Rockfax Description
14m. The centre of the slab is climbed passing a hole to a ledge then a finish up the face above and slightly right. Good climbing that is poorly-protected. A Friend 3.5 is useful near the top. © Rockfax

Ticklists: BMC staffordshire slab exam, Best slab climbs of the UK, The Roaches - Routes Graded List, Western Peak Grit 100 VD - VS, ROCKFAX Western Grit Grade List, 100 Western Grit Stars.

GermanAlex 15/May Lead O/S

Super steady and quite a bit of gear too.

with Arno
Hidden 09/May 2nd O/S
mBob8 09/May Lead
with emily
Tim Rodgers 08/May Lead
Nick Rundall 03/May Lead rpt
MusicalMountaineer 19/Mar Lead O/S

Great climb. Completely bare for most of it.

Hidden 26/Sep/15 Lead O/S
clairemathews 26/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with Richard Apthorp
Hidden 26/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Sep/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Sep/15 2nd rpt
Hidden 18/Aug/15 Lead
Nigel Bond 11/Aug/15 2nd
with Bern Hardman
petegruf 11/Jul/15 Lead O/S

poor gear. scary

with Giovanna
Trobbo 30/May/15 Lead O/S
with simon fenna
Hidden 30/May/15 2nd O/S
NickJH 30/May/15 Lead O/S
with P Stridgen
MikeDowsett 10/May/15 2nd
jshields 10/May/15 2nd

Repeat, Oct.'95

TonyF 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Mike Dowsett, John Shields
Dogwood ?/May/15 Lead O/S

Gear seemed crap

Mike W ?/May/15 2nd
with Dogwood
James-m-h 09/Apr/15 Lead O/S
lee1234 09/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Apr/15 Lead O/S
bantamdave 22/Mar/15 Lead O/S
with Steve Shorrok
Steve Shorrock 22/Mar/15 2nd O/S
Andrew Abraham 31/Oct/14 Lead rpt
with Paul Deane
friendzone1234 04/Oct/14 Lead O/S

soloed on later attempts

shell145 28/Sep/14 TR O/S
with Ursula
stvey 13/Sep/14 Lead O/S

This felt very bold to me but I don't climb trad that often. I thought the most commiting moves were leaving the large hole, I had two nuts in placements just above the hole but I did not think they were very good. If you are confident on slabs and trust your feet you should be OK, there are no dificult moves really...

with Richard Cope
Hidden 13/Sep/14 2nd O/S
timothycampbell138 06/Sep/14 Solo
David Stevens 04/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Christina Holmgrun
Hidden 31/Aug/14 2nd O/S
Ben1983 31/Aug/14 Lead
Hidden 06/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Jun/14 2nd
Alex Whittaker 14/Jun/14 2nd
Jim Slater 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Ceara 01/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Sam Riley
emilypdavis 26/May/14 TR

Loved this climb! favourite one of the day

gavster 21/May/14 Lead
with kev
mapperley samurai 21/May/14 2nd
Rory Bascombe 21/May/14 2nd O/S
with Ben clark
hirving 18/May/14 TR O/S
Andrew Abraham 18/May/14 2nd rpt
with Chris Wallis, Paul Sherman
Hidden 18/May/14 TR O/S
quinn sorabjee 18/May/14 TR O/S
Hidden 18/May/14 TR O/S
matt8hew88 18/May/14 TR O/S
jordangolding 18/May/14 TR O/S
Hidden 17/May/14 TR
ClareG 17/May/14 2nd O/S

Steve may as well have soloed it the amount of protection he placed

Charles Kinniburgh 14/May/14 2nd
with Mike from Chester, Rob Davies
Rob Davies 14/May/14 Lead rpt
with Mike Jones, Charles Kinniburgh
Ursie 04/May/14 TR
Oliver Houston 03/May/14 Lead O/S
with Sarah
sarahsuth 03/May/14 2nd
samej 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Joemanglerocks 18/Apr/14 Lead
with Satoshi Kimura
Jacob Hodge 95 18/Apr/14 TR O/S
with peter chapman
Alex_Derbyshire 09/Apr/14 Lead O/S
friendzone1234 ?/Feb/14 Lead O/S
adie84 ??/2014 -
wazzalad20 ??/2014 Lead O/S
Nick Russell 23/Nov/13 Lead rpt

Showing some wear. A nut-shaped slot seems to have appeared low down (just above the hole). Maybe it was there last time and I just don't remember it.

