Rockfax Description
A classic line of the quarries, and a must for any wannabe Slatehead. There is a poor lonely wire above all the hard climbing, and an even worse sling. It is recommended that you trail a rope up to abseil off, although you will need two to reach the ground unless using a 70m. From the blast shelter that runs through the base of the arete, mantel onto the roof and follow a line of juggy hand holds out right to gain the arete, crux. Once on the arete, compose yourself and climb up to reach a heartstoppingly-airy high step. The climbing after this eases even more, and the route switches to the opposite side of the arete. Finish up a short groove on the left side of the arete from a ledge near to the top. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Victim Of Mathematics' Ticklist of Extreme Justice, Dinorwig Essentials, North Wales Rock Graded List, Full of Myself - Johnny's Book namecheck, a State of Slate, UK Lonely Leads, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, AMC Uni Ticklist, Bold Slate routes, Caff's Cool E1s List, The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), Hobo Unicorn Essentials, Extreme 2018, North Wales Super Summer Solo Ticklist.

Hidden 31/Oct/17 Lead
Chrissy202 31/Oct/17 2nd O/S
with Luke
Owen Davies 25/Oct/17 Solo O/S

such great positions!

Keith Swainson 26/Aug/17 Solo O/S

Intimidated myself out of trying last year when messrs Honold and Dawes were on a route to it's left.... Wish I had gone for it then as it felt so straightforward today. Knew there was a walk off... missed that so ended up soloing overgrown, terrifying, grimness, left of the sheep mural/graffiti. new route? Not recommended!

GPN 02/Jul/17 Solo O/S
BC 18/Jun/17 Solo O/S
Scott Quinn 17/Jun/17 Solo O/S
with tunnah
tunnah 17/Jun/17 Solo O/S
with scott
spidermonkey09 14/May/17 Solo O/S

After being terrified of it for five years I finally got on it. Glorious. Never hard but very airy and there are no second chances- not like gritstone soloing! 'Bad step' on the walk off is thought provoking but not too bad.

James Oakes 29/Apr/17 Solo O/S
amccann 29/Apr/17 Solo O/S
Hidden 15/Mar/17 Solo dnf
Climbingspike ??/2017 -
Fat Andy Heff 21/Sep/16 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Dr Toph 07/Sep/16 Solo O/S

Kinda wanted it to be harder, but nice feature

MichaelGallimore 23/Aug/16 Solo β

Jenny went up first and left a trail of chalk :)

Hidden 23/Aug/16 Solo O/S
HaleAlex 10/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Rope was a waste of time, useful for abseiling down though. Great fun

Flavio 30/Jul/16 Lead O/S
w-watson 30/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Sam Watson 27/Jul/16 Solo O/S

Scary but worth the lulz

JackM92 09/Jun/16 Solo O/S

Looked intimidating and took a few minutes to commit mentally to the route. Once on it the climbing was really straightforward. About 8 minutes to climb.

Zakko 07/Jun/16 Solo O/S

After a month or so of thinking about it. Finally did it with bow leading the way.

with Bow
James Beaumont 07/Jun/16 Solo rpt
with Zak Maynard
Hidden 01/Jun/16 Solo O/S
DaveThexton 24/May/16 Solo O/S
themattyshep 24/May/16 Solo dnf

evening out. Got to the half way point then down climbed due to playing it safe because i was on my ML training that week

caradoc 17/May/16 Solo O/S

I was expecting a very tough time on this but it went surprisingly easily. It just wasn't the real psychological test that I anticipated but still good for a bit of destressing. Great line, feels like climbing a knife edge in the sky. Video of the climb:

kez1 08/May/16 Solo O/S

awesome route

with alex Whitmore
Andy Peak 1 16/Apr/16 Solo

Very cool and atmospheric on my own:-) forgot belay plate to abb off so sothafrican absaill it was, I now have rope burn on my back

