Four Pebble Slab

1 Stars
 E3 5c

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More then one pebble harder than its neighbour. Trend right up the steep lower wall via awkward ledges to runners then step left and burn rubber up the slab on barely adequate holds, avoiding the arete. A more direct start is a grade or so harder.
FA. John Allen 1972


The holds are perfectly adequate at the grade and you can even jump off onto the ledge where the runners are before the crux.
Jonathan Prager - 30/Jun/02

Yes, perfecly adequate holds if you have a bit of bottle.
Kid - 20/Mar/03

Did Three Pebble so thought I'd try Four Pebble!!
Fell off one metre from top! Slid the slab, gear ripped & I decked it! Overnighter in hospital, but okay now (ish)See UKC Forums, Bad fall at Froggatt! I'll have another go in a few months!
Mike - 23/Aug/03

Where is it supposed to go? Surely its a bit contrived?? More like E1 5b? Or VS 4c with the arete.
Birkby - 13/Oct/03

Birkby, it sounds like you did nanoq slab, to the right of the wide crack, that is E1 5b, or about HS with the right arete, Nanoq slab isn't in the rockfax
Marrow of wrath - 14/Oct/03

Sorry meant to write 'crack' instead of arete! Might try and claim my own route up there. 3 inches to the left of FPS using only the left hand and heel hooks!
Birkby - 14/Oct/03

this route is a disgrace - whoever is giving it 2 stars needs treatment. the moves are pleasant enough, barely 5a but preceded by pointless dirty crap lower down. most logical way is to do grey slab and step left onto the slab for the 2 moves which is all it boils down to. make long johns look like a benchmark E3, which is saying something.
Davep - 16/Nov/03

There's no crack or arete on the E3 and jumping to the ledge from the crux would take some doing. It goes up on smears and small pockets. Nice balancy moves I thought.
Andy Clarke - 03/Oct/05

Hard and precarious, and eliminate. Didn'f fancy the move on lead so i grabbed the arete of the grey slab crack. That's an eliminate surely? makes a pleasent VS change from thrutching up Grey Slab though. The lower bit is quite poor too.
Robo - 13/Oct/05

Moves to halfway ledge were fun, the three cams I put in probably wouldn't have held a spaniel. Crux slab was delicate and very rewarding, whoever says it's a crap elimintate is a miserable git and the guy who said 'barely 5a' is too full of himself. Only downside is the huge ledge you can stand on which ruins the route's continuity, but still a great route.
Andrew Barker - 06/Nov/05

Thought this route was really rather nice, delightful little top slab...get to it how you want. Gear in the break was good enough (nuts?). E35c about right I think, provided you don't grab the arete/crack - and if you do, it's a lovely little VS. Big deal :)
match - 20/Feb/06

If I thought that I could jump off the slab just below the crux onto the ledge then I would probably join the circus. The route doesn't have much continuity but it's definitely worthwhile for the moves on the short slab. I loved it.
Sam Doyle - 21/Aug/06

It's clear that many people aren't climbing the correct line! If you are within touching distance of the left arete of Grey Slab you are off-route! (There is an easy way up the slab just left of Grey Slab). Four Pebble Slab moves left from the ledge into the centre of the slab and ascends the middle just to the left of a pale round 'scar', finishing with a pebble for the left hand. Done this way it is barely an eliminate, and is certainly worth good E3.
Graham Hoey - 23/Jun/08

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