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The Socialist S 4a

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[Following John up The Socialist, 2 kb]38m. The broken groove left of Balch's Slide. Amenable and reasonably protected, although some care will be needed with the earthy top out.
P Clarke, R Nadin 06/Apr/2002

Photo: Following John up The Socialist © Adrian Daniels
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 144 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

cas smerdon - Lead - 18/Aug/14 with Nick Hudson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/14

alexporter - 2nd - 03/Aug/14 with Clare Finn

Ben Watts - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Louise Grimster

alibyrnie - Lead O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Alex Heubel

mph040272 - 2nd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Tamsin Ross Browne

reece.robinson - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Ian Lambert

First Trad Lead
Lamberti - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Reece Robinson

Stone_donkey - 20/Jul/14

nicknicely - 2nd - 12/Jul/14 with steve

rdpounder - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14

Nice warm up
Abs - 2nd O/S - 09/Jul/14

Samuel Cox - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/14 with Abi

Samuel Cox - 2nd O/S - 29/Jun/14 with Belinda

Might have strayed on to Balch's slide at points, but was just too much nice gear to be had on this route to avoid.
Kemics - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/14 with Dom

Solo to set up a top rope
Tom Harper - Solo - 16/Jun/14

lgp81 - 2nd O/S - 12/Jun/14 with Pia

davidbeynon - Lead rpt - 08/Jun/14 with andy hill, Sharon Chircop

nice route ample gear
kiwi boy - 2nd rpt - 08/Jun/14 with sharron, Dave B

Jonathan's first long lead. Hungover so forgot my harness. Had to fashion one out of a sling - not terribly comfortable.
lazzaw - 2nd rpt - 25/May/14 with Jonathan Cook

felixizzy - Solo rpt - 22/May/14

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 15/May/14

marsden.d.paul - Lead O/S - 07/May/14 with Helen AMC, Phil AMC

As the book suggests, this is a pleasant slab climb.
swhite - Lead O/S - 05/May/14 with Kerry Bosworth

felixizzy - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/14

nicknicely - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14 with felix

Adrian Daniels - 2nd - 19/Apr/14 with John Parrott

Caroline 2010 - Lead O/S - 19/Apr/14 with Nick Hopper

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Apr/14

gjh - 2nd β - 13/Apr/14

Brian Moseley - Lead O/S - 13/Apr/14

shim - Lead - Apr/14

the ant hill mob - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/14 with Colin Martin

Easty14 - 2nd - 30/Mar/14

catty_9 - 2nd - 29/Mar/14 with Rebekah Hailes

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Mar/14

Chris Homewood (Swindon MC) - 2nd O/S - 15/Mar/14 with Petrina Brown

howsthebeef - Lead O/S - 12/Mar/14 with L. Mansell

Teaching Dominic to Second
ali macphee - Lead - 07/Mar/14 with Dominic

Scuzlebut - Lead O/S - 28/Dec/13 with Matt

David Staples - Lead O/S - Dec/13

David Staples - Lead O/S - Dec/13 with Matt Saunders

HairyBean - Lead O/S - 30/Nov/13 with Natalie Burke

Hidden - Lead - 15/Nov/13

Nice climb, lots of loose mud at the top. Fairly well protected, compared to Duke of Cambridge.
Footiemadhannah - 2nd - 15/Nov/13 with Leon Troake

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 30/Oct/13

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

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Oct/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Oct/13

top-out the hardest/dirtiest bit
Tristypants - Solo O/S - 12/Sep/13

Easty14 - Lead - 07/Sep/13

Climberd three times
Phil Layton - TR O/S - 22/Aug/13 with Ms Grigri

jezb1 - 2nd - 10/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead - 10/Aug/13

nick led
wilf - 2nd O/S - 07/Aug/13 with Tom, nick f

petegunn - 2nd - 02/Aug/13 with Davina

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/13

kate tarrant - Lead O/S - Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/13

colinkeb - 2nd - 08/Jul/13 with john presley

johnnyhobo - Lead O/S - 08/Jul/13 with Colin Baker

mikeydee135 - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13

mikeydee135 - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/13

mikeydee135 - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/13

Marti999 - 2nd O/S - 31/May/13 with Ben Hallett, Debbie

Hidden - Lead - 26/May/13

lgp81 - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Brendan Gill

madguernseyboy - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13 with Lucy Plowman

carl_123 - Lead - 01/May/13

wurzelinzummerset - 2nd - 01/May/13 with Carl

beth_may - Lead O/S - 17/Apr/13 with Klara Marsikova

Stuart William - 2nd O/S - 15/Apr/13 with Matt Ivory

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 06/Apr/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13

