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Botterill's Slab*** VS 4c

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[Ben coming up the main pitch of Bottrill's slab, Scafell, 1 kb]87m, 3 pitches. No description has been contributed for this climb.
F.W.Botterill, H.Williamson,J.E.Grant Jun/1903

Ticklists: The 100 Best UK VS routes?, Select VS Climbs in the Lake District, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, The BMC 70th Anniversary Ticklist.

Photo: Ben coming up the main pitch of Bottrill's slab, Scafell © joermann
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This climb is in 284 logbooks, and on 116 wishlists.

Justin Shiels - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/14 with Chris

nice in the wet!
Martin Bagshaw - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14 with Claire Mathews

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/14

Mike Hewitt - Lead O/S - 12/Jul/14 with Judith Browm

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Jun/14

Chris Hind - AltLd - 28/Jun/14 with Bry

Hidden - AltLd β - 28/Jun/14

mark20 - Solo O/S - 22/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Jun/14

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

Wet
farmus21 - Solo dnf - 06/Jun/14

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 06/Jun/14

dkd - Lead O/S - 30/May/14 with Al

Mackinclimb - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/14

muppett - 2014

WrekinMC - Lead O/S - 28/Sep/13

chris smith - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/13

A superb pitch, well led by Bill. Very enjoyable.
petegunn - AltLd - 25/Aug/13 with Bill, Davina

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 25/Aug/13

wildbill - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/13 with Davina, Pete Gunn

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/13

kato'sdad - AltLd - 21/Jul/13 with Steve Prior

Beautiful!
Sardien - Lead O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Rich Gentry

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13

Bone dry, great fun and a good challenge after a long day. Did the first two pitches in one.
StuartCJones - Lead O/S - 20/Jul/13

Rob84 - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with Tim Ashlin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/13

led p2
petekeron - AltLd O/S - 19/Jul/13 with Steve Brock

Dervey - AltLd O/S - 15/Jul/13 with Rich

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13

Led the second pitch. Gear was hard work to find in places. Awesome route.
Big Lee - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Eefu Thong

Carmen got the main pitch :-( 1st pitch is suffering from the winter ascents but good fun anyway, last pitch though easier is worth a couple of stars in its own right. But the slab is worth at least 4 stars!
Simon Caldwell - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Carmen

Let P1,3. Main pitch is outstanding. Top pitch not really worth doing. The ab station at the second belay is there for a reason...
Richard Alderton - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with Liam

EeFu - AltLd O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Big Lee

In 1 pitch - really enjoyable climbing.
GPN - Lead - 13/Jul/13 with Shaw Brown

Rachel Slater - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Olli Crudge

Led P1 & 2 in a oner then abbed off. Brilliant route!
Olli-C - Lead - 13/Jul/13 with Rachel Slater

Pitch 2
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Piers Newton

pitch 1 and 3 lead
piersnewton - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/13 with Olly Roberts

Timed it perfect to catch the evening sun then jogged off the summit back down to Wasdale.Great mountain evening out.
andy gittins - AltLd - 07/Jul/13 with Dave Scott-Maxwell

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jul/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/13

David Kay - AltLd O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Ben, Mel Michon

Jenny Hall - 2nd O/S - 06/Jul/13 with Louis

Louis Hume - Lead - 06/Jul/13 with Jenny

danm - AltLd - 10/Jun/13 with Greg

Awesome.
Matt Rowat - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/13 with Parky

hard to believe the first ascent was done in nailed boots over a hundred years ago as a virtual solo
Dave Rumney - 2nd - 09/Jun/13 with Tanya Milner

colin smith - AltLd - 09/Jun/13 with Paul Cook

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/13

Fantastic climb
DPaul - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/13 with s.quinn

HB1 - AltLd rpt - 07/Jun/13 with AB

joermann - AltLd - 26/May/13

4 am start from Scotland and up Scafell by 9. Unfortunatley, slogging up the Corridor Route ruined my climbing legs. Where the Great Man sat to lift his hat to the ladies, I spent ten minutes trying to rub out crippling leg cramps. All a bit stressful. Good tho'.
alan moore - Solo - 25/May/13

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

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Andy Chadwick - 2013

andybirtwistle - 2013

neilh - 2013

Stephen Shaw - AltLd - 15/Jul/12 with Matt

Did first and last pitch. Mist provided atmosphere, surprisingly dry.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - AltLd - 14/Jul/12 with Ben Pearce

Led P3
Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Tom Starks, Max Streeton

Led P2. A tricky move near the start of the slab with only one nut between me and the belay had me wobbling, but calmed down afterwards and started trusting the small edges and friction.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Lawrence Dudley

me p1,max p2,julian p3.stunning slab pitch 2.not hard but great position
tomshanti - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/12 with Julian Prieto, Max Streeton

