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Mantelshelf Slab* VS 4b

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12m. From the arete, trend left and climb the slab, using the eponymous move at least once. Bold in the middle then easing. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: BMC staffordshire slab exam, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List.

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This climb is in 134 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Gear in the 1st break then nothing until the final flake. Very steady after the mantleshelf though.
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - 29/Mar/14 with Paul Deane

Hidden - TR - 21/Sep/13

Didn't feel happy about it just below half way, so climbed back down again. Felt under the weather all day although I began to get my act together a bit more later on.
cem - Lead dnf - 14/Sep/13 with Mike Eldred

Hidden - 2nd - 07/Sep/13

Hidden - 09/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/13

Hidden - Lead - 09/Jun/13

Hidden - TR - 26/May/13

quinn sorabjee - 26/May/13

realised id never actually led this, having seconded it twice. nice route
PeteWilson - Lead rpt - 05/May/13 with Richard Hale, Andrew Graham

Rather dirty early season
bobpilgrem - Lead rpt - 30/Apr/13 with Bob/Nic

run out might as well have solo'd it
rob 528 - 17/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 2013

Bombed out of leading and wimpered up after Mike, not an auspicious end to the weekend, but good none the less. Very tired now.
John Holden - 2nd rpt - 14/Oct/12 with Mike Tinnion

dja - 2nd O/S - 22/Aug/12 with Andy Smith

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/12

A tad bold.
RedFox - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with Tom K

Mantel move felt very committing!
Dan Geh - Solo O/S - 09/Aug/12

Double Knee Bar - Lead rpt - 05/Jul/12 with TomBond

gingerwolf - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/12 with Glenn

Mantle is exposed feel with typical peak "rockface is the hold" boldness in the upper sections of the slab.
lizzyb - 2nd O/S - 28/Mar/12 with Matt Chinner

Hidden - 2012

Alex Winter - 2nd O/S - 30/Sep/11 with Paul from Colchester, J. Iles-Smith

Mark Dennison - Lead - 11/Sep/11 with Dawn

razzorbuzz - TR O/S - 01/Aug/11

Jim Malo - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/11 with Putt

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Jul/11

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jul/11

Around900 - TR O/S - 01/Jul/11

I would give this HVS 5a
Simon Holden (LCandCC) - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/11 with John Shaw

PenJD - Lead O/S - 26/Mar/11 with Duz Walker

tricky move, hard to decide between VS and HVS...
PeteWilson - 2nd O/S - 06/Mar/11

pauldr - Lead O/S - 25/Oct/10

simeclimb68 - Solo O/S - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead dnf - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - 2nd β - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Aug/10

SteWatkins - Jul/10

Double Knee Bar - 2nd O/S - 20/May/10 with Iain

thrutch - Solo - 16/May/10 with nathan

Sparky!!!3 - Lead - 24/Apr/10

NeilGriffiths - 2nd - 18/Apr/10 with Dom, Adam

first lead of the year... been avoiding walls all winter too. a wee bit of a wobbler to settle my head.
Dom Whillans - Lead - 18/Apr/10 with neil, a.crook

A Crook - 2nd - 18/Apr/10 with Dom Stockton, Neil Griffiths

donkster - Lead rpt - 03/Apr/10 with trigg

JGW - 2nd - Apr/10 with Matt Tilley

donkster - Lead rpt - 13/Feb/10 with pete buswell

Hidden - Solo - 25/Oct/09

Really enjoyed seconding this!!
natalie28 - 2nd O/S - 17/Oct/09 with matt

donkster - 2nd rpt - 10/Oct/09 with DaveNW

Hidden - Lead rpt - 10/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead - 12/Sep/09

I thought this had quite a difficult move for 4a and gear is extremely sparse.
Glyn Davidson - Solo O/S - 06/Sep/09 with Ali

attempted to lead twice...but too bold...so retreated...
Ali H - 2nd - 06/Sep/09 with Glyn

One tricky move well above gear.
Jim Slater - Lead O/S - 15/Aug/09 with Trevor

amazing climb, longlong run out from first gear to second, good solid climbing.
axeman - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/09 with grace

