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Soloing the classic Great Western at Almscliff
© Kevin Avery, Oct 2008

Steve Ashton's 100 Classic Gritstone Climbs ticklist

contributed by pdhu May/11

This mammoth ticklist is based on the eponymous guidebook by Mr. Ashton. It actually contains around 350 routes as the book "could more accurately have been titled '100 Classic Buttresses, Crags and Other More-or-less Definable Groups of Gritsone Climbs'". But I think that has less of a ring to it.

From well-polished classics to obscure clefts high on the bleakest of moors, there's a lifetime's worth of wrestling with the rough tough stuff to go at here. Expect to spend a lot of time embroiled in the lost dark art of chimneying...

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Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
Dancing BearHVD *2207mBrimham Rocks
Indian's Turban WestVS 4b *278mBrimham Rocks
The Turtle Rocks ChimneyVD *539mBrimham Rocks
Cannon RouteD *899mBrimham Rocks
MalojaVS 4c **50511mBrimham Rocks
Old CornerHVD *5369mBrimham Rocks
Heather WallS 4a *102011mBrimham Rocks
Great SlabHVD *97511mBrimham Rocks
Cubic CornerHS 4b **93511mBrimham Rocks
Cracked CornerS 4a *9569mBrimham Rocks
Right-Hand CrackVS 4b ***116812mBrimham Rocks
Central CrackVS 5a **59112mBrimham Rocks
Druid's ChimneyS 3c *539mBrimham Rocks
President's ProgressHVD *34012mBrimham Rocks
Lover's Leap ChimneyVD 4b **51616mBrimham Rocks
Birch Tree WallVS 4c ***132115mBrimham Rocks
Hatter's GrooveHVS 5a ***16612mBrimham Rocks
Slippery CrackVS 4b *22712mBrimham Rocks
Last CrackHS 4b 468mBrimham Rocks
Fag EndS 4a *5288mBrimham Rocks
Fag SlabS 4a **7988mBrimham Rocks
Fag Slab VariantVS 4c **5118mBrimham Rocks
Allan's CrackVS 4c ***66811mBrimham Rocks
Simple SimonS 4b **53?Simons Seat
Low Nose TraverseVS 4c *8?Simons Seat
Winter Finish to Griffith's ChimneyVD 423mSimons Seat
Turret CrackHVS 5a ***1820m• 2Simons Seat
Arête DirectVS 4c ***130?Simons Seat
Nose ClimbS 4a ***529?Eastby Crag
Eastby ButtressVD ***822?Eastby Crag
Pillar RibVS 4c **587?Eastby Crag
Whaup EdgeVS 4b **268?Eastby Crag
The PadderE1 5b *328?Eastby Crag
SwastikaHVS 5b *4735m• 2Eastby Crag
Pillar FrontE2 5b ***199?Eastby Crag
The SoleHVS 5b ***330?Crookrise
West Wall ClimbHS 4b *177?Crookrise
Craven CrackVS 4c *248?Crookrise
Griffith's ChimneyHS 4b **48?Crookrise
Arsenic SlabS 4a **479?Crookrise
Long ClimbHS 4b ***495?Crookrise
Open ChimneyVD *104?Crookrise
Flake WallHS 4b *187?Crookrise
Slingsby's ChimneyHVD 4a **96?Crookrise
Chimney ButtressHS 4b *53?Crookrise
CreaseVS 5a **159?Crookrise
RushlightS 4a 157?Crookrise
President's SlabVD ***770?Rylstone
Dental slabS 4a ***729?Rylstone
Square Chimney & Whisky CrackHS 4b **127315mAlmscliff
Fluted ColumnsHVD 3c ***300414mAlmscliff
Low Man Easy WayD **200312mAlmscliff
Stewpot and Rough CrackHVD 15711mAlmscliff
South ChimneyVD 4a 24011mAlmscliff
CD 18 Problem 4VB 41?Almscliff
Stomach TraverseVS 4c *35712mAlmscliff
Central CrackHS 4b *36210mAlmscliff
Crack and Wall TraverseHVD *3718mAlmscliff
Bird's Nest CrackHS 4b **222910mAlmscliff
Great WesternHVS 5a ***119615mAlmscliff
Long ChimneyHVD **33218mAlmscliff
Frankland's Green CrackVS 4c ***58018mAlmscliff
Parson's ChimneyHS 4b ***45817mAlmscliff
Overhanging GrooveHVS 5a ***126817mAlmscliff
Central ClimbVS 4c ***117215mAlmscliff
Z ClimbVS 4c **48814mAlmscliff
Pedestal WallS 4a **349?Caley Crags
Rib and SlabVS 4c *126?Caley Crags
Square ChimneyHVD *105?Caley Crags
Zig-ZagS 4a *21720mCaley Crags
A ClimbS 4b ***38128m• 3Ilkley (Cow and...
