Great Slab

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The finest gritstone slab in the Peak, with a great set of routes from Joe Brown's original Great Slab to the ultra-technical Toy Boy. Apart from the crack-line of Synopsis there is hardly a decent runner on the whole wall.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Parting Hare
A high girdle for the aficionado who has done everything else on the slab. Small cams and a stout second will both be useful.
 
1 Stars
Technical
E3
2
Heartless Hare
The left-hand side of the slab is a bold undertaking passing a ledge then two tiny left-facing flakes. Often climbed with...
5 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
E5
3
Jugged Hare
A right-hand finish to Heartless Hare using small holds to gain a thin break and a steep spooky finish. A distant side-runner...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
E6
4
Lonely Heart
This might have been the last gap here? The crux is just below the break though the rest of it isn't much easier. Really bold!
 
1 Stars
Technical
E9
5
Great Slab Top 50
Total class - not too hard but still unprotected and a touch precarious. Trend right up a delicate ramp to a ledge,...
13 user comments
 
3 Stars
E3
6
Art Brut
The direct finish above the start of Great Slab following a vague line about a metre left of Hairless Heart.
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Technical
E7
7
Hairless Heart
The central line on the slab is quite superb. Follow Great Slab to its rest then friction up the slab to access the curving...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
E5
8
Artless
The right-trending ramp below the centre of the slab is gained awkwardly (if all else fails try a jump) and climbed via a hard...
8 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Dyno
E5
9
Hairy Heart
A more direct finish to Great Slab, after its crux climb the right-hand of the pair of overlaps. Low in the grade but don't...
 
1 Stars
E6
10
Artless/Hairless Heart
This combination, which also includes reversing the crux of Great Slab remains the finest slab route on grit - intense.
 
3 Stars
E5
11
Toy Boy
The 'olds are so small, they are almost no 'olds at all! Progress depends on leaps between the micro-edges until you reach the...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
f7C+
12
Synopsis
The once-pegged crack feels like a refugee from Millstone. The crux is at an awkward height off the ground, with...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
E2
13
Beta
The long blocky corner is steep but mild, no beta required.
 VD
14
Spine Chiller
The left-hand arete of the block to the right of Great Slab is a scary and precarious prospect.
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
E4
15
Spinal Crack
Struggle up the crack.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
f5+
16
Spinal Tap
From jugs in the back, pull out and up the slanting crack.
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
f6C+
17
Lankaster Bomber
The reachy problem. The tall can knock off a couple of grades.
 f7C
  • Latest Comments

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    The Screaming Dream
    "Changed from E7 7a ** to E7 6c **, no votes" 23/Mar

    Trapeze
    "Lovely!" 16/May

    Sunset Crack
    "Didn't feel like a 4c to me - this was my first lead of anything above VDiff and..." 09/Dec

    Janker's Groove
    "Did the direct start as a sit start, as in the Bouldering guide recommended and ..." 09/Jun

    Downhill Racer
    "Quality, pretty on/off move low down and then not too much trouble above that. J..." 19/May

    Armageddon
    "Shouldnt this be spelt Armageddon (1 'g', 2 'd's, as in BMC guide and the Ston..." 22/Jan

    Three Pebble Slab
    "The protection for the crux is great, fits a size 3 (i think) 4CU like a glove. ..." 29/Jan

    Downes' Crack
    "Needs young arms!" 26/Nov

    Terrace Crack
    "Finished a warm, sunny end of September day with this and loved it. Consistent ..." 01/Oct

    Great Slab
    "I have some sympathy with John Yates. If the anti top rope lobby carries on seco..." 11/Jul top50

    Valkyrie
    "I found the crack harder than Chequers, worse even Terrazza? There are only a c..." 01/Jun top50

    Oedipus Ring Your Mother
    "not 6b, prob hard 5c. Awesome climbing though." 12/May

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