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Great Slab*** VS 4c

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[Chew Valley.  Off the beaten tracks?, 3 kb]20m, 2 pitches. A fine climb though many teams only do the fist pitch, earning themselves a 2-star tick. 1) 4c, 10m. The centre of the attractive slab gives good climbing with escalating interest with final tricky moves (good runners in the horizontal break) to reach its crest. 2) 4c, 10m. Move right to the fist crack in the upper wall and follow this until is is possible to swing left and mantel into the base of the wide finishing cleft. A Direct Finish above the fist crack is a pumpy HVS 5a. © ROCKFAX
FA. Tony Howard mid 1950s 1955

Ticklists: Moorland Grit - The Essential Selection (Over The Moors).

Photo: Chew Valley. Off the beaten tracks? © Oceanwall
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This climb is in 158 logbooks, and on 7 wishlists.

Finished direct.
Jam_sandwich - Lead O/S - 17/Jul/14 with Johnny Owen, Alex Thompson

Jam's lead, first time did proper 2nd pitch?
Alex Thompson - 2nd rpt - 17/Jul/14 with Jam, JonnyO

Had climbed the first pitch before on 21.10.06. With dad n Paul T. This time O/S Lead 2nd pitch with Pam 2nd. More strenuous in the jamming crack than the delicate upper section on pitch 1.
stevo smith - Lead - 10/Jun/14 with Pam

CVC 2014: Finished up the the HVD Chimney in error.
Alex Thompson - Lead rpt - 18/May/14 with Matt Marsh

Hidden - Lead - 01/May/14

jimbonfire - 22/Feb/14

Hidden - 2014

tobyk - Lead O/S - 23/Nov/13 with Claire Hoolohan

Jon Wickham - 2nd - 23/Nov/13 with joe fennell

That crack in the second half is NAILS! It's bang on at VS4c though, too short to get any more, but if it was 10m long, it'd get E3 5c!
Just Another Dave - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/13 with Lance Turtle

Chew Valley Challenge, first climb, very windy!
Alex Thompson - Lead rpt - 28/Sep/13 with Luke

gseywald - AltLd - 18/Aug/13 with Dave

Couldnt complete the fist crack :( left some skin there.
mr_drains - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/13 with Brian Mc, The Defecator

GARY HEAP - TR - 22/Jul/13 with Lee Faulkner

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 17/Jul/13

leeds_belle - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Jun/13

JoeMortimer_Trad - AltLd - 24/Jun/13 with David Boothroyd

DBoothroyd - AltLd O/S - 24/Jun/13 with Joe Mortimer

I'm sure I went too far right on pitch 2
Andrew Lodge - Lead O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Bob, Tony

1st pitch only
mikedelderfield - Solo O/S - 06/May/13

On my own for practice
morpcat - TR - 04/May/13

kkris - Lead O/S - 02/May/13 with Graham

georgenvk - Lead O/S - 02/May/13 with martina

Off route, climbed crack to the right on second pitch by mistake! finished up the face
Beth-Cath-T - 2nd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with JimboWizbo

P1 very good, climbed the right hand crack on P2 and traversed to the left, definitely an easier route than the leaning left hand crack, but the traverse felt about right for VS
JimboWizbo - Lead - 02/Mar/13 with Beth

Frank the Husky - 2013

towdman - AltLd O/S - 09/Nov/12 with Daniel Armitage

monkeyboy3000 - Lead O/S - 27/Oct/12

Joe.Elliott1 - AltLd - 08/Oct/12 with Sean

greengrasss - AltLd O/S - 08/Oct/12 with Joe.Elliott1

chrisgaynon69 - Lead β - 15/Sep/12 with Gary Scott, karl bamford

SP - 1st pitch BW - 2nd pitch. Needed a couple of rests on rope on 2nd pitch.
Steve J P - AltLd - 26/Aug/12 with BW

Bernie Wylde - AltLd - 26/Aug/12 with sp

gseywald - AltLd - 08/Jul/12 with Dave

2nded first pitch. Then lead the second but went off route - missed the crack and climbed straight up the face to the left. When we realised, we went back and did the top pitch again. Got pumped placing gear in the crack and had to downclimb after a couple of attempts, but left the gear. My partner then lead using my gear and got it first time. Then I 2nded it without too much trouble after a rest. That crack is a real beast! Getting a foot in seemed to be the key. A nice climb.
Cruty Rammers - AltLd dog - 20/Jun/12

mattius - AltLd - 19/Jun/12 with alfadax

wil_perry - 2nd - 10/Jun/12 with Barney

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/12

Seconded 'The Great Gatsby' just to the right of the Great Slab - awesome route.
PD - 2nd rpt - 02/Jun/12 with Fleeter

