Martell Slab*** VS 4c
[Phil Beddow on the first pich of Martell Slab, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
An often overlooked classic on a fine crag. The climbing and line are intricate and in its lower reaches on compact rock that requires crisp conditions. The first pitch is high in the grade. Start in the back of the recess at a short, thin corner-crack.
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1) 4c, 18m. Step up into the thin corner-crack from the right and climb it for a couple of metres before stepping onto the slab on the left. Move up to a niche and high runners. Bridge up to good hand holds above the niche and step left to a crack. Follow the crack until the slab on its left can be climbed to a fine ledge and belay..
2) 8m. Traverse rightwards on easy ground to a good ledge below a steep corner..
3) 4b, 17m. Climb the steep corner and then move left to another. Follow the corner to an overhang and pull leftwards on good holds to clear it before a short wall gains the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: 100 More Classic British VS Climbs, West Country Climbs, Rockfax West Country top 50.

Photo: Phil Beddow on the first pich of Martell Slab ©
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This climb is in 65 logbooks, and on 18 wishlists.

I led pitch 1. Nice climbing, took my time due to uncertainty about gear. Second pitch worthwhile too - airy positions on big holds.
manbat - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/14 with Matthew Box

Great route. P1 great fun.
Lumbering Oaf - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/14 with Matt george

Stefan led P1 and carried on to belay ledge, I led P2, P1 hard at the grade but great climb.
neilstubbs - AltLd O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Stefan Parkin

not a pushover but all the moves are in balance, really enjoyable.
tp45597 - AltLd O/S - 28/May/14 with kevin

Hidden - AltLd - 28/May/14

Hidden - 2014

Led the whole thing. Pretty stiff warm up and definitely hard for the grade - there's not too many VSs about where the gear is a good distance below your feet on at least one occasion. Anyway, fantastic mild adventure, one of the best VSs in the Duchy and pisses on a lot of the classic VSs at Chair Ladder, Bosigran etc. Beautiful, sunny and warm late November day! :)
Tom Last - Lead O/S - 22/Nov/13 with Andy March

Beautiful Climb! Loved it.
jhb0510 - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Andy March

Wendy Watthews - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/13 with arandall

I lead pitch one and pitch 3
arandall - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/13 with Wendy Matthews

Took a while to work the line out, but great climbing. P1 for me and HVS/E1 top groove for Joe.
Dilwat - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/13 with dready

part 2
dready - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/13 with dillwat

Mayo - AltLd - 06/Sep/12

jakenichol - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with Kayleigh Tremaine

excellent climb, enough said :)
Master Chief - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/12 with Moe

E1 finish through the rooves past an enormous nest full of bones...
gowla - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/12 with Alex Burns

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Oct/11

Mark D - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/11 with Dave Duggan

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jul/11

good but some rather bold moves on pitch one
nickdonohue - Lead - Apr/11 with Ashley Hold

In 2 pitches, I took both leads. First route outdoors since November and bitterly cold conditions made for a harrowing experience on the first pitch. Stiff at the grade and felt pretty serious on at least one move. Very enjoyable.
lrandall - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/11 with Mandy

erinbastian - Lead O/S - 23/Jan/11 with martin

Me: pitch 2 + 3 run together
DanLear - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10 with Al McPhierson

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/10

Birds nest on second pitch ment henry had to do classic and not E1 via
Phil PBC - AltLd O/S - 27/Jun/10

Steve Lenartowicz - Jun/10 with Clare

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Apr/10

Bobby Gilbert - Lead O/S - 17/Feb/10 with Josephine Gilbert

Finished up E1 overhanging (wet/chossey) roof for alternative finish. Good route. Lead first pitch.
Chris_barr - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/09 with Mike

The start position is not completely clear from the guidebook description.
bpmclimb - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/09 with Clare

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/09 with Anna

briar4012 - 2nd O/S - 20/Jun/09 with Marti & Mark

Em66 - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/09 with MUMC

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Sep/08

Hidden - Lead - 01/Sep/08

did the direct start with a wet hold E1. good adventure what a amasing place. worth 2 star
Dale - Lead O/S - Aug/08 with johny

Geoffers - AltLd O/S - 2008 with Tim

BALD EAGLE - AltLd - 27/Aug/07 with Andy Tallant

zcapxa5 - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/07 with Dave Prady

Hidden - Lead - 2007

Mazmaslen - 2nd - 2007

eel - 2nd O/S - 15/Aug/06

victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 04/Aug/06 with crossdressingrodney

Fairly easy route, although some lower pro would be welcome! Wet start. The approach and escape are definately the hardest parts of the route!
crossdressingrodney - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/06 with victim of mathematics

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/06

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2005

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Feb/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Feb/04

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Oct/01

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/01

phardman - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/01

Hidden - Lead - 18/Aug/01

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 2000 with Bob Moulton

alan moore - 2000

craig h - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/97 with Janet Hannah

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/95

colin milton - AltLd - 13/Aug/95 with eric milton

Ashley Hold - Lead - 20/May/95

ChrisJD - AltLd - 1995 with PeteC

NickJH - Lead - Aug/90

DaveHo - Lead O/S - 1990

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 04/May/87

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 25/Aug/79 with Richard Langthorp

Mark Kemball - Lead - 16/Apr/79 with Sarah Bridge

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