137m, 5 pitches.

Rockfax Description
A great alternative if you are up to it though, as the grade suggests, it is delicate and bold with virtually no gear. Climb the scoop until it steepens then balance out right to gain and climb the slab. Finish up the original or solo right to Ordinary Route. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Best slab climbs of the UK, UK Lonely Leads, AMC Uni Ticklist.

matt peacey 27/Sep Lead O/S
Climbster 19/Sep AltLd O/S
with Ian
davenev 10/Aug AltLd O/S
with Graham
Hidden 10/Aug AltLd
jezb1 09/Jun AltLd

P1 and then moved together

Fatclimber 05/Jun Lead O/S

Probably went to far right (accidently), but as the rain was torrential at that point didn't care.

Deako 05/Jun 2nd
Sean Kelly 13/May Lead

The direct start was very damp and greasy, but I did find some average gear. A brilliant nut slot on edge of main slab at about 35/40 feet but you might still hit the deck on this one!

with Antonio Ramos
Tim Sparrow ??/2015 -
wazzalad20 19/Sep/14 Lead O/S

Felt E1 4c to me, although it was very greasy and polished. If I messed up the crux I was hitting the deck!

SAF 13/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Phil
Hidden 13/Sep/14 Lead rpt
dashby 03/Sep/14 AltLd
with Dave Prime
beakerburgess 23/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

i lead first, started raining after 1st pitch

with James Weale
jwhereat 01/Jul/14 2nd
michael burrows 22/Jun/14 Lead rpt
with Phil Creed
Hidden 22/Jun/14 2nd dnf
foostu4 15/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 15/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
Stopsy 14/Jun/14 AltLd β

lead E1 pitch alt lead rest of tennis shoe. shouldn't of asked for beta!

with Townley
j.townley 14/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
with Stops!
Pete_Frost 06/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Not excessive but requires a calm approach. Finished up the rest of Tennis Shoe.

with Climbing Joe from Anglesey
Hidden 30/May/14 Lead O/S
steve_gibbs 18/May/14 AltLd O/S
with Joe Innes
Kazza91 ?/May/14 -
Hidden 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S
spearing05 19/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

Andrew had the bold start, amazing lead as a warm up for the morning. I ran the next two pitches into one with a section of moving together. Final short pitch to the tennis shoe is polished.

with Andrew
Jonathan Richardson 18/Apr/14 AltLd

Lead P1 (hvs) alt leads

with Russ
the ant hill mob 17/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Jelly Mould Surfer 16/Apr/14 Lead rpt

Nice but bold. Good runners once established on the main slab. Whether it is E1 or HVS (HVS is my vote) is a maybe, but no mover harder than 4c.

Hidden 16/Apr/14 AltLd
ianstevens 11/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

Nice and pleasant, simple climbing (never 5a) although a little run out. Only E1 if you're a scaredy-cat! There is gear to be had, including a decent skyhook low down. Rest of Tennis Shoe was also pleasant, but shiny. Led P1,2,3 and 5.

bede.west 15/Mar/14 AltLd O/S

E1 4c or E1 with one 5a move

mike mo ??/2014 -
Alfie Conn ??/2014 -
Felix Ottey 30/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Oct/13 Lead O/S
wixy 12/Oct/13 Lead
sam0000 ?/Aug/13 Lead O/S
soph 26/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Lindy Smith
Hidden 20/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/Jul/13 AltLd
fait 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S
BTphonehome 31/May/13 AltLd O/S
with Woodsy
morgan91 18/May/13 Lead O/S
BradleyWhite 18/May/13 2nd
ipegg 06/May/13 AltLd O/S


