Rockfax Description
The left-hand side of the slab is a bold undertaking passing a ledge then two tiny left-facing flakes. Often climbed with side-runners (as high as your conscience allows) at a friendlier E3. © Rockfax

FA. Steve Bancroft 1975

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, Peak Rock/12/The New Golden Age, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Ultimate E5 ticklist.

Hidden 25/Oct Solo rpt
Hidden 14/Oct TR O/S
Pete Rigby 29/Aug Lead RP

used a side runner

with Kelli Roberts
Pete_Frost 11/Jul TR O/S

Nice climbing, but not worth dying for. Easily fluffed on the friction moves to get the "arete", and then again half way up the "arete".

CharlieMack 16/Apr TR O/S
Nick1812P 11/Apr Lead O/S

at E3 with side runner

with Jake
Jake Young 11/Apr 2nd O/S
with Nick
Maddie 04/Jan TR O/S

Very surprised how easy this was especially after trying downhill racer. Almost convinced to solo it. Might do at some point. Good handholds, bad feet

with Alun, remus, Dennis999
M_Robinson 13/Dec/14 TR rpt
with Ian Robinson
benw681 ?/Dec/14 TR O/S
with Jake
petegunn 28/Oct/14 Lead
with Davina
Hidden 28/Oct/14 2nd O/S
Hidden 02/Oct/14 2nd O/S
theomoore 29/Aug/14 Solo O/S

get in! please don't top rope these routes.

dannyboy83 05/Jun/14 Solo RP

Easy after a top-rope

Hidden ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 2nd
Hidden 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Sep/13 2nd β
Dr Toph 31/Aug/13 Solo O/S

Finally got stuck into this one. Its not as bad as i thought. Cool sequence!

Hidden 28/Apr/13 Solo RP
mickyv33 28/Apr/13 TR O/S
Dennis999 28/Apr/13 TR dog
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Solo β
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Stefan_Morris 06/Mar/13 Lead O/S

With E3 side runner in

with jenny
Jen 'Banksy' Banks ?/Mar/13 2nd O/S
with Stefan
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Mar/13 Solo O/S

Unnecessary levels of danger...

with Jill Whittaker, Tim Hill, Katy Whittaker
joese7en 23/Dec/12 Lead O/S

side runner, no spice no ring sting

madasten 14/Oct/12 TR O/S
with Gaz
Hidden 15/Jul/12 TR O/S
Ed morris 16/Oct/11 Lead RP

Should really have soloed it. Felt very solid on the lead with a low side runner.

with ewan
John_Hat 20/Aug/11 Lead RP

With side runner - which wasn't high enough to stop me taking a fall bad enough that I heard indrawn breath from the group 50ft away! Got it clean second go...

chrishedgehog 25/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with S. Hunt
Brown 19/Apr/11 Lead rpt

with high side runner

with James T
Mike Goldthorp 03/Mar/11 Solo O/S

Much easier moves but a lot more serious than Artless. Very positive holds and a cool high foot step, steady away!

Dan Mckinlay ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Side runner E3 5c

Andrew Barker 21/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Far less scary than Great Slab! It didn't help that my right shoulder felt like it might pop near the top.

with Tom Lyons
highlux 26/Nov/10 Solo RP

Top roped with grigri three times, then soloed. Right after doing Great Slab & Hairless Heart. Perfect day.

akhughes 02/Nov/10 Solo O/S

took advantage of good conditions in the morning before the rain came. Awesome but pretty scary. would be rubbish if toproped first.

Hidden ?/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove Jnr 27/Oct/10 Solo

not OS as led years before with the side runner

with Tom Bridgeland
Hidden 05/Aug/10 TR rpt
jowgli 28/Jun/10 Solo RP

couple of top rope goes before soloing it. maybe not ethically cosher but i like my legs

Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
Boy 06/Dec/09 -
with Iain Farrar, Adam , Nige Kershaw
JulesV 20/Oct/09 Lead O/S

With side runner - but not sure it would have protected crux! E4?

with dave evans
mic_b 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S

With side runner

Rachel Slater 27/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Stuart Walker, Tony Walker
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 02/May/09 Solo RP

Got scarred and rescued on the onsight, just faffing tho, the move was easy! Got it 2nd go no prob's.

markhilton 13/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Apr/09 Solo RP
Misha 21/Mar/09 Lead rpt

Second time I've done this with a side runner. Felt easy but still wouldn't solo it...

koopa ??/2009 TR
liamoloughlin ?/Nov/08 Solo RP

Worth E5 due to fall potential. Moves are not that hard as I did it clean first time. Worth trying the onsight for the proficient.

Brian Rodgers 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S

With side runner placed from the ledge.

with Ian Bruce
JasonG ?/Sep/08 Lead O/S
PenJD 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Put in side runners making it E3...

Misha 28/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Side runner below the first bush in the crack to the left.

bridget143 19/Jun/08 2nd dog
with Dave Childs
gethin_allen ?/Jun/08 2nd O/S

wouldn't have wanted to lead it.

v.jester 17/Mar/08 Solo RP
jamesturnbull ??/2008 Lead

side runner

Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
alaan 17/Nov/07 Lead O/S

With side runners placed from the ledge.

with Aly
MYSSAK 04/Nov/07 Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 06/Oct/07 Solo RP

Led twice with a side runner then soloed.

