Rockfax Description
An exhilarating line. Climb the thin crack, then make tricky moves up and leftwards, to gain the prominent arete. Finish cautiously up this to a loose exit. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Best slab climbs of the UK.

Robrossmills 05/Nov/16 Lead dog

One fall when a hand hold broke on the ledge. Grade not changed but a slightly less positive rest.

Christabel Goode 05/Nov/16 2nd
with Rob
Hidden 09/Oct/16 2nd
scorpia97 09/Oct/16 Lead
with Caspian
Wendy Watthews 01/Oct/16 2nd O/S

Good lead by Joe on thin gear, the he and opened just as he got to the top. Luckily the holds are positive enough for seconding in the rain. What an awesome slab deserves three stars even in the rain.

with joe c
JoeCoxson 01/Oct/16 Lead O/S

An awesome wave of a slab; ab-ing into the route was wonderful. I'm sure my gear was laughable until the end of the thin cracks, and my toes certainly weren't enjoying it by the end, but fantastic route. 3 stars.

Tim Francis 31/Aug/16 Lead O/S
cem 28/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Claiming the onsight as I last did it 11 years ago and I didn't remember it.

pingora 28/Aug/16 2nd O/S
with Charles
ClimberJimmyB 27/Aug/16 2nd
Hidden 27/Aug/16 Lead O/S
pearson9596 08/Aug/16 Lead O/S
with Mel
Lakesben 04/Jul/16 Lead β
with Mark
jonny_098 26/Jun/16 Lead dog
with George Lewtas
pete1993 18/Jun/16 Lead rpt

on lead this time, still felt soft, but nice climbing and interesting all the way

amccann 08/Jun/16 2nd O/S
with Dom
dom94 08/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Real tester of foot work and technique, felt like a top end E1, not E2

DaveThexton 29/May/16 Lead G/U
ipegg 29/May/16 Lead O/S
with Simon Hughes
Jenn_Stretton 29/May/16 2nd O/S

Hard and slabby!

spenser 30/Apr/16 Lead O/S

The calf pump!

with Mike Hayes
ellawatkinson 29/Apr/16 2nd
with Felix Terrell
Dan Hostford 29/Apr/16 Lead
FelixJT 29/Apr/16 Lead
with ella watkinson
Sph1982as ??/2016 -
Hidden 28/Oct/15 2nd
cdpuk 27/Sep/15 Lead O/S

Rockfax line seems to differ slightly from CC. Used CC, avoiding the arete.

JulianB 27/Sep/15 2nd O/S
5210Hill 01/Aug/15 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/15 Lead dnf
Joe Brooke ?/Jul/15 2nd
with Justin, Lee, Rich
mjeffery 18/Jun/15 Lead rpt
with Steve
Hidden 17/Jun/15 Lead β
Hidden 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S
TobyA 07/Jun/15 2nd O/S
with Tom R
Hidden 07/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Jun/15 2nd
deklan 06/Jun/15 2nd
with Si
Hidden 09/May/15 TR O/S
Steve Wakeford 04/May/15 2nd
with Dan Commander
Maddie 04/May/15 Lead O/S

First E2! Cant say it was too smooth. Bad gear at the bottom, crampy calves, much swearing. But done, happy days

Dizz 05/Apr/15 Lead O/S

Thought the arete wasn't in so determinedly did it without! :)

with Dave Frost
GethSurf 19/Sep/14 TR O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/14 Lead rpt
Dan Hostford 26/Jul/14 Lead rpt
with George Hostford
NickyC 21/Jul/14 TR O/S
with Zain Karim
Hidden 16/Jul/14 2nd
BicycleBradley 08/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Thought it was an E1, was supposed to be a warm up...

khris 08/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Bradley
Tom Brierley Gore 08/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Great climb, hard on the feet. Gear is a little scary for first half.

