Impossible Slab*** E3 5c
[Neil almost up (and about to be almost off!) Impossible Slab, 2 kb]14m.

Rockfax Description
A fine climb with a worrying finale. Start up the short crack and make hard moves (especially for the short) to easier ground. Lace the break, then teeter up the final slab by ever more committing moves. Side-runners lower the E-grade. © ROCKFAX

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Photo: Neil almost up (and about to be almost off!) Impossible Slab © Si dH
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Did it twice to take some photos of people on quietus. The climbing was just as nice as I remember, just a bit less harrowing being on a rope and it not being really hot!!
Teappleby - TR rpt - 23/Sep/15 with Nina Stirrup, Milena Mulhen, Harry Lewis, Dawn Brinkman, Rory Wadsworth, Shaun Humphreys, Calum Wadsworth, Alex McCann, Pete Briggs, Matt Ferrier

shunted, moves felt ok
pete1993 - TR β - 23/Sep/15

Quite hard in the rain, chalk didn't help
FlavioL1989 - Lead dnf - 12/Sep/15 with Raj Bisht

EBailey - 2nd β - 07/Aug/15

CaelanB - 2nd O/S - 03/Aug/15 with Sachi

Led this as my first E3 (no side runners or any of the other BS many in the logbook seem to be doing). It's a pretty obvious line and calling it an eliminate or 'not being able to find the route' seems pretty lame, you just go straight up, it's not rocket science. Most of the routes on grit you can escape left or right. *rant over* The moves on this route are brilliant, a hard but somewhat safe crux lower down (good footwork helps here) protected with a big wire and a cam, then 2 gold dragon cams in the mid break before the super sketchy top moves. These would protect a fall just fine. Man up people (This from an indoor climber!)
jsmcfarland - Lead O/S - 03/Aug/15 with Caelan

Felt very hard for 5C at the bottom! I ended up going straight up rather than trending let at the top. Not sure how it altered the route but either way it felt extremely bold!
Fraser hill-casey - Lead O/S - 05/Jul/15 with Lewis neve

Hidden - 2nd β - 16/May/15

drysori - Lead - 16/May/15 with Everyone!

mike8331 - TR - 13/May/15

JEP - 2nd O/S - 26/Apr/15

drysori - TR - 17/Apr/15

Mr Wild - 2nd - 06/Apr/15 with David Kettle

Canyak - 2015

Stefan_Morris - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/14 with hfisher, Edmundmorris

Ed morris - Lead O/S - 01/Nov/14 with harry, stefan

Couldn't suss bottom section - very reachy!
Gudge - Lead dnf - 28/Oct/14 with Charles Moreton

A fit of misplaced optimism prompted me to have a go. After much faffing, I did the first of the couple of 'taxing' moves referred to in the guidebook but (after even more faffing) I couldn't do/wouldn't commit to the second.
cem - Lead dnf - 28/Oct/14 with Chris Gudgeon

Bailed from the top and did the moves with high runners, onsight till wimpout.
Albachoss - Lead dnf - 11/Oct/14

Hidden - TR - 11/Oct/14

lena.drapella - 2nd dog - 11/Oct/14 with dannyboy

BenL - 2nd O/S - 11/Oct/14 with SUMC

Focuses the mind. No side runners.
ian d f - Lead O/S - 05/Oct/14 with Michael P

pearson9596 - 2nd O/S - 05/Oct/14 with Dave Brock, Ian Faulkner

el disco - TR - 03/Sep/14 with conrad

Hidden - TR - 03/Sep/14

Ran away at the top, didn't want to get blown away.
Matthew Ferrier - Lead - 28/Aug/14 with Calum Wadsworth

Very windy day. Scared and timid climbing.
mrteale - Lead O/S - 09/Aug/14 with MrBlond

Hidden - 04/Aug/14

thought about the onsight, but was quite happy I shunted it first, lower moves took a bit of figuring out when you're as short as me! oh and no side runners.
Teappleby - Lead RP - 24/Jul/14 with Fran Hammond

did the first half, couldn't be arsed with the second bit. this route is double-dog-shit.
PeteWilson - 2nd - 11/Jun/14 with Dave

dannyboy83 - 2nd O/S - 26/May/14 with Fiona, Jonny P

bit worrying
funsized - Lead O/S - 26/May/14 with Danny Boy, Fi

went off route at the first crux and used right arete
mc fifi - 2nd O/S - 24/May/14 with Jonathan Pearson

