Helfenstein's Struggle

2 Stars
 HVD 4a

Adjacent Routes
<< Wall End Holly Tree Crack < I Never Said It Was Any Good  |  Saul's Arete > Dark Angel >>

The wide black rift is oddly alluring. A short polished corner leads to easier ground heading for the large boulder blocking the rift. Either squeeze through the rat-hole that gripped Helfenstein, or do the Outside Exit at an exposed S 4a.
FA. Helfenstein c1910. Only his top-half actually managed the route.


The funniest route on grit I've found. Only the thin should risk the hole exit!
daniel sells - 29/Jun/03

Rather embarrassing if your arse can not fit through previously mentioned hole.....
Woker - 08/Jul/03

What a classic! Didn't go for the hole (or I'd still be there experimenting with diet plans), and the outside exit is a treat, great view of the world beneath your feet.
Kinsei - 27/Aug/03

Not sure how you can grade this at all, let alone give it a technical grade. (The through route that is, the outside version is a different route and should have a different name). How about borrowing from the Yorkshire Grit guide and grading it 'Decidedly Difficult'.
Simon Caldwell - 18/Apr/04

The chimney part was like a slimey river when I led this today, but it didn't matter as it's all about the last move. Just about managed to squeeze through with a lot of puffing and panting! Highly amusing, the the more you try and push with your feet, the more you get stuck. I tried it facing left, and by the time I realised I should have faced right it was too late to turn round!
cider nut - 30/Oct/05

Utterly ungradeable. I tried it on a very wet day and it probably actually helped by making it more slippy. The rotue is a basically a mod with an exit that you can only do if youre thin, I would say HVD is a good grade for it, and needless to say I failed!
Si dH - 28/Nov/05

Login to your ROCKFAX account to add your comments - Search for comments.

  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 32
    hard0 of 11
    0 of 11
    easy0 of 11
    hard HVD 0 of 11
    HVD 7 of 11
    easy HVD 0 of 11
    hard VD 4 of 11
    VD 0 of 11
    easy VD 0 of 11
    hard 4b 0 of 10
    4b 0 of 10
    easy 4b 0 of 10
    hard 4a 0 of 10
    4a 8 of 10
    easy 4a 2 of 10
    hard 3c 0 of 10
    3c 0 of 10
    easy 3c 0 of 10
    3 Stars 4 of 11
    2 Stars 4 of 11
    1 Star 2 of 11
    0 Stars 0 of 11
    Bag of ..... 1 of 11

    Please Login to your Rockfax account to rate this climb.