Rockfax Description
A decent variation finish from halfway up the slab feels like a cop-out. Shuffle left to climb the shallow groove and short crack. © Rockfax

Ticklists: 14 In A Day, Stanage Routes BMC Graded List, Stanage 100 VD - VS, Peak Gritstone S-HVS **+, Eastern Grit 2 star plus (HVS/VS/HS).

mrphilipoldham 11/Jan 2nd rpt
HenryMeier 11/Jan Lead O/S
josefft 03/Nov/17 Lead O/S
samkat 03/Nov/17 2nd O/S
with Joseff Thomas
Bex 29/Oct/17 2nd O/S
WillRhodes 01/Oct/17 Lead O/S

Very, very damp slopers meant lots of caution was excersized. Took a very, very long time.

Johnathan 24/Sep/17 2nd O/S
Wanderlust 23/Sep/17 2nd β

Had done Hargreaves Original before. A great wall of grit!

with Steve
riff156 23/Sep/17 Lead β
with Rob
Hidden 23/Sep/17 Lead rpt
KeenClimber 14/Sep/17 Lead O/S
with Phil Shaw
kermit_uk 20/Aug/17 2nd O/S
Ben Bransby 09/Aug/17 Solo
Matthoop91 29/Jul/17 2nd O/S
mrphilipoldham 25/Jul/17 Lead O/S
Paul Hy 25/Jul/17 2nd rpt
Paul Hy 25/Jul/17 2nd rpt
rickeden 25/Jul/17 2nd
9fingerjon 22/Jul/17 2nd rpt
with Nick
Michael Morrell 16/Jul/17 Lead O/S
9fingerjon 14/Jul/17 2nd O/S
with Matt
Hidden 14/Jul/17 Lead
Mowglee 26/Jun/17 Solo rpt
Hidden 23/Jun/17 2nd O/S
SGD 19/Jun/17 Lead O/S

Very good.

Will Webb 10/Jun/17 2nd
with Alex
emily.fw 10/Jun/17 2nd
AF Webb 10/Jun/17 Lead β
Rob Gillespie 24/May/17 Lead O/S
Rob Gillespie 24/May/17 Lead O/S
Pinguville 22/May/17 Lead O/S
with George
George_Surf 22/May/17 2nd

basically the same as the normal route!

keitht 21/May/17 Solo
Hidden 14/May/17 Lead O/S
Theeni 14/May/17 2nd O/S
with Tara, Mike Dudley
Roland stopps 13/May/17 2nd
Kevin Cass 13/May/17 Lead O/S
with R. Stopps
Dale Berry 13/May/17 2nd rpt
with Wayne S
Wayne S 13/May/17 Lead O/S
with Dale
Hidden 04/May/17 Lead
Mike505 04/May/17 Solo O/S

Climbed by accident, wasn't thinking and I strayed left a little to far... I took some gear up and tied in, but it was only to set up a belay for a couple of mates as I've been wanting to solo Hargreaves' Original Route for ages! But I felt guilty leaving my partners stranded at the bottom. Climbing with ropes and gear and refusing to use it was a most unusual experience and did attract a few odd looks.

Hidden 02/May/17 Lead O/S
WillDoyle 18/Apr/17 Lead O/S
Jonny M 15/Apr/17 2nd rpt
fatbuoybazza 15/Apr/17 Lead O/S
with Jon
GregClixby 02/Apr/17 2nd β
valentinesbabe 04/Mar/17 2nd O/S

Scary as always...I hate slopers!!

charley 04/Mar/17 Lead O/S
with Ange
Hidden ??/2017 Solo
Hidden 31/Dec/16 Lead O/S
Andy Moles 26/Nov/16 Solo
Tim Harper 19/Nov/16 2nd O/S
with Jack Poyner
georgenvk 13/Nov/16 Lead O/S
with TobyA
TobyA 13/Nov/16 2nd O/S

Didn't feel so different from what I remember of doing Hargreave's.

