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[Ed Tillard warming up down Battleship Slab., 2 kb]9m. The grade depends on where you climb - left of the bolts is 5, the layback seam is 4. © ROCKFAX
FA. Pete Oxley 22/Jul/1990

Ticklists: Portland for the beginner (lead climbs).

Photo: Ed Tillard warming up down Battleship Slab. © samparsons
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This climb is in 294 logbooks, and on 4 wishlists.

WeeLee - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/14

bsparky - Lead rpt - 09/Aug/14 with Ed

Paul Hy - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/14 with Jenni L, Jack M

Jenni Lees - Lead - 08/Aug/14 with Jack McMullin, Paul Hyland

rushy11111918 - Lead - 02/Aug/14 with Robert Gummer

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/14

philhaigh - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/14 with Jeremy Gane

michaelp - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/14

peaterpan - Lead dog - 06/Jun/14

Echna - Lead rpt - 26/May/14 with Alex, Rich

Echna - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Rich

Scuzlebut - Lead O/S - 18/May/14 with Gregor

samparsons - Lead - 13/May/14

Hidden - Lead - 21/Mar/14

Hidden - Lead - 16/Mar/14

Jenben - 30/Nov/13

emmafizzle - Lead O/S - 16/Nov/13

trev_f - Lead rpt - 07/Sep/13

jmbonello - TR dog - 31/Aug/13

jamessiddle - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/13

okay climb tricky finishing moves due to high feet and polished, finished the route on the 5
meltdown34 - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/13 with Chris

ChrisPaines - Lead dnf - 26/Aug/13 with Matt

Hidden - Lead - 08/Aug/13

katiep - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/13 with Tom Downes

RahulB - Lead dog - 04/Aug/13 with Alaina Beacall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jul/13

TommityP - Lead rpt - 12/Jul/13

Couldn't manage the 4 so did the 5. Very polished.
dereke12000 - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13

kate tarrant - Lead O/S - Jul/13

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Jun/13

trev_f - Lead rpt - 14/Jun/13 with Becca

Andre Clarke - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/13 with Mark Fay

Did the 5 variant.
Alister123 - TR O/S - 10/Jun/13

Left of bolts, 5, slipping as shit
Graham Booth - Lead O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Natalie Treadgold

Peter Lovell - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/13

cameron_hall - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/13 with Luke Castiglio

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/13

did the route to the left of the bolts short 5
irishguyinlondon - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/13

tomdadom - Lead O/S - 25/May/13

Mostly attempted the 5 variant.
dpiddock - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with Maria Walker

rig - Lead O/S - 25/May/13 with David Walker

wurzelinzummerset - Lead O/S - 18/May/13 with Nick

stoneback - TR - 18/May/13 with Alan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/May/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/May/13

Hidden - Lead - 18/May/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/13

the ant hill mob - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13

ColinVern - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/13 with Anthony Hill

dan tipper - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/13 with tom neachel

oodie72 - Lead dog - 30/Mar/13 with Alex Pond

marcduhig - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Iain G

SamStokes - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Emily Stokes

owenhancock22 - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Iain Gray

Went to the left of the bolts, some of the foot holds were polished and the hand holds were a bit of a reach. Great route though.
amy91 - Lead - 29/Mar/13 with Julia Hinchliffe

rd20 - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/13 with Peter M

Hidden - Lead - 09/Mar/13

Right of bolts (and probably left as well!)
andrewmcleod - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/13 with Katie Morley

benscarter - Lead O/S - Feb/13 with Kaori Carter

ali macphee - Lead - 13/Jan/13

Paulus122 - TR O/S - 2013 with Adam Perret

Dafydd Stephenson - Lead - 2013

Adam Perrett - Lead rpt - 29/Sep/12 with Sarah Perrett

mky77 - 2nd - 22/Sep/12

MarkCunnington - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/12 with Nicholas Lokuciewski

Left of bolts
angie - Lead O/S - Sep/12

shaws - Lead O/S - 19/Aug/12

Alex Bryant - Lead O/S - 13/Aug/12

srowlandx11 - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead - 10/Aug/12