Ferdinand Hand TraverseVS 4c 2215mIlkley (Cow and...
WalewskaVS 4c ***920?Ilkley (Cow and...
JosephineHS 4b **54818mIlkley (Cow and...
Josephine Super DirectVS 4b **49215mIlkley (Cow and...
Fairy StepsHVD *715?Ilkley (Cow and...
S CrackVS 4c ***111515mIlkley (Cow and...
Stiction ChimneyVD *79?Ilkley (Rocky...
The Flake ClimbS 4a ***396?Ilkley (Rocky...
Spread-eagleHS 4b **100?Ilkley (Rocky...
Illegitimate CrackVS 4c ***203?Ilkley (Rocky...
Earl CrackVS 4c ***14617mEarl Crag
Tiger WallVS 4c ***238?Earl Crag
Fairy StepsHS 4b ***350?Heptonstall
Bull's CrackHVS 5a ***369?Heptonstall
Cave CrackVS 4c *33?Widdop
Curving CrackVS 5a 27?Widdop
Ordinary RouteVD **175?Widdop
Krypton RouteS 4a *114?Widdop
Purgatory ChimneyVD *22?Widdop
Artificial RouteVS 4c ***72?Widdop
Ornithologist's CornerVS 5a ***18312mWimberry Rocks
Freddie's FinaleHVS 5b ***10314mWimberry Rocks
Overhang ChimneyVD *5812mWimberry Rocks
The TridentE1 5b ***8920mWimberry Rocks
Bertie's BugbearS 4a ***18818mWimberry Rocks
Starvation ChimneyS 3c **3818mWimberry Rocks
Route IHS 4b ***38218mWimberry Rocks
Route IIVS 5a ***24818mWimberry Rocks
Twin CracksS 4b *848mWimberry Rocks
Slab ClimbHS 4a **8210mWimberry Rocks
Long ClimbS 4a ***23435m• 2Laddow Rocks
Long Chimney RidgeS 4a *3518mLaddow Rocks
Tower FaceVS 5a ***17918mLaddow Rocks
North ClimbVD *4916mLaddow Rocks
Atherton BrothersS 4a **20020mShining Clough Rocks
Phoenix ClimbVS 4c ***42626mShining Clough Rocks
Via PrincipiaS 4a ***29224mShining Clough Rocks
Pisa Super DirectHVS 5a ***35120mShining Clough Rocks
Stable CracksVS 4b **12620mShining Clough Rocks
Downfall ClimbM **8060mKinder Scout...
Downfall South CornerVD **2240mKinder Scout...
ZigzagVD ***14816mKinder Scout...
Left Fork ChimneyD *3116mKinder Scout...
Professor's Chimney DirectVD *814mKinder Scout...
The Great ChimneyHS 4b **4218mKinder Scout...
Central ChimneyD *330mKinder Scout...
Great SlabS 4a 824mKinder Scout...
Morrison's RouteS 4a *2118mKinder Southern...
Hartley's RouteE2 5c **1020mKinder Southern...
Herford's RouteHVS 5a ***5818mKinder Southern...
Upper Tor WallHS 4b ***21418mKinder Southern...
Hiker's Gully LeftHVD 2112mKinder Southern...
