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A more delicate right-hand finish to Nelson's Slab. © Rockfax

FA. Chris Craggs 1993

Ticklists: ROCKFAX Eastern Grit (2006): Top 500, All trad climbs at Birchen Edge.

PanzerHanzler 29/Oct Lead O/S
with Paul H
GregClixby 02/Sep Lead O/S
with Carrie
charvey 24/Aug Solo O/S
knjmooney 06/Aug 2nd
FergusNorrie 06/Aug Lead O/S
keitht 16/Jul -
Marl 16/Jul Solo O/S
tonto169 01/Jul Lead
Theeni 25/Jun Solo O/S
Simon Holland 21/Jun 2nd
with JonesE
JonesE 21/Jun Lead O/S

Start felt easier than 5a when compared to some of the more polished 4c at Birchen.

with Dutch
Hidden 09/Jun 2nd O/S
Wayne S 09/Jun Lead rpt
John R Coller 04/Jun 2nd O/S
Oscar Popels 03/Jun Lead
Gerlach 21/May TR
alanblyth 02/May Lead O/S
mrphilipoldham 02/May 2nd O/S
knjmooney 29/Apr Lead
admcne 10/Apr Lead O/S
with Chris Moore, Steph Moore
James Oakes 04/Apr Solo O/S
with Dan Middleton, Georgia Townend
jcdavy 04/Mar 2nd
with Nathan
Garnham 04/Mar Lead O/S
with jcdavy
Rob_Morris1996 04/Mar 2nd O/S
themattyshep 04/Mar Lead O/S
with Rob M
seanlikeskites 19/Feb 2nd O/S
gtaylor997 05/Feb Lead O/S
AndyRogers 03/Nov/16 Lead O/S
with Max
Dale Comley 14/Aug/16 Solo O/S
Daveyc86 14/Aug/16 Lead
with Al
alan.phobos 13/Aug/16 2nd O/S
with Dave C
Wayne S 26/Jun/16 Lead
with Dale
Dale Berry 26/Jun/16 2nd β
with Wayne S
Hidden 29/May/16 2nd
Durkules 26/May/16 2nd
rachelanneggleshaw 14/May/16 TR
antonyeggleshaw 14/May/16 TR O/S
BnB 08/May/16 -
Clay C 07/May/16 2nd O/S
with Nils
Glen Burrows 23/Apr/16 TR O/S
Matt Harmon 10/Apr/16 Lead O/S
Sarah Roscoe 10/Apr/16 2nd
Andy Moles 09/Apr/16 Solo
gaz3212 14/Mar/16 2nd RP
Flavio 18/Oct/15 Solo O/S
Capricorn One 22/Sep/15 Lead

Tough start, surely the crux.

with Mark Benton
Gemma_Penny 29/Aug/15 2nd
Clive2334 29/Aug/15 Lead O/S
with Gemma
kermit_uk 29/Aug/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/15 Solo O/S
mlok2000 07/Jun/15 2nd dog
with John Bayliss
john_ni 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S

harder start than it would have been years back as no grit left at the bottom where you want to place your foot to get off the ground - like trying to get friction on a wax candle

