Rockfax Description
A classic frightener - hard, technical and sustained. Follow the line of bolts up the slab. When you reach the overlap the main difficulties are behind you. Hand traverse left into the groove and finish up this. Feels more like E5 unless you pre-place the quickdraws. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A superb and sustained slab with spaced bolts, about F7a+

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, Best slab climbs of the UK, a State of Slate, ROCKFAX Style Top 50: North Wales, Slate Sport, slate E5's, Ultimate E5 ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, The best the UK has to offer for beasts (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), Rock cats getting strong.

Hidden 18/Nov/17 Lead RP
Hidden 01/Nov/17 Lead O/S
chris_woodsy 29/Oct/17 TR O/S

Went for a top rope in the end. Glad i did, those are testingly spaced bolts. Yikes, have to lead it next time. Top quality moves!

with Widdaz
Hidden 20/Oct/17 Lead dog
Flavio 22/Jul/17 Lead G/U

Started raining halfway and went to hide in a blast shelter. 2nd go.

scarmichael 12/Jul/17 Lead RP

A bit of a personal battle with this one over the last few months, uber cool moves throughout and happy to put it to bed😀

with Steve Wooton
Hidden 19/Jun/17 TR dog
scarmichael 17/Jun/17 TR dog

Reworked crux sequence, far too warm to consider a lead attempt today

Tom McCabe 14/Jun/17 TR rpt

First go, still haven't summoned the nerve for a lead...

JamesWilliams 01/Jun/17 TR dog

hmm forgot how to do the crux

with Qureshi
graham21 28/May/17 TR
scarmichael 21/May/17 TR

Worked the moves first go on top rope then jumped on lead, got spooked and took a whipper mid crux. Fantastic climbing on rather spaced bolts....

spidermonkey09 14/May/17 Lead RP

Felt absolutely desperate on reacquainting myself with its charms but accidentally did it in a oner on top rope so then had to lead it. Clipping bolts fairly harrowing, although this could be alleviated with some long slings. Bloody awesome, psyched to tick this off!

Archie ball 20/Apr/17 Lead RP

More like E5 with the run out bolts..

WilliamRupp 25/Mar/17 Lead RP
BenRyle 08/Mar/17 Lead rpt
with Ian Grobowski
Hidden ??/2017 -
Phil4000 31/Dec/16 Lead RP

First 7a+, well chuffed.

with Pablo
Hidden 30/Dec/16 Lead O/S
TradSux 17/Dec/16 TR

Fell off 3 times but figured out the moves eventually. Great climb! Will lead it one day

Adam24B 27/Nov/16 -

Well scary for a sport route, I think it deserves a combined grade 7a+/E5

matt peacey 27/Nov/16 TR RP

Working the moves on the lower section up to the crux

hlegge 27/Nov/16 TR rpt

Still working up the courage to lead it!

with Adam Bowman
Hidden 25/Oct/16 Lead O/S
DanielGyi 14/Oct/16 TR
hlegge 14/Oct/16 TR dog

Working this route, got it with one fall at mid height whilst working the sequence. Dom worked and then lead it! First E5 for him!

with Lewis Prest, Dan Gyi, Dom Pearce
efp 09/Oct/16 2nd
ianstevens 09/Oct/16 Lead RP

Finally! Quick lap on top rope then all came together on the third go. Chuffed! Spicy for 7a+ but not sure if it warrants E5 either...

with Elle P
Cassidy 02/Oct/16 Lead RP
with Rob Sutton
tommccluskey 20/Sep/16 Lead RP

Second go after slipping off the crux on first. All draws placed on lead and nothing preclipped- not sure if it's e5 but it's pretty spicy for 7a+!

