East Wall Girdle** VS 4c
['Blue steel' on East Wall Girdle, Idwall Slabs, 3 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, North Wales 100 Classic Climbs.

Photo: 'Blue steel' on East Wall Girdle, Idwall Slabs © Adam Booth
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This climb is in 108 logbooks, and on 15 wishlists.

Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 17/Apr/15 with Myself!

Wet in places. Very cold. Numb feet. Very badly protected. I soloed the second pitch (climbing was easy though). Uninteresting moves. Got late. Abseiled down on pitch 5 which was wise because we only had one head torch between us. I lost a walking boot. Must be on a ledge somewhere. Very ambiguous route description. Definitely not 3 stars as it said in the book. Moss everywhere too. Slimy. Crap. Cold. Dark. Dingy. Bad experience.
griffithpatrick - AltLd O/S - 18/Mar/15 with barney

p1,2,3,4 (split the slabs pitch) and 6 I really liked this, never hard (not much if any 4b) top 4c pitch only just harder (probably 4b+). Quite serious in places, worth its VS i think esp if damp.
lithos - AltLd - 21/Sep/14 with Pete Bradshaw

We lead pitches 1, 2 and 3. pitch 4 was far too serious for the VS grade and had horrific fall potential, abseiled off. Also wet in places.
bomtall - AltLd dnf - 08/Sep/14 with Jed Taylor

Lead pitch 2. Couldn't find any decent gear on pitch 4, so absailed off anchor at end of pitch 3.
jeddb - AltLd dnf - 07/Sep/14 with bomtall

Ray Sparks - AltLd - 11/Jul/14 with pero

mrchewy - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/14

Pero - AltLd - 11/Jul/14

David Stevens - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/14

Lead even pitches, Felix lead the odds. Great adventure but most of the climbing is easy. Some harder moves on P6 but only soft 4c.
AndrewP - AltLd - 16/Apr/14 with FelixPeterken

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Apr/14

FelixPeterken - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Andrew Peterken

IanGilbertJones - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Oct/13

Blessed shade, cool rock and little polish 3*
MoWalker3 - AltLd - 13/Jul/13 with Rick

Felt more like an HS 4b. Gear was a little sparce in places but never any fear of falling. A good route but it didn't feel worthy 2 stars as too many grassy ledges (which were wet today).
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 07/Jul/13 with Stephen Holmes

Very soft in the grade we thought, not convinced there was any 4c and very little 4b. Gear can be a bit spaced. Only worth a star
CurlyStevo - AltLd - Jul/13 with Lee H

Steveb27 - Lead - Jul/13

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 29/Jun/13 with Richard Toon

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/13 with Kris

hellsbells - 03/Jun/13 with stuart holmes

Enjoyable romp up some quality rock although there were a couple of small wet sections - to be expected since it's the bit of Idwal Slabs that gets the least amount of sun. Last two pitches above Grassy Terrace were sweet - stay far left for a steeper & more technical alternative to the route.
sebbo - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13 with Grant Brown

Yeknom - AltLd O/S - May/13

Doug Wilkie - 2nd O/S - 14/Jun/12 with Olly Pirkis, Tom Musgrave

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/May/12

En route to Javelin Blade.
alan moore - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Beware inaccurate description of pitch 3 in the definitive guide. Ignore the mention of the shallow cave (you pass well above on the right) and pitch length is 100ft, not 80ft.
five - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/11 with AV

Did pitches 1-5. Only rate pitches 1&2; quite run out in place; less said about pitch 4 the better!
climbinmunkey - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Helen

Hidden - 24/Apr/11

Left about midday. I did p1,3 & 5. MG finished up pitch 6. We then climbed Lazarus & the Groove Above. At about 6.30pm we were the toilng up the slopes towards Gray Slab/Grey Arete, but turned back deciding we would be out of time. A wise decision - we would have struggeled to get back in the dark. Did both GS & GA later in the week - neither is a pushover! A good day out.
Pete Nugent - AltLd - 18/Apr/11 with Matt Gordon

With Dan Wilson. Quite bold because of dampness of rock in places, but a quality long route when the rest of the face was busy.
carlh - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/11

