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Rockfax Description
The deep and gloomy rift to a tight and scruffy exit through the manhole. A worthwhile and atmospheric route that is a lot easier than it looks from below. © Rockfax

FA. J.W.Puttrell 1901.

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Twelve fine routes in the lower grades at the Roaches, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Through Routes!, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, The Pearson-Tanner Roaches Expedition, Puttrell's Progress, Roaches w sobote? :), Peak diff and vdiff starred routes and top 50, The Roaches - The First Ten

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rjmac13 26 Oct, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: Rockfax Topo has been updated in the app, now showing the correct line (October 2020)
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βeta: Rockfax Topo has been updated in the app, now showing the correct line (October 2020)
EdC 9 Aug, 2020 Show βeta
βeta: Rockfax Topo line appears to be misleading / incorrect - it implies stepping across to centre at mid-height and an exit via the obvious hole on the left. BMC Roaches guide book shows the route sticking to the right hand wall (and other commenters indicate a smaller concealed exit on the right). A few more words in the Rockfax on describing the direction rather than the route's less tangible qualities might have been beneficial.
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βeta: Rockfax Topo line appears to be misleading / incorrect - it implies stepping across to centre at mid-height and an exit via the obvious hole on the left. BMC Roaches guide book shows the route sticking to the right hand wall (and other commenters indicate a smaller concealed exit on the right). A few more words in the Rockfax on describing the direction rather than the route's less tangible qualities might have been beneficial.
RHW 27 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Nice clean climb, fun exit, good to be skinny. Loved it. NB exit is to the R - can't see it from below until you're almost there
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βeta: Nice clean climb, fun exit, good to be skinny. Loved it. NB exit is to the R - can't see it from below until you're almost there
emmaharrington 26 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Started up the gully on the right-hand side then stepped across mid-way to the centre. The steep bulge felt harder than a Diff! The top even more so, as it seems to join the VS at the top, where I exited through the left hole. The right hole is way too small for anyone to fit through. Felt much harder than a Diff. This route needs to be re-assessed for the guidebook.
 
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βeta: Started up the gully on the right-hand side then stepped across mid-way to the centre. The steep bulge felt harder than a Diff! The top even more so, as it seems to join the VS at the top, where I exited through the left hole. The right hole is way too small for anyone to fit through. Felt much harder than a Diff. This route needs to be re-assessed for the guidebook.
Dave Walker 28 Dec, 2004 Show βeta
βeta: A useful exercise if you want to be a caver. Found the exit nigh on immpossible to get thru...& I`m a skinny guy!
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βeta: A useful exercise if you want to be a caver. Found the exit nigh on immpossible to get thru...& I`m a skinny guy!

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Inverted Staircase

Grade: D ***
(Roaches Upper Tier)