Flake Crack

3 Stars
 VS 4c

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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. There have been plenty of accidents on it over the years so take care.
FA. Colin Kirkus early 1920s. Climbed on-sight by Menlove Edwards 1931


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!)
SIFISH - 15/Jul/03

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.
Fiend - 22/Aug/03

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!
SIFISH - 28/Oct/03

You could always lead it ;-)
Simon Caldwell - 28/Oct/03

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.
Peter Kirkham - 30/Mar/04

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.
Big hands, little hands, I don't understand - if you have hands of any type just climb it.
Julian Wedd - 31/Mar/04

Why jam on this? The layback is superb!
Chris Owen - 29/May/04

Wonderful laybacking with little pockety bits for your feet.
MeMeMe - 01/Sep/04

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.
Pekkie - 21/Jun/05

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.
Rob Davies - 30/Oct/09

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