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Sou Wester Slabs** VD

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[south wester slabs. cir mor south. Arran, 1 kb]110m, 5 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.
G H Townsend, G C Curtis, M J H Hawkins, H Hore 03/Sep/1944

Ticklists: Classic Rock, Ultimate Scottish Rock, Scottish Rock Climbs ****, UK's best Diffs and V.diffs, Scottish 3 and 4 star multi-pitch routes.

Photo: south wester slabs. cir mor south. Arran © g0rd0n davids0n
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This climb is in 234 logbooks, and on 78 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Sep/13

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Aug/13

PeteWilson - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/13 with robin, Andrew Graham

Best route ever? Probably. Crag to ourselves, gorgeous weather, perfect rock, herd of deer nearby, amazing moves, bomber gear, excellent belays. P1 - to just left of the twin cracks, P2 - up the cracks to peg belay under the roof (best pitch of VDiff I've ever climbed), P3 - walk round the corner, P4 - Three Tier Chimney (thuggish, hard for the short), P5 - scramble. Then did Upper Pinnacle in two pitches.
Mr Fuller - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/13 with Liz Smith, Ally

Brilliant. No boring pitches and everything felt challenging enough to be fun. Pretty good views from the belays as well. Whole face was empty apart from us and a few deer!
lizard-16-07 - 2nd O/S - 31/Jul/13 with Ally Fuller, Matt Fuller

ChristineR - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/13 with Ieuan

Awesome route. There was a stag at the bottom of the slab when we arrived. We climbed as 3 roped pitches. 2 to the roof and then one up the chimneys. Scrambled the rest. I lead pitches 1 and 3.
ieuanr - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/13 with Maio, Christine, Seamus

lead every pitch with Maio, with Ieuan and Christine climbing at the same time under me. Excellent fun, not a day I'll forget soon. Got lucky with the weather, the low cloud turned to amazing sun as soon as we started. Loved every second
Shea - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/13 with Maio Nishkian, Christine, Ieuan

Beautiful flake on the second pitch, chimney a bit stiff for VD, I thought.
planetmarshall - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Graham Pearson

Hidden - Lead - 25/Jun/13

With the upper pinnacle
Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/13

richardashe - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/13 with Mark Jackson

mjackson - AltLd O/S - 16/Jun/13

First trad multi-pitch climb. Amazing second pitch!
jesss - 2nd - 08/Jun/13

Led 2,3,4
cas smerdon - AltLd - 29/May/13 with Mark S

Busy, busy, def not a route to choose on a sunny bank holiday weekend. Lots of traffic meaning we spent ages waiting around. Nice route though.
andrea83 - 2nd O/S - 26/May/13 with Rachel

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

Well worth it's reputation.
Liam Ingram - AltLd O/S - 24/May/13 with Catrin Nichols

catrin289 - AltLd O/S - 24/May/13 with Liam Ingram

westong - 2013

Hidden - 2013

victorhearnyeates - AltLd O/S - 2013

Hidden - 2013

TheAndyBarker - 2013

clarky_two - 2013

DougSt - Lead - 2013 with various

claregardiner - AltLd - 09/Oct/12

Got a bit lost, went up on traverse rather than fully across, had to ab off a boulder at the top.
Baggie - Lead O/S - 22/Sep/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/12

Did the third pitch. It was amazeballs.
SenDog - Lead - 14/Jul/12 with Chris Hind

Chris Hind - AltLd - Jul/12 with Bry, DAN

Blisco - AltLd - 04/Jun/12 with Peter Skan

Dougbart - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/12

Alasdair Miller - 22/May/12

mattking_109 - AltLd - May/12

Zoe Cockburn - AltLd - May/12

nich0las - Lead - 29/Apr/12 with Catriona C

chmckay - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/12 with Suzie O'Neill

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/12

Climbed the three pitches as described in 'Scottish Rock' and 'Classic Rock'. Quite damp and very windy. Traversed round to Labyrinth afterwards.
Darrell Read - Lead - 01/Apr/12 with Robbie King

robbiek - 2nd - 01/Apr/12 with Darrell Read

pehackett - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/12

Darron - 2012

TheAndyBarker - 2012

TheAndyBarker - 2012

goadventure1 - 2012

m dunn - 2012

Characterful late season ascent at the end of a week of bad weather on Arran. Climbed wearing gloves, full waterproof gear and sack, hit by a viscious squall after the step round the rib, after that fair bit more rain and gusty wind on exposed final rib. Three tier chimney was wet and hard in these conditions. A great British adventure!
Sankey - AltLd - 07/Oct/11 with Ed

