Climbs 81
Rocktype Gritstone
Altitude 375m a.s.l
Faces SW

Thrust, the 4th Cloud. © Paul B

Crag features

Excellent fine-grain grit, often more sheltered than the main Roaches crags. Crabbie's Crack (HVS), Rubberneck (HVS) and Appaloosa Sunset (E3) are the must-do ticks. Also home to some quality, mainly hard bouldering. Must do boulder ticks include The Hard Arete (7a+), Tetris (7c) Milky Buttons (7b) and a more recent additon Super Mario (8a+), which proves to be ones of the hardest lines in the area.

Approach notes

Approach from the main gate, as for the main Roaches crags, then take an immediate left and follow the path to the crags. Occasional bird bans are signed on the approach path.

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
  FIFTH CLOUD
2 Matchbox Arete f6A * 24
3 Matchbox Slab f5+ ** 27
4 Matchbox Traverse V2 6a 4
5 Foxy Lady
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MVS 4c 7
6 Fifth Cloud Eliminate
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HVS 5a 24
7 Dreamer f5+  
8 Ninestein f6A 2
9 The Darkest Cloud f8A ***  
10 The Imperfect Catch f7C+ * 1
11 Cloud Nine
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E2 5b * 12
12 Ride the Lightning f7B ** 1
  FOURTH CLOUD
14 Fourth Arete f5+ ** 45
15 Fourth Arete Right Hand Finish V3 6a 20
16 The Hard Arete f7A+ *** 118
17 Four Lions f7B ** 10
18 Four Lions Sit Start f7C ** 2
19 Tetris f7C *** 67
20 Trust f7A *** 147
21 Thrust f7A * 77
22 Sonic Boom f7B ** 2
23 Columns f7C+ ** 4
24 Super Mario f8A+ *** 1
25 The Ugly Brother f7A+ * 11
26 Static V0 5b 3
27 Wander
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VD 24
28 Meander VD * 79
29 Meander Variation E1 5b 5
30 Stranglehold E1 5b 2
31 Smun VS 4c * 78
32 Left-hand Block Crack S 4a 49
33 Right-hand Block Crack S 4a 27
34 Winter in Combat E1 5c  
35 The Shining Path E7 6c *  
36 Private Display E1 5b * 25
37 Milky Buttons f7A+ *** 48
38 Boysen's Delight HVS 5c * 51
39 Mirror, Mirror E5 6b ** 7
40 Mantelshelf Route D * 63
41 Chockstone Corner D 42
42 Roman Candle HVS 5b * 7
43 Roman Nose E2 5b * 9
  THIRD CLOUD
45 Glass Back VD 21
46 Squash Balls VD 8
47 Sands of Time E4 6a *  
48 Elastic Arm E1 5b *  
49 Wild Optimism VS 4b *  
50 Persistence f6B *** 125
51 Who Needs Ready Brek? f7C *** 9
52 Cloudbusting E4 6b ** 10
53 Rubberneck HVS 5a *** 403
54 Appaloosa Sunset E3 5c *** 142
55 Eclipsed Peach E4 6a * 3
56 Laguna Sunrise E6 6c ** 4
57 Crabbies Left-hand Variant HVS 4c ** 38
58 Crabbie's Crack HVS 5a *** 262
59 Flower Power Arete E2 5c ** 34
60 Icarus Allsorts E4 6a ** 10
61 Icarus Upstart f6B+ ** 1
62 The Pinnacle of Human Achievement f6B * 1
63 The Bender VS 4b * 30
64 Tim Benzadrino
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E3 5c  
65 The Little Flake HVS 5a 7
66 Geordie Girl E3 5b  
67 The Big Flake HS 4b * 23
68 Pointless Arete
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VS 4b 10
  SECOND CLOUD
70 Jimmy Carter S 3c 62
71 Stalin S 4a * 103
72 Legends of Lost Leaders E3 5c * 7
73 Lenin VD 80
74 Yankee Jam HS 5a 33
75 Nadin's Secret Finger f7C *  
76 Finger of Fate f6B ** 72
77 KGB HVS 4c 21
78 The Outdoor Pursuits Cooperative E1 5a * 21
79 Communist Crack VS 5a ** 122
80 Marxist Undertones LH V2 2
81 Marxist Undertones f6A * 102
82 Marxist Undertones RH V2 5
83 Marxist Arete f5+ 8
84 Stalin's Stretch f6B+ * 2

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