Slow Ledge Climb** VS 4b

Rockfax Description
A superb way to continue your adventure.
1) 15m. Scramble up and right towards the quartzy pinnacle above the descent gully. Move right just below the top of the pinnacle onto heather, then continue diagonally right to a short groove and a ledge. Continue zigzagging rightwards with care to reach a tree and flake belay. Beware of people below.
2) 4b, 25m. Move right and up to a large flake. Climb the rightward-trending slab to gain a hand traverse which leads to the Slow Ledge. From the right-hand side of the ledge, climb a groove, then hand traverse right to gain a heathery stance.
3) 4b, 25m. Climb directly up into an unappealing groove and move left round a rib into another groove. Weave upwards on easier ground to a ledge.
4) 25m. Scramble off and belay well back. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
Published grade is VS,4c not S,4a

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

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Hidden - Lead - 04/Oct/15

tomowen13 - AltLd - 29/Sep/15 with Ben Paske

Lead the death trap that is the first "pitch" (scramble over vegetated ground) and the considerably more enjoyable 2nd pitch together. Great positions on those traverses! Route finding can be a bit difficult. Michael lead 3+4 together. Oddly I'd give VS for the overall seriousness and first "pitch", the rock pitches in themselves would be more like HS.
GermanAlex - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/15 with Michael

Absolute death trap of a traverse, if you had a tumble you would be buggered, Alex did it with a bave lead and I lead the easy pitch.
Michael Morrell - AltLd - 27/Sep/15 with Alex

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 16/Aug/15

The 2nd pitch makes the first pitch almost worthwhile. Lead odd pitches. Last pitch in the rain was rough. Started around half 9 finished by 11. Then on to Main Wall
JimboWizbo - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/15

robgixer - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/15

thom_jenkinson - 2nd O/S - 16/Apr/15 with Tom Eldridge

In spite of the slight greenery this was much nicer than The Cracks. The first pitch is sketchy as hell - rope it up! And route finding is a little confusing from the first belay - go up and right in spite of the ab tat. All in all felt more comfortable on the less polished rock here.
Eagertom - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/15 with Thom Jenkinson

Led the middle hand-traverse pitch. Super pitch after the grassy rubbish of the approach traverse!
67hours - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Al Docherz, Clay

Clay C - AltLd O/S - 27/Sep/14 with Al, George

zcsharp - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Alex Tibbs

abtibbs - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/14 with Jamie Roberts

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/14

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Jul/14

Soloed most of the easily first scrambling pitch then led the rest. Traverse very good but lacks a good line to the top.
Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/14 with Andy Drinkall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/14

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/14 with Pidg

Steveb27 - AltLd O/S - 21/Jun/14

Coel Hellier - AltLd - 21/Jun/14 with Steve B

clairemathews - 2nd - 14/Jun/14

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14

jonhowson - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with Mark, Maia

johnself1603 - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14

MYox - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with Jon, Maia

Hidden - Lead rpt - 18/Apr/14

Lucylou19 - 2nd - 30/Mar/14

Hidden - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Led the hand traverse pitch-very exposed!
stevelismore - AltLd O/S - 14/Sep/13 with John PCC

john max - AltLd - 14/Sep/13 with Julian Sorrell

Led pitch 1, end of 2 from Slow Ledge & 3. John Maxfield & Julian following as pair.
john_ni - AltLd - 14/Sep/13 with Steve Lismore ( PCC)

Led P1, P3.
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/13 with Stevo

lead Pitch 2, Part of a bigger enchainment taking Western Slabs, Slow Ledge Climb, Main Wall,Gambit Climb and Crib Coch. Started at 7:30 back down to the car 19:15. A very good day :)
CurlyStevo - AltLd - Aug/13 with Kirill S

jwpil - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/13 with Ben

Nice exposure and enjoyable continuation from the Nose climbs.
sebbo - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Grant Brown

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jul/13

Moved together, lead final pitches
cbeard - AltLd rpt - 20/Jul/13 with Jonny Hawkins

greenclimb - Lead rpt - 14/Jul/13 with Gill

Ended up on this accidentally from the top of black Spring! Great climb
sheelba - AltLd - 13/Jul/13

Great little climb of yesteryear. Pp 2,4. P2 never hard, never desperate but sustained and makes you think.
squicky - AltLd O/S - 11/Jul/13 with Megan

rob 528 - AltLd - 10/Jul/13

Awesome Climb!
Josiemc - AltLd - 04/Jul/13

Linkup with superdirect
alex_arthur - Jul/13 with Matthew Osborne

lithos - AltLd - 02/Jun/13 with Pete Bradshaw

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/13 with Sarah

Hidden - Lead - 01/Jun/13

Josiemc - AltLd O/S - Jun/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/May/13

following on from western slabs. P2 and 4
LozM - AltLd - 19/May/13 with Mark J

After the Direct route, then on to The Gambit.
jshields - AltLd - 20/Apr/13 with Andy Neath, Ed James

georgedunton - AltLd O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Ryan Lang