with Emily
Dale ?/Nov/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Oct/13 -
ChrisBrooke 05/Oct/13 2nd
with Nick Barratt
Hidden 21/Sep/13 Lead O/S
cem 14/Sep/13 2nd rpt


Fiskavaig 01/Sep/13 TR
with Mat Cli, Paul R
EddieA 19/Aug/13 Lead O/S

A couple of gear-placements seem to have blown - obvious scarring and sandy/crumbly rock where they were. I only placed one runner to protect the top couple of moves, having climbed too high above another possible placement just above the ledge. Good little route and more serious than it looks but commitment is a little deflated by the ledge, which allows an escape.

with Hugh, Joe A
Adrianw 10/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Matthew Westwood
swoollock 27/Jul/13 TR
cragant 27/Jul/13 Lead O/S
ipegg 14/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Nice clean line

Hidden 07/Jul/13 Lead
RichyBOYY 07/Jul/13 Lead
timmyhobby 29/Jun/13 Lead O/S
mikealexpayne 25/Jun/13 Lead
Hidden 16/Jun/13 Lead O/S
benny_m 15/Jun/13 Lead rpt
Hidden 15/Jun/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/13 Lead O/S
scooba2cv 02/Jun/13 2nd β
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ?/Jun/13 -
with Dan Chadfield, Richard Bower
Andrew Abraham ?/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Not much protection, good rock and great route though, good exposure on the top section.

Tom Last 31/May/13 2nd

Very nice, but VS 4b surely?

with Chester
jak.kelly 06/May/13 Lead O/S
with Will Martin, Lynnette Evans
DanChad ?/May/13 2nd O/S
with Richard Bower, Chris Murray
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ?/May/13 Lead
JM0rrison 21/Apr/13 Lead O/S


thomaspomfrett 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Pat Brien
CSI Will 09/Apr/13 2nd rpt
Hidden 07/Apr/13 2nd
cem 07/Apr/13 Lead rpt
Will Hunt 16/Feb/13 Solo

Copped out at the ledge!

sgl0jd ??/2013 -
saffy ??/2013 -
rob 528 ??/2013 Lead O/S
TM_Horton 09/Oct/12 2nd O/S

at night ... the gear was hard to find ;) pleasant tho :)

with Guy
julesmckim 06/Oct/12 2nd
with dave lewis
Hidden 08/Sep/12 Solo O/S
David Kay 04/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Jules Lane 04/Sep/12 2nd O/S


Batt 04/Sep/12 Lead O/S

Think the grade is pretty height dependent. Couldn't reach the big pocket from the first ledge so cheated and went up the crack of the HVS for a move to reach across.

with Jules
Hoyes 04/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Simon R, David K
Max Lowry 11/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Boran 11/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Dan Geh 09/Aug/12 Solo O/S
PeteWilson 24/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Hillson 24/Jul/12 2nd O/S
sambosanquet101 23/Jul/12 2nd
Hidden 23/Jul/12 Lead
Hellflame 22/Jul/12 Lead dnf

Bailed off to the left because of high wind throwing off balance.(I chickened out)

Babika 16/Jul/12 2nd O/S

Lovely moves!

twodada 15/Jul/12 Lead rpt

Very Bold, poor/no gear until shelf/upper block. Good footwork on very rounded handholds.

with Roman
shim ?/Jul/12 2nd

2nd part tricky for short people

namagnall 12/Jun/12 2nd
Jay C 12/Jun/12 2nd O/S
SteveHi 11/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Nathan Magnall, Jay Conlon
TGreen 26/May/12 2nd O/S
Mark D 26/May/12 Lead O/S
with Rosie Henstock, Tom Green
Hidden 26/May/12 2nd
Nick Russell 26/May/12 2nd O/S

A nice little slab route. Seems to be a theme this weekend

Rosie Henstock 26/May/12 2nd O/S
SJS 26/May/12 Lead O/S
with Nick
Morris123 22/May/12 Lead
martin c 20/May/12 Lead RP

with Rob and Emma

lizzyb 28/Mar/12 2nd O/S

Lovely exposed/airy mid section, not that well protected it's true, but confidence and balance do you well.

mmalbon 24/Mar/12 TR
with Dave Lowndes, Simon
Matt JM Stevens 22/Mar/12 2nd
Hidden 25/Feb/12 2nd O/S
PAJames ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 -
mark20 06/Nov/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/Nov/11 2nd rpt
Lunar25 01/Nov/11 Solo O/S

nice solo, solid

with Pete nurse climber
tebs 26/Oct/11 2nd O/S
with Sam, Tim
sgl 26/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with tim, Bart
Rob84 22/Oct/11 2nd rpt
with Chris James
Hidden 22/Oct/11 Lead O/S
crispyboy 22/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with denzel
Fiskavaig 01/Oct/11 TR
with Jason J
Double Knee Bar 18/Sep/11 Lead rpt
littleluke ?/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Jul/11 -
Ali.B 28/Jul/11 Lead O/S

The blown gear must make this a candidate for upping the grade.