Butel 17/Sep/16 Lead RP

Stoked first 7a+

with Harriet Ridley
Tom McCabe 11/Sep/16 TR RP

2nd go toprope solo. Fluffable crux, and those bolts are a bit far apart for comfort!

lcullum7 11/Sep/16 TR
Butel 11/Sep/16 TR rpt

Ready to lead. Far too windy this evening.

pablosordo ?/Sep/16 Lead RP

good climbing, technical moves, easy when you know

with owain
Hidden 07/Aug/16 Lead O/S
jsmcfarland ?/Aug/16 Lead dnf

Ground-up (e5 style I guess). Made it to the last hard move before my feet hurt too much and I took a big whipper. Will come back for it when it isn't so bloody hot!

hlegge 26/May/16 TR RP
Hidden 23/May/16 TR
Hamish2322 ?/May/16 Lead RP
robpartridge 27/Apr/16 2nd
UncleMephisto 27/Apr/16 Lead dnf
anguskille 12/Apr/16 Lead O/S

pretty exciting for sport, excellent climbing

Butel 12/Apr/16 TR dog
Hidden 19/Mar/16 Lead RP
SGD 18/Mar/16 Lead rpt

Couldn't walk away without at least trying to lead it.... put it on a rope and warmed up on it, felt desperate but did it clean again. Vicky talked some sense in to me and told me to try again, glad i did, i fell off twice but tweaked 2 sequences and suddenly it felt ok again, pulled the rope had a good rest and lead it. Cruised the crux and then nearly fell off try to do the 3rd clip had to have a word with myself.....(sorry to those listening) and again nearly came off in the groove. Simply brilliant route, just my style but punishing for us shorties ;-)

SGD 17/Mar/16 TR

Did it clean first go, repeated it again clean thought about the lead and walked away... :-(

Alex Mason 12/Mar/16 Lead G/U

Tried 6yrs ago and took the fall ending up about 2ft off the deck. Tried again 3yrs ago and bottled it. Nemesis smash. E5!

DomiKl 12/Mar/16 Lead RP

3rd try (high humlility ) Realy good route

with Michael
Ram MkiV 12/Mar/16 Lead β

Really good. Pretty thin crux.

with Al
ianstevens 10/Feb/16 Lead dnf

3 attempts, fell at crux between 2nd and 3rd bolts. No idea how I flashed this three years ago.

James-m-h 10/Feb/16 Lead dnf
ChrisAllen 20/Jan/16 Lead O/S
jezb1 20/Jan/16 Lead RP

3rd red point attempt. Have never managed it clean on a top rope, fell off the easy traverse after the crux first go, pre crux the second go when my foot popped and got it clean third go! Pre placed extended draws so 7a+, thin and sustained.

Hidden ??/2016 -
JamesWilliams 16/Nov/15 Lead RP

awesome didn't expect that to happen so easily. bolt to bolt, one clean top rope and a couple of crux rehearsals and went first RP

with Qureshi
Hidden 31/Oct/15 Lead G/U
max_dickens 28/Oct/15 Lead RP

1st rp After a few friggs on top rope, with pre placed draws. Very nice.

with Bow
Misha 17/Oct/15 Lead dog

Had a got at this at the end of the day after Ian led P1 of the Quarryman and I had a go at top roping it. Thought it would feel easy by comparison but the crux still proved to be pretty hard! The first two bolts are cruelly positioned as you have to make a hard move or two to get to both of them and I reckon you'd deck going for the second bolt as you have to get right by it before you can clip. That certainly made it feel a lot more trad than sport! The moves to get to the bolts are 5c/6a. The 6b crux is thin and took me ages to commit to. Did the first move fine but fell off the second move twice. Got it third go. Steady from the jugs by the third bolt. Great route, should go back to lead it clean.

with Ian C
Hidden 09/Oct/15 TR dog
Hidden 04/Oct/15 Lead dnf
Hidden 04/Oct/15 TR
ashtond6 29/Aug/15 TR

Half a move I can't do!

jacob shieldhouse hadley 26/Aug/15 Lead O/S

sick route! wasn't expecting to onsight. did the E5 way! felt like E5 6b. safe crux. possible deck potential going to clip the 2nd bolt! ace

with dad
PalfreyN 19/Jun/15 Lead dnf
Jack Delaney 11/Jun/15 Lead dog

Tough. Need to get better on slate

with Emily Barnett
Hidden 26/May/15 TR
Hidden 26/May/15 TR
Hidden 15/May/15 TR
Mattlamb90 09/May/15 Lead dog

Went for flash, greased off after 2nd bolt. Will rp next time

with GDun98, Ryan
jonleighton 09/May/15 Lead β
Hidden ?/May/15 Lead
FreddieSmith 19/Apr/15 Lead RP

The most enjoyable 7a+ climbed to date.

