Climbs 49
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 876m a.s.l
Faces N

Engineer's Slabs © petesdavies

Crag features

A superb high mountain crag with excellent views lookinh 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). 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 The Slay Ride E3 5c 1
5 Sledgate Ridge HS * 31
6 Dream Twister
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E3 5c *** 12
7 The Troll HVS 5b * 3
8 The Angel of Mercy
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E1 5b *** 18
9 Interceptor VS 4c * 13
10 Snicker Snack
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E3 5c *** 38
11 Engineer's Slabs
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VS 4c *** 313
12 Engineer's Slabs - Unfinished ArĂȘte
-
VS 4c ** 3
13 The Tombstone E3 5c 1
14 The Tomb E3 5c *** 27
15 Sarcophagus E3 5c *** 12
16 Jabberwock
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HVS 5a ** 42
17 Prayer Mat Buttress
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MVS 4b * 4
18 Smuggler's Chimney VS 4c *** 2
19 Barney Buttress
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VD 1
  Winter Routes
21 Windy Ridge IV 6
22 Windy Ridge - Variation Finish III 1
23 Pinnacle Crack IV 6 *  
24 The Torquers Are No Good Doers VI 7 **  
25 Mallory's Corner VI 6  
26 Bottleneck Blues IV 9
27 Pinnacle Ridge III *** 70
28 Clark Gable II/III 9
29 Oblique Reference IV 4 * 1
30 Oblique Chimney IV 5 * 7
31 Summer Time Blues IV 5 7
32 Hooch IV 5  
33 Bottlescrue IV 5 1
34 Sledgate Ridge IV 13
35 Engineer's Chimney V 4 ** 9
36 Troll VII 8 1
37 Snicker Snack VIII 9 *** 1
38 Engineer's Slabs VI 7 *** 55
39 Engineer's Slabs - ArĂȘte Finish VI 7 3
40 Jabberwock VII 7 *** 6
41 Gable End II/III 5
42 Trundle Ridge VII 7 ** 1
43 Central Gully III ** 25
44 Central Gully - The Contrived Eliminate IV 5  
45 Central Gully - Smart Exit IV 4 ** 3
46 Bootlegger's Groove III  
47 Back Off VI 7  
48 In Her Mouth V  
49 Moses's Back Door II 1
50 Doctor's Chimney III *  

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