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Classic Rock ticklist

contributed by lithos Aug/10

A famous collection of great climbs from the 'Classic Rock' book by Ken Wilson (1978), covering routes from all over the UK originally up to a grade of Hard Severe, although many have been subsequently upgraded to VS. The new 2007 edition added four outright routes in the chapter headings: these are Modern and K2 at Hen Cloud. Arrow Route at Sron na Ciche (a connective line accidentally unlisted in the original as it was always described) and Ivy Chimney as a 'continuation' of Milestone Direct (odd as it's atop pulpit route!) .

Please note that alternative names are occasionally used: Black Slab is Hargreaves Original; Mitre Ridge is by the Cumming-Crofton Route. For added depth of adventure look to the text for exciting possibilities: The Orr finish to Labyrinth, making the route VS, is for example well worth hunting out and the HS start to Terrier's Tooth would be sad for any enthusiast to miss, while Bell's incredible finish to the Cumming-Crofton Route is a real cherry on the icing of that little bun! The 2007 edition has a helpful and inspiring appendix of additional and alternative climbs in every part of the country. These are plentiful and will likewise encourage adventure and alternatives.

Articles about the Ken Wilson books and their "puerile tickers" can be found on the Needlesport's Website.

Map of all the route locations:

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Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
SCOTLAND
Cuillin Ridge Traverse (Summer) VD *** 1055 ? Cuillin Ridge...
Cioch Direct S 4a * 545 150m • 5 Sron na Ciche
Arrow Route VD *** 863 61m • 2 Sron na Ciche
Integrity VS 4c *** 692 76m • 2 Sron na Ciche
Cioch Nose VD *** 835 200m • 7 Sgurr a' Chaorachain
The Long Climb VS *** 110 420m • 11 Ben Nevis
Tower Ridge D *** 1992 600m Ben Nevis
Clachaig Gully (Summer) S *** 145 520m Aonach Eagach -...
Archer Ridge S 4a *** 389 ? • 3 Aonach Dubh
The Long Crack S ** 321 ? Aonach Dubh
Crypt Route VD *** 162 ? Bidean nam Bian
North Face Route S * 453 220m Buachaille Etive Mor
Agag's Groove (Summer) VD *** 1728 105m • 4 Buachaille Etive Mor
The Chasm (Summer) VS *** 193 450m • 16 Buachaille Etive Mor
Squareface VD *** 378 90m • 3 Beinn a' Bhuird -...
Cumming-Crofton Route (Summer) S *** 178 ? Beinn a' Bhuird -...
Savage Slit (Summer) S *** 813 80m • 4 Cairn Gorm - Cairn...
The Clean Sweep VS 4c *** 342 185m • 4 Hell's Lum
The Talisman (Summer) HS 4a *** 284 100m Ben Macdui -...
Eagle Ridge (Summer) S *** 793 250m Lochnagar
Ardverikie Wall HS 4b *** 1215 185m • 6 Binnein Shuas
Recess Route (Summer) S *** 473 110m • 8 The Cobbler
Punster's Crack (Summer) S *** 660 ? The Cobbler
Ardgartan Arête VS 4b ** 125 54m • 3 The Cobbler
Sou'wester Slabs VD *** 589 110m • 5 Cir Mhor
Labyrinth VS 4b * 117 120m • 6 Cir Mhor
THE LAKE DISTRICT
Little Chamonix VD *** 6470 70m • 4 Shepherd’s Crag
Gillercombe Buttress S 4a *** 1375 ? Gillercombe
Troutdale Pinnacle S *** 3087 105m • 6 Black Crag...
Bracket and Slab Climb VS 4b *** 1176 97m • 5 Gimmer Crag
Ash Tree Slabs VD *** 1376 ? Gimmer Crag
'C' Route S 4b *** 782 ? Gimmer Crag
Bowfell Buttress HS 4b *** 942 110m • 4 Bowfell
Murray's Route S 4a *** 867 ? Dow Crag
Jone's Route Direct from Lord's Rake HS 4b *** 229 ? Scafell Crag
Moss Ghyll Grooves VS 4c *** 519 79m • 4 Scafell Crag
Needle Ridge VD *** 1298 114m • 5 The Napes
The Wasdale Crack HS 4c *** 987 17m • 2 The Napes
Tophet Wall HS 4b *** 1059 75m • 4 The Napes
New West Climb VD *** 350 ? Pillar
Rib and Slab Climb HS 4b *** 268 ? Pillar
WALES
Great Gully S *** 198 267m • 11 Craig Yr Ysfa
Gashed Crag VD ** 1015 190m • 6 Tryfan
Overlapping Ridge Route (First Pinnacle Rib) D ** 1294 150m Tryfan
Grooved Arête HVD 4a *** 3538 230m • 8 Tryfan
Direct Route VD *** 2991 85m • 5 Tryfan
Pulpit Route VD ** 1926 87m • 5 Tryfan
Direct Route VS 4c *** 671 88m • 7 Glyder Fach
Hope VD *** 3858 135m • 4 Idwal Slabs (aka...
Lazarus S 4a *** 1985 43m • 2 Idwal Slabs (aka...
The Arete VD ** 1048 24m Idwal Slabs (aka...
Grey Slab VS 4b *** 352 81m • 2 Glyder Fawr
Nea VS 4b ** 1737 75m • 4 Clogwyn y Grochan
Crackstone Rib S 4a *** 3092 55m • 3 Carreg Wastad
The Wrinkle VD ** 1759 75m • 3 Carreg Wastad
Flying Buttress VD *** 2643 87m Dinas Cromlech
Spiral Stairs VD *** 1315 84m Dinas Cromlech
The Cracks HS 4c *** 1980 90m • 6 Dinas Mot
Main Wall HS 4b *** 1375 140m • 6 Cyrn Las (Gyrn Las)
Avalanche/Red Wall/Longlands S 4b ** 563 286m • 12 Y Lliwedd
Creagh Dhu Wall HS 4b *** 1619 65m • 2 Craig y Castell...
Will o' the Wisp HVD *** 417 95m • 6 Craig Cywarch (aka...
PENNINE AND PEAK
Red Pencil Direct HS 4b *** 275 ? Pen-y-ghent
Parson's Chimney HS 4b *** 568 17m Almscliff
Sail Buttress HS 4b ** 2738 14m Birchen Edge
Topsail VS 4c ** 3543 12m Birchen Edge
Powder Monkey Parade S 4b ** 2258 16m Birchen Edge
Flying Buttress HVD 4a *** 7149 24m Stanage Popular
April Crack HS 4b *** 4664 16m Stanage Popular
Hargreaves' Original VS 4c *** 5798 18m Stanage Popular
Central Climb VS 4c *** 1134 38m • 3 Hen Cloud
Modern VS 4b ** 595 20m Hen Cloud
K2 S 4b ** 910 30m • 2 Hen Cloud
Via Dolorosa VS 4c *** 1517 32m Roaches Lower Tier
Black and Tans S 4a *** 2782 30m • 2 Roaches Upper Tier
Technical Slab HS 4a *** 1863 24m Roaches Upper Tier
THE SOUTH
Piton Route VS 4c ** 983 58m • 3 Avon Gorge (Main...
The Devil's Slide HS 4a *** 1237 117m • 5 Lundy
Demo Route HS 4b *** 3161 19m • 2 Sennen
Terrier's Tooth HS 4b *** 389 40m • 3 Chair Ladder
Pendulum Chimney S 4b *** 852 59m • 5 Chair Ladder
Doorpost HS 4b *** 3230 67m • 3 Bosigran
Climbers' Club Ordinary VS 4b ** 957 52m • 3 The Dewerstone
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