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/May/12

Julian Lane - Lead O/S - May/12 with Scafell Lyndsey

Hidden - Lead rpt - 02/Apr/12

Bowzle - Lead - 01/Apr/12

gseywald - AltLd - 22/Oct/11 with Dave

Hidden - Lead - 18/Sep/11

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Sep/11

JEP - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/11

p2 very hard, (Not vs).
Barry D - 2nd - 31/Aug/11 with Jon P

Only the first pitch. Very delicate moves. One for returning to and leading (if I can find the motivation to slog up the hill again)
ernie27uk - 2nd O/S - 31/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Jul/11

stratandrew - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/11 with Ozcan Yanik

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/11

amy - AltLd - 25/May/11 with Jen

Rob Jarratt - 2nd - 24/May/11 with Julie Hardie, Andy Crawley

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/11

ste_d - Solo rpt - 19/May/11

paulpaint - TR O/S - May/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/11

Hidden - TR O/S - 30/Jan/11

t8t9t8 - 2nd - 2011 with C Mills

dannygiblin - 2011

t8t9t8 - 2nd - 2011

1st pitch only
simonscubadiver - Lead O/S - 23/Nov/10 with Dave Kendrick

ste_d - Solo rpt - 10/Nov/10

tobydunford - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead rpt - 30/Sep/10

johnwilson123 - Sep/10 with paul

lead first pitch, Andy climbed steep jamming crack to the right on 2nd pitch
Pilch - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Andy

good route, even if i did go off route on the top pitch, it still felt about VS.
Dan Lane - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/10 with Dan Money

Antony Led
reubensampson - 2nd - 14/Jul/10 with Dave Wilde, Antony Grayson

Hidden - 2nd - 23/Jun/10

eonuk - Lead rpt - 23/Jun/10 with Wayne

cezza - TR - 04/Jun/10

Sianny - 2nd O/S - 01/May/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/May/10

Hidden - Lead rpt - 18/Apr/10

Ketu - AltLd rpt - 11/Apr/10 with Graeme H

(led the 1st pitch) thought the bottom pitch looked poor on arrival but the climbing was excellent. The upper pitch felt in the upper limit of the grade.
Graeme Hammond - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/10 with Rob

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

mr rob - Lead O/S - 23/Oct/09 with Jordan, ferg

good climb lead first pitch was soaking wet when I set off though
grubes - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/09 with Ben, Chris

Hardonicus - 2nd rpt - 11/Oct/09

willworkforfoodjnr - AltLd O/S - 11/Oct/09 with grubes

BenedictIEP - TR O/S - 11/Oct/09

Fine climbing, but only did the 1st pitch.
Alex Thompson - Lead O/S - 11/Oct/09 with Adam (HUMS)

Abi - 2nd O/S - 11/Oct/09 with Haydn, Anton, Laura

matthewstevendaniel - 2nd β - 11/Oct/09 with Alex Tompson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09

ste_d - Solo rpt - 04/Oct/09

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Sep/09

Led top pitch too
Roget - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/09 with jim

Hidden - TR - 18/Aug/09

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Aug/09

Good climb. not good to top rope this though.
alecjcook - TR β - 02/Aug/09 with Stu Dearnly

Lovely first pitch. Crack on the second pitch was savage! Fell a few times. One fall for Al.
embob - 2nd dog - 13/Jun/09 with Alex

Hidden - Lead - 13/Jun/09

coffeepot - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/09 with jelaby

1st pitch only: CoffeePot's sister's wedding planning took precedence.
jelaby - 2nd β - 11/Jun/09 with CoffeePot

first pitch only
doogstrue - Lead O/S - 17/May/09 with phil & andy

antroy - Lead - 14/May/09

Hidden - Lead - 03/May/09

SteWatkins - Lead - Mar/09

adi bryant - Solo - 2009 with Ben

first pitch only
mike_hough_uk - 2nd - 27/Sep/08 with chri55ie

First pitch only
chri55ie - Lead - 27/Sep/08 with Mike Hough

Hidden - 10/Sep/08

Hidden - TR O/S - 24/Aug/08

Hidden - TR O/S - 24/Aug/08

ste_d - Solo rpt - 02/Aug/08

Pitch one only as crack feels very committing Look forward to this tussle with some good gear ahead of me
thinair48 - Solo O/S - Aug/08

Calder - Lead O/S - 19/Jul/08 with James Brown & co.

troym - AltLd O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Sean Redmond

Hidden - 2nd - 25/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead - 23/Jun/08

ste_d - Solo rpt - 22/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead - 08/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/08