with Jiri
Flavio 16/Oct/16 Solo O/S
Ratfeeder 09/Oct/16 2nd O/S
with Phil
stratandrew 02/Oct/16 Lead O/S
with Gary Thornhill
Hidden 25/Sep/16 Lead O/S
featuresforfeet 24/Sep/16 Lead O/S
EllieWoods 18/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Leo
Hidden 18/Sep/16 2nd
Hidden 15/Sep/16 2nd O/S
Calum Wadsworth 11/Sep/16 Lead O/S
with Emma
Hidden 09/Sep/16 Lead
Hidden 09/Sep/16 2nd
CRead 31/Aug/16 2nd
mattlyons 31/Aug/16 Lead O/S

Was supposed to do Hargreaves but went the wrong way.

with Callum Nixon, Jodi Swift, Connor Read
Mowglee 27/Jul/16 Solo rpt
Hidden 24/Jul/16 2nd
pnorth 05/Jul/16 2nd
with Tim Ewington
Hidden 03/Jul/16 Lead O/S
Andypeak 27/Jun/16 Lead

seems a much more logical in than the original

gaz3212 27/Jun/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 19/Jun/16 2nd O/S
HazelMacLean 19/Jun/16 Lead O/S

Have done the OR (original route) and would rate that one higher personally.. still has some good bits in common though.

pingora 05/Jun/16 Lead O/S
adam088 04/Jun/16 2nd O/S
with Quico
fabricio 28/May/16 Lead O/S
with lee
mjeffery 19/Apr/16 Lead O/S
with Steve
mky77 16/Apr/16 2nd
Hidden 07/Apr/16 Solo
Clama 17/Mar/16 2nd O/S
Hidden 17/Mar/16 Lead O/S
MrFantastic 16/Mar/16 Solo dnf
TwofoZeus ??/2016 Lead O/S

Retro-logging, variation is not as good as original.

Kirree 10/Nov/15 2nd O/S
with liebs
liebs 10/Nov/15 Lead O/S
with Kirree
charley 28/Sep/15 Lead O/S
with Mark
MDR61 28/Sep/15 2nd O/S


with charley
cragsman9000 03/Sep/15 2nd O/S
with Neil
chrisdjackson 20/Aug/15 Lead O/S

Quick exit from Hargreaves in rain. All the interesting VS climbing occurs before heading off on this variation but stills some nice rock. Do Hargreaves first if you can to avoid losing the OS

with charlotte
Chrismaccers ?/Aug/15 Lead
Andrew Lodge 20/Jul/15 2nd O/S
with Pete
tillym 18/Jul/15 2nd
with Reuben
mad1693 24/Jun/15 2nd
with john gregory
Hidden 10/Jun/15 Lead O/S
Mowglee 24/May/15 2nd rpt
with Antonio
Nick1812P 23/May/15 Solo O/S
with speedy
wi11 20/May/15 Solo O/S
BTphonehome 13/May/15 2nd O/S
with Matt
Matt_C9716 13/May/15 Lead O/S
with Bram
spragglerocks 10/May/15 Lead O/S
with Alex S, Ali
NickJH 04/May/15 Lead O/S
with M Reed
Martin Bennett 04/May/15 -
with Pete Stridgeon, NickH
Matt Reed 04/May/15 2nd
hervenuttall ?/May/15 Solo O/S
with Matt W
karly54 25/Apr/15 2nd O/S
with Paul Cookson
RyanOsborne 19/Apr/15 2nd

Great lead by Mark, the start is harder than I remember (probably harder than 4c for those that can't reach their foot across onto the face), and it feels a little bit precarious all the way up.