Hidden - Lead - 17/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jun/12

Humm1985 - Lead - 04/Jun/12

AndySL - Lead O/S - 26/May/12 with Deano

cwildblood - Lead O/S - 20/May/12

Hedley - Lead O/S - 15/May/12 with Aldred Durham

aldred - Lead O/S - 15/May/12 with hedley procter

popov86 - Lead - 12/May/12

TiffTiff - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/12 with Sam Leach

Daniel Heath - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/12

Louise Hall - Lead O/S - 01/Apr/12 with Tina Gargett

Hidden - Lead - 01/Apr/12

Fraser hill-casey - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/12

Smike - Lead RP - 18/Mar/12 with Hazard

John Bish - Lead - Mar/12

Enjoyable climb. Tricky middle, well polished.
Trippinjester - Lead O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Jamie Knight

3 bolts lower off, got to 3rd could not complete. Really enjoyable as its more about smeras and balance. Si had awesome clean lead really impressed bud. Will go back to lead.
rustyfishhook - TR dnf - 28/Jan/12 with Simon Fowler

montymoo - Lead - 14/Jan/12 with christian

pete_naylor - Lead O/S - 2012 with David Humm

AndrewJamesCherry - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - Lead - 2012

petecox84 - 2012

David Staples - AltLd - 2012

tradguy - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/11 with Mark Hazell

pdhammond - Lead dnf - 15/Oct/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Oct/11

gr1g10 - Lead dnf - 01/Oct/11

gr1g10 - TR - 01/Oct/11

natalietanzer - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/11 with marcus

Hidden - Lead - 01/Oct/11

bsparky - TR O/S - 24/Sep/11

Rossco78 - Lead O/S - Sep/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Aug/11

cathymiller - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/11

samantha252 - TR - Aug/11

Nice little route.
gibsond - Lead O/S - 23/Jul/11 with Paul Jackson, James Bisset

rev01ver - 10/Jul/11

Elvis Nipples Ells - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11 with Tom Olver (Bear)

Feeling sick...
Matt77 - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/11

dale1968 - 2nd RP - 09/Jul/11 with Tom

dale1968 - Lead dnf - 09/Jul/11 with Tom

TommityP - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/11

charliefarlie - 2nd - 22/Jun/11 with Niall

lewiz - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Vlad Vishnyakov

ajc - Lead O/S - 22/May/11

Uberpussy - Lead RP - 01/May/11 with Neil Tucker

Neil Tucker - Lead - May/11 with Richard Reynolds

dzlhodgson - TR O/S - 29/Apr/11 with Alexandra Hay

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/11

Hidden - TR O/S - 29/Apr/11

the '5' way
Alison2 - 2nd O/S - 20/Apr/11 with matthew154

Mr Tumness - Lead β - 18/Apr/11

Tony Adshead - TR O/S - 06/Mar/11 with Nathan 'Mouth' Adshead

Nathan Adshead - Lead - 06/Mar/11 with Hazard

ashleigh.b - Lead O/S - Mar/11 with carol

Carolina - Lead O/S - Mar/11

jamjambarwick - Lead - 2011

PawelP - 2011

horrible! layback is polished to blazes as is the critical foot.
hms - Lead dog - 25/Oct/10 with Jenny

Hidden - Lead dog - 25/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Oct/10

I went left making it a grade 5 according to Rockfax, very nice climb though.
ElBarto - Lead dog - 16/Oct/10 with Sonia Marsh

sonic46 - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10 with Dave and Lee

nick hawkins - Lead - 13/Oct/10 with mike

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

5 to the left of bolts. Getting pretty polished.
John 1804 - Lead O/S - 19/Sep/10 with Chan

Rupey - Lead O/S - 18/Sep/10 with sam and helen

sam coward - Lead dog - 18/Sep/10 with Rupe, Helen

Richard G Wilkinson - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/10 with Storme Biggs, Dimitris Perdikou

Jonathan Emett - Lead rpt - 24/Aug/10 with Steve Woollard

Steve Woollard - Lead - 24/Aug/10 with Jonathan Emett

mlg678 - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10

tania - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/10 with Eva

Hidden - Lead rpt - Aug/10

Bisteris - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/10 with Al Baker, Jules Hargreaves