More like HVS 4c
Chris Craggs - TR - 06/Aug/09 with Dave Gregory

Nice climb but not much pro so top roped
bennevis - TR - 27/Jun/09 with Heather

donkster - Lead rpt - 24/Apr/09 with mark

donkster - Solo rpt - 18/Apr/09 with DaveNW

unintentionally did a direct finish- made it feel considerably bolder!
bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Bob/Tom

tompilgrem - 2nd - 12/Apr/09 with Dad

donkster - Solo rpt - 11/Apr/09

amstel - Lead - Apr/09 with Joe

hembug - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/09 with niell

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 07/Mar/09

JCB42 - Lead O/S - 07/Mar/09 with Katy Madden

Danhan - 2009

Col Allott - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08 with Alexandra Sturrock

steveP - 2nd O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Dan Towns

DanT - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/08 with Steve Pettit

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 31/May/08

jon bradley - Lead rpt - 10/May/08 with Huw Howells

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/08

Poor gear in this one, I had a nice runout
quantized - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/08 with Tom Buckley

Steve Banham - Lead O/S - 09/Feb/08 with Sam Ward

donkster - Lead rpt - 2008 with DaveNW

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Hidden - Lead - 11/Aug/07

gibbo38 - Lead O/S - 05/Aug/07 with gibbo21

gibbo21 - 2nd - 05/Aug/07 with paul

bobpilgrem - TR - 01/Jun/07

Hidden - 2nd - 01/Jun/07

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jun/07

donkster - Solo - 29/Apr/07

gaz.marshall - Solo O/S - 08/Apr/07

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2007

Stig - Lead rpt - 18/Nov/06 with Maciek

Mark Collins - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/06 with Neil Henson

The mantelshelf is bold and not particularly easy. Glad I was only seconding this one.
Neil Henson - 2nd β - 30/Sep/06 with Mark Collins

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Jul/06

John Lisle - 2006

Hidden - Lead - 16/Oct/05

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Dec/04

Took several hesitant attempts before finally committing to the mantel.
Carl Smethurst - Lead O/S - 04/Sep/04 with Kieran

Apharri - Lead O/S - May/04 with Dave Wharton

Brown - Solo O/S - 06/Mar/04

Hidden - 2004

max_chan - Lead O/S - 2004 with AG

Stig - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/03 with Geraldine Lawless

Retroman3 - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/03 with Yan

Climbed on Shunt
Yourlead - TR - 14/Apr/03

Neil Curtis - 2nd - 14/Sep/02 with Andy Goddard

mark s - Solo - 2001

Hidden - Lead - 01/Oct/00

tlr - Solo - 2000

Laramadness - Solo O/S - 16/Oct/99

FrankW - Lead O/S - 30/May/99 with Helen B

antroy - Lead - 10/May/99

craig h - Solo O/S - 08/Oct/98 with Jamie Lillieman

rachm2004 - 2nd - 18/Oct/97 with Gill B

Duncan Bourne - Solo O/S - 15/Mar/96

NeilGriffiths - 1996 with paula

brady - 09/Sep/95 with John Cameron

Hidden - Lead - 15/Jun/95

nai - Solo - 1995

OMSKB - Solo - 05/Sep/93

goi.ashmore - Solo O/S - 12/Jun/92

Hidden - 03/May/92

babymoac - Solo - 19/Apr/92

Andy Say - Solo - 20/Aug/91

Hidden - TR O/S - 27/May/91

Roget - Solo O/S - 08/Apr/90

andrew300169 - 1990

Iain Thow - Solo - 17/May/89

tapley - Solo - 18/Sep/87

Ian Archer - 2nd - 06/Sep/86 with Tony Morris

Hidden - Solo - 21/Jul/84

Nigel Bond - Lead - 18/Sep/83 with Charlie Leverton

RichardMc - Solo - 13/May/78

Mark Kemball - Solo - 11/May/77

rogerskews - Solo - 1974

Rog Wilko - Lead - Jun/71 with Debbie Wilkinson

mikej - Solo - 26/Aug/70 with Stewart Grant

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Voting
Total votes cast 83
hard HVS0 of 29
HVS1 of 29
easy HVS5 of 29
hard VS5 of 29
VS15 of 29
easy VS2 of 29
hard HS1 of 29
HS0 of 29
easy HS0 of 29
hard 4c0 of 34
4c1 of 34
easy 4c8 of 34
hard 4b2 of 34
4b18 of 34
easy 4b2 of 34
hard 4a3 of 34
4a0 of 34
easy 4a0 of 34
3 Stars0 of 20
2 Stars7 of 20
1 Star12 of 20
0 Stars1 of 20
Bag of .....0 of 20
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Style of ascent

Soloed30 of 134 (22.4%)
Lead55 of 134 (41.0%)
Followed28 of 134 (20.9%)
Toproped9 of 134 (6.7%)
Unknown12 of 134 (9.0%)

'Climbed'64 of 134 (47.8%)
clean O/S52 of 134 (38.8%)
clean β2 of 134 (1.5%)
clean rpt14 of 134 (10.4%)
dnf2 of 134 (1.5%)