Rockfax Description
The main line of the slab is yet another Littlejohn classic, one of the great climbs of Pembroke. The route has adequate protection (small wires) and is slightly serious for the second. Start from the huge boulder beneath the wall or, when the tide is in, as for Strike Lucky. Step awkwardly off the boulder and climb up into a groove to the left of a roof (possible refuge belay). Move up to gain the rising (chalk-covered) line on the wall. Follow this until 4m short of the corner, then climb straight up to the top. © Rockfax

FA. P.Littlejohn 11.5.80 11/May/1980

Ticklists: 15 Climbs to do before you die, Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Pembroke Rockfax Top 50, 100 best limestone climbs in Britain, Ultimate E2 ticklist, Ultimate E1 ticklist.

poeter210 05/Sep Lead O/S


druss 05/Sep 2nd β

Good lead by Peter and cruised the thin sections.

scott quinn 01/Sep 2nd O/S

One of the best e1's ever....?

Tom.Priestley 01/Sep Lead O/S

Traversed in due to high tide. Loads of gear, easy climbing, great route.

spenser 29/Aug 2nd O/S

Amazing route, will lead this at the first opportunity!

with Richard Hopkinson, Simon Pape
Hidden 29/Aug Lead O/S
Andrew Wilson 29/Aug Lead O/S
with Matt Nuttall
mattnuttall 29/Aug 2nd O/S

big swell, high spring tide so belayed 10ft above normal start on ledges reached by ab rope; superb route.

pete1993 18/Aug 2nd O/S

Ace climbing, really nice moves and great atmosphere with the sea crashing below

with Ben
amccann 18/Aug Lead O/S

After a lot of messing around getting down to the belay and ready to go. Took longer to get there and sort everything out than we spent on the route, thankfully it's so good we didn't care.

benkelsey 18/Aug Lead O/S

So good. Bomber gear to boot.

Dizz 31/Jul Lead

Not the best warm up for me!

with EJ
andy_pemberton 19/Jul Lead
with Steve Gibson
NDD 18/Jul Lead O/S
with Mcmanus
Adam24B 12/Jul Lead O/S
Hidden 24/May 2nd
Hidden 24/May 2nd rpt
Chris_barr 24/May Lead O/S
with John Roberts, Gus
Alex Winter 16/May Lead O/S

Another Pat Littlejohn masterpiece. We'd put away a box of wine after the pub the previous evening, so I didn't feel on top form.

climbomaniac 10/May Lead O/S


quiffhanger 10/May 2nd rpt
DanielGyi 03/May Lead dog

Did it during a downpour. Crux was almost impossible in the wet so Sat on a cam

Tom Livingstone 06/Apr Lead O/S
with Oli Grounsell
Brian Rodgers 05/Apr 2nd O/S
Nathan Chrismas 05/Apr 2nd O/S
with Lucas
R2B 05/Apr Lead O/S
with Nick B
Mike Todd 05/Apr Lead O/S

The best route ever ?!

Hidden 05/Apr Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Apr Lead rpt
Thunderthighsontheloose 04/Apr 2nd O/S
elliptic 04/Apr 2nd
with Tom R.
Nick1812P 04/Apr 2nd O/S

In approach shoes.

with Tom A
Teappleby 04/Apr Lead

not entirely sure what happened, just got outrageously boxed trying to do a move wrong. Really easy when I thought about it!

bede.west ?/Apr 2nd


with German loui
misterb ?/Apr 2nd O/S
with russ
middlevern ??/2015 -
Andrew Sloan 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Started at the bottom at low tide but because martin was whinging about getting wet as the tide was coming back in I rebelayed before the traverse. Traverse was stunning, got quite pumped half way along but managed to recover and finish cleanly.The initial lower section is out of keeping with the route and rather superfluous.

Calder 27/Sep/14 2nd
with Mike B
owain86 30/Jul/14 2nd rpt
with Will
wi11 30/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Patrick Hill 05/Jul/14 Lead O/S
oliver.ghill91 05/Jul/14 2nd O/S
Tim W 29/Jun/14 2nd rpt
Hidden 29/Jun/14 Lead O/S
stevorobs3 22/Jun/14 2nd O/S
ian d f 22/Jun/14 Lead O/S
1poundSOCKS 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Hard to believe it's only E1 when you look at it from above, but it feels pretty steady when you're on it. Did the high tide start on Strike Lucky. My favourite route (so far) at Pembroke.

alastairbegley 31/May/14 Lead O/S

Just amazing!

