Chalkstorm

Adjacent Areas
< Death Knell  |  Simpkins' Overhang and Wombat >

Trad
Sun from mid-morning
10 mins
Uphill

Chalkstorm, the route after which the area is named, has generated more hot air on the issue of grading than probably any other in the country (apart from Three Pebble Slab). Sadly the very popular easy routes here have been rather ground to death by never-ending top-roping sessions, often using inappropriate footwear.
Of the harder offerings, both Commander Energy and Hunky Dory are well worthwhile and you have the added extra of baffled school kids saying “Sir, sir, sir, can we do that one next, can we, can we, please?”

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Circuit Breaker
Climb the fingery, bulging arete then the flake above to the final delicate slab perched on the front of the buttress.
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
E3
2
Hunky Dory
The thin twisting cracks in the side-wall give a technical and sustained pitch to a good rest which gives you time to psych up...
8 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
E3
3
Prow Corner
The awkward corner in the left-hand edge of the recess is worthwhile. Avoid stepping right if you want the full tick.
4 user comments
 
1 Stars
VD
4
Micro-Storm
14m. The squeezed in slab with a side runner.
1 user comment
 E1 5c
5
Chalkstorm Top 50
The slab has thin unprotected moves to pass the overlap. It is often climbed with a side runner (E1 to HVS depending where you...
39 user comments
 
2 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
E3
6
Prow Cracks
Climb the left-hand crack then transfer right at the level of the bulges. An excellent introduction to jamming.
1 user comment
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
VD
7
Prow Corner Twin Cracks
The twin cracks just right are trickiest at the overlap. Surprisingly popular.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVD
8
Prow Cracks Variations
The counter-diagonal is also well worth doing and is just a touch harder, especially the final wide section.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
HVD
  • Access Issues for Western Grit


  • Latest Comments

    For THE ROACHES

    Jelly Roll
    "Had the same problem as the original poster. Followed the line in the guide (I t..." 23/Sep

    Valkyrie
    "What hidden foothold? Damn spoilers in these comments had me gripped, but thinki..." 05/Aug top50

    Jeffcoat's Buttress
    "Any Hard Severe leader who isn't tall and can do the start of this straight off ..." 08/Apr

    Rotunda Buttress
    "It's a lovely line and most of the route is very steady, but the top moves are h..." 06/Apr

    Chalkstorm
    "Many many years ago (20) I led this, it was E3 at the time if I remember correct..." 31/Dec top50

    Pedestal Route
    "Left of shield. Best route ever? Could be." 20/Feb top50

    Sifta's Quid
    "Why oh why would you want to squirm under the boulder. enjoyed the crux though,..." 19/Aug

    Search for comments