Sophie Nunn - AltLd O/S - 24/Mar/11 with Ant, Phil

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

daveyji - AltLd O/S - 2011 with Linda Williamson

HamishD - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/10 with Alex

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Sep/10

Hidden - Lead - 30/Aug/10

Hidden - 30/Aug/10

Liam FLeming - Lead - 26/Jun/10 with barni, karen dalzell

Tim Ducker - 2nd - 17/Jun/10 with Stu Inchley

stuart34 - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/10 with Tim Ducker

led first and poss third fourth pitch's
shaun walby - AltLd O/S - 23/Apr/10 with stuart Holmes

Paul Boggis - AltLd - 2010

matt0759 - AltLd - 26/Sep/09 with Jamie Thompson

troutbeck - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/09 with A.M.

Hidden - Lead - 06/Jun/09

steve prior - AltLd - Jun/09 with Andy C

vanderz - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/09 with Steve Fletcher

Owain Llewelyn - AltLd - 15/May/08 with Bancy

mikelaing - Lead - Oct/07 with Pete Andrews

dan gibson - AltLd O/S - 28/May/07 with helen gibson

Carly - AltLd O/S - 21/May/07 with sophie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/May/07

mikelaing - AltLd - Apr/07 with John Watson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/07

Hidden - Jul/06

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Apr/06

Hidden - Lead - 04/Sep/05

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/05 with Ed Booth

Adam Booth - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/05 with Ed Booth

Ed Booth - AltLd - 27/Jul/05 with Adam Booth

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Jul/05

John HW - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/05 with Cath

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - AltLd - Jun/05 with Richard Bower

Mark Riley - Lead - May/05 with Milly

Hidden - Lead - May/05

Hidden - AltLd - 08/Aug/04

ChrisBrooke - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/03 with John Inkpen

Hammy - AltLd - 07/Jun/03 with Iain Gallagher

aged_ape - AltLd O/S - May/02 with ML

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Aug/01

Hidden - Lead - May/01

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/01

Phil West - AltLd rpt - 22/Jul/00 with David Atherton

Great route, but quite serious for the grade. Pitches 3, 4 & 7 are all sparsely protected, and a lot of the route is equally serious for the second. Quite a test of route finding ability.
Rog Wilko - Lead - Jun/00 with Debbie Wilkinson

cliffy - AltLd O/S - 2000 with Susanne Svendsen

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 2000

jim_randell - AltLd O/S - 04/Sep/99 with PS

I led pitches 2, 4 & 6.
Phil West - AltLd O/S - 23/Mar/98 with Steve Wild

Hidden - AltLd - Feb/98

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Aug/97

Pete Nugent - AltLd - 03/May/97 with Simon Harry

ferret newman - Lead - 01/Feb/91 with The Blacks Camping Crew (Reading) , 1989-1991, Phil, Mad bloke from Rock & Rapids, Moley

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Jan/91

babymoac - Lead - 19/Aug/89 with Graeme

mark-abz - AltLd - 01/May/88 with Andy W

Ian Archer - AltLd - 12/Sep/86 with Marcus Sierp

In the pouring rain. Great fun except for the last pitch, which was scary.
AlanLittle - AltLd - May/86 with Carl Blakeley

nigehughes - AltLd - Jul/84 with Ian Cameron

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/82 with Alan Bennett

Chris Terrey - Lead - Oct/80 with Mike Quantrell

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jul/80

Brian Wilderspin - AltLd - 21/Sep/78

Hammy - AltLd - 26/Aug/78 with Jonathon Stacey

RichardMc - AltLd O/S - 15/May/77 with Dave Langmead

mikej - AltLd - 05/Jul/75 with Bill Church

Hidden - Jul/75

Bolt Phobia - AltLd - 12/Mar/75

rogerskews - AltLd - 1975 with Martin Coward

On YHA Climbing course
Brian Wilderspin - 2nd - Aug/73

Girdle>original route with direct start>holy tree wall>the upper staircase>Grey Slab in boots and rucksacks. Typical R James runaround
jcw - 24/Oct/65 with Ron James

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hard 5a0 of 14
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