Christmas Crack Top 50

3 Stars
 HS 4a

Adjacent Routes
<< April Crack < Easter Rib  |  Central Trinity > Twintrin >>

This long straight crack is a must; mild for the grade, but sustained. Climb a V-groove to the crack and follow it with pleasure. The final leaning corner is awkward and there is also an exposed alternative out left. The only route in the Peak where you will be queuing every 25th December come hail or shine!
FA. George Bower 1926


Beautiful route - it get a bit harder at the top, Worth a 3 stars.
Stephen Barker - 24/Jun/02

If it's 4a (no argument there) why is it HS? It's one of the best protected routes I've done.
Simon Caldwell - 02/Sep/02

probably coz it is quite sustained, still, it's a great route
MattG - 27/Sep/02

I found the crux to be getting out of the groove onto the face at mid-height. Excellent route!
Martin - 22/Mar/03

A great route, nicely sustained throughout.
Keith - 13/May/03

A bit tricky moving out of the groove but excellent easy to place protection through-out.Complete with pre-placed Tri-cam,what more do you want?
mart - 28/Apr/04

several 4a moves but id say quite easy for HS. Certainly April Crack and Manc Buttress are quite a bit harder.
Si - 22/Jul/04

Probably one of the best single pitch climbs i have ever done - but perhaps that's because it was my first visit to Stanage!
lozzer - 13/Nov/04

Lovely climb but found it very simple for the grade. Thought right hand trinity was trickier.
tchnorton - 01/Jun/05

Fantastic route, on a good day. My 5th HS lead, loads of gear when you want it, and have cams of the same size(ish) - and lovely moves in it all the way up. The huge jugs on the top section - which I wasn't looking at too happily at from the ground - were a bonus, and a relief. Well deserves it's 3 stars, but HS is maybe a touch too high...
Then again, possibly a touch hard for a S 4a.
Dominion - 24/Sep/05

Having said that, the start section is probably why it gets HS. A confident Severe leader may well find the bottom of this route a good introduction to Hard Severe.
Dominion - 24/Sep/05

did this route for the first time on christmas morning, get there early it gets very busy and you are `forced to drink the grog` if you wait even worse for wear still ok at HS oh and santa soloed it behind me
chris elfleet - 30/Oct/05

Climbed this route on Christmas Day. The queue was there as promised. Cheers to the climber who left the mince pie half way up. I'd recommend this route to anyone. Its an easy HS with as much gear in it as you can carry and even some you dont have to. Enjoy.
Sam Doyle - 25/Dec/05

Great Route, again we climbed it on Xmas day for the first time, in tweeds and plus fours. Yeah, the queue was there, but the atmosphere was great. Thanks for the sherry and sorry if we annoyed anyone with our "good show old boy" jokes.
Simon Ager - 28/Dec/05

Splendid Route, the tricam'a still there, I almost lost a 2nd one near the bottom. Many thanks to the guy who recued it.
munky - 12/Jun/06

This is a very good route all the way to the top and very good for gear, weather was to hot temp was about 38c on the face and not a great deal of friction. good for grade
Paul Tomo - 19/Jul/06

2nd grit climb getting used to this stuff now.
paul watson - 05/Jun/10

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  • Route Grade Votings

    Total votes cast 205
    hard VS 0 of 69
    VS 0 of 69
    easy VS 1 of 69
    hard HS 1 of 69
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    3 Stars 65 of 67
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