Heading the Shot*** 7a+
[Heading the Shot, 2 kb]

Rockfax Description
A classic frightener - hard, technical and sustained. Follow the line of bolts up the slab. When you reach the overlap the main difficulties are behind you. Hand traverse left into the groove and finish up this. Feels more like E5 unless you pre-place the quickdraws. © ROCKFAX

UKC Logbook Description
A superb and sustained slab with spaced bolts, about F7a+

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, Best slab climbs of the UK, a State of Slate, ROCKFAX Style Top 50: North Wales, Slate Sport, slate E5's, Ultimate E5 ticklist.

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This climb is in 207 logbooks, and on 42 wishlists.

Hidden - TR - 04/Oct/15

Hidden - Lead dnf - 04/Oct/15

Half a move I can't do!
ashtond6 - TR - 29/Aug/15

sick route! wasn't expecting to onsight. did the E5 way! felt like E5 6b. safe crux. possible deck potential going to clip the 2nd bolt! ace
jacob shieldhouse hadley - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/15 with dad

PalfreyN - Lead dnf - 19/Jun/15

Tough. Need to get better on slate
Jack Delaney - Lead dog - 11/Jun/15 with Emily Barnett

petegunn - TR - 26/May/15 with Nicole, Matt Reeve, Davina

Hidden - TR - 26/May/15

Second go on top rope lead next time
Andy Peak 1 - TR - 15/May/15 with Andy Makey

Went for flash, greased off after 2nd bolt. Will rp next time
Mattlamb90 - Lead dog - 09/May/15 with GDun98, Ryan

jonleighton - Lead β - 09/May/15

Hidden - Lead - May/15

The most enjoyable 7a+ climbed to date.
FreddieSmith - Lead RP - 19/Apr/15 with Guy Blackwood

Got scared a few years ago jumped off crux. First time today
Ewan Russell - Lead G/U - 08/Mar/15 with Brad, Henry, gwen

markalmack - Lead O/S - 14/Feb/15 with gregg capon

Hidden - 2nd dog - 14/Feb/15

fell off crux 2-3 times. will be back
bede.west - Lead dnf - 09/Nov/14 with Henry Francis

Hidden - TR dog - 18/Oct/14

Hidden - Lead RP - 28/Sep/14

went for the onsight, but couldn't commit. will go back to finish. thin moves
spidey - Lead dnf - 07/Sep/14 with mat lamb

2 rests
wi11 - TR dog - 19/Aug/14 with @ndy

Still hard. Jerry Moffatt style positive vocalisation made a surprising impact on the climbing. Didn't get me to the top mind!
UncleMephisto - Lead dnf - 17/Jul/14 with James Williams

wolf.leeb - Lead rpt - 09/Jul/14 with Alexis

Luxulyan - Lead RP - 20/May/14 with Tom Murrell

7a+ with extended draws
tgeh - Lead RP - 16/May/14 with dan geh

Draws pre-placed. F7a+ish
Dan Geh - Lead RP - 16/May/14 with Thomas Geh

Hidden - TR dnf - 14/May/14

Did on top-rope a couple of times then did it clean on lead first go, so psyched!!
Ross.Cooper - Lead RP - 23/Mar/14 with Patrick Hill

Ground up.
Patrick Hill - Lead RP - 23/Mar/14 with Ross Cooper

dswansonlow - TR rpt - 18/Feb/14 with Lena

oliverpcain - Lead RP - 2014

Finished direct from the 3rd bolt between the groove (left) and arete. Makes it more sustained and bold if u don't run away to the arete
barni - Lead rpt - 25/Nov/13 with Oates, luke

Luke Brooks - Lead - 25/Nov/13 with Will, Barni

Thin but surprisingly doable.
neuromancer - TR dog - 24/Nov/13

Ace route, been on my mind for a long time so felt great to get it done!!!
HAJ Francis - Lead O/S - 06/Oct/13

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 13/Sep/13

1 little slip on top rope, then took some BIG falls on lead, including from after the crux annoyingly. Amazing climbing though and will be back!
tommccluskey - Lead dnf - 20/Aug/13 with michael

Andy_B39 - TR dog - 20/Aug/13 with Sam Tolhurst

Hidden - Lead dnf - 18/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead dog - 01/Aug/13