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/11

straight forwards but really nice route.
stewart100 - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/11 with Alisdair Yarrington

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/11

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/11

chris.mcmorris - AltLd - 14/Jul/11 with Emily McMorris

David Smith - AltLd - 12/Jul/11 with Stuart Holmes

Aimed for this, but started on South Sou-wester, then went somewhere else, on to this in the end, but ran out of time and ab'd off. Still can't work out where the route goes.
Quad - Lead dnf - 12/Jul/11 with Jayne

JFort - 2nd dnf - 12/Jul/11 with Geoff

In three long pitches. Had the whole cliff for us which must be quite rare on a Saturday with excellent conditions.
johannes - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11

Great route..
mol - Lead - 01/Jul/11 with Jesse

mark mcgowan01 - Lead O/S - Jun/11 with Mariana

Laura Hamlet - AltLd O/S - 02/May/11 with Jenny Lines

Moving together.
jonnie3430 - Lead O/S - 01/May/11 with Carol

Sunny with strong Easterly winds. We moved together on this one with breakfast on grassy ledge half way up.
Carol Goodall - 2nd - 01/May/11 with Jonnie Williams

freyja - 2nd O/S - 01/May/11 with Matt Down

mattdown - Lead - May/11 with freyja

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/11

Hidden - Solo - 19/Apr/11

Nothing hard but a grand day out. Several pitches can be run together. Great weather and the only team on the crag, how weird!
Mike_Watson_99 - AltLd - 10/Apr/11 with Fiona

Done as 5 pitches, using SMC description, led 1&2, 4&5, 7 (mostly a walk). Mike led 3 and 5. A very nice route, although the 3 tier chimney is something of an acquired taste
Fiona Reid - AltLd O/S - 10/Apr/11 with Mike

Fantastic. From the ridge traversed round and down Old West.
Conor1 - 2nd β - 07/Apr/11 with Danny Carden

Went massively off route. Took a big whipper and decided it wasn't to be today. Looking at the newer guide book I don't get how I could get lost.
Ross Young - Lead dnf - 02/Apr/11 with Syris HWUMC

theweasel462 - 2nd - Apr/11

Spanner - 2nd - 29/Mar/11 with Francis Charlesworth

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

Led the first two pitches in one. Freddie forgot his rock shoes so despite trying to climb in boots, decided against it. Tried to send the guide book up on his rope, it got stuck with the rope, so we called in a day and ab'ed off and walked up Cir Mhor. Will definately return to complete the route.
CalumA - Lead dnf - 23/Jan/11 with Freddie Crowley, Olly Gourd

brianrunner - 2011

WilliamBurnside - 2011

Bob - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Tobias at Home - 2011

Tobias at Home - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Tenko - AltLd O/S - 2011

mikemartin - AltLd - 14/Oct/10

Climbed in the damp mist for added spice, finished up three tier chimney and final ridge direct.
Captain Solo - AltLd - 14/Oct/10 with Mike

Lead last couple of easy pitched on the ridge. 3 tiered chimney was tough! Great climb, situation and exposure.
Jen80 - AltLd - 29/Aug/10 with Cooper

Excellent pitches up and across slabs, but then uncertain of route after the large roof. Ended up climbing two pitches that felt far more VS than VDiff. However still a good outing. (The long cracks and curving rock kept making me think of El Cap!).
hcooper - Lead - 29/Aug/10 with Jennifer Slack

A great route for a 1st multi pitch. joined end pitch of 'south ridge direct' up three tier chimney to the pinnacle. Quality day!
g0rd0n davids0n - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/10 with roy davidson

RCrockford - AltLd rpt - 21/Jun/10 with Andy C

excellent route. the most difficult part was the three tier chimney above. finished up top pitches of south ridge which feels a bit harder than VD, some stunning exposure on the final pitch :-)
daWalt - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Lisa

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jun/10

Hidden - Solo - 05/Jun/10

Great route, brilliant rock and wonderful views. 4 stars.
lazybones - Lead O/S - 30/May/10 with Helen Jones

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10

Loved this route but didn't want to lead it. Seemed hard at the grade. Sunny day out with grand views and plenty of climbers to chat to at spaghetti junction.
Feeling bold - 2nd O/S - 30/May/10 with Mike Palmer RAFMA