Ewan Russell 08/Mar/15 Lead G/U

Got scared a few years ago jumped off crux. First time today

with Brad, Henry, gwen
markalmack 14/Feb/15 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Feb/15 2nd dog
bede.west 09/Nov/14 Lead dnf

fell off crux 2-3 times. will be back

Hidden 18/Oct/14 TR dog
Ally Smith 28/Sep/14 Lead RP

Hard! Had to MTFU after Gareth & Naomi too the piss

spidey 07/Sep/14 Lead dnf

went for the onsight, but couldn't commit. will go back to finish. thin moves

with mat lamb
wi11 19/Aug/14 TR dog

2 rests

with @ndy
UncleMephisto 17/Jul/14 Lead dnf

Still hard. Jerry Moffatt style positive vocalisation made a surprising impact on the climbing. Didn't get me to the top mind!

wolf.leeb 09/Jul/14 Lead rpt
with Alexis
Luxulyan 20/May/14 Lead RP
with Tom Murrell
Dan Geh 16/May/14 Lead RP

Draws pre-placed. F7a+ish

tgeh 16/May/14 Lead RP

7a+ with extended draws

with dan geh
Hidden 14/May/14 TR dnf
Coops_13 23/Mar/14 Lead RP

Did on top-rope a couple of times then did it clean on lead first go, so psyched!!

Patrick Hill 23/Mar/14 Lead RP

Ground up.

dswansonlow 18/Feb/14 TR rpt
with Lena
oliverpcain ??/2014 Lead RP
barni 25/Nov/13 Lead rpt

Finished direct from the 3rd bolt between the groove (left) and arete. Makes it more sustained and bold if u don't run away to the arete

with Oates, luke
Luke Brooks 25/Nov/13 Lead
with Will, Barni
Hidden 24/Nov/13 TR dog
HAJ Francis 06/Oct/13 Lead O/S

Ace route, been on my mind for a long time so felt great to get it done!!!

Hidden 13/Sep/13 2nd dnf
tommccluskey 20/Aug/13 Lead dnf

1 little slip on top rope, then took some BIG falls on lead, including from after the crux annoyingly. Amazing climbing though and will be back!

with michael
Andy_B39 20/Aug/13 TR dog
with Sam Tolhurst
Hidden 18/Aug/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Aug/13 Lead dnf
Hidden 01/Aug/13 Lead dog
Hidden 30/Jun/13 Lead RP
Carter 26/Jun/13 TR dog
shed_hed 24/Jun/13 TR rpt

Did it clean twice in warm up for another attempt at the lead after leaving it for 7 months. Felt much more comfortable on it this time.

shed_hed 24/Jun/13 Lead RP

About time! Felt much more comfortable on it on lead this time round.

dswansonlow 24/Jun/13 Lead RP

After top rope practice. It felt a grade easier with new edges and an improving head.

Hidden 18/Jun/13 TR dog
ianstevens 26/May/13 TR O/S

Far more do-able than I had ever imagined. Looks like it will be scary on lead, but will definately be back to get this one properly. Awesome climbing, super thin with some a properly awesome moves

Dan724 22/May/13 Lead RP
air 22/May/13 Lead RP

2nd go :)

with Terry, Dan
Sol Armer 15/May/13 TR dog
ducko 02/May/13 Lead O/S

Great route deserves 3 stars, thin with poor feet, funky,7a+

christoph owen 23/Apr/13 TR

on shunt. too hard for me

with top rope solo
rustaldo 29/Mar/13 Lead RP

wow, great route! couple more falls today. had the draws pre-placed too. got there in the end.

