Climbs 127
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 Gromit Arête Sit-start
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V7  
7 Skankles V3  
8 Swivel Flakes f6B ** 15
9 Swivel Finger f6B ** 67
10 Swivel Finger Sit-start
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f6B+  
11 The Thrutch
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V0  
12 Nth Power f8A+ ***  
13 Shaun's Other End
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HVS 5a 12
14 Grenadier
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HVD 4a * 16
15 Happiness from Outer Space
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S 4a 20
16 Slanting Crack
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S 4b 3
17 Mayhem
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VS 5a  
18 Green Chimney
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VD 5
19 Leaky Traverse
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V2  
20 Manteling Leftwards
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V1 1
21 Distinctly Ambiguous HVS 5c 1
22 Inexplicably Anonymous S 4b 15
23 Totally Unprecedented
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HVS 5a 14
24 Totally Unprecedented Slab VS 4c 3
25 Totally Unprecedented Corner VD 6
26 Crystal Voyager f7B+ ** 13
27 Spankasaurus Does Chicago f6B ** 12
28 Dreadful
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V0 5
29 Little Crack
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VS 5a * 15
30 Rowen Tree Crack
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S 4
31 Ageing Adolescents E4 6c 6
32 Plumb-line
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VS 4c * 7
33 Judge Jules
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E8 7a 2
34 Judge Dread
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E6 6b ** 9
35 Pillar of Judgement
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E4 5c *** 21
36 The Perp E2 5b 2
37 Barbecue Corners
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HVD * 8
38 The Pinnacle Star and Shaun's End
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HVS 5a * 2
39 Metaphysical Scoop
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E4 6a * 8
40 Hug and Thug f6B 1
  Fifth Cloud
42 The Imperfect Catch f7C+ * 5
43 The Darkest Cloud f8A ***  
44 Ride the Lightning f7B **  
Climb name Grade
45 Foxy Lady
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MVS 4c 7
46 Cloud Nine
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E2 5b * 13
47 Fifth Cloud Eliminate
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HVS 5a 29
48 Ninestein f6A 2
49 Always Dreaming
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E4 6b  
50 Dreamer f5+  
51 Matchbox Arête f6A * 34
52 Matchbox Traverse V2 6
53 Matchbox Slab f5+ ** 44
  Fourth Cloud
55 Fourth Arête f5+ ** 65
56 Forthright V4 ** 32
57 Four Lions f7B ** 17
58 Four Lions Sit-start f7C ** 4
59 Hard Arête f7A+ *** 184
60 Tetris f7C *** 110
61 Columns f7C+ ** 12
62 Trust f7A *** 243
63 Thrust f7A * 116
64 Sonic Boom f7B ** 6
65 Super Mario f8A+ *** 2
66 The Ugly Brother f7A+ * 11
67 Static V0 3
68 Wander
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VD 28
69 Meander VD * 92
70 Meander Variation E1 5b 6
71 Stranglehold E1 5b 2
72 The Boston Strangler
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E2 5b  
73 Smun VS 4c * 90
74 Left-hand Block Crack S 4a 53
75 Right-hand Block Crack S 4a 29
76 Winter in Combat E1 5c 2
77 The Shining Path E7 6c *  
78 Private Display E1 5b * 32
79 Milky Buttons f7A+ *** 74
80 Boysen's Delight HVS 5c * 57
81 Mirror, Mirror E5 6b ** 14
82 Mantelshelf Route D * 69
83 Chockstone Corner D 46
84 Roman Candle HVS 5b * 8
85 Roman Nose E2 5b * 10
  Third Cloud
87 Glass Back VD 21
88 Squash Balls VD 9
Climb name Grade
89 Tip Toe
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HVS 4c  
90 Persistence f6B *** 175
91 Sands of Time E4 6a * 1
92 Elastic Arm E1 5b * 4
93 Wild Optimism VS 4b *  
94 Who Needs Ready Brek? f7C *** 12
95 Cloudbusting E4 6b ** 14
96 Rubberneck HVS 5a *** 447
97 Walking on Sunshine
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E3 6b *  
98 Appaloosa Sunset E3 5c *** 166
99 Eclipsed Peach E4 6a * 3
100 Laguna Sunrise E6 6c ** 4
101 Bakewell Tart
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E2 5c *  
102 Crabbies Left-hand HVS 4c ** 48
103 Crabbie's Crack HVS 5a *** 310
104 Flaky Wall Finish
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HVS 4c *** 1
105 Flower Power Arête E2 5c ** 47
106 Blue Bandana
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E1 5b *  
107 Icarus Allsorts E4 6a ** 10
108 Icarus Upstart f6B+ ** 1
109 Daedalus f7C ** 1
110 The Pinnacle of Human Achievement f6B * 1
111 Waxwing
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E1 5a  
112 The Bender VS 4b * 35
113 Tim Benzadrino E3 5c  
114 The Little Flake HVS 5a 8
115 Geordie Girl E3 5b  
116 The Big Flake HS 4b * 25
117 Pointless Arête
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HS 4b 11
  Second Cloud
119 Jimmy Carter S 3c 68
120 Stalin S 4a * 113
121 Legends of Lost Leaders E3 5c * 8
122 Lenin VD 87
123 Yankee Jam HS 5a 38
124 Nadin's Secret Finger f7C *  
125 Finger of Fate f6B ** 88
126 KGB HVS 4c 24
127 The Outdoor Pursuits Cooperative E1 5a * 26
128 Communist Crack VS 5a ** 141
129 Marxist Undertones Left-hand f6B 7
130 Marxist Undertones f6A * 117
131 Marxist Undertones Right-hand f6B 8
132 Marxist Arête f5+ 9

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