Carbon Slab

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Carbon Slab
Shane D. and Stuart T. on Carboniferous.
Shane D. and Stuart T. on Carboniferous.
Rock Type Quarried Carboniferous Limestone
Climbing Style Sport
Approach Time 25 minutes
Area Gower
Sub Area Rhossili
Local Area Rhossili Upper Crags
WGS-84 Location 51.563995, -4.305359
OS Grid Ref. SS 403 875
WGS-84 Parking Location 51.569301, -4.28840
GR Parking Location SS 415 880
Parking Postcode SA3 1PP
Base Elevation 30 metres (Other)
General Info
Faces Direction North West
Aspect Partially Sunny
Wind Sheltered Never
Climbing Type Normal
Seepage Quick drying
Crags Within a Half Mile.

Black Buttress, Black Wall, Calcite Bay, Carbon Slab, Castaway Cove, Evening Wall, Fat Lady Wall, Keel Buttress, Kitchen Corner, Lifebuoy Buttress, Mermaid Wall, Platform Area, Poser Buttress, Retribution Wall, Seamen Wall, Sheepbone Wall, Shipwreck Cove, Silent Fright Buttress, Silent Walls, Sinister Sister Zawn, Sinners Walls, Tears Point, Trial Wall, Wedge Wall, Windy Buttress

Carbon Slab
Sport Grades
<= 6a+ 4
6b - 6c+ 4
7a - 7b 0
>= 7b+ 0

Tidal Status



Overlooks the small bay at Kitchen Corner.

A beautiful spot for a late evening's climbing. Watch the sun go down behind Worms Head.

The first two routes are on rock that can be somewhat "crunchy". Time and traffic will hopefully sort this.

Loose Rock! You should note that this is Gower and these are new routes. Whilst there has clearly been efforts made to clean the routes, there is bound to be loose rock for some time yet. Loose rock, when dislodged from either the crag face or from the foot of the crag, may fall and injure others. Climbers are asked to be considerate of other groups and individuals in the vicinity, e.g. coasteerers, fisherman, beachgoers, etc., and be exceedingly careful when climbing above others. Please Take Care!


You can approach this crag by following the lower coast path.

Alternatively, and more easily, you can approach as for Fat Lady Wall, then go down a little and left.



The Routes

See the topo on Fat Lady Wall for the first two routes here.

The tat at the base of the crag marks a spot where you can possibly rig an anchor for your belayer.

  1. Waiting for the Fat Lady's Thong - Fr. 5
    From the corner, climb left of the arête.

  2. Carbonate - Fr. 6a
    Arête just up from the slab. Good looking line.

  3. Carboniferous - Fr. 4+
  4. Carbon Copy - Fr. 6b *
  5. Carbon Dating - Fr. 6b+ *
  6. Carbon Era - Fr. 6b *
  7. Carbon Times - Fr. 6b
  8. Carbon Light - Fr. 4

First Ascents

  1. Waiting for the Fat Lady's Thong - R.Thomas Eugene Jones G.Ashmore 00.08.2017
  2. Carbonate - R.Thomas G.Gibson, 5thJuly 2017
  3. Carboniferous - G.Gibson R.Thomas, 5th July 2017
  4. Carbon Copy - G.Gibson R.Thomas, 5th July 2017
  5. Carbon Dating - G.Gibson R.Thomas, 5th July 2017
  6. Carbon Era - G.Gibson R.Thomas, 5th July 2017
  7. Carbon Times - G.Gibson R.Thomas, 5th July 2017
  8. Carbon Light - G.Gibson July 2017

Additional Photos