Rockfax Description
The left-hand side of the slab is a bold undertaking passing a ledge then two tiny left-facing flakes. Often climbed with side-runners (as high as your conscience allows) at a friendlier E3. © Rockfax

FA. Steve Bancroft 1975

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, Froggatt to Black Rocks (BMC) - The Grade List, Ron Fawcetts 100 extremes in a day, Peak Rock/12/The New Golden Age, Pete's 150 Peak Extremes, Ultimate E5 ticklist.

Hidden 18/Oct/18 TR O/S
tmawer 13/Oct/18 TR O/S
with stephm
Hidden 10/Oct/18 -
GeorgiePorgie1 08/Oct/18 TR

and Ryan. Amazing climbing, but don't think I would ever lead this. Did it clean so happy with this.

with Jim Broomhead
CharlieMack 08/Oct/18 TR rpt
with Shunt
spidey 07/Oct/18 TR O/S
mike smash ?/Oct/18 TR


Mischa2912 27/Jul/18 Solo RP
Gambit 10/May/18 Lead O/S

With the side runner

with Dean, Rob Woon, Mark Leicester
Hidden 06/Apr/18 TR rpt
Andy Peak 1 02/Feb/18 TR

Rhite hand only.

Andy Peak 1 30/Jan/18 Lead G/U

Took Three big ish falls from the crux until I relaxed and saw the miny foot hold

themattyshep 29/Jul/17 Lead β

With a side runner but fairly low so E3 seems reasonable. Cracking moves with a still serious fall out potential on the crux.

Flavio 16/Jun/17 Solo RP
with Paddy McBoulderface
Helen Gibson 26/Apr/17 TR O/S
with Graham Hoey
Hidden 22/Apr/17 2nd rpt
Andy Moles 07/Mar/17 Solo RP

Physically a good bit easier than Downhill Racer. Feels like if you slipped you might just get away with it, if you hit the big ledge in balance. Not that I'm volunteering to try.

Graeme Hammond 25/Jan/17 Lead RP

With Side Runner at E3 (or less?). Good moves and whilst I didn't fancy a broken ankle I got NO sense of achievement as it is felt a bit like a cop out but not keen to do it properly either.

RM199 25/Jan/17 TR RP
Hidden 25/Jan/17 TR
mshorter 24/Jan/17 Solo
with tom
tom russell 24/Jan/17 Solo RP
JimHolmes69 13/Mar/16 Lead RP

Did with the side runner first; then without, didn't make much difference.

AndyPratt88 13/Mar/16 2nd
Ram MkiV 15/Feb/16 Solo O/S

Backed off this in the past too. Quite nervy on the feet.

Hidden 25/Oct/15 Solo rpt
Hidden 14/Oct/15 TR O/S
Pete Rigby 29/Aug/15 Lead RP

used a side runner

with Kelli Roberts
clams ?/Aug/15 TR
Pete_Frost 11/Jul/15 TR O/S

Nice climbing, but not worth dying for. Easily fluffed on the friction moves to get the "arete", and then again half way up the "arete".

with David Hayward
CharlieMack 16/Apr/15 TR O/S
Nick1812P 11/Apr/15 Lead O/S

at E3 with side runner

Jake Young 11/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Maddie 04/Jan/15 TR O/S

Very surprised how easy this was especially after trying downhill racer. Almost convinced to solo it. Might do at some point. Good handholds, bad feet

with Alun, remus, Dennis999
M_Robinson 13/Dec/14 TR rpt
with Ian Robinson
benw681 ?/Dec/14 TR O/S
with Jake
Hidden 28/Oct/14 2nd O/S
petegunn 28/Oct/14 Lead
Hidden 02/Oct/14 2nd O/S
Theo Moore - UKC and UKH 29/Aug/14 Solo O/S

get in! please don't top rope these routes.

dannyboy83 05/Jun/14 Solo RP

Easy after a top-rope

mike mo ??/2014 2nd
Hidden ??/2014 -
Hidden 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S
Dr Toph 31/Aug/13 Solo O/S

Finally got stuck into this one. Its not as bad as i thought. Cool sequence!

mickyv33 28/Apr/13 TR O/S
Dennis999 28/Apr/13 TR dog
Hidden 28/Apr/13 Solo RP
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Solo β
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Lead O/S
Stefan_Morris 06/Mar/13 Lead O/S

With E3 side runner in

Jen 'Banksy' Banks ?/Mar/13 2nd O/S
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ?/Mar/13 Solo O/S

Unnecessary levels of danger...

with Jill Whittaker, Tim Hill, Katy Whittaker
joese7en 23/Dec/12 Lead O/S

side runner, no spice no ring sting

madasten 14/Oct/12 TR O/S
Martin Cooper 15/Jul/12 TR O/S

Great. Felt alright on top rope- would I lead it? (even with siderunner?)Thumb sprags useful twice

with Stan
Ed morris 16/Oct/11 Lead RP

Should really have soloed it. Felt very solid on the lead with a low side runner.

with ewan
John_Hat 20/Aug/11 Lead RP

With side runner - which wasn't high enough to stop me taking a fall bad enough that I heard indrawn breath from the group 50ft away! Got it clean second go...

chrishedgehog 25/Apr/11 2nd O/S
with S. Hunt
Brown 19/Apr/11 Lead rpt

with high side runner

Mike Goldthorp 03/Mar/11 Solo O/S

Much easier moves but a lot more serious than Artless. Very positive holds and a cool high foot step, steady away!