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/May/12

mike.moss - AltLd O/S - 26/May/12

Hidden - AltLd - 26/May/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/May/12

Lead pitch 1 and 3, superb climbing on pitch 2 but quite run out.
Elsier - AltLd O/S - 29/Mar/12 with Nathan

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/12

Loved the climb. Pitch 1 really easy, some bomber placements and pitch 3 through chimney is easy. Pitch 2 on the slab is great, especially the traverse of the slab 2-3rds of the way up, really feeling exposure. Super day, feels like full mountain day with longish walk-in and topping out on ridge with amazing views. Descent a bit tricky on the scree.
ozziespain - 2nd β - 28/Mar/12

Hidden - 2012

Stewart Armstrong - 2012

gingermike1 - AltLd - 2012

JonG - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Chris M - Lead - 31/Jul/11 with Tommy B

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Jul/11

pete3685 - Solo O/S - 24/Jul/11

DaveAtkinson - AltLd - 13/Jul/11 with Craig Naylor, M.Lawton

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jul/11

zach.stone - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Peter Hill

theotherpetehill - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/11 with Zach Stone

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jul/11

Nice climbing in a good situation.James got the runout second pitch.HVS?
SeanB - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11 with James Dunn

Brilliant position on mountain. pitch 2 slab amazing and gutted not to lead this pitch. did in 2 pitches, final pitch scrappy though.
mark4344 - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Matt Payne

Would get 3 stars if the 1st and 3rd pitches were better! Luckily I got to lead the best pitch. :)
cheeky - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Mark Philipson

Awesome, amazing exposure, hard for vs?
andymoin - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Mark Jarvie

aking12 - Lead O/S - Jul/11 with Mike Stevenson

mitch2 - Jul/11

First Multi-pitch mountain climb! The second pitch on this is stunning, and Ben delt very well with the run out section towards the top. The third pitch also has some odd and very enjoyable moves if a little easy. Had a hard time finding the decent though due to a poor description in the guide book! Epic day out!!! :D
OliBangbala - 2nd β - 06/Jun/11 with Ben bangbala

Awesome route, bold second pitch. We found Broad stand was not descendable so came down steep ghyll.
bbangbala - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/11 with Oli Bangbala

jl - Lead rpt - 05/Jun/11 with Eoin, Brad

Awesome second pitch but third pitch also very enjoyable
Eoinparker - 2nd O/S - 05/Jun/11 with Jon lynch, Brad Hopkins

Great main pitch. Protection is there but needs some work to find and place.
oliverk - Lead - 04/Jun/11 with Sarah Moorhouse

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 01/May/11 with Kris & Mark

myoung - AltLd - 01/May/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11

I lead 1 and 3, Chris lead 2. Fantastic day out. Less decent gear on pitch 2 than the VS grade would suggest.
pr1984 - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Chris Chambers

J1PEF - AltLd - 28/Apr/11

Graham Westbrook - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11

mark v - 2nd - 25/Apr/11 with Mike Norbury

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Apr/11

Pete led the main slab pitch
Kirill - AltLd O/S - 22/Apr/11 with Pete Horn

ace.
claregardiner - Lead - 22/Apr/11

richyg - 22/Apr/11

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

Hidden - AltLd - Apr/11

Paul Boggis - AltLd - 2011

pasbury - 2011

Hidden - 2011

cold!
joese7en - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Sep/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Sep/10

Little B - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/10 with Simon

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Aug/10

djprepie - AltLd - 14/Aug/10 with Adi

adi bryant - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/10 with Preet

Adam1973 - AltLd - 25/Jun/10 with Ann S

Led first pitch.Abbed off top of second pitch. Hats off to Mr Botterill for FA the main pitch in big boots with an ice axe in one hand.
Ann S - AltLd O/S - 25/Jun/10 with Adam

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 20/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 12/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Jun/10

Cloudy, wet, slimy and horrible when we were there! Started but abb'ed off from the first pitch with water running down the ropes. Looks a great route though, just pick your weather a little better :-)
nickstephens - Lead dnf - 10/Jun/10 with Nancy Jones

Climbed the slab pitch, fantastic climbing.
ablackett - AltLd - 01/Jun/10 with Jonny Taylor

jonny taylor - AltLd O/S - 31/May/10 with Andy B

martrin - Lead - 23/May/10 with 2 fish bob

riven - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Chriswallis2

Chriswallis2 - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Joe

jl - Lead O/S - 22/May/10 with Penny

Jak 1&3, me 2
Dave Lacey - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Dinny Davies, jak.kelly

