Climbs 80
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.

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 
2Matchbox Aretef6A *19
3Matchbox Slabf5+ **21
4Matchbox TraverseV2 2
5Foxy Lady
-
MVS 4c 8
6Fifth Cloud Eliminate
-
HVS 5a 23
7Dreamerf5+  
8Ninesteinf6A 2
9The Darkest Cloudf8A *** 
10The Imperfect Catchf7C+ *1
11Cloud Nine
-
E2 5b *12
12Ride the Lightningf7B **1
 FOURTH CLOUD 
14Fourth Aretef5+ **36
15Fourth Arete Right Hand FinishV3 17
16The Hard Aretef7A+ ***119
17Four Lionsf7B **9
18Four Lions Sit Startf7C **1
19Tetrisf7C ***98
20Trustf7A ***144
21Thrustf7A *63
22Sonic Boomf7B **1
23Columnsf7C+ **4
24Super Mariof8A+ ***1
25The Ugly Brotherf7A+ *10
26StaticV0 3
27Wander
-
VD 24
28MeanderVD *77
29Meander VariationE1 5b 5
30StrangleholdE1 5b 2
31SmunVS 4c *75
32Left-hand Block CrackS 4a 49
33Right-hand Block CrackS 4a 27
34Winter in CombatE1 5c  
35The Shining PathE7 6c * 
36Private DisplayE1 5b *27
37Milky Buttonsf7B **51
38Milky Buttonsf7A+ *** 
39Boysen's DelightHVS 5c *49
40Mirror, MirrorE5 6b **7
41Mantelshelf RouteD *61
42Chockstone CornerD 38
43Roman CandleHVS 5b *8
44Roman NoseE2 5b *9
 THIRD CLOUD 
46Glass BackVD 21
47Squash BallsVD 8
48Sands of TimeE4 6a * 
49Elastic ArmE1 5b * 
50Wild OptimismVS 4b * 
51Persistencef6B ***115
52Who Needs Ready Brek?f7C ***8
53CloudbustingE4 6b **9
54RubberneckHVS 5a ***384
55Appaloosa SunsetE3 5c ***160
56Eclipsed PeachE4 6a *2
57Laguna SunriseE6 6c **4
58Crabbies Left-hand VariantHVS 4c **39
59Crabbie's CrackHVS 5a ***250
60Flower Power AreteE2 5c **35
61Icarus AllsortsE4 6a **10
62Icarus Upstartf6B+ ** 
63The Pinnacle of Human Achievementf6B * 
64The BenderVS 4b *28
65The Little FlakeHVS 5a 7
66Geordie GirlE3 5b  
67The Big FlakeHS 4b *23
68Pointless Arete
-
VS 4b 10
 SECOND CLOUD 
70Jimmy CarterS 3c 62
71StalinS 4a *98
72Legends of Lost LeadersE3 5c *7
73LeninVD 78
74Yankee JamHS 5a 31
75Nadin's Secret Fingerf7C * 
76Finger of Fatef6B **75
77KGBHVS 4c 21
78The Outdoor Pursuits CooperativeE1 5a *23
79Communist CrackVS 5a **119
80Marxist Undertones LHV2 2
81Marxist Undertonesf6A *101
82Marxist Undertones RHV2 5
83Marxist Aretef5+ 8
84Stalin's Stretchf6B+ *2

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