Samuel Wainwright 19/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Emma Smith
Hidden ?/Apr/13 2nd O/S
dannygiblin ?/Apr/13 Lead
marzi ??/2013 Lead

slid off the crux but managed to stop myself plummeting to a life in a wheelchair, by smearing and ripping my fingertips to shreds on the curved face. regain my mojo and finished the pitch, continued easy up pitch 2 and 3 but chickend out of 4 and took the easy gully to the right, head was fried and body batterd, awesome first HVS multi pitch, and my guidebook, climbers club "ogwen" rates it a VS but HVS sounds fine to me,

with caroline hill
tim20 ??/2013 -
Matt88 06/Oct/12 2nd

led one of the easier pithches

with Joe M, jonny webb
joem 06/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with MATTR, johnny web
JonnyW 06/Oct/12 AltLd

Joe led direct start then Alternate leads between Matt and I before I led the fantastic final pitch

partz 05/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

I lead the first pitch, Alex lead the final 2. Not sure on the line exactly, but basically carried up the scoop to the top, and then moved right slightly towards (but not into) the first crack. Simple climbing, just ballsy

sparkybatteryboy 05/Sep/12 AltLd
with matt e
Hidden ?/Sep/12 AltLd
kirsten 11/Aug/12 2nd

The start of the chain ....

with JohnN
John Nuttall 11/Aug/12 Lead
with Kirsten
Hidden 22/Jul/12 Lead O/S
beata 05/Jul/12 -

The last pitch is very exposed and very scary. Nice and pleasant climb.

Hidden 10/Jun/12 Lead dnf
Hidden 10/Jun/12 AltLd
torsok 02/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with Matt H
GermanAlex 30/May/12 Lead O/S

"virtually no gear" (rockfax) isn't exactly correct, an early cam and a micronut (or two if you fancy) protect almost adequately. Lovely bold slab climbing, just the way I like it. The climbing is extremely straightforward, especially if you're used to slabs. Only HVS if you don't trust your micronut, E1 unjustified.

with Lee
Big Lee 27/May/12 AltLd O/S

Lead the direct pitch. Felt closer to HVS than E1 as the climbing was fairly straight-forward. Some massive run outs though. Made worse due to having to bypass some good gear placements after running out of small cams lower down.

MikeLell 27/May/12 2nd O/S
with Lee Harrison
twem 22/May/12 Lead O/S
rustaldo 22/May/12 AltLd O/S

quite bold, pretty much no gear till you step back right onto the slab. followed normal tennis shoe the rest of the way.

with Alex
Hidden 12/May/12 Lead O/S
Ollie B 23/Mar/12 Lead O/S
with C.Radford
alan moore ??/2012 -
goadventure1 ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Dafydd Llywelyn 12/Nov/11 Lead O/S
with Sam Houlker
thecurlyone 05/Nov/11 AltLd O/S

Ivan lead the first pitch. I nervously took the greasy left hand option for the second pitch. Then two easier runout slab pitches by Ivan and I in that order. Ivan finished the route with a steep alternative to the traditional route by going straight up the face from the grassy ledge (pockets followed by cracks and slab. Great outing!

with Ivan Holroid
will_benfold 01/Oct/11 Lead O/S
with Miles
Hidden 30/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Phil_Hall_97 30/Sep/11 2nd
with Alice Du Preeze, Dave Evans
Hidden 25/Sep/11 AltLd
iainpowell ?/Sep/11 -
Tom Hecht 25/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
with Josh Marshall
Hidden 05/Aug/11 AltLd
tully1987 05/Aug/11 AltLd
jack1996 02/Aug/11 Lead O/S

did by accident instead of normal tennis shoe!

with Luke c
Hidden ?/Aug/11 AltLd
nick_curtis01 20/Jul/11 2nd O/S

nice easy challenge... no problems. dry rock

with Laurie Brand, Ian Bailey
Lawrie Brand 20/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Nick, Ian
eeonz 20/Jul/11 2nd
Hidden 20/Jul/11 Lead O/S
nick_curtis01 20/Jul/11 2nd O/S

For an E1 felt comfortable all the way through climb

with James Mackey
Simon Cahill 14/Jul/11 AltLd O/S

lead middle pitch

with Sam Benson
masonwoods101 03/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Alex Mason 30/Jun/11 AltLd O/S