with Mark, Elena
Ele 19/Apr/15 2nd
with Ryan
Hidden 19/Apr/15 Lead O/S
amccann 09/Apr/15 Solo O/S
Chrissy202 07/Mar/15 2nd RP
with Jack
Hidden ??/2015 -
Caitlin 25/Dec/14 2nd
Robs_Uren 25/Dec/14 Lead O/S
with Caitlin
Hidden 02/Nov/14 Lead O/S
TRFrost 26/Oct/14 Solo O/S
with J. Hulbert
Wizzy 12/Oct/14 Solo O/S
Pero 02/Oct/14 Lead
Radical-G 07/Sep/14 Lead O/S
alaster tonge 24/Aug/14 Lead O/S
with Assad Lahlou
morganator 18/Aug/14 Solo O/S
Palmer 09/Aug/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/14 Solo O/S
mol 09/Aug/14 2nd
with Jesse
RagingPuffin 06/Aug/14 Solo O/S
BRoe 30/Jul/14 Solo O/S
with Will Lord, whitehouse_rhys
Hidden 27/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden 24/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Hainsy 20/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with D Hainsworth
Hidden 12/Jul/14 2nd
LJC 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
with Little Ben
Matt Poole 31/May/14 2nd O/S
with Thomas Heaton
DaveB61 15/Apr/14 Lead
with Greg Jennings
Hidden 13/Apr/14 Lead β
monkeyman79 11/Apr/14 2nd O/S
with Dan Green, Dan Giblin
Petar Samkov 08/Apr/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 19/Mar/14 2nd O/S
Lukem6 24/Feb/14 Lead O/S
with louise k
Adam_42 19/Jan/14 Lead O/S

Nothing like as good as Hargreaves'.

with David Noor
Hidden ??/2014 -
Alfie Conn ??/2014 -
Dan Arkle ??/2014 -
Hidden 29/Dec/13 Lead O/S
MartinPL 20/Oct/13 Lead O/S
dannyboy83 05/Oct/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 03/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/13 2nd
dsgarner 16/Aug/13 Lead O/S
with Jade Phillips, Dave Rosser
Hidden 04/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Jul/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 04/Jul/13 Lead
Hidden 04/Jul/13 2nd
popebenedictus 29/Jun/13 Lead O/S
adrianscott 29/Jun/13 2nd
jshields 16/Jun/13 Lead
the power 01/Jun/13 Lead
with deacon
nai 17/May/13 Lead O/S
with Andrew
Hidden 03/May/13 Lead O/S
Gumery 27/Apr/13 Lead O/S
with Clint
Hidden 23/Apr/13 Lead O/S
chris_B 17/Feb/13 -
louby 17/Feb/13 -

I started up but wimped out and sent Chris to fetch the gear :(

ashtond6 17/Feb/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 28/Jan/13 TR
Stuart Hurworth 28/Jan/13 TR RP

Excellent fun, balancy climbing, basically the same as Hargreaves Original but with a simpler, shorter and easier finish. Very cold & windy, fingers and toes numb after about a minute of climbing! Rock was good though with no ice or water. The start is harder than I remember!

JdotP 13/Jan/13 Lead β

I have seconded the normal version of Hargreave's original before....

with The Chosen One, The Boy Wunda
jonathandavey 13/Jan/13 2nd
LesserTrochanter 13/Jan/13 2nd
tjsx101 05/Jan/13 2nd
with Rob Middleton
RM199 05/Jan/13 Lead O/S
Nick Sillem ??/2013 Solo O/S
Paul Hy 23/Nov/12 Lead O/S

As good as the original.

with Deacon
Hidden 21/Oct/12 2nd
Hidden 21/Oct/12 Lead O/S
John Brayshaw 19/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Erica
erica 19/Oct/12 2nd
with John
Hidden 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
rich_hw 27/Sep/12 Lead O/S
with Tracey
Hidden 22/Sep/12 Lead
Joe.Elliott1 22/Sep/12 2nd
buxtoncoffeelover 14/Aug/12 Lead
mountaingoatgirl 14/Aug/12 Lead
with Nick Bean
Jonny M 13/Aug/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Aug/12 TR O/S
Hidden 12/Aug/12 2nd O/S
will9911 12/Aug/12 Lead O/S
deacondeacon 10/Aug/12 Lead O/S
dpmUK 14/Jul/12 2nd dog