UncleMephisto 14/Mar/13 Lead dog
with Ian Stevens
Nik Jennings 02/Feb/13 Lead
with Rachel
Rachel S 02/Feb/13 TR dog
with Nik
BenRyle 30/Jan/13 Lead RP
with Dan
Sam Melville ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 TR RP
Hidden 17/Nov/12 TR RP
wolf.leeb 11/Nov/12 Lead rpt
with Alexis
Hidden 11/Nov/12 2nd dog
dswansonlow 04/Nov/12 Lead dog
shed_hed 04/Nov/12 TR RP

Slipped off at the top after the crux. Got it clean second time.

shed_hed 04/Nov/12 Lead dog

Came off the crux. Got back on and finished it. Nice climb. Couldn't remember the moves on lead for some reason and apparently I climbed it with a different sequence on lead from when on top rope... Tried it again on lead again after but came off at the same place.

Hidden 06/Oct/12 TR dog
Ed morris 11/Sep/12 Lead RP

Tried with new shoes, couldn't feel feet so fell off on the crux, tried with old shoes and went like a dream.

with Dickon
Hidden 26/Aug/12 Lead dnf
dominic lee 11/Aug/12 Lead O/S

Enjoyed this.

barni 08/Aug/12 TR rpt
with Ami
belay bunny turned bad 31/Jul/12 Lead

Ground up after taking the fall from near bolt 3. I have the bruises to prove it ;)

with loundsy
dwillis 17/Jul/12 TR RP
dswansonlow 07/Jul/12 TR RP

on shunt

Lizzie S ?/Jul/12 TR O/S

sore feet, really want to lead this one day!

Hidden 17/Jun/12 Lead dnf
rustaldo 26/May/12 Lead dnf

hard. couldn't stick the moves above the 2nd bolt, feet were killing me. abbed down afterwards to clean the draws and the holds/climbing above don't look too bad. definitely one to try again next time.

with Alex
Ally Smith 24/Mar/12 Lead dog
nimajneb 18/Mar/12 2nd
jacobjlloyd 18/Mar/12 Lead RP

Second go ground up, as i fell off it once last summer trying it in my comfy shoes. 7a+?

with Sian, Ben Corbey
Hidden 25/Feb/12 Lead RP
Duncan Campbell 25/Feb/12 Lead β

Niiice!! Had a couple of ground-up efforts on this in 09/10 but got no further than 1st bolt. Also had a play on the medium a few weeks back so inadvertantly did the top. Surprised myself everytime I moved past the next bolt and just lucked the 6b sequence before the 3rd bolt. Did the top weirdly as I couldn't remember owt so combining os-ing the crux, with having the draws in and the G-up efforts I'm taking a flash. Awesome, cheers to Al for the encouragement, hero. Unsure on 7a+ or E5 grade as this would be my first of either.

with Scooby!, Mason
willoates 08/Feb/12 Lead RP

Fell of on the onsight last time on the slate, got it this time, felt nervous at first, easier at the end.

Hidden 08/Feb/12 2nd dog
NickHarms ??/2012 -
jacobjacob 20/Nov/11 Lead O/S

I think I like slate climbing. Onsighting this did not feel like a sport route! I would definitely feel short changed with f7a... you would hit the floor from at least 2 different places on route!

Hidden 15/Nov/11 2nd dnf
Tom Livingstone 19/Aug/11 Lead RP

So goooood! Awesome moves.

with simon lake, mark reeves
wolf.leeb 04/Aug/11 TR

Clean.. But tough

vertically_challenged 02/Aug/11 TR dog

on the shunt. couple falls but it went better than expected. lead next time, but maybe one more cheeky top rope first.

