Climbs 54
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 876m a.s.l
Faces N

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Engineer's Slabs © petesdavies

Crag features

A superb high mountain crag with excellent views looking over Ennerdale and Buttermere. The centrepice of the crag is the 90m high steep slab which sits in the middle of the north face. The crag needs a good dry spell and is sometimes referred to as the Lakes' coldest crag (see winter guide). Snicker Snack (E3), The Tomb (E2), Engineer's Slabs (VS) and Jabberwock (HVS) are the most popular summer routes. Currently home of the Lakes' hardest winter route - Snicker Snap (VIII 9).

Approach notes

One and a half hour walk from Honister Pass via Moses Trod. Can also be appraoched from Wasdale Head or from Blacksail Hut in Ennerdale.

The main slab is best approached up an intially obscured shallow gully from the right. The grass is steep and the rock is often green so care should be taken getting up to the base. When leaving, some parties choose to abseil the first bit of the descent, which can be done from a block right of the main slab or from a thread positioned in the base of Engineer's Chimney. 

As far as I can recall the walk in is very amenable.
Ian Jones - 27/Jul/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Vindolanda E4 6a * 1
2 The Slant
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E2 5b * 4
3 Powder Finger E3 6a 1
4 Inca Grooves
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S 4a 1
5 The Slay Ride E3 5c 1
6 Sledgate Ridge HS 4b * 47
  Engineer's Slab
8 Dream Twister E3 5c *** 18
9 The Troll HVS 5b * 6
10 The Angel of Mercy E1 5b *** 21
11 Interceptor VS 4c * 15
12 Snicker Snack E3 5c *** 59
13 Engineer's Slabs VS 4c *** 258
14 Engineer's Slabs - Unfinished ArĂȘte
-
VS 4c ** 5
15 Mome Rath E2 5b,5c 2
16 The Tombstone E3 5c 1
17 The Tomb E3 5c *** 48
18 Sarcophagus E3 5c *** 17
19 Jabberwock HVS 5b ** 50
Climb name Grade
20 Unfinished Arete HVS 5a 1
21 Prayer Mat Buttress
-
MVS 4b * 4
22 Smuggler's Chimney VS 4c *** 2
23 Barney Buttress
-
VD 1
24 Notre Dame MVS 4b *  
25 Cerca Trova
-
none 4b 1
  Winter Routes
27 Windy Ridge
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III 7
28 Windy Ridge - Variation Finish III 1
29 Pinnacle Crack
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V 6  
30 The Torquers Are No Good Doers
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VII 7  
31 Mallory's Corner
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IV 6 1
32 Bottleneck Blues
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IV 4 * 12
33 Pinnacle Ridge
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III ** 87
34 Clark Gable
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II/III 14
35 Oblique Reference
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IV 4 * 3
36 Oblique Chimney
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IV 5 * 7
37 Summer Time Blues
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V 6 ** 9
38 Hooch
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IV 6  
Climb name Grade
39 Bottlescrue
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IV 5 1
40 Sledgate Ridge
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IV 5 13
41 Engineer's Chimney
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V 4 ** 10
42 Troll
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VII 8 ** 1
43 Snicker Snack
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VIII 9 *** 1
44 Engineer's Slabs
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VI 7 *** 37
45 Engineer's Slabs - ArĂȘte Finish
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VI 7 ** 3
46 Jabberwock VII 7 *** 8
47 Gable End
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II ** 7
48 Trundle Ridge
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VII 7 ** 3
49 Central Gully
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III ** 32
50 Central Gully - The Contrived Eliminate
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IV 5 1
51 Central Gully - Smart Exit
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IV 4 ** 3
52 Bootlegger's Groove
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III *  
53 Back Off
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VI 7  
54 In Her Mouth
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V 6  
55 Moses's Back Door
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II 2
56 Doctor's Chimney
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III *  
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