Paul Hy 24/Jul/11 Lead O/S

One piece of gear below ledge one above.

with Ian
Marvino 07/Jul/11 Lead
with Martin
DanT 21/Jun/11 2nd O/S
with James Moore
bullybones 02/Jun/11 Lead
donkster ?/Jun/11 2nd rpt
with Alfie, ki
Ky ?/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Donk
galpinos 01/May/11 2nd
with Sam
Emma-Louise Anderson 22/Apr/11 Lead O/S

An awesome route. The crux for me was getting off the ledge to reach the good holds. I expected the top to be harder than it was.

John Elliott 20/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with Doug Allen
staceyjg 10/Apr/11 2nd

really struggled as couldnt do the move off the ledge due to not being able to reach the decent hold

with Barra
PenJD 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
TM_Horton 25/Mar/11 Lead O/S

fun climbing pretty run out between gear :) (just about)

with woody
Hidden 19/Mar/11 2nd
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Kingsjester 14/Nov/10 TR O/S
Paul C F 14/Nov/10 2nd dog
donkster 06/Nov/10 Lead rpt
with ben, dennis
Andrew Abraham 25/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with Chris
Hidden 25/Oct/10 2nd
Peakpdr 25/Oct/10 Lead rpt
Mr. K 24/Oct/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Oct/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/10 2nd rpt
Dux 31/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Aug/10 Lead O/S
danJBA 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Dan Leach 30/Aug/10 Lead
Hidden 27/Aug/10 Lead
philboy 27/Aug/10 Lead
with matt g
Hidden 25/Aug/10 TR O/S
Peakpdr 29/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Alex Winter 23/Jul/10 Lead O/S
jiles 23/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with Alex Winter
twodada 17/Jul/10 2nd
with Jamie
toasted 11/Jul/10 Lead
with Dean Bucknall, Heather
lukebowman551 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S

Climbed to second ledge, only managed to get 1 piece of gear in (just above big pocket) and bailed when I got to the second ledge.

with Craig Shelley
Coel Hellier 05/Jun/10 Lead
Garron 31/May/10 Lead O/S
bobpilgrem 24/May/10 Lead β

previously top roped 2007

with Bob/Nic
Double Knee Bar 20/May/10 2nd O/S
with Iain
nige pacer 19/May/10 Lead O/S
Alistair Corbett 09/May/10 Lead O/S
with john corbett
alan moore ?/May/10 -

First did this in late 80's. Good wire in approach groove stops the others pulling out. Good wire just above pocket, perfect wire protects headwall, small friend in front of your face for top-out. more importantly; it's brilliant

NeilGriffiths 18/Apr/10 Lead
with Adam
A Crook 18/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 17/Apr/10 Lead rpt
mike lawrence? 08/Apr/10 2nd
with Colin
Hidden 08/Apr/10 Lead O/S
JGW ?/Apr/10 2nd
with Matt Tilley
Rob Davies 07/Mar/10 Lead rpt
with Neil Hyde, Phil Ashton
Hidden 06/Mar/10 Lead O/S
donkster 13/Feb/10 Lead rpt
with pete buswell
MattT88 07/Feb/10 Lead dnf

Solod to ledge to find top section very green. Got put on belay then fell off last move. Wrist now in plaster.