Hidden - TR O/S - 27/Apr/14

mike mo - 2nd - 2014

Dan Arkle - 2014

mileshill540 - Lead - 2014

Still hard and committing. Had a cam in the r-hand crack this time which seems in. Took awhile to psych up for the top slab.
rustaldo - Lead rpt - 01/Dec/13 with Alex, Kit Perry

Side runner E2
bwestwood - Lead - 16/Nov/13

oapstude - TR β - 17/Oct/13

Hard but fair. Great to latch the top
rurp - Lead O/S - 08/Oct/13 with bill farmer

alaster tonge - TR O/S - 21/Sep/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Sep/13

robgixer - Lead O/S - Sep/13

Ninja moves initially and smeary finish.
Zoomer - TR RP - 03/Jun/13 with A Student

Lumbering Oaf - TR dog - 30/Apr/13 with Alan Mountford

thetradlad - Lead dnf - 07/Oct/12

did a little victory jig at top
w.pettet-smith - Lead - Oct/12 with claire jane carter

Superb climb, fine effort from the boy Kyle.
freemanTom - 2nd - 22/Sep/12 with Kyle Rance, Ben

Hidden - TR O/S - 15/Sep/12

Hidden - TR - 04/Sep/12

Fell off near top escaped up chimney.
WillDoyle - Lead dnf - 18/Aug/12

Felt harder than is used too! Sketchy finale.
Chris Craggs - TR - 08/Aug/12 with Steve Cunnington, Graham Parkes

ianstevens - Lead O/S - 22/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead rpt - 22/Jul/12

Quality climb one of my favourites so far! Shame about the midges
Dingchav - TR O/S - Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd - 13/May/12

Foumnd the 6a crux fine at the bottom then got slightly too far right at the top (only just left of the crack) which was utterly desperate. Not been that terrified for a while, eventually sketched my way through.
Somerset swede basher - Lead O/S - 12/May/12 with Rob

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/May/12

Side runners e1?
derekb - Lead O/S - 28/Mar/12 with Nick

buxtoncoffeelover - 2nd - 28/Mar/12

... as hilty
Hannes B - Lead O/S - 06/Mar/12 with Emlyn

fp219 - Lead - Jan/12

Just couldn't work out my feet for the move to the layaway, maybe try again later in the season.
MeMeMe - Lead dnf - 2012 with Cliff

Tony Kartawick - 2012

swoosh - Lead O/S - 19/Nov/11 with Pat Dawson

Hidden - Lead dnf - 06/Nov/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 24/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Oct/11

phil64 - Lead rpt - 23/Oct/11 with nick gillett

Waist high side runner before going into the crux layaway move, E2 this way, likely groundfall without! Took ages committing to the move but turned out to be ok if reachy. Also took a while committing to the last move on the slab, partly because there were quite, a few options, turned out to be quite easy in the end - 5b? Good moves but the route is a bit eliminate due to proximity to the easier climbs on either side and and is spoilt by an easy section in the middle, so not worth 3* in my book.
Misha - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/11 with Ian W, Brian

Gear in place. No side runner.
GPN - Lead β - 15/Oct/11 with Loz, Shaw Brown

Shaw Brown - 2nd - 15/Oct/11 with Loz

Tarnished ascent grabbing R arete with R hand on final move. No E3 tick, need to come back to do it properly, if I can be bothered. Didn't feel very 3*. No line, lacking in gear at the start, escapable to L or R and question of what constitutes as side runners. Do wires in the thin cracks on the R of the slab count? Would feel like an artificially extended run out without them.
Owen W-G - Lead - 01/Oct/11 with Max & Sam

Hidden - Lead O/S - Oct/11

With siderunners. 3 hard moves for me.
ianjfsutcliffe - Lead O/S - 24/Sep/11 with Kenny

Daf led Inaccessible Crack so I seconded up this.
Will Hunt - TR - 11/Jun/11 with Halla Parkin, Dafydd Llywelyn

ollyhorst - 2nd dog - 11/Jun/11 with mat rust

cruxy. resorted to facial smear on the last move. bottom couple of cruxes feel quite underprotected, felt certain to deck from the second hard move.
rustaldo - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/11 with Olly, Alex

Hidden - 2nd β - 02/Jun/11

belay bunny turned bad - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/11 with loundsy

gordonday - TR O/S - 30/Apr/11 with clive

Couldn't get enough height to reach 1st break, backed off.
Alex Thompson - Lead dnf - 09/Apr/11 with Dreadlocks Chris