Nick Russell 31/May/14 2nd

Excellent position, well worth doing.

Stefan_Morris 31/May/14 Lead O/S
Justin T 24/May/14 2nd
with Ramon
Ramon Marin 24/May/14 Lead O/S

A classic I wanted to do for a long time. First trad route in 8 months and greasy as sin

Hidden 18/May/14 2nd
Hidden 04/May/14 Lead O/S
frank mckenna 04/May/14 -
hlegge 03/May/14 Lead O/S

Absolutely amazing line, slightly airy traverse at start which was exciting, then great moves up to the top. slight sting in the tail that the top out holds weren't great!

with Adam Knightly
Hidden 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Apr/14 2nd O/S
simon kimber 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S

started up strike lucky for the full diagonal

Toby Dunn 19/Apr/14 2nd
with Tom Mills
quiffhanger 19/Apr/14 2nd rpt

Fun as ever. Stopped mid-climb to check the thread on Circus Circus.

owain86 14/Apr/14 2nd O/S
with Chris
Frank the Husky ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Tim Sparrow ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
Joe Solo ??/2014 -

Brilliant route. E2 though the flakes u put gear in at the start would struggle to not blow after a fall and it would not be the easiest place to get out of. E1 climber could do it but not a 1st 2nd 3rd or 4th E1

Hidden ??/2014 -
Hidden 05/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Kirill 05/Oct/13 2nd O/S

Such amazing line!

ian caton 01/Sep/13 2nd O/S
with Abi
Abi Chard 01/Sep/13 Lead O/S
with Ian
Jim Slater 27/Aug/13 Lead O/S


Hidden 26/Aug/13 Lead O/S
tim newton 25/Aug/13 2nd O/S
Rob84 18/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Rob Adie
DubyaJamesDubya ?/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Andrew Bevan
Mark Grist 21/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Sam Simpson 21/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Andrew1 14/Jul/13 2nd
with Hulda
Hidden 14/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Jake Young 17/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/Jun/13 Lead O/S
chrisallan 25/May/13 2nd O/S
steve_yo 25/May/13 Lead O/S
with sam ring
Hidden 06/May/13 Lead O/S
jacobjacob 06/May/13 Lead O/S


CragDog 06/May/13 2nd
Stuart Johnston 05/May/13 Lead O/S

A little fluttery when most of my gear unzipped!

SPD224 05/May/13 2nd
with Andy Bunnage
papashango 04/May/13 Lead
Hardcore Pat 04/May/13 Lead O/S
with Chris Vanderz
Pippa 04/May/13 2nd
mountain_jay 04/May/13 Lead
richardr 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S
GuyVG 20/Apr/13 Lead O/S

grease start, wet finish, bloody brilliant. first route at pembroke

Hidden 20/Apr/13 2nd rpt
Hidden ?/Apr/13 -
adam 24 ?/Apr/13 2nd
Tubs 29/Mar/13 Lead O/S

First route of the trip. It must suit my style because I thought it was HVS. Never E2.

with Dave M
jcw ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
adie84 ??/2013 -
nickstephens 21/Sep/12 Lead O/S
gg4419 21/Sep/12 2nd O/S
with Nick
lukehodson 15/Sep/12 Lead O/S


Hidden 10/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Graham Westbrook 01/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Cardi 28/Aug/12 Lead O/S

With a very rough sea and failing light. Incredible.

with Tom R
pembrokeshirecaver 26/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Absolutely amazing.

cbeard 26/Aug/12 2nd O/S

Excellent position above the seething ocean, E2 for the situation, though low in the grade. Started at the high tide belay off to the left.

Dave Foster 14/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Si 2
Hidden 14/Aug/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Jul/12 Lead
Hidden 23/Jun/12 2nd O/S
david wands 09/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Amazing climbing hanging over a raging sea. Bit wet at the bottom.