Jack.Beech ??/2010 TR

top roped due to tiredness after a long walk, nice route but will pass on the lead

GF ??/2010 -
Steven Andrews 07/Nov/09 Lead O/S

No real protection and had to miss the top meter due to damp green algae

with Tim
donkster 10/Oct/09 2nd rpt
with DaveNW
Hidden 10/Oct/09 Lead O/S
cooper leek 22/Sep/09 2nd rpt
with matt
benny_m 13/Sep/09 2nd O/S
silhouette 13/Sep/09 TR O/S

I led up to the shelf but I was so far above the "gear" that I escaped left. Good to top-rope. I may be brave next year.

with benny_m
Rick Ashton 06/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Richard McElligot
RichardMc 06/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Richard Ashton
Russell Lovett 23/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with alan taylor
JamesBurton 08/Aug/09 2nd
Darrell Read 08/Aug/09 Lead
RCrockford 02/Aug/09 Lead O/S

Felt pretty bold up the central section.

with Charlie
donkster 15/Jul/09 2nd rpt
with alex
cooper leek 15/Jul/09 2nd rpt
with alex
Tanya Savage 05/Jul/09 2nd

Warning for anyone with an average to short reach - getting off the ledge will be hard!! Lots of effort and some "proactive belaying" eventually got me up. Won;t lead this route unless I grow some more.

Neil Pacey 05/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Rob Davies 12/Jun/09 Lead rpt
with Phil Ashton
grady ?/Jun/09 Lead O/S
mmalbon 31/May/09 TR

Decided we'll never lead this. No gear and virtually no holds! Good to top rope tho.

with Mick
Graeme Hammond 30/May/09 Lead O/S
with Sarah New
Diggler 23/May/09 2nd
with jonah
dannyboy83 11/May/09 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/May/09 Lead
bobpilgrem 26/Apr/09 TR O/S
with Bob/Tom
James B 18/Apr/09 Lead
with Nick
Rob Laird 12/Apr/09 Lead O/S

Stable, but very bold. Found one nut placement near the top.

with B Sosin
mr random 12/Apr/09 2nd O/S
with Rob L
PaulGreenhead 12/Apr/09 TR O/S
with Kirsty
Kirsty 12/Apr/09 TR
donkster 11/Apr/09 2nd rpt
joe larner 03/Apr/09 Solo O/S
cooper leek ?/Apr/09 Lead rpt
with donk
Rob84 22/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Drew
chiragshah5001 22/Mar/09 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
Nick Rundall ??/2009 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Sep/08 2nd rpt
rob wmc 27/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Pete
Hidden 20/Sep/08 2nd O/S
snakebite 20/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Becki Blackshaw
sarah87 20/Sep/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Aug/08 TR
Steve Pardoe 02/Jul/08 2nd

Superb route in a great situation, necky lead by Dunc. Definitely helps to be tall. Crux is at the top, I'd say, pretty sketchy for 4c. Skipped the silly 'Integrale' start.

AndyM-LVB 15/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Enjoyable, but not sure why it has 2 stars. Very little gear placing opportunities!

richardhopton 15/Jun/08 2nd
Si dH 14/Jun/08 2nd rpt
with Neil Furniss
siah 08/Jun/08 Lead
with hissi, joe and rv
mmalbon 10/May/08 TR

Fantastic - Highly recommended. I didn't see anywhere to put gear though.

with Mick, Simon and James
jon bradley 10/May/08 2nd rpt
with Huw Howells
Neil Henson 08/May/08 2nd
with Graham Robinson
bullwinkle 26/Apr/08 Lead O/S
with Paul
Hidden 09/Mar/08 Lead O/S
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
Hidden ??/2008 -
chrisallan ??/2008 Lead O/S

Climbed during group session

with Mike Watkiss
deejmonkey 07/Oct/07 Lead
with Tom
tomparrott 07/Oct/07 2nd
with DJ
cem 06/Oct/07 Lead rpt
with David T, Rob Truckle
pennyb 23/Sep/07 TR
with A School Group (with Jon)
Hidden 04/Sep/07 Lead O/S
jonny5 25/Aug/07 Lead O/S
with Alix Blockley
MaccMark 08/Aug/07 2nd
with Philip Jarvis
Hidden ?/Aug/07 2nd
Hidden 19/Jul/07 TR
gaz.marshall 08/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Chris and Jones
ed woods 08/Apr/07 2nd
with Marshall & Jonesy
Hidden 01/Apr/07 Lead O/S
C.J.Horsfield ??/2007 Lead O/S
Birdo ??/2007 -
with Dave Bird
Hidden ??/2007 Lead
Chewie ??/2007 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 2nd O/S
dan gibson 08/Oct/06 Solo O/S
AJ007 08/Oct/06 Solo
with Dan
Whealiebob 07/Oct/06 2nd O/S
with Terry & Ned
Hidden 07/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Milne 07/Oct/06 2nd O/S

