Slab Route* S 4a
9m. Start below the centre of the slab and take the right-trending line of polished holds that steepen as they rise. Escape off left or finish up the loose groove left of the Bel Ami tower. © ROCKFAX
FA. Chuck Cook 1948

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit: Top 500, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Eastern Peak Grit 100 VD- VS.

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This climb is in 294 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

Somehow, we turned this into a multi pitch and took four people up it - interesting!
JennieSkeoch - 2nd - 25/Oct/14 with James

Matt Harmon - Solo O/S - 05/Oct/14

Hidden - Solo rpt - 05/Oct/14

Pleasant and easy on the lower half, vd? Upper section nice moves and exposed but harder than severe, closer to VS?
JamieSparkes - Solo O/S - 26/Sep/14

Emily93Mobley - 14/Sep/14 with James Mcdonald

Emily93Mobley - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/14 with James Mcdonald

bendevonport - Solo O/S - 05/Sep/14

As part of Jemma's 30 Birthday I took Jemma, Nicky and Zoe out for a day's bolding and climbing. We used this as the climb. I later escaped off left rather than up the tower because I had lowered the Girls off from the terrace and I was either soloing or leaving gear behind to get out. I enjoyed this, I found there was a crux section on the first pitch which felt tough for severe on the day. Nice climb none the less. I found a million billion flying ants at the top of the slab pitch.
puppythedog - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/14 with Jembolina

FlavioL1989 - Solo O/S - 30/Aug/14

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Jul/14

Second tier has sandy rock and loose flakes - felt exposed! finished up bel ami for a satisfying topout
ipblake - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14 with gaz, Beth, Jim

Lukem6 - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/14 with dionne di Voyage, Diane Blything, Jenny Monkey

Hidden - TR dog - 06/Jul/14

Jenny Monkey - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/14 with Luke Mansfield

Exited left after seeing how loose the loose flake actually is.
Adamski1986 - Lead - 28/Jun/14 with David Anderson

Tim Rodgers - Lead - 28/Jun/14 with David Anderson

Nick1812P - Solo O/S - 05/Jun/14 with Dom

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/May/14

Hidden - Solo - 18/May/14

AshBash - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/14

rohai545 - Lead - 19/Apr/14 with Neil Henson

Neil Henson - 2nd - 19/Apr/14 with Krish

martinbettridge06 - 2nd - Apr/14 with david harvey

david harvey - Lead O/S - Apr/14 with martin

Ian Saxton - 2nd - Apr/14 with martin, dave

LJC - Lead rpt - 24/Mar/14 with George

JakeWShaw - Solo O/S - 12/Mar/14 with Carla

MSchobitz - Solo O/S - 12/Mar/14 with USMC

CarlaJG - Lead - 12/Mar/14 with Jake

In approach boots.
Ewano - Solo O/S - 08/Mar/14

Emily93Mobley - Lead O/S - 2014 with James Mcdonald

Hidden - Solo rpt - 04/Nov/13

eburki1 - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/13

Lovely climb, easy start with an airy finish.
mevanssmith - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/13 with JM0rrison

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 01/Sep/13

Hidden - Solo rpt - 01/Jul/13

Anne Gumbley - Lead - 26/May/13 with Harry Middleton, Mark Fairbank

RoscoJB - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Ruth Kirby

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/13

jogh - 2nd - 19/May/13 with Vincent

pete_naylor - Lead O/S - 19/May/13 with Jody

Think I climbed clean, but not sure.
palmer.jody - 2nd β - 19/May/13 with Peter Naylor

Solo'd the first half, then continued the left side of the tower and can confirm the very dodgy flake! I tried to miss out the flake completely and made it a hard but clean finish.
vinni - Lead O/S - 19/May/13 with James

Hidden - 2nd - 02/May/13

Lancer - 2nd - 02/May/13

Dan Vaj - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/13 with Dave Chidgey

Tom Campbell - Solo - 14/Apr/13

One rest before crux to check gear ok.
Lyndsay Superclimber - Lead dog - 07/Apr/13 with Karen

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Feb/13

bencoope - Solo O/S - 02/Feb/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo rpt - 03/Nov/12

LJC - Solo O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Nathan, ben.richards

ben.richards - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12 with Nathan Buckley

Matt Groom - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/12

Hidden - Solo - 06/Oct/12

Top left flake felt dodgy, didn't see BMC guide warning until afterwards. Annoyingly fell off near the end, finish felt pretty hard for me.
oddtoast - 2nd RP - 04/Oct/12 with lithos

including the top crack with the dodgy flake - which the BMC definitive claims is/was HVS 5a (it's not, maybe 4b ?) but advises against
lithos - Lead - 04/Oct/12 with oddtoast

