Great Slab

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The finest gritstone slab in the Peak District, with a magnificent set of routes from Joe Brown’s original Great Slab to the ultra-technical Toy Boy. With the exception of the crack of Synopsis there isn’t a decent runner on the whole wall. The routes are graded for on-sight solo ascents - repeat top-roping is gradually trashing these great climbs, do you really have to? Guidebook page 281.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Heartless Hare
12m. 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 5c
2
Jugged Hare
14m. A right-hand finish to Heartless Hare using small holds to gain a thin break and a steep spooky finish. A distant...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Crimpy
Fluttery
E6 6a
3
Great Slab Top 50
18m. Total class; not too hard but still unprotected and a touch precarious. Trend right up a delicate ramp to a ledge then...
13 user comments
 
3 Stars
Fluttery
E3 5b
4
Lonely Heart
16m. The last gap on the slab? The crux is just below the break.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E9 6c
5
Art Brut
15m. 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
Fluttery
E7 6b
6
Hairless Heart
15m. The central line on the slab is intense. Follow Great Slab to its rest then friction up the slab to the curving flake and...
3 user comments
 
3 Stars
Fluttery
E5 5c
7
Artless
15m. The right-trending ramp below the centre of the slab is gained awkwardly and climbed via a hard dyno/slap or an even...
8 user comments
 
2 Stars
Reachy
Technical
Fluttery
E5 6b
8
Hairy Heart
15m. A more direct finish to Great Slab, after its crux climb the right-hand of the pair of overlaps.
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E6 6a
9
Artless/Hairless Heart
18m. This combination, which also includes reversing the crux of Great Slab remains the finest slab route on grit!
 
3 Stars
Fluttery
E5 6b
10
Toy Boy
15m. There are no visible holds on this one, however a magnifying glass might help locate some fingernail 'grips'. Progress...
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Crimpy
Fluttery
E7 7a
11
Synopsis
14m. The old peg crack feels like a refugee from Millstone. The crux is at an awkward height off the ground, with...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
E2 5c
12
Beta
15m. The long blocky corner is steep but mild.
 VD
13
Spine Chiller Start
15m. The left-hand arete of the block to the right of Great Slab is most notable for the boulder problem start. Sit down at the...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Strong
V5 6b
  • Latest Comments

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    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

    Armaggedon
    "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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