goot route

with Ned
tomboyle 05/Sep/06 Lead O/S

really windy and no big friend

with horsi
Hidden 12/Aug/06 Solo O/S
alj 22/Jul/06 Lead O/S
with leon skeldon
Retroman3 22/Jul/06 2nd
with Yan, Rachel, Steph
Owen W-G 01/Jun/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/May/06 Lead O/S
Col Allott 16/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Alex Sturrock
MazElden ??/2006 -
Si dH 15/Oct/05 Lead rpt
with Gerhard
Hidden 19/Jul/05 Lead O/S
ArnaudG ?/Jul/05 2nd
with Dunc
tatz45 ?/Jun/05 Lead O/S
with Keren Willcocks
Bob M 01/May/05 Lead
with Chris Bristow
Stig 24/Apr/05 2nd O/S
with Jonathan Teale
ASchwirtz 07/Sep/04 Solo O/S
Alaric 08/Aug/04 Lead O/S

Bold Ground fall potential.

with Neil
DavidR 31/Jul/04 2nd O/S
with Matt Smith
jimshrimp 28/Jul/04 Lead O/S
Apharri ?/May/04 Lead O/S
with Dave Wharton
Hidden 08/Mar/04 Solo O/S
max_chan ??/2004 Lead O/S
with AG
Tim W ??/2004 Lead
Chris the Tall ?/Oct/03 Lead O/S
Chris Ellis 27/Sep/03 2nd
with Nige Shaw
Sankey 31/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Aug/03 Lead
Laramadness 21/Jul/03 Solo
Andy Clarke 14/Jun/03 Lead O/S
with ChrisA
Yourlead 14/Apr/03 TR

Climbed on shunt

nige ??/2003 Solo
D Berry 26/Oct/02 Lead rpt
with Claire Berry
Hidden 02/Sep/02 Lead
D Berry 27/Jul/02 Lead O/S
with Claire Berry
akhughes ?/Jul/02 Lead
cem 23/Sep/01 2nd
Hidden 16/Sep/01 Lead O/S
MontyH 28/Jul/01 Lead O/S
with Andy Lawrance
mark s ??/2001 Solo
Ropeboy 03/Sep/00 Solo
kato'sdad 08/Aug/00 Lead
RobSimmo 08/Aug/00 2nd
Hidden ?/Jul/00 Lead
Hidden 10/Jun/00 2nd
Rich Malcolm 13/May/00 Lead O/S
with Dave Draycott
Hidden ?/May/00 Lead
rocktigger ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Clare
Hidden ??/2000 Lead O/S
marcoleptic ??/2000 Lead O/S
Gus ??/2000 Lead
with various staffs ministers
Gary Coggon 01/Jul/99 Lead O/S
with Brian Law
Hidden 03/May/99 Solo rpt
craig h 08/Oct/98 Solo O/S
with Jamie Lillieman
Bob M 27/Sep/98 Lead
with Jill Whitehead
FrankW 29/Aug/98 Solo O/S
with Joe
FrankW ?/Aug/98 Solo
Budge 04/Jun/98 Lead O/S
with Mike Oates
Billg 27/May/98 Solo
with Alisdair Pettifer
Le Chevalier Mal Fet ?/Oct/97 Lead
with Richard Bower
Martin Bennett 08/Mar/97 -
with MT, MD
smudge 11/May/96 Lead O/S
with Rich
Ian Archer 15/Oct/95 Lead O/S
with Tony Morris
Hidden 05/Jun/95 Lead
nai ??/1995 2nd
brady ??/1995 -
with John Cameron
Nigel Coe ??/1995 -
with Ian Birch
John Southworth ?/Nov/94 Solo
Rob Davies 01/May/94 Lead rpt
andrew300169 03/May/92 Lead O/S
with Pom
Andy Say 19/Aug/91 Solo
Hidden 29/Apr/90 Lead
Roget 08/Apr/90 Solo O/S
andrew300169 ??/1990 -
Hidden ?/Aug/89 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 04/May/89 Lead
with Rob Ivens
tlr ?/Oct/88 TR
with Fin and Nick
babymoac 11/Sep/88 Lead
with Bob Hunter
tapley 18/Sep/87 Solo
Martin Bennett 14/Jun/85 Solo
Ken Taylor 20/May/83 Lead
with Ros
Rob Davies 01/May/83 Lead
with Angus McLean
Chris Craggs ??/1980 -
Gordon Stainforth 30/Apr/77 Solo
rogerskews ??/1974 Solo
Rog Wilko ?/Jul/71 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
mikej 25/Apr/71 Solo
with E
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