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Mar/13

Led P1 & P3.
Manchi - AltLd O/S - 11/Aug/12 with tim_mcd

tim_mcd - AltLd - 11/Aug/12 with Manchi

VS in my guidebook... I'd agree with HS. Great hand traverse.
cbeard - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/12 with Katherine Ross

Had a proper 'Vertical Limit' style flail on the hand traverse (but somehow managed to save it)! The grassy, muddy, heathery bits at the start were thoroughly unfun.
Katherine Ross - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/12 with Charlie Beard

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Aug/12

Honking 1st pitch, didn't read the book and took the quartz pinnacle direct and right-ish at the top. Excellent 2nd pitch, defo VS for the position and the final move onto the belay is pushing 4c.
Zoomer - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Baz Whale

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12

Johnywilks - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/12 with Glen Bloomer

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Jun/12

DubyaJamesDubya - AltLd O/S - Jun/12 with Andrew Bevan

Hidden - 2012

grp - AltLd O/S - 03/Aug/11

Hidden - Solo - Aug/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/11

tedburt - AltLd O/S - 26/Sep/10 with Aaron Burdett

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/10

beci tointen - Lead O/S - Jul/10 with my uncle carl

KevB - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/10 with Chris W

Hidden - Lead - 21/Jun/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 15/Jun/10

stuart34 - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/10 with tim ashlin

defo take half ropes or extend gear allot. we got major rope drag on a single
adam06 - AltLd - 12/Jun/10 with marek

Linked with Western Slabs and carried boots.Bit of a contrast to the routes on the nose, traversing across heather hoping it doesnt give way. Great hand traverse on P2, what a position.
tompilgrem - 2nd O/S - 04/Jun/10 with Dad

P1.Heathery scramble- fine in dry.P2Great rising traverse- with amazing hand traverse-easy but very exposed.P3 Easy- but very run out. Overall agree that needs an competent party- and that double ropes are essential.
bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/10 with Bob/Tom

Hidden - AltLd - 24/May/10

Via Dolerite Dump
Nigel Coe - AltLd - 23/May/10 with Bob Moulton, Don Sargeant

led p2. its all bout that one really. amazing exposed with easy moves leadind to a scary rockover( i think 4c)leading to a alsome rest and belay. vs in guide books which i agree
dan ely - AltLd O/S - 20/May/10 with jon

MarekM - AltLd - 2010

MarekM - AltLd - 2010

With big pack + stuff, great fun!
Matt Bennett - Lead O/S - 14/Sep/09 with Jonathan Emett

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/09

Hidden - 2nd - 06/Aug/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/Jul/09

After a dismal and quite dangerous first pitch, the rock becomes solid and the climbing whilst straight forwards outs you in E1 positions! Absolutely mind blowing exposure and moves!
beardy mike - Lead O/S - 19/Jun/09 with Steve Corner (SC)

Linked up from the cracks. Pitch 1 is pretty nasty & very serious. Pitch 2 & three are excellent. Great climbing in amazing positions.
SC - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/09 with mike kann

mikelaing - AltLd - Jun/09 with Ian Whitehead

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09 with Chris James

Hidden - Lead O/S - 25/May/09

Hidden - 2nd - 25/May/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/09

Hidden - AltLd - May/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/09

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Jul/08

Siderunner - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/08 with Kirsten

tumbling wizard - Jun/08

Led pitches 1 (the heathery traverse :o ) and 3. An excellent route once you get to it.
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 31/May/08 with Mark (Refugee)

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/May/08

TimPerkin - Lead O/S - 23/May/08 with Richard Harris

jimsrankin - Lead O/S - May/08

Al Evans - 2008

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Apr/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jul/06

TobyA - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/05 with Matthew Higginson

Hidden - 2002

marcoleptic - AltLd - 2000 with Banjo

Ian Archer - AltLd O/S - 28/Jun/98 with Paul Rogers

smudge - Lead O/S - 27/May/97 with Frank

Nick Biven - 1986

Hidden - Lead - 1983

Hidden - Jul/82

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 29/May/82 with Jeff

Hidden - Lead - 1980

In the rain, solo and in Super RDs
Falko - Solo - 1978 with Al W.

In the rain, in Super RDs and with big sacs. Part of a 'round trip' started because of poor morning weather in the Pass. Ended up doing Dolerite Dump, Slow Ledge, Reade's Route, Snowdon summit, Spiral Stairs, Dives, and Sabre Cut.
Falko - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/77 with Al W.

mikej - Lead - 25/Jun/76 with Brian Norris

with dave naul - for some reason we didn't belay on the slow ledge
climbing_goose - AltLd O/S - 1976 with dave naul

granitbahn - AltLd - 1975

Tom V - 1973

Did it in big boots, linking climbs to the top of the mountain. Great wee climb.
auldscotal - AltLd O/S - 1968 with ?

With a GMC member
uphillnow - Lead - Jul/67

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