Hidden 21/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Welly Matt 21/Jun/14 TR O/S
raymondlinklater 11/Jun/14 TR O/S
nicknicely 31/May/14 2nd

one foot slip

with louis
cameron_hall 31/May/14 Lead dnf

After several attempts, got a few metres up with a single bit of gear, but then started getting really nervous and needed to get the ab rope swung round to give me a hand hold.

Hidden 03/May/14 2nd
eel 03/May/14 Lead O/S
with Pete
Dan Hostford 03/May/14 Lead O/S
Remi Richards 03/May/14 2nd
remus 02/May/14 Solo rpt

Naked night solo. Felt pretty steady until Hostford shouted across "It's only soft E1!", very helpful while balanced on two little nubbins with nothing between you and the sea but a strong breeze on your gooch.

hotfeet 19/Apr/14 Lead dog

A bold start. Had one fall; fortunately had just managed to get a micro wire in. Otherwise pretty pleased with myself!

jason smeeth 19/Apr/14 2nd dnf
with hotfeet
Hidden 18/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Alex the Alex 07/Mar/14 Lead dog

My toes couldnt hack it so had to deviate to the arrete at 7m then cut back in at the first break. really good climbing from then on in.

Neil ??/2014 Lead O/S
Hidden 02/Sep/13 Lead β
Hardcore Pat 30/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Dan Osbasabooboo
rd20 26/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Loic
kim.mulji 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with David Farrow
Dan Hostford 24/Aug/13 Lead rpt
with George Hostford
Montecore 24/Aug/13 2nd O/S

Very delicate and balancy

with Ben Simpkins
rfdl100 24/Aug/13 2nd O/S
with Ben
dannyboy83 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Sion
Edvenables ?/Aug/13 Lead RP

Didn't have the confidence (or enough micros) to do it first time, so lowered off a sketchy small nut. Came back with more gear and flashed it.

with Eleanor Dow
themadbrown 26/Jul/13 2nd rpt

Still a stunner.

with james
Andrew1 12/Jul/13 2nd
with Hulda
Hulda 12/Jul/13 Lead
with Andi
Hidden 06/Jul/13 2nd
will_benfold 06/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Aileen
kyaizawa 14/Jun/13 Lead O/S
with Kathrin Rochlitz, Chris Higton
pete1993 13/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Ben
benkelsey 13/Jun/13 Lead rpt

as easy as I remember. soft E1?

Matt Harle 12/Jun/13 -
RachelP 06/Jun/13 2nd
coffeepot 25/May/13 2nd β
Hidden 25/May/13 2nd rpt
Dan Hostford 06/May/13 Lead O/S
shed_hed 04/May/13 Lead O/S

Cool climbing. Hung around on crux placing gear as I mistakenly thought it was coming up.

with Aidan Sullivan
Dan Hostford 04/May/13 Lead O/S
Keendan 03/May/13 AltLd O/S

With John Moran. Lovely climbing but over far too soon. Belayed halfway then soloed the second half.

twilkinson-dix ?/May/13 Lead
with dave parker
dan ely 26/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with jon (ukc reading)
Jay-Ast 15/Nov/12 Lead O/S
with Rosyk
Rosyk 15/Nov/12 2nd dog
dale.young 05/Sep/12 TR rpt
hazeysunshine 09/Aug/12 2nd O/S
with Lionel, Jane
themadbrown 04/Jun/12 2nd rpt

Still loving this-sunny moves:-)

with james
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Jams Crwca 04/Jun/12 Lead rpt

Warm up - hard on toes

Hidden 03/Jun/12 2nd O/S
Pete Rigby 26/May/12 Lead O/S
with Kelli Roberts
kelliroberts3 26/May/12 2nd
james.slater 23/May/12 Lead O/S

Nice steady route, with runout climbing, loose rock at top!!

jossjones 23/May/12 2nd
bigglesbutcha 18/May/12 Lead O/S

First E2, very happy.

