Rockfax Description
A superb variation to the Western Slabs or Western Rib final pitches. Start below the central crack in the tombstone and follow it to the top. © Rockfax

J.Brown, E.Price, D.Roscoe 22/Aug/1954

Teappleby 17/Sep AltLd O/S
with Olga Kondrashova
Scraggadoo 27/Aug 2nd
h3l3n283 25/Aug 2nd O/S
with foostu4
foostu4 25/Aug Lead rpt
Hidden 25/Aug Lead O/S
JackM92 23/Aug Lead O/S

The only massively overgraded joe brown route. Good climbing though. Very straightforward and difficulties shortlived.

Sardien 03/Aug Lead O/S

Nice moves, shame it isn't longer! Had been eyeing this up for ages so chuffed to finally get it done on an unlikely cloudy evening. Andy led a western slabs/ rib variation up to this as one giant pitch

with Andy Scott
Rory Shaw 17/Jul AltLd
with wi11
wi11 17/Jul AltLd rpt
with Rory Shaw, Louisa Reynolds
Si 08/Jul Lead

Chain only

with Jon
Mark Reeves 06/Jul 2nd
adamsriches 06/Jul Lead O/S

Finished up this after Western slabs P1 and P2 of West rib on trad course

James Worthington 22/Jun Lead

Joe led first two pitches of western slabs in one then I led the chain

with Joe M
Helen Gibson 21/Jun 2nd
with Graham Hoey
Hidden 19/Jun Lead rpt
mtempest 17/Jun Lead

The Chain only

Hoyes 17/Jun 2nd O/S
with Mike T
BlackheathDiggs 16/Jun 2nd
Ed Hastings 16/Jun Lead O/S
with James Diggle
Dan Mckinlay 13/Jun -
Luke Brooks 28/May Lead rpt

The Chain only

georgenvk 07/May 2nd O/S
with Hrb
Hidden 15/Sep/16 2nd
Hidden 15/Sep/16 2nd β
GStone 27/Aug/16 2nd
with Marcus Harvey
Alex Eperon 26/Aug/16 -

Felicity's first E1 lead

kermit_uk 06/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Great pitch, shame its over so quickly.

maxtlor 05/Aug/16 2nd O/S
with James Barrie, Dave Evans
J Whittaker 04/Aug/16 2nd dog
cameron_hall 23/Jul/16 2nd O/S

'The Chain' only, as a finish to Western Slabs.

will_benfold 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S

The Chain only, as a finish to Western Slabs. Nice finger/hand crack, slightly slabby.

with Cameron
Matt Harmon 23/Jul/16 Lead O/S

as finish to western rib. first e1 outside of peak

Sarah Roscoe 23/Jul/16 2nd dog
Hidden 18/Jul/16 AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/Jul/16 2nd
jon_gill1 02/Jul/16 Lead O/S

The chain, an outstandingly good pitch,shame its not longer! great climbing and good gear throughout. 35+mph wind i was pretty close to being blown off at the crux

with chris Lyness
Hidden 22/Jun/16 Lead O/S
waydan 18/Jun/16 Lead O/S
with Rich, El Swiftos
Hidden 05/Jun/16 2nd
Kirill 05/Jun/16 Lead

Top pitch only.

cem 05/Jun/16 2nd rpt

The Chain only, as a finish to West Rib.

DaveThexton 12/May/16 AltLd O/S
Jenn_Stretton 12/May/16 2nd O/S

Awesome route! Topped out just as we lost light.

Hidden ?/May/16 2nd O/S
Nifec14 ??/2016 -
joedean ??/2016 -
nodwas 17/Aug/15 AltLd
foostu4 17/Aug/15 Lead O/S

If only it was longer!!

RobScarisbrick 18/Jul/15 2nd O/S

Great lead by Chris, my turn next time

with cdpuk
cdpuk 18/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Finished West Rib via The Chain.

Hidden 29/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jun/15 AltLd O/S
Dawn_K_B 18/Jun/15 Lead O/S

The Chain only. excellent

buxtoncoffeelover 15/Jun/15 Lead

Lead as finish to Western Slabs

Danhan 21/May/15 2nd O/S
with Nick
Hidden 21/May/15 Lead
james1978 15/May/15 2nd
with pam
robpartridge 14/May/15 AltLd O/S
with Harry Wickham
dan-8990 13/May/15 Lead O/S
with SW
Steve Wakeford 13/May/15 2nd
with Rory Dickenson, Dan Commander
quarrtman1 26/Sep/14 2nd
with Tom and Steve
jshields 14/Sep/14 Lead

As a finish to West Rib.

erbridger 04/Aug/14 2nd

Body for BMG.

