Contributed by Pixie-Andy Jun/23 - This public hilllist has been seen 187 times

Alpine Training Challenge! Can you lead these safely in 15 hours? It's one way to test if you are ready for some mid-grade, multipitch Alpine mountain climbs! These classic VS routes (of varying styles), will test a range of skills such as stamina, strength, technique, focus, strategy and some basic route planning.

What does lead safely mean?
Every route reasonably protected. This is not a test of how brave you are. Aim for quick, slick, safe gear placement!

Multipitch Note:, You are not just protecting against a slip, but rockfall, exhaustion, exposure (heat-cold-rain) and off route adventures. So whilst speed is important, well placed gear might save lives!

Why all routes @ Stanage Popular?
This minimises walking, to simulate an Alpine multi-pitch, so once climbing starts, rests are minimal.

Sustained Interest - Most routes have 2 or 3 stars and challenge various skills, stamina, focus and strength, when attempted in one day!

Record Progress:
How Many Routes did you climb? How long did it take?

Recording conditions, start/end times and strategies used, should help to improve future attempts!

Completing all routes is 496 meters climbed and 58 stars.

No. of Routes:
10 or Less - Miserable failure! Try tennis, or train harder. No beer today!
10 - 15 - You deserve a beer! Then train harder.
15 - 20 - Excellent. You are a confident VS climber.
20 - 25 - Slick gear placement. Strong as an Ox. Probably confident on HVS and E1's.
25 - 30 - Confident Extreme grade climber.
30 - 34 - You are ready for your next mission!

Have Fun - Be Safe!

A nice little route  © bendurance
A nice little route
© bendurance, Jul 2007

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Map of routes in this ticklist

Least routes Most routes

Note: Only showing summits, scrambles, winter routes, and low grade climbs

Distribution of grades - Trad

Top 12 photos of this hilllist

Debbie on Gargoyle Buttress

Gargoyle Buttress
Debbie on Gargoyle Buttress
© Joe_Killick

Best Feeling in the World. Thank God Jugs on Narrow Buttress, Stanage.

Narrow Buttress
Best Feeling in the World. Thank God Jugs on Narrow Buttress, Stanage.
© ChrisJD

Paraglider over Narrow Buttress, Stanage

Narrow Buttress
Paraglider over Narrow Buttress, Stanage
© Graham Withers

The way we were - early 80s

Robin Hood's Cave Innominate/Harding's Finish
The way we were - early 80s
© Steve Gough

Ann S on Inverted V at sunset

Inverted V
Ann S on Inverted V at sunset
© just wanna climb

Martello Butress - a true Stanage classic

Martello Buttress
Martello Butress - a true Stanage classic
© Chris Craggs

Phil topping out on Narrow Buttress, Stanage

Narrow Buttress
Phil topping out on Narrow Buttress, Stanage
© Chris Tan

Simon Goldman on Gargoyle Buttress at Stanage popular.

Gargoyle Buttress
Simon Goldman on Gargoyle Buttress at Stanage popular.
© Martin Wing

Dangling near the dangler

Heather Wall
Dangling near the dangler
© climb the peak

Topping out on Narrow Buttress

Narrow Buttress
Topping out on Narrow Buttress
© Graham Withers

Enjoying the last of the sun.

Hargreaves' Original
Enjoying the last of the sun.
© LucaC

Philip Charley on Mississippi Buttress Direct

Mississippi Buttress Direct
Philip Charley on Mississippi Buttress Direct
© Mark Alderson


Add Climb name Grade Ticks? Height Crag name
Dover's Wall, Route 4 VS 4b * 1015 10m Stanage Popular
Cocktails VS 4c * 541 8m Stanage Popular
The Nose VS 4c * 975 12m Stanage Popular
Pixie VS 5a 206 12m Stanage Popular
Martello Buttress VS 4c *** 3000 16m Stanage Popular
Step-ladder Crack VS 5a ** 1560 14m Stanage Popular
Hell Crack VS 4c *** 2337 14m Stanage Popular
The Louisiana Rib VS 4c ** 2239 18m Stanage Popular
Mississippi Buttress Direct VS 4c *** 5376 22m Stanage Popular
Thrombosis VS 5a * 609 12m Stanage Popular
Bean VS 4c * 599 14m Stanage Popular
Twin Chimneys Buttress VS 4c ** 1557 18m Stanage Popular
Robin Hood's Cave Innominate VS 5a ** 1543 14m Stanage Popular
Robin Hood's Cave Innominate/Harding's Finish HVS 5a *** 1498 20m Stanage Popular
Rubber Band VS 4b ** 900 20m Stanage Popular
Hang Right Twin Crack Detour VS 5a 2 16m Stanage Popular
Ellis's Eliminate VS 4c *** 2156 20m Stanage Popular
ALPINE ZONE: PLUS 17 ROUTES! EASY TO MID-GRADE ALPINE CLIMBING?
Inverted V VS 4b *** 5475 22m Stanage Popular
The Little Flake Crack VS 5a * 830 14m Stanage Popular
Straight Crack VS 4c ** 1205 20m Stanage Popular
Zig-zag Flake Crack VS 4b ** 1370 20m Stanage Popular
Hargreaves' Original VS 4c *** 7098 18m Stanage Popular
Central Trinity VS 4c ** 5451 16m Stanage Popular
Via Media VS 4c ** 4929 10m Stanage Popular
Narrow Buttress VS 4c ** 3302 14m Stanage Popular
Hangover VS 5a * 300 16m Stanage Popular
The Wedge VS 5a * 561 14m Stanage Popular
The Y Crack VS 4c * 194 18m Stanage Popular
Ugly Mugs VS 4c 119 ? Stanage Popular
Gargoyle Buttress VS 4b ** 4265 14m Stanage Popular
Tinker's Crack VS 4c * 1247 12m Stanage Popular
Heather Wall VS 4c ** 6014 14m Stanage Popular
Plate Glass Slab VS 4c * 1236 8m Stanage Popular
The Real 20-foot Crack VS 4c ** 954 6m Stanage Popular
58 stars 70,663 496m 34
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