Did the layback seam for F4
stranter - Lead dog - 18/Jun/10 with EddInaBox

gjh - Lead O/S - 12/Jun/10

laithwaited - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10

sce8 - Lead O/S - 05/Jun/10 with Helen Savage

TRFrost - Lead - Jun/10 with D. Laithwaite

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/10

Adrian Daniels - Lead - 30/May/10 with Steve Webster

WBroughton - Lead O/S - 25/May/10 with Josh Denton

AirAshby - Lead O/S - 25/May/10 with Vicki Rice

minus273degrees - Lead - 25/May/10 with WBroughton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/May/10

Tried going straight up the route but could not work the layback so headed left round the main block. Pretty scary as you end up a long way off route. The slopping ledge is very polished on the main route.
Steve954 - Lead dog - 22/May/10

natalio - Lead O/S - 15/May/10

jan.prostrednik - Lead O/S - 14/May/10 with Runkasova Jana

Hidden - TR - May/10

johnl - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/10 with Andy Dunford

trev_f - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/10 with Andy

DerwentDiluted - Lead - 11/Apr/10

JimBee - Lead O/S - Apr/10 with Ian Burt

Burt - Lead - Apr/10

Jane Weir - 2010

Alex More - Lead O/S - 2010

danieleaston - Lead O/S - 2010

ian d f - Lead O/S - 22/Nov/09 with Grace Chuchla

candicegallab - Lead - 25/Sep/09

Lovely layback up the flake = F4.
embob - Lead - 19/Sep/09 with Alex

Hidden - Lead - 19/Sep/09

michael burrows - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/09 with margaret

Lallylandslider - 2nd - 14/Sep/09 with michael burrows

ollie6004 - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/09

Bit of thinking for a 5
jamespilgrim - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/09 with Ash

Katya - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09 with Claire

Ceridwen - Lead rpt - 12/Jul/09 with Heather

breed - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/09 with Dave Giles

Dave Giles - Lead O/S - 04/Jul/09 with Belinda Hanney

Not good, hard, with tenuous clips, one hell of a lot harder than either grade given by Rockfax!!
Dan Lane - Lead dnf - 04/Jul/09 with Dad

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead dnf - 28/Jun/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/09

minus273degrees - Lead O/S - Jun/09

ag_hind - Lead O/S - 25/May/09 with Lindsay

Hidden - Lead O/S - 10/May/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Apr/09

did both sides of the bolts
leemaybr05 - TR O/S - 23/Apr/09 with Beckie Bale

mark_wellin - Lead O/S - Apr/09

Tightsgirl - Lead O/S - Mar/09

thompson1000 - Lead - 2009

Grabbed the thank god hold like a drowning man... the name makes sense! Middle section feels thin and hard until you find the magic hold on the left ... Did both right and left - right easier.
pnorth - Lead - 26/Oct/08 with Tim Ewington

FrostyWebb - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/08 with Hannes

MarkRyder - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/08 with Lee

roberts1234567890 - 11/Aug/08

roberts1234567890 - Lead - 11/Aug/08

Kyle F - Lead - Aug/08

Got to second bolt from top and the main crack to layoff but hand were marginal and feet were not good needing good smearing shoes. Getting very polished. Would not recommend it.
Steve954 - Lead dnf - 19/Jul/08 with Andy

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jul/08

julian allen - Lead O/S - 21/Jun/08

phil_freeman - Lead O/S - Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/08

one tricky move. helps if u got a good reach!!!
theone - Lead O/S - 22/May/08 with pete cox

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

annakyn - Lead - 06/May/08 with Anna Pigott

Hidden - 2nd - 05/May/08

Jeremy Wilton - Lead - May/08 with Magda Bichajou

Is it me or does the layback look like the harder option? I went left instead.
alexrp - Lead - 26/Apr/08 with Mark R

Finished straight up, not on the right.
John Marsland - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Goi

cliffy - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08 with Carolyn Lyness

bigbobbyking - Lead O/S - 09/Apr/08 with Mark Tomlinson

Vulch - Lead RP - 27/Mar/08 with Jon, Footie, Welford and Dave W

Ceridwen - Lead RP - Mar/08 with Emily

sam coward - Lead rpt - 09/Feb/08 with Helen

vertigo - Lead O/S - 03/Feb/08 with Robin Hill

rhino_bill - Lead β - 03/Feb/08 with Mike Forrester

Hidden - Lead β - 03/Feb/08

Hidden - 2008

Moodo - Lead - 30/Dec/07 with Mart rich

Vulch - Lead dnf - 20/Dec/07 with Jon

Sophie Nunn - Lead - 27/Nov/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Nov/07

escaped onto this from 2nd bolt of Hold Onto Your Ego then slipped off this one as well - do'h...
Jonathan Emett - Lead dog - 12/Oct/07 with Roger Hill