The NithinS 4a *68312mCastle Naze
The FlywalkS 4a *51810mCastle Naze
The NicheS 4a **116412mCastle Naze
StudioHS 4b **109012mCastle Naze
A.P. 'absolutely perpendicular' ChimneyHS 4a *12112mCastle Naze
Pilgrim's ProgressHS 4b **74812mCastle Naze
Little PillarVS 4b 30412mCastle Naze
Keep CornerS 4a *83112mCastle Naze
Keep AreteVS 4b **85712mCastle Naze
Scoop FaceHVS 5a ***118012mCastle Naze
Footstool RightHVD 4a *2998mCastle Naze
Deep ChimneyHVD 798mCastle Naze
The CrackVS 4b **78114mCastle Naze
Long ClimbVD 24614mCastle Naze
The StaircaseM *13578mWindgather Rocks
North Buttress ArêteS 4a *91210mWindgather Rocks
Green CrackS 4a **157810mWindgather Rocks
Wall ClimbHVD *147510mWindgather Rocks
Chockstone ChimneyD *175410mWindgather Rocks
Mississippi CrackS 4a **228310mWindgather Rocks
Middle Buttress AreteVD *119110mWindgather Rocks
High Buttress ArêteD ***259212mWindgather Rocks
High Buttress Arête DirectHVD *35710mWindgather Rocks
Route 2VS 4b 69510mWindgather Rocks
Route 1HS 4a 52012mWindgather Rocks
South Buttress CrackM *79810mWindgather Rocks
HimmelswillenVS 4c ***102914mWharncliffe Crags
TeufelswegD *15314mWharncliffe Crags
Tower FaceHS 4b ***103512mWharncliffe Crags
Hell GateVD **37514mWharncliffe Crags
Hell Gate CrackHS 4b **57212mWharncliffe Crags
The Spiral RouteVS 4c **25222mRivelin Edge
Croton OilHVS 5a ***209020mRivelin Edge
Blizzard RidgeHVS 5a ***149414mRivelin Edge
David's ChimneyVD **8139mRivelin Edge
Dovestones WallVD **25520mDovestone Tor
Brown WindsorVS 4b *7028mDovestone Tor
Great ButtressHVS 5a ***34820mDovestone Tor
Wind TunnelM *4114mDovestone Tor
Route 1VS 4c ***37616mDovestone Tor
Deep CleftM *21314mBamford Edge
Bamford WallS 4a **205414mBamford Edge
The Happy WandererHVS 5a **68514mBamford Edge
Neb ButtressHVS 5a ***81120mBamford Edge
Gargoyle FlakeVS 4c ***212314mBamford Edge
Sandy CrackHS 4b *3428mBamford Edge
Curving CrackVS 4c **88410mBamford Edge
Brown's CrackHS 4b ***195512mBamford Edge
Quien Sabe?VS 4c ***137014mBamford Edge
Recess CrackVD *66310mBamford Edge
Bilberry CrackVS 5a **135910mBamford Edge
Hasta La VistaHVD 3c 688mBamford Edge
Grotto SlabM *223812mStanage Popular
Heather WallVS 4c **397814mStanage Popular
Crack and CornerS 4b ***350016mStanage Popular
Manchester ButtressHS 4b ***408116mStanage Popular
Gargoyle ButtressVS 4b **286014mStanage Popular
Black Hawk Traverse RightD **108116mStanage Popular
Black Hawk Hell CrackS 4a ***438814mStanage Popular
Black Hawk Traverse LeftVD **297518mStanage Popular
Castle CrackHS 4b **227418mStanage Popular
Castle ChimneyM **53320mStanage Popular
The TipplerE1 5b ***100218mStanage Popular
Flying ButtressHVD 4a ***596924mStanage Popular
Leaning Buttress IndirectVD *66016mStanage Popular
Hollybush CrackVD ***488214mStanage Popular
Via MediaVS 4c **328110mStanage Popular
Green CrackVS 4c *32810mStanage Popular
Rugosity WallHVS 5c *41010mStanage Popular
Rusty CrackHVS 5c *77510mStanage Popular
Right-hand TrinityS 4b **304514mStanage Popular
Central TrinityVS 4c **363916mStanage Popular
Christmas CrackHS 4a ***539816mStanage Popular
April CrackHS 4b ***384516mStanage Popular
Hargreaves' OriginalVS 4c ***472818mStanage Popular
Pedestal ChimneyD *61414mStanage Popular
Robin Hood's Right-hand Buttress DirectHS 4a ***318922mStanage Popular
Inverted VVS 4b ***378222mStanage Popular
Ellis's EliminateVS 4c ***135920mStanage Popular
Robin Hood's Balcony Cave DirectHVD *32716mStanage Popular