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/12

PieMan - Lead O/S - 02/Sep/12 with Jaz, Jim

Thought I might have done this before. I don't think I finished up the groove left of the Bel Ami tower which seemed very solid unlike the guide suggested before though.
Graeme Hammond - Solo rpt - 26/Aug/12

mattpw - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/12

Felt pretty easy. Not a great deal of protection though
ieuanr - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/12 with Sam

One handed! (left)
sjr - 2nd - 11/Jul/12 with Ieuan

cheeky - Solo - 26/Jun/12

illwizod - Lead rpt - 17/Jun/12 with Dave Raymen

Alaina - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/12 with Dad

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jun/12

bobstones - Lead - 01/Jun/12 with Wayne Murphy

hotfeet - 2nd - 01/Jun/12 with Austen Moulding, Kent

waynem1985 - Solo - 01/Jun/12 with Bob Stones

Peakology - Lead O/S - 24/May/12 with Chalkycat

Chalky Cat - 2nd O/S - 24/May/12 with Dom

Martin Bagshaw - 2nd O/S - 13/May/12 with Gavin Phillips, Ian Pegg

ipegg - Lead - 13/May/12 with Martin Bagshaw

Hidden - Lead - 12/May/12

Finished up the groove/flake on the tower..
charley - Solo rpt - 03/May/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/12

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Mar/12

Moving flake, beware!!
RiverRoam - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/12 with AJ

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Nov/11

ernie27uk - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/11 with Tom Pickersgill

I led second pitch up wall behind, quite tricky, loose feeling flake
pog100 - Lead - 15/Oct/11 with Richard, Cath Walton

Alistair Corbett - Solo O/S - 28/Sep/11 with sam corbett

Hidden - 2nd dog - 19/Sep/11

kp64zl - 2nd - Sep/11 with Keith

Palindrome - 2nd O/S - Aug/11

matthomas79 - Solo O/S - 26/Jul/11

Montecore - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Richard Lizzimore

rfdl100 - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Rikki

jmr - Lead - 19/Jun/11 with Andy Graham

also did Peter Rabbit HVS 4C just to the left, nice.
al123 - Solo O/S - 13/Jun/11

psychicbread - Solo O/S - 15/May/11 with Max

rich_hw - Solo O/S - 28/Apr/11

Dan Lane - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Martin Kocsis

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/11

Hidden - Solo rpt - 02/Apr/11

andy_e - Solo O/S - 07/Mar/11

cymjt - 2011

Ceridwen - Solo O/S - 14/Nov/10

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Oct/10

tobydunford - Solo O/S - 10/Oct/10

Paul Eckton - 2nd O/S - 10/Oct/10 with steve read

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10

shafiq lalloo - 2nd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with ciaran1999

Andy37 - Solo O/S - 04/Sep/10

BlueJohn - Lead - 21/Aug/10 with Helen

Wee Helen - 2nd - 21/Aug/10 with John

CedricVonTwitch - 2nd - 21/Aug/10

Charley led. Lovely climb, nice simple slab to start which I wouldn't give a severe, maybe HVD, but 2nd pitch had a tricky move which I would give HS and bump up to 4b if you don't have a long reach.
valentinesbabe - 2nd O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Luke, Charley Fell, Peter Ziak, Kevin Tithe

Tithe Technique - TR O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Luke Paul, Peter Ziak, Steve Fletcher, Angela Paul, Charley Fell

Lovely route. The first part was enjoyable but straight forward . The second bit, going up the tower was great fun, with an awkward-ish move getting from the groove to the flake...
charley - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Luke, Steve Fletcher, Ange, Peter, Kev

chumleywarner - TR O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Kevin Tithe

Great moves, very elegant climbing.
PTRZK_CLMB - TR - 20/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead - 15/Aug/10

Col Kingshott - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/10

Not nice!
ScottyD - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10

victim of mathematics - Lead rpt - 27/Jul/10 with Jaime

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/10

ajc - 2nd O/S - 18/Jul/10

first bit then walked off left
idiotproof (Buxton MC) - Lead - 25/May/10

Hidden - 2nd dog - 23/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/10

Soloed the slab to the ledge, took and look at the unstable flake above and escaped off left instead.
Mr. K - Solo O/S - 23/May/10 with John Lewis