with rob hunt
Jams Crwca 16/May/12 Lead
with Lee
remus 04/May/12 Lead rpt
with LSMC randoms
remus 04/May/12 Solo rpt

Pretty steady after the lead.

with LSMC randoms
Hidden ?/May/12 2nd
mullermn 28/Apr/12 TR O/S
will9911 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S
with John
steven 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S

First E2 at last.

with Fiona, Paul Horabin
Ralphus 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
paul horabin 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
UnkArl 08/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Second E2 (first was the day before). The first part is the hardest, sustained up to where it steepens then eases off. Run-out after the overlap but the climbing is easy.

with Ralph, Rik
Big Rik 08/Apr/12 2nd O/S
hutchay 07/Apr/12 Lead O/S

Amazing climb. Thin on gear for the first section- took a while to build the courage.

with Tom
Hidden 07/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Jim Slater 06/Apr/12 2nd O/S
with Gavin Singleton
funsized ?/Apr/12 Lead O/S

A little soft, but very good climb. Very safe with small gear.

Rob_Webster ??/2012 -
Hidden 15/Nov/11 2nd O/S
Hidden 11/Aug/11 2nd
scorpia97 11/Aug/11 2nd
with Caspian
Tim Sparrow 29/Jul/11 Lead

Failed on this day before Catrin born, April '99. Really enjoyed it this time.

with Ian Owen
jonny taylor 25/Jul/11 Lead rpt

A few interesting runouts, but definitely very soft for the grade

with Andy K
alberttcone 25/Jul/11 2nd O/S
AlexRenshaw 24/Jul/11 Lead
with Ted Lister, Thomas Renshaw
themadbrown 23/Jul/11 2nd rpt
with james
markalmack 01/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with jacqui savage
Anthony Allsopp 30/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Sandy Holford
Hidden 19/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Stefan_Morris 08/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Loved it! great fun, bit sparse on the foot holds

CharlieMack 29/May/11 Lead O/S
with David
mjeffery 25/May/11 Lead O/S
Matt Smith 14/May/11 Lead O/S

Very thin in the crack with only smears for feet. Make sure your calves are strong !!

Hidden 14/May/11 2nd O/S
themadbrown 14/May/11 2nd rpt
with james
Jams Crwca 14/May/11 Lead rpt
remus 28/Apr/11 2nd rpt
benkelsey 28/Apr/11 Lead O/S

felt easy for E2. good gear and not particularly sustained 5a.

nia 24/Apr/11 Lead O/S

excellent balancy climbing, well protected feeling more like E1 5b.

robinsi197 24/Apr/11 2nd
with Piotr, Nick
Swirly 23/Apr/11 2nd dog
with Eddie
belay bunny turned bad 18/Apr/11 2nd rpt
with loundsy
Hidden 18/Apr/11 Lead rpt
Guy Neal 22/Jan/11 2nd
Hidden 11/Jan/11 2nd
scorpia97 11/Jan/11 Lead rpt
with Caspian
scorpia97 ??/2011 Lead O/S
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
adie84 ??/2011 -
Chris M Thomas 09/Sep/10 TR rpt

Fine sunny morning. Climb protected by shunt on double rope. Found it very straight forward but you have to be confident on small footholds.

thomasadixon 09/Sep/10 Lead O/S

Start felt tough, probably better to have feet in the crack not your hands! Super soft after that though...which was a shame, better if it had continued being a bit harder.

with Becca
BeccaSnowden 09/Sep/10 2nd O/S


with Tom
Hidden 07/Sep/10 2nd O/S
david morse 07/Sep/10 Lead O/S
with siobhan, chris todd
jonny_098 07/Sep/10 TR O/S
with Robin Head
Jams Crwca 31/Aug/10 Lead O/S
themadbrown 31/Aug/10 2nd O/S

First E2-superb, especially under the light of a head torch!Timing's the 'key'James?!