Robin Hood's Cave InnominateVS 4c **100614mStanage Popular
Harding's Super Direct FinishHVS 5a ***5896mStanage Popular
Right Twin ChimneyVD *89614mStanage Popular
Left Twin ChimneyD **76114mStanage Popular
Twin Chimneys ButtressVS 4c **102618mStanage Popular
Crack and CaveHVD 4a **101318mStanage Popular
Balcony ButtressS 4a ***225120mStanage Popular
Mississippi Buttress DirectVS 4c ***361822mStanage Popular
Congo CornerHVS 5b ***111124mStanage Popular
Mississippi ChimneyVD *115018mStanage Popular
Heaven CrackVD ***393610mStanage Popular
Hell CrackVS 4c ***147614mStanage Popular
Step-ladder CrackVS 5a **92414mStanage Popular
Devil's ChimneyVD **38812mStanage Popular
Curving ChimneyVD **29016mStanage Plantation
The Right UnconquerableHVS 5a ***252816mStanage Plantation
The Left UnconquerableE1 5b ***205216mStanage Plantation
Tower FaceHVS 5a **102226mStanage Plantation
Goliath's GrooveHVS 5a ***175722mStanage Plantation
Wall End CrackS 4a 27116mStanage Plantation
Wall End SlabVS 5a ***151822mStanage Plantation
Fern CrackVS 4c ***105716mStanage Plantation
Eric's EliminateS 4a *139414mStanage North
Inaccessible CrackVS 4c ***189816mStanage North
Norse Corner ClimbHS 4c **172416mStanage North
Tango CrackVD *223114mStanage North
High Neb ButtressVS 4c ***328020mStanage North
The PinionHVD *66516mStanage North
The ArielVD **64016mStanage North
The Green StreakVS 4c *88012mStanage North
Prospero's ClimbVD **92612mStanage North
The Crab CrawlS 4a **88412mStanage North
Black SlabVS 4b *12088mBurbage North
Black Slab VariationD *9638mBurbage North
Sentinel ChimneyHVD 4a *35010mBurbage North
Sentinel CrackD *95610mBurbage North
Green CrackVD *106812mBurbage North
Hollyash CrackVS 4b **155014mBurbage North
Knight's MoveHVS 5a ***317316mBurbage North
The Big ChimneyHS 4b *18412mBurbage North
Brooks' LaybackHS 4b **11778mBurbage North
Wobblestone CrackHVD 4a *6418mBurbage North
Amazon CrackHS 4b ***188312mBurbage North
Long Tall SallyE1 5b ***184110mBurbage North
Greeny CrackVS 4b **123110mBurbage North
Brooks' CrackHVS 5a ***21414mBurbage South Edge
Byne's CrackVS 4b ***62114mBurbage South Edge
The FileVS 4c ***129310mHiggar Tor
GimcrackVS 4c *65622mMillstone Edge
SkywalkVS 4b **20724mMillstone Edge
Brixton RoadVD *42224mMillstone Edge
The MallVS 4c ***221022mMillstone Edge
Great Portland StreetHVS 5b ***197920mMillstone Edge
Bond StreetHVS 5a ***248020mMillstone Edge
Covent GardenVS 4b **160927m• 2Millstone Edge
Embankment 4E1 5b ***114922mMillstone Edge
Time for Tea OriginalE1 5b ***28022mMillstone Edge
Embankment 3E1 5b ***191326m• 2Millstone Edge
Embankment 2VS 4c **243624m• 2Millstone Edge
Great North RoadHVS 5a ***202832mMillstone Edge
The ScoopD *36635mMillstone Edge
The Great SlabHS 4b **149128mMillstone Edge
SveltHVS 5a *57220mMillstone Edge
Three Tree ClimbHS 4b ***232322mLawrencefield
Pulpit GrooveVD 4a **111128mLawrencefield
Great HarryVS 4c ***191722mLawrencefield
ExcaliburVS 4c **83720mLawrencefield
GingerbreadVS 4b *155310mLawrencefield
MeringueHVS 5a *182410mLawrencefield
Snail CrackVD *2156?Lawrencefield
North ClimbHVD 4a *135012mFroggatt Edge
Sunset SlabHVS 4b ***337714mFroggatt Edge
Sunset CrackHS 4b **414312mFroggatt Edge
Hawk's Nest CrackVS 4c ***150312mFroggatt Edge
Swimmer's ChimneyS 4a *22812mFroggatt Edge
Heather WallHVD 3c ***460816mFroggatt Edge
Tody's WallHVS 5a ***446918mFroggatt Edge
Three Pebble SlabHVS 5a ***390912mFroggatt Edge
ValkyrieHVS 5a ***180120m• 2Froggatt Edge