Hidden - TR - 28/Jul/13

Hidden - Lead RP - 30/Jun/13

Carter - TR dog - 26/Jun/13

Did it clean twice in warm up for another attempt at the lead after leaving it for 7 months. Felt much more comfortable on it this time.
shed_hed - TR rpt - 24/Jun/13 with Dougie Swanson-Low

About time! Felt much more comfortable on it on lead this time round.
shed_hed - Lead RP - 24/Jun/13 with Dougie Swanson-Low

After top rope practice. It felt a grade easier with new edges and an improving head.
dswansonlow - Lead RP - 24/Jun/13 with Darren McMaster

Hidden - TR dog - 18/Jun/13

Far more do-able than I had ever imagined. Looks like it will be scary on lead, but will definately be back to get this one properly. Awesome climbing, super thin with some a properly awesome moves
ianstevens - TR O/S - 26/May/13

2nd go :)
air - Lead RP - 22/May/13 with Terry, Dan

Dan724 - Lead RP - 22/May/13 with Terry Walker, Air, Charlie Torrance

Sol Armer - TR dog - 15/May/13

Great route deserves 3 stars, thin with poor feet, funky,7a+
ducko - Lead O/S - 02/May/13

on shunt. too hard for me
christoph owen - TR - 23/Apr/13 with top rope solo

wow, great route! couple more falls today. had the draws pre-placed too. got there in the end.
rustaldo - Lead RP - 29/Mar/13 with Alex, Kit Perry

UncleMephisto - Lead dog - 14/Mar/13 with Ian Stevens

Rachel Somerville - TR dog - 02/Feb/13 with Nik

Nik Jennings - Lead - 02/Feb/13 with Rachel

BenRyle - Lead RP - 30/Jan/13 with Dan

Hidden - TR RP - 2013

Sam Melville - 2013

Hidden - TR RP - 17/Nov/12

Hidden - 2nd dog - 11/Nov/12

wolf.leeb - Lead rpt - 11/Nov/12 with Alexis

Slipped off at the top after the crux. Got it clean second time.
shed_hed - TR RP - 04/Nov/12 with Dougie Swanson-Low

Came off the crux. Got back on and finished it. Nice climb. Couldn't remember the moves on lead for some reason and apparently I climbed it with a different sequence on lead from when on top rope... Tried it again on lead again after but came off at the same place.
shed_hed - Lead dog - 04/Nov/12 with Dougie Swanson-Low

dswansonlow - Lead dog - 04/Nov/12 with Darren McMaster

Hidden - TR dog - 06/Oct/12

Tried with new shoes, couldn't feel feet so fell off on the crux, tried with old shoes and went like a dream.
Ed morris - Lead RP - 11/Sep/12 with Dickon

Hidden - Lead dnf - 26/Aug/12

Enjoyed this.
dominic lee - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/12 with nathan lee

barni - TR rpt - 08/Aug/12 with Ami

Ground up after taking the fall from near bolt 3. I have the bruises to prove it ;)
belay bunny turned bad - Lead - 31/Jul/12 with loundsy

dwillis - TR RP - 17/Jul/12

on shunt
dswansonlow - TR RP - 07/Jul/12

sore feet, really want to lead this one day!
Lizzie S - TR O/S - Jul/12

Hidden - Lead dnf - 17/Jun/12

hard. couldn't stick the moves above the 2nd bolt, feet were killing me. abbed down afterwards to clean the draws and the holds/climbing above don't look too bad. definitely one to try again next time.
rustaldo - Lead dnf - 26/May/12 with Alex

Hidden - Lead dog - 24/Mar/12

Second go ground up, as i fell off it once last summer trying it in my comfy shoes. 7a+?
jacobjlloyd - Lead RP - 18/Mar/12 with Sian, Ben Corbey

Niiice!! Had a couple of ground-up efforts on this in 09/10 but got no further than 1st bolt. Also had a play on the medium a few weeks back so inadvertantly did the top. Surprised myself everytime I moved past the next bolt and just lucked the 6b sequence before the 3rd bolt. Did the top weirdly as I couldn't remember owt so combining os-ing the crux, with having the draws in and the G-up efforts I'm taking a flash. Awesome, cheers to Al for the encouragement, hero. Unsure on 7a+ or E5 grade as this would be my first of either.
Duncan Campbell - Lead β - 25/Feb/12 with Scooby!, Mason

Hidden - Lead RP - 25/Feb/12

Fell of on the onsight last time on the slate, got it this time, felt nervous at first, easier at the end.
willoates - Lead RP - 08/Feb/12