Led P1 & P3. Bold first pitch, had a really awkward bag on which made looking up hard work, and climbed it in approach shoes, got a bit scared on the crux, gears pants.

with Laura Perry
Hidden 30/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
Lev 03/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/11 2nd O/S
Conan 30/Apr/11 Lead
with Clare A
ceaddiso 30/Apr/11 2nd

Need to learn to trust my feet!

with Conan
MBarraclough 30/Apr/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 29/Apr/11 Lead O/S
The Ivanator 19/Apr/11 2nd O/S

Bold, but really only VS climbing, worth HVS for the runout but never E1.

with Sean
Perryman 19/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
mbradberry2008 11/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Felt a little easy for E1, have to agree with the Rockfax on this one!!

with James Mccann
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead rpt
Hidden 08/Apr/11 AltLd O/S
pudding 08/Apr/11 AltLd O/S

i started on the E1 pitch, matt got the classic final pitch :)

squicky 02/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with rg1976
rg1976 02/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with squicky
Alex Shermer 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

really nice climb!

Rachel Slater 05/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Od 27/Jan/11 Lead O/S

V-Cold, numb hands

with Ollie Dowen
Hidden 27/Jan/11 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2011 -
mackay780 ??/2011 Lead O/S
pasbury ??/2011 -
luke wallington ??/2011 2nd
with joe
Hidden ??/2011 Lead O/S
spalice 20/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
with gwen lancashire
ollieben 02/Oct/10 Lead O/S
with millie
Millicent21 02/Oct/10 2nd
with Ollie
Hidden 16/Sep/10 AltLd
mullermn 12/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Pretty scary for a few moves in the middle. Some of the tough moves are in definite ground fall territory. Exciting ;)

Kylie 12/Sep/10 2nd O/S

Pretty scary route, feels like quite a traverse on second with quite a bit of swing potential if you fall. Enjoyed it though!

Hidden 11/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
whiting.jp 11/Jul/10 AltLd O/S

Nearly came unstuck on the key pitch, a lovely long bold start to the route though.

with jamesca
Hidden 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 12/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
cmsg 10/Jun/10 AltLd rpt
with Llewelyn Thomas
Hidden 07/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 04/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/10 AltLd O/S
craig h 31/May/10 2nd O/S
with Janet Hannah
Hidden 31/May/10 AltLd O/S
prdaum 23/May/10 2nd O/S
with Dave, PYB
monkey1 21/May/10 Lead O/S

A few shaky leg moments on the run out parts but couldn't work out where the actual crux was. Thin on gear and bold throughout but not as polished as Tennis Shoe

Hidden 18/May/10 AltLd O/S
Dux 18/May/10 AltLd O/S

Led 2nd and 4th pitches.

Hidden 22/Apr/10 AltLd
dswansonlow 07/Mar/10 AltLd
with Tom Smart
tomsmartacus 07/Mar/10 AltLd
with Dougie
Hidden ??/2010 -
RHarding ??/2010 -
jld579 ??/2010 Lead O/S
sionjosh ??/2010 -
centurion05 ??/2010 -
sgl0jd ??/2010 -
matt0759 26/Sep/09 AltLd
Rampikino 20/Sep/09 Lead
with Cat
Hidden ?/Sep/09 2nd O/S
nathanmanc 07/Aug/09 Lead O/S
with Jen
RachelP 01/Jun/09 Lead
with Jamie
Graham Westbrook ?/Jun/09 AltLd
mjackson ?/Jun/09 -
jamie ward 29/May/09 Lead O/S
with Stuart Williams
Piers Harley 24/May/09 Lead β
with Daryl Flint
snakebite 09/May/09 AltLd O/S

Night climb in B3 boots - 3 pitches Matt took first and third, i led second pitch

CharlieMack 19/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
with Janek Mamino
John Marsland 19/Apr/09 2nd rpt