Ben1983 - Lead O/S - 03/Apr/11

Lev - TR dog - 26/Mar/11

Alasdair88 - TR O/S - 26/Mar/11

pie_eater_pete - Lead O/S - 14/Mar/11 with bwestwood

bwestwood - 2nd O/S - 14/Mar/11

Hidden - Lead RP - 12/Mar/11

Hidden - 2nd - 12/Mar/11

Piece of piss.
hilty - Lead O/S - 06/Nov/10

craig naylor - Lead - 25/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Oct/10

nathan foster - 2nd dog - 16/Oct/10

1 fall and just held the rounded top. MG was awesome as usual.
adi bryant - Lead RP - 01/Oct/10 with Paul A, Molly-George

SteveM - 2nd - 30/Sep/10 with Alex

catblack - 2nd dog - 30/Sep/10 with Andy Barker

Good moves, rubbish line.
Andrew Barker - Lead O/S - 30/Sep/10 with Cat Black

Nick1812P - Lead dnf - 04/Sep/10 with Jamie

FlorianCastagne - Lead O/S - 23/Aug/10

disturbed_one51 - 2nd - 15/Aug/10 with Wee man

Took me an age, thanks Mark. Found the first move the crux and used a runner for the second but not for the top. The top seemed okay compared to the bottom although the heat made the whole thing seem sketchy.
Jonathan Hall - Lead - 15/Aug/10 with Mark Williams

datoon - Lead O/S - 24/Jul/10 with S & K

Not led in E3 style: used side runner at top. Tried without but moves felt very sketchy. Did it instantly and it felt steady as soon as the side runner went in. Need to sort my head out.
harold walmsley - Lead O/S - 10/Jul/10 with Colin Struthers

Hidden - Lead O/S - 06/Jul/10

Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/10 with Iain Mount

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jul/10

7om - Lead O/S - 28/Jun/10 with Jon Chittenden

Rowansb - Lead O/S - 28/May/10 with Ewan

With side runner in crack on right, a little contrived but nice airy climbing.
Tez29 - Lead O/S - 16/May/10 with Mousey

HamishD - Lead O/S - 13/May/10 with Alex

craig naylor - 2nd - 28/Apr/10 with olly

oliverthomp - Lead O/S - 28/Apr/10 with Nick

Hidden - 2nd - 28/Apr/10

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

Seymore Butt - 2010

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 2010

RossG - 2010

Ben Vieyra - 2nd - 2010

Sean Kelly - 2010

Piece of piss.
hilty - 2010

feilx - Lead O/S - 07/Nov/09 with Heather

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Oct/09

Hidden - 2nd dnf - 18/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09

JonBrown - Lead O/S - 17/Oct/09 with Dougie

dswansonlow - 2nd O/S - 17/Oct/09 with John Brown

DannyK - TR RP - 16/Oct/09 with Christos

Hidden - 2nd dog - 10/Oct/09

Tricky balancing move - or I couldn't find the correct one - near the bottom, top technically relatively easy in comparaison as long as one forgets how low is the last runner!
pelvoux - Lead O/S - 10/Oct/09 with Stephen

On-sight no Side Runners
3 Names - Lead O/S - 04/Oct/09 with Sumee Holloway

Fell just before first crux (without gear in crack). Will put in next time...
BruceW - Lead dnf - 16/Aug/09 with Becca, Mark, Ju

Well i had to after Franco soloed it 4 times... Thought the first couple of moves were hard and bold. Top was reachy.
Dave Warburton - Lead O/S - 11/Jul/09 with Franco Cookson

Hidden - 08/Jul/09

First E3. Tried it before at the end of 2007 and found it fine except for the very top move, which I bottled and escaped right (probably just as hard as going upwards). Very grateful to Mongoose for taking the midgies while belaying...
jelaby - Lead RP - 27/Jun/09 with Mongoose

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/Jun/09

coffeepot - 2nd dog - 27/Jun/09 with jelaby

Without side runners. The crux on the lower wall feels very bold but I was assured I wouldn't hit the ground. Upper slab is quite easy until the final move..... but really if you do the bottom you'll find the top trivial.
chris sm - Lead O/S - 14/Jun/09 with Pippa Froggatt

Hidden - 2nd - 14/Jun/09

Fell 6m's at the last move, good gear though. More chalk next time!
riddle - Lead dnf - 13/Jun/09 with Tom Elliot

mrtom - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/09 with Roger HSmith