Keiran O'Mahony 04/Aug/14 Lead O/S

Finished West Rib by The Chain

with Tom, Kit
Mr Tickle 22/Jul/14 AltLd O/S

Led P2 of West rib then finished with the Chain pitch - A really great pitch!

danwilliams99 18/Jul/14 2nd

Only pitch 3 as an accidental finish to Western Slabs.

with Liam
Dan724 02/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Adam Revill, Mollie Kiwi
adamre12 02/Jul/14 2nd
spenser 29/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Just the chain, as a finish to West Rib. Absolutely cruised this, felt very safe on this due to the fantastic gear available at every point. First E1 lead.

with Ross
TiffTiff 28/Jun/14 2nd O/S
with Sophie, Floris
Sophie Nunn 28/Jun/14 AltLd O/S

West rib then the chain, led 2,3

with Tiff, Floris
erbridger 24/Jun/14 2nd
with nedly14
ned_85 24/Jun/14 Lead
Hidden 23/Jun/14 AltLd rpt
Hidden 16/Jun/14 AltLd
Wayne S 15/Jun/14 Lead

As a finish to West Rib

with Dale
lithos 14/Jun/14 2nd

The chain as finish to West Rib - oops !

with cookie
cat22 13/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Mike
Ash Sayers 30/May/14 Lead O/S
Nick Biven ??/2014 -
Steve Long ??/2014 -
adie84 ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
Theeni 06/Oct/13 Lead

Only did the Link as a finish to West Rib.

with John McEvoy
Hidden 27/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
alp79 25/Aug/13 2nd O/S

Thought this would be impossible, but was actually enjoyable and I got up it no problem, it's hard but short.

Hidden 25/Aug/13 Lead O/S
metal arms 24/Aug/13 Lead O/S

Just did The Chain as a finish to west rib.

jwpil 23/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Ben
benscarter 22/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Jack
sebbo 21/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Nice route and first E1 - woop! There was a stuck insitu cam which made life slightly easier. Not the biggest fan of crack climbs but this was ace.

with Grant Brown
Velo Orange 15/Jul/13 2nd O/S

maybe first crack climb. laybacked it all, need to learn about cracks, but really enjoyable.

with Toph
Dr Toph 15/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Really nice crack, obvious and ideal finish to West Rib

with Emily
maria85 15/Jul/13 Lead O/S

The Chain only as a lovely finish to West Rib. Brilliant finger crack, felt like HVS 5b on it's own.

with Amy
Hidden 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
wi11 10/Jul/13 AltLd O/S

Just The Chain, good finish to West Rib

with Ben
Ellen Cobby 07/Jul/13 2nd dog
mjeffery 29/Jun/13 Lead O/S

The Chain as finish to west rib

with J
Hidden 25/Jun/13 AltLd
sian88 19/Jun/13 Lead O/S

Lead 2nd pitch only

Hidden 10/Jun/13 Lead dog
EeFu 09/Jun/13 2nd
Kirill 09/Jun/13 2nd
cem 09/Jun/13 Lead O/S

The Chain only, as a finish to West Rib

Dan Vaj 03/Jun/13 2nd O/S
with Matthew stygall, Kirsten
Hidden ?/Jun/13 -
leeoftroy ?/May/13 Lead O/S

Scary scary stuff...climbed it but couldn't stop to place protection! First E1-unintended!

morganator 09/Sep/12 AltLd
soph 09/Sep/12 AltLd

The link was dirty but would be 3 stars if clean...

ebf 08/Sep/12 Lead

Superb crack climbing with perfect gear. Excellent finish to West Rib.

Hidden 11/Aug/12 Lead
Hidden 09/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/12 2nd dog
stevoland ?/Aug/12 Lead O/S
mark20 21/Jul/12 2nd O/S
Jake Young 21/Jul/12 Lead O/S
with Mark R
Richard Kemble 24/May/12 2nd O/S

Last pitch instead of finishing West rib

with Lewis G
victim of mathematics 21/May/12 2nd O/S

The Chain only as a finish to West Rib. A great little pitch.

James Oswald 20/May/12 Lead dog

A nice little pitch as a finish to western rib. I fell off after placing too many bomber wires though.

with Colin Angus
Hidden ?/May/12 Lead
piersg ??/2012 Lead
Hidden 28/Sep/11 Lead dog
Hidden 28/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Alex Thomson 28/Sep/11 2nd
Phil_Hall_97 28/Sep/11 2nd
with Alice Du Preeze, Dave Evans
Ewan Russell 18/Aug/11 Lead O/S

just the chain. Started to rain heavily so had to really fly up it!

with Halla
Hidden 23/Jul/11 2nd O/S
fizzychewitt 14/Jul/11 2nd

The Chain only as a last pitch of West Rib

with Jayne
emma Warren 06/Jul/11 AltLd
deejmonkey 03/Jul/11 2nd
with Tom
tomparrott 03/Jul/11 Lead
with DJ
Hidden 26/Jun/11 2nd
david morse 26/Jun/11 Lead O/S

Chain only. Excellent pitch

five 05/Jun/11 Lead dog

The Chain only. Very friendly and lots of gear. Slipped off the hard move.

with AV
chrisallan 03/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 03/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Danjones 09/Apr/11 Lead O/S

Quite tricky just getting established in crack but well protected. Good finishing pitch to west rib. Just climbed the chain pitch.