tedburt 30/May/15 Lead O/S
with Aaron Burdett
timreynolds 25/May/15 Lead
Hidden 25/May/15 2nd
Hamish777 25/May/15 Lead O/S
mreynolds 25/May/15 2nd O/S
nick ferro 10/May/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/May/15 2nd
amccann 08/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Robin Nichols 12/Mar/15 Solo O/S
craig.england1 ??/2015 Lead
dan_o_b ??/2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 29/Aug/14 Solo
will_benfold 24/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Jody Palmer, Pete Cawley
Hidden 21/Aug/14 Solo
Hidden 21/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Chris Sansum 17/Aug/14 Lead O/S
RichardLeggett 03/Aug/14 2nd
DanChad 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Chris Murray 21/Jun/14 2nd
HannahC 17/Jun/14 2nd
tombushell 10/Jun/14 Lead
Sam Husband 10/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Tom
charley 27/Apr/14 Solo rpt
bob_cbr 19/Apr/14 2nd O/S
cragsman9000 19/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with Neil
Hidden 16/Apr/14 2nd rpt
elbeanio 13/Apr/14 Lead O/S
with David O
Kap 16/Mar/14 2nd O/S
matthomas79 15/Mar/14 Lead O/S
dsgarner 15/Mar/14 TR O/S
cmars89 09/Mar/14 Lead
with Pete Duckworth
MarkCunnington 11/Jan/14 Lead O/S
fredallingham 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
youwillfindjimbo 22/Sep/13 Lead O/S
darrencabowabo 21/Sep/13 Lead RP
mattgrange 21/Sep/13 Lead O/S
dan_blair87 25/Jul/13 2nd O/S
dbm 14/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Dan Vaj 14/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Benn A 08/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Sidekick 06/Jul/13 Solo O/S
Reaver2k 30/Jun/13 Lead
pog100 30/Jun/13 2nd
with zora, Reaver2k
Hidden 29/Jun/13 2nd
Hardcore Pat 27/Jun/13 Solo O/S
David Kay 08/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Jun/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 22/May/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 06/May/13 Lead O/S
Andypeak ?/May/13 Lead
Lazytraveller ?/May/13 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/13 Lead
MikeDowsett ??/2013 2nd
TonyF ??/2013 Lead
Hidden 10/Nov/12 Lead O/S
the power 10/Nov/12 2nd

hard start

TomGudgeon 31/Oct/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 31/Oct/12 Lead O/S
deacondeacon 09/Oct/12 Lead O/S
Wilst 01/Oct/12 Lead

The starting move is a bit grim, but otherwise lovely.

Fragmod 10/Sep/12 2nd
pbuggy91 10/Sep/12 Lead O/S
mike.moss 02/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Dan818 30/Aug/12 Lead dnf
ChrisBrooke 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S
with Elved Roberts
Neil Henson 09/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Not entirely sure if I did the Half Nelson or Nelson slab finish.

with Krish
arandall 07/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Jake Young 06/Aug/12 Solo O/S
Woodiee 22/Jul/12 Lead O/S

only VS as the 1st move is 5a prob easy to slip out of the bottom crack, after that its a severe slab tho

Wayne S 20/Jul/12 Lead
Nick1812P 18/Jun/12 Solo O/S
JackHatton 12/Jun/12 Lead O/S
with jamie langlar
Keendan 16/May/12 Solo O/S
chumleywarner 13/May/12 2nd O/S
charley 13/May/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/May/12 Lead
gingerwolf 06/Mar/12 Solo O/S
treg 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S

Nice move at the start. Slightly bold on the upper slab. Thoroughly enjoyable.

with Dan Osbaldeston
David Qualtrough ??/2012 -
admackie ??/2012 -
Aid@n 16/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Oceanic 16/Oct/11 -
pigeonjim 01/Oct/11 Lead dnf

Did the hard move at the bottom fine but bottled the bold easy slab. For the first time ever on a lead someone had to drop me a top rope; Thank you Dan. Not my finest moment.

with Adam
Hidden 01/Oct/11 2nd O/S
adam carless 01/Oct/11 TR dog

Getting back a stuck nut for pidginjim required sitting on the rope

Fraser hill-casey ?/Oct/11 Lead O/S
spragglerocks 30/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Lumbering Oaf 30/Sep/11 Lead
Gazleah 17/Sep/11 Solo O/S
with serge
Brown 01/Sep/11 Solo
with Solo
Johnny Rowland 27/Aug/11 2nd
lozowen 19/Aug/11 Solo
armouredego 05/Aug/11 2nd O/S
part.tom 03/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/11 2nd O/S
Chaz2512 23/Jul/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 19/Jul/11 Solo O/S
Neil Rodgers (PCC) 03/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Hard start as expected, rested on gear just a little. Rest of route is solid and really good.

