Climbs 116
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 381m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Thrust, the 4th Cloud. © Paul B

Crag features

The curious formation of the Five Clouds has left five distinct bumps of west-facing rock faces of varying size and extent. The first two have only limited bouldering to offer, and the Third is the best for those looking for routes. The Fourth Cloud has the best bouldering including the brilliant Fourth Cloud Boulder with its set of hard classics. The Fifth Cloud has a few problems and finally there is the Nth Cloud just to confuse the numbering which is situated a little way further along the ridge. The difficulty level of the problems is high here and this isn't an area for those looking for easy circuits.

The Five Clouds are situated in front of the main Roaches edge at a slightly lower level. They receive plenty of afternoon sunshine, will dry quickly and are seldom green.

Approach notes

Park as for the Roaches. Go through the gate then turn left along a sunken track. Follow this towards The Clouds, passing under the old quarries.

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Guidebooks

Peak Bouldering

The Peak Bouldering Rockfax is a massive book covering a huge area including all the main bouldering venues of the Peak District. It includes many more low-grade problems than have ever been documented before including 17 circuits with problems at V0+ 5a and under, and a further 21 circuits with problems at V2 5c and below.
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Western Grit

The 2009 edition of the award-winning guidebook to Staffordshire, Kinder, Bleaklow, Chew, Lancashire and Cheshire areas covered with photo-topos and descriptions.
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Nth Cloud
2 Tracker V2  
3 Josephina E4 5c ** 1
4 Gromit
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HVS 5a  
5 Gromit Arête
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V2  
6 Swivel Flakes f6B ** 14
7 Swivel Finger f6B ** 62
8 Nth Power f8A+ ***  
9 Shaun's Other End
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VS 4c 12
10 Grenadier
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VD * 16
11 Happiness from Outer Space
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S 19
12 Slanting Crack
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S 3
13 Mayhem
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VS 5a  
14 Green Chimney
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VD 5
15 Leaky Traverse
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V2  
16 Manteling Leftwards
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V1 1
17 Distinctly Ambiguous HVS 5c 1
18 Inexplicably Anonymous S 15
19 Totally Unprecedented
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HVS 5a 14
20 Totally Unprecedented Slab VS 4c 3
21 Totally Unprecedented Corner VD 6
22 Crystal Voyager f7B+ ** 13
23 Spankasaurus Does Chicago f6B ** 12
24 Dreadful
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V0 5
25 Little Crack
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VS 5a * 13
26 Rowen Tree Crack
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S 4
27 Ageing Adolescents E4 6c 6
28 Plumb-line
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VS 4c * 7
29 Judge Dread
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E6 6b ** 6
30 Judge Jules
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E8 7a 2
31 The Pillar of Judgement
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E4 5c ** 19
32 The Perp E2 5b 2
33 Barbecue Corners
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HVD * 8
34 The Pinnacle Star and Shaun's End
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HVS 5a * 2
35 Metaphysical Scoop
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E4 6a * 8
36 Skankles V3  
37 Hug and Thug f6B 1
  Fifth Cloud
39 The Imperfect Catch f7C+ * 3
40 The Darkest Cloud f8A ***  
41 Ride the Lightning f7B **  
Climb name Grade
42 Ninestein f6A 2
43 Dreamer f5+  
44 Matchbox Arête f6A * 31
45 Matchbox Traverse V2 4
46 Matchbox Slab f5+ ** 36
47 Foxy Lady
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MVS 4c 7
48 Fifth Cloud Eliminate
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HVS 5a 26
49 Cloud Nine
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E2 5b * 13
  Fourth Cloud
51 Fourth Arête f5+ ** 58
52 Forthright V4 ** 29
53 Hard Arête f7A+ *** 166
54 Four Lions f7B ** 17
55 Four Lions Sit-start f7C ** 4
56 Tetris f7C *** 101
57 Columns f7C+ ** 10
58 Trust f7A *** 209
59 Thrust f7A * 102
60 Sonic Boom f7B ** 5
61 Super Mario f8A+ *** 1
62 The Ugly Brother f7A+ * 11
63 Static V0 3
64 Wander
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VD 28
65 Meander VD * 91
66 Meander Variation E1 5b 6
67 Stranglehold E1 5b 2
68 Smun VS 4c * 89
69 Left-hand Block Crack S 4a 52
70 Right-hand Block Crack S 4a 28
71 Winter in Combat E1 5c 1
72 The Shining Path E7 6c *  
73 Private Display E1 5b * 32
74 Milky Buttons f7A+ *** 64
75 Boysen's Delight HVS 5c * 55
76 Mirror, Mirror E5 6b ** 13
77 Mantelshelf Route D * 69
78 Chockstone Corner D 46
79 Roman Candle HVS 5b * 8
80 Roman Nose E2 5b * 10
  Third Cloud
82 Glass Back VD 21
Climb name Grade
83 Squash Balls VD 9
84 Elastic Arm E1 5b * 3
85 Persistence f6B *** 167
86 Sands of Time E4 6a * 1
87 Wild Optimism VS 4b *  
88 Who Needs Ready Brek? f7C *** 12
89 Cloudbusting E4 6b ** 14
90 Rubberneck HVS 5a *** 437
91 Appaloosa Sunset E3 5c *** 166
92 Eclipsed Peach E4 6a * 3
93 Laguna Sunrise E6 6c ** 4
94 Crabbies Left-hand HVS 4c ** 48
95 Crabbie's Crack HVS 5a *** 300
96 Flower Power Arête E2 5c ** 45
97 Icarus Allsorts E4 6a ** 10
98 Icarus Upstart f6B+ ** 1
99 Daedalus f7C ** 1
100 The Pinnacle of Human Achievement f6B * 1
101 The Bender VS 4b * 32
102 Tim Benzadrino E3 5c  
103 The Little Flake HVS 5a 8
104 Geordie Girl E3 5b  
105 The Big Flake HS 4b * 25
106 Pointless Arête
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VS 4b 11
  Second Cloud
108 Jimmy Carter S 3c 68
109 Stalin S 4a * 113
110 Legends of Lost Leaders E3 5c * 8
111 Lenin VD 87
112 Yankee Jam HS 5a 37
113 Nadin's Secret Finger f7C *  
114 Finger of Fate f6B ** 87
115 KGB HVS 4c 24
116 The Outdoor Pursuits Cooperative E1 5a * 24
117 Communist Crack VS 5a ** 139
118 Marxist Undertones Left-hand f6B 7
119 Marxist Undertones f6A * 116
120 Marxist Undertones Right-hand f6B 7
121 Marxist Arête f5+ 9

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