Some of the holds may have been a touch wet by the time I was seconding!

adam carless 14/Jul/12 Lead O/S

just finished before the rain hit, nice slab moves

with dpmuk
patsaunders ?/Jul/12 Lead O/S
Dafydd Llywelyn 24/Jun/12 Solo O/S
hannah watson 25/May/12 2nd
ross brinson 25/May/12 Lead
with Hannah Watson
Jake Young 05/May/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Mar/12 Lead O/S
David Shelmerdine 18/Mar/12 Lead

I initially started out with the intention of climbing Hargreeves Original, but ended up doing this one!!!

with Gavin Peach
Hidden 18/Mar/12 2nd β
jwpil ??/2012 -
Strong Steve 03/Nov/11 Lead O/S
Pete Nugent 01/Nov/11 2nd O/S
joermann 25/Oct/11 Lead
Falko 19/Oct/11 2nd O/S
with Steve M
stev1e.wilso 16/Oct/11 2nd O/S
with Simon
simon1985 16/Oct/11 Lead
tsjx 01/Oct/11 2nd
ian d f 27/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/Sep/11 2nd
cragtyke 26/Sep/11 2nd
with glenn
GlennWatson 26/Sep/11 2nd
rocktigger 05/Sep/11 2nd O/S
with Ben
migs493 06/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Karl Wooffindin 01/Jul/11 Lead O/S
with Bryce Rigler
Gambit 21/Jun/11 Lead O/S
with Barney
Hidden 21/Jun/11 2nd O/S
mark20 20/Jun/11 Lead O/S
Dan Lane 20/Jun/11 2nd O/S

The more natural line up the slab, though not as good as Hargreaves' Original.

nick ferro 11/Jun/11 -
Hidden 05/Jun/11 Lead O/S
hazeysunshine 21/May/11 2nd O/S
with Ann-Marie
Hidden 26/Apr/11 Lead
max_chan 12/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with Trevor Wilson
jacobjacob 09/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 07/Apr/11 TR O/S
JulesV 07/Apr/11 Solo rpt
Hidden 26/Mar/11 2nd O/S
John Lewis 26/Mar/11 Lead O/S
with Karl, Maureen
jade 21/Mar/11 2nd
with andy
Hidden 21/Mar/11 Lead O/S
Andy Peak 1 08/Jan/11 -

Gale force winds and 3C!

with Atila
uphillnow ??/2011 -
jade ??/2011 2nd
with andy
PAJames ??/2011 -
Hidden ?/Dec/10 -
Ewan Russell 14/Oct/10 Solo O/S
with Myself!
Liam Ingram 02/Sep/10 Lead O/S
pabbage 02/Aug/10 -
jon_gill1 26/Jul/10 2nd O/S
with jigi
Hidden 25/Jul/10 Lead O/S
richcwanders 15/Jun/10 Lead
Hidden 27/May/10 Lead O/S
Hidden 27/May/10 2nd O/S
mtempest 23/May/10 2nd
with Steve Waters, Mynydd
Steve Waters, Mynydd 23/May/10 Lead

This was the first time leading on the Black Slab that I found the fun outweighed the tension. Am finally relishing those grit slopers.