Karlos ?/Jul/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/11 2nd
GrahamHP 10/Jun/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 10/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Steven Andrews 28/May/11 Lead O/S

Tough initial move

with Delphine
liamoloughlin 28/May/11 Solo O/S
victim of mathematics 24/May/11 Lead O/S
with Adam
adam carless 24/May/11 2nd O/S
geddicakes 07/May/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 17/Apr/11 2nd
Hidden 17/Apr/11 2nd
robal 09/Apr/11 -
Hidden 06/Mar/11 -
rwm7131 06/Mar/11 2nd
with James Ayres & Dan Parker
RKernan 06/Feb/11 Lead O/S
with John O'Hara
PaulHermes 24/Oct/10 AltLd
with Tibor
Brannock 09/Oct/10 Lead O/S

Really nice route, tricky start then balancy finish, great.

Hidden 09/Oct/10 Lead O/S
Joe Costello 02/Oct/10 Solo O/S
with Ellie, Matt
mattwyles1 02/Oct/10 Solo
with Ellie, Joe
Hidden 20/Sep/10 Lead O/S
mike241181 20/Sep/10 2nd
with Will
edd rab 19/Aug/10 Solo rpt
Katya 10/Aug/10 Lead
with Alex Dalton
andrea83 21/May/10 2nd O/S


with Saffra
DaveFidler 24/Apr/10 Lead rpt
Hidden 24/Apr/10 2nd rpt
Daniel Wicks 11/Apr/10 Solo O/S
frume 04/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Very exposed and run out up the slab

with mark, Rory Juss
mike_clayton ?/Apr/10 Lead dog
with picollo pritchard, paul cubbins
mic_b 27/Mar/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2010 2nd O/S
RM199 ??/2010 -
joese7en ??/2010 -
disturbed_one51 08/Oct/09 Solo
Jonathan Hall 08/Oct/09 Solo
Hidden 08/Oct/09 TR
Hidden 23/Sep/09 2nd O/S
garethb 23/Sep/09 Lead O/S
markytaylor 23/Sep/09 Lead O/S
SGD 22/Sep/09 Lead

the start of this is battered

with Jonny WMC
Hidden 19/Sep/09 2nd RP
cooper leek 19/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with dave nw, donk
donkster 19/Sep/09 2nd O/S
with ben, DaveNW
Hidden 09/Aug/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/09 2nd
mattshort 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
ellypryce 25/Jul/09 2nd

With assistance over the crux at the start!

with matttshort
ellypryce 25/Jul/09 2nd

With assistance over the crux at the start!

with matttshort
mark20 20/Jul/09 Lead O/S

A better finish than Nelson's Slab

alexrankine30 20/Jul/09 2nd O/S
with Mark
Phil West 05/Jul/09 Lead rpt
with Wingnut
Rampikino 05/Jul/09 Lead
with Cat
Hidden 27/Jun/09 Solo O/S
max_chan 23/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Trevor Wilson
JWB 19/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Ines
Hidden 29/Mar/09 Lead
Hidden 29/Mar/09 2nd
Hidden ??/2009 -
robal ??/2009 -
DaveFidler ??/2009 Solo
Wil Treasure ??/2009 Lead
Neil Pacey 27/Sep/08 TR O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/08 Solo O/S
jlury 02/Aug/08 2nd
with Adam
Adam1973 02/Aug/08 Lead O/S
morganator 22/Jul/08 Solo
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/08 Lead O/S
alek 02/Mar/08 2nd O/S
lowersharpnose 01/Jan/08 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
daveagriff ??/2008 Lead
LoopyLou ??/2008 Lead O/S
with Helen Lear
Jim Walton ??/2008 -
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
The old James turnbull ??/2008 Lead
Somerset swede basher 15/Sep/07 Solo O/S
with Sarah and Abi
ellentaylor 11/Sep/07 2nd dog
Hidden 11/Sep/07 Lead O/S
Rampikino 09/Sep/07 Lead
with MMC Various
chri55ie 09/Sep/07 2nd
NickST ?/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with Greg Grace
Phil Jennings 24/Aug/07 Lead O/S
Ropeboy 24/Aug/07 Lead
Hidden 18/Aug/07 Solo
Powder Puff Girl 09/Aug/07 2nd O/S
with Edd R
popebenedictus 09/Aug/07 TR rpt
with Edd Rab
edd rab 09/Aug/07 Lead O/S
jchenoweth 09/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Fat Alan
derico 26/May/07 Lead
with George W
Hidden 15/May/07 2nd
popebenedictus 21/Apr/07 TR O/S
Pythonist 17/Apr/07 Solo O/S