Hidden - 2nd dog - 08/Feb/12

NickHarms - 2012

I think I like slate climbing. Onsighting this did not feel like a sport route! I would definitely feel short changed with f7a... you would hit the floor from at least 2 different places on route!
jacobjacob - Lead O/S - 20/Nov/11

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 15/Nov/11

So goooood! Awesome moves.
Tom Livingstone - Lead RP - 19/Aug/11 with simon lake, mark reeves

Clean.. But tough
wolf.leeb - TR - 04/Aug/11

on the shunt. couple falls but it went better than expected. lead next time, but maybe one more cheeky top rope first.
vertically_challenged - TR dog - 02/Aug/11

Preclipped first bolt.
DafSWMC - Lead RP - 30/Jul/11 with Gareth

This is hard! To be expected at the grade I suppose. Foot popped just below the third bolt. THe crux move is desperately thin! It was nearly all over... Feet were pretty sore so I lowered off a convenient mallion rather than carry on for the dog. Awesome route, bring good stiff edges! This definitely felt harder than the 7a its given in the guidebook. 7a+ seems fair to me.
jacobjlloyd - Lead dnf - 24/Jul/11 with Ben Harper

wow awesome
feilx - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Andy L

Ows - TR - Jun/11

smallerrich - Lead rpt - 27/May/11 with Sam C

Hidden - TR O/S - 12/May/11

Fell at bottom messing about, got back on did rest first go. Thin
rob.s22 - Lead - May/11 with A.K

Committing start but why the trade grade?
Hawkscry - Lead RP - May/11

4th redpoint. Glad I dont have to clip that first bolt again! THIN
david morse - Lead RP - 15/Apr/11 with josh

harvie - Lead - Apr/11 with Suzie J

Hidden - Lead - 06/Mar/11

Rory Shaw - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - TR dnf - 09/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead RP - 29/Sep/10

melonmike - 2nd dog - 26/Aug/10 with Jack Metcalfe

Hidden - Lead dog - 26/Aug/10

richiebongo - Lead RP - 14/Jul/10 with Gwen Thomson

smallerrich - Lead rpt - 15/Jun/10 with Crad

Foot popped off the easy moves at the bottom whilst I wasn't paying attention. Other than that manged the route clean onsight! AWESOME!
al99 - TR dog - 15/May/10 with Torquil, Martina Zandonella

Too hard for me !
martinazando - 2nd dnf - 15/May/10 with Al Benson

Hidden - 2nd - 11/May/10

sweet! got it after not beeing on it 4 over a year.
samrad - Lead RP - 25/Apr/10 with smallerrich

This will go at some point. Soon
eugeneth - Lead dog - 15/Apr/10 with James Howell, Jay

Hidden - TR β - 15/Apr/10

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

James Marshall - TR RP - Apr/10

Nails but very pleased got it clean on TR!! Go for sport lead next time. 7a+
eugeneth - TR RP - 04/Mar/10 with James Gray

farmus21 - Lead RP - 04/Mar/10 with Eugene Theron, Sam Radcliffe, Rich Cannell

Lloyders - Lead O/S - 2010

Hidden - TR - 2010

centurion05 - 2010

Hidden - Lead RP - 2010

sick hard
Mike Goldthorp - Lead O/S - 17/Sep/09 with Drew Mulcahy, Ben Alsford

benchwarmer - TR dog - 21/Aug/09 with Owen Barnicott

barni - Lead rpt - 21/Aug/09 with Ewan

Luke Brooks - Lead RP - Aug/09

Felt like trying it in the sweltering hot sun and with no boot edges. Apparently its do-able!
smallerrich - TR rpt - 29/May/09 with Ollie Wragg

barni - TR rpt - 27/Apr/09 with Merlin

Tomprusk - TR dog - 11/Apr/09 with Carwyn Davies

my first short attempt... won't be the last!
C@rwyn - TR dnf - 11/Apr/09 with Tom

Toby Dunn - Lead O/S - 11/Apr/09 with Tom Randall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Jan/09

3 sessions and two lead attempts. Beautiful crisp day today with a little snow drift beneath the route. Perfect temps. but cold fingers!
mattyork2 - Lead RP - 20/Jan/09 with Sam Hamer and James Gray