Dan Mckinlay ?/Mar/11 Lead O/S

Side runner E3 5c

Andrew Barker 21/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Far less scary than Great Slab! It didn't help that my right shoulder felt like it might pop near the top.

with Tom Lyons
highlux 26/Nov/10 Solo RP

Top roped with grigri three times, then soloed. Right after doing Great Slab & Hairless Heart. Perfect day.

akhughes 02/Nov/10 Solo O/S

took advantage of good conditions in the morning before the rain came. Awesome but pretty scary. would be rubbish if toproped first.

Hidden ?/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Dave Musgrove Jnr 27/Oct/10 Solo

not OS as led years before with the side runner

with Tom Bridgeland
Hidden 05/Aug/10 TR rpt
jowgli 28/Jun/10 Solo RP

couple of top rope goes before soloing it. maybe not ethically cosher but i like my legs

Hidden 01/Jan/10 -
Boy 06/Dec/09 -
with Iain Farrar, Adam , Nige Kershaw
JulesV 20/Oct/09 Lead O/S

With side runner - but not sure it would have protected crux! E4?

with dave evans
mic_b 18/Oct/09 Lead O/S

With side runner

Rachel Slater 27/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with Stuart Walker, Tony Walker
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 02/May/09 Solo RP

Got scarred and rescued on the onsight, just faffing tho, the move was easy! Got it 2nd go no prob's.

markhilton 13/Apr/09 Lead O/S
Daniel Wicks 03/Apr/09 Solo RP

Led with side runner first

with Aly and Siddle
Misha 21/Mar/09 Lead rpt

Second time I've done this with a side runner. Felt easy but still wouldn't solo it...

koopa ??/2009 TR
liamoloughlin ?/Nov/08 Solo RP

Worth E5 due to fall potential. Moves are not that hard as I did it clean first time. Worth trying the onsight for the proficient.

Brian Rodgers 11/Oct/08 Lead O/S

With side runner placed from the ledge.

with Ian Bruce
JasonG ?/Sep/08 Lead O/S
with PaulW
PennyL 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S

Put in side runners making it E3...

Misha 28/Jun/08 Lead O/S

Side runner below the first bush in the crack to the left.

bridget143 19/Jun/08 2nd dog
with Dave Childs
gethin_allen ?/Jun/08 2nd O/S

wouldn't have wanted to lead it.

v.jester 17/Mar/08 Solo RP
Sean Kelly ??/2008 TR
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead

side runner

alaan 17/Nov/07 Lead O/S

With side runners placed from the ledge.

with Aly
MYSSAK 04/Nov/07 Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 06/Oct/07 Solo RP

Led twice with a side runner then soloed.

steveb2006 23/Sep/07 Lead

CC aspirant weekend, with Phillipa?

thrutch 09/Sep/07 Lead O/S

Graded 6a in my books but felt like easy 5c.

with helen
Dohnny_Jawes 19/Jun/07 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/07 Lead
nathanmanc 18/Feb/07 Lead RP
steve taylor ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
Hidden 02/Dec/06 TR O/S
Timothy Greenhalgh 29/Oct/06 Lead O/S
with Chico
Ally Smith ??/2006 Lead O/S

Using skyhooks as gear. Date a guess

with Oli
Hidden ??/2006 -
Alan James - UKC and UKH 17/Apr/05 Lead O/S

With side runner - E3

Tom Briggs ??/2005 Solo β
Hidden ??/2005 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Jul/03 TR
beermonkey ?/Mar/03 2nd
with Mr Binks
shoulders 11/May/02 Lead


with joules
John Marsland 03/Jun/01 TR
steveb2006 20/May/01 Lead

With side runner (E3). Consider a solo of Great Slab after but best not push it (as I once did)

with Pete Carter
Hidden ??/2000 Lead β
Bullybones ??/2000 Lead O/S

E3 version

with Joy
Hidden 01/May/98 TR
ellis ?/Feb/98 Lead O/S

Side runner

with Rondy Salter
EddieA 07/Jun/97 TR dog

With 2 rests. Possibly the only route I've ever top-roped outdoors. Not much satisfaction in this kind of thing for me but recognize its the best way to push my grades so should do more!

with Simon W
Hidden 16/May/97 TR
Dave Musgrove 09/Mar/97 Lead

With Side Runner.