Kirill - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/10 with Graham Dolman, Charles Moreton

cem - 2nd - 25/Apr/10 with Kirill Spiridonov, Graham Dolman

LukeP LCC - 2nd - 18/Apr/10 with pete pounds

Finished up to the tower on the hallow flakes.
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 10/Apr/10 with Danish Kathryn, Danish Anne

dan-8990 - Solo O/S - 03/Feb/10

The Green Giant - Solo - 02/Feb/10

too cold
ojp - 2nd O/S - 07/Nov/09 with Robin

Lead the alternative (crumbly) finish.
PanzerHanzler - AltLd - 12/Sep/09 with Martin Stevens

Pelleas - 2nd - 12/Sep/09 with Ian, Norman

start few ideal foot holds are very smooth have to smear
Joshhardill - Solo O/S - 10/Sep/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Aug/09

Rachel Somerville - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/09 with Mike, Mike Freeman

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/Aug/09

Pilch - Solo - 23/Jul/09

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/09

briar4012 - 2nd O/S - 22/Jul/09 with Marti

Pretty sure I've done this before.
Becky E - Lead - 28/May/09 with PCC newbies

Easy
Neil Rodgers (PCC) - 2nd O/S - 28/May/09

Solo with rope on shoulder :)
odox - Solo - 25/May/09

limited placements low ran out of gear at the top nice route
maxkellock - Lead O/S - 07/May/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 12/Apr/09

Adam Potter - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/09

Jim Slater - 2nd O/S - 15/Mar/09 with Mark Mercer

Tricky move at the top.
Noodles - Lead - 14/Mar/09 with Ben Cook

Very poor protection if you take the corner at the top, and hard for the grade, and the flake is loose. Scary climb, wouldn't do it again!
emlynroberts - Lead - 14/Mar/09 with Hilary Theaker (BUMS)

Hidden - 2nd - Mar/09

Hidden - 2009

Hidden - 2009

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Dec/08

Malcolm Tucker's Sweary Aunt - Lead O/S - 06/Dec/08 with Phil Lucas

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Nov/08

gw66 - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd dog - 20/Sep/08

Brown - Solo O/S - 04/Sep/08

Attempted the final bit by the pinnacle but chickened out; still couldn't second it after Mike had led it. Presumably doesn't count as part of the Severe 4a.
Blisco - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/08 with Mike McKenna

Hidden - 2nd - 03/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/08

First lead after falling off Curving crack at Bamford. Got the fear on the top bit as it was a little commiting for a severe i thought. Easy climbing, though a bit pointless.
wingalina - Lead O/S - 01/Jul/08 with Robert Turnbull

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08

duzinga - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Jim and Ewan

alaan - Solo O/S - 04/Jun/08

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/May/08

Rubbish.
Tom Last - Solo O/S - 14/May/08

Hidden - Lead dnf - 11/May/08

dzlhodgson - Lead O/S - 05/May/08 with Hannah Yeomans

CharlieC - Lead O/S - 04/May/08 with Laura E

Laura89 - 2nd - 04/May/08 with Charlie

rubbish and creaky flake at top
gb83 - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with chriscopps

argyle_dude - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/08

sce8 - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Gemma Fisher

Graeme lead.
masa-alpin - 2nd β - 26/Apr/08 with Chris (Graeme's pal), Graeme B

Top "pitch" seemed hard at Severe and not that good gear (either good placements behind dodgy flakes or poor in good rock!) so sacked it left
Sankey - 2nd - 23/Apr/08 with Clare

Phil Jennings - 2nd O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Sarah Rixham, Kieran Smith

Shauna - 2nd - 07/Feb/08 with tommytwotone

tommytwotone - Lead O/S - 07/Feb/08

lowersharpnose - Lead - 01/Jan/08

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Sean Kelly - 2008

deacondeacon - Lead - 22/Oct/07 with lauren

found this tricky- perhaps cos I am small?
gilldando - 2nd O/S - 19/Oct/07 with Mike

Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 03/Oct/07

Twisty - Solo O/S - 03/Oct/07

mikekeswick - Lead O/S - Oct/07 with gill

roverhead - Lead - 29/Sep/07 with rob aylward

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/07

Easy
Anthony Allsopp - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/07 with Clare Curling (My best buddy)

Chris Ellis - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/07 with Helen Odwell

Jimbo C - 2nd - 07/Jul/07

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Jul/07

Couldn't find any gear. Escaped left due to onset of rain
popebenedictus - Lead O/S - 06/May/07 with Edd Rab

