Slug Club Special** E5 6a
[Slug Club Special, 3 kb]

Rockfax Description
A bold route. To earn the grade, the route needs to be climbed ground up, although many people lasso the metal spike from Seamstress reducing it to E4. Climb up to the spike and continue direct up a faint groove past a bolt. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, Best slab climbs of the UK, a State of Slate, Ian's Slate E4's for 2014, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist.

Photo: Slug Club Special © Mark Alderson
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This climb is in 207 logbooks, and on 17 wishlists.

mzk - TR dog - 15/Mar/15

Good to get this done after backing off a year or so ago. Not e5 even if you do it ground up.
breed - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/15

Hidden - TR dog - 24/Jan/15

Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Nov/14

one sit, right at the end :(
James Beaumont - TR dog - 19/Nov/14

AMJ098 - 2nd dog - 25/Oct/14 with Charlie stewart, Dan Geh

Dan Geh - Lead RP - 25/Oct/14 with Izzy, CGDStewart, Adam Jordan

Hidden - TR O/S - 25/Oct/14

Had a ground fall from below spike with no pad. Watched jacob do it then got it clean next time
Mattlamb90 - Lead RP - 07/Sep/14 with Ryan

good movement BETA = go slightly left at the start good side pull then move to the ledge under the spike. there is a good jug in the overlap. my video =
jacob shieldhouse hadley - Lead β - 07/Sep/14 with jasper cluff

Threw the rope over the spike...didn't fancy a 'heady' climb. Cool climb other than that. Escape into Seamstress was very inviting
wi11 - Lead β - 17/Aug/14 with @ndy

Felt a little too sketchy up to the pipe.
Ed morris - Lead β - 23/Jun/14 with stefan

Ewan Russell - Lead O/S - 01/Jun/14 with Cameron Ray

Couple of falls, made all the moves which surprised me. Trusting high feet in all kinds of odd ways as I have tiny arms
cameronr11 - TR dog - 01/Jun/14 with Ewan

Hidden - TR dog - 12/May/14

Got to the pipe.
Hak - TR dnf - 12/May/14

Hidden - May/14

barni - TR rpt - 08/Apr/14

clean apart from trying to go up wrong footed just below the spike. realise and climbed the rest clean.
JamesWilliams - 2nd dog - 04/Mar/14

Fell off the first time, thankfully onto a pad still had a sore heel for the rest of the day. Upper half is v. nice
BenRyle - Lead RP - 04/Mar/14 with Vas, Dan

Came within a meter of the top on the onsight attempt:( Climbed the run-out to the spike without difficulty only to have my foot randomly slip off 1 move before the finishing holds. Went annoyingly easily on 2nd attempt.
Dan724 - Lead RP - 04/Mar/14 with James Williams

Nick Biven - 2014

oliverpcain - Lead O/S - 2014

barni - Lead rpt - 25/Nov/13 with Oates, luke

Pre-clipped the spike this time.
Luke Brooks - Lead - 25/Nov/13 with Will, Barni

Hidden - Lead RP - 11/Oct/13

Came scarily close to coming off before the spike, definite squeaky bum time.
HAJ Francis - Lead RP - 11/Oct/13

One fall to the deck, before finding a better way through the crux 2nd go ground up. Thin!
Dr Toph - Lead RP - 18/Sep/13 with Richard, Emily

Andrew Sloan - TR dog - 06/Sep/13

One fall low down.
Dibdawg - TR dog - 20/Aug/13 with Matt Howard

Hidden - Lead β - 18/Aug/13

a13x - TR RP - 11/Aug/13 with Matt Harle, Jordan Phethean, Jessie Harris

So pleased to get this clean, but there is no way I have the gonads for the lead.
Matt Smith - TR O/S - 07/Aug/13 with Zoe Taylor

tim newton - Lead O/S - 06/Aug/13 with brad reed

Not looking forward to leading this
cameronmcloughlin - TR rpt - 05/Aug/13

Kirill - TR dog - 28/Jul/13 with Paul Bolton

Started, got scared, came down.
Matt Harle - Lead dnf - 25/Jul/13

1 fall after the bolt. A waste of effort as I cranked like a ninja to get there then blew it going too high before cutting left.
ianjfsutcliffe - Lead dog - 29/Jun/13 with Coatesy

georgedunton - Lead RP - 16/Jun/13 with Stuart Lade

wolf.leeb - Lead rpt - 30/Apr/13 with jo

on shunt
christoph owen - TR - 23/Apr/13 with top rope solo

Magnificent! A super effort from Ben for onsighting this. Lower crux was okay, steady climbing up to the bolt. Ben made this bit look desperate but i found better beta. The best slab climb i have had the joy of climbing.
Albachoss - 2nd β - 03/Mar/13 with Ben

Lenny - TR dog - 17/Feb/13 with Phil .N

dwillis - 2013

Hidden - TR - 17/Nov/12

Hidden - 2nd dog - 11/Nov/12

Grrr.. Stupid foot slip blew the onsight..
wolf.leeb - Lead dog - 11/Nov/12 with Alexis

Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 21/Oct/12 with Rich Siddle

madguernseyboy - TR dnf - 20/Oct/12 with Lucy Plowman

jordan taylor - 2nd β - 26/Aug/12

arthurraffle98 - TR - 07/Aug/12 with Plas y Brenin

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 31/Jul/12

belay bunny turned bad - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/12 with loundsy

quite hard. decked out twice on my way up to the metal spike, good thing im a wuss and brought a pad. still pretty sketchy once you get the sling on and move up to the bolt.
rustaldo - Lead RP - 20/May/12 with Alex

Bruce Houston - Lead RP - Apr/12

Sarah Brookes - TR dog - 24/Mar/12

desperate. felt hard for 6a. no chalk on yhe route, felt ok when found the holds and polished smears!
Milne - TR dog - 24/Mar/12 with sarah.

Foot slipped right at the top! So annoyed to blow the os. Lowered down, pulled the rope and got straight back on it. Feet were painful but its not that hard - really no excuse for falling off it. Lovely route, such character
jacobjlloyd - Lead RP - 18/Mar/12 with Richard Bingham

Clean through first crux then dogged second crux :(
Ross.Cooper - TR dog - 17/Mar/12 with Phil Wilkinson

'Lassoed' the spike. Near as damn it clean, just a bit of faffing around with gear at the spike
thetradlad - Lead dog - 17/Mar/12 with Phil Wilkinson, Harry Thorpe

Came off just before the spike. Fantastic move stepping out left when level with the bolt!
Harry Thorpe - 2nd dog - 17/Mar/12 with Jake Lodge

NickHarms - 2012

Hidden - 2012

jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/11

smallerrich - Lead rpt - 14/Nov/11 with Greg

kdalzell - TR - 25/Sep/11 with Fiona Graham

Really sustained enjoyable climbing, one to lead in the future if I can get the bold start totally sussed.
MarkRoe - TR RP - 31/Aug/11 with Smithy

Smithy Smith - TR dog - 31/Aug/11 with Mark Roe

lassoed the spike from above
markalmack - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/11

Hidden - TR dog - 26/Aug/11

Backed off last year, would have backed off today if i had had the option, was bricking it! once i had the gear i was bricking it about falling off and having to do the start again.
willoates - Lead RP - 09/Aug/11 with Hayley Proctor, Iona

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Aug/11

Hidden - TR dnf - 25/Jul/11

Got to a hard move below the spike twice and chose to down-climb both times. Wasn't certain, and the consequences seemed high! Will come back for this with newer more technical shoes. Shouldn't bring the trad shoes for slate really. The onsight is still there for the taking...
jacobjlloyd - Lead dnf - 24/Jul/11 with Ben Harper

getting to the spike is scary
feilx - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Andy L

now need to lead it!
surfboybert - TR β - 23/Apr/11 with sam hinton

Sam Marland - TR dog - 14/Apr/11 with Phil Wilkinson, Andy Barnes

Nice route,
centurion05 - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/11

HIGHTOWER - 2nd dog - 07/Apr/11 with Andy Woolston

vertically_challenged - Lead dog - Apr/11

doddi - TR dog - 26/Mar/11

Hidden - TR dog - 03/Mar/11

barni - TR rpt - 22/Feb/11 with Cal

Hidden - 2nd rpt - 19/Feb/11

Tom Livingstone - Lead RP - Feb/11

Rory Shaw - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

vertically_challenged - Lead dog - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - TR - 10/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10

nic42 - 2nd O/S - 09/Oct/10 with Jack

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/10

Pippa - 2nd - 09/Oct/10 with Jon

Hidden - TR - 24/Sep/10

benchwarmer - TR rpt - 21/Sep/10 with Lizzie

mbradberry2008 - TR β - 20/Sep/10

Good, wish I had led it now.
Ed morris - TR O/S - 12/Sep/10 with james

1 fall, foot popped off between spike and bolt. :( gutted. did the sequence again n flew up it
christoph owen - TR - 25/Aug/10 with Mat H

Hidden - TR RP - 06/Jul/10

Fantastic slab, thin climbing. Annoyingly fell off the crux move but got it straight away afterwards. Seriously good effort by Remus for the lead.
Byronius Maximus - 2nd dog - 30/May/10 with Remus Knowles

Hidden - Lead β - 30/May/10

smallerrich - Lead O/S - 02/May/10 with Sam

awesome! first E4 onsight! pretty scary but steady up to the spike then steady up to a good skyhook, scary move to clip the bolt (but im short) then the crux moving past it.
Duncan Campbell - Lead O/S - 02/May/10 with laura, Mason

crag_monster - TR - May/10 with murphydave

Pretty scary, especially as I'm not very flexible. Tricky moves to the spike, then once it's clipped you actually get to enjoy yourself a bit.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/10 with Cat Black

catblack - 2nd β - 26/Apr/10 with Andy Barker

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Apr/10

oliverthomp - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/10 with Luke Jones

