Great Slab*** E3 5b
[Pausing for thought on The Great Slab., 2 kb]18m. Total class; not too hard but still unprotected and a touch precarious. Trend right up a delicate ramp to a ledge then 'piano-play' right across some slippery footholds to a rest; deep breath then climb the steeper wall on flatties. Harder for the short. © ROCKFAX
FA. Joe Brown 1951

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Photo: Pausing for thought on The Great Slab. © Hal Watts
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This climb is in 308 logbooks, and on 77 wishlists.

Can't really believe I've done this. Harder than I expected, middle section is really go-ey above a rubbish landing and holds facing the wrong way. Easy from the ledge but no pushover- beware!
spidermonkey09 - Solo O/S - 12/Oct/14 with Jack Knight

Hidden - TR RP - 12/Oct/14

Hidden - TR rpt - 05/Oct/14

robertmctague - Solo O/S - 27/Sep/14

theomoore - Solo O/S - 29/Aug/14

mrginna - Solo RP - 27/Aug/14 with lukebamforth, Jack Bramhall

Down climbed from the crux years ago because some dweeb was putting me off with terrible beta and such like. Done in silence this time with some wobbly legs near the top. A really excellent climb, every move is good and never too hard.
sparkass - Solo O/S - 05/Jul/14

nedly - TR - 30/Jun/14 with Jack Loftus

Jack Loftus - TR - 30/Jun/14 with Ned

Great to put this demon to rest, having had to be rescued with a rope six years ago. Tentatively up the ramp, trying to figure out if I can down climb it if necessary (couldn't last time) and eye balling the footholds on the traverse. Spent a while on the ledge and tried the move a couple of times before committing. Weird sideways step down off a side pull type thing which you have to hold with the right hand when you actually want your left on it. All about going for it and weighting that right foot - then it's easy with a good finger jug for the right hand and a dance across. Asked a passer by to take a couple of photos - bonus! Nice finish on positive crimps, 4c/5a.
Misha - Solo O/S - 05/May/14

Hidden - Solo β - 04/May/14

WillDoyle - Solo - 30/Mar/14

Rob Adie - 2014

mike mo - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Got rescued off this a couple of years ago, felt steady today.
James Oakes - Solo RP - 28/Dec/13 with Andy Hall, Gareth Hooson, Steve Ramsden, Guy Van Greuning

Been wanting to do this for a while, perfect conditions today!
Rachel Slater - Solo β - 28/Dec/13 with Jonathon, Gareth Hooson, Bart Harris

Felt sketchier than Downhill Racer!
Matthew Ferrier - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/13 with Alex McCann

As it was getting dark
amccann - Solo O/S - 04/Dec/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Oct/13

Lev - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/13 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Sep/13

Figured I was never going to solo it so decided to top rope out of curiosity. What a great route! Feel a bit hollow about the TR but know that I will definitely never solo it!
bullwinkle - TR O/S - 07/Sep/13 with Duck Egg

With Great Hair Extension finish
Boy - Solo - 08/Aug/13

Rob Greenwood - UKC - Solo - Mar/13 with Jill Whittaker, Tim Hill, Katy Whittaker

Nick Sillem - Solo O/S - 2013

Hidden - Solo O/S - 27/Oct/12

A great initiation back into Grit!
madasten - TR O/S - 14/Oct/12 with Gaz

Hidden - TR - 06/Oct/12

Reached the two crimps and squeezed them hard to make up for poor footwork.
Daniel Heath - Solo β - 16/Sep/12

LJC - Solo O/S - 16/Sep/12 with Theo

theocelano - 2nd O/S - 16/Sep/12

chili-d - TR - 12/Mar/12 with Poz

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Feb/12

clmbr - Solo β - 08/Jan/12 with mr g walters

gingerwolf - TR O/S - 02/Jan/12

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

DeanD - TR O/S - 2012

J.Wells - Solo O/S - 21/Oct/11 with Mark Rankine

tuftynick - 2nd - 16/Oct/11 with dave musgrove

Dave Musgrove Jnr - AltLd - 16/Oct/11 with Tufty

faffed around so much this time. still great fun
al123 - Solo rpt - 02/Oct/11

Roped solo, so Jon could second it.
Chi Cheng - Solo O/S - 13/Sep/11 with Jon Fane