AdamFreeman 30/Mar/16 Solo O/S
MischaHY 30/Mar/16 Solo O/S

Classic yet tenuous. Worthwhile.

bede.west 19/Mar/16 Solo O/S

So good, everything i hoped it would be. i like the ledge gives you the chance to look at the view. Thanks to jake for the photos. Surprised to see people saying hvs on here, good solo for an e1 leader hvs leader might find it alarming

Hidden ??/2016 -
Hidden 14/Oct/15 Solo O/S
James Beaumont 14/Oct/15 Solo rpt
with Cam Pellett, Scott G
KeenClimber 25/Jul/15 Lead O/S

First half consists of no good gear.

with Ian Dugdale
JamesWilliams 24/Jun/15 Solo O/S

nowhere near as bad as I thought, massive holsd all the way, one hard move low down before you move right then easy trucking and a little tricky to finish

wi11 19/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Started on the right...oops

James Beaumont 07/Jun/15 Solo O/S

Well decent, fully deserves 3 stars, but spoilt by the ledge after the high step as it interrupts the climbing when you're already in the solo mindset, cosmic

alicee 10/Apr/15 2nd
Graeme Hammond 21/Mar/15 Lead O/S

Enjoyable but not as good as expecting, exposed gear less very easy climbing/scrambling for the most part with the odd wobbly hold but mostly solid

Dan Geh 26/Oct/14 TR O/S
AMJ098 26/Oct/14 TR O/S
with Charlie stewart, Dan Geh
Hidden 26/Oct/14 TR O/S
dan gibson 28/Jul/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Jun/14 Solo O/S
Paul ablitt 29/May/14 Lead O/S

Great takes quite a few slings.

with Sarah
shed_hed 15/May/14 Solo rpt

Downclimbed it too to save having to walk all the way around to get my bag. A little trickier on the way down, bulges hide some vital footholds.

Stefan_Morris 15/May/14 Solo O/S
Joe Innes 21/Apr/14 Solo O/S
Ed morris 19/Apr/14 Solo O/S


with -
J.Wells 08/Apr/14 Lead O/S

Pointless to lead

with Sadie Renwick
tim exley 30/Sep/13 Solo O/S
BenRyle 30/Sep/13 Solo O/S

Rock a bit wobbly at the top, but otherwise ace.

tim newton 02/Sep/13 Solo O/S
Paul Figg 13/Aug/13 Solo

Somewhat disappointing.

Hidden 03/Aug/13 Solo
Tom Livingstone 30/May/13 Solo O/S
UncleMephisto 11/Mar/13 Solo


air ??/2013 Solo O/S
with rich
gw3285 04/Nov/12 Solo
shed_hed 07/Oct/12 Solo O/S

Nice climb. Warmed up on this, fair to say there is no point leading it!

with Ryan Gibson
charlietorrance 27/Jun/12 2nd O/S

cool climbing can see why people solo it great exposure its not chossy and the climbing is easy.

with callum
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Solo O/S
dan ely 05/May/12 Solo O/S
Paul_southgate68 16/Apr/12 Solo O/S

FIRST EVER SOLO, epic jug pulling with amazing exposure. Buzzing at the top :-) ***

Ross B 16/Apr/12 2nd O/S

Awsome, full cudos to the 2 Mike and Paul Soloing it first

with Paul S
Hidden ??/2012 -
Huw Mithan 10/Jul/11 2nd
SAF 02/Jun/11 2nd
with katie haston
Rachel Slater 01/Jun/11 Solo O/S
Chi Cheng 01/Jun/11 Solo O/S
rustaldo 29/May/11 Lead O/S

"Lead" but only found three worthwhile gear placements in the 46m of climbing.. awesome route though.. quite sustained

with Olly
ollyhorst 28/May/11 2nd O/S
with mat rust
Franco Cookson 25/May/11 Solo O/S

HVS 4b? Top route regardless, could only be improved by difficulty being maintained after the crux. Great way to exit California.

with Rich
smallerrich 25/May/11 Solo rpt
with Franco
Hidden 31/Mar/11 2nd O/S
nadeem 05/Mar/11 Solo O/S

fantastic position. walk off more dangerous than the climb

Hidden ??/2011 -
ColinD ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 20/Nov/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 20/Nov/10 Solo β
Hidden 20/Jun/10 Solo O/S
david morse 10/Jun/10 Solo
with Lawrence
Hidden 06/Jun/10 Solo O/S
farmus21 07/Mar/10 Solo

Nice...pretty sure I was still drunk from the night before which didn't help.

