Great Slab

3 Stars
 VS 4c

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A fine climb though many teams only do the fist pitch, earning themselves a 2-star tick. 1) 4c, 10m. The centre of the attractive slab gives good climbing with escalating interest with final tricky moves (good runners in the horizontal break) to reach its crest. 2) 4c, 10m. Move right to the fist crack in the upper wall and follow this until is is possible to swing left and mantel into the base of the wide finishing cleft. A Direct Finish above the fist crack is a pumpy HVS 5a.
FA. Tony Howard mid 1950s


What a route, very contrasting pitches, a fine slab climb for the first pitch (definatly worthy of VS) and a strenuous second pitch, fun.
Simon Ager - 29/Aug/04

Only did the first pitch (as the 2nd was out of the sun and below freezing) but that was worth 3 stars by itself. Deserves a fluttery heart symbol, the last (though bomber) protection as a long way below the final moves. Whoever voted for 4b must be either an E grade climber or 2m tall!
Simon Caldwell - 22/Dec/04

Agree with you about quallity and grade, presume it was you up there on Sunday morning?
craig h - 22/Dec/04

Sunday afternoon, arrived about 1.00. Nobody else there :-)
Simon Caldwell - 22/Dec/04

A classic trip and good intro to Alderman, positive sound moorland grit.
Phil Davies - 10/Feb/05

The last bit of bomber gear is just below your feet for the final crux move. Feels a bit insecure making the move but you aren't going to fall too far. Very nice first pitch.
Jonathan T - 13/May/05

First pitch is great. Worthy of 3 stars in my opinion. Didn't do the fist crack for the second pitch, but did the crack to the right of it instead. Felt like a good continuation all the same, if only S 4b.
Grover - 16/May/05

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