Route Grade Votings
Total votes cast 53
14m. The finest route on the cliff, if you are passing at least call in and tick this one! The upper section is a classic layback although those in the know will jam it. Simply superb!
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A wicked line! Can anything else be said about this route? Top-roped it last week and intend to go back and solo it in the very near future. Not sure quite how to jam it though (I have fat hands!)
An total classic, great line and delectable climbing. Not to be top-roped given it's a gearfest. The finish is easy either way thanks to the little footnubbins.
Colin Kirkus was a genius. Just finished reading both "Hands of a Climber" and "Let's Go Climbing!". At the time of my earlier comment (see comment 1) I was unaware of it's history. Now I know what I know, I may wait a untill I'm a little stronger before soloing it!
You could always lead it ;-)
Brilliant gem, but those with smaller hands might want to be forewarned before trying an onsight solo as you'll be forced to layback near the top and if it's a little damp that can be a little disconcerting.
A fantastic route. Helsby should not be overlooked. I have had much pleasure climbing there for many years. It may look green and unappealing from a distance but looks can be deceiving. There are many other good routes to found at Helsby. The route up the centre of the wall to the immediate right of Flake Crack is excellent though harder.
Why jam on this? The layback is superb!
Wonderful laybacking with little pockety bits for your feet.
Careful lads! There have been a number of fatalities on this route, including quite recently. A completely different proposition soloing from top roping/seconding. Best to lead -take big friends and hexcentrics.
I have found Flake Crack's big brother! It's got an uninspiring name - "Unnamed 5.9+" - on the left side of Blue Gramma Cliff at Indian Creek. It basically involves repeating the same jamming move as the crux of Flake Crack for 50 feet, but without the footholds you find at Helsby.