Climbs 90
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 
2Chubby Checkers RouteVS 5a  
3Boothill AreteHS 4a 5
4Muffing MuchVD  
5Sidesaddle CornerVD  
6Sidekick WallHS 4b 2
7Main StreetHVD  
8Fatal Attraction E3 5c * 
9Dusty TrailS 4a  
10Unexpected SolitudeHVS 5a *4
 The Shipyard 
12Gantry GrooveVS 4b  
13CatVS 4b 2
14The Lair of the Iron ChickenE1 5b * 
15BulkheadD 1
16SlipwayHS 4a 1
17Oily WaterHS 4b  
18The BilgeVS 4c  
19Anchor Chain ChinmeyHVD  
20Custom's CrackHVD  
21The Big StevedoreHVS 4c  
22Run Out the RiggingHVS 5b * 
23Ride the WavesE1 5b *2
24BowspiritHVS 5a *3
25One Quick PeekE1 5b *3
26Rigging RouteHVS 5a  
27Dry DockVD  
28SextantHS 4a  
29Senior ServiceE2 5c * 
30Govan *M * 
 Tuff Buttress 
32Bow CracksHVS 5b  
33Tuff BootsHS 4b *6
34Tuff ButtressVS 5a *3
35Mounties Go Anywhere For LabattsE1 5b *1
 Mythology Wall 
37The Tabasco TwinsHS 4a *14
38Guy RopeVS 4a,4b  
39SkylarkVS 5a, 5a 3
40The SkylonVD 10
41HephaetusVS 4c 2
42ThetisVS 4c 4
43Australian DentistVS 5a 1
44ZeusVS 4c 8
45The ArogonautHVS 5a *2
46The Golden FleeceE1 5b 1
47The Emergence of TalosHVS 5a *3
48AchillesVS 4b 7
49JasonVS 5a,4b 2
50Mythology Wall Girdle TraverseS  
 The Circus 
52Trundle WarfareE2 5b,5c **2
53Nicely NicelyHVS 5a, 5a *4
54McVitiesE1 5b *3
55The Big FleaHVS 5a,5a *3
56CavemanE2 5a,5b * 
57Helter SkelterHVS 5b,4c  
58Take My Breath AwayE3 5c,4b **3
59The Thin ManHVS 5a,4b 9
60The Little FleaVS 4c,4b 1
61High Wire CracksVS 4c 3
62Rubber ManHVS 5a 3
63The Bearded LadyVS 4b 6
64Tonight With Alan PartridgeE5 6a **3
65The Shabby TigerHVS 5a, 5a **17
66Flame in the WestE3 5c, 5b **5
67TightwireE1 5b  
68close shaveE1 5c 1
69Old SpiceVS 4c  
70ZugzwangE5 6a ** 
71Contortionist's crackHVS 5b  
72Utopian QuestE3 5c 2
73Big Top CornerVD 2
74Sawdust cracksVD 3
75Monty PythonHVS 5a  
76Elephant's TailHVD  
 Subsidiary Bay 
78EinS 13
79ZweiVS 4c 9
80DreiHVD 8
81VierS 4a 5
82FunfS 4a 3
 Overhang Buttress 
84Strict AdheasionHS 4a  
85Plumber's SlabE3 5c * 
86Rambler WallVS 5a *12
87Bottoms EdgeHVD 4a *7
88Shadow BoxingE1 5b  
89Valehouse ChimneyVS 4b  
90Crowden PillarE4 6a **3
91Rhodeswood CrackE1 5b **14
92Torside chimneyE1 5c  
93Limbo DancerE4 6b **3
94The PrimerE3 5c **7
95Oh No! It's Heavy DutyE4 5c **1
96PerestroikaE4 6a **1
97Etherow GrooveVD 4
 Other Climbs (away from the main face) 
99The Ghost of David BeckhamVS 5a *4
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