with james
Hidden 28/Aug/10 2nd
jonny taylor 13/Aug/10 TR O/S

Turns out I should have led this! Nice route, but this cannot possibly be E2 by the standards of any other crag. Reasonably sustained slabby 5b with protection = benchmark E1.

owiowz 26/Jul/10 2nd
Robin Head 09/Jul/10 TR O/S
with Johnny H, Sian G
Gwilym 'ledge' Jones ?/Jul/10 2nd

good climb hard start nice rib finish E2

Hidden 16/Jun/10 Lead O/S
adam coxsell 15/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with conor
Hidden 15/Jun/10 Lead β
Dan_Carroll 30/May/10 Lead dnf
with Dan Hancock
Danhan 30/May/10 2nd
Chief Wench 02/May/10 2nd O/S
with Remus
hardoreVdiffBen 01/May/10 2nd O/S
remus 01/May/10 Lead O/S

Tricky moves with distant gear.

Byronius Maximus 01/May/10 Lead O/S
Twisty 01/May/10 2nd O/S
with Byron Buck
MarkRyder 24/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with James P
jamespilgrim 24/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with Mark
RobRock84 11/Apr/10 Lead rpt

on a warm spring Sunday! Beautiful

with Steve Quinton
Ed morris 21/Mar/10 Lead O/S

Good route, but E1 and technically easier than the HVS 5a on the left-hand slab.

with arthur
ian d f 16/Mar/10 Lead O/S
with Grace Chuchla
RobRock84 28/Sep/09 2nd O/S

Great climbing,crux about 30ft up enjoyable route

with Steve Quinton
Hidden 18/Sep/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/Sep/09 2nd O/S
mattyork2 15/Jun/09 2nd O/S

Same as with Uncertain smile. Got scared on the unusual rock and thinness of it all and let Tim lead through.

with Tim Jepson
scorpia97 25/May/09 Lead rpt

great route

with Paul
MorganPreece 14/Apr/09 2nd O/S

Really nice climbing!

Hidden 14/Apr/09 Lead
Hidden 11/Apr/09 Lead rpt
Holly R ?/Apr/09 TR
with Colin
Hidden 18/Feb/09 2nd
scorpia97 18/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Caspian
Hidden 07/Sep/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/Sep/08 2nd dog
chris sm 19/Jul/08 Lead O/S

Is this really E2, I'm sure i followed the line in the guide but it felt dead easy. The top steeper part looks hard from below but it fact has huge holds.

with Pippa Froggatt
ASchwirtz 09/Jun/08 Lead dog

One rest low down ~ 3 meters in (too hot)

with Ian (UBMC)
BenJacobs 09/Jun/08 2nd O/S
with Nick
Meg Jones 24/May/08 2nd O/S
with Tim Griffin
bfreeman 04/May/08 Lead O/S
with Tim Marjot
tlmarjot 01/May/08 2nd O/S
with Ben Freeman
Hidden 11/Nov/07 2nd O/S
Chris the Tall 11/Nov/07 Lead O/S

First non-grit E2 ? Felt quite thin and sustained low down, followed by a pleasant romp higher up

with Dave J
Hidden 06/Apr/07 Lead O/S
crag_monster ?/Jun/06 Lead
Marq 29/May/06 2nd O/S
with Daniel Dennehy
Hidden ??/2006 Lead
cem 28/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with James Gill
Hidden ?/Apr/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Apr/05 2nd O/S
Andrew1 20/Aug/04 TR
with Juliet Parker Smith
Hidden 14/Aug/03 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2003 -
craig h ?/Aug/02 Lead
Martin Bennett 26/Aug/00 -
with MT
Hidden ?/May/00 Lead
Hidden 22/Apr/00 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2000 -
belay bunny turned bad ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 Lead

A bit short lived.

Graham Iles 21/Aug/98 Lead
with Jenny Tweedy
Paul-Michael 23/May/98 Lead O/S
with Nick Hanie
Andy Say 02/May/94 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead O/S
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