DafSWMC 30/Jul/11 Lead RP

Preclipped first bolt.

with Gareth
jacobjlloyd 24/Jul/11 Lead dnf

This is hard! To be expected at the grade I suppose. Foot popped just below the third bolt. THe crux move is desperately thin! It was nearly all over... Feet were pretty sore so I lowered off a convenient mallion rather than carry on for the dog. Awesome route, bring good stiff edges! This definitely felt harder than the 7a its given in the guidebook. 7a+ seems fair to me.

with Ben Harper
feilx 09/Jul/11 Lead O/S

wow awesome

with Andy L
Ows ?/Jun/11 TR
smallerrich 27/May/11 Lead rpt
with Sam C
Hidden 12/May/11 TR O/S
rob.s22 ?/May/11 Lead

Fell at bottom messing about, got back on did rest first go. Thin

with A.K
Hawkscry ?/May/11 Lead RP

Committing start but why the trade grade?

david morse 15/Apr/11 Lead RP

4th redpoint. Glad I dont have to clip that first bolt again! THIN

with josh
harvie ?/Apr/11 Lead
with Suzie J
Franco Cookson 06/Mar/11 Lead

Got wrong footed on the crux and fell off cause i'm shit. It was so nice topping out when I got it next go though, in the beautiful sun and with roper below... Cheers for the beta... should have waited till the hole in my finger healed though.

with roper
Hidden ??/2011 -
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden 09/Oct/10 TR dnf
Hidden 29/Sep/10 Lead RP
Hidden 26/Aug/10 Lead dog
melonmike 26/Aug/10 2nd dog
richiebongo 14/Jul/10 Lead RP
with Gwen Thomson
smallerrich 15/Jun/10 Lead rpt
with Crad
martinazando 15/May/10 2nd dnf

Too hard for me !

al99 15/May/10 TR dog

Foot popped off the easy moves at the bottom whilst I wasn't paying attention. Other than that manged the route clean onsight! AWESOME!

with Torquil, Martina Zandonella
Hidden 11/May/10 2nd
samrad 25/Apr/10 Lead RP

sweet! got it after not beeing on it 4 over a year.

eugeneth 15/Apr/10 Lead dog

This will go at some point. Soon

with James Howell, Jay
Hidden 15/Apr/10 TR β
oliverthomp 14/Apr/10 Lead O/S
with Luke Jones
James Marshall ?/Apr/10 TR RP
farmus21 04/Mar/10 Lead RP


with Eugene Theron, Sam Radcliffe, Rich Cannell
eugeneth 04/Mar/10 TR RP

Nails but very pleased got it clean on TR!! Go for sport lead next time. 7a+

centurion05 ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 Lead RP
Hidden ??/2010 TR
Lloyders ??/2010 Lead O/S
Mike Goldthorp 17/Sep/09 Lead O/S

sick hard

with Drew Mulcahy, Ben Alsford
barni 21/Aug/09 Lead rpt
with Ewan
benchwarmer 21/Aug/09 TR dog
Luke Brooks ?/Aug/09 Lead RP
smallerrich 29/May/09 TR rpt

Felt like trying it in the sweltering hot sun and with no boot edges. Apparently its do-able!

with Ollie Wragg
barni 27/Apr/09 TR rpt
with Merlin
Tomprusk 11/Apr/09 TR dog
C@rwyn 11/Apr/09 TR dnf

my first short attempt... won't be the last!

with Tom
Toby Dunn 11/Apr/09 Lead O/S
with Tom Randall
Hidden 20/Jan/09 Lead O/S
mattyork2 20/Jan/09 Lead RP

3 sessions and two lead attempts. Beautiful crisp day today with a little snow drift beneath the route. Perfect temps. but cold fingers!

with Sam Hamer and James Gray
smallerrich 09/Jan/09 Lead RP

Looked at the holds, did it clean with a shunt, then a toprope, then lead it as it was getting cold. Incredible route!!

with Sam and Ella
samrad ?/Jan/09 TR β
with rich
TomPR ??/2009 -

Absolute tosh to anyone giving this 3 stars. Is this the only E5 you've ever done?