M_W_Court - Lead O/S - 25/Aug/11 with Stuart Cartwright

Hidden - TR - Aug/11

Maybe not the cleverest thing i have done. Roasting hot, slippy and most of all scary.
dj_brigham05 - Solo O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Rob Tyler, Pete Abernethy

nice route, easy 5b. hot and slippery when i done it.
centurion05 - Solo O/S - 02/Jul/11

al99 - 2nd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Andy Woolston

Top roped after soloing 25 years ago - still perfect rock.
andy gittins - TR - Jul/11 with Annette

mad.moo - TR - 26/Jun/11 with Michael Budd

Sweet. SO almost bottled it before the traverse, but it seemed that the best option was to continue. Super polished feet, especially in full sun ;)
Dr Toph - Solo O/S - 14/Jun/11

Hidden - TR - 05/Jun/11

fun, did it twice. first time started from the far left and had to go down to do the crux bit, did it again properly. really fun.
al123 - Solo O/S - 25/May/11

chrishedgehog - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/11 with S. Hunt

Outstanding, a fantastic route worth savouring.
AMarchant - Solo O/S - 18/Apr/11 with Ally Hurst

datoon - Solo O/S - 27/Mar/11 with K

Good as far as quarried-grit slabs go, bit smooth though
Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 03/Mar/11 with Steve Ramsden

Felt wrong at the crux, reversed to the ledge a couple of times, then went for it. Ended up traversing a bit too high, leading to some out-of-control sketching around way too high off the ground. Did it, but poor decision-making.
PeteH - Solo O/S - 02/Mar/11 with Mark Watson

Hidden - Solo β - 29/Jan/11

walts4 - 2011

adie84 - 2011

Jonathan Lagoe - UKC - 2011

A nemesis in some ways: backed off it 8 years ago. Nice to tick it finally on my return to the UK.
highlux - Solo O/S - 26/Nov/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Nov/10

dodfoster - Solo β - 24/Oct/10

nathanlee - Solo O/S - 05/Oct/10 with Dom Lee

Hidden - Solo - Oct/10

Marti999 - Solo - 19/Aug/10

very scary
GuyVG - Solo β - Aug/10 with billy

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/May/10

HamishD - Solo O/S - 14/May/10

gordonday - TR β - 05/May/10 with clive

Tried on TR before committing on the solo. Amazing climb, never too hard but requiring finesse and balance. Loved it!
Alexandre Buisse - Solo - 02/May/10

gaz.marshall - Solo O/S - 26/Apr/10

absolutely quality climbing. My heel started to shake on the crux traverse, made me more scared but pulled through. thoroughly enjoyed it, but that soon went after we heard the yelp of someone that had just fell off Oedipus...pretty nasty!
Bill Lawrence - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/10 with oaksi2

dave657 - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/10

irish paul - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/10

Pete Graham - Solo - 14/Apr/10

Jess toprope flashed
dashitboarder - TR - 04/Apr/10 with Dad and Jess

dickie01 - TR O/S - 28/Mar/10 with Julian King

Mike Goldthorp - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/10

C coldwell-storry - Lead O/S - 10/Mar/10

Seymore Butt - 2010

pie_eater_pete - Solo O/S - 2010

Ken Taylor - TR - 2010

bigie bob - Solo O/S - 31/Oct/09

feilx - Solo rpt - 31/Oct/09 with james d

mic_b - Solo O/S - 18/Oct/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 14/Oct/09

Pete Graham - Solo - 04/Oct/09

end of the day in fading light... one hard move stepping across to the good ledge half way up
willoates - Solo O/S - Oct/09

i hate slabs, out ma depth! Brilliant!
mgeek - Solo β - 23/Sep/09 with adam hughes

akhughes - Solo O/S - 23/Sep/09 with Mgeek, Andy Innes, Emma Hughes

metal arms - Solo O/S - 06/Sep/09

unremarkable ascent
Alex Mason - Solo rpt - 06/Sep/09 with Noaksy, Billy Laurence

