Hawk Slab* HVS 5a

Rockfax Description
12m. Climb the slabby arete past a grassy ledge to a finish on the right of the final steeper section. © ROCKFAX

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This climb is in 29 logbooks, and on 2 wishlists.

Lovely delicate technical climbing - the holds and moves are all there, but they take a bit of working out. Took a brush and cleaned the holds I wanted as I went. Gear's a bit thin, a large chunk near the top would be relying on getting a microcam to fit, not sure I'd be bold enough to lead it.
sarah hawker - TR O/S - 01/Jun/14 with bob

Hidden - 2nd dog - 03/May/14

Spoiler alert: take small cams and wires. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone owing me money.
Roberttaylor - Lead O/S - 03/May/14 with Isolde

If it was possible to sue guide-book writers this route would be a good reason to sue Rockfax for including this chossy route in a selective guide book as an HVS 5a, and with no warnings on the non existent gear. E2 5b is more like it.
duzinga - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/13 with Pete Hutchinson

Very bold and green. It's quite surreal when all that stands between you and a serious accident is a 00 mastercam...
blue_sundown - Lead O/S - 26/May/13 with Ruairidh

Dirty and bold. A pant filling route. Would hit the deck coming off anywhere in top third.
smollett - Lead - 18/Aug/12 with jurga

Hidden - TR dnf - 28/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/11

philipstead - Lead O/S - 04/Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Jul/10

KMoeckell - 2nd - 22/May/10 with Tom Kingston

TomKingston - 2010

Daniel Sutherland - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/09 with Rob

Hidden - Lead dnf - 12/Apr/09

j0shwyatt000 - 2nd O/S - 2009

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Aug/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Aug/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 20/Jul/08

A second vote for run out. Lead but may as well have soloed, not one i'd like to repeat.
yarbles - Lead - 2008 with Jo

John Haxon - TR O/S - 27/Aug/07 with Natalia Turksakova, Jon Punshon

Very run out and serious especially since the top slab is covered in moss.
andymoin - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/07 with Mark Jarvie

Hidden - Lead dnf - Sep/05

Hidden - Lead - Sep/05

gypsy3006 - 2000

Matt Tranter - Jun/97

akamini - 2nd - Apr/97

Tony Little - Lead O/S - 08/Sep/91 with DK and SG

kato'sdad - Lead - 07/Jul/91 with Jerry Mattinson

Steve Crowe - 2nd O/S - 08/Jun/86 with Bob Bennett

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Total votes cast 34
hard E12 of 12
E11 of 12
easy E17 of 12
hard HVS1 of 12
HVS1 of 12
easy HVS0 of 12
hard VS0 of 12
VS0 of 12
easy VS0 of 12
hard 5b0 of 12
5b0 of 12
easy 5b3 of 12
hard 5a7 of 12
5a0 of 12
easy 5a2 of 12
hard 4c0 of 12
4c0 of 12
easy 4c0 of 12
3 Stars0 of 10
2 Stars0 of 10
1 Star6 of 10
0 Stars2 of 10
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