Looked at the holds, did it clean with a shunt, then a toprope, then lead it as it was getting cold. Incredible route!!
smallerrich - Lead RP - 09/Jan/09 with Sam and Ella

samrad - TR β - Jan/09 with rich

Absolute tosh to anyone giving this 3 stars. Is this the only E5 you've ever done?
TomPR - 2009

bit too worse for wear
Sgt. Vest - Lead dnf - 30/Nov/08

mattyork2 - Lead dog - 29/Nov/08 with James Gray and Pete Harrison

It shall be done...
farmus21 - Lead dog - 08/Nov/08 with Matt Maynard

barni - TR dog - 02/Nov/08 with Shoulders

Rich Kirby - 2nd O/S - 05/Oct/08 with Nige

nige - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/08 with richard kirby

barni - Lead dog - 05/Oct/08 with Jack

barni - Lead dnf - 15/Aug/08 with Oli

Fell between the second and third bolts. Got back on and finished it off.
Brian Rodgers - Lead dog - 14/Jun/08 with Ken Tranter

irish paul - Lead RP - 06/Jun/08 with Sarah Joyce

tumbling wizard - Jun/08

Hidden - 2008

Hidden - TR - 16/Dec/07

alaan - Lead O/S - 01/Dec/07 with Greg

Hidden - 2nd dog - 21/Oct/07

Nathan Kemp - TR O/S - 22/Aug/07

Terrapin Man - TR dog - Aug/07 with munro

daniel hobbs - May/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Mar/07

Almost got the onsight. Nasty crux move did me in. Other than that the climbing is stunning.
Will Hunt - TR dog - 04/Feb/07 with Jamie Light & Nick Bird

Hidden - TR O/S - 2007

zero six - Lead RP - 2007

Fab delicate climbing! Totally amazing!
Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 12/Aug/06 with Roel Driesen

Hidden - 2006

Hidden - TR - 2006

Dringo - 2006

Hidden - TR - 21/Aug/05

Gus - Lead β - 27/Mar/05

Gus - Lead β - 27/Mar/05

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - 23/Jul/04

Grimny-lyn - the merry dwarf - Lead RP - Apr/04 with andy kassyk

paul m hadley - Lead - 2003

Making sure your 'biners fit through the bolt holes avoids a frightening and embarassing "moment".
Mark Riley - Lead rpt - Apr/02

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

Hidden - Jan/00

Hidden - Lead RP - 2000

belay bunny turned bad - 2000

petekeron - Lead RP - 2000

Jon Read - Lead O/S - Aug/99 with Nick Bullock

liabilityliz - TR - 06/Jul/99 with Mark Trepte

Dave Musgrove Jnr - Lead O/S - 15/May/99 with dave hollinger

Approx date. Beta flash, someone else had done the hard work and got the clips in.
Dave Musgrove - Lead β - 1999 with Pete Finklaire

need to lead this route asap
djmarko75 - TR RP - Jun/98

jameshiggins - Lead - 1998

Hidden - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/97

MarkDavies36 - TR RP - 1997 with Corin Burdon

kristian - TR RP - 1997

Colin Edwards - TR RP - 16/Sep/95 with Steve Cox

TR'ed this a couple of times, but have never plucked up the balls to go for the lead. thos bolts are nasty to clip.
Paul Boardman - TR - 1995 with Iain Boardman, Mark Johnson

Paul Figg - TR - 14/Jul/93

Thefly - Jun/93

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1993

whispering nic - Lead O/S - Jul/92 with andy farnell

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

channinga - 1992

Steve Crowe - Lead O/S - 23/Sep/91 with KM

Date a rough guess
andy farnell - Lead O/S - 1991

Mark Kemball - Lead - 1990

Nick Rundall - 2nd dog - 1990

mik1miller - Lead O/S - 1990 with geraldine taylor

Billg - Lead O/S - 1989

Hidden - Lead - 1988

Mike Owen - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/87 with Elaine Owen

Held Frank's rope while he sauntered up the route, crimping on matchstick ends. It was election day as well, and Thatcher was re-elected! I declined to follow.
Sean Kelly - 2nd dnf - Jun/87 with Frank Richards

Nick Biven - TR - 22/Apr/87 with Andrew Jackson (Jack)

sadams - Lead O/S - 16/Apr/87 with Guy Townsend

Hidden - Lead - 1987

mark mcgowan01 - 1985

Chris Craggs - 1980

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