Climbs 91
Rocktype Grit (quarried)

Faces S

Etherow Groove, Crowden Great Quarry © Oceanwall

Crag features

Large, impressive quarry with routes up to 30m long. Usually dry rock needs care in places. Best routes are The Shabby Tiger (HVS 5a,5a), Take My Breath Away (E2 5c, 4b), Fatal Attraction (E3 5c) and Perestroika (E4 6a). Recent additions said to be very good.

Zeus. Extreme caution. Very loose block. Shock horror a loose block at Crowden Great I hear you say... This is not your average loose block that looks like it might fall at any moment, this is a block the size of a door that blends in with the rest of the wall and looks like it is the least likely part of the whole quarry to move. I was just eyeing up my next placement (last two being down the side of the block) when the whole thing started moving out. I guess it traveled a couple of inches before I got off it and clung on to the adjacent ledge for dear life screaming at my belayer to get clear. This block will fall off. Its above the second grass ledge, just next to the final slab section next to the twin cracks (which look very dubious by are quite sound). Not sure if it should have a shove to clear it, will leave that up to the ethics people to discuss!!
cmgcmg - 22/Oct/12
Blow the place up!
ArnaudG - 04/Jul/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  western corner
2 Chubby Checkers Route VS 5a  
3 Boothill Arete HS 4a 5
4 Muffing Much VD  
5 Sidesaddle Corner VD  
6 Sidekick Wall HS 4b 2
7 Main Street HVD  
8 Fatal Attraction E3 5c *  
9 Dusty Trail S 4a  
10 Unexpected Solitude HVS 5a * 4
  The Shipyard
12 Gantry Groove VS 4b  
13 Cat VS 4b 2
14 The Lair of the Iron Chicken E1 5b *  
15 Bulkhead D 1
16 Slipway HS 4a 1
17 Oily Water HS 4b  
18 The Bilge VS 4c  
19 Anchor Chain Chinmey HVD  
20 Custom's Crack HVD  
21 The Big Stevedore HVS 4c  
22 Run Out the Rigging HVS 5b *  
23 Ride the Waves E1 5b * 2
24 Bowspirit HVS 5a * 3
25 One Quick Peek E1 5b * 3
26 Rigging Route HVS 5a  
27 Dry Dock VD  
28 Sextant HS 4a  
29 Senior Service E2 5c *  
30 Govan E2 5c *  
  Tuff Buttress
32 Bow Cracks HVS 5b  
33 Tuff Boots HS 4b * 6
34 Tuff Buttress VS 5a * 3
35 Mounties Go Anywhere For Labatts E1 5b * 1
  Mythology Wall
37 The Tabasco Twins HS 4a * 14
38 Guy Rope VS 4a,4b  
39 Skylark VS 5a, 5a 3
40 The Skylon VD 10
41 Hephaetus VS 4c 2
42 Thetis VS 4c 4
43 Australian Dentist VS 5a 1
44 Zeus VS 4c 8
45 The Arogonaut HVS 5a * 2
46 The Golden Fleece E1 5b 1
47 The Emergence of Talos HVS 5a * 3
48 Achilles VS 4b 7
49 Jason VS 5a,4b 2
50 Mythology Wall Girdle Traverse S  
  The Circus
52 Trundle Warfare E2 5b,5c ** 2
53 Nicely Nicely HVS 5a, 5a * 4
54 McVities E1 5b * 3
55 The Big Flea HVS 5a,5a * 3
56 Caveman E2 5a,5b *  
57 Helter Skelter HVS 5b,4c  
58 Take My Breath Away E3 5c,4b ** 3
59 The Thin Man HVS 5a,4b 11
60 The Little Flea VS 4c,4b 1
61 High Wire Cracks VS 4c 5
62 Rubber Man HVS 5a 3
63 The Bearded Lady VS 4b 6
64 Tonight With Alan Partridge E5 6a ** 2
65 The Shabby Tiger HVS 5a, 5a ** 16
66 Flame in the West E3 5c, 5b ** 5
67 Tightwire E1 5b  
68 close shave E1 5c 1
69 Old Spice VS 4c  
70 Zugzwang E5 6a **  
71 Contortionist's crack HVS 5b  
72 Utopian Quest E3 5c 2
73 Big Top Corner VD 2
74 Sawdust cracks VD 3
75 Monty Python HVS 5a  
76 Elephant's Tail HVD  
  Subsidiary Bay
78 Ein S 13
79 Zwei VS 4c 9
80 Drei HVD 8
81 Vier S 4a 5
82 Funf S 4a 3
  Overhang Buttress
84 Strict Adheasion HS 4a  
85 Plumber's Slab E3 5c *  
86 Rambler Wall VS 5a * 12
87 Bottoms Edge HVD 4a * 8
88 Shadow Boxing E1 5b  
89 Valehouse Chimney VS 4b  
90 Crowden Pillar E4 6a ** 2
91 Rhodeswood Crack E1 5b ** 14
92 Torside chimney E1 5c  
93 Limbo Dancer E4 6b ** 2
94 The Primer E3 5c ** 7
95 Oh No! It's Heavy Duty E4 5c ** 1
96 Perestroika E4 6a ** 1
97 Etherow Groove VD 4
  Other Climbs (away from the main face)
99 The Ghost of David Beckham VS 5a * 4
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