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Solo O/S - 02/May/07

climbingpixie - Solo - 31/Mar/07

gethin_allen - Lead O/S - 2007

towdman - Solo - 23/Sep/06

ron244 - Lead O/S - 09/Sep/06 with Ali

First outdoor climb! and Severe second..
Reaver2k - 2nd O/S - 29/Apr/06 with Mike Mortimer

dannyboy83 - Solo O/S - Apr/06

Nicos - Solo O/S - 11/Jan/06 with solo

rob wmc - 2nd O/S - 12/Nov/05 with Pete

2RoyalAnglian - Lead O/S - 14/Aug/05 with neil

Si dH - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/05 with Andy Morris

chrissloan84 - Solo - Aug/05

Owen W-G - Solo O/S - 30/May/05 with Colin & Ado

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 15/May/05 with Cornish Merlin

Cornish Merlin - Lead - 15/May/05 with Colin Angus

was bored
Alex Mason - Solo - 30/Jan/05 with rob lonsdale

Hidden - Lead - Sep/04

Hedley - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/04 with Richard Cole

Backed off from the dodgy flake at the top
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/04 with Carmen

Budge - Solo O/S - 01/Jul/04

jonnyboy - Lead O/S - 2004 with Charlie Roland

mikehenesy - 2nd O/S - Nov/03 with Ellie

Allan Young - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/03 with Megan Stanley

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/May/03

Ian Archer - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/02 with Mike Kirby

Alaric - 2nd - 30/Jun/02 with Nigel Mackwood

Steerpike - Lead O/S - 29/Mar/02 with CMC

rocktigger - Lead O/S - 2002 with Clare

Howard J - 2nd - 03/Jul/01 with Dave Checkley

Hidden - Lead - 22/May/01

DerwentDiluted - Solo - 12/Feb/01

CrashMat Rob - Solo O/S - 27/Dec/00 with Miles, Martin Whelan, Nicky

chrishedgehog - Solo - 08/Sep/00 with Clare Wilkie

tlr - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - Sep/98

Hidden - Solo - 07/Jul/98

Phil West - Solo O/S - 20/Jun/98

RobSimmo - Lead O/S - 17/May/97 with Jon Berry

kato'sdad - 2nd - 17/May/97 with Rob Simpson

Hidden - Solo - 09/Mar/97

craig d - 1997

Hidden - 1997

dp1 - Lead - 14/May/95 with chris foster

icescrew - Lead - May/95 with Rob Showell

Phil1967 - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/94 with Ed

Hidden - Solo O/S - 11/May/94

crater - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/93

Laramadness - Solo O/S - 10/Sep/92

Hidden - Solo - 20/May/90

Roget - Solo rpt - 19/May/90

Hidden - Solo - 08/Apr/90

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 03/Sep/89

craig h - Sep/89

soloed down
stp - Solo O/S - 19/May/89

Roget - 2nd O/S - May/89 with jim

Chris the Tall - Solo O/S - Aug/88

Iain Thow - Solo - 25/May/88

Hidden - Solo O/S - May/87

Pete Pozman - Solo O/S - 15/Feb/87 with Dev

andy tetsill - Lead - May/85

malc - Lead - 11/Aug/83

Neil R - Solo - 31/Aug/82

charlesmfrench - Solo O/S - 08/Jul/82

mark-abz - Solo - 08/Sep/81

Andy Fielding - Solo - 1981

Ghastly Rubberfeet - Solo - 1981

babymoac - Solo - 13/Jul/80

Dave Musgrove - Lead - 22/Jun/80 with Kim Greenald

David Smith - 1980

MikeDowsett - Lead - 1978

RichardMc - Solo - 22/May/77 with Patrick Radford

Nigel Bond - Lead - 19/Oct/75 with Andy Brown

Mark Kemball - Solo - 15/Feb/75

Hidden - Lead - 29/Dec/74

tapley - Lead - 26/Aug/74 with Alison Tapley

Andy Say - Lead - 1972

RichardMc - Lead - 1971

rogerskews - 1971

bob@daysmill - Lead O/S - Jun/70

mikej - Solo - 02/Nov/69 with Pete Boardman

mikej - Lead - 28/Jun/69 with E

eroica64 - Lead - 10/May/69

mikej - Solo - 19/Apr/69 with Bill Church

mikej - Solo - 19/Oct/68 with Wil Hurford

Hidden - 2nd - 14/May/67

Hidden - Lead - 30/Apr/67

mikej - Solo - 05/Mar/67 with Nigel Sumner

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

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

mikej - Solo - 07/Jan/65 with Barrie Dixon

mikej - TR - Jun/64 with Richard Loverock

After a top-roped ascent.
mikej - Solo - Jun/64 with Richard Loverock

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