Climb Name Type Grade # Ascents Recorded Notes Exclude Reason
Keen Roof Boulder problem 8A+ 37

Keen Roof is one of the most popular hard boulder problems in the peak district, and in the UK as a whole, largely due to it's roadside location and high number of ascents meaning beta is easy to come by.

The Ace Boulder problem 8B 35

Alex Megos:

The holds are there, the holds are big, the moves are small, it's easy. Why is it so hard!? [1]



Bat Route Sport route 8c 32

7b in to 7B with a kneebar rest, followed by an 8a+ headwall.

To Bolt or Not to Be Sport route 8b+ 30
Mecca Extension Sport route 8c 29

A long standing project of Mark Leach's. Unfortunately after working out the extension he was unable to repeat Mecca so the first ascent had to wait for Steve McClure.

Action Directe Sport route 9a 27

Action Directe is a sport route in the Waldkopf area of the Frankenjura in Germany. It was first climbed by Wolfgang Güllich in 1991 who suggested a grade UIAA grade of XI which equates to roughly 8c+/9a. It has since settled at 9a making it one of the first of the grade in the world.

The route is famous for it's brutal, uncompromising climbing on one- and two-finger pockets. While training for the first ascent Wolfgang famously made use of the first campus board in the world (the board was erected in the Campus Centre gym in Nürnberg hence the name).

After an easier initial section leading to a ledge and hands-off rest the route consists of around 20 hand moves, a pure power-endurance testpiece.

The route is named after the french terror group of the same name.


[1] Written in Stone, Nov 2023

[2] Written in Stone interview with Ben Cossey, Nov 2023

[3] Written in Stone interview with Alex Megos, Nov 2023

Fat Lip Boulder problem 8B 25
The Nose Sport route 8b+ 25
True North Sport route 8c 25

Kilnsey's first 8c.

Dreamtime Boulder problem 8C 24

Originally considered 8B+/C, the crux pinch broke off around November 2009 and it is now considered 8C.

Cobra Crack Trad climb E9 22



New Base Line Boulder problem 8B+ 21
Ben's Roof Boulder problem 7C 20
The Big Island Boulder problem 8C 20
Monkey Wedding Boulder problem 8C 19
Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis Sport route 8b+ 18

Originally given E8.

Meshuga Trad climb E9 18
Paint it Black Boulder problem 8C 18
Practice of the Wild Boulder problem 8B+ 18
Austrian Oak Sport route 8b 17

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