Hidden - Lead - 09/Sep/07

omniscient_penguin - Lead O/S - 01/Sep/07 with Douglas Silverstone

Hidden - 2nd O/S - Sep/07

phil stubbs - Lead - 27/Aug/07 with Neil Williams

PeteLoveless - Lead O/S - Jun/07

PhilWragg - Lead - 23/Apr/07

Emma-Louise Anderson - Lead - 21/Apr/07 with Phil Wragg

JPGR - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/07 with Daniel

dan gibson - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/07 with jon redshaw

Hidden - Lead β - 24/Mar/07

jw231 - Lead O/S - Mar/07 with Pete Shepherd

bigie bob - Lead O/S - 28/Jan/07

Hidden - 2007

timothee - 2007

Lloyders - 2007

ASchwirtz - Lead O/S - 2007 with Mathew Prowse

Dandan82 - Lead O/S - 2007 with Rich

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2007

Humpty Dumpty1 - TR O/S - 23/Sep/06 with Sandrine & Lucy

jimjimmyjimjim - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/06

Funny these slab climbs, strange footwork as not much there. But quite a nice warm-up. Nothing to get too excited about.
sprocket90 - Lead O/S - 06/May/06 with Eric

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - May/06

trevor macalonan - Lead O/S - 22/Jan/06 with pete swift

Didn't comit to which side of the bolts I was climbing so was a bit of a hash. Thin at the top.
peas - Lead O/S - 21/Jan/06 with Chris Ford

steve taylor - Lead - 2006

Marti999 - Lead - 2006

maddogmac - Lead RP - 2006 with munky

Spacetourist - Lead O/S - 2006 with Ed Heslam

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 12/Nov/05 with Ben Smith

ellie macpherson - Lead O/S - Nov/05 with mike henesey

PWEI_fan - Aug/05

viking - Lead O/S - Jul/05

Wilbur - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/05 with Caine

will_benfold - Lead O/S - 2005

homing-penguin - Lead O/S - 31/Oct/04

Hidden - TR - Aug/04

chris murnin - Lead - 02/May/04

jl - Lead - 18/Feb/04 with Barry

sam coward - Lead O/S - 2004 with Helen

Richard Horn - Lead O/S - 2004

timharrison - Lead rpt - Sep/03

chris murnin - Lead - 13/Jul/03

bazzag - Lead - 2003 with chris

FrankW - Lead O/S - 16/Mar/02 with Iain H

Monk - Lead O/S - 2002

jonberry791 - Lead O/S - 2001

Hidden - Lead - 2000

demoss - TR O/S - 09/Nov/99

brew_guru - Lead O/S - Aug/98 with chris williams/jon ratcliffe

CrashMat Rob - Lead O/S - 25/May/98 with Nicky

This was my first attempt at leading. Found it to be an odd experience. Failed at an easy spot above 2B on first attempt in March '98
climbingrev - Lead rpt - 21/May/98

Adi Hooper - Lead - 1997 with Sherborne Adventure Group

Christopher Jones - Lead - 1997

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/96

r0b - Lead O/S - Jul/96 with Andy Jefferies

Hidden - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/95

Scott McRae - Lead O/S - Jun/95 with Steve Jones

Backinthegame - Lead O/S - 15/Apr/95 with Mark Atkinson

Dringo - 1995

Jon Didymus - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/94

First clean onsight.
Ben Thorne - Lead O/S - 1994 with Rich Howard

Approx date
Nigel Coe - TR - 1993

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Style of ascent

Lead255 of 294 (86.7%)
Followed9 of 294 (3.1%)
Toproped17 of 294 (5.8%)
Alt Leads1 of 294 (0.3%)
Unknown12 of 294 (4.1%)

'Climbed'84 of 294 (28.6%)
clean O/S165 of 294 (56.1%)
clean β4 of 294 (1.4%)
clean rpt15 of 294 (5.1%)
clean RP6 of 294 (2.0%)
dogged11 of 294 (3.7%)
dnf9 of 294 (3.1%)