Hidden - TR dog - Jun/09

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

Flashed, would be scary lead
tallsop - TR O/S - 10/May/09 with terry

Hidden - 2nd - 10/May/09

thomasadixon - 2nd O/S - 02/Apr/09 with Alan, Mike

Reaver2k - 2nd dog - 02/Apr/09 with Tom Dixon, Michael

Hidden - 2nd - 16/Mar/09

alexharv3y - TR dog - 18/Jan/09

Proper windy up there, had a punt at this whilst with the uni group freshers. will be back for the lead, side runners or not though?
Tobes - TR O/S - 18/Jan/09 with Alex

koopa - 2nd - 2009

Ed Booth - Lead O/S - 2009

metal arms - Lead O/S - 22/Dec/08

Luke Brooks - Lead O/S - 28/Nov/08 with Neil Pope

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Oct/08

brian watson - Lead dnf - 27/Sep/08 with scott titt

lukehunt - Lead O/S - 13/Sep/08

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 23/Aug/08

grakgrak - 2nd - 16/Aug/08 with duncan

Hidden - Lead dog - 16/Aug/08

duzinga - 2nd O/S - 10/Aug/08 with Jim and Guido

Hidden - 2nd - 10/Aug/08

Upper part only accessed from Impossible Crack
bridget143 - 2nd O/S - 23/Jul/08 with Dave Childs

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/08

No side runners!
sparkass - Lead O/S - Jun/08

andrewwightman - 2nd - Jun/08 with duncan campbell

Nicos - Lead O/S - 18/May/08 with rich howels

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

dan gibson - Lead RP - 07/Oct/07 with AJ

Hidden - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/07

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

Mr Sparkle - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/07 with Lindsey Pearson

v.jester - Lead O/S - 08/Aug/07 with Mysak

ewen - Lead O/S - 29/Jul/07 with dave gilling

johnwilson123 - TR O/S - Jul/07 with paul

Hidden - 2nd dog - 07/Apr/07

Coel Hellier - Lead - 04/Apr/07

deejmonkey - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/07

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/07

Without side-runners. Scary. Had previously been rescued off the top move (in the dark!) and I used a side runner at the bottom on that occasion. I would not have attempted it without the side runner if I hadn't done the crux before.
drysori - Lead - 27/Mar/07

jamesturnbull - Lead - 2007 with ry

baldcoder - TR - 29/Oct/06

Stuart Johnston - TR O/S - 22/Oct/06 with g taylor

cem - 2nd - 12/Aug/06 with Johannes

Hidden - Lead dog - 05/Aug/06

avoided the crux on the left.
colin milton - 2nd - 14/Jul/06 with fenclimb

Hidden - Lead O/S - 14/Jul/06

Hidden - TR - 02/Jun/06

John Simpson - 2nd O/S - Jun/06 with Pat Rainbird

Mark Riley - Lead O/S - 28/May/06

shaun walby - 2nd O/S - 11/May/06

Lev - Lead O/S - 30/Apr/06 with Emma Ross

Hidden - 2nd dog - 30/Apr/06

A most excellent slab after the interesting move to begin. It does get easier as you go up.
UndercoverElephant - Lead O/S - 2006 with S

bronsonite - Lead O/S - 27/Nov/05 with Alex Cannon

Brown - Lead dog - 29/Oct/05

Hidden - Lead dnf - 25/Sep/05

crossdressingrodney - TR - 12/May/05 with gwilym

Gambit - Lead RP - 24/Apr/05 with Tim

1 lowish side runner to protect second crux
reg_measures - Lead O/S - 02/Apr/05

Theeni - 2nd - Apr/05 with Reg Measures

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jan/05

Tom Briggs - Jagged Globe - 2005

Brian Rodgers - Lead rpt - 2005

Stone Muppet - Lead O/S - 2005

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Oct/04

With side runners - E2 claimed.
SteveM - Lead - 11/Jul/04 with Cogie

Ropeboy - Lead - 28/Mar/04

Hidden - 2nd - 2004

Duncan I - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Simon Coles

Lead a couple of times
DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with Naomi Walker, Martin Flint, Ian Smith