Matt - BodyPoint - 2nd β - 29/May/08 with Andrew Wood

Tried to lead the horrible second pitch and fell off the Cam held though phew. Had to just second it in then end.
hairynortherner - 2nd dog - 09/Feb/08 with Richard

1st pitch, finished up VD to left. Cold!
pog100 - 2nd - 05/Jan/08 with Reaver2k

We came up to Alderman as it had been raining the day before and previous to that so thought this would dry out nice and quite. Was quite impressed with myself with this one! Backed off the severe to the left due to lack of gear and could see some decent stuff in this one. It was quite a gale but figured that I'd just go for it. By the time I'd done the first two moves, my fingers were useless, I couldn't feel them anymore in the cold! placed a couple of pieces of protection in the first break (wind + slab + sucking at slabs = fall) moved up to the next break, found two bomber runners which I was perfectly happy about so went ahead with the tricky top move! undercut the break, bring feet up quite high, stand up and balance until right hand can reach up and right into a groove thing. Stand up, get a jam under the block and reach over the top, absolutely fantastic move! Really made my day. I've realised that I really do suck at slabs, I hate having no protection (not a problem with this one) and lean into the wall way too much, fearing my feet slipping I reach up for handholds which is only going to knock myself off. Will have to practice this weakness soon! Second pitch of Rib and Face (Face).
Reaver2k - Lead O/S - 05/Jan/08 with Mike Saul (Dad)

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

trying out a vs
laurencehicks - TR - 05/Aug/07 with russ

Coulndt do the second pitch, gave up after a good few attempts.
Kirill - Lead dnf - 29/Jul/07 with Andrew Roberts

cem - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/07 with Steve Capes

towdman - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/07 with Reuben Armitage

jonnyboy - Solo O/S - 27/Jun/07

Filmac - 2nd O/S - 21/Jun/07 with Ian W, Pearce

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/07

laurencehicks - AltLd O/S - 05/Mar/07 with mat

Only 1st pitch.
stevo smith - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/06 with Paul Taylor, Arthur smith (Dad)

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/06

First pitch only.
JdotP - 2nd O/S - 15/Jul/06 with Dave Lovelady

Direct finish (HVS 5a)
Carl Smethurst - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/06 with Gareth Mayhead

Only the first pitch. The second was climbed using foot slings clipped into gear, damn jamming cracks.
Chris Davids - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/06 with Rob

Hidden - Lead - 04/Jun/06

Hidden - 2nd - 10/May/06

First pitch only - 2nd a bit too brutal for me. Gave it a go and downclimbed to save it for another day.
George Ormerod - Lead O/S - 10/May/06 with Clare D

Lead 1st pitch
Phil West - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/05 with Craig h

craig h - AltLd - 11/Sep/05 with Phil West

Rampikino - Lead - 27/Aug/05 with Claire & Tom

Simonj - TR - 30/May/05 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/05

Pitch 1 only (too icy for pitch 2!)
Simon Caldwell - Lead O/S - 19/Dec/04 with Carmen

Rampikino - AltLd - 24/Jul/04 with Liz, Ian, Claire, Glyn

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/03

Hidden - Lead β - 16/Aug/03

Nice slab climb.
Owdham - TR O/S - 25/Nov/02 with Girtch

Hidden - 2nd - 24/Nov/02

ste_d - Solo O/S - 12/Apr/95

craig h - Solo O/S - 01/Oct/90

babymoac - Solo - 12/Aug/89

Chris Ellis - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/89 with Rob Gale, Trevor Massiah

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 14/Jan/89

charlesmfrench - Lead - 05/Oct/80

Tom V - 1970

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Voting
Total votes cast 113
hard HVS0 of 38
HVS0 of 38
easy HVS1 of 38
hard VS4 of 38
VS27 of 38
easy VS5 of 38
hard HS1 of 38
HS0 of 38
easy HS0 of 38
hard 5a0 of 38
5a0 of 38
easy 5a2 of 38
hard 4c6 of 38
4c24 of 38
easy 4c4 of 38
hard 4b2 of 38
4b0 of 38
easy 4b0 of 38
3 Stars20 of 37
2 Stars12 of 37
1 Star5 of 37
0 Stars0 of 37
Bag of .....0 of 37
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Style of ascent

Soloed13 of 158 (8.2%)
Lead65 of 158 (41.1%)
Followed32 of 158 (20.3%)
Toproped13 of 158 (8.2%)
Alt Leads28 of 158 (17.7%)
Unknown7 of 158 (4.4%)

'Climbed'60 of 158 (38.0%)
clean O/S73 of 158 (46.2%)
clean β6 of 158 (3.8%)
clean rpt15 of 158 (9.5%)
dogged3 of 158 (1.9%)
dnf1 of 158 (0.6%)