NickJH ?/May/12 Lead dog
with LiamG
tlmarjot 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with Alex Cannon
monsteratt 07/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Started as for Strike Lucky. Felt a bit intimidated by the ab in and traversing above the lip. Probably didn't enjoy as much as I should have. Will be back to do it again.

with Nick Whimster
Kevster 07/Apr/12 Lead O/S
nickwhimster 07/Apr/12 2nd O/S

Great,Great route!

tonevert 07/Apr/12 2nd
with Kevin Faux
Rachel Slater 06/Apr/12 2nd rpt
Chi Cheng 06/Apr/12 Lead O/S
andrew sandercock 05/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Felt alright because I expected it to be worse than it was. Absolute class.

with Mark A
markalmack 05/Apr/12 2nd O/S
hels bels 01/Apr/12 2nd dog
switch 26/Mar/12 2nd rpt
with David B-St L
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
Tony Kartawick ??/2012 -
victim of mathematics 15/Oct/11 Lead O/S

Started via Strike Lucky. Awesome. Not really E2 though, is it?

with Dan
Hidden 15/Oct/11 2nd O/S
annetweddell 29/Sep/11 2nd
with Tony, Jeff
Dave Rumney 27/Aug/11 2nd
with Phil Moore
Ollie B 17/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with L.Postlewaith
Hidden 16/Aug/11 Lead O/S
thomasadixon 16/Aug/11 Lead O/S
with Mike
Coel Hellier 14/Aug/11 Lead
with John Nuttall
Hidden 14/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 13/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Excellent climbing, the route of the trip?? Did it from the refuge belay as the sea was very rough, and even then James got wet. Unfortunately had to litter the sea abandoning half our abseil rope that got tangled round rocks in the rough sea, cheers to some other guys who thought to bring us a knife.

Jus 29/Jul/11 Lead O/S
sam.sam.sam.ferguson 24/Jul/11 Lead dog

Fell off as was being stupid. Fun climb!

with Harry Massey
Hidden 24/Jul/11 Lead O/S
quiffhanger 03/Jul/11 2nd
colesy 27/Jun/11 Lead O/S

With Si T

Phill Mitch 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S

One of the best climbes I have ever done.Brilliant.

with bleggs
tim20 11/Jun/11 2nd
with pabs
Sophie Nunn 30/May/11 Lead O/S
with Floris
Rachel Slater 02/May/11 Lead O/S
Olli-C 02/May/11 2nd
steve.warrington 02/May/11 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/May/11 Lead
gingernick ?/May/11 2nd


with Darrell
centurion05 30/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
dan gibson 23/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with richard lade
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead
Shauna 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Just absolutely superb climbing. The climbing is so good it is hard to believe it's natural features you're climbing.

with Annelies
Pete Graham ??/2011 Lead
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Paul Boggis ??/2011 2nd
mwatson ??/2011 -
Ed morris 18/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with -martin
Hidden 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Misha 30/Aug/10 2nd O/S

Due to a heavy swell had to start as high as possible - from a sloping ledge in the abseil corner, several metres above the start of Strike Lucky as marked in the Rockfax. This made for a perfect traverse line in atmospheric surroundings (the couple of teams before us must have had an even more exciting time as the tide was higher when they were on it). Three out of the seven runners that Phil placed fell out and another one was barely hanging on, leaving the bulk of the traverse unprotected, which made for an exciting time seconding (can I claim a lead?!). Just as well that it wasn't particularly hard or sustained! Brilliant route, fully deserves its Top 50 status.

with Phil
philhilo 30/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Superb climb with big sea running in wild position. Best route on the trip. Put in 2x as much gear as needed on traverse - half will drop out before the second gets on it!

with misha
Cragrat Rich 29/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Wow. Mega classic stuff. Atmosphere, adrenelin, action packed and technical. Made my day!

Hidden 29/Aug/10 2nd
Pippa 29/Aug/10 Lead
with Jon
Owen W-G 28/Aug/10 Lead O/S

Bit feeble only to manage one successful lead in an overambitious trip but glad it was a good'un. Felt hard for E1, sustained and pumpy, wires not totally bomber until end of the traverse. Final section where you go upwards is a joy.

with Max
d_meacher 28/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 28/Aug/10 Lead O/S
mattnuttall 28/Aug/10 2nd O/S
with Ian Heginbotham
Hidden 16/Aug/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Rob Pitt 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
with steveE9
catblack 15/Aug/10 Lead O/S

My favorite climb in pembroke: amazing moves , a little precarious, a little scary and not steep! Was advised to do the strike lucky start and it felt more inkeeping with the climb than the start from the boulder.