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10

2nd pitch
Will Hunt - AltLd - 22/May/10 with Gareth Uglow

Mowglee - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Will Hunt

Pitch 2. Awesome.
cat22 - AltLd O/S - 22/May/10 with Mike

Soloing on that piece of rock on beautiful possitive crimps- that's where it's at.
Franco Cookson - Solo O/S - 24/Apr/10 with Luke Hunt

martinazando - 2nd - 18/Feb/10 with Ed Luke

Hidden - 2010

Hidden - 2010

NickJH - 2010

Backed off pitch 2 in torrential rain.
kato'sdad - AltLd dnf - 19/Sep/09 with Rob Simpson

Lead 1st pitch, then ran away in heavy rain with Jon on P2.
RobSimmo - AltLd dnf - 19/Sep/09 with Jon Berry

WOW!
Craig Geddes - Lead O/S - 10/Sep/09 with Ellie Ames

fantastic
tomhull - AltLd - 29/Jun/09 with dave thornley

nakedave - 2nd - 29/Jun/09 with Tom Hull

esther - AltLd - Jun/09

pitch 2
The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09 with Ste Graham

MONKEY78 - Lead O/S - 30/May/09 with Helen Garrett

Hidden - Lead - 30/May/09

The main slab pitch is a real treat. Led Ps 1&3.
Andy Clarke - AltLd O/S - 30/May/09 with Rob

willoates - AltLd O/S - May/09

Lead pitch 2
buddha1369 - AltLd O/S - 17/Apr/09 with Simon B (OB)

Seymore Butt - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2009

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Sep/08

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/08 with Katharine

Katharine.eaton - 2nd O/S - 21/Sep/08 with Dom

petegunn - Lead - 28/Jul/08 with Davina

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/08

Abbed off after second pitch due to rain.
RCrockford - AltLd - 21/Jun/08 with Mark D

lead 1st, seconded 2nd, solo'd final. nice wee climb but was v.windy and rather chilly!
andrew sandercock - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/08 with jon armstrong

Guy Wilson - AltLd O/S - 25/May/08 with Byron Buck

Byronius Maximus - AltLd O/S - 25/May/08 with Guy Wilson

Ben1983 - AltLd O/S - 24/May/08

Mike Hargreaves - AltLd O/S - 09/May/08 with Dave Atkinson

dja - AltLd O/S - 09/May/08 with Mike Hargreaves

Fantastic stuff-Did as a three.
beds74 - Lead - 08/May/08 with Bahnt, Dave Williams

jonnie3430 - AltLd O/S - 03/May/08 with Neil

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - 2008

Used one piece of aid, couldn't feel my fingers or toes. Nice.
Karl Wooffindin - AltLd dog - 20/Aug/07 with Scott Mclellan

scullymammoth - 2nd - 20/Aug/07 with Josh

Lead 1st and 3rd pitches, dirty wet scrambles. Clean second on 2nd pitch. Gear was very sparce, the exposure was fantastic!
scullymammoth - AltLd - 20/Aug/07 with Josh

Hidden - Lead - Jun/07

Led 2nd pitch
Adi Hooper - AltLd - Jun/07 with Andy Murphy

Hidden - AltLd - Jun/07

victim of mathematics - 2nd O/S - 07/Apr/07 with Dan Denehy

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Apr/07

Johann - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Charlie Boscoe

Chain and rope loop at top of second pitch are both looking distinctly dodgy. Suggest you take some tat with you if you're planning to ab off - we decided to continue to the top
Peter Metcalfe - AltLd - 23/Jul/06 with Shaw Brown

Lovely main pitch
Shaw Brown - AltLd - 23/Jul/06 with peter metcalfe

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/06

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Jul/06

jimdanson - Lead O/S - 15/Jul/06 with Ula

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Jul/06

Hidden - AltLd - 17/Jun/06

Led 2nd pitch.
Si dH - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/06 with Kane Chandler

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jun/06

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Jun/06

sgl - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/06 with Konnie

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/Jun/06

steev - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/06 with Siskatron

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/06

ewen - AltLd O/S - Apr/06 with ian hinkins

jim robertson - 2006

stewart murray - 2006

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - 2006

alpinismo.uk - 2006

The Pylon King - AltLd O/S - Aug/05 with Ady Short

Dave Latimer - AltLd O/S - 08/Jul/05

Hidden - AltLd - Jul/05

smollett - Lead O/S - Jul/05

Hidden - Apr/05

John Kettle - AltLd - 2005

Tommy Alsop - 2nd - 2005 with Smollet

akhughes - AltLd - 2005

Bold bit on pitch 2. Also climbed by John W and Karl following behind as a team.
Alaric - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/04 with Neil

danm - AltLd - 14/Jul/04

Justin Tracey - Jul/04 with Mike Van

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

Trobbo - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/04 with frank yates