with Sam Dew, Dave Musgrove Jnr
Hidden ??/1997 TR
Davros the Psyched ??/1996 Solo O/S
Laramadness 08/Oct/95 2nd O/S
steveb2006 23/May/95 Lead
with Beryl Strike
Hidden 20/Jun/94 Lead
steveb2006 14/Jun/94 Lead
with Corine Eade
Duncan Bourne 08/May/94 2nd
with E Allcock
mattnuttall 10/Mar/94 Solo O/S
OMSKB ??/1994 TR
Mick King 16/Oct/93 TR O/S
with Simon Walsh
Jon Read ?/Aug/93 Solo rpt
Hidden 09/May/93 2nd rpt
IanD353 ?/Mar/93 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1993 TR O/S
Craig Barton ??/1993 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1993 TR O/S
craig d ??/1993 -
Cowflinger ?/Jun/92 TR
with sharpie
steveb2006 14/May/92 Lead
with Brian Hamilton
Hidden ?/Mar/92 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/1992 2nd
Hidden ??/1992 Lead
Hidden 10/Jul/91 TR dog
whispering nic 26/Jan/91 2nd
with Graham Iles
craig h 21/Oct/90 -
Hidden 18/Mar/90 Lead
NeilGriffiths ??/1990 -

side runner

with Aidy Poll, Unsy
Seymore Butt ??/1990 TR
with Roy
Andy Farnell ??/1990 Solo O/S

Date a rough guess

gordonday ??/1990 TR O/S
steveb2006 05/May/89 Lead

With side runners as before

with Simon White
phardman 22/Feb/89 Solo RP
phardman 19/Feb/89 2nd

Lead with side runner

Rich Kirby ??/1989 Lead O/S

Side runners as was the behaviour of the day ...back in the day.

AB1965 09/May/88 Lead
goi.ashmore 29/Apr/88 Solo RP

Backed off loads of times before, done in about 4 seconds with no-one else at the crag.

steveb2006 19/Apr/88 Lead

Side runners

with Simon Mee
Neil R 20/Sep/87 TR
with AIH
steveb2006 10/Aug/87 TR
Michael Hood 26/Jul/87 Lead

With a side runner so only E3 but was given 6a at the time.

Billg 14/Mar/87 Lead O/S
with Dave Gregory
Hidden ??/1987 Lead O/S
Carl Hamer ??/1987 TR RP
Hidden 02/Nov/86 Lead
Neil McA 11/Oct/86 Lead O/S

The E3 version with a side runner (as described at the time)

with Duncan Tunstall, Martin Wilson
Chris Ellis 08/Jun/86 2nd
with Andy Barker
Hidden 12/Apr/86 Lead
daviesxxx ?/Apr/86 -

Side runners!

Tom V ??/1986 -
mark mcgowan01 ??/1986 -
Hidden ??/1986 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Dec/85 Lead
steveb2006 16/Jun/85 Lead

With side runner

with Mervyn Dudley
Dave Musgrove 12/Jun/85 -

I used a side runner but led it comfortably enough. Would I have done so without it? We'll never know.

with Andy Nicholson
UKB Shark 10/Jun/85 Lead O/S

with side runners

with Mark Mitchell
Hidden 17/Mar/85 Lead
charlesmfrench 04/Nov/84 TR O/S
Hidden 15/Sep/84 Lead
steveb2006 01/Jul/84 2nd dog

Side runner used (by the leader!)

with unknown
sadams 26/Jun/84 Lead

With Side runner E3

with Pete Herrod
Steve Lewis 14/Apr/84 Solo
Mike Owen 01/Apr/84 2nd β
with John Peake
stp 28/Mar/84 Lead

Done with side runner in crack on L - thus E3. I think I fell a couple of times too.

Hidden 10/Mar/84 2nd
Andy Stephenson 28/Sep/83 TR
Hidden 24/Sep/83 TR
Mark Kemball 03/Oct/82 Lead
with Andy Gittins
Andy Nicholson ?/May/82 Lead O/S
with Chez
mark-abz 08/Sep/81 TR
with Andy W
Mark Kemball 12/Oct/80 Lead

Side runners (as everyone did then) a number of falls on previous occasions.

with Bill McKee
hodjster ?/Sep/80 Lead O/S

side runner

with Tony Burden
Hidden ??/1980 Lead
paul__in_sheffield ??/1980 Lead
nbotting ??/1980 -
Hidden ??/1980 Solo
DonnyDave 10/Jun/79 TR
Chris Terrey ??/1979 TR
petemeads ?/May/78 Lead O/S

Siderunner (not too high) but onsight. Happy to claim E3!

andy gittins ??/1978 Lead O/S

with sides

Mark Kemball 23/Oct/77 Lead dnf

Side runners, 2 falls.

Hidden 15/Oct/77 TR
Hidden 15/Oct/77 TR
Steve Lewis 12/Aug/77 -
with sharpie
Mark Kemball 17/Apr/77 Lead dnf
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