Why the heck is this on here as HVS? It was correct at VS!

Col Allott 15/Apr/07 Lead
with Alex Sturrock
tommo1664 08/Apr/07 Solo
tom.ireson 31/Mar/07 Lead O/S
Graeme Hammond 14/Mar/07 Lead O/S
with Lauren Foster/Keeler
deanroberts ??/2007 Lead O/S
Nicos 05/Nov/06 Solo O/S
with solo
Hidden 29/Oct/06 Lead O/S
Ben1983 17/Sep/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 17/Sep/06 Lead RP
mc1105 ?/Sep/06 Lead
Another James 16/Aug/06 Lead O/S
with Kirsten S
anyes varenne 13/Aug/06 -
with suzanne
Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH 29/Jul/06 Solo O/S
Chris Davids 26/Jul/06 2nd O/S
with James
AJ007 11/Jul/06 Solo
Hidden 08/Jul/06 2nd
Hidden 04/Jul/06 Lead
Iggy_B 29/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/Jun/06 Lead
Chris the Tall 01/Jun/06 Solo rpt
Hidden 01/Jun/06 Solo O/S
Fraser Hughes ?/Jun/06 Lead O/S

VS 5a, at most

Hidden 10/May/06 Lead dog
Rampikino 23/Apr/06 Lead
with MMC Various
Andy Clarke 20/Nov/05 Lead O/S
with Dale
mikej 15/Nov/05 Lead
with Rick Naylor
Hidden 19/Oct/05 TR
LankyPaddy 01/Apr/05 Solo O/S
dannyboy83 ?/Oct/04 Solo O/S
leon ?/Aug/04 Lead O/S
with Andrew Southam
Hidden 01/Jul/04 Lead O/S
Stefan 13/Jun/04 Lead O/S
masa-alpin 13/Apr/04 2nd β

Adam had lead Nelson's Slab – his yet hardest 5b (VS), and I seconded on this route.

with Adam W
Whealiebob 25/Jan/04 Lead O/S
with Terry
DavidR ??/2004 Lead O/S
with Aidan McGuffie
Hidden 17/Aug/03 Solo
Hidden 12/Aug/03 2nd O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/03 Lead
darren1 21/Jun/03 -
SteveM 20/Apr/03 Lead
with Bekhs
duncan 18/Oct/02 Solo O/S
nige pacer 29/Sep/02 Solo O/S
Hidden 28/Sep/02 Solo
Hidden 15/Sep/02 Solo
DerwentDiluted 15/Jun/02 Solo
Hidden 04/Jun/02 Lead
Mark Stevenson 24/May/02 Solo O/S
PenJD ??/2002 Lead O/S
with Roger Newman
RussB 01/Aug/01 Lead O/S
with Steve Orchard
cem 10/Jun/01 2nd
with Neil Northrop
Hidden ?/Jul/00 2nd
rocktigger ??/2000 Lead O/S
with Clare
Chris the Tall ?/Aug/98 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 21/Jul/98 Solo
Jas66 ?/May/97 Lead O/S
Martin Bennett 13/Apr/97 -
with MT
Roget 31/Mar/97 Solo O/S
Phil West 14/Dec/96 Lead O/S

Freezing cold and damp.

with David Atherton
andrewbooth1000 04/Sep/96 Lead
rurp ??/1996 -
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