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/May/10

Finishing up the top of South Ridge Direct and Pinacle which felt much harder and more exposed. Wonderful conditions.
Stewart B - Solo O/S - 26/May/10

SMALLBUTDEADLY - AltLd O/S - 26/May/10 with BILLY

Slick - AltLd - 24/May/10

Andy Moles - Solo O/S - 22/May/10 with Ferdia

JdotP - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with Jonathan De Leyser

ferdia - Solo O/S - 22/May/10 with Andy

holly138 - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Tom B, Fiona Mellor

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

Hidden - AltLd - 17/May/10

Hidden - 09/May/10

rockamont - AltLd O/S - 09/May/10 with AllyO

Hidden - 2nd - 01/May/10

Pleasant. Mountain empty. Very sunny.
jimorothy - AltLd - 16/Apr/10 with Rachel Crolla

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10

best VD
JonmapDL - 2nd O/S - 22/Mar/10 with john proctor

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

probably the best v diff around. nice day for it too. very wet, cloudy and windy! magic.
mulletcocktail2000 - Solo O/S - 26/Sep/09 with mike

MoWalker3 - AltLd - 12/Sep/09 with Cormac, chrissy

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 09/Sep/09

Ommuff - AltLd - Sep/09 with Mike Brian

wet and windy day, blew a gale when i was at the 2nd belay so absailed off o n some tat. 6 hr round trip for 2 pitches !!
rclarke - Lead dnf - 29/Aug/09 with pete87abs

pete87abs - AltLd dnf - 29/Aug/09 with Richard Clarke

Karlos - AltLd O/S - 24/Aug/09 with Mike Smith

Four star route. 45mins to terrace
Lawrie Brand - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/09 with Al Goodridge

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/09

Lead 2nd pitch (parallel cracks pitch) & our 4th pitch (3 tier chimmney pitch & some of the slab above).
SianR - AltLd - 25/Jun/09 with Cora, Nikki, Ewan, Tara & Liz

nikkimac - AltLd - 25/Jun/09 with Cora and Sian

westaway - Solo O/S - 14/Jun/09

KeithAlexander - AltLd - Jun/09 with karinh

foggy start, stunning end. Glen Rosa is nice and flat but man is it long!!
Batt - AltLd O/S - 29/May/09 with James Hoyes

Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 29/May/09 with Rachel B

Mountain Llama - AltLd - 02/May/09 with Paul S

Spent more time queuing than climbing unfortunately, as it was a good route. Did it as 3 pitches (in about 6 hrs!)
markfairbank - Lead O/S - 02/May/09 with John Birtill

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 02/May/09

nick ferro - 02/May/09 with Peter Wilkie

w/ Malcolm in the Middle.
Calder - AltLd rpt - 18/Apr/09 with jeffb

nakedave - AltLd - 16/Apr/09 with adam noble

Roch - 2nd - 12/Apr/09 with MRT

my first ever multi pitch climb, 6 pitches, loved it, very windy.
joeflan - 2nd O/S - Apr/09

led 1, 3 etc
abbeywall - AltLd - 30/Mar/09

anotherwally - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Sep/08

The bomdiggedy.
Will Hunt - AltLd O/S - Sep/08 with David Smith

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/08

gordon henderson - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/08 with MRT

mark88 - 2nd - 23/Aug/08 with Mike Ainsworth and John Roe

Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - Aug/08 with Pete Jennings

First lead since I fecked my ankle in August '07. Cracking wee route, 'mon the Granite!
thebat - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Ontour

Rampikino - AltLd - 12/Jun/08 with Cat

Hidden - Lead - 07/Jun/08

First multipitch climb for Emma. Not a bad start!
gforce - Lead - 31/May/08 with Emma

w/ Mike in the middle. Followed by the Upper Pinnacle, which is properly worthwhile!
Calder - AltLd O/S - 29/May/08 with jeffb

with mike piggy in the middle
jeffb - AltLd O/S - 29/May/08 with graham

marcfoggo - AltLd O/S - 24/May/08 with Mat Landers

Lead 3b pitch and the nice layback pitch.
mitch - AltLd - 02/May/08 with Phil Ashton

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 02/May/08

CurlyStevo - Lead - May/08 with Jenny Ross

Steve Lenartowicz - 2008 with Clare

wanted to add this in for the memories, walked allthe 2 hours in only to find it (or not as the case may be) completely under a cloud. walked 2 huors back and cam ehome...
gilldando - AltLd dnf - 30/Sep/07 with Mike

