Life Assurance** E6 6b
[Life Assurance, 2 kb]8m.

Rockfax Description
Thin smearing up the steepening slab. Runners in the crack become less useful as the sketchy two-move-wonder crux approaches. A popular first E6, though is it really E6 if you top-rope it first? Answers on a postcard to the Editor please. © ROCKFAX

FA. John Dunne 1988

Ticklists: Burbage, Millstone and Beyond Routes Graded List, Best slab climbs of the UK, Consumed.

Photo: Life Assurance © MorganPreece
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This climb is in 74 logbooks, and on 46 wishlists.

Red-pointed eventually, very do-able on lead
FlavioL1989 - TR dog - 26/Sep/15 with Raj Bisht

robblowen - 2nd - 05/Sep/15 with Jonny

Good climbing really nice sequence. Falling off not worth considering. First E6 in a (very short) session, a few top ropes then lead
ashtond6 - Lead RP - 05/Sep/15

BRoe - Lead RP - 23/May/15 with Ash

ashleab - Lead RP - 23/May/15 with Ben Roe

Still on the list to lead this lifetime, just...
Gambit - TR dnf - 14/May/15 with Alone

First E6. flashed, with the gear in which makes little difference.
Nick1812P - Lead β - 13/May/15 with Tom A

First had a go about a year ago and found the moves fine. Then had never got round to coming back soon after. Flashed on a top rope today and then did another few times. Really easy climbing (font 6B?) but just tenuous. Felt fine on the lead (first E6 lead). Also fair effort from Nick flashing it straight after!
Teappleby - Lead RP - 13/May/15 with Hannah Richardson, Nick Priestley, Fran Hammond, Shaun Humphreys, Micki Schobitz

Awesome! Just enough there. Long way off leading this at the moment though! That last move must be shit scary.
Jackwd - TR RP - 10/May/15 with Charley Fell

Not too hard, but really easy to slip off!! Bottom end e6
Wizzy - Lead RP - 26/Apr/15

It just about went second try! But from the holds on the left is beter
Cake - TR RP - 24/Apr/15 with Matt

Hidden - TR RP - 24/Apr/15

mark20 - Lead β - 22/Sep/14

The lead may Happen!
Andy Peak 1 - TR - 11/Jul/14 with Andrew Deckon

Jonathan Hall - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/14 with Mark Williams

shunted. after a quick feel of the holds I quickly worked out the right beta for me, linked it several times, need to get it a bit more dialled before the lead though.
Teappleby - TR RP - 26/Apr/14

CharlieMack - 2nd RP - 2014 with Hannes, Rik Battye

Patrick Hill - TR RP - 30/Nov/13 with olly12344

will_benfold - TR dnf - 05/Oct/13 with Steve Broadbent, Tim Culwick

Pretty average climbing, but imagine it would be a good buzz leading it.
Adam Booth - TR O/S - 20/Sep/13 with James Dexter, Mike Grant, David Rose

Hidden - TR dog - 20/Sep/13

Might go back
sgl0jd - TR O/S - 20/Sep/13

pipof747 - Lead RP - 26/Sep/11

Clean third go. Hopefully I'll get the chance to go for the lead before uni.
MarkRoe - TR RP - 10/Sep/11 with Peter Burnett

Hidden - TR - 27/Apr/11

Hidden - TR - 23/Apr/11

Hidden - TR - 23/Apr/11

1st E6 onsight. Just my style!
markalmack - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/11 with james marjot

First E6
Kyle Rance - Lead RP - 10/Apr/11 with Scott Purdy

Milnes - TR rpt - 24/Mar/11

flash straight after Ian on his gear. My foot popped and I cut loose as I went for the top... very exciting! yep... definitely alive.
jacobjacob - Lead β - 20/Mar/11

Looks shit from every angle other than on the route. The route wasn't as scary as belaying Jacob on it!
i_a_coops - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/11 with Jacob

Easy if you keep cool, quite soft.
nathanlee - Lead RP - 19/Mar/11 with Dom Lee

dominic lee - Lead RP - 19/Mar/11 with nathan lee

Hidden - Lead RP - 12/Mar/11

3rd go, probably never lead, fall looks horific.
Milne - TR RP - 28/Jan/11 with dave saxby

Ben C - 2011

Hidden - Lead - 2011

Bit of a 2 move wonder, still a good route. Friction was very good.
Peter Holder - Lead RP - 07/Nov/10 with Dave Green

Hidden - TR O/S - 17/Oct/10

Very scary indeed
St0neMonkey - Lead rpt - 16/Aug/10

looks like pockets in pictures but its all faith in friction (hands and feet) and a couple of pebbles
peaches69 - TR RP - 02/May/10 with joe

Rob1988 - Lead RP - 20/Mar/10 with Cal, Willl Wilson

C coldwell-storry - Lead β - 01/Mar/10 with rob lay

First E6 onsight - big runout with crux being the last move. Not that hard but committing.
dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/09 with Dad

Shame I didn't man up and go for the onsight ...
Jacob Bloodworth - Lead RP - Oct/09

mux - Lead RP - 27/Sep/09 with Simon Frost ,

MorganPreece - Lead - 18/Sep/09 with Jessy, Max

very hard!
Maxim2023 - 2nd dnf - 11/Apr/09 with monty attwood

Skell - Lead RP - 22/Mar/09 with Kelvin

figfour - Lead O/S - Mar/09

After falling off the top on lead (thanks for the great belay Bob) I found a way of doing it static for shorter people. Really good climb.
miastacey - Lead RP - Mar/09 with Bob Smith

Hidden - TR RP - 04/Jan/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/May/08

maybe_si - TR O/S - 10/May/08

jamiev - TR dnf - 05/May/08

Hidden - TR O/S - 26/Apr/08

Used beta as per the end of 'a gritstone year'. The moves aren't actually all that hard just felt quite unpredictable, tenuous and pretty bold. Really good though, much better route than I'd given it credit for in the past. Did have one fairly exciting moment when I got the top well enough to cause my right foot to pop but not well enough for it to be all over....
Ram MkiV - Lead β - 22/Apr/08 with Tommy M

I do not agree with the description in the guide. you definitely want to toprope it before leading :) so easy to slip at the top !!!
whistler - TR dog - 12/Dec/07 with Dangerous Dave, Angus Clark, Luke

willackers - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/07 with Dan Walker, John Atkinson

joe c ook - Lead O/S - Sep/07 with Nate

Straightforward on top rope, probably too insecure to fancy the lead with that fall though.
drysori - TR - 2007

Hidden - Lead O/S - Nov/06

bronsonite - Lead RP - 30/Sep/06

Scared Fred.
Oli - Lead RP - 19/Sep/06 with Fred

Hidden - Lead O/S - Nov/05

Smelly Fox - Solo RP - Mar/05

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/03 with Dan Bradley

I've held someone's rope who took the ride off the top of this, if you're belaying get ready to sprint!!!!
Gus - Lead RP - 26/Mar/03

Hidden - 2003

Hidden - TR - Sep/02

Hidden - Lead RP - Jun/00

marcoleptic - TR - 2000

Chris Craggs - 1980

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