Slab RecessD **215816mFroggatt Edge
Allen's SlabS 4a **197616mFroggatt Edge
TrapezeVD **185814mFroggatt Edge
Trapeze DirectVS 4c *269212mFroggatt Edge
Green GutHS 4a ***326114mFroggatt Edge
The PeapodHVS 5b ***127616mCurbar Edge
MaupassantHVS 5a ***100211mCurbar Edge
Bel AmiVS 4b ***103520mCurbar Edge
P.M.C.1HS 4a ***151115mCurbar Edge
Avalanche WallHVS 5a **134912mCurbar Edge
Sorrell's SorrowHVS 5a ***31012mCurbar Edge
The BrainVS 4c ***46120mCurbar Edge
Moyer's ButtressE1 5b ***65021mGardom's Edge
The Eye of FaithE1 5c ***35025mGardom's Edge
Elliott's Buttress DirectHS 4b **57725mGardom's Edge
N.M.C. CrackHVD 3c ***105118mGardom's Edge
Apple CrackVD *570?Gardom's Edge
Trafalgar WallS 4b **266312mBirchen Edge
Trafalgar CrackVD 4a *293714mBirchen Edge
Camperdown CrawlHS 4c **219214mBirchen Edge
Powder Monkey ParadeS 4b **193116mBirchen Edge
The ChainS 4a *88812mBirchen Edge
The PromenadeD **139216mBirchen Edge
Monument ChimneyD *78014mBirchen Edge
TopsailVS 4c **303312mBirchen Edge
Sail ChimneyS 4a **128814mBirchen Edge
Sail ButtressHS 4b **229914mBirchen Edge
Nelson's SlabHS 5a *82414mBirchen Edge
Porthole DirectVS 4c **144612mBirchen Edge
Captain's CrawlM 186?Birchen Edge
Captain's BunkHS 4b *89212mBirchen Edge
Emma's DilemmaS 4a *162614mBirchen Edge
Victory GullyS 4a *37112mBirchen Edge
Victory CrackHS 4b *86314mBirchen Edge
Kiss Me HardyHVD 4a *70612mBirchen Edge
The FunnelD *63612mBirchen Edge
The Crow's NestVS 4c **110714mBirchen Edge
Horatio's HorrorHS 4a **57514mBirchen Edge
Nelson's NemesisVS 4b ***92516mBirchen Edge
Suicide WallHVS 5b ***99130m• 2Cratcliffe Tor
Lone Tree GrooveVS 5a **57418mBlack Rocks
Birch Tree WallVS 4c ***54020m• 2Black Rocks
Lean Man's ClimbVS 5a ***25822mBlack Rocks
Stonnis CrackHS 4b **43310mBlack Rocks
Stonnis ArêteHVD 4a **21130mBlack Rocks
Queen's Parlour ChimneyHS 4b *4126mBlack Rocks
Queen's Parlour GullyVD **24526mBlack Rocks
Great CrackHVS 5a ***15625mDuke's Quarry
Route 1f4 *281?Black Rocks
Route 2f4+ *225?Black Rocks
Phallic CrackHVD 4a ***60912mRamshaw Rocks
BoomerangVD ***73316mRamshaw Rocks
The AreteVD **63426m• 2Hen Cloud
Rainbow CrackVS 5a **42618mHen Cloud
Great ChimneyS 4a ***79018mHen Cloud
Bachelor's ClimbVS 4c ***40128mHen Cloud
Bachelor's Left-handHVS 5b ***48124mHen Cloud
Rib ChimneyS 4a **17818mHen Cloud
K2S 4b **73630m• 2Hen Cloud
Central ClimbVS 4c ***98438m• 3Hen Cloud
Reunion CrackVS 5a **15618mHen Cloud
DelstreeHVS 5a ***30618mHen Cloud
ValkyrieVS 4c ***258840m• 2Roaches Lower Tier
MatineeHVS 5b **24124mRoaches Lower Tier
Via DolorosaVS 4c ***127532mRoaches Lower Tier
Bengal ButtressHVS 4c **18628mRoaches Lower Tier
Dorothy's DilemmaE1 5a **11318mRoaches Lower Tier
YongHVD 4a **148110mRoaches Lower Tier
Central RouteVS 4a **91316mRoaches Upper Tier
Right RouteVD ***259624mRoaches Upper Tier
Pedestal RouteHVD 4a ***178128m• 2Roaches Upper Tier
Technical SlabHS 4a ***153424mRoaches Upper Tier
Black VelvetS 4a ***127724mRoaches Upper Tier
Black and TansS 4a ***230830m• 2Roaches Upper Tier
Jeffcoat's ChimneyVD **76724m• 2Roaches Upper Tier
Saul's CrackHVS 5a ***121518mRoaches Upper Tier
Maud's GardenHVD 3c ***265822m• 2Roaches Upper Tier
Beckermet SlabHVD 4a *44214mRoaches Upper Tier
Inverted StaircaseD ***191022m• 2Roaches Upper Tier
Fern CrackS 4b **93018mRoaches Upper Tier
Crabbie's CrackHVS 5a ***29616mThe Five Clouds
RubberneckHVS 5a ***43114mThe Five Clouds
15 e, 725 stars374,1825,193m• 385