1st pitch only

with Goi
en7edh ??/2009 2nd
Hidden 19/Nov/08 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Nov/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/Oct/08 Lead dnf
RCrockford 21/Aug/08 AltLd O/S
with Andy G, Andy C
tumbling wizard ?/Jun/08 -
adamscottthomas 11/May/08 AltLd O/S

I led the first pitch, some of the slab and the final pitch up the tower

with Ian Johnson
Hidden ?/Feb/08 2nd
Hidden ??/2008 2nd O/S
guy stabler ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden 10/Nov/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/07 Lead
Hidden 20/Oct/07 AltLd O/S
Hidden 20/Oct/07 AltLd
Calder 07/Oct/07 2nd

I led one of the easier middle pitches, Mark did the rest...

with Mark
loonyclimber 10/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
Jonathan Richardson ?/Sep/07 AltLd

Lead P1-5 & 7

Hidden 28/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Mike Roach ?/Aug/07 AltLd O/S

Seconded the final pull up the tower, which I found rather tricky and steep at the time.

with Laurence Hicks
SamStokes 15/Jul/07 AltLd O/S
Rampikino 26/May/07 Lead
with MMC Various
John King 05/May/07 2nd
auld al ?/May/07 Lead O/S
lighty 21/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
with Robby b
rob1 21/Apr/07 AltLd O/S
with Jonny Martin
Cardi 13/Apr/07 Lead O/S

First HVS - With mum watching! Bold and precarious. Granted - easy for HVS, but much too bold for it to be VS. Top pitch was hard and polished for 4a. Middle pitches were a delight to climb.

with Pete D
John Marsland 12/Apr/07 2nd rpt
donkster 03/Apr/07 Lead rpt
with hannah, mark
Hidden 01/Apr/07 Lead
JHPritch ?/Apr/07 2nd O/S
with Ifan
scorky345 ?/Apr/07 AltLd
tim20 ?/Apr/07 AltLd
Hidden 24/Mar/07 Lead O/S
John Lisle ??/2007 -
Huddy ??/2007 -
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
Diggler ??/2007 AltLd O/S
zcapxa5 25/Nov/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Nov/06 2nd
Hidden 15/Oct/06 2nd
Hidden ?/Oct/06 Lead
Hidden 30/Sep/06 Lead O/S
Hidden 26/Sep/06 AltLd O/S
dodfoster 05/Sep/06 AltLd O/S
with heather muirden
cas54321 ?/Aug/06 2nd
with Mike
Owain Llewelyn 06/Jul/06 AltLd

Great first pitch

with Dad
Ian_gozer 02/Jul/06 AltLd O/S
with Tim & Instructor
Hidden 07/Jun/06 2nd O/S
mikelaing ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S
with Carolyn
cas54321 ?/Jun/06 2nd
with Mike
Hidden ?/May/06 Lead O/S
stuart100 28/Apr/06 Lead O/S
with Gary Stoker
ju monkey 20/Apr/06 2nd

it was well good fun and tony pooed his self ha ha

with tony hall
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 AltLd O/S
emlynroberts ??/2006 AltLd
with Karoliina Koivisto
Hidden ?/Oct/05 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Sep/05 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/Sep/05 AltLd O/S
steve mee 25/Jun/05 AltLd

Mich led first pitch.

FrankW 21/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
with Peter T
mattdown ?/Jun/05 2nd
with Tom Gilbert
Hidden ?/Jun/05 2nd
Hidden ?/Jun/05 Lead
Hidden 31/May/05 AltLd O/S
John Marsland 11/May/05 Lead
with Ant Williams
ewen ?/Apr/05 AltLd O/S
telemark ??/2005 Solo O/S
John Kettle ??/2005 Lead
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
drysori ?/Aug/04 AltLd O/S

A fantastic first pitch.