Hidden - Lead - Sep/07

HIGHTOWER - Lead - 27/Aug/07 with American Chris

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/07

francois - Lead - 21/Aug/07 with Lorna

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Aug/07

Vicki M - AltLd - 10/Aug/07 with alex mayes(my old man)

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jul/07

dean.kruger - 2nd O/S - 28/Jul/07 with Paul Manson

2 + a bit pitches; made it to the 20 to 5 ferry.
Peter Metcalfe - Lead - 08/Jul/07 with Anita Goldsworthy

steev - AltLd O/S - 05/May/07 with Fran

Hidden - May/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/07

Hidden - 2nd - 29/Apr/07

timmy-ts - 2007

Hidden - AltLd - 2007

DavPk - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/06 with Catherine Pearks

BALD EAGLE - AltLd - 11/Aug/06 with Christian Darr, Paul McCloy

my first every multipitch climb.
anna_b - AltLd - Aug/06

sadams - Lead - 04/Jun/06 with Catherine Adams

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Apr/06

Missed the ferry 1989
john irving - 2006

Chris L Hill - AltLd O/S - Aug/05 with Stuart Shaw

Lovely day, finished late (11pm back at car!) but still daylight :-)
andyfeds - AltLd - 28/Jun/05 with Penny H, Mike H

Sonya Mc - AltLd rpt - 11/Jun/05 with Pete A

Hidden - 2nd - Jun/05

andyinglis - AltLd - Jun/05 with Ally Fulton

At night with Alex
arose - Solo - Jan/05

Had to ab off after our freinds in the party behind took a bad fall
BelleVedere - Lead dnf - 28/Aug/04 with Cath O'Shea

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2004

richardlong78 - AltLd - 23/Aug/03 with Stu Wright

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/02

andrewbooth1000 - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/02 with Richard Lockett

GrahamUney - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/01 with Andy MacNaughton

Bruce Kerr - Solo - 05/Aug/01

Dave Toseland - Lead - 26/Jul/01 with Bryan

jim_randell - AltLd O/S - 12/May/01 with SL, RL

CMacD - 2001

BRUCESTRAC - Sep/00 with Jim Donaldson

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Apr/00

Chad123 - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jun/99

Loved it views of the Paps from the summit a very memorable day!!
yorkshirebloke - AltLd O/S - May/99 with Juls

got lost and ended up forth wall
auld al - AltLd dnf - May/98

Tarquin - 2nd - 1997

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Aug/96

auld al - Solo O/S - Jul/96

Hidden - AltLd - 04/May/96

babymoac - Lead - 21/Jul/95 with Liz

puddingstone - 2nd - 21/Jul/95 with Andy

JohnHutch - Lead dnf - Jul/93 with DH

Soloed it on a long traverse from the String Road to Glen Sannox, including the A'Chir ridge and the Witches Step.
johnkeith - Solo - May/93

Hammy - AltLd - 30/Apr/93 with Colin Struthers

Old Tyke - 1993

Hidden - AltLd - 1992

Dave Kerr - AltLd - Jul/91 with Iain Martin

Iain Thow - Lead - 28/Jul/90 with Neil Davis

Raggar - AltLd - 20/May/90 with Jon B

climbed sometime in the 1990s
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 1990

mark-abz - AltLd - 12/Jul/89 with Terry ?

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/89

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Sep/86

Nigel Bond - Lead - 24/May/86 with Roger Skews

rogerskews - AltLd - 24/May/86

BigHairyIan - AltLd O/S - 24/Jul/85 with Steve Rigby, Guy Summers

GuySummers - AltLd - 24/Jul/85 with bighairyian

Hidden - Solo - 31/May/85

Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 01/May/83 with Robert Barton

Hidden - 2nd - May/82

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Jun/81

arduff - AltLd - 1980 with EUMC pals

robinsi197 - 1980 with Barbara

neil3965 - Solo - Jul/78

John Stenhouse - Lead - Sep/73 with Dougie McKenna

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Style of ascent

Soloed13 of 234 (5.6%)
Lead51 of 234 (21.8%)
Followed27 of 234 (11.5%)
Alt Leads110 of 234 (47.0%)
Unknown33 of 234 (14.1%)

'Climbed'128 of 234 (54.7%)
clean O/S91 of 234 (38.9%)
clean β1 of 234 (0.4%)
clean rpt3 of 234 (1.3%)
dnf11 of 234 (4.7%)