with Tim
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
alasdair19 ??/2011 -

not link

Graham Westbrook ?/Sep/10 Lead
mattkemp70 ?/Sep/10 2nd
with Westy
jl 22/Aug/10 Lead
with MIA Training
nakedave 15/Aug/10 Lead

Did the chain as a finish to west rib

with Barney Crampton
Hidden 15/Aug/10 AltLd O/S
dan gibson 21/Jul/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 05/Jun/10 Lead O/S
Jon boy 02/Jun/10 2nd
Hidden 02/Jun/10 Lead O/S
krusty23 ?/Jun/10 2nd
with Iwan Jones
Bex_M 30/May/10 2nd
with Duncan Dunbar
Hidden 26/May/10 -
Jennyvs 26/May/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24/May/10 Lead
Hidden 21/May/10 AltLd O/S
Duncan Campbell 26/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

just the chain, i led the HVS 5b cux pitch - polished at one point my feet slipped off as i moved up and i ended up hanging from 1 fingerlock! sweet route tho short crux

with Bubbles
Rob Pitt 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S

Only did the chain. Cold hands and spaz leg made this tricky

with Owen Davies
C Mclean 11/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Craig Marshall
keith leonard ??/2010 -
Ched 27/Sep/09 Lead
Hidden 27/Sep/09 2nd
Bulls Crack ?/Sep/09 Lead O/S

Just the Chain - HVS

with Simon D
Hidden 11/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
Ed Booth 08/Aug/09 Lead O/S

just the chain, nice.

Helen23 06/Aug/09 Lead O/S

Came off Western Slabs to finish with The Chain. My first E1!!!!!!!! Amazing climb, amazing place, with great people! What more could one ask for!

with Tina Breslin (at PYB)
schwenk ?/Aug/09 AltLd


idmadden ?/Aug/09 Lead
Hidden 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
Sarah Black 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/08 2nd O/S
net 20/Sep/08 2nd

Top pitch only instead of top pitch of West Rib.

with George
GPN 20/Sep/08 Lead O/S

The chain pitch only

with Annette
Diggler 23/Aug/08 Lead O/S
with stemill
stemill 23/Aug/08 Lead dnf

Off route. First lead fall, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and maybe 5th. Gave up dejected, still thinking it was just a really tough VS!!

with Mark
stemill 23/Aug/08 2nd O/S

Looks like i could do the moves after all!

with Mark
Hidden 26/Jul/08 AltLd
Hidden 22/Jul/08 Lead O/S
HeatherF 28/Jun/08 Lead
with Ollie
Hidden 28/Jun/08 2nd O/S
Hidden 14/Jun/08 AltLd
Carly 03/Jun/08 Lead O/S
with Richard
Hidden 19/May/08 Lead O/S
Sgt. Vest 06/May/08 AltLd O/S
with james
Hidden ?/May/08 Lead
Hidden ?/May/08 Lead
Matt Vigg ??/2008 -
Hidden ??/2008 AltLd
barni ??/2008 AltLd
with Northern
sammoore 09/Aug/07 2nd O/S

Top Pitch only

with Tom Weston
Dan 85 05/Jun/07 Lead O/S
with Jonny
ritchierich 26/Apr/07 2nd O/S

Just did "the chain" after last pitch of "west rib"

with Bob Dickson
blancbleu 19/Mar/07 2nd β
with Tim
Sean Kelly ??/2007 -
Hidden ?/Jun/06 -
Hidden ?/Feb/06 Lead O/S
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
clams ??/2005 Lead G/U

As finish to Western Slabs. Ground up

with AD
Hidden ??/2004 Lead
aulda 24/Aug/03 2nd O/S
with Dave R
Hidden 09/Aug/03 2nd O/S
Clucky 06/Jul/03 Lead O/S
with Paul Dickson
Hidden 15/Jun/03 2nd O/S
ArnaudG ??/2000 -
Chris the Tall ?/May/99 Lead O/S

Did the Chain (E1 5c) by mistake instead of top pitch of West Rib. Dave's lead but he quickly realised it wasn't the 4c we were expecting

with Dave Gurney
chris sm ?/Jul/97 Lead O/S
with Dom Goodridge
Ched ??/1997 Lead O/S
with Glanfor
Paul Boardman 23/Jul/96 AltLd O/S

my brother egged me into doing this instead of the last pitch of western slabs. He said that it'd make for an interesting finish... I was only a VS climber at the time and, yes, it did make for an interesting and rather intimidating finish.

with Iain Boardman
Hidden 17/Sep/95 AltLd
ste_d 19/Jul/94 AltLd O/S
with mik
nokishatov 16/Jul/94 AltLd O/S
Hidden 24/Jun/94 2nd
Hidden 03/Aug/93 2nd
Hidden ??/1990 -
uphillnow ??/1990 Lead

often done the chain as variation to upper part of western slabs

michael burrows 07/May/88 AltLd O/S
with pete roberts, brian jones
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ?/Aug/87 Lead
with Jean Williamson
Melok ??/1985 Lead
Will Webb ?/Jul/84 Lead
with Nick Watkins
Robmwatt ??/1984 -
jon 18/May/80 AltLd
with tom L
duncan ?/Jun/79 -
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