with Malcolm
Hidden ?/Aug/04 -
climbtim 20/Jun/04 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jun/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2004 -
rockjedi12345 ?/Oct/03 Lead O/S
richardlong78 04/Sep/03 -
with Stu Wright
Sandy P ?/Jul/03 AltLd
with Guy Couper-Marsh
Hidden ?/Jul/03 Lead O/S
220bpm ?/Jun/03 Lead O/S
with Mike
Andy Clarke 29/Mar/03 Lead O/S

Done as my first HVS.

with ChrisA
akhughes ??/2003 Solo O/S
Hidden 07/Oct/02 Lead
michael burrows 12/May/02 Lead O/S
with dave meeson
Brown ??/2002 Solo O/S
paul m hadley ??/2002 Lead
Hidden 29/Aug/01 Lead O/S
Rog Wilko ?/May/01 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
Hidden 05/May/00 Lead
kevp 20/Jun/99 Lead O/S
kevp 30/Jun/98 Lead O/S
with RLT Course
rurp 01/Jun/98 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/May/98 AltLd O/S
BruceW ??/1998 AltLd O/S

Sometime in the 90's

Conan ??/1998 AltLd O/S
with Steve Williams
Andy Say 08/Aug/97 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Jun/97 Lead rpt
brady 30/Mar/97 Lead
with Andy Carr
big 06/Mar/97 -
whispering nic ??/1997 Lead
with The Wife
Paul Boardman ??/1996 AltLd O/S
with Iain Boardman
Sean Kelly ?/Jul/95 Lead

Second met on campsite! No gear. If you find this easy you traversed off R to soon!

Hidden 14/May/95 AltLd
Rhian Wood ??/1995 -
Hidden 27/May/94 Solo
DavPk ??/1993 AltLd
with Gareth Wood
Rob Davies 03/May/92 TR

Top rope to finish after gear disappeared

with Mick Moss
Hidden 12/Aug/91 Lead
tlr 22/Oct/90 Lead
with ben
SPD224 ?/Sep/90 AltLd
Hidden ?/Jul/90 Lead
mark-abz 23/Jun/90 2nd
with Charlie G
Ched ??/1990 Lead O/S
with Glyn
Nick Rundall ??/1990 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
michael burrows 16/Jul/89 AltLd O/S
with stewart wingfield
Hidden 31/Mar/89 Lead
Hidden 11/Jul/88 AltLd
Iain Thow 14/May/88 Lead
with Steve Ball
Jelly Mould Surfer ?/Apr/88 Lead O/S
babymoac 01/Aug/87 Lead
with Rich Reeder
AlanLittle ?/Jul/87 Lead

E1?? Don't be ridiculous. It's a rather bold VS. Maybe marginally HVS 4c

with Carl Blakeley
Tony Buckley ?/Sep/86 AltLd
Mark Kemball 05/Jul/85 Lead
with Chris May
Mark Kemball 04/Jul/85 Lead
with Chris May
Richard Weller 21/Oct/84 Lead
with Lucinda and Sally
nigehughes ?/Jul/84 Lead
with Ian Cameron
Ian Clare ??/1983 -
Hidden 29/May/81 Solo
Nic Robinson 01/Feb/81 Solo O/S
Nic Robinson ??/1980 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1980 -
Chris Craggs ??/1980 -
uphillnow ??/1980 Solo

in 1980's

Hidden 29/Jan/77 Lead
Simon cook ?/Sep/76 -
mikej 05/Jul/75 AltLd
with Bill Church
gwedgwood ??/1975 -
with Steve McEvoy
Hidden 13/Apr/74 2nd
pneame ??/1974 -
Nigel Bond 11/Aug/73 Lead
with Alan
Tom V ??/1972 -
eroica64 07/Apr/66 Solo

With Cliff Phillips. 2,600 feet of Idwal Slabs soloing in a day

gareth higgins ?/Jun/65 AltLd

my first lead of this route.done in eb rock boots and extra full weight nylon rope.rope realy dragging with long run outs.nice dry sunny day.pure joy.chickened out on the final pillar,climbed a wee groove to the right.the scramble down was interesting,nice view of suicide wall.

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