Grooved Slab

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Evening sun
10 mins
Uphill
Sheltered

A fine slab of sandstone. It has an open aspect and forms a great picnic area making this Helsby's most popular destination. There is a good selection of climbs; Grooved Slab is the best lower grade route on the cliff and Beatnik is a long-standing test-piece. The outward views are superb, especially as the sun start to go down when a spectacular sunset is almost guaranteed!

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Necrophiliac
A stiff little number. Climb the rounded rib to the bulges, step out right and gain the upper slab with difficulty. Finish...
5 user comments
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E5
2
Time Regained
The black, tilted wall is climbed on tiny holds trending left then back right for a sprint finish. A very low, and very thin,...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Technical
Pumpy
Fluttery
E8
3
Beatnik
A classic sandstone test-piece. Climb the short crack then balance up the near vertical slab using the tiny half-moon flake to...
2 user comments
 
3 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E5
4
240 Volt Shocker
Trend right up the steep face making strenuous use of the light bulb hold to reach relief at the deep break.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E5
5
Twin Scoops
Bold and delicate low down and bolder again higher up. Climb the pair of crescent-shaped grooves to the break then the...
3 user comments
 
2 Stars
Technical
Fluttery
E1
6
Grooved Slab
One of the classics of the crag, although protection could be better. From the grass ledge climb the groove to its end then...
7 user comments
 
3 Stars
Rounded
Fluttery
VS
7
The Gangway
Teeter up the crescent-shaped crack then at its top climb the shallow groove leftwards to the the break. Upward progress is...
 
1 Stars
VS
8
The Brush Off Direct
Climb the steep slab 2m to the right of Grooved Slab to a breather at the break. Step right and finish up the steep upper face...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E4
9
The Brush Off
Climb past the useful chipped 'R' then trend left up the steep slab to the break and a junction with the The Direct. Finish as...
 
3 Stars
Fluttery
E4
10
The Brush Off Direct Finish
Climb The Brush Off to the break then step right and sketch up the centre of the bold steep and tenuous wall. The only gear is...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
E6
11
Jim's Chimney
A misnomer if ever there was one. Climb through the shallow oval groove then on up the bulging face above to the ledge. A...
3 user comments
 
1 Stars
E2
12
Little by Little
A tricky number. Follow the slippery chipped ladder then sidle right into the left-leaning groove which leads to the ledge of...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
VS
13
Oyster Slab Super Direct
Climb the slab to the base of the groove of Little by Little then continue steeply just to the right of the arete. The start is...
2 user comments
 
1 Stars
VS
14
Oyster Slab
Not very good though it does see a bit of traffic. Start as for the last route then follow the line of least resistance all the...
 
Rounded
S
15
Oyster Slab Direct
Take the centre of the rippled slab to the break in the overhangs. Pull right through this and finish up the face.
 
1 Stars
VS
16
Oyster Slab Route III
A couple of metres left of the grotty groove of Trojan Crack climb straight up the slab to the bulges, undercut through these...
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
VS
17
Trojan Crack
The dirty crack is poor.
 S
18
Trojan Nose
The blunt nose just right of Trojan Crack.
 
1 Stars
S
19
The Notch
Climb the juggy rib to ledges then traverse left and climb steeply to and through the eponymous feature. A well positioned and...
 
1 Stars
Diff
20
Waterloo Wall
Gain the tiny ledge on the wall right of Trojan Nose.
 
Technical
E2
21
Fragile Wall
Climb up into the right-facing curving groove and balance carefully up it using the small flakes that are referred to in the...
2 user comments
 
2 Stars
Fluttery
E3
22
Jugged Forest
The wall just left of the corner past two layaways.
 E2
23
Wood's Climb
The long shallow groove is a fine route. Climb it to the block overhang and exit leftwards under this.
6 user comments
 
3 Stars
Rounded
HVS
24
The Unknown Quantity
The stretchy and rounded arete bounding the groove.
4 user comments
 
Reachy
E4
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    Liverpool Lady Boyz
    "I lead this route over three years ago and gave it the grade of E5 6b this was c..." 13/Oct

    Necrophiliac
    "Yeah if you used a mono you were on morgue slab, E2 5b. The moves on necrophilia..." 14/Jun

    Beatnik
    "My Bad, Beatnik was first top roped by Jim in the 60's and was soloed by Rouse i..." 19/Jul

    The Unknown Quantity
    "Despo. Crux consists of rocking into the pocket off two average crimps and then ..." 13/Sep

    Greenteeth Crack
    "Know someone who's a hotshot at the local wall or on bolted limestone? Point th..." 01/Sep

    Mossy Slab
    "Lower sloping section dirty and thus some apprehension in standing on the indist..." 02/May

    Agag
    "No jamming, no laybacking but painfully wide bridging to pass the overhang - att..." 16/Apr

    Mogadon's Good for You
    "Sounds like you did the second half of CFK (E4 6a), an Andy Popp route which cro..." 25/Sep

    The Wendigo
    "This route is awesome! I cleaned the top holds before getting on it as they were..." 19/May

    Flake Crack
    "I have found Flake Crack's big brother! It's got an uninspiring name - "Un..." 30/Oct

    Morgue Slab
    "So where exactly does this go? I climbed up to a small diagonal crack/undercut ..." 04/Oct

    The Wendigo
    "A great piece of climbing, probably, just about, warranting the fluttery symbol,..." 21/Aug

    Wood's Climb
    "The 5a move at the overlap was always unprotected in the old days (Given VS in A..." 19/Jul

    Wild Oat Wall
    "Likely to need a clean" 05/Jul

    The Unknown Quantity
    "Maybe 6a if you use holds at full stretch out left, else solid 6b" 25/May

    Oblique Crack
    "Yes, it's overgrown, but that means it needs more traffic, not to be ignored! I..." 23/Apr

    Morgue Slab
    "A very fine route up a natural line of least resistance on a fine slab. Tricky-i..." 23/Apr

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