Hidden - Solo β - 05/Sep/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Sep/09

nacnud - Solo - 02/May/09 with Lou Elstow

Hidden - TR - 11/Apr/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 25/Mar/09

Sublime, almost like I was dreaming. Almost onsight but i can't really claim it as two years ago I downclimbed from the ledge before the crux and snuck off onto the ledges on the left. However that didn't detract from the experience in any way. One of the most rewarding climbing experiences I've ever had. Once I committed to the crux I was completely unaware of the potential fall or indeed of anything else around me. I didn't use pads, just a Guinness beer towel as a point to aim for if I fell off!
Andrew Barker - Solo - 22/Feb/09 with Skippy

jimbonfire - 2009

rurp - TR O/S - 2009

Hidden - Solo - 09/Dec/08

got a bit confused about the line when I got up there. Obviously i placed the mat in the wrong place! So i got a nice man (who gave me a bit of beta) to move it slightly. Thrilling, just get your foot down once on the crimps to the right, to better than expected pebble line, then across to the nice shelves. Finish is easy.
Jeronimo - Solo O/S - 21/Nov/08

Creep_pea - TR O/S - 18/Nov/08 with Tom

feilx - Solo O/S - 12/Oct/08

Hidden - Solo - 03/Oct/08

seriously gripping and pure class.
felixthelion - Solo - 28/Sep/08 with john, luke, luke, dan, sam

chadrads - TR O/S - 24/Sep/08 with adrian berry

One fall .. no submissions! Absolutely fantastic route .. though I can't imagine doing solo!
Solcambs - TR dog - 13/Sep/08

morganator - Solo - 08/Jul/08 with Martin Cooper

Got a toprope and down climbed! Scary!!!
IanJackson - Solo dnf - 01/Jul/08 with Adam1973

Andrew Sloan - TR rpt - 15/Jun/08 with Martin Haworth

MYSSAK - Solo rpt - 17/May/08

Done it before but it felt hairyer this time.
Ed Booth - Solo - 04/Mar/08 with Matt Pickles

no chalk on the rock, just the blank wall, was s..ing myself, awesome route
v.jester - Solo O/S - 17/Feb/08

Felt shakey for next two days
tommytuffa - Solo β - 07/Feb/08 with luketheape

DannyK - TR O/S - 25/Jan/08 with pep

Jus - Solo rpt - 2008

Jim Walton - 2008

daveagriff - TR - 2008

willackers - Solo O/S - 20/Nov/07 with Chris Cubitt, Dan Walker

a great route, but would be a very scary solo, watching si on it was tense!
MDowson - TR - 04/Nov/07 with si litchfield

Woodiee - 2nd O/S - 04/Nov/07 with Si Litchfield

Done with a very slack rope
Chris the Tall - TR - 19/Oct/07 with Dave and Simon

Did in the solo curcuit, nice route and easy.
Alex Mason - Solo O/S - 05/Oct/07 with K, steve, alex, toby

Ram MkiV - Solo O/S - 20/Sep/07

Ed Booth - Solo O/S - 09/Aug/07

Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 30/Jul/07 with Sarah Stirling

jon bradley - TR rpt - 24/Jul/07 with Huw Howells

Shone - 2nd β - 17/Jun/07 with Tom Graham

LankyPaddy - Solo O/S - 09/Jun/07

Hidden - Solo - May/07

Hidden - TR - 24/Mar/07

Had retreated from the crux a couple of times before. For some reason the crimp felt like a jug yesterday, and it felt quite easy! Done from ground up, and much as I would love to claim it was a flash (since i never weighted gear or got rescued or fell!) it really didn't feel like one.
drysori - Solo - 10/Mar/07

