Excavator

1 Stars
Rounded
 5+

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The line on the left-hand slab gives good climbing, hardest at the top.
FA. Gary Gibson (solo) 1998. Bolted later by Michael Hunt.

USER COMMENTS

This route is about 32m long so you can't lower off with a 60m rope. However it's possible to swing uphill and belay from the bolt anchor at the bottom of Slab cake at a stretch.
DaveL - 02/Sep/02

Excellent value slab route, nowhere difficult. A real pleasure to climb in a protected sunny position.
Chris Robinson - 25/Apr/03

Excellent climbing and quite sustained, the move on to the ledge at half height is wild. Got to be worth 2 stars so do it before it gets polished.
Ian Waterhouse - 17/May/04

Fantastic climbing all the way up - we and the other parties doing the route that day found we could lower off with a 60m (just) due to rope stretch. 11 QDs.
Jimmy56 - 03/Oct/05

We did this one last night, and it makes a change to to do a big route where you can really get into a rhythmn. We used 50m twins, tied them together at the top and ab'ed down - good practice for the summer in the Alps!
Sazzle - 27/Apr/06

As with other routes in this area has its fair share of loose holds, particularly up to the 2nd bolt. Rather allarmingly some of the worst had plenty of chalk on! Good climbing but not quite all its cracked up to be IMO.
D Berry - 24/Jun/06

Has this been cleaned recently? No sign of any loose holds yesterday. Top route, a bit run out in places. Not even approaching 5+, no idea where all those votes came from!
Simon Caldwell - 11/Feb/08

There were indeed some loose holds in the first 5m or so. And quite a few loose pebbles higher up - helmets essential! Other than that, some v nice climbing with a v definite crux at about half way, followed by a v nice steeper section higher up. Not bad at all and easy to forget you're in a hole in central england for a brief moment...
JonC - 17/Mar/09

I found the ledge tricky, plenty of moving holds. I led on a 60m, and topped out and belayed around the tree. It looked easier than trying to lower of and swing
Big Steve - 26/Sep/09

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