paulerussell - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Steve Grey

Neil Gay - Lead O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Ben Bird

BenBird - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Neil Gay

JenRoberts - 2nd O/S - 06/Apr/13 with Chris P

MartinN - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/13

katemurphy_@hotmail - Lead - 2013

HairyBean - Lead O/S - 20/Oct/12

*girl - 2nd O/S - 20/Oct/12 with Rick Simper

robertharris7 - 2nd - 07/Sep/12 with wayne clark

Malpractise - Lead O/S - 06/Sep/12 with Richard Goodbody

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Sep/12

Jobbo - 2nd O/S - 03/Sep/12 with Matt Carwardine

mattc - Lead RP - 03/Sep/12

arandall - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Mum, Liz

Lizzie Randall - 2nd O/S - 26/Aug/12 with Alex

stranter - 2nd rpt - 28/Jul/12 with Neil, Colin

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 19/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead - 19/Jul/12

Harri777 - Lead - 30/Jun/12 with Nik

Alor_lab - 2nd O/S - 30/Jun/12 with Harri

Hidden - Lead - 20/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Jun/12

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

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/12

Samuel Cox - 2nd O/S - 12/May/12 with SharonC1604

still a nice climb
kiwi boy - 2nd rpt - 12/May/12 with sam, sharron

My first HS. Really?
SharonC1604 - Lead O/S - 12/May/12

BALD EAGLE - Lead - 31/Mar/12 with Rob Horler

CraigMcAteer - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/12 with mark thomas,jap

wurzelinzummerset - 2nd - 28/Mar/12 with Andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Mar/12

Great little solo . Some quite hollow sounding rock near the top though.....
mark thomas - Solo - Mar/12 with CraigMcAteer

Really fun slab route. Lots of gear, only tricky moves are at the top still easy for 4a
stranter - 2nd β - 15/Oct/11 with Stephanie R

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/11

Steve27 - Lead - 02/Oct/11 with Ewan Gilmour

gilmourheid - 2nd - 02/Oct/11 with Steve27

Bobling - 2nd - 27/Jul/11 with Laura, Andy

Nice climb. Soft at the grade. Spaced gear the only reason I can see that gives it HS
kiwi boy - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/11 with rob

No more than VD
The Pylon King - Solo O/S - 16/Jun/11

Steve27 - Lead - 22/May/11 with Nick Hawkins

reashlin - 2nd O/S - 25/Apr/11

Nice climb until you hit loose rock. Look for single belay cam point dug in rock, then enjoy a walk off that's sketchy at best
Uberpussy - Lead O/S - 25/Apr/11

Neil Tucker - 2nd - Apr/11 with Robert Bronsdon, Richard Reynolds

Andyh83 - Solo O/S - 29/Mar/11

Significantly easier and better protected than Balch's Slide. S 4a.
bpmclimb - TR O/S - 27/Mar/11 with Shunt

Hidden - Lead - 27/Mar/11

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Mar/11

Bit tricky as it was very wet and done in approach shoes
davenev - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/10 with mick

nick hawkins - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/10

cas smerdon - 2nd - 24/Jul/10 with Mark S

mark stansfield - Lead - 24/Jul/10 with Carole

cas smerdon - Lead - 21/Jul/10 with mark joyce

Matt02003 - Lead - Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Feb/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Feb/09

ollie080488 - Lead O/S - 19/Dec/08 with Luke Moran

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08

CosmosKey - 2nd O/S - 21/Sep/08 with Rick & Frank

SteWatkins - Aug/08

ian d f - Lead - 2008

cas smerdon - 2nd - 03/Nov/07 with john wheeler

wheelo - Lead O/S - 03/Nov/07 with cas

ashleylist - Lead β - Sep/07 with Tamsin Collins

ashleylist - Lead β - Sep/07 with Tamsin Collins

guy xavier percival - Solo O/S - 09/Aug/07 with none

Fat Tim - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/07

John_Hat - Lead O/S - 2007 with Various

gaz.marshall - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - 2005

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Style of ascent

Soloed9 of 144 (6.2%)
Lead76 of 144 (52.8%)
Followed54 of 144 (37.5%)
Toproped2 of 144 (1.4%)
Unknown3 of 144 (2.1%)

'Climbed'44 of 144 (30.6%)
clean O/S85 of 144 (59.0%)
clean β4 of 144 (2.8%)
clean rpt10 of 144 (6.9%)
clean RP1 of 144 (0.7%)