Hidden 23/Sep/07 Lead
thrutch 09/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Graded 6a in my books but felt like easy 5c.

with helen
Hidden 19/Jun/07 Lead
Dhonny_Jaws 19/Jun/07 2nd O/S
nathanmanc 18/Feb/07 Lead RP
steve taylor ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 02/Dec/06 TR O/S
Timothy Greenhalgh 29/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with Chico
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 Lead O/S
Alan James - UKC and UKH 17/Apr/05 Lead O/S

With side runner - E3

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe ??/2005 Solo β
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/03 TR
beermonkey ?/Mar/03 2nd
with Mr Binks
shoulders 11/May/02 Lead


with joules
John Marsland 03/Jun/01 TR
Hidden 20/May/01 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 Lead β
Hidden 01/May/98 TR
ellis ?/Feb/98 Lead O/S

Side runner

with Rondy Salter
EddieA 07/Jun/97 TR dog

With 2 rests. Possibly the only route I've ever top-roped outdoors. Not much satisfaction in this kind of thing for me but recognize its the best way to push my grades so should do more!

with Simon W
Hidden 16/May/97 TR
Dave Musgrove 09/Mar/97 Lead

With Side Runner.

with Sam Dew, David
Hidden ??/1997 TR
Davros the Psyched ??/1996 Solo O/S
Laramadness 08/Oct/95 2nd O/S
Hidden 23/May/95 Lead
Hidden 14/Jun/94 Lead
Duncan Bourne 08/May/94 2nd
with E Allcock
mattnuttall 10/Mar/94 Solo O/S
OMSKB ??/1994 TR
Jon Read ?/Aug/93 Solo rpt
Hidden 09/May/93 2nd rpt
IanD353 ?/Mar/93 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1993 TR O/S
craig d ??/1993 -
Craig Barton ??/1993 Solo O/S
Cowflinger ?/Jun/92 TR
Hidden 14/May/92 Lead
Hidden ?/Mar/92 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1992 2nd
Hidden ??/1992 Lead
Hidden 10/Jul/91 TR dog
whispering nic 26/Jan/91 2nd
with Graham Iles
craig h 21/Oct/90 -
Hidden 18/Mar/90 Lead
andy farnell ??/1990 Solo O/S

Date a rough guess

NeilGriffiths ??/1990 -

side runner

with Aidy Poll, Unsy
gordonday ??/1990 TR O/S
Hidden 05/May/89 Lead
phardman 22/Feb/89 Solo RP
phardman 19/Feb/89 2nd

Lead with side runner

Rich Kirby ??/1989 Lead O/S

Side runners as was the behaviour of the day ...back in the day.

AB1965 09/May/88 Lead
goi.ashmore 29/Apr/88 Solo RP

Backed off loads of times before, done in about 4 seconds with no-one else at the crag.

Hidden 19/Apr/88 Lead
Neil R 20/Sep/87 TR
with Ian
Hidden 10/Aug/87 TR
Michael Hood 26/Jul/87 Lead

With a side runner so only E3 but was given 6a at the time.

Billg 14/Mar/87 Lead O/S
with Dave Gregory
Hidden ??/1987 Lead O/S
Carl Hamer ??/1987 TR RP
Hidden 02/Nov/86 Lead
Chris Ellis 08/Jun/86 2nd
with Andy Barker
Hidden 12/Apr/86 Lead
Hidden ?/Apr/86 -
Hidden ??/1986 Lead O/S
mark mcgowan01 ??/1986 -
Tom V ??/1986 -
Hidden 15/Dec/85 Lead
Hidden 16/Jun/85 Lead
Dave Musgrove 12/Jun/85 -

I used a side runner but led it comfortably enough. Would I have done so without it? We'll never know.

with Andy Nicholson
shark 10/Jun/85 Lead O/S

with side runners

with Mark Mitchell
Hidden 17/Mar/85 Lead
charlesmfrench 04/Nov/84 TR O/S
Hidden 15/Sep/84 Lead
Hidden 01/Jul/84 2nd dog
sadams 26/Jun/84 Lead

With Side runner E3

with Pete Herrod
Mike Owen 01/Apr/84 -
with John Peake
stp 28/Mar/84 Lead

Done with side runner in crack on L - thus E3. I think I fell a couple of times too.

Hidden 10/Mar/84 2nd
Hidden 24/Sep/83 TR
Mark Kemball 03/Oct/82 Lead
with Andy Gittins
mark-abz 08/Sep/81 TR
with Andy W
Mark Kemball 12/Oct/80 Lead

Side runners (as everyone did then) a number of falls on previous occasions.

with Bill McKee
hodjster ?/Sep/80 Lead O/S

side runner

with Tony Burden
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Solo
nbotting ??/1980 -
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
Hidden ??/1980 Lead
Chris Terrey ??/1979 TR
petemeads ?/May/78 Lead O/S

Siderunner (not too high) but onsight. Happy to claim E3!

andy gittins ??/1978 Lead O/S

with sides

Mark Kemball 23/Oct/77 Lead dnf

Side runners, 2 falls.

Hidden 15/Oct/77 TR
Hidden 15/Oct/77 TR
Mark Kemball 17/Apr/77 Lead dnf
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