobyA 11/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Great fun but tough!

with Jody
vigroovian 27/Sep/14 Lead rpt

With the grease in the crack as it opens out and the polished smears this is definitely harder than HS 4b as a lead. Mainly for the cross and pull from lower to upper crack.

benlatham07 14/Sep/14 TR O/S
rurp 07/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Well protected but hard. Vs 4c and awkward.

with bill farmer
Jim Malo 16/Aug/14 2nd O/S
with Martina, Mark
ichowie 01/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Dibdawg 18/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Rachel Slater 13/Jul/14 Solo O/S
JonathanJones 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Jun/14 Lead O/S
AlexFletcher 16/Jun/14 Lead
sam26051 16/Jun/14 2nd
MysteriousCeorl 12/Jun/14 Lead
Batt 01/Jun/14 2nd O/S
Hoyes 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jun/14 2nd
Woodiee 18/Apr/14 2nd O/S
farmerwad 18/Apr/14 Lead
with Mark
stuart90 16/Apr/14 -
with john o'hara
inspiration_needed 30/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Good fun. Quite strenuous. Would have probably felt a lot harder if Matt had not pointed out some hidden footholds on the right face

with Mat Cooper
Hidden 22/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Mar/14 Lead
jogh 09/Mar/14 2nd
with Pete
Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Hidden ?/Oct/13 Lead
Hidden 28/Sep/13 Lead O/S
cjb1992 27/Sep/13 2nd
with Harriet, June
mynyddresident 14/Sep/13 2nd
with rich
Laurie Holt 22/Aug/13 2nd
with Alex Thackway, Gareth Waite
Gareth Waite 22/Aug/13 2nd
Alex 74 22/Aug/13 Lead dog
with Laurie Holt, Gareth W
Hidden 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Jones_88 27/Jul/13 Solo
michael burrows 27/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Pixie-Andy 27/Jul/13 Lead β

Beta, as in i'd lead it before! As a relatively inexperienced HS/VS leader I think this is worth a 4c/5a. Why? Well twice now i have seen HS leaders really struggle and fail and i've then taken over and although completed, have also struggled. Its pumpy, awkward and committing, once committed.

michelleaukland 27/Jul/13 2nd
with Andy Richards
JanBella 03/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with helen
gingermike1 29/Jun/13 Lead

First grit climb of season - what a struggle! Didn't help that guy on 1st Sister decked out while I was climbing with his gear ripping - good that he was ok

Hidden 16/Jun/13 Lead dog
Hidden 08/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 31/May/13 2nd O/S
psychicbread 31/May/13 Lead dog
with Gavin Peach
bigbobbyking 19/May/13 2nd O/S
with Chris Allan
elCapitano 12/May/13 Lead O/S
with Coatesy
riff156 05/May/13 Lead O/S
with Jo Smith
OliverRoss 05/May/13 Lead O/S

good gear, enjoyable climb.

glennofsheff 20/Apr/13 Lead β
with Mick Bailes
Voltemands 20/Mar/13 2nd O/S
with Amy Till, Carlene HIll
Hidden 10/Nov/12 Lead O/S
atom 21/Oct/12 2nd

Bit of an awkward bitch at first but was very accommodating to a few hand jams

jon_gill1 20/Oct/12 2nd rpt
with big Si
ashtond6 06/Oct/12 Lead

good worth 4b

woodsy 06/Oct/12 -
with dave, rich
Tim Rodgers 09/Sep/12 Lead
jshields 01/Sep/12 Solo
J.Atkins 12/Aug/12 2nd O/S
jasonpm 28/Jul/12 2nd
with Nick
adam carless 28/Jul/12 2nd rpt
with scc
Harri777 23/Jul/12 Lead

One fall trying to jam something that should be laybacked.

with Simon H
Hidden 21/Jul/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/May/12 Lead
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead O/S
MoWalker3 06/May/12 -
sopaz 15/Apr/12 Lead
Hidden 26/Mar/12 TR O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/12 Lead
mol 25/Mar/12 2nd
with Jesse
john lynch 13/Mar/12 Lead
with rosie, Ant King
aking12 13/Mar/12 2nd O/S
Alkis 11/Mar/12 Lead O/S
chrisclimber_1986 11/Mar/12 2nd O/S
with alkis
Hidden ?/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden ??/2012 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2012 -
ash longreach ??/2012 -
john lynch 19/Nov/11 Solo
ajc 06/Nov/11 Lead O/S
with Mel
lozowen 29/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Sally Owen
Josh Dickerson 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S
AC 15/Oct/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/Sep/11 Lead
Barry D 03/Sep/11 2nd
with Derek, Paul J
malc 15/Aug/11 Lead rpt
with Paul Scott
petellis 13/Aug/11 2nd O/S
with Sloth
Becky E 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Budge 05/Aug/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 22/Jul/11 2nd
phja 22/Jul/11 Lead dog

terrible...basically aided up...need to learn how to jam better!!

