Slab Recess Direct

1 Stars
 HS 4c

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The shallow corner has an unhelpful set of sloping, slippery holds and great gear. The upper half is a doddle. Oddly there are easier 5b moves out there!
FA. Joe Brown 1948


the start is well shiny, the top a ladder,loads of gear all the way.
mark thrush - 05/Apr/02

first outdoor solo, in bare feet, back in 89.
also first fall - love those slippery footholds at 3 metres !
limped on both feet for 5 weeks - silly arse - nice climb though
nick - 16/Apr/02

Moving onto the arete near the top helps maintain the grade
Simon Caldwell - 16/Jun/02

I don't think it 4b .. should be 4a .. not bad climb tho
Stephen Barker - 24/Jun/02

Dull. I don't enjoy having the hard bit at the bottom; falling off just looks stupid instead of exciting.
JohnB - 02/Jul/02

start is too slippy. fell off second move three times (oh the shame!) after the lightest of summer showers.
jon hall - 06/Aug/02

Anyone tried the boulder problem up the arete right of this route? It's quite hard, especially with polished footholds. Anyone know the grade?
RobS - 27/Aug/02

A bit slippy for a solo... the first few moves being the worst though. I didn't think that this route justified any stars. Yeah, it's quite nice but nothing special. Especially with all the polish.
Paul Boardman - 17/Sep/02

i think that the boulder problem on the arete is graded at about B5/6. Can't quite remember but i think thats what the guy said when we were there last week,
Andrew Townsend - 28/Apr/03

The arete boulder problem is only B4. But a goodun!
dave F - 13/May/03

The first 10' of this route are plain blood awkward ! Don't expect to cruise it if its remotely damp.
GrahamD - 08/Nov/04

I liked this one a lot. I found the start bloody hard, but thats the point - isn't it? After the hard start it's a nice relaxed climb the top should you step right around the upper block or continue up on the arete?? Also while I was doing this climb a guy soloed 'downhill racer' - very inspiring, I remember looking across and thinking 'what the hell is he standing on?'
SGD - 20/May/05

Went up this one yesterday evening after a fine afternoon of climbering. The start is a bit tricky, but very worthwhile. I find these problems a bit peculiar because you top out half way up but still have to do the rest of it.
Mutl3y - 07/Jul/05

the start is a bit tricky with the well polished foot and hand holds, once past that it is blessed with a plethora of good holds, big heather bush in the way to add a twist to the finish.
jol - 09/Jun/06

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