Andrew Barker 15/Aug/10 2nd O/S

With Strike Lucky start. An absolute classic with enjoyable technical climbing.

Hidden 14/Aug/10 2nd
morganator 13/Aug/10 2nd
with Andy Benson, Sophie Whyte
Reds 12/Aug/10 2nd O/S
thebigeasy ?/Aug/10 -
soph ?/Aug/10 Lead rpt
with Andy Benson, jon morgan
Pown 11/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Jul/10 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/10 Lead O/S
Adam Booth 19/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Ed Booth 19/Jun/10 2nd O/S
ASchwirtz 12/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Cocky
adam coxsell 12/Jun/10 2nd
with ant
Hidden 05/Jun/10 Lead O/S
clipskipper 22/May/10 Lead O/S
with Davey Boy
spacey 16/May/10 Lead O/S
stuwelly85 03/May/10 Lead O/S
with Matt Woodfield
mattyork2 12/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Beautiful climbing before (and after!) sunset

irish paul 13/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Strike Lucky start

with Sarah Joyce
Duncan Campbell 28/Feb/10 Lead O/S

SIIICCKKK!! well psyched got to lead this one was firmly on my wishlist! was pretty wet with alot of the holds I needed to use being wet!keep a bit in reserve for the finish! Hard E1

Hidden 28/Feb/10 2nd
drysori ?/Feb/10 Lead
Hidden ??/2010 Lead O/S
Seymore Butt ??/2010 -
Hidden 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Tim W 18/Oct/09 2nd rpt
Hidden 10/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Oct/09 2nd dog
Paul Bowen 26/Sep/09 2nd
Hidden 26/Sep/09 Lead β
simonp ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Andy Reeve
Oliver Sherman 22/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with John Eales
Jessie Rushbrooke 07/Aug/09 2nd
with GF
RobRock84 18/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Adam Bevan
Hidden 14/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/May/09 2nd O/S
climbingpixie 23/May/09 Lead dog

Alas, the dangle of shame...

with Andy Hobson
Ed Babs 03/May/09 Lead O/S
with Harry
Ceridwen 18/Apr/09 2nd O/S
with Andy Mosienko
Tim M 10/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Emma
climbergg 10/Apr/09 2nd
hervenuttall ?/Mar/09 Lead O/S
with Fingers
bennybeast ??/2009 2nd O/S
metal arms ??/2009 Lead O/S
janegallwey ??/2009 Lead
Tim Steward 27/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with Crispin
Hidden 21/Sep/08 2nd
feilx 15/Jun/08 2nd rpt
Hidden 14/Jun/08 Lead O/S
haydng 01/Jun/08 Lead rpt

Minor epic!

with Rachel
RMG 01/Jun/08 2nd
with haydng
Chad123 18/May/08 AltLd rpt

Classic route which I've led before - better with low tide start and tricky groove. Exposed position...

with Emily
jude s ?/May/08 Lead O/S
with G Fry
Tim W 02/Jun/07 Lead O/S
shoulders 26/May/07 Lead
with dai
Hidden 06/May/07 Lead O/S
Alex Mason 05/May/07 Lead O/S