Ewan Russell 18/Sep/09 Solo O/S

Really glad I did this, warmed up by soloing solistce and equonix before hand. Not that hard, thinking back I was so needlessly nervous.

with Myself!
beci tointen ?/Jul/09 Solo O/S
with Jamie Kean
mr mills 28/May/09 Solo
smallerrich 23/Apr/09 Solo O/S

All about the exposure

with Me
Rachel Stroud 22/Apr/09 2nd O/S
with Noodles
Klingon 22/Apr/09 2nd
with Tim Neill (PYB)
wjehring 22/Apr/09 2nd
with Tim Neill (PYB)
Hidden 22/Apr/09 Solo O/S
Noodles 22/Apr/09 Lead

Scary but fun non the less

with Rachel "Piglet" Shroud
Hidden 18/Apr/09 Solo O/S
climbingpixie 11/Apr/09 Solo O/S


with Andy Hobson
Hidden 11/Apr/09 Solo rpt
Alex Mason 15/Mar/09 Solo O/S

Steady enough clmbing. Good exposure and an impressive solo for E1 leaders.

Ram MkiV 15/Mar/09 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden ?/Oct/08 Solo
Hidden 13/Sep/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 30/Aug/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 20/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Rich Guest 20/Jun/08 Solo O/S

Unnecessary nervousness distilled into mild fear! Excellent climb.

Hidden 08/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Sgt. Vest 06/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Sgt. Vest 06/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 06/Jun/08 Solo O/S
Brown 13/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/May/08 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2008 Solo
tumbling wizard ??/2008 -
tumbling wizard ??/2008 -
Matt Vigg ??/2008 Solo
Oliver Sherman 01/Sep/07 Lead

Pretty much a solo. More like HVS as there are no moves harder than 4c on the route.

with Ian Frith
Renegade_Pony 15/Jun/07 -
with Sean Barron Malone
benchwarmer ?/Jun/07 2nd
with Owen Barnicott, Justin Hughes
Nicos 16/Feb/07 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2007 2nd O/S
C coldwell-storry ??/2007 Solo O/S
with Adam Gill
barni ??/2007 Solo O/S
with Paul James
Suzie Wilson ??/2006 2nd
with pete
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ??/2004 Solo O/S

Nice exposed arete climbing - just don't fall!

Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing ??/2004 Solo O/S

Nice exposed arete climbing - just don't fall!

Hidden ?/Nov/03 Solo
Dringo ??/2003 -
Hidden ??/2002 2nd
paul m hadley ??/2001 Solo
WB ?/Sep/00 Solo O/S
MjrTom ?/Jul/99 Solo O/S
Tim W 24/May/99 Lead O/S
with Will Frost
Chad123 ??/1999 -
BenTiffin 23/Sep/98 Lead
with Graham Bromley
Neil Curtis 25/Jul/98 2nd
with Glenn Kelly
kristian ??/1996 2nd O/S
Nigel R Lewis 22/Jul/95 2nd
with Gary Lewis
Hidden ??/1993 Solo O/S
RichardMc 14/Dec/91 Lead O/S
with Pam Holt
charlesmfrench 04/May/91 Lead O/S
with Rowan
goi.ashmore 22/Mar/90 Solo O/S
Billg ??/1990 Solo O/S
Martin Bennett 10/Jul/87 -

First route with Simon. M Dale solo'd

with SF
Hidden 16/May/87 2nd
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