BenTiffin - 02/Jun/03 with Dan Robinson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jun/03

piken - 2002

Hidden - Lead - 2002

sadams - Lead - 27/Aug/01 with Tom Briggs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/01

Pete Graham - 2nd - 2001 with Rick Graham

rlrs - AltLd - 2001

TobyA - Lead O/S - Aug/00 with Elina

brianrunner - 2000

bullybones - 2000

simon cox - 2000

The whole of the Lakes was bathed in glorious sunshine, except Scafell Crag whiich was shrouded in a very damp mist. This made the heavily chalked slab very slimey.
Sean Kelly - AltLd - Jun/99 with Dave bone

Stone Muppet - 1999

Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead - 30/Aug/97 with Geoff

Lead both pitches (with Geoff-with-a-G)
Le Chevalier Mal Fet - Lead O/S - 30/May/97

Hidden - AltLd - 21/Jul/96

five - AltLd O/S - Jul/96 with SB

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Jun/96

rurp - Lead O/S - 1996

superb climb
nickdonohue - AltLd - 06/Aug/95 with Helen ?

SimonN - AltLd - Jun/95

Dave Westby - AltLd - 1995 with Phil Caley

biggianthead - 14/May/94 with C

Narked4fun - 04/Sep/93 with George Wright

malc - AltLd - 29/Jun/92

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Jun/92

Rog Wilko - AltLd - Jun/92 with Tony Tokarski

John Southworth - AltLd O/S - Sep/90

rogerskews - 12/May/90 with Martin Coward

With Steve Finch
Gary Coggon - AltLd O/S - 05/May/90

lithos - Lead - May/90 with pete whysall

It looked like this http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=18030 [well almost]. Cold fingers at the top.
scree - Apr/90

Nick Rundall - AltLd O/S - 1990

Steve Lenartowicz - 1990

DaveHo - Lead O/S - 1990

damp and greasy - epic adventure was had
pebblespanker - AltLd O/S - 21/Sep/89 with Mark Powell

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Aug/89

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Jun/88

Tony Buckley - AltLd - May/88

biggianthead - May/88 with HT

johnkeith - AltLd - 1988 with Michael Sandison

Bob - Solo O/S - 14/Sep/86

biggianthead - 19/Jun/86 with HT

Hidden - 2nd - 1986

Hidden - Solo O/S - 07/Jul/85

Andy Fielding - AltLd - 24/Jul/84 with Mike Gilbert

Hidden - Lead - 1984

Hidden - Lead - 1984

Hidden - 1983

Hammy - AltLd - 17/May/80 with Rob Lawson

babymoac - 1980 with MTW

robinsi197 - 1980 with Barbara

Chris Craggs - 1980

Hidden - 1978

Ken Taylor - AltLd - 01/Jul/77 with Gerry Dunford

not sure of exact date but in late 70's
Campbell42 - AltLd O/S - Aug/76 with Ian Singleton

GeoffG - 2nd - 10/Jul/76 with tony bowker

used rope on pitch 1 and 2 then soloed out
David Smith - Lead - 20/Jun/76 with Al Bennett

Ian Jones - Lead β - Jun/76 with Chris Newton and Paul thingy from Durham Uni.

Hidden - Lead - Aug/75

Nigel Bond - Lead - 09/Jul/75 with Bob Windsor

Tom V - 2nd - May/75 with Alan Leece

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 2nd - 1973

Steve Woollard - Lead - 1973 with John Barnett, Martin Crocker

Dave Musgrove - AltLd - 17/Aug/69 with Charlie Vigano, Bob Knapton

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Voting
Total votes cast 171
hard HVS0 of 58
HVS0 of 58
easy HVS4 of 58
hard VS17 of 58
VS35 of 58
easy VS2 of 58
hard HS0 of 58
HS0 of 58
easy HS0 of 58
hard 5a0 of 57
5a0 of 57
easy 5a1 of 57
hard 4c14 of 57
4c36 of 57
easy 4c6 of 57
hard 4b0 of 57
4b0 of 57
easy 4b0 of 57
3 Stars50 of 56
2 Stars5 of 56
1 Star1 of 56
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Style of ascent

Soloed8 of 284 (2.8%)
Lead57 of 284 (20.1%)
Followed23 of 284 (8.1%)
Alt Leads151 of 284 (53.2%)
Unknown45 of 284 (15.8%)

'Climbed'138 of 284 (48.6%)
clean O/S132 of 284 (46.5%)
clean β4 of 284 (1.4%)
clean rpt4 of 284 (1.4%)
dogged1 of 284 (0.4%)
dnf5 of 284 (1.8%)