awesome line, awesome climbing. Absolute classic 4*

Hidden 05/May/07 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/May/07 Lead
dannyboy83 28/Apr/07 Lead O/S
feilx 28/Apr/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 08/Apr/07 Lead O/S
Rob Kennard ??/2007 -
a_radiohead_fan ?/Aug/06 -
david morse ?/Aug/06 Lead rpt
with charlotte turtle
frost ?/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with D Garry
Hidden 05/Jun/06 Lead O/S
bronsonite 02/May/06 Lead O/S
with Alex Cannon
Hidden 29/Apr/06 2nd
cornishben 29/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Edouard Vincent
Hidden 29/Apr/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Apr/06 Lead O/S
nathanmanc ?/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Dave C
Billg ?/Mar/06 Lead O/S
with Megan Beaumont
Bern ??/2006 -
chris wyatt ??/2006 -
with Mike Barclay
GuyM ??/2006 -
Kev Little ??/2006 Lead O/S
Dave Reeve ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with Tony Payne
cem 31/Jul/05 2nd rpt
with David T
Marq 29/May/05 2nd O/S
with Daniel Dennehy
Ben1983 ?/May/05 Lead O/S
Urgles ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with Jack G
Hidden ?/Jul/04 Lead O/S
lukea 09/Apr/04 Lead O/S
with Al
alex_th ?/Apr/04 Lead rpt
Hidden 16/Aug/03 2nd
gonggashan ??/2003 -
with Dave
afern 20/Jul/02 Lead O/S

climbed this along time ago, just trying to start my log book, was one of my first outdoor leads, nice root

Hidden 04/Jun/02 2nd O/S
Adam Lincoln ??/2002 Lead
cem 26/Aug/01 Lead O/S
with Neil Northrop
belay bunny turned bad ??/2001 Lead
with loundsy
tuftynick ??/2001 -
alan moore ??/2001 -

Bit pumped pawing over the steep exit. Stirring stuff.

mikej 02/Sep/00 2nd
with Nick Salmon
Laramadness 29/Jul/00 Lead O/S
with RF
dickypips ??/2000 Lead β
with john richards
bullybones ??/2000 -
D Tempest 12/Jun/99 Lead
with Rick
timbanton ?/Jun/99 -
nickdonohue 01/Aug/98 Lead

looks awesome but quite easy! tho 2nd fell off at traverse and required assisted hoist...

with Dave Chapman
Hidden 04/May/98 2nd β
PaulTanton 04/May/98 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/May/98 Lead O/S
sadams 02/May/98 Lead
with John Boyle
Hidden 02/May/98 Lead O/S
Rich Kirby ?/May/98 Lead
ArnaudG ??/1998 -
Hidden ??/1998 2nd
Marti999 ??/1997 Lead
Hidden ??/1997 Lead
Steve Crowe 01/Aug/96 2nd O/S
with KM
innes ?/Aug/96 Lead O/S
with Chris
michael burrows 07/Jul/96 Lead O/S

with strike lucky start

with mark ryan
Hidden ?/May/96 2nd
Joe Solo ?/Apr/96 Lead O/S

Brilliant route. E2 though the flakes u put gear in at the start would struggle to not blow after a fall and it would not be the easiest place to get out of. E1 climber could do it but not a 1st 2nd 3rd or 4th E1

Paul Boardman ??/1996 Lead O/S
with Iain Boardman, Spencer
Hidden 17/Sep/95 Lead
craig h 10/Sep/95 Lead O/S
with Janet Hannah
NeilGriffiths ??/1994 -
with Rich Tannert
rob.grafton 27/Sep/93 Solo
with Bruce
adi bryant 16/Jun/93 Lead O/S
with Richard
Bruce Kerr 16/Apr/93 Lead
mikej 20/Jun/92 Lead
with Mike Byles
Roget 20/Apr/92 2nd O/S
with colin, baccy
Rich Kirby ?/Apr/92 Lead
with Dave Taylor
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 -
Dave Rumney ?/Jul/89 -
Alan James - UKC and UKH 28/May/89 Lead O/S
with Tudor Griffiths
andy gittins ??/1987 -
neilh 24/Aug/86 Lead
with mark griffiths
shark 03/Apr/86 Lead O/S
with Neil McAddy (Captain)
Mark Kemball 26/Aug/85 2nd
with Dave McCann
Mike Owen 26/Aug/85 2nd rpt
with Elaine Owen
Nigel Bond 25/Aug/84 Lead
with Charlie Leverton
Dave Musgrove 26/Apr/84 Lead
with Paul Dawson, Kenny Winkworth
Mark Kemball 20/Jul/83 2nd
with Dave Abbey
steve L 02/Jul/83 2nd
with Clive Curle
Mike Owen 07/Apr/83 Lead O/S
with Phil Ralph
Hidden 02/Apr/83 2nd
Hidden 13/Apr/82 Lead
Hidden 21/Jun/81 Lead O/S
Chris Craggs ??/1980 Lead
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