The Cowper Stone

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Early morning sun
6 mins
Uphill
Windy

This isolated block of rock is Stanage's last gasp and proves to be a tough task master. There is only a small collection of routes on this blobby boulder, but they include possibly the worst set of holds and most rounded breaks anywhere on Grit. Climbers unused to it might wonder at the grades.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Zippatrocity
The lowest break gives an arduous outing; sustained, technical and horribly rounded. Just the right-hand side-wall is f6B+.
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
f7B+
2
Whatever Happened to Bob?
Climb the left-hand side of the face right then left.
 E3
3
Sad Amongst Friends
The blank central section of the face, finish using a red wart on the lip of the final roof. The lower section is bold and...
 
2 Stars
E7
4
Snug as a Thug on a Jug
A classic grit name - start up the flared crack in the right-hand side of the face and follow this to flutings on its left....
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
E4
5
Warmlove
The direct finish to Snug as a Thug on a Jug involves a huge reach for a pebble which enables a desperate grovelling exit....
 
2 Stars
Technical
E6
6
Happy Amongst Friends
The bulging wall just left of the arete is more of the same!
 
1 Stars
E6
7
Breakdance
The bulging right-hand arete of the leaning front face of the buttress. Wild and weird contortions may help and the finish is...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E3
8
Traverse of the Gritstone Gods
A tough right-to-left traverse of the buttress from Breakdance to the left arete via the highest horizontal break. Use a series...
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
E4
9
Leroy Slips a Disc
Poor holds lead up the right-hand wall.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
f7B
10
Head Spin
The right side of the wall, rounded, to a finish via a crusty flake.
1 user comment
 f6B
11
Pudding
The wall on the left.
1 user comment
 HVS
12
Salt and Vinegar
The flared fissure has some juicy finger-jams.
 HS
13
Chips
The crack and rounded arete above. The start is a 5c problem.
 E2
14
Peas
Traverse in from the left and finish up the right-hand side of the wall. The direct start is a testing f6C mantel.
1 user comment
 E4