Hidden - Lead dog - 14/Jun/03

DubyaJamesDubya - Lead O/S - 08/Jun/03 with Trevor Stevens, Colin Brearley

Daniel Armitage - Lead O/S - 14/Apr/03

Hidden - 2nd - Sep/02

AJ007 - 2nd - Sep/02 with Dan

shoulders - Lead - 19/May/02 with tom

CrashMat Rob - TR - 11/May/02 with Steve, Miles, Martin Whelan, Nicky

Dave Musgrove Jnr - 13/Feb/01 with Viv

tuftynick - Lead - 2001

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/00

Hidden - 2000

tlr - Lead - 2000

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - Lead - 2000

martroberts - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/99

FrankW - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/99 with Levi

Hidden - Lead rpt - 16/May/99

sadams - Lead - May/99

Rich Kirby - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/98 with Suzy

Gordon Stainforth - 2nd - 16/May/98 with David BA Jones, Carrie Jones, Steve Dean

Obi-Wan is lost... - Lead - 13/Mar/98 with Phil

Billg - Lead O/S - 1998 with Paul Guttridge

Hidden - Lead rpt - 1998

ChrisJD - Lead - 12/Oct/97

ste_d - Lead O/S - 26/Jun/97 with mik

bigphil - 2nd - 15/Mar/97 with Toby

rob.grafton - Lead - 05/May/96 with Paul McCann, Bruce

WB - Lead O/S - 1996 with American Nick

andy_pemberton - Lead - 29/Oct/95

Have a note that says: "Didn't do it on the proper line.." so maybe I have to go back and do this one again!
Daniel Wrightson - Lead β - Oct/95 with Olivia Horner

Andy Say - Lead - 14/Jun/95

Hidden - Lead - 06/May/95

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Oct/94

Hidden - TR - 02/May/94

mikedelderfield - 2nd O/S - 01/May/94 with Steven Delderfield

Hidden - Lead β - May/94

IanD353 - Lead O/S - 1994

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Oct/93

Hidden - Lead - 15/Aug/93

Hidden - TR - 13/Aug/93

leathers - 2nd - 1993 with Al Churcher

Hidden - Lead - 1993

Chris Reid - Lead O/S - Oct/92

Backinthegame - 2nd - Jun/92

Chris Ellis - TR - 04/May/92 with Andy Bell, Paul Farmer

whispering nic - Solo - 20/Apr/92 with Ali W

NeilGriffiths - 1992

Hidden - 2nd - 1992

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Aug/91

led with side runner
Roget - 29/Jun/91 with jon

Hidden - Lead O/S - 21/May/91

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1991

Hidden - TR - 31/Jul/90

steve taylor - Lead - Jul/90 with Jim Waddington

mark-abz - TR - 21/May/90 with Phil R

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Aug/89

Not too bad - bold though
steve taylor - Lead O/S - Aug/89 with stumpy

Stoney Boy - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/89 with Martin Heath

Hidden - Lead - 28/Jun/89

scree - Jun/89

Hidden - 2nd - 27/May/89

Hidden - 2nd - May/89

goi.ashmore - Lead O/S - 20/Mar/88 with Dave Forster

Hidden - TR - 1988

Hidden - Lead - 31/May/87

GordonHart - Lead - 1987 with Kevin

Hidden - Lead O/S - 1987

Hidden - Lead - 1987

Neil R - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/86 with Richard W

Tom V - 2nd - 19/Apr/86 with Howie Darwin

Hidden - Lead - 1986

Mike Owen - 11/Oct/85 with Graham Lipp

Michael Hood - Lead - 05/Oct/85

John Marsland - 2nd - 07/Jul/85 with Eduardo Martinez

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jun/85

KRB - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/85 with Mike Bridges

mike bridges - 2nd O/S - 30/Mar/85 with Kevin Bridges

Ian Clare - 1985

Hidden - Lead - 19/Aug/84

Dave Musgrove - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/84

Mark Kemball - Lead - 07/May/83 with Paul Clark

charlesmfrench - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/82

Hidden - Lead - 1982

redjerry - Lead O/S - May/81 with Murray Hamilton

Ken Wilson appeared above as I was contemplating the crux. Slowed me down rather!
Andy Stephenson - Lead O/S - 01/Feb/81 with Chris Plant

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jun/80

andy gittins - 1980

Hidden - TR - 27/Oct/79

Paula Hamilton-Gibson - 1978 with Dorothy Bogg

Hidden - TR - 18/Jun/77

rogerskews - 1975 with Keith Jenkins

mikej - TR dnf - 13/Jul/69 with John Bickerdyke

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