TomPR - Apr/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - Mar/10

richiebongo - Lead RP - 04/Jan/10 with Gwen Thomson

Whoop whoop-E4 tick :) Also did two routes in Australia today, but have no idea what they were called
HeatherF - Lead RP - 08/Nov/09 with Tom Parker

Tomprusk - 2nd - 08/Nov/09 with Heather

Hidden - TR O/S - 01/Nov/09

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - Nov/09 with Barni

nutallovertheface - Lead RP - Oct/09 with ross

JulesV - Lead rpt - 26/Sep/09 with Shauna Cunningham

Shauna - 2nd dog - 26/Sep/09 with Jules

scorky345 - Lead - 17/Sep/09 with Gemma Simone

Will go for the lead next time!
HeatherF - TR rpt - 10/Sep/09 with Esther

HeatherF - TR - 22/Aug/09 with Matt

esther - TR - Aug/09

Hidden - Lead rpt - 03/Jun/09

Top-roped once a few months before. Bummer, would have liked the onsight
Mike Goldthorp - Lead rpt - 20/May/09 with Sam Jones

Hidden - TR - 24/Apr/09

barni - 2nd rpt - 10/Apr/09

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 10/Apr/09

Sweet climbing through-out, great double mono mantle!
Alex Mason - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/09 with Andy Laurence

farmus21 - 2nd - 22/Jan/09 with Sam Hamer

farmus21 - TR - 22/Jan/09 with Sam Hamer

Renegade_Pony - 2nd dog - 09/Jan/09 with barni

barni - Lead rpt - 09/Jan/09

hans solo - Jan/09

hans solo - Lead - Jan/09

Hidden - Lead rpt - Jan/09

Top roped with bums. Should be able to lead this in the near future i hope.
Noodles - TR dog - 02/Nov/08 with Ben Cook

Lloyders - Lead O/S - Nov/08 with Sophie

Hidden - TR dog - 27/Sep/08

Great climb, Practiced it on a rope the previous day.
SGD - Lead RP - 21/Sep/08 with Jenny Upright

Keith Jones - TR - 18/Sep/08 with David

Hidden - Lead dnf - 30/Aug/08

Hidden - TR rpt - 24/Jul/08

alaan - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/08 with Aly

With help from the stick of courage as I had none...
Mark Riley - Lead - Jun/08 with Simon Witcher

dannyboy83 - Lead O/S - Jun/08 with Dave Moir

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/May/08

Hidden - 2008

Matt Vigg - 2008

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2008

Hidden - TR dog - 22/Aug/07

Hidden - TR dog - 22/Aug/07

HeatherF - TR - 20/Aug/07 with Tom

C@rwyn - TR dog - 20/Aug/07 with Heather

Hidden - TR O/S - 01/Aug/07

JHPritch - Lead - Aug/07

barni - Lead - 17/Jul/07

Just back from Chamonix, twice top roped weeks before.
mynyddresident - Lead RP - Jul/07

dave657 - TR - 28/May/07

Hidden - TR dog - 06/May/07

Hidden - TR dog - 05/May/07

Will Hunt - TR O/S - 04/Feb/07 with Jamie Light & Nick Bird

Hidden - TR O/S - 04/Feb/07

Hidden - TR O/S - 04/Feb/07

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/07 with Bob

ritchierich - TR O/S - 07/Nov/06 with Chris Brigstocke

roped solo
IOAN D - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/06 with me my self and I

had a quick go on tr and made my fastest ever headpoint.
Ed Booth - Lead RP - 11/Aug/06 with Remus Knowles

stuart100 - TR O/S - 27/Apr/06 with Gary Stoker

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - TR O/S - 2006

Dringo - 2006

jeffmcd56 - Lead O/S - 2006

Hidden - TR - 21/Aug/05

Tad bold on the outset, but contains some great slate climbing.
Rob Greenwood - UKC - Lead RP - May/05

Hidden - TR dnf - 24/Jan/05

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - 23/Jul/04

paul m hadley - Lead - 2003

Mark Riley - TR - Dec/01

Climbed in the year after falling off poetry pink
Brown - TR O/S - 2001 with Alex

belay bunny turned bad - 2000

petekeron - Lead RP - 2000

Paul Boardman - TR - 1999 with Mark Johnson

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1999

Ched - Lead O/S - 1997 with Glanfor

Colin Edwards - TR rpt - Apr/95

Side runners!
Mark Kemball - Lead - 29/Aug/94

whispering nic - Lead - Jul/93 with torquil

Hidden - Lead dog - 1993

PaulHermes - 1993

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Jul/92 with Roger Peppe

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 06/Jun/92 with Simon Coles

Derek Ryden - TR O/S - Jun/90

Nick Rundall - 2nd O/S - 1990

Hidden - 1990

mark-abz - TR - 18/Aug/89 with Andy W

steve taylor - Lead - Jul/89 with Jim Waddington

Sean Kelly - Jun/89 with Andy roberts

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 2nd - Jun/89 with Bill Williamson

Hidden - AltLd - 13/May/89

Hidden - TR - 28/Apr/88

sadams - Lead - 17/Aug/87 with Guy Townsend

Hidden - Lead - 1987

Hidden - 08/Aug/86

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