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/07 with Ruth

bfreeman - Solo O/S - Mar/07

Hidden - TR O/S - 15/Feb/07

Kyuzo - Solo O/S - 27/Jan/07

Rob Kennard - 2007

steve taylor - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Hidden - 2007

jamesturnbull - Solo - 2007

tumbling wizard - 2007

Hidden - 2007

david morse - Solo β - 04/Nov/06

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Oct/06

Hidden - Solo - 12/Aug/06

Fc*king yes!!!! Ace route.
Pythonist - Solo O/S - 12/Aug/06 with Alun Evans

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/May/06

dannyboy83 - Solo RP - May/06

nathanmanc - Solo O/S - Apr/06

reg_measures - Solo rpt - 18/Feb/06

reg_measures - Solo O/S - 10/Feb/06

alaan - Solo O/S - 29/Jan/06

Hidden - TR rpt - 15/Jan/06

Boy - 2006

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 2006

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2006

Found the crux easy and the easy bits hard :/
bronsonite - Solo O/S - 26/Nov/05

Mark Riley - Solo O/S - Aug/05

Neil R - TR - 17/May/05 with Ian

Rachael Barlow - 2nd - 30/Apr/05 with Pete Robins

Hidden - Solo O/S - Mar/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

JulesV - Lead O/S - 2005

ali_robb - Solo O/S - Jul/04

Just went for it on an evening out. Scared silly on the crux. Only time we ever went for a beer after a weekday evening session!
philhilo - Solo O/S - Jun/04 with brian rodgers

Just went for it on an evening out. Scared silly on the crux. Only time we ever went for a beer after a weekday evening session!
philhilo - Solo O/S - Jun/04 with brian rodgers

Got congratulated by a bumbly for not using any mats, he hee.
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Solo O/S - 15/Mar/04

mark s - 2004

mattwyles1 - TR O/S - 2004

Dave Bond - Solo - 13/Sep/03

Ben1983 - Solo O/S - Sep/03

Hidden - TR rpt - Aug/03

Jus - Solo - Apr/03

Gus - Solo - 19/Feb/03

Jus - Solo O/S - 2003

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Sep/02

Just Another Dave - Solo O/S - 15/Jun/02

Hidden - Solo O/S - 04/Jun/02

The Pylon King - TR O/S - 2002

Hidden - 2002

Ropeboy - Solo - 15/Jul/01

tuftynick - 2001

Hidden - TR rpt - Nov/00

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Aug/00

Hidden - TR O/S - 17/Aug/00

Hidden - Solo β - 27/Apr/00

Hidden - 2000

tlr - Solo - 2000

haydng - Lead O/S - 2000

bullybones - 2000

antroy - TR - 10/Sep/99

Hidden - TR O/S - Jun/99

I know this is tragic, and I apologise - I'd only just got started in trad climbing, and didn't know about the ethics!
JuneBob - TR - 18/Oct/98

CrashMat Rob - TR - 20/Sep/98 with Nicky

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jun/98

Simon cook - AltLd - Jun/98

Hidden - TR - 01/May/98

ellis - Lead O/S - Feb/98 with Rondy Salter

D Tempest - Solo O/S - 1998

RobSimmo - TR O/S - 24/Oct/97 with Steve Goodens, Jon Berry

kato'sdad - TR - 24/Oct/97 with Rob Simpson

kato'sdad - TR - Oct/97 with Rob Simpson

craig matheson - Solo O/S - Sep/97

Dave Musgrove - Solo - 09/Mar/97

Hidden - TR - 1996

Fell off crux - two weeks in hospital! Not recommended style of ascent. Later toproped.
Charles Arthur - Solo dnf - 31/Oct/95

Hidden - TR O/S - 19/Aug/95

John Southworth - Solo O/S - May/95

Hidden - TR - 1995

NeilGriffiths - Solo - 1995 with ian

Totally superb from start to finish
Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 27/Aug/94 with David BA Jones, Lyndsay --, Carrie Hughes

Hidden - Solo O/S - 27/Jun/94

whispering nic - Solo - May/94

mattnuttall - Solo rpt - 10/Mar/94

OMSKB - TR - 1994

Davros the Psyched - Solo O/S - 1994

NickJH - Solo β - Oct/93

mikedelderfield - Sent O/S - 01/May/93

adi bryant - Solo O/S - May/93

Hidden - TR - 20/Mar/93

Hidden - TR O/S - 1993

craig d - 1993

ste_d - Solo - 01/Sep/92

Cowflinger - TR - Aug/92

Climbed earlier with Duncan Lee, this ascent combined with Artless. A mega classic!
Sean Kelly - Jun/92 with John Hynes