with candy
stuaart 10/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Harder than it looks. Great jams though.

with Sandra McCabe, Neil Redgrave
ChrisBrooke 03/Jul/11 Lead rpt
with John Inkpen
Rob Davies 26/Jun/11 2nd
with Phil Ashton
Hidden 28/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead β
Josephine 24/Apr/11 2nd
stratandrew 17/Apr/11 2nd
with Jim Symon, Colin Maddison
Hidden 16/Apr/11 Lead
Hidden 15/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead
butt_crack_123 09/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Pete, My Angel
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 09/Apr/11 Solo O/S
climbing_rocks1983 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Ruth, Petey
Hidden 27/Mar/11 Solo O/S
timofy 14/Mar/11 Lead O/S

roped solo

Maxim2023 ?/Mar/11 Lead
Chrisc4 23/Jan/11 -

hard work , but cold and out of practice

Chrisc4 23/Jan/11 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
mwatson ??/2011 -
cloneragan 20/Nov/10 Lead RP
with Dan Tudhope
Hidden 25/Oct/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/Oct/10 2nd
Pete Nugent 16/Oct/10 Lead rpt
shed_hed 16/Oct/10 TR O/S
Hidden 10/Oct/10 2nd O/S
benjizac 12/Sep/10 TR O/S
with Rory Juss
Hidden 02/Sep/10 Lead
Maxim2023 ?/Sep/10 2nd
jon_gill1 21/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with steve smith, carl manley
ezclimber 21/Aug/10 Lead O/S

first bit is a little bold as it seems to be a lay back but there was no way really to do it and place gear so went up bridging until a brake. good gear tho and a good climb!

with steve smith, jon gill
rockman 19/Aug/10 Lead O/S
timcedwards 19/Aug/10 2nd
Hidden 02/Aug/10 Lead
Hidden ?/Aug/10 Lead
Shauna 10/Jul/10 Lead O/S
with Jules
Hidden 03/Jul/10 Lead
frankcp87 25/Jun/10 2nd
with Ian Holbrook
Hidden 20/Jun/10 2nd O/S
mills85 20/Jun/10 2nd
with czech andrew, Ben Nolan
ben_250 20/Jun/10 -
with Dave, Andrew
ben_250 20/Jun/10 2nd O/S
with Dave
tradguy 31/May/10 2nd O/S
with Ed Lamb
ed_1973 31/May/10 Lead
Hidden 25/Apr/10 Lead rpt
Pixie-Andy 25/Apr/10 Lead O/S

I felt it was considerably harder than Cosmic Crack climbed on the same day. Being so balancy i felt much more likely to fall of this than Cosmic Crack althought the overhang at the end of Cosmic Crack is no doubt the bit that earns it the grade.

disturbed_one51 24/Apr/10 Solo
The Bad Cough 24/Apr/10 2nd O/S
Creep_pea 17/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Walsh
Si dH 15/Apr/10 2nd rpt
with Gary
Hidden 12/Apr/10 Lead O/S
AielSavage ??/2010 Lead O/S
ian d f 18/Oct/09 2nd O/S
with Zak
joe_alexander 10/Oct/09 Lead O/S
with Huw
Chris Craggs 04/Oct/09 2nd
with Colin Binks
goddamm7 04/Oct/09 Lead
with Sandrex
Hidden 20/Sep/09 Solo O/S
AJ007 20/Sep/09 Solo
dan gibson 20/Sep/09 Lead rpt
with AJ, michael porter
Hidden 20/Sep/09 2nd
catblack 13/Sep/09 2nd
with Dad
Milne 09/Sep/09 Lead dog
Ben_Bullbridge 09/Sep/09 2nd β
with Milne
johnwilson123 ?/Sep/09 -
with paul
Reaver2k 22/Aug/09 Solo O/S

Don't often solo up to HS but this looked pretty secure. Retreated the first time without and chalk, then did it the next time, not as easy as I was thinking but atleast most of it had good jams in. Used holds round the right and side of the buttress. Very cool.

Reaver2k 22/Aug/09 2nd O/S

Ran up this racing Lisa, did have a slight advantage in that I kept sabotaging Lisa's climb by undoing her shoes and having Mike throw turf at her, but a wins a win isnt it. Pulled out all the gear quickly luckily as otherwise would have definitely lost!

matthewjames 22/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Lisaaa 22/Aug/09 Lead
with Mike Watson
Strong Steve 21/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Mattyk 31/Jul/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 31/Jul/09 Solo O/S
cem 12/Jul/09 2nd
Kirill 12/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Elliot King LC&CC 05/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Lil'Lou 05/Jul/09 2nd
Hidden 04/Jul/09 Lead
garethb 27/Jun/09 Lead
Graeme Hammond 21/Jun/09 Lead O/S
with Greg Slee
garywong 25/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Perry Keller
givemetea 25/Apr/09 TR O/S
Hidden 17/Jan/09 Lead O/S
Si dH 17/Jan/09 2nd O/S
with Neil and Paul
Hidden ?/Oct/08 Lead
Andrew Sloan 28/Sep/08 2nd O/S