Sgt. Vest 30/Nov/08 Lead dnf

bit too worse for wear

mattyork2 29/Nov/08 Lead dog
with James Gray and Pete Harrison
farmus21 08/Nov/08 Lead dog

It shall be done...

barni 02/Nov/08 TR dog
with Shoulders
barni 05/Oct/08 Lead dog
with Jack
nige 05/Oct/08 Lead O/S
with richard kirby
Rich Kirby 05/Oct/08 2nd O/S
with Nige
barni 15/Aug/08 Lead dnf
with Oli
Hidden 14/Jun/08 Lead dog
irish paul 06/Jun/08 Lead RP
with Sarah Joyce
tumbling wizard ?/Jun/08 -
Hidden ??/2008 -
Hidden 16/Dec/07 TR
alaan 01/Dec/07 Lead O/S
with Greg
Hidden 21/Oct/07 2nd dog
Nathan Kemp 22/Aug/07 TR O/S
ThomN ?/Aug/07 TR dog
with munro
Hidden 28/May/07 TR dog
daniel hobbs ?/May/07 -
Hidden 03/Mar/07 Lead O/S
Will Hunt 04/Feb/07 TR dog

Almost got the onsight. Nasty crux move did me in. Other than that the climbing is stunning.

with Jamie Light & Nick Bird
zero six ??/2007 Lead RP
Hidden ??/2007 TR O/S
Ed Booth 12/Aug/06 Lead O/S

Fab delicate climbing! Totally amazing!

with Roel Driesen
Dringo ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 TR
Hidden ??/2006 -
Hidden 21/Aug/05 TR
Gus 27/Mar/05 Lead β
Gus 27/Mar/05 Lead β
nicholas Barrowclough 23/Jul/04 Lead
Grimny-lyn - the merry dwarf ?/Apr/04 Lead RP
with andy kassyk
paul m hadley ??/2003 Lead
Mark Riley ?/Apr/02 Lead rpt

Making sure your 'biners fit through the bolt holes avoids a frightening and embarassing "moment".

Steve Crowe 23/Sep/01 Lead O/S
with KM
Brown ??/2001 TR O/S

Climbed in the year after falling off poetry pink

with Alex
Hidden ?/Jan/00 -
Hidden ??/2000 Lead RP
TBowell nee Holdsworth ??/2000 -
petekeron ??/2000 Lead RP
belay bunny turned bad ??/2000 -
Jon Read ?/Aug/99 Lead O/S
liabilityliz 06/Jul/99 TR
with Mark Trepte
Dave Musgrove Jnr 15/May/99 Lead O/S
with dave hollinger
Dave Musgrove ??/1999 Lead β

Approx date. Beta flash, someone else had done the hard work and got the clips in.

with Pete Finklaire
djmarko75 ?/Jun/98 TR RP

need to lead this route asap

jameshiggins ??/1998 Lead
Hidden 20/Apr/97 Lead O/S
MarkDavies36 ??/1997 TR RP
with Corin Burdon
kristian ??/1997 TR RP
Colin Edwards 16/Sep/95 TR RP
with Steve Cox
Paul Boardman ??/1995 TR

TR'ed this a couple of times, but have never plucked up the balls to go for the lead. thos bolts are nasty to clip.

with Iain Boardman, Mark Johnson
Paul Figg 14/Jul/93 TR
Eduardo Martinez 13/Jun/93 Lead O/S

Putting in the quick draws so I'll take the E5 tick please.

Thefly ?/Jun/93 -
Hidden ??/1993 Lead O/S
whispering nic ?/Jul/92 Lead O/S
goi.ashmore 06/Jun/92 Lead RP
with Simon Coles
channinga ??/1992 -
Hidden User 56 ??/1991 Lead O/S

Date a rough guess

mik1miller ??/1990 Lead O/S
with geraldine taylor
Nick Rundall ??/1990 2nd dog
Mark Kemball ??/1990 Lead
Billg ??/1989 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Jul/88 2nd
Paul Clarke ??/1988 Lead
with Phil Ralph
Mike Owen 14/Jun/87 Lead O/S
with Elaine Owen
Sean Kelly ?/Jun/87 2nd dnf

Held Frank's rope while he sauntered up the route, crimping on matchstick ends. It was election day as well, and Thatcher was re-elected! I declined to follow.

with Frank Richards
Nick Biven 22/Apr/87 TR
with Andrew Jackson (Jack)
sadams 16/Apr/87 Lead O/S
with Guy Townsend
Enty ??/1987 Lead
with A Gudgeon
mark mcgowan01 ??/1985 -
Chris Craggs ??/1980 -
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