Cowflinger - TR - Jun/92 with Andy Sharp

Hidden - Solo - 14/May/92

Tony Little - Solo O/S - 29/Apr/92 with Chris, Vince, Alan and James

Hidden - 2nd - 1992

mattnuttall - Solo O/S - 26/Jun/91

kato'sdad - TR - May/91 with Jerry Mattinson

Date a rough guess
andy farnell - Solo O/S - 1990

craig h - Nov/89

Chris Ellis - 2nd - 27/Aug/89 with Andy Barker

John Marsland - TR - 01/Jul/89

phardman - Solo O/S - 22/Feb/89 with Bill McKee

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1989

Top roped once a year before
Gambit - Solo RP - 1989

Hidden - Solo - 14/Aug/88

Andy Say - Lead - 06/May/88

Stoney Boy - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/87

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 30/Sep/87

Hidden - TR - 22/Aug/87

Hidden - TR - 10/Aug/87

Billg - Solo - 28/Jul/87

Hidden - Solo dnf - 10/Jun/87

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Nov/86

Bruce Kerr - Solo - 27/Sep/86

sadams - Solo - Aug/86

Tony Buckley - TR - Jul/86

Hidden - Lead - 1986

had seconded it several times
David Smith - Lead - 1986

Hidden - TR - 13/Jun/85

Regular solo by now.
Dave Musgrove - Solo - 12/Jun/85

shark - Solo O/S - 10/Jun/85

Hidden - TR - 05/Aug/84

Nigel Bond - 2nd - 24/Jun/84 with Stuart Cathcart

Hidden - Solo - Jun/84

Rannoch Team solo except Big Al got a top rope
Lone Rider - Solo O/S - May/84

An achievement at the time as I'd backed off it previously. Tricky crux requiring good foot work
stp - Solo O/S - 06/Jan/84

Ian Clare - 1984

Gezzer - 1984

Hidden - TR - 24/Sep/83

andy tetsill - TR - Aug/83 with Joy

Mark Kemball - Solo - 13/Apr/83 with Pod

John Marsland - TR - 20/Feb/82

Ian Clare - 1982

ewar woowar - Solo - 1982

Hidden - TR - 13/Apr/81

mark-abz - TR - 05/Apr/80 with Mick D

Hammy - AltLd - 03/Mar/80 with Rob Lawson

Andy Fielding - TR - 1980

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1980

Steve Lenartowicz - TR - 1980

Chris Craggs - Lead - 1980

Chris Craggs - 1980

nbotting - 1980

hodjster - 2nd O/S - Oct/79 with Tony Burden

Had retreated from the crux on previous occasions.
Mark Kemball - Solo - 29/Jul/79

Nigel Bond - TR - 25/Jun/79 with Martin Crosby

Mike Owen - 14/Apr/79 with Keith Robertson, Elaine Watson

Had toproped over the years, finally justified soloing it.
petemeads - Solo - Aug/78

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 16/Jul/78 with Kim Greenald

Derek Ryden - Solo β - Jun/78

Hidden - Solo O/S - 1978

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 1978 with John Bogg

andy gittins - Solo - 1978

My first(known)extreme and done without chalk (not because of ethics - simply because I didn't have a chalk bag then). Spent an eternity psyching myself up to make the move but did it clean in the end.
KRB - Solo - 31/Jul/77

Hidden - TR - 20/Jul/77

Mark Kemball - Solo dnf - 03/Jul/77

beaumap - Lead - Jul/77 with Bernie Green

RichardMc - TR - 25/Nov/76

steve L - 12/Aug/76 with sharpie

GeoffG - 2nd - 01/Jun/76

mikej - TR - 25/Feb/73 with ?

RichardMc - TR O/S - 15/Aug/71

rogerskews - 15/Jul/70 with Ron Purkiss

mikej - TR - 20/Jul/69 with John Bickerdyke

mikej - TR - 06/May/68 with Graham Evans

mikej - TR - 11/Jun/66 with Alan Baker, Ted Markham, Nigel Sumner

mikej - TR - 15/May/66 with Chris Phipps-Jones, Keith Gregson, Mike Byles

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