Climbed in approach shoes, hard for the grade.

with Steve Grove
chrisbussell 28/Sep/08 Lead
with Debbie Porter
gravity 21/Sep/08 2nd
with Ian
Hidden 21/Sep/08 Lead rpt
Hidden 21/Sep/08 Lead O/S
b.hayley ?/Sep/08 Lead
chadrads 07/Jun/08 2nd O/S

really nice jamming

with andy chapman
tractorbachcoch 07/Jun/08 2nd dog
with Andy, Peter
SKippy5 11/May/08 2nd
LankyPaddy 11/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/08 Lead
PanzerHanzler 03/May/08 Lead O/S
with Ben
Tim Bateman ?/May/08 Lead
with Alistair
Hidden ?/Feb/08 2nd
dan gibson ??/2008 -
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
spbond 03/Nov/07 Lead O/S
with Jen Slowey
malc 07/Oct/07 2nd rpt
with Paul and Andy
John Marsland 07/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Goi
SecretSquirrel 30/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/07 Solo
HarryBowyer 17/Jul/07 Lead β
dan gibson 16/Jun/07 -
Geras 10/Jun/07 Lead
with Rich B and Kiwi Pete
Hidden 09/Jun/07 Lead O/S
max_chan 09/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Lou
Hidden 09/Jun/07 2nd
mooseloose 09/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Keith
Brown 01/May/07 Solo O/S
with John
Hidden 14/Apr/07 Lead O/S
craig matheson ?/Apr/07 Solo
matthewss 03/Feb/07 Lead O/S
with Miles & Sarah
Hidden ??/2007 -
The old James turnbull ??/2007 Lead
dan gibson 25/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with martina
Hidden 15/Oct/06 2nd
adam carless 14/Oct/06 Lead O/S

Green and damp in the back of the crack, but doesn't interfere too much.

Pythonist 09/Oct/06 Solo O/S
with Cara-lyn Reynolds
wahniel 19/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Stewart McConnell
Hidden 17/Jun/06 Lead dog
Nicos 29/Apr/06 Solo O/S
with solo
Stig 28/Apr/06 2nd O/S
with Les
Hidden 28/Apr/06 Lead O/S
ewen ?/Apr/06 Lead
Paul Tomo 23/Mar/06 Lead O/S
with Paul James
mahjongg 11/Mar/06 TR rpt
with Col
WRMusall 04/Mar/06 2nd dog
with Gary B.
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/05 Solo O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/05 Lead O/S
ChrisBrooke 16/Apr/05 2nd
with John Inkpen
Hidden 30/Aug/04 Lead O/S
Chris Davids 02/Aug/04 Lead dog
with Dad
Hidden 09/Jun/04 TR
Marq 18/Oct/03 2nd O/S
with Daniel Dennehy
Hidden ?/Aug/03 Lead
Hidden ?/Aug/03 Solo
mikej 15/Jul/03 2nd
with Rick Naylor
Simon Caldwell 07/Jun/03 Lead O/S
with Carmen
duncan 11/May/03 Solo
with Vladimir Arnoudov
Hidden ??/2003 Lead
DerwentDiluted 21/Sep/02 Solo
Hidden 04/Jun/02 Lead
Pete Nugent 05/May/02 Lead
Mark Stevenson 04/May/02 Solo O/S
Roget 01/Jul/01 Solo O/S
mikej 24/Jun/01 Lead
with Dave Power
Blod 29/Apr/00 Lead O/S
with Martin B
EllieWoods 19/Mar/00 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jul/98 Lead O/S
Ropeboy 07/Feb/98 Lead
Iain Thow 02/Aug/97 TR
with Roger Hardon
buxtoncoffeelover 19/Jul/97 Lead
craig h 10/Aug/96 Solo O/S
crater 07/May/95 2nd
tompercy 06/May/95 Solo
cragspud ??/1995 Lead O/S
crossleysm ??/1994 Solo


Martin Bennett 17/Oct/93 Solo
Mick King 09/May/93 Solo
roncaves 19/Jul/92 Lead
with Ed Hyatt
goi.ashmore 14/Jun/90 Solo O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/90 Solo
Hidden ?/Aug/89 Solo
Andy Say 17/Oct/87 Solo
Hidden ??/1986 -
babymoac 23/Apr/84 -
charlesmfrench 06/Aug/83 Solo O/S
Rob Davies 21/Sep/80 Solo
Hidden 13/Aug/78 Solo O/S
uphillnow 15/May/77 Solo

no doubt done it before

Nigel Bond 11/Oct/75 Lead
with Giles
mikej 30/May/70 Solo
with Dave Williams, E
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