Beginners' Slab

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Lots of sun!
Uphill
6 mins
Sheltered

The final pair of buttresses are popular with beginners and not just because they are the nearest pieces of rock to the car park! All the routes have got harder over the years due to polishing and erosion - clean those boots! Guidebook page 211.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Cicatrice/Central Route
4m. The centre of the tiny wall to a thin crack and a tricky sloping exit.
 
Rounded
HVD 4a
2
Slashed Wall
4m. Climb the left-trending grooves on the right of the wall.
 
Rounded
VD
3
The Gash
4m. The tiny chimney bounding the tiny wall.
 D
4
The Arete Finish
7m. From the top of The Gash, step onto the delicate arete on the right, up this to finish up a shallow groove.
 
Technical
Fluttery
HS 4b
5
Razor Wall
8m. Head up the left-hand side of the wall to a ledge then the continuation by fingery climbing. Also known as Sweeney Todd.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
HS 4c
6
Razor Rib Top 50
8m. A classic little outing. Climb the left-hand side of the arete then the left-slanting flake-crack.
 
2 Stars
HVD
7
Gillette
8m. Layback up the right-hand side of the arete and mantel onto the ramp. Finish up the rib.
 VS 5a
8
The Strop
8m. From the gully on the right access the gangway and follow it leftwards around the arete to find a finish.
 VD
9
Suds
5m. The thin crack above the left-hand end of the gangway.
 
Technical
Fluttery
HVS 5b
10
Tension
5m. The fingery wall and right-hand crack off the gangway. The landing is grim.
 
Technical
Fluttery
E1 5c
11
Alpha
7m. The awkward lower wall leads to the foot a of a steep ramp, balance up this to the top.
 
Rounded
VD
12
Beta
7m. Branch right up the centre of the slab. This can also be started from the next climb by trending left.
 
1 Stars
Rounded
VD
13
Gamma
7m. Trend right then climb the arete to the top. It can be started direct at 4c.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Rounded
HVD 4a
14
Curtain Call
5m. Start right of a wide crack. Follow a line of flakes up the slabby wall.
 D
15
Curtain Crack
5m. Climb the vertical crack.
 VD
16
Curtain Corner
5m. The last arete on the cliff climbed on its left-hand side.
1 user comment
 VD
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    Pingers
    "Is this the only VS with a one finger pull-up?" 10/Dec

    The Shelf
    "A classic highball sprint." 25/Sep top50

    The Prow
    "'Lifting a Fridge'it couldn't be put any better!" 13/Sep top50

    Pets' Corner
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    Pets' Corner
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    The Bulkhead
    "More like VS 4c I reckon. The slightly overhanging finger crack at the top is da..." 19/Jun

    Bonzo
    "One of your reachy symbols would suit this climb well." 31/May top50

    Stewker
    "Another route that has been responsible for more than its fair share of broken l..." 21/Apr

    The Shelf
    "also watch you ankles - cost me a badly twisted ankle and a few months off!" 20/Apr top50

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