Hidden 18/May/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 16/May/10 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/Apr/10 2nd
Hidden 21/Apr/10 Solo
Hidden 08/Apr/10 -
Hidden 11/Mar/10 Solo
Chris Craggs 07/Mar/10 2nd
with Graham Parkes
RossG ??/2010 -
cymjt ??/2010 -
pie_eater_pete ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Adam1973 04/Oct/09 Lead rpt
with Ann S
Hidden 23/Sep/09 Solo
frume 21/Sep/09 Lead O/S
with Saff
JDDD 22/Aug/09 2nd
Alfredo 08/Aug/09 Lead
with Ben H
b.hayley 08/Aug/09 2nd O/S
with alfredo
maybe_si 03/Aug/09 Solo O/S
Dale Berry 24/Jul/09 Lead O/S

Very good. The slopers don't stop till the short crack right at the top.

with Claire Berry
Hidden 18/Jul/09 Lead O/S
Brown 09/Jul/09 Solo O/S
with Henry
Hidden 02/Jul/09 Lead O/S
PaulWatson 14/Jun/09 2nd O/S

Like Hargreaves' the adjectival grade of this depends on the composition of your rack! Nice climbing on grippy slopers.

with Paul
Tanya Savage 13/Jun/09 2nd


Neil Pacey 13/Jun/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Jun/09 Solo O/S
Hidden 24/May/09 Solo
howlingbaboon 21/May/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 05/Apr/09 2nd
paul birch ?/Apr/09 -
SteveM 21/Feb/09 Lead O/S
with Andy
Hidden ??/2009 Lead
Goose4 ??/2009 -
barni 31/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with Jack
Hidden 19/Sep/08 Lead
Hidden 15/Sep/08 Solo O/S
Sardien 17/Aug/08 2nd O/S
with Toby Vye, Emlyn W. Roberts, Nigel Milner
tobydunford 16/Aug/08 2nd β
hailtryfan ?/Jul/08 2nd O/S
with Costas
mr bounce 24/Jun/08 Lead O/S
Ardo 24/Jun/08 2nd O/S
with Tim
Blisco 07/Jun/08 2nd
with Keith Ridgeway
petemeads 05/Jun/08 Solo
Hidden 29/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/May/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 07/May/08 Lead O/S
mikej 22/Apr/08 Lead
with Rick Naylor
flat eric 13/Mar/08 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Mar/08 2nd O/S
Byronius Maximus 10/Feb/08 2nd O/S
Twisty 09/Feb/08 Lead rpt

Bold for first route

with Byron Buck
mic_b 22/Jan/08 Lead O/S
Rachel S 01/Oct/07 Lead O/S
with Robin Mitton
Adam1973 16/Sep/07 Lead O/S
with philnorv
Hidden 09/Jun/07 2nd
Twisty 08/Jun/07 2nd O/S
with Graeme Hammond
Graeme Hammond 08/Jun/07 Lead O/S
Hedley 25/May/07 Lead O/S
Hidden 24/May/07 2nd O/S
Rampikino 28/Apr/07 Lead
with Cat
Chris the Tall 03/Feb/07 Solo O/S

This is probably the way I did Black Slab orginally - does have a couple of hard moves

Wil Treasure ??/2007 -
Another James 03/Sep/06 Lead O/S
with Kirsten S
crossdressingrodney 08/Jul/06 Lead O/S
victim of mathematics 08/Jul/06 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2004 Solo
Hidden ??/2002 -
Hidden 23/Sep/00 Lead
Hidden ??/2000 -
fellgazelle ??/1999 Lead O/S
with Ann Fooks
Simon Pearce ??/1999 -
RossG123 ??/1996 Solo
andybirtwistle 25/Jul/92 Solo
Roget ??/1992 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/May/90 Lead O/S
Iain Thow 11/Sep/88 Lead
with Sally (Aston), Helen Jones
Bullybones ??/1984 Lead
Hidden 03/Jul/83 Lead
Neil McA 14/Apr/81 Solo
Hidden ??/1981 Solo
MikeDowsett ??/1978 Lead
Rob Davies ?/Oct/75 Lead
rogerskews ??/1972 -
mikej 26/Dec/69 Solo
with Dave Williams, Ted Markham
mikej 10/Sep/67 Lead
with Steve Radford, Ted Markham, Nigel Sumner
mikej 01/May/66 Lead
with Mike Byles
mikej 24/Oct/65 Lead
with Howard Furguson
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